Lower School Sign Language Success

We have so many fantastic cultures and languages at Kingsbury High School and we are lucky to have a window into deaf culture and be able to see and learn sign language. KHS is the only secondary school in Brent to have a Total Communication Resource (TCR) to support deaf students.
Sarah and Spartakus in Year 7, Max in Year 8 and Yesha in Year 9 are part of the TCR and worked hard to teach and then test sign language during form times and lunch time clubs.
62 students in Years 7,8 and 9 took the opportunity to begin to learn British Sign Language this year. They have all passed Part One of the KHS Sign Language course and have all received certificates.

Sport Relief ‘mile’ run

On Friday 23rd March the Year 13 sports leaders organised the Sport Relief ‘mile’ run for all year groups on both ‘T’ and ‘K’ sites. Pupils were allowed to wear their PE kit for the day and had the opportunity to ‘red up’ their uniform by paying £1 to the Sport Relief charity.
The leaders also organised cake sales, Staff v 6th form tournaments in badminton and football and a ‘PE teacher in fancy dress’ competition in the lead up to the day, all to raise extra funds for the charity.
As a school we raised £1225.27

Thank you to all of those that contributed – this money will go towards tackling critical issues affecting people across the UK and the world.

Peter Pan School Production

In September 2017 we launched the auditions for the whole school production of Peter Pan.
70 students attended and auditioned for a main part in the show. From Year 13 right down to the new Year 7’s. We knew from that moment that it was going to be a good show year as the students showed their appreciation and respect for every single person in the room that evening. We then had the hard job of putting the show together. Every Monday after school we would rehearse until 6.00pm, the students giving it their all and performing to their maximum potential. Show week fasted approached and before we knew it we had done an eventful technical rehearsal and was on to the dress rehearsal. On the 12th March 2018 we had 270 people in Tylers Hall for the dress rehearsal, this included two local primary schools, TVS and the local community of senior citizens. The team of red shirts were amazing and represented the school well. Wednesday 14th March to Saturday 17th March saw the performances to parents, friends, students and staff. The cast were so professional every night and supported each other in every way they could. They became a family throughout the process and I know are missing each other this week. ‘What do I do now without Peter Pan?’

Peter Pan could not have been successful without the support of many staff members. Thank you to all of those that were involved in putting the show together, from lighting and staging, to ticket selling to sorting out back stage, to playing the piano constantly, to setting up chairs to making props, to moving the detentions so we could use the space. Thank you to you all and a big thank you to all the parents, friends, students and staff that came to watch the show.

Amazing job to the cast of Peter Pan 2018!

Staff
Erik Windrich, Tamara Faires-Back, David Cumbers, Amy Shovelton, Gopi Vekaria, Tony Gray, Cresta Hurt, Helen Snow, Sian High, Gary Froy, Mark Sokcanic, Emily Eastmond, Ben Tomlinson, Pete Wilson, Tony Sabag, Reshma Garara, Lucy McNeil, Tara Randall, Jenny Kincaid, Chris Beschi, Trevor Fordyce, Caroline Conway, Valerie Pope, Jackie Jacobs, Sophie Groves, Matthew Harper, Dave McCarthy, Kanji Pindolia and Kolarin Olatunde.

Cast
Abitha Naganathan, Bhavni Joshi, Sharunya Ravindran, Yana Dhakan, Ayush Nayee, Xane Miles, Simran Joshi, Deborah Brobbey, Ruxandra Grigoras, Sofia Herawy, Alisha Khatri, Renee Worrell, Fawziya Haji, Adam Ornoch, Nicola Ablompah, Siraad Elmi, Samiya Hamel, Marina Reyes, Maaran Thirumanokaran, Tia Valji, Bianca Maria Cucos, Dylan Patel, Rona Subasinghe, Saris Dave, Johann Pereira, Amonn Chaudury, Samiya Hamel, Dian Wara, Danial Bakhtiari, Vidhi Limbachia, Abhishna Yogarajan, Grace Ojumu, Denisa-Ana Cucos, Jasmine Reid, Daniella Kenga Bila, Andrada Paduraru, Priya Bharadia, Jumana Elsheikh Ali, Nawazuddin Saiyed, Iniya Kumar and Saaleh Abanur.

Students behind the scenes
Art club, Sixth Form photography class, Sixth Form art class, Pauline Grobelna, Sarah Al-ShammariSpartakus Jabczynsk, Reyon Williams, Bansi Dangar, Nicole Rajaratnam, Sudar Raswaran, Kieran Patel, Nouh El-Quaz, Baheej Ahmadzad, Iman Chaudhry, Kangana Patel, Yassmin Hassan, Nicoleta Juravle, Seema Shaikh, Zara Ahmed, Vidur Shamji, Nathan Morgan-Smith, Nansi Antypa, Daisy Constantinou, Shauntae Sadiq, Zahra, Rahul,Mia, Layla, Marimar, Livyashri Mathialagan, Ria Tanna and Bhavika Patel.

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British Heart Foundation Fundraising Day

As part of the Excel day, Year 8 students took part in the BHF All Star Games. Three main sporting events ran throughout the day; dodge ball, skipping and ping pong cup challenge.

Well done to all the students who took part, despite the freezing conditions outside!

Huge thanks to all the students and their families/friends who sponsored the event which raised over £300 in total. 20% of the funds raised will go towards 3 legged ties which are going to be used for the school’s Sports Relief and Sports Day events this year. More information about BHF All Star Games can be found on https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/schools-events/allstars

Special thanks and well done to all the Year 10 students who ran the events!

If you are interested in running a fundraising event at the school, or would like to help volunteer at any of the up and coming fundraising events, please speak to a member of faculty or to Tara Randall. All school fundraising ideas welcome!

City of London School Model United Nations Conference 2018

In one of the highlights of the Spring calendar for the Sixth Form, 31 students travelled to City of London School, by the Millennium Bridge on the side of the Thames, to participate in the school’s annual Model United Nations conference as delegates for the countries of USA, DPRK, Italy, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire, Peru, Indonesia and Rwanda. The conference had six committees, discussing world issues relating to disarmament and international security, politics, human rights, environment, economic and social policy, and the Security Council’s focus was on the question of the civil war in Yemen. Each committee had as its main objective the passing of a resolution to tackle the issues in question, which would be agreed by the majority of countries.

In the opening ceremony, all delegates (approximately 120 students) received a warm welcome and a brief lecture on the history and importance of the United Nations by Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at LSE, Dr Spyros Economides.

The Kingsbury students won prizes and honourable mentions in the closing ceremony, with Akira Allman (Year 13) winning a best delegate award in the Human Rights Committee. During the day, Kingsbury students made a significant impact at the conference:
*Students with clauses passed by their committees included Haider Nazerali (Year 13, Security Council), Parth Kataria (Year 13, EcoSoc), Abeena Devanand (Year 12, Environment), Sahas Warna (Year 12, Disarmament and International Security), Avnish Patel (Year 12, Human Rights, voted “best clause submitted in committee”), and Zara Ahmed (Year 12, Disarmament and International Security).
*Students who were frequently on their feet, asking questions and speaking for and against clauses, included Akira Allman, Zainab Jalali (Year 12) and Siham Sahal (Year 12) in the Human Rights Committee; Ben Sparke (Year 12) in the Disarmament and International Security Committee; Nauman Zahid (Year 13), Greta Nuzi (Year 12) and Don Jayasekera (Year 12) in the Politics Committee; and Abeena Devanand and Hassan Naima (Year 12) in the Environment Committee.
*Most impressive speeches included a first, in my experience of MUN: Aaron Stevens (Year 13) and Nauman Zahid (Year13), in the Politics Committee, both returned to their seats to spontaneous applause, having respectively made funny and intelligent remarks about space law.

Overall, this was a fantastic event in which Kingsbury students made a significant contribution and shone in very good company, competing against teams from schools including Tiffin Girls’ School, Lady Eleanor Holles, Latymer Upper School, City of London Freemen’s School, James Allen’s Girls School, King’s College School (Wimbledon), St Benedict’s School, Woldingham School and Queen’s College, London.

Photos by Parth Kataria

 

Stand Against Hate- Workshop for all Year 12s

In the Sixth Form Study Room on Friday 9 March, all Year 12 students listened intently to our amazing speaker, Mike B. Haines, who delivered an emotional, heart-felt appeal to students about standing up to hatred. Mike’s session was part of our enrichment programme for the Sixth Form and, on this occasion, addressed the PREVENT agenda in a broad approach which forced us all to consider how hatred is an unhelpful response for humanity to thrive in a spirit of togetherness.

Mike’s heroic brother, an aid worker in Syria, was sadly kidnapped by ISIS and was tragically murdered. Since that time, Mike has dedicated himself to speaking all over the UK to help combat hatred in all spheres of life: his message stretching more broadly than just ISIS but also addressing the Far Right.

Mr Haines was overwhelmed by our KHS Sixth Formers who listened with huge respect for one hour to Mike’s story and powerful message. Mike commented that, not only was the audience the best he had experienced, but the quality of the questions was certainly the most challenging he had received and he was delighted to answer each one as best he could…though there were no easy answers to some questions!

Our thanks to Ms Hollingworth for scheduling this important talk. We all wish Mike well with his campaign and KHS looks forward to welcoming him again next year to speak to our incoming Year 12s.

Young Chef Food Competition

Samiya Hamel 8S and Laura Cretu 7B were among the five students that participated in the school’s heat of the Young Chef Rotary competition In January. As the winner and the runner up respectively, both students represented KHS in the area heat. Although Laura stopped at the area heat she had this to say about her experience:

“The rotary cooking competition was a great experience for me. I met many wonderful and experienced people, who helped me with my cooking skills.I became more interested in food nutrition….” Laura Cretu 7B

Samiya’s performance in the area heat landed her a place in the district heat.There, her freshly made Alfredo pasta dish was described by one of the distinguished judges as “the best pasta dish” in the competition.

“The young chef competition had been a fantastic experience……..” Samiya Hamel 8S

Samiya’s passion and commitment to cooking have given her the opportunity to cook in large industrial kitchens as shown in the videos attached and I wish her the best in the future.
I would like to commend Laura and other students in our school who take on opportunities like cooking competitions to challenge themselves.

Special thanks to Lucy, Gary, Tamara, Gopi, Jenny, Pravina and members of the PEEL department for their support and hard work with the competitions.The students couldnt have done it without all the support from their parents and carers.

Uchenna Omale for PEEL Department

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