English News October 2018

English A-Level Trip to ‘Othello’ at the Globe:

On the 12th of September 20 A-Level students and 3 English teachers had the amazing experience of watching Shakespeare’s classic tragedy ‘Othello’ live at the Globe Theatre. It was a fantastic, if slightly chilly evening that really brought the text to life with the fabulous Mark Rylance starring as Iago and Andre Holland in the eponymous role. Rylance brilliantly brought out both the humour of the play as well as the sinister nature of one of Shakespeare’s most terrifying villains. Full of music and movement, the production really enabled students to experience what watching Shakespeare may have been like for an Elizabethan audience as well as bringing this crucial A-Level set text to life in all its darkness and drama. It was a brilliant evening incredibly well-organised by Ms Jacobs.

Mark Rylance and Andre Holland as Iago and Othello in the 2018 Globe production


This year the English Department would really like to promote reading across the school not only to improve academic standards, but for pleasure. All students have been encouraged to submit online book reviews each time they complete a text whether fiction or non-fiction. We will be running a competition each term to see which form and individual student can submit the most reviews. To date, we have already had over 700 book reviews submitted, which is incredibly impressive. You can submit your book reviews via the link on the school website and we are looking forward to reading many more so keep up the good work everyone and keep reading!

Queens’ Teams Shoot for Victory!


Year 7 experienced their first house sport competition this half term. There was a great turn out so well done! The winners of Year 7 Boys’ football were Drake house- congratulations to all involved!

There was also a brilliant turn out in the rain for Year 8 Girls’ house football. The PE department are very proud of you, girls, you did really well. Congratulations to Newton who just beat Drake on goal difference to win overall.

Well done also to the U14s Girls’ football team who beat John Warner 3-1 in the first round of the County Cup, all girls teams have progressed to the second round now.
Finally, congratulations to the Year 7B team who beat Sandringham 3-1 in the County Cup and to the Yr10 Boys’ team for getting to the next round of the National Cup football, winning 7-6 on penalties.


Senior basketball boys are county champions, well done to all!


Congratulations to Charlotte who got into the U15 County netball academy! Amazing achievement- we are super proud.

Overall we have had a fantastic turn out to our extra-curricular Netball training for all years! Over 150 attending last week’s training! Keep this up girls!


The Queens’ of Herts Cheerleading Squad put on a great performance at open evening, showing off some great skills, especially their basket height! Well done Ladies!

A Piece of Cake!

To celebrate the European Day of Languages 2018, the MFL department ran a Bake off Competition called ‘THE GREAT QUEENS’ BAKE OFF’. Participants had to bake a cakes/s which had to be either a traditional European dessert, or a cake or cakes decorated with a European theme. A total of 39 cakes were entered and the winning prize went to Kiani in Year 9 Drake and second place went to Yumi in Year 8 Auden. The talent and calibre of the cakes entered were mind- blowing and the talent of these young budding bakers has to be commended. The buzz around the school was amazing; students and staff alike were very excited to see the cakes that were entered. All cakes entered were then sold at lunchtime and all proceeds (£145) went to Cancer Research for Kids and Teens.

To add to this competitive vibe in the MFL Department, a total of 18 students from Year 9 took part in a Language and music industry challenge where students were asked to complete a series of tasks relating to organizing an international music festival. They needed to use their creativity to draw up innovative plans, and work in the foreign language with continental suppliers and to present their ideas to European investors in French, German or Spanish. These students won the competition!

New Careers Initiative

Queens’ School began an exciting new careers initiative this year, building on last year’s successful ‘Dare to Know’ talks to the Sixth Form, with parents volunteering their time over a lunchtime to present their occupations and experiences of the world of work. Thus far we have had stimulating talks from Mark Davidson of Telefonica O2, Andy Liddell of The Daily Express and the social worker Sian Henry. We look forward to more talks in the next half term on careers in engineering design, family support and SMART home technology. For more information about our talks, and all things careers, please access our page on the school website under ‘School Life’, and our Twitter feed Careers@Queens’.

Mr Moore