Archived News for February 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day - Keeping the Memory Alive
February 25, 2015
By Mrs S Shum, Head of Humanities
27 January 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

It was the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

More than ever, we need to honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today.
We need to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it is a steady process which can begin if prejudice, discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We are very fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide.

However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future. Therefore it is particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory.

In RE, Year 8 students have just finished the topic ‘Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times’. Students have been looking at the life stories of ordinary people who lived through extraordinary times and who showed extraordinary courage and bravery, and, more importantly, students have been asking the question ‘what can we learn from their life experiences?’ Here is a selection of students’ reflections on their learning.

Mrs Shum
Head of Humanities

“When someone says the word holocaust, we immediately think of how Hitler murdered millions of innocent Jews in concentration camps during World War II. Although this is the name we have given that atrocity, the definition of the word is ‘the destruction or loss of life on a massive scale’. This leads to my question, have we really learnt from Hitler’s awful acts, or does discrimination such as this still occur today? There are in fact groups that, admittedly not on as big a scale, still commit the same type of crime. Extremists and terrorists kill in the most horrendous ways, but is there any difference between that and how the Jews were treated? From this I conclude that we must keep the memory of the holocaust alive to ensure that history does NOT repeat itself. We must not forget.”

Jenny Turner

“It is important to remind ourselves of this tragic event for many reasons. The one that I believe to be the most important, is to learn from their mistakes, we would not want a repeat in history. There are many memoirs of this time - such as Anne Frank, which we continue to constantly read as it reminds us of the fighting spirit in humans, bravery in some young individuals and how to have hope and belief that things will turn out right, even if you have to risk things for what you believe in.

People like Anne Frank are remarkably relevant today, as most people blame others for their mistakes and/or problems, and their courage and selflessness is deeply inspirational, to encourage others to do the right thing”.

Katie Orbell

“2015 is a year for great opportunities and happiness, but it is also a year to reflect on this horrendous period in time, the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz, a concentration camp, where over 1.1 million people died.

Auschwitz was a horrendous place, but it is a place that should be remembered. We should remember that many innocent people were abused, starved and killed there. People got so hungry that they had to eat the dirt on the ground. They got so cold they would freeze. They got so tired they would collapse. This should never be a way of living.

Whatever religion or race you are people should be treated the same. Auschwitz was a horrible place, but we shouldn’t blame the building. We should blame the people. They were the ones that controlled what happened there.

We should learn about Auschwitz and what happened there, because we must learn from their mistakes. We must not be prejudice or just blame people because of their race or religion. Instead of just fighting and killing to get the answer, we should do it in a civilised manner instead.

Auschwitz was a place that should be remembered for the people that were killed there and how brave and strong they were in the face of extreme conditions”.

Ariane Welton-Gregory
World Book Day
February 25, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
Thursday 5th March is World Book Day. At Chancellor’s, we will be running a ‘book swap’ event.

Students will be able to bring in unwanted books from home to swap in our ‘Swap Shop’ at lunch time. Students can bring books in after half term to exchange for a ticket to use on the 5th at the Swap Shop.

See the World Book Day site to get the low down on all of this year’s national events. You could join in with ‘Teenfest’, online, on 4th and 5th March, 6-8pm. See for more information.

Every student will receive a £1 book token that is valid from 2nd – 29th March. Tokens can be swapped at participating retailers for a £1 World Book Day book, or used to get £1 off any book worth £2.99 or more. For more information about World Book Day, please see:
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Theatre Trip
February 24, 2015
By Lucy Prigmore, Year 9 Student
On Tuesday the 3rd of February the Drama department organised a theatre trip to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane.

Selected students from years 7-9 were invited for excellent work and dedication in their drama lessons and extra-curricular activities. After a coach journey into London accompanied by Miss Garnish, Miss Saunders, Mr Gorman and Miss Riley we arrived just in time for the show to start.

The musical is based on the original story by Roald Dahl, which was first published in 1964. Since then it has become a childhood favourite and has been adapted into two films and now a thrilling musical. Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world, has decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents. In order to choose who will enter the factory, Mr. Wonka devises a plan to hide five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. The search for the five golden tickets is fast and furious. The story follows the journey of a poor young boy called Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory with exciting events along the way.

The dialogue and songs were extremely funny, with amazing stage sets for every scene. All of the actors were brilliant, including real live oompaloompas! In the interval, students had the opportunity to purchase the merchandise and refreshments. The millionaire’s shortbread wonka bars were very popular with of course programmes and interval ice cream. You could even buy scented calculator disguised as a bar of chocolate.

In the second half, the audience joined the characters on their journey through the factory. Everything was created cleverly leaving all of the pupils open mouthed. The question, “How did they do that?” was asked many times throughout the show. Overall, the students had a great time and were grateful to be chosen for the trip. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a definite must see!

“I think that it was a great trip and an amazing show. My favourite part was when they were in the TV room because the costumes were amazing!” - Ewan McAdam 9B

“I loved the whole experience especially the special effects and I’m still trying to work out how they pulled it off. I really want some oompaloompa moon boots now!” - Nathan Martell 9M

On 3rd February 2015, a number of pupils went to London to see Charlie and the chocolate factory in at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. I particularly enjoyed the last song when Charlie took over the chocolate factory from Mr. Wonka, this was my favourite song because all of the cast came together and they were dancing and singing. I also enjoyed the part when Charlie and Mr. Wonka went up in the glass elevator because they floated in and around the audience and the elevator glowed. I loved how they modernised the characters, especially the oompa lopmpas! Overall, I really enjoyed going to see Charlie and the chocolate factory because I love the book and film and it was very excited to see it come to life! - Caitlin Collins 7M
Chancellor's Carol Service 2014
February 24, 2015
By Mr M Clarke, Head of Performing Arts
The Chancellor’s School Carol Service is the one of the highlights of the performance calendar. Around one hundred students take part either reading, singing or playing an instrument. We are welcomed each year to St. Mary’s church by Rev. Peter Bevan.

“Sure On This Shining Night”

Performed here by our chamber choir, this is a motet written by the American composer Morton Lauridsen and is a setting of a poem by James Agee. “Sure On This Shining Night” comes from Lauridsens’ Noctures.


“The Lamb”

“The Lamb” sets a poem from Songs of Innocence by William Blake (1757–1827). The poem is addressed to a lamb, with a play on words in verse 2 – the Lamb of God who ‘became a little child’ is Jesus Christ. The song is often performed at Christmas, having been widely heard in the broadcast Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge in 1982. It is one of Tavener’s best known works.


“The Carol of the Bells”

The song is based on a Ukrainian folk chant and ones hears the recognizable four-note ostinato motif from the start. The carol has been arranged many times for different genres, styles of singing and settings and been used widely in the media – it even appears in “Home Alone”.



We chose to start our carol service this year with this striking piece. The first movement from Antonio Vivaldi’s larger work known as “Gloria”, it combines the school orchestra, led by Pam Moutoussi, and the school choir.


The Nutcracker Suite

This arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s seasonal favourite combines all of the main themes presented in the original ballet. Performed here by our school orchestra.


Concerto in G

Our string group, led by Mrs Grant, perform the first movement of Vivaldi’s violin concerto in G major.

Hertfordshire Secondary Schools' Gala
February 11, 2015
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Year 8

On Friday 6th February 2015, several students from Chancellor's School were selected to represent Mid Hertfordshire at the Annual Secondary Schools' Swimming Gala.
This event has teams selected for each district in Hertfordshire and therefore it is an achievement to be selected for the team. Ten student from Chancellor's were chosen from all the schools in Mid Herts to represent the district at this event.
All students performed incredibly well, with some particularly outstanding results. Ben Harrison broke the Gala record in the 4x50m Individual Medley, a fantastic achievement, well done Ben.

Other excellent achievements can be seen below:

Junior Girls Results

50m Butterfly - Katie Harrison - 4th - 34:59
4x50m Medley Relay including Katie Harrison - 4th - 2:29:09
4x50m Freestyle Relay including Amy Mason - 5th

Junior Boys Results

50m Backstroke - Thomas Stanbury - 2nd - 35:26
4x25m Individual Medley - Thomas Stanbury - 4th - 1:16:49
4x50m Medley Relay - including Thomas Stanbury - 3rd

Intermediate Girls Results

4x50m Medley Relay - including Amelia Hardy - 6th - 2:25:48
4x50m Freestyle Relay - including Amelia Hardy - 3rd - 2:06:45

Intermediate Boys Results

50m Backstroke - Ben Harrison - 1st - 29:48
50m Breaststroke - James Woodward - 2nd - 33:05
50m Butterfly - James Blount - 2nd - 29:03
50m Freestlye - David Shipman - 1st - 25:93
4x25m Individual Medley - Ben Harrison - 1st - 1:02:00
4x50m Medley Relay - including James Woodward, Ben Harrsion and Adam Gill - 1st - 2:03:72
4x50m Freestyle Relay - including James Blount, Adam Gill and David Shipman - 1st - 1:51:55

Well done to the students who represented Mid Herts in this event.

Valentine's Day
February 09, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter. Librarian
We had a bit of fun last week, challenging book club students to design a heart made from books for our Valentine’s Day display.

I think they did quite well!
Red House Children’s Book Award Shadowing Event
February 08, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian

On 26th January, a small group of book club students attended an award shadowing event at Beaumonts School in St. Albans. To be eligible to attend, students needed to read the three books up for the Red House Book Award and be able to discuss the merits of each book as part of a group.

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
Split Second by Sophie McKenzie
Prince of the Ice Mark by Stuart Hill

Shadowing book awards such as Red House, provides a great opportunity for us to read out of our comfort zones and to analyse books based on a range of criteria.

For more information about the Red House Book Award see:

Year 9 Netball Success
February 02, 2015
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Year 8
Congratulations to our Year 9 County Netball Squad who performed outstandingly well on Saturday at the East Regional Round of the National Netball Championships.

(Evie Herrick, Lucy Millbery, Georgia Lee, Louise Rogers, Scarlett Rowe, Mia Dunsmuir, Olivia Bacon, Rosy Vella.)

The girls were unbeaten in their pool and the results were:
  • Chancellor's 15 v Ipswich High 2
  • Chancellor's 8 v King John 5
  • Chancellor's 9 v Sharnbrook 3
  • Chancellor's 11 v Norwich 6
  • Chancellor's 8 v Kimbolton 1
  • Chancellor's 15 v St Clere's 2
With this fantastic result they went through to the semi final and ended up playing the other Hertfordshire representing School, Goffs. In what was an incredibly tight game our girls narrowly lost 8 - 5, they played a phenomenal second half to pull the score back but missed out by the final whistle.

Well done girls, you all played outstandingly well in such terrible weather conditions! I am still trying to warm up myself!

Good luck in your next County League game which is Monday 2nd March v Sandringham School.

Sleeping Beauty 2014
February 02, 2015
By Miss C Garnish, Teacher of Drama
If I had to name one of the best parts of being a Drama teacher, it would have to be the school production. It's exceptionally rewarding to see our students on stage; working as a team to deliver three outstanding performances and a very well-received matinee to primary schools.

Something I noticed early on is how enthusiastic Chancellor's students are, and how fantastic they are at supporting each other. This is a testament to their range of skills in the Arts and I am pleased that there is such a wonderful opportunity to showcase this talent in school. It seems like a very long time since we first cast the vote to perform Sleeping Beauty in the Summer term, but now the rehearsals have finished and we have settled comfortably into our Spring term, I am looking forward to the challenges that 2015 brings.

Each student has worked incredibly hard this year, attending endless amounts of rehearsals, learning new songs, lines and even choreographing their own dances. We have been very fortunate to have the help and support of Mrs Rosser and Mrs Freeman, who have devotedly given up their time to make costumes, adjust hundreds of sparkly t-shirts and stay awake all night sewing! Of course, this year wouldn't have been the same without the musical direction from Mr Clark, who thrilled us with lots of jolly pantomime music! Although Miss Pemberton was away on maternity leave, we knew that she was always there to help us and we are very grateful for the support she has given us. We also welcomed the very talented Miss Riley to the Music department, who was joined by Miss Moore to support the band. Miss Saunders and I are extremely proud of all the students who were involved and we are very much looking forward to next year!