Rossett News Update – 24 May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

We have recently emailed parents regarding GDPR – I would ask that you take time to read this email.  Please click the link to read the school’s updated Privacy Notice which explains what data we collect, why we collect it, how we use it and who we share it with.

The Privacy Notice has also been emailed to our students aged 12 and over as they are considered to have sufficient capacity/maturity to understand privacy issues.

Under the new legislation we are also required to update our consents from parents regarding Communications, Photos and Videos and Biometric Data.  Please follow the link to the Consent Form (the password is contained in the email sent to parents).  Please complete and submit this information on line by 25 May 2018 to ensure that we can continue to provide you with information and services as we currently do. This includes allowing your child to use their ‘thumb’ for catering purposes.  The form should only take seconds to complete.

Summer Spectacular

The Summer Spectacular is being held on Monday 18 June 2018 at 6.30pm at the Royal Hall, Harrogate and will feature performances by Rossett Jazz, Concert Band, Saxophonix, Samba Band as well as performances from two of our partner schools; Pannal and Saltergate, plus a massed choir of Year 8 students.  Tickets are on sale from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office and can be obtained by visiting:

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.  All the seats are numbered so please book early to avoid disappointment.  We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

Study Leave

On Wednesday the Year 13 students attended a ‘Leavers’ Assembly’ which included a collective celebration of their time at Rossett.  We wish them well with their forthcoming examinations and a happy and successful future, whether they are heading to university, college, apprenticeships or into the world of work.

Tomorrow we celebrate our Year 11s’ time at Rossett before they begin their study leave.  We look forward to welcoming them back at Rossett on Wednesday 4 July to the Year 12 Taster Day.

NHS Information for parents to support students with exam stress

We are aware, as we note every year, that some of our young people find the stress of school exams difficult to manage at this time of year.  Please click on the link below to access information from the NHS to help your child through:

Internal assessments – Years 7 & 8

As a check to see how Year 7s and 8s are progressing towards their GCSE targets, they will complete an end of year assessment activity in each of their subjects.  These assessments will take place during lesson time between 11-22nd June 2018. The timetable for when the individual subject assessments will take place, revision materials, and details of how best to prepare can be found here:

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice Expedition

Congratulations to the 62 students who completed the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice expedition at the weekend.

They began walking at Ripley and camped at Bewerley Park where there were marshmallows, glow bands and songs round the bonfire!  The expedition finished in the Markington area on Sunday afternoon.

Special thanks go to Sixth Formers Eve Pepper, Jason Twigg and Leah Waddington who supported the expedition and to the following staff who supervised over the weekend Miss Mooney, Miss Pearson, Mr Purdy, Miss Cull, Miss Ramiro, Miss Hellawell and Mrs Jackson who led the expedition.

Auschwitz Project – Reported by Imogen Fisher and Matthew Girven (Year 12)

‘Recently we were given the opportunity to participate in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Through this project we listened to Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke speak before we went on a one day trip to Poland to visit Oświęcim, which is a Polish town located near the Auschwitz camps, before visiting Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II -Birkenau. We both found the project an extremely moving experience, and were especially moved by the collection of personal belongings including suitcases and shoes at Auschwitz I, as well as the vast size of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As part of this project we are now educating others about the Holocaust and our experience and have been doing question and answer sessions in Year 8 history lessons. We also had the opportunity to go on BBC Radio York to share our experience with the wider community. We are grateful to Rossett and the History Department for allowing us to participate in this process and have found it an extremely moving and valuable experience.’

Minute’s silence

The school held a minute’s silence on Tuesday to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.  Our thoughts were with those students at Rossett and other local schools who were affected by this tragedy.

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Samba Band

We are delighted that Rossett’s Samba band have been invited once again to perform at the annual Knaresborough Bed Race at 1pm on Saturday 9 June.  We look forward to seeing parents and students there for this iconic event!

What’s happening after half term …

Monday 4 June

Wednesday 6 June

Thursday 7 June

Saturday 9 June

With every best wish for the May break.  School starts back on Monday 4 June.

Ms Woodcock