Sport Awards 2019

Last night, we ended a fantastic year in KHS sport with the Sport Awards. Students and parents came to celebrate the students’ achievements and wrap up what was a very busy term including a vast variety of celebrations, showcasing how talented our students are.

We had the great honour of being joined by Montell Douglas, a British sportswoman, sprinter and former British record holder for the 100 metres at 11.05 seconds in 2017, as well as competing in bobsleigh, becoming part of the Great Britain women’s two-woman bobsleigh team. She shared her way to success with the audience during a truly inspirational talk and we can’t thank her enough for joining us last night.

We would especially like to celebrate the following students who became sport personalities of the year: Alisha Devshi, Rami Melikechi, Avni Hirani, Johann Pereira, Triya Halai, Federico Carlini Radazzo, Siraad Elmi, Denis Pomparau, Kria Varsani, Daniella Kenga Bila, Muskan Soni, Mohamad Al- Khafaji and Devesh Kerai.

Sports Day 2019

It is the one day of the year where everyone gets together, students and staff gather together in the Lower School for the Sports Day.

There were some fiercely competitive events that took place and several school sports day records fell! Despite the levels of determination all the competitors showed great sportsmanship and the hordes of spectators for each event helped create fantastic atmospheres that spurred the competitors on. What was most enjoyable to see was that everyone attended participated in one way or another and it seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves. The day really was a credit to the students and I hope they are looking forward to next year and the sporting year ahead.

A big thank you to all staff who helped in the build up to sports day, and a bigger thank you to all the staff that were helping on sports day, be it running an event, leading a form group, general patrol, water station, scorers or a behind the scene role.

Sixth Form Team Building Day

It has been a very busy two weeks for Year 12 students, who have been participating in a number of workshop and programmes, preparing them for life after KHS.  As previously reported they took part in employability days, UCAS evening, university visits and their busy schedule ended with a very enjoyable team-building day, where students were asked to rise to the challenge of a series of physical, sporting and mental challenges, and did so with distinction.

We are already looking ahead to next year’s programme, having been inspired by the quality of the guidance and advice delivered by external providers and seeking, as ever, to build upon what we are able to offer in-house for our students.

Thanks to the Sixth Form Management Team for putting the arrangements in place and the many teachers over the two weeks who gave their time to support the students in these activities.

Year 7 and 9 Evening of Achievement

Last night was our Evening of Achievement and we celebrated 167 year 7 and 9 students achievements. The awards were given out for Personal excellence in subjects, a high number of credits, highest A2L and attendance and lastly personal PRIDE across the school.

Congratulations to all the students for all their hard work and efforts.

The event was photographed by our Year 12 photography students Mukim Mahfuzh, Shamil Bhuttoo and Binisha Varsani.

Year 8 Graduation 2019

Last night we welcomed parents, carers and friends to the lower school to celebrate the Year 8 Graduation. The Hall was packed with an excited and proud audience. It has been 9 years since we introduced our new curriculum for Years 7 and 8 and the students at this evening’s graduation were the seventh year group to reach the end of our Foundation Stage. We came up with the idea of a new curriculum that concluded with a graduation ceremony in order to give a real sense of purpose to the

early years at KHS. The students were graded in relation to their attendance, punctuality, attitude to learning, progress, extended homework projects, rewards, Unifrog Competencies and the Kingsbury Guarantee.

Mr Thomas revealed our new ‘Graduate with Distinction’ board featuring the most students’ names to date. The visitors got treated to two performances by our incredibly talented Year 8 students, Laura Cretu did a reading followed by Acshayaa Kumar;s version of Demi Lovato’s Warrior.

The climax of the ceremony was the announcement of the most highly honoured boy graduate, Johann Pereira, and the most highly honoured girl graduate, Laura Cretu, each of whom received a special glass trophy.

Employability Day 2019

The Sixth Form’s clear focus this half-term has been on preparing Year 12 students for UCAS, apprenticeships and careers beyond Kingsbury High School.

One of the events was a varied and interesting Employability Day. The Employability Day gave every student the chance to test their leadership skills (provided by Montium), develop confidence for interviews and work through assessment centre activities. Former students came in to talk about gap years, clinical specialism, helping children with heart problems at the Evelina Children Hospital in London, HR and being a senior mechanical engineer at McLaren. Thank you to our alumni and organisations for contributing to a stimulating and enriching day for our current Sixth Form students.

Sixth Form Evening of Celebration

This week we welcomed back the Sixth Form students to an evening of celebration. Every year we invite the students after their exams to this special event. The evening started with some food and refreshments in K Hall where students had to opportunity to catch up with their peers. This was followed by the main presentation in K Hall. Everyone enjoyed a video showing their highlights and time at the school and Sixth Form as well as a video created by last year’s Headgirl, bringing back some great memories from the past.

To conclude the evening, staff presented 10 prestigious awards to the following students:

Shobana & Laavanya Yoganayam Prize for Outstanding Success in Chemistry went to Hassan Naima

Douglas Peacock Memorial Award for Highest Achievement in Chemistry went to Pranay Vekaria

Richard Vaizey Memorial Award for a student noted for their intellectual curiosity went to Hamza Butt

Professor John Marks Memorial Award to support deserving applicants to Oxbridge went to Wahab Rahmani

John Wyles Memorial Award for Achievement in Face of Adversity went to Pritesh Parekh

Reading List Foundation, a Scholoarship of £250 For an exceptional Year 13 student from a low income background, starting university to fund reading resources went to Sankari Thangakumaran

Elizabeth Williams Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the School went to Livya Mathialagan Pal

Roger Stone Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service to the School Community went to Abitha Naganathan

The Phillip Snell Award for the Greatest Overall Improvement went to Rachel Ayodele

Student of the Year is awarded to the student who stands out in terms of all round excellence went to Jumana Elsheikh Ali.

Well done to all of the Year 13s and good luck with your A Level results.

Art Exhibition 2019

A highlight of each year as an art teacher is the annual exhibition. Housed in TOLC the exhibition showcases work from GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students. It is a chance for students, teachers and invited guests to see the results of the hundreds of hours of observation, recording, development and creative thinking our young artists engage in; many of whom go on to study on art courses at university prior to entering careers in the creative industries – one of the UK’s largest employers.

This year the show boasted a breadth of work that was diverse in both form and concept. From portraits, to sculptures, to photography, to graphic design, to architecture, the talents the KHS showcased is breathtaking. A senior citizen commented that ”this is the best show I have ever seen, they are so talented”

For the parents, senior citizens and the students who came to see their own work on display this event was a celebration of the effort, rigour, risk-taking and confidence that was evident in every piece.

Kingsbury High School has a proud history of inspiring and developing successful artists, designers, musicians and performers. Whether our graduates continue with a path into the arts or not, the learning that underpins such great success in these subjects provides our leavers with a skill set that is transferable and applicable in any area of their professional or personal lives, and long may it continue.

Year 11 Sports Leaders

On completion of their GCSE exams, 87 year 11 students returned to KHS for the week to complete the annual Sports Leaders UK level two course. This is a nationally recognised qualification which enables them to lead, safe, purposeful and enjoyable physical activity for young people.The students learned about leadership skills including communication, teamwork, planning and organisation and then put these into practice through leading activities and events for our lower school children. 

Musical Madness

18 of our talented students took to the stage in our summer performance of Musical Madness. The evening consisted of singing, dancing, acting and gymnastics all created by our students over the last academic year. I would like to say a big thank you to the staff, friends and family that attended this fabulous evening and those behind the scenes who helped make this evening possible! If you see any of these students in the corridors or around school please do congratulate them on their hard work.’