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.

GCSE Music Concert at Hall for Cornwall

GCSE Music students in Years 10 and 11 visited the Hall for Cornwall on Monday 6th November for a unique concert organised by the Cornwall Music Education Hub. The concert was designed to support the new GCSE Music syllabus and secondary schools attended from across the county. Students enjoyed live performances by members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra interspersed with illustrative talks by Music Educator Patrick Bailey, who charted the development of musical form and style from the Baroque and Classical periods right through to the Romantic and contemporary. The concert included examples and set works from the GCSE syllabus, featuring composers such as Bach, Haydn, Dvorak, Copland and even The Beatles! Students were also treated to a world music performance by sitar player Jonathan Mayer and tabla player Mitel Purohit.

Y11 GCSE Presentation Tuesday 21 November

On Tuesday 21 November we welcomed our former students, their parents and teachers and joined together to celebrate the many successes of the Class of 2017 at our annual GCSE Presentation Evening. This Year group broke records achieving the highest results in Cornwall and the 36 highest performance score nationally.

Special thanks to Nigel Hyde, one of our Trustees, for his words of wisdom and presentation of the certificates.

It was great to see you all again and we wish you the very best for the future!

Roseland Music Cafe Fundraising Event for Cancer Research and Marie Curie. 6.30pm-8pm Thursday 9 November 2017

A group of Year 10 students are organising an exciting fundraising event in aid of Cancer Research and Marie Curie, which is due to take place in the school hall next Thursday 9th November between 6.30pm and 8pm. An open invitation is extended to friends and family within our school community, who we hope will be able to attend and support these very deserving charities.

Students will be hosting an informal café-style event with a variety of refreshments, drinks, snacks, ‘cake & bake’ stall, bric-a-brac, games and a raffle. There will also be a variety of musical performances by students throughout the evening to keep everyone entertained, including a range of singers and bands.

Entry is free but your voluntary donations will be welcomed on the door. Please note that students must be accompanied by a responsible adult at this event.

We also invite your donations of items for the ‘cake & bake’ stall (sweet or savoury), bric-a-brac stall (good quality second hand items) or a raffle prize. These can be given to Miss Polley in the DPT Office beforehand.

We do hope that you will be able to support our students in this worthwhile venture and look forward to seeing you on the night!

Ofsted Outstanding in all areas!

Following their visit in September, Ofsted have rated The Roseland Academy as Outstanding in all areas.

This inspection was carried out under the new Ofsted framework and there are very few schools in the country that have been designated as Outstanding.  We are very proud of this achievement and wanted to take this opportunity to thank our students, their parents/carers, staff and trustees for this achievement.  It really is something to celebrate!

We are determined to continue to work hard to maintain our exceptionally high standards and wherever possible to look for further improvements.

Our record breaking exam results in 2016 and 2017 have clearly been acknowledged and reinforced through this positive inspection report.

 

A copy of the inspection report can be downloaded here.

The Wonderful Big Sing 2017

On Wednesday 18th December the school hosted another successful ‘Big Sing’ event. Led by the Music Department, our first concert of the year featured the whole of Year 7, who gave some fantastic performances as the ‘Big Sing’ choir.

Designed to celebrate and inspire vocal excellence, the evening also featured memorable performances by the Junior Choir and ‘Roseland Voices’ senior choir, as well as musical performances by the Year 10 GCSE Music ensemble and various soloists. Staff and students joined forces to form the stage band and, behind the scenes, the student-led technical crew did a superb job of ensuring that everything ran smoothly on stage.

It was a great opportunity for students of all ages to experience the joy of performing together in a supportive atmosphere, and congratulations go to all the talented students who took part!

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Students Shine in Big Sing October 2017

On Wednesday 18 October The Roseland Academy hosted another stunning display of talent at its annual ‘Big Sing’ event.

Led by the Music Department, our first concert of the year featured the whole of Year 7, who gave some fantastic performances as the ‘Big Sing’ choir. Held to celebrate and inspire vocal excellence, the evening also featured memorable performances by the Junior Choir and ‘Roseland Voices’ senior choir, as well as some wonderful musical performances by the Year 10 GCSE Music ensemble and various soloists.

Staff and students also joined forces to form an excellent stage band and, behind the scenes, the student-led technical crew also did a superb job of ensuring that everything ran smoothly on stage. It was a great opportunity for our students to experience the joy of performing together in a supportive atmosphere for family and friends.

The audience was packed with family members, students and staff all of whom enjoyed the performance and were brilliantly supportive of the youngest students of the school. Miss Polley, Expressive Arts Development Officer, said “It was great to see almost two hundred students coming together for this musical event – our talented young people once again demonstrated an outstanding level of talent, commitment and teamwork which culminated in a most enjoyable concert!”

New Classrooms Open For Lessons!

We are delighted to announce that our new building has been officially opened at The Roseland Academy!

Following a successful funding bid, we are delighted to have a new addition to our current facilities with a modern building containing two spacious classrooms, full of natural light due to large windows, creating the perfect learning environment.

Outside the building, we have incorporated a versatile covered decking area which can be used as an additional learning space, bringing lessons outside, and for students to utilise during break and lunchtimes.

The building will be utilised for the teaching and learning of Ethics and Philosophy, Geography and History.

Mr Challis said, “It’s good to be able to officially open the building just before half term! It’s a versatile space and I’m looking forward to seeing lessons in the classrooms and students making the most of the outside space, both during lessons and at break and lunchtimes.”

The Roseland Academy climbs into the top 50 ranking of all Schools Nationally for Exam Performance

Today the Department for Education published the school performance tables for the 2017 national examination results. The new headline measure is the Progress 8 score which measures overall progress made in students’ best eight subject qualifications.

A more detailed explanation of how the score is put together can be found here.

A Progress 8 score of 0 would indicate that a student’s achievement in these eight subjects is in line with the national average. This year the Roseland Academy achieved a score of 0.85. This means that our students achieved on average close to one GCSE grade higher than the national average in all of their best eight subjects, which is an outstanding achievement.

To put this in context, The Roseland Academy currently ranks 36th in the country out of 6480 schools, placing us in the top 0.5% of all schools for performance. Our students’ achievements are giving them the best possible starting point and the widest choices possible for the next steps in their lives.

To see the Department for Education Performance tables, click here.