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Foundation News: New Film Reveals What Makes The Crescent School So Special

The Foundation’s junior school in Rugby, the Crescent School, has a new school film. It features their School Promise and is a celebration of their ethos and values.

The film cleverly combines live action with the school’s animated Crescent Promise characters to uniquely bring the different elements of the promise to life. Produced by the Foundation Marketing Team and award-winning Affixxius Films, the film was shot over the Lent Term and aims to communicate how the Crescent School Promise fosters and develops the qualities of kindness and tolerance in a safe and caring environment where staff and families work together to deliver an inspiring, challenging and varied education. ​

Comments, Headmaster, Joe Thackway, “The Crescent School Promise expresses our community’s shared values, it is a simple set of guidelines, developed and shared by all pupils and staff, that helps our pupils become Good Friends, Good Learners and Good Citizens."​

We think it is wonderful. Congratulations to Crescent School, Affixxius Films, Dam Design who created the Promise characters, and to all the pupils and staff who helped and took part in the film - what stars you are! ​

Why not roll out the red carpet, grab your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the film.

Click here to view the film.

Foundation Musicians Performed The Climb

At the end of a tumultuous academic year Director of Music, Gil Cowlishaw, and musicians from across the Foundation rose to the occasion in a third virtual concert, the Summer Sing And Play. In a fantastic finale the schools’ vocalists and musicians delivered an awe-inspiring performance of Miley Cyrus’ magical and moving ballad The Climb.

Together nearly 90 pupils and staff performed this beautiful song, the lyrics of which describe a difficult but rewarding journey, the challenge to keep the faith so appropriate for the year we all experienced.

I may not know it, but these are the moments that I'm going to remember most, just got to keep going.
And I’ve got to be strong, just keep pushing on!

There's always going be another mountain I'm always going to want to make it move,
Always going to be an uphill battle, sometimes I'm going to have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there, ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb!

We hope you agree that it just says it all. The wonder of virtually sharing music together has been an experience we will remember for years and years to come.

Gil Cowlishaw, explained, “Arranging the piece for the whole Foundation was a huge challenge, as I had to ensure that there were accessible parts for all the musicians across all three schools. The main body of the song took a lot of cobbling together, but it was definitely worth the effort, as the end result was, frankly, wonderful! There are pupils, from Reception right up to Upper Sixth, and staff representing all three schools including the Head of the Foundation, Ed Hester. The Climb will serve as a heart-warming and inspirational reminder of this singularly unusual term in the Foundation’s history.”

The Summer Sing And Play Concert included 20 items, mainly solos, with The Climb as its finale. It l also included a special staff feature, a staff lip-sync to Don’t Stop Believing as an extra treat for pupils and parents to enjoy.

Our thanks went to Gil and the wonderful Foundation vocalists and musicians. It was a wonderfully entertaining and inspirational end to the 2019-20 academic year!

You can watch their performance here: