Rossett News Update – 7 July 2017

Paris Trip

Fifty four of our Rossett students from Years 9 and 10 have returned from an exciting few days in Paris. Whilst there, they had plenty of opportunity to practise their French whilst visiting such historic sites as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, Notre Dame, La Tour Eiffel and concluding with a boat trip on the Seine. The trip ended with the spectacular fireworks and laser display at Disneyland Paris.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved in the trip: Mrs Normand, Miss Chauvet, Mr Scrimger, Mr Wilson and Mrs Guinness.   ‘The students’ behaviour was impeccable throughout; they were a credit to the school and their families’ said a member of staff on the trip’s return.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze qualifying expedition

This weekend D of E Bronze participants will complete their qualifying expedition. Students will set off from Wath (just north of Pateley Bridge) on Saturday morning and head towards Breaks Fold Farm (by Thruscross Reservoir) to camp overnight. Students will complete their expedition by walking to Killinghall on Sunday.

UMPH Competition – Four Sixth Form students (Oscar Rodi, Georgia White, Laura Bailey-Elwen and Dylan Bahia) took part in the West Yorkshire UMPH business competition at Wakefield College this week. The students competed in a range of business tasks against fifteen other schools; they also met with a number of entrepreneurs including Simon Gray (Boost Drinks) and Julian Kynaston (Propoganda).  Excellent preparation for the world of work!

Multi-skills Sports Day

Last week some of our Year 7 and 8 students took part in a multi-skills sports day at King James`s School competing against other local schools. Activities included welly wanging, over unders, skipping and jumping.  Some of the students were also fortunate enough to meet Paralympic Gold Medallist Swimmer Johnny Booth during the day.

Sports Day

We had yet another successful Sports Day yesterday with 10 school records broken (which is a record in itself!).  The re-structuring of the day to include tug of war and rounders for participation from the whole year group, as well as the usual track and field events, was a great success.

New record breakers:

Year 7 Year 9
Boys Long Jump Distance Girls Shot Distance
N Pickard 4.28 T Metcalfe 8.89
Boys High Jump Height Boys High Jump Height
L Georgallis 1.40 E Walsh 1.65
Girls Triple Jump Distance
K Hanspal 6.60 Year 10
Boys 100m Time Boys 100m Time
L Geogallis 13.65 L White 11.87
Girls Triple Jump Distance Girls Triple Jump Distance
E Syson 8.63 Z Potter 8.01
Boys Long Jump Distance
A McKenzie 5.38

Professor Colin Johnson; Professor of Genetics to visit Rossett School Monday 10 July

On Monday Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form Science students have been invited to attend a seminar by Professor Johnson (Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, part of the University of Leeds’ School of Medicine) entitled ‘Why I chose a career in medical genetics’. Professor Johnson will be discussing the Institute’s ground breaking work in the field of the human genome and its application to NHS care, as well as the factors which influenced his personal career choices.

The work of Professor Johnson and his colleagues has featured in a Channel 4 news item – you can view this by scanning the QR code;

Professor Johnson’s seminar will be directly relevant to the new AQA Biology A Level course and many university undergraduate courses.


Year 6 Induction Days

Next week we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students who will be joining us in September.  They will spend Wednesday and Thursday in school experiencing lessons and break times, meeting staff and other students as well as a variety of other activities. We are also holding a Parents’ Evening for all our new parents on Wednesday 12 July starting at 7pm.


On Wednesday students take part in a variety of timetabled events instead of their usual timetable:

Year 7: Risk Prevention Day – students look at home, school and personal safety and health including a practical session on First Aid.

Year 8: The Real Game – in this deconstructed day the students are offered the opportunity to participate in simulations of working life.

Year 9: Sexual Awareness – students consider methods of contraception, how to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and sex and the law.

Year 10: Personal Safety Day – including a demonstration of how road traffic accidents are dealt with, from the fire service. This event makes it clear how to stay safe on a bike or by car.

On Friday the following events take place:

Year 7 ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ – students will celebrate diversity and culture within British Society and beyond.  Students will take part in a range of activities and therefore will not be required to wear school uniform but should wear loose fitting clothing suitable for physical activity/practical workshops (ie no shorts/skirts or low cut tops).

Year 10 Employers Conference – over thirty local and national employers will be in school giving talks to the Year 10s and offering all of our students the opportunity to take part in mock interviews.

Sixth Form Induction Day Thursday 13 July

Next Thursday we will welcome back our Year 11 students for their Sixth Form induction day.  During the day students will take part in a series of timetabled taster lessons and team building activities.  There will also be an Information Evening for parents starting at 7pm in the Sixth Form Centre. This evening is designed to provide parents with the necessary information to support their child through the transition from GCSE to A Level study.

Celebration Assemblies

On Wednesday 19 July, we will be holding our end of year celebration assemblies.  Awards will be given for outstanding achievement in all subject areas, for community involvement, excelling in the 3Rs and attainment.

During these, we will be asking students to donate money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.  Some of our students will be playing and singing the charity single ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’ during the assembly, which will give students a time to reflect on the tragic events.

School Blazers – deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for the £10 voucher on purchases of blazers prior to 1 September for families experiencing difficulties is Monday 10 July. Parents can apply for this support for each child currently at Rossett.

We are also able to offer a 10% discount on purchases made before the start of September 2017.  Blazers are available from Rawcliffes (Harrogate).

Please click the link for further details.

Reminder: The Yorkshire Show

In line with the Department for Education guidance regarding authorisation of absence for students during term time; please note that absence to attend the Yorkshire Show will not be authorised.  Headteachers are only allowed to grant permission if there are exceptional circumstances.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 10 July

Wednesday 12 July

Thursday 13 July

Friday 14 July

Ms Woodcock