On Monday 14th July, Janet Meredith, Community Fundraising Volunteer Manager at Barnardo’s visited the school to receive a cheque for £706.11. The money was raised periodically throughout the year by Year 8 students through sponsored silences, a non-uniform day and a cake sale.
On Tuesday 15th July the Sixth Form maintained its tradition of welcoming high achieving Year 11 students back from study leave to deliver a varied, informative and inspiring Russell Group Day event. Members of the Sixth Form team were ably supported on the day by a strong team of current students, the award-winning Young Enterprise team and a highly successful former student, Binda Bhudia, representing the Pure Potential organisation.
With talks on opportunities, preparation for Higher Education and looking ahead to the UCAS process, Year 11 students were able to ask questions and talk to the students informally about their experiences.
The highlight of the day was a visit from Adam Timmis, MD FRCP, Professor of Clinical Cardiology (NIHR Biomedical Research Unit, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London Chest Hospital) who talked to around 45 students about Medical Careers and answered a series of interesting questions.
It is hoped that this event helps set the tone for the new Year 12; the other part of that jigsaw will be the Alumni Day on Friday 5th September 2014.
On Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th July 2014, former students, who are now working or training in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, were invited back to Kingsbury High to speak to current students about their experiences.
Former students spoke to students from Years 7 and 8 to share ideas about what inspired and enthused them to follow STEM routes at A level and beyond. Mr Cumbers said “Each had their own tales to tell, some straight forward and ‘easy’, others a little more complex and at times feeling unlikely in the extreme. We were very grateful to them for their freely given time to support their own science teachers in spreading the word about STEM and the wonderful opportunities it can hold.”
Kingsbury High School is delighted to announce that we have been accredited with Gold Club member status as part of the London Schools’ Gold Club scheme.
The Mayor’s London Schools Gold Club is an annual scheme which celebrates and shares exceptional practice in London’s primary and secondary schools. Gold Club members are schools that have succeeded against the odds in improving pupils’ aspirations and achievements.
The scheme champions these exceptional London schools with a Mayoral Award for 2013, works with them to identify what has made the difference for their school and helps them share this practice and their experience with other London schools.
The Art Department at Kingsbury High School were proud to host its all new Art & Design Exhibition.
Students, staff, parents and visitors were welcomed with impressive displays in the art corridor and classrooms doors thrown open as gallery spaces. A huge number of attendees enjoyed the visual display of talented GCSE, BTEC and A Level Art and Photography students.
Ms Kincaid, Head of the Art Department said “Guests marvelled at the exciting array of skilful and thought provoking exhibits on display, and students have been able to discuss and draw from the exhibits, gaining invaluable inspiration for their own artwork.
We look forward to welcoming you all to this exciting annual event in years to come – watch this space!”
On Friday 4th July 2014, Kingsbury High School held a whole school event called Kingsbury Way Day to celebrate working together as a whole school on an event.
The day commenced with an opening ceremony followed by various group activities including a quiz, barn dancing, relays, art, concerts, dance performances and sport .
‘Red Shirt’ leaders worked with their peers and joined in with the activities while staff encouraged students to strive to demonstrate, in their actions, the values of personal excellence, respect and equality. Staff and students donned specially designed t-shirts with these values inscribed on them.
The day culminated with an assembly where students could reflect on the events of an enjoyable day.
Ms Woodrow, Head of Faculty for Physical Education and Extended Learning said “Kingsbury Way Day was all that I hoped it would be. The aim was to demonstrate what a good team we all are when we pull together and to leave a fond memory in the hearts of those that are leaving this year.Staff reflected on teaching in a School where a day such as “Kingsbury Way Day” is made possible and is valued by students and staff.”
On Monday 7th July Kingsbury High School hosted one of the UK’s first Asda Active Sports Days, themed around the Commonwealth Games.
Kingsbury High School students, who are part of the Sports Leaders UK programme, led the activities as part of the Asda Active campaign.
Over 300 primary school students took part in sports including netball, football, cricket and Unihoc.
Annette Woodrow, Head of Physical Education and Extended Learning at Kingsbury High School, said “Healthy eating and exercise is something we strongly advise among the children here and with the help of Asda Community Life and Sports Leaders UK, we hope to see this continue to go from strength to strength.
“Keeping the spirit of 2012 alive in our local community is very important for youngsters and I hope this event will inspire them to get active, keep healthy, and volunteer themselves in the future.”
Vanitha Kumar, the community life champion at Asda Colindale said “The sports leaders are local young people who have committed to volunteering and I’m thrilled to support them with showing the school children how to fuel their activities with healthier snacks.”
Attending primary schools were Roe Green Juniors School, St Robert Southwell RC School, Fryent Primary School, Oliver Goldsmiths Primary School and Kingsbury Green Primary School.
Year 7 student Khushi Patel has used her love of making Loom Bands for a good cause. Khushi was inspired by talks at Kingsbury High School given by her teachers and staff about Refugee Week.
Khushi sold the colourful bracelets to her friends and family and made £30.80, which was matched by her father, raising the total to £61.60. Khushi was moved by stories of drought and sanitation so chose to donate the money to Water Aid UK.
Khushi said “All the inspiration that all of the teachers and students gave me during Refugee Week got me thinking that because I have been making so many of these Loom Bands, I should start selling them. I chose Water Aid as my charity because I think it’s really important to do work like that and I really like that charity.”