Music Workshop with the English National Opera

GCSE and A level Music students worked with musicians and set designers from the English National Opera exploring the main themes and some musical motifs from the Opera Satyagraha by Philip Glass. The opera is about Ghandi’s early years in South Africa, tracing the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change.
The students explored several themes including non-violent protest, equality and inequality. They explored the properties of newspaper and used it to help tell a story-Newspaper is used as an integral part of the opera’s staging. They also developed their rhythm and melodic skills through the use of body percussion and voices. The students will be visiting the London Colesium to watch the dress rehearsal of Satyagraha on Tuesday 30th January.

Travelling with Thomas Music Workshop

The year 10 Music students worked once again with professional composer Laurel Swift and designer Lizzie Watts exploring the Folk musical they are putting together alongside a group of professional musicians. This is the third out of four workshops the students are taking part in which involves listening to the music written by Laurel and discussing Lizzie’s designs. The students also wrote pieces of music based on story which were expertly played by the professional musicians.

Capgemini Talk

Last week our A level students were invited to join Mike Proctor from Capgemini for a talk about the benefits of apprenticeships. KHS have worked closely with Capgemini for a number of years and a number of our students have secured themselves an apprenticeship place with the company. Mike said : ”It was fantastic to come to Kingsbury on Friday to talk to students about the changing perceptions of apprenticeships and what Capgemini’s degree apprenticeship could offer. It was great to interact with student’s that were so engaged and actively thinking about their future careers. Degree apprenticeships are a great alternative to university and it was interesting hearing the archaic perceptions that may dissuade students to go down this route. I really enjoyed talking students through the application process and hopefully have given them some top tips they can use when applying for jobs in the future. The Capgemini degree apprenticeship programme is open now for applications for 2018. For more information about the requirements and job roles and to apply visit our website.

Year 5 young leaders programme

On Tuesday 16th January the School Sports Partnership delivered the first of our young leaders courses at Kingsbury High School. Ten year 5 students from Sinai, Lyon Park and Uxendon Manor primary schools received leadership training in the morning. They then practiced leading activities in the afternoon at one of our family festivals where we had 210 Yr 3 students from Roe Green, Kingsbury Green, Oliver Goldsmith, Fryent and St Robert Southwell. Following on from this the leaders will be expected to deliver an extra-curricular club to inactive children and also a festival within their school.
We will be hosting another 250 children from year 4 & 5 on Tuesday 23rd January.

Power of an Active School Conference

70 delegates from across London filled the East View room at Wembley Stadium for the conference which had local, regional and national partners sharing insight and information into what an Active School should look like. Obesity, Sports Premium funding, national programmes and initiatives to create active schools where the main focus of the morning, with 2 workshops being delivered by the Youth Sport Trust getting the delegates active and moving, highlighting how you can incorporate activity across the curriculum. The conference that was put on in partnership with the Public Health team at Brent Council received positive feedback, with headteachers, governors, PE specialists and parents feeling inspired by the morning.

Rotary Club Cooking Competition

Samiya Hamel 8S and Laura Cretu 7B performed exceptionally well in the NW area final of the Rotary Young Chef Competition .They were highly commended by the host school’s food teacher and distinguished Judges. Samiya qualified for the London District with a second position out of twelve.

All twelve students from six schools were tasked with making and presenting a two course meal for two that must cost under ten pounds.Each student was expected to demonstrate high cooking skills, be able to apply food hygiene and safety rules, present dishes to restaurant standard, show some evidence for nutrition analysis and costing,demonstrate readiness to discuss made dish and be organised enough to complete task within ninety minutes.

Other participants were Totteridge Academy, Christ College, Compton, Bentley Wood and the host school Park High.

Oxbridge offers reflect excellent year for UCAS

The national deadline for the UCAS process has just closed, with 176 applications from Kingsbury High School sent to UCAS and received by universities.

The highlights so far include:
*Four fantastic Oxbridge offers, three for Cambridge and one for Oxford
*Many other impressive Russell Group offers from universities including LSE, UCL, King’s, Queen Mary, Warwick, Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Liverpool, Sheffield, Cardiff, Exeter and York
*Offers from highly regarded research-intensive universities such as Bath, Coventry, Surrey, Sussex, SOAS and Leicester
*An excellent record of offers from local universities that are popular with our students, including Hertfordshire, Brunel and City

All UCAS applicants received support with personal statements, the online application, student finance and making their choices. Oxbridge applicants this year had access to a Cambridge residential with Mr Senior; personal statement and interview support from alumni; mock interviews and support in school; and an interview exchange with Claremont High School Sixth Form. Mock interviews have also been offered to other students who had been called for interview.

The UCAS process is led by Mr Mitchell and administered by Ms Cox with the support of the Sixth Form Management and Tutor teams.

Success at Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition

Kingsbury High School debaters celebrated a double victory when two teams (four students) were chosen, after four closely contested rounds of debating, to represent the school in the national debating finals of the Cambridge Union Schools Debating competition.

The students triumphed in the regional round, held at Immanuel College, Bushey, and were successful against opposing schools including Immanuel, Merchant Taylors’, Habs Boys, QE Girls and Watford Grammar.

The finalists are, Sara Dehvari/Haider Nazerali (Head Girl/Head Boy) and Salem Ali/Akira Allman

Other students who represented the school with distinction were Nicole Khabra, Siham Sahal and Muriel Gilbertson in Year 12 and Nauman Zahid in Year 13.