Dear Families, Friends, Students and Staff
First and foremost I would like to thank all the Canbury staff who worked hard to organise and present our School to prospective students and parents, last Saturday, and to all the students who acted as tour guides. We have received many compliments about your courtesy, warmth and knowledge of the School and we are most appreciative of the time you gave up to make the event such a success.
We also welcomed prospective new students to the Senior Welcome Morning on Wednesday, when they sampled some lessons and met current students. The first day in a new setting is always daunting and it was heart-warming to see many of them relax and participate as the morning went on. Thank you particularly to our Head Girl, Otti, and Head Boy, Harry A., for all their help.
This week, I accepted an invitation from Mr Wallbank to accompany the ten-pin bowlers on their weekly outing. I was in some trepidation that my bowling skills might be lacking but, luckily, my role was more of an observer and I was able to pick up some tips from Alex B. who was generous enough to share his knowledge with others. I am always slightly amazed that the adage, ‘You learn something new every day’ holds true, but it is absolutely the case that, if you are interested in the world around you, you do continue to learn throughout your life.
This was the theme of this week’s assembly: the power and pleasure of learning - even though it requires effort. We considered the instant gratification of a ‘magic fix’ and contrasted that with the long-term benefits of mastering something difficult. One reason why learning has a positive impact on our mental well-being is that it is about setting goals or targets and achieving these. Completing a project is a satisfying way to gain this feeling of accomplishment - and that is a kind of magic in itself.
Before signing off this week, I wanted to ask for parental help with the issue of congestion outside the school gates, particularly at pick-up time. Please could we ask that cars are parked a little further down Warboys Avenue and not on the yellow line. Staff can help by walking students to you, if that is helpful. We are also working with the taxi drivers to ensure that we do not cause a safety issue with cars unable to turn off Kingston Hill.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and perhaps even learn something new!
Students of the week
Evan, Rory, Francesca, Bethany and Lloyd for showing consideration when making decisions together in the group with Ms Chorazyczewska.
Fabulous conversations in Spanish during our Open Morning on Saturday. Senora Porter said she was so impressed with your confidence in front of our visitors.
Francesca, Rory, Bethany, Lloyd and Evan for their excellent stem and leaf diagrams in Maths this week.
The whole class for excellent effort in their History lesson this week.
Reenie, Sam S, Brendan and William for embracing a challenging task in a Wellbeing lesson this week. Well done!
Excellent effort from Manuel who conducted a spontaneous conversation in Spanish with Senora Porter and with no notes in front of the Open Morning visitors. Very impressive!
Excellent film reviews written in Spanish by Karim aka Juan, Thomas aka Manuel, Chloe aka Victoria, Ollie aka Raul and Freddie aka Carlos.
Karim for managing a 50 shot rally in table tennis club on Wednesday. Way to go Karim!
Otti for achieving full marks in a History test on the Reichstag fire.
Ain, Alannah and Phoebe for each achieving a winning streak of 25 correct questions on the Laws of Indices on Dr Frost Maths.
All the Higher IGCSE students for their excellent understanding of solving quadratic equations by completing the square, which is a grade 9 IGCSE concept.
Phoebe for creating a superb Travel and Tourism brochure on Paris.
Seb and Rhian for the consistent hard work they are putting into their assignments in BTEC Sport.
It’s been an action packed week in the PE and Games department. Year 7s covered shooting in their basketball lesson, whilst in spite of the wind and rain, the remainder of students were outside dodging, ducking and diving in dodgeball. At Thames Young Mariners some KS3 students had an opportunity to practise their team work on the group paddle board, and in KS4/5 Victor finally agreed to get into a single kayak (with a little persuasion from Mr Huw)!
For Sports Enrichment, Table Tennis Club was well attended on Wednesday night and the students couldn’t wait to head off to ten pin bowling with Mr Wallbank on Thursday.
Young Writers national poetry competition - Canbury students get to work.
In KS3 English the students have been busy entering a national poetry competition. The theme is "Empowered". Here we share a few entries.
We are equal - Logan, Y7.
We are equal
So don't be evil
You are how strong you want to be
You are not alone, it is we
You don’t need to go far
You need us, not war
You are not a monkey
You are a key
So change when you want to
Don’t be scared
It is not hard
Earth we should treat it nicely - Ethan, Year 8.
Earth we should treat it nicely
North of the equator
Mature to help
Terrain keep it alive
The World-Haiku - Sam S, Year 8
The wild is burning
Our world continues turning,
But the ice still melts.
The World-Narrative - Sam S, Year 8.
As the world grows old,
The fires get worse
As we get older,
Our ice is less,
As the air gets warmer,
Our world is destroyed.
Family is the one thing you need in life - Lloyd, Year 7.
Family is the one thing you need in life
And without family life is difficult, brothers and sisters need each other
Make the most of life
I struggle and I have fun
Living life is hard but just remember the best times
You need to enjoy times in the summer sun.
Climate Change - Bethany, Year 7.
Climate change is real,
We are running out of time to heal.
We have increased the extinction rate,
by 1000 times the normal fate.
Deforestation, Extinction, pollution,
And we still have no solution.
8 million pieces of plastic in the sea,
Each day, You can't Disagree.
Up to 150 species are lost each day,
This can't be the way.
Each second a football field of trees are lost,
The world is suffocating at this cost.
The hole of the ozone layer is on the rise,
8.8 thousand square miles already the size!
Listen to us children we know what to do,
Open your eyes and see this real view.
If we want to change it takes all of us,
Yes you reading this too, without a fuss.
We are at the point of no return,
HOW IS THIS NOT A CONCERN!
House awards and News
Lloyd - Blue star 15hps.
Bethany - Green star 30hps, Purple star 45hps and Bronze 60hps.
Rory - Blue star 15hps, Green star 30hps and Purple star 45hps.
Francesca - Blue star 15hps and Green star 30hps.
Very well done to Charity Prefect Hannah in Year 10 who organised a brilliant "Jeans for Genes" day last Friday. Hannah's tremendous efforts raised £120 for this cause. Our next charity day is Friday 12th November, when we will be raising money for BBC Children In Need. Details to follow.