Time Lapse Video Phase 2

Those of you that have been up to site recently will have noticed that the shell of the primary phase building is nearly complete.  We thought it was about time that we showed you the latest edition of the time lapse video we have been recording.  It covers January and February – we have slowed down the February part as so much happens in a short space of time!


Y7 GvB Basketball Match

Y7 had the first of the Girls v Boys sporting events this week. They played 10 a side Basketball in a closely fought game. At half time the score was 8-8. After a strong performance from both boys and girls the boys eventually pulled away to win 16-8.

Well done to all of the Y7 students involved and to those who came along to support their team. A special mention to Tegan H and George G who were the respective ‘players of the match’.
A big thank you for to Jay C in Y9 who refereed the game for us.
On The Attack

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Midfield Play


The Teams


Celebrating New Decking

We were very lucky over half term to have contractors start the refurbishment of our outside classroom – the supports and decking have been completely replaced.  DSC00865 cropWe celebrated the work on Tuesday with students and PSA members as well as representatives of the companies.  We’d like to warmly thank Weston Homes, Norbury’s and PJA Carpentry for their hard work and assistance in this project.

The area is now  ready for a working party of parents and staff to finish the ‘sprucing up’.  If anyone is interested in helping out with replanting and treating the wooden structure please email the PSA (psa@simonballepsa.org.uk) or look out for news in future newSBytes.

Musical Success

musical notesCongratulations to our musicians who have taken an Associated Board or Trinity Rock and Pop exam in recent weeks.

There were 45 musicians involved. 10 passed, 22 achieved a merit and 13 had the great honour of gaining a distinction.
Candidates have to get 75-80% to receive a merit and 87% to receive a distinction, so over three-quarters of our students achieved 75% or above in these two sessions. Both examiners commented on the high standard of preparation, presentation and performance of the candidates.
Well done all and thank you to the supportive teachers!

House Points Update 23/02/2015

Please see the latest house points table below.  You will also see the top scoring students per house for the first half of the Spring term.

Congratulations to all – please click on the images to access larger versions

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Golden Lunch – Would You Like To Help?

Over the past year a group of our students, including Hope (Y13), Georgina, Sarah, Louise, Rachel (Y10) and Tom (Y8) have been visiting Golden Lunches at the Hertford Baptist Church.

Golden Lunch


This is a monthly event in which volunteers cook a two course meal along with tea and coffee for elderly people in Hertford. The students help with the event by serving and interacting with the visitors. This has been very rewarding for both teachers and students and is a way of giving back to our local community.

We would like to bring attention to our involvement in this project as we feel that many members of our school would be interested in participating. Both Mrs Saunders and Mrs Hill are involved in helping to organise our trips to the Church and if you would like to join in please contact them!

Students Reflect on the Writing Challenge

On Friday 13th February, Chloe from Y8 and Ruby-Leigh from Y7 came to the Library to give a talk about the Writing Challenge, which took place during the course of the very successful Book Banter. The students talked about the process of writing their short stories and what the criteria was. The winners were announced and congratulated by the audience. After the presentation Mrs Syme introduced a new booklet which has been compiled with all of the winning stories.

Congratulations to the winners and the support staff in the office who produced such a brilliant high-quality booklet.

Schools Dance Festival 2015

Schools' Dance Festival aSchools' Dance Festival bOn Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th February the Annual Hertford and Ware Schools Dance Festival took place at Hertford Theatre. Over 800 students from 15 schools took part in a fantastic celebration and display of talent, enthusiasm and creativity.

Six Simon Balle students performed a commercial style dance to “Salute” by Little Mix and were a real credit to the school, demonstrating high level performance qualities and what can be achieved through effort and commitment.

Well done Izzy, Emma, Hannah, Clara, Macy and Laura. Also, extra congratulations to Izzy, Emma and Hannah who worked with Abel Smith to create their entry! Top work!

Y9 Basketball District League Success

Y9 basketball scoreOn Tuesday 10th February our Y9 boys’ basketball team beat St. Mary’s 38-16, meaning they have won all of their district games. This is a fantastic achievement as half of the team has been made up by y9 basketballY8 boys.

Well done to Jay, Daniel, James, Sam, Albert, Jean and Arthur – it looks like a very strong team for the future!