Dear Parents and Visitors
Where has this week gone? It's been busy busy busy. I'm sure we're all looking forward to breaking up for half term next Friday. As you can see the school continues to take the safety of our students seriously. The installation of our new gates this week proved interesting - especially during last night's Parents Evening when I ended up being gate keeper, pinging them open and closed to allow parents and students in and out.
This week I also had the pleasure of allowing the Sixth Form students to have a peek inside their new building. They were suitably excited to see their new learning zone and can't wait to get inside. We expect to have it ready and functional for the start of the next half term.
Friday assembly is always thought-provoking and today's was no exception. We enjoyed watching a short educational film made by Bafta winning company TRUETUBE. It’s a modern Narcissus tale all about a boy who’s addicted to selfies and his phone. Our very own Ms Scott had a little cameo in it as, guess who, his teacher!
The company launched the film in time for Internet Safety week this week. Do chat to your child over what they thought of it. I know it's made me think about screen time.
Yesterday we had a most interesting and informative Duke of Edinburgh Expedition presentation yesterday ahead of the Year 9 Parents' Evening. There was lots of interest expressed and I'm sure this year will see a bumper crop of Canbury students embarking on their Bronze and Silver Awards.
Students of the week
Anders for his AMAZING effort in the pool on Tuesday! You were very focused and tried really hard throughout the whole lesson.
Ottilie for her excellent performance in the test on The English Reformation.
Well done to the year 8 class in Music who very quickly learnt the blues scale in C and for making up some fantastic songs. Of particular note Shaaiyon, Matthew A, and Alannah. Harry L for good focus and picking it up quickly.
Congratulations to Phoebe who beat Mrs Burke in a literacy game.
Evie for a fantastic 97% on her Completemaths this week. This is a school record. Well done.
Evie, Victor, Sebastian and Alex for their insightful comments in Mindfulness sessions.
Oskar for being a supportive friend and a great playmate in a game of table tennis with younger students.
Evie for her outstanding effort in the pool on Tuesday.
Seb for his excellent performance in the History test despite not having been here when much of the work was covered. Very well done.
Joe for really working hard on angles in Supported Study and carrying on even after the bell had gone!
Rosie for a fantastic lesson in Performing Arts typing up her initial reactions and thoughts after seeing “Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four” at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre this week.
Masterclass in Photography
Year 10 Photography students had a Masterclass in the subject this week. Their fellow student Rosie took time out to give them a few hints and tips. Rosie should know what she's talking about, as she got an 8 in her Photography GCSE this summer. Way to go Rosie!
Study skills workshop for KS3
We're excited to let KS3 students know they will be having a study skills workshop in March. Details to follow, but for now all you need to know is that the 'Study Skills Zone' company work on helping students develop a "growth mindset", which promotes essential study and revision skills. We've used this company for the last three years to great effect with our KS4 students, and feel the time is now right to introduce these benefits to our younger students.
Theatrical trip out is a marvellous success.
Writes Ms Scott: "We had a wonderful trip this week to see “Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four” at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. A selection of Performing Arts students from Years 8-10 enjoyed this production by touring theatre company, Blackeyed Theatre.
The students were very impressed by the production, which saw the ensemble cast of six actors who multi-rolled playing 15 different characters, multiple musical instruments and moved the set themselves to create different locations in the storytelling.
They all very much enjoyed meeting the actors afterwards, in a special Q and A session. Canbury staff were very impressed by their confident, intelligent, and inquisitive questions. In addition actors commented on what a great group our students were, and said how delighted they were by their questions and the way they asked them. Some students got pictures and autographs in their programmes and bought their own copies of the play script to take home and read. See Alannah's selfie below with the actor who played Sherlock."