Dear Parents, Students and Staff
How on earth can we be into June?! There are just four Newsletters to go (after today's) to the end of this academic year. And what a year it's been!
We might not all be in one building but my goodness we've pulled together. And going forward, this situation has just opened our collective eyes even more to the notion that really there is nothing we can't overcome if we put our heads together, roll up our sleeves, make a strong cup of tea and face the fear.
So, I've been planning for our return next term and whilst the building has been empty, or semi-empty, people have been busy setting up a few new surprises for you all when we return. All will be revealed by the end of term and it's going to be brilliant!
Talking of brilliant, our quiz night at the end of last half term was brilliant too. We had such fun. Many thanks to the Canbury quiz team of Felix, Oti, Zac and Mrs Rich. I loved it, and I think quite a few others did too as Mrs Rich tells me there are tentative plans to host another in the evening on Friday 26th June, the week before we break for the summer. Watch this space.
In other exciting news we've put the finishing touches to the new Year 7 video, which is going to be available for everyone to see today on the school Twitter feed and Facebook in preparation for their "Getting Ready for Canbury" morning on 24th June. Just because we're still in lockdown, it doesn't mean the show doesn't go on!
I must admit I have been overwhelmed by the responses to the National Diversity Awards nomination I have been cited for. Much as I love being amongst you all, I'm actually not, surprising as you may find it, completely at ease with being the centre of attention. But after some persuasion from my staff I have decided to go with the flow and am happy this nomination is being given some coverage with you all. If I was to receive the award, it would really be for Canbury.
So thank you - to whoever nominated me (will we ever find out?!) - and to everyone who gives me a vote. Because a vote for me is a vote for us and all we have achieved together.
Students of the week
Fabulous participation from Ollie aka Raúl in Spanish.
Evia and Karim for helping Miss Boyle by presenting in class when her internet would not let her.
Ollie for her helpful and supportive approach this week in Mathematics.
Thomas for completing 245 questions on IXL Maths this week.
Ollie B, again, for great work on "School Day Trip to Boulogne" in English. The stylishness of the writing was truly outstanding. A travel writer in the making maybe?
Karim for his brilliant focus in 1:1 session with Ms P and in Wellbeing AND for thoughtful comments in PSHE. Great effort Karim.
Ross for his attention and keen participation in Wellbeing and yoga. Fantastic work!
Zac for achieving over 800 points on Dr Frost Maths this week.
Excellent start on revision in KS3 Spanish lessons this week. Well done everyone.
Jack for answering 160 questions on IXL Maths this week.
The historians in Year 9 have continued to impress and this week’s special mention goes to Alannah for her terrific effort and commitment to her work.
Victor for outstanding work and improvement in effort in several lessons.
Very well done Harry for his dedication when working through difficult tasks in 1:1.
Harry and Oskar for achieving the most points in the year group on Dr Frost Maths this week. Congratulations gentlemen.
Armani for her hard work editing and recording her process in Photography this week.
Victor for very good work on the Cold War in history.
Emily for her brilliant work on assertiveness.
Alexander for his great start to his English presentation on the hidden world of beatboxing...
An easy way to keep Canbury on the map
You should all have received an email yesterday regarding the National Diversity Awards.
The National Diversity Awards - held in partnership with ITV News - is a prestigious event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass-root communities, and individuals, that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.
Charities, role models and community heroes are honoured at a ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.
Ms Clancy's nomination in the positive role model category took her by surprise (she was momentarily speechless, but soon recovered). However, once she got over her pleasant shock, she began to see the huge positive impact winning this award would have on Canbury. How marvellous it would be to spread the word far and wide about the great community we have here at Canbury, where "can't" doesn't exist and "can" is at the centre of everything we do.
If you do ONE thing this weekend, please spare a few minutes to click on the link below and vote for Ms Clancy. It's a truly simple and easy thing to do, but would help really keep Canbury on the map, so that more students can benefit from the "embracing difference and harnessing talent" ethos of our happy, enabling school.
Voting closes on Monday - THIS Monday - 8th June!
The link is here, and you get to read a little bit about what drives our head: https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/30254/
You do have to say why you are voting for her - but the process is really quick and very simple. Please, if you would like to give something back to Canbury, then vote for Clancy!
Top tips and reflections - what can you be grateful for today? I am grateful for the big park near my house which has remained open. It is a big enough field for everyone to keep a two meter distance. I am grateful that I can go there everyday on my bike and get a decent bit of exercise. Lauren.
Enough of Netflix, it's time for Netflex....(oh Mr Barnes, that's truly awful!)
Worried that you’ve completed Netflix during lockdown and you’ve got the whole summer in front of you? Have no fear, Canbury PE department brings you Netflex!
For PE & Games lessons this half-term students are completing exercises and tasks on the Netflex slideshow on Google Classroom.
Packed full of activities like exercise videos, sporting tutorials, circus tricks, breathing guides and pilates sessions this will be a great way for students to stay fit and healthy at home over the summer, not just this half-term.
There are also a series of Canbury Sporting challenges set by the PE department for everyone to have a go at. Challenge other students and family members and/or see if you can beat Mr Barnes’ scores – be warned you’ll need to bring your “A” game.
Top tips and reflections - what can you be grateful for today? For my parents helping me with revision. Karim.
Top tips and reflections - what can you be grateful for? Gelato!! We're off to get some essential ice cream from the local gelateria, which has recently reopened - hurrah!! Mrs Mascari.
What are you doing on World Environment Day?
Top tips and reflections - check this out: Keeping fit using a new app on my phone that I use for PE, it's called Puma Trac. Puma is a sports brand and in this app, trained fitness coaches help you achieve your personal goals with special workouts made just for you, and you can listen to your music while doing it, by connecting Spotify! Get it on the App Store or Google Play! it's great! Seb.
Beware, SALT at work - that's "Sewing At Lockdown Time"!
Top tips and reflections - Did you notice any helpful thoughts you would like to share? Will this thing that I am worried about matter to me in a month, a year, five years... if the answer is no then letting the worry go! Mrs Rich.
"Clancy's Citchen Cookery Club" goes from strength to strength!
Ms Clancy and her culinary team are having such fun in the kitchen on Thursdays. We've yet to hear of any accidents, which is great news and we hope it stays that way. Maybe when we come back we will be able to have a picnic in the garden and we can have a blind tasting competition, with entrants bringing in their dishes and Ms Clancy having to taste them all. "Canbury does Cook-off" - what do we think?
This week's offering was a pancetta risotto. Special mention must go to Flora, who celebrated her 13th birthday by cooking her own dinner! Belated birthday wishes Flora. Joining Flora were Matthew A, Lucas and Evia.
And talking of birthdays.....
Belated greetings to all these Canbury students who, like Flora, have had a birthday in lockdown - surely one to tell your grandchildren about many years from now! So hello to Angus, Cate, Caitlin, Lucas, Max, Rosie, Ben S, Alannah, Pascal, Layla, Jasmina, James, Peter and Bailey.
Top tips and reflections - what can you be grateful for? Doing exercise with my family. Layla.