Students perform at 343 Stag Lane

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On Friday 13th May Kingsbury High School students performed in front of members of the local community at the Opening Ceremony of the Willow Tree Doctors Surgery’s new site: 343 Stag Lane.

The students performed acoustically and were received warmly by visitors to the centre. Their pieces were followed by performances from staff and students at The Village School.

Dr. Meeta Dodhia, MD, CCFP, MRCGP said “We would like to thank the Kingsbury High School students for starting the opening ceremony of our new surgery. They performed marvellously and some members of the audience really got involved by clapping and swaying to the rhythm. The guitarist is very talented and the vocalist sang a very popular song. The Dhol player wowed the crowd and some guests started doing bhangra moves when he played.”

Boccia Buzz

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On Tuesday 14th July Kingsbury High School’s Young Ambassadors hosted their new annual ‘Boccia Buzz’ event at Kingsbury High School. The occasion was attended by students from The Village School and residents from Harrod Court, a local care home. The Young Ambassadors guided students from Year 8 to help them to deliver the Boccia games in a friendly tournament.

As part of the #YAKickstart programme, the project aimed to link the community by bringing all abilities and ages together in a fully inclusive event.

The Village School’s New Toys

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Following our very successful Christmas Fair held at Kingsbury High School in December 2014 during the lunch hour in our Lower School Library, the money raised – £250.00, has been used by Charmaine Bourton, The Village School’s (TVS) librarian to buy some new toys for TVS students.

Charmaine told us “I am putting the toys out gradually, so they are having a treat a week! Our students are all enjoying their new toys and say a big thank you to everyone who helped raise the money.”

Library Fair 2014

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Kingsbury High School’s Lower School Library held their 7th Annual Mini Christmas Fair during lunchtime on the 5th December 2014. It has always been a very popular event with a very large attendance.

This year all the proceeds of the fair are going to The Village School for their toy library, which is always in need of new toys.

The Students enjoyed a Lucky Dip, Raffle, Stationery, Bric a brac and craft stall, Sweet stall and bookmark sale. A total of £250 was taken during 50 minutes.

The Village School Legacy

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No one could have foreseen the partnership that would develop when Kingsbury High School agreed to temporarily host The Village School while Grove Park and Hay Lane Schools were demolished and rebuilt as one new school. The Village School (TVS) now proudly stands facing Stag Lane and has opened as the largest school with children with special needs in the country.

In June/July of 2011 we saw a building grow swiftly out of part of our Lower School playing field. Classrooms, treatment rooms, lifts and a hall all grew within weeks to provide a complete temporary school for our neighbours and from the start of term we became used to seeing buses and taxis passing through the site to deliver their precious cargo. And so began the opportunities for Kingsbury High to develop links with the students and staff of TVS.

The temporary site made it possible for TVS students to join our classes and within a year, several TVS students could even attend lessons every day; fully integrating into the life of Kingsbury. It became a common sight to see the blue sweatshirts of TVS students passing through our buildings and in true Kingsburian style the students of Kingsbury High welcomed them with respect and care. Kingsbury High students would attend their temporary building to help work with children with very special needs. School management teams began to meet regularly to plan joint events and staff training was developed between the two schools.

In June 2013 their exciting new school was ready and Kingsbury staff had the pleasure of visiting the new facilities before its official opening. Complete with a swimming pool, sports hall, delightful classrooms and a roof top playground, it was evident that at last TVS students would have a school that they truly deserved.

In return for having hosted TVS for these years we have been repaid by having a number of the temporary classrooms relocated on the lower school site as well as a brand new sports and play area where the building used to stand. The new classrooms are now in place and open and the playground offers increased opportunities for sport and recreation at Kingsbury High. We are delighted that 2 of the new classrooms linked by a care room will become home to a number of TVS students allowing them to continue their linked lessons with the students of our school. Our work with TVS goes from strength to strength. This year all of our Year 8 students will spend a day as ambassadors working at TVS; from helping run the café and shop to assisting with play, lunchtimes and with lessons.

After completing her day as an ambassador, Year 8 Kingsbury High student, Jessica Ablampah, wrote on her school blog “Overall, at the end of my day, I felt so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a day with these inspirational children. I may complain when I don’t like something or if I don’t look right, but seeing these children always smiling, waving at me made me thank God for my life and made me understand how lucky I am.”

Students Enjoy the Limelight for a Good Cause

On Friday 29th November, Send My Friend to School, a campaign run by the Global Campaign for Education UK, filmed the final leg of their 2014 film at The Village School (TVS), Grove Park.

Every year, Send My Friend to School, run a campaign, teaching UK school students about the global education crisis. Schools who take part receive a free pack, including an introductory DVD containing the film.

A film crew from Jump Off The Screen spent a day at TVS filming children with disabilities working alongside students from Kingsbury High School.

TVS student, Kinjal Mileche, aged 12 said “It is important to take part in days like these because we’re helping other children all around the world get an education and a better life. I’m really excited that the film will be shown around the UK – people might get inspired and help us.”

Kingsbury High School has been supporting the Send My Friend to School campaign for eight years. The campaign, which has a different theme each year, aims to remind world leaders of the promise they made in 2000; that all children worldwide would get a quality primary education by 2015. The 2014 theme, ‘Send ALL My Friends to School’ will focus on disability and education and the main message will be that every child has the equal right to learn. There are still 57 million children who are missing out on even a basic primary education, and over a third of these children have a disability.

Kingsbury High School student, Shivani Doshi, aged 13, was filmed at TVS and also featured in the 2013 film campaign. She said “I feel passionate about Send My Friend to School, because I am in an environment where it is easy to forget about the importance of education. The campaign is reminder to me that I should not disrupt my learning as 57 million children do not get an education.

Last year, I was involved in the campaign video and it made me feel nervous, as I wanted it to create a positive impact. Knowing that schools all over the UK have watched the video, makes me feel that it is creating more pressure on the government to take action! I think more schools should get involved.”

The film will be shown to around 6,000 schools across the UK who sign up for the Send My Friend to School campaign. Schools can get involved by requesting an activity pack from the Send My Friend to School website.

The film will be available for viewing by the end of February 2014.

www.sendmyfriend.org