This week we hosted our annual Alumni Day, where Year 12 students were treated to an array of presentations from former KHS students.
Every year we invite all former students to come back and share their experiences since leaving the school. This event is hugely inspirational for our students, allowing them to get an insight into different industries and an understanding of various routes that can lead to different careers.
The day starts off with the former students briefly introducing themselves, after which the current students get the opportunity to directly approach them for one to one conversations. Previously KHS students have not only managed to get guidance through these, but have ended up gaining work experience, which is a fantastic outcome. To finish the sessions some guest speakers gave a more in-depth introduction to themselves and the industry they work in.
This year we welcomed back over 50 former students, one of them was Christina Kumar, a solicitor who is taking a year off to fight child trafficking in the Philippines: https://www.youcaring.com/christinakumar-838793 She gave a very moving talk about herself and the choices she made.
Another insight to world affairs was provided by James Hillier, who gave an account of his work for Cambridge Analytica in recent Kenyan and US elections.
We also heard from entrepreneurs Suraj Gosai and Jordan Douglas, with one of the UK’s first e-sports start-up businesses, ‘Blinkpool’; and from Karim Clarke, talking about his Kent-based, but soon to be nationwide, start-up business ‘Unirunners’, which aims to take on the big delivery firms by delivering a wider variety of goods at any time of day or night.
Elizabeth Kennedy, a Digital Communications Apprentice and visitor on the day talked, with Savannah Mullings Johnson, an ITN apprentice, about the value of apprenticeships.
Live music was provided by brilliant singer-songwriter, Ziena Idani; by pianist, Akira Allman (Year 13); and by creative manager Erik Windrich, who has achieved chart success over the years with his band ‘Evoid’.
Mr Mitchell from KHS said that ‘it was fantastic to see such a large and inspiring turn-out of former students, perhaps the most varied line-up we have seen so far, and Kingsbury students were presented with a wealth of experiences and stories that will assist them as they make their own choices in the future’. Thanks go to Erik, Tamara and Tara in the creative team; to the K reception, caretaking and catering staff; to the Senior Prefects for offering a well-received Peer Induction in the Library, and a Freshers’ Fair in the Sixth Form Study Room; to Future First, for its support; and to the Sixth Form management team. Without these combined efforts, the day would simply not have been possible.’
KHS celebrated two days where all the students and staff came together for the schools’ third Olympiad in its history. The Year 13 students had to organise an event for about 30 students as part of one of their modules, instead they turned to Ms Woodrow, wanting to organise an event for the whole school, over two days. They have worked hard to organise such a huge project. We are very proud of our student leaders and the work that they do for the School.
91 teams, all named after former members of staff, baked, made art, danced, completed team challenges, went on a treasure hunt, took part in quizzes and maths challenges, sang, performed, competed in relays, posed as a 50 for a drone and all ended up in the K sports hall for a big finale.
The KHS flag was handed over from the former head boy and head girl to the new student leadership team and all 1700 students sang the Kingsbury song they were taught during one of the sessions. Huge congratulations to all the students for organising this event and creating the legacy.
Watch the school singing here:
On Friday 5th September 2014, the school was thrilled to welcome back around 40 of its former students to inspire the new Year 12 students during their induction day. The oldest member of the panel left the school in the late 1960s and the youngest members have just completed their A levels and are waiting to take up university places. Visitors included Oxbridge lawyers, economists and astrophysicists; professional insolvency practitioners, lawyers, housing managers and law enforcement officers; undergraduates and postgraduates of a range of degree courses; and apprentices in nursing care and mechanics. Aside from sharing thoughts, experiences and advice, the former students had time to mix with our current students so that questions could be asked informally.
We were delighted, in addition, to welcome one of ‘The Independent’ newspaper’s School Leavers of the Year, Melissa Calleja, a Supply Chain and Logistics Manager for London restaurant chain, ‘Pret a Manger’, who had chosen to go into work after Kingsbury High rather than take the university route; Claire Jamieson, who has developed a highly successful managerial career with a pub restaurant chain since graduating from university; and Norman Womuhai who has set up his own non-profit organisation called ‘Aim Big Think Bang’ to encourage and motivate young people to engage in volunteering and extracurricular curricular activities whilst successfully managing their academic time.
Norman said “I am in a position where I have been successful thanks to the support given to me at school, so it was important to me to attend the Alumni Day to help my younger Kingsbury peers.
The atmosphere at the Alumni Day was very lively; I always enjoy such Kingsbury High School inspired events. I think for me, what made the vibe so exciting and the event buzz, was being surrounded by successful individuals with a wealth of experiences. What is more, I found it personally beneficial, as it was an excellent networking opportunity.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day – not only for meeting my peers, but also seeing and thanking the teachers who greatly contributed to my success.”
Year 12 student, Zaki Hassan, said “I thought the Alumni Day was wonderful. It helped me get some insight on how to search for a career and how to utilise my time in the Sixth Form.
Norman, in particular, definitely inspired me to do well in Sixth Form. He also encouraged me to participate in extracurricular events.
What surprised me the most is that the amount of work the former students had to do in order to achieve their goals. It’s daunting but I think it will be well worth it in the end.”
The highly successful alumni gave their time for free on the day and we hope that our new Year 12 students benefit enormously from their examples and insights. We hope to continue this tradition next year. The Sixth Form Prefects should also be highly commended for supporting the alumni whilst also making their own contributions to the induction day. A huge thank you goes to Binda Patel from Pure Potential for offering free university and career advice.
On Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th July 2014, former students, who are now working or training in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, were invited back to Kingsbury High to speak to current students about their experiences.
Former students spoke to students from Years 7 and 8 to share ideas about what inspired and enthused them to follow STEM routes at A level and beyond. Mr Cumbers said “Each had their own tales to tell, some straight forward and ‘easy’, others a little more complex and at times feeling unlikely in the extreme. We were very grateful to them for their freely given time to support their own science teachers in spreading the word about STEM and the wonderful opportunities it can hold.”