Students of the week
All of Year 7 have been absolute stars in Science. Particular mention to Carl who lets nothing get in his way, and Zac for just being amazing.
Zac and Flora for going onto Complete Maths and doing lots of questions. Well done to the others who logged in too.
Year 7 made a great start in Music and Drama participating with enthusiasm and courage. Well done, we all particularly enjoyed Zac’s "Two truths and a lie" and how he managed to fool the group.
Ottilie and Kiran for their stylishly expressed invitations to stay at Canbury Sunshine Camp - "the holiday you’ll never forget"!
Ain for fantastic progress this week.
Alannah and Kiran for being the fastest on the 3 times tables. Will you be the next Rock Legends?
Ottilie and Harry A for excellent recall of the terminology we need to remember about nutrition in Science.
Kiran for an excellent start to the year in Mathematics.
True for excellent participation and a “can do” attitude in Drama.
Oskar for his excellent start to the term in English.
Victor for his very thoughtful comments in English.
Rhian for an excellent start to her Mathematics at Canbury.
Ellie for her 'can do' attitude in Mathematics.
Oskar for excellent work in Mathematics, and for his 'can-do' attitude in Chemistry.
Rhian for an excellent attitude in Drama and for being so helpful to others.
Cate for her excellently written and fantastically delivered rant in English.
Matthew for having a score of 1.16 seconds a question on ttrockstars. "Matt you are a ROCK LEGEND," says Mrs Allen.
Joe for coming back to school determined to exceed his target grade in Science GCSE.
Ijaaz for having an epiphany moment when learning about isotopes in Physics.
Felix for being able to describe the reactions of alkali metals in Chemistry.
Dean for being able to give examples of “negative feedback” in Biology.
Felix you are a ROCK GOD on ttrockstars 0.92 secs/question, Faysal you are a ROCK LEGEND on 1.17 secs/question.
All of them for their purposeful and committed start to English - a joy to teach.
You may have noticed from your son or daughter’s timetable a reorganisation in the way that Science is delivered at Canbury. Year 7 has five lessons a week with Mrs Johnson, and Year 8 five lessons with Mr Scaldwell. In each case, they will rotate around Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.
Year 9 have started their GCSE Combined Science course, with their examination in 2021. They have six lessons per week - two each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Similarly, Years 10 and 11 will have Biology, Chemistry and Physics weekly
All students will use colour-coded exercise books or folders - green for Biology, red for Chemistry and purple for Physics.
An exciting new development is that Mr Scaldwell is offering a Science club on Thursday afternoons for weird and wacky enrichment activities. In addition, Mrs Johnson is running a drop in clinic on Friday afternoons as part of Homework Club. So plenty of opportunities there to further enhance your Science skills, or indeed go over and consolidate your learning.
Newer members of the Canbury family may not be aware that we regularly host younger visitors from nearby Parkhill School to our Science laboaratory. Here's what Director of Studies, Philip Stevenson has to say about this initiative:
"Park Hill Prep school has been visiting the Canbury School science laboratory for a year and are always so warmly welcomed by both the pupils and staff. The children are excited for their science lessons and the laboratory setting simply adds to the curiosity. Having access to the Canbury laboratory has enabled us to carry out investigations not possible on our school site and the children have really benefitted from this. Examples of work carried out include dissections of lungs and hearts, tests for and growing bacteria, and investigating solutions using Bunsen burners. This has really enhanced the quality of science they are receiving and means our children can carry out investigations and experiments, and extend their ability to think critically, in an A level standard lab. We look forward to continuing to drive progress with the help of Canbury school."
This week has been BookBuzz week in English - a scheme to encourage reading. Years 7 and 8 have been choosing which book they would like from the BookBuzz books on offer. When these arrive in school (it might take a little while) each student in those year groups will have the gift of a bright, new book.
The English Department is very keen that all students should read frequently and regularly. Reading is a major contribution to all manner of language development skills as well as a great source of enjoyment.
Meanwhile, Year 8 have been busily promoting Canbury as if it was a holiday resort. Here are a couple of extracts from their creative re-imaginings:
"We are situated in a perfect location. You can easily get to London, in 30 minutes, by train from our local train station and we are just a couple of steps away from a beautiful countryside like setting of Richmond Park.
You will love our beautiful and tastefully decorated bedrooms! Inside each breath-taking suite there is ample storage space, an entertainment system and a double, half kings size bed. I am sure you will love it all!"
"If you love clean floors, soft carpets, books, lovely food and relaxation, then this is the perfect holiday resort for you!"
They bumped into Edward Jenner who trained there, and also Dr Ranj Singh from ITV's "This Morning" programme and who is appearing in this year's "Strictly Come Dancing". Just another typical day in the life of Canbury.....
A warm welcome back to school from our Sixth Form students...
We hope you had a nice summer.
As Canbury tradition goes we only keep growing in numbers and that is exactly what’s happened in Sixth Form this year . We are now seven instead of two.
That is Miles, Harry, Ben, Chris, Mia, Oscar and me (Margaux) all being lead by Mrs Littler, our new Head of Sixth Form.
Unfortunately our Sixth Form block is yet to arrive but that hasn’t stopped us from jumping right into our courses of ICT, Business Studies, Childcare, Art, Travel and Mathematics along with Sports and PSHE.
An expanding Sixth Form means more responsibilities, more independence and more fun while enjoying school and learning together.
I’m sure we are in for an amazing journey through the coming school year. As always we will keep you updated.
In further Sixth Form news, Oscar has written an insightful account of the team building day the students went on last week. Read on to learn more.
We arrived at school for 8am but didn’t hit the road until 8:15am, after checking everyone was present and accounted for. One hour later, we finally made it to Runway's End Outdoor Centre where the first thing we gazed upon was the giant rock climbing wall (we would have to wait until the end of our trip to face that ‘beast’).
After we associated ourselves with our guide, we set out for the first of many bonding activities. There was easy stuff such as throwing a tennis ball to each other and then two tennis balls, to more challenging stuff such as constructing a pathway out of pieces of guttering, moving a golf ball along it and moving the pieces to help it on its path. Then one at a time, we went to look at a picture made out of blocks, the one person who looked at the picture could not help construct it. Sixth form teams then attempted to recreate the picture. That person would need to support the others verbally, although some of us including me, could not resist helping construct our perfect recreation! On to the next activity where we were given a long knotted rope and blindfolds and we were tasked to create two triangles on our own and then we had to walk on an enormous rubber band together from one side of a field to the other.