Please see below a report from Danny Orpin about his Y8 trip to Hertford Theatre.
At Speaker’s Corner today I revealed that the title for the Writing Challenge 2015 is ‘Transformation‘. The Writing Challenge is now in its second year and is part of Ready, Steady, Book! A Festival for Readers and Writers. We would like to welcome our Guest Writer for the Festival, Melanie Taylor, who is also Chair of the Judges of this short story competition. The Challenge is open to all students from Y7-13; three winners will be chosen from Y7-9 and Y10-13, Winners will receive book tokens at an Awards Evening at the Leaf Cafe which the Mayor of Hertford will attend.
There will be house points for all participants. The deadline is Friday 16th October at 9.00am and all students will receive the following by email later today: Rules and Information, Tips and Cover Sheet.
Students with any enquiries can call into the Library with any queries. Good Luck!
Staff held their annual Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 25th September. Sarah Newstead, ex SBS teacher, once again returned to organise and sell the wonderful array of cakes that staff had produced.
The total raised was £268.97- we would like to thank all staff who baked, sliced, bought and ate cake last week!
We held our open morning for prospective Y7 students and parents on Saturday 26th September and were once again blessed with a bright and dry day. Visitors began arriving before 8:30 in order to tour the school and meet with students and staff. Alison Saunders, along with the head girl and head boy, spoke 3 times during the morning to a full school hall and dining area. We received many compliments on the day – and also since – about our friendly guides, welcoming atmosphere and the many displays and exhibitions departments had organised.
Once the crowds left we then held the official opening of the Larch Centre building. Local MP Mark Prisk cut the ribbon before the invited guests were treated to a tour of the new facility and entertainment by Clare Taylor and some of our talented musicians.
Parents wishing to undertake a tour of the school are asked to telephone the school to book on one of the daily tours which run at 9am until Friday 23rd October. Parents who will be choosing Reception places for September 2016 can see the coffee meeting dates here.
Earlier in the term the Library held its first quiz of the year to celebrate Roald Dahl’s Birthday. Jacob Whitelegg-Spavin and Tom McGill excelled in their role as quizmasters for the occasion. There was a good turn out of participants who answered questions either individually or in teams of two.
Questions mainly covered Roald Dahl’s books and thoroughly tested all the competitors. Congratulations to Y8 students Louis B and George G who won the quiz. In joint second place were four more Y8 students: Alec N & Charlotte A and Monique G & Chloe H.
Strong competition from both Presdales and John Warner did not phase them. All girls played with fantastic determination and heart. Special mention to captain Sophie Rawlinson and Maddy Twyning for their skills and effort on pitch.
Simon Balle also put out a second team of Y11s that came joint 3rd with John Warner.
Y9 students have started learning the piece ‘Ready or Not’. They will eventually form bands, but for now are learning their individual part for the piece. They are working from tutorial videos posted on Google Classroom and their first assessment will be their individual part with the backing track. They progress at their own pace.
Next half term they will work in bands, putting it all together, preparing for a group performance, so watch this space!
Last week Y13 Psychologists worked in teams to investigate the experimental research in the controversial field of ‘the effects of the media on violent criminals’. Just as in the Psychology and Criminology communities there was fierce debate, interesting questions and inconsistent conclusions.
13D deciding that the media could indeed be blamed whilst 13A returned an inconclusive judgement. Excellent team work and research skills Year 13.