Issue no. 4 Autumn Term 26th September 2008 The citizen CLS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER CITY RAISES £58,000 FOR CHARITY – WHATEVER NEXT? And so Dan Pyzer Knapp and Guy Hindley move on from the Charity committee, having amassed, as I am sure you all know, a stunning £58,000 pounds, and which, Dan assures me, will be doubled person made their case for why their chairman,” which is certainly what sometime in the near future. Surely charity should be on the shortlist of everyone wants when applying, at then, you say, why don’t they stay four: Great Or mond Street, least I would… Jake was open about on? Alas, no more will we hear their Leukaemia 2000, Afghan Aid, and a new idea for the Charity, unlike rousing speeches, their exhortations Seeing is Believing (full details are Josh who simply told me to wait and to give more than the usual pound published elsewhere in this week’s see, and we can expect a charity at mufti day, and will we ever see Citizen). All of the charities have raffle later on in the year, where such fantastic events as the teachers' their merits, but I am more interested donated gifts will be auctioned off. fashion show and “City’s Got in the people behind the ideas, and He hopes that this will bring in large Talent”? This reporter simply does what they have in store for us this amounts of money. Jake will do, “all not know. Dan himself seemed to year. that [he] can,” and I certainly left be perfectly grateful, if slightly with the feeling that he was confident wistful, saying that he found the Our two new chairmen are Joshua that this new pair would shape up to whole experience “great fun” and Hirschowitz and Jake Alden- the precedent set by their that he would “wish the next Falconer, both forward thinking and predecessors. committee all the best of luck. intelligent…chaps…who will Unfortunately Guy was not available certainly do their best for the Charity In support of these two shining stars for comment. Appeal. Josh told me that he, “didn’t of charitable goodness, we have mind what job he got,” as long as it Harry Michell and Aron Lovat. Looking to the Future was a position with, “at least some Harry will, “give 103%, and is very In order to research the future of the responsibility.” Josh seems very grateful to Miss Jones”, whereas Charity Appeal I popped into the optimistic, and is sure that, “If the Aron Lovat refused to comment. inaugural meeting of this year’s school gets behind the appeal, it is Harry Evans J6ZLC-Sub Editor Charity Committee and spoke to very possible that the record of some of the leading lights. I must say £58,000 will be beaten.” that I saw a good share of talent THIS WEEK: amongst the sea of assembled faces. Jake is no less confident, saying that - CHARITY REPORTS -MR WINGATE'S LATEST The discussion at last week’s he is, “glad just to be able to help,” LETTER FROM MEXICO meeting was passionate, as each but that he, “did hope to be EDITORIAL Welcome to the 4th Citizen of the Events in Brief of world records if we set our minds academic year. If you would like to for Next Week to it. Obvious possibilities might be contribute to any edition of this the record for the greatest number newsletter, please send electronic Monday 29th September of extra-curricular activities on offer copy to Mr Fillingham, care of the - Football - U13A v Sussex House, Home, 1-4.30pm in one school, for the most John Carpenter Bookshop, via email. - Model UN Meeting with EM, cosmopolitan student body of any His address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Coulson Studio, 1.10pm school and perhaps even for some deadline is Monday by 4pm of the - Water Polo, Middlesex Training, of the very best teachers. However week of publication. Home, 5pm this week I would like to reserve TJO some praise for Daniel Pyzer-Knapp Tuesday 30th September - Debating Soc, 2nd and 3rd Forms and Guy Hindley who failed to break THE EDITORIAL with FNB, Coulson Studio, 1.10pm any world records, but smashed a When I was young there used to be - Backgammon Club, School record whilst leading the a television programme called Room 409, 1.15pm School’s efforts in raising a “Record Breakers” on BBC1 just - Inter-House - 5th Form Squash phenomenal amount of money for after five o’clock one weekday Competition, Squash Courts, 4.10pm - Basketball - U19 v KCS, READ International. They and afternoon. In researching this article Home, 5pm other members of the Charity I have discovered that the - Water Polo - U15 v Highgate, Away, Committee worked tirelessly last programme ran for thirty series from 5pm year and since so much of the money 1972 to 2001, and whilst that is not - GCSE Music Recital 2, Room 201, raised actually comes from parents a record in children’s broadcasting it 6pm and friends of the School I would certainly shows some dedication. also like to express my thanks to Wednesday 1st October Boys’ brains in particular have a great - Football - 1st XI, 2nd XI, 3rd XI, them. Last year’s charity was a very capacity for facts and figures, they 4th XI, 5th XI v Chigwell, Home, 1- worthy cause and I am sure this year’s are fascinated by the obscure and the 5pm will also be. extraordinary. The Guinness Book of - Debating Soc, OG and 1st Forms Records does not disappoint, since it with CSS, Coulson Studio, 1.10pm - Creative Writing Soc, Room 315, To close on the subject of record too is full of unusual and sometimes 1.15pm breakers and winners I must also irrelevant world beaters. Viewers of mention the City of London Youth the show before the mid 1990s will Friday 3rd October Games Team which brought home a remember Norris McWhirter who - Barnes-Amis Soc Meeting, Coulson very impressive medal haul. Their had a photographic memory to recall Studio, 12.50-1.45pm full story will be told in next week’s - Football - U12B, U12C, U12E v any world record from the book and Citizen. Wetherby Preparatory, Home, 1pm amaze his young audience. - Debating Soc - 4th Form and above with KPR, Room 434, 1.10pm Best Wishes Here at City of London School I am Junior Maths Circle, Room 409, Charles B Fillingham sure that we could win any number 1.15pm Voting for This Year's Charity Choice: Thursday 2nd October LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Sir, I do sympathize with Luke Strauss’s contention that politicians can change on being elected, and not always for the better (Time to Spare a Joke?, The Please note that con- Citizen, 19 Sep 08). However, I should like to pick on one of Mr Stauss’s tributions to the examples, namely Adolf Hitler. Hitler had made his ideas and aims completely clear in his manifesto — Mein Kampf — published in full seven Citizen must reach years before his election in 1933. Mr Fillingham by Yours sincerely 4pm on Monday of Dori Schmetterling each week for publi- W2 4TD cation on the Friday. Response to Raphael Gray’s Review of Airplane! (In last week’s Citizen) JOHN CARPENTER BOOKSHOP Dear Sir, NOW IN STOCK: Raphael Gray writes: ‘A spoof- BRISINGR - £12.99 disaster movie and absurdist comedy, DEATHS SHADOW - £10.00 Airplane! boasts, among other things, wooden acting, unfunny sight gags, frequent boring flashbacks and lame jokes...’ Airplane! certainly does boast ‘wooden acting’. It is, after all, a spoof. And yes, it contains flashbacks – notably, a war time scene which features a bar fight and the Bee-Gees’ Stayin’ Alive, speeded up by 10%...It is not boring. The reviewer writes that the film is ‘Proof that by 1980, America had all but forgotten Monty Python.’ Anyone who has seen Airplane! will know that it is full to bursting with puns, and, by the critic’s own admission, ‘absurdist comedy’ of Film Society Script Writing Competition which Python would have been proud (one announcement reassures the passengers: ‘There’s no reason to * Prize of £100 cinema vouchers become alarmed, and we hope you’ll * Entrents must produce a five enjoy the rest of your flight. By the minute (approx. 7page) entitled way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?’) ‘The Secret’ Possibly, narrowing ‘comedy’ * All entrees must be submited by to a limited sphere means that Mr. Friday 31st October (Week after Gray saw the ‘movie’ only in black and white. I might suggest the critic half term) watch Airplane! again – for the film * Please send entrees to Mr. Norman it is, and not the film he supposes it (email@example.com) to be. Edward Allnutt S6JBK HOUSE NEWS HOUSE CHAMPIONSHIP Welcome back to another academic year and a new House Championship. All boys in the HOUSE MATHS RESULTS Thirds, Fourths, Fifths and Sixths take part in the Senior Beaufoy beat Carpenter 29 – 19 Championship, whilst the Third For m also have their own Abbot beat Seeley 28 – 25 Chasmpionship. Mortimer beat Hale 31 – 27 After many year’s in charge of Final Standings: Mortimer Mr. Pike has handed over custody of Mortimer to Mr. Flower. 1st Mortimer However Mr Pike will still be 2nd Beaufoy involved with the House System, as 3rd Abbott he will continue to be the Chairman of the House Committee, which 4th Hale oversees the smooth running of the 5th Seeley Championship. 6th Carpenter This year’s Championship started Congratulations to Mortimer’s team of Daniel Pyzer-Knapp (S6), last Tuesday with the Senior Abdullah Fawaz (J6) Joni Berger(5th) and Andrew Thong (3rd) Swimming Competition. Houses D R EADE provided four 5th formers and eight 6 th for mers. Races were keenly contested resulting in the following placings : 5th form Equal 1st B &H, FRIENDS OF CLS 3rd A CITY WALK - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY 4th S The main Social Event of this term is The City Walk on Sunday, 9th November at 2pm 5th C (meet outside school) followed by tea in school. Family and friends all welcome, cost £6 per person. The booking form may be found at the end of The Citizen or at our web site 6th M friendsofcls.org.uk. 2nd YEAR COFFEE MORNING 6th form There will be a Coffee Morning for 2nd Year Parents and Carers on Monday, 29th 1st H September, 9am to 11.30 am, at Cafe Rouge, 5-14 St Paul’s Courtyard, EC4 (CLS side of St Paul’s) . All welcome. For more details, please contact Dolores Catterson at 2nd B firstname.lastname@example.org or Deborah Dorrance-King on 07974431348 or at 3rd C email@example.com. 4th S 3rd YEAR COFFEE MORNING 5th A There will be a Coffee Morning on Thursday for Parents and Carers of 3rd Year Boys on Friday,3rd October 8.30 am - 10.15 am in The Staff Dining Room at School. Please enter 6th M via The Sports’ Entrance on St Peter’s Hill no later than 9.15 am. All Welcome. For further information please contact Fiona Yates on 07768863664 or Deborah Dorrance-King as above. This has been a very encouraging start to the 2008-2009 House SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE There will be a Second Hand Uniform Sale on Thursday, 16th October 5-7pm. If you Championship. DC Pike have any outgrown/unwanted uniform in GOOD CONDITION we would welcome it. We are in particular need of Blazers, Sports Tops and Socks. Donations may be left at Reception in a bag marked ‘Friends of CLS - 2nd Hand Uniform’. Thank you. CONTACT: Deborah Dorrance-King, Chair, FoCLS, tel. 0797 443 1348, email:firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS AND COMMENT GOLDMAN SACKED problem faced by the remaining Take clubcards or loyalty cards for Fear has been stalking the City and investment banks was an inability to example. Most of us see them as an Wall Street. The credit crunch has raise capital. In the current climate, opportunity to gain rewards in the scythed through major financial investors are loath to put their form of vouchers etc. for spending institutions leaving tens of money into institutions whose risk in a shop we regularly visit. Yet for thousands unemployed and, in many exposure is not fully transparent. businesses it is an invaluable way of cases, their life savings worthless. gathering spending patterns which The cornucopia seems to have With retrospective accusations of can be used to target the price we stopped giving and would-be avarice, Gordon Brown promising a are willing to pay for different plutocrats may well be reassessing “clean up” and an end to product, i.e. the effective demand. their career plans. “irresponsible behaviour”, and John Price targeting also exists on public McCain mooting a “9/11 transport, think about the There is a growing consensus that Commission”-style investigation dissimilarities in peak and off-peak the stand-alone investment banking into the Nightmare on Wall Street, the prices. The system of price targeting model is now obsolete. In recent days of “high-risk, high-reward” works because either the consumer months, following the collapse in seem to be over. does not know what prices are being value of ubiquitous but faulty charged to other consumers, or the mortgage-backed securities, the five James Thompson, Current Affairs consumer is prevented from biggest Wall Street banks have seen Editor and West Africa accessing the different markets. their fortunes change dramatically. Correspondent In February, Bear Stearns was the If you shop for products online, due first to fall victim and this month to clever information-gathering Merrill Lynch was forced into a fire techniques used by firms through sale with Bank of America. The registration and cookies, you may be almost simultaneous disintegration offered a price different to a fellow of Lehman Brothers has the dubious customer. In September 2000 honour of being the world’s largest Amazon were using data they had ever corporate collapse. Share prices gathered to form customers’ profiles of blue-chip banks Morgan Stanley and subsequently charged different and Goldman Sachs plummeted to prices for the same product based on half of their peak value following this information. The hypothesis the collapse of Lehmans. Morgan was that established customers Stanley has sold 20% of itself to the would pay more than those who were Mitsubushi Financial Group and just visiting the site and that lower even the mighty Goldman Sachs, PRICE TARGETING prices for new customers would be for merly the world’s largest How often have you noticed that you mean they chose to buy the product investment bank, is said to be are paying varying prices for the same from them. tottering on the edge of the abyss. products in different store branches? On September 21st, Goldman Sachs A reason for this variation in prices So the next time you go out to buy and Morgan Stanley abandoned their can be given to the differences in the the next latest album, think about status as investment banks; quality of the good or services whether you could have got it transfor ming themselves into involved or the cost of production. cheaper in a branch elsewhere. But traditional bank holding companies. But do these price disparities reflect then again, why would you? It’s not This means that they have greater upon the good or service being your money anyway! access to emergency funds from the provided? Some people do not care Federal Reserve – the US Central about variations in price, because the Zaki Ahmed J6AJB Bank, but that they will be subject utility they gain from it, in their to much tighter regulation. It is the opinion, is worth the additional cost. end of an era in the world of global finance. An objective of virtually all businesses is to base the price of Despite having limited exposure to their product on the willingness of the decrepit U.S. housing market, the their customers to pay that price. CHARITY NEWS SCHOOL CHARITY PREVIEW Great Ormond Street has also taken the equipment is often overlooked in lead in pioneering research into a variety stretched NHS budgets and it is absolutely Theo Sands has written these summaries of illnesses, ranging from autism to cancer vital in finding new ways to tackle to help readers of The Citizen choose in children. They are dedicated to finding Leukaemia. between this year’s proposed worthy ways to eradicate life-threatening diseases causes. The voting will be held next week. and we can help. Leuka 2000 has recently expanded from just Hammersmith Hospital and now SEEING IS BELIEVING Great Ormond Street tries to improve offers grants nationwide to clinical and Seeing is Believing is a charity dedicated the lives of the children at the hospital research groups that specialize in the to eradicating unnecessary blindness by making it as family friendly as possible. causes and treatment of Leukaemia. across the world. 45 million people are This means re-developing and expanding blind, yet 75% of blindness is completely wards so that there is room for a parent AFGHAN AID avoidable and can be treated with a course to stay with a child, as well as providing Afghanistan has one of the worst of medicine or simple surgery. Cataracts support to families who are struggling to maternity rates in the world. 1 in 5 are the most common form of blindness. deal with a sick child. children die before they reach their 5th They can be cured with a very simple birthday. Most Afghanis don’t have operation, costing (on average) £10. River A long-term goal that is becoming more complete access to electricity, or clean Blindness, an infectious disease that urgent by the day is the redevelopment running water, or a basic education. This causes blindness, can be treated with a of the hospital. The buildings are showing is the day-to-day reality of the Afghan course of pills for under £2. Vitamin A their age, and they are holding back the people. Afghan Aid is dedicated to giving deficiency can cause blindness from institution from expanding to help more the poorest and most desperate a shot at childhood, but can be prevented with a kids and from improving their facilities a full life. supply of Vitamin A tablets, costing under to improve treatment and the quality of £1 for a year’s supply. Seeing is Believing life of the children. Without it they will Medical facilities in Afghanistan are out has found that on average it can cure eventually begin to struggle to provide of reach for all but the privileged few, as someone of blindness for £7. It isn’t a their world-class standard of care that there is only one medical facility for every lot. Last year our sponsored walk alone they are famous for. 27000 people. One of Afghan Aid’s would have raised enough to cure roughly projects is training people in basic medical 2000 people of blindness. That is double LEUKA 2000 care. On average, it costs £10 to train the population of the school. Leuka 2000 is a charity that funds research someone in the basics of medical care into the causes and treatment of and treatment. This has been very Restoring sight not only has a huge impact Leukaemia at Hammersmith Hospital. successful in lowering death rates amongst on the individual but it has a very positive Leukaemia is a type of cancer that can, children and mothers, and has made a effect on the community as a whole. They if it goes undetected, be life-threatening. real impact in some communities. can now give back to the community who As with most cancers, relatively little is cared for them when they couldn’t see, known about what predisposes people to Afghan Aid is also involved in trying to and it is a huge boon to the local economy. it, and what can trigger it off, as well as give children access to a basic education. the most effective course of treatment. It costs £60 to build a school building for Seeing is Believing operates across Asia one class in Afghanistan, yet the benefits and Africa. Since it started in 2003 it has Hammersmith Hospital has been leading will be reaped by each generation. cured roughly 1.5 million people of the clinical and scientific research into blindness. This charity can make a huge Leukaemia for the last 30 years. It is Afghanistan has been in the midst of difference to lives with only a little effort internationally renowned for its expertise various wars over the last 30 years, and from us. in the subject. To continue finding out their marks are clearly visible across the more about the causes of the disease, and country. They need our help to overcome GREAT ORMOND STREET finding more effective ways of treating their dreadful past and to look forward Great Or mond Street is the it, they need our help. Research into to a better future. internationally renowned hospital dealing anything as complicated as Leukaemia will specifically with specialist children’s care. be very expensive, but a successful Theo Sands J6GP It only deals with the most severe cases, outcome can benefit the world and us Charity and SMC Correspondent and so it is expensive to run. It needs for many years to come. your help to maintain the highly specialized teams and equipment that help They need our help to build the complex it save the lives of the most unlucky equipment that is used to find new ways amongst us. in the fight against Leukaemia, as well as helping set up clinical trials and building Besides looking after the most severe and maintaining a database to track the cases amongst children in the country, welfare of Leukaemia sufferers. Research Letter from Mexico (September 2008) September is the month to celebrate Mexican nationalism and, proclaims President Calderon, bind all to the common cause. Thus, on the 16th of September, every year, Mexicans all over the world celebrate the country’s independence from colonial rule. Everywhere you look buildings and cars display flags and bunting ostentatiously adorned with the flag’s distinctive red, white and green. The liberty causing all this joy naturally came at a proportionately high price. The nasty Spanish had been in charge here since Cortes’ infamous incursion came to fruition on August 13, 1521, when Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, was captured. After three centuries as Nueva España, the yoke – including new virulent diseases that killed nineteen out of twenty, plus the merciless workloads also imposed upon the indigenous peoples – was thrown off in the early hours of September 16, 1810, by a priest, Father Hidalgo. His ringing of the bell of his little church, fomenting insurrection, called all Mexicans to fight for liberty. It cost him his head. Today he revered as ‘The Father of the Nation’. Subsequent heroes who ‘followed the programme’, from Iturbide (a self-proclaimed emperor who was to face a firing squad) to the six immortalized young cadets who resisted the United States’ invasion in 1847, have joined Hidalgo in an exclusive martyrs’ pantheon. These cadets, wrapping themselves in the flag, hurled themselves from the walls of Chapultepec Castle, here in the capital, rather than surrender. Then, reinforcing the nation’s ongoing struggles for a true and lasting independence which necessarily rejected the Austrian Emperor Maximilian (finally defeated and shot on the orders of his implacable foe, President Benito Juarez, in 1867), the 1910 Revolution also was required to eject a too pro-European and anti-democratic leader, namely, portly President Porfirio Diaz. 1810 – 1910 – 2010 1810 – 1910 – 2010 1810 – 1910 - 2010 Nearing Hidalgo’s bi-centenary, that’s the version all Mexican schoolchildren hear. And so it was that President Calderon, perched high up on a prominent balcony, re-enacted Hidalgo’s bell-ringing at the Palacio Nacional on the night of September 15th, as do thousands of city and town mayors all over the republic. For good measure, as is the tradition at “El Grito” (for the ceremony requires the shouting out of various heroes’ names), Calderon also then waved a large flag over the vast crowd swarming beneath him. Tragically, what made the national moment horribly distinct this year was that, in two city squares in Morelia, the capital of the State of Michoacan, terrorists thought fit to lob powerful grenades into separate happy crowds. Some ten people, including a teacher, died instantly. More deaths will follow and over 100 people remain badly wounded. This morning the country is reeling and whole newspapers, swatting aside Wall Street’s significant troubles, discuss nothing else. On the 16th, Calderon witnessed the military parade, again in the main square, before attending a wreath- laying ceremony at the Angel de La Independencia, a kind of Mexican Nelson’s Column located in one of the main thoroughfares. (It serves as the burial place of Padre Hidalgo and other worthies.) There, of course, he hit out at this sinister new and extremely violent forces which these modern times seem to have bred. From the outset of his presidency in 2006 he courageously characterized it as the one that would take on organized crime: Highly Organized Crime, not unsurprisingly, has reciprocated by taking on the armed forces sent to hunt them. Political anoraks acknowledge that it’s still a very uphill, dangerous struggle: systemic corruption among powerful ‘national structures’, including bent politicians and police forces, still maintains an almost untouchable class. Preliminary guesses about the particularly shocking attacks in Morelia point to a disaffected Sinaloan drug cartel, operated by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, that was hammered (but by whom?) only last week. Some twenty-four of its members were killed and dumped in La Marquesa, a wooded area just outside Mexico City. Yet, as the smoke has barely cleared, everything remains somewhat murky and no-one can be sure. It is less than comforting to note that The Washington Post ran an article last week in which it calculates that the current body count caused by internecine drug warfare throughout Mexico has made it a more bloody place to be than Iraq. Mexico holds its breath, wishing it could return to the expectant festiveness it enjoyed in the run-up to El Grito. Sadly, it now knows the price of liberty will cost much more. TMW . FRIENDS OF CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL CITY WALK THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY PEOPLE, PLACES AND ARCHITECTURE SUNDAY, 9th NOVEMBER AT 2PM FOLLOWED BY TEA IN SCHOOL TICKETS £6 MEET AT FRONT ENTRANCE THE FRIENDS OF CLS – CITY WALK THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY BOOKING FORM (PLEASE PRINT) SON’S NAME: _________________________________________________________________________________ FORM: _________________________________________________________________________________ PARENTS NAME: __________________________________________________________________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________________ PHONE NUMBER __________________________________________________________________________ NUMBER OF TICKETS REQUIRED AT £6 EACH: _____________________________________________ TOTAL ENCLOSED: £___________________________________________________________________________ PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO: ‘FRIENDS OF CLS’ AND SEND WITH THE BOOKING FORM TO SCHOOL VIA YOUR SON OR POST TO : FRIENDS OF CLS CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, LONDON EC4V 3AL For further information contact Deborah Dorrance-King 0797443 1348 or email@example.com SPARROW SCHOOLS JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Present ‘Lavela Ilanga – The Sun Rose’ a musical drama About Sparrow Schools Sparrow Schools’ Educational Trust provides subsidised, pioneering, skills-based education for children and young people (aged 7-20) with learning difficulties and educational backlogs, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of the children and youth at Sparrow Schools come from difficult backgrounds. During their time at Sparrow, individuals are helped to deal with the problems they face and make the most of their abilities. The effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty and unemployment make this an area of growing need in South Africa. Sparrow Schools’ Drama Debut ‘Lavela Ilanga’ has been specially commissioned for the young people from Sparrow Schools to perform on their tour of the UK. It tells the story of Sophiatown, the birthplace of South African jazz in words, music and dance. The vibrant, culturally diverse, musical community was forcibly relocated and their homes bulldozed in 1955 by the apartheid regime and the town renamed Triomph. Today the town is once again a lively mixed community – and it is where Sparrow Combined School is based. The play promises to be both a highly enjoyable and humbling experience; this is the first time the cast has been to Europe or been in a play and their dedication and talent is extraordinary. The tour has been organised by the Sparrow Schools Foundation, a UK charity, set up in 2000, which exists to provide financial and other help to Sparrow Schools and to foster cultural links between students and children in the UK. PERFORMANCE AT CLS Monday 6th October 2008 Refreshments (in the Concourse): 6.30pm Performance of ‘Lavela ‘Ilanga’: 7.15pm Charity Concert Finishes: 8pm Limited number of tickets available (not for sale on the door) CLS Boys - Free Ticket Parents and Guests of CLS £5.00 All proceeds to the Sparrow Schools Foundation Charity Please send for tickets by using the tear-off slip below Sue MacGregor CBE (BBC Radio 4 presenter) patron of this charity is attending ***************************************** To: Deputy Facilities Manager Sparrow School Charity Concert Please provide me with ………… free boy’s tickets and ………….. adult tickets at £5.00. Cheques made payable to City of London School. Son’s Form: ………… Name: …………………………………. REVIEWS whom the mother had had an affair, Elbow Wins Mercury Award with as it later transpires. The family ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ proclaim that they are six characters who have lost their author, and that First, I must apologise, for this review they desperately need their story to of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ is slightly be told. Intimidated by frequent outdated, as they released this album eruptions and explosions of the in March. However, with their recent clearly insane family, the director success at the Mercury Awards 2008 agrees to tell their story. (beating the likes of ‘Last of the As both the story and characters Shadow Puppets’ and ‘Radiohead’), become darker and more I felt as though it would be fitting to BARNES-AMIS:SIX unpredictable – with the older review this album. CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR (RUPERT daughter as the father’s lady of the night, and the younger daughter I must admit, I didn’t listen to the GOOLD) 18TH SEPTEMBER drowning in the garden (shown album when it came out. I deeply GIELGUD THEATRE openly and vividly on stage), the regret this now. The album is simply Last Thursday night, the Barnes- director loses her grip on reality; and fantastic. Guy Garvey and co. have Amis Society met in the Gielgud the play loses itself in its overly created something truly enjoyable Theatre, to start the new school year complex metaphors, and questions. with this album. of Theatre Visits. Having already been given a concise, polite slip ofSadly, the plot becomes smarter than the production can handle. The play Guy Garvey’s lyrics are poetic and paper apologising for the lack of a elapses into more of a farce, than a clever, standing out mainly in the leading man, Ian McDiarmid, we dark insight into the mind and songs ‘Mirrorball,’ a majestic song took our seats; occupying the whole subsequent downfall of the about a woman who has changed his of row M. overworked director. life, and ‘Some Riot,’ an emotional The Play – an adaptation of the Forgotten lines and an uncontrolled song about a friend’s addiction to similarly named, satirical, ‘Sei plot ruined what could have been a alcohol. You get the impression that personaggi in cerca d’autore’, by the great, fresh start to the 2008-2009 he has experienced all the things he Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello – season. sings about. The songs further was neither the most accessible, nor triumph musically, with the epic ‘One the best-executed production to set Alex Foley J6JBK Day like This’ and album opener the tone for future visits. ‘Starlings’ which use a full orchestra We began by following a meeting to, at points, overwhelm you. between the crew, and their producer, discussing their ‘Drama- However, undoubtedly, the best song Documentary’ about a young is ‘Grounds for Divorce.’ Its stomping teenage boy, who was loosing his rhythms and witty lyrics are fight with an unnamed disease, and effortlessly cool and show how had gone to Denmark in search of a brilliant this band is. means of euthanasia. The producer had called the meeting to try and save This album is a masterpiece, a marvel what he thought was a wasted to listen to. They fully deserve their venture for his film company; Mercury Award, and I hope they unfortunately all the emotive footage have more success to come. he insists they need cannot be taken, because the boy is already dead. Roland Merz, J6 HMS Soon, the producer gives up, and Music Correspondant heads off for his other meeting – leaving the crew exasperated. With no appointment, a family of six arrive. They are all dressed smartly in black – in mourning for a man with Maths Circle I was pleased with Joshua Lewis’(S6 AW) method for splitting the twins in the Senior Maths Circle today. The problem was to count the number of ways six pairs of twins could be split into two teams A and B, of six members. Joshua had already thought about the problem, and he compared it to placing six coins heads or tails up. The face of a coin can be used to represent the twin chosen. Either the first twin or the second twin must be chosen to go into a team. A coin can be head or tail (usually!), so deciding which face is up is the same as choosing one of the twins. Since six members make up one of the teams, this is equivalent to placing six coins head or tails up. There are 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 ways of doing this, hence choosing a team. The other team is made up from the remaining members who have not been chosen. But we must divide by 2 since choosing team A and team B can be done in 2 orders: choose team A first or choose team B first. The other boys’ contributions were very useful too. Cumar Vasudeva (4H) quickly understood an alternative method. When dealing with the more advanced problem of splitting the twins into three teams of four, he explained how there were ways of choosing four members for the first team of four. Once the first twin is chosen, there are 10 not 11 members left to choose from. This must all be divided by as the 4 people can be picked in 4! Orders (different orders amount to the same team of 4). The challenges next week are meant to take boys from the ideas of combinatorics to limits: (A) The 2007-2008 House Championships Final Results were Beaufoy first, Hale second, Mortimer third, Abbott fourth, Carpenter fifth and Seeley sixth. How many ways are there for the relative positions of only Beaufoy, Hale and Mortimer to remain the same? For example, the order B,A,H,S,M,C is an alternative. But B,C,H,S,M,A is not to be counted as Abbott is not permitted to occupy the relative position it did before. So only B,H and M are in order, and not B,H,M and A. (B) The gradient of is . 4! × 10 So ×)6− f ( x) 12= 4 ×x3)8what about the following limits where x is any real positive number, and n is a positive integer: (x × 2 y f ( ×+ h × 1 lim = f ' ( x) h →0 h xn lim (i) →∞ =? n n! xn (ii) lim = ? [only 6th formers] n →∞n The junior boys (3rds and 2nds) should try the following for Friday 3 October (Junior Maths Circle): B AB=BC, C ˆ BAC = 60° , ˆ CAD = 40° , X ˆ BXC = 100° . ˆ Calculate BDC. A D Geography George’s Challenge Last week, George and the Junior Sixth geographers were on their fieldtrip, close to the city of York. This lies within the Vale of York, a flat area of arable land bordered by the Pennines, the North York Moors P UZ and the Yorkshire Wolds, on a terminal moraine left by the last Ice Age. The city is prone to flooding from the River Ouse, and has an extensive network of flood defences. These include walls along the Ouse, and a liftable barrier across the River Foss where it joins the Ouse at the ‘Blue Bridge’. However, much of the land in and around the city is regarded as being too ZL flood-prone for development. This week’s clues… 1. Location: 00°15’S 78°35’W 2. Francisco Pizarro founded this city in 1534 during the Spanish invasion ES of this country. 3. An active volcano, Guagua Pichincha, is located only 13 miles west of this city. 4. This city is served by Mariscal Sucre International Airport. More in the next edition! PSM Weekly Maths Puzzle Answer to Last weeks problem = 22 This weeks problem: How many cubes will balance the sphere? SPORT CITY FOOTBALL grabbing two goals for City. City defence who were unable to get close The first five elevens took on Sutton continued their pressing football, to them. The devastating display of Grammar at Grove Park on forcing Sutton Grammar on to their attacking football saw the City team Wednesday 17th. back foot. A well orchestrated City score three more goals, leaving the attack caused Sutton Grammar to score at an astonishing 7-0 win. 1st XI. Ben Nash continued his goal concede an untidy own goal. scoring habit as he again scored two However, some sloppy play from 4th XI. A fired up City went on the goals for City on either side of half City allowed Sutton Grammar to rampage, crushing the opposition time to give City a comfortable 2-0 pierce through the defence and take without mercy. City were visibly the lead. Sutton Grammar battled back the game to 3-1. In the closing fitter side as they were able to run with some physical play and minutes of the match, a well riot with little protest from the managed to bring the score to 2-2. weighted ball found the head of Sutton Grammar players. Steven City were thankful for Simon Moses’ George to finish the game at 4-1 to Lingham scored an outstanding true moment of inspiration as he ran City. seven goals while goalkeeper Felix deep from within his own half, Young got in on the action with his around five Sutton players, and 3rd XI. The thirds notched another first assist of the season. Sutton finally chipped the ball neatly into win with a superb victory. The team were helpless against the fast flowing the top right corner, ending the game showed great resilience as Michael football and played at a 3-2 win. Hopefully City will carrySmith and Jamie Levrant battled to most of the game in their own half. their momentum into next week’s keep the Sutton strikers from getting The statistics work out at City having cup tie against Highgate. goalwards. Arthur Weber put in a scored once every five minutes splendid performance netting four concluding the game at an 18-0 2nd XI. Svi Freeman showcased his well deserved goals. The City strikers smashing. technical finesse as he led the attack constantly troubled the Sutton Joel Mullish J6PTB Senior Football Correspondent. Careers Talk 5th and 6th Form Careers in The City Speaker: Hannah Langden Head of Graduate Recruitment Financial Services Authority Tuesday 30th September 1.10pm Hale Room SPORT NOW YOU SEE HIM…NOW In all the times of great athletes, For more information on this topic YOU DON’T! none has ever emerged like Usain please go to: Bolt with his superhuman physique www.trainingcamps.london2012.com On the 16 th of August 2008 the and power, not to mention the long world was stunned by yet another powerful legs. Neel Rokad 2B world record being broken in the Beijing Olympics. But the question still remains of whether any mortal man can break The young Jamaican Usain Bolt the 9.5 second barrier? Will the literally ‘cruised’ through the finish athletic generation diminish or get line at the record breaking time of better as time goes on? Who will 9.69 seconds. But how quickly could grasp the true title of ‘World’s the ‘lightning Bolt’ have run if he Fastest Man’ and walk away a true hadn’t slowed down in celebration Olympian? in the last 20 metres? BOLAJI OLADIPO 5C Scientists of the Institute of Roving reporter Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo pondered on CITY IN THE 2012 OLYMPICS whether a few simple calculations The Citizen has learned that our could reveal how fast Bolt could school appears in the official London have run. 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide. This decision was probably In the final 20 metres of the race, made because of our excellent sports Bolt extended and his arms and hit facilities. The Training Camp Guide his chest displaying his physical highlights the following sporting superiority as he flew through the facilities: finish line. A fully equipped fencing salle with Both Bolt and runner-up Richard mirrors, power points, high quality Thompson (Trinidad and Tobago) lighting and a sprung loaded wooden decelerated in the last 2 seconds of floor. There is also storage space for the race, with Bolt slowing down the equipment. greatest. But if Bolt had slowed down less (the same as Thompson), A sports hall for use as a fencing then he would have got 9.61 seconds training area; another fencing sale; a at the most. strength and conditioning studio equipped with a range of sports But physicists believe that the machine weights and cardiovascular Jamaican gold medallist could have machines. There is also a 25 metre slashed his time from 9.69 seconds 6 lane swimming pool. There are to an all time great of 9.55 seconds! three squash courts, male and female changing rooms, showers and toilets There has even been speculation of which can serve about 60 people. whether he slowed down drastically because he wanted to show off or Within a five minute walk, we are whether he was tired… told, are many places to eat and relax. The school is extremely easily Usain Bolt slashed the record with accessed by public transport via ease, decimating the times of greats Blackfriars, Bank, Mansion House like Asafa Powell, Ben Johnson, and St. Paul’s. There are also bus Maurice Greene and Jesse Owens. services.