Canbury School Newsletter 25th June 2021. Issue 239

Dear Families, Friends, Students and Staff

One more week to go. We are on the final stretch now and looking forward to the long summer holiday which is stretching tantalisingly in front of our eyes. But there's no rest yet. Next week is another action-packed and full-on one.

  • Monday: Thorpe park and Chessington ( Students please remember my B's rule!)
  • Tuesday: Pride Awareness day
  • Wednesday: Sports day (PM)
  • Thursday: re-imagined Canbury Garden Party (PM) students only but send them in with cash please.
  • Friday: Prize Giving 10.30 - 11.30am (link has been sent to parents)
  • School finishes for the Summer holiday at 12 noon.

The Wellbeing Program has been a huge success. As each day passes, we see the students looking more relaxed and happier. I wouldn't be surprised if some of you could hear the shrieks of delight from KS3 students who enjoyed a trip to Wild Woods tree top adventure in Guildford yesterday. I'm glad I didn't have to get all harnessed up and swing from the trees however I know that Mrs Knivett did - a life long ambition I believe. Well done Mrs Knivett!

KS4/5 relished the opportunity to kayaking this afternoon while KS3 and GCSE Spanish students enjoyed their trip to The Pottery tapas restaurant at lunch-time today. Luckily the walk back to school up Kingston Hill helped burn off some of the calories from what I hear was a most delicious feast. Photos next week.

Have a lovely weekend and I hope I will see some of you at the school gate to say goodbye next Friday.

Kind regards

Ms Clancy


Students of the week

Year 7

Morgan for winning the end of school year English quiz. Well done.

Year 8

Ollie and Thomas for winning their end of year English quiz.

Year 9

Angus for his stage debut as Bundles in Annie at Hampton Hill Theatre on Wednesday night. Mr Batten says he was a very proud drama teacher and form tutor and says "go actor Angus"!

Way to go Angus! We're cheering you on.

The whole class for a fantastic last music lesson, showcasing their talents. Ms Campera says she will miss you next year! See our musicians below.

Top left, clockwise: Adam, Carl, Peter, Orlanda, Kyrell, Emma and Hannah.

Anders for being the ultimate victor in his Year's end of the school year English quiz.

Year 10

Ain for significant improvement in English.

Mrs Porter pushes the boat out for her students this week.

The Spanish classroom was converted into a ‘restaurante español’ this week where Year 7 and 8 created, practised and then performed their own role plays, playing the parts of the waiters, customers and restaurant staff with aplomb. Great performances, fluent language and great acting from all involved, says Mrs Porter. Later on Year 10 students got into their stride, with fabulous role plays in the clothes shop, complaining about torn clothes, demanding refunds and exchanging items. Well done learning scripts off by heart and performing with enthusiasm and props. Brilliant work everyone. Photos from today's trip to a REAL Spanish tapas bar, with real food, will be in next week's pictorial Newsletter.

More messing about on the water.

Year 7 enjoyed a water sports session at Albany Park this week.
Year 8 students worked studiously and enjoyed measuring diffusion rates in agar blocks in the Canbury Science Laboratory this week. Miss Mountain is working them hard to the very end of the school year! (Agar, or agar-agar, is a jelly-like substance, obtained from red algae.) So you could say there was jelly on the plate, jelly on the plate, wibble wobble wibble wobble, jelly on the plate. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)

Trip to Wild Woods is....well.....really wild!

Clockwise top left: Ollie has a go, Mr Shuttleworth and Peter weigh up the options, Morgan lets rip and Issy and Hannah help each other. All in all, a fabulous morning spent in great company.

Take a walk on the wild side.

The wildlife drawing session on Tuesday was something completely different and hugely enjoyed as part of our well-being activities half term. Students met a prairie dog, a skunk, a skink and a bearded dragon. It was clearly LOADs of fun and all enjoyed it!! Drawings will be put up on display in the art room for all to see before the end of term, in the meantime, here's a flavour of the beautiful sketches produced.

House News and charity work.

June is the month of Pride so on Tuesday we will having our own pride charity event to raise money for Pride in London.

We have lots of fun events and things to do during the day on Tuesday 29th June:

Students and Staff are invited to find the brightest colours in their wardrobe to show some LGBTQ+ pride. Be as creative as you want when it comes to these clothes. From wearing the colours to represent the flags, dressing up as the colours of the rainbow to even just wearing a bright yellow. Just try and avoid those dark neutrals. Don’t forget to donate £2 for wearing mufti via the link below.

An LGBTQIA themed quiz will be taken place during form time that day.

Multi-coloured fruit kebabs and mocktails will be for sale at break - 50p each.

And finally, students and staff (yes staff too) are invited to take part in a talent show to show off all of Canbury’s talent and to celebrate this wonderful month. Just because it's called 'Pride’s Got Talent' doesn’t mean you have to be a member of the LGBTQIA+ to participate. If you would like to participate, please fill in the Google form below.

To make a donation, use the link below:


To sign up for the talent show, use the link below:


Every pound donated will go to a wonderful charity called Pride in London which creates a supportive and diverse LGBTQIA+ community.

Thank you for reading this and let's get this show on the road!

Hannah (Incoming Charity Prefect) & Otti (Outgoing Charity Prefect and Incoming Head Girl).


Colour wars takes place all next week. During lessons you will be given tokens in your House colours for good behaviour, hard work, going the extra mile etc. Tokens will be counted up in time for inclusion in the final House Points total at assembly on the last day. And we all know, points mean prizes.

Garden party preparations continue, albeit it now in a different form.

The re-imagined Canbury Garden Party takes place during the afternoon next Thursday, now for students only. Mrs Veacock is making a final call for donations of chocolate and soft drinks. Raffle tickets are £1 for five tickets.

Get your raffle tickets here.

There are adult-only prizes (such as those containing alcohol) and prizes that all students can buy tickets for. If your child wins alcohol you will need to make arrangements to collect this yourself before school closes at midday on Friday. Please send in your raffle ticket requests, with monies, to reception by Thursday 1st July latest. Thank you.

From an English Opening to a Dutch Defence - are you ready for Chess in the Autumn?

Chess Club has been a huge success this term with up to nine regular players, writes Matthew A. In the Autumn Term we plan to hold a Chess Tournament for all Canbury students and staff who wish to enter, so brush up your chess skills over the holidays.

Look out for the signing up email in the Autumn term or get in touch with Matthew A or Ms Jones.

Chess Club Team

Bath bombs are go in the Art Room.

Bath bomb making in the Art Room proved a major hit with students yesterday. Unfortunately they were unable to finish them as the bell rang, so thanks to Mrs Veacock who stayed behind and finished them off.

Keeping our students busy during the long holiday.

We've had two ideas for summer workshops pop into our in-box. We have shared the information below, but should add we do not endorse these, we are just sharing with you.