July 2018 Chaucer Chat

Newsletter 18 February 2020

Welcome to the Chaucer Chat July Edition.

Dates for your diary

Monday 3 September – Staff training training day
Tuesday 4 September – First day back for students
Wednesday 3 October – Y7 parents evening & Open evening
Friday 26 October – Last day of half term

Sports fixtures 
Please keep an eye on the school website for all future sports fixtures

Facilities for hire
We have slots available on our 3G all-weather pitch for training.  Please contact Debbie Bower or Fran Rayworth on 0114 2322338 for further details.

Digi Fest

19 students from Year 10 went to Digifest on Monday 2 July. This was a great opportunity to meet people working in the digital sector.  The event was hosted at Sheffield Hallam University and was available to students and younger children. There were lots of stalls including employers, games companies, training and apprenticeship providers. The students were allowed to interact with the technology and find out what potential careers are available to them.
The students got involved and asked interesting questions.

Many students said it gave them some really good ideas for future careers and were actually disappointed to leave.

Chaucer’s Facilities/Site team Apprentices

After the successful introduction of our first Facilities/Site team Apprentice some 3 years ago, we are pleased to announce that Hadyn Allen, after successfully completing and qualifying with distinction, has moved on to work in the same field at another Academy.

This is testament to the hard work and dedication he showed at Chaucer, that he earned this promotion.

We are also pleased to announce that Jack Badger, will become our new Facilities/Site Team Apprentice starting with us from July 2018.

His apprenticeship is a 2 year level 2 Maintenance Operations qualification including functional skills on day release at our training provider.

Congratulations to Jake Saunders

Massive congratulations to Jake Saunders, who had been in construction intervention for 2 years attaining certificates of merit in plastering, painting and decorating, joinery, tiling and bricklaying. As a direct result of this he has achieved a 2 year level 2 bricklaying apprenticeship on day release at Sheffield College and is employed by KK Brickwork who are the preferred sub-contractor to Keepmoat Homes.

Thank you and farewell

This summer we say a massive thank you and farewell to 3 of our cleaners who have achieved between then 119 years’ service at the school! A huge thank you and farewell to Norma Goodson, Anne Fowler and Lorna Whitham.

Y7 Sir Harry Kroto Bucky ball Workshop at the University of Sheffield

 On Wednesday 13 June 2018 22 year 7 students attended the Sir Harry Kroto Bucky ball workshop held at the University of Sheffield. Sir Harry Kroto studied at the University of Sheffield and in 1996 was awarded the Nobel Chemistry prize for the discovery of a new form of carbon, Buckminster Fullerene, or as our students know it the “Bucky ball”. Sir Kroto sadly passed away in 2016 but left a lasting legacy of outreach programmes to inspire and engage future generations of scientists which this day is part of and we are delighted to have had the opportunity for our students to attend this prestigious event.

The morning sessions saw the students discover more about the scientific scale and understand that the Bucky ball is part of a new and exciting branch of chemistry known as nanoscience.  They then went on to learn about the structure of a Bucky ball which culminated in a team challenge of building their own Bucky balls as fast as they could. Supported by ambassadors from the university, this involved building a series of pentagons and joining them together with a set of hexagons to make the complex 32 sided Bucky ball.

The students were completely engrossed in building the complex structures and showed a high level of resilience at the final step of construction as they came to join what looked like two halves of a football together to make the completed molecule. 

The afternoon session saw the students enter the chemistry teaching laboratories in the Dainton building to take part in some hands on experimental work to learn more about the properties and behaviours of different chemicals.
Students investigated the acidic and alkaline properties of everyday household substances such as vinegar, lemonade, bleach and toilet cleaner. They used a range of different indicators to look at the properties of the chemicals and how they interact with each other in neutralisation reactions.

Students then set up their own bath bomb factories creating a range of different smelling bath bombs that actually smelled good enough to eat, chocolate cherries, bubble gum and strawberry chocolate were popular choices.

No chemistry experience would be the same without making your own slime so that’s what the students did next. The students investigated how the slime flowed under gravity and discovered how to make slime as hard as nails in liquid nitrogen. 
After all this excitement there was just enough time for presentation of certificates and goody bags for students which included a mini football stress ball and triangular highlighters, all very handy for exam season.

The students had a fantastic day and enjoyed being at the university and seeing what life as a scientist at university is like. They were a credit to the school and made the day immensely enjoyable for all involved. Well done Chaucer!

Dr Fiona Aitken

"Save a Life" Paramedicine Event

Year 10 Health and Social care students attended “Save a Life” a paramedicine event in a mock town education centre, with faux buildings and public spaces from a Fire Station, to an Accident and Emergency Department. Students were able to witness various scenarios and get into the heart of the action to save lives. Students also met with various medical representatives and engaged in actives to do with radiology, midwifery, social care and more. They even had some special effects makeup done to show off some ‘wounds’. We may have some future paramedics in our ranks.

French Trip 2018

On our amazing journey to the Ardeche my classmates and I all had a great time. It was a new experience for us all and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the challenges we faced.

We started off by going to our rooms which were not quite as luxurious as we were expecting but as the trip made us more mature we dealt will it rather well.

We were all looking forward to the tough and enjoyable task of the kayak down the beautiful Ardeche River. We coupled up in our pairs and the journey began. At the start it was a nice easy ride down the river and we all enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We stopped off for some food (the sandwiches were great!) then after we were replenished we were ready to tackle the mighty river again.

Towards the end of the day we started to hear the rumbles of thunder! We were hit by an almighty thunderstorm. The raindrops were the size of golf balls! Wet and soggy we arrived at the campsite and helped the PGL staff set up camp. Camping was a fun and different experience to what any of us were used to. Yet again we were provided with some nice warm food and shelter for the night. It was great (even if we did miss the football!).

In the morning we woke up and got back into our river gear to take on the second part of the challenge. We began paddling and as the river went on we began to get restless and frustrated. My kayaking partner kept on giving up and making us flip the kayak which wasn’t funny at the time but looking back it made me better and actually was really funny. Even though everyone was tired the PGL staff and the teachers all helped massively and encouraged us to keep going. We all completed the Ardeche challenge!

Returning to our rooms we were all tired but looking forward to the Canyoning Experience that was ahead of us the next day. We all had a laugh at how ridiculous we all looked in our wet suits. None of us really knew what to expect but when we arrived we all had a great time as most of us did every challenge set for us. We slid down natural slides in the rock, dived into plunge pools and finally did a zip line over the valley!

The day after we got to choose the activity of archery or mountain biking. In the mountain biking session they told us how to check our bikes and how to ride it safe and correctly. After that we went on the trail with the PGL staff which was a lot of fun.

When we returned we ate some nice food before our dreaded journey home. Everyone was thinking about the fun we had and nobody wanted to leave. It was an incredible challenging experience and all of us would love the chance to go again next year!

La semaine dernière je suis allée  en France avec ma classe et mes profs, c’était très bien. La meilleure partie était canyoning parce que c’était super et assez difficile mais c’était un peu fatigant. À mon avis je n’ai pas aimé faire du kayak parce qu’il y avait des orages et il est devenu trop ennuyeux après avoir le fait pendant deux jours mais c’était une expérience inoubliable.
J’ai aimé ‘Ardèche 2018’ parce qu’il m’a donné la chance de rencontrer et de parler aux gens que je ne connais pas normalement. J’ai voyagé en car pendant 22 heures qui était très amusant au début mais assez barbant au fin. Quand je suis plus âgée je voudrais y aller encore avec mes amis parce que je l’ai adoré!
Charlotte Leary 10VS

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