Today our students were treated a wide range of activities,
trips, motivational talks, cooking workshops, guest speakers and much more.
During our Excel Days we take our students off their timetable and engage them
in workshops that will develop them as a whole person. This is key for every
student at Kingsbury High School as those days are designed to allow them to
learn about topics they wouldn’t normally be thought about in a school environment.
Our Year 7 students went to various locations in London, the
Year 8s learned how to read for pleasure as well as continued to develop their First
Give charity projects. Careers Day was the topic for Year 9 students, whilst
the Year 10s focused on the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.
In the Upper school the Year 11s discussed mental health and
met the guest speakers Maximize who talked to them about best practise for exam
Finally, our Sixth Formers enjoyed a carousel of activities,
from yoga to cooking, to talks about how to best prepare for life at university,
to health and wellbeing and guest speakers.
We were very lucky to be given this opportunity to visit Westminster Abbey. It was a very interesting trip. Firstly, it must be established that it is a beautiful place with extravagant features. The history behind the actual place is just as captivating as what is inside it. We looked at the tombs of many recognisable historical figures such as Henry VII and his wife, Elizabeth of York. We also saw some fascinating things such as the coronation chair and Britain’s ‘oldest’ surviving door which was constructed in the 1050’s. We also saw the grave of the unknown warrior. This is a moving memorial to the millions of soldiers who were killed during World War 1, but whose bodies were never found. We also visited a section dedicated to famous poets. Overall, the trip was very insightful, informative and at the same time enjoyable.
During our most recent Excel Day, where KHS proudly goes beyond traditional learning in a class room, a wide range of topics, workshops, talks and presentations were offered to all the year groups.
Highlights of the day include Years 7 getting the opportunity to learn to ride a bike as well as improving their cycling skills throughout the day. Some students that we not able to cycle at the start of the day, walked away having learned a fantastic new life skill and they should be very proud of themselves.
Year 13 students had the opportunity to prepare for life at university or living and working independently by participating in a wide-ranging programme of activities. All students followed a carousel of sessions, including two sessions for which they had opted. The sessions on offer were as follows:
Curry in a Hurry – Mr Patel
Money-saving expert – Ms Gorsia
Self-defence – Mr Alex Turton (Ronin Taijutsu)
Learn to play Chess – Ms Patel
Latin for Learning – Mr Waxman
Coping with Stress – Mr Senior
Strategies for coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks – Ms Thomas
Falun Gong – Mr Hollis
Current Affairs – Ms Tumber
It was a very enjoyable day, with some pleasing outcomes – not least the excellent food prepared by Mr Patel by the end of each of his sessions! The Year 13 students provided some lovely feedback on the day, as the following comments indicate:
“The aim of learning one new skill by the end of the day was definitely completed and for many was surpassed with most of us learning more than one new skill…an amazing day”
“…all of us learnt at least one new thing which we can use in the future and overall it was a fun experience because of the range of different activities we got to take part in”
There was also a call for the day to become a Kingsbury tradition, though the Sixth Form team will be exploring ways in which they can integrate activities throughout the year rather than just on a single day in the future. Special thanks go to Ms Cox for leading on the administration of the event, with support from Ms Mohan and Ms Maan, and to all those who delivered sessions during the day.
Year 7 worked alongside a varied team of visitors for the Your Life You Choose programme.
The students were fully engaged in a series of workshops detailing a range of components of the criminal justice system. Prison officers gave a full and frank report of life in prison and the systems operated. Local magistrates introduced the “bench” and how decisions are made in a court. Two ex offenders explained how they had become involved in crime and what life had been like in prison and since their release. A paramedic gave powerful accounts of his everyday experiences including attending knife crime attacks. The day ended with students looking at a video of a crime involving young people. An officer from Trident explained Joint Enterprise. This is the 3rd year that we have worked on this excellent project that seeks to help young students make the right choices to steer well clear of gangs and crime.
All our evaluations suggest that this programme really does hit home.
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.
For Excel day a group of Year 8 students organised playground activities and an Olympic quiz for our year group. Most people in the year donated a pound and all the money went to the Teenage Cancer Trust. The activities included an assault course, basketball, hula-hoops and skipping.
Students were rewarded with Teenage Cancer Trust tags if they did well, motivated their team or showed that they were really trying hard. The winning quiz teams also received a tag.
Everyone enjoyed the activities and the leaders worked really well as a team to make it all happen. The aim of the day was to raise awareness and money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and we raised a grand total of £323.
[text by Abbey Foster 8Y; photograph by Mr Jamieson]
On Monday 14th January, the whole of Year 7 took part in an exciting ‘reading for enjoyment’ Excel day designed to encourage and celebrate reading. Both students and staff dressed up as their favourite book character with often imaginative and visual stunning results! Throughout the day a range of exciting activities were experienced such as: drama performances and role plays; reading aloud beloved preschool books to develop students’ story telling skills to engage young children; and manipulating words to create enigmatic riddles in the style of J R R Tolkien!
Students consistently celebrated their reading by building a reading tree; watching it grow throughout the day by adding to it all the elements they loved about reading books. From characters and action to voice and writers’ style, one thing is clear: the staff and students have many reasons to love reading here at KHS!
[text by Ms Sangha & Ms Bryson; photography by Steve & Camille]