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November

 

Much Ado About Nothing Mask Mania!

 

Over the half term holidays, Miss Heslehurst's 8G1 class created masks from the Shakespeare play 'Much Ado about Nothing'. They were supposed to be themed around the play itself, however, the masks ended up ranging from a robot, a 'dobby' style mask from Harry Potter, wolves with white feathers, a peacock and various other weird and wonderful designs! (Well she did tell us that we could be as creative as we liked!)

We caught up with some of the students from the group, who were more than happy to share their stories behind the creation of their masks.

Hallie, 8G1, told us her 'pelephant', which was a mix between an elephant and a peacock was designed to 'uncover people's mysterious identities' - very much like the people in the play itself. Wow, well done Hallie!

Lottie, 8G1, shows us her dark side with black swan-inspired mask, which she says 'brings out the darkest and lightest sides of characters.' Clever!!

 

Matthew, 8G1, took three hours to make his 'Tiggy' mask, which he explains represents the 'feisty identity found in some of the characters in Much Ado about Nothing.'

We love the thinking behind it guys. A good effort had by all - well done!

Article by Student Journalist Jonny Hind.

 


Samaritans Purse - Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We're a very charitable school here at Ian Ramsey CE Academy and this November, Emily Y. from 7A kindly decided to start the Samaritans Purse in school. Our reporter James Hawkes was lucky enough to catch a very busy Emily to chat to her about her good deeds.

James: So emily, why did you decide to run the Samaritans Purse in school?

Emily: Hi James. We do it through church. I wanted to help the children who aren't as wealthy and give them something back. A surprise of presents! They are shoeboxes filled with presents for people who are less fortunate than us.

James: That's very kind of you. Where will you be sending these shoe boxes?

Emily: We took them to Shoe Zone in Stockton and they will be taken to the collection point for Samaritans Purse.

James: Wow, that is great. How long have you been doing this Emily?

Emily: I have been doing this for over 10 years and I will continue to do so!

Here at the Ian Ramsey news team, we think the work Emily has done has been amazing. She even got a GOLD CROSS award for her incredible charitible efforts! Well done Emily!

PHOTOGRAPHS TO FOLLOW.

Article by Student Journalist James Hawkes.

 



Ian Ramsey Academy help Salvation Army

Following on from our students' work with Samaritans Purse, we're also helping the Salvation Army out this Christmas.

In our community at Ian Ramsey CE Academy, various year 11 students are part of a group who are working on a project for The Salvation Army. Their aims are for every tutor group in the school to fill a banana box full of non-perishable food, so that when the Salvation Army come they can take the food away and distribute it to the people who are less fortunate and in desperate need this Christmas.

Our target to beat is 700 items of food, which is what we hit 2 years ago - and we're so close to hitting that target again! We'd like to aim for more, so we ask for all students to be donating as much as possible and if you're unsure of what you can donate, just ask a member of staff for more details.

We are proud of our school and the contributions we are making. We hope we can at least make a little bit of a difference to those in need this Winter.

Article by Student Journalist Joseph Dargue.

 

Homework, you say? A piece of cake!

For many years, countless students have claimed that 'their dog ate their homework' but there are very few who could say their homework was eaten by their entire class - including their teacher Mrs Ince! Good excuse? Oh you haven't heard anything yet...


This is exactly what happened when Isobel L. from English 7L2 had a unique idea to make her homework a piece of cake - quite literally.

 

 

After learning about the experience of visiting The Globe Theatre, where William Shakespeare's plays were performed in the 16th and 17th century, 7L2 were given a choice of homework tasks to complete that would demonstrate their knowledge of this topic.

 


A week later, Isobel arrived at school with a model of the infamous Globe Theatre - made ENTIRELY out of cake! The attention to detail was commendable: the sheltered galleries where the gentry of the period were seated; the roofless theatre pit where the poorer 'groundlings' or 'stinkards' stood and even a stage made out of chocolate! Is your mouth watering yet?!

 

Generous Isobel even brought napkins so that the cake could be cut and shared with her class mates and everybody agreed that the cake tasted just as good as it looked.

 

A huge well done to Isobel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

 

 

 

A glowing report!

 

 

 

As of a week ago, we are very proud to be part of a ‘Good’ academy.

Here at The News Team, we are incredibly proud to be part of a ‘Good’ academy. Some of us remember the last inspection and have enjoyed seeing the academy grow.

We asked our fellow pupils how they felt about the newest grading.

 

 

Nathan: Year 7 - Tutor 7R:

How did you feel getting interviewed by Ofsted? "It wasn't that scary because we were just in our classroom and the inspector was friendly; he just asked us questions."

What questions did he ask you? "Is there bullying at school? Are there trouble makers in your class? I just answered honestly."

Jamal: Year 7 - Tutor 7Y

How did you feel getting interviewed? "I was walking to the LRC and the inspectors asked me how I was fitting in and how I was doing. It just felt like I was talking to an adult who was asking me questions and it wasn't worrying. It was quite exciting."

What questions did they ask you? "How I was, how I was fitting in, if I knew where everything was and if I have made new friends. I have really enjoyed my first few weeks so it was easy to answer."

 

Ofsted means a lot to our school and to get a report of ‘Good’ means a lot to the academy and the community we live in. Mrs Booth, Mr Janes and the rest of SLT congratulated us in Worship and rightly so because the good behaviour, sense of friendship and kindness and excellent learning around the school was (and is) fantastic. Here, at The News Team, we understand that all the credit can't go just to the children because the staff were outstanding too with their learning and teaching skills - and don't forget the support staff. We feel very lucky to be a member of the academy.


We are here together to learn, to grow and to serve.

Well done everyone! 

Reported by Joseph Dargue

 

 

 

 

 

‘Write some better rubbish’

 

                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

Getting advice from an established author.

 

On Monday 16th October, Miss Heslehurst’s class of 8G1 were invited to an author’s event at Conyers’ School and had the opportunity to ask the author, Michael Grant, some literary questions. Mr Grant was a fabulous speaker and students enjoyed hearing his stories. Jonny Hind, a News Team journalist was lucky enough to be part of the visiting group. Let’s hear what he had to say about the event:

 

‘First of all we asked him why he worked alongside his wife whilst writing his first novel. His reply was, ‘my wife was already an author and she inspired me, if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have been where I am today.’

 

Mr Grant’s father worked in the army, therefore, they moved around a lot – meaning that he had no settled life. As a result, Mr. Grant was naughty as a child and as a teenager. He kept on stressing to us, ‘I am not a good role model’, at one point Mr Grant was even arrested for burglary and lived on the streets! When he was at this point, he found his passion for writing! He told us this he made very silly choices when he was younger and only when he started to make good choices, was he successful. I think we can make good choices now and be successful earlier. 

 

We asked him what advice he would give to budding authors. He replied, ‘write something rubbish, make it better rubbish, make it the best rubbish’. He added ‘just start writing!’ I think this is great advice. 

 

Thank you for inviting us, it was fantastic!

Reported by Jonny Hind

 

 

 

 

 

A chilly lesson to learn

 

 

 

 

Over the course of the last two weeks, there were two Geography trips that took place – one to ‘Arkle Beck’ in Richmond, and the other to the Lake District.

The purpose of the trip was to enthuse and support both year 10 and 11 students with their GCSE Geography examinations.

I personally think it did help because I now know a lot more than I did before! The purpose of the first trip to Arkle Beck was to study rivers; measurements and flow of the rivers. The fieldwork that we carried out was to measure the width of the river and measure the river depth every 10cm to see if it became deeper, shallower or stayed the same.

We examined ten rocks at different parts of the river and measured the roundness index of each one. My favourite part of this fieldwork was when we got to measure the velocity by dropping a satsuma in the river and letting it float down the river to a specific distance and then we had to catch it. We had to carry out this part of our coursework ten times at each site so by the end of the day, I was very very cold. I also got my foot stuck under a rock and had to get my friend to help me get out of the river!

The next trip was just for year 11s. We visited the Lake District for this trip and the fieldwork operation was carried out by a local group who showed us how to do a variety of different activities ranging from measuring footpaths to map reading. 


I think I preferred, even though it was cold, the trip to Arkle Beck because I felt I learned more from the experience and I enjoyed spending time in the river. I think both trips will be useful for my GCSE Geography work. 

 

Reported by Isabelle Field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY

 

 

 

Year 7 Ferien

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday the 10th of July, year 7 pupils travelled to Cologne for 3 days. It was a long, sixteen hour bus journey including an hour on the ferry which landed in France, then it was a long bus trip to Germany; but it was worth it! Once we arrived at the hostel, we were advised to go put our bags in our rooms once we got our key, then we went down to the lobby and waited for tea (yummy spaghetti bolognaise!)

We were exhausted – we all went to bed

After a good night’s rest, we went to a chocolate factory, had shopping spree and a wild time at the zoo!

 

 

                                                                                    

 

Still smelling like chocolate from the morning event and after our pockets were emptied, it was time for the zoo; it was brilliant! There were loads of flamingos and a couple of ducks in the same area. We wandered about looking at the animals, eating ice cream, and there was even a play park with animal themed statues. By 17.15, we were on the bus back to the hostel to have tea, a shower and off to bed.

The next morning, we went to ‘Phantasialand’ - an amazing theme park - it was pouring down with rain, but we loved it anyway. Students went on a range of ride – some taller students were able to get on more than others. The day’s events were tiring, great fun and wet. It was time to start packing our bags at the hostel because we were leaving the next day.

Once we woke up and got dressed, we had our final communal breakfast and loaded the coach. Once our ferry arrived, we boarded, bought some food and relaxed. When we arrived home our parents were waiting for us at the gate; we said goodbye to friends and teachers and left.

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

Year 7 have had a brilliant trip abroad – we look forward to the next one!

 

Reported by Natasha Varley and Holly Clerc

 

 

 

Transition Saga

 

Mrs Chapman-Jones and the rest of the English Department very much enjoyed meeting current year 6s on their transition days at our academy; we hosted 236 excited students.

As part of their English experience, we held a competition to see who could write the best ‘Mini Saga’ in exactly 50 words.  The quality of entry was extremely high and we were really impressed. For those sagas we thought were truly exceptional, we sent prizes to individuals at their primary schools.

Check out some of the winning stories below:

 

 

Will you be with me?

One day a boy asked his best friend; ‘will you be with me when I leave university?’

The reply was… ‘Of course I will be with you all through our lives.’

‘Would you be with me if you win the Lotto?’

‘No. I would be ‘living the life’ in America!’

‘W’ from Priors Mill Primary

 

 

The Monster

I ran for my life as the monster chased me through my house! ‘Come here!’ It yelled.

‘Never!’ I yelled back. As I ran upstairs, the monster grabbed my leg and pulled me back downstairs. ‘What do you want?’ I cried.

‘For you to clean your room.’ Said mum. ‘Now!’

‘S’ from Hartburn Primary

 

 

Disappointment

One day I sat on a chair (bored). All I wanted was a chocolate bar! So I walked to the shop and bought a massive chocolate bar. I opened it and, to my amazement, I found a golden ticket; I was still disappointed. I still didn’t get a chocolate bar!

‘P’ from Oxbridge Lane Primary

 

 

We are very proud of all students in attendance; we very much look forward to welcoming them in September.

 

Reported by The News Team

 

 

 

 

Inside the world of Ramsey!

 

 

 

Our staff and students are pleased to welcome the soon to be year 7s! Their induction days were on Wednesday the 5th and Thursday the 6th of July. They got to experience a typical school day at the academy; including lunch, an introduction with the head teacher and other key staff members, a school tour and a session with their new form tutors.

We asked some of the year 6 students what they thought of the experience and this is what they said:

‘The staff were really nice and treated us respectfully’

‘I loved the school lunches’

‘My new tutor is so kind’

We are glad the year 6s enjoyed their experiences and hope they learn great things at the academy. We are looking forward to seeing them next year.

Reported by Rose Shadforth

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE

 

The Redcar Trip

 

The details

On the fifteenth and sixteenth of June, year seven were invited on a geography trip to Redcar. The purpose of the trip was to study and find out more about coastal processes, erosion and how the groynes affect the environment and people around them.

 

Funny stories

During this trip, there were many funny things that happened. An example is one of our classmates got into a deep puddle and got stuck! Another funny story is that when we were on the beach calculating the waves, a classmate fell into the sea; we are not trying to come across as mean, but I think we all found it hilarious (Don’t worry, he was okay).

 

Feedback from the public

On our return from Redcar, a member of the public emailed Mr Janes saying that the year sevens were very well behaved and how well they presented themselves.

 

We are all very proud!

 

 

Year 11 students have said 'goodbye!'

 

Mrs Proudman shares her final thoughts...

 

                                                                                                                                

 

 

With the departing of our year 11 peers, we wanted to see what members of staff, closest to them, were thinking and feeling.

Mrs Proudman told us how memorable her experience with her year group has been and how she will miss them. We heard about school trips they had and what great memories were made.

We asked her about the exams and she said she hoped that they do extremely well; for them more than anything. All staff hope that year 11 students get anything that they want and deserve. Mrs Proudman said the most important thing is that students are happy with their lives.

Mrs.Proudman thinks the prom will be amazing – she, with the help of Mrs Featherstone of course, worked so hard planning it. Prom is always such a memorable and fantastic time; we’re sure this one will be too. The leavers lunch is always very special as well! This took place last week. Both staff and students became very emotional towards the end though. It is the end of an era!

Mrs Proudman puts a video together with photos of the students on their induction day, and photos of them now. It is amazing how much they have changed.

Mrs Proudman told us about how slowly the time goes for any GCSE year and how challenging it is; students have up to 23 exams to sit, colleges/apprenticeships/work to apply for and a new world to enter.

Mrs Proudman is so proud of all of year 11 for making it through.

 

GOOD LUCK Y11!

 

Thank you for your time Mrs Proudman.

By Fatima Dawson and Rose Shadforth. 

 

 

 

MAY

 

Rechtschreibung Wettbewerb!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday 3rd May 2017, all year 7 pupils that are studying German got the opportunity to take part in a German ‘Spelling Bee’. Three pupils from every class went into a school competition. The three winning pupils then started practising for a regional competition in Newcastle. Thomas Forster, Paige Winter and Bailey Martin all got through to this stage. On the day, the trio were unsuccessful. However, Thomas came in fourth place! Next time, year 8 and 9 will get the chance to get to the Cambridge finals; the department is looking forward to it!

Mr Reed described the event as ‘An exciting opportunity for young people to take part in Modern Foreign Languages’.

Reported by Jonny Hind

 

 

The Amazing Ambassadors!

 

 

On Wednesday 10th of May, a vast array of staff and students turned up to room 124 to share their views on R.E and religion. The event was hosted by Mrs Chapman and the R.E Ambassadors (a group which I am proud to be a part of). The amazing event gave the school community a chance to express their views on the subject.

At the event, students and teachers were asked to answer a series of short questions, which were recorded for a video presentation which will make us official R.E Ambassadors!

The footage from this event, is currently being edited into a video presentation, which will showcase the school’s views’ on questions such as: “How many religions can you name?”, “Why should we learn about each other’s beliefs and values” and “What is the world’s biggest religion?”

I spoke to Meg Warriner, a fellow R.E Ambassador, and she said: “I really enjoyed the event, and I think it was really nice to hear the opinions of fellow students and teachers at our school.”

Look out for future events hosted by the R.E. Ambassadors where YOU can tell Mrs Chapman and the Ambassadors what you think about R.E. Here are some photos from the event:

 

 

 

Reported By Jack Fenwick

 

 

 

 

 

Google Expedition!

 

 

On Friday 12th May, Mr Laird organised a great event for geography students… Google Expedition.

During this, pupils visited the moon, Mount Everest, volcanoes, beaches, oceans, rainforests and even a supermarket. Jonny Hind describes standing on top of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Students wore Google Cardboards while Mr Laird and Miss Makin took them on a virtual journey of a lifetime!

Students found this not only enjoyable but very educational as well – one or two were dizzy from the locations and excitement.

Rumour has it, year 9 students are very jealous and would love to take part in the future.  

 

Reported by Rosario Boza-Fox, Rose Shadforth and The News Team.

 

 

Feeling the pressures of exams?

Check out our top ten tips for

revision…

 

 

  1. Study in a quiet place away from the TV and computers. Make sure it is both light and comfortable.

  1. Make a 'revision timetable' and always let your family know when you are revising.

  1. Create a summary of notes and anything simple that helps your memory – such as short notes, drawings and sayings are much easier to remember.

  1. Get help. Ask friends and family to test you. Ask teachers for their support. Also, attend any revision classes.

  1. Record yourself reading notes and occasionally listen to them instead of reading.

  1. Take a 5 or 10 minute break every hour and do some stretching exercises, go for a short walk or make yourself a drink.

  1. Allow yourself some fun-time each day to relax...and make sure you get a good 8 hours of sleep each night.

  1. Don't panic if you feel a bit nervy. A certain amount of nervousness actually helps you perform to the best of your ability, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps you to feel alert and focused.

  1. Think positive – if you have tried your best, this is good enough!

  1.  Don’t put it off. "Procrastination" is the long word for it. And it means rearranging stuff on your desk, getting a sudden urge after 16 years to tidy your room, playing the guitar, thinking about the weekend, writing love poems about that girl/boy you fancy, painting your toenails, etc., etc., etc.... Sit down at your desk and GET ON WITH IT.

Researched and recorded by Chloe Curtis.

 

 

 

 

APRIL

 

 

 

‘Busta Rhyme’ Breaks Ramsey

 

On the 2nd of January, ‘Busta Rhyme’ opened a competition to make your own poem, about what you were passionate about. Your entries must have been submitted by the 17th of February. 

The prizes for entering your poem were two complementary copies for the school to keep and the young writers Award of W‘Busta Rhyme’ Breaks Ramsey

On the 2nd of January, ‘Busta Rhyme’ opened a competition to make your own poem, about what you were passionate about. Your entries must have been submitted by the 17th of February. 

The prizes for entering your poem were 2 complementary copies for the school too keep and the young writers’ award of Excellence. This sparked up Ian Ramsey students and made them write some of their own. 

During the time to enter, the ‘Busta Rhyme’ received over 12,000 entries from all over the country. This made it very tough for our young writers to win. However, Ian Ramsey Academy came out with three winners who have had their poems published in the Busta Rhyme anthology. This made the students and the teachers in the English department very proud. 

The three students who won this competition were: Tariro Hombarume in Year 11, Meg Rigby in Year 9 and Cate Johnson in Year 9. The three students had letters sent home from the Busta Rhyme Company and were very happy. Tariro’s poem was called ‘Society’; Meg’s poem was called ‘The Winter Season’ and Cate’s poem was called ‘Two Minutes’. 

The two complementary anthologies can be found in the LRC and can be read by anyone. Tariro’s poem can be found on pages 86 and 87; Meg’s poem can be found on page 90 and Cate’s can be found on pages 88 and 89. 

We are all very proud of our students. We hope to publish a copy of their poems next month.

 

Reported by Harry Smith and Chloe Curtis

 

 

 

 

 

League Leaders!

 

 

 

This month Year 8 Ian Ramsey football Team triumphantly won the league in the last game of the season. It was a nail-biting game; they came from 1-0 down to 3-1 up in the second half!

They are about to set off to the finals’ night to hopefully win the league cup. They have already improved on last year’s attempt to win the league as last year they came 3rd.

This year, with the help from the manager - our very own Mr Kesterton - and the help from other team members who don’t usually play football, they have a great chance to win!

The News Team member, Boaz Seed, was involved in the action as he played centre back helping the defensive line throughout the season. A big well done to all involved.

Reported by Mr Charlie Mitson and Mr Boaz Seed

 

 

 

 

MARCH

 

 

 

Comic

 

 

Relief Collections

 

On Friday 24th March, students and staff from Ian Ramsey Academy took part in several activities to raise money for Comic Relief.

Activities included:

  • Photo Booths
  • Cake Sales
  • Guess the teacher
  • A Basketball competition
  • Wear something red

Impressively, our own Mr Boaz Seed, single-handedly created 50 delicious cakes. They were embossed with The News Team logo and students were asked to make a donation to taste the red velvet deliciousness.

Boaz made £21.02 which was added to the grand total of £276.41!!! Check out the photos below.

Well done to all involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Bang Fair!

 

 

On Friday the 17th of March the Ian Ramsey Academy after school STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) group went on a school trip to the NEC in Birmingham to see the new inventions for the future.

There were many different organisations at the fair including:

Royal Navy

Sellafield LTD

National Rail

HS2

JCB

 

 

We interviewed Netanya, in year eight about her experience of the Big Bang Fair. She told us with enthusiasm, ‘I have seen many opportunities that I might consider doing when I am older; it’s also a good experience for me and the STEM group. I have also thanked Mrs Ellis for the great trip and I hope that it happens again!”

Reported by Niamh Carson and Fatima Dawson

 

 

Stockton Book of the Year

 

This month, on Tuesday 21st March Stockton Book of the Year award was held. It is a competition that has been running for twenty years. There are eight books children have to read; these have been written by eight different authors.

Harvey who was a contestant said: ‘It was a fantastic experience because we got to read a huge variety of books which included ‘The Great Chocoplot’ and ‘Poppy Pim’. I enjoyed writing book reports for the different range of books!’

There are two pupils, from our school, that are up for winning: Hannah Williams for best book review and Kirstin Flack for reading all eight books!

Congratulations girls!

 

A Man of Peace

 

 

As the news team, we like to see what is going on in school, and when we asked Mrs Chapman from R.E if there was anything going on in that department, she told us that there was a man called Jonathan coming in to talk to some students about his job as “Peace Maker”.

As part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment  Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), he told us that he travels around Jerusalem, Israel and Palestine to help solve conflicts and find solutions to thefts and other minor crimes.

When we asked him if he ever thought of ‘just giving up’ and going home he told us that he was very happy with the place that he worked at and how he worked because he had made some incredible friendships for life!

Before we tell you more about his other achievements, we would like to tell you his backstory to becoming a member of EAPPI - he was retired after a teaching job and he was bored, so he began looking for something new to do. After numerous unsuccessful interviews, he came across EAPPI. He checked it out and found that he loved it!

As well as wanting to know things like if he had considered ‘giving up’ we also wanted to know what were his most memorable moments. He told us a story about when he was visiting a community in Jerusalem. He came across his old friend, Ebuhami, who invited him to have dinner with him in his house in the desert where he had rice, yoghurt and chicken behind a beautiful yellow-crimson and pink sunset, “It was beautiful”. Whilst telling us this memorable story, he began to cry a little and this made this our most memorable interview that we have ever experienced, and we would like to thank Jonathan, “THE PEACE MAKER”!

 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

 

For the love of lava!

 

 

David Edwards, a famous explorer, visited Ian Ramsey Academy last week. He spoke to all geographers during the day and the public on the evening. He was sharing his frightful experiences.

 

After telling us how much he loved giving talks, he really lived up to his word when he told hundreds of people his truly fascinating stories.

 

Mr. Edwards survived the vicious Monsterrat Volcano, he explained how he could hear the sound of what he thought was a lorry, but was actually a colossal ash cloud! David said that there is only one tip when surviving a volcano, and that was to be away from it!

 

David told us that he experienced a strange feeling when he finally realised what it was, “It wasn’t fear, it was like an urge, saying that I needed to take photographs!”

 

 

 

We hope that you enjoyed this extraordinary experience. We know we did!

Rose Shadforth & Rosario Boza- Fox.

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY

 

 

 

Cuthbert House Uncovered

 

On Wednesday, the 18th, Worship Leaders from St. Hild’s School, Venerable Bede Academy, Whitburn Academy and Ian Ramsey Academy came together. They gathered together to give primary schools a bit of inspiration on how to create their own prayer space! Many secondary schools have prayer spaces, yet they are not as common in primary schools. There are twenty-five countries all around the world that have prayer spaces in schools. It’s officially a craze!   

When we arrived off the minibus, we were allocated a room and started setting up some of the popular stations from the chapel. A couple of successful stations are 'fizzy forgiveness' and 'empty chair'. (If these sound good, you can go and visit the Ian Ramsey Chapel at lunchtime, break, before school or any time.)

Phil Togwell leads 'The Prayer Spaces Project' in the Diocese of Durham. However, for the rest of his time he leads the 'Prayer Spaces in Schools' national team. I asked Phil Togwell his perception of prayer spaces. He told us, “I think prayer spaces are really valuable in schools because life is very busy for pupils and these prayer spaces provide time to stop and think.” We also asked him what he thinks of this event. Mr Togwell said “It has been a great chance to listen to each other. It helps us to realise we all face the same challenges. It's been good to hear stories from all five schools about how God has made a difference through prayer. 

 

I also got the chance to interview Mrs Booth (Executive Headteacher of Ian Ramsey and Venerable Bede Academies) We asked Mrs Booth whether she thougth it was a success. Mrs Booth replied; “The feedback was extraordinary with pupils reporting that they felt peaceful and enjoyed exploring their feelings in a place where no-one would judge them: “It’s a place where I can be truthful” said one pupil. Another commented, “I was able to get rid of my feelings of anger and I now feel much calmer.” In the afternoon a few primary schools visited us too. This gave them the chance to be inspired to create their own prayer space and explore religion also. Each of the secondary schools helped and guided the children through the prayer spaces. The children from these primary schools very much enjoyed this inspiring event; but also the staff all rather enjoyed it too! 

I also got one final interview with Bishop Paul. I asked him what his opinions are on prayer spaces in schools. He said, “I think prayer spaces are brilliant, because they give oppurtunities to explore what prayer is about. They are creative; I love the variety of ideas people come up with.  

The Ian Ramsey Worship Leaders agree with Bishop Paul completely.  

By Niamh Carson 

 

Never Slack in front of Dack!

 

As part of The News Team, I have the very lucky role of interviewing staff about what they are up to and for them to share what they want to ‘Brag’ about!

This week, as you can guess, it was part-time policewoman Mrs Dack. During PD, Mrs Dack and her colleagues came in to visit and to present to Year 7 about their role in the police service.

In the interview, we discussed her colleagues: Special Inspector Fran Parker, Special Sergeant Graham Hansford and Special Sergeant Laura Rodigam. This role is a voluntary role – they all have full-time jobs and volunteer their time to this great cause. Each of them feel they have a calling to work within the community and take pride in their work.

Reported by Rosario Boza-Fox 

 

The Team

 

Meet the Team

 

 

smiley Hi! My name is Joe. I am in year 7. I like reporting for The News Team - it is fun and exciting. I like dogs and parmos! Welcome to The News Team!

laugh Hello. I’m James. I enjoy rugby, programming and listening to and playing music. My favourite type of music is classical. Welcome to The News Team!

smiley My name is Rose Shadforth; I am privileged to have joined The News Team. I have a passion for photography and English, and am looking forward to my time on the team. Welcome to The News Team!

wink Hello. My name is Fatima Dawson and I am in The News Team. I am very quiet, funny, caring and kind and I like chilling with my friends. Welcome to The News Team!

cheeky Hello. My name is James. I am in year 7. I enjoy English, programming and science. I like to take pictures and share them with The News Team. Welcome to The News Team!

smiley Hello. My name is Chloe. I love photography and taking photos. My favourite hobby is dancing; I dance every day. Welcome to The News Team!

cheeky Hey! I'm Natasha and this is a little bit about me. I'm in year 7 so I started secondary this year. I love gymnastics and art. Welcome to The News Team!

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An interview with ....

 

 

 

November

 

 

For the November round-up of 'An Interview With...', our reporter Isabelle Field caught up with R.E teacher Miss Young on why

she loves teaching at Ian Ramsey.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

The thing I love most about being a teacher is interacting with pupils and seeing the progress they have made.

 

What was your favourite subject at school?

Science

 

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

I like watching box sets with Mr Burt, visiting places of worship and seeing my two nephews.

 

Did you always want to be a teacher?

No, I originally wanted to be a vet but then I went travelling in Australia and that is what made me want to be a teacher.

 

What makes your subject different and special from all the subjects?

My subject prepares you for life and it will help you understand about the different beliefs that people have.

 

How long have you been a teacher for and how long have you worked at Ian Ramsey?

I started teaching over a year ago and have been at Ian Ramsey for just over three months.

 

Do you have any advice for anyone who would want to be a teacher at Ian Ramsey?

Try your best and never give up!

 

Who is your inspiration?

My Mum. She inspires me to keep going when the going gets tough.

 

What do you think you'll be doing in 5 years time?

Hopefully still working as a teacher at Ian Ramsey.

 

What's your ultimate goal in life?

It is just to enjoy life and be happy.

 

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be?

I would probably be a barista making coffee.

 

Why do you enjoy your job?

Teaching is hard but it is definitely the best job in the world.

 

What is your favourite thing about Ian Ramsey?

The community feel. You feel like you belong at Ian Ramsey.

 

 

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature. ‘An interview with…’ This month two members of The News Team asked Mr Burt, a new History teacher some questions and here are the results:

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you enjoy most about working as a history teacher here at Ian Ramsey?

I enjoy the challenge that I meet every single day. I enjoy encouraging students to achieve and succeed and also to be inspired by the past.

Where did your passion for teaching history come from?

My passion for History came from when I was a child and I began discovering the UK’s heritage. As time has gone on I have increasingly fascinating by the plight of humanity throughout History and what lessons we can learn.

Did you always want to work in an academy like Ian Ramsey?

I previously worked at a school in Redcar and Cleveland and I was excited to move somewhere completely new and different and deliver this subject to new people. Ian Ramsey was the right choice for me!

Which university did you attend, and what else did you study there?

York St John University. I only studied history but in a city like York there was plenty to visit and research to help me study.

What is your favourite aspect about working here in the academy?

Teaching my classes. My kids are fabulous and there’s a real desire to learn which is what I come to work for.

Have you enjoyed your first half term at Ian Ramsey?

I have certainly found it challenging particularly our recent Ofsted inspection but the result of that was incredibly positive and it has been brilliant to be part of that!

Would you have any advice for anyone who wanted to work at Ian Ramsey academy?

My advice would be to really embrace the ethos of the school. Some of the enjoyable moments so far have been taking part in tutor worship planning with students and the tutors activities we took part in (wreath making/Armistice Day posters) for the Remembrance Day 2017.

What is your favourite period of history to teach?

My favourite period of history to teach is the Holocaust. I have previously worked with the Holocaust Educational Trust. I love relaying my experiences to my classes.

If you didn’t work here, what or where would you be?

That’s a challenging question. Clichéd as it sounds I have always wanted to be teacher so I think I would probably still have to be studying History at university. A master’s degree or something like that.

What advice do you have for Year 11 pupils when they leave?

I definitely noticed the independence that I was given after Year 11. My advice would be to use this new found independence to look for opportunities in whatever area you want to move into career-wise. Start thinking about your future, explore your interests and work hard. It pays off!

Have you ever been outside of the UK?

I have been to Spain, Greece, Poland, Dubai, Thailand, Las Vegas to name but a few!

What is the nicest memory you have of your childhood?

Quite mundane to be honest but I grew up Leicestershire in the East Midlands and the overriding memory as a child was the freedom I had to explore the town where I lived. I remember playing in the woods all day in the summer and spending the majority of my life outdoors which is always a happy memory for me. More kids should spend time outdoors than inside.

What was your favourite subject at school?

I do love History but my other favourite subject at school was Drama. I played Mickey in Blood Brothers!

When you were a student, did you enjoy school and did you behave yourself?

Yes and yes. I did find school quite challenging and struggled to fit in. I love learning which a big deal is for me but I only truly began to fit in and make friends at 6th form when I started being myself.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I must sound boring now but I don’t have any particular hobbies. In a demanding job like teaching I do like to just slow down in my spare time. Catch up with friends, read a book and take time to do things for me.

Who is or what is your inspiration?

My ex-form tutor from secondary school is definitely my inspiration both as an educator and a wonderful human being that she is. She has shaped who I am as a teacher and as a person. We have been friends for nearly 12 years and regularly meet up which is lovely.

What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

Such a difficult question! I think to know that I have influenced somebody to do something amazing would be a real achievement.

What is your favourite book?

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

What’s your favourite film and TV show?

Favourite film: About a boy

TV show: Game of Thrones (obviously!)

If you were back at school, what would you pick for your extra option?

I would pick German, I want to speak a new language!

And finally, choose one word to describe the academy and tell us why?

Very GOOD. Ofsted told us we were a GOOD school and it’s great that they recognise all the hard work we all do here at Ian Ramsey.

Thank you for taking the time to let us interview you, Mr Burt.

Reported by Student Journalists Jack Fenwick and Seth Mason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

   

 

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance.       

   Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month a member of The News Team asked Mrs Neilson, the head of     

   SEN some questions in an interview with her and here are the results: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you enjoy most about working as the head of SEN here at Ian Ramsey?

Working with pupils of all ages and backgrounds and giving them confidence to take risks and overcome barriers in learning.

Did you always want to work in an academy, like Ian Ramsey?

I always wanted work as the Head of SEN but I wanted to ensure that I would be happy working in this school- and I am!

It sounds like you really enjoy being here. Why?

I love my job- I enjoy teaching adults and children.

What is your favourite aspect about working here at the academy?

Teaching pupils the Prince's Trust programme and I enjoy working with young people.

How long have you have you worked at Ian Ramsey Academy?

12 years.

Would you have any advice for anyone who wanted to work at Ian Ramsey Academy?

It is an excellent and supportive school, which encourages you to develop your teaching methods. It's a great place to work!

If you didn’t work here, what or where would you be?

 I'd be busy working somewhere else. I would definitely NOT sit around at home!

What advice do you have for Year 11 pupils when they leave?

Open your eyes and look over the horizon- there are loads of great and interesting opportunities out there for you in the world. So take them!

Have you ever been outside of The U.K.?

Yes many times, on holiday. This is what I enjoy in my spare time. My favourite place is South Africa!

What is the nicest memory you have of your childhood?

My favourite memory from my childhood is visiting the beautiful English coast on a Sunday afternoon with my family.

What was your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subjects at school were English and P.E.

When you were a student, did you enjoy school and did you behave yourself?

I really enjoyed school. However, I did not always behave myself!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to go on walks in the countryside, travelling to different countries and I enjoy playing and spending quality time with my grandchildren.

Who is or what is your inspiration?

My parents.

What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

To live a healthy and happy life.

What is your favourite book?

‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

If you were back at school, what would you pick for your extra option?

My choice would be textiles, as I like to sew!

And finally, choose one word to describe the academy and tell us why?

SUPPORTIVE- I have received support and I believe pupils are supported.

Thank you for taking the time to let me interview you, Mrs Neilson

Reported by Jack Fenwick

 

 

 

 

 

JULY

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month a member of The News Team asked Mrs Gordon some questions in an interview with her and here are the results:  

 

 

What do you enjoy most about being a Teaching Assistant here at Ian Ramsey?

I’ve always enjoyed working with young people. My favourite part of that is the ‘Light bulb Moment’ when they’ve been stuck, and they finally get it!

What were your favourite subjects in school?

French, German, history and English. I did all of these subjects for ‘A Level’, and I eventually became a languages teacher.

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

I don’t have a lot of spare time, but when I do, I read, do sugar craft, knitting and socialising in general.

Did you always want to work in an Academy, like Ian Ramsey?

Yes! I actually used to be a languages teacher here, from 1994-1997.

What is your favourite aspect about working here at the Academy?

I like how friendly and welcoming the staff and the students are here. I love visiting the prayer space, as it’s a lot more fun than a usual church.

  

How long have you worked at Ian Ramsey Academy?

I was a languages teacher here originally, but have been a Teaching Assistant Since January 2017.

Would you have any advice for anyone who wanted to work at Ian Ramsey Academy?

It’s a great place to work, so do it!

What is your favourite place to visit (other than Ian Ramsey)?

I’ve done a lot of travelling; I’d probably say India.

 

Do you often travel outside of The U.K.?

Yes. I have many times. I’ve been to every continent (except Antarctica) 2 times or more!

What is the nicest memory you have of your childhood?

I had a lovely childhood. I would probably say the first time I rode a horse is my favourite childhood memory. I was 8 at the time, and had always wanted to do it!

What advice do you have for year 11 pupils when they leave?

It’s completely ok not to know exactly what you want to do at age 16. All you need to do is work hard at college or university, and see if you can get some more good qualifications. To do that, however, you need to keep learning!

Do you enjoy your job and Why?

I do (mostly)! I enjoy being around young people, as they are so interesting and often inspiring. I also love to learn new subjects and discovering different topics.

When you were a child did you enjoy school and did behave yourself?

Yes always. I loved school, and never had a single detention!

Who is or what is your inspiration?

My husband’s grandfather (Joseph Rogers), who was born in 1906. He was the son of a welsh steelworker, and was brought up in a fairly poor family in North Wales. He worked hard, and ended his days with a PHD in physics, and as a university lecturer. He was a truly inspiring man!!!

 What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

I would like to retire at some point and do some more travelling. The travelling is on hold at the moment, because my children are quite young.

If you weren't a teacher, what or where would you be?

My dream Job… A Vet… but I knew I could never pass! I would however, quite like to be a travel courier on trips through India.

What is your favourite subject to assist in, here at the Academy?

Languages, English and Humanities (History in particular).

Do you have any pets?

Yes I do. I have 2 cats. Oreo – who is black and white, and in my opinion, the world’s most stupid cat. And Professor Minerva Magonagall (or Minnie for short) – a tabby, who is named after a Harry Potter professor.

What is your favourite book?

Pride and Prejudice. My daughter is name after a character from this book, called Elizabeth Bennet.

If you were back at school, what would you pick for your extra option?

Music. Because I (badly) play an instrument.

Do you have any funny or oddly interesting stories to tell us?

Yes I have a few. When I used to be a form tutor, I beat all of the Y7s at arm wrestling. I once abseiled of the Transporter Bridge (very scary!!!). I’ve hand fed a wallaby and I once got the German word for ‘teeth’ mixed up with the German word for ‘cream’ – I was telling people to ‘brush their creams carefully’ - they are one letter different!!!

Thank you for taking the time to let me interview you, Mrs Gordon

Reported by Jack Fenwick

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month a member of The News Team asked Mrs Barraclough some questions in an interview with her and here are the results:  

 

May we begin by asking you about you how long have you been a Classroom Manager at Ian Ramsey Academy?

This is my 13th year at Ian Ramsey.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a Classroom Manager, here at Ian Ramsey Academy?

I like the Fact that I get to work with so many of the students, and I never know what a day is going to bring. Each day is different.

 

What was your favourite subject at school?

English has always been my favourite subject!

 

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

In my spare time, I like to walk my dog along the beach. I also write poetry, and short stories. I also love to take photographs!

 

Did you always want to work in an Academy like Ian Ramsey?

No. I wanted to be a psychiatrist when I was at school.

 

What is your favourite aspect about working here?

I get to watch students come into year 7 as small, frightened people and as the years pass, I see them grow in confidence, knowledge and they develop a love to learn. When they are in year 11, they become well rounded, intelligent people.  

 

What advice would you offer anyone who wanted to work at Ian Ramsey Academy?

Work here! It’s a great place to work; I really enjoy it.

 

What is your favourite place to visit?

I am a seaside person, who loves nothing better than walking along the water’s edge in wellies or barefoot - depending on the time of year of course! I do this walk with my dog.

 

Have you ever been outside of The U.K.?

Yes, a number of times. I’ve been to America, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Belgium, France and Holland! I really want to go back to America, and do a road trip.

 

What advice do you have for year 11 pupils when they leave?

Work hard for what you want, but remember to enjoy your life too… It passes so quickly! And always be nice to people, and smile!!!

 

When you were a child did you enjoy school and did behave yourself?

I actually came to Ian Ramsey Academy as a student and I loved my time here! I was well behaved and worked hard in lessons, but I still had lots of fun with my friends. I have some great memories of coming to Ian Ramsey!

 

Who is your inspiration?

My parents really! My Dad was a total individual and taught me that it’s ok to be different and my Mam has always worked hard to achieve her goals and taught me to have a PMA - Positive, Mental, Attitude.

 

What is your favourite subject to teach here at the Academy?

I don’t really have a favourite, as they all have pros and cons. But I think that most people know, I do try to avoid P.E. cover when it’s outside in the winter. I don’t like the cold!

 

If you weren't a teacher, what or where would you be?

I was in The Licensed Retail Trade before I came into education, so I’d probably still be doing that.

 

What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

Of course I’d love to win the Euro Lottery and live a jet set lifestyle! But as that’s unlikely to happen, I’ll settle for staying healthy and happy to a great old age, and see the younger members of my family grow and do well in life! 

 

Thank you for taking the time to let us interview you, Mrs Barraclough

 

 

Reported by Jack Fenwick, and Photograph by Jack Coverdale

 

 

MAY

 

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month, two of our members of The News Team asked Miss Maddison, our drama teacher, some questions in an interview with him and here are the results:

 

 

 

 

     What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

     I enjoy educating others and sharing my passion.

 

     What was your favourite subject at school?

     When I was at school, drama and dance were my favourite. This is why I love        teaching these at Ian Ramsey Academy.  

 

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

I love to spend time with friends and family.

 

What makes your subject that you teach different and special from all the other subjects?

I particularly love teaching drama as it allows pupils to be creative and its practical nature is very different to other subjects.

 

How long have you been a teacher for?

I have been teaching for two years, but this is my first year at Ian Ramsey Academy.

 

Would you have any advice for anybody who wanted to be a teacher at Ian Ramsey Academy?

Do it! Teaching is an extremely rewarding job.

  

What is your favourite thing about Ian Ramsey?

There is a great sense of community.

  

What advice do you have for Ian Ramsey year 11 students when they leave?

Work hard! The harder you work, the luckier you get.

 

When you were a child, did you enjoy school and did you behave yourself at school?

I loved school! And of course I was well behaved.

Who is or what is your inspiration?

My family have always worked hard, I strive to be as successful as them!

  

What do you think you will be doing in five years’ time?

Working hard and continuing to teach.  

 

What your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

To be happy.

Reported by James Steven

 

 

APRIL

 

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month, two of our members of The News Team asked Mr Nicholson some questions in an interview with him and here are the results:

 

An interview with ..... Mr Nicholson

 

 

 

 

 

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

I think the best thing about being a teacher is that every day is different. I also like working with young people and knowing that I am making a difference to their education.

What was your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subjects were P.E and science.

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

I love to play football and go running. I also like to spend time with my friends and family.

Did you always want to be a teacher?

No! When I was younger, I didn’t have any idea as to what I wanted to be.

What advice do you have for Ian Ramsey Year 11 students when they leave?

I would say think carefully about what you want to do; make it something that you will really enjoy. I would also say don’t follow your friends and choose what they want to do, if you don’t want to do it.

Why do you enjoy your job?

The sheer variety. I also like that I will have an impact on people’s lives; I find this very rewarding.

When you were a child did you enjoy school and did you behave yourself?

Yes. I really enjoyed school because I was involved in lots of sports teams which meant I was representing my school. It was a very good thing to do.

What makes your subject that you teach different and special from all the other subjects?

My subject (maths) is different and special from all the other subjects because there is always a way to find out the right answer - meaning there is no right or wrong way of working it out.

How long have you been a teacher for and how long have you worked at Ian Ramsey for?

I have been a teacher for 19 years and I have been at Ian Ramsey for just 7 days.

Would you have any advice for anybody who wants to be a teacher at Ian Ramsey Academy?

The advice I would give to anybody who wanted to be a teacher here would be get to know the students and be very friendly.

What is your favourite thing about Ian Ramsey Academy?

My favourite thing about Ian Ramsey Academy is the students because they have made me feel very welcome and made me feel like I am at home.

Who is or what is your inspiration? 

My inspiration is my son because he teaches me new things every day.

What do you think you will be doing in five years’ time?

I don’t know what I would be doing in five years’ time because five years ago, I didn’t think I would be working here.

What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

My ultimate goal is to be happy and to make a difference to students’ education.

If you were not a teacher what would you do?

If I wasn’t a teacher I think I would either be a footballer, a cricketer, a police officer or an accountant.

Thank you Mr Nicholson

Keep an eye out for next month’s interview – it might be with someone closer to home…

Reported by Harry Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH

 

An Interview with ...Mrs Burgess

 

 

 

 

An image of the Northern Lights shared by Mrs Burgess.

 

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month, two members of The News Team asked Mrs Burgess some questions in an interview with her and here are the results:

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher /Assistant Head?

I think the best thing about being a teacher is when you can see students learning and sharing their pleasure in getting an answer right. I also love that there is often no right or wrong way of working out the answer.

The best thing about being an Assistant Head is that there is no day in the week that is the exactly same.

 

What was your favourite subject at school?

I loved maths but I also loved physics.

 

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

I love to go skiing as often as I can and I also love cooking. Cooking Indian and Spanish food is my favourite.

 

Did you always want to be a teacher?

No I didn’t. I wanted to be an accountant….

 

What advice do you have for Ian Ramsey Year 11 students after they leave?

I would say believe in yourself and never be afraid to ask for help from other people.

 

Have you ever been outside of the U.K.?

Yes! I have been all over… Svalbard, Alcatraz in San Francisco, Las Vegas… I love going to the Greek Islands on holiday in summer. I have been skiing in Finland, sky dived in great places and witnessed the amazing Northern Lights in Iceland.

 

Why do you enjoy your job and why?

I enjoy my job because I am passionate about maths and it is important for the students to do well in the subject. The best thing however, is working with the students and watching them learn what to do. 

 

When you were a child did you enjoy school and did you behave yourself?

I was really sensible in school because I wanted to do well.

 

What makes your subject that you teach different and special from all the other subjects?

The subject I teach is different from all the other subjects and that’s because the answer is either right or wrong in maths. That means people often either love it or hate it. It is like Marmite; you either love it or you hate it. 

How long have you been a teacher and how long have you worked at Ian Ramsey Academy for?

I have worked at Ian Ramsey for 3 years and I have been teaching for 19 years in August. 

 

Would you have any advice for anybody who wants to be a teacher at Ian Ramsey Academy?

The advice I would give for anybody who wants to be a teacher at Ian Ramsey Academy is come and meet the students and staff first and then you will want to work here. 

 

What is your favourite thing about Ian Ramsey Academy?

My favourite things about Ian Ramsey Academy are the sharing faith, the community and the Christian ethos. 

 

Who is or what is your inspiration? 

My inspiration is my husband, my family and my cat, Phoebe. However, I wouldn’t be teaching if the students didn’t inspire me every day. 

 

What do you think you will be doing in five years’ time?

In 5 years, I believe I will be working at Venerable Bede or I will be working for the Day Spring Trust.

 

What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

One of my ultimate goals is to be a Deputy Head of a school.  My biggest goal in my career is to be a Head Teacher in a school and my biggest goal that I want to achieve in life is to drive the Pacific coast highway which is from Canada to Mexico.

 

If you were not a teacher, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a teacher, I believe I may have been an accountant or a racing car driver. 

 

Thank you Mrs Burgess.

 

Keep an eye out for next month’s interview – it might be with someone closer to home…

 

Reported by Harry Smith and Nick Booth

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

 

An Interview with ...

 

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month, two members of The News Team asked Mrs Chapmam- Jones some questions in an interview with her and here are the results: 

 

 

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher and Director of English?

I like getting to know all the pupils and classes and having a really good department and working around the school.

 

What was your favorite subject at school?

I liked everything! English, drama, art, maths and physics.

 

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

I also love spending time with my family and friends. I like to take part sports such as dancing, running, skiing and golf.  

 

Did you always want to be a teacher?

Yes! from the age of 3, I always wanted to be a teacher. When I was 3,  my Grandma asked me and my friend what we wanted to be when we grew up. My friend said a dinosaur and said I wanted to be a teacher.

 

What makes your subject that you teach different and special from all the other subjects?

I think English is very emotive. There is a clinical side to it and it is very open to interpretation. Seeing someone love English is amazing; English decodes the entire world!

 

How long have you been a teacher for and how long have you worked at Ian Ramsey Academy for?

I have been teaching for ten years. Before I did that, I did some volunteer work and I have been working at Ian Ramsey Academy for five months.

 

Would you have any advice for anyone who wanted to be a teacher at Ian Ramsey Academy?

Take any help that you can and don't be offended by comments from either staff or students. Put students at for front of every decision you make.

 

What is your favorite thing about Ian Ramsey?

Easy! The students.

 

What advice do you have for year 11 pupils when they leave?

Enjoy the summer and learn from your mistakes and embrace every opportunity that comes your way.

 

Have you ever been outside of The U.K.?

Yes I have. My Grandma is from Italy and I am a marker for the Welsh board.

 

Do you enjoy your job? Why?

Yes it is a really powerful job to have because you are being trusted with the future of young people.

 

When you where a child did you enjoy school and did behave yourself?

Yes I did enjoy school and yes I did behave myself but I wasn't afraid to challenge questions.

 

Who is or what is your  ispiration?

My mum.

She was amazing at her job and and an amazing Grandma to my children. My mother was also an English teacher. My Dad is also my inspiration because of the way he carried on after my mum died was truly inspiring to me.

 

What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

I want to ensure that my children grow up happy, safe and loved.

 

If you weren't a teacher, what or where would you be?

I think I would be in The Army or I would possibly be a professional sports person. 

 

Reported by Harry Smith and Isabelle Field

 

 

JANUARY

 

An Interview with ...

 

Ever wanted to get to know other students better? Fancy delving into the mind of a member of staff? Here is your chance. Welcome to our monthly feature: ‘An interview with…’ This month, two members of The News Team asked Mr Snowden some questions in an interview with him and here are the results: 
   

 

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher /Deputy Head?

I think the best thing about being a teacher/Deputy Head is seeing young people grow and dealing with students and teachers in situations that are not to do with school or work.

What was your favourite subject at school?

I loved languages but my favourite was German.

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

I like to go mountain walking and clay pigeon shooting.

Did you always want to be a Teacher?

I didn't know until I was 21 and I worked as a languages assistant in a school in Austria and then I knew I wanted to be a teacher.

What advice do you have for Ian Ramsey Year 11 students when they leave?

Think carefully before making decisions but also don't be afraid to make changes.

Have you ever been outside of the U.K.?

Yes I have but only Europe and one of those places was Austria.

Why do you enjoy your job and what makes you enjoy your job?

Knowing I can make a difference in young people’s lives.

When you were a child, did you enjoy school and did you behave yourself at school?

Yes! I loved school and I was a perfect student!

What makes your subject that you teach different and special from all the other subjects?

MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) is a unique subject because you can use it to teach all the other subjects and you can use it in that subject/lesson.

How long have you been a teacher for and how long have you worked at Ian Ramsey?

I started training to be a teacher in 1990 and I have been at Ian Ramsey for 9 years.

Would you have any advice for anybody who wants to be a teacher at Ian Ramsey?

It's a great job – yes! It's hard but it is also very rewarding.

What is your favourite thing about Ian Ramsey?

The feeling of community.

Who is or what is your inspiration? 

I don't know you have to get back to me on that question.

What do you think you will be doing in five years’ time?

I think I will either be at Ian Ramsey or a Head Teacher somewhere else; but I will also be thinking about retirement.

What is your ultimate goal that you want to achieve in life?

For my children to be happy and healthy.

If you were not a teacher, what or where would you be?

I think I would be a dentist - that is what I wanted to be when I was younger (if I had the money at the time - it was, and still is, very expensive). Another reason why I wanted to be a dentist was because I have had a lot of dental work done to my teeth. 

Or I would have possibly been a coach driver because I love driving… the bigger the vehicle the better. 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Mr Snowden!

 

Keep an eye out for next month’s interview – it might be with someone closer to home…

 

Reported by Harry Smith and Isabelle Field

 

Ian Ramsey Statistics

 

 

November

 

Attendance

 

 

Last month we collected the attendance for all the tutor groups.

Attendance is looking pretty good! Congratulations to all tutor groups … there can only be one winner for each year group…

                        The winner from year 7 is 7E with 100% - Wow!

                       The winner from year 8 is 8N with 97.3%

                      The winner from year 9 is 9N with 99.1%

                          The winners from year 10 are 10I and 10A, both coming in with 100​% 

            The winner from year 11 is 11Y with 96.9% 

 

WELL DONE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

 

 

Attendance

 

 

Last month we collected the attendance for all the tutor groups.

Attendance is looking pretty good! Congratulations to all tutor groups … there can only be one winner for each year group…

                        The winner from year 7 is 7S with 98.8%

                       The winner from year 8 is 8M with 98.7%

                      The winner from year 9 is 9I with 99%

                          The winner from year 10 is 10R with 100​% 

            The winner from year 11 is 11N with 96.7% 

Special congratulations to…

 

10R

 

... this month’s overall winner.

 

WELL DONE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To cheer us all up!

 

On the M1 today, a cement mixer collided with a prison van

Motorists are advised to look out for 16 hardened criminals    wink

                                                                                            

Why did the pie cross the road?

Because it was meat 'n' potato    wink

                                                                                            

What would the world do without super-glue?

It would fall apart    wink

                                                                                            

What do you call a man with no shins?

Toe-knee    wink

                                                                                            

                                    

Owl: Officer I would like to report a crime.

 

Officer: [giggling] Do you know "hoo-dunnit?"

 

Owl: I'm glad you find crime funny Officer    wink

                                                                                            

 

You Can't Teach an Old Dog To Fly

A woman called our airline help centre asking if she could take her dog

onboard with her.

 

"Sure", I said ,"As long as you provide a kennel big enough for it to be able to

stand, sit and roll over."

 

Flumoxed, she replied "I can't teach it all that in one day."    wink

 

 

Reported by James Steven with assistance from James Fielding