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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

 

 

smileyHello I am Jack. I am the newest member of The News Team. I am thoughtful, kind and caring. I like cats and I love to research and interview people. I’m looking forward to getting started on reporting ! 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 are 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 My name is Katie, I have a dog called Barney and a tortoise called Batman. My favourite TV show is The Walking Dead or Criminal Minds. My favourite food is bacon. 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!

blush Hello. My name is Rosario... my hobbies include elite trampolining, reading and, of course, challenging photography! I'm in Y7 so I’m still quite shy and I would love to come out of my shell by being on The News Team. Welcome to The News Team!

surprise Hey! My name is Niamh, I am in year 8. Some of my hobbies include art, photography, music and, of course … dance. My personality is very artistic and imaginative. Welcome to The News Team!

smiley My name is Isabelle. I am 14. I am the interviewer for The News Team. I want to show the school what I can do and what abilities I can bring to the team. Welcome to The News Team!

angel Hello. My name is Laila and my hobby is photography. I enjoy ice skating, doing things with my friends and roller skating, when I'm not at school. Welcome to The News Team!

devil Yo! Yo! Yo! My name is Charlie and I love football and play for a team. I also want to be in The News Team to expand my knowledge in editing. I like milk. Welcome to The News Team!

laugh Hello - my name is Nick and I like computers and music. I have a dismal bit of experience with editing but I am eager to increase my Knowledge! Welcome to The News Team!

smiley Hello. My name is Jonny and I am part of The News Team. I would like to either research or edit. We hope you enjoy our monthly publication of the school news. Welcome to The News Team!

devil Greetings. My name is Boaz. My interests are all sport - mainly football. I play for Hartlepool Academy. I have a lizard called Elizabeth she eats several crickets each day and runs really fast. Welcome to The News Team!

laugh Hello. My name is Jack, and I'm part of The News Team. I am excited to develop new skills and I would like to write and research for the team. Welcome to The News Team!

cheeky I'm Harry. I'm an interviewer for The News Team. My hobbies are cricket and I enjoy taking my dog for walks. I am excited to see what opportunities it brings. Welcome to The News Team!

 

An interview with ....

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

MAY 

 

 

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 7A with 98%.

                       The winner from year 8 is 8N with 96.2%.

                      The winner from year 9 is 9A with 96.6%.

                          The winner from year 10 is 10N with 97.2%

                           The winner from year 11 is 11M with 96.2%.

 

Special congratulations to…

 

7A! 

... this month’s overall winner.

 

WELL DONE!

 

Keep your eye out for a member of the team – we will be coming to you with a prize!

 

 

 

 

A word from SLT

 

A word from the Senior Leadership Team...

May has been another busy but exciting month. We briefly caught up with different members of SLT to explore thier thoughts about the month:

 

SLT are really proud of Tariro, Meg and Cate for being successful in the publications of their poems. This was a national competition and something to be very proud of.

 

Year 10 and 11 pupils have been in school during the Easter break to revise for their GCSEs. Year 10 are doing literature exam this year with the alongside year 11s. It is getting really exciting. Less than 3 weeks now!

 

Finally, just before our Easter break, pupils in year 7 and 8 were invited to a ceramics workshops after school. Look out for information from the art department about when you can look at their amazing clay glaze work!