During the annual “hour of code” week, KHS Year 7 and Year 8 students worked with Tanners Wood School in Watford. Students were encouraged to try computer programming for one hour, by working together using edmodo to share resources and work in groups to solve Scratch programming challenges and using Skype to video conference. Students consulted via Skype and got together in their teams to plan and discuss tasks, split workload and share their findings.
One Year 7 student commented ‘I found this very exciting to see how I can work with another student who is far away and solve the tasks. It was really fun.’
On Wednesday 6th December Kingsbury High School hosted the annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas party, which was organised by the Year 12 & 13 ‘red shirts’. Approximately 70 visitors came from Roe Green Village, Magnolia Court, Ashton Lodge, Harrod Court, Preston Lodge, Abbey Field and local church groups.
The entertainment included a quiz down memory lane, boccia, and various singing performances from staff and students. There was also the opportunity for all to get involved in crocheting a blanket to donate to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
One visitor had some advise for the students ‘young kids, you need to have dreams and hopes then build your strong foundations and you will see you will rise’
Thank you to Valerie Pope, Rose Peacock & all other ex staff who also helped to contribute to it’s success.
Thank you to everyone for their help with the Winter Fayre…. These events could not happen without the support and hard work of families, students and staff.
Special thanks to the students who performed music and ran photo-grotto on the day, brought in their beautiful handmade friendships bracelets, lovely tree decorations and gorgeous cakes/biscuits – we have some amazing talent at the school!
An update will be going out in the school’s newsletter shortly. The next Friends Association meeting will take place in the new year (date to be confirmed)
Watch this space for the Friends Association Summer event in 2018!
On a cold Sunday, Year 13 student and Head Boy, Haider Nazerali, hosted a suitably magical day of debating in K Hall and surrounding classrooms as a fundraising event for the educational charity, Debate Mate. The event attracted teams from far and wide, with two schools travelling from Suffolk to participate, and ran from 9.30am until 7.30pm.
Assisted by members of the Upper School Debating Society and Haider’s contacts from the English Speaking Union and Debate Mate, he organised four rounds of Harry Potter-themed debating (on aspects of the rules of quidditch, the responsibilities of wizardry, the rights of centaurs, and the powers of spells), plus a pizza dinner and an enthusiastically argued and highly entertaining final. House points were awarded (as per the Houses of Hogwarts) and certificates presented to the winning team and to the finalists. Kingsbury fielded four teams in the competition and whilst they did not reach the final, they debated with distinction and a good time was had by all. At the end of the event, Haider was able to announce that the event had succeeded in raising over £300 for Debate Mate. Full credit should go to Haider for a fantastic achievement, which he thoroughly enjoyed and which gave a very positive impression of the school to those who visited on the day.
On Monday 4th December Year 7 and Year 8 were fortunate to experience a visit from performing artist J-Sol. He performed to the students some of his songs and dances. As well as inspiring our students, he passed on the message that ‘dreams can come true with hard work’. He also shared his experiences about his background and how our students could be successful in their future careers. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring day for our students. Thank you J-Sol for coming to visit our school.
The music department has had a busy term rehearsing and performing for several concerts. During the term we launched the new Friends and Family Concerts, of which there have been two so far, one in October and one in November. They take place at 4pm in the Drama studio and provide a performance platform for students of all abilities to perform in an informal environment in front of their friends, families and each other. Performances have included ensemble work students have been learning and composing in curriculum lessons, GCSE solo performances and solo performances students have been working on with their instrument teachers. Students from all year groups have taken part.
In September the year 10 class worked with professional musician and composer Laurel Swift and a group of professional singers. They performed pieces to our students from Travelling with Thomas, which is a project exploring and developing a folk musical. The students wrote new verses for one of Laurels songs which the singers learnt in record time and performed. We will be welcoming Laurel back into school in the new year for the final two phases of her project.
In October our singing teacher Miss Kvaerndrup opened up her choir rehearsal to other students for an informal concert. It was great to see Room 43 filled with students keen to hear their friends perform and for our singing students to practice performing the pieces they have spent a lot of time rehearsing.
On Thursday 30th November we our held our Winter Concert in Tylers Hall, with 30 students performing from different year groups. The concert was a showcase for our growing and blossoming ensembles and included guitar groups, choir, samba drumming and our newly formed Kingsbury Ensemble, along with some outstanding GCSE students performing solos. We ended the concert with Three Little Birds performed by the Beginner Guitar Group with students and their families singing along.
Dates for you diaries:
Thursday 8th February Friends and Family Concert 4pm Drama Studio
Thursday 1st March A Level Recital 4pm Drama Studio
Thursday 17th May Spring Concert 6pm Tylers Hall
Many congratulations to Nauman Zahid (Year 13) and Siham Sahal (Year 12), prominent members of the Upper School Debating Society, for securing a place in the second round of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace competition with an excellent debating performance opposing the introduction of e-sports to the Olympic Games. Kingsbury went through this tough first round along with Queen Elizabeth School, Barnet, and Immanuel College, Bushey. The debates were judged by Alice Dendy, of the ESU; and George Burns, a Sixth Form manager at neighbouring Claremont High School.
We are also grateful to, and commend, Haider Nazerali and Sara Dehvari (both Year 13) for competing as a “swing team” to ensure that the three scheduled debates went ahead as planned when one team was unable to attend. They strongly opposed a suggestion that students should take part in compulsory national service after Year 13.
We look forward to receiving news of the second round in due course.
Thank you to Godwin on the caretaking team; to Careen, Mary and the catering team; to Rachelle Regan and the behaviour team; to Tracey Cox; and to the members of staff and fellow students who kindly gave their time to support the competitors during the evening.