Dominic Grieve MP offers Kingsbury students a unique insight to “the biggest crisis in modern British political history”

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As Britain faces the political, constitutional and economic consequences of a decision to leave the European Union, Kingsbury High School Sixth Form students were offered a fascinating perspective on events during a talk and question-and-answer session with Dominic Grieve, Conservative MP for Beaconsfield. Mr Grieve was able to give an up-to-date commentary on the state of the parties following BREXIT and outline some of the problems that will have to be navigated in the months ahead. He fielded questions from students on a range of current issues, including the wisdom of holding the referendum, the ability of politicians to engage and educate the electorate, the importance of listening to younger voters and the implications of BREXIT for students. Mr Grieve stayed after the event to answer questions from individual students.

The MP was visiting the school as part of the Speakers for Schools initiative. A barrister since 1980 and now a QC, and an MP since 1997, Mr Grieve rose to prominence in the Conservative Party and held the most senior legal post in government, Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland, from May 2010 to July 2014, under the Coalition Government. He currently chairs the Intelligence and Security Committee in Parliament and is a member of the Standards and Privileges Committee, among many other commitments both within and outside Parliament. In the recent European Union referendum campaign he argued to “remain”.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Grieve said that “it was a great pleasure for me to come to Kingsbury High School to speak to the Sixth Form. The discussion was lively and timely in view of current events. It was very interesting for me to hear the views of the students.”

Students responded very favourably to Mr Grieve’s visit. Masuda found it “fascinating” to hear him talk about current events and was impressed that he “was not afraid to answer any questions put forward”. Minah found the visit “inspiring” and was pleased to have an opportunity to ask questions about some of the issues dominating the news headlines. Zaenab said: “It was a very insightful talk and a genuinely engaging conversation from a politician’s honest perspective.”

Inclusive Futures

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On Wednesday 15th June 2016, Kingsbury High School’s Year 9 & 10 students took part in a Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Programme. The event was organised by former student, Denzel Manyande, Volunteer Coordinator for Inclusive Futures which is part of the Youth Sports Trust; and was led by Sports Coach UK Tutor, George Timotheou.

Students were taught to lead a number of inclusive sports through the Play Unified movement, aimed at ending the injustice, intolerance and inactivity of young people with intellectual disabilities, by building a unified generation through sport.

Students took turns to form human nets in order to play volleyball and seated volleyball.

George said “Once again I was invited back to Kingsbury High School to deliver a session. I always enjoy visiting Brent & Harrow as it’s where I grew up. The staff and students welcome you with a smile and support the delivery so I feel part of the Physical Education team.

“The school has an excellent leadership programme and always fill their courses. The students engage in all activities, one of the students even sang at my request (that’s never happened before).

“The partnership work between Kingsbury High, Denzel and Sports Coach UK is an example for all other organisations to follow.”

The participating students will be using the skills acquired from the workshop to lead an inclusive sports day for students from special need schools in the local area.

Kingsbury High School Mock EU Referendum

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Students at Kingsbury High School had the opportunity to think about how they would vote this morning (Thursday 23rd June) in the ‘Kingsbury High School Mock EU Referendum’. Polling stations were set up in classrooms during form time where students had a short discussion with their form tutor and then placed their vote.

The results are as follows:

The Returning officer for the Kingsbury High School EU Referendum can confirm the following votes were cast in the EU Referendum. The number of students who voted was 1,216

The number of votes cast to Remain in the EU was 833

The number of votes to Leave the EU was: 376

The number of spoilt votes was: 9

We hereby declare that Kingsbury High School has voted to Remain in the EU.

Below is the breakdown of each of the Year constituencies:

Year 7 – The number of votes cast was 296 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 169
The number of votes to leave the EU was 125
The number of spoilt votes was 2.
We declare Year 7 voted to remain in the EU

Year 8 – The number of votes cast was 285 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 185
The number of votes to leave the EU was 99
The number of spoilt votes was 1.
We declare Year 8 voted to remain in the EU.

Year 9 – The number of votes cast was 264 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 204
The number of votes to leave the EU was 60
The number of spoilt votes was 1
We declare Year 9 voted to remain in the EU

Year 10 – The number of votes cast was 273 votes.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 209
The number of votes to leave the EU was 61
The number of spoilt votes were 3
We declare Year 10 voted to remain in the EU.

Sixth Form – The number of votes cast 98.
The number of votes cast to remain in the EU was 66
The number of votes to leave the EU was 31
The number of spoilt votes was 2.
The Sixth form voted to remain in the EU

The votes have been verified on 23 June 2016

Memorial Bench in Memory of, Much-Loved Teacher, Mr Humble

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On Monday 20th June 2016 students held an intimate ribbon cutting ceremony, in the school’s ‘quiet’ garden, to unveil a memorial bench in memory of their much-loved teacher, Mr Humble.

The students, who had Mr Humble as their form tutor, raised money for the bench through bake sales and donations.

During the ceremony, student, Atrin Golesorkhi, gave a heart-felt speech in which he said “I had the pleasure of having Mr Humble as a form tutor. He was a very encouraging person and always wanted the best for our form group. We were all devastated when we received the news of Mr Humble’s passing.”

Atrin went on to say “It was lovely to see his family there so that we could give our condolences in person. We hope we made them proud.”