Rossett News Update - 10 November 2023
The American Exchange returned to Rossett last weekend after two fantastic weeks in the USA, despite the challenging events that took place early in the trip. The students experienced a number of fun and educational trips and activities, arranged by both the school and their host families. Visits included a visit to Portland Lighthouse and a fishing trip to catch lobsters - a local speciality - to name but a few. They also spent the day as a student at Falmouth Middle School, attending lessons alongside their exchange partners. After a “pot luck” and pizza supper with all of the host families they said their goodbyes and headed to Boston to continue their trip.
Amongst other activities in Boston, the students visited Harvard University, saw fantastic views from the top of the Prudential Center and visited the 'Cheers' Bar - whose importance may well have had to be explained to the students! We would like to thank Falmouth School, the fantastic host families and our dedicated team of teachers who accompanied the students on the trip.
Lucie Hernon in Year 11 was nominated by Ms Tolliday who wrote that Lucie came across a Year 9 student in the corridor who was upset and was particularly kind and caring towards him. Then she went to find a member of staff that would be able to fix the issue and made sure the student was okay before continuing with her day. Lucie this is wonderful to hear and we are very thankful that you are looking out for other students – you are a Rossett Hero.
Elijah Fairholm was nominated by two of his classmates who came to me to tell me about how kind he has been to them at school and also on their journey to and from school on the bus. They told me that Elijah goes out of his way to make sure everybody is okay. Elijah, thank you for looking out for others, you are a Rossett Hero!
To find our next Rossett Heroes, we need you! Do you know of any member of the Rossett community that deserves recognition as a Rossett Hero? No matter how big or small you believe the act to be, we want to hear from you - every nominated person will be recognised and congratulated even if they don't make it into the newsletter that particular week.
Please email Mr Otway firstname.lastname@example.org if you have witnessed or experienced an act of kindness that we might not be aware of.
"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams
Headteacher Friday 5 Awards
Well done to all of the students who received a Friday 5 Headteachers Award this week. These students have been nominated by members of staff for exemplifying Rossett School's 5Rs culture of learning. This week's winners are:
- Ameilia Heninghem-Smith
- Isabel Jones
- Harriet Morris
- Ava Bannister
- Masoumeh Salehi
- Kitty O'Malley
- Macru Ghetu
The students were also joined by Andrew Jones MP who paid a visit to the school to meet Mr Milburn.
Reminder to Parents/Carers Visiting School
Armistice Day and Poppy Appeal
The whole school joined together today to mark Armistice Day with all of our students and staff observing a two-minute silence in the grounds of the school.
Mr Milburn introduced our Head Prefects, Eva Bailey and Tristan Holdsworth who read 'For the Fallen' and the Last Post was played. The observance ended with the 'Reveille'.
We were very impressed with the mature and respectful manner in which all of our students approached this annual remembrance event.
Throughout the week our Student Leadership Team have been visiting classrooms selling poppies and accepting donations for the Royal British Legion, thank you to all who contributed. Mrs Hewitt has shared the poem below with us written by a student (who wishes not to have their name shared).
Nearly 15 million soldiers died in WWII
Risking their own lives for you
Would definitely scare the life out of me
Families worried and scared
Some damaged beyond repair
Remember the sacrifice
Remember the lives lost
Remember soldiers who risked their lives for no cost
Remember the fear of a single bullet being shot
Remember those who fought
Remember those who died
We shall remember them!
Anti Bullying Week: 13th-17th November
Our definition of bullying is ‘the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or a group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological.’ Students are aware of our zero-tolerance approach to bullying and know to report any bullying behaviours to a member of staff for this to be investigated.
As a school we understand parents/carers and children have worries about bullying and how it is handled. We want to assure you that we deal with all bullying cases rigorously. We continue to work together in our community to promote an ethos of respect and kindness amongst the students.
To mark Anti-bullying week which takes place next week: 13th-17th November the Anti- bullying Alliance are encouraging students to come together to have discussions about what bullying means to us, how banter can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying. Together, we can make a difference and take a stand against bullying.
Students received an assembly from Mrs Wood last half-term on one of our values, 'Respect', linking to Anti-bullying and the importance of kindness; next week will build upon these ideas and all students will receive assemblies and activities throughout the week in form time. The Anti-bullying Week theme this year is ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’. - this encourages students to feel empowered and do something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes.
In the coming weeks we will be launching an online reporting system for students to report any bullying issues. Please look out for more information soon. For further information surrounding anti-bullying week please click here.
LRC News from Mr Asker
Other Rossett LRC news is that we are trialling a new rota for library use at break and lunchtime. It is a nice problem to have that the library is almost always oversubscribed and it gets a little busy sometimes. We will see how the next few weeks go and will naturally ask the students for their views on the new organisation.
I am at the very real risk of labouring a point I know but I won’t change the habit of a lifetime and will mention again that there is now a wide and growing body of educational research which proves that children and young people who read regularly for pleasure achieve better outcomes in school and school exams, have improved life and economic chances and better mental health. Schemes such as Book Buzz support this ambition brilliantly and we will continue to do all we can to support every Rossett student to enjoy reading for pleasure.
Do not hesitate to contact me if I can help you with any book or reading related questions.
Have a bookish weekend everyone.
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
As you are aware, at Rossett School we value the breadth of the curriculum extending out of lesson time and encourage all students to participate in one of our 50+ weekly extra-curricular activities. All Year 7 students are expected to have signed up to at least one extra-curricular activity per week by now and students who attend multiple activities and show real commitment will receive our new extra-curricular token. They will also be placed in a prize draw at the end of each term where there will be prizes awarded.
Wellbeing in Mind Team Autumn Newsletter
Reminder: First Aid Club Christmas Collection for Ukraine
As part of their on-going fundraising campaign, Rossett First Aid Club are, once again, organising a collection on behalf of 'Yorkshire to Ukraine'. This local charity is seeking donations (listed below) and aims to deliver them to refugee camps and people in need in the Ukraine.
Items must be in good, clean, useable condition. The charity are looking for warm clothing, bedding, duvets, children's clothing, toys, baby items, cleaning products, sanitary items, toiletries, tinned and long life foods, pet food, hats and gloves. All items must be received by 15 December. The drop-off point for donations is our First Aid department behind main reception. Thank you for your support with this worthwhile charity.
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What's happening next term...
Thursday 16 November
- Year 13 Parents' Evening
Friday 17 November
- Children in Need
Thursday 23 November
- Year 10 Parents' Evening
Thursday 30 November
- Presentation Evening 2023
Thursday 7 December
- Year 7 Disco organised by Rossett PTA
Wednesday 13 December
- Whole School Careers Fair 9am-1pm
Thursday 14 December
- Winter Warmer Concert: Main Hall
Friday 15 December
- Christmas Jumper Day
Friday 22 December
- Last day of term