Archived News for October 2014

Accessing Web Payments and Parental Login
October 30, 2014
We have been advised by our web payment provider that they are disabling one of the old internet protocols – ssl 3 – used to communicate securely over the internet.

This is due to the discovery of a vulnerability related to the protocol (more information here). What this means for you is that if you are using a very old web browser, you will not be able to use the service. We have taken the same precautionary measure with the Parental Login.

Our advice to you is to use the latest version of your web browser (the latest version of Internet Explorer is version 11), and to make sure you have TLS 1.2 enabled in your web browser settings (in IE go to Tools –> Internet Options –> Advanced Tab –> Scroll down to Security and select TLS 1.2).
Secondary Schools Team Swimming Championships
October 23, 2014
By Mrs L Moore, Haed of Year 8
On Friday 17th October, eight students represented Chancellor's school in the regional round of the Secondary Schools Team Swimming Championships.

The junior girls team was made up of Katie Harrison, Anna Shipman, Amy Mason and Millie McGrath. They swam fantastically and worked really well as a team. They finished 6th in their heat of the freestyle and medley race.

The intermediate boys team, made up of David Shipman, Ben Harrison, James Woodward and James Blount, achieved great success by winning both the freestyle and medley races. They were overall winners in both of these events and have subsequently qualified for the National Finals which are being held at the London Aquatic Centre on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

We wish the boys the best of luck in this event.
Dodgeball Tournament
October 15, 2014
By Alexander Pimm, Year 13 Student
On Wednesday the 15th of October, 8 teams from both the Upper and Lower Sixth form competed in a dodgeball tournament after school.

Each team consisted of 6 players, who took part in a Round-Robin style competition. The event was, as always, very entertaining and enjoyed by everyone who took part. Team Animals were victorious in the end, finishing with a total of 4 points, closely followed by Teams Average Joes Gym, Punctures and Praise Jeejus with 3 points each. In third place was Team Andreas. The event was a brilliant and memorable experience, and raised a fantastic amount of money for the Sixth Form.

The Sixth Form would like to thank everyone who came to play and also those who came to watch and support their friends.
Willows 10K Run
October 14, 2014
By Alexander Pimm, Year 13 Student
On Sunday 5th October, a group of 6th form students took part in the annual 10 kilometre fun run at Hatfield House in aid of the Willow Foundation. Together, the group have raised over £1000 for the charity.

The 10 kilometre route started at the south front of Hatfield house and took the participants around the vast grounds of the Hatfield House estate and finishing back at the south front, along some rugged terrain and along pathways rarely seen by the public. Fortunately, the sun was shining and there was a cool breeze to lighten the spirits. Many of the students jogged or walked the majority of the route, but a couple used this as an opportunity to take the dog out for a walk.

The money raised went to local charity, the Willow Foundation. It is a charity founded in 1999 by footballer and commentator, Bob Wilson, and the charity provides psychological and emotional support to seriously ill young people and their families.

The event was a great success and everyone had a fantastic time. The sixth form would especially like to thank everyone at the Willows Foundation for the brilliant work they do, and would like to remind anyone that donations to support the charity can still be made at
My Last Year at Chancellor’s School
October 13, 2014
By Elliott D’Souza, Former Student
Well, what can I say? After 7 years, my time at Chancellor’s School has come to an end. And I can honestly say that my time here were the best years of my life.

There is a large emphasis on student voice at Chancellor’s, where the students’ thoughts are listened to in order to continuously improve our school, making it a better place to be for all students. The school council and the newly developed house system are vital in ensuring this happens.

In May 2013, I was elected to represent the school as Head Boy. This is a major role that I was very passionate about taking on. Primarily, the most important thing was to welcome the new Year 12’s to make them feel comfortable and settled in their new environment as quickly as possible. A number of events allowed this to happen, including the welcome party and charity sports matches between the two Year groups. This allowed Sixth Formers to get to know their peers and make new relationships with people they wouldn’t have necessarily thought they would have. What I am specifically proud of was the integration between the two Year groups. If a visitor came into the Sixth Form common room, I am certain they wouldn’t have known who was a Year 12 and who was a Year 13. On the first day, we were just two separate year groups, however, by the end, we had flourished into one big community.

At the start of the Year, I was asked by Mr. Croston to present a speech at Open Evening, expressing my feelings about my time at Chancellor’s. As it was my first big speech, I was obviously slightly nervous, however I was ecstatic to convey my passion about the school and what it meant to be a student there. Also, at the start of the year, we introduced the Sixth Form Twitter account. This was to improve communication between the Prefect team and other Sixth Former Students. The private account fed students with notices on upcoming events so everyone was aware of what was going on during the year. This further strengthened the student body of the Sixth Form.

In total, the Prefect Team organized around 40 events, whether that was for the Sixth Form, the whole school or for charity. These events included Battle of the Bands, a Sixth Form Dodgeball tournament and climbing Mount Snowdon for Haven House Children’s Hospice. This is what makes us different to other Sixth Forms and colleges. As well as aiming to endlessly improve our academic success, we also believe the social side to Sixth Form life is essential in ensuring Sixth Formers enjoy their time here. In total, we raised around £8000 for charity, which is an achievement we are immensely proud of.

I will forever be grateful for what Chancellor’s School has given me. The teachers go the extra mile to support students in everything they do. A massive thank you goes to the Head of Sixth Form, Mr. Whitelock, who is the heart and soul of Chancellor’s Sixth Form. I have learned many new skills and qualities that have made me into the person I am today. I am and always will be proud to be a student at Chancellor’s School.
Hertfordshire County Schools Under 14 Netball Tournament – CHAMPIONS!
October 13, 2014
By Mrs N Seabrook, Head of Girls PE
Sixteen schools competed in this year’s County Schools Netball Tournament, divided into two pools. Our 8 players (plus parents and others) arrived for an early start at Stanborough School Welwyn Garden City ready for all kinds of weather and some highly competitive matches.

Our first match was against St Edmunds College. The girls were anxious at the start, nervous about being part of this big tournament. At half time, we were 6 – 5 down. With some fantastic play, the girls turned the score around and came out winners with a 14 – 8 result.

The next five matches however followed a different pattern. Every match was dominated by Chancellor’s. At half time against Haberdashers Askes we were 3 – 0 up and won 8 – 1. Against St Albans High we were 7 – 2 up and won 12 – 7. We were 9 – 1 up against Presdales winning 15 – 3 and 8 – 2 up against Haileybury College winning convincingly 17 – 2. Our fifth match was against Queenswood and we won 10 – 1 after being 5 – 0 up at half time.

This brought us to our last pool match (“the grudge match”!!) against one of the County’s renowned strongest teams, Goffs. Having played them in friendlies last year and with both teams winning one apiece, the girls were keen to win. Remaining composed and continuing to display effortlessly fluent skills, tactics and cohesion we were 4 -2 up at half time and eventual winners at 9 – 4.

As pool overall winners we then played Broxbourne School who were runners up in their group in the semi-final. Having heard their results from their pool matches we were confident we could make the final. 8 – 3 up at half time led to a 13 -6 victory and a place in the final where we again had to face Goffs.

As the finalists, both teams had already won through to represent the County in the East of England Schools tournament, so for the girls, they wanted to ensure we went all the way to the next round as overall winners! This match was the most hard fought and with the score at 2 -2 at half time, the girls had to draw on all their reserves and play their best netball of the day. They rose to the challenge and won 7 – 5 to be crowned Under 14 Hertfordshire County Schools Tournament Champions 2014.

Mrs Moore, Miss Lynch Miss Todd and I would like to thank all the parents and other supporters on the day, it was an amazing atmosphere and a great tribute to our players for working together and having lots of fun.

Well done to Lucy Millbery, Georgia Lee, Scarlett Rowe, Rosy Vella, Evie Herrick, Mia Dunsmuir, Olivia Bacon and Louise Rogers and roll on the next round in Essex in January!
Charity Sports Matches
October 02, 2014
By Alexander Pimm, Year 13 Student
On the 24th of September, the Year 13s played the Year 12s in both Football and Netball to raise money for the Willows Foundation.

The events started at lunchtime, with the Year 12 and 13 girls playing Netball. The match was closely contested in the first half, ending 5-2 to the year 12’s who then stormed away to win the match 10-3 overall. The event was very popular and attracted many spectators to raise a fantastic amount of money.

Next was the afterschool football match between the Year 13 and 12 boys. The Upper Sixth took an early lead within the first 15 seconds, and continued to put on pressure until halftime. In the second half, the Year 12s looked the better team, but just couldn’t find the back of the net, the match ending 5-0 to the Year 13s. This event again raised a wonderful amount of money to support the Willows Foundation.

The events, as always, were a great success and we look forward to hosting many more over the course of the year to fundraise for the ever growing list of charities that the Sixth Form supports. A special thanks goes to the P.E department and Sports Prefects, as well as everyone who turned out to play in and support the matches.
Year 12 Welcome Party
October 02, 2014
By Alexander Pimm, Year 13 Student
On Saturday the 20th of September, the Year 13s hosted a party for the lower sixth form at North Mymms Memorial Hall.

The night started at 8.30 and continued through to 11, which gave the two years plenty of time to get to know each other. Many students stayed until the end, conversation flowing over drinks and good music as strong friendships were formed, set to last the coming year. The relationship between the two years was really highlighted when several students stayed behind after the party to help clear up.

As always, the event was a huge success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Given the popularity of the welcome party, several more parties are now planned to take place throughout the year, including Halloween, Christmas and New-Years Parties. The sixth form would like to thank North Mymms Memorial Hall, and also everyone that attended the event for making it such a memorable night.