The Guardian: Should schools serve local food?
Since the appointment of Steve Ashburn as Rossett’s executive chef the school’s food offer to students has moved to locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. We were contacted recently by the Guardian newspaper regarding a story they were investigating on the reasons for sourcing food locally. This national article has now gone live and shows Rossett as a leading school when it comes to nutrition and the use of locally sourced, quality ingredients in its meals. Please click the link to read the article:
County Cup Final
Good luck to the U13 girls’ football team who are playing in the County Cup final at Harrogate Town on Monday 4pm kick off. We are so proud of their achievements so far! Spectators welcome.
Red Nose Day
Students have raised over £2000 today for Comic Relief. Congratulations to Year 9 students who held a cake sale raising £102 alone! Thank you for your support.
New Head Boy and Head Girl wanted
Nominations are being invited from current Year 12 students for the post of Head Boy and Head Girl (2017/18). The current incumbents, Dan Corazzi and Sophie Lee, have been speaking to Year 12s highlighting the importance of the role and the events they have attended representing both the school and Sixth Form over the last year.
This year we are asking prospective candidates to propose a concept or project based around the transition of Year 11 students into Rossett’s Sixth Form which will form part of their election speech. The successful candidates will be expected to complete the project during their term of office.
The process for election is:
- Nominations to be with Mrs Grabham by Monday 27 March.
- Approval of projects by the Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form.
- Candidates attend an interview on Thursday 30 March.
- ‘Hustings’ take place and the result is announced at lunchtime on Wednesday 5 April.
Thank you to everyone involved in Acoustic Night this week. The evening was a great success with a range of excellent musical performances by students from all year groups in an ‘unplugged’ setting.
The lost property cupboard is overflowing and includes at least 20 coats, 5 PE kits and lots of other unnamed items of school uniform. If your child has ‘lost’ any uniform please ask them to come to the First Aid area to look through the many items of clothing. The cupboard will be cleared at Easter.
A Level Geographers returned yesterday from a successful few days visiting the Holderness Coast. There were a few pairs of wet feet as they raced the tides to collect data. Students found the trip enjoyable and beneficial and are now in a good position to prepare for their AS exam and write up their independent study.
Congratulations to …
- The Year 7 boys’ football team who have reached the Area Cup Final last night beating King James 3-0.
What’s happening next week …
Monday 27 March
- GCSE and A Level Music Performance exams
Wednesday 29 March
- Year 11 photograph (period 2)
Thursday 30 March
- Year 12 and Year 13 Parents’ Evening
Next week we will be welcoming two Professors from Oxford and Cambridge who will speak to Year 11 AMA students regarding universities in general and Oxbridge in particular and to Year 12 students about Oxbridge and personal statements. Former student, Lauren Dolman, who is currently studying at Oxford, is also hoping to attend.
Red Nose Day – Friday 24 March 2017
Red Nose Day is on Friday 24 March and students are invited to come to school in non-uniform for a donation of £2 to the Comic Relief Fund. The Student Council will be selling red noses at £1 during next week..
RKA Science Olympiad
Today eight of our Year 9 talented scientists will take part in the second RKA Science Olympiad. The day will include a variety of STEM activities designed to engage and challenge our young scientists and will also include a talk by two leading science academics.
Helping Young People with their Learning Options
We have been made aware that parents of Year 9 students have received communication from Pete Dwyer, Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services at NYCC. This correspondence highlights information on the local UTCs (University Technical Colleges) which are currently based in Scarborough and Leeds for any student aged 14. Anyone requiring details for UTC Leeds should apply direct to them and for UTC Scarborough apply through NYCC:
A Level Geography Field Trip
Our A level Geography students head off on a four day residential next week with Mrs Martin and Miss Horsfall. As part of their preparation for their AS Geography exam students will spend a day in Hornsea collecting data for two separate studies. One is to examine the impact of coastal management and the other to consider how endogenous factors have influenced the character of the town. They will stay in Beverley from where they will visit places along the Holderness coastline collecting data for their individual studies based upon theory from their units of study coastal systems and changing places. It is always a fantastic week for research, consolidation of learning and giving students the opportunity to see Geography in action.
First Aid update
- The Year 9 and 10 Vocational Studies groups have been taking part in the St. John Ambulance CPR Award. Well done to the students who took part and who can now save a life!
- The senior first aid team members have been taking part in the Paediatric First Aid and Babysitting Award (ROSSKA) and will be completing their assessments over the next two weeks.
DofE Training Day – Saturday 25 March 2017
This Training Day introduces students to camp-craft, map reading, safety and equipment and will take place at Rossett School. The timings are:
9.00am-4.00pm with a Q&A session for parents at 3.00pm
9.30am-4.00pm with a Q&A session for parents at 3.30pm
Literacy tip – reading non-fiction texts
Please click the link for the latest tip on reading non-fiction texts.
Music Department: Acoustic Night
Next Thursday 23 March is the Acoustic Evening in the main hall, with many talented performers lining up to entertain you, including our award-winning Saxophonists and Singing group. There will also be a bar available throughout the evening and tickets can be obtained from the Finance Office at just £3 each.
Sixth Form Calendar Dates
|Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 April 2017||Aspire Igen Careers interviews
Ten Careers Advisors from Aspire Igen will be in school for three days to conduct one hour career appointments with every Year 12 student at Rossett.
|15 May – 26 May (2 weeks)||Year 12 Study Leave|
|Wednesday 24 May – period 3||Year 13 Leavers’ Assembly
Period 3 in main hall followed by refreshments in the Sixth Form Centre. Study leave commences.
|Monday 5 June||Year 12 return from Study Leave
Year 12 teachers prepare students for mock exam week.
|Monday 12 – Friday 16 June||Mock exams week
Student sit mock exams in subjects which they have not already sat as an AS exam. Exams will be during normal lesson periods.
|Monday 19 – Friday 23 June||Mock exam feedback / A2 course introduction|
|Monday 26 June – Friday 30 June||Next Steps week
Monday: Community enrichment day
Tuesday: University options in school
Wednesday: UCAS convention Leeds Beckett
Thursday: Aspire Igen (Future Jobs event) and Careers Day Friday – York University trip / Apprenticeship day
What’s happening next week …
Monday 20 March – Thursday 24 March: A Level Geography field trip
Tuesday 21 March
- read@rossett – 3.15pm in the Resource Centre – open to all KS3 students
- DofE Bronze route planning training (main hall and blue dining hall 3.15-4.15pm)
Wednesday 22 March
- Oxbridge talks to Year 11 and Year 12 AMA students
- A Level Theatre trip to Harrogate Theatre
Thursday 23 March
- Acoustic Night
Friday 24 March
- Red Nose Day – students should bring in a donation of £2 to wear non-uniform
- wellread@rossett – 3.15pm in the Resource Centre – open to all students from KS4 and KS5
Saturday 25 March
- DofE Silver and Bronze Award training day at Rossett (9.30am-4pm in the Sixth Form Centre)
Year 7 and Year 8 parental survey
In light of national curriculum reforms and the removal of ‘levels’ used to report students’ attainment and progress, we have introduced a new assessment system for our Year 7 and Year 8 students (please click here to re-read the letter sent to parents giving details).
We recognise the importance of monitoring any changes we make to our reports to gauge their success and would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete a short survey regarding your child’s school report by clicking on the link below:
This feedback will be used to inform any future changes to our reporting and assessment systems.
Red Nose Day is on Friday 24 March and students are invited to come to school in non-uniform for a donation of £2. The Student Council will be selling red noses at £1.
Literacy Tip – discursive writing
Please click here for that latest Literacy Tip on discursive writing.
Year 10 Maths Challenge
Congratulations to Freya Prince, Zach Reeves, Mike Burt and Amy Lewis who competed in the further maths challenge against other schools from across Yorkshire the week. They achieved a high score placing them in the top 10 teams overall.
Last Sunday Leah Waddington took part in the Grade 7/8 Saxophone competition at the Harrogate Festival of Music, Speech and Drama performing two pieces against a number of other saxophone players from across the district. Leah won first prize and was invited back to take part in the “Young Musician of the Festival” final where she came a close second. Katie Anderson, Joe Gilmartin, Cameron Rennison and Leah Waddington also took part as a quartet performing “Strike up the Band” undirected against a flute group from St Aidans and a Saxophone ensemble from Harrogate Grammar school winning first place. Our Clarinet choir (Joe Gilmartin, Caitlin Cunningham, Sam Gilmartin, Sophie Poole, Jai Sagoo, Thomas Hawkins and Leah Waddington) made their debut performance with a superb rendition of “March of the Marionette” and were awarded joint second place. Congratulations to all the students concerned.
Revision advice for Years 9, 10 and 11
If you would like to see some really helpful advice on combatting examination nerves; learn how to revise; and general tips for success this summer, please click the BBC Bitesize link:
Harrogate is launching Pride in Diversity events this year, including both art and literature competitions on the theme of ‘Being Different: Excluded or Included’. Entry forms are available from the English office and the event celebrates all areas of diversity such as disability and faith as well as LGBTQ+.
Safer Internet Evening
On Tuesday 28 February Rossett hosted a “Safer Internet” evening for parents. This well-received session was presented by Mr Tim Pinto, e-safety expert, who discussed practical ways in which parents can support their children when using the internet and social media, in order that they remain safe.
Please click the link for the presentation: https://www.slideshare.net/timpinto/rossett-28-217
Back in time – take part!
Would you and your family like to go back in time for a new BBC series? We have been contacted by the makers of the hit series ‘Back in Time for Dinner’ who are looking for a food loving family to immerse themselves in the lives and diets of working people in Northern England over the last 150 years.
If you have always wanted to know how previous generations lived – what work they did, what they ate and how they cooked it – then the makers would love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to apply. (Families must be UK residents with a minimum of two children aged 8+).
Congratulations to …
- The Year 10 rugby team who played in the White Rose rugby festival beating Ilkley Grammar 10-0, but losing against PHGS 10-0 and Allerton School 5-0. The students demonstrated resilience throughout the tournament and were a credit to the school.
- The Year 7 boys’ football team who beat Ripon Grammar 6-1 to reach the semi final of the Area Cup.
What’s happening next week …
Tuesday, 14 March
- DofE Bronze map reading training for students 3.10-4.15pm in the Main Hall
Thursday 16 March
- Year 7 Parents’ Evening
Year 7 celebrated World Book Day on Thursday with a murder mystery to solve. They deduced who had murdered our librarian by finding literary clues concealed in the English department! They have also been given bingo cards to complete after they have read books of different genres throughout March.
Golden tickets were hidden in Junior Block with book prizes for the finders and bookworms were tucked away in lots of library books – the finders of those received some delicious, wiggly bookworm sweets.
The whole school listened to The Hitchhiker by Anthony Horowitz throughout the day – this year different members of staff were filmed reading each instalment and these were shown in lessons.
To start some conversations about reading teaching and support staff wore badges with their favourite books or their current reads; our staff have wide-ranging tastes from the very highbrow classics to Paw Patrol!
WBD tokens were given out in form time. Students can exchange these for the free World Book Day books at participating supermarkets and bookshops, or use them to get £1 off books costing £2.99 or more.
We are delighted to report that the U14s girls’ football team are through to the National Cup Final (the FA cup final for schools!).
Congratulations to Vicky Naylor, Alicia Hall, Jess Bond, Abbie Coumount, Lily Bellerby , Cleo Vine, Evelyn Richards , Hattie Black, Mel Millington, Anouska Dresser, Holly Mitchell, Issy Smith, Georgia Golding Saunders, Charlotte Jackson, Aerfene Conan, Mimi Goldberg. They were outstanding, especially in the second half where they showed pure passion and commitment to push to a win. The goals were scored by Cleo Vine and Issy Smith.
Ms Rowe and Mr Sweetman were invited to an interview at Stray FM to publicise the achievements of the girls’ football here at Rossett. Please click the link to hear their interview:
Although the date of the final is yet to be confirmed the FA will be live streaming the match and will be providing a new kit for the team for the final. We will be watching with bated breath.
The 2017 Summer Exam Timetable is now available to view on the school website:
End of Key Stage 3 Science exams w/c 13 March 2017
As mentioned at our recent Year 9 Parents’ Evening we are coming to the end of the Key Stage 3 Science curriculum. Students will be sitting Science assessments on Monday 13 March (x half) and on Tuesday 14 March (y half) during their Science lessons. Results of these assessments; combined with prior achievement data, will inform our recommendations for Science pathways (triple or double Science) at GCSE. From 20 March all Year 9s will move to study GCSE Science following a recommended pathway. Further details will be emailed to parents next week.
Year 7 have had an amazing time at Bewerley Park – overcoming challenges, making new friends, taking part in activities they never thought they would. Students have been mountain biking, canoeing, caving, hill walking, climbing, shelter building and learning bushcraft, gorge walking, high and low ropes, orienteering, completing initiatives and night navigation. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the staff involved, in particular Mrs Leeming and Miss Hopkins for leading the trip and Mrs McCabe, Miss Hutchinson, Mr Richardson, Mr Saunderson, Mr Tatterton and Mr O’Sullivan for completing the strong team of staff at the camp.
Theatre performance and workshops for Year 10
On Wednesday Year 10s will watch a performance of ‘Stand for It?’ and then take part in workshops which have been set up in an interesting and thought-provoking way for students to engage with issues of extremism and radicalisation. This activity will be led by Saltmine Theatre Company who will highlight the key themes raised by the performance and give students the opportunity to ask any questions during the workshop sessions.
This week Sixth Form students attended an Oxbridge Information Evening. On 22 March we are looking forward to welcoming representatives from Oxbridge to meet with our Year 12 students and talk to them about preparation for application.
What’s happening next week …
Monday 6 March
- Y12 and Y13 students visiting Leeds Apprenticeship Fair (First Direct Area 4-8pm)
Wednesday 8 March
- ‘Stand for it’ performance and workshops for Year 10
Thursday 9 March
- Year 8 Parents’ Evening
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.
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
Gold: Miki Burt (Best in Year)
Silver: Kirsty MacGregor, Emily Andrews, Ivan Shalashilin, George Taylor, Morgan Glazier
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
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.
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.
As February is LGBT History Month, Rossett’s LGBT group held a bake sale and raised over £90 for Stonewall UK.
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.
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.
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.
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 illness. 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)
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|
|Opportunity for parents to discuss the options process with a member of the leadership team in the main hall|
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.
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”.
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.
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
The 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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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: email@example.com
Any changes for September 2017 will be announced after February half term to allow parents to plan accordingly for September.
Future Chef Competition
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.
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.
Please click here to read the latest Literacy tips from Mrs Fazakerley, our Literacy Coordinator on ‘Helping students to write better’.
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
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.