As a Hub School for the TeamUp Campaign, Kingsbury High received a visit from an international hockey athlete on Monday 18th September. Nichola Cochrane is a goalkeeper for Scotland and has recently become a member of the Women’s GB Hockey squad.
Nichola led a practical lesson for some of our aspiring year 8 & 9 girls and then had a Q & A session after school for all of our current teams where she spoke about her hockey journey and life as an international athlete.
TeamUp is trying to promote the Women’s Hockey World Cup which is taking place in London in July 2018. For information on tickets please go to –
This opportunity came through our continued involvement with the Kingsbury School Sports Partnership.
This week we hosted our annual Alumni Day, where Year 12 students were treated to an array of presentations from former KHS students.
Every year we invite all former students to come back and share their experiences since leaving the school. This event is hugely inspirational for our students, allowing them to get an insight into different industries and an understanding of various routes that can lead to different careers.
The day starts off with the former students briefly introducing themselves, after which the current students get the opportunity to directly approach them for one to one conversations. Previously KHS students have not only managed to get guidance through these, but have ended up gaining work experience, which is a fantastic outcome. To finish the sessions some guest speakers gave a more in-depth introduction to themselves and the industry they work in.
This year we welcomed back over 50 former students, one of them was Christina Kumar, a solicitor who is taking a year off to fight child trafficking in the Philippines: https://www.youcaring.com/christinakumar-838793 She gave a very moving talk about herself and the choices she made.
Another insight to world affairs was provided by James Hillier, who gave an account of his work for Cambridge Analytica in recent Kenyan and US elections.
We also heard from entrepreneurs Suraj Gosai and Jordan Douglas, with one of the UK’s first e-sports start-up businesses, ‘Blinkpool’; and from Karim Clarke, talking about his Kent-based, but soon to be nationwide, start-up business ‘Unirunners’, which aims to take on the big delivery firms by delivering a wider variety of goods at any time of day or night.
Elizabeth Kennedy, a Digital Communications Apprentice and visitor on the day talked, with Savannah Mullings Johnson, an ITN apprentice, about the value of apprenticeships.
Live music was provided by brilliant singer-songwriter, Ziena Idani; by pianist, Akira Allman (Year 13); and by creative manager Erik Windrich, who has achieved chart success over the years with his band ‘Evoid’.
Mr Mitchell from KHS said that ‘it was fantastic to see such a large and inspiring turn-out of former students, perhaps the most varied line-up we have seen so far, and Kingsbury students were presented with a wealth of experiences and stories that will assist them as they make their own choices in the future’. Thanks go to Erik, Tamara and Tara in the creative team; to the K reception, caretaking and catering staff; to the Senior Prefects for offering a well-received Peer Induction in the Library, and a Freshers’ Fair in the Sixth Form Study Room; to Future First, for its support; and to the Sixth Form management team. Without these combined efforts, the day would simply not have been possible.’
There were some fiercely competitive events that took place and several school sports day records fell! Despite the levels of determination all the competitors showed great sportsmanship and the hordes of spectators for each event helped create fantastic atmospheres that spurred the competitors on. What was most enjoyable to see was that everyone attended participated in one way or another and it seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves. The day really was a credit to the pupils and I hope they are looking forward to next year and the sporting year ahead.
Learning to work together to solve problems and preparing for job interviews were just two of the many areas brought together for the Sixth Form’s Employability and Careers Day, which was delivered to Year 12 students by several external organisations, members of the Sixth Form team and former students.
In a series of workshops, students were introduced to aspects of the employment process, such as writing CVs and covering letters, performing well at interview, negotiating assessment centre problem-solving tasks and preparing for graduate scheme applications. In addition, students received advice about apprenticeship schemes (including degree apprenticeships) and what employers are looking for in the candidates that apply to them.
The Sixth Form says thank you to the organisations that supported this event: Montium Training; Pathways CTM and City Insights; Amazing Apprenticeships; Dynamic Training; and Brent Connexions. We were also grateful to four former students – members of the school’s Future First alumni community – who returned to support our current students: Darshan Chotani (investment banker, Santander); Omar Rasul (auditor at KPMG); Yusef Badi (researcher in Computational Biology); and Natalie Garces-Bovett (assistant producer, Nuffield Southampton Theatres).
This was the last piece of the jigsaw in our progression support for Sixth Form students this year, having worked with the students on aspects of the UCAS process, taken students to universities (Westminster, Hertfordshire and Reading) and brought universities into school (Brunel, City, Leicester and Roehampton). We have tried to ensure that Sixth Form students are fully informed for the next step in their lives, whichever route they wish to take. These events followed earlier sessions throughout the year about preparing for life after sixth form: stress management, meditation, healthy eating, surviving university, radicalisation, and the job market today and in the future.
On Tuesday 11th July, Year 8 students graduated from the foundation stage of a two year programme entitled the ‘Kingsbury Curriculum’. As part of this curriculum, a series of experiences, called the ‘Kingsbury Guarantee’, were offered to students to allow them to explore their talents and abilities. Students completed extended homework projects and community work, organised events and took part in residential activities.
On the evening of the graduation guests were invited to view a short film with clips showing scenes and photos from the various projects in the Tyler’s Hall followed by the graduation ceremony.
The Co-Headteachers opened the ceremony welcoming parents, family, friends and carers to the school. Then the Head Boy and Head Girl hosted the ceremony introducing the form tutors who announced the students and their grades. The Year 8 students arrived on stage from a red carpet, to receive their graduation gift bags and, shortly afterwards, their framed graduation certificate.
Guests were treated to three performances from our exceptionally talented students, Khalid and Lujein and their touching performance of Hallelujah, Xane (Miles) and his thoughtful poet and finally our energetic dancers Ruxandra, Ariana, Denisa and Bianca.
The evening culminated in the unveiling of the 2017 honours board in the Tylers Hall. Jay Parekh and Abhishna Yogarajan.received the trophies for the most highly praised boy and girl graduates.
KHS celebrated two days where all the students and staff came together for the schools’ third Olympiad in its history. The Year 13 students had to organise an event for about 30 students as part of one of their modules, instead they turned to Ms Woodrow, wanting to organise an event for the whole school, over two days. They have worked hard to organise such a huge project. We are very proud of our student leaders and the work that they do for the School.
91 teams, all named after former members of staff, baked, made art, danced, completed team challenges, went on a treasure hunt, took part in quizzes and maths challenges, sang, performed, competed in relays, posed as a 50 for a drone and all ended up in the K sports hall for a big finale.
The KHS flag was handed over from the former head boy and head girl to the new student leadership team and all 1700 students sang the Kingsbury song they were taught during one of the sessions. Huge congratulations to all the students for organising this event and creating the legacy.
Watch the school singing here: