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.

British Heart Foundation Fundraising Day

As part of the Excel day, Year 8 students took part in the BHF All Star Games. Three main sporting events ran throughout the day; dodge ball, skipping and ping pong cup challenge.

Well done to all the students who took part, despite the freezing conditions outside!

Huge thanks to all the students and their families/friends who sponsored the event which raised over £300 in total. 20% of the funds raised will go towards 3 legged ties which are going to be used for the school’s Sports Relief and Sports Day events this year. More information about BHF All Star Games can be found on https://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/schools-events/allstars

Special thanks and well done to all the Year 10 students who ran the events!

If you are interested in running a fundraising event at the school, or would like to help volunteer at any of the up and coming fundraising events, please speak to a member of faculty or to Tara Randall. All school fundraising ideas welcome!

Young Chef Food Competition

Samiya Hamel 8S and Laura Cretu 7B were among the five students that participated in the school’s heat of the Young Chef Rotary competition In January. As the winner and the runner up respectively, both students represented KHS in the area heat. Although Laura stopped at the area heat she had this to say about her experience:

“The rotary cooking competition was a great experience for me. I met many wonderful and experienced people, who helped me with my cooking skills.I became more interested in food nutrition….” Laura Cretu 7B

Samiya’s performance in the area heat landed her a place in the district heat.There, her freshly made Alfredo pasta dish was described by one of the distinguished judges as “the best pasta dish” in the competition.

“The young chef competition had been a fantastic experience……..” Samiya Hamel 8S

Samiya’s passion and commitment to cooking have given her the opportunity to cook in large industrial kitchens as shown in the videos attached and I wish her the best in the future.
I would like to commend Laura and other students in our school who take on opportunities like cooking competitions to challenge themselves.

Special thanks to Lucy, Gary, Tamara, Gopi, Jenny, Pravina and members of the PEEL department for their support and hard work with the competitions.The students couldnt have done it without all the support from their parents and carers.

Uchenna Omale for PEEL Department

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