What A Musical Week

Last week was amazing in the Music Department, with preliminary recitals for A Level musicians, GCSE coursework, Y9 recordings, Y7 class singing, a Y7 boys choir and more. Do browse the recordings below to listen to the amazing music that our students have created. Tchaikovsky piano music, baritone saxophone jazz, a wind trio, singing, a cello solo, a vocal octet and more singing. Fantastic evidence of progress and achievement. Our musicians reach this standard every week! Scroll down within the playlist to find more recordings.

Y10 Boys v Girls Netball

Y10 GvB netballFriday lunch time we were entertained by another fantastic girls v boys sports fixture.  In what was a very close encounter, the girls were victorious on this occasion, winning 8-7.  The overall score now stands at 2-2, with volleyball to follow before the end of term.

Special Awards Evening @ Leaf Cafe

Leaf Cafe awardsDay 1 of ‘Book Banter’ culminated in a special evening celebrating the talents of Y7-9 students who won the recent Writing Challenge. This inspiring event, held at our local Leaf Cafe, included award winning author Sally Nicholls presenting certificates and book tokens. Congratulations to Sorcha, Olivia and Ruby-Leigh (Y7), Emily and Chloe from Y8 and Natasha from Y9.

Participants of the Challenge were asked to write a short story of 500 words on the subject of ‘Home’ (in its many forms). Sally Nicholls and Melanie Taylor (Festival Writer-in-Residence and Chair of the judges) both commented on the high standard of the entries. Melanie will be working with the winners and other groups of students on creative writing in the coming weeks.


English Y9 House Challenge

Mirror Image‘Following your study of World War Literature, we challenge you to respond in a creative way to the war poetry you have studied in English – in the form of performance, media, 3D, written word, image or artefact’ was the brief given to Y9 by the English Department.
Harry Sweeney impressed the staff with his 3D interpretation of Thomas Hardy’s Poem ‘The Man He Killed‘ in which the poet reflects on how his ‘foe’ might be, in different circumstances, someone whose company he might enjoy; someone like himself.
Y9 English House Challenge
The variety and originality of all the entries were a credit to the year group.
Y8 can step up to the challenge next by creating a Christmas Charity Campaign.

Y7 Mountaineer Interviews

Y7 Science Mountaineers7M have been learning about forces in Science lessons this term. They learnt about air pressure and how and why it changes at different altitudes.

To summarise this they wrote interviews between a mountaineer and their scientific advisor about using oxygen tanks at altitude. They then filmed these using their iPads producing some informative and interesting results.

Book Banter Matchmaker Challenge

book banterSome of our staff were wearing extra badges on Monday.  Students were asked to match the 10 teachers wearing badges with book covers to 10  teachers wearing badges with the authors’ names on as a fun activity to start ‘Book Banter’, our Literary Festival. For Book Banter updates please take a look at the SBS Library Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/SBS_Library

Congratulations to the winners who were both from Mimram House.
1st Place (with only two answers missing): Chloe Shaw 8M
2nd Place  Isabel Moulder 7M

Y7 Lunchtime Art Club

Y7 Art ClubRun by two Y13 students (Georgia Whitear and Mel Procter), the Y7 Monday lunchtime art club students have been enjoying a variety of activities.  This week, students were looking at Manga art and enjoyed a visit from  Karys Barbrook, a Y10 student  who has an interest in, and been influenced by, Manga art.

Karys joined the club to share her work and pass on her enthusiasm for this art form.

Independent Geographers!

This term in Geography Y7 have been looking at weather and climate and last week the they were given a research challenge on precipitation, a topic which was completely new to the students.

The students were left to their own devices and asked to use their learning skills to find and present to the class information based on this key word. Here at Simon Balle, students are constantly encouraged to be independent learners in this way. With the use of Ipads, textbooks (and most importantly each other!), the students were able to discover so much about precipitation and share and teach one another!

Take a look below at some of the eye-catching posters they produced to display this new-found information!

Poster 1

Geog 1

Poster 2

Geog 2

Poster 3

Geog 3


Singing Is At The Heart Of All Music

Y7 are singing, and singing so well. They are learning the song ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers in lessons and have done very well.

Here is 7M with their version.