Students Become Stars for Send My Friend

Last term saw Kingsbury High School become the location for the 2013 Send My Friend to School campaign. A number of Kingsbury High School Year 8 students were selected as cast members for the seven minute film.

Kingsbury High School has been supporting the Send My Friend to School campaign for seven years. The campaign, which has a different theme each year, aims to remind world leaders of the promise they made in 2000; that all children worldwide would get a quality primary education by 2015.

This year’s theme, ‘Every Child Needs a Teacher’, focuses on the global teacher shortage; it is estimated that 1.7 million more teachers are needed worldwide to get every child into school.

A film crew from Hands Up, spent a day at Kingsbury High School on a cold, but fortunately dry, November day. They filmed scenes with Year 8 students, highlighting the need for more trained teachers globally.

The film follows the journey of a young boy, Adam, who, as he walks to school in London, thinks about all the different careers he could have when he grows up. On arrival, he and his classmates discover that there are no teachers to teach them and that without teachers, a school is just a building.

The film also includes students demonstrating this year’s, Send My Friend to School creative action by making ‘ideal teacher’ figures and decorating them with messages about the importance of education and what makes a great teacher. This creative action is designed for young people to show their MPs how strongly they feel about every child getting an education and encourage them to take up this issue with the Prime Minister and within Parliament. Kingsbury High School student, Zahra Shaikh, aged 13, from Wembley, pictured with her ‘ideal teacher’ said, “It is a fantastic campaign and I hope we can move forward and achieve our goal for every child to go to school.”

13 year old, Kingsbury High School student, Hibah Katta said, “It felt amazing being part of the film production. I got to see what happens behind the scenes and all the hard work being put into a short film for such an important campaign. I believe that Send My Friend to school is a very beneficial and eye opening campaign for everyone, especially students. It was such an honour to be chosen to play one of the characters in the film. As well as being filmed and speaking with an actual director, I was also thinking about those children who are less fortunate than me and my school. I really hope that by seeing this film, people will begin to help with the campaign.”

Karen Garvin, from the Send My Friend to School campaign said, “It was great to have students from Kingsbury High School in the cast. Although it was a long day with lots of rehearsals and numerous takes, students stayed focused, listened carefully to the film Director and really helped to make the filming go smoothly. I think being so closely involved made them think about what their lives would really be like if they had no teachers, and no chance to learn!”

The film will be shown to around 6,000 schools across the UK who sign up for this year’s Send My Friend to School campaign. Schools can get involved in the campaign by requesting an activity pack from the Send My Friend website.

[text & photography by Camille Shah]

International Inspiration

This week, as part of International Inspiration, London 2012’s official international sports legacy programme, Kingsbury High School is playing host to their partner school from Egypt, the El Tabary School in Cairo.

International Inspiration has enriched the lives of more than 12 million children in 20 countries and encourages schoolchildren, teachers and coaches in the UK to learn about other cultures and exchange knowledge and experiences with peers in International Inspiration countries. The programme is delivered around the world by a unique partnership of organisations including the British Council, UNICEF and UK Sport.

On Monday 28th January 2013, staff and students at Kingsbury High School welcomed two members of staff from the El Tabary School. Flag waving students lined the entrance and corridors of the lower school.

Mr Mahmoud Ibrahim Fahim Hassan, Head Teacher, El Tabary School and Mr Magdy Fathy Hamed Ebrahem, Lead P.E. Teacher, El Tabary School are in Kingsbury High School, engaged in a week long programme focused on sport. They will be involved in activities including, primary school sports festivals run by Kingsbury High Schools’ students, Cricket, Archery and Gymnastics.

Mr Mahmoud Ibrahim Fahim Hassan said “We hope to learn from Kingsbury High School and take our experiences back for our students to benefit from.”

16 year-old, Kingsbury High School student, Mesha Vadhev, said “We look forward to strengthening the relationship between our school and their school. It was a really nice gesture with the exchange of gifts when they arrived. They gave us a flag of their school which I thought was nice.”

Assistant Head Teacher, Matthew Price, who visited the El Tabary School in November, said “We are really excited about this project as we hope to gain even closer links to the school, through sport, over the next three years.”

Seb Coe, Chair of London 2012 said: “Our vision is to use the power of the Games to inspire change – and changing lives is the driving force behind our plans. We took a very clear promise to Singapore – to encourage the youth of the world to choose sport – and Kingsbury High School’s involvement is another key step towards delivering that promise. Sport can be a great force for good, and the International Inspiration programme will play a real role in improving the lives of young people around the world through sport.”

[text by Camille Shah; photography by Steve Foster and Camille Shah; video by Erik Windrich]

Reading for Enjoyment

On Monday 14th January, the whole of Year 7 took part in an exciting ‘reading for enjoyment’ Excel day designed to encourage and celebrate reading. Both students and staff dressed up as their favourite book character with often imaginative and visual stunning results! Throughout the day a range of exciting activities were experienced such as: drama performances and role plays; reading aloud beloved preschool books to develop students’ story telling skills to engage young children; and manipulating words to create enigmatic riddles in the style of J R R Tolkien!

Students consistently celebrated their reading by building a reading tree; watching it grow throughout the day by adding to it all the elements they loved about reading books. From characters and action to voice and writers’ style, one thing is clear: the staff and students have many reasons to love reading here at KHS!

[text by Ms Sangha & Ms Bryson; photography by Steve & Camille]

BBL Cup Final


On Sunday 13th January, 30 students and 4 staff made the long drive to Birmingham National Indoor Arena to watch the BBL Cup Final between Leicester Riders and Newcastle Eagles. Before the match, students enjoyed the support acts, which included an England v Ireland select match, a slam dunk competition, an acrobatic display and various cheer leading performances. Newcastle Eagles fell at the final hurdle in the defence of the BBL Cup as fierce rivals Leicester Riders beat them 80-85.

The students had a fantastic day and wanted to thank Mr Donald, Mr Froy, Ms McNeil and Ms Withey for giving up their Sunday.

[image & text by Mr Froy]

RIBI Young Chef Competition

On Wednesday 09th January 2013, Kingsbury High School students competed against each other in the school heat of the annual RIBI Young Chef Competition. The participants were three students in Year 10, two Year 8 students and eight from Year 7.

While some of the students were chosen based on their performances in their Food Technology lessons, others demonstrated their passion for cooking in the school’s trial sessions.

Students were asked to create a main dish for two, from ingredients costing less than £6.00, against the clock. Three judges from the Rotary Club of Northwick Park; Sandy Myrants (Club President), Lucille Parker (Honorary Secretary) and Helen Antoniou evaluated the dishes on criteria including presentation, organisation, health and hygiene.

The winner, 14 year-old Olivia Taiwo who lives in Kingsbury, cooked a Sea bass en croute with puy lentils, served with roasted tomatoes and parched asparagus.

Olivia said “I have been baking with my mum since I was 4 and I started cooking on my own from the age of nine. I entered the RIBI competition because I thought it would be good experience to compare my skills with other students and to see if I might be good enough to take cooking up professionally one day. I am very happy and surprised at the same time to have won. I am very nervous, but excited about the next heat because I get to make a dessert – my favourite part of cooking!”

Sandy Myrants, Rotary Club of Northwick Park President said: “Olivia gained good marks all the way through.  She made her own rough puff pastry, she filleted her own fish, she worked efficiently with a good awareness of hygiene and presentation.   Finally her dish was beautifully cooked, tasty and had complementary textures of flaky pastry, tasty, delicately flavoured fish filling together with the added bite given by the puy lentils and the perfectly cooked al dente asparagus.”

Olivia, along with runner-up, 15 year-old, Sara Zaidi, will go on to compete in the North West London area semi-finals at the College of North West London on Wednesday 30th January 2013.

[photography by Steve; text by Camille]

School Pantomime

The Kingsbury High School annual Pantomime took place on Thursday 20th December 2012. Approximately 900 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were entertained by the performance, 007 Meets Cinderella, which was produced by Mr. Fuller, the schools E-Learning Manager.

Mr Fuller said “The pantomime is a great way to end the term and I would like to say thank you to the 34 staff who gave up their time to take part and to those staff and students who helped behind the scenes. Special thanks go to Miss Hughes for helping me produce the show and choreograph the great dance routine.”

[photography by Steve; text by Mr Fuller]