Adam Walker Visits Ramillies

Despite the rain Sports Day wasn’t a wash out after all thanks to our special guest Adam Walker. Adam came to school to give an incredible talk on his life and how he became inspired to achieve the most remarkable feat.

Adam, a salesman for Russell Hobbs, decided firstly to challenge himself to swim The English Channel. After reaching that goal he set about achieving what is seemingly an impossible task. To swim all seven oceans. The Seven Oceans Challenge saw him travel the world and swim in freezing temperatures, treacherous currents and deadly marine life including sharks and a Portuguese men o’ war who gave him a present he will never forget.

His story had staff and pupils alike engrossed and made us all feel like anything is possible. As Adam says “NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, SUCCEED.”

The school would like to thank Adam for giving up his time and giving us the most inspirational presentation that I’m sure any of us have ever heard.

New Ramillies Hall Residence Takes Shape During Activity Week…

The pupils and staff worked hard and had great fun building an ‘Insect Hotel’ during one of our end of term activity days.  Using old pallets, bricks, roof tiles and natural materials we transformed an area behind the science lab into an invertebrate ‘des-res’!  The pupils used their design technology skills to drill holes into logs, to saw dead tree branches to size and to drill the pallets together for stability. Why bother?  The ‘hotel’ should provide many refuges and micro-habitats for all invertebrates that are an essential part of the food chain and play a crucial role in decomposing organic material in nutrient cycles.  On the day we had a number of keen residents including a snail and a few spiders moving into the new habitat.  We are looking forward to observing how the community develops and seeing what fascinating creatures take up residence over the coming weeks and months.  Thank you to everyone who helped to provide materials and to put it together during the day.  Fantastic team work.

J D Welch Visit’s RHS

J D Welch Visit’s RHS

Ramillies Hall School extended a warm welcome to local author J D Welch who spoke to all our senior pupils about her new book The Einstein Code.

The story is about a 13-year-old boy, Ben, who lives in Heaton Moor, and his search for his Mum, an agro chemist, who is kidnapped. He follows clues all over Manchester and Stockport so this book, the first of a trilogy planned by Joanne, has an extra dimension for us here.

She spoke with real passion about her love of reading and writing, how she became a published author and about science and how to crack a code. Some of our pupils showed that they were code breakers and were fascinated to solve the mystery.

We were delighted that many of the senior pupils bought their own copy of The Einstein Code and Joanne kindly signed each one with an inspirational dedication. It has been great to see pupils reading it during break times and they are giving it a huge thumbs up so far.   A copy of the book was presented to our library so pupils can borrow it if they wish.

Joanne sent the most delightful email complementing our pupils – she was impressed by their behaviour, their questions, their acts of kindness and their smiles.

We are very grateful to Joanne for giving up her time to visit RHS and to inspire our pupils to enjoy reading and writing from THEIR hearts.

The Einstein Code is available at all good book shops and on Amazon, £7.99!

Summer holiday treat?!

With thanks to you all for your support for this visit,

Margot Archer

NSPCC – Juniors and Year 7 ‘Super Spellers’

The NSPCC visited our school on Thursday 28th April 2016 and delivered their Speak out Stay safe assembly to share information with the Juniors and Year 7 about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries.

I am delighted to say that Ramillies supported the valuable work of the NSPCC by taking part in a fundraising event, a sponsored spell. The children challenged themselves with individual spellings and gained sponsors. They did brilliantly! Not only did they rise to the challenge of learning complex spellings but to collect as many sponsors as they could too. In total they raised £520.80 which is an awesome achievement for the 17 children who took part. This will make a difference for the NSPCC’s vital work, helping to keep even more children safe. A special mention has to go to the two top ‘earners’, Harvey who raised £100 and Jake £96.50 – both boys were determined to collect as much as they could and they certainly achieved this. Helen, from the NSPCC, was touched by the children’s response and said that giving out the badges, in last Thursday’s assembly, was a pleasure. The children are showcasing their coloured badges which represent the number of sponsors gained – some have all 4 and you will see them proudly pinned to their blazers!

Well done to the Juniors and Year 7 – a fine job for a worthy cause. Thank you for your time, effort and support.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Cake Decoration Competition

Cupcake champion: Jack Rog

Highly commended: Amelia Simpson, Daniel Clark, Maleehah Khan, Jake Wertheim, Elliot Hickson, Benjamin Pope, Owen Zissler

Winners: Hamza Anwar, Sabrina Aird, William Connolly-Roger, Marcus Wheeler.

Thank you to all who take part in the competition and donated cakes.

Year 10 were challenged to write 90 glorious words in honour of Queen Elizabeth.

Click the link bellow to see there work.

90 Glorious Years

Operation Eagle Eye 1st – 5th February 2016

Following the success of our joint Road Safety Project last term, pupils from Ramillies Hall School and Lane End Primary School have once again joined forces, this time to challenge the inconsiderate behaviour of drivers on Ramillies Avenue, Cheadle Hulme in Operation Eagle Eye.
Working with Stockport Road Safety Team and Greater Manchester Police, our eagle-eyed youngsters have been observing traffic and using police speed guns to record the speed of motorists on Ramillies Avenue and Station Road. They recorded the number of times they saw offences such as driving without a seatbelt on, using mobile phones at the wheel, speeding and parking illegally or inconsiderately, such as on Keep Clear, double yellow and yellow Zig-Zag markings.
The pupils have shown great enthusiasm and commitment to the project, arriving early to school to observe each morning’s school run as well as the afternoon rush as parents return to collect them. Wearing high-visibility vests provided by Stockport Road Safety Officers and accompanied by PCSOs from GMP, their presence has had a dramatic effect on the behaviour of drivers with the number of drivers stopping illegally on the yellow zig-zag markings outside both schools dropping to almost zero by the middle of the week.
The children recorded the number of drivers they observed breaking the law on these key safety points of seatbelts, mobile phones, illegal parking outside school and speeding. Whilst wearing a seatbelt is about protecting the occupants of the car, being distracted by a mobile phone, even for a second, could cause a driver to not notice a child stepping into their path. Likewise, the yellow zig zag markings are there to prevent parked vehicles blocking the view of other drivers where children may walk or run out into the road outside their school.
The PCSOs have spoken to drivers to advise them about any motoring offences observed by the groups. The children will be collating the results of their observations and producing a report which will be published on the school’s website and emailed out to parents. The children want the roads around our schools to be safe places to work and walk – please have a look at the Operation Eagle Eye website (stockport.gov.uk/eagleeye) and pledge your support!