Canbury School Newsletter 18th May 2018. issue 126

Dear Parents and Visitors

Today was the start of 'Lasts' for Year 11. The last time Head boy and Head girl, Ruslan and Louise presented certificates in assembly. The last time Year 11 had to put the benches away after assembly. Next week will be the start of their last subject lessons with their official study leave starting on Friday 25 May. Next Thursday we formally say goodbye to our Year 11 at their Leavers' Evening at the Kingston Lodge Hotel with more than 40 students, parents and staff attending. However, as one door shuts another opens, and we will be listening to our new Prefects applicants' speeches to the whole school at 8.15am on Thursday morning. The new Prefect Team will be announced after half term.

Kind regards

Ms Clancy


Annual Canbury sponsored walk

This annual event takes place on Friday 25th May. We will set off from school at 10am, and well-behaved parents and dogs are welcome to join us. Our route will take us from school, through Richmond Park and on to Ham House where we will stop for a picnic lunch (don't forget yours!).

Follow Mr Orchard's tips for a great day out

We will then make the return walk back to Canbury hoping to arrive at around 3.30pm and having covered 10 miles. Please dress for the weather and the terrain. The walk will be raising money for this year's selected charity - Battersea Dogs and Cats home. Sponsorship forms are available to collect from reception.

Students of the week

Year 7

True and Harry L for taking an active part in the music lesson and Lucas for sharing his knowledge of “Matilda” the musical with class so well.

Congratulations to Jack, Harry L and Matthew in English - all of whom scored a perfect score in our double letter spelling rule word test. (And well done to everyone else. No score went below 70%.)

Year 8

Oskar for excellent participation in Drama and Music classes this week, taking risks and offering fantastic ideas and taking part in scenes. Great work! Harry for wonderful work playing Riff in the music class, and knowing and singing the Jet Song from “West Side Story” so well.

Caitlin P for her drive, determination and achievements in English.

Alex W for a good performance in his Mathematics assessment on fractions.

Year 9

Cate, Drew, Alex and Matthew for excellent work together on the song 'City of Stars' from the soundtrack to the film 'La La Land'.

Year 10

Dean for good use of mathematical vocabulary in lessons.

Year 11

Louise for getting 89% on a past Mathematics paper.

Well done to Year 11 on making a very sensible start to the examination period and I wish you all the very best for your next week of examinations ( that message from Mrs Branney).


Well done to the students who competed at the Kingston Schools Athletics Championships on Wednesday. Our medallists were as follows:

Yr 7 Girls Hammer - Winner Ottilie

Yr 7 Boys Javelin - 3rd Lucas

Inter Girls Hammer - 3rd Drew

Inter Boys 80m Hurdles - 2nd Joe

Very well done!


On Tuesday Year 9 and 10 linguists took part in a Spanish study day at the impressive BFI IMAX cinema at Waterloo. After an interactive morning watching Spanish film clips and learning about cinematic vocabulary and techniques, the party made the most of the sunshine with a picnic on the South Bank.

A little bit of Spain in the heart of London - Year 10 and 11 linguists.

In the afternoon students were treated to a screening of ‘Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica’ which tells the story of naughty twins sent to a strict summer school run by an evil headmaster. Spanish teacher Mrs Winstanley reports: "our students were great ambassadors for the school and it was a pleasure to take them out for the day!"


We are at 97, 000 questions answered on ixl.com. We need 8,000 more answered to match last year’s record and then a few more to beat it.


The Canbury Science Laboratory appears in the new Park Hill School promotional video currently being produced. Year 3 and 4 students come to us every Thursday for their science lessons, and they love it!

Creative chemistry studies and it's "camera, lights, action!" in the Canbury laboratory.

In other Science news Year 8 students are pictured revising chemistry topics before embarking on an independent creative task to show off what they know.

Year 8 students also had time to do the heat loss by evaporation experiment. They learnt that, similar to sweating, evaporation causes the water in a "wet container" to cool down faster than a dry one.

House News

Silver 75 HP


Race for Life - the Canbury way

Roll up roll up and get yourself down to Richmond on Saturday 3rd June. Our lovely LSA Mrs Bowen is taking part in the Race for Life, a 5km sponsored walk, jog, hop or skip in aid of Cancer Research UK. Mrs Bowen would like to thank those people who have already kindly sponsored her to take part.

Parents, staff and pupils are most welcome to join her. Meet at 10 am for an 11 am start, and don't forget to bring a picnic for afterwards. There are a series of Races for Life around the Uk, but Mrs Bowen's is at, Old Deer Park, off Twickenham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SF.

Information about the route is on the CRUK website too.

If you would like to join her, or sponsor her, follow the link below:


If you would like to come along on the day please email reception@canburyschool.co.uk to let us know. It is open to parents, guardians, students, friends & family of Canbury so please share this message.

Work experience up-date

Students have now all been provided with their job descriptions for their work placements. They should all have made contact with the work placement regarding an interview. At this interview they might like to ask about the timings of the day that they are expecting you to be there, as a working day is frequently different to a school one! Mrs Branney says if you have not managed to do this please make it a priority as time is moving on.

Our students have secured some exceptional work placements. We look forward to hearing tales from the world of work upon their return to school.

School karate club

If you would like your child to participate in this after school club please contact the school office for more information. Our karate instructor has been teaching this at Canbury for the last 14 years or so and it's been a most popular after school club, on a Friday afternoon. Take a look at the website here for more information:


Caitlin continues to do swimmingly well

Caitlin had a successful trip to Leicester last weekend to compete in the East Midlands Regional Special Olympics competition. She got three personal bests, plus three gold, three silver and two bronze medals in eight events with a further gold in the relay race. This was a great warm up ahead of her flying to Kosovo today for the 1st Open International Swimming Championship.

Mermaid Caitlin and ALL those medals!

In an interesting aside, Caitlin's mum reports that not being stateside, it was difficult for her to get her daughter the kit she needed in order to be able to swim for Team USA. But in the spirit of Canbury, fellow parent Giles Reynolds aka Spinnaker Sports and leisurewear Ltd, in less than 48 hours - sourced and embroidered the Team USA kit for Caitlin’s trip (as shown at the top of the newsletter). How's that for teamwork?

Year 11 Leavers celebration

Thinking of hiring a suit for the Year 11 leavers' event? If so, Moss Bros are offering a 15% discount for suit hire. Check out: https://www.moss.co.uk/inside-pocket/post/prom-corporate-pack?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=promschoolemail

Careers - Year 11 & Sixth Form Students

We are delighted to inform you that we have already booked the Skills London exhibition at the Excel centre for the students. Our year 11 and sixth form students will attend on Friday 23rd November 2018 supported by a few members of staff.

Skills London is billed as the UK's biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families taking place on 23 & 24 November 2018 at ExCeL London. Last year more than 33,000 visitors saw 240 exhibitors including employers, universities, colleges and training (such as apprenticeships) providers.

This two day event provides visitors with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helps young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.

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

A tiny picture of Mrs Freeman.

This week the spotlight is on Mrs Freeman, who is the smiley face of Canbury School as we arrive bright and early each day for another day of hard work and play. Read on to find out why she loves Britney Spears and where you will find her on a Sunday morning.....

What is your earliest memory?

Dancing to "Head, shoulders, knees and toes" at my fourth birthday party!

What's the very best thing about working at Canbury?

I love that there is no such thing as a typical day! Every day is different and nearly every day is fun. The children are lovely and I enjoy the contact with them while not having to actually teach them! Working here brings back happy memories of my time here at Canbury many, many years ago.

Who would you most like to have dinner with? (Up to three others, alive or dead, famous or not, fictional or real....you get the picture)

My Grandad, Sigmund Freud and Britney Spears!

Novel dining companions for Mrs Freeman.

What would you tell your 14-year-old self?

Have courage, speak up, worry less and be wary of judging yourself and others.

If you could travel back in time, to which period would you go?

The eighties, and in particular the year I was born - I would love to experience that time as a adult.

What is the worst thing that anyone has ever said to you?

I can't actually think of anything...which is a good thing I guess.

What is your idea of the perfect Sunday?

Breakfast at Cote in Kingston followed by a walk home by the river, and then Thai food for dinner while watching a good family film

Home DIY-er or get the decorators in?

Ask my husband to do it.

Favourite subject at school?


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

A larger office




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