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Founder’s Day 2015

December 7th, 2015

The whole school, as well as distinguished guests and parents filled The Great Hall for Founder's Day

On the last Friday of November the school held its annual Founder’s Day – an event to celebrate the school’s founder, Reverend William Rogers, and the achievements of its students.

The ceremony started with Music School’s string quartet performing Rondeau from Purcell’s Abdelazer. Further music was provided by the concert band who performed an instrumental version of Come Fly With Me in the middle of the event. The house band closed Founder’s Day with Michalis Patrinos’ arrangement of the traditional song Misirlou.

The concert band played an instrumental version of the popular swing song Come Fly With Me

This year’s guest speaker was the Reverend the Lord Griffiths, Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel and Chair of the Trustees. Lord Griffiths spoke passionately about the special relationship between Central Foundation Boys’ School and Wesley’s Chapel as being the centre of the Old Street community, representing the history of the area as it undergoes changes and modernisation. His theme of community continued as he reminisced about his time teaching in an impoverished area of Haiti, focussing in the importance of education being accessible by all levels of society, echoing Reverend Rogers’ mission statement upon opening the school in 1866.

Speeches were also delivered by Mr Brownhill, the Headteacher, Mr Balfour, the Vice Chair of the Governers and by Leunor Xhemshiti, the new Head Boy. Ms Valvis, Head of English, hosted the event.

In between speeches, awards were presented to pupils across the school to recognise their hard work and achievement throughout the year. 177 pupils were awarded prizes for both attainment and progress in each subject in every Year group. After this, a series of special prizes were awarded for extra-curricular achievement before the most senior awards were announced.

As well as individual prizes, the Hyman Jacobs trophy was awarded to the house champions Rogers

The Bendy Scholarship, which is awarded to the top performing A Level students who go on to study engineering at university, was presented to Mohamed Abanour, Tsz Hey Lam, Robbie Humphreys-Becker. The Dr Beck Scholarship for exceptional progress was awarded to Luis Stephen Guayco Heredia, Jonathan Quevedo-Analuisa and Tsz Hey Lam in the lower school, upper school and sixth form, respectively.

The Montcalm Scholarship for vocational learning was awarded to Jennifer Haller. The John Boston Scholarship for exceptional attainment was awarded to Abubakar Buwe in the lower school and Andrew Li (who achieved 11 A*s and 1 A in his GCSEs) in the upper school. Finally, the John Boston Scholarship for the top performing A Level student, whose 2 A*s and 2 As took him to Pembroke College, Oxford, was awarded to Otto Sumray.

For more images from the event, go to the gallery or click here.

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