Winter Concert

Over 100 students from years 7 to 11 performed during the Winter Concert to a packed out Tylers Hall.

We had a range of performances from the department ensembles including a choir of over 40 students led by Miss Kvaerndrup and two different guitar groups led by our guitar teacher Mr Slatter. Students have been working hard putting together and rehearsing their own bands. Pieces performed include Love Yourself, Believer and Seven Nation Army. The concert finished with a performance of Mambo Groove, one of the pieces from last years 7Up project. 56 students took part in this performance, filling the stage.

The summer concert will take place on Thursday 27th June.

Year 12 Students Attend City Workshop at EY London HQ

Students attended an employability workshop run by top City firm EY. EY managers and employees presented career options, interview tips and managing your own brand to help students consider not only what career to choose but how to get through an interview.

Thank you to EY and to Aston University who organised the event. Only a limited number of schools got to take part and KHS Sixth Form took 25% of all the places as we have close links to Aston University and we asked for more than double the places. Those who attended all had excellent attendance to lessons and attitude to learning scores of either ‘Excellent’ or at least ‘Good’ because it is important students are on track to get the grades required to enter top careers and attendance and work ethic are key to achieving the grades. 

Samra Ali, who attended the trip, summarised some key tips:

Think about your strengths. Write down 5 strengths that you can show your interviewers. They could be what you use and do often. Performance, what you do well in. Energy, what makes you feel good.

Interviewers and employers only take 20 seconds to read your application or CV, so the first impression you give to them is important.

Within 30 seconds in seeing you, interviewers can make first impressions. So: be on time, be prepared and be engaged.

Create a lasting impression: show your personality, show that you’ve done you’re research by knowing about why you want this placement, think about your body language, listen, don’t rush and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Top tips:

Think about your presence online.

Now your stuff.

Remember to smile.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

On Tuesday 4th December Kingsbury High School hosted the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party which was organised and run by our Year 13 Level 3 Sports Leaders. Approximately 70 visitors attended the event from various elderly care homes, church groups and charity organisations from the local area.

The entertainment included boccia, carol singing, bingo and a quiz. There was also an opportunity for all to help crochet a blanket which will be donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. 

Thank you to Valerie Pope, Jenny Cox & Anne Hantouli who helped to run activities on the day. A huge thank you also to our amazing students who not only organised the party, but have also been volunteering their time to help organise activities for the elderly preceding this event.   

Helen Abbott, the wellbeing manager from Birchwood Grange care home who attended the event said:

” I cannot thank you enough for a wonderful afternoon. Your staff were so thoughtful and entertaining and the students were the best I’ve met. The compassion and care they showed to our residents not only this afternoon but in our home is far more than I can describe in words. Whenever anyone says anything disparaging about teenagers I can thrust the wonders of your students at them, as I am in awe of such talented and caring students.”

Musical Workshop

67 students from the Years 7-10 took part in a special singing workshop with Nav Arles and Miss Kvaerndrup. Both are excellent singing teachers and choir leaders and inspired our students with a very productive three hour workshop. Miss Kvaerndrup teaches singing at KHS and leads our school choir.

The students worked on two pieces which will be performed at the Winter Concert on Thursday 13th December.

ESU Debating Competition

We were delighted to host the first round of the ESU Competition in the Upper School in K Hall. Six teams from schools around Brent enthusiastically debated the following motions: This house would ban the sale and consumption of meat, this house would build on the green belt, this house would weight votes such that the younger the voter, the more powerful their vote.
We were represented by two sixth formers Bhavna Patel and Fawaz Sajid. Unfortunately we came up short against a fantastic debating duo from North Bridge House Senior School.
The debates were judged by Eliot Pallot from the ESU, and David Moffat and Rachelle Regan from KHS – we thank them for their time and efforts.
Special thanks to Godwin on the caretaking team; to Careen, Mary and the catering team; to the Upper School SLT; to Tracey Cox, and to the members of staff and fellow students who kindly gave their time to support the competitors during the evening. 

Lesley Smith Policy Director of Amazon UK Talk

Year 12 listened to the Policy Director of Amazon UK as part of the sixth form speaker programme. Lesley Smith outlined the broad spectrum of careers available at Amazon UK as well as Amazon’s amazing story from starting out in Jeff Bezoz’s garage selling computer books to a company valued at over 100 billion dollars selling 250 million items in Europe and over 500 million in the USA. Lesley also outlined her own career story to inspire everyone to work hard to achieve their goal. In the past, our Sixth Form Speaker Programme has included the CEO of Standard Chartered, the former Attorney General and member of Parliament, a surgeon, Chairman of the Royal Mail and a speaker from Google.

Year 10 Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Final

After the recent Excel Day Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge workshops for all of Year 10, a school final was held to select students to represent KHS in the upcoming regional final.
The following Year 10 students participated:
Siraad Elmi, Bashra Mahamed, Yasmin Ball, Bhavni Joshi, Aryan Feda, Jineth Wijesinghe, Mohammad Afridi, Nooralhoda Tillaih, Lujein Idani
The students had to give a 3 minute speech without any notes, and the judges had a difficult task as they all spoke with great passion and emotion on a range of subjects.
Congratulations to all the speakers, in particular to Siraad and Yasmin who have been selected to go through to the Brent final in January. Thanks also to Kamran Shaheen, Katherine Evans and Tahia Jahan for judging the event.
Sandip Das