Rossett News Update – 23 June 2017

Assessments

A reminder that next week we are holding Year 9 and Year 10 assessments.  The English, Maths and Science exams will be held in the Sports Hall whilst option subjects will be tested in normal lesson time.

The results of these exams will be shared with you and may be used to inform our setting arrangements for the next academic year therefore attendance at these exams is essential.

Changes to School Uniform

We wish to remind parents that from September 2017 all students in Years 7-10 will be required to wear a school blazer with the Rossett logo.  Students in Year 11 can choose to wear the new blazers or continue with the school tie and sweatshirt.

Students in Years 7-10 will no longer be able to wear the school sweatshirt alone, unless it is worn under a blazer.

The school is able to offer support for this transition and there are two important dates to remember:

  • 10 July 2017

Deadline to apply for a £10 voucher on purchases of blazers prior to 1 September for families experiencing difficulties. Parents can apply for this support for each child currently at Rossett.

  • 1 September 2017

10% discount on purchases made before the start of September 2017.  Blazers are available from Rawcliffes (Harrogate) and the price with this discount prices will be:

  • Chest size 28” to 33” £28.30
  • Chest size 34” to 50” £30.50

Prices with the additional £10 discount voucher will be:

  • Chest size 28” to 33” £18.30
  • Chest size 34” to 50” £20.50

Please click here for further details.

Geographical Society Ambassadors visit Rossett

This week Year 12 Geographers welcomed two students from Sheffield University, Sarah Williams and Susanna Jackson. They are members of the Royal Geographical Society’s  Ambassador scheme.  Our students enjoyed a presentation on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and heard about university life and their involvement in the Royal Geographical Society.

Year 12 Next Steps Week

Monday 26 June

Community Day – students will be providing a service to the local community by supporting Harrogate Borough Council with preparations for Harrogate in Bloom judging whilst developing teamwork and collaboration skills.

Tuesday 27 June

In school activities led by Northumbria University and Actacademy offering a variety of workshops including writing personal statements/letters of application ,  ‘making the right impression’ and  personality analysis.

Next Steps UCAS Information Evening – 7pm Sixth Form Centre

Wednesday 28 June

UCAS Convention at Leeds Beckett University – students will attend seminars and information sessions to support their transition and decisions post-18.  Apprenticeship opportunities will also be available.

Thursday 29 June

Careers carousel – with over twenty five different speakers talking about careers including the law, policing, landscape architecture, hospitality  and primary education.

Friday 30 June

Visit to University of York – giving students an opportunity to visit a Russell group university to attend lectures and seminars related to their chosen field of interest.

Apprenticeship Day with a series of different workshops run by NYBEP and Leeds City College.

PTA AGM

The PTA will be holding their AGM on Monday 26 June at 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3.  We would  like to encourage as many parents as possible to attend – please come to Reception where a member of the PTA will meet you.

Summer Spectacular

On Wednesday evening Rossett took over the Royal Hall for our Summer Spectacular concert.  It was a fabulous evening and a joyful community event with students from Pannal and Saltergate Primary Schools also taking part.  There were some excellent performances  with a large number of our students taking part.  Many thanks to the staff and students of all the schools involved and our peripatetic teachers who have worked so hard in preparation for this annual extravaganza.

Term Dates 2017/18

The school calendar with terms dates and training days for next year is available on the school website – please click here.  Please remember to refer to this calendar only when making plans during the holidays.

Congratulations to …

  • Our U14s Girls’ Football team who came runners up in the National Cup Final this week. They played brilliantly  and had the majority of the possession but unfortunately couldn’t convert this into goals and conceded the losing goal in the last fifteen minutes of the match.  This will be an experience they will never forget and they were also able to watch the England Women’s team training before the final.  We are extremely proud of all of them!

Date for your diary

The DT and Art exhibition showcasing the work of our GCSE and A Level students is being held in school on Thursday 6 July at 6.30-8pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 26 June – Friday 30 June:      Year 9 and Year 10 assessments
Y12 Next Steps Week

Monday 26 June

  • RKA Sixth Form Debating Competition at Ilkley Grammar School
  • PTA AGM – 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Tuesday 27 June

  • Year 12 UCAS Support Evening – 7pm Sixth Form Centre

Wednesday 28 June

  • Paris trip departs at 2pm

Thursday 29 June

  • Year 11 Prom – Cedar Court Hotel 7pm
  • Year 13 Prom – Masonic Hall 7pm
  • Full Governing body meeting 7pm

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 16 June 2017

U14s National Cup Final – Rossett School v St Ivo School

We have received confirmation that the U14 girls’ National Cup Final will now take place next Tuesday 20 June 2017 at St George’s Park (the FA Headquarters and England’s training ground).  Kick off: 1pm.  This is a momentous occasion for Rossett School as it is the first time that we have reached a National Cup Final and also the first time since 2005 that a Yorkshire based school has achieved this accolade.  The ESFA are looking into the possibility of streaming the match live , but if they are unable to do so they will  record the match and upload it onto YouTube.  This is an exciting opportunity for the girls and we wish them every success.

Uniform

Since half term, we have had a daily focus on promoting smart and correct uniform for all students.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents who have supported the school to ensure that students arrive at school in the correct uniform. I would also like to remind parents that our Uniform Policy can be found on the school’s website: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/school-dress/

Could I also take this opportunity to remind parents that we have sample sizes of our new blazers in school to allow for the correct ordering for September 2017.  Blazers are available to purchase from Rawcliffes  and in order to support the cost of this transition the school has agreed a 10% discount with Rawcliffes (Harrogate) for blazers purchased before the start of September 2017. Please click the link for further details: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/School-Uniform-changes-May-2017-.pdf

Congratulations to …

Congratulations to Anna Robins – winner of the art competition run by the University of Leeds School of Fine Art as part of their ‘So what of the future’ degree show.  Anna’s piece will now be displayed alongside the work of graduating BA and MA students.  The show runs from 16 – 23 June and is open daily 11am-6pm at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, University Road, Leeds LS2 9JT.

GCSE Geographical Enquiries – Fieldwork

As part of the new GCSE Geography examination students undertake two geographical enquiries which include the use of primary data, collected as part of a fieldwork exercise.  The first fieldwork data collecting exercise has been taking place over the last two weeks at Gill Beck which runs in to Fewston Reservoir off Blubberhouses Moor.  The second exercise will take place early in the 2017-18 academic year with a trip to York to study the flood management schemes.

 

 

PTA AGM

The PTA will be holding their AGM on Monday 26 June at 7.15pm.  We would like to encourage as many parents as possible to attend.  Parents can find out more about the work of the PTA at www.rossettpta.co.uk 

UCLAN visit

Next Friday a group of students will be visiting the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston to sample a range of sports-related degree courses including, PE Teaching, Coaching, and Sports Science.

What’s happening next week …

Change to lunchtimes

We will be returning to split lunchtimes as from Monday 19 June 2017 with Years 7 and 8 on early lunch followed by Years 9, 10 and Sixth Form on late lunch.  

Tuesday 20 June

  • U14s National Cup Final St George’s Park KO 1pm

Wednesday 21 June

  • Year 10 Celebration Assembly
  • Summer Spectacular – Royal Hall 6.30pm

Saturday 24 June

  • ABRSM and Trinity Music exams – Music Block

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 9 June 2017

School Uniform

As we approach the end of this academic year I would like to remind parents of the changes in school uniform that will be implemented from September 2017:

  • Rossett jumpers and ties with the old school logo will no longer be part of the school uniform.
  • From September 2017 all students in Years 7-10 will be required to wear a school blazer with the Rossett logo, with an optional caveat for students in Year 11.
  • Rossett sweatshirts (with the new logo) may still be worn but only under a school blazer.

Blazers are available to purchase from Rawcliffes  and we will also have sample sizes available in school for students to try after half term.

In order to support the cost of this transition the school has agreed a 10% discount with Rawcliffes (Harrogate) for blazers purchased before the start of September 2017. Please click here for further details.

Mock election result 2017

Hustings were held at the beginning of this week followed by a ‘Question Time’ session as part of Rossett’s mock election.  Ballot papers were issued on Wednesday during PSHCE time and students headed off to vote at one of the Polling stations situated around the school.  Ballot papers were then counted and the results were announced:

Labour:            525 (54%)

Lib Dems:         200 (21%)

Conservative:  176 (18%)

UKIP:                11 (1%)

Thank you to all the students involved and to Mr Blackburn for coordinating the whole event.

Pride in Diversity

We were delighted to receive many positive comments about how inclusive and supportive Rossett School is during Harrogate’s first Pride in Diversity celebrations.  Three of our students were invited to speak about their work to support the LGBTQ+ community at the Pride in Diversity Conference – those attending commented on how articulate our student representatives were.  Students also took part in the parade and were a credit to the school. 

Sensory Garden Cake Sale

Thank you to everyone who supported the cake sale which raised over £188.  The funds will be used to purchase specialist plants that appeal to the senses for the raised beds and plants for the pond to improve the quality of the water which will, in turn, encourage more wildlife back into the pond. 

Summer Spectacular Concert

The Summer Spectacular is being held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 June at the Royal Hall, Harrogate and will feature all of our musical ensembles as well as performances from two of our partner primaries, Pannal and Saltergate, plus a massed choir of Year 8 students.

Tickets are on sale and can be obtained by calling the box office 01423 502116 or by visiting the website http://www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/Rossett-School-Summer-Spectacular-Concert-2017 Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £5 for concessions.  All the seats are numbered so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

Samba Band

Just a reminder that Rossett’s Samba Band have been invited to perform again at the annual Knaresborough Bed Race this Saturday 10 June at 1pm.

What’s happening next week …


Monday 12 June

  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped

Tuesday 13 June

  • Periods 1 and 3 swapped
  • Year 11 Maths Challenge
  • read@rossett – 3.10pm in the Resource Centre – open to all Key Stage 3 students

Wednesday 14 June

  • Year 8 Celebration assembly
  • PTA meeting – 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3 – new date due to the election being held this week

Friday 16 June

  • Periods 1 and 4 swapped
  • Rachael McKenzie, Sky Sports Ambassador, visiting Rossett.

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Summer Spectacular Concert

The Summer Spectacular is our final concert of the season and is being held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 June at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.  The concert will feature all of our musical ensembles as well as performances from two of our partner primaries, Pannal and Saltergate, plus a massed choir of Year 8 students.

Tickets are on sale now and can be obtained by calling the box office 01423 502116 or by visiting the website http://www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk.   Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £5 for concessions.  All the seats are numbered so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

Rossett News Update – 26 May 2017 

Manchester Terror Attack

Following the distressing news from Manchester this week, we have worked together as a community to support each other and have brought in trained staff from Just B to offer counselling for those students affected by the attack.

Our Key Stage 3 Creative Writing Club and some of our Year 7 and 8 students have written incredibly mature responses to the terror atrocities, and I have included Emily Williams (Year 8) poem as our ‘student thought for the week’.

Study Leave

On Wednesday the Year 13 students attended a ‘Leavers’ Assembly’ which included a collective celebration of their time at Rossett.  We wish them well with their forthcoming examinationss and a happy and successful future, whether they are heading to University, apprenticeships or into the world of work.

Today we bid farewell to our Year 11 students as they begin their study leave.  We look forward to seeing them back at Rossett on the Year 12 Induction Day (13 July 2017).

Samba Band

We are delighted that Rossett’s Samba band have been invited again to perform at the annual Knaresborough Bed Race at 1pm on Saturday 10 June.

Internal assessments

The following internal assessments will be taking place in June. These assessments will take place during lesson time and will form part of the data used to determine how much progress students have made over the year.

  • Years 7, 8 and 12 w/c 12 June.
  • Years 9 and 10 w/c 26 June (English Maths and Science will be taking place in the Sports Hall in order to prepare students for their external exams).

Further details will follow after half term.

Shavuot

This week selected students learnt about the Festival of Shavuot and enjoyed a hands-on activity where they learnt about the ancient Jewish scribal arts.  Students were given the opportunity to try their hand with a quill and ink too.

What’s happening after half term

5-7 June: A Level Photography exam

Monday 5 June

  • School re-opens after half term
  • Year 12 return from study leave

Tuesday 6 June

  • Periods 2 and 3 swapped*
  • read@rossett in the Resource Centre – all Key Stage 3 students welcome

Wednesday 7 June

  • Year 10 Geography Field Trip
  • Rossett Mock General Election
  • Year 7 Celebration Assembly
  • Spanish Trip Information Evening in the Sixth Form Centre 7pm – parking on tennis courts at Sports Centre entrance                         

Thursday 8 June

  • Year 10 Geography Field Trip
  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped*
  • PTA meeting – 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3
  • Paris Trip Information Evening – 7.30pm in Main Hall

Friday 9 June

  • Periods 1 and 4 swapped*

With every best wish for the May break.

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

*NB Teaching periods are occasionally swapped to keep the continuity of curriculum study, whilst examinations take place.

Rossett News Update – 19 May 2017

U14 National Cup Final

Minutes before the U14 girls were about to go on to the pitch to play in the National Cup Final Mr Sweetman was taken to one side and informed that the match was being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.  This was very disappointing to all concerned but, for the safety of the players, was the right decision and we are waiting to hear the re-scheduled date.

The Mayor visits Rossett

On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Harrogate to Rossett.  He gave a very informative assembly to Year 8 students detailing the history of Harrogate Borough Council, how the Council system works, and the roles and responsibilities of the Lord Mayor.  This fed into our recent Citizenship lessons on Local Government and The Role of the Council.  He also met with our U14s girls’ football team to wish them luck in the Cup Final!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mock General Election

On Wednesday 7 June Rossett students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will be taking part in a mock General Election, as part of the school’s Citizenship Programme. It is being led by the Rossett Politics Club, and coordinated by PSHCE Coordinator Mr Blackburn.

The main political parties will be represented (subject to demand) and speeches and videos will be produced which will be shown to students across the school on the day during their PSHCE lessons which will have a General Election focus.   Students will then collect their polling cards, and make their way to one of the school Polling Stations in order to cast their ballot. Following the closing of the polls, the Politics Club students will take part in a ‘live counting of the votes’ followed by the official declaration of results, which will take place at lunch time.

Summer Spectacular Concert

The Summer Spectacular is our final concert of the season and is being held at 6.30pm on Wednesday 21 June at the Royal Hall, Harrogate.  The concert will feature all of our musical ensembles as well as performances from two of our partner primaries, Pannal and Saltergate, plus a massed choir of Year 8 students.

Tickets will be on sale shortly and can be obtained by calling the box office 01423 502116 or by visiting the website http://www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk.   Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £5 for concessions.  All the seats are numbered so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

American Exchange

We are currently offering Year 8 students the opportunity to take part in the American Exchange which is celebrating its thirtieth year.  The exchange includes a two week trip to Maine in October 2017 where students stay with an American family and experience everything that Maine has to offer.  The American students come over to stay with their exchange partners the following Easter.  Please click the link for further details.

Social Inclusion Cake Sale

Students undertaking the Prince’s Trust Achieve Award are organising a Social Inclusion Bake Sale next Friday 26 May at break time in R5.  Funds raised will go towards summer and autumn plants for the Sensory Garden.  Please send your children in with money to buy cakes!

Ramadan

As Ramadan approaches I would like to confirm the schools commitment to work with our Muslim 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 during both usual school time and examinations.

Support for Families

In addition to our strong pastoral programme at Rossett, we occasionally provide links for parents/carers to commercially produced material to support our key messages.  Below is a link to a hard-hitting ITV promotional video with an anti-bullying message.  It is designed for parents/carers to watch with their children and encourages open discussion of issues at home.

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/pledge-to-share-our-anti-bullying-message

What’s happening next week …

Monday 22 May 2017

  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped

Wednesday 23 May 2017

  • Year 13 Leavers’ assembly and celebration

Thursday 25 May

  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped

Friday 26 May

  • Periods 1 and 2 swapped
  • Year 11 Leavers assemblies and celebration

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 12 May 2017

External examinations commence

Revision and preparation is well underway for our post-16 students as the external examinations commence on Monday 15 May.  Please click here to access the exam timetable.

Please note that during the exam period the whole school will move to early lunch (12.25-1.10pm).

U14s National Cup Final

Good luck to our U14s girls’ football team who play in the National Cup final next Wednesday 17 May at Derby County Football Club, 3.30 kick off.

DofE Bronze Practice Expedition – Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May 2017

Students will take part in their practice walk next weekend, starting at Ripley Car Park on Saturday morning and heading up to Bewerley Park in Pateley Bridge to camp overnight.  Students will then head towards Markington to be picked up late afternoon on Sunday.   Students will take part in their assessed expedition in July.

Pride in Diversity 14-19 May 2017

Our LGBTQ+ students have been invited to represent the school as part of the Pride in Diversity celebrations taking place in Harrogate next week to raise awareness and to celebrate the diverse community in our area.

On Tuesday 16 May they will be speaking about their work at Rossett at the Pride in Diversity conference at The Crown Hotel and on Saturday 20 May they will be taking part in the Pride in Diversity parade which will commence at Montpellier Hill at 11.45am and finish at Valley Gardens at 12.45pm.

Information Evening – 17 May 7pm

Following on from the success of the recent drug information evening hosted at St John Fisher Catholic High School (SJF), the Harrogate secondary schools will collaborate again in our efforts to support parents/carers.

Our next information session will look at the topic of self-harm and will enable the SJF pastoral team to share with you a free online parenting course, as recommended by our local Prevention Service.  A recent self-harm survey showed that approximately 50% of people have some experience of self-harm and yet 65% of parents have never discussed this issue with their sons and daughters.

St John Fisher Catholic High School is hosting the information support evening, which is open to all parents/carers locally, on Wednesday 17 May at 7.00pm. The session will be run by members of their Pastoral team, including the Deputy Headteacher. If you are interested in attending this session please email office@sjfchs.org.uk at St John Fisher Catholic High School for further information.

Temporary Travel Passes

Please can you remind your child(ren) that from Monday 15 May, temporary travel passes for the Leeds Buses will only be available from the Finance Office before school, at break-time and at lunchtime.  Passes will not be issued after 2.10pm.

Congratulations to …

  • the U16 girls’ football team who were runners-up in the County Cup final which was their last game for Rossett.
  • the Year 10 cricket team who beat Ripon Grammar School by 14 runs.
  • the Year 7 boys who beat HGS 3-2 in the County Cup final at Harrogate Town this week. Goals were scored by Kron Abdiu and Leo Georgalis (2 – scoring the winning goal in the final minute of the match!).  This caps an amazing season for the boys who have won:
    – the Area 9-a-side competition
    – the Area 5-a-side competition
    – the County 5-a-side competition
  • the Year 10 boys’ football team who are Harrogate & Craven Area Champions having, beaten King James High School 4-1, with goals from Liam Whyte, Max Vine (2) and Olly Daniels.

 

 

What’s happening next week …

Monday 15 May

  • External examinations commence – whole school moves to early lunch (12.25-1.10pm)

Tuesday 16 May

  • A Level Art exam
  • Change of school day: Periods 3 + 4 swapped
  • Pride in diversity Conference 7pm Crown Hotel

Wednesday 17 May

  • A Level Art exam
  • The Mayor of Harrogate is visiting Rossett
  • U14s National Cup Final 3pm kick off at Derby County Football Club
  • Parents’ Information Evening – St John Fisher – 7pm

Friday 19 May

  • A Level Art exam

Saturday 20 May

  • DofE Bronze Award Practice Expedition Day 1
  • Pride in Diversity Parade 11.45-12.45 from Montpellier Hill, Harrogate

Sunday 21 May

  • DofE Bronze Award Practice Expedition Day 2

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

Rossett News Update – 5 May 2017

Teacher Development Trust Award

For the last year the school has been registered with the Teacher Development Trust Network (an independent charity, funded by teachers, dedicated to improving the educational outcomes of children by ensuring that they experience effective learning).

In short the TDT believes in and supports CPD that is based on external, international research that informs practice in the classroom.

Here at Rossett this has meant that all staff, including the Senior Leadership Team, have been researching what makes the greatest impact on the students’ learning in their individual classrooms and then changing and evaluating their teaching anew.  Great action research ideas have been exchanged between teachers and faculties and everyone has written up their ‘research projects’ to share with all staff at Rossett.

TDT CPD Quality Audit

We were recently assessed through a rigorous audit process and were aiming to achieve a Bronze award in our first year of the scheme.  We were pleased to hear after Easter that we have actually been awarded the Silver Award for our work in Year 1 of this project.

Congratulations to …

  • the Year 7 boys’ cricket team who played St Olaves/St Peters in York this week. St Olaves/St Peters scored 170 runs – the biggest total their coach had ever seen in school cricket!  In reply we lost two wickets for no runs in the first two overs but then Jack Myers came into bat and scored 52 against probably the best team in the county. The Year 7s eventually scored 140 runs which was also a great achievement.
  • The Year 9 boys’ cricket team who played a Yorkshire Cup fixture against St John Fisher at Harrogate CC this week and came out victorious by 42 runs.

HPV

The second HPV injections for Year 8 girls will take place on Wednesday morning 8 May. The team of nurses will also catch-up with any booster/MenACWY vaccines that are outstanding from their last session.

Important Dates for Sixth Form

Year 12 study leave commences Monday 15 May. Y12s return to school on Monday 5 June.

Year 13 study leave commences Wednesday 24 May, after the leavers’ assembly

Dates from the PTA

The next PTA meeting is being held on Thursday 11 May 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3 in Reception.  The PTA will be holding their AGM on Monday 26 June at 7.15pm.  We would  like to encourage as many parents as possible to attend.

What’s happening next week …

Monday 8 May

  • GCSE Art exam
  • Year 8 HPV injections

Tuesday 9 May

  • GCSE Drama exam

Wednesday 10 May

  • GCSE Drama exam
  • A Level PE moderation

Thursday 11 May

  • Full Governing Body meeting 7pm in the Resource Centre
  • PTA meeting 7.15pm in Meeting Room 3

Friday 12 May

  • A Level Art exam
  • Year 10 MFL mock orals

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher

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 holidays.com’ 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: http://www.rossettschool.co.uk/parents/calendar/

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

  • School closed – Bank Holiday

Tuesday, 2 May

  • Year 10 Mock MFL orals

Wednesday 3 May

  • Year 12 careers interviews

Thursday 4 May

  • Year 10 MFL orals

Friday 5 May

  • GCSE Art exam

 

Ms Woodcock
Headteacher

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 …

  • The Year 10 boys’ football team who beat Settle College 6-1 in the Harrogate and Craven Area Cup semi-final. They now aim to win the Final and bring back the trophy that they last won in Year 7! The final will be held at Harrogate Town against the winner of King James and Ermysted’s.
  • The Year 7 First Aid team who have recently completed Level 2 ROSSKA in CPR and using an automated defibrillator. Well done!
  • The senior First Aid team who all passed the Babysitter/Paediatric First Aid Course.
  • All Rossett students and the wider company of Harrogate Stagecoach students who gave a superb performance on Sunday 2 April, celebrating 20 years in Harrogate and 20 years of working in partnership with Rossett School.

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

  • 24-28 April Mock MFL orals

Monday 24 April

  • American Exchange fish and chip supper – Blue Dining Hall 5pm–6.30pm

Wednesday 26 April

  • American Exchange students depart at 7am
  • GCSE PE practicals – students need to remember to come ‘in kit’ on these days

Thursday 27 April

  • GCSE PE practicals – students need to remember to come ‘in kit’ on these days

Friday 28 April

  • DofE Silver Qualifying expedition departs

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

Ms Woodcock

Headteacher