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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The school is open as normal today. We have reports that some buses are running late but will be arriving. The Gorran Haven bus is currently not running due to conditions in St Stephen (where it starts its journey). We have not had any other reports of bus cancellations however some may be up to 40 mins late arriving.

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: