Trip to Lille

Before dawn on Friday, 2nd November 47 Year 7 and Year 8 students and five teachers departed Kingsbury on a coach bound for Lille in north-east France. A short spell on the Eurotunnel and – hey presto! – we were in France.

First stop: the enormous beach at Petit Fort Philippe near Dunkirk. The tide was out so everyone enjoyed running around and some even made it down to the sea. Then on to the Lille Christmas Market, offering local food and drink, crafts and other gift items. Several stallholders, upon discovering we were teachers, said that they thought our children were very polite and well behaved. They said that most students had made an effort to speak French and they were very impressed. Kingsbury parents and teachers should be very proud!  After we had filled ourselves with potatoes and cheese or other delicious hot food, it was time to re-join the coach for the trip to the Château d’Ebblinghem where we stayed. We had the whole place to ourselves and found it very comfortable.

Up early in the morning for a walk through Boulogne-sur-Mer and a really enjoyable few hours in the Nausicaa Marine Centre, a magical place with lots to see, including the sea lions racing about in the water at feeding time.

Many of the students said they would like to have stayed longer in France, but two days was all we had so we made our way back to Calais for the Eurotunnel home.

A fantastic trip, immaculately organised by Steve Vadgama. Student behaviour was excellent; the students were patient when waiting, good-natured with changes and generally fun and agreeable. See you again next year we hope!

The Linnean Society visit Science Club

On Thursday 7 November, Year 7 science clubbers participated in a workshop led by members of The Linnean Society of London (the world’s oldest active biological society).

The students learnt about cryptograms – plants and fungi that reproduce using spores rather than seeds. This was then followed by students using the age old textile art of felt-making to create a wool cloth to represent various cryptograms. The resulting work will be entered into the society’s annual competition.

Year 7 Residential Trip

Eighty nine, Year 7’s have just returned from their Carroty Wood residential.

This took place from Monday 28  to Wednesday 30 October. We visited Carroty Wood for the first time as this venue has replaced the old ‘Quinta’ and ‘Woodrow House’ residentials. The students took part in team building activities such as raft building as well as learning life skills for example being able to swim and ride a bike. 

The students that went had an amazing time and are excited to share their experiences. The students were supported by twelve, Year 12 leaders who were excellent role models to the younger students.

Thank you to all the teachers who supported the trip: Mr Cumbers, Miss McNeil, Mr Froy, Ms Snow, Mr Leyden, Miss Abdi and Miss Vekaria.

Cambridge Union Debating Workshop

Kingsbury High School hosted a debating workshop run by the Cambridge Union for Year 7 and Year 8 students. Cambridge Union is the oldest debating and speaking society in the world and is renowned for its student debating competitions and public speaking workshops.  An important element of the workshop was to introduce students to the British Parliamentary format for debating. Sara Dehvari, a former Head Girl at Kingsbury High School, and Abhiram Bibekar who study History and Physics respectively at Cambridge University highlighted the merits of debating and how it helped them develop into critical thinkers. There were light-hearted debates on whether Jaffa cakes were cakes or biscuits and more serious topics like if the consumption of meat should be limited. The event culminated in a lively formal debate on whether social media should be banned – Yusuf Yusuf from Year 7 as the Prime Minister proposed the motion to ban social media stating it would lead to a fall in cyberbullying and was opposed by Dhruvshaal Gopal from Year 8 acting as the Leader of the Opposition who argued it would limit our means of communication. 

Lower School Debating Club will be starting soon!

The following students attended the workshop we look forward to see them develop into Kingsbury High School debaters: Laureta Krasniqi, Dhruvshaal Gopal, Paba Malawwethanthri, Sahanaa Krishnakumar, Bilqees Mahamed, Kelisa Anderson, Parth Varsani, Narges Amini, Safa Sajjad, Jiya Chandnani, Nakisha Bhanderi, Rhea Hirani, Bilal Ahmad, Amanda Fernando, Damaris Palagheanu, Bridie Wells, Jathushan Vivekananthan, Daniel Teleaga, Emira Sirer, Sebastian Sorescu, Sahar Khan, Gracie Gribbin, Jaafar Jaafar, Larsa Jabar, Mustafa Al Hayawi, Hassan Khan, Yusuf Yusuf, Agri Somasundaram, Garry Muslimov, Prasamsa Kandel, Yasmin Ibrahim, James Gribbin and Ines Ben Nasr.

Year 7 and 9 Evening of Achievement

Last night was our Evening of Achievement and we celebrated 167 year 7 and 9 students achievements. The awards were given out for Personal excellence in subjects, a high number of credits, highest A2L and attendance and lastly personal PRIDE across the school.

Congratulations to all the students for all their hard work and efforts.

The event was photographed by our Year 12 photography students Mukim Mahfuzh, Shamil Bhuttoo and Binisha Varsani.

Girls Active Hula Workshop

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 4 Family Festival

30 Year 7 students got their first taste of Kingsbury Leadership this Tuesday, they spent the morning learning leadership skills with Ms High. They were then joined by 210 Year 4’s from Kingsbury Green, Oliver Goldsmith, Roe Green, Fryent and St Robert Southwell. The leaders put on a number of engaging and fun activities, getting the young people active whilst working on their physical literacy.