Dear Parents and Visitors
Another week has flown by, and what a busy and productive one it's been. From Year 7 Zac taking a Chemistry lesson, to watching our whole school run around Isabella Planation in Richmond Park on Wednesday afternoon, I can honestly say there is NEVER a dull moment in school. Indeed the Duke of Edinburgh explorers had a muddy and variable weather weekend. But there was some sunshine, as illustrated by the morning sun shot which graces the top of this week's newsletter.
There was great excitement in the school hall at assembly today when our school sat rapt with attention as they listened to Canbury Sixth Formers telling them all about the next step up when it comes to studying. Make no mistake, the jump up from GCSEs to Level 3 learning is no easy feat, but our Sixth Formers were also able to reassure with talk of the luxury and independence of the new Sixth Form building. You could just see our younger students salivating at the prospect of one day stepping into the sacred space.
In other news from assembly Mrs Bate brought along her cheerful tail wagging cockerpoo Ned to join us. Ned has been an occasional visitor to school, and now today in the news there is further reports that therapy dogs in schools can reduce stress and anxiety and even improve attendance.
With that in mind we're going to trial Ned next Wednesday and Thursday in school and allow him to wander about. He will be able to go into classrooms, have a mooch about and come out again. He loves to be stroked and cuddled, but we will have to see how it pans out. I said in assembly today that any student who is nervous about this must come and talk to me. And we also need to see how Ned fares. It's an experiment for all of us. I will keep you posted.
Students of the week
Zac for 100% the last three weeks running for his Mathematics Parallel homework.
Anders for his outstanding contributions in Spanish.
Zac for extending his answers and making excellent connections with words and phrases in Spanish.
Adam for helping other students and for his commitment to Spanish.
Harry A for being supportive and mature in Spanish, and producing great work!
Matthew for outstanding contributions in Spanish speaking work.
Ottilie for consistent focus and efforts in Spanish.
Armani for consistency in her efforts and a fantastic attitude and approach in Spanish.
Seb for giving his best in Spanish and taking pride in his work.
Harry B for consistency in his Spanish vocabulary tests and the presentation of his work.
Pascal for achieving a grade 7 in his History test on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Emily for the consistent quality of her writing and speaking in Spanish.
Pascal for meeting the success criteria three times in a row and producing excellent work in Spanish.
Dean for 80% on a Mathematics past paper.
Jasmina, Faysal, Felix and Dean for their continued hard work and commitment in the lead up to their Spanish speaking exam - well done!
Mrs Allen would also like to let all Mathematics students know that whilst any exam approved calculator is fine, the particular model Canbury recommends is being discontinued and will be replaced with a newer model.
If you are ordering your child a new Mathematics calculator from Casio it should be the fx-83GTX or the fx-85GTX.
Zac works wonders as a teacher.
Just look at Ms Clancy's face in the picture above. Year 7 pupil Zac took a Chemistry lesson this week - for a whole hour. He prepared material, created a power point, kept the class hooked and reminded himself, in notes, not to be condescending.
Ms Clancy, who was invited in to see his teaching came away amazed. "He could teach us all a thing or two about this job," she said. But actually, her face says it all.
Inter House Swimming GALA
Alex W (Johnson) was the outstanding swimmer - he has certainly made big improvements since he arrived at Canbury, and his points helped Johnson House take 2nd place ahead of Noble. Clear winners however, were Campbell House.
Inter House Cross Country Championships
The weather was dry but cloudy and whilst the temperature wasn’t as high as promised, it was still pretty mild. Junior competitors faced a one lap 2km route. The Seniors did it twice. The outstanding performance was from Evie who despite still being in Year 9 smashed the 2005 Senior Girl’s record by over 2 minutes recording 18’11 and coming 3rd behind Harry C and Joe H.
Harry A was a clear winner of the U14 Boys race and Ottilie beat Zaynab for the race for the U14 Girl’s title. Once again I was impressed with a number of runners and should mention Carl and Oscar who proved that determination and motivation plays a great part in many sports especially ones requiring stamina. Thanks to all the staff who helped and for Ms Clancy for handing out the medals at the end of the races.
Inter House Basketball
In the A Team matches Rhian (J) and Shiroxley (C) scored 4 baskets each but it was Campbell who won. Noble however, in the B Team games proved very strong and in the end the combined results saw a draw between Campbell and Noble.
Next week we have KS3 Inter House Water Polo on Tuesday, Senior Inter House Football on Wednesday and KS3 Inter House Badminton on Thursday.
Chorizo stew or Rice Krispies for lunch? Duke of Edinburgh Update....
We survived! (writes Mr McGregor). The five intrepid explorers - Emily, Pascal, Rosie, Caitlin and Matt set off on Friday for two nights and two days for their Silver practice expedition in the countryside around East Grinstead.
On arrival we discovered that our campsite resembled more of a mudbath than a campsite, but nonetheless we got our tents up and dinner on before the rain got too heavy. On Saturday we left early, accompanied by the wind and rain. The rain soon subsided, though we were left with lots of blustery wind. We battled through, with each adventurer taking a turn at the helm and leading the group, proving their map reading skills were up to scratch.