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!”

Challenge 271

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A teacher at Kingsbury High School will embark on a gruelling challenge to cover 271km in just five days. The physical Education teacher, Gary Froy will run three 40km marathons and cycle two 75km bike rides to cover the distance.

The challenge aims to raise awareness and money for Kidney Research UK.  Gary’s five day challenge, #challenge271, will take place during 26th – 30th May 2015, but Gary is launching the project in school on the 3rd December 2014: a year after the loss of his father, Colin Froy, Police Constable 271, Hertfordshire Police.

Gary said “Dad sadly passed away in December 2013 after a long battle with illness. Not only did Dad have Cancer and 3 Heart Attacks, but also Kidney Failure which eventually cost him his life.

“Dad spent over 4 years on Kidney Dialysis at Watford General Hospital, a process which involved sitting in a bed for around 5 hours, 3 times a week. This long, boring process was mentally challenging for Dad, as he had to give up work and would often leave in great pain from each visit.  As things worsened, Dad was required to wear an Oxygen mask to sleep, whilst he lost the feelings in his hands and feet meaning it was impossible to drive and very painful to even walk.

“However, even through all of this, Dad would not show any signs of weakness to friends or family. He was forever smiling, laughing and being positive to anyone who met him and for many they didn’t even realise how ill he was. Dad sadly lost his battle at 6.31pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2013. Dad was a hero, a man who would do anything for anyone else and now is the time for me to give something back. I will be looking to raise a large sum of money to help find a cure, in order that other families don’t have to suffer as we have.”

Year 8 students at Kingsbury High School will be supporting Gary throughout the challenge by running a number of fundraising events within the school.

If you would like to support Gary or find out more, visit his justgiving page.

Great Yarmouth Football Tour

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Fourteen Year 9 students went on a football tour during a recent trip to Great Yarmouth. Playing against clubs from all over the UK, they finished in third place, missing out on the final by only one point. This was a fantastic achievement as they were the youngest team in the school tournament.

The highlight of the tour was being awarded with a trophy for the ‘Best Sporting Team’ by former England footballer, Ray Clemence. The award celebrated their excellent behaviour both on and off the pitch.

Whilst in Great Yarmouth, the students also participated in extracurricular activities including, go karting, quasar, arcades and a pool tournament.

Congratulations to the following students: Hayden Graham, Samh Aouidef, Anuj Chitroda, Kushal Shah, Amari Mogre, Joshua Machedo, Liban Mohamed, Emmanuel Weber, Ermir Selmani, Kraig Mcleod, Sean Byrne, Brandon Todd, Ashlee Hibbert and Zubear Zulfiqar.

Year 9 Cricket Team are Brent Champions

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Kingsbury High School Year 9 cricket team won the Brent Competition for the third year running with a 22 run victory over Claremont High School. The match took place at Kenton Cricket Ground. Kingsbury batted first and scored 137 in 20 overs, an average of almost 7 runs per over! Nakul Hirani top scored with 28 runs, Adnan Hassan making 20 and Kaushil Patel 14 on a poor batting strip. Great running of singles and runs by all team members meant that the total would be difficult for the opponents to chase.

Claremont responded well at the start of their innings with their opening batsmen making 45 before Sajad Ahmad took the first wicket, Nakul then took two important wickets with great bowling. Saptarshi Bhatt also took two wickets with Dhruv Bhatt making a great catch. Masoud Jaji bowled a maiden and took an LBW. Sajad Ahmad cleared the bottom order finishing with a 5 wicket haul. Abthal Monir’s wicket keeping was fantastic, taking an edge catch and a stumping.

It was a great result for the students and it means that the team have completed all their Brent matches at Key Stage 3, unbeaten, which is quite an achievement.

[image & text by Mr Donald]

Year 8 are Runners Up in Brent Cricket Final

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Kingsbury High School’s, Year 8, Boys Cricket team were runners up in the Brent Cricket final. They drew to Claremont High School with both teams scoring 98 runs each from 20 overs. Claremont High School were crowned champions as they had taken 7 wickets and Kingsbury High School had taken 6 wickets. It was a harsh way to lose a final, but nevertheless a great achievement for the squad for reaching the final.

[text & image by Mr Sabag]

Year 10 Students are Crowned Brent Cricket Champions

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On Thursday 11 July 2013, Kingsbury High School, Year 10 students were crowned Brent Champions after beating JFS in a tightly contested game.

Match Report: JFS took the advantage, having won the toss & batted first. Kingsbury captain, Mohammed Rizvi made early inroads by taking two wickets, with the visitors on 15 runs after the first three overs. JFS then really took the initiative by piling on the runs, with their opening batsman making 38, finally being trapped ‘leg-before-wicket’ in the eighteenth over. Bhavik Hirani took three wickets towards the end of the innings, to prevent the opposition passing the century mark.

Having been set a target of 95 to win, at a run-rate of 4.7 runs per over, Kingsbury struggled to keep up with the target set by JFS. The visitors bowled and fielded extremely well for thirteen overs, with Kingsbury suffering a batting collapse. At this point, the opposition had the upper-hand, with Kingsbury at 46 runs with 7 wickets down. A bleak outcome appeared inevitable, with 7 runs per over the required rate with only three wickets remaining. The fight-back began with Thelagan Koneswaran making a quick-fire fourteen, before being caught. With four overs remaining Bhavik Hirani and Viren Patel set about the run chase, speeding between the wickets and hitting regular boundaries, bringing the winning post within sight. The outcome was still uncertain at the beginning of the nineteenth over, with nine runs required for victory and only two wickets remaining. Viren took the initiative, hitting a couple of fours and with the final boundary the winning runs, and nine balls still remaining.

This was a remarkable Kingsbury victory, given the reliance on the bottom-order to pull off the win. Man-of-the-match was Bhavik Hirani: taking three wickets for 15 runs and posting 20 not out with the bat. The whole squad are to be commended for their positive attitude and sportsmanship, in what has been a very successful season, including reaching the Middlesex semi-final and being crowned Brent champions!

[image by Mr J Taylor; report by Mr G Williams]