Rossett News Update – 31 March 2017

Team Maths Challenge

Congratulations to Matt Rowe (Year 9), Katie Merckel (Year 9), Tij Kapote (Year 8), Gidi Pliener (Year 8) who came third in the UKMT Regional Final of the Team Maths Challenge – this was an exceptional performance and the first time a team from Rossett have been in a medal position.

The students competed against top mathematicians from across the region in a series of mathematical rounds and challenges testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills.  We are very proud of their achievement.

County Cup Champions: U13 Football Team

Congratulations to the under 13s girls’ football team have been crowned County Cup champions after beating Manor School 4-0 in the final.  Team Coach Mr Sweetman said ‘It was a fantastic match and a really fitting end to a brilliant season for the girls.’

RSC Chemistry Olympiad

Congratulations to Katie Lofthouse who achieved a Silver Award,  Dan Corazzi and Rob Torrance who achieved Bronze Awards and Thomas Hullah and Matthew Petty who received certificates of participation at the RSC Chemistry Olympiad.  The challenges feature some very advanced chemistry and stretches the students’ A Level understanding tremendously. One of the questions featured this year was based on the possible alloy choices for Iron Man armour!

Future Jobs Project

We are excited to be able to provide work experience this year for all Year 12 students, in collaboration with NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business Education Partnership) and Aspire Igen (independent career advice service).

We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for our students to gain an insight into potential future career options. Work experience is also highly regarded by both universities and prospective employers and provides students with valuable skills which will enhance both personal statements and CVs.

Each student will also receive a one hour one-to-one appointment with an independent Careers Advisor during next week and will be informed at the earliest opportunity of the placement that has been secured for them.  The work experience will take place between 3 and 7 July 2017.

Adult Learning Summer Programme

Please click here for the Summer programme for Adult Learning offering part-time day and evening courses for all tastes and interests. Courses include Arts, Design and Crafts, Exercise and Well-being, Social Media, Computing and Photography or discovering your family history.

Mrs Rogers (Rossett’s First Aid and Health Manager) will also be running a five week Babysitting course from 5 June 18.30-20.30 for 14-18 year olds – click here for further details.

Sensory Garden

This week we received a cheque from the Lions Clubs for £311.96 for our sensory garden project.  The garden is being designed by Year 11 students working towards the Prince’s Trust Achieve Award and is drawing support from community organisations across the town.  The garden will continue to evolve over the coming months offering students the opportunity to learn about plants, gardening, wildlife and landscaping.

We are linking the design of the garden to reflect our 30 year connection with our Japanese partner school – Ishigami – and have begun to construct a pagoda and added a cherry tree to the planting.

Information Support Evening

Local schools have decided to work collaboratively together to try and support both young people and their families in one particular area that we know can affect both physical and mental wellbeing, that of drug use and legal highs. National Statistics for 2015/16 showed that one in five 16-24 year olds have tried or used an illegal drug.

St John Fisher will be hosting an information support evening, open to all parents locally, on Wednesday 5 April at 7.00pm. The session will be run by members of their Pastoral team, including the Deputy Headteacher, as well as a representative from North Yorkshire Police. If you are interested in attending this session please email office@sjfchs.org.uk at St John Fisher Catholic High School for further information.

Operation Encompass

Rossett has agreed to take part in a new project that will run jointly between all schools, academies and colleges in York and North Yorkshire Police.

This new project, Operation Encompass, has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of normal school hours and that might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared at the earliest opportunity between Monday to Friday and when an incident occurs over the weekend the school will be notified on the Monday by the police.

A nominated member of school staff, known as a key adult, will receive the information from the police. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that our school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children or their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.

Operation Encompass has already proved to be very effective in providing appropriate support to children. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our children and we believe this initiative is going to be extremely beneficial and supportive for all those involved.

DofE Silver Practice Expedition – 7 April to Sunday 9 April 2017

Students will be taken to the North Yorkshire Dales for this expedition; they will be camping near Barden on the first night and at Kettlewell for the second night and will finish their expedition at Malham Cove.

Literacy Tip

Please click here for the latest literacy tip on how to be successful when skimming and scanning non-fiction texts.

Congratulations to …

Katie Anderson (Distinction), Cameron Rennison (Merit), Ellie Whitehead (Merit)

Natasha Lewis (Pass), Chloe Ramsay (Pass)

What’s happening next week …

Monday 3 April

Tuesday 4 April

Wednesday  5 April

Thursday 6 April

Friday 7 April

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher