Canbury School Newsletter March 2nd 2018. issue 119

Dear Parents and Visitors

What an extraordinary end to the week. Never have I watched so many weather reports in my life! No headteacher wants to close their school for any reason so making the 'Snow Day' decision was extremely difficult. Thank you to all those parents who contacted me following my snow emails to say “right decision". It was very much appreciated.

However before our snowdays, we did have great fun at Canbury. We had a whole school snowball fight in the playground at the end of the school day on Tuesday, as you can see in the picture above. This was followed by KS3 PE lessons on Wednesday being held in Richmond Park.

Learning Objective: Students to perfect their snowball throwing technique.

Key skills:

Hand/eye coordination.

Balance - improved core.

Competition/team work.

Siberian weather endurance.

Key Words: DUCK!

Thank you very much to Mr Orchard and Miss Ross for holding their PE lessons in the park.

Unfortunately, several events had to be cancelled. The KS3 Unihoc tournament, inter-school netball and football fixtures, World Book Day and the Year 7 Parents’ Evening. All of these events will be rescheduled beginning with World Book Day on Thursday in the English classroom from 1 - 1.30pm and the Year 7 Parents’ Evening later the same day.

After school on Tuesday I attended the London West Independent Schools Association Headteachers meeting at the American Community School (ACS) Egham in Surrey. We listened to two presentations on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Fraud & Cyber-Fraud Awareness. These are both very important topics. We have been working on our GDPR for almost a year now to enable us to be compliant in May. Our GDPR policy, procedures and new parental permissions documentation will be forwarded to parents in April.

Looking forward to next week, we have our House Swimming Gala at Kingsfisher Leisure Centre on Tuesday. Parents are very welcome to attend and cheer on our Houses - Campbell, Noble and Johnson.

On Wednesday we are holding our Year 5 and 6 Senior Welcome Morning. Our new Year 7s for September 2018 and prospective Year 7s for 2019, will spend the morning enjoying taster lessons in Spanish, Mathematics, English and Art. They will get to know us and each other all in preparation for their transition to Canbury. If your child is on the waiting list for this event, Ms Boggi our Admissions Registrar will email you if there is a cancellation.

Canbury School will resume as normal on Monday and I sincerely hope we do not see significant snowfall during term time again for several years! Needless to say, our photographs this week are very much snow-led!

Let it snow.....wrapping up to keep warm, and getting ready to go out and perfect the art of snow ball throwing.....just another day at Canbury.....

Kind regards

Ms Clancy


What Canbury means to me

Canbury is the good school, where you get to do fun things and learn. I like Art classes and Drama club. I truly enjoy interaction with Canbury teachers and staff.

I enjoy going to Canbury because it has many things you can do and learn, both in school and outside the class, like homework club, Art club and Spanish speaking club, too. Also I have noticed that in Canbury there are lots of things, which are going on. I find Canbury a great place to learn, work and be yourself. You do not only get to study, but also get to have a good time after school.

I like my learning at Canbury. It makes it easy and enjoyable, and I’ve realised that I prefer this system to one in my previous school, as now I can track my homework and the marks I get for it. At Canbury School my goal is to learn, get as many house points and enjoy my study.

I think Canbury is a good place for me to be happy in life and get my education. I think it has changed me since that time I came for my first day. I feel more confident, more outgoing, and more able to learn new things. I hope that going forward I will improve even more.

Ain - Yr 7

Students of the week

Year 7

Armani appears twice this week, for great effort in a Biology experiment and in addition for excellent Mathematics work. Well done!

Year 8

Alex J and Ellie for expressive reading.

Year 9

Cate and Drew for extraordinarily powerful writing.

Ladies you should be extremely proud of this commendation - Mr Natt says "I couldn’t write like that in Year 9". That's praise of the highest order.

All Year 9 students for consistent Mathematics ICT progress.

Year 10

Year 10 student Eugenia was out and about doing snow day photography...
Another considered photograph from Eugenia.

Sonia for clear, logical and controlled writing.

Luca and Niran for excellent results in Monday’s history test on the war in Vietnam.

Luca for achieving 84% on his percentages paper.

Sonia for 86% on her percentage paper.

And Koji for 93%, also on percentages.

Felix for sending in a great selection of snow based photos for his snow day photography homework.

Altogether now......aaahhhhh........Felix's photograph of his beautiful dog Buster earned him a student of the week commendation.

Dean for a great attitude to learning and much improved independent study in Spanish.

Year 11

Alex A for effort and progress towards his preparatory work for the exam after Easter.

Louise O for 39/41 on her trigonometry paper.

Ben H for 41/41 for his trigonometry paper. Well done you super stars.


Mrs Allen wants to congratulate all students for the recognition and certificate they have just received from IXL for completing 500 hours worth of Mathematics practice. There's just no stopping you!

Duke of Edinburgh Award

It's hard to imagine being in short sleeves at the moment. But Duke of Edinburgh weather is on its way....

Letters have been both handed out and sent out via email regarding the DofE training day in March. If participants are unable to attend they will not be able to participate in this year’s Expedition practice and final as training is an essential requirement and to ensure participant safety. Please ensure consent slips and medical forms are completed and returned promptly to the office.

Dates for your diary:

8th March - silver practice route & meal planning 3.45-4.30.

15th March - silver practice route & meal planning hand in plans 3.45-4.30.

22nd March - all bronze and silver DofE participants to meet for briefing regarding the training day.

Saturday 24th March 2018 – Bronze and Silver DofE training day.

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April 2018 – Bronze Practice Expedition.

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April 2018 – Silver Practice Expedition.

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th June 2018 – Bronze Qualifying Expedition.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June 2018 – Silver Qualifying Expedition.


Parents are most warmly invited to come along to the KS3 inter house swimming gala next Tuesday, 6th March at The Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Farfield Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PY.

The first races start at 10 30 and should be finished by 11.30. We would love to see you there. Light refreshments will be available afterwards. Please note there is pay and display parking directly outside.

The 19th Canbury Invitation KS3 Football Tournament takes place at Kingsmeadow on Thursday March 15th from 2-4pm. Canbury have lifted the winners' trophy four times. Will this be our fifth success? Wrap up warm and do come and join us. There is ample free parking on the site, at Kingston Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB. See you there.

If you are looking for regular updates on Canbury sports fixtures, timings, venues, dates, you can always visit Mr Orchard's "What's on this week" web page which should tell you all you need to know. Take a look at: https://goo.gl/6vXQZC for details.

Finally, a special shout out to Kiran and Allanah who showed excellent individual character and great enthusiasm in swimming this week.

House News

Letter 5 75HP

James C

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