2019 EPQ presentations

The 2019 EPQ presentations saw students set up displays in the 6th Form Centre and deliver talks to year 9 HPQ students (who were a fantastic and enthusiastic audience) and then their supervisors on the results of their work this year.  EPQ projects covered a wide array of topics from a thoroughly well researched examination of the political justification of the Modi Government’s Beef ban by Heer Trivedi to Grzegorz Grzesiak compelling historical evaluation on what were the most significant factors in the partitioning of Poland.  Students have worked exceptionally hard to gather and explore a wide range of sources to complete their projects with some, such as Yash Patel, collecting a significant set of primary data.  Leading Yash to conclude that although many people cite ethics as an important factor in how they view brands when it came to purchasing decisions it was not as important as other factors (such as price).  Zainab Jalali spoke very confidently (her careful preparation and practice event to all) on the interplay and entanglement of Afghan culture and religious tradition.  A group of 5 year 9 boys huddled round a table transfixed by Issa Jewett who effortless spoke in the most incredible detail about his research findings into a failed military operation during ww2.  Shannon Martindale blended a love of history and sociology into a particular area of interest of hers on entertainment and class.  Zubeyda demonstrated superb resolve, changing how she would deliver her presentation based on her practice run and delivering a commanding performance on the power of experimental poetry. Truly inspirational work from a cohort of highly dedicated students.

World Book Day 2019

Today the students in the Lower School celebrated World Book Day in the school library.

Here, the library staff organised a number of activities where the students, could read, draw, play games, do quizzes, or share stories across the various tables.

The library was full of students who enjoyed themselves and each students that took part received book vouchers,  which they can use towards some new books.

‘KHS’s Got Talent’ final

The ‘KHS’s Got Talent’ final took place on Monday 4th March.

Fourteen acts from across all year groups performed to a packed audience of pupils from our local primary schools and senior citizens from the community. The judges for the final were Ms Eastmond, Ms Shovelton, Mr Froy and we were delighted to welcome back Emmavie; an ex-student of KHS who is now a successful singer, songwriter and producer to the judging panel. The show was expertly hosted by the headboy (Lucas Cochrane) .

It was really evident that a lot of hard work and dedication had gone into all of the acts – it was an absolute pleasure to watch them all perform. After some deliberation, the following acts took the awards –

Lower School Runner Up – Marta Beatrice—Year 7 Singing solo

Lower School Winner – Laura Cretu—Year 8 Martial arts performance

Upper School Runner Up – Khalid Siddiquee—Year 10 Singing solo

Upper School  Winner –  Jineth Fernando—Year 10 Singing & guitar solo

Overall winners – Abitha Naganathan, Ria Tanna, Muriel Gilbertson, Livya Mathialagan & Jumana El Sheikh Ali —Year 13 Group dance

After the competition, Emmavie stayed on for a Q & A session with all the performers and gave them advice regarding pursuing careers within the music and dance industry. 

Year 13 students visit CERN

Year 13 students visited the CERN in early December 2018 – and were left ‘wondering the immeasurable’.

The CERN and the chair

I have been running in the dark and the chair almost just appears in front of me. I am captured by its size and struck by the loudness of its message. I walk around it; it has a broken leg. I observe it, the chair is tall but broken, strong but broken, proud but broken.

Across it, sits the remarkable building of the Palais des Nations; it is impossible not to feel a shiver when admiring the togetherness of the flags; 193 tall, strong and proud spikes crowned with colourful fabrics.  The neoclassical palace was built for the peaceful collaboration between nations and yet, the chair is the symbol of the dichotomy of the meaning of collaboration.

No ambiguities the day before when I had the joy of accompanying Year 13 students on their annual trip to the CERN. Built in 1954 to prevent the exodus of European scientists to America, it bears an acronym which has now become obsolete, the nucleus of the atom has been conquered for a while; now in the CERN, they make dark matter!

The students mingle to perfection with scientists and visitors. They explore, they listen they ask and they wonder.

The CERN is the largest laboratory in the world but above all, it is there where the words peaceful collaboration acquires its true meaning. The data from the experiments carried out at 100 m underground in the border between France and Switzerland is sent to over 600 universities and institutes around the world; this is the birth place of the www forged, precisely for the purpose of sharing and working together.

The by-products of research carried out by thousands of scientists results in formidable technological advances.  From medical technologies that saves lives (PET scam), to new ways of communication, meteorological progress, aerospace applications to name some.

I watch the forever young year 13s as they look at the symbols written on the ‘wondering the immeasurable’ ribbons. They cheer every time they spot a formula they recognize from their physics lessons and then I am sure; one day with the advances from the Cern, all the year 13’s of the Kingsburies of the world working together will fix the chair.

Text and photos by Maria Gonzales – Physics Teacher

Engineers who ‘Walk-the-Talk!’

On Monday 21st January 2019, Chemical engineer, Nkechi Anasoh and Chartered Civil Engineer, Navdeep Dhillon spoke about engineering, STEM subjects and the exciting prospects ahead for students!

To build interest within Engineering and create industry links, Mr Ejaz invited two Engineers from industry to give a 1-hour lecture on their personal experience, from studying one of the Design & Technology subjects towards their current vocation, as esteemed professionals.

The dual objectives of the lecture were to provide an invaluable insight into the world of work, and to support students in thinking about the skills and strengths they are developing across their KS4 choices and how they connect to a career in Engineering. The session focused most explicitly on the transferable skills students can develop from both the subjects they are studying at Key Stage 4, and their option choices. Both Engineers provided invaluable insight and explained in depth how their own skills and experiences are connected to what they have done at school.

Nkechi Emmanuella Anasoh is a Chemical Engineer who has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering. She has been working within industry for the past 5 years and is currently working with Shell. Navdeep Dhillon is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has a Bsc in Civil Engineering. She has been working within industry for the past 28 years working for KD, Amey, Bam, Abbey Pynford Foundation Solutions and is currently a Senior Engineer within Morgan Sindall. She has worked on many prestigious project including: M&S Fenchurch Street, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum Darwin Centre Beckton and The Leadenhall Building to name a few.

Mr Ejaz would like to thank Nkechi, Navdeep, Erik and all the students in Year 10 that participated within the lecture, they truly represented the ethos of Kingsbury High School.

Conductive Music Workshop

On Friday 11th January and Monday 14th January workshop leaders from Conductive Music visited the school to run a workshop with 20 Year 7 and 8 students. Students learnt about the science behind how ‘makey makeys‘ work to turn every day objects into touchpads. Students designed and built instruments to encase the ‘makey makeys’ which were then connected to computers and students could were able to type and play music on their instruments. Students creatively built their ‘makey makey’ instruments out of cardboard and tin foil, designs included a flower, game controllers and a cricket bat. Their decorations really made their designs come to life. Students spent the second day learning how to use Sound Trap Music software and combining this with their ‘makey makey’ instruments. The two days culminated with each student performing on their ‘makey makey’ instruments to the group.

ofsted report 2018

Kingsbury High is proud to publish our Ofsted report following an inspection on 20th March. The inspection, which took place with one day’s notice, found that Kingsbury High remains a good school.

The report expresses great confidence in the work of the school, led as it was at the time of the inspection by Ms Regan.

I am particularly proud that the report remarks upon the improved progress made by students in the 2016 and 2017 GCSE examinations. These are the first two year groups to have moved all the way through what we call “the Kingsbury Curriculum”, starting with our Foundation Stage, the Kingsbury Guarantee and graduation.

Further highlights in the report include the continued success of English, high levels of confidence among girls in Maths and the success we have with students from less advantaged backgrounds.

I could go on but we have attached the report so that you can see for yourselves. It’s a great read!

My congratulations to all students and staff who worked so hard for the results referred to, to all who have played a part in guiding the school through the four years since our last report and to our incredibly supportive parents. We share the ambitions you have for your sons and daughters and will do everything we can to push them to further successes.
Jeremy Waxman
2010-2017 and 2018