CERN TRIP 2017

On the 27th November, 15 enthusiastic year 13 students, accompanied by Miss Gonzales and Mr. Patel went on a trip to CERN in Genève, Switzerland.
CERN is a wonderful example of peaceful cooperation between nations.
In 1953, 12 states ratified the convention which will see the birth of the largest laboratory to study the basic constituents of matter, in the world. It has now 22 full members and over 50 states in the form of associate or under a cooperation agreement. Over 600 universities and research institutions make use of the facilities and half of the world particle physicists carry out some research at the CERN.
At 14:00 we boarded the flight from Gatwick airport landing at Genève at 16:35 local time. A short ride in the comfortable and free train took us to Cornavin, Geneva central station. Our accommodation for the next two days was only a 10-min. walk away.
Formalities done and rules explained, we headed for “Il Fornello Napoletano” in Rue Lausanne. The stunning pizzas have made this restaurant a “must do”part of the itinerary. The owner greeted us in French, Italian, Spanish…. Geneva is also a place to check out your linguistic abilities.
Fed and rested, we headed to Lake Leman, lit this time of the night by the bright lights of the luxurious hotels on its side. A chilly wind was blowing but spirits were high.
On the second day, the number 18 tram took us to the CERN.
The site is located between the Jura mountains and the Alps, in the border of France and Switzerland.
Anton, a researcher from Bulgaria was our guide. First, a detailed introduction and then several visits to various locations around the 27 km long complex.
At CERN, particles are accelerated at near the speed of light and collided. Scientists study the results of these collisions. Our students learnt how to isolate the particle, how to accelerate them and what to do with the tremendous amount of data generated (30-40 petabytes /year).
I was proud to witness the students applying what they have learnt in lessons by asking very intelligent questions which were praised by our guide. We also visited the fantastic, newly redesigned Microcosm exhibition. Visitors, among other things, can now try to control the LCH (Large Hadron Collider) to simulate collisions.
Cheerful after our visit, we went on to enjoy a night out. Shopping, eating, bowling and pool were on the menu. Our students by now were fully confident with the Genevan transport network.
Tiredness was visible on the happy faces of the Kingsburians on this third and last day of our trip.
The trip to CERN is now a classic in Kingsbury and yet the mature and yet joyful attitude of the sixth formers has made this year one of the best.
I would like to thank every student for their contagious enthusiasm and Mr. Patel for being such a good travel companion.
Miss Gonzales

Hour of Code

During the annual “hour of code” week, KHS Year 7 and Year 8 students worked with Tanners Wood School in Watford. Students were encouraged to try computer programming for one hour, by working together using edmodo to share resources and work in groups to solve Scratch programming challenges and using Skype to video conference. Students consulted via Skype and got together in their teams to plan and discuss tasks, split workload and share their findings.
One Year 7 student commented ‘I found this very exciting to see how I can work with another student who is far away and solve the tasks. It was really fun.’

 

Senior Citizen’s Christmas party

On Wednesday 6th December Kingsbury High School hosted the annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas party, which was organised by the Year 12 & 13 ‘red shirts’. Approximately 70 visitors came from Roe Green Village, Magnolia Court, Ashton Lodge, Harrod Court, Preston Lodge, Abbey Field and local church groups.
The entertainment included a quiz down memory lane, boccia, and various singing performances from staff and students. There was also the opportunity for all to get involved in crocheting a blanket to donate to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
One visitor had some advise for the students ‘young kids, you need to have dreams and hopes then build your strong foundations and you will see you will rise’
Thank you to Valerie Pope, Rose Peacock & all other ex staff who also helped to contribute to it’s success.

Winter Fayre

Thank you to everyone for their help with the Winter Fayre…. These events could not happen without the support and hard work of families, students and staff.

Special thanks to the students who performed music and ran photo-grotto on the day, brought in their beautiful handmade friendships bracelets, lovely tree decorations and gorgeous cakes/biscuits – we have some amazing talent at the school!

An update will be going out in the school’s newsletter shortly. The next Friends Association meeting will take place in the new year (date to be confirmed)

Watch this space for the Friends Association Summer event in 2018!

Harry Potter Debating Competition

On a cold Sunday, Year 13 student and Head Boy, Haider Nazerali, hosted a suitably magical day of debating in K Hall and surrounding classrooms as a fundraising event for the educational charity, Debate Mate. The event attracted teams from far and wide, with two schools travelling from Suffolk to participate, and ran from 9.30am until 7.30pm.
Assisted by members of the Upper School Debating Society and Haider’s contacts from the English Speaking Union and Debate Mate, he organised four rounds of Harry Potter-themed debating (on aspects of the rules of quidditch, the responsibilities of wizardry, the rights of centaurs, and the powers of spells), plus a pizza dinner and an enthusiastically argued and highly entertaining final. House points were awarded (as per the Houses of Hogwarts) and certificates presented to the winning team and to the finalists. Kingsbury fielded four teams in the competition and whilst they did not reach the final, they debated with distinction and a good time was had by all. At the end of the event, Haider was able to announce that the event had succeeded in raising over £300 for Debate Mate. Full credit should go to Haider for a fantastic achievement, which he thoroughly enjoyed and which gave a very positive impression of the school to those who visited on the day.

J-Sol visits KHS

On Monday 4th December Year 7 and Year 8 were fortunate to experience a visit from performing artist J-Sol. He performed to the students some of his songs and dances. As well as inspiring our students, he passed on the message that ‘dreams can come true with hard work’. He also shared his experiences about his background and how our students could be successful in their future careers. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring day for our students. Thank you J-Sol for coming to visit our school.

Mr Sabag