2019 EAL Day

On Wednesday 20 March the English as an Additional Language Department held a special lunchtime event: EAL Day, which included cake sales, Learning another language and quizzes.

Students from Years 7,8 and 9 made and brought cakes from a wealth of countries such as, Romania, China, Syria, Pakistan, Egypt and Russia etc.

The atmosphere was one of togetherness and a sharing of cultures.

In addition, a number of students were on-hand to teach a variety of languages such as Urdu, Italian, Vietnamese, Sri-Lankan, Arabic and Pashto.

Quizzes reflecting our multicultural school were available together with live music accompanying the event, from Mr Windrich; it was a happy and vibrant few hours spent together.

It is important for students to be culturally aware. Learning about other cultures, languages, religions, and holidays aside from their own will help students learn that their classmates may be very different from them. Being culturally aware is a wonderful way to promote inclusion for all.

Celebrating Different Cultures and Diversity will help our students tremendously: developing their confidence, feeling proud about their culture and language and appreciating culture differences.

A big Thank-You to all involved both in front and behind the scenes together with those who visited and supported the event.

The EAL Department

World Book Day 2019

Today the students in the Lower School celebrated World Book Day in the school library.

Here, the library staff organised a number of activities where the students, could read, draw, play games, do quizzes, or share stories across the various tables.

The library was full of students who enjoyed themselves and each students that took part received book vouchers,  which they can use towards some new books.

‘KHS’s Got Talent’ final

The ‘KHS’s Got Talent’ final took place on Monday 4th March.

Fourteen acts from across all year groups performed to a packed audience of pupils from our local primary schools and senior citizens from the community. The judges for the final were Ms Eastmond, Ms Shovelton, Mr Froy and we were delighted to welcome back Emmavie; an ex-student of KHS who is now a successful singer, songwriter and producer to the judging panel. The show was expertly hosted by the headboy (Lucas Cochrane) .

It was really evident that a lot of hard work and dedication had gone into all of the acts – it was an absolute pleasure to watch them all perform. After some deliberation, the following acts took the awards –

Lower School Runner Up – Marta Beatrice—Year 7 Singing solo

Lower School Winner – Laura Cretu—Year 8 Martial arts performance

Upper School Runner Up – Khalid Siddiquee—Year 10 Singing solo

Upper School  Winner –  Jineth Fernando—Year 10 Singing & guitar solo

Overall winners – Abitha Naganathan, Ria Tanna, Muriel Gilbertson, Livya Mathialagan & Jumana El Sheikh Ali —Year 13 Group dance

After the competition, Emmavie stayed on for a Q & A session with all the performers and gave them advice regarding pursuing careers within the music and dance industry. 

Musical Workshop

67 students from the Years 7-10 took part in a special singing workshop with Nav Arles and Miss Kvaerndrup. Both are excellent singing teachers and choir leaders and inspired our students with a very productive three hour workshop. Miss Kvaerndrup teaches singing at KHS and leads our school choir.

The students worked on two pieces which will be performed at the Winter Concert on Thursday 13th December.

Year 8 Graduation

On Tuesday 11th July, Year 8 students graduated from the foundation stage of a two year programme entitled the ‘Kingsbury Curriculum’. As part of this curriculum, a series of experiences, called the ‘Kingsbury Guarantee’, were offered to students to allow them to explore their talents and abilities. Students completed extended homework projects and community work, organised events and took part in residential activities.
On the evening of the graduation guests were invited to view a short film with clips showing scenes and photos from the various projects in the Tyler’s Hall followed by the graduation ceremony.

The Co-Headteachers opened the ceremony welcoming parents, family, friends and carers to the school. Then the Head Boy and Head Girl hosted the ceremony introducing the form tutors who announced the students and their grades. The Year 8 students arrived on stage from a red carpet, to receive their graduation gift bags and, shortly afterwards, their framed graduation certificate.

Guests were treated to three performances from our exceptionally talented students, Khalid and Lujein and their touching performance of Hallelujah, Xane (Miles) and his thoughtful poet and finally our energetic dancers Ruxandra, Ariana, Denisa and Bianca.
The evening culminated in the unveiling of the 2017 honours board in the Tylers Hall. Jay Parekh and Abhishna Yogarajan.received the trophies for the most highly praised boy and girl graduates.

Lower School Debating Competition

Our new Head Boy and Head Girl team, Haider Nazerali and Sara Dehvari, who are both very experienced and successful debaters, hosted Kingsbury’s first ever Lower School Debating Competition. This new competition for KHS gives our younger students an introduction to the various debating events that will take place once they are in Upper School and Sixth Form. The competition built on a highly successful Debating Workshop delivered by the English Speaking Union.
The competition involved 8 teams consisting of Year 7, 8 and 9 students debating their ways through two rounds, ably supported by the fantastic KHS Upper School Debating Society members, who judged each round. Danial Bakhtiari (7K) and Dylan Patel (7G) won individual prizes, whilst the winning team in a closely fought final in K Hall consisted of Xane Miles (8G), Jawad Bokhari (9R), Andrei Crenganis (9Y) and Kailan Gadher (9Y). Winners and Runners-Up received certificates.

Thank you to Ms Dusmez and Mr MacKay for running the Lower School Debating Society in Ms Assaad’s absence, and for Ms Tumber for working on debating skills with her Year 9 HPQ students. These efforts ensure that we have debating and public speaking skills being developed across every year group of the school and a clear ladder for students to progress in debating during their journey through the school and into the Sixth Form.