Rossett News Update – 21 July 2017
LRC (Learning Resource Centre)
I am very pleased to announce that we will be ‘breaking ground’ this summer, in preparation for the construction of a new building at the heart of the school.
The building work will start in the summer, with the majority being completed by September. The exciting new accommodation will comprise a large open space with the facility for independent and supervised study; a suite of computers; resources for learning (books, periodicals, journals etc) and flexible teaching space.
Our current LRC will continue to function whilst this project is being completed.
Accelerated Reader ‘word millionaires’ celebration
Over seventy Year 7 and Year 8 students have passed the million word mark using our Accelerated Reader programme. This is an excellent achievement and to mark this we held a celebration in the Resource Centre at break time this Tuesday. Certificates for all were issued, along with special prizes for those reading over 4.5 million words!
Summer read recommendations for Years 7 and 8
Please click here for the summer read recommendations made by Mrs Huett and our KS3 book club read@rossett.
The HPV vaccine is being offered to all 12 and 13-year-old girls in Year 8, starting in September 2017. Please click the link for the online consent process for vaccinations – Parents/Carers should click on the link to complete the HPV online consent form for your daughter: https://onlineforms.hdft.nhs.uk/childhoodimmunisations (Please note this form can be completed on smart phones and tablets.) The first vaccination will take place on Monday 11 September. The second vaccination will follow six months later.
First Aid Teams
Our First Aid team had their skills assessed today by members of St John Ambulance – sixteen students took part in three practical assessments dealing with:
- An unresponsive casualty
- CPR – working as a team to resuscitate a patient
- Assessing and treating a casualty
In addition they have taken a multi choice exam paper and also a paper on patient positioning. The Years 8-13 students and some Year 7 students passed at Level 2. The other Year 7 students passed either a Level 1 or other school first aid certificate this week too. Congratulations to them all – this is an excellent achievement! Our thanks also go to Ms Rogers, our First Aid & Health Manager, who has been training the team.
Last weekend students enjoyed a stay in the Benalmádena area of Spain, on the Costa del Sol. The trip included a variety of activities including a live demonstration of Paella making, a private guided tour of the Picasso Museum in Málaga and they also completed a treasure hunt around the bustling city centre. Students were also able to put their language skills to the test in their visit to Mijas Pueblo, an old traditional town, where they interviewed locals about a variety of topics; they even managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping too! On the final night, students demonstrated their dancing skills in a Spanish Flamenco lesson. The students were commended by three separate holiday makers in the hotel for being the best behaved and most respectful group of school students they have ever come across. All in all an excellent trip. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Halliwell, Mrs Bowman, Miss Ramiro and Mr Wolfram for taking the trip.
New Year 7s
We are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7s in September. They will be released from their period 5 lesson five minutes early to go to the buses for the first week.
Changes to lunch provision from September
From September early lunch will cater for Key Stage 3 students (Years 7,8+9) and late lunch will change to Key Stage 4+5 students (Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form).
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our PTA and other parents who have volunteered to help at the many school events throughout the year including the Family Learning Day. They are looking for helpers – please click the link for further information.
This week we said goodbye to Brian Davison, who set up and has run Bridge Club at Rossett for the past six years as a volunteer. During that time students of all ages have learnt to play and taken part in several tournaments; they even played bridge in the House of Lords! Brian was an excellent teacher and our students have really valued his experience. As a token of our appreciation Brian was presented with a gift and card and we wish him well with his future plans to travel and spend more time with his grandchildren.
Family Learning Day
Our Family Learning Day for our new Year 7s and their families was held last Saturday with over 200 people attending and we received excellent feedback:
- ‘Well done for enthusing our daughter’
- ‘We wish we were back at school!’
- ‘Good insight into their day. My child feels more confident about coming in September.’
- ‘All sessions were very engaging and enjoyable – thank you.’
- ‘Lovely to meet more teachers and learn more about the curriculum – makes the children feel involved.’
- ‘Good insight into lesson structure.’
RKA A Level Design Exhibition 2017 – Harewood House
Just a reminder that our A level students’ work will be on display in the Courtyard Education Suite at Harewood House as part of the Red Kite Alliance Summer Design Exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 21 July 2017. Entrance to the Summer Exhibition is free to Harewood Card holders or is included with a Grounds and Below stairs ticket. Please note the exhibition will be closed to the public on 30 and 31 July.
Stay safe this summer
Introducing ‘Snap Maps’ – Understanding the risks and concerns relating to this app
The social media app Snapchat has introduced a new feature known as Snap Map. Snap Maps allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location-based photos and videos. Sharing locations can be a risky thing to do as those you do not know may be able to make contact or see what you have posted. Professionals in North Yorkshire have raised a concern regarding this app as it compromises the safety of children and young people. visit: http://www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/professionals/brefings and click on no 2. Introducing ‘Snap Maps’ to learn more.
On 1 August, 11-3.30pm YoungMinds are running a creative and interactive workshop for parents and carers and young people at the Royal College of Psychaitrists in London.
They are looking for:
- Parents and carers who have used MindEd for Families and would like to contribute to its improvement
- Young people aged 14 + who having had a look at MindEd for Families think it might be useful for their parents and families and want to help make it even better
The workshop will explore questions like:
- How can the layout of the website help parents and carers find the info they want as quickly as possible?
- What kind of questions are parents and carers likely to have when they come to the site and how can the site help them find answers quickly?
- What kind of content sections are parents and carers most likely to expect and look for on the site?
Lunch and travel are included and YoungMinds are offering a £10 high street voucher to participants.
What’s happening first week back …
Monday 4 September (no students in school)
- Staff training day
Tuesday 5 September (only Years 7 and 12 in school)
- Year 7 in school (Form time periods 1 + 2 / normal lessons periods 3,4+5)
- Year 12 in school:
- 50-9.05am Assembly in main hall.
- 05-10.15am Registration in the Sixth From Centre
- 30am-1.30pm Study Skills session with Northumbria University
Wednesday 6 September
- Years 7,8,9,10,11+13 in school
- Change of school day: Period 1 and Period 2 swapped / periods 3,4+5 normal lessons
Thursday 8 September
- All students, all years (including Year 12) in school
This term we say farewell to Mr Scrimger – we wish him well in his retirement; we are delighted to confirm that Mrs Fazakerley is taking over the role of SENDCo from September. We are also saying goodbye to Mr Norrington (Assistant Headteacher), Mr McPhillimy (Alternative Education), Mrs Merrett (Drama), Mrs Grainger (Maths), Mrs Easton (Maths), Miss Welsh (Drama), Mr Newman (Science), Mr Bentley (Science) and Miss Turner (PE/Cover).
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a lovely holiday and look forward to welcoming the students back in September