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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WeGen – From ME-To-WE

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A few months back, all of year 8 were busy on a “Year 8 Fist Give Charity Project” raising awareness for charities that they had chosen as a form and were equally busy raising money by doing bake sales, ice cream sales, garden cleaning for neighbours and old people, litter picking on the streets and even standing in shops with a bucket for hours!

From there, the finalists were put in front a panel of 5 judges and they fought their way to claim the £1000 prize to be donated to the winning charity.

This winning group did so well, producing a video, a poem and spoken word piece to present in their final.
To say thank you, the organisation of ‘First Give’ worked tirelessly with ‘WeGen’ to organise a charity music concert.

Ms Vekaria and Ms Williams took 11 students – the winning team of 9 girls and 2 other outstanding students from Year 8 to the Wembley SSE Arena on Wednesday 7th March to watch a day-long concert.
Guests included well known London and American DJ’s, Actress Lilly Collins, Youtubers who have been influential in raising awareness for issues close to their hearts – Rosie McClelland, Sophia Grace, Tallia Storm, also having present Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Margaret Trudeau (Canadian President Justin Trudeau’s Mother) who has been a lifelong advocate for clean, safe and pure water, pop band The Vamps, public speaker Spencer West who has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro on HIS HANDS after losing both his legs from the pelvis down at the age of 5. As well as all of these influential people, there were performances from Alexandra Burke, Tokio Myers, The Tenors and the Kenyan Boys Choir, Simon Cowell’s ‘Golden Buzzer’ from Britain’s Got Talent – Sarah Ikumu and finally, a very emotional message from “Educating Yorkshire’s” very own star – Musharaf Asghar and his teacher Mr Burton.

All the messages given and all the stories shared impacted the entire Arena with some tears even being shed.
A message from the students to you all is that please take some time out to have a look at all the amazing work the organisation supports (https://www.we.org/gb/) and please try and do your bit at home to go from “ME-TO-WE”!

A big thank you to Ms Vekaria and Ms Williams for all their hard work and contributions to this project.

Sixth Formers Reach Cambridge Union Finals Again

At 7.15am on Saturday 3 March, four Year 13 students boarded the minibus with Mr Senior, Director of Sixth Form, to make the hour and a half journey to attend the Cambridge Union Final.

Two teams won places at the final. The first team were made of Sara Dehvari and Haider Nazerali. Our second team was Salem Ali and Akira Alman. Both teams had won a place at this much coveted final consisting of only 36 teams from all over the world. To win their place in the earlier debating rounds they had beaten prestigious independent and selective schools including Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Watford Grammar School for Boys, John Lyons School and Merchant Taylors’ School.

It was a long day consisting of four preliminary rounds, with 15 minutes’ preparation time for each. They debated a range of motions, the most challenging being ‘This house supports pre-entry closed shops’ in which Sara and Haider came second. They went on to win the next round when debating ‘This house as the US Democratic Party would campaign to repeal the Second Amendment.’

Sara commented, “This was my third Oxbridge Finals day and, as my last, this was certainly the most memorable.” Haider, who joined KHS Sixth Form principally so he could be part of a thriving and successful Debating Society, added, “The Cambridge Final was my eighth competition this year and, at this event, we competed against some of the best debaters in the country, if not the world. Getting to 14th place was a fantastic achievement.” Salem added, “It was a great event in my final year in the school and all the weekly practices paid off to help me get into this final.”

Just being at this final was an amazing achievement as the best debaters in the world were at the event, some flying from as far as Canada, Sri Lanka and Singapore. Some of the debaters were in National Squads and debated for their country. Thanks to Mr Mitchell for running the weekly practice debates and for organising and attending so many competitions throughout the year.

UCL Schools’ Debating Cup

A small group of KHS students travelled to the Institute of Education to compete in the UCL Schools’ Debating Cup, a fiercely contested event with teams from some of the best debating schools in the country (such as Dulwich College, Eton and St Paul’s Girls). Kingsbury High School was represented in the competition by Aaron Stevens and Arran Jabbari, two Debating Society regulars but external competition “novices”, with support on the sidelines from Nikita Shikotra and Nauman Zahid; and Kingsbury’s Head Boy, Haider Nazerali, competed for the Debate Mate organisation with a partner from another school. They all enjoyed the competition and the motions were challenging but also very interesting.

It became clear, as the competition progressed, that Haider’s team was heading for the finals and we all stayed to watch his brilliant performance in the semi-final (on requiring games manufacturers to promote female protagonists), followed by his characteristically strong contribution to an exceptionally hard-fought final on a motion proposing the selling of citizenships. In the end Haider shared joint first prize with his Debate Mate partner as Best Speaker on the Day (highest scoring across all debates) and was a Runner-Up in the Final, with the Debate Mate team narrowly losing to  Dulwich College.

Haider is next representing Kingsbury High School in the National Finals of the Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition, in which he will be partnered by Head Girl, Sara Dehvari. The school will also be represented in these finals by Salem Ali and Akira Allman, who have performed superbly in Wednesday lunch-time debates over the course of the year.