Inset Day – Tuesday 22 September 2015

The Roseland Academy will be closed to students on Tuesday 22 September as it is a staff training day.

This day has been identified as one of our in-service training (INSET) days. This day will be part of our programme across the year, in which teachers and support staff are continually developing the quality of learning and teaching for our students.

Year 10 & 11 Information Evening 6.30 – 8.30pm – Tuesday 29 September

We are pleased to invite parents/carers of Year 10 and 11 to an event on Tuesday 29 September where staff will lead you through what your son/daughter is learning in key subject areas (to provide you with a clear, specific understanding of the courses) and offer practical guidance on how to support your son/daughter’s learning(towards GCSE exams and Controlled Assessments). A letter detailing the event has been emailed to parents. Please respond by Friday 18 September if you wish to attend. For a copy of the invitation letter, please access the ‘documents’ section of the website.

Year 7 Curriculum Evening 15 September 2015

The Roseland Academy will be hosting a curriculum evening in the main hall on Tuesday 15 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  The evening is for parents of students in Year 7 and parents of students new to Year 8.  However, any Year 8 parents are very welcome to attend, especially if they were unable to attend last year’s evening.

New Term September 2015

We look forward to welcoming all new Year 7 students on Friday 4 September at 8:45am, along with selected Y11 Prefects.

For Years 8-11, Learning Conversations with tutors are also taking place on Friday. Please book with tutors via the school website link if not already done so. All Year 7–11 students will be in school on Monday 7 September at 8:45am.

If your child will be having school meals, please remember to top up their cashless catering account using the ‘schoolgateway’ login on the website.

The Roseland Academy one of the best in the country for student progress at GCSE

eo2014_awards_logoThe Roseland Academy has received national recognition for the value it adds to students’ achievements at GCSE.

SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook its annual in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified The Roseland Academy’s success in the 2014 end of KS4 exams.  The school has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their key stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: ‘The Roseland Academy should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share.

‘These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at The Roseland Academy, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.’

Roseland Festival 2016 Fund Art Transition Project

roseland_festival_2016We are delighted to announce that we have been granted nearly £1000 by the Roseland Festival to fund a new and exciting Art project for The Roseland Academy and partner primaries, due to take place next academic year 2015/16.

While some of the finer details have yet to be finalised, we envisage working with all nine partner primaries in a series of art workshops leading to a public exhibition of the resulting pieces of work in Spring 2016. The theme is “A Sense of Place” to celebrate our beautiful natural surroundings and Cornish heritage. In practical terms we aim to collaborate with a local artist, who will be the lead practitioner for the project, and we also plan to send specialist Roseland staff and some of our secondary students into individual primary schools to work alongside primary staff and pupils.

We are very grateful to our generous sponsors and thrilled that the project will form part of the wider Roseland Festival programme of events which will take place between 23rd April and 7th May 2016, further details to be released soon – watch this space!

Samba de Roselando at Mevagissey Feast Week

feast_week_mevaOur college samba band, Samba de Roselando, gave another fantastic performance in the Mevagissey Fish Parade on Sunday 28th June at the start of this year’s Feast Week celebrations! This year our drummers were joined by a lively team of Year 8 samba dancers led by Music Teacher Bethany Wade. Roseland staff and students entertained the crowd in style as the harbour town was filled with the sound of Brazilian drums and our dancers’ colourful streamers – well done to all those who took part and made the day such a great occasion

Kakatsitsi Return to The Roseland for World Culture Day 2015

KakatsitsiOn Wednesday 1st July Roseland students enjoyed a multicultural assembly and programme of music and dance workshops to celebrate our World Culture Day.  As part of their tour of the South West, internationally acclaimed Ghanaian drummers “Kakatsitsi” gave a fantastic performance in a special afternoon assembly followed by African drumming and dance workshops for members of our college samba band, samba dancers and Irish dancing club.

There was even time for a cultural exchange at the end of the day when our Irish dancers decided to give an impromptu performance to our Ghanaian guests! Students from various year groups also enjoyed a series of ‘Bharatanatayam’ style Indian dance workshops within timetabled dance lessons, delivered by visiting dance practitioner Kay Crook from Chhaya Collective. Tutor groups also took part in a multicultural quiz and many lessons were linked to the international theme. Our World Culture Day marks a new annual event promoting internationalism across the whole school, designed to raise awareness of global culture in a positive, exciting way!

Roseland Youth Orchestra Celebrate BBC Ten Pieces at Hubbub Festival!

On Friday 26th June our newly formed Roseland Youth Orchestra gave a fantastic début performance at the “Hubbub” Festival at Heartlands in Pool, as part of a two day event organised by Cornwall Music Education Hub for schools and the wider community. The orchestral theme was inspired by the BBC Ten Pieces programme for schools, an initiative designed to make orchestral music more accessible to young musicians, and members of our orchestra enjoyed the chance to collaborate with the highly acclaimed Cornwall Youth Orchestra in an inspiring workshop led by CYO Director, Tim Boulton. The workshop culminated in a superb joint performance of one of the BBC Ten Pieces, the epic “Mars” from The Planets Suite by Holst. Our students really enjoyed working alongside members of CYO, an audition only county ensemble which also includes several Roseland students, and together they made an amazing sound! Following the workshop, Roseland Youth Orchestra went on to entertain the audience with two pieces of their own, performing Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” and a medley of contemporary songs arranged by their own Musical Director Matt Douglas, entitled “Roseland Mash”. It was a truly aspirational day and we look forward to future performances by the Roseland Youth Orchestra!

Year 10 flautist Alice Musgrove said,

“It was inspirational and exhilarating to hear so many young people of different abilities playing together”

Roseland Youth Orchestra was formed in February 2015, funded by our generous sponsor EMI Music Foundation, and includes young musicians from The Roseland and our partner primary schools. New members are always welcome – please contact Expressive Arts Development Officer Wendy Polley for further details.

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!