Ceramics Workshop at the V&A

On Tuesday 20th November, Kingsbury High School students took part in a ceramics workshop at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The students were specially selected by their Art teachers to spend a day in the ceramics studio, where they worked with a practising ceramic artist. Students were introduced to the ceramics collection at the V & A, and drew inspiration from the many historical and contemporary ceramics on show. They sketched designs from the collection, and interpreted these into their own clay plate which they made from scratch! They learnt techniques of clay work, from rolling out a slab to clay slip techniques. The plates will be fired and sent back to the school to be put on display.

[text by Ms Conway; photography by Ms Conway & Mr Knight]

Bank of England Interest Rate Challenge

On Wednesday 21st November 2012 five students, accompanied by Ms. Gorsia and Mr. Irving, took part in the annual Bank of England and The Times Target Two Point Zero Interest Rate Challenge.

Students took on the role of the Monetary Policy Committee to analyse UK and global economic data and their possible impact on inflation and the economic outlook for the UK. Based on this information, students then decided if current economic policy is appropriate or needs to be adjusted to meet the 2.0 inflation target set by the Government. The team had to justify their decision under some thorough questioning from three Bank of England officials.

Students met competitors from several other schools and developed their presentational, analytical and team working skills.

[text by Mr Irving; images by Ms Gorsia]

Chloe Rogers visits Kingsbury High School

On Tuesday 13th November, Olympic Bronze medallist, hockey star, Chloe Rogers, visited Kingsbury High School as part of the NHS Brent, 2012 Legacy Programme.

Chloe offered advice and tips for students during both a hockey workshop and a question and answer session where the England Hockey Team player engaged with the students on a range of topics from life in the Olympic village to the good luck rituals of athletes.

14 year-old, Yarlini Thiruchelvam said “I found the workshop really enjoyable. Meeting Chloe was a great experience; she gave us advice on how to improve our skills and controlling nerves before a game. Overall, the workshop was definitely inspiring, and meeting Chloe was a great opportunity.”

Kingsbury High School is the first school in Brent to benefit from the 2012 Legacy Programme launched in September 2012 which aims to inspire a new generation of young athletes.

Chloe said, “It was a real pleasure to meet some of the students at Kingsbury High school and get to view their hockey skills. Hopefully the Summer Olympics in London has inspired some of them to try out and participate in new sports or to keep progressing in their activities and strive to achieve new levels. They all looked to be having fun and enjoying themselves whilst playing hockey and that is one of the key reasons for playing sport also keeping them fit and healthy at the same time. It’s great to come to a school that offers hockey at such a young age. The teachers have been coaching them really well.”

[text by Camille; Photography by Steve Foster]

El Tabary Preparatory School

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Kingsbury High School would like to thank the El Tabary Preparatory School in Cairo with whom we are working on an international partnership with for the next three years. The aim is to develop PE in both schools.

نحن في المدرسة العليا بكنجس بري نريد ان نرحب بمدرسة الطبري الاعدادية بالقاهرة حيث اننا نعمل في اطار شراكة دولية خلال السنوات الثلاثة القادمة و نهدف الى تطوبر التربية الرياضية في كلا من المدرستين.

[photograph & text provided by Mr Price]