January 2016 saw the launch of the Design Faculty House competition. This year students and staff were asked to present their House name using photographs from their surrounding area or community. Students and staff from all three houses (Endeavour, Diversity and Aspiration) made entries.
The Drama Studio at Ramsey Academy is about to be transformed by brand new theatrical lighting. After a successful bid to the Halstead and Earls Colne Educational Trust, the Drama Department has been given a grant of £1,200 and the new spotlights and par cans purchased with the money will be installed any day.
On Monday 22 February we had the first of two visits from BAFTA Award winning biologist Simon Watt to deliver a fun and interactive presentation about many of the Earth’s unknown endangered species.
The introduction of 32 iPads that can be booked by teaching staff and used in all subjects has been extremely successful so far throughout 2015/16. Using a number of educational apps, the filming/photography elements and the flexibility of having the internet on your desk has proved valuable to the learning process and helped develop student independence and motivation.
Ben Morris, who left The Ramsey Academy last year to follow a scholarship at Ipswich Town FC, has once again been named in the England Under 17 squad for the Euro 2016 tournament.
I really enjoyed it when the Colchester Institute came into my textiles lesson a couple of weeks ago. The tutor, Sarah, showed us easy ways to create weird and wonderful clothing out of paper.
Congratulations to Imogen Dockrell 7E2 who was awarded a merit for her performance on the piano at the Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts on Thursday 25 February 2016. - Mr G Lewis-James
On Tuesday 22 March the BAE systems roadshow visited the school. Students in Years 7 and 8 attended the session which examined how engineers and scientists use their understanding of different kinds of waves to create sophisticated communications systems, optical devices and how ships and submarines can withstand the crushing pressures of the waves in the seas.
The Ramsey Academy, Halstead is delighted to announce that they have been chosen as one of 21 schools across the country to take part in the pilot of the Tennis Foundation’s new School of Tennis programme. The first national training day took place in Loughborough and equipped us with the skills and knowledge to roll out the School of Tennis Programme in our school.
Students were given the opportunity to watch Chelsea U19’s v Valencia U19s in the European Youth Cup.
As a reward for their commitment to the Ramsey/Chelsea Foundation Table Tennis Club, 10 students travelled to Cobham (Chelsea FC training ground) and received premiership hospitality as they sat amongst the media, UEAFA officials and coaches from both clubs.
The weather has been alternately cold and wet so far this year. Most of our time has been spent in the greenhouse and the workshop. Our seedlings are doing well, so we will sow more into trays before the end of term.
In this talk we were learning about the Bafta award winning show ‘Inside Nature’s Giants’. We had our speaker, Simon, informing us about his time on the show and how he enjoyed being there and learning a lot about other animals.
Following extensive and wide ranging feedback from students, parents and staff members, catering facilities at The Ramsey Academy have recently been updated. We now provide more salads and fresh fruit for our customers and have dedicated menu days as follows:
Monday – Deli day, Tuesday – Spice day, Wednesday – Roast day, Thursday – Pie day, Friday – Fish day
In addition, every term we are running a themed week. Our first successful themed week featured ‘Great British Classics’ and we are planning a European themed week to coincide with the referendum.
The new hot drinks machine has proved a great success and children have been very sensible and respectful when using it. Nutritional information related to this machine is as follows:
The hot drinks vending machine uses 100% freeze dried milk. Unlike normal vending whitener used by most vending companies, this product contains NO trans-fatty acids or hydrogenated vegetable oils and is virtually fat free.
Commenting specifically on the points made regarding increased sugar and caffeine intake, NHS studies estimate that average daily sugar consumption in the UK is 84 grams or 21 spoonfuls, examples of which are given below;
Coca Cola, 330ml can – 8.75 spoonfuls of sugar
Red Bull, 250ml can – 6.75 spoonfuls of sugar
Kelloggs Coco Pops with milk, 50ml bowl – 6.6 spoonfuls of sugar
Vending machine coffee with 1 sugar – 1 spoonful of sugar
Vending machine tea with 1 sugar – 1 spoonful of sugar
- Ms K Holroyd
The School Games programme for the Braintree District is based at The Ramsey Academy and its organiser is Howard Nicholls. The aims are to increase the level of sports competition in and between schools, to increase leadership opportunities for students to promote inclusion the National Change 4 Life initiative.
As you are aware the Summer GCSEs are fast approaching and during the next few weeks your son/daughter will be busy preparing for these.