Archived News for November 2015

A-Level Criminology Conference
November 26, 2015
By Briony Day & Andrew Theophani, Sixth Form Students
On Wednesday the 25th November, a mixture of 20 Sociology & Psychology A-Level students attended the annual Criminology Conference held in the Emmanuel Centre in London.

The morning started with a talk from Dr Lyndsey Harris from Nottingham University, giving us a general introduction to the study of Criminology. There was then another session delivered on the facts and myths of crime. One particular example was that DNA fingerprinting cannot actually find the exact person who committed the crime. This shocked many students who follow CSI programmes where crimes are solved every episode with this technique. Various other talks followed on topics including terrorism and punishment techniques.

The day was finished with a talk from a real offender, a murderer who is now out on a “Life License”. He spent 12 years in prison and was able to talk to us about the realities of a life in prison and how prison has changed his view of the world. The controversy of whether or not his sentence was fair continued to occupy the conversations on the journey home.

The day was a wonderful opportunity for students to get a flavour for what reading Criminology at University would be like. All students agree that this is a worthwhile trip and would recommend it to anybody interested in the topic!

By Briony Day



On Wednesday 25th November, we went on a criminology trip to the Emmanuel Centre in London where we listened to 6 lectures on different aspects of criminology. The first one was an introduction to criminology and was about perspectives in criminology and the different understandings of crime. The second lecture was all about crime myths and how things we believe to be fact (for example, that the crime rate is increasing, that it takes an 'evil' person to commit a crime, and the devices used in solving crimes such as fingerprint identification) are actually fiction. Our third lecture was specifically about understanding the riots of 2011 by looking at what the motives were, what the message was, and what implications this has for the future. After our lunch break, we looked in detail about terrorism, particularly in Northern Ireland, and whether it should be understood as a form of crime or war. Our fifth lecture was all about prisons and punishments and if they in fact work. Then finally, an ex-convicted murderer came in and spoke to us all about his life and his experience in prison.

It was a very informative and enjoyable day and I would strongly recommend it to any psychology or sociology student if they have the opportunity.

P.S Emma Prior sneezed so loud she scared everyone in the lecture hall!

by Andrew Theophani

National Team Swimming Championships
November 24, 2015
By Mr D Welch and Mrs N Seabrook
On Saturday 21st November, Thomas Stanbury (Year 9), Ben Harrison, Anthony Smith and James Blount (Year 10) represented Chancellor’s School in the Annual National Team Swimming Championships held at the London Aquatic Centre (home to the 2012 London Olympics).

This was the third successive year a Chancellor’s School team had qualified for the national finals which, in itself, is a fantastic achievement. The four boys qualified for both the 200m Medley and 200m Freestyle team events through competing in the divisional qualifiers back in October.

Each event consisted of thirty competing schools, with the ten fastest teams from the three heats qualifying for the finals. A fantastic swim by the team in both the Medley and Freestyle heats saw them qualify for both finals. The Freestyle heat was a particularly impressive performance.

The final, which consisted of the highest achieving swimming schools in the country and showcased the next generation of Olympic hopefuls, proved to be a hotly contested race. All four boys swam their individual legs with outstanding determination and effort, resulting in a fantastic 8th place finish in the Medley final and an 8th place finish in the Freestyle final.

It was a real credit to the boys’ talent and hard work to see them lined up against the likes of Plymouth College and Millfield School, from which Olympic champions have been nurtured.

A special mention must also go to the parents of the boys, who demonstrate great dedication in ensuring the boys are able to train and compete across the whole country and whose support is simply outstanding. Thank you to Mrs Harrison who was poolside throughout the entire competition passing on her expertise as team manager to the boys and providing them with excellent guidance enabling them to perform at their very best.

Chancellor’s School is very proud of these four very talented and hardworking young athletes.

Congratulations.
Sixth Form Class of 2015 - Reunion and Celebration
November 23, 2015
By Mr J Whitelock, Head of Sixth Form
We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to Chancellor’s School on Friday 11th December. This will provide an excellent opportunity for our former students to receive examination certificates and to catch up with friends and teachers in a nice semi-formal atmosphere.

This celebration gathering will last from 16.00 until 18.30.

We will serve refreshments and snack food and hope to see as many of you who were in Year 13 last year attend.

If you're thinking of coming along, please drop an email to admin@chancellors.herts.sch.uk.

I hope everything is going well for you all and look forward to catching up with you on the 11th.

Children in Need
November 16, 2015
By Matt Cross, Year 13 Student
On Friday 13th November it was Children In Need day.

This is a day where we raise awareness for one of the most influential children’s charities, which aims to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. The Sixth Form held many events throughout the day in order to raise money and awareness of the charity.

Sixth Form students dressed up in their Pyjamas for the day. It was great to see everyone come into school in pyjamas, onesies and dressing gowns!

At break time many of the lower school students took part in a ‘Find Pudsey’ competition. This involved the students looking around the school in order to find hidden pictures of Pudsey. Each picture had a number and a letter, which made up a sentence. Therefore, whoever figured out what the sentence was first won. Thank you to everyone who organised the event or took part.

Lunchtime featured a sponge the teacher’s event. Thanks to Mr Legarda, Mrs Merrett, Mr McGowan, Dylan, Miss Smith, Mr Holleran, Mr Hobbs and Mr Whitelock for taking part and to all the students who spent their lunchtime enjoying soaking their teachers!

Thanks to all of the Sixth Form for getting involved and helping out in the day’s events, and to all the staff and students who took part in these events and donated money for the appeal. It was a very enjoyable day which has hopefully raised lots of money for a brilliant cause.
Sixth Form Open Evening
November 09, 2015
By Anna Church
On Thursday 5th November, the Sixth Form held an open evening for prospective students.

The evening consisted of an informative talk from Mr Whitelock about general sixth form life, a presentation from our head students, Lucy Mellenfield and Oliver Virtue, about opportunities in sixth form and finished with a speech from Mr Huddleston about the process of applying to the sixth form. After the talks the parents and students were given the opportunity to visit subject stalls and get more detailed information regarding the subjects they are interested in studying.

Over 30 Sixth Form students helped to organise and set up the event both on Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon. Displays of events that the Sixth Form have run and charities that we support were presented at the entrance of the school. During the evening, the students assisted Mr Whitelock in the carpark, served refreshments or helped on subject stalls.

It was a very successful evening which we hope all the prospective students found useful helping them make decisions for their academic future.