House music 2021
Congratulations to all Houses for rising to the challenge for this year's virtual House Music, and ending this term with a (rhythmic) bang! Although whole houses were unable to gather together in the main hall, there was certainly no shortage of house spirit. Vocal, instrumental, solo, and House song entries were all filmed in advance and broadcast simultaneously to form rooms, from which chants could be heard ricocheting across B floor corridors at truly impressive volume.
Great job, careers committee!
City hosted a series of informative, virtual talks this week about careers ranging from law and journalism to finance or medicine. So far, so usual. But this time, they were entirely student-organised by our sixth form Careers Committee!
City girls in the arts
Year 9's 'City Girls in the Arts' morning, meanwhile, was all about creative careers. Tim Summers (Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London) and Amy Hitchcock (Head of Arts and Entertainment at Sky News) gave Year 9 an insight into their respective careers, before the students were tasked with creating their own 30-second videos portraying 'Joy in my Space'. They were encouraged to film both in school and outside in the sun, and create their own music to accompany the films.
Year 8 play around with film
Filming of the year 8 play, This Changes Everything, carries on apace. Head of Drama, Mr Whyld has been "bowled over by the ingenuity, creativity, sheer hard work and passion put into what I call 'The Oil Rig' film. Talk about making the best of a very difficult situation - I am in awe of year 8 and their director, Mrs Mapstone."
One lockdown more? Year 12 CLS/CLSG singers
Year 12 singers in both schools have been hard at work on a joint choral project. It will eventually be a two-part mash-up medley, but we are delighted to share a preview with you now! Part one is based around 'One Day More' from Les Miserables, but there is also a teaser line from the other mystery musical which finds its way in during this part... can you spot it?
Afternoon chari-tea: Mission recipe book
It is a truth universally acknowledged that bake sales are the backbone of school fundraising. As Covid and its friends lockdown 1, 2, and 3 came along, of course, this became impossible, leaving everybody had no choice but to make their own individual banana breads.
Intermediate maths challenge? No (maths) problem!
Covid 19 could not hinder the brightest mathematical minds of our current year 9 & 10 cohort, who participated in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Several candidates not only achieved a Gold Certificate, awarded to only the top 6% of entrants, but were also invited to compete in follow-on rounds on 19 March.
Red uniform, black belt: Prep try karate
Since coming back from lockdown the PE dept. have introduced Karate into the curriculum with a special focus on the year 5 and 6 challenge time. Year 5s Lucy and Katy told us more about their first session:
If at first you don’t succeed: Baroness Bull’s Colton memorial message
Not short of insightful talks since the last newsletter, students also enjoyed this year’s Colton Memorial lecture from former Royal Ballet dancer and creative director of the Royal Opera House, Baroness Bull, from the comfort of their classrooms.