Speaker’s Corner About Our Sister School

Our audience of about 40 students and staff listened with great interest as Miss Rhodes and Miss Wootton spoke about Samba Njabeh school in the Gambia with which we are twinned. Last Easter Miss Riddle (Primary phase teacher) visited the school and led lessons there. At Speaker’s Corner we learned about the setting of the school, how resources are very scarce and how students can only attend in the mornings or in the afternoons as there aren’t enough classrooms, chairs and tables etc. for all who want to attend.

Simon Balle has held a non uniform day recently to raise funds for Samba Njabeh and it is hoped that links between our two schools will strengthen in the months and years to come.  Please take a look below at the powerpoint presentation used.  You can also access a pdf copy of it here.

 

 

Interested In Training To Become A Qualified Teacher?

Simon Balle All-through School is a member of the Alban Federation partnership in the area of teacher training. Each year we offer training places via the Alban Federation to train as both primary and secondary teachers with salaries or bursaries available for suitably qualified candidates in many subjects. Applications are scheduled to open on the UCAS website on 26th October 2017, for courses starting in September 2018. Courses are available for both Primary and Secondary programmes.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and would like to find out more about how to apply and what is involved, we are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 14th October 2017 from 9.30 -12.00 in the Sixth Form Centre at Sandringham School in St Albans. Please feel free to come along and meet current trainees and course tutors. Equally, if you know of anyone who is keen to train to teach, this will be a very useful event for them to attend.

Further details regarding training at Simon Balle All-through School can be obtained by contacting Yvonne Adshead (adsheady@simonballe.herts.sch.uk)

Schools Direct Trainee Teachers Celebrate QTS

This has been our first year of working in partnership with the Alban Federation to train teachers via the Schools Direct route. We had two tuition fee trainees in Science and a salaried trainee in Music who have spent a year training in schools across the Alban Federation to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. We are delighted to report that all three trainees, under the expert guidance of their subject mentors, were successful in being awarded QTS at the recent Awards Evening at the end of June.

Congratulations to David, Olivia and Nick on qualifying to become members of the teaching profession. We look forward to seeing your on-going development over the next few years.

Miss Riddle In The Gambia

During the Easter break our intrepid Larch Centre colleague, Miss Riddle, took a trip of a lifetime to the Gambia.  While there she visited our sister school Samba Njabeh.

We have interviewed her to find out how her trip went. Please take a look at the gallery of photos below – you can read the transcript of the full interview here.

 

Y9 Garden Green Fingers

The Y9 gardeners have been very productive so far this year.  They currently have a variety of vegetables and herbs on the go.    Amongst the star performers are french beans, aubergines, tomatoes, cucumber and chillies. Most have been grown from seed here in our greenhouse.

The beautiful yellow flower head is Dill.  All parts of this plant are edible; leaves, flower and seeds and it is clearly very happy as it has spread itself all around the garden.  Likewise the Larkspur (purple flower) which is coming up through every crack and crevice in our little kitchen garden.

Student Mock Election 2017

We are delighted to announce brisk turnout at the Simon Balle Polling Station.  To aid their electoral literacy students are given the experience of how actual votes are run from registering with the election official on entry to the polling station, individual polling booths and a ballot box.  We run an open count at the end of polling.

However, due to Electoral Law our ‘declaration’ will be on Friday 9th June!

Charity Thank You

It is always nice to receive thanks for good deeds done.  Please see below two recent thank you letters we received after recent non-uniform/jumper days.  Our students decide which charities will benefit each year and it is pleasing that the time has been taken to make us aware of the difference the fund-raising makes to charities – both national and local.

(Please click on the images to see larger versions)