After the recent Excel Day Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge workshops for all of Year 10, a school final was held to select students to represent KHS in the upcoming regional final.
The following Year 10 students participated:
Valentina Gah, Layla Khoudhari, Dijonay Richards, Priya Bharadia, Mia Khoudhari, Jawad Bokhari, Bilal Rehman, Humza Tahir, Ifla Mujeeb.
The students had to give a 3 minute speech without any notes, and the judges had a difficult task as they all spoke with great passion and emotion on a range of subjects.
Congratulations to all the speakers, in particular to Priya, Dijonay and Ifla who have been selected to go through to the Brent final in January. Thanks also to Andrew Mitchell and Sarah Purtill for judging the event, and to Erik Windrich for his technical support.
On 14th November a group of Year 13s took part in a leadership workshop led by athlete Tim Prendergast. Tim has competed in four Paralympic games, winning a gold medal in Athens 2004 in the 800m -T13 event. Now he works as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sports Trust – inspiring students by sharing his own experience of overcoming disability to succeed.
The workshop included ideas on how to differentiate activities to cater for all abilities and also planning and coordinating an event. As a result of their training, the Year 13s will be organising an inclusive festival for students from KHS and our local special schools in the spring term.
Each year, Year 13 biologists spend a week by the coast in Wales at a specialist residential study centre working on the ecology unit for their A Level examination. By being involved in gathering and working on the ecology data it helps to properly understand ecology rather than reading it just from a text book. It’s this type of approach that helps Biology secure top grades with many in 2017 securing A*/A including Jeandy, Mohsin and Zakaria who successfully secured places to study Medicine.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels are all highly rated by Alps, which compares each sixth form to the national data. Alps rates our 2017 results in all three sciences from ‘very good’ to ‘Outstanding’ which is why we have successful applicants to the most highly competitive medical degrees because students get top grades and those mentioned are just a snapshot of the top A A*/As achieved this year.
28 Year 13 students have just returned from a weekend away at Stubbers Adventure Centre in Essex. This trip was organised and paid for by the school to thank them and show our appreciation for all their hard work, particularly in the past year. These students spent all last year participating in the ‘Red Jacket Volunteering Scheme’ which meant they gave up their own time to assist in duties and organising events for example the Community Christmas Lunch. During their weekend at Stubbers, they participated in team building and outdoor adventurous activities such as laser tag and high ropes. It was an absolute pleasure for Miss McNeil and I to spend our weekend away with such a lovely group of young people who represented Kingsbury in a way we would all be proud of. On behalf of Kingsbury High school, we thank them for all their efforts and for being fantastic role models and representatives of our school.
On 18th October the Sixth Form team hosted a Speakers for Schools lecture in K Library, introducing Dr Fran Cardells, a senior business executive in the technology industry, who talked to the Sixth Form about ‘The Future of Work’. Harvard-educated, with experience of working at Google and now a Strategy Director at Salesforce.com, Dr Cardells is keen to inspire students to develop their skills in the digital age.
He engaged the large audience of Sixth Form students – drawn particularly from the Business, Economics, ICT and Computer Science subject areas, but attracting a great deal of general interest – with his thoughts on new ways of doing business, new approaches to education and thinking ahead about careers in the 21st century.
It was a thought-provoking lecture and Dr Cardell’s clearly captured the imagination of our students. This was particularly evident at the end of the lecture when students lined up to ask questions and discuss aspects of the talk with our guest. In feedback at the end of the lecture, students were keen to express their enthusiasm for hearing the views of business leaders, particularly in the technology sector, and many had taken notes – one student, with an interest in Business Management and Information Systems, was quick to discuss the lecture in his UCAS personal statement!
The Sixth Form hosts a series of lectures each year for students as part of its enrichment provision and preparation for university life and the world of work.