Canbury School Newsletter 25th May 2018. issue 127

Dear Parents and Visitors

There was a buzz of excitement towards the end of this half term as our candidates for the 2018/9 Prefect roles delivered their speeches to the whole school yesterday morning. Dean, Eugenia, Faysal, Felix and Ijazz were fabulous. Their reasons for wanting to be the Prefect role they had applied for were sincere and they all had fantastic ideas for the future for Canbury. The student body listened intently. Voting online began shortly thereafter thanks to Mr Orchard. Votes have been counted and Prefect offer letters are going to each of the candidates during half term. I will present our new Prefect Team for 2018/9 to you in the next newsletter.

Making their mark at Canbury.....results after half term.

Last night we held our Leavers' Evening at the Kingston Lodge Hotel. It was a truly special evening allowing students, parents and staff to acknowledge and thank everyone's contribution towards enabling our Year 11 to be so successful - academically, socially and emotionally. The last time we will see them all together again will be at our Prize Giving Ceremony on 6th July. A huge thank you goes to Ms Boggi who arranged the whole evening for us.

Smiles, fabulous students, lovely parents and staff....a great night had by all at the Year 11 leavers do.

This morning students, staff, parents, brothers, dogs and a wheelchair departed from Canbury for our annual sponsored walk in Richmond Park in aid of our school charity this year, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. I know there have been some serious sums of money raised by individuals so hopefully we will perhaps break last year's total amount. Thank you to all the staff who have walked with the students today. It would not be possible to hold this event without their enthusiasm and support. A special thank you to Mr Orchard who organises this whole event from start to finish.

A beautiful, happy, Canbury family day out.

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of Ms Marilyn Henry, our Business Studies, Travel & Tourism and RS Teacher. Ms Henry was a fabulous teacher, who was great fun and loved working with the students and staff at Canbury. As a school, we are very sad but will always have wonderful memories of her.

The much admired Ms Henry

On a more uplifting note, Mrs Veacock gave birth to a healthy little boy on Tuesday. We are still awaiting news of his name, but for the time being it's good to know that mother and baby are doing well.

I hope everyone enjoys their half term break. Please note Mrs Rich will be ordering copies of the whole School Yearbook next Wednesday 30th May. If you wish to order, please contact Mrs Rich directly before then. We cannot accept any late orders after that date: prich@canburyschool.co.uk

Year 11 please remember that they there are Chemistry and Geography revision sessions on Tuesday 29th May (check your emails). We look forward to seeing all our students return to us on Monday 4th June at 8.10am.

Kind regards

Ms Clancy


Students of the week

Year 7

Alannah for being a ROCK LEGEND on ttrockstars. Alannah takes on average 1.92 seconds to answer a question, this is down from more than six seconds at the start of the year.

Year 8

Oskar for some excellently achieved written work in English recently.

Year 9

Drew for an excellent Physics lesson on acceleration with distance and time graphs.

Year 10

Luca deserves special mention for his dedication to homework club and revision. He has also made several valuable contributions to the Travel & Tourism class. He is very well read, particularly in History, and has an excellent memory.

Dean, Faysal, Felix, Jasmina and Luca are also ROCK LEGENDS on ttrockstars. They all have times of less than two seconds per question. Felix is under 1.5 seconds per question answered.

Year 11

Louise for getting 90% in her last Mathematics paper.

Jack for getting 74% on his last two Mathematics papers.


Here at Canbury we always love to hear about what our former pupils are getting up to. So take a look at these action-packed photos we recently received from student Duncan Cassley-Sharon who was here from 2013 - 2015.

Duncan wrote to tell us he joined the Woking Blackhawks Basketball club back in September of last year. This season they have played in Division 2, where the top two sides would be promoted to Division 1.

Well played young man!

"Following our success this year we will be heading off to Sheffield on the 26th and 27th of this month to complete in the play-off finals and the winners of that competition will be the ultimate Division 2 champions," he wrote.

The Canbury mermaid strikes again!

Caitlin came back from her swimming competition in Kosovo, where she competed on behalf of the USA, with a much heavier suitcase than she took out. The weight of the following medals must have been considerable -

  • Gold medal in 50m breaststroke,
  • Bronze in 50m backstroke
  • Bronze from a relay event she entered with two young men from Romania and a lady swimmer from Ireland.

To top it all she was interviewed by a reporter from Kosovo TV and came home very excited, to say the least.


This week we smashed the 100,000 questions mark on ixl.com. Well done everyone. How many more can we get by the end of the term?

In addition, HUGE congratulations to the Year 7 Mathematics class who have been awarded a certificate by IXL for "excellent performance on 400 year 7 Mathematics skills". Says Mrs Allen: "They have beaten the 250 set by last year's Year 7 students. They are the top performers."


Mr Scaldwell took a trip down Memory Lane this week with his Year 9 class who he helped investigate the velocity of a trolley going down the ramp.

Who's having more fun here?

"Ahhh... the ol' Ticker Timer Tape experiment - I did exactly this when I was young," he said.

House News

Gold 100 HP


Race for Life - the Canbury way

This is a reminder for all those interested in taking part in the Race for Life 5 km run, walk, hop or skip on Sunday 3rd June, starting off at the Old Deer Park, off Twickenham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SF.

The 'Canbury United' sponsor page has already made its £200 target and is now at more than £300, but we can raise more money for this fabulous cause (cancer research) and it would be lovely if Mrs Bowen, who is doing the run, had some company on the day.

If you would like to join her or sponsor her, here is the link:


Thank you!

Meet the member of staff.......

This week we turn the spotlight on Learning Support Assistant Mrs Bowen, for whom nothing is ever too much trouble.

The smiley, always helpful, Mrs Bowen.

If you could change one thing at Canbury, what would it be?

A spacious School Atrium for students and all to attend social events at all times of the school day.

Tell us something about yourself that we would NEVER guess?

My dream was to become an air hostess but my parents would not allow it to happen and they arranged for me to attend a Secretarial College like all the other Greek Cypriot girls!!

What was your favourite subject at school?

History - to understand our past and in turn our present and future.

Best film ever?

The Addams family

Early riser or night owl?

Early riser

Give us a top tip for time saving

Be organised and meet small challenges each day!

What book(s) are you reading at the moment?

The Muse - Jessie Burton (as part of the City read London 2018 - reading challenge)

What piece of advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Follow my own dream and nobody else's

Ace question from Year 9 Cate A: What's your favourite Cypriot food?

My mother's Greek baked pasta dish 'Makaronia tou fournou'.




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