Archived News for July 2013


Sixth Form end of year ball
July 31, 2013
By Rifat Alam, Year 13 student
On Friday 12th July at Ponsbourne Hotel, year 13s and year 12s got together to celebrate the year 13s leaving Chancellor's School forever.

Members of staff were also present dressing up for the occasion as all the boys wore Tuxedos and girls wore ball gowns. There was a photo booth which was very popular amongst everyone who attended. The atmosphere was electric as everyone enjoyed themselves and this was reflected through the dancing.

More pictures of the Sixth Form end of year ball can be found here , and pictures of the Sixth Form leavers assembly can be found here.
Year 7 Day Trip to Hatfield House
July 29, 2013
By Sophie Gee, Year 7 student
On the 9th July, I went on a trip to Hat-field House with 64 other Year 7 students. I was one of the lucky 65 that was given this opportunity and selected to go, as I have shown an excellent attitude towards my learning all year and this was my reward.

We travelled to Hatfield House by bus, it only took 10 minutes! When we arrived we all took shade under the trees as it was very hot!

Some of us played some team building games whilst Mr Croston’s and Mrs Rathbone’s group went off on a long woodland walk. My group and Mrs Makin’s group then went off to see the Sculpture Exhibition which was on show in the West Gardens. They were difficult to find and I think we only saw 5 out of the 9 on show!

We then all had a lovely picnic lunch under the trees; it really was a lovely day for a picnic! But we had to stay in the shade.
After lunch we all went to the Hatfield Park Farm to see all the animals. There were cows, sheep, pigs, goats and chickens! They were all very friendly and very cute, especially the big billy goat!

I had a fantastic day! Thank you to Mrs Martin, Mr Croston, Mrs Reilly, Mrs Rathbone and Mrs Makin for taking all of us.

Challenge Day at Chancellor’s school
July 26, 2013
By Grace Gear, Year 10 student
This year’s challenge day has gone down a storm with all of the students at Chancellor’s School.

The BBC news reporters of the day have been investigating all of the latest and current news which will benefit and keep our audience connected to everything that takes place over the day.

The list of activities which were offered to the students of Chancellor’s School were football, murder mystery, board game and table tennis, BBC news report, music video, the egg race, professional artist, creative crafts, modern foreign language and fashion & photography. With this large range of choice, the students had fantastic opportunities to try something new and to have great experiences with their friends. The events took place on the 22nd and the 23rd of July 2013 which ends the year on a positive as the students were allowed to choose what they wanted to participate in. Each year the choices get much bigger and much more interesting, and with the help of the student council the choices can be improved each year and the activities will be enjoyed by all. The activities have been widely spread over Hertfordshire and without the help of the Sullivan Company the activities would not have been possible. The activities that were offered out of school varied from London dungeons, paintballing, rope runners and the London eye. All the students enjoyed these activities and “want to do them again”. The fun and active activities inspired the students who would not have usually participated in what they signed up for; it was a first time for many. Who knows how mad the activities will be next year?
Chancellor’s PE and Sport Gifted and Talented Students
July 22, 2013
By Mrs Moore - Head of Girls PE
As part of Chancellor’s growing sporting success we would like to put together information on our gifted and talented students in PE and Sport.

We would like your help in identifying students that compete at County standard or higher. Please could parents and/or students send us information on your son/daughters success, please include a photograph (in action or with medal if possible), and a brief write up / player profile on achievements and involvement in the sport. If photographs and profiles could be emailed to Mrs Moore before the end of the summer holidays at moorel@chancellors.herts.sch.uk then a display will be created to showcase our students’ talent!

I look forward to hearing from you.
The National Students Art Exhibition 2013
July 18, 2013
By Mr T Price, Head of Art
The Art Department has once again been successful in getting work produced by its students accepted for The National Students Art Exhibition. The hard working students were once again Sam Burke (Year 13) and for the first time ever a Mount Grace student Rachel Hinman (Year 12) who had two different pieces of work accepted.

This exhibition is currently taking place at The Mall Galleries, London, from 9 - 13 July 2013 so if you are in the area of Piccadilly Circus why not pop in and take a look? The opening ceremony took place yesterday afternoon followed by a press preview in the evening.

Before the preview the President selected a number of artists who will become RBA Scholars and they will be invited to exhibit their work in the Annual RBA Exhibition in March 2014 alongside some of the best artists in the country.

It was announced during the opening speeches that Sam, for the second year running has had his work chosen for this prestigeous event.

This year his work was entitled 'Ketchup' which consists of a still life group of condiments painted in the style of the Photo-Realists. The President of the RBA introduced Sam to the head of a London restaurant chain who was interested in commissioning Sam to paint a series of similar paintings for each of his restaurants. Sam is obviously very keen to do this as it would help in spreading his growing reputation.

Rachel's work on the other hand is completely different and shows a portrait of her Nan with the title 'Dementia' and another of a small child. Rachel was interviewed about her reaction to having her work accepted and this can be seen here. The event was well attended and the students concerned were extremely proud of their achievements as were the staff who were there.
News update from Spain
July 18, 2013
By Mr L Kemmett
We are on the final day of the tour and it has been a resounding success. The students have just performed a beautiful recital in the Monserrat Basilica (pictured).

Last night they wowed the locals of Pineda De Mar with an hour performance and tonight they will be delivering their final performance on the beach at Tossa Del Mar. The students have been an absolute credit to the school and have enjoyed the experience immensely. One student said 'The Basilica made me feel like I was in another world, the acoustics were magical. It will always stay in my memory.'
Music Tour News
July 15, 2013
By Mr L Kemmett
We have arrived safely in Pineda Del Mar, the students have been brilliantly behaved so far and have represented the school fantastically.
Focus on Humanities – RS, St Paul’s Cathedral
July 12, 2013
By By Jay Dhir and Georgina Andrews, A-Level RE Students
On July 4th, the AS level RS students ventured to London to visit St Paul’s Cathedral in order to support our learning of our first A2 topic Religious Language. When we arrived at the cathedral, it was almost too much to take in.

The idea that struck us most was how people without hardly any technology, could create such a complex, divine and spiritual place on such a grand scale. The architecture seriously took our breath away. There is a prayer every hour and we found that to be a special moment for us to take in the beauty of the place. We began the guided tour by learning about the importance of the Cathedral as it embodies the spiritual life for the British people. During our tour we spent some time lying on the floor and looking up at the ceiling which had beautiful and intricate mosaics which told stories in the Bible, eg. Creation.

Our tour guide informed us that in the designing of St Paul's, Christopher Wren met many challenges. He had to create a fitting cathedral to replace the old St Paul's, both as a place of worship, and as a landmark within the City of London. Although Wren was familiar with contemporary Renaissance and Baroque trends in Italian architecture, he had to satisfy both the requirements of the Church and the taste of a royal patron. He also had to respect the Medieval tradition of English church building that had grown and developed to accommodate the liturgy. His plan for a dome, instead of a spire, was rejected twice before it was approved. Wren wanted a dome at the top of the Cathedral so that worshippers could see the light; Wren wanted to inspire people to look towards the top of the cathedral as it would also be looking up towards God.

We were given the chance to climb the many sections of the dome. We climbed 528 steps to the Whispering Gallery and experienced its famous unique acoustics; a whisper on one side can be heard clearly 100 feet away. We then climbed 271 more steps to reach the Golden Gallery at the very top of the dome. Although some of us were dreading this final climb, all of us were glad that we managed to do so as we enjoyed breathtaking panoramic views across London.

“Overall, St. Paul's was a very intimate and personal experience, even with the crowds. In the future, I will definitely find the time to go back just to admire the beauty of this place.” - Jay

“I am a non believer myself and still found the visit interesting as this is Christianity’s place of worship and it was beneficial to see how their religion is conveyed through their place of worship. I believe the day was beneficial and also enjoyable for everybody in my class studying Religious Studies for A2.” - Georgina

Year 11 Leavers' Celebration Events
July 11, 2013
By Miss N Kafouris, Head of Year 11
Now that all of the hard work is over, Year 11 returned to school on the 4th July for their Leavers' Celebration Assembly. In the evening they made their way to Forty Hall for their ball.

It was a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves. Now they just await their results in August!

Click here for more photographs from the ball, courtesy of Mr R Kaby.
The National Students Art Exhibition
July 10, 2013
By Mr T Price, Head of Art
The Art Department has once again been successful in getting work produced by its students accepted for The National Students Art Exhibition. The hard working students were once again Sam Burke (Year 13) and for the first time ever a Mount Grace student Rachel Hinman (Year 12) who had two different pieces of work accepted.

This exhibition is currently taking place at The Mall Galleries, London, from 9 - 13 July 2013 so if you are in the area of Piccadilly Circus why not pop in and take a look? The opening ceremony took place yesterday afternoon followed by a press preview in the evening.

Before the preview the President selected a number of artists who will become RBA Scholars and they will be invited to exhibit their work in the Annual RBA Exhibition in March 2014 alongside some of the best artists in the country.

It was announced during the opening speeches that Sam, for the second year running has had his work chosen for this prestigeous event.

This year his work was entitled 'Ketchup' which consists of a still life group of condiments painted in the style of the Photo-Realists. The President of the RBA introduced Sam to the head of a London restaurant chain who was interested in commissioning Sam to paint a series of similar paintings for each of his restaurants. Sam is obviously very keen to do this as it would help in spreading his growing reputation.

Rachel's work on the other hand is completely different and shows a portrait of her Nan with the title 'Dementia' and another of a small child. Rachel was interviewed about her reaction to having her work accepted and this can be seen here. The event was well attended and the students concerned were extremely proud of their achievements as were the staff who were there.
Chancellor's Softball Debut!
July 08, 2013
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Girls PE
On Thursday 4th July 2013 a mixture of 10 year 9 and 10 students represented Chancellor's in the first Hertfordshire School Games Softball Championships.

All students did incredibly well having had limited experience of the sport. A full report and scores can be found here.

Well done to Grace Gear, Claire Dean, Katie Smith, Amber Wood, Mollie Whitley, Tom Reid, Rhami Hossain, Shaan Tanna, Lewis Taylor, Kyle Hellina.

Rounders District Champions!
July 07, 2013
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Girls PE
Congratulations to the Year 7 Rounder’s team who have been unbeaten this season and were crowned District Rounder’s Champions last night beating Yavneh 14.5 - 11.5. It was an extremely hot evening but the girls played incredibly well. Players Player was awarded to Rebecca Evans.

Well Done girls a fantastic end to a brilliant season.