Rossett News Update - 8 March 2019
This year's ski trip was once again an amazing success with students from Years 8 - 11 enjoying five days skiing in the glorious sunshine of Alpendorf and Wagrain. With a mix of skiing abilities, from absolute beginner to the more experienced, all students made tremendous progress on the mountain. Two groups made it to the much sought after 'Donut Hut' for lunch and the advanced group even completed the ski trek to the resort of Flaccau. The students also had fun away from the slopes with swimming trips, playing billiards, a pizza night and the alpine rollercoaster. The students showed great resilience on the slopes and were a credit to themselves, their parents and the school. Thank you to Ms Parker, who led the trip, and to Mr Bradshaw, Mr Wolfram and Miss Askew who gave-up their half-term break to accompany the students.
Picture miles of cherry blossom, seamless journeys on high performance trains and plates of sushi - these were some of the highlights of our Japanese Exchange visit this year. The students enjoyed traditional hospitality and a chance to meet their 'pen pals' on their home turf at Ishigami School. As well as lessons in Japanese and a tour of the library that had Rossett gifts of English classics from over the years, displayed for the students, Rossett students experienced local life in Harramachi, Japan. Students also tried their hand at traditional Japanese handwriting , took part in ICT lessons with robots and performed a rendition of 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' from Mary Poppins in a whole school assembly.
Tokyo and Kyoto formed part of the itinerary and the students saw the contrasts between the hi-tech vending machines and the simple agriculture of a region recovering from the dual tragedies of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident. Many thanks to Miss Veitch and Mr Bulmer for organising the trip this year.
Year 7 students returned today from an amazing time at Bewerley Park where they took part in new activities, overcame challenges and made new friends. The activities included climbing at Brimham Rocks, mountain biking, kayaking, bush-craft skills, walking over high and low ropes as well as evening challenges. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved: Mrs Leeming (for, once again, leading the trip), Mr Sweetman, Miss Butler, Mr Eaton, Mr Protheroe, Mrs McCabe and Miss Fitzgerald. The students (and staff) will enjoy a bath and a well-earned rest tonight!
Harrogate Competitive Festival of Music and Drama
We are delighted to report that 'Saxophonix' - Rossett's saxophone ensemble - have retained their trophy for the third year running, at the Harrogate Competitive Festival of Music and Drama, which was held at the weekend. The win, in the Year 13 and under woodwind categories, was also followed-up by the Clarinet Choir who came a worthy second against strong competition. Both groups were also awarded a 'distinction' and received excellent feedback from the adjudicator.
As well as playing in both groups, Leah Waddington (Year 13) competed in the open age category for woodwind solo and came in a highly creditable second place. Leah played two stunning pieces which also gained her a distinction. Thank you to Mrs Waddington and Mr McGuffie for their support of these groups.
Well done to: Niamh Cunningham, Sam Gilmartin, Emily Cawthorne, Amy Potter, Freya Prince, Lauren Edwards, George Papadopoullos, Caitlin Cunningham, Tom Hawkins and Leah Waddington.
Robotics Challenge - Lego Mindstorms Competition
A group of eight Year 8 students took part in a Robotics Challenge at the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster on Wednesday and secured a win for 'Project Presentation'!
This curriculum-linked challenge saw students working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges. Students learned how to build, programme and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting aviation missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets. The challenge event is the culmination of a ten-week in-school programme where students learned how to design and control their robots. Well done to: Oliver Sharratt, Mathew Jarvis, Patrick Fleming, Samuel Acaster, Georgia Syson, Daisy Shaw and William Haines who achieved this win for Rossett School.
World Book Day Storyteller Visit
World Book Day got off to a lively start with a performance of traditional stories brought to life by Rossett's favourite storyteller, Susanna Oldfield. Year 7 students from the audience took on the roles of Perseus, Medusa and other characters in a very interactive performance. Susanna held workshops on the power of stories and using various storytelling techniques to bring them to life.
Other activities to celebrate reading included a book-themed lunch menu; a murder mystery activity in English lessons; a book treasure hunt; and a quest to discover what staff love to read. All students received a token to exchange in bookshops for the special World Book Day books.
Chemistry Olympiad Success
Science students at Rossett have once again excelled in a national competition. The Chemistry Olympiad is held annually and saw students complete a written test of their chemical knowledge, based on real-world chemistry problems.The competition is designed to challenge, and offer students the opportunity to develop their thinking and problem solving skills. Following on from his success in the Biology Olympiad, Shaun Wilson (Year 13), once again achieved a Gold and Amy Laws (Year 13) achieved a Bronze. Mr Phillips, Teacher of Chemistry at Rossett, observed that it was the hardest paper he had seen so this result is particularly impressive.
We have been advised by Scopay that an update delivered to their software during the February half-term break has resulted in Scopay not being able to synchronise with our cashless catering system. Scopay are working on the problem and we will advise you when this has been rectified. Please accept our apologies on behalf of Scopay for this inconvenience.
Lockdown Procedure Practice
Following our advice to parents in January regarding our updated 'lockdown' procedure, we would like to remind you that we will be having a 'lockdown' practice drill for students next week. The initial letter from Rossett explaining our plans can also be accessed here.
Remember to follow us on Twitter @Rossett, @rossettPE and @RossettPTA to see all of the exciting activities happening at school with lots more pictures from school trips, in-school events and sporting fixtures.
Co-Curricular Club of the Week
Our Co-curricular Club of the Week is Year 10 and Year 11 Trampolining Club which takes place every Friday lunchtime in the Sports' Hall with Miss Goacher. This is a brand new addition to our jam-packed programme and is aimed at students who would like to learn, or develop their skills, in this fun and popular activity. The trampolining club welcomes any students regardless of previous experience or ability. If you are interested in attending this club, please see Miss Goacher in PE to find out more.
Keep an eye out for a range of other lunchtime clubs starting in the near future, these include Dodgeball, Cheerleading and Badminton.
Congratulations to ...
- The U15a Boys' Football Team who progress to the next round of the County Cup after a 4-3 win against Richmond School.
What's happening next week ...
Monday 11 March-Friday 15 March
- National Careers Week - fun, informative activities are being held throughout the week in Form Time and PSHE for all year groups. Look out for a round-up of these events in next week's Rossett News.
Tuesday 12 March
- Battlefield Trip 2019 Parents' Information Evening, 6.45pm-7.30pm, Sixth Form Centre - parking in Sports' Centre car park, please.
Wednesday 13 March
- NEA Food practical examinations for Year 10 and Year 11 students;
- Year 12 Theatre Trip to 'The Duchess of Malfi' at York Theatre Royal. This departs from Rossett car park at 6pm.
Thursday 14 March
- NEA Food practical examinations for Year 10 and Year 11 students.
Friday 15 March
- GCSE Music practical examinations for Year 10 and Year 11 students.
Saturday 16 March
- DofE training day for Gold, Silver and Bronze expeditions at Rossett School between 9.00am-3.30pm.