Dear Families, Friends, Students and Staff
It feels like the old days - I felt the need to lie down this afternoon but I didn't get a chance. We have been so busy this week and there is only more to come next.
Congratulations to Jessica in Year 8 who has been nominated for a Jack Petchey award through her involvement with Guides. As well as Jessica being recognised her unit will receive £250. Well done Jessica - a photo of your badge and certificate will be in the newsletter when they arrive.
Next Thursday we are holding our Year 10 parents' evening by Google Hangout. If you haven't made all your appointments yet, please contact the school office.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our shiny new Year 7s next Friday when they join us for their Getting Ready for Canbury morning. How lovely it will be to welcome them through the door, in person. Happy days ahead for them here at Canbury.
In assembly today, Year 8 told us all about the Jazz genre. They spoke so well and clearly - well done Year 8. Their assembly finished with Ollie and Mrs Mascari singing a jazz piece from The Lady and the Tramp - they were stunning. What a way to finish the week!
All that remains for me to say is enjoy the long Bank Holiday weekend and we will see each other on Tuesday 4th May at 8.10am.
Morgan for excellent answers on the adventure genre in English.
Layla for continuing progress in her English work.
Some excellent essays have been written in history on the causes of World War I - special mentions for Zac, Peter and Anders.
Anders, Adam, Zac, Carl and Peter for presentations on Shakespeare.
Excellent work from the Year 10 historians (Harry, Larry, Otti and Ain) on interpretations of who was to blame for the Cold War.
In a 'turn of the tables' move, the Year 10 historians would like to nominate Mrs Littler for her great attitude to learning new skills. They said her insertion of a row on a google doc was a thing of IT wizardry and beautiful to behold.....
Rhian for mature leadership in Btec Performing Arts. You are ready for Sixth form!
Luca for achieving an A grade for his excellent 'A' Level history work on Mary Tudor and the loss of Calais. Superb work Luca. Thoroughly deserved.
Sport's back on the menu - in real physical life and not a screen in sight!
Writes Mr Barnes: It’s been fantastic to be finally off-site, outdoors and (sometimes) in the sunshine doing Games this week! For this first half-term of the summer KS3 are playing a variety of fun, inclusive team games on Monday afternoon. This week students were learning the rules of Ultimate Frisbee, next Monday is Gaelic Football.
For our sessions on Wednesday and Thursdays we have been heading down for cricket and softball at Malden Wanderers Cricket Club. We are very lucky to have Joe, one of Malden’s coaches, taking all the cricket sessions this half-term.
Year 9 back in the Canbury Laboratory.
We are delighted that our lunchtime and after school clubs are back up and running. There is a wealth of opportunities to be had, from yoga and crafting to fun games, subject catch-up clinics, book club and walking in Richmond Park. If nothing takes your fancy - why not suggest your own club? Ms Rich has the full list and it has previously been sent home. If you've mislaid your copy, ask reception for another one. In the meantime, here's a snap from today's Chess Club, which started this lunchtime and is led by Ms Jones and Matthew A, with support from Zac. It is open to all levels and students are welcome to come and watch if they want to find out more.
House events are back on too.
National Citizen Service - are you up for it?
The NCS (National Citizen Service) programme offers young people, aged 16-17, a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something meaningful with their summer break, as well as a chance to develop skills and take on new challenges that will set them up for adult life. They'll also do something good for their local community, carrying out a project to support a cause they care about.
Last August, teenagers on NCS donated 200,000 hours of their time to help rebuild their communities after the first lockdown, showing what a difference young people can make when they work together towards a goal.
Yesterday a representative from NCS came and spoke to Year 11 and 12 students all about it. We hope many of them will sign up. It costs just £50 for the three week programme and will offer your young person the chance to give something back to their community. In addition it will keep them from kicking about aimlessly in the summer holidays - a win win situation for all.
Need a little help? Look no further.
We could all do with a little help picking up the pieces in the days ahead as we move on from a most difficult year. So you may be interested in two free initiatives which may be of use:
Kooth is an on-line (sorry) resource. Described as a counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, it is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and is free to students living or studying in Kingston. To find out more follow the link below to book on to a webinar for parents/carers/guardians:
This webinar will provide you an introduction to Kooth in:
*How it works.
*Explanation of Kooth chats with online practitioners and what young people can expect.
*Explanation of Kooth's other features and support tools for your child/ren.
* Some helpful conversational starters from 'Mental Health First Aid England'
2. Sleep Advice Session with Kingston Parent Carer Forum and Sleepwise
Wednesday 5 May 2021, 10am - 12noon
Hosted by Jan Jenner, a qualified Sleep Expert. Sleep Wise will give you as a parent/carer the tools to help young people's sleep difficulties, within the home. Know what's important with up to the minute, evidence-based, reliable strategies. You can register for this free session event on the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kingston-send-parent-carer-forum-with-jan-jenner-qualified-sleep-expert-tickets-148759661151