A very warm welcome back to everyone. The summer term has immediately started back with practical exams for many of our students plus the final ‘push’ for coursework and portfolios. Last week saw another highly successful celebration for our ‘Extended Project Qualification’ (Year 12, AS). Please read about it below but suffice to say, the standard was incredibly high with students holding visitors’ attention with excellent research projects. A huge thank you to all involved; students, supervisors and Jo Baynham, co-ordinator and lead.
Dates for your diary 26 April 28 April 4 May 7 May 14 May 18 May 21 – 25 May 26 May 4 – 8 June
Year 8 Parents Evening Wind Concert in the Hall 7pm INSET Students not in school Bank Holiday Public exams start, 3/2 split 6th Form Leavers Ball Year 7 trip to Osmington Bay PSA Quiz night Half term
Cash Payments for Trips, School Meals and Activities
The Finance Department would prefer payments to be made via Parentpay or, if that is not possible, by cheque made payable to Simon Balle School. If payments must be made in cash please ask at Reception for a member of the Finance staff to come and collect them and issue you with a receipt. Cash payments for School Meals should be taken to the Canteen at 8-8.30am or at Break for them to be immediately credited onto the student's Smartcard, when they will receive a printed receipt, but again Parentpay and cheques are much more secure methods. If you are experiencing any difficulties in using Parentpay please ring the Finance Department who will sort out the problem for you. Thank you for your co-operation. Shirley Taylor, Bursar
Ladies Night Our first ever ladies night was a huge success and raised nearly £1300, we are hoping to hold it again in the future. PSA Quiz Night - Saturday 26th May - School Hall, 7:30 pm for 8pm start. Teams of up to 8 members, team form and tickets available soon from school office. Adults £6, Students £4. Nibbles provided and a licensed bar available - please do not bring your own alcohol. All proceeds from this event will be going towards the refurbishment of the school hall, details of which will be coming soon. Make sure you get your tickets before they are all sold, this is always a very popular event! Uniform If you have any second hand uniform you would like to donate to the PSA please drop it in to the school office. American Visitors The Americans are coming! For more details please see http://www.simonballepsa.org.uk/americanstu dents.htm and contact Mr Pooley if you are willing to become a host family.
The canteen is taking part in the Olympic food fortnight. There is themed food from a different country every day plus a competition. Please encourage you child to take part.
Notice to Parents
It has come to our attention that students, particularly in the lower school, are bringing in cans of high energy drinks such as ‘Red Bull’ and ‘Monster’. We would ask that they bring in more suitable drinks which do not have a caffeine content. Students are shopping in Tesco on their way to school, arriving late and frequently buying unhealthy food and drinks including the above. We would ask you to remind students that they should be on site by 8.40am and the canteen sells healthy options.
Model United Nations
Eleven students attended Haileybury Model United Nations 2012: I along with Alec Goldstone, Abi Eveleigh, Tim Hardy, Kate Sheedy, Hani Latif, Alex Benham, Adam Haines, Nathan Liu, Dominic Trendall. We were split into two teams that represented two countries: Nigeria and Liberia. The event was split into 5 committees where interesting topics were debated – such as the disarmament of pirates in international waters or the role of intergovernmental organisations in the removal of terrorist groups, this gave the participants an opportunity get involved in something that interested them. The General Assembly was a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their oratorical skills in front of over 700 people, the number of students attending Haileybury! Mrs Salt organised and attended the event again this year. Mr. Bedford, Mr Salmons and Mr Trueman took time out of their weekend to join us. At the end of all the debating, socialising and fun one of our students, Alex Benham, won the award for being a ‘Highly Commended Delegate’ of the political committee. Well done to everyone who attended and took part, once again we really enjoyed the experience. Oliver Knight, Y12. I was lucky enough to receive a ‘Highly Commended Delegate’ award for my debating at the committee stage of the conference. As this year was my fifth and final MUN it was a brilliant, and unexpected, way to leave it. Having been to MUN this many times I would strongly recommend it to anyone. Although there have been times when it has annoyed, frustrated and bored me, these have been eclipsed by the thrill of some incredible debates and working with teams from this school who have never been anything other than superb. I would like to say thank you to Mrs Salt for organising the event each year. Alex Benham, Y13.
Library News Author Visit for Year 8 Girls Last Friday 20th April our Library welcomed Sita Brahmachari to talk to all Year 8 girls. Sita's first novel, Artichoke Hearts won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and was a Booked Up title for Year 7s. During the afternoon Sita was promoting her new book Jasmine Skies about a young girl's life-changing visit to India. Our girls were very engaged as the author spoke of how she was inspired to write by special members of her family, such as her grandmother. Various props including Sita's wedding sari added to the occasion and we watched the trailer for Jasmine Skies. This event was arranged with Books@Hoddesdon who generously discounted the two novels which were on sale after the talk. Sita also signed the books, met some of the girls and distributed beautiful postcards advertising her latest book. More postcards are available from the Library desk free of charge. Please note that we are looking at arranging a similar event for Year 8 boys. Carnegie Shadowing Group for Key Stage 3 Commences Our Lower School Book Club is now starting to read the shortlisted books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal so now is a good time to join the group if you enjoy reading and discussing books. This year there are 8 books on the shortlist and our Library will have plenty of copies of these. For more details about the Carnegie Medal please go to www.ckg.org.uk Also, for the first time this year we have bought a complete set of the shortlisted books for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal (picture books) which the group will be sharing and discussing. Mrs Howells leads this group and will be delighted to welcome new members – please come along to the Fiction Zone in the Library every Monday 13.45 onwards.
Tips for your Research If you have a SCIENCE project to carry out why not use our subscription to SCIENCE REFERENCE CENTER which has most back copies of popular journals such as the New Scientist and Nature. Please note that there is an embargo on the latest few copies. Although this resource is aimed at KS4 and KS5 it is available to all students and staff at Simon Balle. To access ensure you are logged on to the SBS website, go to Beyond the Classroom, Library then Online Resources. Please note when using SRC you need to create a folder first where you can save and access all your work. This resource is excellent for biographies, reference books, videos etc. and gives lots of information on a current issue. For example the Titanic's structure is the current Featured Science Topic. If you have any queries please come and ask at the Library Desk. Happy searching! Please note we have extended the deadline to 18th May for the Competition for the Year 7, 8 or 9 form which joins up the most students to their public library. For details of joining please go to http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/libraries or collect an application form from the Library Desk. We are encouraging students to join since the School Library can no longer borrow books through Hertfordshire Schools Library Service. Mrs Syme
Extend Project qualification Presentation Evening 19th April 2012 Last Thursday saw the culmination of many months of hard work for 41 of our Year 12 students. They have completed their extended project qualification and presented to an audience of parents, students and governors. Students undertaking the EPQ have to complete a piece of independent research guided by a member of staff. They have to plan, manage and write up their research in a 5000 word report. The evening is not only part of the assessment but an excellent opportunity to showcase the quality of students work. There are so many different questions being investigated from looking at nanotechnology, cancer, Aboriginal culture to cotton wool kids. Students have to come with their own title so it can be on absolutely anything! There was a real buzz during the evening as students came alive talking about their work. I was very proud of all the work students have completed and we are now in the process of marking the work to send to the exam board but congratulations to all the students who took part and thank you to all the members of staff who have worked with them and helped to put the evening together. Miss Baynham, EPQ Co-ordinator
In March, Year 7 spent a day learning about schools in Africa and their culture. We did some activities such as drumming, gum boot dancing and sports which were all very enjoyable, as well as learning about malaria.
In drumming we learnt how to play some African beat songs and that they all have different meanings behind them. In ‘African School’ we wrote letters to the African pupils in the school and learnt about their everyday lives. These are a few examples of the many things we did on the day and we will remember them all. By India Warman and Georgia McIlraith 7JS
HERTFORD & WARE School Sports Partnership Awards Evening March 2012. Simon Balle was very pleased to host this annual event with all local Secondary and Primary schools invited to nominate and attend the event. (All Awards are for the period April 2011 – March 2012). It was a great evening to be able to congratulate all those involved with sport in our area. Debbie Evans, the Hertford and Ware School Games Organiser and Partnership Development Manager chaired the evening with Mrs Marilyn Botheras and the Young Ambassadors presenting the Awards. During the evening Simon Balle performed two dances, a duet called Street Fusion and another group dance lead by Rochelle Alexandra an ex pupil of SBS who has just completed a very successful dance placement within the Partnership. Wheatcroft delighted the audience with another performance of their Olympic Themed synchronised swimming and diving dance they performed for the Partnership Dance Festival earlier in the term. In the Category of Effort and Improvement in PE and school sport, the nominations were for individual pupils who have shown outstanding effort, significant commitment or all round improvement in one or more aspects of PE and school sport during the last year. Liam Gould won the KS3 Award: ‘Through sheer determination Liam has moved into the top set for PE and works hard to improve his skills and technique. He is now one of the top PE students and has gone on to represent the school for the first time this year in several sports. He never gives up!’ In the category of Adult Other than Teacher Award, the nominations were for individual pupils (and adults) who have shown outstanding leadership qualities, innovative and creative ideas and practices and exceptional personal commitment to volunteering. Linda Hill ‘Linda has given up her free time for the last 3 years to help with school sport and is currently working with the yr 8 netball team at Simon Balle, running weekly practices. She also attends matches and officiates when needed. School sport would suffer without such great volunteers’. In the category of Elite Performer of the Year, the nominations were for individual pupils who have excelled at their chosen sport or across the whole remit of PE and school sport. They will probably have been identified as Gifted & Talented and will be competing at a high level. Florence Fyfe ‘Florence represented the England girl’s U15 football team in June when she was one of the youngest players on the team. She is still eligible this year. She also plays for Arsenal Ladies and she is part of the school team which won the county cup and reached quarter finals of the national comp. In this, a very special year of sport, it is important to remember the Olympic and Paralympic values ( courage, determination, inspiration, respect, friendship, excellence and equality) all of which were so much in evidence during the Awards for many nominees and eventual winners. A credit to all involved with school sport in this area.
Billy Elliot Trip
Continuing a year group tradition, a number of Year 11 pupils travelled to Victoria Palace Theatre in London last month to see the musical ‘Billy Elliot’. The night was a great success as the show was enjoyed by everyone, producing many laughs as the award nominated show featured some amazing dancing, singing and acting. The actors were all incredible, especially the boy who played Billy Elliot as we saw his debut performance! The trip was a well earned reward after all the work that the Year 11s have been doing for their last year of GCSEs. A massive thank you to Mr Davies for organising it, we all really appreciate it! By Sophie Milne and Victoria Andrews
Lessons from Auschwitz Project
Recently we took part in a project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust called the Lessons from Auschwitz Project. This involved attending seminars with other students from the area and also a one day visit to Poland where we visited a Polish town, Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II (Birkenau). One of the most emotionally shocking parts of the visit was the atrocious conditions that the prisoners were kept in. On the day of our visit the temperatures reached -15 degrees and it has been known to be even colder there in the middle of winter. For us, it was difficult to comprehend how any human being could force another to live in such extreme temperatures wearing just a thin layer of clothing and sometimes bare feet. This, along with the impossibly cramped barracks made us realise how the victims had been treated like vermin and had been dehumanised. This prompted the main lesson we learnt from the project: the importance of rehumanising the victims of the Holocaust. This was further developed with our visit to a room of victims’ shoes as the variety of types of shoes reminded us there was an individual life behind each shoe, which was lost. Since the visit we have already passed on the lessons we have learnt from the project to some of the school and have plans to continue spreading our message. We believe it is important to educate others about the Holocaust as we were struck by an important quote we learnt during the project. ‘Those who do not learnt from history are doomed to repeat it’. We hope that in remembering the Holocaust and the individual victims of the Holocaust, we can avoid repeating our past mistakes. Emily Lewis and Lucy Ingamells Year 12
Start the day the Simon Balle way!
To celebrate the 3 year trend of increasing sixth form attendance – now at an impressive 97% - nearly 250 students and their form tutors were treated to a breakfast organised by Lynn Salt, Sixth Form Manager. The sixth form team organised a (mainly) healthy breakfast with excellent quality produce donated by the Bird Family (local fruit wholesalers and parents) as a thank you for the students’ hard work and excellent attendance. The celebration was also attended by Alison Morris, a school governor. Steve Preshous, Head of Sixth Form said, “It was a lovely atmosphere and a great way to end the term. This ‘pick me up’ will be a help as the students push towards their final exams. I’d like to thank the team that organised and set up the event so well.”
Congratulations to all our Trinity and Associated Board exam candidates on their terrific results:
TRINITY JASMINE NESBITT-LARKING KATIE GRESTY ELLEN HOGG CHARLIE SUTTON JAMES RIDER CLARE SPOONER GWILYM TURNER AMY BARKER MATTHEW PARRIS BRADLEY CLARK KARYS BARBROOK HANNAH KIERNAN JOSH BRADFORD HANNAH-MAY SMITH GEORGIA WHITEAR JOHN HARDING GRACE DURBRIDGE ISABELLA EDGAR HARRY THOMAS WILLIAM JACYNA TESSA SHADDOCK SARAH O’BRIEN STUART BOWDEN JOE CONNOLLY HUGO MACLEAN ALEX SALTER NICK STOKES SAM TRENDALL NIALL TURNER CHRIS CRUMPTON PHILIPPA HUMPHREYS ASSOCIATED BOARD EMILY JUDD ISABELLE MACLEAN TOM DYKE NATALIA FERNANDEZVINSON TOM COLLINS LILY JONES BRADLEY CLARK KITTY COLLINS CATHY DIXON HANNAH GREAVES ADAM MITCHELL SOPHIE TARRY ALEX DELAMEILLEURE NOEMIA MCAULAY-HOLLIS KATIE KELSON
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Well done also to Seth Forster who achieved a merit in the AB Grade 5 Theory exam. Thanks as always to teachers, families and friends for supporting the candidates, and good luck to our Rockschool candidates whose exams are coming up on 3rd and 4th May. Rock School took over the Corn Exchange on 22nd March for another successful gig “Rock Goes Pop” featuring debut performances from new bands as well as seasoned favourites. We now have around 50 students taking part in Rock School each week Many of our wind and brass players will be taking part in a celebration concert in the school hall on Saturday 28th April at 7pm. Tickets priced £7/£4 are now available from the Music Office. Refreshments will be on sale with proceeds to the PSA. Finally – a reminder to Y11 and Y13 students that music lessons continue during study leave so they should liaise with their music teachers on a weekly basis to fit lessons around exams and revision periods.
Sports Relief We had a very successful week of Sports Relief at Simon Balle where all students were given the opportunity to participate in the Sports Relief mile. Assemblies ran throughout the week. Half year groups ran the mile in their lessons and also contributed towards the Sports Relief charity raising £501. The top boy’s time was Lawrence Barltrop (5.36), year 12 followed by year 11 student Shaun Munoz (5.37). The leadings girls were both from year 7 with Danielle Hills running 6.44 to Louise Reilly’s time of 6.47. On Friday we also had a very successful tug-o-war competition at lunch-time where the year 11 girls and year 11 boys shared the prizes of Sport Relief water bottles. Our star fund raiser was Georgina Braggins who ran 10 miles to raise well over £100, well done Georgina. The day finished with a staff volleyball match after school. A big thank you to all those who supported Sports Relief. Football update The Year 9 Girls lost out to Queens school in the County final before Easter. However this was a valuable learning experience for the girls and this will hold them in good stead for next year’s competitions. Boys Football update • The Year 11 boys played Sheredes last week in the semi-final of the District cup and unfortunately lost 3-1 to a very strong team. We wish Sheredes good luck in the final. • Saturday Football Update - Saturday results are as follows; o Yr 8 v Sele – 5-5 o Yr 9 v Sele – 2-2 On Wednesday the year 8 boys played in the District 6-a-side football tournament at Turnford School. The team was captained by Josh Tilley and included Conor Laurella, Zack Abdelhamid, Spencer Wareham, Cameron Williams-Willard, Patrick Duffy, George Lynn and Sean Harris. The boys played 6 matches winning against St. Mary’s (2-0), Sele (4-0) and Sheredes (1-0), drawing against Cheshunt and Turnford and were beaten by John Warner (0-1). The above results left Simon Balle in 2nd place behind Sheredes. Sean Harris had a fantastic tournament in goal making crucial saves. This was a great end to a very successful season for the boys. Sportshall Athletics The Year 7 and Year 8 boys represented Herts & Ware in the County finals before Easter at Wodson Sports Centre. Both teams finished in the top 10 in the county, a big well done to all who competed. World Champion in school. On Thursday 3 May, Mike Mullen, a 2 times BMX Freestyle World Champion, is coming into school to work with a group of Year 10 boys. He is gong to run a practical session and also a classroom session looking at keys to success. Upcoming Events • Thursday 26th April – Year 8 Girls Football District Final • Thursday 3rd May - County Athletics League (Round 1) – Ware • Friday 11th May – Aquathlon at Simon Balle • Monday 25th June – World Sports Day • 25th – 29th June – National School Sports Week • Monday 25th June – The 5km Fun Run • Wednesday 27th June – Sports Day (Inter-house Athletics & tug-o-war) • Friday 29th June – District Athletics Championships
On Sunday 1st April seven students, their parents and two members of staff were lucky enough visit the Olympic Stadium as part of the London 2012km Challenge. This was part of a weekend of test events for the Olympic Stadium – we feel so privileged to have stepped on the track that Olympians will be using very soon! I was one of the few people who got to stand on the track that in a few months time, the top athletes across the world will be achieving life long dreams. Now I can say that I was one of the people that warmed up the track. Not only was it a great experience, it was a moment in history that I can tell others about when I am older. Emily Hook , Year 8
International Perspectives Can you help our school further develop our international perspectives? Dear Parents, The Foreign Languages Department is seeking new links with parents and the local community to help broaden our students’ awareness of international perspectives. • • • •
Does your work or business have links with French, German or Spanish speaking countries? Have you lived, studied or worked abroad? Are you a native French, German or Spanish speaker? Do you have any other contacts which may be useful?
The level and nature of any commitment would be completely at your discretion with the objective to bring different aspects of the value of international awareness and languages at work into school. This would complement the curriculum and give our students a first-hand perspective of the opportunities and challenges in the adult world of work. If you think you could help us with this initiative, please contact me by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org (voicemail 01992 410 400 ext 206) with brief details and the most convenient times when I could contact you. With best regards RJ Taylor, Head of MFL Dept