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In October the Year 13 History group travelled to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. Students were given a guided tour of the Commons before taking part in a workshop looking at different voting systems. The trip was part of a government initiative designed to encourage more young people to vote.
Year 13 also visited the National Archives in Kew in order to conduct research which contributed to their A-level History coursework. The National Archives holds more contemporary evidence than anywhere else in the country so it was a massive help to their eventual piece of work.
The best thing of all was that we managed to fit all of this into just one day!
Visit to Auschwitz
In November, two Year 13 History Students gained a unique opportunity to work alongside the Holocaust Educational Trust on a project to remember the horrific events of the Holocaust. Both Carrie Simpson and Cameron Bennett worked on the project during two seminar afternoons in Newcastle and then spent a very cold but unforgettable day visiting the former camp. Cameron’s description of the day;
“My experience at Auschwitz was certainly one that I won't forget. Despite the intimidating and sombre nature it was still an interesting learning experience and one that I’m glad I went to visit as I took a lot from it, both positive and negative.”
The students will now spend the next few months working alongside the Holocaust Educational Trust to raise awareness of the importance of these events. Both students found the day incredibly moving and felt that the course developed their understanding of the importance of these historical stories.
Carrie’s description of the visit:
Walking through the cold, empty concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau really makes you realise just how harrowing a place it was for all of its prisoners just 70 years earlier; how something this catastrophically appalling could have just went unnoticed by the rest of the world is truly unbelievable. The day I spent there truly was a moving and emotional experience that will never leave me and it is vital that these events are not lost from memory and that future generations are educated on this infamous moment of history.
The infamous gates leading into the camp.
View of the camp from the main gates.
County Durham Sport and Physical Activity Awards 2013 Sports Leader Profile
Jordon Pout Winner of Chester- Le- Street and County Durham Young Sports Volunteer Award The types of activities and events that I volunteer at:-
Multi Skills, Vixens Netball, Park Runs, Holiday Activity Programmes Volunteering hours on average per week:-8 hours
Volunteering hours in school holidays per week:- 14 hours
Funniest moment during volunteering:- Slipping over on the golf course!
Highlight during the time I have volunteered:- Being at The Ashes England vs Australia Cricket in the summer.
Famous People I have met through volunteering:- Josef Craig, Denise Louis, Mark Colbourne.
Why I like volunteering:- It gives me a sense of achievement and helps me deal with challenging people!
Jordan is now a Volunteer Champion for County Durham he will continue with volunteering and through this aims to engage and encourage others to share their time and volunteer.
Well Done Jordan! Everyone at Roseberry is very proud of you.
If you would like to get involved with volunteering in County Durham please use the following link. http://www.countydurhamsport.com/coaching_and_volunteering
Request to cancel closure consultation
Ward Hadaway Solicitors have issued a letter on behalf of the College to Durham County Council. The letter has called for the consultation process to be halted immediately.
To read please click on the link below
Joint letter from Mrs A Bowen- Principal and Ms R Shimmin-Corporate Director Children & Adult’s Services
Roseberry College & Sixth Form
25 October 2013
Dear Parents and Carers
Consultation on the proposal to close Roseberry College and Sixth Form from 31 August 2014
You will be aware that the consultation on the above was due to end on 8 November 2013.
The council has agreed to extend the consultation period by 4 weeks until 6 December 2013. This was at the request of the Governors to allow alternative proposals for the future of the College to be explored in more detail. These alternatives may include:
a) A proposal to federate with another school
b) Formation of an academy
c) Creation of a Free School
The council remains extremely concerned about the future viability of the school because of the low pupil numbers. As schools are predominantly funded on pupil numbers if numbers reduce there is less money available to the school to continue to deliver an effective curriculum.
Governors will be developing one or more proposals that will see a continuation of both an educational and community facility in Newfield.
The proposals will require Governors to consult with the local community and we expect to proceed with this during the next half term.
As highlighted during the consultation, at the end of this period all responses will be considered and if it is decided to proceed with the council’s proposal, a statutory notice will be published before a final decision is taken in February 2014 whether or not the school will close.
Rachael Shimmin-Corporate Director Children & Adult’s Services Roseberry College & Sixth Form Durham County Council
Dear Parents/Carers and Governors,
Thank you to everyone who attended one or more of the consultation meetings held last week. The support was very much appreciated and there were many excellent questions and concerns raised.
There will be a meeting for parents/carers on Thursday 17th October at 6.30pm at the College when you will be able to:
• Hear the facts about the consultation and the College.
• Hear what the Governors are doing and plan to do.
• Hear how you can support Roseberry.
• Ask any questions.
• Have some help to complete response forms if needed.
Here is a list of ways you can respond to show your support for Roseberry, numbers 1 and 2 are most important.
On Friday 18th October 2013 we will hold a “Support Roseberry” day - £1.00 per student. It will be non-uniform day when the students can wear the red ribbons and/or T-shirts “Keep Calm and Save Roseberry”. The t-shirts are available at cost price of £5.00 (if you wish to donate more we have begun a fund to cover the expenses involved in this process). They will be sold at the College from Tuesday 15th October onwards.
We look forward to seeing you there,
Carol Forster. Ann Bowen.
Chair of Governors. Principal.
SUPPORT THE COLLEGE
This is how you can support the College. Numbers 1 and 2 are the most important and the deadline is November 8th 2013 for receipt at County Hall. Post is FREE or send it to College.
1 Consultation paper available in paper copy or online via DCC
Post letters to Adam Williams, School Places & Admissions Team, Children & Adult Services, Business Reply Service Licence Number DU63 (Freepost), Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5BR.
2 e-petition via DCC – http://democracy.durham.gov.uk/mgEPetition
3 38 degrees petition – 38degreesstopclosureofroseberryschool
4 Paper petition available in college or via students
5 Facebook page – support roseberry
6 Twitter - #saveroseberry
- Follow Carol Forster, Chair of Governors (@ForsterCarol)
- Follow Kevan Jones, MP (@KevanJonesMP)
- Follow Donna & Michelle@saveroseberry
Message from Carol Forster, Chair to the Governors
Hello Everyone ,
I am writing to you all today to express my profound shock and outrage at the proposal to close Roseberry and to update you on Governors’ actions to date in response to this proposal.
The governor’s do not support this proposal and are fully supportive of the school and the community in opposing such a move. Roseberry is a good ,small school that perfectly meets the need of its local community and can continue to do so for a long time to come.
Firstly ,may I begin by apologising for not contacting you earlier or in person but as you can appreciate my actions and concerns over the last few days have centred around communicating accurate, factual information to the main parties involved i.e. staff, young people and parents. This has then been followed by helping the senior management team to support both staff and young people as they
absorb the emotional and practical impact of such an announcement.
The next stage in the process is to ensure that ALL involved continue to be supported by ensuring that ALL our concerns and issues are heard as part of the consultation process.
Needless to say such a move by the Local Authority will have untold consequences on the lives and future of many and destroy a large part of a vibrant and close community.
The local authority feel they are justified in their proposal because the numbers on roll presently and over the next five years may make the school financially unsustainable and prevent the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.
They have made this proposal based on a budget that we, as a school and board of governors, have had no chance to review or check for accuracy and viability .
Therefore our initial plan of action then will be to prepare with the help of senior manager
s a full and accurate budget forecast for the next year and then the next five years. These forecasts will be based on up to date and realistic projections of student numbers and be supported by a comprehensive curriculum plan that will clearly show the school as viable and able to produce a curriculum menu (albeit with some collaboration at KS4 ) to match that on offer by our main “competitors”.
This will then be followed by a strategy to ensure the community, student and staff voice has the maximum opportunity to raise issues and objections to the proposal. This will be achieved in part by a strategic approach to communication that involves dispelling rumour and replacing it with fact. I have, today, asked the senior team to look into developing a rumour board online where staff, parents and young people can post rumours for checking out validity. I also intend to make these e bulletins a regular feature from now on .
I am intending to come to see staff at school tomorrow to explain some of the above further and hope to be present at some of the parents consultations. I will also be asking permission from governors at the full governing body consultation meeting on the 2nd October to approach and lobby local community forums and groups .
Can I make one final plea- You will hear lots of “gossip” in the following days and if you do nothing else to support the school can I implore you to replace all gossip as it grows with the facts as they are stated above . Thank You
Meanwhile if anyone wishes to contact me FOR ANY REASON please call 07834144325 between 6am and 11pm all week .I am also happy for people to e mail me at
Thank you for listening
Carol Forster. Chair to the Governors
Congratulations Year 13!
Year 13 have achieved the best A-level results that Roseberry has seen for over 5 years! August 2013 saw 100% of students achieve at least 2 x A level passes at grades A* - E with 59% of Year 13 achieving at least 2 x passes at A* - C. Most telling is that the Average Point Score per student (APS) has risen dramatically from last year’s previous best of 595 to a record 657. Amongst these results were some great personal stories such as that of Bethan Oakes who achieved A*AB in her three chosen A-levels. Bethan is now reading English at Newcastle University.
Although there is definitely still room for improvement, congratulations need to go to all students for their hard work.
I wish them all the very best for the future.
Assistant Principal / Head of Sixth Form
RCSF Celebrates Upper School Success
Thursday 19 September saw the annual Upper School Awards evening, where the college celebrated the success of 2012-13’s Year 11, 12 and 13 students. Mrs Parkin compered the evening and students received awards for Attainments and Progress across the curriculum at GCSE and in their chosen subjects at AS and A2 levels. The evening also saw the first presentation of the Endeavour Award to Reece Wheeler for his hard work and determination in his studies throughout his time at RCSF. Not only were his GCSE achievements celebrated but also the fact that in his five years here, Reece didn’t gain any negative behaviour points!! Mr Hawgood presented the final two awards of the evening with his usual inimitable flair! Ben Fraser received the Student of the Year for Year 11, having won eight other accolades during the course of the evening, and Bethan Oakes received the Student of the Year for Upper School due, in part to her outstanding A level results. Overall, the evening was entertaining and enjoyable for both staff, students and parents, and as one parent (and a certain game show host) put it, “Haven’t they done well”!
Future Business Magnates 2013 – The Awards Dinner
The Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe was again the venue for the FBM Awards Dinner. It has been another exciting year for all of the pupils involved in which they have learnt and achieved so much. This year pupils came up with a great idea a ‘What’s on’ magazine for secondary school pupils aged between 13 to 15 years old in County Durham because they research showed them there was not a ‘What’s on’ magazine for teenagers in County Durham. They decided to call the magazine ‘iteen magazine’ and put a lot of time into getting their branding right!And the teams hard work was rewarded as they won an award for ‘Best Brand Name & Marketing Slogan’. Well done to all pupils involved and a big thank you to Clare Mawhinney pictured below who represented two of the team members who could not make it to the awards dinner.
Year 8 Future Business Magnate pictured along with their Business Partner Keith Moffat from Inter-line (North East Limited).
Youth Sports Trust Water Sports Hub Project
In March we found out that we had been selected as one of only 9 schools in England to run a project to promote increased access to water sports for students in the area.
British Rowing and Canoe England are working with us to develop opportunities to get involved with Rowing and Canoeing. These were two very successful sports for Team GB at the Olympics.
We are going to develop indoor training and competitions in the winter and an afterschool club supported by Chester –le- Street Rowing Club in the autumn so students can get onto the water. We also hope to do some water sports activities off site for some students in their PE lessons.
Two year 9 students will help run the project and use their knowledge and leadership training to encourage others to get involved. We have already kick started the project with the 6th form BTEC sport students doing some Kayaking with Springboard Adventure at Hetton Lyons Country Park.
If anyone is interested in trying watersports over the summer months you can look up local canoe clubs below:-
http://www.gocanoeing.org.uk/go/ or get in contact with Chester- le- Street rowing club
http://www.clsarc.org/ Any student or parent wishing to know more can also contact Miss Ray in the PE Department.
Miss Ray – Department of PE and Sport