There were some fiercely competitive events that took place and several school sports day records fell! Despite the levels of determination all the competitors showed great sportsmanship and the hordes of spectators for each event helped create fantastic atmospheres that spurred the competitors on. What was most enjoyable to see was that everyone attended participated in one way or another and it seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves. The day really was a credit to the pupils and I hope they are looking forward to next year and the sporting year ahead.
On Tuesday 11th July, 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.
On the evening of the graduation guests were invited to view a short film with clips showing scenes and photos from the various projects in the Tyler’s Hall followed by the graduation ceremony.
The Co-Headteachers opened the ceremony welcoming parents, family, friends and carers to the school. Then the Head Boy and Head Girl hosted the ceremony introducing the form tutors who announced the students and their grades. The Year 8 students arrived on stage from a red carpet, to receive their graduation gift bags and, shortly afterwards, their framed graduation certificate.
Guests were treated to three performances from our exceptionally talented students, Khalid and Lujein and their touching performance of Hallelujah, Xane (Miles) and his thoughtful poet and finally our energetic dancers Ruxandra, Ariana, Denisa and Bianca.
The evening culminated in the unveiling of the 2017 honours board in the Tylers Hall. Jay Parekh and Abhishna Yogarajan.received the trophies for the most highly praised boy and girl graduates.
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:
Last night KHS saw the Year 13s return to the school to celebrate their achievements during the Sixth Form Reunion and Awards Ceremony 2017. The evening started in the library where students, parents, guardians and staff enjoyed some refreshments whilst talking about their time at the school and what the future may bring. This was followed by the main presentation in K Hall. Everyone enjoyed a video showing their highlights and time at the school and sixth form, bringing back some great memories from the past. To conclude the evening, staff presented the Subject Awards of Excellence, Enrichment Awards and Special Awards. Well done to all of the Year 13s and good luck with your A Level results.
The 2017 art exhibition held in the TOLC on Wednesday 28 June showcased a diverse and eclectic range of work from our talented GCSE students, Year 12 and Year 13 A level Art and Btec students as well as AS and A level photography students.
Private viewings were held including our senior citizens who enjoyed seeing the work of the younger generation and how creative methods have evolved over the years.
Students in Year 7 & 9 are currently receiving swimming lessons at Wembley Leisure Centre as part of the ‘Girls Active Innovation’ Project. Three girls in Year 9 are inspiring their younger peers, who are also unable to swim, by facing their fears and showing a ‘growth mindset’ approach to learning.
Girls Active Innovation is a pilot programme which has been set up by the Youth Sports Trust to try and identify and deliver new approaches to increasing girls’ involvement and participation in PE, school sport, physical activity and leadership.
Our association with Kingsbury School Sports Partnership has allowed us to be one of the first schools to deliver this exciting project.
‘ I’ve come to England in Year 6, so I didn’t have any swimming lessons. It was very important for me to learn this life saving skill. Us three Year 9s, held a meeting with some 7 girls who were also unable to swim. We wanted to be the best role model to them, so although we were a little scared at the beginning, we inspired the Year 7 girls to swim with us.’ (Valentina Gah, Year 9)
On Friday 28 April 6 staff couples and 12 students couples took on the ‘Students vs staff Badminton Tournament’ in order to raise Money for the St Lukes Hospice in Harrow.
The staff winners were Siew Lee and Kostas, a former science teacher and the student winners were Nakul Hirani and Mahima Vekaria.
Well done everyone for taking part in this fun and charitable Kingsbury event.