Please see below a report by Y12 student Adam T about competing in an international junior golf event.
“At the start of November I competed in the final of the Daily Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship hosted by Quinta Do Lago in Portugal, after finishing 8th on the national leaderboard on a score of -5. This is regarded as junior golf’s ‘major’ and one of the world’s leading junior golf events. After a summer in which hundreds of qualifiers have been held for the 2017 Championship, 12 boys and 9 girls got through to compete in the 54 hole stroke play final on the testing North Course. The format of the week was as follows….
Arrive at Monte da Quinta Suites Hotel, practice round and championship rules briefing.
Morning event with sponsors and all finalists, welcome dinner hosted by Henni Goya of Sky Sports/ Ladies European Tour Professional and draw for the finals.
Championship first round and afternoon activity.
Second round followed by Sky Sports media training with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and the Sky TV crew
Final round and on-course presentation, Vitality health session and Gala Dinner.
It was an amazing experience to play in such a prestigious event. On and off the course we were treated like professionals and playing in front of photographers, TV crew, crowds and sponsors made it a memorable week – despite not playing my best golf.”
Well done to Adam for being chosen to play in this event – this has given you a taste of where you could be and what you need to do in order to find that success!
Welcome to the first of many half termly newsletters that the schools EduTech department will be sharing with you.
This first one outlines a little bit about the EduTech department and their roles within the school along with our ambassador team, some useful tips and also a link to our recently launched EduTech Hub! You can either click on the named link below or view the ‘Issuu’ document at the bottom.
EduTech Autumn Newsletter 2017
Last week all our Y13 Biologists had the opportunity to discuss genetics with professional scientists from across the country as part of the 25 Genome project. The students asked some excellent questions and enjoyed seeing how the biology they are learning is relevant to cutting-edge research.
Each scientist was championing a different UK species, and explaining why it is important for that species to have their full genome mapped. This event is to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Human Genome Project.
You can find more details on this link below and anyone can register and vote. Which species do you think deserves to have their DNA sequenced? What might we find out?
We are pleased to report that we raised £449.67 towards the Poppy Appeal this year. Well done to all members of the Simon Balle community who either bought or sold poppies this year.
Congratulations to the ‘Students of the Week’ for last week. Looking at the scores, it is ‘all to play for’ still and especially tight mid-table. Keep collecting those points everyone!
A group of ten Y12 Science A Level students enjoyed a truly exciting trip to this year’s GenerationeXt event hosted by Welwyn’s healthcare company Roche.
The programme entailed a range of inspirational talks, workshops and information stands all around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The keynote speakers Dr Hannah Critchlow and Professor Shafi Ahmed had our students under their spell, giving an insight into the latest STEM developments in the areas of neuropsychiatry and augmented reality (AR) surgery. The workshops offered hands-on activities in the areas of neuroscience, virtual reality, statistics in drug development and the latest advances in surgery.
All in all a day full of opportunities, cutting-edge science ……and fun!
The senior rugby team remain unbeaten at home following a strong win against Leventhorpe School.
The team continue to develop and are playing some structured, attacking rugby. The area that has developed considerably has been the set piece and in particular our line-outs were a real strength in this match. There were too many individual performances to mention but I am extremely pleased with the progressions this team have made in a short space of time.
The senior team are still in the County Shield Competition and have two more friendly fixtures before the season comes to an end.
The Library was packed with keen film enthusiasts at the end of last half term when we held our Film Quiz. About 40 students took part, answering questions put forward by Y11 student Taylor S with the help of Mrs Cornell’s Y12 Film Class. The quiz consisted of questions about the films Skyfall, Despicable Me and Fantastic Beasts among others. Well done to Quizmasters Taylor and Paul B for running a great event.
Congratulations to the winners Will Muncer and Matt Chambers (both Y10). Second place was given to Issy Christie Hobbs and Lucie Weller (Y11) with the team of Emma Liddle and Emily Moore (Y11) finishing third.
We are looking forward to a special Christmas Quiz on the final Friday of term – watch this space!
Please see below the latest house points standings plus the ‘Students of the Week’ for last week.
As has now become tradition, the whole school paused today to mark the sacrifice of war. As the school gathered, our Brass Ensemble played Abide With Me, O Valiant Hearts and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.
After an introduction by Mr Moss, Head Boy Harry Ingram read ‘In Flanders Field’. This was followed by Head Girl Molly Robinson reciting ‘A Poem For Armistice – Remember Me’. The ‘Ode of Remembrance’ was read by Mrs Saunders before The Last Post was played by Mr Nunn. After an impeccably observed 2 minute silence, the formal part of the ceremony was closed with the playing of Reveille.
Students went to their period 3 lessons listening an amazing performance of ‘I Vow to Thee, My Country’ by the Brass Ensemble.
Remembrance Ceremony 2017 from Simon Balle on Vimeo.