Dear Parents, Students and Staff
We made it! We've done a whole half-term in the new normal, and that is all I am going to say about "COVID19"!
A warm welcome to Mrs Griffiths, our new (afternoon) school receptionist. She has settled in amazingly and tells me she'll be back after half term. Not bad eh?! Another new face on the block after half-term will be Science teacher Miss Mountain who will join us on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
I had the joy of more cover lessons this week and today I had a real chuckle at Year 8 in their Drama session. "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop" was performed fabulously with a particular shout out to Angus for his impeccable comic timing. Ollie then treated us all to her sublime impersonations of Donald Trump and Margaret Thatcher. You really do never know what the day will bring at Canbury!
Sixth Form parents' evening went off with aplomb yesterday. Will we ever host such events in the school hall again? I hope so. In the meantime, the feedback has been that this virtual way of doing them is a pretty decent compromise for the time being.
I would like to thank those staff who have offered to continue working with students during the half term. This kind of attitude is just one of the many things which make Canbury so utterly extraordinary - really, thank you.
We hope to return to the building physically after the holiday but if things change (and we all know how easily that can happen) you will know just as soon as I do. Do check your emails a day or two before we are due to come back.
When we do come back we will have just six weeks until we break for Christmas. Can you believe it? The Head Boy, the Head Girl and the prefect team are already busy preparing for our Christmas week. Speaking of Max and Ellie, they are getting super fit during assembly on Fridays when they race around the building delivering awards and certificates. It's really very funny.
We return on Monday 2nd November at 8.10am.
Students of the week
Morgan for great work in Drama as Toad over the microphone!
Well done to Logan, William, Matthew and Elizabeth who all stood up and gave fantastic speeches in their bid to become the Year 7 Rep. Well done to Elizabeth who was the overall winner and takes on the role. Congratulations.
Senora Porter has been very impressed with the focus and effort shown by the students during their Spanish end of module assessment this week.
All students for a thoughtful discussion on Black History Month and superb work on Anansi the spider.
Well Done to Anders, Flora and Orlanda for focus on “Cinderella” in Drama.
Zac for achieving over 900 points this week on Dr Frost Maths - A new school record for points achieved in a week!
Great effort and focus from our students during the end of module assessment in Spanish.
Kiran for the furthest long jump in KS4/5 with a jump of 4.30m.
Otti with a great throw of the shot put, scoring 5.66m.
Matthew for throwing 7.03m in the shot put.
Excellent effort in the first piece of GCSE graded Spanish from Harry A, Harry L, Matthew and Ain.
Honorable mention to both Alex W and Shiroxley for their throws in shot put, scoring 8.06m and 7.11m respectively.
Seb for running the 100m in 14.55s.
Ellie, Harry and Aansh, who completely smashed their English exam this week hardly dropping a mark between them! They wrote some detailed and well thought out pieces of writing. Very well done.
Impressive effort from Year 11 in their Spanish writing exam. Just a practice one for now but looking good for the mocks, Seb, Harry B and Armani.
Congratulations to Ellie and Aansh for amazing results in their Maths exam this week. What a week you two have had!
Black History Month at Canbury
We've been busy at Canbury celebrating Black History Month, and today had a really informative and throught-provoking assembly from Sixth Formers Felix and Luca. Elsewhere in lessons Years 7-10 explored literature by black writers, including Year 10 who read poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah, Lucille Clifton and Claude McKay, as well as the Pulitzer-winning novel 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison. It is a joy to dip into the thoughts of writers from a variety of cultures. 'Outcast' by McKay was read particularly well by Matthew A. An interesting week. We are only half way through Black History Month, which runs until 31st October. Feel free to further your knowledge and share it with us when we return after the break.
Canbury goes BIG on World Mental Health Week
(Some) of the show WILL go on!
Today is Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is a diagnosis given when a child, young person or adult has difficulties talking and/or understanding language. It is diagnosed when children fail to acquire their own language for no obvious reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate their ideas and feelings.
This is a condition which can be hidden and affects approximately two children in every mainstream classroom impacting on literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being. Our resident SALT Ms Jones has produced a concise learning pack for Canbury staff to make use of, and which involves handy quizzes, short videos and other online presentations which will help us all to help our students. For further information about this distressing condition, take a look at: https://radld.org/about/dld/
Sports round up - it's a wrap for this half term.
Writes Mr Barnes: It was a rather soggy start to the week with tennis for KS3 on Monday afternoon. Despite challenging conditions, students’ motivation and enthusiasm stayed high and we had a great time practising our serves and volleys.
On Wednesday and Thursday we held our own ‘Mini Olympics’ for our final athletics lesson of the term. Students competed in a sprint, a throwing event, long jump and the high jump.
Stand out performances in KS4/ 5 were:
Matt W being the fastest boy with a 100m time of 13.84s
Rhian being the fastest girl with a 100m time of 15.25s
Max with the furthest boys’ shot put with a throw of 8.87m
Emily with the furthest girls’ shot put with a throw of 5.98m
Stand out performances in KS3 were:
Jessica running the quickest 75m time in 11.25s
Matthew T running the fastest 50m time in 7.90s
Angus winning his groups’ Vortex Throw competition
Connor jumping 3.70m in the Long Jump (the furthest jump in KS3)
Orlanda jumping 3.05m in the Long Jump (the further girl’s jump in KS3)
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students on how well they have done in PE and Games this half-term. There have been lots of changes to the curriculum due to our current situation and all students have risen to these new challenges admirably.
Next half-term we will be testing our mental and physical capabilities in Cross Country and non-contact Rugby. Students can check the PE board or the Google Classroom to find out what they are doing each Games session
House News: competition results, house points and that all important House score board.......
Congratulations to the following students for achieving these House Points Awards:
Orlanda - 30 House Points, Green Star
Sam S - 45 House Points, Purple Star
William - 45 House Points, Purple Star
Reenie - 60 House Points Bronze star + 75 House Points Silver Star
Matthew T - 100 House Points, Gold Star
Angus - 150 House Points, Silver and Blue Star
Ain - 250 House Points, Gold and Red Achiever
Great fun was had by those who took part in the "make a mummy" competition. In the event the following students triumphed:
KS3: 1st Orlanda, 2nd Reenie, 3rd Angus. KS4/5: 1st Emilia, 2nd Louis, 3rd Harry B.