CHURCHTOWN STAFF REUNION PARTY


Churchtown Staff Reunion- can you help?

Roselyon School is holding a Reunion Party for former staff of Churchtown at Lanlivery. Do you know anyone who used to work here?

The celebratory event will be on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at the Churchtown site, which is now home to Roselyon School. From 430pm until 6pm, guests are invited to join us for refreshments, a chance to look around and, of course, the opportunity to meet up with old friends. Please help us to spread the news – we would love to meet as many former staff as possible. RSVPs to aht@roselyonschool.com

New minibus route for North Cornwall families


Roselyon School is delighted to announce two new minibus routes for families living in the north of the county.

The first will provide those in the Wadebridge area with access to Roselyon School on a route which travels in via Bodmin. The second is a new collection point at Cornwall Services on the A30, ideal for parents travelling to and from work on this route.

Head of Roselyon Hilary Mann said, “Our escorted minibus services from Bodmin, Liskeard and St. Austell have always been popular, so much so that we have added a second bus for our St. Austell families. Our recent move to Lanlivery means we are now more accessible if you live in the north of the county, with convenient stops where you can meet the bus on your way to work or from home, knowing that your child will be delivered safely to school.”

For more details, visit this page – and should you require further information, or wish to discuss a collection point not currently offered, please email info@roselyonschool.com

 

 

Churchtown Staff Reunion – can you help?


Roselyon School is planning a special event to bring together former staff of the Churchtown Farm and Activity Centre at Lanlivery.

Churchtown was operated first by the Winged Fellowship Trust, then the charities Vitalise and Scope, providing day services and holidays for young disabled people and youngsters with special educational needs. It closed in 2011 and was later purchased by Roselyon School, which moved to the site in September 2018.

Can you help us find the staff used to work on this wonderful site? We would love to be put in touch!

The reunion party will be on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at the Churchtown site, which is now home to Roselyon School at Lanlivery. From 430pm until 6pm, guests are invited to join us for refreshments, a chance to look around and, of course, the opportunity to meet up with old friends and reminisce.

Please help us to spread the news – we are looking forward to meeting as many Churchtown staff as possible.

RSVPs to aht@roselyonschool.com

Background:
In the 1970s Churchtown was a family run dairy farm and the residents of the village would often see the cows make their trek from field to farm. The farm was sold in 1975 to become an adventure and field studies centre for children with cerebral palsy working closely with schools. Churchtown went through many changes moving away from education and into leisure and being passed from the Winged Fellowship Trust to Scope and Vitalise. In 2011, Vitalise made the decision to pull out of Churchtown Farm. Scope temporarily stepped in but eventually the decision was made to close the site. Many of the external buildings were sold off leaving local residents and former staff worried the site would become housing. However, Churchtown’s rooms became full of life again when Roselyon School moved to the stunning site in 2018.

Maths Masterclass for Primary Schools


Roselyon School is pleased to invite enthusiastic Year 2 and Year 3 mathematicians to join us for a Maths Enrichment Event, in conjunction with Truro School.

During the morning, pupils will participate in problem solving games and discover some amazing facts from the world of mathematics.

The event is on Saturday 2 February 2019 and will run from 9.30am to 11.30am.

For more details, please email info@roselyonschool.com

Places will be allocated in order of registration. The quickest route to register is to fill in your details at http://morningofmathematicsattroselyon.weebly.com/

We look forward to hearing from you!

Homework? What homework?


We’ve all had to suffer homework. It’s the fate of children worldwide. Parents have suffered and so children must. Or should they?

Many educators will argue that homework adds nothing to a child’s progress and understanding, and can actually do more damage than good. Some might argue that homework can rob a child of their love of learning, and add extra stress to children who already work hard at school and have a busy extra-curricular life. And no-one could argue that homework does not impact on family life – whether it’s stealing important time spent together or the cause of many an argument about time-management and quadratic equations.

Here at Roselyon we have taken the dramatic move of cancelling homework. Homework, in its traditional sense, does not have a place in our school. This means if the weather is fine, Roselyon families enjoy the beach after school, without the worry of a worksheet due in the morning. Mums, dads and children can go to a movie, concert or sporting event as a family, or celebrate Gran’s birthday together. That’s what family life is about.

Of course, there is reading to do (sharing a good book together at bedtime – who doesn’t enjoy that?) and spellings and tables to learn, but the rest of the time it’s up to the children and their parents. Our ‘homework’ is in the form of longer-term projects, which are chosen by the children and are so thrilling to them, that they really want to engage. On a wet weekend in Cornwall, they can get on with research into something which truly excites them, which is far better preparation for independent thinking and learning than traditional ‘homework’ is.

We have designed our school day to be a little longer for the older children, so that they can reflect on all that has happened and what they have discovered in their research. Our subject teachers are thrilled to learn about topics outside their normal experience and the children are enthusiastic to share their knowledge. Often there’s time to share a story or play a game together at the end of the day and then go home full of tales of sport, art, music, science, geography, history, Latin…the list is a long one! We value all subjects and give the children a chance to immerse themselves in their learning.

So, yes, it’s a bit different to what we all know as ‘homework’, but our approach means the children have a hand in planning their own learning, they are able to pursue their own passions and interests, and they learn to think for themselves – all of which make for more engaged children and better lessons.

We’re delighted with the system – and so are the children.

Why smaller class sizes are important


At Roselyon School we believe in small class sizes. Our current classes are around 10 children per class and we’ll never allow more than 18 in a Roselyon class. But why does that matter?

Well, let’s compare two classes. In terms of teacher ability, student levels, and student behaviour, they are essentially identical. The only difference is that one class has 10 children and the other has 30. Which class would you want your child in? Which class is better for the child? The smaller one is the obvious answer, but do you know exactly why?

Here are five reasons why a smaller class size is so important:

1. More one -to-one time
In our 10-pupil class, it stands to reason that each child will have three times more individual time with their teacher. This type of educating is critical, both for development of skills and for inspiring children.

2. Easier to identify issues
In large classes, teachers can struggle to identify where problems might be arising, and then because their time is so limited, they may struggle to adequately address these issues. Within these kinds of spaces, where teachers have too little time to watch for and address individual issues, children can begin to ‘slip through the cracks’.

3. More cohesive class culture
A smaller class will ultimately make a more cohesive group than a larger one. In a smaller classroom setting, children will have the opportunity to interact with and form relationships with all of their classmates, ensuring that the class is more supportive of each other.

4. Children are more engaged
When children have a good relationship with their teacher and know they are responsible for their work and level of participation, they become more engaged. When they care what their teacher thinks of their performance, they produce better work.

5. Research shows tremendous benefits to small classes
Don’t just take our word for it – the vast majority of research shows that children perform better in all subjects, at all levels, in smaller classes.

Would you like to find out more? You are welcome to book a visit to see the school in action, on a day to suit you. Or better still, you can arrange an individualised taster session for your son or daughter, to experience some of their favourite subjects, enjoy some ‘down-time’ during a break, or even stay for lunch. Call us on 01726 812110.

Will selected to represent the SW at Swimming Nationals


Following the regional swimming trials held in Dorset earlier this month, we are thrilled to learn that Will has been selected to represent the South West at the ISA Swimming National Championships.

He is looking forward to competing in the Olympic Stadium pool in London’s Aquatic Centre on 1 December – and we will all be rooting for him!

He is pictured here with team mates Victor and Arlo – the smiles say it all!