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Rossett News Update - 8 February 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019 was marked by a school wide debate about the impact of social media on the well-being and safety of young people. During PSHE, all year groups engaged in researching arguments for and against the motion: ‘social media does more harm than good’. The research phase was followed by simultaneous dynamic and lively debates across the school which highlighted the both the dangers and the positive possibilities of social media use. Mrs Warden commented: “We had a great debate today with interesting points made and fantastic team work. Students who made outstanding contributions were: Tiffany Olusoji, Luca Riley, Ben Underwood, Holly Ferry, Sophie Murray and Phoebe Nalder.”


Children's Mental Health Week 2019

Childrens Mental Health logoRossett School takes the promotion of good mental health very seriously. Students have been engaging in discussions in Form Time about how to improve and maintain their mental health and who to turn to when they feel they need support. As part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2019, we have invested in advanced training for staff through Compass Buzz - an organisation that aims to supports schools in providing early intervention for young people experiencing mental health issues. Our aim is to use this training to continue to improve our whole school approach to the promotion of good mental health for both students and staff.


Road Safety Advice

This week, Year 13 students received road safety advice from the Police and Fire Brigade and also from Lauren Doherty, who delivered a powerful road safety message following a life-changing accident in 2016. Lauren, who was enjoying a night out with friends, was distracted and made a split second decision to cross the road at the wrong time, and was hit by a van. 

As a result of her accident, Lauren was left paralysed and now relies on someone else to do everything for her.  Lauren has courageously rebuilt her life around her disability and devotes her time to share her road safety message with others, especially to local schools and clubs.  Lauren was recently nominated for two awards in the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2019.

The Police and Fire Brigade discussed speed, drugs and alcohol and emotive videos were shown to reinforce the important messages that were  delivered.

A message from the Rossett School PTA

Dear Parents, Students and Staff of Rossett School,

On behalf of Rossett PTA, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the Quiz Night on Friday. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as the organising team of the PTA did. The turnout was fantastic -  especially given the wonderful timing of the British weather!

The evening received amazing support from so many areas, from staff, students and  parents of Rossett School. We also received great support from local and some not so local businesses: 

  • Brewtown Tours in York
  • PC Harmony in Harrogate
  • Café Devine in Harrogate
  • The Treatment Rooms in Harrogate
  • Scarlett’s Vintage Tea Rooms in Knaresborough

Numerous other raffle prizes were donated by students, staff and parents.  I must also say a big thank you to Mr Lee and his team for putting the quiz together to exercise our minds!  I would also like to thank Mike & Mollie from The Shepherds Dog, Otley Road – for coming along and running the bar for the evening. I’m glad to see that everyone made use of the facilities that they provided. Mike also made a significant donation to the fund – thank you so much.

As mentioned on the night, all of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sensory Garden at Rossett School in order to create a lasting memorial to Darren Loring our  PTA Chair 2018, who sadly passed away at the end of last year. We hope to donate in excess of £400 for the garden. We will publish further information on the Facebook page/Twitter feed when we have a confirmed amount.

Your involvement made the evening a great success! Thank you so much.

Andrew Kirkby,  PTA Chair.

Would you like to help with future PTA events? Email us or see us on Facebook and Twitter.

Sea Cadets Annual Awards and Prize-giving

Sea CadetsOn Monday 4th February a group of Rossett students were invited to the Sea Cadets' Annual Awards and Prize-giving Evening held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate.  With Mr Bulmer (Director of Learning Year 9) and the Mayor of Harrogate in attendance, Rossett students, Natalie Gaffney-Smith and Laila Fairholm gave a very assured presentation describing the 24 hour sailing trip they undertook. Amongst the many awards presented Dylan Ansell won the 'Best Attitude to Learning' Award; Natalie Gaffney-Smith won the RNA Shield for Community Service; Laila Fairholm was the 'most improved sailor' and was also runner-up in two other categories.  Congratulations and well done to all of our young Rossett Sea Cadets.

Little Shop of Horrors - Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February

Tickets are still available for our school production 'The Little Shop of Horrors' which takes places on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February.  Tickets are priced £8, or £5 for concessions and are available from the Finance Office.  The students have been working incredibly hard and would love as many parents and friends as possible to come and enjoy their performance.

Rossett PTA will be selling hot and cold refreshments during the interval of the production. To help serve all the drinks in the required time they are introducing a pre-pay system and encourage you to come and purchase your drinks voucher before the start of the show.

Co-curricular Club of the Week

Rugby girls Feb 2019This week our co-curricular club of the week is our Girls' Rugby Club. Girls' rugby has been on our co-curricular programme at Rossett for the last two years and we have had  external coaches from England Rugby coming in to support with the development of the teams. The students started by playing touch rugby and have now progressed and built up to contact rugby on the field. The girls train every Tuesday night between  3:15pm-4:15pm and have competed in a number of tournaments and fixtures against local schools at U13 and U15 level. Below is a recent match report from one of our U13 rugby players- Georgia Syson - from a recent fixture:


"On Monday 4th February we attended a rugby tournament at Harrogate Rugby Club. We played 3 teams - we won 2 and drew 1. We beat Harrogate Grammar 7-2,  Bedale 5-2 and also drew with Bedale  4-4. It was really fun to be able to play against other schools and all get involved. We have been working on tackling and footwork in training which came in handy when we were playing some challenging teams. Although it was very cold, we did  our best and were resilient. It all paid off when we drove back with our victories and a tummy full of free pasta and garlic bread"!

If you are interested in joining this club, please see Mr Bulmer or Miss Pearson( in PE) to find out more.  

Congratulations to...

  • As reported above the Rossett Girls' Rugby Team followed in England’s success at the weekend with an unbeaten run in their U13s rugby festival.  Tries from- Molly Schofield (6), Sophie  Riley (4), Pippa Warner (2), Lucy Cliffe (2) and Georgia Syson (2).

What's happening next week ...

Tuesday  12th February 

  • Rotary Technology Tournament 2019, St Aidan's School - all day

Wednesday 13th February

  • GCSE Science Live Trip to Leeds  Town Hall - 9.30am-4.15pm

Thursday 14th February

  • Japan Exchange Trip Departs
  • Little Shop of Horrors, Main Hall - 6.30pm

Friday 15th February

  • Little Shop of Horrors, Main Hall - 6.30pm

For all forthcoming events click here for the School Calendar

H Woodcock