During our most recent Excel Day, where KHS proudly goes beyond traditional learning in a class room, a wide range of topics, workshops, talks and presentations were offered to all the year groups.
Highlights of the day include Years 7 getting the opportunity to learn to ride a bike as well as improving their cycling skills throughout the day. Some students that we not able to cycle at the start of the day, walked away having learned a fantastic new life skill and they should be very proud of themselves.
Year 13 students had the opportunity to prepare for life at university or living and working independently by participating in a wide-ranging programme of activities. All students followed a carousel of sessions, including two sessions for which they had opted. The sessions on offer were as follows:
Curry in a Hurry – Mr Patel
Money-saving expert – Ms Gorsia
Self-defence – Mr Alex Turton (Ronin Taijutsu)
Learn to play Chess – Ms Patel
Latin for Learning – Mr Waxman
Coping with Stress – Mr Senior
Strategies for coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks – Ms Thomas
Falun Gong – Mr Hollis
Current Affairs – Ms Tumber
It was a very enjoyable day, with some pleasing outcomes – not least the excellent food prepared by Mr Patel by the end of each of his sessions! The Year 13 students provided some lovely feedback on the day, as the following comments indicate:
“The aim of learning one new skill by the end of the day was definitely completed and for many was surpassed with most of us learning more than one new skill…an amazing day”
“…all of us learnt at least one new thing which we can use in the future and overall it was a fun experience because of the range of different activities we got to take part in”
There was also a call for the day to become a Kingsbury tradition, though the Sixth Form team will be exploring ways in which they can integrate activities throughout the year rather than just on a single day in the future. Special thanks go to Ms Cox for leading on the administration of the event, with support from Ms Mohan and Ms Maan, and to all those who delivered sessions during the day.