Rossett News Update – 17 February 2017


Intermediate Maths Challenge

We are delighted with the results from the recent Intermediate Maths Challenge with 8 students achieving Gold, 18 students achieving Silver and 23 achieving Bronze.  The Gold award puts students in the top 1500 students in their year group from across the country.  We congratulate them on their excellent achievement.

Year 11

Gold: Arthur Cheek (Best in Year), Natasha Farmer, Amy Laws, Maya McCartney, Simon Taylor

Silver: Shaun Wilson, Katie Ridley, Tabitha Halliday, Jason Twigg, Lucy Hopkins, Ben Wilson

Bronze: Megan Bird, Jennifer Ross, Olivia Price, Ella Harris, Lizzie Browne, Jacob Turner, Emily Howell, Kerry Holtham, Emily Whitaker, Oliver Storey, Jasmine Tyler

Year 10

Gold: Miki Burt (Best in Year)

Silver: Kirsty MacGregor, Emily Andrews, Ivan Shalashilin, George Taylor, Morgan Glazier

Year 9

Gold: Katie Merckel (Best in Year), Freddie Newton

Silver: Matthew Hewson, Jayven Bahi, Laurie O’Brien, Alice Benning, Nandini Mehta, Emma Janson, Aadham Yousef

Bronze: Sean Winston, Matthew Rowe, James Poole, Sam Gilmartin, Jack Sruton

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Thank you to Sixth Formers Emily Taylor and Ellie Watson-Hornsby for writing the following review which we hope will be appearing in the Harrogate Advertiser in the next few weeks.

Those who attended Rossett School’s performance of Guys and Dolls on Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 9 February 2017 were transported back into the 1930s, where the cast of over ninety students from across the year groups put on a truly mesmerising show. The commitment and dedication of both students and staff was displayed through not only the high standard of acting, but also the accompanying band which was formed from both students and teaching staff.

It was Miss Adelaide (Kiera Bollon) and Nathan Detroit (Leo Corbitt) – both in Year 9 – who stole the night with their show-stopping performances and fabulous singing which took away the collective breath of the packed auditorium. From start to finish their passion for performing was displayed through the phenomenal maintenance of American accents and their enthusiasm for portraying their characters.

Bollon’s take on the ditsy, long-term engaged dancer Miss Adelaide was flawless. The audience was stunned at the powerful voice of one so young. Her fiancé, the dapper Detroit played by Corbitt, was full of wit and charm; enough to explain the 14 year engagement! However by the end of the show, the two finally wed with the whole cast on stage to mark the momentous occasion.

The full cast kept the standard high with the likes of Sky Masterson (James Porter) and Sarah Brown (Yasmine Bridge) explaining their unlikely romance;  the portrayal of Big Jule (Jack Dyson) and Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Sam McKenzie) kept the spirits up with their natural comic timing.

The hard work behind the scenes was ably directed by Mrs McLurg supported by Mrs Binns, Miss Askew and Mrs Merrett. Without their loyalty and devotion towards the students and the production, the show wouldn’t have been as rewarding an experience for actors and audience alike. The immaculate dancing, choreographed by Miss Geldart, was an event not to be missed. The students made the complex moves look effortless as they danced the night away with routines such as the Salsa.



Sixth Form Debating team success

Rossett’s Sixth Form Debating team won their debate against Harrogate Grammar School this week in the third heat of the Red Kite Debating Competition.  Congratulations to Katie Lofthouse and Arran Kennedy who did the school proud in the face of some tough competition! They were arguing against the motion that “We should have an open borders policy for migrants”. The Judges agreed that it was the best debate they had seen so far in the competition.


As February is LGBT History Month, Rossett’s LGBT group held a bake sale and raised over £90 for Stonewall UK.

Japan Exchange

The Japan Exchange students and Miss Horsfall and Mr Bulmer arrived safely in Ishigami at the beginning of the week and had a very busy time with their exchange students embracing a variety of activities such as sushi making and Japanese calligraphy.  They visited some of the cultural buildings in Minamisota where they were able to dress as soldiers and samurais and met the mayor of the city.  They also visited an aquarium in Sendai, a local temple and have enjoyed traditional Japanese food.  This is the first visit back to the Ishigami area since the tsunami hit and the school was really appreciative of our students’ visit. Our students have now travelled to Kyoto. Follow their news @rossettschool.7

Visit from poet

On Wednesday students enjoyed a visit by poet Ash Dickinson who ran a series of workshops for Y10, Y7 and Y11 AMA and PP students sharing his love of poetry, encouraging them to create their own Haikus and Clerihew.  At one session he read some poems he had written about famous people such as Miley Cyrus and Wilfred Owen and then asked students to write their own poem about someone famous such as Robin Hood or Paddington Bear.

With another group he used a completely different method to inspire students to write a poem – asking  students to write down a memory with prompts like I see…, I feel…, I hear… and then stripped out the prompts for the poem – this was extremely effective.

One group wrote poems featuring well-known phrases coined by Shakespeare.

Students commented on how fun, innovative and friendly Ash was and totally adored how he removed their image of a stereotypical poet and also enjoyed listening to him recite his own poetry.


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Message from the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board

The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board have written to all schools highlighting a number of safeguarding issues raised recently about apps on mobile devices including, ooVoo and  The letter warns that these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.  For more details please click here.

Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers

Following the success of Safer Internet Day where students learnt about the many positives of the internet and were also made aware of the issues that young people face online today; Rossett is holding an Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers. This will include a presentation by Tim Pinto – an expert in the field of online safety education.

Tim Pinto has worked in education throughout his career and over the past five years he has worked as e-Safety Manager working extensively with schools in the Yorkshire region, supporting them with e-safety and developing guidance documents and policies. He has also worked on a national level speaking at conferences organised by the NSPCC and Optimus. Tim is a member of the Educational Advisory Board for CEOP (Children’s Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and has worked with a number of different bodies training staff and developing resources. We highly recommend this event as it will provide practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues, and advise on suitable behaviour online.


Sixth Form Listeners

Congratulations to our Year12 Listeners  who received their certificates from Ms Woodcock this week after completing 12 weeks of training. They will now shadow current Year 13 students until they are allocated their own form groups in Year 7.

‘Wear Purple’ Day

Today is ‘wear purple day’ in the Sixth Form to support the AMMF Cancer charity nominated by Harrison Prudames, who lost his Grandfather to the 12illness.  Students were invited to make a donation and wear something purple for the day.  They have raised just over £120 for the charity.

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