Students Graduate from New Kingsbury Curriculum

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On Wednesday 26th June, Year 8 students graduated from the foundation stage of a two year programme entitled the ‘Kingsbury Curriculum’. As part of this ‘curriculum’, a series of experiences, called the ‘Kingsbury Guarantee’, were offered to students to allow them to explore their talents and abilities. Students completed extended homework projects and community work, organised events and took part in residential activities. They documented their progress online and in their ‘Kingsbury Guarantee’ booklet.

The graduation ceremony, which took place at Watford Colosseum, combined introductions from Kingsbury High School’s Head Boy and Head Girl; further speeches from three Year 8 students and special guest, Melissa Loosemore from Roe Green Junior School; a musical item; a dance item and the award of three hundred graduation scrolls and badges.

Head Teacher, Jeremy Waxman said, “Our wonderful graduation ceremony at the Watford Colosseum shows that we have taken pride in achievement to new levels. And we have transformed the experience that our students receive in their first two years, from a long, slow, warm-up to an education with urgency, a broad set of experiences, and early intervention for those who arrive without the skills needed to succeed at secondary level. It was so heartwarming to see our vision for the first two years of secondary school so visibly demonstrated on that amazing evening.”

Student, Aaron Stevens, regularly donates to the RSPC and made boxes, bookmarks and key rings which were sold in the school library to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice. He has helped out at a number of school events and uses his initiative to improve the school environment. Thanks to Aaron, the school have four pet fish; Abbie, Dave, Matt and Feathery, who are now housed in the school reception area. Aaron said, “The night of the Graduation was so impressive, I felt that everyone in the auditorium was nervously excited and it was such a great night.

I didn’t know I’d graduated with Distinction. I was surprised, absolutely gob smacked and so were my parents, they felt very proud. My journey to graduation has given me many new experiences, I have learnt so much about myself and the world around me. Some of the journey was easy, some of it hard but I made it through in the end and feel very proud of my achievements”

Students, parents and staff can view or purchase photographs of the evening from DE Photos.

[photograph by Steve]

Year 7 Junior MasterChef

On Thursday 23 May, Year 7 students had a very enjoyable time taking part in a MasterChef style competition. Their creations were judged by Headteacher, Mr Waxman and Head of Technology, Mr Carver. They judged the sushi to be the best, the curry dish, second and two chicken dishes, joint third. Mr Carver commented “All of the dishes were really tasty and the students excelled themselves. I wish I was able to cook as well as them at their age.”

[text by Mr Carver; photography by Steve]

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]

Let Them Buy Cake!

On the 21st of September 2012, Year 11 students; Krupa Gaglani, Chantay Louis, Shriya Gadher, Abigail Brown, Lora Abagero, Abrar Ali, Naren Kondhia, Tara Neli, Oula, Yousaf, Zoe Yerolemou, Radhika Parmar and Shadia Bakar; along with their Heads of Year, Ms Day and Ms Prince, held a charity cake sale in aid of cancer research.

At the lunchtime event, we managed to raise more than £350. This was helped especially by Head Teacher, Mr Waxman, who bought a number of cakes and then handed them out to students!

We chose cancer research as our charity because it is extremely close to our hearts
and we believe that supporting the research of cancer is an important trust. Statistics show
that in 2008, 7.6 million people died of cancer – 13% of all deaths worldwide. This had a
major impact on all of our lives. It has been an eye opener and has taught us how to value
our lives, especially considering that many of us have had close friends and even family that have gone through this traumatic experience.

Special thanks should go to fellow student, Kavi Bhatt for contributing £10.00 towards this cause.

By Chantay Louis and Krupa Gaglani – Year 11

[Text by Chantay Louis and Krupa Gaglani – Year 11; Photography 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]

Vocab Champions

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When you’re learning a foreign language, why is vocabulary like Lego? That was the question put to Year 7 as they prepared to enter the Vocab Express National Championship – a vocabulary-learning competition which took place in March.

The answer is that vocabulary is like the building blocks of a language: with more words you can build better sentences and express yourself more creatively.

Over 90 pupils from Year 7 put this into practice by rising to the challenge the week-long contest, competing against schools from across the country to see who could learn the most new words in a week. Thanks to their determination and excellent effort, Kingsbury came 6th in the national Medio Challenge Cup.

There were some excellent individual performances: Parag Pindoria, Ritik Patel, Nikhil Shikotra, Abarathan Jeevaraj and Nikita Shikotra all scored more than 10,000 points. The school’s top scorer was Hasibullah Ghulamhaidar in 7G, who scored 28,215 – putting him in the top 25 in the country for his score in German. Congratulations on this excellent achievement!