Kingsbury High School Staff & Students Get Knitting!

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During Refugee Week (17 – 23 June 2013) the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department launched a crocheting and knitting project. The project called for members of staff and students to knit or crochet squares which were then sewn together to make blankets. Baskets filled with wool, knitting needles and crochet hooks were left in the school’s staff room where members of staff could unwind with a spot of knitting.

Lettings Officer, Raksha Hirji said “I found knitting the squares to be quite a therapeutic experience and a good opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile cause.”

Weekly knitting workshops were held for students who learnt some basic knitting skills.

EAL Learning Support Assistant and project coordinator, Anne Hantouli said “The response has been fantastic. The workshops were a great success; knitting needles and crochet hooks were taken up enthusiastically and new skills soon mastered. Students and staff together have made 3 beautiful blankets which no doubt will be warmly received. The project has not only taught new skills, but rekindled a craft and sense of nostalgia. We hope the project will be a long term one to reflect the sad, ever increasing refugee crisis. Our aim is to extend the project to include the local community through our links with senior citizens. We would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all those who have donated their time and support in aid of this very worthwhile project.”

The blankets will be sent to via a registered charity for refugee use.

[text by Camille; image by Steve]

Brent Ensembles Concert

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On Wednesday 10th July Kingsbury High School played host to the first ever Brent Ensembles Concert. This concert included music from the students of Claremont High School, St Gregory’s Catholic Science College, Preston Manor High School and Kingsbury High School. The idea for this concert came from Mr Dominé, the Head of Music at Kingsbury High School – “I have worked at both Claremont High School and now at Kingsbury High School and have been really impressed with the standard of the young musicians in Brent. I wanted to give the students an opportunity to showcase their talents and for the students, staff and parents of the different schools involved to hear what fantastic music is being produced in the Brent schools”.

There was an excellent turnout which included the Mayor of Brent and it is hoped that this will become an annual event.

[text by Mr Dominé; photograph taken at the Year 8 Graduation by DE Photos]

NDCS Listening Bus Visits Kingsbury High School

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On Tuesday 16th July, Kingsbury High School was visited by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Listening Bus. The Listening Bus has been travelling the UK since 1996 delivering the NDCS’s information service to the doorstep of the nation’s deaf children; their families and friends and the professionals working with them.

Kingsbury High School students and staff benefited from the range of workshops the road show team offer. Damian Ball, Road Show Coordinator, spoke to deaf students about their confidence, identity, emotional health and wellbeing. Students also had the opportunity to try out the new technologies available for independent living such as flashing doorbells, Bluetooth neckloops and vibrating alarm clocks.

The service delivers 90 free visits a year, with the majority taking place at primary and secondary schools.

Damian said “One key issue that we highlight with the secondary deaf students is the management of their hearing aids or cochlear implants, which few are aware of. An audiologist can activate a setting known as a Telecoil or ‘T’. This means they can hear music, the TV or people talking more clearly with no background noises present. One piece of technology to enable this is a Bluetooth neckloop, which can pair up with devices that have Bluetooth, such as mobile phones and iPads. This then shares information like music and speech without the need for cables, and is popular with teenagers!”

Gabrielle Nagle, Road Show Assistant said “These workshops are a whole new level of help for deaf students. They focus on helping deaf young peoples’ confidence; helping to improve their independence; talking to them about communication; deaf identity and getting them to think about what they want in the future and how to achieve it. The workshops are really, really rewarding and can make a big difference to deaf young people out there.”

Find out more about the NDCS Listening Bus

[text by Camille; photograph by Steve]

Year 9 Cricket Team are Brent Champions

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Kingsbury High School Year 9 cricket team won the Brent Competition for the third year running with a 22 run victory over Claremont High School. The match took place at Kenton Cricket Ground. Kingsbury batted first and scored 137 in 20 overs, an average of almost 7 runs per over! Nakul Hirani top scored with 28 runs, Adnan Hassan making 20 and Kaushil Patel 14 on a poor batting strip. Great running of singles and runs by all team members meant that the total would be difficult for the opponents to chase.

Claremont responded well at the start of their innings with their opening batsmen making 45 before Sajad Ahmad took the first wicket, Nakul then took two important wickets with great bowling. Saptarshi Bhatt also took two wickets with Dhruv Bhatt making a great catch. Masoud Jaji bowled a maiden and took an LBW. Sajad Ahmad cleared the bottom order finishing with a 5 wicket haul. Abthal Monir’s wicket keeping was fantastic, taking an edge catch and a stumping.

It was a great result for the students and it means that the team have completed all their Brent matches at Key Stage 3, unbeaten, which is quite an achievement.

[image & text by Mr Donald]

Wise Up! Face Up! Stand Up!

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For their London 2012 Olympic Legacy, Kingsbury High School’s Year 8 students adopted the theme of courage. Under the campaign banner, Wise Up! Face Up! Stand Up!, the students took up the challenge of supporting the courage of families affected by cancer. Through the school year, they raised money for, and awareness of, St Luke’s Hospice, The Teenage Cancer Trust and Stand up to Cancer, part of Cancer Research UK.

Explaining the motivation behind the campaign, Deputy Year Leader, Helen Snow said “We wanted a campaign that the students could lead and be a part of, not only being courageous within their own surroundings but also understanding and promoting the courage of others.”

Students raised £1,400 for The Teenage Cancer Trust, £1,400 for Stand up to Cancer and £1,480 for St Luke’s Hospice. Students presented cheques to representatives of the three charities at the Watford Colosseum during the school’s inaugural Year 8 Graduation ceremony.

Year 8 student, Chey-Ann McLeod aged 13 said “The experience of us being able to help people with cancer has bonded us as a year group because everyone wanted to get involved. It lets you know that you can do something to help others.”

[photograph by Steve]

Year 8 are Runners Up in Brent Cricket Final

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Kingsbury High School’s, Year 8, Boys Cricket team were runners up in the Brent Cricket final. They drew to Claremont High School with both teams scoring 98 runs each from 20 overs. Claremont High School were crowned champions as they had taken 7 wickets and Kingsbury High School had taken 6 wickets. It was a harsh way to lose a final, but nevertheless a great achievement for the squad for reaching the final.

[text & image by Mr Sabag]

Students Join Malala to Fight for Education for All

Year 8 students took part in Malala Day events on Friday 12th July at the Houses of Parliament and on the Southbank, to add their voice to Malala’s and make a global stand for all children everywhere to have a chance to go to school. 57 million children worldwide are still missing out on their right to a quality education.

Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl, was shot last October, on her way to school by the Taliban for speaking out about the right for girls in her country to have an education. Malala has been recovering in the UK and on her 16th birthday, made her first public speech at the United Nations (UN). She was joined by hundreds of young people from around the world, for a youth takeover of the UN, all campaigning for the rights of children worldwide to have a quality education.

In Westminster on 12th July students from Kingsbury High School joined with other young campaigners from every corner of the UK. Their ‘voices’ fed into the main proceedings in the UN and became part of a final official youth ‘Call to Action’ document on their vision for education and ending poverty. This document will be sent to the UN Summit in September when world leaders gather to work towards new post-2015 development goals.

Students from Kingsbury High School were selected to take part in the Malala Day events as they have been involved in the Send My Friend to School campaign for the last seven years.

Hibah Katta, aged 13, said “I couldn’t wait to meet with some of the members of Parliament as it was a whole new experience for me and a great way for our school to make an impact together. Hearing and reading about Malala and her bravery, honestly has made me even more inspired by her.”

Alka Vekaria, also aged 13, said “Every child deserves an education to enable them to aspire and excel in life and they can only achieve this if they get a chance or opportunity to go to school. I feel that it’s unlawful and wrong that any child in this world should lose out on an education because it’s unfair to deprive them of fulfilling their potential for a better future.

The children of today are going to be the leaders of tomorrow but they can only achieve this if they are given the chance in life to make that happen. If I have been given the opportunity to go to school for free, then why haven’t children all around the world been given this opportunity too?”

[information provided by Send My Friend to School; image by Mark Chilvers]