On Wednesday 7 February, Year 12 STEM students, along with Mr Cumbers and Mr Senior, attended an evening lecture at Imperial College, University of London. Ten PhD students at Imperial presented their cutting-edge research into Controlled Quantum Dynamics. The lecture was really helpful to expand understanding beyond the syllabus and was definitely stretching! A great experience that will prove useful for personal statements later in the year. Talks included – Quantum clocks and the race for time which outlined how the national physical laboratory is the centre for timekeeping in the UK. Quantum clocks could be highly applicable for highly accurate GPS tracking. Controlled Quantum Dynamics was also explained by exploring the role of super positioning, hidden variables, quantum cryptography, quantum tunneling, spontaneous collapse and, finally, quantum entanglement!
Students attending were: Stanislava Sebest, Ajinath Jeyachandran, Wahab Rahmani, Hamza Butt, Christian Lai and Gobindth Kaneshwaran. Our next visit will be on 20 March on gravitational waves
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.
Year 12 students interested in Computer Science as a future career or to learn more about computing as part of an engineering degree, took up the opportunity on Tuesday 10 October to attend a lecture by Professor Nick Jennings, Chair of Artificial Intelligence and former advisor to government on national security. The lecture provided a genuine flavour or what high-powered talks are like at top universities. Hamza Butt, Wahab Rahmani, Yousif Habib, and Lucas Cochrane attended the lecture. Mr Senior commented, ‘We attend the evening lecture programme every year at Imperial College to support our STEM students. Not only are the lectures fascinating, they are also key in helping students find our what degree area they wish to study. The lectures are provided free to students and the SixthForm pays to be part of the lecture series because our high performing STEM students really value it. Students use the lectures to help them in their personal statement so that is another key benefit. Our next lecture is on Quantum Physics.
This week we hosted our annual Alumni Day, where Year 12 students were treated to an array of presentations from former KHS students.
Every year we invite all former students to come back and share their experiences since leaving the school. This event is hugely inspirational for our students, allowing them to get an insight into different industries and an understanding of various routes that can lead to different careers.
The day starts off with the former students briefly introducing themselves, after which the current students get the opportunity to directly approach them for one to one conversations. Previously KHS students have not only managed to get guidance through these, but have ended up gaining work experience, which is a fantastic outcome. To finish the sessions some guest speakers gave a more in-depth introduction to themselves and the industry they work in.
This year we welcomed back over 50 former students, one of them was Christina Kumar, a solicitor who is taking a year off to fight child trafficking in the Philippines: https://www.youcaring.com/christinakumar-838793 She gave a very moving talk about herself and the choices she made.
Another insight to world affairs was provided by James Hillier, who gave an account of his work for Cambridge Analytica in recent Kenyan and US elections.
We also heard from entrepreneurs Suraj Gosai and Jordan Douglas, with one of the UK’s first e-sports start-up businesses, ‘Blinkpool’; and from Karim Clarke, talking about his Kent-based, but soon to be nationwide, start-up business ‘Unirunners’, which aims to take on the big delivery firms by delivering a wider variety of goods at any time of day or night.
Elizabeth Kennedy, a Digital Communications Apprentice and visitor on the day talked, with Savannah Mullings Johnson, an ITN apprentice, about the value of apprenticeships.
Live music was provided by brilliant singer-songwriter, Ziena Idani; by pianist, Akira Allman (Year 13); and by creative manager Erik Windrich, who has achieved chart success over the years with his band ‘Evoid’.
Mr Mitchell from KHS said that ‘it was fantastic to see such a large and inspiring turn-out of former students, perhaps the most varied line-up we have seen so far, and Kingsbury students were presented with a wealth of experiences and stories that will assist them as they make their own choices in the future’. Thanks go to Erik, Tamara and Tara in the creative team; to the K reception, caretaking and catering staff; to the Senior Prefects for offering a well-received Peer Induction in the Library, and a Freshers’ Fair in the Sixth Form Study Room; to Future First, for its support; and to the Sixth Form management team. Without these combined efforts, the day would simply not have been possible.’
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.
On the 26 May the Sixth Form students attended their last assembly at Kingsbury High School. It is tradition that staff create a dedicated assembly filled with surprises for all the students, which leaves the pupils to walk away with a smile on their face when reflecting on their time they had in the school. It is an emotional event, as it brings back memories from all the years students’ spend in the school, but it is also a celebration of their efforts and hard work put into their studies.
After the assembly the students and staff move onto further celebration with the Sixth Form BBQ. Here the students get one last chance to relax and enjoy their friends’ and teachers’ company before the final revisions of their important A Level Examinations start.
We wish all the students all the best for their exams and their future and we hope that their will become part of our extensive Alumni Network so we can continue to celebrate their successes.
Our Young Enterprisers have been recognised with the Most Innovative Product award at the West London Final last night against fierce competition. Unfortunately this meant that this was not enough to reach the next round of the Young Enterprise contest, but we are proud of their valiant efforts to get this far.
A special mention must go to the winners from Greenford High School, who won with their idea of a children’s book helping to explain the plight of refugee children.
Please congratulate the Sixth Formers on their efforts if you see them, they will continue to sell ‘I Meme It’ after their exams, so please be on the lookout. Massive thanks to Rachel Kitley and Michael Senior for attending and lending their support on the night.