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Rossett News Update - 22 March 2019

North Yorkshire Youth Commission

As part of the weekly PSHE and Citizenship programme North Yorkshire Youth Commission have run  a workshop with half of Year 12 students on Wednesday 20 March.

The workshop introduced the North Yorkshire Youth Commission - an exciting initiative in partnership between young people and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan. Its aim is to inform the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire, through running consultations and workshops with young people between the ages of 14 and 25. James Porter (Year 13) and Evelyn Richards (Year 11) who are members of the Youth Commission, hosted the workshop to assist in gathering the opinions of young people from the Rossett and Harrogate area.

The workshop focused on how students can keep themselves and their friends safe in society. Students were given the chance to explore their opinions on important issues such as drugs, alcohol, mental health and domestic abuse.

A further workshop with the remaining half of the Year 12 students is to be hosted on  Wednesday 1 May 2019.

Oxbridge Information Workshop

Students from our Year 11 and Rossett Sixth Formers from Year 12 attended an Oxbridge Information Workshop on Wednesday 20 March.  The workshop focused on the application process and interview techniques necessary to succeed in any university application, but specifically for those who wanted to apply to Oxbridge.  The session was led by staff and students from Brasenose College at Oxford and included former Rossett students, Lauren Dolman and Katie Lofthouse.

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A Level Geography Field Trip

Geography Field trip 2019Our A Level Geography students returned from a field trip to the Holderness coastline yesterday. The students  spent four days collecting data for their independent investigations,  ranging in subject from the 'Impact of Groynes on Sediment Distribution' to 'How Age Influences our Perception of Place'. The students were reportedly superb -  sieving sand, counting waves, carrying out environmental surveys and (back at the youth hostel)  surprising Mrs Martin and Mrs Strowbridge with their culinary skills! The Sixth Form students also interacted with the general public, politely explaining to those  who showed an interest  what they were doing and showing a  respectful  interest in what local people had to say.

A Level Geography  and Business/Economics Grade Booster Workshops

On Thursday and Friday this week, A Level Geography and Business and Economics students attended Grade Booster Workshops at 'The Light' in Leeds.  The workshops are designed to provide essential revision support to A Level  students as they complete their preparation for their examinations at the end of Year 13.

The intensive Grade Booster workshop format is designed to refine and sharpen key exam technique; build confidence in essential assessment skills; and provide a clear focus and structure for students  to make the most effective use of their remaining revision time prior to the exams in summer 2019.

Students took part in four hours of intensive tuition and received a workshop booklet containing all the session content, extension activities, guidance on exam-board specific exam technique and other essential revision materials designed for students at the end of their A Level  courses.

Maths Challenge

Maths challengeOn Wednesday 20th March four Year 8 and 9 students; Kenneth Burt, Dylan Heywood, Yael Braunstein and Nadia Othman participated in the regional finals of the UKMT Team Maths Challenge held in York. The Rossett Team were superb across the rounds and finished 6th out of the 24 teams competing. "They worked brilliantly as a team, encouraging one another and represented the school admirably in the event", said Miss Reynolds.

The success in this team challenge built upon the successes of the individual intermediate challenge earlier in February. The Year 11 students who entered were awarded, 3 Gold Certificates, 17 Silver Certificates and 10 Bronze Certificates. Katie Merckel achieved Best in Year 11, Lewis Ferry and Charlotte Hull achieved Joint Best in Year 10 and Kenneth Burt achieved Best in Year 9.

Special mention was given to Katie Merckel who scored so highly that she qualified for the 51st UKMT National Summer School. She  has the opportunity to  work with like-minded mathematicians and industry specialists at this event.

Katie Merckel, Laurie O’Brien, Kenneth Burt and Gabriel Rickerby achieved excellent scores and thus qualified for the Pink and Grey Kangaroo; we await their results! This was a successful follow-up to the great start from the more senior mathematicians during the Senior Challenges earlier in the year. Well done to all who participated!

Sixth Form Offer Letters

All Year 11 students who have applied to Rossett School Sixth Form will have received offer letters this week.  Please return your acceptance slips to your Form Tutor as soon as possible. If you have any queries please contact the Sixth Form Team here.

Year 11 Photos

Students in Year 11 are due to have their 'Phototronics' year group photograph taken on Wednesday 27 March during Period 2.  A number of students have  yet to return their consent form and will be unable to be included in the year group photograph  unless these are returned.  Spare copies of the consent form are available from Reception and should be returned to Form Tutors by Monday 25 March at the very latest.

New Lunchtime clubs

We are pleased to let you know that a number of new lunchtime clubs have been introduced in PE to enhance our already busy provision. Students should speak to a member of the PE staff if they would like any further information about joining one of these clubs.



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Acoustic Night 

Acoustic NightTickets are still available for 'Acoustic Night' which takes place on Thursday 28th March 2019.  This is a wonderful opportunity to hear 'unplugged' performances from our talented students. Tickets cost £3 and are available from the Finance Office.  Doors open at 6.15pm and refreshments will be provided by the PTA. 

Co-curricular club of the week

Squash clubOur co-curricular club of the week is our Squash Club which takes place every Tuesday after school from 3.15-4.15pm, with professional coach Robbie Burnett. Robbie is currently Head Coach at Ilkley Squash and Tennis Club and Harrogate Squash Club and has years of experience of coaching top professionals in the incredibly fast-paced and high-impact sport of squash. At Rossett School we are incredibly fortunate to have two fantastic and newly refurbished squash courts and even luckier to have the services of a fantastic coach by accessing funding through North Yorkshire Sport. Squash Cub is open to all students from all year groups and ability levels. If you are interested in this club then please see Mr Bradshaw in PE for more information. 

Congratulations to...

  • The U14 Girls' Netball Team who won 7-6 against Queen Ethelburga's School and came runners-up in the area tournament;
  • The Year 9 Boys' Football Team who won 3-2 in the Area Cup and progress to the final;
  • Joe Cooper (Year 10) - who plays the trumpet with the Tewit Silver Band - who were recently crowned North of England 4th Section Champions. As a member of the band he has been invited to the National Finals in Cheltenham;

What's happening next week...

Wednesday 27 March

  • Year 11 photographs by Phototronics.  All consent forms must be returned by Monday 25 March.

Thursday 28 March

  • GCSE Drama Examinations take place for Year 10 and 11 in DW1;
  • Acoustic Night in the Main Hall, 6.30pm - tickets are available from the Finance Office priced £3 each.

Friday 29 March

  • GCSE Drama examinations take place for Years 10 and 11 in DW1.

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