Dear Parents and Visitors
We started this term, after what seemed a very long Easter break, to the wonderful news that Caitlin in Year 10 performed brilliantly in the European DS Open Competition held in Southampton last weekend. Caitlin won a Gold Medal in 25m breaststroke and a Silver medal in 50m breaststroke. She also won two Bronze medals in heats for backstroke and butterfly. The final cherry on the cake for Caitlin was that it was her birthday weekend too! So much to celebrate!
Caitlin is now in full preparation for the World DS Championships which are being held in Canada this July. We are so very proud of Caitlin and of Ms Elena who supports her so wonderfully.
It has been lovely seeing everyone back in school. I am sure some of the boys have grown a foot over the holidays! We have a busy term ahead with examinations, Yr 6 into Yr 7 'Getting ready for Canbury morning', trips, Leavers' Evening, conferences, sports day, sponsored walk, Art exhibition, DoFE expeditions, school production, Year 10 work experience, end of year garden party and Prize Giving. I honestly don't know how we fit it all in!
Good luck to all our Bronze and Silver DoFE candidates who are off yet again this weekend, with our marvellous staff, for even more practice work.
What Canbury means to me
In Canbury School there is always someone around to help me. For example, on my first day, Miss Knivett showed me the way to our form room. In this piece of writing, I am meaning to thank the people (especially Margaux!) who helped me on my first ever day. I am SO grateful to you. I am also especially grateful to Ms Clancy, for letting me come to Canbury.
Even though year six was hard, Canbury School has helped me realise what I can do. For example, I had never ever done kayaking before and now I can! I felt enormously proud of myself afterwards. I have also never tried graphics before either, but it turned out to be really fun!
Canbury School makes me feel not different to everyone anymore. This makes it easier to make friends and feel more like myself. Canbury School means everything to me because it makes me feel very much cared for and looked after. The awards make me feel I can achieve almost anything at school.
Alannah, Yr 7.
Students of the week
Ottilie and Shaaiyon for taking on board feedback so well when they redrafted their Spanish writing tests. ¡Buen trabajo!
Ottilie for an amazing performance on ixl.com over the Easter break. Well done Ottilie for the most time put in and the most questions completed.
Alannah also put in a lot of work over the Easter Break on ixl.com. Well done Alannah.
Alexander W and Oskar for doing some work on ixl.com over the Easter break.
Victor and Armani for giving excellent answers all lesson on Wednesday.
Matthew W and Alexander B for doing some work over the Easter break on ixl.com
Our Travel & Tourism students worked diligently on past exam papers this week. James C deserves a special mention here, and showed that he is a star student. His hard work has earned him three house points.
Christopher for great effort on ixl.com over the Easter break.
Christopher, Lottie and Armiya for their consistently hard work in English, resulting in recent exam success.
Business students Alex, Luqmaan, Max, Miles, Mohammed and Omid wrote up their controlled assessment this week. With sleeves rolled up, they worked for three hours (with a break!) typing up the results of their research. The assessment counts as 25% of their final mark. Well done ladies and gentlemen - excellent work.
Due to the outstanding effort by a number of students over the Easter break we have topped 85,000 questions. Well done, this is simply amazing.
Both the bronze and silver groups started the day with team building activities. The bronze group tried out the crate stack, working together to build a stack of crates whilst two members of the team stood on top. The bronze group also tackled the trapeze on the high hopes course. Some of the group appeared fearless whilst others found the challenge more unnerving. The silver participants worked together to create a maze of sticks. They then had to guide a blindfolded member of their team to the emergency rations, in order to win the prize. The group managed to retrieve two of the three emergency ration packs and Miss Peters enjoyed the Cadbury mini eggs that they were not successful in getting. After that they tied themselves up in infinite loops which was great fun for the observer!
As well as team building activities participants received training on the use of trangia stoves. The silver group each had to cook a given dish and then the teams tasted them and judged them. Uncle Ben's chinese rice was judged quick to cook and packaged well, but tasting bland. The pasta and carbonara sauce went down well but the group would prefer a tomato based sauce. The Mug Shot was pronounced full of flavour but not enough to sustain their BIG appetites. The bronze team all took turns building the stoves and lighting them in preparation for using them to finally cook a meal.