Y8 Trip Where Morpurgo Made The Mark!

Please see below a report from Danny Orpin about his Y8 trip to Hertford Theatre.

MMorpurgo Hertford Theatre‘On Friday 2nd October a number of Y8s made the trip to Hertford Theatre to see Michael Morpurgo present his brand new book “The Mozart Question”  accompanied by a beautiful string quintet. 
The story was based in majestic Venice and is about an interview with Paulo Levi, a violinist who was said to be the best in the whole world. In the book he is about to make a 60th birthday performance. The main plot is about him talking about his past and the feared “Mozart question”. This was a very moving account of his parents’ time in a concentration camp where they were ordered to play music to arriving Jews as they were separated either to work or go to the gas chambers. Neither could bear to listen to any Mozart after this as they found the memories so shocking. He says that at this special concert he will play Mozart music so well that even his now-dead parents would love it. The performance juxtaposed musicians and a story of the Holocaust better than words can explain.
After the reading, Michael Morpurgo answered the audience’s questions, including some very thoughtful ones from Simon Balle students.
Thank you everyone in the English department for organising such a worthwhile trip.’

Library Announces Writing Challenge Title

At Speaker’s Corner today I revealed that the title for the Writing Challenge 2015 is penTransformation. 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!

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2015

macmillan coffee morning 2015Staff 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!

Y8 Preparing For Earthquakes

Y8 earthquakeOver the last few lessons, Y8 Geographers have been studying about how earthquakes are formed and the affects they have on less and more economically developed countries. In a recent lesson, they had to design an earthquake-proof structure and explain their thought process behind it.
Well done to the winning team in 8M who designed a structure that had a solid framework and a full weight bearing second floor that added more sturdiness to the structure.
Unfortunately, double glazed glass and shock absorbers were not provided in the materials list for each group and students had to cope only with straw and string that could survive the ‘wobbly table earthquake test’. Well done – a good effort all round.

Another Successful Open Morning!

open morning talk 2015We 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.

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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.

Library Holds Roald Dahl Quiz

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. Roald Dahl quiz libraryThere 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.


Senior Success At District Hockey

Hockey Senior GirlsSimon Balle senior girls’ hockey team were victorious this week in their district 7-aside tournament for the second year running!

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 Independent Learning In Music

Y9 music Ready or NotY9 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!

Here you can see some members of 9N hard at work.

Y13 Psychologists Put The Media On Trial

Y13 psychologistsLast 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.