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14th February 2013

newSBytes Dates for your diary:

I am sure that you have been keeping up to date with the many events that are happening alongside the normal daily routines. Time flies by! A constant reminder to our Year 11 students! May I therefore wish everyone a good break next week. It is only 6 weeks to Easter so we need to prepare for an active 5 weeks, hopefully better weather and some more exciting learning oppurtunities. Alison Saunders

All Parents in the armed services, The government funding of Pupil Premium students has been extended to include Children of Service families. If you fall into this category please contact me via email for further information: mossm@simonballe.herts.sch.uk Mike Moss Deputy Headteacher

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY As a department we are looking to invite a selection of professionals in to speak to some of our students. If you work in any aspect of design and/or manufacture or any of the following: food, textiles, product design, graphic design, engineering, architecture, catering, food service, restaurant/hotel work and would be willing to talk about what you do please email any of the staff in Design and Technology to discuss further details. Many thanks, Linda Jones

'PSA Quiz night tickets are now on sale via the front office Saturday 23rd March. 7:30pm. Teams of up to 8 people: adults £6, students £4. Licensed bar. Light nibbles provided, bring your own brain food! Grand Prize Draw tickets should be delivered soon after half term.'

18-22nd Feb

- February Half Term

27th Feb

- Y10 Diphtheria Tetanus and Polio

4th March

-“Future Planning” Evening—options, guidance, info about KS4

March 5th

- Y8 Vaccine HPV

5th March

- Governors training

8th March

- Big Band Evening

12th March

- Gym/Dance Festival

12th/13th March

- Year 9 interviews pm

14th March

- Year 13 Consultation Evening

18th March

- PSA meeting

20th March

- Year 12 Parental Consultation

21st March

- Chamber concert

23rd March

- Quiz night

26th March

- Spring Concert

GYM AND DANCE DISPLAY CHANGE OF DATE Please be aware that the Gym and Dance display is now on TUESDAY 12th March 7.00pm and not on the Wednesday. Tickets will be available to purchase after half term. Any problems or questions please contact Mrs Palmer or Mr Pooley.


LETTER TO PARENTS – FROM HERTFORDSHIRE CATERING Dear Parents/Carers, Re Meat Contamination in Food Supply Chain As I am sure you are aware, there have been a number of media reports recently relating to the finding of horse meat in Findus Beef Lasagne and there have also been suggestions over the weekend in the Press that school meals, hospitals and care homes could also be affected by issues relating to the food supply chain. These investigations are ongoing. Hertfordshire Catering provides the school meals service at your child’s school and we take our responsibility in keeping parents and schools informed of how we are addressing any such issues very seriously. Below, for your information is our latest ‘update’ on these issues, which has been sent to schools: “Hertfordshire Catering is aware of the FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) investigations and subsequent press reports in January 2013 relating to the finding of horse and pig meat in retail beef burgers. We are also aware of the recent press releases and communications from FSA relating to the finding of horse meat in Findus Beef Lasagne. These reports are alongside recent press coverage relating to traces of porcine protein which have been found in Halal products supplied to the Ministry of Justice and we understand that these investigations are ongoing. We would like to reassure all our customers that no Hertfordshire Catering products are sourced from the suppliers named (to date) and none of our products have been implicated in any of these findings. As a further precaution we are currently undertaking appropriate research and testing of specific products in conjunction with Hertfordshire Trading Standards department. Hertfordshire Catering would like to reassure all our customers that we do not use ‘ready prepared’ meals within our food offer. All our meals are freshly prepared from scratch on a daily basis, by our skilled catering teams in school kitchens across the county. We would also confirm that our minced beef is sourced from farms directly located in the Eastern Counties of the UK.

Furthermore, we are pleased to report that our other beef products come from a company that only uses British beef and does not trade in EU or in any other imported meat. Our suppliers follow rigorous manufacturing standards and specifications to ensure they meet agreed product specifications and prevent any cross-contamination and comply with all relevant UK and EU legislation.” Should you have any questions or concerns you wish to discuss further, please contact our Nutritional Helpline on 01707 292500. We will also be keeping our website up to date (www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/schlife/meals/food). Please be reassured that we are working closely with our Suppliers, The Food Standards Agency and Hertfordshire Trading Standards Department to ensure we remain fully informed of any future developments, which will be communicated to schools, parents, customers and our staff as soon as practically possible.

Kind regards

Lin O’Brien Head of Hertfordshire Catering


Y11 GERMAN DAY On Monday 11th Feb all Year 11 students preparing for their Controlled Assessments in GCSE German next month spent a motivational day with a trainer from the Goethe Institut, London. Students were encouraged to speak confidently with expression within the topic of Work and Education. In addition to this the Canteen served German themed dishes while traditional and not so traditional German music was offered by the Music department. German quiz took place during registration in the morning. Many thanks to all who contributed to this activity. Ein deutscher Tag? Was hat das alles für einen Zweck? Einfach zu sagen, dass es ein sonderbarer Tag war, wo man die Gelegenheit hatte, das deutsche Sprachkenntnis zu erweitern! Allen sei herzlich bedankt, die diesen Tag ermöglicht hatten, besonders die Kantine für das wunderbares deutsches Essen und die deutsche Musik während der Mittagspause, die von der Musikabteilung angeboten worden war.

STUDENT LED LEARNING RESULT Anne-Marie Parris 8MA made fruit batteries, as part of their Year 8 Unit called Chemical Reactions. Some students investigated how different fruits generate different voltages, whilst others chose to investigate the effect of changing the electrodes on the voltage generated. They designed their own results tables, collected and then analysed their data. Finally the students applied their new knowledge in the context of home appliances, evaluating use of the batteries in the home. Linda Jones As part of Student led learning week the Year 13 A Level Food Technology group led presentations on 'Novel and Functional foods'. We tasted and compared probiotics and learned about and were tested on plant sterols together with sensory developments in food where we all handled or tasted a number of food and drink products. We took a liking to a special blend of Chinese tea only to find on further investigation that it cost £40 per pack so PG or Tetley may have to suffice for now, albeit minus those extra special properties. Simon Balle School has its very own food doctors in Year 10 Catering. The students held a Culinary Clinic to help staff and students solve those everyday problems that often prove the secret to success or failure when cooking - questions such as • How do you prevent your pastry from cracking? • What happens when your egg mixture curdles when baking and why does this happen? • How do you make perfect choux pastry? • How can I test if an egg is fresh or not? • Just how much carbohydrate is there in a parsnip? They used practical demonstrations to help answer these and other questions. They had also prepared information booklets to take home to read and ensure success – a good resource to store in your favourite cookbook. Gareth Jones In Biology A-level we study how signals are transmitted down nerves by electrical impulses called action potentials. Students were asked to produce a stop motion animation to help explain the "flow of ions across a polarised membrane during the different stages of an action potential". As the title may suggest this is a complicated topic and can often be the cause of some confusion and anxiety. In producing the animations the students were able to explore and discuss their ideas in small groups before committing themselves to the final "take". Teacher involvement was minimal and the students were very much in charge of their own learning. The results look great and, more importantly, the students were able to confidently describe each stage in detail.


LIBRARY NEWS Our Library has just taken delivery of a number of boxes of new fiction. Please see the attached photograph of two of our Student Librarians, Mercedes and Oliver (Year 8) displaying the new resources. They consist of many series of books which are popular with our Year 7 and 8 students following the Accelerated Reader programme.Authors include Robert Muchamore, Louise Rennison, Darren Shan, Sophie McKenzie and Derek Landy and are now available for students to borrow. Also, the following new books have been added to our Collection for Older Readers and are suitable for Key Stage 5 and members of staff: The Thread by Victoria Hislop The Road by Cormac McCarthy Me Before You by Jojo Moyes The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling The Help by Kathryn Stockett If any students or staff have suggestions for future book purchases please see the Library staff. Thank you. Mrs Syme

SIXTH FORM: CELEBRATING SUCCESS - AGAIN! ‘For the third year running over 230 year 12 and year 13 students, form tutors, our link governor Alison Morris and a new governor Tara Bullworthy were treated to a healthy breakfast to celebrate the sixth form students continued excellent attendance record last term- Year 13: 94% and Year 12: 96.3%’ Lynn Salt Sixth Form Manager

‘There was a real sense of community in the sixth form common room on Tuesday at 8.30 am as the annual breakfast was held. Year twelve and thirteen students gathered in the common room as an assorted spread of breakfast treats awaited us. There was no doubt that it was appreciated and enjoyed by everybody. Music was played and food was enjoyed - definitely worth getting up early for!’ Elly Morris Y13


SIXTH FORM - VISIT FROM YOUNG CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SENIOR PLAY SPECIALIST On the 14th February, sixth formers were lucky to be visited by Marilyn Goodhew, a play specialist who works on the children’s ward at the Lister Hospital. On her visit, she informed us of her role at the hospital, which is providing great care and stimulation for young children who may be in hospital for short or long stays. As well as this, she let us know about working with individuals similar to our own age too. Marilyn is a prime example of a passionate play specialist who aims to meet the needs of children who need her help. However, we know that one lady cannot fulfil this job on her own. For this reason, Simon Balle sixth formers have been raising money towards providing stimulating play equipment for the young children at Lister Hospital, which was met with gratification and appreciation from all the staff working on the Children’s Ward, and most importantly – the children.

'Today's assembly gave us a great first hand experience that let us see where our money and fundraising efforts are going' HARVEY CHANT YEAR 12 One of the fundraising events held at the school included selling refreshments at Open Evening to those visiting the school. We were able to raise enough money for six large baby mobiles which were then taken to the hospital. Next, the Sixth Form battled in a bake off competition, each baking a range of unique and tasty cakes, which met the other sixth formers with extreme delight! From this, the students helped to raise £220, and we were very lucky to be granted a private donation of £100, adding to our pleasing total of £320. Even though Christmas was a very busy period for all, and despite preparing for our January exams, we deemed it just as important that the children received Christmas gifts. We worked with Sixth Form managers and staff to donate suitable gifts to place under our Blue Bell Christmas Tree, which Mrs Salt happily took to the babies and children just in time for Christmas. On Marilyn’s visit, we were able to present some portable DVD players along with some headphones so that the teenagers can relax and have the most enjoyable stay as possible too.

‘It was a great opportunity to meet Marilyn Goodhew - Senior Play Specialist from the Lister hospital . She was very passionate about what she does and I look forward to meeting her again and learning more on her next visit’ MEL HARVEY YEAR 12 Lastly, we would like to thank Marilyn for inspiring and motivating us to continue this momentum for fundraising, and we, Simon Balle, look forward to the future working with Lister Hospital ensuring that the children get the best possible care they deserve! Ashleigh Cartin & Ellen O’Dwyer 13CT As part of the Sixth Form application process the Year 11 interviews will take on : Tue

26 Feb 9am - 4.00 pm

Wed 27 Feb 9am - 4.00 pm

Thurs 28 Feb 9am- 4.00pm

This year we plan to meet both parents and students from our current Y11 and those applying from other schools . We are expecting to interview over 200 students, over three consecutive days. This event will take place in the school library. If you require further information or details about this event please email sixthform@simonballe.herts.sch.uk. Lynn Salt Sixth form manager


PERFORMING ARTS A big thank you to the 75 students who attended the auditions for this year's school production of Willy Russell's 'Our Day Out'. Mrs Palmer, Mr Willis and I will be spending time casting the parts and chorus and will try to fit in as many as possible. Unfortunately the stage wont accommodate more than about 40! We will do our best to have the cast list out by the close of school on Friday 15th February. The rehearsals commence during the week commencing 4th March and will be 3.30pm - 4.30pm on Wednesdays and 6.3pm - 8.30pm on Thursdays. The show dates are 17th - 19th July. Mrs Cornell Head of Performing Arts

YEAR 8 GIRLS WIN DISTRICT FOOTBALL 7-A-SIDE Year 8 Girls won District 7-a-side football tournament on Tuesday. On a cold day, the girls braved the Conditions. The girls played well to beat John Warner 1-0 in the final with Louise Reilly scoring the winning goal. Congratulations to all the girls.

U15 GIRLS THROUGH TO THE NATIONAL QUARTER FINAL The Year 9/10 girls beat Sprowston High School from Norwich 6-0 in the last 16 of the National Football cup. With goals from Abbie Benstead (2), Flo Fyfe (2), Tor Hill & Phoebe McMurray the girls put in a fine performance to progress through to the Quarter Final stage of this competition. They will now play Queen’s School from Watford at Simon Balle on Tuesday 26th February. Good luck to all involved.

SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS—ROUND 2 OF DISTRICT LEAGUE All 4 teams were represented last week in Round 2 of the District Sportshall Athletics League at Wodson. The results are as follows; Year 7 Girls – 2nd place just two points behind Chauncy. Year 7 Boys – 3rd just 7 points behind Broxbourne & Cheshunt Year 8 Girls – 1st place ahead of Presdales and Broxbourne Year 8 Boys – 4th place At present the both girls teams and the year 7 boys teams are all but through to the District finals to be held on March 14th at Wodson.


BOYS FOOTBALL NEWS The Year 9 Boys beat John Warner 4-2 after extra time in a very exciting match to progress through to the semi-final stage of the District Cup. Well done to all the boys. Year 11 v Freeman College – 1-8 loss

SATURDAY FOOTBALL Saturday 2nd February v Richard Hale •

Year 7 : 3-3 draw

Year 8 : 0-5 loss

Year 9 : 6-0 win

RUGBY NEWS On Thursday 31st January an under strength year 9 team were beaten 12-36 by Goffs, however Zack Abedelhamid had a fine performance scoring two tries with Noah Fulton converting. The boys now are due to play John Warner during the first week back after half term. The Year 7 boys are due to play Goffs after half term with the winner progressing to the County Shield in March at St. Albans. Year 8 Boys v Chauncy suffered a 12-24 loss on a bitterly cold afternoon where the match had to be stopped twice due to hail showers and was finally called off with 10mins to go due to the weather. Year 7 v John Warner: 10 – 20

SPORTS BYTES Hockey Results •

Senior Girls v Presdales – 0-3

Year 7 v JWS – won one and lost one

Year 9 Tournament was cancelled due to bad weather. Hallam Edwards (Year 10) won the North London Area Judo championships a few weeks ago. Well done to Hallam on a fine performance. Congratulations to Bethany Baxter, Sophie Rawlinson, Patrick and Daniel Tarry who recently represented their District at the County Schools Swimming Gala. The District Cross Country Championships take place in Barclay Park on Friday 15th March.


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