Friday, 22 March 2019

What's Coming Up (Wc 25.03.19)



March 2019
Greneway/Roysia
Y6 Mock SATs Week
Mon 25 – Thurs 28
Meridian
Y10 Cambridge Mosque
1000-1500
Weds 27
Greneway/Roysia
Y5&Y6 Informal Concert @ Greneway
1600-1700
Mon 28
April 2019
Meridian
Y11 GCSE Marketing Presentation – Business

Greneway/Roysia
KS2/3 Inspire Project
1435
Mon 01
Meridian
Y11 GCSE Marketing Presentation – Business
Tues 02
Meridian
Y11 GCSE Marketing Presentation – Business

RSAT
Y5-10 PSHE Day

Greneway/Roysia
Y5 Norfolk Journey Mtg
1830-1930
Weds 03
RSAT
Term Ends 1300
Fri 05
RSAT
Summer Term Begins
Tues 23


RSAT News




This week the Teacher of the week award goes to Mr Dowler. He was nominated by both staff and parents. His nominations came due to the fantastic Sports Hall athletics day that took place recently. Our SEN pupils benefitted from a SEND team and those who took part had a great time, commenting on the very enjoyable experience, resulting in a real confidence boost. Too often schools get accused of putting in an elitist teams, it’s great that Mr Dowler has made sure that sports is accessible for all. Well done Mr Dowler, and thank you.

Ms Chambers has been awarded our Non Teacher of the week award. As the C block cleaner Ms Chambers is an important staff member of our little C Block team.  No matter how sticky, painty or splattered the desks, floor or sinks get after a day of creativity in the art rooms (and they see a lot of life in a week) she calmly and professionally restores everything back to perfection. Sometimes it the little things have the biggest impact. Thank you Ms Chambers

Another busy week in Royston across the schools. I can now confirm that the Regional School Commissioners Office have approved the significant change case for the schools which I know will be a relief to those of you who wanted official confirmation. Thank you for taking part in the survey we conducted and it is clear that the results from both parents and students leans very much towards the school being named after King James. We are finalising the final make up of the name based around your feedback. The uniform will be as set out in my previous letter. I know for many of you this has been a long wait and we will continue to work together to get this through school to be the best thing that has happened for young people in Royston in a long time.

My team and I am excited about the changes and are busy working towards 23rd April, and you will have received information relating to the developments across the Trust. We have had additional traffic safety confirmed with a Lollipop person on Garden Walk form Easter and we are currently reviewing with both the Town hall and the Leisure centre, ways to improve parental drop off in the mornings. I will confirm these arrangements in due course.

Specific packs will be coming out to each year group to help people understand some of the transition arrangements for their children. For those of you from Roysia please do make sure you have filled in the transport survey we sent out to make sure we have accommodated every student getting to school on time. The school day will be running from 0835 until 1520 with the exception of Year 11. We are exploring options for Year 11 registrations at the start of the day and will inform you as soon as these details are finalised.

Across the Trust, pupils have excelled in Science and Music this week. A team from our Trust came second in the competition that they took part in yesterday. This evening we see pupils from across the sites performing at Youth Makes Music in Saffron Hall. It really will be an event to look forward to.



Next week sees the start of the Year 6 Mock SATs exams. I have been delighted with the preparation that has been taking place. SATs are important but so is your child's wellbeing. Balance is important and while we want them to do well please also spend some time this weekend allowing them to relax. I firmly believe one of the most important exam preparation strategies is relaxation and leisure.

Have a good weekend.


Mr G Farquhar

UKMT Maths Challenge
This week, 4 Year 8 pupils from took part in the Regional Finals of the highly competitive UKMT Team Maths Challenge at the University of Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences.  They were delighted to finish 8th out of 30 teams. Well done!




Year 7 Activity Week



Royston based group
A truly inspiring week for the yr7s gave opportunities for many varied activities that included excursions, projects and science.

 



Wales Group
Sixty two year seven pupils from across the academy had a wonderful week in Wales recently. The pupils spent five days using the beautiful town of Caernarvon as their base.  Among the exciting day trips were the opportunity to explore the Caernarvon Castle, take a walk on Snowdon, visit an eco friendly theme park and visit a copper mine.  They arrived back in school with many stories to tell and adventures to share - a great time was had by all.







Comic Relief
As part of a number of raising events to support Comic Relief, sixth formers baked and sold cakes to younger pupils .  The cakes were a great success and raised a significant amount of money for this very worthy cause.


Year 8 Science Event

Roysia and Greneway both had teams in the Year 8 Salters' Festival of Chemistry that took place today, at the University of Cambridge dep.t of Chemistry.

Both teams did really well, competing alongside a total of 18 schools from around East Anglia.

There were two separate competitions - the Salters' challenge and the University challenge. Teamwork and safe working also score points as well as solving all the codes and getting the correct results from all their experiments.  In addition they saw the very exciting and dynamic lecture given by Dr Peter Worthers.

Greneway were awarded 2nd place by the judges in the Salters' challenge. They won some small molecular modelling kits for themselves and a larger kit for Greneway school to keep. More importantly, of course, the honour and the glory of being recognised as 2nd best out of all the teams competing!

The Roysia team was Zac Moorley, Leo Sultana, Joeana Ochoa and Lilly Middleton.

The Greneway team was Summer Barford, Tristan Hatton, Cameron Thompson and Mila Schroeder.

Both teams were amazing!




Youth Makes Music
A large number of pupils and students from across Royston are performing in Youth Makes Music at Saffron Hall this evening. We wish them all the very best of luck. Thank you to Rotary for supporting this event each year and to Mrs Crosby and the music team for their coordination of such a large group of musicians.

The orchestra in rehearsals this week in preparation for the performance on Friday 22nd March.


Seussical
From next week, there will be many more rehearsals at lunchtimes and after school. (Usual music extra-curricular clubs will not be running) A detailed rehearsal schedule will be shared with all cast on Monday. Please ask your children to check it carefully and let Mrs Crosby know, in writing, if there are any rehearsals that they are unable to attend. It is really important that they are all learning their songs and going over any choreography and staging we have blocked.

You may be interested to know that the Bourn players are staging the full version of Seussical at Comberton Village College next week. Please follow the link below for more information

Informal Concerts
These have now been postponed until further notice and we hope to reschedule them in the summer term.

Celebration of 50 Years of Greneway


Tweet of the Week


Essential E-Safety




Friday, 15 March 2019

What's Coming Up (Wc 19.03.2019)



March 2019
Greneway/Roysia
Y5/6 County Sports Athletics Finals
0800- 1300

Greneway/Roysia
Y7  County Sports Athletics Finals
1200-1700

Tues 19
Greneway/Roysia
Y6 Maths SATs Focus Day @ Greneway
Weds 20
RSAT
Youth Makes Music @Saffron Walden
1230-2100
Fri 22
Greneway/Roysia
Y6 Mock SATs Week
Mon 25 – Thurs 28
Meridian
Y10 Cambridge Mosque
1000-1500
Weds 27
Greneway/Roysia
Y5&Y6 Informal Concert @ Greneway
1600-1700
Mon 28


RSAT News





This has been another busy week across the schools. Our Year 7 students have all been involved in additional events this week, some on their school journey to Wales and others on an activity filled week in Royston. Both groups have had to contend with the challenges of the weather but have not let this spoil their enjoyment. I did get a little bit wet today at Mountfitchet Castle with Mr Crook, but it wasn't too bad. Photos from the events can been seen on our Twitter feed, via the school website.

Today, our 6th form pupils have been helping the school support Red Nose Day. Pupils have enjoyed the many cakes baked by 6th form students with all contributions going to the cause. Mary Berry would be proud !!

This week our Non teacher of the week goes to Mrs Piper. With a number of staff involved in both the school journey and the activity week, Mrs Piper has ensured that all additional school duties were covered, many by herself. Thank you Mrs Piper.

Teacher of the week goes to Miss Cornwell, 2nd science, Miss Cornwell was nominated because of the amazing planning for all the events for Science Week across all three sites and all the year groups. She has certainly gone above and beyond with all the extracurricular activities she organises, to not only inspire students but create a sense of awe and wonder about Science. Every detail was thought of and all students catered for to ensure that there was something for everyone to enjoy. Fabulous job! Thank you Miss Cornwell

Thank you all for your contributions and support in recent weeks in relation to our school developments. I will be writing to you all next week to give you some further updates.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs G Farquhar

International Summit 2019 - Monday 4th March
Royston Schools Academy Trust welcomed students from schools in twin towns Grossalmerode Germany and Villanueva de la Canada this Monday for an International Summit.

In mixed groups of English, Spanish and German, students discussed how to protect the environment and the benefits of learning languages.

Despite some language barriers and students not knowing each other, they engaged in discussion about action they already take as well as what else they, their schools and countries could do to protect the environment.   Students also shared their thoughts about the numerous benefits of learning languages such as job opportunities, building confidence, understanding others from different cultures, making travelling fun and improving the brain, reducing the onset of dementia.

Vice-Chairs for Spain (Jane Dottridge) and Germany (Ruth Brown) from Royston’s Twinning Association were both present and were impressed by the discussions.  “It was a privilege to be involved in such a wonderful opportunity and see young people from these three countries collaborating on these important topics.”

This was a great start to the week for RSAT’s first Spanish Exchange Programme with 17 students hosting our Spanish partners.  Nora, one Spanish student said,  “It was nice to meet other people from different countries and communicate with them even if you don’t know their language.”

Poster Competition
Years 5-9 can participate in the British Science Week Poster Competition. 

Years 5-6 enter the junior category and Years 7-9 in the senior category.


There will be a prizes for the best posters in school and these will be entered into the national competition (we are only allowed 5 entries per school).

Deadline for entries to Science teachers in 22nd March.


Raising Awareness
We will be raising student awareness linked to the dangers of trespassing on railway tracks.  Resources shared by Learn Live linked to Network Rail will be used to support sessions. All students will have the opportunity to watch a relevant safety video (primary or secondary) led by a safety manager from Network Rail which explains why it is really important to stay safe near the tracks.   

Inspire Project
All year 5 - 8 pupils across Roysia and Greneway are now halfway through the Inspire project. The aims of the project are to raise awareness of mental well-being by helping pupils to think about how they can develop safe coping behaviours, and identify and access appropriate support networks if they need to.   Session topics will cover safety, rights and responsibilities, managing stress, and healthy relationships.

We are so fortunate as a school to a part of this National pilot, commissioned by the Department for Education, to improve strategies for safety and well-being. The project has been created by The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, an evidence-based children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. 

Chamber Concert
A group of students from Meridian performed in a Chamber Concert at the Royston Methodist Church last night. It was a wonderful evening of solos and small ensembles with additional items from band and choir. Congratulations to everyone involved













Rotary Youth Makes Music Event - 22nd March 2019
Tickets for the concert are still available and can be obtained directly from the Saffron Hall box office. https://saffronhall.com.  It promises to be a fantastic event, showcasing musicians from the schools across Royston.



Celebration of 50 Years of Greneway



Friday, 8 March 2019

What's Coming Up (Wc 11.03.2019)

March 2019
RSAT
Science Week Begins

Greneway/Roysia
Y7 Wales School Journey/Activity Week

Meridian
Y9 STEM
Mon 11
Meridian
Methodist Church Chamber Concert
1900-2100
Thurs 14
Greneway/Roysia
Y5/6 County Sports Athletics Finals
0800- 1300

Greneway/Roysia
Y7  County Sports Athletics Finals
1200-1700

Tues 19
RSAT
Youth Makes Music @Saffron Walden
1230-2100
Fri 22