Canbury School Newsletter 5th June 2020. issue 206

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.

Kind regards

Ms Clancy



Students of the week

Year 7

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.

Year 8

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.

Year 9

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.

Year 10

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.


Year 11

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.

Kyrell, Ellie and Ms Clancy - we're all so lucky to be part of the Canbury family.

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.

Mrs Bowen has been leading the way with her scrapbook making online club which takes place on Wednesdays. Here's Angus with an NHS-themed piece on the go, and our Chloe in the throes of her "All about me" creation. Mrs Bowen says the students really enjoy coming to the Scrapbook Club and working independently with their own creative ideas. More scrapbook work will be shown at the end of the Summer term,. Not to be outdone, Mrs Bowen has been working on a virtual one (bottom right). Meanwhile we're not sure who had more fun and games at Spanish club this week, Mrs Porter, Matthew A or Ross. We think it's Mrs Porter....Finally Mrs Smith has been enjoying a few games of Kahoot during form time this week with the Sixth From - well done to Felix, 2 in a row!

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.

Not a great set of images, but we soooo wanted to include the picture of Mr Barnes playing at home!

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.

The GCSE art students have been amazing and have been making great progress on their independent isolation projects, says Mrs Smith. Here are a few of Rosie's photographs documenting her lockdown experience. More students work to follow in future weeks.

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?

Mrs Rich found this BRILLIANT interactive PDF, where you click on the items in the picture and they open up into a new activity. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it to work in the Newsletter, so have had to resort to including the link, which isn't quite the same, but if you go there, you really will have some interesting things to do. This week's theme is World Environment Day, which is TODAY! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ufoHqbIuvfmwG7YmzrQHIcex7kH1LcbJ8IiMmQ-GwrA/edit?usp=sharing

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"!

Ms Jones been learning to sew. She started off making face masks (to wear when doing volunteer shopping), then bought herself a blouse pattern. She has been making tops in different colours and patterns to wear when we return to school. Students who are lucky enough to see her for speech and language therapy are very impressed! She is now turning her thoughts to the possibility of making new outfits for the Fair Bears ... watch this space .... Oh ... and she says she's missed TWO haircuts now .....so many of us feel your pain on THAT particular issue Ms Jones!

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.

Birthday girl Flora, and Matthew's finished creation. Your food looks delicious gang! (Ms Clancy's photos won't download......)

Next week, it's time for no bake strawberry cheesecake, which is FULL of calories, so please make sure you have done ALL of Mr Barnes' Netflex challenges before tucking in!

No bake Strawberry Cheesecake:

Either a spring loaded cake tin or a foil baking tray (that's the easiest one to do) https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/293639580

Medium sized saucepan (to melt the butter)

Wooden spoon

Electric handheld mixer

Large glass mixing bowl

Small sharp knife (for slicing the strawberries, and only slicing the strawberries, no messing about please)

Small chopping board

Space in the fridge to set the cheesecake

300ml double cream

Tub of mascarpone cheese

Packet of digestive biscuits

225g of unsalted butter

1 packet of Hartleys strawberry jelly powder 23g (sugar free optional)

1 punnet of strawberries

This is what it will look like - hopefully but in a round tray!

Here's one Ms Clancy made earlier.....will yours look as good?

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.

Mrs Branney came across this little family when out running this week. We asked her what she did, as it looked a bit scary! "Walked very very slowly past as far from them as was possible! The cygnets didn’t move so luckily mumma didn’t move either!" Well that's a relief.