In the final week of the Autumn Term and reflecting, it has once again been an action packed term for students and staff alike. This term is key in laying the foundations for success in exams; there have been many trips and visits, real achievements in lessons, concerts and plays. Speaking to many Year 7 parents last week at the consultation evening it was a good to hear how happy Year 7 are and how well they are doing at Simon Balle. I think we are getting better at both defining and communicating our vision for learning. This year, we have more people than ever choosing our school for Year 7 students entry in 2012 and we continue to have great interest in our Sixth Form. Visitors comment upon this sense of purpose, a values driven school which respects the whole child. During the past few months, senior staff and Governors have reflected upon this and like all the other secondary schools in Hertford and Ware, and indeed Hertfordshire, have been looking at whether we should consider academy status. Indeed by January, fifty percent of secondary schools in the County will have converted from Local Authority control to independent academy status. Some parents may remember how we did not rush into being a specialist school. We waited until it was right for us and when we saw how all students and staff would benefit. The legacy left here is immense. Although specialism brought in additional funding, it gave us so much more; it created a whole new network of partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. Most subjects benefited from humanities, art, music, English, sport and technology. Staff learnt from teachers in other schools, students took advantage of trips, visits and lectures. We have now come to the conclusion, that if we want to continue to develop as a community, values driven school, academy status may offer us new opportunities for deep partnerships. For us it will not just be about maintaining the status quo but rather finding new ways to express our vision and passion. Therefore, the Governors have taken the decision to pursue conversion and early next term, there will be a period of consultation with stakeholders. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Alison Saunders
End of Term Arrangements Students will be dismissed at the following times: Year 10 12.45pm Year 9 12.50pm Year 8 12.55pm Year 7 12.55pm
Dates for your diary 3 Jan 10 Jan 9 Feb 10 Feb 13-17 Feb 29 Feb 1 March 14 March 15 March 20 March 23 March 30 March
Start of the Spring Term Year 11 Parents Evening PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE Year 9 Parents Evening & Option information INSET Day Half Term Year 10 Parents Evening Gym & Dance Festival Music Concert Year 13 Parents Evening Year 12 Parents Evening PSA Ladies night End of Term
Teenagers With Attitude The next course of ‘Teenagers with Attitude Parenting programme’ will begin in the New Year. The classes, from 7 – 8.30pm will run on the following Wednesdays: January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1 and 8th 2012. If you are interested in attending please email: email@example.com to request details and book a place. Leon Brown Bullying: no tolerance, no boundaries.
Journeys in the Arctic On Monday 12th December Year 12 and 13 geographers listened to a talk called "Journeys in the Arctic" by Dr Viv Jones. Viv is our Chair of Governors and a Lecturer at UCL. Viv has completed several field visits to the Arctic which is one of our compulsory case studies at A Level. We need to study the impact of the changing climate on the people, environment and economy of the Arctic. It was a fantastic experience to hear current research in this field and to see photographs of the changes that are visible even in the last few years. I hope that students will remember this lecture when they are sitting their exam in a month’s time! Thank you Viv for such an inspirational talk. It really made us all think! Miss Baynham
Well done to Year 7 on raising over £1,800 for the sponsored reading event ‘Readathon’ last month. This is a tremendous achievement, particularly in these difficult economic times, and reflects all the hard work of the students and the support of parents. Thank you to everyone who raised money, which goes to support two charities; CLIC sergeant, which works with children and young people with cancer, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps seriously ill and disabled children. It was a great collective effort, with many students raising tens of pounds, but the following students merit a special mention: Emily Morton Josh Crossley Jenna Martin Eve Blyth-Morter Charlie Stokes Owain Willoughby-Richards Sheree Roberts Louise James Mr Davies, (English Department)
Claire Brittain Ruby Codiroli Jenny Goodson Lizzie Pickup Jake Orpin Cerys Atkins Alex Washbourne George Brett
World Aids Day
Simon Balle students acknowledged World Aids Day on 1st December by writing their wishes for the future onto red card which was then used to create an awareness display in the shape of the WAD symbol. Messages included hopes for a future where HIV/AIDS will have been eradicated and more personal hopes for the future and wellbeing of those already affected. Andy Grantham commented: ‘Education is the key to any solution. We have a generation of children who missed the campaigning in the 1980s and we need to raise their awareness and understanding of the issues.’ Students were shown a powerpoint presentation in form time giving statistics of those affected and those who have died as well as watching a short film where people talked about living with the stigma of HIV. David Cameron’s message of hope was also played. Jo Baynham, Director of Independent Learning, said: “Year 9 students are also studying the impact of HIV on the UK and Africa as part of their unit on medical geography. The work they produce will be added to the display at the end of term. It is important we make the students aware that over seven thousand people a day are infected globally.”
Music News Year 8 have now completed their compositions and these can be listened to by logging in to numu.org.uk Last Tuesday saw two contrasting performances from our musicians. Mr Pennock’s clarinet students took part in a recital featuring both solo and ensemble pieces which were much enjoyed by the audience. Then Rock School took over the Corn Exchange for their end of term gig. Although there were seven bands performing, their professional attitude and dedicated technical support team ensured that the night flowed brilliantly. It was really pleasing to see the Corn Exchange filled with students who had come to support their friends, along with parents, brothers and sisters. Thanks to everyone, especially Miss Glover and Mr Lee who have run Rock School this term, supported on the night by Richard, Keri-Ann, Wolfie and Luke, and congratulations to all the bands: Leviticus – three year 8s who opened the gig Airborn – making their Rock School debut Drop the Sky – featuring the only female vocalist in Rock School Tom’s Green T-Shirt – Year 9 Phaser Whale – Year 10 The Peasants – our only Sixth Form band, re-formed and re-named! Street Legal – Rock School veterans who ended the night really well On Wednesday Saxidentals entertained a large lunchtime audience at Soundbites at All Saints, performing a festive programme with a jazz twist. Well done to all our students who have taken exams this term, and thanks as always to their teachers and families for supporting and encouraging them.
ASSOCIATED BOARD EXAM RESULTS NAME TIM HABASHI BETH WISCHHUSEN
FORM 11SM 13DA
INSTRUMENT JAZZ PIANO THEORY
GRADE 4 5
RESULT PASS PASS
TRINITY GUILDHALL EXAM RESULTS NAME ALEX DELAMEILLEURE HOLLY DEAR EMILY O’BRIEN CHARLOTTE JANES JOE COLLINS BEN HABASHI ALI SEMARK TIM CLARKSON OLIVER SALTER CHLOE-BELLE PRIOR PHOEBE MCMURRAY GRACE BORONTE ROSIE LEGGETT GORDON WOOD DEBORAH MURCOTT JOSEPH VINTON LUKE DAVIS ALEX LATIF OLIVER NURAL
FORM 9BM 8DB 8DB 10SC 10RW 12CT 10LH 8ARG 10LH 8JK 9SW 10HC 12CT 13KE 13RT 8LMC 9EN 10LH 12CT
INSTRUMENT CLARINET FLUTE FLUTE GUITAR GUITAR GUITAR GUITAR KEYBOARD KEYBOARD PIANO PIANO PIANO PIANO PIANO PIANO SAXOPHONE SAXOPHONE SAXOPHONE SAXOPHONE
GRADE 5 3 3 3 5 5 5 1 3 1 2 3 3 5 8 1 5 6 6
RESULT PASS PASS MERIT MERIT DISTINCTION DISTINCTION PASS DISTINCTION DISTINCTION MERIT PASS DISTINCTION DISTINCTION PASS MERIT PASS PASS PASS DISTINCTION
ROCK SCHOOL EXAM RESULTS NAME PHOEBE LISHER ISSY MORRIS ADAM TARRIER ANDREW AUSTIN JAMES MADELL ALEC GOLDSTONE RICHARD BOWEN SEAN HARRIS ELDORON LUCHIES JOSH BRADFORD KATE WOOD OLLIE MAXWELL JACK ALEXANDER SOPHIE HIND
FORM 10HC 10RW 11AC 8TR 8ARG 12CT 8ARG 8DB 10RW 9BM 8TR 10GJ 13SB 11JB
INSTRUMENT DRUMS DRUMS DRUMS DRUMS DRUMS DRUMS GUITAR GUITAR GUITAR GUITAR GUITAR GUITAR GUITAR VOCALS
GRADE 2 3 3 5 6 8 1 1 1 2 2 5 8 4
RESULT PASS MERIT PASS MERIT MERIT MERIT PASS MERIT MERIT MERIT MERIT PASS DISTINCTION PASS
U13 Girls go through to the last 16 in the National Cup
The Simon Balle Year 7 & 8 girls team progressed through to the last 16 of the National cup last week with a fantastic 7-1 win over Breckland Middle school from West Suffolk. Tor Hill was player of the match scoring all seven goals with a fantastic performance. The girls are now in the last 16 in the country and will either travel to Great Yarmouth or Colchester. A big well done to all the girls involved and to Mr. Carter. This is a great achievement and proves how strong Girls football is at Simon Balle School Year 9 Girls football team through to the County Quarter final
The Year 9 girls travelled to Kings Langley to play in the last 16 of the County cup last week. The girls played very well with hat-tricks from Florence Fyfe and Abbey Bensted. Fran Ingamells and Tor Hill also scored to make it 8-0. The girls are now in the quarter finals. Well done girls. Year 9 Girls win District Combined Events Championships
On Friday Chloe Ring, Florence Fyfe, Maddy Twyning & Ellie Yeardye represented Simon Balle at the Sports Hall Athletics: Yr9 & Yr10 Combined Events Championships. The girls did very well with Chloe Ring and Florence Fyfe easily winning their 2 lap races. They also won the relay. Overall the girls were the strongest runners and jumpers which led them to victory. Chloe Ring also claimed overall 3rd place to win a Bronze Medal. Well done to a talented group of girls.
â€˜School Gamesâ€™ report December 2011 The ' School Games' competition culminated in the County Finals held at Queens Sports College for Table Tennis and Hertfordshire Sports Village for the Badminton and Boccia. There are 12 districts or 'Areas' which had all been invited to hold qualifying events before these Finals with Simon Balle qualifying for the U14 Badminton Girls, U16 Table Tennis Girls and U19 Table Tennis boys ( 2 teams) and girls. The Badminton competition was very played to a very high standard and a special mention to Milly Clarke, Abbie Bensted, Tor Hill and Abbie Conroy for playing with such determination. The U16 Girls Table Tennis team of Flo Fyfe, Izzy Morreale, Phoebe McMurray and Talia Francis just missed out on Bronze Medals by 1 game, an excellent achievement considering most teams were from Yr10, so next year should be good for us! The U19 boys came across strong competition, with some schools having regular coaching and practice facilities but they all played up to the standard and enjoyed the challenge. The girls: Mary Lisle, Kirsty Alder, Emily Ringe and Emily Baker, who had minimum competition came away as worthy winners and will now go forward to represent Hertfordshire at the Regional Finals in London, in January and we are trying to organise some intensive coaching sessions before then! Simon Balle has once again proved to have students who can raise their game and play with the best in Hertfordshire. All our students were a great credit to themselves and the school. A massive thank you to all who took part in the qualifiers, the practices and of course our finalists. The next school games are in March (at Wodson Park) and will include Sportshall Athletics, Trampolining, Rowing and Lady Taverners Cricket so we are expecting more great results then. Miss Edwards
Year 8 Boys Basketball The boys have struggled over the past few weeks with depleted teams due to injury and trips. However the boys performed very well making massive improvements and are sure to make a big impact next season. Well done to all the boys who participated.
SBS v Sheredes 2-12 loss SBS v John Warner 7-16 loss SBS v Chauncy 12-23 loss SBS v Turnford 5-10 loss
Girls Hockey Year 9 Girls v John Warner…………12-0 win Year 9 Girls v Broxbourne………….2-1 win Year 10 Girls v Broxbourne…………0-3 loss Year 7A v Haileybury……………….. 1-4 loss Year 7B v Haileybury……………….. 2-11 loss More News Year 9 Girls football team beat Turnford 15-0 in a District match last week. Year 9 Boys Rugby team suffered defeat against a strong John Warner team going down 10-41. Boys Saturday football begins after Christmas, more information to follow. The new extra-curricular time-table will be out on the PE Website on Wednesday 4th January 2012. The Sports Hall Athletics league begins after Christmas. Just over 200 days until the Olympics come to London. Please see PE Bulletins for exciting Olympic facts. The Olympic notice board is now completed at school where you can follow how are Olympic hopefuls are getting on. There will also be information regarding the 2012km challenge. Don’t forget that all our fixtures are on the PE website and are updated regularly. Have a fantastic Christmas and a happy new year. Mr Brennan, Head of PE.