Stand Against Hate- Workshop for all Year 12s

In the Sixth Form Study Room on Friday 9 March, all Year 12 students listened intently to our amazing speaker, Mike B. Haines, who delivered an emotional, heart-felt appeal to students about standing up to hatred. Mike’s session was part of our enrichment programme for the Sixth Form and, on this occasion, addressed the PREVENT agenda in a broad approach which forced us all to consider how hatred is an unhelpful response for humanity to thrive in a spirit of togetherness.

Mike’s heroic brother, an aid worker in Syria, was sadly kidnapped by ISIS and was tragically murdered. Since that time, Mike has dedicated himself to speaking all over the UK to help combat hatred in all spheres of life: his message stretching more broadly than just ISIS but also addressing the Far Right.

Mr Haines was overwhelmed by our KHS Sixth Formers who listened with huge respect for one hour to Mike’s story and powerful message. Mike commented that, not only was the audience the best he had experienced, but the quality of the questions was certainly the most challenging he had received and he was delighted to answer each one as best he could…though there were no easy answers to some questions!

Our thanks to Ms Hollingworth for scheduling this important talk. We all wish Mike well with his campaign and KHS looks forward to welcoming him again next year to speak to our incoming Year 12s.

Young Chef Food Competition

Samiya Hamel 8S and Laura Cretu 7B were among the five students that participated in the school’s heat of the Young Chef Rotary competition In January. As the winner and the runner up respectively, both students represented KHS in the area heat. Although Laura stopped at the area heat she had this to say about her experience:

“The rotary cooking competition was a great experience for me. I met many wonderful and experienced people, who helped me with my cooking skills.I became more interested in food nutrition….” Laura Cretu 7B

Samiya’s performance in the area heat landed her a place in the district heat.There, her freshly made Alfredo pasta dish was described by one of the distinguished judges as “the best pasta dish” in the competition.

“The young chef competition had been a fantastic experience……..” Samiya Hamel 8S

Samiya’s passion and commitment to cooking have given her the opportunity to cook in large industrial kitchens as shown in the videos attached and I wish her the best in the future.
I would like to commend Laura and other students in our school who take on opportunities like cooking competitions to challenge themselves.

Special thanks to Lucy, Gary, Tamara, Gopi, Jenny, Pravina and members of the PEEL department for their support and hard work with the competitions.The students couldnt have done it without all the support from their parents and carers.

Uchenna Omale for PEEL Department

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WeGen – From ME-To-WE

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A few months back, all of year 8 were busy on a “Year 8 Fist Give Charity Project” raising awareness for charities that they had chosen as a form and were equally busy raising money by doing bake sales, ice cream sales, garden cleaning for neighbours and old people, litter picking on the streets and even standing in shops with a bucket for hours!

From there, the finalists were put in front a panel of 5 judges and they fought their way to claim the £1000 prize to be donated to the winning charity.

This winning group did so well, producing a video, a poem and spoken word piece to present in their final.
To say thank you, the organisation of ‘First Give’ worked tirelessly with ‘WeGen’ to organise a charity music concert.

Ms Vekaria and Ms Williams took 11 students – the winning team of 9 girls and 2 other outstanding students from Year 8 to the Wembley SSE Arena on Wednesday 7th March to watch a day-long concert.
Guests included well known London and American DJ’s, Actress Lilly Collins, Youtubers who have been influential in raising awareness for issues close to their hearts – Rosie McClelland, Sophia Grace, Tallia Storm, also having present Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Margaret Trudeau (Canadian President Justin Trudeau’s Mother) who has been a lifelong advocate for clean, safe and pure water, pop band The Vamps, public speaker Spencer West who has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro on HIS HANDS after losing both his legs from the pelvis down at the age of 5. As well as all of these influential people, there were performances from Alexandra Burke, Tokio Myers, The Tenors and the Kenyan Boys Choir, Simon Cowell’s ‘Golden Buzzer’ from Britain’s Got Talent – Sarah Ikumu and finally, a very emotional message from “Educating Yorkshire’s” very own star – Musharaf Asghar and his teacher Mr Burton.

All the messages given and all the stories shared impacted the entire Arena with some tears even being shed.
A message from the students to you all is that please take some time out to have a look at all the amazing work the organisation supports ( and please try and do your bit at home to go from “ME-TO-WE”!

A big thank you to Ms Vekaria and Ms Williams for all their hard work and contributions to this project.

Sixth Formers Reach Cambridge Union Finals Again

At 7.15am on Saturday 3 March, four Year 13 students boarded the minibus with Mr Senior, Director of Sixth Form, to make the hour and a half journey to attend the Cambridge Union Final.

Two teams won places at the final. The first team were made of Sara Dehvari and Haider Nazerali. Our second team was Salem Ali and Akira Alman. Both teams had won a place at this much coveted final consisting of only 36 teams from all over the world. To win their place in the earlier debating rounds they had beaten prestigious independent and selective schools including Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Watford Grammar School for Boys, John Lyons School and Merchant Taylors’ School.

It was a long day consisting of four preliminary rounds, with 15 minutes’ preparation time for each. They debated a range of motions, the most challenging being ‘This house supports pre-entry closed shops’ in which Sara and Haider came second. They went on to win the next round when debating ‘This house as the US Democratic Party would campaign to repeal the Second Amendment.’

Sara commented, “This was my third Oxbridge Finals day and, as my last, this was certainly the most memorable.” Haider, who joined KHS Sixth Form principally so he could be part of a thriving and successful Debating Society, added, “The Cambridge Final was my eighth competition this year and, at this event, we competed against some of the best debaters in the country, if not the world. Getting to 14th place was a fantastic achievement.” Salem added, “It was a great event in my final year in the school and all the weekly practices paid off to help me get into this final.”

Just being at this final was an amazing achievement as the best debaters in the world were at the event, some flying from as far as Canada, Sri Lanka and Singapore. Some of the debaters were in National Squads and debated for their country. Thanks to Mr Mitchell for running the weekly practice debates and for organising and attending so many competitions throughout the year.

UCL Schools’ Debating Cup

A small group of KHS students travelled to the Institute of Education to compete in the UCL Schools’ Debating Cup, a fiercely contested event with teams from some of the best debating schools in the country (such as Dulwich College, Eton and St Paul’s Girls). Kingsbury High School was represented in the competition by Aaron Stevens and Arran Jabbari, two Debating Society regulars but external competition “novices”, with support on the sidelines from Nikita Shikotra and Nauman Zahid; and Kingsbury’s Head Boy, Haider Nazerali, competed for the Debate Mate organisation with a partner from another school. They all enjoyed the competition and the motions were challenging but also very interesting.

It became clear, as the competition progressed, that Haider’s team was heading for the finals and we all stayed to watch his brilliant performance in the semi-final (on requiring games manufacturers to promote female protagonists), followed by his characteristically strong contribution to an exceptionally hard-fought final on a motion proposing the selling of citizenships. In the end Haider shared joint first prize with his Debate Mate partner as Best Speaker on the Day (highest scoring across all debates) and was a Runner-Up in the Final, with the Debate Mate team narrowly losing to  Dulwich College.

Haider is next representing Kingsbury High School in the National Finals of the Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition, in which he will be partnered by Head Girl, Sara Dehvari. The school will also be represented in these finals by Salem Ali and Akira Allman, who have performed superbly in Wednesday lunch-time debates over the course of the year.

Year 12 STEM students visit Imperial College

On Wednesday 7 February, Year 12 STEM students, along with Mr Cumbers and Mr Senior, attended an evening lecture at Imperial College, University of London. Ten PhD students at Imperial presented their cutting-edge research into Controlled Quantum Dynamics. The lecture was really helpful to expand understanding beyond the syllabus and was definitely stretching! A great experience that will prove useful for personal statements later in the year. Talks included – Quantum clocks and the race for time which outlined how the national physical laboratory is the centre for timekeeping in the UK. Quantum clocks could be highly applicable for highly accurate GPS tracking. Controlled Quantum Dynamics was also explained by exploring the role of super positioning, hidden variables, quantum cryptography, quantum tunneling, spontaneous collapse and, finally, quantum entanglement!
Students attending were: Stanislava Sebest, Ajinath Jeyachandran, Wahab Rahmani, Hamza Butt, Christian Lai and Gobindth Kaneshwaran. Our next visit will be on 20 March on gravitational waves

M & G Investments Work Experience

Sama Rabab,Bill Dobbie, Mohamad Al Hussaini, Prithihan Yogarajah, Daisy Constantinou, Jawad Bokhari are the successful Year 10 students that have been successful in securing a half term work experience placement with M & G Investments in the City of London.

The students applied through S4SNextGen, an initiative that links leading organisations with state schools, targeting students who would not normally have access to placements such as these.

Duvina Toolsee in Year 11 took part in a placement with M & G last year. Duvina recently attended a symposium event to share her experiences with leading companies such as Virgin Money, British Airways, and the Bank of England.