Archived News for April 2015

Quizzing for Nepal
April 28, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
This Friday, 1st May, we are participating in 'Quizzing for Nepal', a fundraising event organised by Renaissance Place (who run Accelerated Reader).

They are pledging £1000 to the Nepal earthquake relief effort, and are aiming to have schools contribute by helping them to reach their target of 100,000 AR book quizzes done nationwide on Friday.

Our year 7 and 8 students participated by completing a total of 74 qualifying quizzes in a day! To count towards the goal, quizzes had to be passed (minimum score 85%), and of the correct book level for student undertaking the quiz. The greatest class contribution came from 7W who completed 19 qualifying quizzes on the day.

As a bonus, by participating, we are in the draw to win £1000 worth of books for our school.

Students received reward points for contributing and we even managed to raise a bit of money for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Well done and thank you to all who participated.
Science Week: 16th- 20th March 2015
April 28, 2015
By Mrs H Ferguson, Teacher of Science
Last month Chancellor’s School joined thousands of other schools and organisations up and down the country in marking British Science and Engineering Week.

This event is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths led by the British Science Association. Students from years 7 to 13 participated in a variety of activities during lessons and lunchtimes, the week even ended with a much anticipated (if cloudy) solar eclipse.

Events included:

• National demo day
• Lunchtime Slimy Science Activities
• Glaxo Smith Kline STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) workshops
• Sixth form Cells talk
• Year 8 Fires in Space talk

Students also participated in a number of competitions. Scientists in years 9 and 10 entered a National competition- The Biology Challenge; Curious about Copper national competition (a reminder the deadline is 29th May) and form groups worked together to complete the Science Inter-house quiz. We can announce that the winners of the quiz were 9M! Congratulations, look out for those extra reward points on your house total.

A big thank you to all other departments who joined with Science in celebrating this week. Special thanks goes to the Library who worked with students in years 7 and 8 during library lessons to research science in the news and present their findings.

Due to the success of this year’s Science Week we are looking forward to next year and even more fun Science activities.
Visiting Le Collège Du Caraquet
April 27, 2015
By Ceyda Balci, Year Student
On Monday the 30th of March 2015, a group of Year 9 students visited Le Collége Du Caraquet in Desvres.

When we arrived at the school we were greeted by the students and teachers. We were then taken into the school canteen and socialised with the pupils after having breakfast, which had been prepared by their catering students.

We were then separated into mixed groups and taken into classrooms to do different activities. They gave us games to play in order to get to know the pupils better which were karaoke, Pictionary and alphabetical challenges. After the games we were paired up with the students and got to know them better individually by asking them questions and filling in details about them.

Later on we were invited into the canteen to have the school lunch with the students and talked to other pupils in French. Overall the experience at Le Collége Du Caraquet was fun and exciting. We made new friends and are lucky enough to still be keeping in contact with them.

Here is a link to an article written about our visit on the French School’s website.

Chemistry Olympiad 2015
April 27, 2015
By Mrs M Hearn, Head of Chemistry
Above is of one of the two A2 Chemistry classes that took part in this year’s Chemistry Olympiad.

As always the questions were very challenging but Nick Hill, pictured in the middle gained a silver award whilst Julia Voitovich and Connor Costello were awarded bronze. All the other students were awarded a certificate of participation for taking part in this prestigious event.

This is one of the many opportunities that these students have had to use and extend their Chemistry knowledge. All of the students took part in the ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ event earlier in the academic year where ambassadors for Imperial College came in to let the students experience at first-hand how to use some of the latest spectroscopy machines and show their expertise at interpreting the data produced.
World Book Night
April 23, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
Tonight is World Book Night! Volunteers hand books out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books.

World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. Share the love! Share a book tonight!

To find out more about World Book Night visit:

http://www.worldbooknight.org/
David Almond and Annabel Pitcher LIVE!
April 23, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
We hosted a live webcast event in the library today in celebration of World Book Night.
Ms. Bozwood-Davies arranged for some of our gifted and talented year 7 students to watch a live broadcast with children’s authors David Almond and Annabel Pitcher.

There was an opportunity beforehand for participating schools to submit questions for the authors, to be answered during the interview. It was fantastic to hear about the processes and inspirations different authors use in their writing.

Follow the link to watch a replay of this event.

http://www.childrensauthorslive.com/
Sainsbury’s Active Vouchers
April 22, 2015
By The PE Department
We are collecting this year as usual, and ask that you have a final collection of all of your vouchers lurking around in the bottom of wallets, purses and handbags and send them into school to be handed in to the PE department.

Last year, we had a healthy total and would like to be able to purchase supporting equipment for lessons and clubs again. The final day that Sainsbury stores are giving out the vouchers is Tuesday 5th May, we then will have a massive count up and post off for the items to be delivered.

Thank you in advance of your support for this.
Snowdon Climb
April 16, 2015
By The Sixth Form Snowdon Expeditionary Force
We did it! Our sixth form team walked up and down Snowdon. Here are some pictures of the adventure.

Well done to everyone who participated, everyone had such a great time and put in some much effort. Also thank you to everyone who has supported. We have risen so much already, but it is still up for donations, so please do at https://www.justgiving.com/Chancellors-SixthForm. It’s an amazing charity that deserves so much support.
Library: End of Term Results
April 02, 2015
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
Year 7 and 8 have had a spectacular term 2 in the library. With the introduction of reading journals we have seen a huge increase in the number of students achieving their Accelerated Reader point targets.

Lots of rewards points and quite a few Easter eggs later, we are looking forward to even greater success in term 3! Congratulations to Year 8, Set 1 who topped the board with the most students achieving their targets! They were very closely followed by 7A, 7B and 7H, so will need to keep working hard in term 3 to win again!

League Table of Class Target Achievement for Accelerated Reader

PositionYear 7Year 8
1st7A8E1/En1
2nd7B - 7H8E2/En2
3rd7W8E3/En3
 7M8E1/En3
 7S8E2/En4 - 8E3/En2
  8E3/En4
Hair-Off!
April 02, 2015
By Alex Pimm, Year 13 Student
During the Easter holidays a group of Sixth Formers are climbing Mount Snowden, in aid of Isabel Hospice. To raise money for this exceptional charity, Mr Whitelock agreed to shave his hair.

On April 1st students packed into the hall at lunchtime to witness the removal of Mr Whitelock’s well known curly locks. Mrs Redgwell and Head Boy – Joe Spinoza took to action after considerable donations from the students had been made with an immense “OFF, OFF, OFF” being roared by the students.

It was a fantastic event and on behalf of Isabel Hospice, the Sixth Form is grateful for the donations and support that have been received and the great enthusiasm from the students for this wonderful charity.

You can still donate at:

https://www.justgiving.com/Chancellors-SixthForm

Alternatively, donations can be made by text by texting:

CSSF50 and an amount (£5, £10 etc) to 70070