Nine Musical Days in March

April 18, 2014 in About Us, Front Page News, Music by Mark Taylor

9 Musical Days

Have a listen to music from one of those concerts:


Sixth Form Art Trip to London Galleries

April 11, 2014 in 6th Form Showcase, Art, Front Page News by Jane Mackervoy

6th form Art trip LondonOn Monday 31 March many of the Y12 and Y13 Art and Photography students took advantage of the trip organised for them to visit a couple of London galleries.

At  Tate Modern many students soaked up the Richard Hamilton exhibition.  With much of his work being of mixed media, there proved to be something for both the art and photography students.  Many found this exhibition rich with ideas which could inspire their own individual projects.

After lunch on the Southbank, the party set off for the National Portrait Gallery.  Here there was the opportunity (taken up by many) to visit the David Bailey exhibition.  An iconic photographer, this really was a wonderful chance to take in a large body of his work.

It really was a very successful, enjoyable and worthwhile trip!


U16 Boys Football County Cup Final

April 4, 2014 in Front Page News, PE by James Pooley

Y11 final teamThe U16 Boys Football team have completed their 5 year journey and gone out with their heads held high. It has been a pleasure to be their coach and watch them develop into one of the best teams in the County.  The preparation and attitude of all the players was fantastic last night and they all did themselves, the school and their families proud.
Last night we took an early lead through a Harvey Pearse header and went in at half time with a deserved 1-0 lead.   A 5 minute spell in the second half saw a strong Queens Football Academy score 3 goals.   The boys stuck with it and tried everything to get back in the game but it just was not enough.
I am confident that many of the boys will go on and play a good standard of football and hope that they get in that position again with the senior football team.  Thank you to all the boys for a wonderful 5 years and a special thanks to Mr Klippel who has been a great support to the team and me.

Rock School

April 4, 2014 in Front Page News, Music by Mark Taylor

Rock School took over Hertford’s Corn Exchange on Tuesday night for their termly gig. It was great to see some performers make their stage debut while a number of old faces appeared in new bands. There was so much energy and enthusiasm from both the bands and the audience, creating a fantastic atmosphere. Highlights included a FAB set from Tracy Island and a great first appearance from Sandwich Bag. Headline band Phaser Whale closed the gig with a set of original songs including guest vocals from Will Crane plus a tribute to Katy Perry! Well done to all the bands who are so supportive of each other, this is really helping their stagecraft to develop alongside their musicianship. A brilliant night!


Rock School 1


Rock School 2


Rock School 3


Canteen News

April 4, 2014 in Front Page News by webadmin

Herts CateringWe have received the new canteen menus which will start on the first day back after the Easter break.  You can find all the information on the school website http://www.simonballe.herts.sch.uk/canteen/ 

On Wednesday 23rd April the canteen will be offering a special, Elizabethan-themed menu to celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday Elizabethan Menu April 2014

You can also find further information on the Hertfordshire Catering website http://hertscatering.co.uk/  –  on this site students are also able to ‘grade’ their meals.


Live Updates from the Y11 Final

April 3, 2014 in Front Page News, PE by webadmin

We hope to be able to give live updates form the Y11 County Cup final against Queen’s School, Bushey from the county ground in Letchworth.

Good Luck boys!




April 3, 2014 in Front Page News by Liz Ellis

On Thursday 20th March, was Simon Balle’s first SALAD Day. SALAD stands for Speaking And Listening Activity Development, and the aim of the day was for students to improve their oracy skills by using them in a variety of contexts and situations. For Y7-10, there was no writing on this day and staff were in competition to organise activities that would be most helpful and engaging for students. There was a wide variety of imaginative work going on, from a ‘Room 101′ debate, choral speaking on key historical information, a ‘Would I Lie to You?’ game with scientific ideas and a challenge to design a ‘superplant’ and argue a case for it to be grown. Students told us:
‘I personally thought it was amazing to see all the students actively contributing to all of the lessons. Hopefully the day will have helped to raise students’ confidence and allow a more active contribution in the future’….’We should do this every day’….’Today was very useful it helped us to interact with each other’…..’I enjoyed getting to work in groups’…and…’It was great to share my opinion and listen to everyone else’s’.
The students were asked to vote for their favourite ‘SALAD’ lesson.  When the votes had been counted and verified Mrs Townsend was the clear winner.  Students clearly enjoyed the ‘Room 101′ debate, dramatisation of ‘Bleak House’ and the Macbeth roleplay!

 You can see below a video and some of the SALAD day pictures.

repeating what the teacher says from Simon Balle on Vimeo.



Alumni Pay a Visit to Simon Balle

April 2, 2014 in Front Page News by Janet Syme

Library Correspondent Oliver reports:

Two former students visited Simon Balle to give a lecture about their life at University. Jane Cameron (Leeds University) and George Cameron (Cambridge University) came into the Library on Friday 28th March and talked to a large audience about their chosen Universities. Jane talked about her passion for Animal Science whilst George talked about his passion, Molecular Science. AlumniBoth students talked with pride as they explained and answered questions about Science, and they gave a thorough insight into what GCSE’s and A- Levels are needed to get certain Science Degrees and Diplomas. We send our best wishes to them both and as a School we hope that they prevail at University and become what they hope to be in future years’.



Y7 Readathon result

April 2, 2014 in English, Front Page News by Graham Davies

ReadathonWell done to Y7 on raising  £1,982 for the sponsored reading event ‘Readathon’ last month. This is a tremendous achievement, particularly in these difficult economic times, and reflects all the hard work of the students and the support of parents. Thank you to everyone who raised money, which goes to support two charities; CLIC Sargent, which works with children and young people with cancer, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps seriously ill and disabled children.

It was a great collective effort, with many students raising tens of pounds, but the following students and form merit an especial mention:  Grace Davis: £146, Jessica Martin: £80, Kallie Batchelor: £65, Maisie Hummerston: £60, Millie Shanley: £55, Emma-Jayne Belsey: £50 and 7DAB: £666


Girls Rugby Festival

April 2, 2014 in Front Page News, PE by Miss K Ansell

On Friday 28th March Y7/8 combined and Y9 girls rugby teams played in the Herts Girls Rugby Festival. For the Y7 /8 team this was their 2nd time playing rugby and the Y9′s played in their first ever match. The girls played well and represented the school brilliantly.

The Y7 /8 team really improved throughout the tournament with a some close games and a great win against Edwinstree. The Y9′s had a tough group but after a hard first game against St Mary’s they then went on to win convincingly against Roundwood Park School. The girls then went into the semi final playoff’s for the Shield trophy where they just missed out on a place in the final losing in extra time.

The girls were a credit to the school and the effort and time they put into their training was brilliant. Well done to all the girls.

On the Offensive


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