Winter Concert

Over 100 students from years 7 to 11 performed during the Winter Concert to a packed out Tylers Hall.

We had a range of performances from the department ensembles including a choir of over 40 students led by Miss Kvaerndrup and two different guitar groups led by our guitar teacher Mr Slatter. Students have been working hard putting together and rehearsing their own bands. Pieces performed include Love Yourself, Believer and Seven Nation Army. The concert finished with a performance of Mambo Groove, one of the pieces from last years 7Up project. 56 students took part in this performance, filling the stage.

The summer concert will take place on Thursday 27th June.

Year 12 Students Attend City Workshop at EY London HQ

Students attended an employability workshop run by top City firm EY. EY managers and employees presented career options, interview tips and managing your own brand to help students consider not only what career to choose but how to get through an interview.

Thank you to EY and to Aston University who organised the event. Only a limited number of schools got to take part and KHS Sixth Form took 25% of all the places as we have close links to Aston University and we asked for more than double the places. Those who attended all had excellent attendance to lessons and attitude to learning scores of either ‘Excellent’ or at least ‘Good’ because it is important students are on track to get the grades required to enter top careers and attendance and work ethic are key to achieving the grades. 

Samra Ali, who attended the trip, summarised some key tips:

Think about your strengths. Write down 5 strengths that you can show your interviewers. They could be what you use and do often. Performance, what you do well in. Energy, what makes you feel good.

Interviewers and employers only take 20 seconds to read your application or CV, so the first impression you give to them is important.

Within 30 seconds in seeing you, interviewers can make first impressions. So: be on time, be prepared and be engaged.

Create a lasting impression: show your personality, show that you’ve done you’re research by knowing about why you want this placement, think about your body language, listen, don’t rush and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Top tips:

Think about your presence online.

Now your stuff.

Remember to smile.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

On Tuesday 4th December Kingsbury High School hosted the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party which was organised and run by our Year 13 Level 3 Sports Leaders. Approximately 70 visitors attended the event from various elderly care homes, church groups and charity organisations from the local area.

The entertainment included boccia, carol singing, bingo and a quiz. There was also an opportunity for all to help crochet a blanket which will be donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. 

Thank you to Valerie Pope, Jenny Cox & Anne Hantouli who helped to run activities on the day. A huge thank you also to our amazing students who not only organised the party, but have also been volunteering their time to help organise activities for the elderly preceding this event.   

Helen Abbott, the wellbeing manager from Birchwood Grange care home who attended the event said:

” I cannot thank you enough for a wonderful afternoon. Your staff were so thoughtful and entertaining and the students were the best I’ve met. The compassion and care they showed to our residents not only this afternoon but in our home is far more than I can describe in words. Whenever anyone says anything disparaging about teenagers I can thrust the wonders of your students at them, as I am in awe of such talented and caring students.”

Year 8 STEM workshop with Shell

30 Students from Year 8 were selected to participate in an Engineering workshop in association with Shell on Tuesday 25 September 2018 .

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) based workshop provided every student with the opportunity to create a mini electric car and understand the principles of Engineering. Additionally, the sessions was also packed with careers information and inspirational films, as well as the prospect of working with engineer’s within industry.

Each workshop was:

  • Facilitated by an Engineer & STEM expert
  • An opportunity to explore concepts in physics, technology and engineering
  • Careers information linked to Engineering
  • All students will be supported with all equipment required, including mini electric cars

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Peter Pan School Production

In September 2017 we launched the auditions for the whole school production of Peter Pan.
70 students attended and auditioned for a main part in the show. From Year 13 right down to the new Year 7’s. We knew from that moment that it was going to be a good show year as the students showed their appreciation and respect for every single person in the room that evening. We then had the hard job of putting the show together. Every Monday after school we would rehearse until 6.00pm, the students giving it their all and performing to their maximum potential. Show week fasted approached and before we knew it we had done an eventful technical rehearsal and was on to the dress rehearsal. On the 12th March 2018 we had 270 people in Tylers Hall for the dress rehearsal, this included two local primary schools, TVS and the local community of senior citizens. The team of red shirts were amazing and represented the school well. Wednesday 14th March to Saturday 17th March saw the performances to parents, friends, students and staff. The cast were so professional every night and supported each other in every way they could. They became a family throughout the process and I know are missing each other this week. ‘What do I do now without Peter Pan?’

Peter Pan could not have been successful without the support of many staff members. Thank you to all of those that were involved in putting the show together, from lighting and staging, to ticket selling to sorting out back stage, to playing the piano constantly, to setting up chairs to making props, to moving the detentions so we could use the space. Thank you to you all and a big thank you to all the parents, friends, students and staff that came to watch the show.

Amazing job to the cast of Peter Pan 2018!

Staff
Erik Windrich, Tamara Faires-Back, David Cumbers, Amy Shovelton, Gopi Vekaria, Tony Gray, Cresta Hurt, Helen Snow, Sian High, Gary Froy, Mark Sokcanic, Emily Eastmond, Ben Tomlinson, Pete Wilson, Tony Sabag, Reshma Garara, Lucy McNeil, Tara Randall, Jenny Kincaid, Chris Beschi, Trevor Fordyce, Caroline Conway, Valerie Pope, Jackie Jacobs, Sophie Groves, Matthew Harper, Dave McCarthy, Kanji Pindolia and Kolarin Olatunde.

Cast
Abitha Naganathan, Bhavni Joshi, Sharunya Ravindran, Yana Dhakan, Ayush Nayee, Xane Miles, Simran Joshi, Deborah Brobbey, Ruxandra Grigoras, Sofia Herawy, Alisha Khatri, Renee Worrell, Fawziya Haji, Adam Ornoch, Nicola Ablompah, Siraad Elmi, Samiya Hamel, Marina Reyes, Maaran Thirumanokaran, Tia Valji, Bianca Maria Cucos, Dylan Patel, Rona Subasinghe, Saris Dave, Johann Pereira, Amonn Chaudury, Samiya Hamel, Dian Wara, Danial Bakhtiari, Vidhi Limbachia, Abhishna Yogarajan, Grace Ojumu, Denisa-Ana Cucos, Jasmine Reid, Daniella Kenga Bila, Andrada Paduraru, Priya Bharadia, Jumana Elsheikh Ali, Nawazuddin Saiyed, Iniya Kumar and Saaleh Abanur.

Students behind the scenes
Art club, Sixth Form photography class, Sixth Form art class, Pauline Grobelna, Sarah Al-ShammariSpartakus Jabczynsk, Reyon Williams, Bansi Dangar, Nicole Rajaratnam, Sudar Raswaran, Kieran Patel, Nouh El-Quaz, Baheej Ahmadzad, Iman Chaudhry, Kangana Patel, Yassmin Hassan, Nicoleta Juravle, Seema Shaikh, Zara Ahmed, Vidur Shamji, Nathan Morgan-Smith, Nansi Antypa, Daisy Constantinou, Shauntae Sadiq, Zahra, Rahul,Mia, Layla, Marimar, Livyashri Mathialagan, Ria Tanna and Bhavika Patel.

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CERN TRIP 2017

On the 27th November, 15 enthusiastic year 13 students, accompanied by Miss Gonzales and Mr. Patel went on a trip to CERN in Genève, Switzerland.
CERN is a wonderful example of peaceful cooperation between nations.
In 1953, 12 states ratified the convention which will see the birth of the largest laboratory to study the basic constituents of matter, in the world. It has now 22 full members and over 50 states in the form of associate or under a cooperation agreement. Over 600 universities and research institutions make use of the facilities and half of the world particle physicists carry out some research at the CERN.
At 14:00 we boarded the flight from Gatwick airport landing at Genève at 16:35 local time. A short ride in the comfortable and free train took us to Cornavin, Geneva central station. Our accommodation for the next two days was only a 10-min. walk away.
Formalities done and rules explained, we headed for “Il Fornello Napoletano” in Rue Lausanne. The stunning pizzas have made this restaurant a “must do”part of the itinerary. The owner greeted us in French, Italian, Spanish…. Geneva is also a place to check out your linguistic abilities.
Fed and rested, we headed to Lake Leman, lit this time of the night by the bright lights of the luxurious hotels on its side. A chilly wind was blowing but spirits were high.
On the second day, the number 18 tram took us to the CERN.
The site is located between the Jura mountains and the Alps, in the border of France and Switzerland.
Anton, a researcher from Bulgaria was our guide. First, a detailed introduction and then several visits to various locations around the 27 km long complex.
At CERN, particles are accelerated at near the speed of light and collided. Scientists study the results of these collisions. Our students learnt how to isolate the particle, how to accelerate them and what to do with the tremendous amount of data generated (30-40 petabytes /year).
I was proud to witness the students applying what they have learnt in lessons by asking very intelligent questions which were praised by our guide. We also visited the fantastic, newly redesigned Microcosm exhibition. Visitors, among other things, can now try to control the LCH (Large Hadron Collider) to simulate collisions.
Cheerful after our visit, we went on to enjoy a night out. Shopping, eating, bowling and pool were on the menu. Our students by now were fully confident with the Genevan transport network.
Tiredness was visible on the happy faces of the Kingsburians on this third and last day of our trip.
The trip to CERN is now a classic in Kingsbury and yet the mature and yet joyful attitude of the sixth formers has made this year one of the best.
I would like to thank every student for their contagious enthusiasm and Mr. Patel for being such a good travel companion.
Miss Gonzales

Hour of Code

During the annual “hour of code” week, KHS Year 7 and Year 8 students worked with Tanners Wood School in Watford. Students were encouraged to try computer programming for one hour, by working together using edmodo to share resources and work in groups to solve Scratch programming challenges and using Skype to video conference. Students consulted via Skype and got together in their teams to plan and discuss tasks, split workload and share their findings.
One Year 7 student commented ‘I found this very exciting to see how I can work with another student who is far away and solve the tasks. It was really fun.’