Beyond the Baseline

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The Tennis Foundation has partnered with the Youth Sports Trust to deliver an exciting new programme called Beyond the Baseline.

Beyond the Baseline uses tennis and inspirational tennis mentors to nurture students’ aspirations and put them on the path to achieving them. Kingsbury High School’s selected students are lucky to work with Paralympic Wheelchair tennis player and mentor, Louise Hunt, over three sessions.

The Year 9 students were inspired by Louise when hearing about her experiences of playing tennis and the obstacles she has overcome both on and off the court; and they had a series of practical sessions where they learnt the rules of the game, how to umpire, exercises and techniques they can use while playing tennis and they learnt how these skills relate to real life.

The students will use their newly found skills to run tennis sessions for Year 3 and 4 students from surrounding primary schools.

Louise said “I am really excited to be working with the students from Kingsbury High. Last week was my first visit and I was really impressed with the students’ enthusiasm to embrace the Beyond the Baseline programme. I am really looking forward to my up and coming visits and seeing the young peoples’ project taking shape!”

Feeding Britain’s Future

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Earlier this year, Kingsbury High School hosted a workshop for Year 9 students facilitated by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Future First. The initiative, called Feeding Britain’s Future, provided students with an insight into the world of work, and supported them in thinking about the skills and strengths they are developing across their academic choices and how they connect to working life.

Volunteers from Greencore Food to Go, Compass Group, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose gave up their time to attend the two hour workshop at Kingsbury High.

Students were invited to guess the jobs of the volunteers by listening to and viewing clues; students then heard about the pathway the volunteers took to get to their chosen careers; and through a series of activities, students were able to look at their own transferable skills and the link between how the subjects they are studying at school can influence their future careers.

Ian Cadwell, Supermarket Assistant on Customer Service and Cheese and Delicatessen Specialist Trainee for Waitrose attended the workshop and said “I thought the workshop was fantastic, the students were very engaging and after initial hesitancy, which I assume were nerves, seemed to open up and asked more in depth questions about our jobs and how we got to where we are today. I remember having similar workshops and found them very beneficial in boosting my confidence and development.

“The students presented themselves in a manner that any employer would be looking for. They were polite, confident, and interested in listening about what we all had to say.

“I believe the workshop was a great benefit to the students. Their confidence had dramatically changed from when we first started. Even if the students do not want to go into Retail I’m sure the skills they learnt at the Workshop will be all great help.”

Year 9 student, Rilik Osmani, said “I enjoyed the workshop because it inspired me to reach for my goals and to push myself. It taught me that I have to try hard in all subjects, not just the ones I like, because situations can change easily. It also gave me an idea of what subjects you need for different jobs.

“We could all relate to the consumer goods volunteers as they told us about their lives as children and how they got to where they are now. Also, when I realised what amazing jobs some of the volunteers had, I had a picture of what I wanted to be in the future.”

Google Ventures

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The Sixth Form welcomed a visit on Tuesday Tuesday 21st April from Peter Read, General Partner of Google Ventures, who gave a fascinating talk on his role as an ‘angel investor’ for entrepreneurs in the technology sector. Outlining the stages of bringing a new idea to market, and what an investor looks for, students were given an insight to some exciting new business ideas and some thoughts on current trends. He answered questions on his day-to-day work, the similarities and differences between his role and the investors on ‘Dragons’ Den’, the risks of becoming an entrepreneur and the value of living and working in other countries. This was an excellent opportunity for our students, provided by the Speakers for Schools organisation, and may perhaps have inspired some of the entrepreneurs of the future.

Prior to the talk, Year 12 students received our annual ‘masterclass’ sessions from Year 13 students, who had a chance to pass on the wisdom of their experiences in the form of tips, advice and revision guidance to their younger peers. These sessions were delivered, on a voluntary basis, by 36 of our Year 13 students who gave up their time at this busy time of the year; and were organised brilliantly by our Head Boy and Head Girl team of Dhaval Shah and Alizay Agha.