«rE a d W S N E July 2012 R e AD We have given up on trying to hold a whole school Sports Day this year but will be trying a Year 7 & 8 set of races ...»
rE a d
N E July 2012
R e AD
We have given up on trying to hold a whole school Sports Day this year but will be trying a Year 7 & 8 set of races
this week. Even the rain will not prevent me from taking our top Rise & Read attenders to Southend as a reward because I will walk
that pier in hail or snow. Chauncy Rocks attracted around 600 to hear the 46 acts; The Gallery featured another dozen musicians
alongside the stunning Art Exhibition and the now famous Walton Community Day was amazingly successful and dry. Our students will be setting new records this summer: at A Level at GCSE and in our BTec courses; over 70,042 positive comments this year on Behaviour Watch, 650 Gold Awards, over 99.5% of all grades on student reviews class their behaviour as good or excellent and we will almost certainly welcome our 1,000th student.
We say goodbye to Shirley Parker (Textiles) Elissa Jones (Food) and Sara Mead (Academic Coaching), and Pat Clegg (Science) who are retiring to take up residence, possibly, in post office queues on Mondays, shopping with others on a Tuesday to talk about post office queues, babysitting and daytime TV, gardening and, probably, many raucous late night parties. Angela Meyer (Music), Miranda Hinde (Art), Connie Ingrao (Maths) and Katharine Lovell (Geography) are all expecting children in the Autumn and return later in
2013. So we welcome a number of young, energetic, soberly dressed staff to continue the drive to further improve standards and opportunities for a well deserving, generally happy and successful student population.
You may be aware that most Year 7 students will be starting their day in various activities – Rise & Read, Lexia, Advanced Maths Games, ICT, Homework and Times Tables – from 8.15. Older students are welcome to attend and you may be aware that we welcome students from 7.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. every day of the school year.
Dennis O‘Sullivan UK’s Fine Artists During December ten Year 9 students took part in a renowned fine art competition and stole the show!
The International Children‘s Exhibition of Fine Art Lidice takes place in over 70 countries and was established to commemorate the children victims from the Czech village Lidice who died during World War II. This is the 40th year the competition has been running and the first year that Chauncy students have taken part. Over 600 entries were submitted for the regional and national heats from schools throughout the UK. The long awaited results were published this month and the judges praised Chauncy students for submitting ―some of the finest examples they had seen.‖ Teachers and students alike were overjoyed to discover that four prizes had been awarded to students from the school, including a first prize at National level! Regional runners up were Louis Shropshire and Jacob Murley, with art works based on Les Miserables and Alice in Wonderland respectively. The regional winner was Laura Button who then went on to take the first prize at a National level for her representation of Shakespeare‘s Globe theatre as a three dimensional book. During June the artworks were judged globally in the Czech republic where Chauncy received further recognition.
Laura Button had been highly commended and given a honourable mention. As this is the 40 th anniversary there will be a special award ceremony in September where lucky UK winners will get to travel to the Art Venue in Stoke-on-Trent to receive trophies from the Ambassador of the Czech Republic. To view the artwork please visit www.ukchildrensartcompetition.org.uk Maths in Sports Roadshow by Cambridge University On Tuesday 10th July, we took 15 of our Gifted and Talented Year 9 and Year 10 Mathematicians to Hertfordshire University to partake in a Mathematics Pentathalon. In an event put together by the Millenium Mathematics Project, the pupils considered some of the mathematics behind the olympics and then competed in 5 challenging tasks. Year 9 students Sarah Slatford, Lucy Spence, George Napier, Jordan Scrogie and Lauren Murray - otherwise known as "the fangerlangers" - were the victors, with fantastic team-work, great logic skills and a contagious enthusiasm. Very well done!
Careers th th 6 Form “Working in the City” Trip - 30 April 2012 - 7 students enjoyed a whirlwind trip to London, visiting West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association where a talk was given by the Managing Director Peter Spendlove. Students then visited Trinity House. It is steeped in history from 1514 when Henry VIII granted the charitable guild of mariners a Royal Charter to regulate the water traffic on the River Thames.
Finally, students attended a talk at Michael Else and Company Ltd by various members of staff.
Careers Day – 26th April 2012 - Year 7 enjoyed a carousel of activities based on scientific engineering tasks. Students were able to use their maths skills to find out how to build the tallest tower, they became creative by building their own bacteria models, mouldy mugs and marble mazes and their expert skills by designing different products by using k‘nex.
Anger Management sessions were also on hand for students too. - Year 8 enjoyed ―The Apprentice‖. Working in teams they had to find out their strengths for various company positions and hold formal meetings to discuss the day‘s plan. The Marketing Managing, Quality Control Manager and the Finance Officer attended workshops to establish what the job entails to help them produce products of good quality and eventually bringing their team and products to the hall and getting ready to pitch. As Sir Alan Sugar was unfortunately not available Mr Dennis O‘Sullivan was keen to step in to do the hiring and firing. Products that were pitched to the panel included Top Trumps, Jewellery, Souvenir Boutique and medals to name but a few. All products reflected 2012 and celebrating the Olympics and Chauncy. The final was between two teams and eventually the Cup Cake team were hired. Their prize is a trip to Disney Headquarters in London for an Enterprise Day. Students then held a bazaar to sell their products the next day. Well done to all Year 8 students as so far they have raised £300 for charity and products are on display in the reception area and still for sale.
Year 9 and 10 Year 9‘s had an introductory day for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, orienteering around the Ware area following maps and having designated check points while the other half of the day was spent at Harlow Outdoor Centre taking part in activities such as raft building, dragon boat racing, mountain boarding, archery and the climbing wall. All enjoyed a fantastic day even the staff had a go and it taught the students about team work and learning new skills. - Finally, Year 10‘s attended the Armed Forces Day at Bassingbourn Barracks. The Army, RAF and Navy rewarded the students with a fun and entertaining day. The weather didn‘t dampen the enthusiasm of the students who took part in assault courses, tug of war competitions, cookery competitions and even music workshops. For images of the days events, please visit the school website, A-Z and Careers KS3 and KS4.
Philosophy Conference 2012 This term has seen the establishment of the Chauncy Philosophy Society, a group of Year 10 – 13s who have an interest in debating philosophical issues. This month we took a trip to the University of Hertfordshire to attend their annual Philosophy conference. Here students listened to leading thinkers on such topics as Time and Possibility and the Theory of Mind. Everyone agreed that it was a fascinating day and it certainly prompted more questions than it answered… London College of Fashion Competition 15 Year 9 students took part in a competition set by the London College of Fashion. The brief challenged the students to design and make a bag that was eco friendly. Using recyclable materials the students manipulated what they had sourced in an exciting and original way. Materials ranged from bottle top lids to scrabble letters. During a workshop with accessories designer Anna Figgins, the students developed sustainable ideas and brought them to life. The results were revealed in June. Chauncy students had received five commendations, an overall winner and best school overall. Roisin Perry, Aprill Wall, Emily Nicos, Charlotte Quickenden and Laura Button received commendations for their entries. Hannah Chambers took first prize out of nearly 70 entries from schools around the country. As a reward the girls were invited to London to watch the London College of Fashion graduate catwalk and to take part in an accessories design workshop with one of their tutors.
Music Chauncy pupils celebrated the Queen‘s Jubilee bringing music to the wider community. Also, GCSE pupils were invited to perform at a Jubilee Tea Party, where their acoustic music was warmly received by members of the Hertford Community and Rivers ESC. Well done to Emma Custis; Marcus Caisey; Storm Kingston; Stevie Gregg and Alex Barton for their efforts. The celebrations then headed to Hatfield House. Our students put on a great performance and were a credit to themselves and the school. A large number of Chauncy students turned out to support our Music Showcase event. Our students‘ enthusiasm for performing has made these events both interesting and enjoyable. Finally, Chauncy hosted pupils from Priors Wood and parents and pupils were treated to some exciting performances. Well done to all.
A particular well done, to all students who have taken their external music exams. Results available on the website.
Two of our Gifted and Talented Year 7 students were offered an amazing opportunity to attend a two day creative writing masterclass with Michael Morpurgo, which allowed the students to learn and apply new writing skills. During the class, Michael shared his inspiration for writing and, using extracts from his work, explored how experience shaped his fiction. The students were then able to partake in teacher-led sessions where they explored extracts from text that was also used as a stimulus for their own creative writing.
Oxford Success Former student Jenny Davies spent seven high flying years here at Chauncy before going on to study Mathematics at University College Oxford in 2008. We have recently received a letter from her Senior Tutor lauding praise on Jenny, and giving details of the Scholarship she earnt from her first public examination and kept throughout her time at Oxford. "It has been a pleasure to have Jennifer as a member of our community, to which she has contributed in many ways.", such as being a Student Ambassador and taking charge of the Junior Common Room's contribution to the undergraduate admissions exercise. "I wanted to share Jennifer's success with you and to thank you for the very good preparation she clearly received before coming to us.", Dr A M Knowland. We hope to send many more mathematicians to Oxbridge in the coming years… Mr I Rooke, Head of Maths Year 7 Maths Day On Tuesday 3rd July, Year 7 spent the day doing a carousel of interactive, fun, mathematical activities. Pupils competed in small groups within their forms on tasks including a mathematical code breaking trail, rocket building, puzzle relay and flash games. The maths department were joined by some fantastic Year 8 and 10 students who worked tirelessly throughout to ensure the activities all ran smoothly and the Year 7's had a great time. Marcus Caisey and George Reeves-Williams were particularly wonderful with the rocket making, while Will Turner did not stop smiling at his post on the maths trail all day long. The Year 7's were all brilliant - enthusiastic, excellent team-work and impeccably well behaved. Congratulations to the winning team - the "Tigers" from Elm, made up of Tahlia Bew-Stanley, Bailey Wasylyczyn, Adam Callery and Connie Wright.
Maths Trip to Duxford On Wednesday 4th July, the top maths set in Year 9 went to Duxford Imperial War Museum for "The Big Bang 2012" - a STEM (science, techonology, engineering and mathematics) fair. With over 20 exhibitors, some fascinating shows and plenty of activities to take part in, the class enjoyed a fun-filled day out. Highlights included seeing the look on Lucy Spence's face when holding a giant millipede, Lance and Andrew competing for the best time with the robots and Lauren Murray and friends solving a giant puzzle super quickly, putting some of the other schools to shame.
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