Thank you to all students, friends, family and colleagues that attended last nights Sports Awards evening. Congratulations to all the students on their awards and a special thank you to Jeanette Kwakye an ex GB sprinter who joined for the evening and gave an inspirational speech.
On Tuesday 17th October, Kingsbury High School hosted the first multi skills festival of the year for primary school students in Year 2. There were 150 pupils in attendance from Oliver Goldsmith, St. Robert Southwell and Kingsbury Green schools. They rotated around a carousel of fun and engaging activities which are designed to improve their fundamental movement skills.
Each activity was led by a Year 10 student, who had planned the activities as part of their Sports leaders UK level one award assessment.
There are another seven festivals planned for the remainder of the school year, providing opportunities for pupils in years 1-5 who are part of the Kingsbury School Sports Partnership.
The Music Departments Friends and Family Concerts are an informal opportunity for students to perform to their peers, friends and family in groups and as soloists. All students are welcome to perform and we heard a range of performances from across the school. Performances included the year 9 GCSE class ensemble, Simran and Kirusana performing Buffalo Soldier a piece they have learnt in their year 7 Music lessons and the Year 12 A level students performing solos. We heard pianos, guitars, ukuleles, vocals and the drum kit.
The next Friends and Family Concert is on Wednesday 15th November at 4pm and the Winter Concert is on Thursday 30th November at 6pm. The Winter concert will feature the departments ensembles.
The Year 7 residential Quinta trip to Amersham is part of the school’s traditions to introduce the new students to the school and their new friends. Over the last two weeks the Year 7s visited Quinta on either a day trip or a three day residential. They participated in team building activities with the main aim being to promote the school’s ethos of ‘PRIDE’ and School’s motto, ‘Spectemur Agendo’- “being judged by our actions”. Some of the activities included team challenges, archery and bushcraft to name a few. We also taught life skills to those who could not swim or ride a bike. The students behaved immaculately and participated in all activities demonstrating skills such as team work and communication.
Year 12 students interested in Computer Science as a future career or to learn more about computing as part of an engineering degree, took up the opportunity on Tuesday 10 October to attend a lecture by Professor Nick Jennings, Chair of Artificial Intelligence and former advisor to government on national security. The lecture provided a genuine flavour or what high-powered talks are like at top universities. Hamza Butt, Wahab Rahmani, Yousif Habib, and Lucas Cochrane attended the lecture. Mr Senior commented, ‘We attend the evening lecture programme every year at Imperial College to support our STEM students. Not only are the lectures fascinating, they are also key in helping students find our what degree area they wish to study. The lectures are provided free to students and the SixthForm pays to be part of the lecture series because our high performing STEM students really value it. Students use the lectures to help them in their personal statement so that is another key benefit. Our next lecture is on Quantum Physics.
The Young Writers Association held the ‘Busta Rhyme’ competition which is run in order to encourage children to read, write and enjoy poetry and creative writing. The students’ task was to create a poem based on absolutely anything. All KHS students that entered have been published into the ‘Busta Rhyme’ poetry book. They beat almost 25,000 other students who entered and managed to get their poems published.
The students came to the library to receive their copies of the book and celebrate their suc
cess last Friday.
Ten top Year 13s spent two days at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, getting key advice from Admissions Tutors about how to tackle the new entrance tests and getting through the interview process. Each student received 1-2-1 intensive feedback on their personal statement. All ten stayed in student accommodation at the College and dined in the ornate hall that dates back over 600 years when the college started life as a nunnery.
Head Girl, Sara Dehvari commented, “I was initially anxious about applying to Cambridge. However, the trip was tremendously motivating. I received invaluable feedback on my personal statement from experienced admissions tutors as well as admission tests and interview support. The residential aspect of the trip also offered insight into life as an undergraduate student. I now feel more confident in my desire to study History at a highly competitive university.”
Good luck with all your applications, everyone!
Director of Sixth Form