Step Into Dance Spring Sharing

Over the past six months, seven keen dancers from Y7, Y8 & Y9, have been working hard to create an exciting piece of choreography for the upcoming Step Into Dance Spring Sharing. On Tuesday 25th April 2017 at Queens Park Community School, the students performed alongside other Brent Schools to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Step Into Dance. Once again these students have represented Kingsbury and the Dance Department to a high standard, and are eager to start work on their next performance piece.

Students from left to right:
Layla Omar, Samiya Hamel, Rhea Vekaria, Iniya Kumar, Ruxandra Grigoras, Daniella Kenga-Bila, Daisy Constantinou
Choreography by Maria Ighoumrassi

Brent Schools Chess League

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A number of Kingsbury High’s Sixth Form students competed in the Brent Schools Chess League held at Barham Primary School in March.

In the lead up to the competition, the students regularly attended Kingsbury High School’s own Chess Club. Attending these sessions paid off for Gabriel Orgidan as his strategic playing at the Brent Schools Chess League earned him first place in a three-way-tie between students from Wembley High and Capital City Academy.

Proposed New Multi-Sport Facility

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Plan of proposed new facilities

Your support is crucial to help us provide new state of the art multi-sport facilities for Kingsbury High School.

We are bringing forward plans, in partnership with Powerleague, for a new state of the art multi-sport facility on our Bacon Lane campus.

We are aware that there is some localised opposition who are making claims about the scheme based on inaccurate misinformation. The facilities would provide a fantastic new resource for our school, enhancing our sports curriculum and enabling us to broaden our extra-curricular offer. They would also offer significant benefits for the health and development of our pupils.

The scheme, which has been designed to address the needs of the school but would be completely financed by Powerleague, would include:

  • One large 11-a-side hybrid football / hockey pitch
  • One multi-sport pitch (MUGA)
  • Four standard 5-a-side pitches
  • Two cricket nets

Throughout term time, the new facilities would be available solely for school use during normal school hours. A broad range of further school improvements would also be carried out as part of the scheme, including refurbishment of both of our sports halls, improvements to other grass playing fields on the site and redecoration of the existing changing rooms. A new clubhouse would also be constructed, providing additional new changing rooms for our pupils to use.

As part of the partnership agreement, the facility would be hired out by Powerleague outside of school hours. The facility would not be licensed to sell alcohol and Powerleague already operates a number of sites in partnership with Educational Institutions which are not licensed to sell alcohol.

A planning application for this scheme has now been submitted and your support will be vital in order to help us achieve permission for these fantastic new facilities.
If you would like to show your support, please either:

Or if you prefer, you can use the following alternative methods below:

  • Email planandbuild@brent.gov.uk but please make sure to use the reference number 16/0994 and include your full name and postal address.
  • Write a letter to the case officer, Victoria McDonagh, at Brent Council, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ, making sure to quote the reference number 16/0994 and include your full name and postal address.

Every supportive comment, email and letter is crucial, and some of the points that you may want to consider referring to include:

  • The proposed site is often waterlogged and practically unusable between November and March each year, preventing delivery of the desired range and quality of teaching;
  • The need for new sports facilities to enhance the existing sports curriculum and improve the extra-curricular offer for pupils;
  • We have aspired for many years to construct artificial turf pitches for year-round use but have been unable to independently finance the investment;
  • Pupils have to travel off-site for lessons, reducing the teaching time available and incurring additional costs for the school;
  • There would be significant knock-on benefits for other schools in the local area through the Kingsbury High School School Sports Partnership.

We hope that you will be able to show your support for this scheme. Your support will play a key role in helping us to make our plans for greatly enhanced sports facilities at Kingsbury High School a reality.

If you have any queries about the scheme and would like to talk to a member of the development team, please call 0800 080 3163 or email c.bushe@gka.co.uk.

It’s Your Life, You Choose!

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On Tuesday 8th March Year 7 students learnt of the harsh realities that come with choosing a life of crime. Throughout the day, students were rotated through a series of workshops where they heard about crimes from various perspectives. In attendance were Brent Magistrates who spoke about the volunteer work they do to keep the community safe; a paramedic and a nurse who spoke about the types of injuries they see as a result of knife crime and the life-changing impact these injuries can have on their victims; Police Officers including School’s Officers, a cyberbullying expert and a Trident Officer; a Custodial Manager from Wormwood Scrubs who described, in detail, what a typical day in prison looks like; and two ex-offenders from the Directions Project who spoke about their past, their time in prison, their regrets and how they’ve turned their lives around.

The programme was delivered by the Brent stem of the multi-agency anti-crime initiative – Your Life You Choose (YLYC).

Project Coordinator from YLYC, Alison Zilberkweit, said “We were thrilled to be invited back to Kingsbury High to present to Year 7, after a really positive day in 2015 we had high expectations. Once again the students were a pleasure to work with, they were attentive, engaged with the presenters and asked perceptive questions demonstrating they understood the consequences of crime and it’s wider impact not just for the offender but their family, friends and of course the victim and wider community.”

Student Feedback:
“Thank you so much for teaching me today. I didn’t really know any of this. I learnt a lot today.”
“It was a fun day and the message I took home was to take crime seriously.”
“It has had an impact on me – I will not hang around bad company.”
“I will make better and safer choices. I will choose safe friends and think twice before I do something.”
“Your Life You Choose has taught me not to get into bad things and get a good education.”
“I will try to make the best decision for myself and not follow the wrong path.”

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

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On Wednesday 27th January 2016 Ten Year 10 students joined students from other high schools in the borough to visit JFS School for their annual Holocaust Memorial Day Seminar.

The day included a talk by Mrs Renee Salt, 92 (a survivor of the Holocaust who lived through the horrors of the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen); a presentation by Ray Hill (former member of the British far-right BNP who became a well-known informant); and two sessions given by JFS Religious Education teacher, Miss Krieger, on the role of bystanders during the Holocaust and the moral dilemmas associated with the Holocaust.

The attending Kingsbury High students were particularly moved by Mrs Salt’s talk and commented, “It was amazing to hear first-hand the account of Mrs Salt, her story was so heart-breaking – but she was so keen to get her message across: stop hating others, and to try and live together in peace.”

“It is important we learn from the past, the Holocaust was a horrible event, millions died because of their beliefs – we must make sure we stand up to hate, just like Mrs Salt.”

English National Opera

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The dulcet tones of opera filled the corridors on Friday 23rd October as the English National Opera’s Opera Squad took over Kingsbury High for the day.

Students and staff were introduced to opera, as both spectator and performer, through a range of activities including assemblies, ensemble, choir and workshops. Pop up performances took place in unlikely areas around the school where lucky bystanders heard professional opera singers and viewed their performances at close range.

Head of Music at Kingsbury High, Matthew Dominé said “I was particularly impressed by the skill the English National Opera showed in bringing a challenging musical genre, like opera, to our students and to get them all involved and enjoying the opportunity to sing together. The pop-up performances throughout the school were amazing and the students were clearly inspired. There will be future opportunities for our students to experience opera and I, along with them, cannot wait”.

Year 10 student Livya Mathialagan was inspired to write a piece about her experience in which she said “Towards the end of the day, a few students from the school’s Guitar Ensemble, including myself and the school’s Choir, were able to perform with the English National Opera. This, to me, was the most memorable and enjoyable part of the day. Adding to my knowledge, I was taught how to work in an ensemble better and encouraged to learn (on the spot) new songs to perform just minutes after. It was great to be a part of a group known all over the world and I would consider myself and others, for a brief time, members of the English National Opera.”

Head of Faculty, Annette Woodrow said “The choir held at lunchtime with the English National Opera was brilliant. It was exhilarating to sing alongside such powerful singers. I thoroughly enjoy singing and had forgotten how uplifting it can be. The English National Opera team were very skilled in bringing together a random group and making us feel that we had achieved a great deal in a short time. The choice of music was excellent – looking around there was pleasure on the faces of everyone.”