Archived News for March 2013

Students Take Part in BBC School Report
March 27, 2013
By Fabio De Luca, Year 7 student
In the English department, the Gifted and Talented Year 7s and 8s have taken part in our first ever BBC News: School Report event, which took place on the 20th and 21st March.

This is a nationwide project that focuses on writing, creating and evaluating news.

At the start of the day on Wednesday 20th March, we had a little talk about what the day was about and what it involved, what sort of language we had to use and the rules of publically broadcasting news. To start off we had to research different topics of local news depending on the group we were in.

Our top story was of local interest and throughout the day our ‘lead correspondent’ group produced a report on the new incinerator that they want to build in Hatfield. We discussed the “for’s and against’s” of the incinerator being built and interviewed some of the students on what they thought.
Other than that, all the other groups researched different local news, such as the local sports, our Red Nose Day events and the proposed plans for Brookmans Park Primary school. We spent the day recording and writing up our stories.

On Thursday 21st March we spent the day investigating what had happened in the news for that day. We focused on the Budget and on spending cuts and how they affect us.

We split into smaller groups, managed by the Year 8 leaders, such as George and Tom, and investigated and collated our stories. We had to make sure it was all finished by lunch to go live that afternoon. A selection of stories and videos went nationwide on the BBC website, as well as the Chancellor’s website.

Year 7 Party
March 26, 2013
By Alex Anderson, Year 13 student
As well as organising the events for Unseen UK on Friday 22nd March, the Sixth Form also threw a party for the Year 7 students.

The party started at 6:30 pm with food, drink and music being provided throughout until the end at 8:30 pm. We aimed to provide the Year 7 with both a fun evening and a lovely way to draw an end to the term. We hope we achieved this!

Thank you very much to everyone who helped out and made the evening a success.

Year 10 and 11 Visit Tate Modern
March 26, 2013
By Rebecca Smith and Eli Hayes, Year 10 students
On Wednesday 6th March, Year 10 and 11 GCSE Art classes and the Year 10 BTEC group went on a trip to the Tate Modern in London.

We travelled by coach, which meant we had the perks of being able to see the sites of London.

When we arrived, we walked the long length of the river bank. Upon arriving at the museum we were all given worksheets that were relevant to what we were studying. We were then given time to wander around the sections of the museum that were relevant to our course, this gave us time to admire the incredible paintings done by such artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

This trip allowed us to see everything in detail. Year 10 GCSE group had sheets to fill in with information about some of the artwork shown around the Tate. We did this in order to help us with our unit on ‘Still Life’. We slightly fell into cubism which linked us with the trip to Tate Modern, as most artwork found there had some kind of theme of cubism.

After lunch, we had the chance to walk around and look at the magnificent artwork created by well known artists. Towards the end we settled down to copy a piece of art, and also analyse. These copies only had to be rough sketches, and we were given different tasks of how to draw them. For example, drawing with continuous lines.

Our stay at Tate Modern sadly came to an end, leaving us with just enough time, before racing back to the coach, to look around the gift shop. They did have many good art materials useful for our lessons.

Although our time at Tate was short, it was an amazing experience for us all. We both believe that this really did help us to understand more about cubism, and art overall.

We do hope to visit the museum again sometime soon.
Sixth Form raising more money for Unseen
March 25, 2013
By Alex Anderson, Year 13 student
On Friday 22nd March, we Sixth Formers made it our mission to raise as much money as possible for Unseen UK.

Unseen UK is a charity dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and providing support for those survivors of this form of slavery.

Therefore, last Friday, we got the whole school involved in a range of money raising events. Students were given the opportunity to throw pies at some very brave teachers and our very own Head of Sixth Form, Mr Whitelock, even shaved his head for Unseen! We also have the upcoming Mount Snowdon climb to raise even more money and awareness for this deserved charity.

A big thank you to everyone who gave up their break and lunch times to collect money and to everyone who supported the events in general.
Year 7 Netball Tournament Success
March 25, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
Congratulations to both the year 7 A and B teams who played exceptionally well at last night in Mid Herts District Netball Tournament.

The weather was terrible and the girls were playing in freezing conditions but still put in excellent effort and performance despite this.

The Year 7 A team came an extremely close Runner Up place, losing out to Queenswood School by one goal overall. They won all their other games by large margins. Well done girls, an excellent achievement.

The Year 7 B team were unbeaten in the B team games to Win the tournament, a fantastic result which means they remain unbeaten this year!! They beat Bishops 7-0, Monks Walk 9-0, Owens 5-2, Hertswood 11-2, Mount Grace 6-1 and Queenswood 4-1.

A brilliant result girls, well done!!

Overall a fantastic result for Chancellor's demonstrating promise for the up and coming years.

Well Done.

Further success for Grace
March 25, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
Grace Gear, a year 10 student, continues her squash success after representing England at the Five Nations Championships in France last weekend.

Following on from her recent win at the English Junior Squash Championships, Grace was selected to represent England in the U-15's Squad.

Grace won all four of her matches 3-0 over the weekend, helping the U15 England Team with the Five Nations Championship.

Another outstanding achievement Grace, Well done!!!
Grace Gear - U-15 English Squash Champion
March 19, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
Congratulations to Grace Gear 10S who competed at the English Junior Squash Championships last weekend. Grace won the U-15 competition and is now the Girls U-15 English Squash Champion 2013.

This is a huge achievement, well done Grace.
Football - Cup Finals Week!
March 19, 2013
By Mr S Martin, Mr D Welch, Mr C Price
This week three football teams from Chancellor's School will be competing in Mid Hertfordshire District Cup Finals as a result of an excellent season so far. Students and staff would appreciate as much support as possible at these finals so please read the following information with regards to dates and times of the games.

The Year 7 football team will be playing their final on Tuesday 19th March. The game will take place at Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane, Northaw, EN6 4NF and kick off time is 4.00pm. After a season which has seen the team make excellent progress in terms of performance and results, an outstanding 5-1 win against Dame Alice Owens in the semi-finals of the competition has set up what should be a fantastic game.

The Year 8 football team will be playing their District Cup Final on Thursday 21st March. The game will take place at Monks Walk School, Welwyn, kick off time 4.00pm. The Year 8 team are currently undefeated in all cup competitions this year (they are also through to the semi-final of the county cup) and are looking to finish their District Cup campaign with a win against what will be strong opposition in the final.

The 1st X1 football team will play their District Cup final on Thursday 21st March. The game will take place at Monks Walk School, Welwyn, kick off time 4.00pm. A very competitive season will come to a close with the Senior District Cup Final and the team will be looking to finish with a strong performance and a win in what will be, for the year 13's, their last game of football representing Chancellor's School.

Once again, we look forward to seeing as many supports as possible at what we are sure will be three very exciting games.
Year 8 netball tournament completed
March 15, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
Well done to both 8a and 8b netball teams who successfully competed in the Year 8 District Netball Tournament yesterday at Stanborough School. Both teams played incredibly well despite the cold weather!

Chancellor's A team played exceptionally well to finish as runner's up, losing out to Dame Alice Owens School. Chancellor's B team finished in a respectable 4th, narrowly missing out on 3rd place to Bishops School.

Overall a good performance, with all students demonstrating excellent team work and effort.

Well done girls!

Thank you goes to Claire Dean and Katie Smith in year 10 who did a fantastic job at time keeping and scoring for the tournament.

Reminder that year 7 have their tournament next Thursday 21st March 2013. Good Luck to all involved!!
Netball Results
March 13, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
7b continued their winning streak with another win against Hertswood last night. They put in a brilliant performance to win 9-4 meaning that they have won all their games with one game and the tournament remaining! Mia Bracher was selected as players player.

8b played a good game against Hertswood, but unfortunately lost 6-2. They will play them again in the tournament tomorrow so aiming for a win! Players Player was awarded to Beth Campbell.

Well done girls!

Good luck to 8a and 8b who are representing Chancellor's in the Year 8 District tournament tomorrow (14th March).
Inter-House Cross Country Competition
March 13, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
Well done to all students for their excellent attitude and effort during last week's Inter-House Cross Country Competition.

What started off as an almost spring like week, ended up with terrible wet and muddy running conditions! Evidence of which can be seen in the photo, well done year 10 girls who fully embraced the cold and wet to complete their second run!

Results will follow soon and will also be announced in the next newsletter and house assemblies.

Well Done.
Results Day
March 12, 2013
By Alex Anderson, Year 13 student
Last Thursday, Sixth Form students received their results from their January exams. These consisted of Year 12 AS modules, Year 13 AS re-sits and Year 13 A2 modules. They were handed out during form time by Mr Whitelock and here is some feedback from the students themselves:

“I’m really pleased that all my hard work paid off!” – Nicole Hulley

“I’ve exceeded my expectations and am determined to keep up my hard work for the rest of the year” – Robert Wiltshire

“Results day has motivated me to work harder for my summer exams” – Ellie-Rae Langdon

“My results have kept me on track for my University offers” – Jack Gevertz

The examination results have motivated students for their final exams in the summer. Well done to everyone and I hope you all got the results you wished for!
Year 11 BTEC Acoustic Evening
March 07, 2013
By By Reedon Pearce , Lewis Cripps Colllister and Jack Tang, Year 11 students
The Year 11 Btec group are organising an Acoustic Evening on Thursday the 14th March which will be held in H56. Anyone is welcome to attend and tickets will be £2 on the door. You will be experiencing a wide range of bands and a special solo artist. The past few acoustic evenings have been successful and we wish to keep that up, so please join us next week for a good old knees up!
Netball Results
March 07, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
Chancellor's 7A, 7B and 9A netball teams played exceptionally well last night against Mount Grace. All three teams won their games by quite a margin. 7A won 20-5 with players’ player nominated as Mia Dunsmuir, 7B won 18-4 with Rosy Vella being nominated as players’ player and 9A won 14-1 with players’ player being awarded to Grace Rowe. Well Done girls!
Year 7 Sports Hall Athletics Competition
March 06, 2013
By Mrs L Moore
As part of the Welwyn and Hatfield School Games Partnership, Chancellor's were invited to compete against other schools in Welwyn and Hatfield in the Year 7 Sports Hall Athletics Competition. This is the first year Chancellor's have competed and they did extremely well.

Results are awarded individually to a girls team and boys team. Both Chancellor's teams came 2nd in a very competitive event.

Students were awarded a certificate and medal for their achievements. The teams were made up of Mia Bracher, Rosy Vella, Lucy Millbery, Georgia Lee, Mia Dunsmuir, Scarlett Rowe, Olivia Bacon and Molly Dyer for the girls and Ben Harrison, Luca Moscardini, Henry Young, Woody Castang, Jonny Morris, Koray Shakru and Mark Titley. All students did incredibly well, and the scores between 1st and 2nd were only 5 points!! Well done!!

Further information will be in the next newsletter.
German and History Students Visit Berlin
March 05, 2013
By Moné Simms and Kerry Wise, Year 12 students
The Berlin Trip was amazing!! Each day was packed with so much to do.

On the morning of Tuesday 12th February Mr Whitelock kindly drove our group consisting of 11 German and History students, Mrs Ridley and Mr Wenman, to Luton Airport with the school minibus. We arrived at the Berlin Schoenefeld airport as scheduled and took the train to the city centre, where our hotel was located only 5 minutes’ walk from the famous shopping street the 'Kurfürstendamm'.

That evening, we settled into the very comfortable Hotel Elba and were able to take in first impressions of the German capital as we walked to an Italian restaurant for dinner. Some took no time adjusting to the foreign language and ordered their meals in German!

On our first full day we visited all the major sightseeing attractions any tourist simply has to see. We walked from the Brandenburg Gate to the Jewish Holocaust Memorial, which symbolized how the Jews felt trapped and caged under the Nazi regime. Our next stops were the Topography of Terror Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War, and finally the Museum Island. Here we visited the famous Berlin Cathedral (aka.Dom), in the basement of which is a crypt where we saw coffins of many German rulers, or ‘Kaisers’.

That evening we all went ten pin bowling to have some fun. Once we had our bowling shoes and nicknames were put on the score screens, the bowling commenced. The girls experimented with unusual bowling techniques including bowling backwards and sitting down, whereas others strived for high score success. A special mention goes out to our bowling champion of the night: Michael Woods, who blew us all away with 2 lots of triples, 421 points over the 3 games and most impressively 177 points in 1 game!

On the second day we visited the Stasi Museum, situated in the eastern part of the city. As we walked through the offices of the former Stasi Officers, our tour guide related many official as well as personal stories relating to what life was like for ordinary people in East Germany before the fall of the wall. We then visited the 'Eastside Gallery', a long stretch of the Berlin Wall which depicts some of the original artwork so that visitors can get a real sense of what people were feeling about the wall.

In the afternoon we walked past the Red Town Hall and after a quick tour of the New Museum where we explored Egyptian exhibits, we visited the Reichstag, the German government building with its new dome, designed by the British Architect Norman Foster. We climbed the spiral paths to reach the top of the glass dome and enjoyed a spectacular 360 degree view of the city.

On our final day we visited the history of Berlin interactive exhibition, which took us through the history and development of the city. This also included a guided tour in a bunker, which was built during the Cold war to shelter around 3,000 people in case of a nuclear attack.

Afterwards we hit the Kurfürstendamm to do some shopping and a last minute Starbucks visit. Unfortunately, from this point onwards the homebound journey took some unexpected turns. Our flight was delayed due to an incident earlier in the day, we just missed the right train to the airport by 5 minutes and at the airport we had to abandon polite British queuing in favour of getting through check in and passport control in time for the flight. However, in the end we returned to Luton just 3 hours late and we were extremely happy to see Mr Whitelock with the mini bus to take us home!

All in all our trip was packed with lots of information and fun. We had a wonderful time and took many fond memories of Berlin home with us.
Primary School G and T German Master Class
March 04, 2013
By Mrs S Abouzarah
On Monday, 4th March 2013 at Chancellor's School, 15 ‘Gifted and Talented’ pupils from three primary schools, The Ryde, Saint Philip Howard and St. Mary’s, attended a master class in German, created and taught by Mrs Abouzahrah and ably assisted by six Year 9 pupils: Stephanie Mabbutt, Beth Oketch, Anastazja Rowszar, Harry King, Lucy Ford and Daniel Small. Mrs Mustafa, Chancellor’s Primary Schools MFL Coordinator, had arranged for the pupils to attend and escorted them to and from their respective schools on the day.

Mrs Abouzahrah said, “It was hard work preparing for the whole morning event but it was so worthwhile! All of the pupils were a credit to their schools. They were extremely responsive, very well behaved and learnt a great deal while they were here. Our Headteacher, Mr Croston, visited just at the right moment…when the café was about to open for business…and, along with the primary school pupils, he also impressively ordered his food in German!! We even had our very own café musician, Harry King, playing his guitar in the background!

At the end of the morning, when asked how much they had enjoyed the event, the pupils gave thumbs up, some with both hands!! When I enquired if the pace had been too fast or if I should have done anything differently, there was a resounding ‘No!’ I was really pleased they were all going back to their schools having had such a positive experience! The primary school pupils received a certificate and a small gift from Chancellor’s School. Chancellor’s pupils also received a certificate and reward points.

I certainly could not have conducted the morning without our Year 9 pupils. They helped to set up beforehand, were each in charge of a group of pupils plus resources for the activities, prepared the food, ran the café at the end and when I returned to my classroom, having escorted the primary school pupils to the mini bus, they helped to wash up and clear everything away!! I’d like to thank them very much for their cheerful willingness to help, their constant resourcefulness throughout and for working virtually nonstop all morning! It had been a thoroughly enjoyable event for all concerned.
Chauncey Dragons - "Dragons Apprentice"
March 01, 2013
By Mrs T Robson
Back in September 2012, a team of Sixth Form students entered the ‘Dragons Apprentice’ competition and formed the Chauncey Dragons, where they had to turn a £100 into as much money as possible.

Over time, they have organised a Krispy Kreme doughnut sale, a car boot sale, Christmas card competition as well as Chancellor’s first Christmas Fayre. From these activities they have managed to raise £1208.59.

Unfortunately, they didn’t win the competition but they had a lot of fun in raising the money. We would like to thank everyone including Mr Croston, Staff, the Caretakers, parents and students for making this possible and most of all, we would like to thank Mr David Walford, our Dragons and Mr Neil Kirby, our Charity representative from the Red Rubber Ball Foundation.
A2 Devised Drama
March 01, 2013
By Emily Holm, Year 13 student
Since December we have been working towards our final A2 drama devised piece, which accounts for 20% of our overall grade, along with an analysis. All six of us worked closely together to create a piece of drama completely from scratch.

We started by coming up with a stimulus to base our piece on and decided on fairy-tales, as we felt we could effectively link it to today’s society, and target audience. After looking at a poem by Carol Ann Duffy we decided to focus in on ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We created a parallel of reality (the real world) against the fairy-tale, using a rope to split the stage. We chose the challenging technique of all playing each character and to multi-role.

We did not use any props or costumes and had to show the audience who was playing who, just through our voices and body language. After getting feedback from our audience and other students who watched our piece, this proved very effective.

After many after school rehearsals all our hard work paid off and we were all thrilled with how our final piece went. We would all like to thank our teachers Miss Kafouris and Miss Pemberton for all their amazing support and enthusiasm throughout the whole process.