First Give is an educational school programme which helps young people use their time and talent to improve their community. At Chace, students in Year 9 spend 2 months during Life Skills lessons identify a soical issue in our community, engage with a local charity that address them
Students select a charity and then produce engaging presentations that champions their chosen charity to complete in the School Final in order to complete for a grant for their charities and win £1,000.
The 8 charities that were represented this year were:
9DKO Enfield Charitable Trust
9AFG Age UK, Enfield
9DDO Cancer Research UK, Enfield
9LWI The Shane Project
9SAD Enfield Caribbean Association
9AWI Nightingale Cancer Support Centre
As well as producing a presentation, groups have to get involved in some social action. This
ranged from voluntary work, promoting the work the charity and fundraising.
Over £2000 was raised by our Year 9 students this year which will go towards helping chairities in our local community.
This years final took place on Wednesday 13 June were representatives from the charities attended as well as local community representatives which made up the external judging panel.
All groups should be proud of the work they have done over the pass 2 months however the overall winner of this years First Give Award went to 9LWI. The charity received £1000 from First Give as well as 9LWI raising a staggering £704 from the social action they took part in.
Well done Year 9!!!!
You may have noticed in our recent bulletin a feature advising students how to gradually stop depending on social media as part of a seven-day Digital Detox. We took this message further during a recent year 7 assembly and demonstrated to students and their form tutors what positive effect it could have to make more active use of their time during the half-term break to be “offline” than to continually communicate online.
In addition, our Digital Eagle, Moska Suratgar from year 9, enlightened her audience by demonstrating how much time it would take a hacker to decode a simple password and a complex password. Judging from the brief murmurs in the background, this took most students and their form tutors by surprise.
Moska demonstrated how to create a complex password, so that users can improve the protection level of their information, whether it’s a simple login to the computer network or viewing emails.
By having a complex password, you can ensure for a safer computing experience knowing that your information is better protected. Try combining two words together, intermixed with numbers and special characters, such as £, $, %, ^ or &.
If you are wondering that those characters are called, they are: pound sign; dollar sign, percent; caret; and ampersand.
The year 9 girls rounders team took part in the Borough Rounders Tournament at Winchmore School. With a fantastic attitude from each student they played 5 games, losing only 2 to St. Anne’s and Highlands respectively. They achieved 3rd place with certificates to be given out in their assembly. We are all very proud of these girls due to their passion and attitude to sport. They were placed third, but had the mentality of a team who had won the tournament – a great bunch of girls.
Year 9 students were recently challenged to design an energy bar suitable for the Army. The students used transferable skills from biology to fulfil their specification.
The event was run by Army officers. The school received positive feedback that the organiser would love to come back for future career events due to the fact that the students were so engaged and involved.
On Tuesday 13th June, Ms Findlay had organised for a group of Year 9 Drama students to see a production of ‘DNA’ at the National Youth Theatre studios in Holloway Road. The show was performed in the round, with some very clever use of lighting and sound to create atmosphere; this has given the students a lot to think about when it comes to their own practical work in Drama lessons!
The British Red Cross visited Year 9 last week, leading sessions on the stigma surrounding refugees and immigration. The aim was to develop an understanding of how it can be if you are stigmatised for any reason, but especially as a refugee. The British Red Cross workers commented on the welcome given by staff and students alike.
Our talented and brave Year 8 and 9 students faced seven other Enfield schools in the finals of the Mayor’s Debate Award. It was a fierce competition and our students strongly debated the issues of capital punishment and political leadership. Though we were not winners this year, they certainly represented Chace in an outstanding way showing confidence and courage.
Thank you on behalf of the Drama Department to the friends, family and teachers of Year 9 Drama students who attended this year’s Drama Festival. The night showcased some amazing talent from year 9 students who performed their monologue or duologue performances studied during their Drama lessons. They have made us all incredibly proud and have received glowing praise from those who came along to watch! Money raised from the event will be going to ‘Refuge’.
Year 8 and 9 pupils involved in ‘Brilliant Club’ had a taste of the life of a university medical student when they attended lectures and seminars at the Guys Hospital campus of Kings College London.
Students were challenged and stretched throughout the day and clearly thrived under the pressure. The tutor working with them was very impressed with the quality of their work and attitude to learning.
A brilliant effort all round!
Congratulations to our Year 9 student for coming 3rd in the Mayor’s Award for Science competition held this week. She and three other Chace students competed against several other Enfield schools at the competition held at Middlesex Univerisity.