On Tuesday 17th October, Kingsbury High School hosted the first multi skills festival of the year for primary school students in Year 2. There were 150 pupils in attendance from Oliver Goldsmith, St. Robert Southwell and Kingsbury Green schools. They rotated around a carousel of fun and engaging activities which are designed to improve their fundamental movement skills.
Each activity was led by a Year 10 student, who had planned the activities as part of their Sports leaders UK level one award assessment.
There are another seven festivals planned for the remainder of the school year, providing opportunities for pupils in years 1-5 who are part of the Kingsbury School Sports Partnership.
5 years ago Mr Waxman was invited to a tea party at Roe Green School, which is part of the Kingsbury Schools Together community, by a group of Year 6 students. This was part of a school project of the students, where he got to meet future KHS students before they joined the school and he was given a handmade card as a thank you note.
Yesterday those students were surprised by Mr Waxman who invited them to a tea party in his office in return, alongside Roe Green’s headteacher Ms Loosemore. The students got to enjoy some refreshments and cake whilst catching up with their old and current headteachers, who thoroughly enjoyed hearing how far the pupils have come and their point of view on various topics. Much to the students’ amusement Mr Waxman still had their card.
On Wednesday 17th June, Kingsbury High School, Year 8, and Woodfield School, Year 7 and 9, students helped to organise and lead a Year 1 family festival. Approximately 120 students from Fryent Primary and St. Robert Southwell Primary Schools attended the festival.
As part of the School Sports Partnership, our festivals are held regularly throughout the year to give the older students a chance to practice their leadership skills whilst also enabling the younger students to develop fundamental movement skills such as agility, balance and co-ordination.
The Tennis Foundation has partnered with the Youth Sports Trust to deliver an exciting new programme called Beyond the Baseline.
Beyond the Baseline uses tennis and inspirational tennis mentors to nurture students’ aspirations and put them on the path to achieving them. Kingsbury High School’s selected students are lucky to work with Paralympic Wheelchair tennis player and mentor, Louise Hunt, over three sessions.
The Year 9 students were inspired by Louise when hearing about her experiences of playing tennis and the obstacles she has overcome both on and off the court; and they had a series of practical sessions where they learnt the rules of the game, how to umpire, exercises and techniques they can use while playing tennis and they learnt how these skills relate to real life.
The students will use their newly found skills to run tennis sessions for Year 3 and 4 students from surrounding primary schools.
Louise said “I am really excited to be working with the students from Kingsbury High. Last week was my first visit and I was really impressed with the students’ enthusiasm to embrace the Beyond the Baseline programme. I am really looking forward to my up and coming visits and seeing the young peoples’ project taking shape!”