The Roseland Academy Raises £500 for Cornwall Air Ambulance

Yesterday Charlie presented Cornwall Air Ambulance with £500, which was raised through our non-uniform day last term.

He had an opportunity to talk to one of the helicopter pilots about how the air ambulances work and what it’s like to fly one.

Thanks to everyone who helped raise the money!

Garnet wins Cornish Chef Championship!

Last week, two Roseland students, Josh and Garnet, competed in the final of the St Austell Brewery Schools Cornish Chef Championship, with Garnet winning the event overall!

Students were asked to enter the competition by writing about their favourite dish and in October, 10 students from each of the competing schools were selected to take part in the competition, preparing their main course dish for two using a set list of ingredients supplied by local suppliers. The dishes were judged by the Head Chef Mentor and the class teacher, with eight students from each school going forward to the next round of the competition.

In November, after a further round of mentoring, the students were asked to prepare a dessert of their choosing during a special 1-hour timed session, again using a set list of ingredients sponsored by local suppliers, with a place in the Grand Final at stake.

For the  Grand Final challenge, students were asked to create a 3-course dinner for St Austell Berwery Head of Food, Kirstie Worrall and Cornwall College’s Grant Mather.

We are extremely proud of both Garnet and Josh for the skill and dedication they have both shown throughout the competition.


Y11 January Trial Examinations

We are fast approaching our next milestone in the Year 11 academic year, the Trial Exam week on 15 -19 January. For this week the normal timetable will be collapsed and students will take trial written examinations in the majority of their subjects. This is an extremely important week for our students and we ask for your support in preparing your son/daughter over the coming few weeks.

The marks from the examinations will not only be used to provide a current grade, but also inform both staff and students with a detailed picture of the individual topics and areas that will require further revision and targeted support over the Spring term. This detailed and accurate information is crucial as we prepare for the final examinations later in the year. A huge amount of staff time and resources are invested in the trial examinations. We therefore expect our students to be fully prepared and have put in place an appropriate revision programme beforehand. For students to undertake the examinations and expect their teachers to mark papers that they had been unprepared for would be a major wasted opportunity.

Students have been given information by their subject teachers about how and what to prepare for in their examinations. This will include activities such as:
• Reading class notes
• Using revision guides and workbooks
• Accessing online resources such as Google Classroom, GCSEPod, MathsWatch and Educake
• Making revision cards/mats/notes

Below is the exam week timetable:

Arts Award Success

Following their participation in our ‘Star Academy’ performing arts activity during Activities Week last July, we are delighted to announce that ten students from Years 8, 9 and 10 have successfully passed their Bronze Arts Award, with a 100% pass rate.
Visiting Trinity College London Arts Award moderator Rosie Russell was very impressed with the level of work presented in their portfolios, their creativity and arts leadership skills, commenting, “Wonderful work and a great use of an arts week with detailed, well organised portfolios reflecting the range of performing arts activities experienced; lots of learning and enjoyment, plentiful participation and reflection on skills learnt.”
As part of the Star Academy programme students took part in various Music, Dance, Art and Drama workshops, including a drama workshop with professional actors from Miracle Theatre and a vocal workshop with singing specialist Matt Douglas.

They also took part in “Ghost Dances” – a collaborative dance event for Cornish schools, which took place at the Eden Project in July. The performance involved various schools from across the county and was directed by dance practitioners from Rambert Dance Company. Our Arts Award students helped design and make costumes for the dancers, as well as composing and performing some of the music.
To complete their Arts Award, students recently enjoyed a visit to Tregony Art Gallery to review the current exhibition of modern and contemporary British art on the theme of drawing. They also interviewed gallery owner, successful artist and curator Judi Green about her own paintings and the gallery business.
Miss Polley, Expressive Arts Development Officer, said “Congratulations to all students for gaining their Bronze Arts Award – a nationally recognised qualification accredited by Trinity College London. This will be a great addition to their CV.”

Christmas Celebration Concert

On Tuesday evening the school hall was packed with students, staff and families for our annual Christmas Celebration Concert. Around 100 students performed a wide range of musical items, including music, dance and drama. Highlights included stellar performances by our resident school orchestras, bands and choirs, including the Junior Choir, Roseland Voices, Ukelele Orchestra, Roseland Youth Orchestra, GCSE Music students and the Samba Band.

Thanks also to the stage crew who kept the show running smoothly throughout the night and the student comperes Tegwen, Faith and Oliver who entertained the audience between performances.

During the interval mulled wine and mince pies added to the festive spirit and the Christmas raffle was also extremely popular.

Headteacher, Mr Challis said, “I am always proud to watch our students perform. The quality of the performances was top notch. Feedback from parents and carers was fantastic. Congratulations to everyone who took part and all the people who worked to make this event so special!”

The Roseland Academy Christmas Celebration – Tuesday 19th December 7pm

Everyone is warmly invited to our annual Roseland Christmas Celebration, which takes place here at the school on the evening of Tuesday 19th December at 7pm. This popular festive event will feature a wide variety of musical performances, including school ensembles, choirs and a number of solo items. Seasonal refreshments will be served during the interval, and we will also be holding a Christmas raffle. Please note that this is a ticketed event, which we estimate will finish at 8.30pm.

Tickets for this event may be purchased in advance from the college Finance Office priced £3.00 per adult and £1.00 per child under 16 years (maximum three tickets per family), from Monday 11th December. Any unsold tickets will be made available on the door on the night. Please note that seats will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, but please contact Miss Polley in advance if you require disabled access. The admission price includes refreshments, which will be served during the interval, free of charge.

Students performing in the concert will be notified of all the necessary arrangements in a separate letter (please see Miss Polley if you have any further queries). We do hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you at this festive event!

KS3 Badminton a Success at County Championships!

Both the KS3 boys and girls teams attended the Cornwall County Badminton Championships at Truro School on Monday 11th December. Competition this year was extremely high, with the boys team finishing 4th in the County. The girls played some excellent badminton and deservedly finished 2nd in the County. An excellent result for both teams.

Autumn on the Farm

Since the start of the Autumn Term Year 7 students have been spending time on the farm each week, learning about animal care and small scale agriculture. This has included repairing and painting hutches and runs, as well as taking care of the animals on the farm – health checking, feeding and watering. They have also been taking part in gardening activities: stripping the polytunnel ready for planting up later in the year and planting daffodils for Marie Curie around the site. The Roseland Academy will be looking very yellow in the spring, and this also raises money for a good cause! The farm is open most breaks and lunchtimes so that all students can visit, and take part in looking after the animals if they wish. Year 10 and 11 BTEC students have been working hard on their Animal Care course, which involves learning about the care of several different types of animals, some of whom are housed on site and some who have been brought in by outside experts – including search and rescue and guide dogs.

Samba Band at St Austell Carnival

On Saturday 18th November our Roseland Samba Band entertained shoppers in St Austell town centre with fantastic performances in White River Place and Fore Street, led by Percussion Tutor John Mitchell. Their performance was part of a programme of daytime entertainment designed to ‘warm up’ the town for the annual St Austell Torchlight Carnival which took place later that same evening. The sound of samba certainly brought the streets of St Austell to life and our students were excellent ambassadors for the school!

Important Notice: Roseland Samba Band were due to perform in Truro ‘City of Lights’ on 22nd November, but please note that this event has now been postponed until January 2018, due to severe weather warnings.