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Speech Day and Summer Ball

Speech Day and prizegiving were held on a glorious sunny day at Canford on Friday 28th June, marking the end of the academic year.  

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First British Astronaut takes part in Canford’s Space Celebrations

Each year the final week of the Summer Term at Canford is devoted to a variety of co-curricular, fun, off piste activities offering pupils the chance to learn new skills, known as ‘Spirit of Place.’

This year, in celebration of 50 years’ of the first Moon landing in 1969, the Canford week was appropriately renamed ‘Spirit of Space’ and was packed with exciting challenges across departments. 

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Educational Partnership Day 2019

The second Canford Educational Partnership Day was held on Friday 14th June. It also offered the opportunity to explore the scope of life beyond school and the variety of career options open to pupils today, and to prepare for the potential career paths of the future.

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Canford film-maker impresses at History Festival

Young film maker, William Walters, currently in the Fifth Form at Canford School, has received widespread acclaim at the premiére of his film ‘Downlands’ at the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire on Monday 24th June.

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City Reach Summer Camp 2019

Children from the inner city community of Northam, Southampton, came to Canford over the weekend of 15th-16th June for the annual, fun filled activity camp.

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Cambridge Essay Competition - Third Place

Congratulations to Isabella Woodward, current Lower Sixth pupil, on her achievement as a prizewinner in this year’s essay competition from Newnham College, Cambridge.

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Music success 2019

A number of this year’s Upper Sixth musicians at Canford are celebrating news that they will be continuing their music careers at centres of excellence across the country.  

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'This Canford Life'

Want to know what it’s really like to be a boarder?   Or what the value is of studying Latin?   Or find out which staff have hidden talents?  Then you need to tune in to ‘This Canford Life’ – Canford’s brand new podcast. 

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Financial Times World Today

Many congratulations to Lower Sixth Canfordian Sophie Bearblock who was Highly Commended by the judges in this year’s prestigious World Today writing competition in conjunction with the Financial Times.

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House Regatta 2019

The Canford Boat Club celebrated another great year at its annual House Regatta and Dinner on Saturday 8th June. 

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Layard Theatre 20

An afternoon of celebration marking 20 years since the Layard Theatre opened in May 1999.

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Ten Tors 2019

Many congratulations to all our pupils who took up this year’s Ten Tors Challenge.  Canford entered a record four teams of six pupils in the 2019 competition, two Fourth Form teams completing the 35 mile challenge, and two Lower Sixth completing the 45 miles event. 

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Confirmation Service 2019

This year’s annual confirmation service was held in Canford Magna Parish Church on Saturday 4th May and was once again a wonderful, memorable occasion.

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Rowing Training Camp

Twenty two senior rowers and five staff travelled to the stunning setting of Lago D’Orta in Italy for another very successful training camp over the Easter holidays.

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Colour Run

We did it!  Canford’s first ever Colour Run took place on Sunday 28th April and it was an outstanding success.

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Gold D of E expeditions

Five Canfordians undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award completed a 4 day, 3 night practice expedition in South and Central Wales over the Easter weekend.

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Keith Hay History Dinner

The History Department hosted the third annual Keith Hay Dinner on 25th March, once again in splendid style in the Long Gallery and Old Library. 

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ABRSM Music Success

Many congratulations to Fourth Former Lucy Hancock, who has been awarded the Edie Marr prize in the region from the ABRSM for her Grade 6 flute exam.

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Senior Play

This year’s senior play was Mike Bartlett’s ‘Earthquakes in London’, a challenging snapshot of the complexities of living within a time of globalisation and technology, neatly condensed into five acts.

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St John’s Smith Square

The showcase concert in the Canford music calendar took place on Sunday 24th March in the prestigious London concert venue, St John’s Smith Square.

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Land Rover 4x4

Canford’s intrepid race engineers took part in this year’s Land Rover 4x4 in Schools competition and were delighted to reach the national finals.

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CCF Parade 2019

Canford’s Easter Term always finishes with a flourish including the traditional CCF Biennial Inspection and Parade.

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Open Day

Come and find out more about our award winning education at our next Open Day on Saturday 27th April.

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CCF Tiger Adventurer Norwegian Expedition

Canford School CCF has been embarking for a number of years on a cross-country skiing expedition to Norway on what is described by all who go, as the toughest and the best trip the school offers.

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World Book Day

With the strong focus on literacy within the Canford curriculum, World Book Day was an opportunity to further highlight this to the school community. 

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Gold medals for Canford swimmers

Two Shell pupils, Robbie Hemmings and Conor Cherrington, are celebrating high level success at the recent Dorset Counties swimming championships

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Chamber Choir

On February 14th, Canford’s Chamber Choir travelled to Oxford University to sing a joint service of Eucharist with Oriel College Chapel Choir. 

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Sports Academy

This Easter and Summer, Canford will once again be running its popular sports courses.

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ARTiculation 2019

We wish the very best of luck to Canford Upper Sixth pupil, Loveday Pride who is presenting on the subject ‘Is the concept of Trophies in Art still important and relevant today?’

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Gap Year Fair 2019

Over 50 pupils from both Canford and other local schools explore the exciting options open to them on a Gap Year at an event in Long Gallery on Thursday 7th February.

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Business advice

Sixth Formers at Canford are studying the travel and leisure industry and recently enjoyed meeting several experts from two ends of the business spectrum. 

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D of E Gold Awards

Four OCs who achieved their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold last year received their awards at St James’ Palace from HRH the Earl of Wessex

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Chinese New Year

As part of Canford’s International programme, pupils joined one fifth of the world’s population in celebrating Chinese New Year in fine style over two days with a number of events aimed at offering the opportunity to develop a wider appreciation of Chinese culture. 

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Academic Enrichment

Each year we see pupils produce excellence in written skills through both internal and external essay writing. 

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Drama Festival 2019

This year’s House Drama Festival was another showcase of Canford pupil talent. 

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External Speakers

As part of our Sixth Form enrichment programme, we are delighted to be welcoming to Canford once again a wide range of thought provoking external speakers this term to share their experiences.

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Community work

The work with the model town has involved pupils and staff helping to improve their facilities, principally the water control system and the graphical visitor interface at this popular local attraction.

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Merry Christmas!

As we start the final week of term at Canford, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Boarding Award

Canford is delighted to announce that it has been selected as Independent Boarding School of the Year 2018. 

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Philosophy Dinner

A-level Philosophy and Theology pupils attended the black tie event to hear Rev. Jervis’ insightful talk on epistemology, entitled ‘Sense, Common-sense, Nonsense and Making Sense’. 

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Medics Interviews

12 Upper Sixth pupils applying for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Dentistry attended a practice Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) session in John o’ Gaunts. 

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Visit to RNLI, Poole

A group of Upper Sixth Canfordians from the Engineering Society visited the RNLI in Poole. 

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TES Awards

Canford is delighted to have been shortlisted for two national awards relating to its community action work at home and abroad. 

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London Pre-U Art

Canford Upper Sixth Artists thrilled to exhibit Pre-U work in London.

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Canford Remembers

On Sunday 11th November 2018, the Canford Community joined with millions throughout the country to honour those who gave their lives in the defence of freedom during times of conflict.

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Battlefields Trip

47 Fifth Year pupils and five staff marked the centenary of the end of the First World War by visiting battlefields in Belgium and France

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Awards shortlist

Canford shortlisted in two categories in the Independent School Parent magazine’s inaugural Independent Schools of the Year 2018 awards.

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Enterprises 2018

A varied, challenging and rewarding Whole Day Enterprises for Canfordians involving many members of the wider community. 

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Library News

The library has been a busy place during the first half of term with involvement in a number of national events. 

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Dr Spencer Jones

Leading military historian Dr Spencer Jones spent three days in the school as Historian-in-Residence

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Telling Stories

Canford’s talented pupil artists are holding an exhibition of their Pre-U work at a London gallery.

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IOW Northam Trip

One of the highlights of the year is an activity weekend. One pupil wrote about his experience of the recent Northam Isle of Wight trip

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England Hockey

Three Canford pupils are celebrating selection for the England Hockey National Age Group Squads (NAGS) 

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B-SIDE FESTIVAL 2018

Congratulations to Upper Sixth artist Lily Lloyd who has been selected as one of three young artists to be a Bursary Artist at the b-side Art Festival

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A Levels 2018

Consistent academic excellence at Canford brings another year of high academic achievement at A Level 

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Boat Club honours Derek Drury at House Regatta
Pupils, staff, families and the wider Canford community enjoyed the annual House Regatta on Saturday 9th June, enjoying the action alongside the Pimm’s and cream teas to the sound of the Poole Borough Band.
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CCF collaboration with Poole High School
The Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) was launched on Armed Forces Day in June 2012 by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister with the aim to deliver 100 new cadet units in English state-funded schools by September 2015.
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Ten Tors 2018
This year's Ten Tors 2018 challenge over the weekend of 11 - 13 May was a resounding success all round for Canford. 
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Top university offers at home and abroad for Canfordians
A total of 138 Canfordians applied to universities at home and abroad this year and are celebrating receiving 537 offers, 80% of which are from Russell Group/Sunday Times Top 12 institutions and represent nearly 4 offers per pupil.  
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Senior Play – Andersen’s English
This year’s senior play was Andersen’s English, written by Irish playwright Sebastian Barry and staged in the Layard Theatre on three consecutive nights at the end of the Easter Term.
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Model UN
"It was impressive to see our pupils participating with such enthusiasm and commitment in this exciting inter-schools competition..."
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CCF Annual Parade and Inspection
“An incredible Annual Inspection today at Canford.  It was beautifully choreographed from start to finish with the sort of attention to detail that was a joy to behold.”
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Canford School 'Wins on Waste'
Canford pupils and staff have been working hard on environmental projects this term to raise awareness of recycling and to reduce waste.
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Fifth form tapas evening
Spanish IGSE Fifth Form pupils enjoyed a culturally enriching evening at a tapas restaurant in Bournemouth 
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French trip to Provence
Canfordians immersed themselves in the French culture and language on a half term break in Southern France
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Lighthouse Concert
Pupils and their families, staff and members of the wider Canford community gather for a wonderful musical evening
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Congress to Campus
Canford Sixth Formers studying A Level Politics took part in the 'Congress to Campus' conference at Wellington College   
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Roche Art Regional Finalist
Many congratulations to Upper Sixth former Rebecca Alcaraz who has won a place in the regional finals of the prestigious Roche Art ARTiculation competition 2017.
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Winning Form in National Pony Racing
Canfordians develop a wide and varied range of talents, which makes them interesting and engaging young people as individuals and results in a rich and diverse school community.   One such pupil is Shell Digby Shepherd.
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