Dear Parents and Visitors
It's a been a busy week - and that has to be the understatement of the year! As you will ALL know, we had the Independent Schools Inspectorate in as part of the programme of regular inspections required by the Department for Education. Stand out hero of the week was Felix P who spent almost as much time with the inspectors as I did! Well done to my original Mr 7.31am - I am so proud of the confident young man you have become. See below for further details. We await the report's findings and will bring you news of it just as soon as we hear. It's likely the draft document will drop into my inbox on Christmas Eve, when I will then have four working days in which to turn around our response. It's going to be a VERY busy Christmas! Thank you to everyone, and I mean everyone, who got on with this week as they should - as if it was just another ordinary week at Canbury. Let's see if we managed to do ourselves proud - I'm sure we have.
One of the highlights of Christmas at Canbury is our annual trip to get the Christmas tree. Year 7 and I piled into the minibus and took a spin to Richmond Park, where I think you'll agree the tree we chose is a cracker. Once back at school, Mrs Rich took over, making sure the tree has a classy theme, rather than a tat one!
We say a sad farewell and thank you to Mrs Milbank who leaves us next Friday after a wonderful year covering the maternity leave of Mrs Freeman. Mrs Freeman returns to us this Monday before swanning off for the Christmas holidays on Friday. I can't keep up.
Next week, the final one before we break up, is extra busy. I've listed below the timetable, which you may find helpful. Please remind your child that their locker has to be empty by Friday. NOTHING may be left over Christmas. My advice is that they start emptying them out on Monday and do it gradually. Believe me, you don't want your child lugging a bulging black plastic bag out of the building at midday on Friday, wondering how they will get it onto the bus. I've seen it happen!
Monday 9th Dec - Ice Skating/Maze at Hampton Court.
Tues 10th Dec - normal lessons.
Weds 11th Dec - normal lessons before and after the Student Christmas Lunch.
Thursday 12th Dec - Senior Citizens Afternoon Tea Yrs 7/8/9 involved. Please do remember we are on the look out for festive gifts for our visitors. Non perishable (or very long shelf-life) gifts, for men and women would be greatly appreciated. If you would kindly wrap and indicate which gender they are for, that would be so kind. Thank you.
Friday 13th December MUFTI and CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY. Please bring £2 for Save the Children. We will have House fun and games followed by our Christmas Assembly starting at 11am to which all parents and friends of Canbury School are very welcome to attend.
Detailed timetable as follows:
8.15 to 9.15 - Form Parties and locker tidying on a rota system.
20 mins break time
9.35 to 10.35 - House Christmas Activities (Guess who and conundrums, wacky races and festive games), Christmas jumpers judging and staff Christmas song.
10.35 to 10.55 - House Quiz
11.00am - Christmas Assembly
Review of the term - Head Boy and Head Girl
11.00am - Welcome - Ms Clancy
Review of the term - Head Boy and Head Girl
House Christmas Activity winners
Awards/prizes/certificates for students
Songs from the MAD Festival.
House totals and winners for this term
Staff Christmas Song
12.00pm - Merry Christmas and Goodbye
Students of the week
All of year 7 for their positivity in Mathematics and the way they have enthusiastically embraced writing algebraic expressions.
Anders, Flora, Zac, Ross, Carl and Adam for their dedication and hard work in Mathematics this week.
Adam and Zac for excellent results in their Spanish assessment.
Kyrell for running his heart out for the KS3 football team.
Carl for some mazy dribbles during our football match against St Philips.
Matthew and Otti for their excellent results in their Spanish assessment
Harry L for an excellent goalkeeping display for the football team
Kiran for scoring a hat- trick for the A team against St Philips
Otti for scoring another goal in our game against St Philips
Alannah, Otti and Emilia for their mature approach to Mathematics this week.
Writes Mrs Littler: "Harry B for giving me a lovely start to my working day Thursday period 2 with his rendition of ‘Singing in the rain.’ "
Good focus in Spanish from Alex and Emily. Well done!
Pascal, Alex, Emily, Joe and Rosie for challenging themselves in Mathematics this week.
Sports timetable for this last week - don't forget Oyster cards.
KS4/5: Wednesday afternoon - Interhouse table tennis at the Graham Spicer Institute.
KS3: SSSSA Badminton at Guildford Spectrum or a walk in Richmond Park.
This week saw the last football fixtures of 2019 for our KS3 & 4 teams.
Writes Mr Sutton: "KS3 had a friendly fixture against St Philips on Thursday afternoon. All in all it was much better performance from both teams after last week, with our As playing out a dramatic 4-4 draw and our Bs narrowly losing 3-2 on aggregate. Special mentions go to Lauren for stepping up to the A team, Lucas and Kiran for linking up extremely well, Kyrell for running tirelessly and scoring a fantastic goal and Shaaiyon for being rock solid at the back. I’m really excited to see the progress the team makes when we play football in Games after Christmas. Also thanks to Mr Temple for being A team coach and Miss Knivett for being squad photographer.
Also on Thursday KS4/5 played Chessington School. The A team played well in defence and created good chances up front in attack. In a high scoring affair they lost 6-3 to their opponents. The B team played a very strong Chessington B squad and created some strong chances. Both keepers were tested, but ultimately Canbury were beaten. As always many thanks to Mr McGregor."
Bravo to Fabulous Felix
Felix had his final BTEC L3 Presentation on Innovation and Enterprise in Business Studies this week. He knew he would be presenting to Mrs Hurrell and Mrs Branney. So far so good. But then at the last moment, one of our visiting Schools Inspectors decided to join the party. He did give Felix the opportunity to ask him not to stay, but our stalwart Sixth Former was having none of it, and gamely got on with the job in hand. Mrs Hurrell was OVER THE MOON at Felix's resilience and bravado. Mrs Branney was equally impressed and Ms Clancy gave him a huge hug!
Anyone for tea?
On Monday, we experienced our first Social Skills Christmas Coffee Morning run by five students from KS4, supported by Ms Jones, our Speech and Language Therapist. Several teachers and support staff gave up their free time to help the students practise their conversation skills, which included starting and ending conversations and asking a range of Christmas-themed questions. Staff were rewarded with food and drink and asked for their feedback afterwards.
All of the students received really positive and encouraging comments. One member of staff said “They all did a brilliant job and it was lovely to have a chat with everyone”; another commented on the thoughtful questions she was asked by one student - she said “He was confident and relaxed and seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say”. We are looking forward to their next event!
Emilia and Lauren - 15hp Blue Star
Lauren - 20hps Green Star
Connor and Jess - 45hps Purple Star
Oli, Chloe and Freddie - 75hps Silver Star
Otti - 250hps Gold/Red Achiever Award