On Saturday 24th January 2015 five Kingsbury High School, Sixth Form, students volunteered to lend a helping hand at the opening ceremony of The Institute, Masons House , Valley Drive, Kingsbury. Students had varied roles on the day including conducting guided tours to invited guests; handing out leaflets; preparing and arranging rooms for entertainment; and mingling with visitors. Students also had the opportunity to view stained glass and pottery classes; enjoy entertainment from the Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band and classical Indian dancer, Meena Raj; and network with artists, musicians, local councillors and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lesley Jones.
The Institute’s Outreach Manager, Rubena Jafery said “Sixth Form students from Kingsbury High School were a ray of sunshine, enthusiastic, warm and intelligent. They were very well received by everyone. I will welcome them back on events planned for the future as they are familiar now with what The Institute offers and our ethos. They were fantastic – all of them.”
Volunteer and Year 12 student, Zoya Ahmed, said “The opportunity that was given to us gave us an insight into event management and it also improved our social skills. I enjoyed the day, it was fun. I enjoyed listening to the band play the bag pipes and I’m really looking forward to attending classes there as they look really interesting.”
The Institute has been based in Hampstead for over a hundred years and are dedicated to life-long learning. They offer courses in a range of subjects, but specialise in the arts. On relocating to Kingsbury, Greville Waterman, Chief Executive of The Institute said “Masons House represents a new beginning for The Institute and will provide us with all the space we need to put on the courses that our students enjoy.
We are very excited by the prospect of being able to continue the high quality provision of adult education in North London for which the Institute is renowned and believe that our new location will be ideally suited for all our needs.