Archived News for June 2016

Focus on Psychology
June 30, 2016
By Mrs K Maidment, Head of Psychology
On Monday 27th June, the Year 12 Psychologists were invited to the University of Hertfordshire to attend a Psychology conference entitled, ‘Psychology: it’s so much more than Milgram’.

The intention was to show students the scope and variety that a degree in Psychology has to offer. We were presented with a range of different speakers sharing their insights from autism to non-verbal behaviour. The highlight of the conference had to be the final talk of the day given by Dr Peter Lovatt on ‘Movement, hormones and thinking’ where he enlightened us about the link between dancing and the improved ability to problem solve - he even had us all on our feet following some dance moves ourselves! This was a really interesting day and has given our students something to think about when applying for their university course over the next few months.
Y8 Trip to Germany
June 29, 2016
By Mrs C Stefanou, Teacher of Languages
In June 2016, a group of 48 Year 8 pupils travelled to the Rhineland and spent five days experiencing German culture at first hand, as well trying their hand at a spot of German.

On the first day, we took a leisurely a boat journey along the Rhine, which gave the pupils a chance to appreciate the spectacular beauty of the area. We spent the remaining time in a small, picturesque village, dotted with tiny shops and traditional German restaurants. The pupils had some leisure time here, and I was very impressed to hear their attempts to use the language as they shopped. We then took a leisurely cable-car ride over the vineyards and enjoyed the breath taking views over the Rhine valley.

The next day was spent in Cologne where we began with a visit to the cathedral. The children seemed genuinely awed by the scale of this magnificent building, which took over 600 years to complete. The very bravest of the group (not me!) braved the 506 steps to the top, but said the spectacular views over the whole town were worth it. This was followed by a visit to the Lindt chocolate factory. Here, the children saw the entire process of producing chocolate and dived into the free samples with great enthusiasm! The day ended with a tour of a Sports museum, where the pupils were able to play a roof-top game of football, overlooking the Rhine - a unique experience.

The final day involved a day spent at the Phantasialand theme–park. The students thoroughly enjoyed a day to explore the various roller-coaster rides and shows. Some teachers ventured onto the runaway train and had to spend the rest of the day recovering!

The trip was topped off by a disco organised by the teachers. ‘DJs Taylor and Stefanou’ provided the music, whilst Mrs Abouzahrah and Mr Price engaged in a spontaneous ‘dance-off’, which quite frankly had to be seen to be believed. The children danced the night away and it was a wonderful way to end the trip.

I would like to congratulate Yr 8 for their excellent behaviour and my colleagues, Mrs Abouzahrah, Miss Saunders, Mr Price and Mr Taylor for their fantastic support. It really was a wonderful trip, which both students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed.

Drop Everything and Read at Chancellor’s!
June 29, 2016
By Mrs C Jordan Jones, Advanced Lead Teacher for Literacy
You could hear a pin drop at 2.15 on Tuesday as the whole school took part in ‘Drop Everything and Read’.

As the bell rang three times, all staff stopped their lesson to read an extract from a book to students. The aim was to show students that every teacher is a reader, and that books can be enjoyed in any subject.

PE lessons out on the field paused to hear Jessica Ennis’s autobiography, whilst Science labs were full of students listening to a newspaper interview with Major Tim Peake. German lessons stopped to hear ‘Emil and the Detectives’, and Food Tech enjoyed a taste of Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’. ICT and Business Studies were inspired by Steve Jobs’ time at school from ‘The Man Who Thought Different’ whilst History focused on the sobering lesson of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. Students were engaged and listening attentively – a lovely sight!

D.E.A.R links to Chancellor’s literacy strategy of promoting reading for pleasure. This is underpinned by research showing that children who enjoy reading are more likely to achieve in all subjects and go on to succeed in the world of work – what better reason to pick up a book?
Arts Summer Showcase Wednesday 29th June 2016
June 27, 2016
By Mr M Clarke, Head of Arts
The upcoming summer showcase aims to celebrate the achievements of Chancellor’s students during this academic year.

You are invited to join us to celebrate these achievements in Music, Art and Drama.

The showcase will be on Wednesday 29th June and start at 6.30pm in the School Hall. There are no seat numbers on the tickets as the showcase will also include other venues around the school site, the showcase will finish back in the hall.

Tickets are now on sale at the cost of £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions. Please fill in the reply slip along with your payment. Payments can be made using “WorldPay” (online payment system), reply slips should be returned to the Finance office. We will hand out the tickets to your son/daughter nearer the time. Alternatively if you no longer have a child at the school, you can collect your ticket on the night of the performance.

We hope that you enjoy the evening and thank you for all your support of the Arts.
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 - Winner announced Monday 20 July
June 17, 2016
By Dr K Pammenter, Librarian
A group of keen readers from year 7, 8 and 9 have been shadowing the Carnegie Medal for the past couple of months, reading all of the nominated books and reviewing them.

We are eagerly awaiting the live stream of the award ceremony!

Shadowing this award is a great experience and exposed us to books that we may not have delved into otherwise. I hope it has inspired our students to continue reading books that might be a little bit out of their comfort zones, a theme that we continue to drive forward at Chancellor’s with our ‘Read Around the Underground’ challenge.

To have a look at what we’ve been up to, and to read some our reviews, please visit: and search for “Chancellor’s”.