Rossett News Update - 12 November 2021
Sixth Form Information Evening - Thursday 2 December 2021
The Sixth Form Information Evening for Year 11 students and parents will be held on Thursday 2 December commencing at 6.00pm with a presentation from the Headteacher and the Head of Sixth Form in the main hall. This is a very important evening as the Subject Fair - which takes place in the Sixth Form Centre - will provide detailed information about the courses and enrichment opportunities on offer. Sixth Form Ambassadors will be available during the evening and parents and students are encouraged to speak to our current students about their experiences at Rossett and opportunities on offer.
The whole school joined together yesterday morning for an assembly to commemorate Armistice Day. Our Head Prefects, Zoe Hopkins and Harvey Kennedy, visited the cenotaph in Harrogate town centre to present a poppy wreath hand-made by our Sixth Form students, they also read 'For the Forgotten' during the assembly. The school recognises the importance of passing this message on to our students to ensure they understand the significance of Remembrance; we expect them to carry this responsibility to remember the sacrifices of the many into the future.
Presentation Evening 2021
To recognise the success of our (last year's) Year 11 we will be holding our annual Presentation Evening on Thursday 25th November 2021. Invitations will be sent out shortly to invite last year's Year 11 and their guests to a celebration reception followed by the presentation of awards and a guest speaker. We look forward to celebrating their success with them.
Ofsted Visit Inspection Report
We are pleased to share with you the feedback of our latest Ofsted inspection which took place on 15th September 2021.
The Section 8 visit was conducted to determine the progress that has been made in Behaviour and Attitudes since our last full inspection in June 2019. The report confirms that the changes that we have made as leaders and staff are having a positive impact across the school.
On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank parents and carers for their supportive feedback during the inspection - through Parent View and personal letters to myself and the inspection team; it was much appreciated. Thank you. In the next few weeks all staff and students are focussing on a period of assessment of learning - prior to Christmas – providing data that will act as a baseline for future targets and progress measures.
We will be holding Parents’ Forum events next term as the next phase of ‘opening up’ the school to listen to your views on a variety of topics. We are aware that our usual opportunities to speak more informally with you have changed as a consequence of Parents’ Evenings being conducted remotely. I hope that it will be possible for these to take place in person, but dependent on the numbers attending and Covid-19 context, it may be necessary to hold these online.
Sixth Form Fundraising
Over the past forty days, our Sixth Form students have been taking part in the £10 Challenge. This is a fundraising challenge whereby each form group was provided with £10 to get their fundraising activities started. They had until 5th November to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities: 'Dementia Friends' and 'When you Wish Upon a Star'.
Form groups ran football tournaments, gaming competitions, 'Splat the Teacher', gaming tournaments and held 'COVID-safe' bake sales. The final total raised was a near £1,000. The Sixth Form Committee are holding a Year 9 football tournament during lunchtime on Thursday 18th November to try increase the fantastic total even further. This money will be split equally between the two charities and our Senior Prefects will be presenting the charities with this money the new year. The Sixth Form Committee are now beginning to organise their next charity activity taking place in the run up to Christmas, collecting goods for the Harrogate District Foodbank.
Children in Need
BBC Children in Need charity fundraising returns to Rossett next week! On Friday 19 November students will be supporting this national charity with a non-uniform day. We suggest a donation to the charity of £2. This year you can donate online before/after the event or on the day itself via Scopay or students can bring cash to give to their Form Tutor. Students have the option to come in fancy dress. A reminder, all clothing must be appropriate for the school day.
Children in Need raises money for disadvantaged children across the UK and we would like to make this year our best fundraising total to date - the more students who donate or who take part in activities, the more we will be able raise and donate! Thank you in advance for your support.
Learning Resource Centre and Homework Club
We are delighted to welcome our new Learning Resource Centre Administrator, Mr Asker, to Rossett this week. Mr Asker has spent the week preparing for the re-opening of the LRC to students on Monday 15 November. He is passionate about books and reading and hopes to continue to develop a wonderful reading culture at Rossett.
As we welcome students back to the wider LRC programmes we hope they will enjoy meeting Mr Asker and appreciate using this fantastic resource.
Following the re-opening, the LRC Homework Club will resume each afternoon, after school between 3.25pm-4.25pm. Homework Club can be attended by all students who wish to keep up-to-date with their homework. Excellent levels of behaviour are expected to allow all students the opportunity to work in a quiet space.
For Leeds students wishing to attend, the late bus runs each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only and must be booked via the QR code which can be found in Main Reception, outside year offices and the PE office.
Changed Date for your Diary: NHS COVID Vaccinations for students ages 12-16
The school is hosting the NHS vaccination team on the 22 November. The Covid vaccination is being offered to all children in Year 7 to Year 11 who are aged 12-16 on the date of the session in school. The NHS vaccination team are scheduled to visit Rossett School on 22nd November . If you would like your child to receive this immunisation in school, please ensure your consent form has been submitted by 17th November, if you haven't already done so.
How do I give my consent?
- Go to https://fx.hdft.nhs.uk/CovidConsentForm/Covid19VaccinationConsent
- Enter the School Code 136896 and click “Find School”.
- Complete the form with your child’s information and parent/guardian contact information*.
- Click the green “Submit” button.
The NHS literature states that the main purpose of the COVID-19 school age vaccination programme is to provide protection to the children who receive the vaccine and may help to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the wider population. Children will NOT be vaccinated without the consent of a parent/carer.
If you completed a consent form but your child has already received a Covid vaccination at a vaccination centre we ask that you inform the vaccination team by following the link to their email address here. In this email please confirm that you have already completed a consent form. Please also notify the school by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder about Free School Meals
Students who are eligible for Free School meals will have the sum of £3 added to their catering account daily. Any Free School Meal balance remaining at the end of the day is unable to be carried forward.
This allocated amount is sufficient to buy a main meal (which includes the pasta pots and jacket potatoes) and a pudding if purchased at lunch time as a meal deal, however, it can be used to purchase other items such as sandwiches etc. Drinks are not included in the meal deal so we ask that you send your child to school with a drink or re-fillable water bottle or a drink of your choice. Water is available in the dining halls.
If you have any queries please contact the finance office at email@example.com
We operate a cashless fingerprint system and parents/carers are encouraged to top up using our online payments system, Scopay. There is a spending cap on the pupil’s catering accounts of £4 for breakfast, £4 for break and £5 for lunch. If you wish to change the limit on your child’s account please contact the Finance Office. We can either set a limit for each sitting or add a maximum daily spend.
With mock examinations fast approaching we would like to remind you that revision guides are available to purchase online through Scopay. Once purchased, the revision guides will be delivered to students by our Finance Office team.
Continuation of Lateral Flow Testing for students and staff
We ask that our parents and students support our safer school initiative by testing on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and report the results – whether positive, negative or void – to NHS Test and Trace via the self-report option at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result and also inform the school at: https://rossett.school/studentcovidreport. It is our current understanding that this national initiative will continue until the Christmas holiday.
This information is helping the Government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country.
Please note that this asymptomatic testing programme does not replace current guidance for those who develop the three Covid-19 symptoms, even if mild, which is to arrange a PCR test as soon as possible. If your child develops a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loses their sense of smell or taste or it changes they should self-isolate until they receive the results of their PCR test.
As you may be aware the self-isolation rules have changed and students no longer need to self isolate if someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19 if any of the following apply:
- students are under 18 years 6 months old
- students are fully vaccinated
- students are taking part or have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial
- students are not able to be vaccinated for medical reasons
In such cases, even if they do not have symptoms, students should still:
- get a PCR test
- follow advice on how to avoid catching and spreading Covid-19
- consider limiting contact with people who are at higher risk from Covid-19
If you have any questions please email Mr Royles firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well done to...
- Our U19 netball team who represented Rossett School in the Area Netball tournament . The girls did incredibly well against some very strong and physical teams from across the district including Queen Ethelburga's School, Harrogate Grammar School, St Aidan's School and Ashville College. The girls demonstrated an exceptional level of resilience throughout and performed exceptionally well. Player of the tournament was Eliza Rodi. Well done to all.
What's happening this half term...
Thursday 18 November
- Year 10 Parents' Evening (remote) 4.30pm - 7pm
Friday 19 November
- Children in Need (details to follow)
Thursday 25 November
- Presentation Evening (tbc)
Monday 29 November - Friday 3 December
- Year 11 Mock Exams
Thursday 2 December
- Sixth Form Information Evening
Monday 6 December
- Staff Training Day - no students in school
Thursday 9 December
- Winter Warmer Concert
Friday 10 December
- Christmas Jumper Day (details to follow)
Friday 17 December
- School closes for Christmas holidays