Year 13 students gathered for the last time at their Leavers’ Assembly on Friday 24 May. The 2 hour event featured a heart-felt goodbye from retiring Headteacher, Mr Waxman, who shared his history school report!
There was a thank you to all tutors and the Sixth Form team for their support, especially for processing over 150 UCAS reports. Some key sporting memories from Year 7 onwards were enjoyed by a packed study room and, finally, some tongue-in-cheek awards for students, carefully created by Ms Hollingworth, Mrs Mohan and Mrs Cox.
Year 13 then attended their final social event with bouncy castle, curry and live music! Heads down for exams now and then we will see you all again on 1 July for our Year 13 Evening of Celebration at which more serious awards are handed out to acknowledge the great things you do both in the classroom and outside.
The journey to the all London final at HSBC in Canary Wharf on Monday 3 June was a tough one: beating five top independent schools on the way to earn their place.
However, the competition at the next level was even tougher: facing teams that were mainly from top independent schools once again. St. Paul’s School (which, incidentally, previously won the European final); Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School; Emanuel School (Independent) and Channing School (Independent). To give you an idea of the level of competition one team sang their presentation in rhyme! The overall winners, who deserved their place, it has to be said, were Channing School but Kingsbury High School were a credible ‘runners up’ with an amazing accolade from a key YE judge and senior manager at HSBC. With the level of competition being so fierce, our team were amazing and deserve credit for getting so far.
Students involved in the ‘Girls Active’ programmes this year were invited to attend a hula hooping workshop with Carla Rose, a qualified HulaFit instructor.
Students learned the basics of how to spin and maintain a hula around the waist and then progressed onto harder tricks and skills throughout the session.The Year 7 students that attended the workshop had just finished completing their ‘activity logs’. These were introduced to try and encourage them to complete the ’60 minutes a day’ target set by the chief medical officer. All of the girls achieved this for the 5 weeks preceding the workshop.
Year 12 started with an inspiring talk from a former student who now works as Head of Events for the largest event management company in Europe. His tips were: be nice and polite (employers want this); work hard at getting the grades (it will be needed to get you an interview); and learn your craft (if you have an interest or career in mind).
Then students chose their extra-curricular opportunities followed by talking with alumni about careers. Year 12 enjoyed the leadership training along with registering with Unifrog to research university courses and Pathways CTM for career opportunities and apprenticeships.
KHS Sixth Form sixth form achieved 61% A*-B in 2018 so our A level results were outstanding for the 3rd year running. Biology and Chemistry achieved over 70% A*-B which the medical students were pleased to know. Our Sixth Form is rated in the top 10% nationally: so students have joined a successful centre. We welcomed over thirty new students to the Sixth Form from other centres which has significantly increased from 2017. Over 60% of Year 11 enrolled with us and nearly all of our top students at GCSE decided to stay with us. With four students securing Oxbridge places and three off to Medical school, students were assured they can get top grades at KHS as well as experience an amazing extra-curricular package.
2018 – OUTSTANDING A Level results again this year 61% achieving A*-B. Interviews for EXTERNAL APPLICANTS into Year 12 on WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER at 11.00AM. We are enrolling suitably qualified students into Year 12. Complete the application form featured online. Bring in your GCSE results slips. Arrive at Reception on the Princes Avenue site. We have an outstanding sixth form experience, fantastic results and excellent progression to top universities. Join us in September.
In April seventeen students from Years 12 and 13 successfully navigated the trials and obstacles of the academic research process by concluding their extended essays for the AQA EPQ, which is essentially a 5,000 word dissertation for A-level students. In keeping with the dissertation theme, students have to present their findings to an audience of staff and peers, which is the final assessed part of the qualification. Every year, Mr Windrich keeps a video record of the presentations to assist the examiners and these will be placed on eStream in due course.
The point of the projects is to extend learning beyond the A-level specifications and to give students the opportunity to choose their own research topics, thus playing to personal strengths and enthusiasms.
This year has been a great year for considering the wide range of passions and interests our Sixth Form students hold:
Akira Allman (Politics and Philosophy: the merits of pan-Africanism);
Haider Nazerali (the provision of education for hearing-impaired students);
Siham Sahal (clan dynamics in Somalia and the persecution of one group); Pranay Vekaria (Physics: cold fusion as a potential source of energy);
Shaneilla Lewin (why we use certain colours for wedding and funeral garments);
Abeena Devanand (the implications for society of longevity drugs)
Hamza Butt (the merits of drone technology)
Gobindth Kaneshwaran (cryptocurrencies versus fiat currencies)
Adam Badawy (Napoleon: aggressor or defender?);
Wahab Rahmani (Physics: Are we living in a simulation?)
Lemah Islam (Law: on the effectiveness of English law in relation to “honour” crimes)
Nikita Patel (Law: a “good samaritan” law for the UK?)
Don Jayasekera (Medicine: on tackling dengue fever);
Muriel Gilbertson (Law: on English law’s impact on the issue of racial equality)
Aaron Stevens (on military aviation, and the influence of the Horton 229)
Saara Ali (True crime: was the hanging of Hanratty a miscarriage of justice?);
Yasmin Warsame (on the reasons why Somalia might be regarded as a failed state).
The projects are currently being assessed and will be sent to the AQA Exam Board by 15 May. After that, on Thursday 24th May, Year 9 students will be presenting their shorter academic research projects for a related qualification, the HPQ, from 5pm in Tyler’s and Croft Hall. Please support this wonderful event if you can. For further information about this evening, please contact Ms Ruparelia.
Last week our A level students were invited to join Mike Proctor from Capgemini for a talk about the benefits of apprenticeships. KHS have worked closely with Capgemini for a number of years and a number of our students have secured themselves an apprenticeship place with the company. Mike said : ”It was fantastic to come to Kingsbury on Friday to talk to students about the changing perceptions of apprenticeships and what Capgemini’s degree apprenticeship could offer. It was great to interact with student’s that were so engaged and actively thinking about their future careers. Degree apprenticeships are a great alternative to university and it was interesting hearing the archaic perceptions that may dissuade students to go down this route. I really enjoyed talking students through the application process and hopefully have given them some top tips they can use when applying for jobs in the future. The Capgemini degree apprenticeship programme is open now for applications for 2018. For more information about the requirements and job roles and to apply visit our website. https://www.capgemini.com/gb-en/careers/jobs/2018-degree-apprentice-programme/ ”