Kingsbury High School Student Discovers the Secrets of Life

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Year 9 student, Aida Getachew, started writing the Secrets of Life at the age of 12. At 13, she was a published author and at 14, she finally told everyone about it!

The Secrets of Life, is the story of a teenage girl who undertakes a mission to find and protect an enchanted scroll, entrusted to her by her ancestors. Kingsbury High School students are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Secrets of Life in the school’s libraries.

The Secrets of Life is available to buy in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.

Below is an interview with Aida:

What inspired you to write a book?

My Saturday school teacher asked me what I wanted to do when I was older and I told her I wanted to be an author. She told me that I better get started because it takes a long time to publish a book, so I started writing the following weekend.

How long did it take you to write the book?

It took me about a year to write the book with breaks in between.

Did you get writers block?

Yes, a lot.

What gave you inspiration for the story?

I really like Harry Potter and anything fantasy. I love the idea that, in fantasy, nothing has to be real so I took that on board.

Who are your favourite authors?

J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien

I heard you kept it really quiet from all of your friends. Why was that?

I didn’t want to tell them in case something went wrong or that it didn’t get published.

How have you found the fame when your friends found out?

No one believed me. My family did not believe me, my friends didn’t believe me, my teachers didn’t believe me so they took a lot of convincing, but it’s good. I’m still the same person, but with a book.

What are your next steps? Have you planned another book yet?

I might write one, but I’ve got GCSEs coming up so I’m going to study for them first. I might write one in the summer. I might do a sequel to Secrets of Life.

How did you feel when you heard your book was going to be published?

When I got the phone call, I didn’t believe it; I thought it was a prank. I was really excited, happy, I was going crazy. It was really good.

How did your family feel? What did they say?

They were smiling the whole evening. They were just really happy and they called me ‘author’ and ‘celebrity’, it was really strange. They were really proud of me.

[text by Camille; photograph by Steve; video by Erik]

CISCO Success

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On Thursday 2nd May 2013, Year 11 student, Dhaval Shah, was presented with his certificate for successfully completing the CISCO IT Essentials course, by Head Teacher Jeremy Waxman and E-Learning Manager, Mr Fuller.

KHS currently has sixteen students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 12, studying internationally recognised CISCO courses at the school.

If you would like to study a CISCO course at KHS, please contact Mr Fuller.

[text by Mr Fuller; photograph by Steve]

Year 10 Mathematics ‘Excel’ Day

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On Tuesday 16 April, Year 10 took part in a Mathematics ‘Excel’ Day. Forms competed against each other in a Mathematics and General Knowledge Quiz and listened to a talk by Mathematics Researcher, Charlie Turner from the University of Warwick, one of England’s leading centres of Mathematics. Ms Turner works with computers to solve complex mathematical problems.

[text provided by Mr Bhatt; photograph by Steve]

A Level Results Day 2012

 

Commenting on the school’s A Level success, Head Teacher, Jeremy Waxman, said: “There were many happy faces at Kingsbury High this morning as students arrived to collect their A level results. The vast majority made the grades required to meet their university offers and there were a number of outstanding performances  The results are a tribute to the commitment of our staff, the hard work of our students and the support of their parents.

Our students have worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserve their successes. And with a sixth form already rated outstanding by Ofsted, these results show that teachers at Kingsbury High are continuing to prepare our students to obtain high quality higher education places in an increasingly competitive environment.”

[images by Steve; text by Mr Waxman]

A Level Results Day

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Kingsbury High School celebrates excellent A level results

Kingsbury High School is this week celebrating an excellent set of A level results.
78% of entries gained A*-C grades and 98% of entries gained passes. 55% of entries gained A*, A or B grades.

The following individual performances, with accompanying pictures are worthy of mention:

Picture 005- Pritum Hirani, one of the school’s Deputy Head Boys, pictured with teachers David Cumbers and Dan Danaher, achieved AAB and will attend UCL to study Physics with Medical Physics.

Picture 008 – Twins Pooja (right) and Priya Khatri (left) achieved A* AAA and A*AAB and are going to the Universities of Bath and Nottingham respectively.

Picture 010 – Ranveer Bahra achieved A* BB and will pursue his ambition of becoming an airline pilot in the RAF by taking a place at Buckinghamshire to study Airline and Airport management and continuing his flying training with the RAF cadets.

Picture 011 – Basir Kunduzi, pictured with teacher Andrew Mitchell, achieved BBB and will attend Kings College to study Medicine. Basir, from Afghanistan, only joined the school two years ago and was a Deputy Head Boy at the school.

Picture 012 – Three outstanding female physicists: Vanisha Hirani (left) with A*AA will study Maths & Physics at UCL, Catrina Nisbett (centre) will take her A*AB to Kings College to study Maths & Physics and Mausmi Juthani (right) with A*AAA will go to Warwick to study Physics.

Although not pictured, Head Girl Ferogh Ishan is off to Imperial College to read Chemistry having achieved five full A levels: A*A*AAA.

Headteacher Jeremy Waxman was thrilled with his students’ results. He said: “Our students have worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserve their successes. And with a sixth form already rated outstanding by Ofsted, these results show that teachers at Kingsbury High are continuing to prepare our students to obtain high quality higher education places in an increasingly competitive environment.”