Archived News for March 2016

The Hair is Officially Off!
March 31, 2016
By Briony Day, Head Student
During lunchtime, hundreds of students gathered in the hall to witness the removal of Mr Whitelock's trademark locks!

Before the event itself Mr Legarda took on 3 Sixth Form students in a mini man v.s. food challenge which got the crowd raring to go!

As the money rolled in, more and more of his hair was removed whilst students cheered!

The grand total raised from the Hair Off event was £350 all for Noah's Ark Children's Hospice.

We thank all the students and staff who donated so kindly!
Charity Sponsored Swim
March 31, 2016
By Samantha Over, Year 13 Student
On Saturday 19th March, the ultimate sporting battle between the teachers and the sixth formers, took place!

A last minute team change for the staff saw Mrs Moore, Miss English, and Miss Nicholson (joined by Miss English's sister and Year 9 student Amy Mason), take on Samantha Over, Anna Church, Claire Dean, Amanda Hunt and Chris Armitage to see who could swim the most lengths. In the 20 minute time slot, the teachers managed a respectable 46 lengths but the sixth form took the title with 54 lengths (the most swum at the whole Rotary Club event).

Despite a bit of friendly competition, the main aim for the evening was to raise as much money as possible for The Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, The St George Foundation, and The Chancellor's School PTA. Thanks to all the generous donations we have managed to raise over £700 for these worthy charities. So thank you so much to everyone who sponsored us!

Chancellor's also had another team swimming at the event, made up of Year 8 and 9 students Josh Over, Tom Harris, Willem Farndale and Lucas Farndale, who were raising money for The Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, The St George Foundation, and Terapia. They swam brilliantly, beating the teachers by one length, with a total of 47.

European Day of Languages at Chancellor’s School
March 31, 2016
By Mrs P Stevenson & Mrs C Stefanou
On Thursday 24th March, year 8 students at Chancellor’s School celebrated European Day of Languages.

This EU initiative encourages language learning as well as celebrating multiculturalism. All students in Year 8 came off their usual timetable and took part in a variety of language-themed activities aimed at increasing their appreciation of languages and understanding of different cultures.

This year we engaged the services of the Onatti Theatre Company and pupils watched them perform a very funny French play called ‘Les Garçons’, telling the tale of a broken-off love affair! There was lots of audience participation and the pupils really enjoyed this aspect of the day, which brought their language learning to life and helped to make what they learn in the classroom more real.

The Language Staff prepared a range of lessons for the students, who had a chance to learn some Italian, Spanish and Greek and to taste foods such as halloumi cheese brought in by the teachers. Students also had the chance to try their hand at a little Salsa dancing, sing along to some Disney favourites in French, and increase their EU awareness by completing a quiz to find out just how much they know about different European foods.

The day also had a competitive element, as prizes of tokens were offered to those pupils who could design the best poster to advertise the play. The winners of these tokens were: Zainab Syed 8W and Katie Coan 8W. Well done girls!

All the staff and Year 8 students thoroughly enjoyed the day. Pupils made the following comments – ‘A great day. I liked the play and enjoyed everything’ and ‘I wish I could do the day all over again.’

Finally, we would like to thank all the language teachers who helped to make the day really special for the students.
9 days to go until the Snowdon Expedition!
March 29, 2016
By Briony Day, Head Student
As we enter into the final week of fundraising, the Sixth Form students are growing in excitement and anticipation of the final challenge next week.

Having already reached the 25% milestone of our overall target we are very pleased with ourselves but still have a long way to go.

On Thursday, as many of you already know, Mr Whitelock is going to be having his hair shaved off in the hall during lunch time. This is dependent on your kind donations with an aim to raise £500 from this event alone.

At the moment there are around 2000 children in our local area who would benefit from the help of this charity, with The “Hospice at Home” service providing 7,932 hours of care and support to 157 children with life-limiting conditions, 267 of their siblings and 305 of their parents.

We really thank those of you who have already donated and urge everyone to dig deep for this fantastic charity!
Hair Off!
March 22, 2016
By Briony Day, Head Student
Alongside the Sixth Form team trekking up Snowdon in the Easter holidays, on Thursday 31st March, Mr Whitelock will be having his head shaved during lunch time in the hall.

This is all taking place to raise awareness and money for the fantastic work that Noah's Ark Children's Hospice does in our local area.

We are urging students to come along to witness the removal of Mr Whitelock's curly locks and donate money to this worthwhile charity. The more money raised the more hair we will remove, so please dig deep!

Donations can be given to Mr Whitelock or any member of the Sixth Form team. Alternatively you can donate on our Just Giving page:

Thank you in advance for your support!
Countdown to Charity Sponsored Swim!
March 18, 2016
By Samantha Over, Year 13 Student
Only one day to go before the sporting battle of the year, when Chancellor's Sixth Form take on Chancellor's Staff!

The Sixth Formers (Samantha Over, Claire Dean, Anna Church, Amanda Hunt, Chris Armitage) will be swimming against the staff (Mrs Moore, Mr Welch, Miss English, Miss Nicholson) in the Brookmans Park Rotary Club Charity Sponsored Swim. This Saturday the teams will be swimming as many lengths as possible, in relay fashion, for 20 minutes. We are raising money for The Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, The St George Foundation and The Chancellor's School PTA.

Many thanks to those who have already sponsored us! If you haven't yet, but would like to support us, it would be great if you could sponsor us using the Just Giving link below, or sending the money in a labelled envelope to the school office.

The Chancellor's Sixth Form and Staff Swim Teams

Battle of the Bands 2016
March 15, 2016
By Anna Church, Year 13 Student
On Friday 11th March, the iconic Battle of the Bands returned!

Five acts showcased their musical talents in order to be crowned the Battle of the Bands 2016 champions. The bands were from various year groups and all gave spectacular performances. The bands included: Alter Ego, Nukelear Reaction, Bridie and Maddi, Blend and White Owls Painted Black. In addition to this there were also three support acts who all gave brilliant performances. Thank you to Sean Wright, Alistair Fitton, Sophia Decaro and Emma Gilby for these performances.

The evening was presented by two Sixth Form students, Justine Arif and Nicholas Pedraza. They entertained the audience throughout the night and made sure that the evening was a huge success. Thank you to the judges, Mr Legarda, Mrs Stefanou and Mr Hobbs, who were left speechless after many of the performances.

Congratulations to the overall winners, White Owls Painted Black, to Bridie and Maddie who came second and Nukelear Reaction for coming third.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of the Sixth Form students who helped organise and run the event, all the acts who performed and especially the audience for creating such a great atmosphere. The evening was a huge success and we can’t wait for the next battle!

Gym and Dance Display 2016
March 14, 2016
By Mrs N Seabrook, Head of Girls PE
This year we had over 45 students from across the whole school performing on the evening.

With only a couple of exceptions, all of the pieces were choreographed by the students. These included cheerleading numbers, a whole year group dance, individual gym routines and sports acrobatics in groups. Some had links to the musicals theme we focussed on in class, others simply directed their compositions at specific styles of dance or gymnastics, or a particular song. All of the girls were composed and showed great presence on the night during their moments in the spotlights.

As in previous years, some of the older students used the evening as a performance base for their GCSE practical work. The older students also helped guide some of the less experienced performers with choreography ideas and performance skills.

Underlying all of the pieces again this year was the simple enjoyment of these two sports as creative vehicles for the students. I very much look forward to next year and more amazing routines
I would like to thank the students for their enthusiasm and energy in bringing the February evening together. I will also take this opportunity to thank other staff members who have helped support the logistics of managing an evening such as this and parents for their support in raising over £235 for Sport Relief 2016.
Year 9 Hertfordshire Shield Rugby Final
March 11, 2016
By Mr D Welch, Head of PE
Following their impressive win in the semi final of the Hertfordshire Shield Rugby tournament this week, Chancellor's School year 9 rugby team will be playing in the final of the competition on Wednesday 16th March at Old Albanians Rugby Club, 160 Harpenden Road, St Albans, AL3 6BB. Kick off is at 4.30pm.

After the final and presentations, food and drink will be available for students and parents.

Of course parents are more than welcome to come and watch, the more support the better and the students really appreciate this support.

I look forward to what will be a very exciting evening of Rugby and a great opportunity for Chancellor's School year 9 Rugby team to display their talents.
Parental Drug Awareness Workshop
March 09, 2016
By Mrs E Grant, Deputy Headteacher
On Wednesday 23rd March, 6:00 – 7:30pm there will be a ‘Parental Drug Awareness’ workshop at Chancellor’s school from Hertfordshire County Council. This will be specifically for Yr 9,10 and 11 parents only.

The workshop aims to:

  • Provide relevant, up-to-date information about alcohol, cannabis and legal highs in a safe and familiar environment
  • Offer strategies for parents to have open conversations with their children about drug and alcohol misuse
  • Promote ways parents can help children make positive, healthy choices.

As well as an interactive presentation and informal learning tasks, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out where to go for more information and support.

A letter with a reply slip has been sent to all parents of Yr 9,10 and 11 via parent mail.
Sixth Form climb Snowdon for Noah's Ark Children's Hospice!
March 08, 2016
By Briony Day, Head Student
On Thursday 7th April, Mr Whitelock, Mr Hobbs, Miss Loader and 14 Sixth Form students will climb Snowdon.

We aim to raise a target of at least £2000 for Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Noah's Ark provides vital community hospice services to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families in our local area.

On top of this we aim to complete a range of fundraising activities around school before Easter, including the removal of Mr Whitelock's luscious locks, all to raise awareness of this truly fantastic charity!

We urge you all to dip deep for this incredible charity and donate to our Just Giving Page:
Spring Music Concert
March 08, 2016
By Miss H Riley, Teacher of Music
I would like to invite you to the Spring Music Concert on Wednesday 16th March 2016. The concert will begin at 7:00pm and will show a variety of ensembles and group performances from both Lower and Upper School students.

Your continuing support is greatly appreciated and in order to ascertain the size of audience I would ask you to confirm via email. The concert is priced at £5.00 for adults and £1.00 for children. Monies should be paid via “World Pay” or cheques should be made payable to “Chancellor’s School”.

I look forward to seeing you on:- Wednesday 16th March 2016.
Chancellor's Swim for Charity
March 08, 2016
By Samantha Over, Year 13 Student
Chancellor's Sixth Form take on Chancellor's Staff in a battle to swim the most lengths!

A team of five Sixth Formers (Samantha Over, Claire Dean, Anna Church, Amanda Hunt, Chris Armitage - Year 13) and a team of five members of staff (Mrs Moore, Mr Welch, Miss English, Mr Legarda, Miss Nicholson) are participating in the Brookmans Park Rotary Club Charity Sponsored Swim. On Saturday 19th March the teams will be trying to swim as many lengths as possible, in relay fashion, in 20 minutes. We will be raising money for The Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, The St George Foundation and The Chancellor's School PTA.

We would really love you to support us and if you can, it would be great if you could sponsor us using the Just Giving link below, or sending the money in a labelled envelope to the school office.

Thank you in advance for your support!

The Chancellor's Sixth Form and Staff Swim Teams
Battle of the Bands
March 03, 2016
By Oli Virtue, Year 13 Student
Friday 11th March the Sixth Form are hosting the annual Battle of The Bands competition. Previous winners have included the harmonious ‘Blend’ and the energetic ‘Tilt Shift’. The judging panel this year consists of several ‘harsh music critiques’ including Mrs Stefanou and Mr Legarda.

Tickets are on sale now in the Hall at lunch times or may be purchased on the night at £5 for adults and £3.50 for children.

A raffle will be drawn during the event with prizes including; signed Arsenal memorabilia, a large hamper and gift vouchers. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the competition.
Chancellor’s Students are World Book Day Record Breakers!
March 03, 2016
By Mrs C Jordan Jones
Year 7 students from Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park have taken part in a successful attempt to smash the Guinness World Record for the biggest book quiz ever.

Students found out today – World Book Day – that they were record breakers, as 6388 people in the UK took part, breaking the previous record of 2,679.

All 180 of the 11 and 12 year olds took part in a quiz at the school on Monday 22nd February. At exactly the same time (2 – 3pm) pupils in numerous schools around the country were also taking part.

The children at Chancellor’s were split into teams of ten and asked a range of questions.

They included ‘What are the first names of Harry Potter’s parents?’, ‘Who is the narrator of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, and ‘In which fictional series would you find Crossland High School?’.

The event was organised by literacy lead Mrs Jordan Jones.

She said: "Reading is so important to a child's overall development and this was a fun way for the students to talk about the books they have read. Everyone had a great time and is very excited about potentially being Guinness World Record Breakers."

Answers: Lily and James, Scout, Diary of a Wimpy Kid