The music department has had a busy term rehearsing and performing for several concerts. During the term we launched the new Friends and Family Concerts, of which there have been two so far, one in October and one in November. They take place at 4pm in the Drama studio and provide a performance platform for students of all abilities to perform in an informal environment in front of their friends, families and each other. Performances have included ensemble work students have been learning and composing in curriculum lessons, GCSE solo performances and solo performances students have been working on with their instrument teachers. Students from all year groups have taken part.
In September the year 10 class worked with professional musician and composer Laurel Swift and a group of professional singers. They performed pieces to our students from Travelling with Thomas, which is a project exploring and developing a folk musical. The students wrote new verses for one of Laurels songs which the singers learnt in record time and performed. We will be welcoming Laurel back into school in the new year for the final two phases of her project.
In October our singing teacher Miss Kvaerndrup opened up her choir rehearsal to other students for an informal concert. It was great to see Room 43 filled with students keen to hear their friends perform and for our singing students to practice performing the pieces they have spent a lot of time rehearsing.
On Thursday 30th November we our held our Winter Concert in Tylers Hall, with 30 students performing from different year groups. The concert was a showcase for our growing and blossoming ensembles and included guitar groups, choir, samba drumming and our newly formed Kingsbury Ensemble, along with some outstanding GCSE students performing solos. We ended the concert with Three Little Birds performed by the Beginner Guitar Group with students and their families singing along.
Dates for you diaries:
Thursday 8th February Friends and Family Concert 4pm Drama Studio
Thursday 1st March A Level Recital 4pm Drama Studio
Thursday 17th May Spring Concert 6pm Tylers Hall
Year 13 Government and Politics staff and students had an eye-opening experience last week when they were invited to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) by a former Kingsbury student and now diplomat, Adam Wurr. The idea came to Adam during the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations. He had left the school for Durham University in 1990.
With an hour or so to fill prior to the FCO visit, the group chose to spend this time in the UK Supreme Court, opposite the Houses of Parliament and looking out across Parliament Square (see: https://www.supremecourt.uk/). The students have studied the Supreme Court as part of the AS Judiciary topic and enjoyed looking at the modern and traditional courtrooms, finding out about the Privy Council courtroom, and exploring the exhibition of court robes, cases and legal documents.
The students were delighted to meet with Adam at the FCO and his tour of the buildings, and the following Q & A including two female diplomats, proved to be the highlights of the trip. The tour of a remarkable set of buildings (see: https://www.gov.uk/government/history/king-charles-street) included the breathtaking Main Quadrangle, hidden from the public view, upon entering the FCO gate; a very close look at No.10 Downing Street; time spent in the elegant Durbar Court, which hosts diplomatic and Royal receptions; a tour and history lesson related to the Locarno suite, where the Locarno Treaties were signed in 1925; the Foreign Secretary’s Office; and an interesting glance at ‘History Corner’, an exhibition by FCO historians on the Congress of Vienna 1815 and the shaping of nineteenth century Europe. In discussion with the diplomats, students asked about political neutrality, foreign postings and the levels of responsibility within this fascinating career.
Thanks very much to Adam Wurr, and his FCO colleagues Laura and Kate; to Margaret Rechowicz, who met with Adam and pushed for this to happen; and to Ms Deighan and Mr Mitchell for taking the students on this enriching and stimulating school visit.
Two Year 13 members of the Upper School Debating Society – Haider Nazerali (Head Boy) and Akira Allman – represented the Kingsbury High School at the EU Mock Council 2018. This was a high profile event, organised by the European Commission and the British Council, and Kingsbury High School had to win a qualifying round to secure a place. Kingsbury High School was one of only 32 winning schools across the UK that took part in the mock summit of EU leaders on 22 November at the Law Society in Chancery Lane. The 64 students discussed and debated two key issues: the future of the United Kingdom in the Erasmus+ programme and the rights of EU citizens in the UK once it has left the European Union.
The Mock European Council aims to give Sixth Form students a chance to experience the EU’s decision-making process by taking part in debates and learning more about EU policies in specific areas. Each school was assigned the role of one of the EU’s 28 member states, KHS being Portugal, and two students played its head of government, negotiating on one of the two issues in the talks.
The British Council’s EU Regional Director, Rebecca Walton, opened the event, with
welcoming remarks by Christine Dalby, Acting Head of the European Commission
Representation in the UK. Her Excellency Ms. Tiina Intelmann, the Estonian ambassador to
the UK, closed the one-day event with an inspirational and thoughtful speech.
Christine Dalby said: “The UK is leaving the EU but the way the EU works and takes
decisions will continue to be relevant to British economic and political life in the future.
Taking part in the mock summit will give the students an invaluable insight into the dynamics of political negotiations.”
Rebecca Walton said: “Sustaining educational and cultural ties between the UK and the EU
is fundamental to the UK’s future relations with Europe. Erasmus+ is of particular importance. It is a fundamental building block of cultural and education cooperation across Europe and it provides personal and career benefits to young people.”
Thanks to Harsha Sorathia and Tamara Faires-Back for supporting the students on the day and to Mr Mitchell and the Upper School Debating Society.
We had a full house for the second Friends and Family concert of the year which included 26 performers from all year groups across the school. The music ranged from compositions written in lessons to GCSE and A level solo performances with the school Choir opening the concert. The music department is incredibly proud of all of the musicians who performed.
The next concert is on Thursday 30th November in Tylers Hall at 6pm and it will feature our school ensembles.
Thank you to all students, friends, family and colleagues that attended last nights Sports Awards evening. Congratulations to all the students on their awards and a special thank you to Jeanette Kwakye an ex GB sprinter who joined for the evening and gave an inspirational speech.
The Year 7 residential Quinta trip to Amersham is part of the school’s traditions to introduce the new students to the school and their new friends. Over the last two weeks the Year 7s visited Quinta on either a day trip or a three day residential. They participated in team building activities with the main aim being to promote the school’s ethos of ‘PRIDE’ and School’s motto, ‘Spectemur Agendo’- “being judged by our actions”. Some of the activities included team challenges, archery and bushcraft to name a few. We also taught life skills to those who could not swim or ride a bike. The students behaved immaculately and participated in all activities demonstrating skills such as team work and communication.
The Young Writers Association held the ‘Busta Rhyme’ competition which is run in order to encourage children to read, write and enjoy poetry and creative writing. The students’ task was to create a poem based on absolutely anything. All KHS students that entered have been published into the ‘Busta Rhyme’ poetry book. They beat almost 25,000 other students who entered and managed to get their poems published.
The students came to the library to receive their copies of the book and celebrate their suc
cess last Friday.