English National Opera Workshops

The school Choir is working hard on a project with English National Opera this year and on 27th February we had our third (out of five) workshops with members of the ENO education team. Our visitors continue to be impressed with the progress our students are making during the workshops, the thoughts and answers they share and the sound they are making as a large group singing together. The choir has been working on music from the opera Carmen which we were lucky to go and hear live at the London Coliseum in January.

The choir will be performing with other Brent Secondary Schools at Wembley Arena during Brent Makes Music on Friday 17th July.

Friends & Family Concert

It was the second Friends & Family concert of the year and rumour had it that it was not to be missed. There wasn’t an empty seat in the studio; parents, carers, staff, friends and siblings came to enjoy the talents showcased by our students.

The Kingsbury Ensemble kicked off the show, all looking fantastic in their new Kingsbury Ensemble T-Shirts. The programme consisted of solos and small groups with students from Year 8 to Year 11 playing a range of styles of music on a range of instruments.

Our next friends and family concert is on the 30 April. Please continue to come and support our students and join us for the concert.

Year 8 STEM workshop

On Thursday 16 January a group of 30 selected students from Year 8 participated in an Engineering workshop in association with Shell. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) based workshop provided every student with the opportunity to create a mini electric car and understand the principles of Engineering through application. Additionally, the sessions offered careers guidance towards a career within Engineering, understanding the principles of the subject, as well as the prospect of working with engineer’s within industry.

 The workshop was

·         Facilitated by an Engineer & STEM expert

·         An opportunity to explore concepts in physics, technology and engineering

·         Careers information linked to Engineering

·         All students were supported with all equipment required, including mini electric cars

2019 Christmas Panto

Like every year it is tradition at Kingsbury High School that the staff take to the stage and perform the KHS Panto for the students.

This year was no exception and students were treated to Cinderella featuring our famous talent competition including the highly anticipated staff dance and the important Tylexit Vote! Which way did the students vote, exit or remain? And who won the dancing competition?

Christmas Staff Debate 2019

For the third year running, the KHS Sixth Form Debating Society organised the Annual Christmas Staff Debate, with the motion: This House would arrest Santa for breaking into people’s homes.

Prop: Mr Shaheen, Mr Das, Ms Williams

Opp: Ms Persaud, Mr Thomas, Mr Moffat

Students swarmed into the Sixth Form Study Room to witness this fiery, spirited debate. As the first speaker, Mr Shaheen defined the motion with wit and clarity, proposing that Santa is evidently invading people’s privacy, and this cannot be dismissed as harmless in a post-’MeToo’ world. In response, Ms Persaud argued eloquently that Santa lacks the criminal intent to harm people, and is a welcome visitor in everyone’s homes. Mr Das fired back that our consent to Santa’s presence is implied, before pointing out Santa’s involvement in animal cruelty by overworking his reindeers on a cold Christmas Eve. In his first debate as the Headteacher, Mr Thomas declared that arresting Santa is a drain on police resources, especially during a time of austerity for the UK. After Mr Moffat’s assertion that such a motion lacked any evidence or reason to appear in court (and dazzled the spectators with a song to finish!), Ms Williams concluded the debate by passionately arguing that Santa’s habitual housebreaking is a clear violation of our human rights.  
In the middle of the debate, many students provided impressive questions and objections to both teams.  

With a cheering competition among the floor, the opposition was proclaimed victorious.  The debate ended with a sense of sportsmanship, good humour, and respect all around.  

‘This debate was really enjoyable,’ commented a student who attended.  ‘It was great to see the teachers who we’ve known all these years argue and discuss such a contentious topic together in this way.  This was a shining example of good debating.’

Thank you and well done to all the staff who took part!

Article written by Priya Bharadia, KHS Sixth Form Student

Winter Concert 2019

Tylers Hall was packed out for the Winter concert with 120 students were involved, 110 students were supported by students backstage and front of house. Jack Copper did his usual marvellous job of setting up equipment before the concert and technical support on stage. Zeni Pun was our excellent host introducing each performance with enthusiasm keeping the audience engaged as we set up equipment for each performance.

We had outstanding solos from Year 11 students Jineth, Chamod and Khalid, small ensemble performances from the Year 9 and 10 GCSE music students and a group of Year 12 students. The Kingsbury Ensemble continues to grow with new students joining us this term and they are playing much more challenging music. The audience also did well joining in with ‘We Will Rock You’. The highlight of the evening was all 110 students playing and singing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ together as a finale of the concert. All the students involved should be incredibly proud of their contributions to the concert. It was a real team effort demonstrating the creativity, talent and hard work of our students

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

On Wednesday 4 December we opened our doors to host the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. Approximately 70 visitors attended the event from various elderly care homes, church groups and charity organisations from the local area. Every year this event is organised and run by our Year 13 Level 3 Sports Leaders.

The entertainment included a quiz, bingo and carol singing. The guests were also served food and drinks by our students. 

Thank you to Valerie Pope who, every year, helps to run activities on the day. A huge thank you also to our amazing students who not only organised the party, helped to make sure that the visitors arrive safely at our school, but have also been volunteering their time to help organise activities for the elderly preceding this event.

We received a card thanking all staff and students at Kingsbury High School from one of our guests:

‘It is very considerate to think of the elderly at this time of the year, especially as so many of us live alone.

The invitation to join you today is very much appreciated.

Sincere thanks to you all, and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.’

Trip to Lille

Before dawn on Friday, 2nd November 47 Year 7 and Year 8 students and five teachers departed Kingsbury on a coach bound for Lille in north-east France. A short spell on the Eurotunnel and – hey presto! – we were in France.

First stop: the enormous beach at Petit Fort Philippe near Dunkirk. The tide was out so everyone enjoyed running around and some even made it down to the sea. Then on to the Lille Christmas Market, offering local food and drink, crafts and other gift items. Several stallholders, upon discovering we were teachers, said that they thought our children were very polite and well behaved. They said that most students had made an effort to speak French and they were very impressed. Kingsbury parents and teachers should be very proud!  After we had filled ourselves with potatoes and cheese or other delicious hot food, it was time to re-join the coach for the trip to the Château d’Ebblinghem where we stayed. We had the whole place to ourselves and found it very comfortable.

Up early in the morning for a walk through Boulogne-sur-Mer and a really enjoyable few hours in the Nausicaa Marine Centre, a magical place with lots to see, including the sea lions racing about in the water at feeding time.

Many of the students said they would like to have stayed longer in France, but two days was all we had so we made our way back to Calais for the Eurotunnel home.

A fantastic trip, immaculately organised by Steve Vadgama. Student behaviour was excellent; the students were patient when waiting, good-natured with changes and generally fun and agreeable. See you again next year we hope!

November Excel Day

Today our students were treated a wide range of activities, trips, motivational talks, cooking workshops, guest speakers and much more. During our Excel Days we take our students off their timetable and engage them in workshops that will develop them as a whole person. This is key for every student at Kingsbury High School as those days are designed to allow them to learn about topics they wouldn’t normally be thought about in a school environment.

Our Year 7 students went to various locations in London, the Year 8s learned how to read for pleasure as well as continued to develop their First Give charity projects. Careers Day was the topic for Year 9 students, whilst the Year 10s focused on the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.

In the Upper school the Year 11s discussed mental health and met the guest speakers Maximize who talked to them about best practise for exam preparation.

Finally, our Sixth Formers enjoyed a carousel of activities, from yoga to cooking, to talks about how to best prepare for life at university, to health and wellbeing and guest speakers.

KHS wins School Leadership Academy of the Year 2019 Award

We are very pleased to announce that Kingsbury High School are the Sports Leaders UK’s Regional Winners of the School Leadership Academy of the Year 2019 Award.
During 2018/19 we provided the opportunity for 174 learners to develop their leadership skills through Sports Leaders Qualifications & Awards. This resulted in a minimum total of 2833 hours of recognised volunteering and social action being delivered within our school and the local community.

Leadership academies are those centres which demonstrate best practice in delivering sports leadership. We have been considered as the best centre in London, East & South East Region.