At Kingsbury High School we understand the importance of mental well-being and in order to create all around happy young adolescents we mustn’t forget that it isn’t only academic success that leads to success and happiness, but it is the whole individual that needs to be understood and supported. Countless aspects in our day to day life may affect young minds, especially the recent news, pupils may be feeling scared and anxious about the world and having a safe, confidential space to talk, can feel very reassuring.
KHS is fortunate to have an accessible Counselling Service for all our students to talk to an independent, supportive professional about any difficulties in their lives.
Our Lead school counsellor Caron Zar is available from Monday to Thursday, we have a part time counsellor from an external service on Thursdays and Fridays and a Volunteer counsellor one day a week.
All Students can make a confidential appointment via their Year Leader and 6th Form students can email Caron directly firstname.lastname@example.org
School Counselling can help with:
- Feeling lonely, isolated or worried
- Stress & anxiety about school, exams, work
- Friendships, teachers or family relationships
- Body image & self-esteem
- Separation & divorce
- Bereavement & loss
- Feeling that there isn’t anyone to understand you
- Feeling you don’t want to worry people close to you
The launch of KHS Unplugged, a series of lunchtime concerts, took place on Tuesday 10th November in The Hub, a new venue within the Kingsbury High Lower school building. The initiative, organised by Mr Dominé, provides an opportunity for students to perform live, in a relaxed environment to an audience of staff and students.
Head of Music, Mr Dominé said “The school have now got this fantastic space which I thought would be perfect for informal music performances. I wanted to give our talented students more opportunities to perform, to share their talents and to inspire others to get involved. There was a real excitement to hear some of our most talented musicians and there is already a sense of anticipation for the next event in 2 weeks time.”
The first KHS Unplugged event featured music from Ziena Idani, Laveen Chandnani & Gautam Dahale and was very well received by both students and staff.
KHS Unplugged will take place every week B Tuesday in The Hub. Students and staff are welcome to attend and anyone wanting to perform should contact Mr Dominé.
The dulcet tones of opera filled the corridors on Friday 23rd October as the English National Opera’s Opera Squad took over Kingsbury High for the day.
Students and staff were introduced to opera, as both spectator and performer, through a range of activities including assemblies, ensemble, choir and workshops. Pop up performances took place in unlikely areas around the school where lucky bystanders heard professional opera singers and viewed their performances at close range.
Head of Music at Kingsbury High, Matthew Dominé said “I was particularly impressed by the skill the English National Opera showed in bringing a challenging musical genre, like opera, to our students and to get them all involved and enjoying the opportunity to sing together. The pop-up performances throughout the school were amazing and the students were clearly inspired. There will be future opportunities for our students to experience opera and I, along with them, cannot wait”.
Year 10 student Livya Mathialagan was inspired to write a piece about her experience in which she said “Towards the end of the day, a few students from the school’s Guitar Ensemble, including myself and the school’s Choir, were able to perform with the English National Opera. This, to me, was the most memorable and enjoyable part of the day. Adding to my knowledge, I was taught how to work in an ensemble better and encouraged to learn (on the spot) new songs to perform just minutes after. It was great to be a part of a group known all over the world and I would consider myself and others, for a brief time, members of the English National Opera.”
Head of Faculty, Annette Woodrow said “The choir held at lunchtime with the English National Opera was brilliant. It was exhilarating to sing alongside such powerful singers. I thoroughly enjoy singing and had forgotten how uplifting it can be. The English National Opera team were very skilled in bringing together a random group and making us feel that we had achieved a great deal in a short time. The choice of music was excellent – looking around there was pleasure on the faces of everyone.”