Dear Parents and Visitors
Well we've made it. Today at 12 noon we opened the front door and watched as a sea of happy Canbury students fled the building for a very well-earned Easter break. Well, that's if they weren't in Year 11. Year 11 will be getting their heads down with their GCSE revision. Don't worry Year 11, your reward will be the long hot summer off. Think of that when you are putting in the hours this holiday. And think of how you want to feel on results day in August.
Talking of the summer, Mr Orchard is definitely looking forward to it this year. He has announced that after 21 years at Canbury, he will be retiring at the end of the summer term. Mr Orchard has been a constant in the sports department and has seen many many Canbury students come and go over the years. There will be opportunities in the summer term to bid him goodbye, share stories and thank him for his service to Canbury School.
In other news from this week alone, The Canbury lunchtime dog walking club held its inaugral event yesterday. Evie, Rhian and Ned enjoyed a stroll in Richmond Park at lunchtime. Mrs Bate and Mrs Haines joined the trio and reported back that just half an hour in the Spring sunshine blew away the cobwebs, energised the mind and left them all feeling ready for the afternoon. I must say, Ned's first official week as the Canbury dog has been absolutely wonderful. He held his own with the students, wandered about, did a wee on my flower pot, barked a couple of times, joined in basketball in the playground and generally spent a lot of time being stroked and fussed over. We'll see how it goes over the summer term and let you know how things progress.
Our recent Comic Relief fundraising day raised £114.78. Thank you to all those who contributed. Today we've been wearing mufti, rocking the animal print look and raising money for the World Wide Fund for Nature. I will let you know when we return what we raised today. Hence only at Canbury will you see a student working hard in his Mathematics lesson with his furry head firmly fixed on and others tucking into cake at break-time - all in the name of fundraising.
All that remains for me to say is I wish each and every one of our students, staff and parents a relaxing Easter break. We look forward to welcoming students back on Wednesday 24th April at 8.10am.
Students of the week
Zac has achieved excellence in 25 Year 7 Mathematics topics and a fourth week in a row of 100% for his Parallel Maths.
Adam has achieved excellence in 40 Year 7 Mathematics topics.
Particularly outstanding presentations by Zac, Anders and Carl in English.
Kiran has achieved excellence in five Year 8 Mathematics topics.
Harry L has achieved excellence in 35 Year 8 Mathematics topics.
Ottilie for 100 % on her Parallel Maths.
Phoebe for some first rate answers in English.
Harry L (again) for an excellent review of translation work in front of the class in Spanish on Wednesday.
Alex, Victor, Max and Rhian for their convincing team victory in our English vocabulary game.
Seb for excellent reflections and contributions in Spanish class on Wednesday.
Rosie worked for two hours solidly on an etching in Art - great concentration.
Alex B for outstanding verbal contributions in Spanish lesson on Wednesday.
Excellent translation work and knowledge of idioms in Spanish by Matthew and Emily.
Matthew W for an excellent Performing Arts lesson this week, for sharing his ideas openly and working well on his research journal.
Rosie for showing great focus and resourcefulness in Performing Arts this week.
Following in the footsteps of KS4 students, KS3 students had the opportunity to take part in a study skills workshop this week. Working in their year groups and led by an outside consultant, Gordon Sparke, the students were given opportunities to develop effective study habits, become motivated, successful learners and hear more about their brain works. All in all, a positive experience and further information about what was covered will be sent home with this term's reports. Do please take some time to have a look and go through with your child.
Day trip to Kew.
Year 10 Art and Photography students enjoyed a day trip to Kew Gardens this week. The focus was to gather primary source photographs to inform and inspire their coursework. The students were exemplary (writes Mrs Smith) and a great day was had, visiting the Marianne North gallery, the pavilions and the Hive. Look out for some of the student photographs in the next newsletter.
Last bit of the puzzle is complete.
Armani and Victor started this jigsaw puzzle at the start of this term. They blew a bit hot and cold with it and until yesterday it still wasn't finished. Then yesterday, when Mrs Haines popped out for a dog walk, she invited Flora and Zac to get on with it. By the time she returned, they'd finished it! Well done. Great teamwork!
Farewell Miss Ross - read on for her final dispatch as House Events co-ordinator.
Lovely Miss Ross is leaving us today and returning to her native New Zealand for some TLC from her family. She has been away from home for three years and at Canbury since October 2017, helping Mr Orchard with sports and helping many of our students in class. Miss Ross has been a constant source of energy about the place and we are all going to miss her smiley face. Yesterday she organised the last House event of this term, but still found time to file this dispatch from the front line. That's dedication! Good luck with your next chapter Miss Ross, send us a picture for the newsletter when you're back in NZ!
The last house event of the term and of my Canbury career was an emotional one - but hilarious nonetheless! This time, rather than the students bidding to earn points for their Houses, it was the turn of the teachers and LSAs of Canbury who were challenged across nine different events.
The first event was the Cookie Challenge - getting a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands. Next up was the egg and spoon obstacle course. Third was blowing over cups with a balloon - harder than it sounds! Fourth tested the staff's word skills, finding balls with each letter on and unscrambling the word to reveal the word 'Reslience' - something definitely needed in this event! Next up was a game of 'flip cup' - trying to flip cups over so they landed on their heads. Then it was popping three balloons, but again you weren't allowed to use your hands or feet. The three men then took on the ping pong blow - moving a ping pong ball across the width of the playground into a small cup. The "balance a wobble cushion on your head, whilst undertaking the obstacle course" was the penultimate challenge and finally eating a suspended donut with no hands, again much harder than it sounds.