The Great Kingsbury Bake Off

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Staff and students at Kingsbury High School partook in some light entertainment and friendly competition on Friday 12th December 2014 in The Great Kingsbury Bake Off. Entrants baked at home; took photographic evidence; and brought their creations in for judging the following day.

On the judging panel was Head Chef, Careen McQueen and four Year 9 students; assisted by Business Development Manager, Dean Bolton.

The scoring was based on a points system and points were awarded for presentation, flavour and technical ability. The calibre was high and the results were extremely close. In third place were Esme Nichols and Sophie Hall for their Apple Cake; in second place was Anjna Chavda with her Present Cake; and in first place with her Braided Chocolate Brioche was Sarah Patchick.

A Twist in the Tale

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Talented writers at Kingsbury High School have had their stories published in a national anthology. A Twist in the Tale – Southern Stories, edited by Jenni Bannister and published by Young Writers, features the work of 14 Year 9 students.

The book is the result of a competition run by Young Writers to encourage young people to engage in creative writing. The brief was to write a story with an unexpected twist in up to 100 words.

The anthology will be available for staff and students to borrow from the lower school library and will also be held at The British Library.

Tayari Gachegua said “We had to try and write a story within a hundred words and the story had to have a twist at the end. At first, one hundred words seems like quite a lot, but as you start writing, you realise that you want to include more detail so it was quite a challenge. My story is called The Prisoner. It’s about a grandfather who is telling his grandchildren about his time in prison. When I saw the book for the first time, my heart started pumping; I was just a bit nervous. The fact that the book will be in our school library is even more nerve-wracking than it being in The British Library because with The British Library, it will be members of the public and people that we don’t know, whereas in the school library it’s your peers that are going to be reading it, so they are going to be direct; they’re going to tell you if it’s terrible or if it’s a good story, so I’m nervous about what they’re going to say”

Adam Badawy said “I’ve been to the British Library a few times and I’ve seen how big it is, so I was really surprised when I heard the book was going to be held there. It’s quite a big honour to see something that I have written in there.”

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Year 9 Brent Champions

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Kingsbury High School’s Year 9 students were successfully crowned Brent Champions for the second consecutive year with a fantastic team performance and positive 4-0 final result. Two goals each from Sami Abraham and Tomi Ibrahim secured a great victory in which the whole squad performed to a level the opponents couldn’t compete with. Defensively the team worked very hard, limited the opponents scoring opportunities and made effective decisions. The whole squad celebrated on the final whistle as the victory crowned a fantastic season for all those involved, congratulations to the whole team.

[text & photographs by Mr Donald]

KHS Open a New Sculpture Garden

On Monday 24th September, students and staff at Kingsbury High School attended the unveiling of a new sculpture garden situated at the entrance of the Lower School building in Bacon Lane. The garden was designed by members of the school’s Art Department, and put together by staff in the wider school community, including the Art Technician and Caretaking staff.

The sculpture, which is the main feature of the garden, was designed by local artist, Randy Klein together with Kingsbury High School AS and A Level Art students.

Randy held workshops with the students in which they collectively drew up a design for the sculpture. The design was sent to a foundry, cast in steel and, upon its arrival, students painted the 2.25 metre high structure before it was placed in the garden.

Randy said “It was a great pleasure to work with Kingsbury High School AS and A Level Art students, developing ideas for the garden and sculpture. The diversity and creativity of the students’ designs was an inspiration. It has been a very rewarding experience to see the fruits of our labours turned into permanent improvements to the school entrance.

Seeing their own designs become a permanent feature of the school will be a memorable and empowering experience. The art students have left a legacy which can be enjoyed over the years by future students and staff at the school.”

The sculpture garden was funded using the prize money awarded to the school through an art competition run by Viking last year. Art student, Shawna-Lee Lewin, won £10,000 for the school with her drawing which ‘reflected what students like about their school’. Shawna-Lee’s entry beat over 3,000 entries from schools across the UK and was featured in on the front cover of the 2012 Viking for Schools calendar.

Shawna-Lee, who achieved A*, A*, A, A, B in her A Levels and has been offered an unconditional offer at the University of Exeter to study Psychology, came back for the unveiling and said, “It’s amazing to think how far my original ideas have travelled – it’s brought so many creative people together and I’m very proud to be part of Kingsbury High School’s legacy!”

[Text by Camille; Photographs by Steve and Cliff]

Ancuta is Commended for her Art Work

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Talented local young artist, Ancuta, from Kingsbury High School in Brent, has been commended for her entry in a national youth art competition.

The campaign group, Animal Aid, launched the competition to encourage young people, aged between 11-14 years old, to express their views on issues relating to the way animals are used in society. The competition had a different theme for each year group: Year 7 – Caring for animals; Year 8 – Factory farming; Year 9 – Animals in captivity.

Ancuta’s artwork falls under the Year 7 – Caring for animals category and painted in watercolour, depicts young peoples’ love and compassion for animals.

Ancuta regularly attends an art club at Kingsbury High School and was encouraged to enter the competition by her art teacher, Ms Conway. Ancuta said “I felt really excited when Ms Conway told us about the theme because I like animals and when she told me I had won an award, I was really surprised. I was excited to see my picture because I had entered three pieces and I wasn’t sure which one Animal Aid had chosen.”

Animal Aid received hundreds of entries from individuals and schools all over the country and was delighted by the extraordinarily high standard.

Animal Aid’s Competition Organiser, Ben Martin, said “Young people are passionate about animal welfare and the winners of this competition have certainly considered the treatment of animals in today’s society. The artwork we received was exciting, imaginative and bold, and revealed a thoughtful and compassionate younger generation. I feel sure that these qualities will be of great benefit to animals, people and the planet. Heartfelt congratulations to Ancuta – she richly deserves her award.”

[photograph by Camille]