Business Studies Speed Revision

Business Studies students recently used “Speed Dating” as part of their revision technique. Students were allocated a different section of the syllabus and had to create a set of questions that they asked each other in a minute, before the timer stopped and they moved on.

This was a fun and effective lesson, which helped students to reinforce their learning through a creative revision technique.

Spring Music Exam Congratulations

Congratulations to all the musicians who took a music exam at the end of last term. The results are stunning and follow so much hard work from all in Team Music. You can see the full lists below (please click on the images to see larger versions).

Particular congratulations must also go to the following musicians who have recently achieved Grade 8 in their music exams. This is an amazing achievement, the result of lots of hard work and something to be very proud of.

Phoebe Bedford, Cathy Dixon, Alysha Hutchings (twice!), Max Merrett, Maddy Durbin, Jess Miller and Anya Daar

 

Gymnastics Silver

Congratulations to Y10 student Tilly D who competed recently in a Regional Grade 1 gymnastics competition. The competition was open to gymnasts from clubs across the south of the country.

Tilly finished in second place, with a score difference of 0.065 between her and the gold medal.

Speaker’s Corner – Florida And NASA

Well done to Paul B from Y8 who spoke recently about his visit to Florida and the Space Center. His presentation was excellent and included a quiz about space which the large audience joined in enthusiastically.

Paul also brought along some artefacts from his trip which the audience was invited to look at. Please get in touch with me on symej@simonballe.herts.sch.uk if you would like to give a talk in the near future.

 

Rock Gig March 2018

There was an amazing Rock Gig before the end of last term, where our bands performed so well. The evening had great energy with an enthusiastic audience. Well done to all the bands!

Science Week 2018

Another fantastic science week took place at SBAS with many exciting activities taking place for all years on a range of topics.

Activities included honeycomb and ice cream making, the Great Egg Race, whizz bang chemistry experiments, making density towers and dissecting owl pellets. The primary students were involved too, setting off their own rockets on the school field. They were excellent, many flying very high into the sky.

The highlight, as usual, was the visit from members of the Royal Veterinary College who held a number of sessions.  They taught students about gowning up for operations, how to apply bandages, ultrasound and x rays analysis and – my favourite – learning how to stitch wounds together.

It was a great week – please look through the photos below.

Brass Recital 2018

We recently held our annual brass recital, showcasing many of our musicians. What I was struck by this year was the noticeable increase in the standard of performance and quality of tone. An excellent evening. Enjoy the recording!

Haileybury MUN 2018

Last weekend twelve Key Stage 4 and 5 students attended the annual Model United Nations Conference at Haileybury School.  The conference is essentially a role-playing exercise, in which young people assume the roles of diplomats. Through this, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of international issues, from deforestation to the situation in the Middle East.   It gives them the opportunity to improve their public speaking and debating skills as well as learning how to solve problems constructively.

The students researched our countries (Samoa, Cambodia and Mauritania) thoroughly and then created resolutions with suggestions of how to improve aspects of world politics (through the lense of diplomats from our given countries).

This is no easy task and the suggestions the students came up with reflected a great deal of research, analysis and original thinking.