On Tuesday 20th November 2012, the first of five skills days took place.
On 14-15 November we received our first monitoring visit from Ofsted. While the official feedback has yet to be published, I am pleased to let you know that it was a very positive experience that highlighted the progress that the school has made since September.
Former Ramsey Students Swim The Channel!
Teenagers are celebrating after successfully swimming across the English Channel – and hopefully into the record books.
Ex-Ramsey students Alanah Keeble, 17, James Rulton, 16 and Kai Adams, 16, along with others, swam the 22 miles from England to France in relay. They completed the challenge in 9 hours and 14 minutes. Alanah said the swimmers had first gone out in a boat last Wednesday afternoon, but had to turn back before starting, because the sea was too rough. The challenge started at 3 am on Thursday morning.
Alanah of Sudbury Road, Halstead, said: “I was seasick before I got into the water and we were swimming in the dark at first. But I was lucky enough to be swimming as the sun rose. It was 16°C in the water which was not too bad. It was lovely really, and everyone felt fine.”
Alanah went on to say: “We all swam twice, which was quite difficult psychologically as we had not faced that before. Kai was the last to swim and he got a good current and went really quickly. When he got on to the rocks, we all cheered and hugged each other. We could not believe we had actually done it. He was only able to stay there for ten seconds and then he got back into a boat and went back. We were really proud of what we have done, but I am aching today.”
The team, who now study at Colchester Sixth Form, hope to get the record for the youngest relay of the year and the fastest mixed relay this year. They also hope to have raised thousands of pounds for the charity Kidscape which works to stop child abuse and bullying.
Congratulations to Emily Wooldridge 7HM and Tia Woodworth 8NF.
On Saturday 12th May both girls, along with their mothers, walked 13.1 miles for breast cancer. They set off at 11.00 p.m. and took approximately 4 hours to complete the walk, finishing at 3.00 a.m
Congratulations to Daisy Catterwell who is the first Year 7 student to receive the Ramsey College Extra-Curricular Bronze Award. Daisy has managed to accumulate 30 hours of out of classroom learning through her involvement in both school and community clubs.
Pictured above are students from Years 8 and 9 who were recently presented with their Ramsey Points Certificates in an assembly.
On Friday 12th October, 20 students were given the opportunity to have their say over the food provided in the Canteen. A chef came into the College, tried out a number of different recipes on the students and asked for their feedback.
On Sunday 13th May 2012 Year 7 Ramsey College students competed in the East Anglian Schools’ Championships and Essex & Suffolk Schools League at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
On Saturday 17th November The Ramsey College Orienteering Team comprising of Lucy Edwards, Georgia Gower, Chloe Plumb, Amy Bocking, Callum Turner, Tom Lock and Joshua Emmerson headed off to Delamere Country Park in Cheshire to compete in the British Schools Orienteering Championship. The team competed against schools from all over the country and were alongside some of the best orienteering athletes from Great Britain.
British Schools Score Championships 2012
On Saturday 13th October, the Ramsey Orienteering team headed off to Kingsbury Water Park in the West Midlands to compete in the British Schools Score Championships. The first team member headed out onto the course at 11.15 am in the College’s new team kit with the aim to collect as many points in the allotted 45 minutes.
Danny Crates was guest at The Ramsey College, Halstead, on Thursday 20th September where he presented certificates to students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 for their academic achievement, effort and progress.