Year 5 Taster Mornings at The Roseland Academy

We warmly invite all Year 5 students from within and out of our catchment to visit our happy, successful and high performing school. This will be a great opportunity for your child to get to know the school, staff and other students prior to making a secondary school choice in October 2018.

If your child is currently attending one of our partner primary schools, we have been in liaison with your child’s school and have pre-arranged dates as follows:

▪ Grampound Road, Grampound-with-Creed, St Mawes and Veryan primary schools will attend on Tuesday 19 June. A bus will collect the students from their primary schools at 8.30am and return them to their school after lunch by 1.00pm.

▪ Gorran, Probus, Gerrans, Ladock and Tregony primary schools will attend on Thursday 5 July. All transport to and from The Roseland Academy will be provided. A bus will collect students from Gorran, Gerrans, Ladock and Probus primary schools at 8.30am and return them to their school after lunch by 1.00pm.

If your child is in Year 5 and not currently attending one of our partner primaries, you are warmly invited to attend on Tuesday, 19 June. In order for us to meet your individual needs, please email our Transition Co-ordinator, Miss McWilliams, on, with the details indicated at the bottom of this letter. Each year we successfully enrol a number of students from across Cornwall and if you would like to find out more please get in touch. It is very important for your child to feel at ease about his or her new school from the start of the process and great care will be taken to ensure their happiness and smooth transition to secondary school. Our taster days are an important part of this and will allow your child to join in lessons and learning activities with our students and staff. It will also give them the chance to form new friendships with students from other primary schools. All children will be offered a complimentary lunch from our Dining Hall. However, if your child would prefer a packed lunch please also indicate this on the tear off slip below.

The Roseland Academy Open Evening – Tuesday 25 September 2018 : 6.00-8.00pm

We are also pleased to invite prospective parents and students to our Open Evening on Tuesday 25 September from 6.00- 8.00pm. We hope to give you a brief ‘taste’ of what will be on offer for your child if you choose our school. Activities will be in the form of displays of work, resources, interactive sessions and experiments and much, much more. Students and parents will also be able to explore the school, either with a student guide or your child may be able to take you around themselves as they will be familiar with the school following the Year 5 taster morning. If you have any questions regarding our Year 5 taster days, please do no hesitate to contact the school.

A copy of the letter sent to parents of Y5 may be downoladed here.

Roseland Rocks!

On the evening of 3rd May 2018 Roseland Academy students raised the roof at the Roseland Rocks concert.
This annual event is popular in the school calendar, with students and staff taking to the stage to perform.
Students of all ages put on a great show, with performances from a range of rock bands and ensembles including the Roseland Samba Band and GCSE Music Students. The quality and quantity of musicians provided a real sense of enthusiasm and community spirit, whilst the behind-the-scenes team equally showcased their talent through atmospheric sound and lighting.
Expressive Arts Development Officer Miss Polley said, “Roseland Rocks is an event that gives students a platform to showcase their creativity and talent. All the staff in the Design, Performance & Technology department are very proud of the hard work students put into rehearsals, it really paid off on the night.”

Y11 Family Learning

A reminder of the Y11 Family Learning sessions running next week. Open to all and covers supporting students through the exam season – anyone who has not received a letter and is interested should contact Mrs Chanter.

Combined Truro Schools Art Exhibition 2018 “Gathering Steam”

On Monday 26 March staff and students attended the opening ceremony of this year’s Combined Truro Schools Art Exhibition. The opening ceremony and private view of this year’s exhibition took place at the Royal Cornwall Museum. This exciting exhibition features artwork by seven secondary schools in the Truro area. All our Year 9 students have been working towards this event within timetabled art lessons this year.

A number of specialist art workshops have also taken place during the autumn and spring terms, leading to a stunning display of artwork which includes printmaking, photography, cyanotypes, graffiti collage and glass.

This successful project is now in its fourteenth year and the theme for 2017/18 is ‘Gathering STEAM’ – with artwork inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

Gathering STEAM – Combined Truro Schools Art Exhibition at Royal Cornwall Museum

This year’s collaborative art exhibition involving various schools in the Truro area is entitled ‘Gathering STEAM’ and is inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Following a series of art workshops based on this theme, the exhibition will feature a wide range of exciting artwork produced by Roseland Year 9 students, including photography, printmaking, graffitti collage, and glass.

Invitation to Year 9 Parents
To celebrate the opening of this art exhibition a Private View will be held at the Royal Cornwall Museum in River Street, Truro on Monday 26th March, 6pm – 8pm.
All Year 9 students and their families are cordially invited to attend this celebratory event and see the fantastic artwork on display in this prestigious local venue – we look forward to seeing you there!

The schools exhibition will then remain open to the public between 27th March to 26th April during museum opening hours (10am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays) so everyone is welcome to drop in over the Easter break!


Y9 Assessments update

The Y9 exams that were scheduled today will be rolled to next Monday 26 March. The remainder of this week will run as planned, weather permitting.

School Closed Monday 19 March

Due to current road conditions across The Roseland Academy catchment, the school will be closed on Monday 19 March.  This has been a difficult decision to make, but following reports from a number of our villages, the road conditions are unsafe for transport to school.

Y9 Assessment Week and Options Process Update

Dear Parent(s) / Carer(s)

Year 9 Options and Exams 2018

This week we officially started the Key Stage 4 Options process with our Year 9 students with the release of the initial ‘straw poll’ forms. This information is important for the early planning stages of next year’s curriculum and students have had an assembly explaining how to complete the forms. Please can all straw poll forms be returned to tutors on Tuesday 20 March.

Students have been preparing for their forthcoming Year 9 exams with their subject teachers. These will take place during the week commencing 19 March. The majority of the exams will be 45 minutes long and will take place in the exam hall. The results of these assessments will be released to students on 18 April. This information, along with the full written teacher reports released on 23 April, will be useful for making informed decisions during the options process. A copy of the exam week timetable is below:

You are warmly invited to attend the Key Stage 4 Options Evening on Thursday 26 April at 6.00pm. Parents and students will have the opportunity to discuss GCSE/BTEC Option courses in detail with subject teachers. We strongly recommend that all students attend this event with their parent(s)/carer(s). We will also publish a booklet outlining the curriculum structure in Key Stage 4 which gives advice on how to make the right choices and outlines the content of each course.

Following the Options Evening, the final options form will be released to students on the morning of Friday 27 April.

The final deadline for handing in completed Options forms will be two weeks later on Thursday 10 May.

It is anticipated that students’ options choices will be confirmed shortly after May half term.

Prior to the deadline for the Options Form, there will be a further opportunity to meet staff at the Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday 8 May from 4.00pm to 6.30pm. A letter detailing how to book appointments through the online system will be forwarded to you 2 weeks prior to Parents’ Evening.

If you have any questions or queries about the process, please do not hesitate to contact me via email, I will also be available throughout the Options Evening.

Yours sincerely

Richard Clarke
Deputy Headteacher

Climate Action Team Update

This week, the Climate Action Team had the chance to analyse the plastic collected during Plastic Amnesty Week. They sorted through over 10 bags of plastic to find out how much of it was recyclable and what kinds of plastic students had contributed.

They found that around a third of the plastic collected was recyclable, so encouraging students to recycle appropriately will be a key element of the Climate Action Team’s strategy. They are also focusing on reducing plastic wherever possible. The Dining Hall has already phased out plastic straws, replacing them with paper straws, and the school will be moving from plastic cutlery to wooden disposable cutlery imminently.

There are more challenging items, such as plastic drinks bottles, but the team has begun the process of contacting manufacturers to enquire if there is non-plastic alternative packaging available.

The Climate Action Team also visited a number of local primary schools, presenting on the Plastic Amnesty Week to encourage younger students to come up with initiatives to reduce plastic at their schools.