David Dein Inspires Our Students

S4S DD JSMonday afternoon was particularly memorable for students and staff when we had the pleasure of welcoming David Dein, who spoke to our Y10-Y13 Business and Sports Studies students. David joined the Arsenal Board in 1983 and was made Vice-Chairman in the same year.  He also rose to Vice-Chairman of the Football Association and has served on numerous UEFA and FIFA Committees. During his time at the club Arsenal won a total of 18 trophies – Mr Dein is also credited for employing Arsene Wenger.

David gave an excellent talk on a wide range of contemporary issues in football, which included, finance, commercialism, the premier league and the role of modern technology.

S4S DDThis inspiring talk was organised by our Library through the educational charity Speakers4Schools and the whole occasion was a great success.  David gave everyone his top tips for success based on years of experience at the very top levels of football. Student feedback has been great; our young people saw the benefits of learning from experience, taking risks and aiming high!

Their questions for Mr Dein displayed maturity and curiosity.  We were lucky enough to have a visit from another speaker from the charity this week – watch this space for a further post!

Saturday Rugby – Impressive Start

Y7 rugbySaturday rugby got off to a great start this year with 3 teams and nearly 50 boys representing Simon Balle at Harlow Rugby Club last Saturday against Saint Nicholas School – a private school in Old Harlow. The Y7 boys (making their debut) won convincingly as well as the Y8/9 boys who also won.

The Y10/11 boys came back strongly in the second half with 3 unanswered tries only to lose 24-31.

Well done to all the boys who represented the school and thank you to all the parents who gave their support on the day. Our next Saturday fixture takes place on Saturday 5th November against Broxbourne.

Macmillan Cancer Support

macmillan 2016 logoWe are delighted to celebrate two outstanding fundraising events for Macmillan Cancer Support:

A big Thank You to all of our visiting families who contributed so generously to the student’s cake stall in the Food room on Open Morning in September.  A massive £164.32 was raised – also a huge thank you to the students who worked so hard throughout the morning to produce such a brilliant selection of cakes.                               Linda Jones
The staff held a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September.  There were many sizes, shapes and flavours of cake on offer in the staff room and we raised a fabulous £399.31.  Thanks to Sarah Newstead and Steve McGovern for giving up their time and the staff for being so generous.                                                                      Madeleine Harman

Haiku Winners

The English Department are delighted to announce the winning and specially commended Haikus from our National Poetry Day Haiku Competition. Thank you so much to everyone who entered a Haiku. We had over 220 Haikus to judge and all were a pleasure to read!
Everyone who entered the competition has been given a house point. The winners each received 3 house points and a certificate and the special commendations received 2 house points and a certificate.  We hope you enjoy reading these poetry gems.

Y10 Eco-houses

Y10 Physics students have been looking at how heat can escape from homes. They then had the task of researching different ways that this heat loss could be reduced through ways such as loft insulation and cavity walls.
They were given the task to design their own ‘eco-home’ using what they had learned in order to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat their houses. They drew pictures of their houses, designed floor plans and even designed a brochure selling their homes.
Some students even used renewable energy sources in their homes, such as solar panels to make their homes even more eco-friendly!  Please click on the images below to see some samples of their ideas.
Y10eco2Y10eco3   Y10eco1

Headteacher’s Blog

The latest edition of the Headteacher’s Blog has been published and is available here. This time, School Manager Madeleine Harman discusses ‘Determination, Resilience….and Sequins!’

Outdoor Classroom

pondThe outdoor classroom, funded by our grant from Tesco ‘Bags of Help’, is rapidly taking shape with the recent digging of the pond and outdoor seating area.

Planting and habitat development will take place over the next few weeks then we are hoping that plenty of wildlife will move in over the winter so that by spring it will be a great area for teaching and observing nature.

¡La Cocina Española!

Spanish cooking 5aEl viernes pasado la clase de 7N pasó la clase de español en la cocina! Los estudiantes prepararon una tortilla española, un plato típico de España. Todas las instrucciones eran en español y los estudiantes lograron entender el método sin problemas. Después, pudimos probar la comida y dar nuestras opiniones sobre las tortillas diferentes. 

Además, aprendimos mucho sobre las diferencias entre los hábitos alimentarios en Inglaterra y España.  Como podėis ver en las fotos, nos divertimos mucho. 

Or, for the single-linguists among us:

Spanish cooking 2Last Friday 7N swapped their pens for their pans and spent their Spanish lesson in the kitchen! The students were asked to prepare a typical Spanish omelette (tortilla española), a quintessential part of Spain’s national cuisine and popular tapas dish. And if this wasn’t impressive enough, the equipment, ingredients and cookery instructions were all given in Spanish! 

As you can see from our photos, the tortillas both looked and tasted divine. During the tasting, students were also able to express their opinions on each other’s culinary creations in Spanish.  Jacob was overheard saying “Me gusta la tortilla porque es deliciosa y sabrosa” (I like the omelette because it’s delicious and tasty).  The class also discussed the interesting cultural differences between Spanish and English eating habits.