Archived News for December 2015


Year 7 MFL Cultural Quiz
December 17, 2015
By Miss S Zeal
This week Y7 have been competing in the MFL cultural quiz.
This house competition was completed in forms and the results were very close… In joint second were 7A and 7W and in first place were 7B! Well done 7B! You are the winners of lots of reward points!
Saatchi Gallery Art Prize
December 17, 2015
By Mr T Price, Subject Leader - Art
Several Chancellor's School A'Level students have work entered for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize and their work available to view at their website:

http://www.saatchigallery.com/portfolio/SchoolInfo/Chancellors+School/21.html

It is a high profile exhibition of the top 20 shortlisted art works at the Saatchi Gallery in February

  • Overall winner: £10,000 to winning school, £2,000 to winning pupil
  • Secondary school winner (ages 11-18): £5,000 to school, £1,000 to pupil
  • Primary school winner (ages 4-11): £5,000 to school, £1,000 to pupil

An overall winner will be chosen from the two age category winners, meaning that one school has the opportunity to collect £15,000 towards their art department. One successful student will receive £3,000 to be spent on art and computer equipment.


The Prize is part of the Saatchi Gallery's education programme, which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences.
Saatchi Galley Art Prize
December 16, 2015
By Mr T Price, Subject Leader - Art
Several Chancellor's School A'Level students have work entered for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize and their work available to view at their website:

http://www.saatchigallery.com/portfolio/SchoolInfo/Chancellors+School/21.html

It is a high profile exhibition of the top 20 shortlisted art works at the Saatchi Gallery in February

  • Overall winner: £10,000 to winning school, £2,000 to winning pupil
  • Secondary school winner (ages 11-18): £5,000 to school, £1,000 to pupil
  • Primary school winner (ages 4-11): £5,000 to school, £1,000 to pupil

An overall winner will be chosen from the two age category winners, meaning that one school has the opportunity to collect £15,000 towards their art department. One successful student will receive £3,000 to be spent on art and computer equipment.


The Prize is part of the Saatchi Gallery's education programme, which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences.
Shoebox Appeal – Bigger and Better
December 14, 2015
By Mrs C Stefanou & Mrs G Martin
I would like to say a big thank you to all those of you who participated in Operation Christmas Child this year.

It was outstandingly successful, and 458 boxes were collected in all, from pupils in every year group as well as members of staff. This was an amazing amount, and managed to beat last year’s total, which was already a record!

A massive amount of pupils from all year groups, parents and even grandparents got involved – some bringing in donations or even wrapped shoeboxes, if they couldn’t bring in a box of their own. A number of pupils bought in four or more boxes and received up to 100 reward points for their generous contribution. Special mention must go to Lucy and Jonathan Prigmore and Emily and James Smith who brought over 50 boxes between them. What an amazing achievement!!

Last Friday I, Mr. Tourlamain and a very excited Year 7 class helped fill the school minibus to bursting point with all the boxes. The Samaritan’s Purse Charity was absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of boxes we had and I was so proud to be the representative of such a generous school. We were presented with a Certificate of thanks by the Project Coordinator, were given a round of applause by the whole office and had our photo taken. Later the charity even wrote on their twitter page to thank us: ‘ Chancellor's School have just delivered over 400 shoeboxes to our office! Well done everyone @ChancellorsSch :) ’

We were then told that our boxes would be on a lorry on its way to the Ukraine by the end of the month. The plan is to deliver them to a hospital or an orphanage there. So well done everyone who got involved - you have done a truly wonderful thing, which has shown how many kind and generous people there are at Chancellor’s.
Welcome Back Hour of Code
December 14, 2015
By Mrs R Rose-Green, Subject Leader ICT & Computing
This week students in Year 9 ICT lessons participated in the worldwide `Hour of Code’ event for the second year running.

They joined millions of other students getting their first experience of computer programming. This experience hopefully will give student the spark to keep learning computer science and encourage them to consider Computer Science as an option for GCSE.

This year, students had a choice of programming activities based on their skill level, introductory, intermediate and advance. Topics included:

Minecraft - Students used blocks of code to take characters on an adventure through this Minecraft world.

Frozen - Student used code to join Anna and Elsa explore the magic and beauty of ice. They created snowflakes and complex patterns as they ice-skated.

Code Combat - Students learnt basic syntax to control a character, while loops to solve pesky puzzles, strings & variables to customize actions and how to defeat an ogre (important life skills!) This activity was Python programming language based.

Code Academy - Students learnt JavaScript programming language and applied this knowledge to write a program that animates their name.

Feedback Snippets

Maliha Zaman 9H“I really enjoyed this experience, it opened my eyes to new career opportunities in programming!”
Ben Cooper 9M“It was SICK!!!!”
Faith Garey 9M“It was really hard but eventually I got it!”
Daniel Scott 9A“It teaches us basic programming skills that could help us build website or games, very enjoyable”
Chloe Martin 9S“It was fun, but I don’t think it’s that simple to create a game, or is it?”
James Cousins 9H“I’m good at this coding thing!”
Austeja Nenart 9W“I learnt a lot in this one lesson, it was also fun”
Sam Putman 9S“I enjoyed the challenge and the feeling that you can create anything”
Tom Harris 9H“Having already coded with PHP, CSS, SQL, JavaScript made me want to know more. I will continue to try other course at home on Code Academy”
Alex Nicholas 9B“WOW!”

You could try these and more. Visit the following websites:

Sixth Form Santa Dash
December 14, 2015
By Oliver Virtue, Year 13 Student
As Christmas approaches, Sunday saw a group of Sixth Formers don Santa suits and run the streets of Hemel Hempstead in the St. Francis Santa dash.

Andrew Tomlinson was the fastest runner from the Sixth Form with Mr Whitelock and Mr Legarda also posting very respectable performances! The St. Francis hospice is a very worthy charity that cares for seriously ill people and the Sixth Form are looking to raise as much money as possible for them!

So please donate to our Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/ChancellorsSixthFormTeam
Sixth Form Reunion Evening
December 14, 2015
By Mr J Whitelock, Head of Sixth Form
On Friday 11th December Sixth Form students who left Chancellor's in July were invited to return to the school for an early evening reunion event.

This enabled student to receive their GCE certificates, meet up with fellow students from their year group and chat with staff who had been a regular part of their lives while they were in the Sixth Form.

Food and drink was available as well as music, and there had been a comprehensive effort made to collect all photographs and videos the students had made throughout their time in the Sixth Form, and these were shown throughout the evening. There were also sessions providing festive live music creating a wonderful atmosphere for those who attended this reunion opportunity, the first of its kind.

Christmas Cake Sale
December 11, 2015
By Matt Cross, Year 13 Student
On the 10th December the Sixth Form held a Christmas Cake Sale.

The Sixth Form students brought in Christmas themed cakes that they have either baked or bought. The amount of cakes that were supplied was pleasing and the designs on them were fantastic, with cakes decorated like snowmen, reindeer and Christmas puddings!

Half of the money we raised is going towards supporting the Christmas charity ‘Crisis at Christmas’, which provides homeless people with somewhere warm to stay and hot meals, along with other services, such as medical services and advice on employment and housing, over the Christmas period.

We would like to thank everybody who came and bought a cake, it was a great turnout. Thank you as well to all the Sixth Formers who helped to supply and sell the cakes.

The Sixth Form has now raised a total of over £400 for ‘Crisis at Christmas’, this will provide care for 18 homeless people over the Christmas period.
Sixth Form Quiz Night
December 11, 2015
By Victoria Sartori, Year 10 Student
On the 7th December, the Sixth Form took part in their annual Christmas quiz.

There were ten teams, one governor’s team and one PTA team, as well as eight Sixth Form teams who all took part. There were several rounds based on general knowledge, sport, music and television all of which had both testing and easily answerable questions. It was greatly enjoyable and the PTA were also able to sell snacks and refreshments. The evening was concluded with an entertaining game of bingo and the winning team was presented with a prize for each participant, as well as one to the bingo winner.
Focus on Humanities: Religious Education
December 09, 2015
By Mrs S Shum & Mr M Gorman, Teachers of RE
It is with great pleasure, once again, to announce that eleven of our current Year 8 students, have had their work recognised in the 2015 Nationwide Annual Bible Writing Competition.

The following students were rewarded with a prize from the judges for work of an extremely high standard:


  • Alice Armon

  • Daniele Botte

  • Luke Copsey

  • Louis Christofi

  • Nicole Contantinou

  • Freddy Hotter

  • Millie Pratten

  • Max Lee

  • Isabella Maestranzi

  • Rachel Toye

  • Jake Wall



Our students should be very proud of themselves, as the competition from students from faith schools is extremely strong and to be recognised in this manner is no small achievement.

Well done to all.
Santa Dash
December 04, 2015
By Briony Day, Assistant Head Student
On Sunday 13th December a group of Sixth Formers will be taking to the streets of Hemel Hempstead dressed in Santa suits for a 2.5 mile run around the area.

All funds raised will go to the St Francis Hospice, a local based charity which provides professional care and support for people with life limiting illnesses.

We would love your help in supporting this great cause. If you wish to donate please follow our Just Giving link:

https://www.justgiving.com/ChancellorsSixthFormTeam

Thank you in advance for all of your support!
Crisis at Christmas
December 04, 2015
By Katharine Chadwell, Year 12 Student
On Friday 4th the Sixth form held a non-uniform day in aid of Crisis at Christmas, with the aim to raise enough money to help more than ten homeless people over the Christmas period.

Students were encouraged to wear red to show their support and raise awareness around school of the charity. Every student made a donation towards the cause.

The money will provide the homeless people with somewhere warm to stay, and three hot meals, including Christmas dinner, over the Christmas period. They will also have the chance to shower, get a haircut, and receive medical treatment. They will be offered expert advice about employment and housing. It will also get them in touch with Crisis for year-round support and training for the future.

We are pleased to say that the Sixth Form raised £300, which is enough to bring 13 homeless people in from the cold this Christmas.

Movember – Health Issues Faced by Men
December 02, 2015
By The Sixth Form
This November was the fourth time students in Chancellor’s Sixth Form, along with some staff, joined the campaign to raise awareness about men’s health.

There is an effort by participants to grow facial hair and to support the raise awareness campaign. Some of the biggest challenge in the UK for men’s health are considered to be the awareness of men about Prostrate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Physical inactivity and Poor Mental Health. Many male students attempted to grow a moustache over the 30 day period, some had greater success than others! Many posters and leaflets were put up raising the issues about male health. Hopefully this campaign was successful and fun.
Drama Department Update
December 01, 2015
By Miss L Saunders
WGC YDF Youth Festival Auditions

The Drama department are going to be entering their first youth festival competition in Welwyn Garden City.

This takes place on February 29th-5th March. Many awards are up for grabs and we intend to enter one senior group (Y11 and above) and one junior group (Y10 and below) Look out for auditions which will take place after Christmas.

Trips

Recently a group of students went to watch Matilda the Musical by Dennis Kelly with music by Tim Minchin. It was a truly fantastic show and one of our fastest selling trips ever.

Upcoming trips include:

Wicked (January 20th) which is a reward trip based on students’ performance in Drama since September – letters will be sent out shortly to the lucky students who have the first tickets.

The Woman in Black (10th December) This trip is mainly for A Level students as they have to see something to write about in their exam. Any spare spaces will be opened up to GCSE students very soon.

Year 7
Y7 have been studying Physical Theatre recently, they have been learning a wide range of skills including mime, movement and comedy. Y7 assessments take place in class where they are assessed on their practical work.

In January we will be exploring Bullying through Drama and the students will be able to make their own anti-bullying videos.

Year 8
Y8 have been learning about their vocal skills and how they are important in Drama and many other subjects. They have tried out various accents and learned how to adapt their tone of voice to suit certain characters and situations. Assessments take place in class and are based on students’ practical work.

Year 9
Y9 have been learning Stage Combat and Improvisation this term. Since choosing their options in performing arts we have seen a boost in confidence and quality of the work being created. In January Y9 students are going to begin exploring ‘Blood Brothers’ There will be a performance evening in which Y9s will showcase their work to parents/carers, friends and family on 21st and 22nd March. A letter with more information will be sent out via parentmail.
Blog for Québec
December 01, 2015
By Miss S Zeal
GCSE students have been working hard in French to produce a blog to communicate with Ecole de Paul-Hubert in Québec. We are looking forward to seeing their response!