Year 8 Graduation 2019

Last night we welcomed parents, carers and friends to the lower school to celebrate the Year 8 Graduation. The Hall was packed with an excited and proud audience. It has been 9 years since we introduced our new curriculum for Years 7 and 8 and the students at this evening’s graduation were the seventh year group to reach the end of our Foundation Stage. We came up with the idea of a new curriculum that concluded with a graduation ceremony in order to give a real sense of purpose to the

early years at KHS. The students were graded in relation to their attendance, punctuality, attitude to learning, progress, extended homework projects, rewards, Unifrog Competencies and the Kingsbury Guarantee.

Mr Thomas revealed our new ‘Graduate with Distinction’ board featuring the most students’ names to date. The visitors got treated to two performances by our incredibly talented Year 8 students, Laura Cretu did a reading followed by Acshayaa Kumar;s version of Demi Lovato’s Warrior.

The climax of the ceremony was the announcement of the most highly honoured boy graduate, Johann Pereira, and the most highly honoured girl graduate, Laura Cretu, each of whom received a special glass trophy.

Clean the school project

Small acts make a big difference… On the 6 June, 8B made a small difference to their school environment. Organised by Laura Mihaela Cretu (8B), the Form took part in the ” Clean the school project”, which consisted of 2 parts: become a more environmental – friendly person and take part in a litter pick in the playground in Tylers’. 

 By taking part in this, the students realised how much litter is carelessly dropped by people of all ages each day. They had fun, while they were helping the environment! Thank you to the best, most-caring form tutor Mr.Jenkins for being incredibly supportive towards the project and Ana Cretu, enthusiastic parent governor/volunteer in the school for originally sponsoring this idea!

This project doesn’t only have to relate to 8B… you can make a difference as well by caring for your environment! Don’t drop litter and put it in the bin. Our world can be helped by everyone. The planet is everyone’s home!

 By Laura Mihaela Cretu 8B

BP ULTIMATE STEM CHALLENGE!

Rutvi Shah, Vrinda Parekh, Sarah Shareef and Sanaa Kabir joined together to create Team Ecolife for this years National STEM competition 2019 following a activity on a Science Excel day in January. Kingsbury was one of eleven schools selected to make it through to the final from over 250.

Team Ecolife created an invention called the ALL-IN-ONE RECYCLER which reached the BP Ultimate Stem Challenge Finals. This took place on Monday the 13 May 2019. The idea was to create a machine that would be able to separate waste into sections using infrared scanners to scan the temperatures of each item to be sorted into categories.

Each member, contributed into presenting their ideas to a panel of expert judges from industry. Rutvi Shah 8B created an animation that showed how the invention would be like in everyday life. Vrinda Parekh 8B made the PowerPoint Presentation that was shown in the Finals. Sarah Shareef 8K presented the steps we took in making a prototype. We all created an amazing prototype showcasing their idea.

Mr Waxman who went to watch them in the final at the Science Museum commented that the girls ”competed well against students from independent and grammar schools.”

Rutvi Shah 8B

Emotional Conflict Workshop

Our lower school students had the opportunity to take part in an Emotional Conflict Workshop, run by Barnet Education Programme and sponsored by the British Transport Police.

The day was based on Emotional Conflict and how students can deal with this issue both in school and outside of school.

A number of activities took place in different rooms where students got to discuss the topic, become part of the workshop through play and learn how to best deal with the confrontation.

The workshop leaders complimented all of our students who were amazing and lovely to work with.

Year 8 STEM workshop with Shell

30 Students from Year 8 were selected to participate in an Engineering workshop in association with Shell on Tuesday 25 September 2018 .

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) based workshop provided every student with the opportunity to create a mini electric car and understand the principles of Engineering. Additionally, the sessions was also packed with careers information and inspirational films, as well as the prospect of working with engineer’s within industry.

Each workshop was:

  • Facilitated by an Engineer & STEM expert
  • An opportunity to explore concepts in physics, technology and engineering
  • Careers information linked to Engineering
  • All students will be supported with all equipment required, including mini electric cars

steste

The Accelerated Reader Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday 18th July, a group of forty Year 8 Accelerated Readers (AR) were invited to their Awards Ceremony to celebrate their fantastic achievement in reading. Collectively, during this academic year, our students have read 1 696 155 words and they have passed 330 quizzes. Also, according to the student voice survey, they have developed a real passion for reading and they feel more confident about their reading skills.

Well done to all AR students!!!!

A big thank you to Marcia Vernon and Tracey Fidalgo for running and supporting inspiring reading sessions and all members of staff who have assisted us during this academic year.