A very important Save the Date for your diaries. Saturday 21st September will see our annual all-singing all-dancing showcase Open Morning. It's the one Saturday in the year when I expect ALL students in school, uniform on and ready to show prospective parents and students around Canbury.
All our students have benefited from the "Canbury package", whether that is the positive working environment, the very many extra curricular activities on offer or the inclusive and supportive pastoral and nurturing setting in which we all operate. The Canbury Open Morning is therefore the students' chance to give something back.
I do hope our DoFE candidates are getting on with their coursework which is the final part they need to do. I do so love the DoFE initiative. It's such a positive thing to do. We asked Rhian in Year 9 for three words which sum up DoFE. She said "Fun. Different. Exploration". Super! The photograph at the top of the Newsletter is yet another one from the recent qualifying expedition. I can't get enough of them!
It's just as well our students are so active, as we always seem to be eating cake! Please don't forget to get baking for next Friday's cake sale in aid of the "Born too Soon" charity. Break time will see us gathered in the hall with lots of 'oooohing' and 'arhhing' as we indulge our sweet cravings and make money for a jolly good cause, the Neonatal Unit at Kingston Hospital. Please please remember we are a nut free school. Thank you.
I am really very pleased to give a special mention to Lucas in Year 8 who has written a wonderful piece of prose in English. It is stunning and featured in this newsletter. Well done Lucas.
Students of the week
Zac for coming top in the history test on the Norman Conquest with a brilliant 86%!
Zac for excellent vocabulary work and Flora for clear, correct answers in English.
Lucas for some excellent writing in English. It was so good Mr Natt has asked for it to be included below.
Max for some excellent contributions in English discussion work.
Amy and Cate for some first rate writing in English. Joe, Alexander and Rosie for great strides forward in their writing.
Miles for a well prepared presentation and discussion as part of his English examination.
Running off exam stress - beat the blues and boost your grades!
Mrs Branney always has her hands full. Not only is she deputy head, but she teaches Geography, she's the school SENCo and the exams officer, and that's just the tip of the ice berg. No wonder she's always running around being busy!
But Mrs Branney is also very good at finding ways to manager stress - yes, even teachers get stressed. As well as singing in a choir, she's an avid runner and now, once again, there's news that running really is very very good for you. Take a look at this story on the BBC website about managing exam stress, and indeed any stress, with a good old run. You don't have to be fast. You don't have to run far. You just need to get moving and out of breath for a bit. Try it, and send us your pictures so we can share them here in the newsletter. Go on, you know you want to. To get you started, we've shared a few of our own running pictures. Look how happy running makes us feel! Who knows, come August results day, our students may be running to Canbury to collect their results, not coming by car! Send your photos to email@example.com
Exam etiquette - how we can all help our students do their very best.
Writes Mrs Branney: "External examinations start in earnest next week on Tuesday 14th May. The history room will be out of action, so all lessons which would normally be held in this classroom will be re-located. Please do not use the stairs by the history room either at this time, use only the main staircase at the front of the building. I would respectfully ask that you are quiet when moving from lesson to lesson over the course of the examinations. Signs on the doors need to be adhered to.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our year 11 students the very best with their examinations."
Well done Lucas
Mr Natt was so impressed at a piece of English work written by Lucas in Year 8 that he wanted to share it in the Newsletter. Read on for a gripping piece of prose. Very well done Lucas! Students had to write a piece in response to the photograph below.
"The school looked like a tornado had passed through. The wallpaper was peeling away like dry skin. A door hung ajar like it was about to go SNAP off its hinges. You could hear the echoes of your footsteps as you walk down the deserted corridors. What used to be a royal blue handrail passed by hundreds of children, became brown, rusted and abandoned. A pencil pot dropped off the table with a Brobdingnagian CRASH, which, again, echoed through the uninhabited school. The outside of the haunted-looking school looked as though it was about to crumble, with half cracked windows and children's drawings in the windows. All had rotted over time. With the wind picking up, the swings screeched up and down as if the children were still playing and dead leaves tumbled across the neglected grounds with an eerie WHOOSH. With an almighty CRASH, a big black ball CUT through the upstairs music studio. The wrecking ball heaved away from the carnage, pulling dust and debris with it, preparing for the next strike."
News from the poolside
National Citizen Service - what a glorious way to while away some of your summer. Read on for what to do to have some fun and make more friends.
Meet the member of staff
Passengers please embark, passengers please embark. We hope Miss Scott has got her sea legs ready, because she's off for an adventure on the high seas. In this week's "meet the teacher" we take five minutes with our drama and music teacher as we bid her a fond farewell.