2019 EPQ presentations

The 2019 EPQ presentations saw students set up displays in the 6th Form Centre and deliver talks to year 9 HPQ students (who were a fantastic and enthusiastic audience) and then their supervisors on the results of their work this year.  EPQ projects covered a wide array of topics from a thoroughly well researched examination of the political justification of the Modi Government’s Beef ban by Heer Trivedi to Grzegorz Grzesiak compelling historical evaluation on what were the most significant factors in the partitioning of Poland.  Students have worked exceptionally hard to gather and explore a wide range of sources to complete their projects with some, such as Yash Patel, collecting a significant set of primary data.  Leading Yash to conclude that although many people cite ethics as an important factor in how they view brands when it came to purchasing decisions it was not as important as other factors (such as price).  Zainab Jalali spoke very confidently (her careful preparation and practice event to all) on the interplay and entanglement of Afghan culture and religious tradition.  A group of 5 year 9 boys huddled round a table transfixed by Issa Jewett who effortless spoke in the most incredible detail about his research findings into a failed military operation during ww2.  Shannon Martindale blended a love of history and sociology into a particular area of interest of hers on entertainment and class.  Zubeyda demonstrated superb resolve, changing how she would deliver her presentation based on her practice run and delivering a commanding performance on the power of experimental poetry. Truly inspirational work from a cohort of highly dedicated students.

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.

Lower School Sign Language Success

We have so many fantastic cultures and languages at Kingsbury High School and we are lucky to have a window into deaf culture and be able to see and learn sign language. KHS is the only secondary school in Brent to have a Total Communication Resource (TCR) to support deaf students.
Sarah and Spartakus in Year 7, Max in Year 8 and Yesha in Year 9 are part of the TCR and worked hard to teach and then test sign language during form times and lunch time clubs.
62 students in Years 7,8 and 9 took the opportunity to begin to learn British Sign Language this year. They have all passed Part One of the KHS Sign Language course and have all received certificates.

Year 9 Higher Project Qualification

On Wednesday 19th April 2017, 120 of our most gifted and able students in Year 9 spent the evening presenting on some of the most intelligible topics they have researched. Since September, the students have been completing the Level 2 Higher Project Qualification. As one of the core requirements of the qualification, students were to present the research and the essay of their academic topic to a board of assessors.

Ranging from women’s rights to whether war could be justified, students’ presentations were thought provoking, captivating and exciting. Despite a few nerves, throughout the evening all students displayed confidence and overcame some of their biggest fears: presenting in front of a large crowd. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by a wide range of parents and staff. We wish Year 9 all the best with the rest of their Level 2 Higher Project Qualification and that they get the result they deserve!

‘Experience is the teacher of all things. ‘ Julius Caesar

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The Donmar Theatre came to KHS as part of their Shakespeare Trilogy workshops. During the workshop, the Year 9 students worked directly with Jordana Golbourn from Donmar Theatre who gave them an insight into theatre productions and ran a number of workshops during which the students performed scenes from various Shakespeare Trilogy, discussed performance techniques as well as methods used by professional actors to deliver plays.
Part of the experience was a trip to the new Donmar Theatre in Kings Cross on Monday 5 December to watch Julius Caesar. The new theatre has been opened to allow a wider audience to have the opportunity to see plays at a reduced price, making it more affordable and attractive for a younger audience. More information about their Young+ Free scheme can be found on:
http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/about/young-and-free#W1yMCHwzx3XOL49S.99

Jordana says: ‘‘The Donmar offers an exciting range of opportunities for our audiences to get closer to our work, from performances and projects for schools and young people to talks and workshops for everyone. Each of our productions is accompanied by a Behind the Scenes guide, a series of Open Workshops exploring the play and the rehearsal process, and an unmatched Schools Matinee programme for our younger audiences.’’
(Copy and images by Mariam, Year 13)

Year 9 Cricket Team are Brent Champions

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Kingsbury High School Year 9 cricket team won the Brent Competition for the third year running with a 22 run victory over Claremont High School. The match took place at Kenton Cricket Ground. Kingsbury batted first and scored 137 in 20 overs, an average of almost 7 runs per over! Nakul Hirani top scored with 28 runs, Adnan Hassan making 20 and Kaushil Patel 14 on a poor batting strip. Great running of singles and runs by all team members meant that the total would be difficult for the opponents to chase.

Claremont responded well at the start of their innings with their opening batsmen making 45 before Sajad Ahmad took the first wicket, Nakul then took two important wickets with great bowling. Saptarshi Bhatt also took two wickets with Dhruv Bhatt making a great catch. Masoud Jaji bowled a maiden and took an LBW. Sajad Ahmad cleared the bottom order finishing with a 5 wicket haul. Abthal Monir’s wicket keeping was fantastic, taking an edge catch and a stumping.

It was a great result for the students and it means that the team have completed all their Brent matches at Key Stage 3, unbeaten, which is quite an achievement.

[image & text by Mr Donald]

Year 9 Excel Day Enterprise and Languages

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On Wednesday 25th of January, Year 9 pupils were involved in a series of activities related to language learning and internationalism. All pupils took part in the Eurogateau activity which combined Enterprise and Languages. The pupils worked in teams as a bakery, making and selling paper ʻcakesʼ. They were given a company cheque book and a balance sheet at the beginning of the activity and they had to keep track of their finances throughout as they were competing to make the most profit. Pupils had to trade- when buying ingredients or selling their finished products they had to speak to the Euroagent in either French or German.

Pupils were very enthusiastic and got really engaged into the activity. These are some of their impressions of the day:

” It was really fun and I have learned a lot of new things”
“I loved that we had to manage our time and money”
“It was really challenging and fun, I had a great time”

Other activities that went on during the day were a Chinese taster, where pupils learnt about the country and the language and practised their calligraphy and chopstick holding abilities, workshops about the importance of languages in the work place and university, Francophone music and Brazilian Portuguese. It was a great day where Year 9 pupils really got to know a bit more about other languages and how useful they can be for their future.