Canbury School Newsletter 7th December 2018. issue 144

Dear Parents and Visitors

I had such an enjoyable trip with Year 7 to pick this year's Canbury Christmas tree. It was a tough job but we did it. As you can see from the photo at the top of the newsletter, we picked an absolute beauty!

We're going on a tree hunt!
Doesn't this look fabulous?!

Thanks again to Miss Ross who organised another splendid House event this week, the last of this term. Further down in the newsletter you can read all the details. But for now, most people want to know the scores on the doors and where their House is in the rankings. There are currently just five points between leaders Noble, while I'm afraid Campbell has some serious catching up to do!

1st = Noble, with 750 House points

2nd = Johnson, with 745 House points

3rd = Campbell, with 635 House points.

Thank you all for your responses to the Greece trip so far. However we are six names short for the minimum number of students we can take from Monday 14th to Friday 18th October 2019. Please let reception know if your child is interested in taking part by Wednesday 12th December. This does not commit you to the trip - it just allows us to get a quote for the cost. If we don't have the numbers, the trip will not be able to go ahead.

Recently I was interviewed for a feature on Education Technology, or EdTech, as it's known, in the classroom. My thoughts and comments on this, and in particular on our successful use of Google Classroom and the "No Isolation" robot, appear in the December issue of Independent Education Today.

The feature runs from page 49-52 and can be viewed as follows: http://flickread.com/edition/html/index.php?pdf=5bf53c3f6da36#52

It's a shame they spelled our name wrong further on in the article, definitely their mistake, not ours!

Christmas begins in earnest on Monday with our Hampton Court Skating Trip, Wednesday Christmas Dinner at Kingston Lodge Hotel, the Senior Citizens Christmas Tea Thursday afternoon followed by our school Panto in the evening - doors open at 6.00pm and the show starts at 6.30pm. Finally Friday morning, Christmas Jumper Mufti as well as House competitions, staff surprise, Dean's haircut (more detail on this later on in the newsletter) and our Christmas assembly, which starts at 11am and to which I extend a very warm invitation to all our families and friends of Canbury school. Canbury will finish this term at midday!

Kind regards

Ms Clancy


Students of the week

Year 7

Adam and Anders for completing all the stars on the Complete Mathematics times tables.

Zac R for scoring 100% in Parallel quiz for Mathematics.

Anders for excellence in five year 7 Mathematics skills.

Olivia for scoring the top score in VTN tutor groups's word puzzle.

Year 8

Matthew for scoring 100% in Parallel quiz for Mathematics.

Ain for excellence in five Year 8 Mathematics skills on ixl.com

Lucas and Phoebe for excellence in ten Year 8 Mathematics skills on ixl.com

Harry L, Shaaiyon and Alannah for excellence in 20 Year 8 Mathematics skills on ixl.com

All students for their fantastic focus and insightful comments in the well-being class.

Ottilie and Alannah for their consistently outstanding work in the well-being class.

Year 9

Rhian for excellent work in literacy last week.

Alex for excellence in 50 Year 9 Mathematics skills on ixl.com

Year 11

Jasmina is now a black belt in Numeracy Ninjas. Well done, Jasmina.


As a school we have spent 293 hours on ixl.com (an online Mathematics learning tool) and answered 27,000 questions so far this year. That's AMAZING work from our Canbury mathematicians.

Mrs Allen says "House points to all those who have achieved excellence in five or more skills in the appropriate age group."


This Thursday Canbury took two teams to the SSSSA Key Stage 3 Badminton tournament at the Guildford Spectrum. With both girls and boys from Years 7, 8 & 9 Canbury did very well in the team competition, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal to Bensham’s A team.

Badminton winners: Evie, Ellie, Rhian, Shiroxley and Armani.

It was the singles competition where Canbury really shone, though. Shiroxley won a bronze medal in a very competitive boy’s event, and it was a clean sweep for the Canbury girls. Armani and Rhian won bronze, Ellie won silver and Evie won the gold medal - becoming the first KS3 girl’s SSSSA badminton winner in the process. An excellent effort from the girls, and all the team in general.

Top left, clockwise: Evie on her way to victory, Victor and Harry get into the game, and the whole squad.

Badminton team: Shrioxley A-P, Oskar H, Alex W, Harry B, Victor V, Evie R, Ellie Mc, Rhian M, Armani J, Ottilie D, Harry A, Shaaiyon S, Lucas A, Harry L, Kiran R, Adam T.

House News

We had another marvellous House competition to round off the term. What better way to do this than by decorating gingerbread men?

Much concentration was evident as students and staff got creative with the icing pens. In the event, Ms Clancy and Miss Ross had a very difficult time choosing first, second and third placed gingerbread men.

As you can see from the accompanying photos, the array of designs was breath-taking. Unusually, everyone got a prize, as they were allowed to devour their creations!

Gingerbread boys and the winning designs.

For those who like the detail, Matthew A came first, Anders came second, Evie came third and Harry was specially commended for his precision and attention to detail.

Charity fundraising and a Blue Peter badge at Canbury.....

Take a look at this beautiful head of hair on Year 11 Dean Schofield. He's going to look very different this time next week, as he has decided to have it all shaved off in a bid to raise £450 for Stand up to Cancer.

Now you see it....

Stand up to Cancer is an initiative from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, which sees the two joining forces in an annual fundraising campaign to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research. Stand Up To Cancer funds research, which takes developments in laboratories and accelerates them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them.

Dean was inspired to take part in this fundraising event in memory of his Grandmother, who died nearly ten years ago. His older brother Chris, who is apparently a dab hand with the clippers, is coming into school for a public shave-off on the last day of term. However Ms Clancy wants it to be known that this is a one-off and NO students are to return to school in January having also decided to give themselves a 0.5 grade hair cut. You have been warned.

In the meantime, if you would like to sponsor Dean, please being in your money next Friday, or before if you wish. Money should be brought in to school in a sealed envelope and handed into reception.

Another committed charity fundraiser is sixth former Miles Johnston, who is taking part in a 5km Santa Dash this weekend. What a great thing to do Miles! He is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Anyone wishing to sponsor him in this magnificent cause is invited to pop along to his fundraising page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Miles-Johnston2

Good luck Miles - we hope you run like the wind! Ho Ho Ho.

Spot the Blue Peter Badge! Congratulations to Matthew who could be seen wearing his coveted Blue Peter badge around school this week. Matthew submitted a poster about the badges which caught the eye of the Blue Peter team. Imagine his delight when editor Ewan Vinnicombe sent him a letter AND a badge. "WE can see you've put a lot of effort into it," wrote Mr Vinnicombe. Matthew's bade will give him free access to more than 200 Blue Peter Badge attractions throughout the UK. It's going to be a busy Christmas!

Opportunity from Unilever

Is your son or daughter interested in pursuing an apprenticeship as an alternative to sixth form or higher education? We've had an open invite from Unilever, which is holding an apprenticeship open evening at the company's Leatherhead office on Tuesday 18th December, between 6 & 8pm.

To apply for free tickets for this event, go to:



Meet the member of staff

In which we take ten minutes out of the busy Canbury day and find out a little more about a member of the Canbury family. Find out what brought Learning Support Assistant Mr McGregor to Canbury, what film he'll be watching over Christmas and if he's hoping for a cricket bat under the Christmas tree.

I'd rather be playing cricket.....

What brought you to work at Canbury?

A fantastically friendly welcome when I first met the school at a Cross Country meet back in late 2017 - all the staff and students I met were so lovely there was only one choice when I moved up into Kingston!

What was your favourite subject at school?

Geography - I loved learning about all of the different processes that go into making our world work, whether human ones or natural. It's a great subject that you can always learn more about (seriously - Mrs Branney taught me about global circulation currents on Tuesday!)

Rock climber or paddle boarder?

Tough choice. I've been lucky enough to have a go at both - and while I normally love any kind of water activity, my balance on a paddle board isn't fantastic so rock climbing will have to take it.

Cat or dog person? (There is a right and wrong answer here....just saying.....) If you have either, please tell us a bit about them.

100% dog person (though it doesn't help that I'm allergic to cats!). We don't have a dog of our own but often get my best friend's dog on a long term loan, and the big summer break is an ideal time to train a puppy. I just need to get my partner on board!

If you could go back in time and meet your 15 year old self, what would you tell him?

Take every single opportunity that's offered to you, and back yourself - you're better than you think you are!

In another life, what would be your dream job?

Professional England cricketer. Though those people who have been unlucky enough to watch me play will know that it's definitely not going to happen in this life!

What one thing would you change about Canbury if you could ?

My 10 minute walk up the hill isn't quite a short enough commute for me - though its a great way to start and finish the day.

Tell us your favourite thing about Christmas day?

That it's the second consecutive day of celebrations for me. My birthday is on the 24th, then straight into Christmas Day! As for the day itself - helping my mum with the cooking, while listening to 'Carols from Kings' in the background (mum's choice) and some dodgy Christmas songs (my choice!)

Some of Mr McGregor's favourite Christmas things to enjoy.

Give us your top:

Christmas carol

The Coventry Carol - a bit more unknown than most of the traditional ones, but really beautiful. Give it a listen.

Christmas song

Give me a CD with Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea and the Darkness' Christmas Time and I'll be a very happy chappy.

Christmas film

Home Alone

Christmas book

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. Are there any others?

Christmas tipple.

Some of my homemade sloe gin

Or are you a Bah Humbug and can't wait for it all to be over?!

Only a bah humbug in November... that's just far too early to be thinking about Christmas.





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