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Your February 2024 Round-Up of Other News...

In this edition...

  • Barnet FC Academy News
  • UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge
  • Staff Quiz - round 2
  • Half-Term Intervention Sessions
  • English National Opera trip



No. 24    Patrick Matejko



Barnet FC played North Greenford on January 30th as part of the Middlesex County Cup.

            Barnet FC  0 - 3  North Greenford

The team contained 2 players from the 1st Team squad and the rest from our Academy.  We kept it low key beforehand, because we were a little nervous at the step up in level, but they played really well, had a goal disallowed at 1-0 down (I would never argue with the referee, but looked onside to me).

The final result was not what we hoped for, but for much of the game they were the better team. It was a great learning experience and a real example of all that the Barnet FC - Canons High partnership delivers. I know there is still work to be done with some individuals on the programme, but we can still be proud of what they achieve as a group.

Thanks are due to all the hard work done, so much of it unseen, by Canons personnel Mr James O'Dowd, Mr Anton Smith, Mr Andy Driscoll and all the other coaches involved.

Mr Simon Newton | Business Manager 




Barnet FC Academy News

Great News as we hear that Canons High Sixth Form Student and Barnet FC Academy midfielder Patrick Matejko has been registered with the first team.

Captain of Barnet U18s, Patrick played a crucial role and scored the opening goal in their FA Youth Cup 4-1 win over local rivals Boreham Wood at The Hive Stadium. 

Barnet FC Academy Manager James O’Dowd said

“This is fantastic news. Patrick is a terrific young man, and this signing stands as a testament to his dedication and consistent hard work both on and off the pitch.

Credit must also be given to the academy staff who have worked tirelessly with him since his arrival.”

Matejko has been given the number 24 shirt for The Bees.

 Congratulations, Patrick!















What were the 25, progressively harder, multiple choice questions that they had to tackle in 60 minutes. 

Well, here they are, so have a go yourself.

Answers can be found at the very bottom of this news round-up.





Intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge 2024

The Maths Department is so proud to share the outstanding results of the Intermediate UKMT competition that a group of our students sat last week.
We had 65 students participating with 14 Bronze, 25 Silver and 8 Gold Certificate winners. 9 students got amazing scores and qualified for the next round.
All qualifying students will receive a personalised invitation for this Challenge on Thursday 21st March 2024. Incidentally, our Year 9s did better than our Year 10s and 11s. 🙂
Intermediate UKMT encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency to make students think. The problems on the Intermediate Maths Challenge are designed to make students think, most are accessible yet still challenge those with more experience.
Certificate Thresholds:
Bronze: 47+
Silver: 61+
Gold: 77+
All students below the Bronze threshold receive a certificate of Participation.
Year 9 Gold Certificates for the following students:
Esmatullah S.  Ema-Marinela C.  Edward P.
Yusra S.  & Ali D. (Best in year 9) 84 Marks

Year 10s (no gold Certificates)

Year 11s Gold Certificates for the following students:
Leo L.   Manav S.   Dennys B. (Best in school) 88 Marks

Second round Qualifiers needed the following scores:
for the 'Grey Kangaroo': 72+
for the 'Pink Kangaroo': 84+

Many congratulations to the following students qualifying for the next round- 'Grey Kangaroo' (as follow-on Rounds to the Intermediate Maths Challenge, the Grey Kangaroos are 60 minute, 25 multiple choice challenges.)
Ali D. (missed the Pink Kangaroo by just 1 mark)  Yusra S.  Edward P.  Ema Marinela C.
Esmatullah S.  Aryan B. & Karina U.

Following Year 11s qualified for Pink kangaroo (as follow-on Rounds to the Intermediate Maths Challenge, the Pink Kangaroos are 60 minute, 25 multiple choice challenges.)
Dennys B. & Manav S.

Well done everyone!


Mrs P Balani | Maths Dept.







The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

are taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling hopeless, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show life is always worth living. 




Staff Quiz Evening

Hopefully becoming a regular fixture (there have been two now) is the Canons' Staff Quiz.

Introduced and organised by Mr Ben Rawlings, Leader of the Faculty of Sport, Health & Wellbeing, the teams who had originally formed themselves for the first quiz, regrouped and entered into the spirit of this fun after-school event with determination, gusto and plenty of snacks.

The question rounds were varied and not too easy, certainly pushing the brain power and general knowledge recollection of the quiz teams to their limits in some cases.

Whilst taken quite seriously by the teams in the spirit of friendly competition, these quizzes are a fantastic way for the staff to relax, socialise and reform the camaraderie which was unavoidably erroded during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

These quizzes are really great for our wellbeing and staff relationships.

The prize for the winning team is just the prestige and self satisfaction of being the best.  A team formed from members of our English department, cleverly calling themselves 'Agatha Quiztie' were the winners this time.

The entry fees and any other money raised, which amounted to £290, was donated to CALM, a great charity which Mr Rawlings has been actively supporting for many years.

Huge thanks to all the teams that took part but especially to Mr Rawlings for another brilliant quiz. Roll on the next one!










February Half-Term Intervention Sessions

It was good to see so many of our Year 11 students attending the different intervention sessions we had organised and run over the February half-term break..

It would be easy to spend the whole of a half-term break at home relaxing or watching a box-set, but with their final GCSE exams now just around the corner, the opportunity to attend a dynamic revision session with their teachers at school was what many wisely opted to do.

Re-covering topics, running through past exam papers, asking for that bit that's always got you a bit confused to be explained again, confirming what you thought you knew, gaining confidence in your own topic knowledge - this is what intervention sessions are all about.

Thank you and well done to all our students who attended, and huge thanks to our staff who came in to run these sessions during their half-term break.

















English National Opera 'The Handmaid's Tale' trip

Accompanied by staff from our English Department, our A-Level English students enjoyed a fantastic operatic performance of 'The Handmaid's Tale', presented by the English National Opera at the Coliseum Theatre in London.

Margaret Atwood's major novel of the same name is studied as part of our A-Level course and fits into the Dystopian Literature genre which features in our curriculum, along with the classic 'Nineteen Eighty Four' by George Orwell.

The ENO's operatic adaptation retained the book's shocking and disturbing imagining of a twisted future society, brought to dramatic life through music and singing that draws on medieval Chants and gospel music. It was very powerful.






UKMT Maths Challenge ANSWERS