The library has been in near-constant use this term by students, evening opening on Saturdays to a regular group of Year 11 students who have chosen to revise there! We feature a different author every few weeks and their books and a brief history of the author are on display as you enter the library. After half term, we will be moving the short stories to a more prominent position near our reference section but this is also to create more space for the fiction area which is so popular. We have over 3,500 books in the Junior fiction area and approximately 2,100 in the senior fiction area. Our most popular authors include Robert Muchamore, Malorie Blackman, Rick Riordan and David Walliams to name but a few. On average 400 books a week are issued or returned.
Year 7s are currently studying Life in the Middle Ages in their History lesson and we have lots of books for them to do their research as well as using the computers for further research or pictures to add to their project.
Currently, we have launched a charity drive in support of the British Heart Foundation: where we have old textbooks and well-loved reading books that have seen better days, we donate all our books to the British Heart Foundation. If the books have any value they will try and sell them in their shops. Otherwise the books are recycled. If you do have any old books please consider donating them. They will even collect by van! Further information can be found on the link www.bhf.org.uk/donate/books
Years 7 and 8 travelled to Belgium on Friday 11th May 2018 to explore the beautiful city of Bruges. Despite the early start (6am!), the pupils were full of energy and the day did not disappoint. The planned activities included a picnic in the sun, a trip to the chocolate museum (with a few tasters thrown in) and a canal trip in glorious sunshine! A fun day was had by all and students were very well behaved!
Many thanks to all the staff who went on the trip, and to Mrs Campbell for her organisation of the day!
Queens’ Teams Shoot for Victory!
This half term, Queens’ sportsmen and women have yet again triumphed on the playing fields and courts! Teams for all sports have competed excellently, with some particular highlights:
Under 13s Rugby 7s
The Berkhamsted 7’s is the second largest U13 tournament in the country and the traditional curtain- raiser for the National 7’s at Rosslyn Park. 64 of the best schools from England and Wales compete in games lasting 14 minutes. With snow interrupting training, the team had spent most of their 5 training sessions in the sports hall but Mr Smith and Mr Ridgeway were still confident of a good showing. The first game saw Queen’s slowly out of the blocks as they lost 15-5 to Clares Court. In the second fixture against Cwm Rhymni, the team remembered what the 7s game was about and super passing and support saw the team win 30-10, Sean Curran excelling as man of the match. To advance, the team needed to win against St Ambrose and they duly delivered, winning 25-10 with captain Ewan Callaghan and Elliot Shreeves excelling in defence.
The next 3 games saw the team pitted against some of the top rugby specialist schools in the country: St Joseph’s College (we won 20-15!) Cwamtawe school (we won 30-20!) and a pulsating 15-15 draw against Skinners Grammar school. This meant a final record of Won 4, Drew 1 ,Lost 1 saw the team with the 8th best record from the teams competing. Queens’ Player of the Tournament went to David Flynn for his relentless work rate . The parental support was outstanding and we would like to publically thank them for getting behind the team.
Mr.Smith & Mr. Ridgeway
Under 16s Girls’ Football
In our last update, we reported the fantastic progress of the Under 16 Girls’ Football. We are therefore delighted to report that this team WON the County Cup in a close final on 21st March against Sandringham School, the final score being 2-1. Congratulations to the whole team and in particular, C. Slim and R.Caton who scored our goals!
This term, Queens’ School once again led the way in giving students access to amazing guidance and futures opportunities. Our 5th Annual Careers Fair on 20th March saw a variety of companies exhibiting a wide range of opportunities to students of all ages, both to Queens’ students and students in neighbouring schools.
From HSBC in the banking sector to John Lewis in the retail world, to policing, teaching and opportunities for Gap Years, all ages were catered for in our busiest fair to date. As well as offering advice on routes into various careers, some companies such as accountants Dickinsons offered exciting work experience to those who asked. Other exhibitors included the Police, Hertsmere Leisure and a company who specialise in helping students study in colleges in USA. In total, 30 companies attended with all stating their enthusiasm to return next year. Feedback from parents and students has been fantastic with preparations starting immediately for next year’s event.
We were particularly proud that of 30 representatives, nearly ten were ex- Queens’ students; among these were Mark Brennan, Police Special Constable; Darcy Long, completing a Degree Apprenticeship at John Lewis; Emma Griffiths, primary teacher; Luke Arrowsmith from P&O/Cunard; Gabrielle Dean from Youth Connexions, and Laura Belloth and Lilly Jarret, accountants.
Many thanks to the Queens’ Careers team for their hard work in researching, resourcing and putting on this event, particularly Christine Davies.
Head of Business and Economics