Canbury School Newsletter February 23rd 2018. issue 118

Dear Parents and Visitors

Welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing and refreshing half term break for everyone. We are certainly back into the swing of things here at Canbury. Today the school building seems oddly quiet - year 10 and 11 students are out on another Geography field trip with three members of staff. It’s astonishing how empty the school feels with just a few of our happy family missing.

People often ask me “what’s a normal day at Canbury?” My answer is always the same - there is no normal day. Indeed the picture above, of Matthew and Mrs Boggi tap dancing out of school on a Friday afternoon recently, makes that point so much better than I could in words.

It has been interesting watching Warboys Approach being resurfaced today with all those enormous machines. As I write this, the school building is actually vibrating! Thank you to all our parents for dropping off and going quickly today - especially with such short notice from the council.

Apparently, we are expecting a large volume of snow to come our way on Tuesday (if we are lucky, or unlucky, depending on your personal preference). We always aim to stay open in the event of snow and, in any case, to minimise disruption for students and parents/guardians. The School will maintain safe access on the School site as far as is reasonably practicable. However, if there is an overnight snowfall on Monday, I will liaise with the Site Manager and decide whether to open the School, bearing in mind the following:

· Is it safe for staff to get into school?

· Will sufficient staff be able to get into school?

· Is it safe for students to be in school?

· Is the heating running properly?

If a decision to close the school is made, the school will communicate to parents directly via email by 6.30am, followed by the School’s Twitter account, Facebook page, and answerphone. Our website will be updated regularly.

My sincere apologies to Drew. In the last edition of the School newsletter, I mistakenly attributed the art work below to Emily. Sorry Drew - I hope you have forgiven me. I have included Drew's lovely artwork again to set the record straight.

Canbury graffiti artists - move over Banksy.....
This was done by Drew - why of course it was. Sorry for the incorrect attribution last edition!

Finally, you may remember I mentioned a safeguarding assembly we held on the last day before half term. I promised I would share Mrs Rich's presentation, which I think you may find of interest. Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. In addition today we had a very interesting and I hope helpful presentation from Mrs Rich about resilience. This is another area which I think deserves our attention. We will therefore be sending you information about both of these issues today and I hope you find it useful. Feel free to go over these presentations with your young people as you see fit.

Kind regards

Ms Clancy


What Canbury means to me

Canbury School is good for me to improve my behaviour. We succeed in everything to progress to all the subjects. This really helps me to study for my life. It’s close to Richmond park and on Thursdays we go there to Isabella Plantation to do some exercise around the park called cross country. The first time we went there was a pleasurable time out there for me and I just really enjoyed it there. We did it in PE. It was very awesome and we’ve lots of sports such as kayaking, football, basketball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, racing or running and all kinds of sports. The teachers who do lots of sports are Mr Orchard and Mrs Lewis. I really enjoy these lessons.

I like my classmates and they are friendly. I like the quiet environment inside and outside. My friends are calm and quiet. Canbury means to give me a lot of homework, also I like the children doing charity work. They will give you six subjects a day from Monday to Friday. The teachers are helpful if you are stuck on something. In Canbury School we have school clubs that are lunch clubs and we do after school clubs in the afternoon. There are many homework clubs in school that are really fun, and there is karate club on Friday, We do homework clubs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we have as many clubs as you want to go to.

Shaaiyon - Year 7.

Students of the week

Year 7

Ain for real progress on drawing graphs.

Kiran for a great games session and an excellent rap in Music.

Matthew A and Harry L for fabulous raps in Music.

Alannah and Jack E for excellent guidebooks for our 1:4.

Otillie for making brilliant suggestions for our circuits and measuring in Physics.

Ottilie, again, for her adept control of official sounding language.

Matthew A, Alannah and Ain for their expressive reading aloud.


Year 8

Armani, Caitlin P, Victor and Harry B for some great attitudes (and lots of progress!) in badminton on Thursday afternoon.

Alex J, Caitlin P, Ellie, Harry B and Shiroxley for their accurate and expressive reading.

Year 9

Pascal for great construction work in Mathematics.

Emily C- well done! For the consistent performance and positive attitude you have achieved to working so hard in all lessons.

Cate - excellent! For your positive role as a team leader with your class peers within group activities.

Cate, in a second appearance, for her ready answers and constant effort.

Emily C for her steady paced and accurate work -- in IXL English especially.

Year 10

Koji, in the first of two appearances this week, for his increasing speed and accuracy in English.

Well done to Dean, Felix & Koji on the completion of another unit for iTQ

Year 11

Jack C for 91% on his Keshmaths Pie Charts paper. Harry C for 83% on Algebraic Fractions. Alex Archer for 100% on simultaneous equations! 

A round of applause to year 11 for their thoughtful and thought-provoking orals in English.

Lottie, Christopher and Armiya, for exceptional results in their functional skills/entry level Mathematics practise papers.


Bright, crisp and dry - perfect conditions for a field trip day.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE students have been off out and about in Guildford today on further Geography fieldwork with Mrs Branney, Ms Hanson and Mr Adams. This time they were studying urban areas, rather than wading in rivers. We had to make sure they got off bright and early as the road directly outside school is being re-surfaced and so we wanted to make sure Mr Adams was able to drive the mini-bus off out before all the tarmac experts moved in and blocked their escape. Thank you to everyone who arrived in good time.

Geography students prepping up in the warm before heading outside to Guildford.


Please would parents check students have a full set of Mathematics equipment and that it is brought to school. This will make the lesson so much more enjoyable for all. This equipment should include: a scientific calculator ( most pupils are using a Casio fx 85 with solar panel), protractor and compasses, 15 cm and 30 cm rulers, a red pen along with other pens, pencils, eraser and sharpener. If your charge has difficulty with organisation perhaps they could keep a duplicate of the relevant equipment in the front of their Mathematics folder. Mrs Allen suggests with Easter on the way, this might be a healthy alternative to chocolate.......

Hexagonal work in Mathematics by year 9

A big well done to all Mathematics students who have now completed between them some 65,000 ixl questions! Well done, we are on the way to breaking last year's record.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Letters have been both handed out and sent out via email regarding the DofE training day in March. If participants are unable to attend they will not be able to participate in this year’s Expedition practice and final as training is an essential requirement and to ensure participant safety. Please ensure consent slips and medical forms are completed and returned promptly to the office.

Dates for your diary:

1st March - sliver practice route & meal planning 3.45-4.30.

8th March - silver practice route & meal planning 3.45-4.30.

15th March - silver practice route & meal planning hand in plans 3.45-4.30.

22nd March - all bronze and silver DofE participants to meet for briefing regarding the training day.

Saturday 24th March 2018 – Bronze and Silver DofE training day.

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April 2018 – Bronze Practice Expedition.

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April 2018 – Silver Practice Expedition.

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th June 2018 – Bronze Qualifying Expedition.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June 2018 – Silver Qualifying Expedition.


Year 11 Physics students were busy working on density of various liquid calculations this week.


Funday Friday....
Mr Orchard can't resist joining in.

There is so much to tell you from the sports department that you'll feel exhausted just having read this little lot.

Good news from the swimming pool this week - special mention to the following for excellent effort or progress: True, Armani and Emily. Well done ladies, keep it up.

Our KS3 'A' and 'B' football teams are both top of their leagues in the Surrey FA Special Schools League, which runs from 1st September 2017 through to 31 May 2018. Whilst it's tight at the top, the fact remains that both these teams lead. Nail biting stuff, and still everything to play for.

Monday sees Mr Orchard set off for Lingfield with an A and B team of year seven and eight students, who will be taking part in the SSSSA Unihoc Tournament. The picture below here is from last year when Canbury finished third. Good luck to all our players.

Go Canbury.

Wednesday we play host to Moon Hall College for netball & football at Kingsmeadow.

Looking ahead, there's a lot in the dairy. Letters containing more information will go out in due course, but in the meantime, you may wish to make a note of some of the following:

We host the 19th Canbury Invitation KS3 Football Tournament at Kingsmeadown on March 15th from 2-4pm.

KS3 Inter House Swimming Gala at the Kingfisher on March 6th. Do come and support the competitors if you are free.

Round 4 of the SSSSA Football Tournaments on March 7th & 8th.

Inter House Cross Country Championships for all on Wednesday 21st March.

KS3 Inter House Badminton Thursday 22nd March.

SSSSA KS3 Badminton Tournament at Guildford Tuesday 27th March.

SSSSA KS4 Basketball Tournament (venue to be announced) Wednesday 28th March

SSSSA Netball Workshop & Matches at Guildford Wednesday 28th March.

Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers come and try it day Sunday 25th March

As we get closer to the summer athletics season, Kingston AC & and Polytechnic Harriers are hosting a "come and try it" session on Sunday 25th March. The morning is a practice competition event and is open to any young athlete in year four through to year 11.

The aim is to provide a taster of what summer athletics is all about with fun and relaxed competition across a range of events, all with support from a team of coaches on how to warm up, where to go for events. With officials to ensure it all runs smoothly, those coming along will really get the most from the experience. All athletes, no matter what standard they are, will be catered for and encouraged to have fun.

The organisers are keen to stress this is not an official athletics match, with the emphasis being on the enjoyment of trying new sports, rather than feeling any pressure. It is all about having fun and getting stuck in.

The events will take place from 9.30 - 12.15 (registration from 9.00) at the Weir Archer Athletics Track in Kingston (KT1 3PB) and will be cost just £5 for each athlete to participate in as many events as they like.

Events will be the 100m, 300m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt and Javelin, with a 4 x 200m at the end. So get your skates (or rather trainers) on and give it a go.

In other running opportunities, Hercules Wimbledon AC Young Athletes hold their 37th open meeting -on Sunday 8th April 2018 at Wimbledon Park Track. Go along to https://entries.opentrack.run/2018/hercopen/ for all the information.

House News

Gold 100 HP


Cake sale

It's VTO's chance to shine in the kitchen, or indeed the supermarket aisle, next Friday 2nd March. We do love a cake bake. So please bring in your donations (if you're in VTO) or your money (rest of the school) and let's raise some more cash for this year's chosen charity, Battersea Dogs and Cats home.

Homemade or shop bought - who doesn't like a slice of cake on Friday, especially when it's for a great cause?

A polite reminder that we have a number of students with serious allergies - so if your delicious creations and donations contain nuts, dairy etc, please do just mark up as such, so we can guide our customers to a treat which won't leave them with a tummy ache. Many thanks. Ready...steady.....BAKE!

External notices

Summer work experience opportunity

The Key is an organisation which aims to provide impartial leadership and management support to schools in England and Wales. They are now offering the chance for six year 10 students from schools in London to complete a week of work experience and employability training at their offices. The programme will take place from 9 to 13 July 2018, so your child will have broken up from Canbury by the time it starts.

They will get to work in The Key's central London office alongside participants from other schools, and will:

  • take part in a day of employability training workshops (CV writing, interview practice, etc);
  • complete a "hands-on" project involving various aspects of the business, including research, marketing, design and communications, account management/sales, digital and technology and customer services;
  • present to The Key's staff at the end of the week.

To find out more, visit www.thekeysupport.com/work-experience and then complete the application form, which we are assured takes no more than 15 minutes. The deadline for applications is 28th March. Good luck!

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