On Friday, May 28, 2021, family, friends, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the 75 graduates of the Canterbury School Class of 2021. This remarkable group of graduates received acceptance to more than 130 colleges and universities across the country and around the world. They will now embark on to more than 40 different colleges and universities.
On Thursday, May 27, 2021, students from the Class of 2025, along with their parents and members of Canterbury’s faculty gathered in the Murphy Sports Center to celebrate the accomplishments of those preparing to leave the Middle School.
We have a future video game developer in our midst! Freshman student Alexa G. ’24 wowed the class with her video game design as her final project for Introduction to Software Development with Mr. Rodriguez.
Did you know you can earn a black belt in the recorder? In Ms. Truesdale’s music classes, you can! From a novice to the final advanced black belt test, Ms. Truesdale trains her music students to be ‘karate masters’ of the recorder.
Canterbury School would like to congratulate all of the Upper School students recognized for their efforts in academics, athletics, the arts, and service for the 2020-2021 school year. Please enjoy the booklet below honoring our recipients. Congratulations to all!
Our fifth-grade science classes are having waves of fun! For the past month, they have studied oceans and ocean life. Throughout the week of May 17 - 21, each class had a chance to present their findings.
How do you reach a younger audience? Who better to ask than the audience you are trying to reach! This was the problem that Florida Weekly tasked a group of our Upper School students in Canterbury’s LIFT OFF Entrepreneur Program for their final project this semester.
We are proud to announce that Sophia B. ’25, Aleef C. ’25, Andrew D. ’25, Dusty D. ’25, Ellie M. ’25, and Olivia T. ’25 were selected as 2021 National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award recipients!
The light bulb is on for our seventh-grade entrepreneurs! On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, our Middle School Entrepreneurship class met again with the Edison and Ford Winter Estates to present their plans on how to help the business grow.
Canterbury’s Track and Field Team wrote the last chapter in their “Finish Together” story at the FHSAA 1A Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday, May 7, 2021. As a result of their teamwork and commitment, the team earned 11 medals!
As the World Languages Department Chair, Dr. Mary Smith is dedicated to opening her students’ eyes and immersing them in a language’s culture. In April 2021, she led her AP Spanish students on a field trip to Immokalee to learn about the lives of migrant farmers.
Our Varsity Track and Field team is headed to the State Championships! On Thursday, May 6, 2021, they began their trek up to Jacksonville to compete all day on Friday, May 7. We are immensely proud to have such a large group of athletes going this year! We wish them all the best of luck.
For the past eight weeks, ten of our student-athletes have been participating in the Desire to Lead program. Desire to lead is an online leadership program founded by Jeremy Boone a sports performance and leadership development coach for more than twenty years.
Our Spanish III students are merging their foreign language and technology skills! In a project called, “App Smash”, Señora Abad pushed her students’ skills as they built a presentation using Google Slides, Google Earth, and Screencastify.
The latest edition of The Lair, Canterbury’s yearbook, officially made its debut! We would like to recognize Mr. Grey and the yearbook staff for their dedication to creating such a fantastic book full of creativity and memorable moments.
Canterbury’s Varsity Track Team had a fantastic day at the FHSAA 1A District 12 meet on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Evangelical Christian School. Several athletes will advance to the regional meet next Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the Community School of Naples.
Arabella L. ’21 earned the top scholarship from Voices of Naples, an auditioned choral ensemble and non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education and scholarship funds. The Voices of Naples financial scholarship is given to seniors pursuing a major in Music.
During the week of March 15, the Middle School celebrated Poetry Week. All week long, students in grades 5-8 learned to write different types of poetry, participated in poetry-related discussions, and even took part in a "March Madness" poetry bracket.
Sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica recognizes “high achievement in Spanish or Portuguese and promotes the continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.”
Congratulations to several of our Lower School students for being recognized in the 2021 Florida Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Their drawings were selected by judges at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from hundreds of entries from all over the state.
Congratulations to our students for an incredible performance at the 66th annual State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida STEM Competition, which concluded Friday, April 9, 2021, with the Grand Awards Ceremony online.
Mrs. West’s American History class had a chance to step back in time before Spring Break! She hosted a “Progressive Era Dinner Party”, allowing her students to act out famous progressive figures in American History and give them a chance to interact over a meal.
Those who thought our Virtual Trivia Night for our Canterbury Alumni would be just like any other Thursday were seriously mistaken! What we didn't know was that a husband and wife duo, Michael and Marissa Kushner, Canterbury Class of 2005, would be competing against each other in an epic battle of Canterbury nostalgia.
Our fifth-grade art students managed to make a splash in this year’s ArtFest Fort Myers! In February 2021, they submitted a project to the We Are Overflowing recycled art exhibit. Turns out, they won Best Creative Use of Materials!
We are incredibly proud of Nicholas D. ’23, who won third place in the category of Physical Therapy. He was one of 27 of our Upper School students who enjoyed a chance to showcase their knowledge in health sciences at the HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) State Leadership Conference.
Congratulations to our Middle School Girls Track team for winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship! Our Middle School Boys Track team took second place. The meet took place at First Baptist Academy on Thursday, March 25.
Canterbury School would like to congratulate our students on another amazing performance at the 2021 Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Regional Science and Engineering Fair and the 2021 Thomas Alva Edison Regional Inventors Fair.
Congratulations to several of our Upper School students on their outstanding performances at the 61st Annual Florida DECA Career Development Conference. The event took place virtually in early March 2021.
On Thursday, March 18, Head of School Rick Kirschner made a visit to the Lower School to speak with the fourth-grade students about an entrepreneurial project. He challenged them to tackle two problems the school faces: curb appeal and inspiration.
Congratulations to our students who participated in this year’s Congres de la Culture Francaise en Floride! Our team competed virtually in the competition on March 12-13, 2021, against 26 other schools throughout Florida. “This third-place ranking is the highest we have ever placed,” praised Madame Bonmere. “I am beyond elated!”
Liam H. ’22 is working hard to raise awareness for the global issue of child trafficking. This inspirational junior is working with his Sanibel Scout Troop 1740 to make both bracelets and brochures to pass out and promote community understanding on the topic.
Lee County’s annual History Fair results were announced Friday, March 5, 2021, and many of our students performed very well! This year’s fair was virtual, making it all the more difficult for the contestants.
Our spring Entrepreneurship students in seventh grade are putting their problem-solving skills to the test! On Tuesday, March 10, 2021, our Middle School Entrepreneurship class met again with Salty Sam’s Marina to present their plans on how to help their business grow.
As February draws to a close, we wanted to take some time to reflect on Black History Month. While our faculty strives to include minority voices, stories, and culture throughout the curriculum year-round, our students engaged in some powerful discussions and projects this month to highlight the contributions African Americans have made to our country.
Step aside, Ms. Frizzle; there is a new science teacher in town! Lucy C. ’29 was our Lower School Science teacher for the day on February 25, 2021. She had the opportunity to teach three classes alongside Mrs. Einstein. Lucy’s parents successfully bid on this great experience during our silent auction at a past Extravaganza.
Mr. Nelson is piloting a program with our Seniors to help them learn more about money! Throughout the globe, many people struggle with their finances; this is primarily because of their knowledge gap. There is a disconnect between what they know and what they should know to succeed. With the help of a guest speaker, Mr. Christopher Pownall, the Seniors will test drive a financial literacy course that, if successful, could become a program for the entire Upper School.
The incredible cast of Bang, Bang, You’re Dead is shining bright in the darkness! Despite tackling the heavy topic of school shootings in their show, their intricate performance manages to spark hope for the redemption of the lead character, Josh.
Have you ever seen a night sky so pretty you wanted to capture it in a bottle? In Mrs. Summit’s eighth-grade science class, you can! Every year, her astronomy unit features an in-class art project where students get to make a “nebula in a bottle”.
Canterbury School is proud to recognize Austin S. ’21 as a Finalist in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Austin will now be considered alongside 15,000 finalists for National Merit Scholarships. The National Merit Scholarship Program will announce the 7,500 finalists selected to receive Merit Scholarship awards beginning in April.
The Canterbury Arts Department would like to shine the spotlight on our oldest Cub Choir members who have stepped into a leadership role! The leaders from Mrs. Landfried's class are Holly T. ’29, Lucy C. ’29, Luca P. ’29, Luna D. ’29, and Riya S. ’29. The leaders from Mrs. Hall’s class are Sophia L. ’29, Noah S. ’29, Sophia R. ’29, Bella R. ’29, and Jolie C. ’29.
On February 8, 2021, Canterbury had two young headmasters in charge for the day! Anabella B. ’28 and Siena B. ’30 served as Heads of School for the Day. It was an opportunity their parents had successfully bid on for them during our live auction at a past Extravaganza. These two sisters enjoyed a busy and exciting day around the whole campus, learning the behind the scenes actions of administrators.
Our Entrepreneurship students have hit the ground running with a new project to tackle! On Thursday, January 28, 2021, our seventh-grade entrepreneurship class took a great field trip to Salty Sam’s Marina!
Canterbury’s fourth annual Cougar Tennis Open was a great success! The event took place on January 30, 2021, at Canterbury’s Tennis Courts. This year’s event was named in honor of the late Mr. Codrin Cojanu, an avid tennis player and supporter of Canterbury’s tennis program.
Our first-ever Lower School Character Council has been hard at work, creating a new project for our Lower School students this month! For the first part of February, from the 1st through the 12th, students will participate in the Fill-A-Bucket challenge.
On January 25, 2021, our Middle School students had their spring semester Honor Assembly. The students had the opportunity to hear from both Mr. Humes, Middle School Dean of Students, and Mr. Kirschner, Head of School, on the importance of the honor code.
Students from Canterbury’s Upper School community performed well in the virtual Gulf Coast Regional HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Competition on January 21, 2021. HOSA gives students an opportunity to study and acquire skills in more than 50 different fields related to medical science.
This semester’s Honor Assembly was truly different than anything else the school has done. The Student Council coordinated with some of Canterbury’s young alumni to have them talk about what the honor code means to them and how it is relevant in their college life. Our students had the opportunity to watch their thoughts over a pre-made video, courtesy of the Honor Council.