Target Two Point Zero Interest Rate Challenge

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On Monday 17th November 2014 a team of Sixth Form students from Kingsbury High School took part in the Bank of England Target Two Point Zero Interest Rate Challenge.

Students analysed economic data and their possible impact on inflation and the economic outlook, as the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee does at its monthly meetings. The Kingsbury team performed particularly well under some very challenging questioning on their presentation by members of the Bank’s judging panel. They came a creditable close second to the eventual winners, Fortismere school in the North-West London regional heat.

The chair of the judging panel, Stephen Collins, said “We were extremely pleased with the quality of the presentations and the judges found it very hard to distinguish between the leading teams”.

The other schools competing were Harrow school, Harrow college and Greenford High School.

Challenge 271

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A teacher at Kingsbury High School will embark on a gruelling challenge to cover 271km in just five days. The physical Education teacher, Gary Froy will run three 40km marathons and cycle two 75km bike rides to cover the distance.

The challenge aims to raise awareness and money for Kidney Research UK.  Gary’s five day challenge, #challenge271, will take place during 26th – 30th May 2015, but Gary is launching the project in school on the 3rd December 2014: a year after the loss of his father, Colin Froy, Police Constable 271, Hertfordshire Police.

Gary said “Dad sadly passed away in December 2013 after a long battle with illness. Not only did Dad have Cancer and 3 Heart Attacks, but also Kidney Failure which eventually cost him his life.

“Dad spent over 4 years on Kidney Dialysis at Watford General Hospital, a process which involved sitting in a bed for around 5 hours, 3 times a week. This long, boring process was mentally challenging for Dad, as he had to give up work and would often leave in great pain from each visit.  As things worsened, Dad was required to wear an Oxygen mask to sleep, whilst he lost the feelings in his hands and feet meaning it was impossible to drive and very painful to even walk.

“However, even through all of this, Dad would not show any signs of weakness to friends or family. He was forever smiling, laughing and being positive to anyone who met him and for many they didn’t even realise how ill he was. Dad sadly lost his battle at 6.31pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2013. Dad was a hero, a man who would do anything for anyone else and now is the time for me to give something back. I will be looking to raise a large sum of money to help find a cure, in order that other families don’t have to suffer as we have.”

Year 8 students at Kingsbury High School will be supporting Gary throughout the challenge by running a number of fundraising events within the school.

If you would like to support Gary or find out more, visit his justgiving page.

Institute of Physics Awards Dinner

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Kingsbury High School’s Sixth Form student, Jade Constantinou, was selected to co-host at the Institute of Physics (IOP) annual awards dinner which took place on Wednesday 15th October 2014.  Jade spent her summer volunteering at, and signing up to, various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) organisations including the Science & Technology Faculties Council; spending a day at the University College London’s Observatory with Teaching Fellow in Astronomy, Dr Steve Fossey; a two week internship at Laing O’Rourke; and applying to the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme, where she was introduced to the possibility of becoming an orator for the IOP’s prestigious awards ceremony.

The selection process involved an interview where Jade was up against students from various colleges. Jade was successful and was selected alongside, A Level Physics student, Renato from Woodhouse College in Finchley.

Jade said “I received an email informing me that I had been chosen to be one of the orators for the event. The institute had never used students to present the awards before, so we had a lot of preparation in rehearsals. We wrote our own introductions and we had to know how to say all of the technical terms and names of the award winners correctly. It would have been quite embarrassing if we had mispronounced any names in front of all these great physicists and scientists.

“It’s been an amazing experience. Most people wouldn’t get the opportunity that I had and I’m really, really grateful that I got it. It’s been a really good insight into making connections; working; building up my skills; and knowing how the real world works. In the future I definitely want to pursue something in the Physics sector. It has really inspired me to represent Physics more and to represent women going in to Physics.”

Dr Frances Saunders, President of the Institute of Physics, said “We were delighted to have Jade and Renato join us for the dinner.  It was wonderful to have two such enthusiastic physics students with us for the evening.  They did an incredible job and we’re very grateful.  Kingsbury should be proud to have such a confident ambassador. I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.”

Photography: The Institute of Physics. View more here.