GCSE Photography & Music Students Featured ‘CreatEd’ Exhibition 2015

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This term the college will be exhibiting selected works by Year 11 GCSE Photography students and Year 11 GCSE Music students’ own compositions in the prestigious CreatEd Exhibition at Falmouth University’s Design Centre in Penryn. This annual exhibition is a celebration of art, design, media, performance, writing and business work by GCSE and Post 16 students.

The exhibition features projects from secondary schools and Further Education colleges throughout the South West. A Private View and Awards Ceremony will take place at the Design Centre on Thursday 25th June, to which parents and carers of the selected students will be personally invited, and the exhibition will also be open to the general public between Friday 26th June and Thursday 2nd July.

Last year The Roseland received two awards and many positive comments for our stunning display of work, and we are sure that this year’s GCSE entries will be just as inspiring!

Steel Roses combine forces with Steel Appeal at Newquay’s Paddle for Life

Steel Roses and Steel AppealThis year’s ‘Joe Way Paddle for life’ was hailed another success after an amazing turn out.

Hundreds of paddlers descended on Newquay harbour on Thursday 18th June for this year’s Joe Way Paddle for Life. Paddlers of all ages and abilities took part in the 200m, 1km fun paddle, 1km relays and the RNLI memorial cup to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.

The weather was at its best with glorious sunshine as both local spectators and holiday makers turned out in force to support the annual fundraiser. Newquay band, Steel Appeal, were joined by Roseland Academy’s band, Steel Roses, who played on the Harbour as families enjoyed picnics and watched the action unfold.

Both Steel bands created the perfect Caribbean vibe with their repertoire of Soca, Calypso and Pop. An enjoyable evening for all!

The event began in 2008 when lifeguards from Fistral beach held a charity paddle in memory of little Joe, who died after battling a string of illnesses at the age of 4.

His proud parents, Matt and Claire, set up the joeway.co.uk website to collect money for 20 charities, including the Children’s Hospice South West’s Precious Lives Appeal, aimed at building a children’s hospice in Cornwall. Together they have raised more than £128,000 in total over the years.

The Roseland becomes Institute of Physics Link School

physics logoAfter a competitive application process, The Roseland Academy, in partnership with Truro and Penwith College and Pool Academy has become one of only five schools nationally in the first wave of “Link Schools with Adviser” as part of the Institute of Physics: Stimulating Physics Network Programme (SPN).
The collaboration will lead the way in providing support and sharing best practice in physics teaching and learning across Cornwall. The objective of the SPN is to improve the quality of pupils’ physics experience in other Cornish schools and to reinvigorate a culture of physics in schools, as indicated by an increase in the uptake of physics at post-16 level. This will be led regionally by the new collaboration, which will provide free support and training for local schools and teachers.

Accreditation for The Roseland for this prestigious status was awarded on various key measures, including a successful recent history of GCSE Physics results, high onward progression to A Level Physics and evidence and impact of delivering educational training and enhancement of physics education.

The other four schools awarded SPN Link School with Adviser status in this first wave of the development are: Skipton Girls’ High School in Bradford, Darrick Wood School in Bromley, St Joseph’s College in Staffordshire and Wildern School in Southampton.

Photo. L-R: Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum; Jennie Gill, Physics at Pool Academy; Matt Bennett, Deputy Team Leader for Science; David Cameron, Stimulating Physics Network Manager at Institute of Physics; Bill Gott, SW Regional Teaching & Learning Coach at Institute of Physics; Jon Grey, Programme Team Leader for Science; Richard Clarke, Physics at The Roseland Academy.

Roseland Students Star in Carrick Dance and Roseland Dance Platform Event

1505_carrick_danceRoseland students once again gave some fantastic performances at the Hall for Cornwall and Penryn College in Carrick Dance 2015. Our junior dancers performed “Speakeasy”, choreographed by Year 11 students Brooke Walker & Yana Williams, in a jazz and jive style, while the older dancers performed “City Life” which was choreographed by Year 11 students Layla Barnett-Scalcione, Issy Parker & Jordan Brooks, in a jazz dance style. Roseland Dance Instructor Suzie West also co-ordinated a primary dance performance involving most of our partner primary schools. Following on from last term’s success, on the evening of Tuesday 21stApril the college hosted yet another fantastic celebration of dance projects at The Roseland, featuring All Boys Dance, our Irish Dancing Club, Carrick Dance, a Year 9 project and GCSE Dance students. This diverse and energetic show was held to congratulate all our talented young dancers for the hard work and commitment they have demonstrated so far this year, and was also a huge success. Congratulations go to everyone involved! Student reactions included the following:

KS4 student & choreographer Jordan Brooks said,

  • “Helping to choreograph the KS4 dance was a really good experience and will help me in the future”

KS3 student Casey Bennett said,

  • “I really enjoyed performing on the big stage at Hall for Cornwall, even though I had stage fright!”

Oscar – man of the match

After a fine all round performance in the first round against Pool school where Burr won man of the match, the Year 9 cricket team won a thriller at Tregony Cricket Club against Penair school.
Penair batted first and managed a very respectable score of 100 off their 18 overs. Townsend and Bray were the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets off 4 overs for 13 runs and 2 wickets off 4 overs for 11 runs respectively. After losing the early wickets off Bray and Flack, Townsend and Thomas-Donald steadied the ship and produced a very mature 50 partnership.

Thomas-Donald finished the innings on 35 not out including 6 boundaries! The game went into the final over where Burr calmly knocked of the 2 runs needed for victory.

Man of the match was awarded to Thomas-Donald for his free-scoring batting display.

Roseland Students Shine in International Male Voice Choral Festival 2015!

Year 9 students James Sharman and Richard Faull performed in a prestigious choral event at the Hall for Cornwall over the first May Bank Holiday weekend as part of the International Male Voice Choral Festival. Cambiata Cornwall is a choir for boys aged 13 to 25 years which aims to unlock the potential of emerging voices at this point in their lives, directed by leading singing expert Angel Renshaw. As part of a wider programme of festival events, the concert celebrated male voice choirs from around the globe, featuring choirs of all ages and a wide range of musical genres. Cambiata Cornwall gave a stunning performance, singing two contrasting songs; “MLK” by U2 and the gospel song “Gwahoddiad”. We look forward to the next performance by Cambiata Cornwall, who will no doubt have further concert dates later this year!

James Sharman said, “This was my first performance with choir and I really enjoyed it – I was quite nervous but now I can’t wait for the next performance!”

Richard Faull said, “I really enjoyed hearing the other choirs too, especially the Cousin Jacks!”

Brilliant Performances From The Roseland’s Musicians

1504musicOn Wednesday 25th March talented guitarists and percussionists from The Roseland showcased their skills during an evening of varied musical performances.

At the end of the spring term The Roseland Academy held another hugely successful Evening of Guitars and Percussion. Students of Mr Mitchell (Percussion) and Mr Crowe and Mr McClure (Guitar) all had a chance to demonstrate their musical talents by performing solo pieces.  A wide assortment of student ensembles also took to the stage to perform for friends and family.

The evening included a huge variety of musical styles such as rock, classical and samba. It was the perfect opportunity for the students to show staff, friends and family the results of all their hours of practice and hard work.

One Year 8 performer said, “I was really scared before I went on stage but it was actually really good fun to perform the piece I’ve been practicing. I knew that my mum and dad were in the audience and all the other students were really supportive.”

Expressive Arts Development Officer Wendy Polley said, “Yet again, the night was a huge success and we are really proud of all our talented young drummers and guitarists.”  She added, “For some of our students it was their first solo performance, and everybody did brilliantly. Congratulations to Mr Mitchell, Mr Crowe and Mr McClure, and to all of their students – they made the evening such a great success.”

Cambridge University Schools’ Officer visits The Roseland

The Roseland students in Year 10 and 11 recently enjoyed a visit from Sam Turner, School and College Liason Officer from Downing College Cambridge, who gave a presentation about UCAS applications and took part in a question and answer session.

He advised students regarding A Level requirements for different university subjects and also stressed the importance of achieving their potential with their GCSE results, to act as a good basis for their further education studies. He told a few stories from his three years at Cambridge University, to give the students an insight into what they could expect at university.

He encouraged students to work hard and aim high, in order to open as many doors as possible.

Students particularly enjoyed the question and answer session, as they had the opportunity to ask questions about potential A Level options and also to quiz Sam on what Cambridge is really like.

Hair and Beauty Students Shine

Hair and beauty students from The Roseland shone at the Cornish Skills Challenge 2015 competition and catwalk show. 

This annual event was hosted by Truro and Penwith College and this year had the theme of ‘numbers.’ Year 11 students from The Roseland are following one of the vocational Hair and Beauty courses at the college and competed in the Level 1 section for young college students.  There were 162 competitors across Levels 1-3.

Year 9 student Jasmin Mason was a model at the event for her sister Talia. She said, “It was lovely having my hair and make-up done by my sister. I am very proud of her, she did really well and came second. She practices on me at home when she is preparing for competitions.” She added, “Being a model was a bit scary because of the amount of people in the audience and I was wearing high heels but afterwards I felt amazing.”

Deputy Headteacher James Davidson said, “Students worked exceptionally hard on their models throughout the day in preparation for the catwalk show in the evening. Very well done to all our competitors and their models.”

Well done to: Jordan Brookes who came third with her model Shaznay Tregale (Level 1 Hairdressing); Talia Mason who came second with her model Jasmin Mason (Level 1 Hairdressing); Alissha Whiles who came third with her model Yasmyn Miller (Level 1 Basic Manicure and Nail Art); Mia Pheasey who came second with her model Mrs Bodie (Level 1 Basic Manicure and Nail Art) and well done too, to Callie Mee with her model Macy Hulme (Level 1 Hairdressing).

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Wednesday 22nd April


Young brass players from The Roseland Academy, Penair, Richard Lander and partner primary schools enjoyed an inspirational brass concert & masterclass with the Brass Quintet from The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday 22nd April, hosted by The Roseland Academy. Brass players of all ages came together to hear a short concert and demonstration by the quintet, who also spoke about their chosen career and working life as a professional musician.  Students then got the chance to play alongside the quintet as they collaborated on two ensemble pieces, which they performed to a Year 7 music class at the end of the morning. Years 5 & 6 from Tregony primary also attended the morning concert.