In order to challenge and reward our fantastic students, the RSA Academy LRC has recently set up an elite Academy Librarian training scheme. This scheme gives our prospective student librarians the opportunity to learn the essential skills needed to become an effectie librarian, from the basics of issuing and shelving books, to running clubs and competitions, promoting the LRC throughout the Academy and training other students. Each Academy Librarian is also given their own section of the LRC to look after, awarding them greater responsibility and ownership over their learning environment.
We were delighted to welcome back Andrew Watts to the Academy today. He is part way through his first term at Birmingham City University, studying Media and Communications.
On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November, students in Year 11 studying GCSE Art and Post 16 students studying IB Visual Arts will have the opportunity to complete a portrait workshop with practising artist John Denaro. Students taking part will create a large scale portrait based on their coursework project theme. This will provide invaluable, expert, assistance and guidance for students as they work to develop their practical art skills. It will also be very useful as they build evidence for their coursework portfolio. Students are extremely excited to be taking part in the workshop, working with John, and to be creating such a large scale piece of art.
On Tuesday 11th November, Year 12 students visited The Meadows Sports College to begin their community arts project. As part of their IB Visual Arts course, students are to develop artwork to support the development of a community space. Students have been asked to create murals in a variety of areas within the Meadows school to improve the learning environment for students. The initial project is to complete a mural for the ‘Meadowland’ which is an outdoor learning space with artworks to stimulate the senses. Students were intrigued to explore the outdoor learning space and are excited to be developing artworks to continue the development of ‘Meadowland’.
Year 7′s Real project books are complete and ready to purchase.
Each Year 7 student has now produced a page to contribute to a book to act as an introduction for next year’s Year 7′s to introduce them to the Academy.
The books can be ordered from http://www.rsaacademy.org/realprojects/ or printed PDF versions will be available for purchase on the 11th of December at the ’What is the Black Country’ evening.
The Under 18 boys progressed to the fifth round of the ESFA National cup with a 6:4 victory against Arden School from Solihull. The lads produced one of their best displays of the season marching to a 5:0 at the interval.
This week graphic designer and RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) Mike Dempsey returned to the RSA to judge the Year 10 postcard competition that he had launched a few months ago. The students were set the task of designing a postcard based around the theme of school and their true feelings towards it.
Last year, we took our Post 16 Leadership Team to a Sky News lecture at the RSA in London. One of the outcomes of this was that our students were invited to be the first to take part in a new initiative launched by Sky News in September.