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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.