Rossett News Update – 28 April 2017

Student thought for the week
‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’
(Edgar Degas) 

This has been a difficult week for the community at Rossett. We were shocked and saddened to hear the news that Mr Mervyn Wilson, Teacher of Art at the school, had died as the result of a tragic accident, whilst on holiday.

We are a close community of students, staff and friends and I am proud to say that the support that everyone has shown for each other this week has been humbling to witness.

Our thoughts are very much with Mr Wilson’s wife, family and friends at this time.

U14s National Cup Final
We have received confirmation that the U14 girls’ National Cup Final will now take place on Wednesday 17 May kick off 3.30pm at Derby County Football Club.BBC Look North are coming in to school next week to interview the team.

We are keen to celebrate the success of the girls and are offering a limited number of places to supporters from Year 8 and 9 – please click the link for details as this really is a fantastic chance to celebrate

TARGETcareers School Leavers’ Challenge
Three of our Sixth Form students, Katie Lofthouse, Katie Anderson and Cameron Rennison qualified for the grand final of the School Leavers’ Challenge competition which took place at the BT tower in London yesterday.  The students were pitted against 100 other competitors across a number of challenges to find the overall winner.  We are delighted to report that Katie Lofthouse won this coveted title.

She will now spend a day with the Managing Director of Research and Innovation at BT’s Global Research and Development Headquarters and received a voucher for Amazon.

University of Leeds Higher Education Experience Day
This week forty Year 9 and 10 students attended the Higher Education Experience Day at Leeds University.  The students were able to experience university life and speak to current undergraduate students including a former Rossett student, Lydia Valentine, who is studying English Literature.

The students had a full tour of the campus, a talk on the opportunities available at university and were set the challenge of designing and promoting a new university society.   The day ended with an informative Q&A session with the undergraduate students who shared their personal experiences.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and the students were a credit to the school.

Online payments
We are currently waiting to upgrade our catering machine to accommodate the new currency changes.  To avoid queues at the Finance Office we recommend that parents sign up to our online payment system – currently over 70% of parents use this to place money on students’ lunch accounts.

Please contact the Finance Office on 01423 564444 for a link code.

Term Dates
It has been brought to our attention that some parents and students are using ‘my school’ to find out term dates.  This website is not linked to the school and cannot be guaranteed to hold the correct information.  Rossett’s term dates are available on our website:

Literacy Tip
Please click the link for the latest Literacy Tip – The Simple View of Reading

GCSE PE practical examinations
GCSE PE students have now completed their practical examinations.  These practical assessments have been very successful and students will now concentrate on the theoretical component of the course.

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Assessed Expedition – Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April 2017
Following a successful training expedition, DofE Silver Award  students are going to the North Yorkshire Moors for their final expedition this weekend.  They will be camping at Newton on Rawcliffe at the White Swan and then at Abbots House in Goathland finishing at Robin Hood’s Bay.

Local charity – Resurrection Bikes
Resurrection Bikes is a local charity who take donated bikes, fix them up and then sell the bikes at affordable prices donating the funds raised to charity.  Based behind Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace (just off Cold Bath Road) the charity also run a programme of events such as free bike checks – please click the link for further details.

Art & DT exhibition
Please note that the date for the Art & DT exhibition has changed to Thursday 22 June 2017.

What’s happening next week …

Monday, 1 May

Tuesday, 2 May

Wednesday 3 May

Thursday 4 May

Friday 5 May


Ms Woodcock