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RAS News   

Friday 1 October 2021 


Upcoming Calendar Events

Tuesday 5 October and Wednesday 6 October 
GCSE Drama Practical Exam (Invite Only) 3.45-5.15pm 

Thursday 7 October 
Year 11 Study Skills Evening, 5-7pm (Main Hall) 

Wednesday 13 October 
Introduction to GCSE study, 6-7pm (Main Hall)

Thursday 14 October 
Year 7 and Year 12 - Meet the tutor face to face, 5-7pm (Further details will be sent) 

Thursday 21 October 
Year 13 Parents Evening, (Virtual) 5-7.30pm 

Friday 22 October 
Term 1 Ends 

Monday 1 November 
Term 2 starts (Week B) 
 

You can find the calendar on the school website which is updated constantly. 
You can also add the relevant Year group events directly to your phone. See here for further information. 
 

A message from the Headteacher...


October is here already. This brings a change in the weather and ‘Strictly’ if you are a fan. It is also time to plant some tulip bulbs around school. I always look forward to doing this knowing that in March I helped create that little bit of beauty to brighten the day. If you would like to come along and help plant some bulbs, please come and join us at 10am on Saturday 2 October. You will need to bring a trowel or spade. We will provide the bulbs and compost.

Open Events 

Thank you to all the guides who supported. As always, they were amazing and great ambassadors of the school. These are great events that highlight our ethos and values.

Transport 

WECA (West of England Combined Authority) along with BANEs were invited to the school on Thursday to review the number of children using buses. They are the budget holders for public transport and have received funds as part of a National Strategy. We will inform you as soon as we know their plans. We are aware that the buses are arriving late. Students who arrive late on buses will not be asked to do detentions or given C2s for something that is out of their control. This is monitored every day and the House Team record any late buses. We continue to try to work with the bus companies to improve their service.

Covid update

Current cases in school are.

• Year 7: 0 LFT, 2 PCR
• Year 8: 2 LFT, 2 PCR
• Year 9: 0 LFT, 3 PCR
• Year 10: 3 LFT, 4 PCR
• Year 11: 1 LFT, 0 PCR
• Year 1213: 1 LFT, 0 PCR

We are continuing to monitor and consult with Public Health England on all cases.

Vaccinations

The school provided a venue for all students whose parents have consented to have the vaccine. Despite having a full team, they did not manage to complete all year groups. They will inform us of a date when they will return to vaccinate the remaining students. All students were thoroughly checked for consent. No students were allowed into the waiting area without consent from their parent or guardian.

A message from the Deputy Headteacher... 

 

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you and your loved ones are well, and the return to school has been positive for the young people in your care.

My name is Angus Harrison, and I was appointed as the new Deputy Head at Ralph Allen this September. It has been a whirlwind first month, with lots of names to learn and procedures to understand, but already the school feels like home and now seems the most appropriate time to introduce myself.

My background is curricular: I trained to teach through the TeachFirst scheme, returning to work for the company as a teacher trainer in my summer holidays. I have worked predominantly in Teaching & Learning, and Curriculum: as Head of Science, Lead Teacher of Science, National Lead Practitioner, Assistant Head in charge of Professional Development, and most recently Deputy Head at Valentines High School, in East London. I actively sought to up skill myself and gained accreditation through a Masters in Educational Leadership and recognition as a Specialist Leader of Education in Science.

I come from Bristol, and the call to return had always been present, and in recent years it proved impossible to resist. I’m very much looking forward to continuing Mr Chantry’s work on our curriculum offer, listening to the students and finding ways to make sure we meet their needs, and of course working with you all to ensure students produce their personal best, and enjoy their time here at Ralph Allen.

The highlight of the last month has been the numerous individual conversations with students about themselves – their interests, their experiences, and their viewpoints on things. I’ve heard from students at Ralph Allen about computer games, guitars, skateboards, football teams, rugby teams, siblings, TV shows, favourite subjects, motorbikes, banger racing, photography, Bath traffic, and nails (of both the finger variety, and the construction variety) amongst others during break and lunchtimes.

Before I go, allow me to take the opportunity to make you aware that we are beginning to now set homework on Teams, as well as writing it in planners. This should mean it is easier for you to monitor what has, and hasn’t been set and that we are not overloading students with work but are appropriately maximising classroom learning.

Teachers should be setting homework at regular intervals following set curriculum material. An appropriate time should be given to complete the tasks and allow students to manage their workload. To support and review our homework, we are asking teachers to focus on the skills required and clear communication around the time required to complete. I will write to parents again at the start of term 2 to complete a survey on feedback to support our quest to provide a rich and meaningful work outside of the classroom.

Have a great Autumn, I will hope to meet many of you at the upcoming parents events and Sixth Form Open Evening.

Angus Harrison
Deputy Headteacher 

Former RAS Student wins an EMMY 


Former student, Adam Hawkins has recently been awarded an Emmy. He was Executive Producer of a documentary series - Stanley Tucci Searching Italy. 

An excellent achievement, well done Adam! 

Extra-Curricular 

Toby Osgood - Avon Badminton County Success 


Toby played in the county closed at Gordano school last weekend. He played in all 3 disciplines, singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
They won all of their matches in the box league apart from the final where they had 3 championship  points in a very tight 3 set match against new arrivals from Hong Kong. Unfortunately they lost 21-20 in the last set.

In the boys u14 singles, Toby won his group and played another boy from Hong Kong in the semi finals winning in 3 sets, but unfortunately lost a very close finals match to the No.1 seed. 

An incredible effort and achievement from Toby. Well done! 

Thankyou! 


We can all agree that the impact teachers have on us and on our children is significant. We've all had this one teacher that made a difference to our lives and education and we may never have had the chance to thank them before we went to get on with our lives and futures.

We've installed a thank you box at main reception for you to pass on any thank you messages to any member of RAS- not just teachers.  The cards will then be handed out to the relevant staff at the end of each day.

Alternatively, you can email RAS-thankyou@ralphallenschool.com with any messages you'd like to be given out. Thank you! '

Bulb Planting - Saturday 2 October 


Ralph Allen is so fortunate to have beautiful grounds surrounding its buildings, areas for students and staff to enjoy as they move through their school day. RAS Gardening Group are a band of parent volunteers who help to look after the borders and beds, meeting on the first Saturday of the month, from 10 - midday. We are a friendly bunch, fuelled by tea, cake and lots of chat, we would love for you to join us, for a session now and again or regularly, whichever you are able to manage.

For our October session we will be adding to the Spring bulbs already planted around the site, this is always a particularly lovely session, looking ahead and planting for the Spring. We hope you can come along and join us!

Foreign books required 


The MFL department are trying to set up a languages section in our lovely library so that students can borrow some foreign books to read. We want to prioritise novels and classics in French and Spanish and will then see if we have space for more languages. As books can be very expensive, we thought we would ask our lovely Ralph Allen Community if anyone could make any donations. You may have some French or Spanish books that could use a new home, or you may want to make a money contribution – we will welcome anything.

Reading classics (or even Harry Potter) in a foreign language was an amazing experience we all had as teachers and we would like our young people to be offered the same opportunity.

If you have any questions or any ideas for us, please email Miss Sans at RAS-c.sans@ralphallenschool.com
We thank you in advance for your generosity!
 
 

Math's Learning School League 


Eedi has offered all Year 5 to Year 9 (ages 9 to 14) families free access to Eedi School League, a 100% free maths learning league designed to motivate children to build maths confidence.

With the Eedi tutoring platform, students will get unlimited access to practice questions, review videos and the chance of winning prizes for their commitment and consistency. You'll also get weekly reports from Eedi on how they're doing.

Eedi is designed to feel more like a fun game rather than extra work. Your child will earn Streak points by setting a Routine and sticking to their weekly learning.

Eedi will hold weekly competitions and prize draws to boost motivation and engagement, giving away real prizes (from iPads to Amazon vouchers) for students and schools as they build their streak scores.

To learn more, visit the official Eedi School League website. Signing up is easy and takes less than 5 minutes.

If you have questions on the invitation, please contact Eedi directly on family@eedi.com.

Collecting students at the end of the day


We have had Wessex Water along with residents of Flatwoods Crescent contact us to say that parents are waiting to collect their children from the entrances causing issues with traffic. A busy working office such as Wessex Water is not an appropriate or safest place to pick up students. 

Flatwoods Crescent is a private road and therefore you cannot wait to pick up from this point either. The residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with parents ignoring fact it is a private road. 

We thank you for your co-operation. 
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There are so many wonderful things that take place throughout the school all year round and it would be shame not to share this with you all. We have recently got a new Twitter account which is - @RalphAllenBath1, our Facebook can be seen here - @RalphAllenSchool . We also have a new Instagram account - @ralphallenschool1. Give us a follow on each to keep updated with all the news from RAS. 
 

We Are Recruiting 


We have a number of exciting support staff vacancies available. Please have a look here for further information on the different posts. 
 


 
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