Archived News for December 2013

Bugsy Malone
December 20, 2013
By Mr D. Croston
One of the highlights of the year is always the whole school musical production and this month, 132 student performers and 9 musicians took to the stage to give four excellent performances of the musical 'Bugsy Malone'.

I have no doubt that those people fortunate enough to attend the shows will have enjoyed it as much as I did. At the end of the evening, students were, apart from being covered in custard pies, feeling rightly very proud as were their parents and families. It is the memories of experiences such as these that will stay with the students forever.

A project of this size could not happen without the support and encouragement of parents and the hard work of all the staff involved. Yet again, Miss Sarah Pemberton and Miss Nikki Kafouris (Directors) and Mr Matt Clarke (Musical Director) have inspired the school community to work together to produce an entertaining show packed with energetic performances, wonderful costumes and excellent sets and scenery.

The students involved were superb and had clearly practised for hours and worked exceptionally hard to breathe life into the music and drama and to execute the numerous dance routines. I should like to congratulate everyone involved.
Shoebox Appeal – Bigger and Better
December 16, 2013
By Mrs Stefanou and Mrs Martin
I would like to say a big thank you to all those of you who participated in Operation Christmas Child this year.

It was very successful, and 280 boxes were collected in all, from pupils in every year group as well as members of staff. This was an amazing amount, smashing our target of 200 boxes by miles! A massive amount of pupils got involved – some bringing in donations or even wrapped shoeboxes, if they couldn't bring in a box of their own. A number of pupils bought in four or more boxes and received up to 100 reward points for their generous contribution. What an amazing achievement.

Last Friday I, Mr. Tourlamain and a very excited Year 8 class helped fill the school minibus almost to bursting point with all the boxes. We then drove them to the warehouse to drop them off and the Samaritan's Purse Charity was overwhelmed by the generosity of the pupils of our school. We were presented with a Certificate of thanks by the Project Coordinator and were told that our boxes would be on a lorry on its way to Bosnia by the end of the month. The plan is to deliver them to a hospital or an orphanage there.

So well done everyone who got involved - you have done a truly wonderful thing!

Year 10 Citizenship Break time sale for their chosen charities
December 12, 2013
By Mrs L Redgwell
Some Year 10 Citizenship groups held a break time snack sale on Wednesday 11th December in the Hall.

Various charities were represented including Cancer research, RSPCA, NSPCC, The Dogs Trust, Help for Heroes, Fairtrade. Each group for their GCSE citizenship had to make posters, flyers to advertise this event and sale their goodies to the students. There was much completion between the stallholders. Music was played and many of the Chancellor's staff got to enjoy a cake or two at lunchtime.

All of the citizenship groups raised a small amount to support their chosen charity/pressure group.
PE inter house competitions
December 09, 2013
By Miss Payne
The PE department is delighted to announce that in the last week of term all year 7 to 10 students will be competing in inter house competitions.
Year 7 will be involved on Wednesday 18th December; year 8 on Monday 16th December; year 9 on Tuesday 17th December and year 10 on Thursday 19th December. Students will be participating in the events during the morning and will go to afternoon lessons as normal.
All students must ensure that they have full PE kit for the sport that they will participate in. Any students who are unable to participate due to injury, should follow normal procedures for PE lessons, bring a note and PE kit. Further information will be passed onto students next week.

Painting the Bugsy Malone set
December 09, 2013
By Chancellor's School
On the 18th – 20th November, Gifted & Talented students were invited to take part in painting the set for the Christmas school production 'Bugsy Malone'.

The main backdrop and the side sections were designed by the Art Teachers Mr Galton, Mr Price and Mrs Stubbs. The artwork is an Art-Deco them. Once drawn onto the side sections and the main backdrop they were then painted by G&T students, who took time out of lessons to contribute to such wonderful pieces of art. This is what one person said about painting the set for 'Bugsy Malone':

“"I loved painting the set of 'Bugsy Malone' and I loved the fact that I could share my skills with others.
It also gave me the experience of working from different heights on a scale much larger that an A4 sheet of paper! I liked watching the set come alive and it had a really 1920's feel to it.

I hope the audience see all of the tiny detail that everyone has put in during the making of the set! We all had our own separate parts to complete but some parts we had to work together on. It is good that we get to mix with other year groups that we don't normally talk to."

Chloe Coughlan 8M

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Santa Run
December 08, 2013
By Megan Cooper, Jasmine Dumbarton and Rhea Dickman
On Sunday the 8th of December Megan Cooper, Jasmine Dumbarton and Rhea Dickman took part in a charity Santa run for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

This is the charity will choose to support for our GCSE citizenship. We managed to raise over £400 for GOSH. We all got up early last Sunday at 7.30am to leave for the train and travelled together to Victoria Park, London. We are thrilled that we raised over our target which was £100 each. It was hot running in the suits but at the end we all collected our medals.

When Jasmine and Megan were walking back to the train station Megan decided to walk into the coffee shop with her Santa suit on! Some strange looks were given but we didn’t care as we had done some fantastic fundraising and raised awareness of our charity GOSH throughout the streets of London.
Poetry Competition Winners
December 02, 2013
By Mrs C Jordan Jones, English and Media Teacher, Literacy Co-ordinator
The English Faculty had over 80 entries, from which the teachers shortlisted 3 in each category. The standard of entries was very high, and it was a difficult job to do, but Mr Croston has picked the winners!

Congratulations to:

Best Free Verse: Morgan Sprigens, 7S
Best Acrostic Poem: , Oliver Jeffery. 7S
Best Shape Poem: Ruby Turner. 7H
Best Rhyming Poem: Jenny Turner 7B
Best Year 9 Poem: Joffe Walters, 9H
Judge special award: Maliha Zaman: 7H

To read the winning entries, please click here
Religious Studies Trip – Clink Prison Museum
December 02, 2013
By Rebecca Gunning, Year 11 student
On Wednesday 23rd October our R.S class went to the Clink Prison Museum in London. We had a tour guide who gave us a comprehensive account of the prison's background. We were lucky enough to learn about it from a religious point of view, as well as from a historical and cultural point of view. The Church, and religious believers played a huge part in the imprisonment of the convicted; the prison was built on the Bishop of Winchester's land for example.
We learned many facts that may shock us now in our modern society. One of the most memorable for me was the fact that the prisoners were not only chained and shackled to a wall, but they actually had to pay for it too! They were made to pay for everything they needed – things that we take for granted such as food and water. If they were lucky enough to have money they paid for a bed, which was likely to be only a pile of straw. The more money you had the more chain you could pay for, and obviously the longer the chain the more movement you had. However, for most, they could only afford a very short chain of a couple of links, which forced them to be chained standing up against the wall by their ankle, unable to manoeuvre around the cell, or even perhaps move enough to lie down properly. This was shocking from a social point of view because when you see what they had to pay for in this prison, it makes England's prisons nowadays look much less severe. More often than not, these prisoners only survived a couple of days at most.
We saw first-hand how a cell would have looked. We saw how small the room was, it was about the size of a medium sized modern bathroom, and considering that size it was shocking to think that 15-20 prisoners would be kept there at one time. We also found out that prisoners had to beg through gratings to try and get food/money from passer-bys. Many religious people would try and help with this, by giving generously, in the hope that if and when the convicts came out of the prison they would convert to the religion. This was one of the only forms of reform offered at this time.
The Prison Museum, because it was actually the real prison, we experienced many rooms and learnt about many of the ways the convicts were punished eg. stretch racks and huge iron boots which were filled with boiling water or oil and 'cooked' over a flame – with the prisoner's foot in it! The different forms of capital punishment they used involved horrendous methods. For many men, the use of hanging, drawing, and quartering was a form of death penalty was commonly used for those found guilty of severe crimes such as treason.
Religious crimes were also seriously prosecuted, and many heretics were burnt at the stake or beheaded and their heads left in open public places such as bridges as a deterrent to others.
We also found out about famous convictions, including that of a very intelligent tyrant, who was never murdered as he always managed to talk himself out of situations through his use of intellect. He had men who snuck in parchment for him to write instructions, receive information, and write reports on. It is thanks to all these diary entries that we know so much about the social history of Clink Prison life.
RE in secondary school
December 02, 2013
By Amelie Johnson, Year 7 student
As a year seven in Mrs Shum's form, I think we all wanted to do well in RE.
In my primary school we learnt that there were six main religions; Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. My primary school was a Church of England school and we went to church every Monday for a service. We all learnt the Lord's Prayer off by heart. The vicar read us stories from the Bible, and the morals were always around the six Rs.
In Chancellor's we thrive on respect of others and ourselves. In Miss Berridge's class the main part is respect for other people's religions. We have learnt what the symbols of the main religions are and have looked at the story of the Good Samaritan. Chancellor's is a non-denominational school which means that we don't, as a school, focus on one religion.
I think this is a good idea as instead of focussing on one we can learn about all religions. By learning about the different religions everyone can form their own opinions.
In conclusion I prefer RE in Secondary school because it helps me learn more about other people's religions and beliefs.