Canbury School Newsletter 23rd April 2021. Issue 233

Dear Families, Friends, Students and Staff

Welcome back to the last term of this academic year. And what an academic year it's turning out to be. I am once again proud beyond words (but I will give it a try) of the way everyone has conducted themselves this week. There is certainly renewed optimism that new life and brighter days for us all lie just ahead. Like the buds on Alannah's beautiful photograph above, slowly we are coming out of this. And look how much we have learned about ourselves in the process?

I was delighted to welcome in-coming Headmistress Ms Yates to school on Tuesday. We got to hear her initial thoughts and perceptions of Canbury and she spent time trying to meet as many staff as possible. You will be delighted to hear it was a super positive day and staff were very impressed with her. I feel very happy to be handing over my reins to Ms Yates - exciting times ahead for all. We are aiming to have Ms Yates join us again this term to spend time with the students.

We had two very busy INSET days on Monday and Tuesday. No your eyesight's not deteriorating, Mrs Bate's mobile phone accidentally went onto 'blurry' setting, although actually we think the finished photos are quite arty!

We had a wonderful 'back to school' alfesco assembly on Wednesday morning. The sun was shining and it's been joyful to see the students being able to mix, socially distanced of course, between the key stages again. This 'mixing of the generations' is one of the many things about Canbury which make it so unique, so I am glad we can do it again. A special mention to Ain, Victor and Emilia as their return to Canbury was delayed until this term. And an official welcome to Ethan in Year 7 and Isabella and Hannah in Year 9. It feels like we are all one big happy family again.

Talking of happy families, Mr Barnes and his wife welcomed baby Florence into their nest over the Easter holidays. Florence looks an absolute peach, if her photograph is anything to go by! Huge congratulations to Mr Barnes, such happy news. Her photograph below is not to be mistaken with the one of my grand-daughter Felicity who enjoyed a two hour nap on me during the holidays. Before you know it Mr Barnes you will be where I am!

Baby Florence Barnes, what a cutie, and napper extraordinarie, Felicity. Precious days.

In more mundane news, lateral flow tests have gone out to all families again. If you haven't received your quota, please do get in touch with reception.

Enjoy the weekend and see everyone bright and early Monday morning for another week of learning back at Canbury.

Kind regards

Ms Clancy


Year 7

Well done to Sam T, Matthew, Alex, William, Sam S, Liz, Ethan, Brendan, Logan and Morgan for the excellent results in their recent Mathematics tests.

Alex for great observations with acids and alkalis in Science.

Year 8

Excellent participation in Spanish from Thomas (Manuel), Karim, Angus, Freddie (Carlos) and Layla describing our ideal houses. Señora Porter said she is so impressed with Freddie’s knowledge of houses she thinks he should be an estate agent!

Excellent work on ratios in Mathematics by Olivia M, Ollie, Thomas, Chloe and Angus.

Year 9

Excellent recall and application of the facts involving interior and exterior angles of polygons by Adam, Zac, Hannah and Orlanda.

Year 10

Fabulous work in Spanish from Matthew, Ain, Harry and Larry on their GCSE general conversation questions in preparation for the speaking tests. We had detailed and accurate answers from everyone. Well done!

Excellent presentation of simultaneous equation solutions by all the Year 10 Mathematicians.

Year 11

Great effort from Seb and Harry in GCSE Spanish writing as they work independently producing their own answers. Well done!


Mrs Rich set her Year 10 photography students a great task over the Easter holidays, which was to take photographs from all kind of perspectives. Here are a selection, with one of Alannah's (something delicate) adorning the top of the Newsletter this week.

Top left, clockwise, work by Emilia, Otti, Phoebe, Otti (again) and Harry L.

Lunchtime, after school clubs and our annual activity day are all back on the menu. What will you choose?

A list went home this week with information about the resumption, at long last, of lunch time and after school clubs. Hooray! Do discuss at home, and then students please tell your form tutor what you wish to sign up for. Clubs to start on Monday.

A google form was also sent out asking for your child's preference for activity day which we are also delighted to announce the return of. This year, on Monday 28th June students will have the choice of a visit to Thorpe Park or Chessington World of Adventures. Please do indicate your child's choice and return to school by Monday. If neither appeals your child will be required to stay at home that day.

Families with an in date Merlin annual pass are asked to please let Mrs Rich know as soon as possible. Thank you. Here's to a great fun day out, which we all deserve after the last year we have all been through.

More amazing artwork - Easter holidays, what Easter holidays?

Sometimes we wonder if our students take a break at all. Mrs Smith was thrilled when students Evie in Year 11 and Karim in Year 8 wanted to share with her artwork they produced in the holidays. Evie's (still under development) leaf drawing is beautiful. But can you guess the member of staff she drew on the right? Karim worked on developing his line drawing technique, producing this brilliant portrait of his family. Great work, both of you.

Gold star with distinction to Ms Boggi.

Ms Boggi has a new string to her bow. She has been awarded her Certificate in Admissions Management - with distinction no less - from the AMCIS (Admissions, Marketing and Communications in Independent Schools). The admissions role is becoming increasingly complex, requiring specialised skills and competencies, and yet no formal training has previously existed to prepare personnel for the demands of the role. Congratulations Ms Boggi - we knew you had it in you, but it’s great to have it formally recognised!

Ms Boggi - didn't she do well?

Basketball house event

Get ready for the first House Event of this last term - the basketball challenge takes place next Tuesday 27th April from 1pm in the playground. Whether or not you know your box out from your box set - we want to see you! Come and join us.

Real, live performance coming back to Canbury!

Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts students Harry, Victor and Rhian were busy in the hall today rehearsing their performance of Pinocchio ahead of their final practical exam next Friday. Here they are (alongside Mr Hew and Mrs Campera), looking ready to tread the boards with aplomb. Good luck gang - you're going to be fine.

Jiminy Cricket, your nose has grown Pinocchio......

What do we want for our young people going forward after the pandemic? Here's our chance to say.

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has today launched The Big Ask – https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/thebigask/ - the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, so that we can put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

All schools are encouraged to support their pupils to complete this survey, and you can also encourage your child to complete this at home. In addition, parents, care leavers and those working with children are also invited to complete the adult survey, on the same website link, to share their views about the future for children and young people today, and what they think is holding young people back.

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

Mrs Branney, what HAVE you done?!

Meet Gwen, who trotted into Mrs Branney's life over the Easter holidays. She brought her in to school to meet Ned over the break and we're disappointed to report that Ned did NOT give Gwen the Canbury welcome. He clearly felt his nose had been put out of joint again. Shame on you Ned, who will be back in school next week.