Year 13 received their awards for excellence in lessons and engagement in the wider life of the School. Staff, governors and parents attended the event on Monday 02 July. Many thanks to Miss Hollingworth and Mrs Cox for their work getting the evening together as well as Erik for the video highlights.
The Sixth Form’s clear focus this half-term has been on preparing students for UCAS, apprenticeships and careers beyond Kingsbury High School. We have sought to engage parents during our Higher Education Evening and offered students a week of activities and opportunities to find out more and develop their skills.
At the Higher Education Evening, parents and students received presentations on UCAS and degree apprenticeships, and received tips from last year’s Head Boy and Girl, before entering an information fair with stalls from a range of universities (e.g. Goldsmith’s, SOAS, Roehampton, City, Brunel, Leicester) and with stalls highlighting areas of support in the Sixth Form (e.g. on student finance, welfare issues, for Oxbridge applicants, for Medicine applicants, and on personal statements).
During our UCAS/Apprenticeships Week, we gave the students an opportunity to start their online UCAS application forms, took them to three universities (Queen Mary, Imperial College and Hertfordshire), set them a team challenge and had a varied and interesting Employability Day. The Employability Day gave every student the chance to test their leadership skills (provided by Montium), develop confidence for interviews, work through assessment centre activities and engage with a panel comprising of Pathways CTM (an organisation which offers insight days for a range of companies), Capgemini degree apprentices, and former students talking about banking and the construction industry. Thank you to our alumni, universities and organisations for contributing to a stimulating, enriching and hopefully inspiring set of experiences for our current Sixth Form students.
Year 13 ended their time in Sixth Form with some special ‘awards’ presented in the study room. There was much laughter and both staff and students had a wonderful time. The event was followed by a social for year 13 complete with an amazing curry, fabulous live music (including Mr Waxman singing) and a bouncy castle. Good luck with exams and see you all on 2 July for the proper Awards Evening.
A few of the Year 13 HSLA students (more commonly referred to as red shirt) thought that it would be lovely to invite some student from the Village school to Kingsbury High to participate in several sporting activities. Some of our Year 7 students wanted to join and were thrilled that they were given this opportunity. This event aims to bring both schools together through sport. One of the teachers from the Village School said “this was a fantastic opportunity for 18 students from the Village School to participate in a fully inclusive festival. It was extremely well organised and so much fun. The activities were so well planned – hope that we can repeat the experience again. – Mary Blake
We were extremely happy to hear these words as it shows that our hard work in planning the event has paid off. – Anika Patel Year 13
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.