Mr Waxman’s Tea Party

5 years ago Mr Waxman was invited to a tea party at Roe Green School, which is part of the Kingsbury Schools Together community, by a group of Year 6 students. This was part of a school project of the students, where he got to meet future KHS students before they joined the school and he was given a handmade card as a thank you note.

Yesterday those students were surprised by Mr Waxman who invited them to a tea party in his office in return, alongside Roe Green’s headteacher Ms Loosemore. The students got to enjoy some refreshments and cake whilst catching up with their old and current headteachers, who thoroughly enjoyed hearing how far the pupils have come and their point of view on various topics. Much to the students’ amusement Mr Waxman still had their card.

Are you worried about a teenager?

At Kingsbury High School we understand the importance of mental well-being and in order to create all around happy young adolescents we mustn’t forget that it isn’t only academic success that leads to success and happiness, but it is the whole individual that needs to be understood and supported. Countless aspects in our day to day life may affect young minds, especially the recent news, pupils may be feeling scared and anxious about the world and having a safe, confidential space to talk, can feel very reassuring.

KHS is fortunate to have an accessible Counselling Service for all our students to talk to an independent, supportive professional about any difficulties in their lives.

Our Lead school counsellor Caron Zar is available from Monday to Thursday, we have a part time counsellor from an external service on Thursdays and Fridays and a Volunteer counsellor one day a week.

All Students can make a confidential appointment via their Year Leader and 6th Form students can email Caron directly

School Counselling can help with:

  • Feeling lonely, isolated or worried
  • Stress & anxiety about school, exams, work
  • Friendships, teachers or family relationships
  • Depression
  • Body image & self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Self-harming
  • Separation & divorce
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Bullying
  • Anger
  • Feeling that there isn’t anyone to understand you
  • Feeling you don’t want to worry people close to you

Preparing for University

On the 25th April our Sixth Form students had the opportunity to attend a talk by guest speakers Mr Paul Hampson from University of Westminster , Ms Beverley Crooks from Brunel University and Ms Jennifer Nichols-Dunbar from Prevent about life at university. This is the second event organised by the Sixth Form team in order to prepare the students for life after Kingsbury High School, the first one took part during our Excel Day.
Mrs Crooks highlighted during her introduction that ‘This is a great opportunity the school has given the students, not only helping to get into university, but to also preparing for the time at university.’
Both university representatives talked about day to day problems during the first year, from financial issues, to cooking, to homesickness and how to best deal with them. A list of places that are available to students offering help whilst studying, such as student unions, counselling to name but a few, were offered and numerous leaflets left for the students to keep. The students were advised to try and learn simple but essential skills before leaving home, for example how to use a washing machine and cooking.
‘Finding new friends is the biggest concern to new students at university, during school you have your support network of friends and when that is gone, it can be challenging to create new bonds’ Mr Hampson added.
Finally Ms Nichols-Dunbar took the students through her presentation on radicalisation. This is a delicate, but important topic, as new students are vulnerable targets for such organisations.
However the session was not attended to create anxiety for the upcoming life changing events in the students’ life, it was to create awareness that some might find it challenging and show what support will be available to ensure university life becomes the most memorable time of the students’ lives.

EAL Day: celebrating the diversity of culture at Kingsbury High

On Wednesday 15th March the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department held their yearly ELA Day on which we celebrated the diversity of culture at Kingsbury High School. The event took place at lunchtime when our students were selling homemade traditional cakes including the delicious ‘Kingsbury Cake’ made by George in Year 7, invited others to take part in quizzes on different countries and the audiences got to enjoy students as well as staff perform a number of songs.
It was a great opportunity for the students to present a part of their culture to the School Community to work as a team, feel unified and proud of the diverse community we have at KHS.
Thank you to all who contributed to the event, especially Erik Windrich who played the guitar, Alexandra for singing, to the Facilities Department, Food Technology Department, The Catering Department for their support and Tamara Faires-Back who photographed the event.

Dark Matter Lecture

Students and staff were treated to a lecture by David Smith, who gave an introduction into the knowns and unknowns of Dark Matter.

“There are things we know that we know. There are knowns unknowns, that is to say that there are things we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns.”
This intriguing quote by Donal Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defence (2002), was used to open the Dark Matter lecture and captivated the interest of the audience from the start.

David Smith is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society and he sits at the editorial board of the IOP Journal Physics Education.

Mr Smith explained how the idea of Dark Matter started as a crazy way to explain some irregularities in the motion of stars around a galaxy.
In the carefully prepared presentation, Mr. Smith, teacher of the year (2000), unveiled some of the evidence for the existence of Dark Matter and described some of the current attempts to find it.

The well-attended event, showed once more the interest at Kingsbury for Science in general and Physics in particular.

KHS Excel Day

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.