Rossett News Update – 7 April 2017

Head Boy and Head Girl elections

The Sixth Form Hustings took place this week and after a very close race, we are pleased to announce the results are as follows:

Head Boy: Arran Kennedy                  Head Girl: Katie Anderson

Deputy Head Boy: Ben Rothery           Deputy Head Girl: Georgia Taylor

We were very impressed with the level of maturity and confidence demonstrated by all twelve candidates; they are all fantastic ambassadors for Rossett Sixth Form.

National Cup Final

The ESFA (English Schools Football Association) have confirmed that the U14s girls’ football team will be playing in the National Cup Final against St Ivo School, Cambridgeshire at Stoke City Football Club on Friday 26th May with a 1.30pm kick off.   They have also confirmed that each finalist will be presented with a set of PlayStation branded playing kit to wear in the final and the girls will also be presented with a player’s medal at the end of the game.  This is going to be an exciting experience for the girls and they will have a warm up session in the Stoke City FC Academy Dome, use the main stadium changing rooms for the half-time team talks and post-match changing facilities and will also enjoy a post-match buffet in the Waddington Lounge at the club!  Mr Sweetman will be Team Coach as Ms Rowe is on maternity leave but will be attending and supporting with all her family!

Uniform

Following extensive consultation this year with students, parents and staff, the Governors have made a decision to introduce Rossett School blazers to the uniform of the school, for Years 7-10, from September 2017.  Year 11 students (2017/18) will have the option, for this year only, to either purchase a school blazer or keep to the current uniform of the school jumper.  A letter explaining this change and detailing suppliers will be circulated by Mrs Macaulay (Deputy Headteacher) after the Easter break.

Lessons from Auschwitz

Charlotte Towers and Olly Walsh represented Rossett on the Lessons from Auschwitz project this week, travelling to Poland and hearing about the horrors of the holocaust.   Charlotte and Olly were interviewed by Strayfm during the trip – please click here to hear their thoughts.

They will now reflect on their experiences and become Holocaust Educational Trust Ambassadors to raise awareness of the Holocaust and challenge prejudice and racism.

Social Media warning

North Yorkshire Police have informed schools that there is growing awareness of a troubling social media site called, ‘Blue Whale’. Intelligence would indicate that young people are approached in a chat room and then asked to take part in private chats before being given a list of concerning challenges to complete. We are drawing parents’ attention to this matter so that you can be vigilant in monitoring your son or daughter’s internet use.

American Exchange

Our students are looking forward to welcoming their American partners when they arrive in Harrogate on Saturday 15 April.  They have a busy schedule including visits to the Yorkshire Coal Mining Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Royal Armouries, a day trip to York and much more. The American students will also spend a day in school with their partners on Monday 24 April!

Passover Workshop including flour making and matza baking

This week Rabbi Pink came in to Rossett to run a matza workshop focusing on the Jewish festival of Passover which remembers the story of Moses and the Hebrew people escaping from oppression and slavery in Egypt. Rabbi Pink and some of our Year 7 and Philosophy and Ethics students also discussed the theme of freedom and respect – whatever one’s personal beliefs – and the importance of these themes in modern society.

The students enjoyed learning the process of making matza (unleavened flatbread), from threshing and grinding the wheat, to making the dough, rolling out the matza, watching them bake in an oven and tasting the end product.

 

 Ramadan

We are aware that this year Ramadan will coincide with Midsummer and the combination of long days and higher temperatures will put pressure on our young Muslim students.  Some will also be taking important exams which will be an added pressure.   We would like to work with our students and their families during this time and would ask that parents contact their child’s year office so that we can support our students in their religious observance.

Congratulations to …

Migraine Insight

Migraine Action, the national advisory and support charity for adults and children affected by migraine, have asked us to advertise an event it is hosting at The Park Inn, North Street, York on Saturday 13 May 2017  9am-1pm.  Migraine medical professionals will give practical tips for proactively managing migraine, with topics covered including headache and migraine diagnosis, treatment, prevention, latest research and medication overuse.
Please visit their website for further information:  www.migraine.org.uk/events

Babysitting Course

Rossett Adult Learning is offering a five week babysitting course led by Ms Rogers (Rossett’s First Aid and Health Manager). The course runs from 5 June 18.30-20.30 for 14-18 year olds – click here for further details.

What’s happening when school re-opens after the Easter holidays

Monday 24 April

Wednesday 26 April

Thursday 27 April

Friday 28 April

I would like to end by wishing all students and parents/carers a very Happy Easter from all at Rossett School.

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher