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.

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.