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Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 14 February 2020

And so we come to the end of this half term and it has certainly been another busy week.

Key Stage 3 Cheshire Badminton Champions

Katie Lewis, Emily Ollier, Kitti Horvath and Morgan Grzeszczak-Evans won the Ks3 County Badminton Championships this week.  They will now be representing Cheshire in the North West Finals! #ambition  The PE department work really hard with our learners to help them excel and a big thanks goes to Miss Fleming for taking them to Ellesmere Port for the competition.

United Utilities Environmental Workshop

On Wednesday, United Utilities delivered a #thinkB4Uflush workshop to our year 7 and 8s.  Just another reminder of how the environment is everyone’s responsibility and we ALL make a difference!

Tree Planting

Year 8 students did their bid for the environment, planting trees for the new Rudheath Senior Academy orchard.

Thanks to Paul and Sarah from Northwich Transition who donated and helped plant the trees and to Mr Brown for organising.

Geography Fieldwork

Year 11 geographers completed their urban fieldwork study in a very windy Liverpool on Tuesday.  The methods used during this fieldwork are examined in the upcoming GCSEs #scholarship #resilience

Fundraising

Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors raised over £200 for Saul last week with cake sales and dodge ball competitions.  It makes me so proud to see them doing something worthwhile for others.  A huge thank you to Mrs Skellington for co-ordination and to Izzy Dutton and Connor Minton for getting everyone involved.

Farewell

Due to a change in circumstances, this will be my final newsletter as I make way for Mr Barber and the rest of the Rudheath Team to continue to take the school forward.  I will be watching your progress with interest.  Take care.  Be awesome and I shall miss you all.

Ms Roslan

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 07 February 2020

A short but busy week for us as we approach the final week of this half term.

Guitar Lessons

You may have seen the piece in the Northwich Guardian about our guitar lessons last week. Well done to our year 7 who are really trying hard to get ready for their concert in March.

Hummingbird Project

The Hummingbird project continues, if you have a child in year 7 do talk to them about what they are learning to build resilience and growth mind set.

Year 5/6 Sports Hall Athletics Final

Our year 9 sports leaders officiated at the Vale Royal Year 5/6 Sports Hall Athletics final on Monday. Great to see so many taking part and congratulations to Wincham Primary, who we work very closely with, on a tough earned 3rd place.

Product Design Weekend Workshops

Mr Kershaw will be running product design workshops again this Saturday for year 11 learners, with Mrs Leftwick supporting. If your child is doing GCSE Product Design, please make sure that they arrive at the academy by 9:15am on Saturday mornings until half term to ensure that their products are completed and to a high quality.

Attendance at these sessions will count towards the achievement log.

Fitness Testing for Parents and Students

Mr Russell’s fitness workshop was well received so I hope you’re getting going with that fit body and mind!

Goodbyes and Hellos

There will be a number of changes in staffing in the coming weeks at Rudheath Senior. Mr King, my wonderful Deputy, has decided to leave the academy at February half term to go on to pastures new.

Mr King joined the academy 4 years ago and was instrumental in the school moving to ‘good’ in our Ofsted inspection in January 2018 with the work he has done on pastoral care and attendance. Mr King will be greatly missed by the school community and I am sure you join me in wishing him the very best of luck as he leaves.

Rudheath Senior Academy has been on an incredible journey during my 6-year tenue. The building works are nearing completion with a large proportion rising from the ashes. RSA will start anew with a new outlook that represents the future of the school.  After much reflection, 25 years in teaching and a yearning to start anew too; I have evaluated my role here, and as such I have decided to step down as Headteacher of Rudheath Senior Academy as of Easter.

My time at Rudheath has been full of challenges and great joy and as Headteacher for the past year it has been my very great privilege to offer stability during a time of great change.  As I leave, I know that the Phoenix project will be complete, that NWAT will continue to develop the school and that the professionals and children I leave behind will ensure that this school will flourish.

Mr Lee Barber will be joining the academy after half term as Headteacher and we will work together to ensure a smooth handover.

Have a super weekend and be careful in that storm their forecasting – I’m running in a dinosaur outfit so watch out for that!!!

Ms Roslan

Dear Parents,

Below are the holiday dates for the rest of this academic year and the calendar dates up to Easter.

Holiday Dates 2020

07/02/2020 INSET Day – academy closed to learners

14/02/2020 Academy closes for half term

24/02/2020 Academy opens

03/04/2020 Academy closes for Easter

20/04/2020 Academy opens

08/05/2020 Academy closed – Bank Holiday Friday

22/05/2020 Academy closes for half term

01/06/2020 Academy opens

17/07/2020 Academy closes for Summer holidays

20/07/2020 Disaggregated Day – academy closed to learners

 

Calendar Dates for the Next Term

27/01/2020 Book Fair – all week in the library

28/01/2020 Y11 History exam workshop – Sale

30/01/2020 Y9 conference Chester University

04/02/2020 Y8 Parents’ Evening. School closes at 2:10pm

05/02/2020 Diana Ambassadors fundraiser – dodgeball competition

06/02/2020 Diana Ambassadors fundraiser – wear it blue and cake sale

07/02/2020 INSET Day – school closed to children

11/02/2020 Y11 GCSE Geography fieldtrip – Liverpool

14/02/2020 Break up for half term Visit to Auschwitz

17/02/2020 Return from Auschwitz

24/02/2020 Return to school – week 2

09/03/2020 Assessment week – all years

16/03/2020 Assessment week – all years

26/03/2020 KS4 Transition Evening – Y9 Options

03/04/2020 Break up for Easter Holidays

20/04/2020 Return to school – week 2

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 31 January 2020

It’s been a wonderful week at Rudheath Senior with so much going on to make me proud of my team!

Guitar Lessons

On Monday, all learners in year 11 started guitar lessons with ‘Music for Life’ They will be having 6 weeks, after which they will be putting on a performance for parents.

I am a great supporter of music and musical education. There is so much scientific evidence to show that it develops the areas of the brain which focus on language and reasoning; develops self-confidence; helps you to relax and unwind; improves academic performance and develops discipline as learning an instrument requires dedication and practice. #resilience #scholarship #ambition

Well done to Miss Pim for securing the funding for this project from Rudheath and Witton Together – it’s great to have the community support!

Hummingbird Project

The Hummingbird project continues, if you have a child in year 7 do talk to them about what they are learning to build resilience and growth mind set.

Elevate

Mr Wright and Mrs Morrell arranged for Elevate Education to come in on Tuesday to run their study skills programmes designed to achieve behavioural change amongst learners so that they can maximise their learning potential.

I often say to young people that I never expect them to “Be THE best” but I do always expect them to “Be THEIR best”. We hope this workshop will support our year 11 to prepare for their GCSEs which start in just 14 school weeks’ time.

Chester University Visit

A group of Year 9 went on a Higher Horizons trip to Chester University on Thursday to find out more about studying and careers in zoology, law and psychology #scholarship.

Product Design Weekend Workshops

Mr Kershaw will be running product design workshops again this Saturday for year 11 learners, with Mrs Leftwick supporting. If your child is doing GCSE Product Design, please make sure that they arrive at the academy by 9:15am on Saturday mornings until half term to ensure that their products are completed and to a high quality.

Attendance at these sessions will count towards the achievement log.

Beauty and the Beast Rehearsals

Rehearsals started on Thursday for Beauty and the Beast – I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to see so many performers and backstage crew singing and dancing and preparing to put on the performance of the year! I have never seen so many children involved in a school production and my heart just sang with pride as I watched them from the balcony near my office #ProudToBeRudheath

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

Any budding poets in year 11 are invited to take part in this competition. The first prize is £3000! See Miss Heaton in E3 for more information.

Fitness Testing for Parents and Students

Mr Russell is holding a fitness test workshop for parents and students in the sports hall from 3:30-4:15pm on Tuesday 4 February. If you would like to learn about the tests and perhaps try them, bring your trainers and have a go!

Another weekend is here and it’s off to Guide camp with my daughter for me! I hope you have fun!

Ms Roslan

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 24 January 2020

Already half way through this half term and as always we’ve been super busy.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

Year 9 parents’ evening took place on Wednesday. It was great to welcome so many families keen to make a positive difference to their children’s education.

Positive parental engagement is one of the keys to academic success. If you were not able to make it on Wednesday, teachers will be contacting home, please take time to discuss your child’s progress with them.

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

Miss Pim, Mrs Grannell and Mrs Rimmer have had super hard choices to make with over 80 children taking part in the auditions for our summer show, Beauty and the Beast.

Well done to all who took part, announcements will be made early next week #ambition.

Northwich Festival of Dance

On Wednesday, Racheal Allcock, Olivia Dent, Sarah Hasnauoi, Lucy Whittaker and Grace Cooper represented the school at the Northwich Festival of Dance. Mrs Grannell and the girls put together a great performance in a very short time dancing at the Northwich Memorial Court in front of a large audience including representatives from schools across Vale Royal.

The girls were absolutely brilliant and it was lovely to have Headteachers from local schools commenting on how well they performed – as always brimming with pride for my school!

Sports Hall Athletics Festival

On Friday, RSA’s magnificent year 9 sports leaders officiated at the sports hall athletics festival. Congratulations to Wincham Primary School for winning the year 5/6 event and Rudheath Primary Academy for winning the year 3/4 event. We love having our primary friends here!

Product Design Weekend Workshops

Mr Kershaw will be running product design workshops again this Saturday for year 11 learners, with Mrs Leftwick supporting. If your child is doing GCSE Product Design, please make sure that they arrive at the academy by 9:15am on Saturday mornings until half term to ensure that their products are completed and to a high quality.

Attendance at these sessions will count towards the achievement log.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms Roslan

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 17 January 2020

It’s been a fairly quiet week at Rudheath Senior although all our learners have been very busy in class as ever!

Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Year 10 parents’ evening took place on Thursday. It was great to welcome so many families keen to make a positive difference to their children’s education.

Positive parental engagement is one of the keys to academic success. If you were not able to make it on Thursday, teachers will be contacting home, please take time to discuss your child’s progress with them.

Summer Show Announcement

Miss Pim, Mrs Grannell and the music and drama team have decided on the summer show. We are delighted to announce that this year’s summer show will be “Beauty and the Beast”. Watch this space for further announcements – we will be auditioning and looking for stage crew support in the coming weeks #ambition

Achievement Log

Year 11 were issued with achievement logs today. The idea is that year 11 have the card signed each time they engage in activities that will support their GCSE success such as attending period 6 and weekend and holiday workshops, creating their own knowledge organisers, making a set of flash cards etc. A full achievement log will earn them £20 off their prom ticket or leavers’ hoodie – so get going! #resilience #scholarship #ambition

Product Design Weekend Workshops

Mr Kershaw will be running product design workshops for the next 6 Saturdays for year 11 learners, with Mrs Leftwick and me supporting. If your child is doing GCSE Product Design, please make sure that they arrive at the academy by 9:15am on Saturday mornings until half term to ensure that their products are completed and to a high quality.

Attendance at these sessions will count towards the achievement log issued to year 11 yesterday.

Well the weekend is here and I’m looking forward to seeing the sunshine! Have a super weekend everyone!

Ms Roslan

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 10 January 2020

Happy New Year to all and welcome back to the Spring term!

Hummingbird Project

This week, all year 7 started the Hummingbird Project, a bespoke, evidence-based 8-week Emotional Wellbeing training course that gives young people the techniques and tools to become more emotionally resilient whilst also introducing them to the key concepts of Positive Psychology.

The workshops is co-designed by MedEquip4Kids, psychologists at the University of Bolton and young people from across the North West and is delivered by MedEquip4Kids’ Project Co-ordinator and volunteers who have lived experience of mental health issues.

The aim is to make a real, measurable difference to young people’s emotional wellbeing, help young people and school staff to become more aware of the early warning signs, alleviate pressure on services, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses.

Ask your year 7 child about how it went!

Year 11 GCSE Mock Results Day

Senior leaders met all year 11 and their parents on Friday to discuss their mock exam results. It was an opportunity to discuss next steps, ambitions and strategies for success.

If you have any further questions regarding mock results, GCSE exams and exams access arrangements please contact Mrs Morrell or Mr Wright.

Autism Inclusive School Award

Mrs Leftwick and the SEND team have been working hard to complete the Autism Service Social Communication Programme and this week their certificate to confirm that we are an “Autism Inclusive School” arrived.

It makes me very proud that Rudheath Senior is a truly comprehensive school with children of all different abilities, backgrounds and need working together as a team to achieve our values of #resilience #scholarship and #ambition – it’s not always easy, but we always do our best to support our learners’ success!

Project Phoenix

Project Phoenix continues and as you would expect in an 83 year old building, there have been a number of complexities that have extended the completion time. Keep an eye out for updates on our social media pages.

Welcome

Miss Fleming and Mr Coyne have been settling in to their first week at Rudheath Senior as have a number of new learners. It’s wonderful to see the school grow in numbers.

Well the weekend is here – I hope the clouds stay away enough for us to see the lunar eclipse. Take care.

Ms Roslan

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 20 December 2019

The final week of school has passed and it certainly has been busy – not just with learning but with a variety of festive activities as we prepare for the Christmas break.

Work Experience

Abbie Lewis in year 10 secured herself some work experience with Bailey Audio in the tech crew for Peter Pan at Northwich Memorial Court last weekend. She worked alongside Chris Bailey, founder of Bailey Audio, John Altman (Nasty Nick from Eastenders) and Katie McGlynn (of Coronation Street) and was, as always, full of enthusiasm and skill.

Abbie won the “Behind the Scenes” award at our recent prize giving as she is always there when we need someone to support events and shows from lights to music but also when there is any fundraising to do and help to be given. She really is a credit to the academy #resilience #ambition

Year 7 and their Edible Scientific Cakes

Year 7s produced an array of edible scientific cakes on Monday as a finale to their topics on cells, organs and systems. There were some very impressive decoration and more importantly a lot of delicious cake to eat!
The majority of year 7 have settled in well and made new friends and found new interests amongst the many subjects studied at the academy

Year 11 Mock Exams and Results Day

Year 11 have completed their mock exams and there will be a mock result day on Friday 10 January – letters, with individual appointments on, are coming home today so please dig them out from the bottom of those bags!

With only 15 school weeks left before the real GCSE exams begin it is absolutely imperative that all year 11 start revising now – little and often to start off with and building up to 2 – 3 hours a day by February half term. Without their commitment outside of school, year 11s will not achieve the grades they are capable of.  So please, please, please keep supporting them to make great choices for success!

Queensberry Graduation

Kenzie Southern, Kaitlyn Love, Jay Higgins, Ella Clarke, Ashton Greaves, Lauren Whalley and Alisha Stoll all graduated from the Queensberry 12 Rounds Programme this week. Over the last term they have learnt about making positive choices, keeping fit in body and mind and developed their self-esteem and attitude to learning.

A big thank you to Paul, Nick and Damo of the Queensberry team and to all parents and families who came to celebrate with them.

Church Service and Christmas Lunch

Yesterday, the whole school walked down to St Helen’s Church Witton for our annual Christmas service. We were warmly welcomed by the Reverend Andrew Ridley and his team and had a wonderful service put together by Miss Pim and Miss Grannell and ably supported by Mrs Rimmer.

The performances by the choir and ACTion Theatre group were just brilliant and I have to say, I don’t think I could stop smiling all day especially every time I pictured my year 11 singing at the top of their lungs! I really could not have been more proud of our children and our school.

The service ended with a Christmas blessing for us all and a walk back to school where we enjoyed the most delicious Christmas lunch of turkey, pigs in blankets, mash, roastie, 3 veg, stuffing and gravy, pudding and a cracker (vegetarian option available of course!).

Our catering team led by Mrs Curzon put on a fabulous spread and I certainly couldn’t eat any more when I got home!

Goodbyes, Au Revoirs and Welcomes

We said our final goodbyes to Mrs Bryan today as she leaves for pastures new. Mrs Bryan has worked really hard to build a culture of dance in the academy and we are sorry to see her go. We wish her the very best in her new adventures.

We also said au revoir today to Mrs Frost who is leaving for maternity leave and we look forward to hearing of the safe arrival of her twins in the coming weeks. I wish her a restful few weeks before the fun begins!

Finally, in January we will be welcoming Miss Flemming to our PE department. Miss Flemming joins us from a Manchester school and we look forward to her developing girls’ PE here at Rudheath Senior.

Back to School Arrangements

School will re-open on Monday 6 January at 8:45am.

May I take this opportunity to wish you the very best of all the Christmas season has to offer and I do hope that 2020 brings you and all your loved ones joy, good health and prosperity.

Have a lovely break.

Ms Roslan

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 13 December 2019

The penultimate week of term has come to an end and as always it has been full of activities.

Lille Christmas Market Trip

Our trip to Lille at the weekend was a great success. I have to say it was with some trepidation I got on a coach with 39 teens and pre-teens for 48 hours of shopping, but each and every one of them was an absolute joy!

The weekend was chock full of activities starting with a trip to an artisan Flemish waffle house, followed by the Christmas markets (and lots of other Lille shops), we saw a protest near the town hall and soldiers patrolling the streets with enormous guns – really very different from what we’re used to here in England. We walked to dinner in a small pizza place then bowling and bed in a hostel a couple of miles out of town.

On Sunday we stripped our beds, cleared our rooms and went for breakfast then a walk to the Westfield Centre, a large shopping area out of town. Our coach driver, Paddy, picked us up and took us to the Belgian chocolate factory where we found out all about chocolate before decorating our own bars and eating our weight in deliciousness!

It was an absolutely brilliant weekend, thank you to Mrs Rooney for getting the ball rolling, to Mrs Lockett for making all the last minute arrangements and to Mr Simcock, Miss Stockley and Miss Boyd for coming with us and making it all possible. A huge well done and thank you to all the learners who went on the trip – they were an absolute credit to themselves, the school and their families #ProudToBeRudheathSenior

Year 8 Climate Change Emergency

Northwich Transition worked with year 8 on Monday, helping them to learn more about the climate emergency. It’s really important that our learners have a good understanding about the world they live in and what a positive impact they can have by making small changes.

A big thank you to Northwich Transition, a volunteer group that work locally to help improve the environment #community

General Election Day

Learners found out more about the manifestos of the major political parties during PSHCE this week and followed this up with casting their own vote for the general election on Thursday.

Everyone looked at how the manifesto promises would affect them and their families and the results form by form were as follows:

Labour – 10 constituencies
Brexit – 3 constituencies
Conservative – 2 constituencies
Liberal Democrat – 2 constituencies
Green – 1 constituency

It was brilliant to listen to why learners had voted as they did and the outcome was quite different to the national picture.

New Baby

Congratulations to Mrs Hudson and her family. Mrs Hudson delivered an absolutely beautiful baby girl this week and I can’t wait for a cuddle.

Dance Evening

Mrs Bryan and her year 11 BTEC dancers put on a super evening of dance on Thursday as part of their BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts. The year 11 had to organise a performance for a live audience and what started as a small show with just them performing turned into a lovely evening of dance from individuals, duets and groups of dancers from years 7 through to 11, with over 100 people in the audience!

With the help of Mrs Bryan, the year 11 organised the sale of tickets, a programme and co-ordinated the other year groups to put on quite a performance. There was great emotion at the end of the night as learners took the opportunity to say their goodbyes to Mrs Bryan who will be leaving us at the end of next week for pastures new.

Thank you to Abbie Lewis and James Dexter for their work on music and lights and to all families and friends who supported year 11 with their efforts #scholarship #ambition

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas jumper day brought many a fancy jumper into school from Rudolph to Frosty, from reindeer to Darth Vader, from pompoms to festive lights – there was certainly a lot of bling going on! Thank you to all who took part – it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Church Service and Christmas Lunch Next Week

Next Thursday we will be walking down to St Helen’s Church for our annual Christmas service where we will see performances by our dancers, drama group and of course sing Christmas carols.

On our return to school there will be a full Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. If your child does not normally have a school meal, do encourage them to join us – it is such a lovely occasion with crackers and all!

End of Term Arrangements

As is usual at Christmas, we will be finishing school early. There will be a brunch at break time and school will finish at 12:45pm. If you would like your child to stay until 3:20pm please inform school via the school phone system or by email and I will ensure that there is supervision for them until the end of the day.

Hoping the weekend weather cheers up and you get all those last minute jobs done before Christmas.

Ms Roslan

Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter

Friday 6 December 2019

Just 2 weeks left of the term and as always there has been lots going on.

PSHCE Forum

On Wednesday, Mr Russell worked with representatives from each form in the PHSCE Forum – looking at what they enjoy and what they want to learn more about. These lessons are an opportunity to learn more about the world and how we can stay safe and how we can make a positive difference to our community.

Boccia

Our Boccia team played in the Vale Royal Competition this week – not first place but they all brought home those medals. Well done to all involved.

End of Term Assessments and Year 11 Mock Exams

Exams are pretty much over.  Well done to all learners for their mature attitude during this period. There are still practical exams taking place over the course of next week so please make sure you have all necessary equipment in school each day #scholarship

Awards Evening

On Thursday we welcomed Tom Heaton, Aston Villa FC and England Goalkeeper as our keynote speaker at our annual awards evening. Guests included representatives from Warrington and Vale Royal College, Cheshire College South and West, Sir John Dean College, Reaseheath College, Rudheath and Witton Together, the Mayor, Queensberry AP and North West Academies Trust.
It was just joyful to see our learners collect their well deserved awards for #resilience, #scholarship and #ambition across all subjects.

Special awards went to ex Head Girl, Niamh Mahon, Amelia Tharme, Mia Tonkin and Abbie Lewis. Particular congratulations too to those learners who were awarded several prizes indicating their commitment to being their very best.

A huge thank you to all the parents and families who attended and who support not only their children but the academy as we drive for the very best.

Dance Show Next Week

There will be a dance show taking place next Thursday evening from 6pm. Tickets are on sale via the academy.
The show is being organised by our year 11 dancers as part of their BTEC qualification. Please support them in making this a really successful evening #scholarship #ambition

Lille Christmas Markets

I sign off now as I get organised for our trip to the Lille Christmas market. Look out for photos @RudheathSenior

See you all on Monday!

Ms Roslan