Dear Parents, Students and Staff
Oh my word - I need to lie down!
I had foolishly imagined working from home might slow the pace somewhat - but it turns out the opposite is true. How busy have we all been?! And who knew how good we would all be at this remote learning milarlkey? With the exception of one or two silly incidents, you have all been marvellous - that's students, staff and parents - because let's not forget, we really are all in this together.
I so enjoyed our virtual assembly this afternoon. There was so much to cover, including some important announcements which I hope your children have shared with you, if not I have re-capped on a few here.
The first is I'm afraid, is a cross one. Would you believe some rotter has stolen the Canbury deer which has welcomed us into school every day? I'm fit to be tied I'm so mad. I have sent the Police the CCTV footage we have of the scroundrel and I would ask anyone who uses Twitter to please retweet it using the hastag #bringherhome
In more positive news, thank you for the prefect applications. I will be in touch next week to discuss how the school will vote for their new prefect team.
And a third important message is regarding next week's newsletter - next Friday is the special VE Day 75th anniversary Bank Holiday. If you are doing anything (socially distanced if necessary) to mark this day please do send in your photos and we will include them the following week. If however you want to send in any other photos for next week's Newsletter, they need to be with us by 10am on THURSDAY 7th May. Thank you.
Victory in Europe day happened on 8 May 1945 when Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies and meant an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; it had destroyed homes, families, and cities, and had brought huge suffering to the populations of entire countries.
Millions of people rejoiced in the news that Germany had surrendered, and that war was finally over. In towns and cities across the world, people marked the victory with street parties, dancing and singing.
When this Coronavirus is over, we too will be rejoicing and that will be our VC day maybe - Victory over Corona Day.
One man who would have witnessed the rejoicing on the 8th May 1945 was Colonel Tom Moore.
He celebrated his 100th Birthday this week and raised over £30, 000, 000 for NHS charities. I found this lovely little animation from Westfield Primary School who were inspired by @captaintommoore and about his resilient approach to life that has brought hope to so many.
We watched this and remembered that Colonel Tom always says “tomorrow is a good day.”
Phew, that was a long message! Have a lovely weekend, stay home, protect the NHS, save lives. And let's bring our Canbury deer back home to her rightful place.
Stay safe. Kind regards,
Students of the week
Layla, Evia and Freddie for excellent work on their "Wind in the Willows" reviews.
Evia, Jessica and Ollie for their thoughtful contributions during discussions in PSHE this week.
Evia, Thomas and Karim for some well-crafted descriptive writing in English. Read on to see some of it.
Angus for always appearing on camera at the start of English with his microphone muted and reading away. Perfect. Just like an English lesson at school. (There are others who might have been the same but they were camera-shy.
Angus for his excellent work on weird imaginary creatures in English.
Evia for her thoughtfulness and support of others
Anders and Ross for imaginative, descriptive and detailed attention to their soundscape compositions in Music this week. Well done!
Zac for his descriptive pre and post lockdown writing in English, especially with its delicious twist at the end.
Flora for brilliant work in her "Wind in the Willows" review.
Connor, Carl, Zac, Flora, Peter and Adam for a fantastic Graphics lesson and for making such a good start on their new project. Look out for their Banksy-inspired posters coming to the newsletter soon. House points for all.
Excellent interactive Spanish lessons from all involved this week as we discussed Dracula’s castle and Shrek’s cave! Special mention to Anders for his multi-tasking.
Emilia for outstanding effort, confidence and imaginative ideas for her soundscape in Music.
Phoebe for her very well-crafted pre and post lockdown description in English. Otti’s also deserves special mention but is rather long to include here. Hers was remarkable for all sorts of reasons ー not least for its inventive, individual approach. I should also give a shout out for Alannah’s and Matthew’s efforts.
Harry A for his brilliant "Wind in the Willows" review.
Wonderful interactive Spanish lesson once again from all involved.
Huge congratulations to Armani, Harry B and Seb for completing GCSE Spanish role plays in our Google Hangout!
Excellent efforts in English from all Mr Natt's class wrestling with a very challenging topic/task. Perfect netiquette too!
Seb for his excellent work on his Thessaloniki brochure in Travel and Tourism.
Amy, Rosie and Caitlin for a great start with their new projects depicting and capturing the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. Rosie has been busy researching and exploring documentary photography, Amy has started a fantastic visual isolation diary and Caitlin has been contemplating and responding to the question "Isolation - how is it for you?" Says Mrs Smith:"I’m looking forward to seeing these projects develop. Well done girls."
Emily and Amy for their application to English in these strange times and circumstances.
Tremendous Spanish work from Matt, Alex, Pascal and Emily this week as they create their own personal phrase books.
Emily and Matt for excellent work completing their BTEC Sport course.
Luca for a great start learning a new editing software and developing his skills.
Eugenia for a great piece of work inspired by Yayoi Kusama.
Top tips and reflections - Did you notice any helpful thoughts you would like to share? Think positive no matter what. If you are upset then don't bottle it up, talk to someone a friend or a family member. Alex B.
Staying fit in lockdown - that's the Canbury way!
Writes Mr Barnes: "There’s been some more fantastic commitment to staying physically active during lockdown from Canbury students this week. Harry A completed three Joe Wicks workouts for his games lesson on Tuesday, Otti cycled over 15km (!) in torrential conditions, Alannah took part in yoga sessions, Harry B started his couch to 5k journey and Seb and Emilia devised their own home workout sessions. Well done everyone!
Top tips and reflections - what can you be grateful for today? Music, reading, spending time with animals. Anonymous.
Talking of the 2.6 challenge.....
And talking of exercise...
Since the government changed guidelines around people with ASD being able to go out for exercise more than once a day, some have been worried about being challenged or wondering whether they needed ID.
Canbury has been sent the below link to the AfC local offer page, where parents can input their child's details and they will be sent a letter that they can either print or show on their phone if they are challenged (assuming that AfC are able to access and get up to date information): https://kr.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/local-offer/information-and-advice/covid-19-updates-and-resources/about-this-section/evidence-of-eligiblity-form
How our world has changed, by Evia Y7.
Students have produced some wonderful pictures-in-words, reflecting on how different the everyday outside world seems. In this week's newsletter we bring you a selection.
The empty streets house the dimly lit, abandoned shops. A thick layer of dust coats the unused glass doors. The peaceful hum of the wind is the only thing to be heard in these usually roaring streets. While weeks before the rush of people would be overwhelming, now the quiet streets cause the feeling of abandonment and loneliness. You can almost see the flow of people pouring into the cafes and restaurants that are now deserted.
The SEND Advisory Support available online
This virtual support service is for both the wider community and schools in their response to supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The local authority is working in partnership with CCG colleagues, NHS providers and third sector organisations to provide this SEND advisory support line: https://kr.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/local-offer/information-and-advice/covid-19-updates-and-resources/send-advisory-support
Top tips and reflections - Did you notice any helpful thoughts you would like to share? Don’t look too far ahead but take one day at a time. Anonymous.
This week in Yr 7 PSHE the focus was 'Being Kind'. The class came up with a number of ways to show kindness when online, such as:
Sharing funny jokes
Talking to family members on video calls
Using polite language
Leaving kind comments on posts
Helping others with their work
Joining up with others to play team games.
We hope these ideas inspire you to show a little kindness online this week!
Top tips and reflections - check this out: Pandapia - lots of panda videos bound to make you smile - @pandapia_channel. Mrs Davies.
How our world has changed, by Thomas Y7.
The streets which were usually bustling with people going to work are now deserted. The many shops that were open and crammed with people are now empty and closed. The lights in the restaurants that shone in the darkness are now themselves black. The cars that used to trundle down the streets now don’t move. The usual stream of people to the supermarket has thinned to a trickle.
Top tips and reflections - what can you be grateful for? For the NHS helping to fight the virus. Karim.
Photograph the colour challenge - go on, what else would you be doing?
Mrs Veacock and Mr Bourgi have set you a great challenge for the weekend. Go and take a picture of something interesting for each of the coloured boxes above. They say try and be as creative as possible, and that the best group of photographs win.
Please insert you photos on to the slide and then hand in on the google classroom once you have finished. Only entries handed in this way can be included. Please do not email photos as they cannot be judged this way.
You Have until Monday 4th May, so get snapping and don't forget - be creative! Good luck.
Top tips and reflections - I looked after myself by: Going running. Ain.
Thinking outside the box - lunchtime and after school clubs continue, just in a different way!
Here at Canbury we don't let a world pandemic cause us to give up easily. Our lunchtime and after school clubs (yes you read that right - after school clubs) continue to run. A letter was sent out to everyone this week asking you to choose which clubs (there are clubs covering all years and tastes) you would like to attend. If you can't find it, do email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the google doc to complete.
So whether you're missing Miss Patrycja's yoga or statistics with Ms Boyle, if you fancy trying to beat Mrs Rich at pictionary, checking in with Mr Barnes and Mr Sutton after a solo run, a social chit chat with Ms Darr, or scrap book making with Mrs Bowen, beating Mr Natt at online Chess or Sudoku or an Art and Photography catch up with Mrs Veacock, there really is something for EVERYONE! In addition, there are plenty of catch-up on classwork and extra revision tips clubs for those taking exams upon our much awaited return to the building. Get looking at that form.
Top tips and reflections - I looked after myself by: Cycling on my cycling machine. Anonymous.
How our world has changed, by Karim Y7 (an extract).
The street looks quiet, silent and still. Two or three months ago the streets would have looked busy and crowded. There were bright lights where everything glowed with brightness. Everything looks dull now whereas before everything looked beautiful. It has lost magic and it just looks extremely ugly and horrible.
How our world has changed, by Zac Y8.
Walking around the town centre, it looks utterly deserted. Shops shut, streets bare, masked officials everywhere. Not a soul around. Nobody. Absolutely nobody. Six months ago, the high street was the hub of the town where people gathered. Back then it was teeming with people. Shoppers, people out on a day trip, people getting a bite to eat. Old people, young people, men, women. Day and night.
A while back, the town centre was busy and loud. You could hear people chattering, car engines whirring, bells chiming and planes overhead. Today it couldn't be more different. There is an eerie silence broken only by birdsong and the occasional siren from an emergency vehicle.
At first, the changes seemed confusing, as if all the life of the usually vibrant town centre had drained away. But now it feels strangely comforting and calming. Orderly queues for the odd open shop, people staying two metres apart, no loud conversations and crowds. Just the way I always wanted it.
How we're keeping busy.
How our world has changed, Phoebe Y9.
Now, the city streets are dead. Empty of people, the atmosphere is dark and depressing. Where once illuminated shop windows displayed everything from fashion to flowers, they remain closed up and in complete darkness. No longer crowded and congested, the shopping centre has been abandoned by all human life. The streets are now clear and clean; no rubbish is left littering the surroundings.
Presently, there is a still, creepy silence. No longer can the chattering voices of passing pedestrians be heard. Only the sounds of nature ー birds singing and the rustling of leaves in the trees ㄧ now fill the air. Where once the noise of cars revving their engines disturbed daily life, there is now only a quiet hush.
It’s difficult to remember what life was like before; all the fun and adventure has gone. Loneliness and isolation have taken over. Everything has changed. A new lifestyle has begun for everyone.
How we're keeping busy.
How our world has changed, Matthew Y9.
Emptiness, loneliness. That’s how our towns are now. You could walk the entire length of the high street and not see a single person. You used to bump into twenty pedestrians in thirty seconds. And you would turn around and yet bump into somebody else. At night time, you can’t see a thing unless you use your phone torch and the lights to guide you. It’s deserted, imagine cars driving past you and getting blinded by the light. Well, that’s what we experienced less than ten weeks ago. It was clockwork, yet now we’ve lost the key.
You hear only the whistling wind, whereas you could hear every restaurant serving, every ATM machine announcing their presence. Every car honking their horn whenever they saw something slightly unorthodox.