Transforming Lives through Technology

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On Thursday 26th November, a group of Sixth Form girls were invited to the Capgemini offices in Holborn to attend an evening event called Transforming Lives through Technology. Capgemini employees gave interactive presentations and spoke about their Capgemini journey explaining what it is like working for Capgemini in a number of different sectors.

Laura Graham & Natasha Pergl, Senior Consultants at Capgemini explain that “The technology sector is a traditionally male orientated one, something that Capgemini is continuously working to challenge and change. The event was an opportunity for school girls and university students to hear from a variety of Capgemini women about their career to date, what type of roles they’ve had in the technology space and some golden nuggets of advice that they’ve learnt along the way.

“We presented specifically on our work with a global consumer products company and how we are helping them transform the way that they market to and engage with their consumers through technology. The key message that we wanted to share with the girls was that technology impacts everything we do, both in our work lives and in our personal lives.”

Year 12 student, Diksha Gurung, attended the event and said “Going to Capgemini was a really interesting experience, it was great to see top women in industry encouraging the next generation to strive for careers in STEM. I got to see a range of new possibilities and opportunities Capgegemini offers to women and it’s great to see organisations like this supporting women.”

Manisha Sanghani, Head of Computing/ICT at Kingsbury High, accompanied the students to the event and said “We at Kingsbury are always very fortunate to be invited to the business and technology events at Capgemini. The Transforming Lives through Technology event gave the girls an interactive and educating experience of the many roles Capgemini women have from Project Manager, Consultant or SAP System Expert. It was great to hear the different backgrounds and experiences that each person had, the different companies they work with and also how they have overcome any obstacles. The students came away with good advice and an insight into the world of technology as well as being inspired to be a successful woman in male dominated world.”

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Girls Active Campaign

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Year 10 Kingsbury High students recently worked with girls in Year 5 from Oliver Goldsmith and Roe Green schools as part of the Youth Sports Trust ‘Girls Active’ campaign with Kingsbury School Sports Partnership.

They introduced taster sessions in activities such as dodgeball and boxercise to inspire the younger girls to increase their partaking in extra-curricular activities. Clubs in both activities will be available for the students to sign up to in the New Year.

Rotary Young Chef Competition

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Four Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students, Chardi Hall-Rose, Miranda Collins, Aditya Chogle and Jaysal Halai took part in the preliminary round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition which is run in schools throughout the country.

Students had to prepare a one course meal to serve two people. Cooking skills, presentation, flavours of the dish, organisation and planning skills were taken into consideration on the marking criteria. The judges were extremely impressed with the high standard of work produced by the students. They were equally impressed with the creative and artistic presentation of all the dishes.

The runner up for the competition was Jaysal Halai and the winner was Miranda Collins. These two students will go onto compete with other students from local schools in January 2016. This will lead to a London wide final eventually leading to a national final. We wish both students the best of luck in the competition.

Thanks to Pankaj Chahwala for the photographs.

Quinta 2015 – The End of an Era

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“It was with sadness that we left Quinta for the final time this October. We have been visiting Quinta Hall for approximately 14 years introducing Year 7’s to the ethos of the School through the vehicle of residential education. The generations of year groups that have passed through the Hall have all come to appreciate it as our home in Shropshire.

“We are anxious to ensure that all that was good about Quinta is reproduced at our new venue near Amersham. It has a similar welcoming “feel” and we are confident that our new venture is going to be a success. The close proximity to London will allow us to work with our whole year group and to share more widely the benefits that this type of education brings.

“On Monday 14th December a group of staff, Sixth Form students and Lower School students worked together to plan our new venture and sample some of the activities. We will now get planning in earnest for what promises to be a very exciting and thoroughly worthwhile project.” Annette Woodrow, Head of Faculty for Physical Education and Extended Learning.

Take a sneak peek of what is to come by viewing the gallery below:

‘I’m Helping to Beat Cancer’

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On Friday 8th December a special assembly was held for Year 8 students which saw the launch of their campaign to raise awareness and funds for the charity Cancer Research UK.

Friday’s assembly gave Year 8s an opportunity to meet Kingsbury High’s Year 11 charity committee member, Ilyas Solayman and the Year 13 mentors, who will be helping with events.

Speaking at the assembly, Ilyas said “To me, charity is so much more than just giving or donating money. It’s more about showing love and care to those around you. It’s about understanding the difficult circumstances people are in and doing something for them, making a difference in their lives and expecting no rewards back. It’s about doing something voluntarily even if you are in a better position because sometimes they are not as fortunate as us.

“Charity is quite an emotional and sensitive thing and I believe that we can do lots to help, but to do something personal to us, give us more thought in what we are doing, try to donate things other than money. I try to donate my time, do voluntary work, donate a book or something. It’s not just giving money when I have money or loose change; it’s about giving thought to what I am doing.

“Last year I took part in many events. One was the Santa Dash which was a run we did for St Luke’s Hospice in December and it was a really good event because I got together with many people I didn’t know. I learnt about caring about other people, not just myself and it taught me a lot of things. I think it’s really great this school does a lot to do with charity work, especially when you’re growing up.”

Year 13 mentors introduced themselves and spoke of the different ways they will be helping throughout the campaign.

The assembly concluded with Year 13s, leading by example by, donating items into charity boxes with the words ‘I’m helping to beat cancer’ written on them.

Year Leader, Helen Snow, said “We looked at past successful events hoping to inspire a new group of almost teenagers to be thoughtful at a time when the world can be all about themselves.

“The students have grasped the challenge with both hands and are excited about what they can do. They have brought many donations to my office, filling 2 charity sacks already.

“Students will be involved in running and participating in a number of charity events throughout the year and we look forward to our Winter Fair on 16th December.”

Music, Dance & Drama Performance Evening

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Thursday 3rd December saw over 70 students performing in the Music, Dance & Drama Performance Evening at Kingsbury High School. The evening consisted of a range of performances of an extremely high quality from individuals, pairs as well as larger ensembles.

There was a full audience of family, friends, staff and students who thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were full of praise with many commenting on how much the students have developed their skills during their time at Kingsbury High School.

Mr Fuller who was in attendance said “This was my first time coming to the Music, Dance & Drama Performance Evening and I’ll definitely be back next year! I was very impressed with what was a true variety show. The solo choreography was amazing and the group dances were polished and really exciting to watch. I enjoyed the guitar, brass and piano ensembles, and even the transition between acts was very professional and kept the pace of the evening moving nicely. Clearly a lot of time and effort had been put in by the students and their teachers”.

Jumana, one of the talented Year 10 GCSE Dance students said “My group and I have worked a lot on our street dance but at the end it all paid off and the applause was just overwhelming”.
If you want to see more Music, Dance & Drama please come to see the school production of Fame which runs from the 3rd to the 6th February.

Young Enterprise Interim showcase

sm KHS NEOS AWARD 4966Kingsbury High School’s Young Enterprise team, Neos, enjoyed a very successful evening representing the school at the Interim showcase held at North London Collegiate School on Wednesday 2nd December 2015.

Neos presented their Young Enterprise journey so far and their current and final product ideas through a trade stand and a 3 minute presentation. They were asked questions by the Harrow and Brent Mayors and Young Enterprise judges.

As a result, the team were awarded with a Gold award and were commended for their trade stand, great business concept and presentation.

Neos will be selling their product, an Emoji plush pillow, from next week in school and at their trade stand at the London Designer Outlet in Wembley on Saturday 12th December.

Thanks to Bruce Viveash for the photography.