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


Sixth Form Rewards Repeat

The Sixth Form completed another rewards raffle at the end of last term.  The aim of this initiative is to reward the excellent behaviour and quality of work that the students have produced during the course of this term. For every five house points they receive, students collected a raffle ticket for the prize draw.

I was very proud of the Sixth Form students’ motivation and focus again last term.

Special Mentions: Easter Egg

James Osborne, Phoebe Bedford, Lily Jones, Hannah Shoard, Cerys Greenfield and Will Spurway

Library Egg:

Olivia Creasey, Max Mitchell, Tom Clarke and Jacob Whitelegg-Spavin

Additional Eggs via Raffle:

Lily Davis, Rebecca Tether, Emily Mathieson, Caitlin Mason, Shelley Earl, Luke Allen, Briony Holmes, Anna Fuller and Jack Stratton

£10 Amazon Voucher:

Alfie Graham and Alexandra Heal

£15 Amazon Voucher:

Tess Bennett

One Month Gym Membership:

Olivia Veale

Three Month Gym Membership:

Jack Stodel

Urban Therapy Products:

Molly Nesbit-Larking, Jacob Fenwick and Libby Freeman

Hertford Theatre Tickets:

Hannah Shoard and Shelley Earl

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.

SBAS Helps Bring Water

Over the past few weeks our students have been hearing in assembly how our fundraising efforts over the year have positively impacted on the lives of the students at our sister school. With the money we raised we have been able to supply a new water pump which pipes clean drinking water directly into Samba Njabeh school for the first time in its history.

Last week we were delighted to receive a wonderful package full to the brim of handwritten thank you letters from our sister school students. Mamadou, one of the students, summed up his appreciation, writing, “Thank you very much for providing our school with clean drinking water. Now we are not going outside to fetch it”.

Margaret, who helped us to establish our sister school link, was lucky enough to be able to attend the turning on of the tap. She tells us, “there was great excitement with some children even pouring it over their heads! It was a great day. In England we take clean water for granted.”

You can see copies two of the letters we were sent via the links below as well as a few of the photos.

Keep your eyes peeled for further fundraising events. We are so proud of the charitable ethos within the SBAS community – what a fantastic outcome!

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Strings and Singing 2018

An inspirational concert took place last weekend – our first all-through concert. It was a memorable evening featuring musicians from across our musical community. Y2 excelled themselves with their musicianship, and all our musicians were exceptional.

I hear many school concerts and I was blown away by the quality of what was performed and how the musicians have improved in recent months. All schools say they have a good music department. Come and hear ours and say that again!

What our musicians achieved was beyond what I thought would happen and so moving – all performing one special piece as well.

For our school, it was a historic moment. Supporting each other, supporting our all-through school.