The first recording from the DCHS Podcasting Service has been released. It covers the Ontological Argument - part of the A-Level syllabus for Religious Studies. Click on the 'podcast' icon to subscribe to the feed
Alternatively, you can download the mp3 file directly from this link:
The General Study Skills page reproduces a presentation given by Anne Barrett (Head of Year 10) to students in Years 10 and 11.
You may view the politics area of the curriuclum by selecting the Politics link or selecting the menu link to the side of this page
Two of Oxford University’s finest debaters visited the school on Wednesday July 4th to give a beginners’ workshop & advanced masterclass to over 50 of our year 8&9 girls. A number of boys from the grammar school also attended and enjoyed an afternoon of tips, advice and debating practice.
One large group participated in a beginners’ guide to the parliamentary style of debating, whilst a smaller group of experienced debaters had their skills honed to perfection in the masterclass. The event was excellent preparation for the lunchtime practice sessions and competitions that our sixth form coaches will be running in the autumn and spring terms.
We would like to thank Tom Shinner, Robin Moss and the sixth form girls who willingly gave up their time to help coach the lower school girls
International Debating Finalists
Following their success at the regional round of the International Competition for Young Debaters our year 10 debating team competed in the international finals on April 28th at Cambridge University.
The girls had 3 debates against the top teams from each of the UK regional rounds. Each debate had 4 teams. The girls came 2nd, 4th and 1st, repectively, in their 3 debates, placing them 20th out of 60 overall with individual placings of 14th and 40th in the individual speaker points table out of 120 finalists. Both girls had only debated once before (see below) and will be names to watch out for in the future!
Spanish Department Award
We are delighted with the award for the Spanish department, which reflected both teamwork on the part of all the teachers throughout years 12 and 13 and the ability and dedication of an exceptional group of girls, who totally deserve to be recognised with this award. It also means that we can hold our heads up with the French department who received a similar award last year!
National Schools' Youth Debating
On Saturday January 20th four girls from Years 9 & 10 competed at the world famous Oxford Union as part of the National Schools' Youth Debating Competition. Over 80 schools from around London and the south east competed in teams of two over four rounds of debating. All the Challoner girls involved were first time debaters and did themselves, and the school, proud. At the final reckoning the year 10 team of Anna Stansbury and Jennifer Nice were placed 10th overall, giving them the opportunity to compete in the national finals in late April !
Public Speaking Success
On Thursday 25th February two teams competed in the Rotary Club regional public speaking competition held at Wycombe Abbey School. The girls pictured are the lower school team. They came 2nd in their first ever competition, beating a number of tough and experienced opponents.
History at DCHS
Welcome to the History Department website at Dr Challoner's High School.
History is taught to all students at Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). Students can then opt to continue their History studies by taking Long Course or Short Course GCSE in Years 10 and 11. History is also studied at AS and A2 level in the Sixth Form.
In History students develop an understanding of some of the complex and fascinating characters and events that have shaped British and world History. We strive to instil an interest in the past, develop enquiring, questioning minds and encourage debate and discussion.
The following pages will give you some idea of the History curriculum through Key Stage 3, Key Stage Four and at A level as well as some other details about the department.
Head of History
Welcome to Renaissance, the society for all those whose intellectual and cultural interests push beyond the boundaries of the general curriculum.
This new Society is beginning in April 2007. There are two trips every term to a wide variety of events and performances: lectures, the opera, ballet, concerts, theatre - anything that catches our fancy.
Speakers on all kinds of subjects are invited to talk to us at our meetings, which are held in the School Library after school, fortnightly. Meetings will normally consist of one or two papers delivered by girls, or articles read and points of interest discussed. With the membership we have, discussions are lively and intellectually rigorous!
Membership costs £200 per year for full membership, or £100 for half membership. This can either be paid in a lump sum, or monthly by standing order or termly, by cheque (payable to DCHS). Monthly payments are £20 or £10 for ten months; and the termly cost is £70 (£35) for the Autumn and Summer Terms, and £60 (£30) for the Spring Term. These figures are subject to review, according to the actual costs yearly.
News, plans and discussions are all kept up to date on the Society’s google group, ‘On to R’. Find out more by following this link