International Cricket experience for Conway!

As a player for Gloucestershire Youth Academy and their Emerging Player Programme, Conway Gilbert (10DG) was selected to be one of 12 net bowlers to assist England & Ireland One Day International teams for their pre-match training session at Bristol’s Brightside Ground.

During England’s morning session, Conway a fast seam bowler, bowled against Steven Finn, David Willey, Jake Bull, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett. As the only net bowler under 18 years old he was incredibly pleased with his performance taking a couple of England wickets.

For Ireland’s afternoon session some of the other bowlers had to leave to attend university lectures. One of Conway’s Irish wickets was surprised by the speed and accuracy of the young bowler.

One the Friday Conway was invited by the teams to watch the game itself. The experience was a great opportunity for Conway to see how some of the world’s top players train and to be inspired to develop his on game.

This opportunity follows Conway’s return from his recent tour of the West Indies with Cornwall Under 15’s. Here the team were incredibly successful by winning 5 out of 9 games and being the first Cornwall team to ever beat Trinidad national team. Conway is now looking forward to this season with Gloucestershire Academy, Cornwall Under 15’s and Gorran 1st Mens XI.

More fantastic achievements Conway well done!

Quidditch Tournament Pictures

To celebrate World Book Day the PE Department decided to run an inter house QUIDDITCH tournament during lunchtimes. This iconic game from the Harry Potter books involved students using their co-ordination an speed to score goals on broom sticks! Two players from each team used dodge balls to try and knock player’s off their brooms, with a ‘keeper’ defending the scoring hoops. A ‘seeker’ from each team was responsible for catching the golden snitch which scored them 50 points and ended the game. We had a terrific turn out for the matches with over 30 year 7’s and 9’s participating in the tournament. There have been several requests to organise a ‘staff’ match so watch this space!

Well done everyone involved in a fantastic week of tournaments!


Betty Matthews Take the Top Trophies at Martial Arts Event


Whilst some students were relaxing during the half term break, year 8 pupil Betty Matthews fought her way to the top of the podium at the Epic Open South West Series in Bristol (February 11th).

The martial arts competition featured 200 fighters over 60 divisions who travelled to the event from across the South West of England.betty2

Betty battled her way to the top, taking on competitors in 3 categories and tackling back to back fights that saw her scoop two Gold medals and a bronze medal. She hopes to continue her success at follow up events scheduled around the region this Spring.

A fantastic achievement Betty well done!


It’s on like Ping Pong!


Due to the sports hall being used for the Roseland Sports Network Primary Basketball Festival on Tuesday 24th January, Mr Avery’s & Mr Winter’s Y8 PE class were introduced to the world of Table Tennis. They had the opportunity of playing on a ‘pop-up’ table in a History classroom and outside on the Academy’s brand new outdoor table tennis tables. The students were taught the basics and played some competitive games. The students are eager to return to the game in the future, and have eagerly arranged informal games during break and lunchtime.

Y7, 8, 9 & 10 Football Fixtures update Roseland vs Brannel

Wednesday 25th January saw the Y7, 8, 9 & 10 football team attend their first fixture of the football season. On a cold and windy afternoon, there was a good level of football being played. The Y7’s managed to hold their lead whilst under pressure until the final whistle, resulting in a 3-2 win with Kian scoring a brace and Toby scoring directly from a corner. The Y8 team had a tough start and conceded several goals in the first half, they continued to battle well and began to reduce the deficit by scoring three quick goals. Joshua, Isaac & Betty grabbing the goals, however whilst pushing for a 4th goal Brannel counter attacked and managed to score three more times, the final score was 8-3 to Brannel. The Y9’s had a very tough game with the low lying sun being an issue in the first half. The squad played some good football and had several opportunities to score, however Brannel were more clinical in front of goal, resulting in Brannel winning 5-0. The Y10 team demonstrated the experience they have and played some fantastic football, creating chance after chance in both halves, however the Brannel goalkeeper was on form and made some cat-like saves. Roseland went 2-0 up with goals coming from Benito & Conway and continued to press, but with Brannel counter attacking they managed to score twice in quick succession. The final score was 2-2.

Thanks to Mr Ashwin, Mr Avery, Mr Davidson & Mr Ayre for supporting the students.


Paralympian David Hill visits The Roseland Academy


Paralympian David Hill made a trip to The Roseland Academy on 26 Jan, as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project. David, who competed in his first Paralympics aged just 15 years old, worked with our College and Sports Captains all day. The Paralympic swimmer and triathlete shared his story with the Captains and talked to them about the 6 keys to success:

1:Mental toughness

2: Hunger to achieve

3: People skills

4: Sports & life knowledge

5: Breaking barriers

6: Planning for success

The Captains also spent time planning charity events, to raise money for their nominated charities.  As well as this, they planned assemblies and Intra-College sports week.The day finished with some fun team building games, which focussed on developing the Captains’ 6 keys to success.

Well done to all the College and Sports Captains for showing such commitment and team work and a massive thank-you to David for a very engaging and inspiring day.

David will be back in March to check the College and Sports Captains visit.  If you are interested to learn more about the project, please ask your College or Sports Captain.

Fencer Annabel represents GB at Internationals!

Annabel in 2015 recieving advice from her coach whilst competing in Poland

Great Britain fencing select the top 15 GB ranked fencers for international competitions at Cadet (under 17 age group) to give individuals the chance to compete against both Europeans and other athletes from America, China and Hong Kong. Roseland Student Annabel Eastwood was selected for each of the three sabre weapon international competitions over the season, October 2016 to January 2017.

The first event was held in Godollo, Hungary in October where 202 fencers battled it out to win. Annabel found this experience quite challenging and unfortunately ended the competition without a win in the poules in 194th place.

The second competition saw Annabel travel to Eislingen in Germany with the ambition of at least winning a few fights. She had some tough fights but won two and crucially beat one of the top Russian girls to progress on to the Direct Elimination. This is where fencers fight up to 15 points and the loser is knocked out. Annabel was beaten at this stage but felt she had made some big improvements with a result of 160th from 209 fencers.

Finally she travelled to Vienna in Austria where many Americans seemed to have the measure of the Europeans. Two fencers in her poule went on to achieve medals which made it hard to progress and she ended 126th from 138 fencers.

In this sport small margins can make such a difference to final results and Annabel has persevered and fought hard to earn individual points. The experience of representing her country has been fantastic and one that she will never forget. She continues to train at Truro Fencing Club who have expert coaches and now progresses on to Junior age group (under 20). Possible further internationals in the future, who knows!

We are very proud of your achievements to date Annabel – Well Done!

Any student interested in Fencing should speak to Mrs McWilliams who runs a weekly after school Fencing Club.

Team Roseland Triumphant at the County Badminton Championships


In December, The Roseland Academy attended the County Badminton Championships held at the Sir Ben Ainslee Sports Centre, Truro. The Academy had three team qualify for the tournament, the KS3 Girls, KS4 Girls & KS4 Boys. All three teams played very competitively and there were some extremely good badminton being played. The KS3 Girls team, comprising of Meg, Mia, Poppy & Beth, finished second at the competition. The KS4 girls team finished 4th, with Ashley, Rosie, Holly, Milly & Sophie making up the team of 5. Whilst the KS4 boys team, comprising of Alfie, Luke, Jago, Jacob & Sam, finished a highly respectable third in the County. A huge congratulations to the 14 students that represented the Academy.

Report by Mr Avery

Y11’s battle for a win

On Thursday 3rd November, Brannel kindly hosted a friendly match for the year 11 boys football team. Brannel began the game well andapplied pressure through various counter attacking opportunities. However, it didn’t take long for Alfie to break the deadlock when his shot was deflected off the post onto the Brannel goalkeeper and back into the net to make it 1-0. Roseland kept this pressure up and through ingenious tactical changes began to create more chances. Half time approached with the score at 1-0. The second half began in the same manner, scoring opportunities for Roseland. Max won a penalty after his mazy run past four defenders, with the fifth defender fouling him. Alfie stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner to make it 2-0. Jacob got the third when he applied pressure onto the last defender and goalkeeper, then managed to nutmeg the goalkeeper and place the ball into the net. Brannel finally managed to beat the inform Caius in goal in stoppage time, the final score was 3-1. A well earned win for the Roseland, excellent preparation for their game in the County Cup against Penrice on Thursday 10th November.

Men of the match were Matt & Oscar.

Match report by Mr Avery