Canbury School Newsletter 11th January 2019. issue 146

Dear Parents and Visitors

A very warm welcome back to Canbury and a new term. I hope everyone had a restful Christmas break, although I know our Year 11s had to mix festive fun with mock GCSE revision. Well done to you all. May I wish everyone a calm, happy and healthy 2019 and good luck in those mocks next week Year 11.

Very warm congratulations to our lovely school secretary Mrs Freeman who gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on 6th January. Jessica arrived at 9.27pm weighing in at a whopping 8lbs and 4oz. Mum, Daddy Chris and big sister Molly are all over the moon. Such happy news for the new year.

Welcome to the world baby Jessica!

My sincere apologies for the very late decision to close school yesterday. However a gas leak, discovered on Wednesday evening, left me with absolutely no choice. The students' safety, and that of staff, is my absolute priority. I do appreciate how inconvenient this will have been but I am sure you will accept there really was no other option. Thankfully the leak was located and fixed, and normal service was resumed this morning.

This term we once again begin our Year 5 and 6 transition programme, for those pupils who are interested in coming to Canbury in September 2019 and 2020. Interest is already extremely high and we are about to open a waiting list. May I suggest prospective parents contact admissions registrar Ms Boggi on lboggi@canburyschool.co.uk for further information. The date of the first senior welcome morning is Wednesday 6th March from 8am - 12.30pm.

It's not often I can say that an assembly sees the entire school - staff and students - absolutely mesmerised by a guest speaker. Today was one of those occasions. We had the amazing priviledge of welcoming guest speaker Jamie Hull to our school. If you do nothing else this weekend, please, take a moment to sit down with your child and ask them about the simply breath-taking story he shared with us.

The amazing Jamie Hull has Canbury students absolutely rapt with attention.

Jamie travels the country with the charity Generation R (amongst a whole host of other activities, such as leading expeditions and helping Prince Harry launch the Invictus Games). As the charity's website says:"Learning to be resilient can make a big difference to young people who struggle with feelings of anxiety and self-esteem. One of the most effective ways to encourage resilience is through inspiration from others who have overcome difficulties in their lives.

That’s why the Making Generation R campaign supports injured veterans to take their inspiring stories about overcoming adversity to schools across the UK."

Jamie, a former SAS officer, had each and every one of us on the edge of our seats as he told us how in August 2007 he suffered horrific burns, multiple fractures and internal injuries when his single-seater airplane caught fire as he came in to land, just four weeks after taking up flying lessons.

Resilience helps you overcome adversity - the take home message from Jamie Hull and Kim Staniland from Generation R, pictured here with Ms Clancy, Kiran and Oscar.

We were at times appalled and enthralled as he recounted the tale of how he firmly believes his resilient nature was the very thing that got him through the dark days (including two years in hospital) that followed. Just five years on from the day a "tsunami of pain" ripped through his body, this amazing man completed his third marathon, power walking around London in an incredible, mind-blowing six hours and 15 minutes.

His parting message to us all was that with great determination, strength and drive, we can overcome life's obstacles. "Who knows, you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve," he said.

I know I was moved, and I think everyone else in the hall was too. Kiran says he's going to think of Jamie if he's having a bad day, and Joe came up and shook Jamie's hand afterwards saying his talk was inspirational.

For his part, Jamie said he speaks in many different settings and locations, but it had been a pleasure to come to Canbury and speak in such a warm and intimate setting. It really was one special assembly.

We look forward to welcoming all Year 9 students and their parents/carers to the Y9 GCSE options evening here next Wednesday 16th January from 6pm until 8pm.

Kind regards

Ms Clancy



Students of the week

Year 7

Kyrell for excellent work in Mathematics on Wednesday.

Adam for achieving 12 gold stars on Completemaths and maintaining it over the Christmas break.

Ross for excellent work in literacy. Brilliant use of similies and metaphors in his writing.

Zac for his very detailed electricity investigation.

Anders and Zac for their inventive “ad-” words to “ad” to their English vocabulary

Adam and Carl for their helpfulness to others in ICT.

Year 10

A special mention to James Brennan for his excellent Mathematics holiday homework which resulted in a score of 100% in his practice Mathematics paper.

Year 11

Year 11 Geographers for the mature way they worked independently in Mrs Branney’s absence.

December's art students of the month.

Stunning work from each year group.

This week we are showcasing the December art students of the month. From top left the first picture is Alannah's (Y8), then Anders' (Y7). The next three down are thoughful works by Cate (Y10), Luca (Y11) and Shiroxley (Y9) .

Art teacher Ms Smith writes: "Anders has a great passion for animation and thoroughly enjoyed producing this lovely illustration. Alannah showed fantastic use of mark making, tone and pattern in her Scarpace fish study - fabulous work. A great outcome from Shiroxley inspired by the work of Keith Harring - well done. Cate demonstrated skilful and delicate handling of oil pastel in this lovely response to Georgia O Keefe. Finally Luca made this stunning wire hanging as part of his art GCSE mock exam work.

Also well done to all Year 11 Art and Photography students who completed their ten hour mock exams before Christmas - some truly fantastic outcomes were achieved."

Looking ahead - Dates for your diaries

There are a number of open mornings and evenings at colleges which form the Thames Colleges Group. Do take a moment to look at their websites (addresses below) to see what might be on offer.

South Thames College:

Tuesday 15th January 4.30pm - 7pm

Tuesday 12th March 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Friday 21 June 11am - 2pm.

Register at south-thames.ac.uk

Carshalton College and Merton College:

Tuesday 22 January 4.30pm - 7pm

Wednesday 6th March 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Thursday 20th June 11am - 2pm.

Register at carshalton.ac.uk or merton.ac.uk

Kingston College:

Tuesday 29th January 4.30pm - 7pm

Thursday 7th March 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Friday 28th June 11am - 2pm.

Register at kingston-college.ac.uk

News from the Sixth Form

We’ve now started the second term of our second year of the Canbury Sixth Form, which is only proving to be more and more successful as it goes on.

With as few as seven we have still managed to pack in a load of education, fun and laughter, along with revision and hard work while still awaiting the arrival of our Sixth Form building. We’ve had two great trips last term, starting with High Ashurst in September and the excel one with our Year 11 peers in November.

In January a number of our group will be taking exams. We hope you all had a nice relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and wish you all a happy new year.

As always we will keep you informed.

Margaux, Canbury Sixth Form





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