Annual Staff Christmas Debate

This year’s debate was organised  by the Upper School Debating Society and the motion was: This House wishes it could be Christmas everyday. 

Prop: Mr Waxman, Mr Das, and Ms Williams

Opp: Ms Hunter, Mr Senior and Ms Regan

A wonderfully lively debate witnessed by staff and students alike debate the implications of it being Christmas everyday. Mr Waxman opened the debate with his customary enthusiasm and vigour, arguing that Christmas was very much about giving to others, and helping. Ms Hunter raised the very many impracticalities this would bring about, and how eventually it could become a little meaningless. Mr Das attempted to sell the health benefits of Christmas, stating this would enable people to get their 5 a day! While Mr Senior implored the masses to ignore the false promises of the proposition, stating that Christmas would be expensive and how it would become a constant stream of unwanted guests. After several tense but well humoured exchanges the opposition dubbed ‘grinches and scrooges’ by the effervescent Ms Williams saw their valiants efforts fall short as the wit and style of the proposition was rewarded with a resounding victory, but not before Ms Regan asked with a wry smile if indeed this was such a good idea why the school had not made it a policy! 

Thank you to all the staff for giving up their lunch to debate.

Debating in Upper School continues in the New Year. Year 10 and 11 will be back on Tuesday 15th January at lunch in Room 55, while the Sixth Form will be back on Wednesday 16th January at lunch in Room 88. 

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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