School Production – Summer Holiday

summer_holiday_logo_final_600px

Congratulations to all the staff and students involved in the Kingsbury High School production of Summer Holiday.

Mr Hale, Musical Director of the show, said, “The school production is a great opportunity to celebrate success across the whole school. We’ve also been so fortunate to have fantastic Year 10s and 11s who have had so much coursework and exams to study for, yet rarely complain. They have been great to work with in rehearsals and have been helping to construct staging and scenery on Saturdays.

It is really pleasing that our students recognise the immeasurable value of being in a production such as this and the skills and characteristics they develop and gain from the experience.”

Professor John Marks

We are sorry to announce the death of Professor John Marks, former pupil and Vice Chair of Governors, of the school: his name appears on the honours board in the K Hall. His three children attended the school. John had a distinguished academic career and was part of an educational think tank together with Baroness Cox that advised the last Conservative Government. He was awarded the OBE for his services to education. He left the governing body after many years service following a stroke 3 years ago which left him very disabled and relocated to Sheffield with his wife to be closer to one of their daughters. He was a loyal friend to the school over many years.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/books-obituaries/9119644/John-Marks.html

World Book Day 2012 – Lose Yourself in a Book

Kingsbury High School (KHS) have commissioned fourteen posters featuring members of staff hidden behind famous characters on book covers with the heading ‘Lose Yourself in a Book’. This is the third year the school has produced a set of highly acclaimed posters to promote literacy and the love of books. The poster campaign, designed and created by Kingsbury High School’s Library and its own Creative Team, was launched on World Book Day 2012 and is part of a wider campaign to promote reading within the school and in the local community.

Josephine Woods, KHS Library Manager, said “Not only is it a great way for the students to get to know members of staff they wouldn’t normally meet, but also those who would not dream of walking into the library are coming in and taking books out – in these days of declining literacy levels and book reading in general you must agree – this is a good thing.”

To reach out to the community and to show support for local libraries, Kingsbury High School have given a set of the posters for display at Kingsbury Library Plus, Kingsbury Road.

Wendy Levingstone, Manager at Kingsbury Library Plus, was happy to put up the posters in this busy location and said “They really are great and look fantastic on our display boards – children from Kingsbury High School have been looking at the pictures and trying to guess who is behind each book”.

Within the school, there was a competition for students to guess the identity of the well disguised members of staff in the posters.

National Science & Engineering Competition 2012

National Science and Engineering Competition 2012

A Kingsbury High School pupil has won a place in the finals of the 2012 National Science & Engineering Competition. Mariam Zaidi impressed judges with an investigation into arterial valves in mice and human embryos.

Mariam will now compete against pupils from across the country, at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, in an attempt to claim one of the UK’s most prestigious science and engineering honours for young people.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair will be held at The NEC, Birmingham from 15th to 17th March 2012. Among the 30,000 attendees of the event will be a world-class judging panel including renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Nobel Prize winning biochemist Sir Time Hunt, and The Science Museum’s inventor in residence Mark Champkins, among others.

Mariam said: “I’m so proud that my project has made it into the finals of the National Science & Engineering Competition.  It’s a great achievement and I can’t wait to get to The Big Bang in Birmingham. The Competition really encouraged me to think about science and engineering in a new light and helped me to realise what fun I could have.”

Sir Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the British Science Association which runs the National Science & Engineering Competition, commented: “The National Science & Engineering Competition aims to inspire the talent of the future by making science, engineering, technology and maths more appealing for young people. Mariam’s entry shows just how exciting and extraordinary science and engineering can really be.”We’re thrilled that Mariam has got through as a finalist and wish her all the best for the national finals at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. Her project really caught our imagination and we hope that it inspires other young people to enter the Competition.”

To find out more about the National Science & Engineering Competition and to book your free place at The Big Bang Fair, visit www.thebigbangfair.co.uk

Rotary Young Chef Cooking Competition 2012

Rotary Cooking Competition

Kingsbury High School pupils, Sara Zaidi in Year 9 and Emily Snow in Year 8 performed brilliantly in the regional heat of the 2012 Rotary Young Chef Competition which took place in Westminster College on the 11th February 2012.

The distinguished judges Paul Wayne Gregory (a professional chocolatier) and Gary Lee (an executive head chef with the IVY restaurant) commended their dishes. Sara was awarded the 3rd position with an invitation to spend a day with the head chef at the prestigious IVY restaurant. She missed the first position by only 3 points.

[Text & image by Ms Omale]