Archived News for July 2014

Former Student wins Journalism Award
July 25, 2014
By Chancellor's School
The following article is about one of our former students, Jack Gevertz, who while studying at York University has been awarded Student Journalist of the Year. Congratulations Jack!

Student Journalist of the Year is Jack Gevertz from York University Students’ Union

Student journalism is about more than just news and information. It’s about being able to engage, challenge and draw opinions from the student body to progress the environment we live in.

Throughout this first year, Jack has achieved an immense amount being involved in the UK’s most awarded student newspaper, York Vision. He has covered stories on racism, homophobia, mental health and animal welfare. He recognises that through highlighting these societal issues, we can create a society that’s more diverse, open and free, not just for students but for the wider public body too.

Jack threw himself into journalism from the moment he joined the university in September last year. He immediately ran for the position of News Editor at York Vision, a position usually reserved for older students who are more familiar with the way the university runs. Yet, at just 18 years old he found himself steering the newspaper through one of its biggest splashes in recent years, an article on students ‘blacking up’ at university, which was subsequently picked up by the Sun, Mirror, ITV News and even as far as the Jamaican Observer.

Always keen to improve his own writing style, he’s represented York at journalism workshops at the Guardian in London and the University of Sheffield, and he’s taken to the long hours and stressful weekends of putting together ten pages of news three times a term with an almost unsettling ease. In the two terms he has been at the University of York, he’s written a staggering 120 news stories for York Vision – which would be six a week if Jack contained his writing for purely the term time, but as it happens, he’s always looking for new, exciting and interesting stories to provoke a debate, and wrote stories throughout both the Easter and the Christmas holidays.

Among one of Jack’s first stories was the sharp increase in students seeking counselling at the university over the last four years.

Here, Jack broke the news that students seeking access to mental health services had more than doubled. Since that story, Jack has reported on another racism incident involving the release of a report: “1 in 10 have suffered ‘racial discrimination’, report finds”. This is an important angle on some worrying statistics not just for the university but for society at large. Because of the sensitive nature of the story and the way it was presented, it was picked up and included in a blog by the Guardian entitled: “How widespread is racism at uni?” The co-author of the story, Zena Jarjis, was asked specifically about her experiences of racism and a national debate was started on the nature of racism and how we deal with it.

But Jack has also helped to challenge homophobia too. In January, Jack helped report on a story regarding an elected racial equality officer making some offensive views towards the LGBTQ community on Facebook. The man in question, who had only been in his position for three weeks, hailed the Ugandan ‘anti-gay’ bill and because of the report, apologised and resigned a few days later. The story also raised an important debate among social media and how what we say on sites like Facebook is recorded on a public rather than a private domain.

Since this, Jack has written a blog for the Guardian on being working class at a Russell Group university (and got experiences of similar students) to which he was asked to speak about the piece on BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show. He also freelances for the student section of the Independent and had a piece on a woman being sexually harassed at Cairo University sold to Ireland’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, the Irish Independent.

More recently, Jack has reported on the world’s largest animal rights organisation, PETA, which has more than 3 million members and supporters, who are concerned about the use of animals by some colleges at the university over the exam season. They are worried that the colleges are engaging in “harmful activity” by subjecting animals to the stress of “travel, handling and confinement”. This report highlighted the ethics and morals of the use of animals to ‘relieve’ exam stress and a subsequent online poll by the newspaper found that 1 in 3 students did not support having animals on campus over exam time. Some students said it was a “waste of money” whilst others said they “didn’t see a problem”.

Having been news editor for a term, and chief news reporter for two terms at York Vision, Jack is now keenly interested in joining University Radio York and York Student Television. He wants to expand his horizons and experience different media branches to see how the industry differs, all the while focusing on his main passion: reporting and writing the news in a way that students will care about.

Overall, Jack is deserving of this award because of his determination and passion for the art of news writing. He is seeking out stories all the time: through social media, on campus, and through Freedom of Information requests. He recognises the absolute value of the press in its ability to create a community on campus, to provoke debates and allow people a chance to have their say on what is happening across the university.

He considers it a privilege to work in such a fantastic media environment, where he is given the freedom to find stories and develop his own skills through the many societies that York has to offer. He would be a fantastic recipient of this award, and I can think of no other student journalist at the University who has achieved so much in their three years at York, as he has in his first year.”


50 and Counting...
July 18, 2014
By The Sixth Form Team
On Saturday 5th July, Chancellor’s School celebrated its 50th Anniversary. To mark the occasion, students, teachers and parents came together to put on a colossal Summer Fair.

The event had over 30 stalls and attractions, situated in the hall, playground and upper school field, alongside a Marquee where music and drama performances were held. The event was officially opened at 12:30pm by Britain’s Got Talent Semi-finalist and ex-Chancellors pupil Francine Lewis, declaring the event open by cutting the red ribbon alongside Chancellor’s headteacher Mr Croston. The event also welcomed many former students and staff, including the first headteacher of Chancellors School; Mr Frank Maynard.

Some outdoor activities were threatened briefly by rain showers in the afternoon, after the morning had brought us nothing but beautiful sunshine. However, the rain couldn't dampen the high spirits, and sure enough, the sunshine returned. The Performing Arts Marquee saw many performances throughout the day, including the Jazz Band, the Choir, Year 7 Drama Students, Blend and an acoustic trio of Chancellors pupil parents.

The event was a phenomenal success, raising staggering amounts of money for the school and the continued renovation of A-Block. Thanks must go to the 50th Anniversary committee who organised the event, the Chancellors School staff, the PTA, all the parents who helped, the lower school students and 6th Form who came and put on some fantastic attractions and of course, everyone who turned up and made the event a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Unseen UK Session
July 18, 2014
By The Sixth Form Team
On Wednesday the 9th of July, the whole Sixth Form had a talk from Unseen UK, a charity which aims to raise awareness of Human Trafficking both in the UK and Worldwide.

The session started off with a quiz about human trafficking and some of the statistics associated with it. When the answers were read out, the gross underestimates of all of the students highlighted how little we knew about this modern form of slavery. With over 20 million people suffering and over $150 billion being made each year, Unseen UK is doing important work to raise awareness and help those trapped in trafficking.

Katy Molloy, the guest speaker, followed with a powerful talk about trafficking, giving shocking examples of how dreadfully people were treated. We all expected these tales from third world countries, but when Katy mentioned that recently men from the UK had been trafficked to Sweden, the gravity of the situation really hit home. Men from a highly developed and very wealthy country were being trafficked to another country of a similar status. How is it that we know so little about this lucrative trade?

The talk concluded with some information about the work Unseen UK does to help victims of trafficking and prevent trafficking from happening in the first place. Recently, the charity has set up a hostel for women in the UK who often have no money or passport, and need support. The hostel has been extremely successful, and the charity now wants to build a hostel for men too.

The session was very informative and everyone left with a greater awareness of this awful crime, but also the fantastic work Unseen UK is doing to combat it. Chancellor's Sixth Form does a lot of work for charity, and Unseen UK is sure to join the ever growing list of charities that we support.
Kabuki UK
July 17, 2014
By James Evans, Year 12 student
Kabuki UK is a newly established charity which has been set up by a group of parents who all have children with Kabuki syndrome.

My 11 year old sister, Emily, was diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome last year, and was the 7th Person in the world to have been diagnosed through a newly found gene - KDM6A. Due to the work which Kabuki UK has been able to do through past donations, my family and I recently attended the Kabuki UK Family day. This gave us the opportunity to speak to carers of Kabuki sufferers and sufferers themselves, sharing experiences, having the ability to relate to the problems and solutions which others have, but ultimately have a brilliant time.

What is Kabuki Syndrome?

Kabuki syndrome is complicated and has been underdiagnosed due to a lack of awareness among the medical profession. People with Kabuki syndrome often have congenital heart defects, hypertonia (Damage to the central nervous system) , feeding difficulties (In some cases requiring sufferers to be tube fed as they have difficulty swallowing), cleft palate (Fissures in the roof of the mouth), speech and language delay, hearing problems, learning difficulties and kidney abnormalities to just name a few of the symptoms.

What are the aims of the charity?

-To raise awareness of Kabuki syndrome by distributing information to local hospitals and gaining higher internet and press presence.

-To provide information, advice and resources about Kabuki Syndrome and establish a network of regional coordinators, who will provide support and help for newly diagnosed families in that region.

-To fundraise with both regional and national events, to support the charities aims.

-To organise and publicise family events and fundays, which will provide families affected with Kabuki syndrome with a chance to meet other families and share experiences, as well as have an enjoyable break.

In aid of the aims of the charity, a Fundraising Donut Sale will take place to provide a monetary donation to the charity. I hope that this event, and future ones, will raise awareness of the syndrome, and the Kabuki UK Charity.
GB Canoeing Breaking News
July 17, 2014
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Girls PE/Deputy Head of Faculty
Huge congratulations to the following students who found out today that they were successful during phase two of the GB Talent Identification Programme.

Fitness testing has been completed in many schools across the region with twenty one of our year 7 students making it through to phase two, which included more challenging fitness tests and water based canoe skills. Out of the fifty students that participated at phase 2 only 15 would make the final selection. Well done to Daniel Hearn 7W, Katie McDermott 7S, Maia Harrison 7S and Eren Yalkin 7M.

They will now start the GB scheme and are identified as athletes on the Talent Identification Programme 2014 - 2016. We wish them every success as they move forward in this very exciting opportunity.
Focus on Humanities – Religious Studies
July 15, 2014
By Rebecca Gunning, Year 11 student
During my two years in the Religious Studies course, I have found it has developed me more as a person, making me re-evaluate many aspects of my life. The subject has made me question many things I thought and believed before, and it has been a wonderful experience over the last two years.

Quite recently a unit in the course has prompted me and the whole of my family to become organ donors, after many heated but interesting discussions around the dinner table. We learnt about organ donation in one of our topics, and it made me realise how much help I could offer to somebody after I die. Many people are hesitant to talk about death and so put off becoming a donor because they don’t want to think about it, but Religious Studies has enabled me to look at matters such as death in a different, more objective way, and for me, knowing that as one person - myself - dies, I could be helping another to live, is a truly wonderful feeling.

Other topics we learnt about in RS, such as our unit on animals, and crime and punishment, and the elderly and death, all made me consider massive issues of moral debates related to these topics. For example, our unit on animals helped convince me to become a vegetarian, something I had been considering for a while, but was spurred on by the ethical-moral issues the topic provoked. The crime and punishment unit also made me re-consider my stand on capital punishment, as did the elderly and death unit with the issues surrounding euthanasia.

All of these topics address such fundamental issues that spark such debate in modern society, and I think that it’s vitally important that our generation is not only made aware of such issues, but to be encouraged to participate in lively debates surrounding these issues. Furthermore, as an RS student I have been made aware of many different religions and how they work and what they believe in, what they would and wouldn't support, how they might react to the aforementioned issues.

Finally, I think it’s crucial to promote an understanding of a wide spectrum of religions, as well as current ethical and moral issues of our society, in the modern, multicultural, ever changing world that we live in. I would recommend this subject for anyone with an opinionated, lively mind for knowledge, and a thirst for well-reasoned, thought provoking debates.
District Rounders League Success!
July 10, 2014
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Girls PE/Deputy Head of Faculty
A huge congratulations to our year 8 girls who became District Rounders Champions in the Mid Herts League yesterday following their win over Dame Alice Owens School in the league finals.

It was a close match throughout with both teams pushing each other to the limit! In the second innings we thought it was all over when Owens nearly got all our players out. However, our girls made a fantastic come back to get the majority of the Owens team out preventing them getting the two and half rounders they required to win! The final result was 7 rounders to Owens and 7.5 rounders to Chancellors. A nail biting game that ended in success. Well done girls, a fantastic achievement and another title to add to the list!

Congratulations also goes to our year 7 rounders team who made it through to the district league finals, who also played Owens. They played fantastically well and demonstrated excellent team work and high levels of skill throughout. Dame Alice Owens won the game 10 - 3.5, resulting in our girls finishing as runners up in the Mid Herts district league. A great achievement girls, well done.
Rounders Update
July 07, 2014
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Girls PE/Deputy Head of Faculty
Congratulations to our year 7 and 8 Rounder's teams who have made it through to the semi finals of the Mid Herts District Rounders League.

Year 8's played Yavneh School in the semi finals on Monday 30th June 2014. Year 7 are due to play Queenswood School in their semi finals, date of game is to be confirmed.

Results from league games can be seen here

Good Luck in the semi final games!!!
Chancellor's Performing Arts - The 2014 Christmas Production
July 02, 2014
By The Arts Team
On Wednesday 2nd July, voting starts for the Chancellor's Christmas show.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with how we organise this, here is a quick explanation: We have shortlisted three shows, this year, we have chosen:
  • "Sleeping Beauty"
  • "The Snow Queen"
  • "Little Red Riding Hood"

We invite students, parents, staff and friends of the school to vote for which show they would like to see produced by the team. This has been a really great way of involving everyone in what we do and have been delighted with the amount of interest in previous years.

If you are a student, please come and have your say, if you are a parent, please encourage your sons and daughters to vote (there will be a ballot box located by our front reception). You can also email me your vote at pembertons@chancellors.herts.sch.uk

Voting lasts one week and will cease on Monday 7th July. We hope that as many of you as possible will get involved! Happy voting.