Dear Parents, Students and Staff
And we're off!
Welcome to our first newsletter of this academic year - and what a start to the year it has been.
Lights, cameras, action - the new cameras fitted throughout the school have most definitely been trialled this week and we like them! At this point I would like to publicly thank a family within our school community who contributed a very generous donation towards the new tilt and zoom camera system throughout the school. These cameras are going to be of huge benefit to the school in so many ways now and in the future.
Our students have been utterly brilliant in adhering to the C-19 safety rules throughout the school and, just as I knew they would, have 'got on with it' in true Canbrian style. I could not be more proud of them if I tried.
Year 7 have just strolled in and been absorbed into the whole school without a bit of bother about them. In addition we welcomed two new students starting with us this term, Kiran in Year 10 and Orlanda in Year 9.
This week we also welcomed Sam, Ben, Ray and Hannah for trials with various years to see if Canbury is the right fit for them.
And there are new staff too! Mrs Canpera, Mr Fairbrass, Mr Quinn and Mr Wallbank have joined the Canbury Team. They know most of the students by name already because our students are so friendly.
I would like to thank all my staff who are working so hard under very different conditions to educate and support all our students here at Canbury. There are some very interesting and colourful visors being worn around the school (see below)!
Following on from all the examination dramas in the summer, I am pleased to announce that our students' results were excellent and truly deserved.
In GCSEs we had a 100% pass rate with 64% of students achieving five or more GCSEs including Mathematics and English between levels 9 - 4.
Our Year 13 accepted their first choice Universities and College places with outstanding results ranging from Level 3s at Distinction*, Merits and Passes to Functional Skills Level 1.
Final BTEC results have literally just been issued but we are still awaiting the outcome of the ITQs.
Please be advised that application for the Canbury Sixth Form 2021/2022 must be received by Friday 16th October. Please contact Ms Boggi on firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
During the lockdown, I think you would agree that Canbury excelled at providing remote learning with therapies and support to all our students.
I have said many times through my years here as Headmistress that I would build 100 Canbury Schools if I could.
Well, through this most awful period, we built something quite extraordinary at Canbury which will allow other young people who struggle to be in a school environment to come to us remotely. Just take a look at this link to the school website, I am once again beyond excitement at all the new possibilities and opportunities this will bring: https://canburyschool.co.uk/canbury-school-online/
Students of the week
Logan for being the most cheerful student of the week.
Alexander - excellent IT work based on two of our School Houses - Noble and Campbell and the links between his family and Richard Noble and Donald Campbell.
William for being the top scoring student (in the school) on Dr Frost Maths this week.
Morgan, Sam S, Elizabeth, Matthew, William and Brendan for mastering their first Year 7 skill on IXL.
All of you for a fantastic start and keen participation in your first well-being session.
Year 7s were amazing in art - so many talented artists! Such good focus and concentration and they were great at answering questions too.
A wonderful start in Spanish, preparing and performing role plays using the Spanish language with each other without any embarrassment or shyness!
An excellent and determined start to Mathematics for all of Year 7 this week.
Excellent athletic performances from the year 7s at Games this week, especially Reenie, Elizabeth, Matthew and Morgan.
The year 8s had a great art lesson, see below for photographic evidence of their masterpieces.
Freddie for his IT help in both Spanish and Maths. He is getting a name for being the IT guru!
Great grammar knowledge of verbs and tenses from the whole Spanish class. Well done everyone.
An excellent start to Year 8 Maths from everyone.
Welcome to Orlanda who is quickly replacing her previously learned French with her new knowledge of Spanish. Well done to all the Year 9 Spanish students.
Excellent support from Orlanda to help a trialling student feel at home.
An excellent mature and determined start to Year 9 Maths from Zac, Orlanda, Adam, Ross, Carl and Flora. Well done.
Kiran S for his fantastic effort shown in Photography this week, and quickly getting to grips with handling the DSLR camera.
A fabulous start to the GCSE Spanish course with lots of interaction and participation from Ain, Larry, Harry and Matthew.
Brilliant graph work from everyone in Maths this week. Keep up the good work Year 10!
Great to be back in the Spanish classroom with Harry, Seb and Armani to continue our GCSE course. A great start to Year 11.
Harry for focus and organising his work promptly and independently in 1:1 sessions. Way to go Harry!
An excellent start to A level Maths, great discussions about surds; well done Emily.
Meet the new Head Girl and Head Boy
Emotional Health Service (EHS) Resource Hub
Waiting times are increasing for mental health support for young people. With this in mind, Achieving for Children has launched a new emotional health service (EHS) resource hub. They hope it will help children, young people and their families with their emotional wellbeing.
The idea is that families will first access the free resources online, and perhaps this will be all that is needed. Whilst the resources are free to all to use, AfC families requiring further help are encouraged to make appropriate onward enquiries with their GP or case worker. Non-AfC families should approach their own GP and/or case worker too.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with public health colleagues in Kingston and Richmond, AfC have also produced a short booklet for parents and guardians. It seeks to reassure families about their child's return to school. Please find the link to the letter and booklet here:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
It's back to Kingsmeadow we go.
Can you help?
Has anyone got a spare digital camera/DSLR camera lurking around at home that we could have/borrow? We currently don’t have enough cameras to allow students to have one camera each for Photography GCSE. Thank you.