Sama Rabab,Bill Dobbie, Mohamad Al Hussaini, Prithihan Yogarajah, Daisy Constantinou, Jawad Bokhari are the successful Year 10 students that have been successful in securing a half term work experience placement with M & G Investments in the City of London.
The students applied through S4SNextGen, an initiative that links leading organisations with state schools, targeting students who would not normally have access to placements such as these.
Duvina Toolsee in Year 11 took part in a placement with M & G last year. Duvina recently attended a symposium event to share her experiences with leading companies such as Virgin Money, British Airways, and the Bank of England.
After the recent Excel Day Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge workshops for all of Year 10, a school final was held to select students to represent KHS in the upcoming regional final.
The following Year 10 students participated:
Valentina Gah, Layla Khoudhari, Dijonay Richards, Priya Bharadia, Mia Khoudhari, Jawad Bokhari, Bilal Rehman, Humza Tahir, Ifla Mujeeb.
The students had to give a 3 minute speech without any notes, and the judges had a difficult task as they all spoke with great passion and emotion on a range of subjects.
Congratulations to all the speakers, in particular to Priya, Dijonay and Ifla who have been selected to go through to the Brent final in January. Thanks also to Andrew Mitchell and Sarah Purtill for judging the event, and to Erik Windrich for his technical support.
During March and April, a group of Year 10 students participated in three motivational workshops to raise their confidence; provide them with a connection between their studies and the world of work; and to get them to think about their future career paths.
At each of the workshops, organised by Future First, four former Kingsbury High School students were invited back to school as role models.
The first session aimed to increase students’ knowledge about the various jobs that exist; expose them to different career pathways; and motivate them to think about the right career for them.
Working in small groups, students rotated round a bank of tables where alumni volunteers were stationed. Students were able to find out information about their working lives and how they got there.
Louis Cheshire left Kingsbury High School in 2007 and currently works as a Support Worker and a Freelance Photographer. Louis attended the first session and said “When I was that age I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do after education. When I thought about getting a good job, I always imagined that it came down to getting high grades in school and moving forward in a very rigid, linear fashion. I found that a very daunting prospect. What I wanted to convey to the students is that there isn’t one universally ‘right’ way to do things – that there are countless ways of getting to the place in life you want to be. Sometimes you have to take a chance and try something new – it doesn’t always work out the way you imagined it would – but as long as you learn from the experience and better yourself for it, it should never be considered a mistake. The students seemed pretty perceptive of that. I saw some keen minds in that workshop and with the support and guidance of the school and Future First I’m sure they will achieve great things.”
Following on from Louis’ thoughts, in the second session, students heard from alumni volunteers about how both good and bad grades can impact on future education and employment opportunities. They also found out which skills, gained from subjects studied at school, the volunteers use most in their jobs. Volunteers then helped students identify how their subject and extra-curricular interests can be applied to different jobs.
The third session saw alumni volunteers act as coaches and helped students to create their own ‘Picture of Me’ guiding them into thinking more laterally about their talents and achievements. The activity culminated in a conversation about future career options based on the students’ strengths and skills.
Shazma Roshan also left Kingsbury High School in 2007 and now works at KPMG as Audit Assistant Manager. Shazma attended the final session and said “I thought the session was really well done and interesting for the students because it was so interactive. Students responded well, some were initially slightly less communicative, but by the end of a conversation, they really got talking and it was very interesting to hear about their worries, their hopes and their dreams. It was very enjoyable and I really hope they’ve taken something from it!”
On behalf of Kingsbury High School and Future First, we would like to thank the alumni volunteers for giving up their time to assist in these workshops.