Mitosis Video

On Tuesday, Y10 biologists created videos showing the process of mitosis – the way cells divide and grow. The concept is challenging and technical and was designed to bridge the gap between GCSE and A-Level biology.

Please enjoy one of the completed videos below.

Y7 Fibonacci Presentations

In Maths Y7 have been looking at sequences. William in 7R explains more:

During Science Week, we came into maths like usual, but this was no ordinary maths lesson! We started off by watching a video that introduced us to the Fibonacci Sequence, which is a union of maths and science. Our task was to create a presentation describing the sequence, its history and how it is seen and used in maths, science and nature. Throughout that lesson and subsequent homework we learnt much about the sequence, its creator and origins. We found out that it was first in the minds of Indian mathematicians before being bought to us by Fibonacci.

You can see some of the presentations below – well done Y7!

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Art News

Buster Martin St PaulsY13 photography student Buster Martin created this exciting image using light trails, captured on a recent visit to the capital city.  All our A level students are currently working incredibly hard towards their final deadline of 6th May 2015.

We have a plethora of exciting images which you will all have the opportunity to view at our annual exhibition on Thursday 25th June.

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Our Artist in Residence, Abi Knott, has finished her canvas.  Abi has been working in the corner of Art1 during KS3 lessons.

This has been an inspiring and educational experience for those lower down the school; they have been able to see an artist in action, the techniques she employs and the way in which her painting has developed over the past half term.  This canvas (measuring a large 1m x 1.5m – Abi often works on a large scale), is a very imposing and impressive piece.

The Live Music Just Keeps On Coming….

It has been a very busy few weeks in music, with so much to celebrate.

Last Thursday evening saw Rock School take over the Corn Exchange for a fantastic gig featuring students from every year group. Special thanks to those who stood in at the last moment to cover absences – the show must go on! It was a very special occasion with great atmosphere.

We rounded off our week with the Singing and Strings concert that was a triumph in every way. The number of musicians, the quality of the singing, the beautiful sound of the orchestra, the community feel with the adult choir, all showed once again what can be achieved with our dedicated team and committed performers. Highlights included Tom Dyke’s outstanding solo in the third movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto and the stunning finale where our three choirs joined the strings for Wake Me Up, specially arranged by Keith Willis.

This week we have had the A Level recitals – our Year 12 and 13 musicians performing to the very highest standard. The examiner has been so impressed by what he has heard, with quality and professional musicianship. Well done to everyone for the very hard work on what is 40% of the entire A Level grade.

Science Week Quizzes

british science weekDuring Science Week, there were various competitions going on for the whole school to take part. One was a mix and match quiz which saw famous scientists being stuck to the doors in the science department. Around the school were reasons why these scientists were famous. Students had to match the rooms together to get the answers.
Well done to Chloe Shaw in 8M for getting all the answers right and winning the competition. Louis Broad, James Milroy (both 7L), Sammy Medway-Smith (7A) and Sarah Kenway (10M) were runners up.
The second house competition was the ‘form time’ quiz which each form had the opportunity to compete.  The winners, all with 10 correct answers, were 7R, 11A and 12R.
Well done to all the winners and for everyone who took part

Rugby Trip To Wembley

Saracens Wembley groupOn Saturday our Y7 and 8 boys and girls rugby players were taken to Wembley to watch Saracens v Harlequins. We were part of an 84,068 crowd, a new world record for attendance at club rugby.  Before the match we got to listen to the Wembley rock choir, watch Saracens cheerleaders and Pixie Lott perform.

Wembley 2The match ended with Saracens winning 42 -14 and our own young rugby stars got to see some great tries and tactics. It was a fabulous experience to see high level rugby and great that our students could see the precision and commitment needed to compete and excel.

The Library Goes Digital…..Again!

SC David Newstead Skype2Our Library Reporter Oliver writes: ‘To promote Science Week, alumnus David Newstead addressed an audience of students and staff via Skype on the topic:’A Window into the Role of a JLR Graduate Engineer’. This is the second time David, an electrical engineer for Jaguar Land Rover, has been the speaker at a digitial Speaker’s Corner.

In his presentation David explained how he has progressed in his role at JLR and how, as an electrical engineer, he tests and benchmarks Jaguar and competitor vehicles. Since his last talk David has created and now chairs the Graduate Energy Management Taskforce, This means he and other members are responsible for trying to reduce energy consumption and manage energy usage effectively. When asked “What inspired you to create this Taskforce” David replied “I wanted to create a successful and efficient bond between work colleagues.”

This Speaker’s Corner was a very enjoyable event and it was interesting to hear an account of the work that an electrical engineer does. We wish David the very best of luck for the future.

County Champions – U16 Girls’ Football

Yet more silverware for Simon Balle students as our  U16 Girls Football team were crowned County Champions on Tuesday! The girls produced a fantastic display of football and sportsmanship to record a decisive 3-0 victory over John F Kennedy School, Hemel Hempstead with goals from Tor Hill and Georgia Turville.U16 county champions crop

A special mention should go to Paul Carter who has coached and managed the girls to this well deserved victory and to Molly and Sameer for their support and encouragement.

Spiritual Question Time

Spiritual Question TimeLast Wednesday, following on from the successful Question Time event,  Sixth Form students attended a ‘Spiritual Question Time’.  Please see the account below by Y12 student Yasmin Scott-Gray:

“Sam Trendall (Y13) expertly chaired an engaging question time, allowing speakers and members of the audience the time to contribute. Our guest speakers were Rabbi Celia Serget from Radlett Reform Synagogue, Mohammed Arshad Ahmedi, a Muslim leader and author, and The Reverend Jo Loveridge from Hertford’s All Saints Church.  

Despite their diverse opinions, they all had very intriguing viewpoints and there was a general consensus on the view that freedom of speech was a vital part of society and should never be discouraged. All panelists agreed that ‘language is a powerful tool’ and this was linked to the recent story of Charlie Hebdo which has engaged many students in the audience and has sparked many debates at Simon Balle.  

Overall we got the opportunity to experience a thought-provoking and diverse afternoon of discussion.  All the speakers were passionate about their faiths, particularly the idea of helping people at their worst and celebrating them at their best. We can take away a positive view on life and the comfort of help being around if you need it. On behalf of Simon Balle School, thank you so much to the speakers and everyone who contributed.”