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.
Please see the current house points standings below (snapshot taken 9.30 am), along with last week’s ‘students of the week’.
Day 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.
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.
Some 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
Run 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.
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!
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.