Archived News for April 2016

Sixth form Snowdon hike for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
April 29, 2016
By Chloe McKeever, Year 13 Student
Thanks to the amazing support from everyone who donated, we managed to raise a whopping grand total of £2,379.20 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

When the team’s alarms went off on Thursday 7th April whilst struggling to shake their slumber, they turned up with good spirits and spent the 4 hour mini-bus journey singing along to Mr Whitelock’s bangers!

Although the hike was a feat in such challenging conditions, everyone was determined to reach the summit with the ambition of helping the patients of the hospice to receive lifesaving care. With so many children needing desperate treatment, help and support, the money will be put to good use!

It was a life changing experience and all the students feel it taught them so much whilst also raising money for a fantastic cause!

Chancellors' New Wildlife Garden
April 26, 2016
By Mrs J Wise, School Business Manager
A few years ago, Chancellor’s ran a competition alongside Oaklands College to design and build an eco/wildlife garden for Chancellor’s School.

The talented winners of the design were Alexander and Katherine Chadwell and, although this project lay dormant for a couple of years, on Friday 22 April the project finally came to fruition. Alexander and Katherine were very pleased to see their drawings and ideas come to life when we held the official (and extremely exciting) opening of our school pond and wildlife area.

Working alongside Oaklands College, who supplied all materials and labour for this project, we have created an outstanding eco/wildlife area, comprising of a pond, a marsh, a wildflower meadow, seating, and stunning planting. Not only is it a beautiful area to enjoy, it will be used extensively for Biology and Geography studies.

The premise behind this project was to create and develop the overgrown area to improve the environment at Chancellor’s. This has most definitely been achieved and we have created new habitats for flora and fauna and the fabulous installation will provide us with an excellent resource to help develop our Science and Geography work.

In addition, pond and wildlife clubs are being organised so all students can have access to this amazing facility.

In the coming months we are hoping, as the new area becomes established and flourishes, to extend the pond and wildlife area to include a vegetable and herb garden. How long will this take? Only thyme will tell (sorry)!

Watch this space ...

The International Netball Tour April 3rd – 7th 2016
April 26, 2016
By Mrs N Seabrook, Head of Girl's PE
On Sunday 3rd April, 40 girls from Years 8 -11, Miss Lynch, Mrs Moore, Mrs Martin and myself left Chancellor’s for an international Netball Festival in Paris.

This was the first time the school had taken part and the anticipation of what was ahead was varied and exciting.

Over the 5 days away, the girls played in four squads (two at U14 and two at U16 age) against schools and netball clubs in Britain and as far away as Dubai. The standard was unknown and we were pitched against some different and very competitive teams throughout the week. We kept parents at home updated on our PE twitter feed.

The results of our tour are fantastic. We were the top finishing school overall across the whole tournament, with two runners up positions in the top showdown competitions in the U14A and U16A teams. The U14 and U16B teams finished 4th and 5th respectively in their finals competition, again increasing in confidence and experience as the tournament gained pace.

Three of the competitions were won by All Saints Netball Club from Muswell Hill, London. They take players on tour who play and train together every week of the year. Our girls play together at school only as they compete for different clubs outside, so to beat other club teams at this tournament is an incredible achievment, one they should be very proud of.

Alongside the competition, the girls had an England Masterclass morning and of course the “down time” was spent in the brilliant Disneyland Parks in Paris.

We rode the rollercoasters, Tower of Terror, met the characters and watched the evening fireworks display. There certainly were some hilarious photos of girls enjoying the rides throughtout the 3 days.

Below is a report from some of the girls who came on the trip.

Mrs N J Seabrook

Disneyland Paris Tour 2016

The Chancellor’s netball squads have just returned from a remarkable and memorable trip to Disneyland Paris.

We set off from Chancellor’s by coach with our new friend Derek the driver. We think we drove him and the teachers mad with our singing. After a long day of travelling, we finally arrived at the Davy Crockett Ranch around 8.30pm.

We had to be up and dressed for 7am so that we were ready for our busy day ahead. Twenty minutes later we reached the netball courts. As we walked in nervously we could hear Disney music blaring through all of the courts and all umpires were wearing Minnie Mouse ears. This fuelled our excitement for the days ahead.

After a competitive morning of netball we arrived at the Disneyland theme park. On the first day we went to the Disney Village. The lucky ones amongst the group met various Disney characters such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and other famous characters that reminded us of our favourite films when we were younger.

We all had to “check in” with the teachers between 7 and 7.30pm, however most of us forgot initially as we were too busy queuing for rides! That night everyone was asleep within 15 minutes apart from some of the Year 9 girls who seemed to have more energy than the rest of us!

The next day we were all ready at 9 am, and had a nice lie in compared to the day before. We then had a morning of training when we had a masterclass with England netball coaches which was quite challenging. We had drills in shooting, defensive ball work, attacking and ball skills. After this we headed off to the Disney film studios. Due to Derek’s working hours, we all sprinted to the coach in the evening. However Olivia B and Mia D got lost along the way, as they forgot they went to Chancellor’s and followed another school!! This caused a lot of laughter.

On our final day of netball we were all very excited. All of the Chancellor’s teams were very successful, facing tough opposition. The Year 10A and Year 8/9 made it through to the final. Unfortunately both teams lost to the same club AP Saints.

The same evening we all attended the awards ceremony. We were extremely lucky to receive our trophies from the England player Kadeen Corbin.

We had a fantastic time at Disneyland Paris, which was made so enjoyable by the teachers. All the girls got along well and were good fun and of course we had Mickey Mouse!!!

Libby and Scarlett Rowe
Year 13 A-Level Sociologists go to Court
April 21, 2016
By Briony Day, Year 13 Student
This morning Mrs Redgwell and the A-Level Sociology students went to St Alban's Crown Court.

At the court they had the opportunity to speak to a Clerk and sit in the public gallery of cases ranging from drug dealing to child abuse. It was a fantastic opportunity to enrich their knowledge for the Crime and Deviance part of their A2 examinations in June.

All of the students thoroughly enjoyed their morning and felt it gave them excellent insight into how the court works, especially those aspiring to study Criminology and Law at University next year. They would recommend any student who is over the age of 14 and interested in this area of study to go along for the day and experience a day in court!

Snowdon Climb
April 11, 2016
By Maddie Reed, Year 13 Student
On Thursday 7th April, 13 Sixth Formers along with Mr Whitelock and Mr Hobbs climbed Snowdon in aid of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

After an early start and a long drive we arrived at the mountain to strong winds and heavy rain, but were all still looking forward to the climb. The group made good progress up Snowdon, occasionally stopping to take in the views and throw the odd snowball. As we got closer to the summit the snow became heavier and the path steeper, but after a few trips and falls we made it to the top! Although the weather conditions made it a tough experience, we are all so proud to have reached the top, especially for such a worthwhile cause.

Thank you to everyone who invested their time and commitment into the event and to those who kindly gave sponsorship. We have raised so much already but donations are still open on our Just Giving page- Providing vital community hospice services to children with life-threatening illnesses, we are so proud to have completed this challenge in aid of Noah’s Ark and the amazing work they do.