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December 2011

The Newsletter of The Roseland Community College


ABOVE: At The Roseland Community College - local primary pupils (left to right) Jerry, Emi and Meg working on ideas for creative writing themed on ‘A Journey’ and inspired by the performance of the Peoples’ String Foundation at The Roseland.

The Roseland Goes Global ...


rom 1st to 4th November 2011 The Roseland Community College celebrated “Global Arts Week”.

The week centred around the return of The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir, who spent a day in college on Wednesday 2nd November. Throughout the week the college ran a range of workshops, special performances and lunchtime activities designed to celebrate the diversity of music, art and culture from around the world. As part of our “Asian Day” on Tuesday 1st November four members of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

From The Head Welcome to The Christmas edition of The Roselander and seasonal greetings from everyone at The Roseland. This term started enthusiastically following our excellent examination results this summer. We were delighted to welcome our Year 11 students back to celebrate their results with us at our GCSE Presentation Evening. As usual, the term’s been really busy, and I hope you enjoy reading about some of the highlights in this newsletter -. Our wonderful new dining area and multi-purpose space opened - we will be featuring it in our next newsletter.

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Jane Black Headteacher

The Roseland Goes Global From The Head People’s String Foundation The Roseland Goes Global Combined Schools Art Event Students Take Over - 11 Million Day Primary Pupils Inspired GCSE Presentation Evening Sports Stars News In Brief Children In Need Video Diary Dates

The People’s String Foundation Inspire Literary Journeys at The Roseland Community College


N FRIDAY 11th November “The People’s String Foundation”, a dynamic, violin led contemporary folk quintet from the South West, spent the day at The Roseland Community College in Tregony. They worked with over 180 students from across the Roseland, which included pupils from both the college and several partner primary schools. The workshops were designed to inspire high quality creative writing on the theme of “journeys” and similar workshops took place at Penair and Richard Lander Schools in Truro during the same week with the aim of producing a collaborative audio book for each school. Students from Years 6 and 7 enjoyed an energetic and atmospheric performance by The People’s String Foundation in the morning followed by workshops in creative CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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a local Muslim and South Asian Women’s Support Group led Indian Arts workshops for a group of students in Years 8 and 9, involving henna hand painting, Indian dress, and Arabic and Bengali hand writing. On Wednesday 2nd November, our “Pearl of Africa” day, the whole of Year 7 took part in some exciting “hands on” workshops in African drumming, singing, dancing and crafts, led by members of the Ugandan choir. The whole school was treated to a special performance by the Pearl of Africa choir during the afternoon, and our partner primary schools were also invited to attend a short performance during the day. A fundraising community concert by The Pearl of Africa took place in the evening and, as always, was a huge success. The choir put on a vibrant show with colourful costumes, traditional musical instruments and African song & dance. Our “Roseland Voices” choir and a group of keen Year

7 singers even had the chance to perform on stage with the Pearl of Africa, after learning an African song and dance with them earlier that day. Roseland students gave a wonderful performance and it was a rare opportunity for children of both cultures to sing together on stage! Irish Dancing workshops got students up on their feet as part of our “European Day” on Thursday 3rd November, and the week ended with “Latin American Day” on Friday 4th November, featuring a Capoeira taster session in the sports hall at lunchtime (a Brazilian martial art set to music), a fantastic performance in afternoon assembly by our samba band “Samba de Roselando” and very well received debut performances by our newly formed steel band “Steel Roses” and staff steel band. This multimedia event also featured Radio Roseland, who joined in the fun with some international beats, and tasty international cuisine from the college canteen, with Bollywood

Making Tracks

Combined Truro Schools Arts Event

This year’s Combined Truro Schools Arts Event (CTSAE) is based on the theme of animals, with the title “Making Tracks”. This exciting annual arts event is aimed at Gifted and Talented students in Year 8, and enables students from The Roseland Community College, Pencalenick School, Penair School, Richard Lander School, Truro School, Truro High School and Carrick Pupil Referral Unit to collaborate on a high quality arts project through a series of workshops led by arts professionals, which will culminate in a prestigious opening ceremony and exhibition at The Lander Gallery in Truro next year. This term’s events have included mono-printing, photography, action drawing and clay workshops held at The Roseland Community College, and there was also a puppet-making workshop at Richard Lander School PAGE 2

in December, led by Jude Munden (who has worked with Kneehigh and Miracle Theatres). In the Spring Term students will visit Feadon Farm near Portreath for a wildlife workshop and carry out preliminary work for a painting workshop led by artist Shari Hills, to be held at Penair School. Next term there will

movies and African Arts films on display in the school hall at lunch time. Students really enjoyed the world music and international themes, and we would also like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising concert for The Pearl of Africa, which we know will raise much needed funds for the Ugandan orphanages.

also be a Dance, Music and Drama workshop at Pencalenick School to prepare for the exhibition and opening ceremony which takes place at The Lander Gallery, Truro in February 2012. For further details please contact Jo Cottam, Teaching Team Leader for Expressive Arts at The Roseland Community College.

TOP - Roseland students enthusiasticaly have a go at traditional African dancing as demonstrated by Pearl of Africa orphan William. ABOVE - Pearl of Africa orphan Annette and Roseland student Ethan working together in an African craft workshop.

Making A Light Sussex Hen at the Roseland Community College arts workshop - left to right - Yoyo from Truro High School, Jonathan from Truro School, Juliet from Truro High School, Nick from the Roseland Community College, Anya from Truro High School and Georgia from Truro High School

Students Take Over Key Roles For A Day Students successfully took over at The Roseland Community College when they carried out key management roles for a day. Headteacher Jane Black said, “The feedback we got from staff and students was extremely positive – we were delighted.” Year 11 student Sam Chilton took over as Headteacher and was joined by school mates who took on other key jobs but only after they had all been through a tough selection process for the top jobs. The day was part of a national campaign called 11 Million Take Over Day which was to promote independent voice of children and young people and to champion their views locally and nationally. Being Headteacher for the day was a challenging experience for Sam. Headteacher Jane Black “It was a very effective way to show how responsible and hard-working young people can be. The students were brilliant and we are all enormously proud of them.”

The selection process was as tough as it would have been for adult applicants.

ABOVE - left to right - Beth Pritchard (Headteacher’s PA), Sam Chilton (Headteacher), Holly Rabey (Leadership Team Member) Jasmine Winthrop (IT Assistant and Leadership Team Member) Holly Rabey, Jordan Brookes (Music Developmnet Officer) and Jocelyn Hadden (Leadership Team Member).

Primary Pupils Inspired By Exceptional Creative Experience CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 writing. During the workshops primary school students produced an exhibition of strange and fantastic objects, each with an incredible story to tell, while Year 7 students from The Roseland explored the theme of ‘journeys’ through creative writing and drama and will be developing their ideas in their English lessons this term where they will be producing their own audio-books.

“It was a superb opportunity for The Roseland to work in collaboration with our partner primary schools and to raise aspirations for all the children involved through such a high quality event”.

A group of talented young string players and GCSE Music students from The Roseland Community College also contributed to the day, working closely with members of The People’s String Foundation on an original composition which they performed to Years 6 and 7 at the end of the day. This initiative is part of a creative approach to increasing standards in

English and also aims to raise aspirations about creative careers. Year 10 GCSE Music student and violinist Sam Hunt said, “It was a fantastic day, I really enjoyed composing with the band”. Sarah Waller, Teacher of Dance at The Roseland, said, “It was a superb opportunity for The Roseland to work in collaboration with our partner primary schools and to raise aspi-

rations for all the children involved through such a high quality event”. Music Development Officer Wendy Polley said, “It was lovely to see so many students immersing themselves in creativity for a whole day, and to see so many literary ideas sparked by music”

INSET BELOW LEFT Priimary pupils (left to right) Lucy, Willow, Courtney and Harlie working on ideas for creative writing themed on ‘A Journey’ and inspired by the performance of the Peoples’ String Foundation


Students Celebrate Excellent Exam Results xx% 5 A*- C (inc Maths & English)

SPORTS STARS Congratulations to Robyn Hough who won five gold medals at the European Tae Kwon Do Championships in Naples.

BELOW - Congratulations to goalkeeper Isaac Bryant who has been selected Cornwall County U16 Football squad.

Former Year 11 students celebrate their exam successes at Certificate Evening


PACKED HALL of excited ex-students, staff and parents enjoyed an evening of celebration at the Roseland Community College on Thursday 24th of November. Headteacher Mrs. Jane Black

welcomed her audience, which was then treated to a flute performance by Year 10 GCSE Music student Jadzia Hicks, who played Callum Stewart’s composition “Looking at a Rainbow through a Dirty Window” on the flute. Mrs. Jane Black then introduced Mr Martin Tucker, Director of Penwith College in Penzance, which is part of Truro and Penwith College. In an enthusiastic and engaging speech, he talked to the students about the importance of their successes, and impressed upon them the significance of their education at The Roseland, stating

that its students were recognised in Truro and Penwith Colleges for the depth and breadth of learning they had achieved. He then presented GCSE certificates to individual students, and the Caerhays Trophy to for most outstanding student was awarded to Hannah Carbis for her fantastic GCSE results. Mrs Penny Mergler, Chair of Governors, gave a vote of thanks to Mr. Tucker, and in her closing remarks, Mrs Jane Black told the students that they were missed and emphasised how proud she was of them, and amused students, parents and staff with anecdotes about the year group. To finish the evening off, the audience heard a composition written by Year 11 student Keziah Davies named “A Cornish Folk Tale”, performed by its composer on violin, and fellow GCSE Music student Connor Jackman on guitar.

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Senior students at the Roseland Community College enjoyed a break from lessons before half term to pursue a maths exercise with a difference! Representing students and staff from the Apprentice style biscuit challenge project at the Roseland Community College are (left to right) Liam Wiillams, Aaron Davey, Ollie Nicholls, Jay Trenery, Ellie Wood and Daisy Cannan with Maths teacher Beth Haslam (centre).

Children In Need

Students and staff got together to create something special for Children In Need - a charity music medley and video to raise money for Children in Need. The DVD is currently on sale - to purchase a copy please contact reception. All proceeds from the sale of the DVDs goes to Children in Need.

DIARY DATES JANUARY 3 10 12 18 19 20 24 26


College re-opens for start of Spring Term 6.30-8.30 KS4 Curriculum Evening (Hall) Yr 10 Separate Science Module Exam Yr 10 Separate Science Module Exam 4.00-6.30 Yr 9 Parents’ Evening 1.50-3.05 Yr 11 Trail Exam Results A sembly (Hall) Yr 11 Mock Results released Yr 10 Science Module Exams B1 C1 P1 Yr 9 Options Forms to be handed in Yr 11 Applied Science Life Care Module Exam 4.00-6.30 Yr 11 Post-Trial Exam Parents’ Evening (Hall) Yr 11 Additional Science Module Exam

News In Brief


Yr 11 Applied Science Agriculture & Food Module Exam Yr 11 Separate Science Module Exam

DIARY DATES FEBRUARY 2 3 9 10 13-17 20 29

Yr 11 Separate Science Module Exam PSHE Day 3 Leadership Team Planning Day Last day of half term – normal closing time February Half Term College re-opens (Visit to partner schools in Punjab : Yr 10 students/2 staff ) Yr 10 Parents’ Evening

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