Rossett News Update – 17 February 2017

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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.

Encore.

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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.

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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 Live.ly, ooVoo and music.ly.  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.

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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.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 9 Rugby team who beat Wetherby 24:22 with a last minute conversion.
  • Holly Mitchell played football for Leeds United against Manchester United at the weekend. They won 4-3 Holly, scored one and set up two other goals. How good is that!

What’s happening …

Thursday 23 February            

  • Ski Trip and Japanese Exchange trip return

Monday 27 February

  • School re-opens following half term
  • Y7 Bewerley Park Outdoor Pursuits Trip departs
  • National Field Reference Tests in Sports Hall (9.15-10.30am)

Tuesday 28 February

  • Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers (6.30-7.30pm)

Thursday 2 March

  • World Book Day
  • Full Governing Body meeting

Saturday 4 March

  • Trinity Music exams in Music Block (9am-5pm)

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 10 February 2017

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The school took part in Safer Internet Day on Tuesday and there have been a number of activities taking place all week including assemblies on the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’, students have also built a ‘wish wall’ on how the worldwide web can be improved for the better.  There was also an ‘emoji’ competition and ‘emoji charades’.

Online Safety Information Evening – Tuesday 28 February (6.30-7.30pm)

To celebrate the many positives of the internet, and to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, Rossett will be holding an online safety information evening for parents/carers. This will include a presentation by Tim Pinto who is an expert in the field of online safety education and the session will provide practical advice and safety tips to help you, as parents, manage online safety issues and discussions surrounding suitable behaviour online at home.

We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development.  There is already useful information on how to keep your child safe on the internet and how to safeguard the use of social media, available on our school website (http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/e-safety/).

This event is designed to help you become more aware of the safety messages that students receive in school and will help you to reinforce them at home.  For further information or to book a place please click the link: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/9358/safer-internet-day/

Guys & Dolls

Congratulations to everyone who took part in Guys and Dolls this week – a student review will appear in Rossett News next week.

Year 8 Options

Next week sees the launch of the Year 8 options process:

Mon 13 Feb Year 8 Options launch assembly during form time
Wed 15 Feb Pathway assemblies during PSHEE
Thurs 16 Feb Options Evening FOR YEAR 8 STUDENTS AND PARENTS
7.00-7.20 Presentation on Curriculum and Options Process in the main hall
8.00-8.20 Presentation is repeated
7.00-8.30 Subject Fair
7.20-8.00 &

8.20-8.45

Opportunity for parents to discuss the options process with a member of the leadership team in the main hall


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At present Rossett offers regular drop in sessions for our LGBTQ+ community.  In order to improve and develop our provision we invite students to complete a questionnaire allowing them to voice their views on LGBTQ+ matters, all responses will be anonymous.   Please click the link for the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/J5qmjCqiYnugEklR2.

Sixth Form Listeners

Congratulations to our Year12 Listeners  who have completed 12 weeks of training including sessions on:  listening skills, how to support students, child protection, bullying, confidentiality, LGBT and bereavement. They will now shadow current Year 13 students until they are allocated their own form group.  They will also support Year 6 pupils during the transition days in July and when they start at Rossett in September as new Year 7s.

Literacy Tips

Please click here to read the latest Literacy tips from Mrs Fazakerley, our Literacy Coordinator on how to help prepare your ‘Analytical Writing’.

Visit by Poet Ash Dickinson

On Wednesday Ash Dickinson will be visiting Rossett. Ash is a poet, writer and comedy performer and has been widely published in newspapers, magazines and poetry presses.    He will be talking to Year 7s about the use of poetry to inspire others and will also be delivering workshops to AMA students in Years 7, 10 and 11, talking about poetry including how to deconstruct and analyse poems as well as explaining his own writing process. 

Future Chef Regional Finals

Congratulations to Alice Young (Year 9) who took part in the regional final of Future Chef this week. Alice was competing against eight other students from around Yorkshire. The competition was extremely high and Alice did an amazing job receiving some very encouraging comments from the panel of chefs, but sadly did not win on this occasion.

Sixth Form Debating Team

The Sixth Form Debating Team won their last heat of the Red Kite Debating Competition against Benton Park School, debating for the motion “There should be limits to free speech on social media”.  Their next debate will be against Harrogate Grammar School next Monday – this time they are debating against the motion “We should have an open borders policy for migrants”.

Japanese Exchange

The Japanese Exchange trip departs on Sunday and our students be travelling straight to Ishigami to stay with their exchange hosts for three days.  They will then go on to Kyoto for three days and on to Tokyo for a four day stay.  We look forward to receiving updates from their travels next week. Follow their progress @rossettschool.

Ski Trip

The 2017 Rossett ski trip departs for Austria next Friday and will be skiing in the Aplendorf area.

They will be using Twitter to keep us up to date with their activities throughout the week; follow them on @rossettschool and #Rski17 for day to day highlights.

Congratulations to …

  • The U14 girls’ football team who have progressed through to the County Cup final this week beating Thirsk School 3-0. They join the U16 and U13 team as all of our girls football teams are now into the County Cup finals. This is a huge achievement for all the girls who play mixed year group football which means that every single one of our year groups will be represented in the County Cup finals!
  • The U13 girls’ football team played in the semi-final of the northern section of the National Cup this week. Although the girls gave an excellent performance they were beaten on the day by Chesterfield High who had an England and several Liverpool and Everton academy players on their team! Our girls were a credit to the school and their families and friends.
  • Josh Draper, McKenzie Scurr and Sam Reid (Year 9) who play in the Wetherby Rugby League and whose team won the Barla Yorkshire Cup last weekend.

Inter-house PE competition

Next week Key Stage 3 and 4 students will be on inter-house PE during their PE lessons (Boys – football / Girls – netball).  Students must wear Rossett PE kit (in line with PE kit policy), however, they will be allowed to wear a t-shirt/polo shirt in house colours to show their support for their house:

  • Bolton – Blue
  • Rievaulx – Red
  • Fountains – Yellow
  • Kirkstall – Green

What’s happening next week …

Monday 13 February

  • Year 8 options assembly – form time in main hall
  • Sixth Form Debating Competition – HGS 3.30pm

Wednesday 15 February

  • Visit by poet Ash Dickinson
  • Year 8 Pathway Options assemblies
  • Listeners Presentations

Thursday 16 February

  • Year 8 Options Evening for parents and students from 7pm

Friday 17 February

  • Ski trip departs 10.15am
  • School closes for half term

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Guys and Dolls – 8 and 9 February 2017

0The next school production is Guys & Dolls and will take place on 8th and 9th February at 6.45pm in the main school hall.  Tickets go on sale from the Finance Office on Monday 16 January at just £8 each.

Synopsis

All the hot gamblers are in town, and they’re all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week’s incarnation of “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York”; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who’s short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan’s $1000 bet that he can’t get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you’ve got quite a musical. Includes the songs: Fugue for Tinhorns, “Luck Be a Lady”, “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”.

Cast list

Nicely-Nicely Johnson – Sam McKenzie – 13GCM

Benny Southstreet – Ethan Dewhurst – 10SWS

Rusty Charlie – Jake Towers – 10MBU

Sarah Brown – Yasmine Bridge – 11MWN

Arvide Abernathy – Jonathan Morrison – 13BTL

Agatha – Tashi Lewis – 12CRD

Calvin – Jack Moran – 10RHF

Martha – Sam Shoko – 10RHF

Harry the Horse – Jake Towers – 10MBU

LT. Brannigan – Matthew Pulbrook – 9AMG

Nathan Detroit – Leo Corbitt – 9AMG

Miss Adelaide – Keira Bollon – 9CEN

Sky Masterson – James Porter – 11IRE

Joey Biltmore – Job Robinson – 9CEN

Mimi – Leah Taylor – 13RDG

General Matilda B. Cartwright – Jasmine Tyler – 11MWN

Big Jule – Jack Dyson – 9AMG

 

Below are some photos of the cast in action!

Rossett News Update – 3 February 2017  

Safer Internet Day 2017

Be the change: Unite for a better internet

Next week Rossett is joining the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology and there will be a number of activities taking place. Alongside PHSCE lessons and assemblies on the theme “Be the change: Unite for a better internet”, students will be building a “wish wall” with messages describing ways that use of the world wide web can be improved for the better.  There will be “emoji charades” activities, a     design a Rossett “Emoji” competition and publicity via social media (@rossettschool) with all students getting involved.

We are also holding an Online Safety Information Evening on Tuesday 28 February (6.30-7.30pm). For further details please click the link: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/9358/safer-internet-day/.

Online safety information will also be available at parents’ evenings and there is useful information available on the school website: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/e-safety/.

Guys and Dolls

This production sees the biggest cast to date with over 80 talented performers and musicians taking part in our most ambitious musical yet! The staging and costumes look amazing, with the music, choreography and acting both demanding and energetic it really is a show not to be missed!

Show time is at 6:45pm next Wednesday and Thursday, with ‘hotdawgs’, popcorn and Havana mocktails on offer during the interval so grab your tickets from the finance office before it is too late.

AS Business Studies

The AS Business Studies students will be visiting the Serious Sweets factory at Hornbeam Park on Tuesday. They will be given a tour around the premises and a talk about operations, finance, marketing and HR issues within the company; allowing the students to gain an insight into these concepts in the real business world within a small-medium enterprise.

AmnesTea

Congratulations to Rossett’s Amnesty group who raised £280 at their annual AmnesTea Party this week.  This year’s ‘#IWelcome’ campaign aims to support refugees, encourage their acceptance within our communities and tackle prejudice.  Students were shown a video based on the campaign and were invited to sign a pledge to welcome refugees – the signatures will be forwarded to MPs to encourage refugees to be allowed to travel safely to new host countries.

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Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

The Sports Studies Faculty are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers again this year and would be grateful for any donations as the vouchers can be exchanged for a wide variety of PE equipment.  An official donation box will be in place in the Resource Centre and vouchers are available from Sainsbury’s until 2 May 2017.

Uniform

Thank you to all the parents who have given their views on our school uniform – this consultation is now closed.  We will be taking into account all the views from parents, students, staff and governors before making a final decision and will be announcing this after February half term to allow parents to plan accordingly for September.

Congratulations to …5

  • The U16 girls’ team who have reached the final of the County Cup beating St Aidan’s 3-1.
  • The U14 girls’ football team who are through to the National Cup semi-finals.
  • Ruby Julier (Year 9) who, with partner Lucy Pearson, came first in the Boston 3k coxless junior 15 double skull. Ruby rows for Leeds Rowing Club and this achievement is the result of hours of dedication and training and we wish them continued success for 2017.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 6 February

  • Guys & Dolls technical rehearsal day

Tuesday 7 February

  • Guys & Dolls dress rehearsal performed to feeder primary schools
  • Safer Internet Day
  • AS Business Studies factory visit (11.30am-2pm)

Sunday 12 February

  • The Japanese Exchange departs

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update 27th January 2017

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We are, at present, undertaking a full review of our uniform here at Rossett and so far have consulted with parents (via the parent forum), governors, student council and staff.   At the moment most stakeholders are favouring our new style blazer which you can see in the pictures to the right.  We are also considering ‘branded’ trousers and skirts as part of the change in uniform.  Ties and shirts are to remain the same.

We welcome any further comments which will be taken into account before the school makes the final decision.  Let us know what you think by emailing your thoughts to: uniform@rossettschool.co.uk

Any changes for September 2017 will be announced after February half term to allow parents to plan accordingly for September.

Future Chef Competition

Congratulations to Alice Young who won the FutureChef competition this week.  Her winning menu was:7

Chicken stuffed with pomegranate and ricotta

served with fondant potatoes

Cappuccino crème brulee served

with homemade amaretti biscuits

Congratulations to Lottie Malia who also produced some delicious dishes.  Alice will now go through to the national final.

 

Safer Internet day

On 7 February 2017 Rossett will be participating in Safer Internet Day and the theme is “Be the change: Unite for a better internet”.  Assemblies will be held throughout the week and students will take part in a variety of activities involving internet safety. This event is being organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre – please click the link for further details: www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

Rossett will also be holding an Online Safety Information Evening on Tuesday 28 February (6.30-7.30pm) for parents/carers, to highlight the many positives of the internet and raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today.  This will include a presentation by Tim Pinto who is an expert in the field of online safety education and the session will provide practical advice and safety tips to help you, as parents, manage online safety issues and discussions surrounding suitable behaviour online.

We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development.  There is already useful information on how to keep your child safe on the internet and on the use of social media available on our school website (http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/e-safety/).

This event is designed to help you become more aware of the safety messages that students receive in school and will help you to reinforce them at home.  For further details please click here.

Year 8 Options Evening – date for your diary

We are holding our Year 8 Options Evening on Thursday 16 February.  The timings are as follows:

7.00-7.20 Presentation on Curriculum and Options Process in the main hall for Year 8 students and parents
8.00-8.20 Presentation is repeated
7.00-8.30 Year 8 students and parents will have an opportunity to look round the subject displays and talk to staff about possible option choices
7.20-8.00 & 8.20-8.45 Opportunity for parents to discuss the options process with a member of the leadership team in the main hall

Guys and Dolls

Just a reminder that tickets are available from the Finance Office for Guys & Dolls on 8 and 9 February at 6.45pm in the main school hall.

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On Wednesday 1 February Rossett’s Amnesty group will be holding their annual AmnesTea Party during period 2.  The focus for this year’s tea party is Amnesty International’s ‘#IWelcome’ campaign, which aims to support refugees, encourage their acceptance within our communities and tackle prejudice.  During period 2 each form group will be shown a video based on the campaign prior to attending the AmnesTea Party where they can buy cakes and hot drinks and they will also be invited to sign a pledge to welcome refugees – and will receive a ‘#IWelcome’ sticker showing their support.  The signatures received will then be sent to Amnesty who will collect them together and send them to MPs in order to open up opportunities for refugees to will allow them to travel to new host countries in a safe, organised manner.

Fundraising for Lepra

I am delighted to report that Year 7s have raised over £700 and money is still coming in! Students took part in a wide range of activities culminating in a Zumba workout on Wednesday.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Year 7s and their families and friends for their support with this fantastic fundraising.

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Literacy Tips

Please click here to read the latest Literacy tips from Mrs Fazakerley, our Literacy Coordinator on ‘Helping students to write better’.

Percussion Day

Next Sunday Mrs Waddington and Mr Whitaker (drum tutor) are taking a group of students to visit the Royal Northern College of Music to take part in Percussion workshops and concerts.  It will be a great opportunity for all students to practise in this environment.

News from former students

Congratulations to former student Rachel Daly who played football for England against Sweden on Tuesday.  The Harrogate Advertiser features an article about Rachel on page 96 of this week’s paper.  Rachel has been to Rossett recently to encourage our girls’ football teams … it must have worked as last year’s national finalists have just reached the finals of the County Cup.

Congratulations to …

  • The girls U13 team who reached the final of the County Cup by beating St John Fisher 4-1.
  • Kron Abdiu (Year 7) who became the second player from Rossett in the last twenty years to sign for a premier league club – Middlesbrough

Rossett Nature Reserve

Just a reminder that Rossett Nature Reserve will be closed for safety reasons on Monday 30 January and Tuesday 31 January for essential dredging and conservation work.

What’s happening next week …

Tuesday 31 January

  • DofE Bronze Award Introduction Session (PC9) 3.15-4.15pm

Wednesday 1 February

  • AmnesTea party (DW4) Period 2

Thursday 2 February

  • Intermediate Maths Challenge (Period 1)
  • Year 9/10 MenACWY/DTP vaccinations catch up
  • Chinese New Year celebration for students studying Mandarin at Rossett (3.30-5pm)

Friday 3 February

  • Year 9/10 MenACWY/DTP vaccinations catch up
  • Guys & Dolls rehearsal 2.10-5.30pm in main hall

Sunday 5 February

  • Percussion Day at Royal Northern College of Music

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Safer Internet Day

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On 7 February 2017 Rossett will be participating in Safer Internet Day alongside hundreds of other schools in the UK and across Europe.  This event is being organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre (www.saferinternetday.org.uk), and the theme is “Be the change: Unite for a better internet.”

We will also be holding an Online Safety Information Evening on Tuesday 28 February (6.30-7.30pm) for parents/carers, to highlight the many positives of the internet and raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today.  This will include a presentation by Tim Pinto who is an expert in the field of online safety education and the session will provide practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues and discussions surrounding suitable behaviour online.   There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the session.

The Information Evening will be held in our new Sixth Form Centre and parking for parents will be available via the Pannal Ash Road (Sports Hall) entrance with parking directed from here.  Please fill out the form below in order to book a place.

We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development.  There is already useful information on how to keep your child safe on the internet and on the use of social media available on our school website (http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/e-safety/).  This event is designed to help you become more aware of the safety messages that students receive in school in order to reinforce them at home.

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Number of People attending

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Rossett News Update – 20 January 2017

Oxford & Cambridge offers

We are delighted to report that three of our Year 13 students have received ‘Oxbridge’ offers in the last week.  Katie Lofthouse has been offered a place at University College Oxford to study Chemistry; Rob Torrance has been offered a place at St Anne’s College Oxford to study Bio-Chemistry; and Kate Lewis has been offered a place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge to study Mathematics and Computer Science.  They had to work very hard on their applications and we are extremely proud of their achievements.  Congratulations to them and all other Sixth Formers who have already received offers for their chosen universities; many of these offers are unconditional!

EPQ

I was pleased to spend time this week with Mr Foley and Mrs Grabham listening to the last of this ‘round’ of EPQ presentations.  Katie Lofthouse spoke eloquently on the topic of the blurred ethical boundaries of Genetic Modification and the use of molecular ‘scissors’ to ensure precision science!  I look forward to the next round of presentations in February.

FutureChef Competition

Next Monday Lottie Malia and Alice Young will be travelling to Selby College with Miss Winterschladen to take part in the local finals of the FutureChef competition having won the school heats just before Christmas.  This is a national competition and in this round Lottie and Alice will have to prepare a two course meal for two people.  The winner of this round will then go through to the regional finals prior to the National Final which will be held in March.  Lottie and Alice have been working hard on their menus and we wish them every success in the competition.

St John Ambulance School’s First Aid

We are delighted that all of our Year 9 students have undertaken the St John Ambulance school first aid training and 85% will obtain a Level 2 certificate.  Rossett is the only school in Harrogate that actively takes part in teaching this course to a whole year group.  Thank you to Helen Rogers, our First Aid and Health Manager, who runs the course.

PTA – re-arranged meeting

The PTA meeting has moved to this Tuesday – all parents are welcome.  Please come to Reception for 7.15pm.

Year 8 Arts Activity days

Please click here to see photos from the Year 8 Arts Activity Days.  Students enjoyed sessions on Japanese Taiko Drumming, Brazilian Capoeira Dance, a vocal workshop based on Broadway shows, Pop Art, a masterclass in stage combat and a photography workshop.

The visiting professionals running the sessions were very impressed with how keen and enthusiastic our students were and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our visitors for sharing their skills and expertise.

Congratulations to …

  • The Year 7 boys’ football team who won the Harrogate & Craven Schools County Finals this week. They will now represent North Yorkshire in Newcastle.
  • The Year 7 girls’ football team who made it to the County finals this week – although they didn’t win, they played really well and were a credit to the school.
  • The U13 football team who produced their best performance of the season this week beating Kings Meadow Newcastle 4-1 to reach the last 8 teams in the country.
  • Alvie O’Brien (Year 7) who represented Harrogate and Craven schools at the North Yorkshire School Cross Country Competition last weekend coming 24th out of 60 runners. Alvie will receive his area colours for his representation.

What’s happening next week …

A2 Drama exams 23 + 24 January

Monday 23 January

  • FutureChef Cooking Competition – Selby College

Tuesday 24 January

  • Re-arranged PTA meeting – 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Wednesday 25 January

  • Year 7 Zumba workout for Lepra

Thursday 26 January

  • Year 9 Parents’ Evening. NB we have extended the timings of the evening from 5pm-8.30pm

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Y8 Arts Activity Days

Below are some photos from the Year 8 Arts Activity Days.  Students enjoyed sessions on Japanese Taiko Drumming, Brazilian Capoeira Dance, a vocal workshop based on Broadway shows, Pop Art, a masterclass in stage combat and a photography workshop.

The visiting professionals running the sessions were very impressed with how keen and enthusiastic our students were and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our visitors for sharing their skills and expertise.

Rossett News Update – 13 January 2017

Uniform

Thank you all very much for your support with regards to our standards’ agenda.  Students are arriving to school smarter and compliant with our Uniform Policy.  Please always refer to the Uniform Policy, which is on our school website, prior to purchasing new uniform for your son or daughter.

We are underway with our review of school uniform with a view to any changes being introduced for September 2017.  Parents, students and staff focus groups have been consulted as part of this process.  If you have any views regarding our current uniform which you wish to express we would welcome any further feedback and ask that you please comment via email to the following address: ­­­uniform@rossettschool.co.uk before the deadline of 31 January.

Sixth Form Taster Day

The Year 11s have had an excellent day today enjoying life as a Sixth Former at Rossett, dressed smartly in their business-style, non-uniform clothes.  The day has included students taking part in a variety of taster lessons; we look forward to welcoming them into the Sixth Form in September.

Please note that the Sixth Form application deadline is Friday 20 January 2017.  Please click here for the form which should be returned to form tutors

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Guys & Dolls4

Rehearsals are well underway for the next school production – Guys & Dolls which takes place on 8 and 9 February at 6.45pm in the main school hall.  Tickets go on sale from the Finance Office on Monday 16 January at just £8 each and are always in great demand! Prompt booking assures you will not be disappointed.

 

Can you help with the Props list? We are looking for the following props. If you are able to help with any of these Mrs Merrett would like to hear from you: cmerrett@rossettschool.co.uk

  • Shiny sparkly costume jewellery
  • Trinket/jewellery box
  • Wicker hand baskets
  • Pocket watch on chain
  • Boxing gown and boxing gloves
  • Vintage looking handbags
  • Wicker laundry basket
  • Police Truncheon
  • Tin cup
  • Walking stick
  • Round style black sunglasses
  • Wooden box to stand on
  • Old style telephone
  • Large bible
  • Hatboxes ideally but also large pretty looking gift boxes/card board boxes
  • Artificial flowers – either separate or bouquet – carnations, roses, anything really
  • Padded armchair preferably – or just a high back chair – dressing table/boudoir style


Lepra – fighting disease, poverty and prejudice

Each year Rossett support Lepra, a UK registered international charity working with individuals and communities affected by some of the world’s oldest and most neglected diseases, including leprosy.  Representatives of the charity attended our Year 7 assembly this week to give students information about the charity and the work they do.  Students were given the following facts and were encouraged to raise as much as possible by taking part in a variety of activities culminating in a Zumba workout on 25 January:

  • £3 buys a self-care kit so someone can care for their disability
  • £4.50 can buy a pair of shoes so they can walk again
  • £25 can run a health education programme in a school reaching 100 children
  • £30 can pay for a medical diagnosis with aftercare
  • £50 can give someone a course of physiotherapy to restore the function in their hand/foot

Literacy tips

Mrs Fazakerley, Rossett’s Literacy Coordinator, is issuing literacy tips for staff to share with students on a fortnightly basis over the next few weeks.  Please click here for this week’s tips which aim to improve the accuracy of students’ writing.

Rossett Cricket Academy

Rossett Sports Centre are launching a 10 week cricket course for children aged 7-9 years

commencing Monday 23 January – Monday 3 April (excluding half term) 16:30 -18:00.  Mr Bradshaw (our Curriculum Leader for PE) will be coaching the sessions and further details can be found at http://www.rossettsportscentre.co.uk/cricket-academy

PTA

Rossett’s PTA do a fantastic job of supporting the school through fundraising and by supporting the school at numerous events throughout the year.  They are keen to welcome new members and the next PTA meeting is taking place on Tuesday 17 January at 7.15pm.  If you would like to attend please come to the main school reception.

Congratulations to …5

  • The U13 6-aside football team who won the North/West Yorkshire competition and, as a result, represented Leeds United in Barnsley this week. The girls played some excellent games beating five area winners: Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Oldham, but were narrowly beaten by Newcastle and Barnsley FC to finish third.  Well done!  They have now been drawn at home in the last 16 round of the National Cup.
  • U14 girls’ football team who beat Manor Academy (York) 8-0 in the quarter final of the County Cup. They then went on to win 4-1 against Meole Brace School from Shrewsbury to reach the last 8 in the National Cup.

What’s happening next week …

Tuesday 17 January

  • Year 8 Arts Activity Day (‘Y’ half of the year)
  • PTA meeting – 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Friday 20 January

  • Year 8 Arts Activity Day (‘X’ half of the year)
  • Sixth Form Application deadline

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Bewerley Park 2017

YEAR 7 OUTDOOR PURSUIT COURSE 27 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 2017

Between 27 February and 3 March 2017 72 Year 7 students will be taking part in an Outdoor Pursuit course at Bewerley Park Outdoor Centre in the Yorkshire Dales.  This will include activities such as mountain biking, ghyll scrambling, climbing, canoeing and orienteering.

Visits of this nature are an optional yet invaluable part of school life, and we believe this course offers an exciting experience, not only for the activities, but also the residential aspect of students living with their peers. The staff at the centre, which is managed by North Yorkshire, are very experienced and well qualified and our students will be accompanied by a number of Rossett staff.

Please click the links for the following information:

·         Payment Schedule

·         Information Evening Presentation

·         Kit list

Students always find this a very rewarding trip.  Here are some photos from last year

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