With the sun shining and fantastic weather, The Ramsey Academy kicked off this year’s Duke of Edinburgh with its practice expeditions over the weekends of 6 May to 7 May and 13 May to 14 May. The buses were loaded, kit bags packed and stretching at the seams, students set off from a small farm just south of Colchester and from here they walked, talked and ate for a collective time of 6 hours each day.
On Thursday 5 May, 98 Year 7 pupils joined the History department for a trip to the Tower of London. Pupils had 4 hours to explore the Tower and the various exhibitions. There was also plenty of time to acquaint ourselves with the ravens who live at the Tower, one of which did manage to steal a cheese string from a pupil and then proceed to show her intelligence by opening the wrapper and eating it!
Friday 6 May 2016 saw the official launch of the Ramsey Academy’s first student magazine. The efforts of a number of pupils from all year groups resulted in the first edition of the ‘Ramsey Ram’ being published. Pupils who were interested in writing, publishing, editing, photography or who were simply creative and wanted to try something different were invited to an initial club launch meeting in February.
After months of anticipation, which included an exploding space shuttle, the time is now here! A courier has delivered our pack of Rocket seeds which has spent time on the International Space Station with British astronaut Tim Peake. Our mission is to germinate 100 of these intrepid little travellers and compare them to 100 of their earth-bound relatives. We do not know which is which until after the close of the experiment.
For the rest of this year students will be taking up the Rubik’s cube challenge during registration time. Tutor groups will be challenged to use the Rubik’s cube app to try to complete the 1980s puzzle. Each student will receive a cube and get 20 minutes a day for a week to try and get the cube completed.
Wednesday lunch time resounded to the beat of the LipSync Battle. There were brave entries from students in all year groups, who were prepared to strut their stuff and make us roar with laughter in aid of The Smile of Arran, especially Terry Shortt and Taylor Nicholson- again! Maisie Smith and Elizabeth Curnock sang delightful solos and were very impressive too. Floor space was at a premium as the hall was packed for the event with generous students and staff, who donated their cash to watch the stars. Thank you to Mr Lewis-James for organising the Battle and to Max Felton and Amelia Bell who organised the contestants. As a finale, the staff raffle was drawn for the giant Smile of Arran cake, which had been kindly donated and raised over £90; the lucky winner was Ms Linsdell!
On 22 April 60 Year 9 students joined the History Department for a trip to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Students had the opportunity to learn about many different types of aircraft from right across the 20th century. Students examined engines and cockpits as well as climbing on board various different planes which included the now retired Concorde.
The Ramsey Academy Band and soloists once again performed at the May Day Celebrations in Halstead Public Gardens. The crowd were enthralled with their renditions of Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Dr Who and the theme tune to Friends. Well done to our soloists Imogen Dockrell, Rosie Shackell, Lily McKean and Bridget Clegg. The band’s next performance will be at the St Francis of Assisi Summer Fayre on Sunday 26th June 2016.
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Aspiration House Captains, Sports Captains and the House Council launched Aspiration Charity Week to all students in a series of assemblies to all Houses. Once again Aspiration had chosen unanimously to support The Smile of Arran Trust in memory of Arran Tosh who sadly died as a result of a brain tumour. Arran was known to many of the students at Ramsey as a friend, fellow football player and musician. Mrs Alison Tosh, Arran’s mother, spoke eloquently about her son to Aspiration students in an assembly and was truly inspirational in her courage and about the work of the Smile of Arran Trust. More details about the charity can be found at http://www.smileofarran.com
Welcome to the 10th edition of the electronic version of the Ramsey Voice newsletter.
In this issue you will find:
- Aspiration Charity Week
- Tower of London Trip
- Halstead and Essex Marathon
- Ski Trip 2016
Your contribution to the content is welcome. Many of our students participate in activities outside school and we would like to recognise their achievements. Please send brief details to Mrs Gibbs (Assistant Headteacher) as well as suggestions for improvements to this newsletter or topics you would like included.
For the second year Halstead has held Mayday celebrations in the town park. Ramsey Academy students were very visible and made quite an impact. The Music Faculty band regaled us with the themes from Star Wars and Dr Who. The Design Faculty manned a craft stall, decorating pallet wood crowns with shiny bling. The young children taking part really enjoyed the activity.
As part of its Aspiration Charity Week, during the course of the academic year each House in Ramsey Academy supports their chosen charity and runs events for 1 week each. Between the 25th and 29th April Ramsey Academy will once again be supporting the Smile of Arran.
Endeavour House again chose to support PARC (Essex) for their charity week. PARC is a registered children’s charity based in Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree in Essex.