The Panathlon Challange

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Friday the 29th April saw The Panathlon Challenge come together with Kingsbury High School at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre. The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity that provides sporting opportunities for disabled young people through a number of sporting competitions and events.

Kingsbury High School students had been trained on how to lead the activities that make up the event, during the February half term and were ready to support the wonderful occasion.

Students from West London primary schools attended and competed in games such as Polybat, Boccia and Table Cricket. The gold medal winners were Millbank Academy making them West London Champions.

Chris James, Primary Programme Manager, at Panathlon said “The students from Kingsbury High were excellent role models during the event and the way they interacted with both students and teachers from competing schools was really great to see. Many of them had not worked with students with disabilities before and it was really impressive how they immersed themselves in to the day, got stuck in and made it a safe, fun and enjoyable environment for all of the students taking part. I’d love to use all of these leaders again in the future!”

Kingsbury Jump Off for the British Heart Foundation

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On Tuesday 9th June 2015, Kingsbury High School hosted the Kingsbury Jump Off to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Year 5 students from Oliver Goldsmith Primary School received training in basic skipping skills prior to the event and then took part in a two hour sponsored skip-a-thon on the day. Lead by Kingsbury High School’s Year 7, Year 9 and Year 10 Sports Leaders, the Year 5 students rotated through skipping stations learning various techniques and exercises at each stop.

The money raised will help fund essential research into the causes and treatment of heart disease, patient care and support.

Students apply physics to football at the Emirates Stadium

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Students from Kingsbury High School took part in a day of physics and football at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2015. The day concluded an eight-week program to engage students with science by applying it to football.

Prior to the day, students had been attending after-school physics and football clubs where they learnt about such concepts as projectiles, impact area and centre of mass and applied their knowledge in practice on the football pitch.

The project was made possible by a grant from the John Lyon’s Charity and was run in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and Arsenal and Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR) football clubs.

Arsenal has an existing education program that combines football with learning in several curriculum areas, called the Arsenal Double Club. Arsenal in the Community education officer Jack McNicholl said that through it, the club aimed to use football to encourage young people with their learning and to interest them in new things. He said: “It’s been great to work with the Institute of Physics to develop football sessions that help our participants to understand how physics applies to their everyday lives.”

During the program, IOP physics coaches worked alongside each school’s physics teacher to help students explore physics concepts. They then worked with a PE teacher, or a coach from Arsenal in the Community or QPR to apply their knowledge on the pitch.

At the event, the focus was on the spin and trajectory of the ball and why footballers sometimes kick across the ball rather than straight through it. Students learnt how an additional force comes into play when the ball has spin, and experimented with backspin, topspin and sidespin to see how this changes the path of the ball.

As well as football training and physics activities, the day included a tour of the Emirates Stadium and each of the students were given Arsenal-branded attendance certificates and a goody bag to take home. As well as Kingsbury High School, other participating schools included The Crest Academies, Whitefield School and William Ellis School.

The IOP’s project coordinator, Manchi Chung, said: “This has been a unique partnership with Arsenal and QPR, working together to show that physics and its way of thinking can appeal to any and all students, exploring with them how physics does have something to say about how players can refine their footballing techniques on the pitch.”

Thanks to the IOP for the photography.

‘STOMP’ Comes to Kingsbury!

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Kingsbury High School held its first enrichment day, or ‘Excel Day’, of this academic year on Thursday 2nd October 2014. Students from Year 8 worked with the Physical Education, Expressive Arts & Extended Learning Faculty and took part in a programme based on the successful West End show ‘STOMP’.

Students created an exciting cacophony of rhythmic music using household objects, thereby developing teamwork, physical co-ordination, listening and performing skills. The sessions started off with clapping exercises and exploring the varied ways that rhythms could be created with the use of voice and a range of body parts. These rhythms were developed by incorporating the recycled items students had collected. In the mix were Pringle tubes, plastic bags, flower pots, buckets and more. Students ended the session with a performance which blended together dance, music and theatrical performance.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the session and gained valuable experience in the performing arts. Tyrique Fearon, 8K, said “The STOMP exercise was amazing because we got to make music and sounds with different objects. It’s a great experience to try.”

Khushi Patel, 8B, said “The STOMP session was very fun and enjoyable and it was a fantastic experience for all. It showed us that by using everyday instruments, we can find a passion for music and that is amazing. I thank you all who helped with making the STOMP experience as brilliant as it was.”

ASDA Active Sports Day

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On Monday 7th July Kingsbury High School hosted one of the UK’s first Asda Active Sports Days, themed around the Commonwealth Games.

Kingsbury High School students, who are part of the Sports Leaders UK programme, led the activities as part of the Asda Active campaign.

Over 300 primary school students took part in sports including netball, football, cricket and Unihoc.

Annette Woodrow, Head of Physical Education and Extended Learning at Kingsbury High School, said “Healthy eating and exercise is something we strongly advise among the children here and with the help of Asda Community Life and Sports Leaders UK, we hope to see this continue to go from strength to strength.

“Keeping the spirit of 2012 alive in our local community is very important for youngsters and I hope this event will inspire them to get active, keep healthy, and volunteer themselves in the future.”

Vanitha Kumar, the community life champion at Asda Colindale said “The sports leaders are local young people who have committed to volunteering and I’m thrilled to support them with showing the school children how to fuel their activities with healthier snacks.”

Attending primary schools were Roe Green Juniors School, St Robert Southwell RC School, Fryent Primary School, Oliver Goldsmiths Primary School and Kingsbury Green Primary School.