Dear Parents and Visitors
Welcome back to the start of the summer term here at Canbury. I can't quite believe how fast the Easter Holiday flew by - although maybe not everyone reading this would agree!
Staff were back on Tuesday for an informative INSET training day on ADHD. Always keen to keep my team happy, I brought them in a homemade strawberry cheesecake, which, judging by the photographic evidence below, seemed to go down a storm! Joe and Alexander in Year 10 finished off the last two pieces on Wednesday.
This is the part of the school year when everything starts to ramp us. We are not far from the start of the GCSE season, and all other summer exams. It can be hard to knuckle down to work when our thoughts are starting to turn to the hopefully long hot summer ahead (especially if you are a Year 11 student). But knuckle down we must. On that note, congratulations to Year 10 and 11 students on their successful Functional Skills English results. What a great start to this term.
On another cheery note, I was delighted to take possession of the first copy of "The Stag Gazette" - a student newspaper produced by Year 9 student Sebastian and Year 7 student Anders. It started with Sebastian saying in the hall at break time "Ms Clancy, what do you think of us making a school newspaper?" to which my response was "Great idea, get on with it!". And get on with it they did! They included contributions from Faysal, Shaaiyon and Carl. Your child will receive a printed copy of The Stag shortly. It will be a monthly newspaper and editor Sebastian is appealing for contributions, which should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org marked for his attention.
The other thing I need to share with you this week is that we're on the look out for a guest speaker at this year's prize giving, which will take place on Friday 5th July. I know our Canbury parents and carers have connections in all the right places. So please, if you know of someone who would be willing to come along that day and share an inspiring message with us, please send them my way.
Finally, we're a bit light on photos for this week's newsletter, so I have included yet another one of Ned, who was in today and, as you can see from the top of the newsletter, was once again working his magic. He is really is very chilled.
Students of the week
Ain, Matthew and Alannah for some very considered answers about convection in Physics.
Very relevant and mature questions asked by James in History.
Eugenia, Jasmina and Ijaaz for some excellent lab work in Physics, measuring spring extension
Duke of Edinburgh back packers set off again.
Writes Mr McGregor: "The Duke of Edinburgh Award is back in the newsletter... which can only mean one thing! The DofE groups are back out walking again - our Bronze and Silver groups leave bright and early on Monday morning, packed up and ready to go.
The Bronze Group (Year 9) will enjoy two days of sunny spells and a night of camping and the Silver group (four Year 10 and one Year 11) will spend three days and two nights out. The trekkers will be off taking in the beautiful sights of the Surrey Hills AONB and seeing such highlights as Leith Hill and Leith Hill Tower.
Bronze students will need to be picked up from Etherley Farm, RH5 5PA, between 4-5pm, and Mr McGregor should be able to give a better idea of timing on the day.
Any issues please contact Mr McGregor on email@example.com".
Nimble-fingered Ross heading for a summer of festivals.
There are so many other skills and gifts that Canbury students have, and we're always delighted to showcase them when we find out. After all, we are all worth so much more than the sum of our exam results.
So we are delighted to share the news with you that accomplished violinist and Year 7 student Ross successfully auditioned in February for a place in the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England. He was assessed not only on his musical potential but also his ability to fit in and participate - skills which he doesn't find easy at times, especially with new people.
However, they offered him a place (well of course they did!) - and also his sister Katrina for her dancing potential - and so Ross spent the last week of Easter at a residential school putting together a two hour performance which will be performed in smaller durations at five festivals over the summer. Well done that man!
Meet the member of staff
Apparently, some people never read to the end of the newsletter, and so don't know what they've been missing. Learning Support Assistant Mr Bourgi, who is our guest star interviewee this week, is one of those people. Shocking! Let's hope after this public naming and shaming he's going to improve on his ways....
What brought you to Canbury?
I came to Canbury because I was looking for employment at a school, I had just finished working for Activ Camps in London where Miss Ross had also worked, and I was looking for a new chapter in life. My sister had also attended Canbury when she was younger so as I live five minutes away I thought I’d see if there were any roles available, and there were.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would probably be a horse because I own one and they seem to have a really nice life...they live in a field all summer and get pampered every day!
What's your favourite dessert?
Favourite pudding would be this Lebanese dessert called Knafeh which is made from cheese and sugar - it tastes yummier than it sounds.
Where's your happy place?
I’m always in my happy place when I’m travelling to a new country!
Give us a top tip for how to face something difficult.
Well whenever I face something difficult, I like to break it down wherever I can into smaller steps so it’s an easier task to tackle.
How do you de-stress?
Whenever I need to de-stress, I’ll just go and hang out with my friends and chill.
If you were a collector, what would you collect, and why?
I’d probably collect vintage American muscle cars such as old Corvette Stingrays and Ford Mustangs from the late 70s, just because they’re one of a kind and they don’t make them like they used too.