Dear Parents and Pupils
I thought it would be nice to write to you all as we come to the end of the half term, to reflect on some of the great things that have happened at Canonbury this term, and to look at some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
To begin with this has been a wonderful term in terms of sporting achievements. Our school football team went to represent Arsenal in the National tournament held at Anfield. They were able to stay overnight and despite not coming home with the trophy did extremely well against the best the country had top offer. Thanks to the children and parents who have represented and supported the school team and to Karl and Cate, our staff members who made this happen and gave up their time. Just this week our girl’s football team won the Islington Access to Sports Project, Girls Primary School Football tournament. More of this will follow in the next newsletter, coming out immediately after the half term holiday.
This term has also seen the launch of a new Friday “Not the World Cup” tournament, which is the brainchild of our acting Headteacher, James Wiltshire and Karl our sports coach. The tournament will take place during the lunch hour and should provide a focus which will captivate the children and help improve excitement and engagement during the lunch break. There will be medals, trophies and celebrations when the results of the tournament are announced in the last week of term.
Our tennis team have also won the Islington mini-tennis tournament and now go on to play at the London Youth games. Our Hockey and football teams as you may remember have already represented Islington at the London youth games for their sports so this is becoming something of a pattern, which is great for our school and our children.
I have enjoyed coming back from my Executive Headteacher work at Copenhagen School and seeing Canonbury each Monday and Friday whilst working with James and the staff team to shape the school as it grows and develops. The environment looks amazing and this is a testimony to the growing influence of Barry with his Artistic talents, as well as reflecting the hard work of our teaching and support staff as they develop the International primary Curriculum across the school. pupils seem to be demonstrating a high level of artistic skills and the quality of displayed art is becoming truly outstanding. We are hopeful that this summer we will be able to build a new Art modeling suite and recommission use of our kiln as part of this. Some of these pictures below show our children at work in the Art Room.
As a school we are aware from the parental survey this term that understanding at home about the content of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is still inconsistent, and we are aiming to do more through Parentlink and by putting a new video on our website, to ensure this is all fully explained.
We have two more exciting school journeys ahead this term. When the Year 6 children return after the holiday they are heading to Kingswood Activity Centre in Norfolk for a week of activities and challenges. Then Year 4 will head for the, now annual, day trip to France. Canonbury is a school where trips and visits are really valued and it is exciting for our children to know they can go overseas in Year 4, faring for a week in Year 5 and on an activity holiday in Year 6. Again you should all feel proud of the efforts made to fund raise for all these trips, which ensures that every child can attend regardless of financial background.
Finally I promised I’d also mention Al Harper, Steve Boswell, Paul Makin and Lu Zurawski, plus a few ex-parents who are all raising money for Breast and Prostate Cancer by cycling from Brest in Brittany to Ars in Ile de Re. If anyone wishes to support this fantastic, if badly named (I believe it originated from a night in the Compton Arms following a football match), venture then please go to the following site:
Have a wonderful half term and I hope that your children return to Canonbury on June 3rd, refreshed and excited about the learning ahead of them.
Matt Britt, Executive Headteacher