Play Unified is a global movement, encouraging young people to play games together regardless of their intellectual capabilities. It pushes players to accept each other, promoting social inclusion and building a unified generation through sports.
Kingsbury High School has taken this onboard and launched it’s first ‘Play Unified Festival’. Students from Year 10 were trained in guiding students with intellectual disabilities, giving them support whilst building up team leadership skills, acting as ambassadors.
Sian High from KHS said ‘’This was our first ever Play Unified Festival which was designed and led by our Year 10 Ambassadors, with help from students in Year 8 and 9. Participants learnt how to play Boccia, New Age Kurling, Seated Volleyball and Polybat.
KHS students in Year 7 were teamed up with pupils from Woodfield school and each activity tested their ability to work together and communicate.’’
The Year 12 students were treated to a day packed with inspiring speeches and career advice from Kingsbury’s alumni. The aim of the day was to support the students and offer them guidance in their decision making processes they will … Continue reading →
On Friday 15th July the KHS Sixth Form hosted a talk from high profile guests from Capgemini UK plc as well as the Speakers for Schools organisation, along with former Kingsbury students with higher apprenticeship positions in Capgemini.
Christine Hodgson, Executive Chairman of Capgemini, gave an inspirational talk to students about career and university choices using her own experiences as examples. She was joined by two former Kingsbury students Anika Mahangra and Radhika Parmar who managed to get Capgemini apprentice positions as well as Ms Michelle Perkins, Director of Schools Outreach at Capgemini UK.
Christine and her team gave support and advice on further education and how to be successful during the students’ upcoming professional lives. Christine advised them to ‘Do something different once a month; something they haven’t done before’ and to be open minded and excited about their futures ahead. The session was followed by a Question and Answer session with the audience showing a high interest in alternative routes to further education.
After the talk our successful Young Enterprise and Kitbox students presented their product ideas to Capgemini and gained feedback to allow to proceed with their ideas, should they wish to.
Pranesha Bhudia and her team developed ‘Roundabout’, a board game aimed at 7 to 11 year olds and their parents. The game is designed around topics of the national curriculum and encourages children to learn through play whilst creating traditional family playing time with a board game rather than using electronic devices. The team also developed a website to support their game and offer further play value.
Pranesha and her team won an astounding 4 awards – the Young Enterprise Best Presentation, Young Enterprise Best Trade Stand, Overall Brent Winner and Best London Final Winner Awards.
Rishi Tanna and his team developed their ‘Squadgoals’ for the KHS students, a Polo T Shirt that can be individualised for all Year 11 students, giving them the same opportunity as current Year 13 Leavers who receive their Leavers Hoodies with all their fellow students’ names at the back.
The morning has been a great success with the students who have found the support they receive ‘exciting, insightful and informative’ and are ‘excited about what the future might bring and want to thank everyone that helped them along the way’.
On Wednesday, July 13th a celebration was held in the T library for Accelerated Reader and Units of Sound pupils, designed to celebrate our students outstanding achievements.
Accelerated Readers and Unit of Sounds are literacy programmes developed to support years 7 and 8 improve their confidence and skills in literacy (reading, writing, memory, grammar and dictation).
Rachel Kitley presented certificates and prizes firstly to The Accelerated Readers students, who had read 1,882,768 words over the academic year.
They were four Kindles offered as an incentive, the winners were year 8: Muuse Hassan 537.483 word count, Karan Goyal 213,900 word count, Denis Pinzariuc 51,473 word count and year 7: Jaziah Amin 86,766 word count.
80% of Unit of Sounds, year 7 students completed level 1 in reading and spelling. Ali Ali Hussein completed level 1 and 2 in reading, spelling, memory and dictation.
Students feedback was very positive Maria Iona Cerasela said, ‘I really enjoyed Units of Sound, I have seen improvements in my literacy/English work and as a result of Units of Sound I have moved up a level in my English’.
On Tuesday 12th July the Kingsbury High Slambassadors, spoken word, team took their hard work from the previous week’s workshops to The Palace theatre in Kings Cross for the London Regional spoken word poetry finals.
Three performers from Kingsbury High took to the stage alongside six other schools from North and North West London including William Ellis, Parliament Hill and Alperton Community School.
Humna, Amina and Zubeyda performed their work confidently and to great applause from an audience made up of peers and professional poets, including the award winning and internationally renowned Hollie McNish, and legend of the UK Hip-Hop scene and celebrated social commentator Akala. Both Hollie and Akala performed for the collected schools and stayed around afterwards to pass on some words of the wisdom to the young performers.
Christopher Beschi said “Our students conducted themselves in exemplary fashion and there was even time for a quick trip around the British Library to look at their collection of ancient poetry books.”
“This, third year of Slambassadors at Kingsbury High School, has been a wonderful continuation of the legacy of Slambassadors and poetry at Kingsbury High School and it was touching to see last year’s Slambassadors supporting the new cohort; none more so that Jack Petchey award winner La-Shay Green who used her winnings from the award to supply the new group with hardback notebooks in which to continue their development as writers.”
Look out for more from our Slambassadors in the new year!
On the 12th July during the Year 8 graduation ceremony the KHS students presented a cheque of £2026.90 to Cancer Research. This was a very proud moment for the students and staff who have been working extremely hard on a … Continue reading →