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Jack Petchey

The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up by Sir Jack Petchey CBE to inspire, motivate, recognise and celebrate young people for their achievements. Since 1999, over £133 million has been invested in programmes to benefit young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex.

The winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve. The Jack Petchey Foundation draws on the saying “If you think you can, you can!”

A young person is nominated by their peers or staff in their school. Each award winner will receive a certificate, pin badge and a book from Sir Jack himself. They will also choose how to spend a £300 grant to benefit their school or organisation. All award winners are invited to attend one of our fun ceremonies to be presented with a medallion in front of their families, friends and VIPs. You can nominate a student or adult via the school website.

Some of our recent successes include:

Mr Garcia has been an invaluable member of the teaching staff and has hugely contributed in particular to the wider school life. He usually gives up most of his evenings as he volunteers to run extracurricular clubs, which range from football, volleyball to charity events. He supported his form class during their First Give Charity Project, by raising awareness across the whole school about equality, and they held a charity event to raise money for their charity. He has also given up his weekends and holiday time to support various school residentials. He is very passionate and caring about everything he is involved in.

Gabriella has come so far during her Kingsbury High School journey. Last year Gabriella did not like reading out loud in form as she was not confident with her English, to now participating in the First Give Charity Project and presenting to an audience in the final which her group won and raised over £1000 for their charity. Gabriella has demonstrated resilience, she continuously works hard to better herself and we are so proud of her. She is not only a hard worker but also always has a smile on her face, and radiates positive energy.

She spent her £300 reward money by treating herself and some of her friends to a day out at laser tag and lunch at a restaurant.

Navid has been a great team player and leader in the school football team. He has grown in confidence and his behaviour on and off the pitch has been exemplary. He has never missed a training session and consistently improved. Additionally, he has taken many other opportunities around the school such as HPQ Project as well as being a crucial member of the school council, helping to lead zoom sessions in lockdown and always speaking up for his peers in a constructive positive way.

He spent his £300 reward money by taking a group of friends to a water park.

David is an upstanding individual with a genuine caring spirit and a good heart. He is always doing the 'right thing'. He is respectful and nothing is too much for him. He is an integral part of the School Council Rep as he represents the voice of other students. He has been involved in discussions with senior staff about the school uniform, changes to the school timetable and topics such as bullying. He has a growth mindset attitude where he creates no barriers and always tries to find solutions. David is a positive role model for his Year group and the rest of the school.

He spent his £300 reward money by buying books to support the Reading for Pleasure initiative.

Lili is an inspiration to all our students at Kingsbury, especially the girls. She challenges and helps tackle potential gender barriers and stereotypes. She was an integral member of the leadership student team that supported the Year 7 residential to Carroty Wood. During the residential she inspired, motivated and encouraged students to challenge themselves and overcome any fears by her excellent communication and leadership skills. She was particularly helpful in teaching and supporting our non-swimmers.

She spent her £300 reward money by purchasing equipment for Geography Club.

 Triya has helped at a number of extracurricular events. She gave up her time to help the PE department at the Year 6 Open Evening to showcase the department for potential new students. She also contributes each week by leading the lower school girls football club inspiring the next generation. Triya quietly goes about her business arriving on time and helping in every way. She is an amazing role model for both students and staff. She was also the lead student to help, volunteer and raise awareness about a local food bank where many essential items were donated and distributed.

She spent her £300 reward money by buying football equipment for the girl’s football club.

Vishil is a delightful young man who was selected as Head Boy for 2021/22. In his role, he has led with distinction the Senior Prefect team, many events across the whole school, which included UCAS Workshops and a Staff INSET Day. He is regularly asked to be the 'face' of the school, showing guests/visitors around the school, a responsibility he takes very seriously and is a great advocate of the KHS values. On several occasions Vishil has been the ' students' voice' feeding back to the school the opinions/views of the KHS students. He has also hosted assemblies across the different year groups, acting as a role model to the younger students.

He spent his £300 reward money by paying for the Year 13 Summer social.

Belen has shown a dedication and commitment to nearly every extracurricular club. She motivates her peers to excel and to participate not only at clubs but in lessons. She is a fantastic leader which was demonstrated when she was selected to be a ‘Game On’ leader and promote girls football to her peers. She is always willing to give up her time to help, particularly offering her time by mentoring younger students. She was also awarded with sports personality during our recent awards ceremony, and she continues to be an inspirational role model.

She spent her £300 reward money by visiting an outdoor and adventurous activity centre with all the sports personality winners for that year.

Mohammed has been a regular in the school's rugby club for the last four years. Most recently he has shown tremendous leadership skills both within his own age group but also coming along to the younger students training sessions and providing guidance to them. He has even helped lead some sessions and has become someone the younger boys look up to. He has worked hard to develop his own skills and now uses that to be able to help others. He has shown fantastic commitment towards rugby and growing the sport in our school.

He spent his £300 reward money by taking a group of friends snowboarding.

Dhilan is a well-mannered, polite and helpful person. He has been working and managing the 'Green Cabin Scheme'. This is a project that provides equipment for students to be physically engaged during their lunchtimes as they are able to borrow sports equipment to play with such as balls and skipping ropes etc. He gives up his own lunchtime to allow others to have the opportunity to play, demonstrating his selfless manner. He is also a school prefect and an active member of 'Eco Club'.

He spent his £300 reward money by buying sports equipment for the ‘Green Cabin’.