Year 13 students visit CERN

Year 13 students visited the CERN in early December 2018 – and were left ‘wondering the immeasurable’.

The CERN and the chair

I have been running in the dark and the chair almost just appears in front of me. I am captured by its size and struck by the loudness of its message. I walk around it; it has a broken leg. I observe it, the chair is tall but broken, strong but broken, proud but broken.

Across it, sits the remarkable building of the Palais des Nations; it is impossible not to feel a shiver when admiring the togetherness of the flags; 193 tall, strong and proud spikes crowned with colourful fabrics.  The neoclassical palace was built for the peaceful collaboration between nations and yet, the chair is the symbol of the dichotomy of the meaning of collaboration.

No ambiguities the day before when I had the joy of accompanying Year 13 students on their annual trip to the CERN. Built in 1954 to prevent the exodus of European scientists to America, it bears an acronym which has now become obsolete, the nucleus of the atom has been conquered for a while; now in the CERN, they make dark matter!

The students mingle to perfection with scientists and visitors. They explore, they listen they ask and they wonder.

The CERN is the largest laboratory in the world but above all, it is there where the words peaceful collaboration acquires its true meaning. The data from the experiments carried out at 100 m underground in the border between France and Switzerland is sent to over 600 universities and institutes around the world; this is the birth place of the www forged, precisely for the purpose of sharing and working together.

The by-products of research carried out by thousands of scientists results in formidable technological advances.  From medical technologies that saves lives (PET scam), to new ways of communication, meteorological progress, aerospace applications to name some.

I watch the forever young year 13s as they look at the symbols written on the ‘wondering the immeasurable’ ribbons. They cheer every time they spot a formula they recognize from their physics lessons and then I am sure; one day with the advances from the Cern, all the year 13’s of the Kingsburies of the world working together will fix the chair.

Text and photos by Maria Gonzales – Physics Teacher

Year 13 Leavers’ Assembly 2018

Year 13 ended their time in Sixth Form with some special ‘awards’ presented in the study room. There was much laughter and both staff and students had a wonderful time. The event was followed by a social for year 13 complete with an amazing curry, fabulous live music (including Mr Waxman singing) and a bouncy castle. Good luck with exams and see you all on 2 July for the proper Awards Evening.

5K Run for Cancer Research UK


Kingsbury High School’s Year 8 students, coached by Year 13 mentors, have been organising and participating in extraordinary events, over the course of the school year, to raise money for their chosen charity – Cancer Research UK (CRUK).

After the success of their Christmas fair and their Valentine’s fair, 380 students put on their running shoes on Thursday 11th February to complete a 5K run around the school grounds and surrounds.

Students have already raised £1,830.00 nearing their target amount of £2,500. Their campaign, however, is not all about raising money, but also about raising awareness and collecting donations of which, they have received 57 of their 350 collection bag target!

Representatives from CRUK attended the 5K run where they witnessed for themselves, the determination, motivation and drive of the participating students. Dearbhla Cormacain from CRUK said “The commitment and dedication of your staff, Year 13s organisational skills and the enthusiasm of the Year 8s taking part made for a great atmosphere and an extremely successful day. I loved how much effort had gone into this event, from the beautiful colourful artwork on the gym walls before the event to setting up and decorating the course. The balloons on the gate were a great welcome to us and having the lead runner and marshal points along the route really helped to bring the event to life and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.”

After the run, students wrote about what the campaign means to them on paper feathers to create a beautiful display in the lower school building. The day ended with raffle prize draw with many winners.

Year 8s are now busy planning their next events and are sure they will be able to hit their targets!