Annual Staff Christmas Debate

This year’s debate was organised  by the Upper School Debating Society and the motion was: This House wishes it could be Christmas everyday. 

Prop: Mr Waxman, Mr Das, and Ms Williams

Opp: Ms Hunter, Mr Senior and Ms Regan

A wonderfully lively debate witnessed by staff and students alike debate the implications of it being Christmas everyday. Mr Waxman opened the debate with his customary enthusiasm and vigour, arguing that Christmas was very much about giving to others, and helping. Ms Hunter raised the very many impracticalities this would bring about, and how eventually it could become a little meaningless. Mr Das attempted to sell the health benefits of Christmas, stating this would enable people to get their 5 a day! While Mr Senior implored the masses to ignore the false promises of the proposition, stating that Christmas would be expensive and how it would become a constant stream of unwanted guests. After several tense but well humoured exchanges the opposition dubbed ‘grinches and scrooges’ by the effervescent Ms Williams saw their valiants efforts fall short as the wit and style of the proposition was rewarded with a resounding victory, but not before Ms Regan asked with a wry smile if indeed this was such a good idea why the school had not made it a policy! 

Thank you to all the staff for giving up their lunch to debate.

Debating in Upper School continues in the New Year. Year 10 and 11 will be back on Tuesday 15th January at lunch in Room 55, while the Sixth Form will be back on Wednesday 16th January at lunch in Room 88. 

Winter Concert

Over 100 students from years 7 to 11 performed during the Winter Concert to a packed out Tylers Hall.

We had a range of performances from the department ensembles including a choir of over 40 students led by Miss Kvaerndrup and two different guitar groups led by our guitar teacher Mr Slatter. Students have been working hard putting together and rehearsing their own bands. Pieces performed include Love Yourself, Believer and Seven Nation Army. The concert finished with a performance of Mambo Groove, one of the pieces from last years 7Up project. 56 students took part in this performance, filling the stage.

The summer concert will take place on Thursday 27th June.

Year 12 Students Attend City Workshop at EY London HQ

Students attended an employability workshop run by top City firm EY. EY managers and employees presented career options, interview tips and managing your own brand to help students consider not only what career to choose but how to get through an interview.

Thank you to EY and to Aston University who organised the event. Only a limited number of schools got to take part and KHS Sixth Form took 25% of all the places as we have close links to Aston University and we asked for more than double the places. Those who attended all had excellent attendance to lessons and attitude to learning scores of either ‘Excellent’ or at least ‘Good’ because it is important students are on track to get the grades required to enter top careers and attendance and work ethic are key to achieving the grades. 

Samra Ali, who attended the trip, summarised some key tips:

Think about your strengths. Write down 5 strengths that you can show your interviewers. They could be what you use and do often. Performance, what you do well in. Energy, what makes you feel good.

Interviewers and employers only take 20 seconds to read your application or CV, so the first impression you give to them is important.

Within 30 seconds in seeing you, interviewers can make first impressions. So: be on time, be prepared and be engaged.

Create a lasting impression: show your personality, show that you’ve done you’re research by knowing about why you want this placement, think about your body language, listen, don’t rush and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Top tips:

Think about your presence online.

Now your stuff.

Remember to smile.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

On Tuesday 4th December Kingsbury High School hosted the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party which was organised and run by our Year 13 Level 3 Sports Leaders. Approximately 70 visitors attended the event from various elderly care homes, church groups and charity organisations from the local area.

The entertainment included boccia, carol singing, bingo and a quiz. There was also an opportunity for all to help crochet a blanket which will be donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. 

Thank you to Valerie Pope, Jenny Cox & Anne Hantouli who helped to run activities on the day. A huge thank you also to our amazing students who not only organised the party, but have also been volunteering their time to help organise activities for the elderly preceding this event.   

Helen Abbott, the wellbeing manager from Birchwood Grange care home who attended the event said:

” I cannot thank you enough for a wonderful afternoon. Your staff were so thoughtful and entertaining and the students were the best I’ve met. The compassion and care they showed to our residents not only this afternoon but in our home is far more than I can describe in words. Whenever anyone says anything disparaging about teenagers I can thrust the wonders of your students at them, as I am in awe of such talented and caring students.”

Musical Workshop

67 students from the Years 7-10 took part in a special singing workshop with Nav Arles and Miss Kvaerndrup. Both are excellent singing teachers and choir leaders and inspired our students with a very productive three hour workshop. Miss Kvaerndrup teaches singing at KHS and leads our school choir.

The students worked on two pieces which will be performed at the Winter Concert on Thursday 13th December.

ESU Debating Competition

We were delighted to host the first round of the ESU Competition in the Upper School in K Hall. Six teams from schools around Brent enthusiastically debated the following motions: This house would ban the sale and consumption of meat, this house would build on the green belt, this house would weight votes such that the younger the voter, the more powerful their vote.
We were represented by two sixth formers Bhavna Patel and Fawaz Sajid. Unfortunately we came up short against a fantastic debating duo from North Bridge House Senior School.
The debates were judged by Eliot Pallot from the ESU, and David Moffat and Rachelle Regan from KHS – we thank them for their time and efforts.
Special thanks to Godwin on the caretaking team; to Careen, Mary and the catering team; to the Upper School SLT; to Tracey Cox, and to the members of staff and fellow students who kindly gave their time to support the competitors during the evening.