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, rclarke@theroseland.co.uk. 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.

Monday 12 March – World Book Day Rescheduled date


World Book day has been rescheduled for Monday 12 March! (following the snow disruption) it is a non Uniform day and students can dress up as their favourite book character. There is a £1 voluntary donation to Book Aid International.

WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH 2018 is World Maths Day

World Maths Day is the largest international online LIVE maths competition for students aged 4 to 18. Students are required to complete 20 games on various levels earning points by answering as many questions correctly alongside other competing students of the same age and ability level. Each live game runs for 60 seconds and students strike out of a game early if they answer 3 questions incorrectly.

During the 48 hour competition a leader board known as the HALL OF FAME records all scores and displays the top 100 students in each year group.

Warm up for World Maths Day has started now. The official competition starts as soon as it March 7th somewhere in the world. (12:00AM Samoa – GMT + 14 hours) and runs for 48 hours.

The competition starts in the UK therefore at 10:00 am on Tuesday March 6th.

Students can continue to play up until March 18th. Students sign in here with a unique username and password. This will be shared with students on Monday.

Once a student logs in there are 3 tabs at the top of the screen. LEARN, PLAY and REVIEW.

If a student wants to practise maths at home they click on LEARN and work their way through lots of quizzes.

From 10:00 am on Tuesday 6th March students can then press PLAY and select a level then compete against students around the world.

All YR 7 and 8 students have been signed up to take part in this competition.

Within the maths department and maths lessons on Tuesday and Wednesday, IT access allowing, students will be able to compete.  If you as a tutor are able to book computers for Wednesday tutor time then students can also take part.

More details can be found at: worldmathsday.com

Many thanks,

Subita Hudson

Maths Department Teaching Team Leader

SCHOOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON FRIDAY 2 MARCH

SCHOOL CLOSED ON FRIDAY 2nd MARCH
Due to current snow conditions and forecast for tomorrow, the school will remain closed. The buses are currently unable to run and this is not expected to change by tomorrow morning. We hope to re-open on Monday.

We hope our students are enjoying the conditions!

Please can Y11 students also continue with their school work and revision. There are many resources that can be accessed online.

many thanks
The Roseland Academy

SCHOOL CLOSED

UPDATE SCHOOL TO REMAIN CLOSED ON FRIDAY 2 MARCH DUE TO CONTINUED SNOW
SCHOOL CLOSED ON THURSDAY 1st MARCH.
Dear Parent(s) & Carer(s),
Due to current weather forecasts for tonight and and tomorrow the decision has been made to close the school tomorrow (Thursday).This decision has been taken after much consultation and we are aware a similar decision has also been reached by a number schools in the area.Due to our rural catchment a number of minor roads necessary for school transport are reported as currently icy and this situation is expected to worsen into tomorrow and the safety of everyone in our community must come first.

An update will be made on Thursday with regard to the situation on Friday.

Please can we ask for support in passing this message on to all students and families in our community.

Many thanks
The Roseland Academy

Wednesday 28th February10:40am update SCHOOL NOW CLOSING DUE TO SNOW

Due to worsening weather conditions, the decision has been made to close the school and the buses have been called to pick students up to return to villages.

Parents who are able to pick up are permitted to do so from now. All students must be signed out before they leave the school site.

This has been a difficult decision however due to our rural catchment we have to be proactive. We have sought advice in this decision.

Launching the Plastic Amnesty Week

This week The Roseland Academy held its first Plastic Amnesty Week as part of a campaign organised by the Climate Action Team.

This initiative will form part of a bigger project going on this term, as part of Surfers Against Sewage’s Plastic Free Schools Campaign.

The Climate Action Team kicked off the week with a hard-hitting assembly challenging students to think about the amount of single-use plastic being thrown away in school. The CAT had investigated and found that there were a huge number of plastic bottles and lunch packaging being thrown away, and they explained to the students about how that rubbish could end up in landfill and the ocean, and does not break down like natural materials.

Single-use plastic is an issue which has received high exposure over the past year, in part due to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series, which showed people the impact single-use plastic is having on the ocean and its inhabitants. The Climate Action Team were particularly inspired to act by a clip of an albatross ingesting plastic, and shared the clip with the students in the assembly.

As part of Plastic Amnesty week students were asked to place any plastic rubbish in special bins around the school. These were collected and displayed in the hall; demonstrating to students the volume of plastic being thrown away in a week.

Following the plastic amnesty, the Climate Action Team will be analysing the different kinds of plastic that students have contributed, in order to create a strategy for reducing the amount of plastic waste the school creates.

One student said, “I had no idea of the amount of plastic we throw away as a school. I’ve been very surprised to see how much rubbish there has been in the big bin in the hall! It’s definitely made me think when I’m buying stuff about how much plastic is in the packaging.”

Mr Holmes, Climate Action Team Leader and DT Technician, said “I’ve been very impressed by how proactive the Climate Action Team have been. They did an amazing job in the assembly at the beginning of the week and all the students and staff have really got behind the initiative. I believe that we can make a difference to how much single use plastic is thrown away in school, and over a year this would be a huge reduction in waste!”

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