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RAS News   

Friday 22 October 2021 


Upcoming Calendar Events

Monday 1 November 
Term 2 starts (Week B) 

Thursday 4 November 
Year 11 Post 16 Conference (in school)
Year 11 Parents' Evening, 5-7.30pm 

Monday 8 November 
GCSE Solo Performance Exams 
GCSE Maths resits 

Tuesday 9 November 
GCSE Solo Performance Exams 

Thursday 11 November 
Sixth Form Open Evening 5.30-8.30pm (More info to follow)

Friday 12 November 
INSET DAY - No students in school 
 

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. 
 

Coronavirus Information 


Below shows the current positive cases within the school. 
 

Awaiting PCR result: 

  • Year 7: 8
  • Year 8: 7
  • Year 9: 6
  • Year 10: 2
  • Year 11: 6
  • Sixth Form: 5

Positive PCR:

  • Year 7: 43
  • Year 8: 15
  • Year 9: 9
  • Year 10: 16
  • Year 11: 24
  • Sixth Form: 9

After a discussion with Public Health England they have given us advice they would like us to share with all our parent/carers. Please see the full letter here. 

Further information will be sent out regarding any changes or restrictions that may have to be put in place after half term. 

Wishing you all a lovely break.

My Fair Lady - Help Needed - COSTUMES

 
As you are aware the school production of 'My Fair Lady' is now underway. The auditions are completed and the company are learning the songs, as we begin to rehearse in earnest!
 
A school production is always an enormous undertaking and relies on the whole school community to support us with props, set, costumes etc. We are looking for a team of volunteers to 'take on’ the making / adapting of costumes, as My Fair Lady is a particular challenge in this area. Our ideal scenario is a team of volunteers who would be willing and able to make simple cast costumes and / or adapt, take in etc For instance we have been scouring charity shops to purchase black and white costumes which can be adapted for the famous Ascot scene!
 
If you would like to be involved in any way with costumes, please let us know be sending an e mail to RAS-c.oleary@ralphallenschool.com
 
We hope to have a meeting in term 2 to share our vision and discuss how you can help. Many thanks, we look forward to hearing from you,  

The Drama and Music Departments.
 
 

Frantic Assembly workshop


On Tuesday 19 October, twenty two GCSE Drama and A Level Theatre Studies students took part in a workshop led by the internationally renowned theatre company, Frantic Assembly. Most famously, Frantic Assembly are responsible for the creation of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” but all the theatre they create has a strong collaboration between movement, design, music and text.

The students taking part in the workshop worked collaboratively across the years, producing outstanding choral work, many pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone. It was a privilege to watch the students using the skills they have developed in Drama in a different context. The workshop leader, Linzy, was impressed with the high level of focus, concentration and teamwork displayed by our students at Ralph Allen, as well as the high standards of their performance work.
 
Our ‘A’ Level students study “Frantic Assembly” as part of their devised project and so we are really pleased that we were able to offer them the opportunity to work with the actual practitioners themselves. It was also great to be able to offer this opportunity to potential students of Drama within our GCSE groups.
 
Frantic’s ethos is “about collaboration, of empowerment, of that constant desire to improve. It is about telling stories in a voice we don't always hear and about finding talent in places we don't always look.” This was certainly seen in abundance in our students throughout the workshop. What an amazing experience!
 
The Drama Department
 

Modern Pentathlon Games 


Stanley (year 8), Jacob (year 8) and Glesni (year 9) all competed in the Modern Pentathlon Games last weekend, representing RAS at Bath University against at least 70 other students in their age group. They all had to complete a swim and run at varying distances. 

They had been training hard within school and outside of school.  A big well done for all your training.
 

RAS Netball 


We had our first fixture in over a year on Wednesday! It was great to see so many year 7, year 8 and year 9 girls and boys out representing the school at Netball on such a lovely evening as well. We played Oldfield and St Greg’s schools in a round robin tournament with lots of great play and close games. Players of the match included; Year 7 - Jemima, Izzy, Millie and Gracie. Year 8 - Tilly Hammond and Josie Riley and Year 9 -Florence and Alexandra - well done girls!
 

Informal Careers Event - Wednesday 17 November


Ralph Allen School is repeating its very successful annual Informal Careers Event for students in Years 10 - 13 on Wednesday 17 November 2021 from 9am to 12 noon. 

Our students were not able to benefit from our Work Experience programme this year, due to the Covid pandemic, so the careers event will be more important than ever for them. The aim is for students to have the opportunity to talk about different jobs with the people who are actually doing them.

It can be an inspiring experience for all involved and very helpful in supporting our students to make choices about their future careers and for them to make contact about potential work experience placements. If you would like to volunteer your time for a few hours, please save the date and email: RAS-administration.officer@ralphallenschool.com with your name, job title and a couple of sentences about what your work involves.

Year 13 EPQ 


Year 13 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students have been giving their presentations on a fantastic range of topics as part of the final stages of the qualification. EPQ students can choose to research an area of their choice beyond the scope of their A levels and either write a 5,000 word academic report or create an artefact such as a piece of art, a film etc. At the end of the project, they give a presentation; Year 12 students came to watch several of the presentations to find out if this was something they would like to undertake this year.
 
This year’s EPQs were particularly impressive and covered a very wide range of topics. Renewable energy was popular with Fin Thomas researching ‘Are Lithium-ion batteries sustainable for the predicted future growth in electric cars?’ and Will Nicholson looking at ‘Which solar technology is best suited to meet the energy demands of the 21st Century? - A comparative analysis.’ Other science based projects included Becca Sneyd’s fascinating ‘Extreme beliefs: a comparison of the reasons people fall for cults and conspiracy theories’, Kora Franklin’s ‘Why are low calorie diets so difficult to maintain in terms of weight loss?’, Jonas Rawling’s ‘Should all species of shark be globally protected’ and Minka Brett’s ‘To what extent could placebos be prescribed as viable medical treatment in everyday medical practice?’. Max Norman wins the prize for the most enthusiastic presenter on his topic ‘How best to establish and maintain an early stages colony on Mars’.
 
Arts and humanities topics were also very well represented with Emily Bardzil’s interesting exploration of ‘The Influence of the Cold War on Visual Art: A comparison between the USA and the USSR 1945 -1962’, Evie Skellern’s ‘How has evangelicalism influenced American Politics from 1900 to the present day’ and another America based project with Selma Crespo-Nield’s investigation into ‘To what extent has disneyization damaged American society in the late 20th and early 21st centuries?’ Grace Badger-Stevens investigated the question ‘Do we have a moral obligation to protect endangered languages?’ while Max Bingham went far back in history to research ‘Atenism - How Akhenaten Imposed a New Order in Egypt’.
 
Two students decided to create an artefact this year; Elyisa worked extremely hard ‘Designing and Creating an Outfit Inspired by Trends from Previous Decades that would Appeal to a Modern Teenager’ – she designed and made a very effective butterfly top and wrap around skirt. Sagar Chaddha came up with the idea of ‘Creating a hate incident report app’. He even worked with BANES and a Bristol based charity, SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) on this and we are very excited that both BANES and SARI are keen to use and develop Sagar’s app.
 
A massive well done to all the EPQ students and what they have achieved with their projects over the year! Thank you, too, to Mrs Bryden and Ms Byham for their role as supervisors this year.
 
K Rutter, Deputy Head of Sixth Form
 

Bookbuzz for year 8 students 


BookBuzz for Year 8 Students - a flagship reading programme from The Book Trust.
 
This year the English department have been lucky enough to sign up our Year 8 students up for this wonderful reading programme. The aim of the programme is to get them excited about books and given recent events, we believe these students deserve this excitement!
 
The programme allows all Year 8 students to choose a book from 17 exciting titles, take it home and keep it. During an English lesson and a library session, students will be shown all the amazing books on offer and be expected to make their choice by Friday 5th November - the week we return to school. When orders have gone in, the students will expect to start reading them in the spring term. Also, as part of the programme, we now have two sets of all the titles on offer for the school library for any student to take out so if they find it tricky to pick, they can always come and take another one. 
 
We would encourage you to watch the video again (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc7kM9KArjk ) or browse the titles, take quizzes and see what the authors think via the student zone ( https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookbuzz/students/) over half term to make sure your child is choosing a book they'll be excited to read! 
 
 

Ralph Allen School - French and Spanish Library 


We would like to open a French and Spanish section in the library to enthuse our students about reading in a foreign language. As foreign books are difficult to find and expensive to buy, we need your support and will welcome any donations you can make. Any amount you can spare will make a difference!

https://app.investmycommunity.com/ralph-allen-school-2667

Thank you so much in advance.

The MFL team 

Parent Circle - Thursday 18 November 


Hi Parents and Carers
 
Before half-term starts, we wanted to remind you that our next Parent Circle will be on Thursday 18 November. 
It will be the first time that we have gathered in person since the pandemic began, so we are really excited and looking forward to sitting in a room together!
We'll be meeting downstairs in the Lee Sixth Form Centre 6.30-8pm as we used to.
You can come for as long as you can manage as we know this time of day can be tricky for parents. So feel free to squeeze in around dinner, football practice and club pick-ups.
 
We had a lovely time at the last session with lots of new year 7 parents joining and a chance to really connect with each other and talk about all sorts of things school-related that people found helpful and supportive. We always have a different mix of parents coming along and at that meeting, we had lots of parents who have joined the school having arrived from a variety of different countries and it was great to feel the diversity of the Ralph Allen School community and how the school had been able to support these students and families. 
 
We never know what the conversation might bring as there is always a different mix of people and topics that come up. It would be great if you could register here so we know roughly how many people are coming along.  Also if the covid cases continue to rise and we have to change to meeting online we will easily be able to 
contact anyone who is intending to come and send out a zoom link instead. 
 
Just to say we are trialling Parent Circle walks this year and our first one is in January. 
The intention is that we will meet in Sulis Car Park at about 8.40 after morning school drop off. 
So do also sign up for this if you'd like to come along for a short early morning walk so we have an idea of numbers. 
 
Fingers crossed we will all be able to meet on Thursday 18 November, 6.30-8 pm at the Lee Sixth Form Centre.
 
Have a great half term in the meantime.
 
All the best
 
Niki, Isabel, Lucinda, Michelle, Sharon and Jamie -  the Parent Circle team
 
P.S. we are all RAS parents, Parent Circle is run for us by us!  - if you would like to get involved in supporting and running Parent Circle with us do get in touch RAS-parent.circle@ralphallenschool.com
 

Gardening Group Activity - Saturday 6 November, 10am - 12pm 


Autumn is the time for a big tidying of our gardens, and our session on November 6 will focus on the garden beds around the Lee Centre (Sixth form block). We will be weeding the beds and cutting back any broken stems from the summer flowering plants, leaving as much as possible to provide cover for the insects, birds and small mammals through the Winter months.

We have some lovely mulch available to us which we will then spread over the beds providing some nutrients for the soil and a weed barrier for the warmer Spring weather next year.

Come along and join us in this Autumn activity. Bring gloves, a wheelbarrow if you have one, and help us cover the ground for the growing season next year. We’ll have hot drinks, cakes and warm welcoming smiles. We would love to see you.
 

Covid-19 immunisations 


If you have any questions regarding the Covid-19 immunisation, please contact 

IMMUNISATIONS (VIRGIN CARE LTD) vcl.immunisations@nhs.net or Tel 0300 247 0082

You can also access this via the Virgin care website with frequently asked Q&A’s Virgin Care Immunisations

Our school nurse, Julie Richardson is unbale to answer any quieries surrounding this topic. 
 

Free Maths Event 

 

Celebrating the 2021 United Nation’s Climate Change Talks that are taking place in the UK in November 2021, the IMA South West England and Wales branch invites GCSE and A-level Mathematics students and teachers to Different Flavours of Mathematics event.

Professor Chris Budd and PhD students from the University of Bath will talk about the Mathematics of Climate followed by a presentation on various mathematics rich degrees including actuarial maths, operational research, engineering and mathematics and statistics. Students will be shown some resources to help developing their mathematical talent from the AMSPFMSPWSTEM Ambassadors network, and IMA.

This event is organised and run by the IMA and as such all correspondence should be through their channels. The AMSP are advertising the event in support of their shared goals.
 

Other Information

The event will take place via Zoom on 10th Nov, 18:00-19:30. The event is free for IMA members and non-members but registration is compulsory, to register please contact Gemma Reeves at branches@ima.org.uk by 1pm on the day of the talk. 

In order to comply with child protection policies anyone under the age of 18 is required to attend the event in presence of their parent/guardian. Only parents/guardians are required register.

Joshua Grinstead is raising money for pancreatic cancer 


One of our students, Joshua Grinstead is raising money for pancreatic cancer in memory of his Grandma. Joshua will be walking, running and cycling 24 miles in 24 days. 

If you would like to sponsor Joshua, his just giving page can be found here Pancreatic Cancer UK - Joshua Grinstead 

BUSES: Changes to the 228, R2 and new R3 service - from 1 November


West of England Combined Authority have reviewed our Bus provision, they have listened to your concerns about your children not being able to get to school or getting to school late. They have not been able to address everything in this review,  however the school feels that this is a step in the right direction. There will be a further review with new proposals next summer. The school will be asking for more flexibility with tickets, as this is something that you find difficult. The bus providers who work with the school have worked hard to keep the services viable and fit for purpose.

For further information regarding changes to the routes set out from 1 November,  please view here on our website. 
 

Policies 


The equalities policy has just been updated and finalised. You can view this on our website here. 
 
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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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