Archived News for January 2015

Grace Gear in 'This Girl Can' Campaign.
January 30, 2015
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Year 8
Year 12 student Grace Gear was recently approached to be part of the 'This Girl Can' campaign in raising awareness and participation levels for girls and women's sport.

'This Girl Can' is here to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

Grace has been selected based on her outstanding achievements in Squash, in which she continues to excel.

Grace is part of the 'This Girl Can' advert that is shown on television. (Please see the link below).

Well done Grace, another fantastic achievement and we look forward to your campaign in raising participation levels for girls in the local community.

Cranedale Geography Trip Report: Day 2
January 30, 2015
By Sixth Form Geography Students
Today we visited three sites of the River Derwent, investigating and collecting data about the River.

What started as a clear and frosty morning, turned in to a cold and snowy afternoon of wading through the river. However, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day learning new skills within the natural environment.

We ended our last evening taking part in the Cranedale quiz, winning in the process, go Chancellor’s! Tomorrow we follow our studies of the river further, looking at the potential damage to the urban environment in the event of a flood.

Cranedale Geography Trip Report: Day 1
January 29, 2015
By Sixth Form Geography Students
Waking up early on Wednesday 28th January, having arrived in cold and snowy Cranedale on Tuesday, to make preparations for the unit four geographical skills paper.

The 12 geography students have already been investigating methods and practices of urban settlements, and the data collection from surveys that will help in the understanding of geographical enquiries.

The safe (long) journey was somewhat intriguing, while some were nervous with the prospects of the next few days ahead. Days are filled with long hours, being educated and analysing the appropriateness of data collection techniques. We are all looking forward to wading through the River Derwent in snowy conditions, early Thursday morning.

The trip has encouraged both of the geography classes to develop already existing friendships, taking part in group activities during the day, and regular movie nights. We can expect to gain the knowledge needed to sit and pass with flying ‘colours’ on our paper four exam, as geography entails more than just colouring in.
Notice: Girls PE
January 23, 2015
By Mrs N Seabrook, Head of Girls PE
The Dance and Gym evenings are in a few weeks on Wednesday 11th February and Thursday 12th February. Should you wish to buy tickets, please go to the online payment system where all the details can be found. The tickets are selling quickly and numbers are limited due to the space in the hall.

Also, may I remind parents and pupils that the use of aerosol sprays in the changing rooms is not permitted. Any pupil caught using them will have these items confiscated and disposed of. Students are told that they can bring in non-aerosol or roll-on deodorants which are more than fit for purpose.

Thank You

Mrs Seabrook
(Head of Girls PE)
YOPEY – Young People of the Year
January 22, 2015
By Mr J Whitelock, Head of Sixth Form
The prestigious job of presenting awards to young people who have committed themselves to undertaking some really special and selfless acts was given to Chancellor’s School this year, specifically the Sixth Form. Other schools applied but the sixth Formers were this year given the task to host and run this event at Moor Park on the evening of the 13 November. The event was organised by YOPEY which recognises young people’s achievements – (Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models).

The 13th November saw students attending the venue from 1 o’clock, were they receive further training, there was a considerable amount of work to be done prior to the evening event. There were: further rehearsals and the setting up which involved the practicing of lines, running cables for lighting, checking auto queues and organising passes for visitors, and so much more. The students, supported by Mrs Redgwell and Miss Garnish and overseen by some professional events staff, worked hard on their individual and collective tasks to ensure they were ready.
The event took place at Moor Park and this in itself was so impressive, it helped set the mood and every Sixth Form student there rose wonderfully to the occasion.

In the evening the room was absolutely full with 147 people, standing room only! There was a small group of staff who attended and saw just how superbly the students managed the situation. Mr Croston and the Sixth Form link governor Mrs. Catherine Rendell attended the evening function alone with well over 45 dignitaries’. Mrs Campbell and I felt really privileged to be there and see how wonderfully all students conducted themselves. They were truly outstanding; this was happily acknowledged by the YOPEY organisers.

Thank you to all students who took the time and made the decision to volunteer, all 60+ of you. To those who hosted the evening you did yourselves, the nominees and the school proud - Brilliant.

Do you want to know more? If so have a look at the YOPEY website. You can see in more detail what YOPEY is about and how it works to recognise young people’s achievements. Below is a video, produced by Year 13 Student Daniel Damianos, about the evening.

RE: The Problem of Evil and Suffering
January 20, 2015
By Jamie Stone, Year 7 Student
In RE we have been looking at the question of Evil and Suffering and one question we discussed is, ‘can God exist when there is evil and suffering in the world?’

In my opinion, just because there is evil and suffering this doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist.
Human suffering following an earthquake or tsunami happens as a result of a natural disaster. These events happen unexpectedly and can cause a great deal of suffering. People’s lives are disrupted and people are sometimes injured or hurt very badly. Sometimes people die as a result.

Some may say these events are an act of God but can an act of nature be controlled or stopped altogether?

If a disaster strikes, humans appear to be able to recover, rebuilding their lives and their surroundings. Something good always seems to come from something bad. People pull together and look after each other. There is a sense of community which gives hope to the survivors to carry on, pick themselves up and rebuild their lives and communities, looking out for each other in the process.

Bad things do happen but does that mean that God doesn’t exist, and if He does could He stop the bad things happening anyway?

When there is an illness/disease and many thousands of people die, is this a way of nature taking control? People die as a result of an accident, some die early in their years, while others live until they are in the 90s and sometimes 100s.

I have learnt in my lessons that there are different types of suffering and people deal with the suffering in different ways depending on the situation. I feel sad that horrible things have happened to people in their lives when they do not deserve it or they are put in a situation which is totally out of their control. However, humans seem to be able to draw strength from these events and seem able to cope with any situation they face if they have to.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
The Clink Prison Trip
January 20, 2015
By Anastasia Nicolas, Year 11 Student
We went on an exciting visit last month to The Clink Prison Museum in London. It was a fantastic experience, and a great break for all of us hard working Year 11s, as we all know Mrs Shum likes her students to work to the max!

The Clink Prison is England’s oldest prison and The Clink Prison Museum is built on the original site of the Clink Prison which dates back 1144. It is therefore one of England’s oldest and most notorious prison.

The day was a fantastic educational experience as it was relevant to our Religious Studies’ lessons as we have been learning about crime and punishment in our modern society and different ways criminals are punished. However after visiting the Clink Prison Museum, it was very interesting to learn that punishment was so much more severe in the past; beheadings were very common, and also the gruelling iron boot which prisoners had to wear and then hot oil was poured into it!

This visit changed my perspective towards punishments as sometimes I do wonder that some of our criminals today are not punished accordingly and the Clink Prison would be so much more appropriate. However, I am sure others may disagree with me.

We also got a chance to walk along the River Thames and we stopped to look at the Globe Theatre, and to visit the Tate Modern. I enjoyed this trip a lot as it was an educational experience as well as being fun. I liked spending a day with my fellow class mates and of course Mrs Shum!
Focus on Humanities: Religious Education
January 19, 2015
By Owen Greenstreet, Year 11 Student
In Religious Studies we take a very serious approach to our exams and mock exams, and the revision needed before taking them. There are different ways of doing this, which always guarantee we will achieve our grades.

We don’t go over whole topics, filling up our minds with the work we already know and understand but rather we go over old work and improving it. An example of this is when we look over old tests and re-do them. This helps us understand where we went wrong in our tests and lets us correct them, making sure we know the answer for next time should we ever need it.

One of the most popular methods used in RS revision is to make mind maps and this is actually compulsory. We all have to make a mind map at the end of each topic studied. This way, come revision time a lot of the hard work is done already. Usually we use A3 sheets of paper and start writing down notes and revision material we believe to be appropriate in mind map form. I find this to be one of the best ways to revise as it is written down in a way easy for me to understand.

We never come out of a RS lesson not understanding what we have just learnt in class. We never have to try to figure it out for ourselves, confused, as the teacher always make sure we completely get the work. Even if we miss a lesson, we have to catch up on the work we have missed and we must understand it.

Last of all, we always get a lesson before the end of a topic and before the end of topic test to go over the religious teachings of the topic. We get the chance to discuss them and understand how we can apply them to support our answers to gain maximum marks. We are encouraged to take notes as we are discussing them so we understand them on a personal level.

Class discussions prove invaluable as it’s a break from writing and we also get to share our opinions, giving us a wider variety of answers in tests. There are many more revision techniques such as revision cards/booklets but I have chosen mind maps, going over tests and religious teachings note taking because everyone does these in our class. As a result of all these revision and learning techniques, the majority of our class are getting our target grades and higher; some even realising that RS has become our best subject. These techniques really help us to improve our work and get the grades we want.
Presentation Evening Photos
January 19, 2015
By Mrs T Tarrant, School Business Manager
I am pleased to inform you that the photographs taken at Presentation Evening by the professional photographer are now available in school to collect.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

With kind regards

Telie Tarrant
School Business Manager