Dear Parents and Visitors
Despite some of our students’ wishful thinking, Canbury will stay open until we are told to shut by Public Health England or the Easter holidays arrive - whichever comes first. If your child is very unwell, please do not send them to school. At Canbury, we continue to reinforce to everyone the message of washing hands properly and using hand sanitisers regularly. Mr Adams our Facilities Manager, is cleaning all hand contact areas such as handrails, handles,etc every lesson changeover. We are prepared for remote teaching in the event that we are closed. Personally, the idea of having an extended Easter holiday would not be for me - I can't keep still at the best of times. Let's hope being this prepared means it won't come to pass.
We had an interesting speaker at assembly today. Callum Russell from Sight for Surrey told us all about the amazing work they do supporting young people with visual and audio impairment. He did make us all laugh by telling us a story of how his father taught him to ride a bike, remembering that he was completely blind from birth, his father said "take a left" so he did and there was a splash and he landed in the canal. Everyone laughed, especially when we learned Dad ended up in the canal too, trying to fish out his soaking boy. Lesson to us all - don't always listen to your dad!
As you can see from the photos within this week’s newsletter, it’s been another busy week up on Kingston Hill. We’re hurtling towards the Easter break and I’m just not sure how we're going to cram it all in before we break up - especially if it’s a longer holiday than we were expecting!
Students of the week
Stonkingly good work from Angus in English for our punctuation game/competition.
Layla and Chloe also deserve a mention for the quality of their work.
Fantastic Spanish telephone conversations from Adam, Kyrell, Carl, Ross, Peter and Zac, and not forgetting Mrs Knivett who also joined in.
Super wall displays by the historians on a significant figure or event from the 20th century.
Year 9 also deserve a mention for the maturity and sensitivity of their reactions to some challenging fiction in English.
A thank you to the Year 10 photographers ( l-r: Aansh, Armani, Max, Evie, Rhian and Louis) for their efforts on the Kingston Upon Thames photo shoot this week. Here they are, working hard!
Great work from Year 10 in English, wrestling with the difficult demands of commenting on the ways that writers use language in their work.
Great presentations by all of Year 11 in English.
Great revision in class from the Year 11 Spanish students: Alex, Emily, Pascal and Matthew. Let’s hope they are doing just as much at home!
Year 11 historians: Pascal, Amy, Emily and James who are all working really hard and producing impressive pieces of work.
Great interview techniques practice from Felix on Thursday. Mrs Hurrell put him through his paces giving him an authentic job interview and Felix came up to the challenge admirably. Mrs Hurrell (and Mrs Bate who happened to be working in the same space at the time) were impressed with Felix’s strong focus, well-considered answers and overall demeanour. Anyone would be lucky to have you on their staff Felix!
Sports round up for the week:
Writes Mr Barnes: “It’s been an action packed week in the PE department with the final SSSSA football tournament of the season and a KS3 dance and yoga workshop taking place. A large proportion of students represented the school and took part in lots of physical activity, which was most pleasing to see.
Wednesday afternoon saw the final KS4/ 5 SSSSA football tournament of the season. It was a fantastic display from both teams, with both A and B teams only losing one match each and playing some great football in the process. It was also the last time in a Canbury shirt for a number of the ‘Golden Generation’. Thanks to Miles, Chris, Ben, Pascal and Rosie for their many years of service to Canbury football - next year’s KS4/ 5 team certainly have big boots to fill!
Our KS3 teams made huge progress on Thursday with their performances at the SSSSA tournament. The ‘A’ team only lost one match all afternoon and scored a handful of goals, and the B team also recorded a hard earned victory and a draw in their league. Special mentions go to Kiran and Connor in the A team for some fantastic link up play and Ollie B for tireless running and scoring a goal. Both teams have made huge improvements when you consider where they were at the start of the year. Well done all.”
Writes Mr Sutton: “On Wednesday The Guildford Spectrum welcomed six Canbury students and three staff. Here we are about to set off and as you can see, already getting into character, so to speak.
The ‘S to the power of 6’ dance and yoga festival was a series of workshops. Our first workshop was yoga where the students and staff were stretched to their limits. It was well enjoyed by everybody and in the end we all went to sleep. The next two workshops promoted dance and movement in the form of contemporary dance and the great showman. The highlights of these workshops were music choreography and a carnival themed dance. All the students and staff were a credit to the school and came away learning new skills and information."
Sports timetable for this next half term
Karim - 15HPs Blue Star Award
Aansh - 45HPs Purple Star Award
Rhian - 60HPs Bronze Star Award
Evie - 75HPs Silver Star Award
Jessica - 100HPs Gold Star Award