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Rossett News Update - 14 January 2022

Sixth Form Prospectus 2022Rossett School Sixth Form

Following our virtual information evening in December our Year 11 students will begin their Sixth Form interview process week commencing 24 January 2022.  Students will be advised of the time and location of their interview in the coming weeks.  There is still time to apply to Rossett Sixth by clicking the link below.

The virtual information evening including the Sixth Form Prospectus can be found here and should you require any further information at this stage please email Mr Keyworth rkeyworth@rossettschool.co.uk.

Uniform Reminder

Following last week's message about parents and students working together to uphold uniform standards (please see below) all tutors and year teams will be contacting parents regarding any outstanding uniform infringements.

Uniform

Finally, Mr Royles and the pastoral teams would like to thank parents for their support last term in ensuring that uniform standards were maintained. This term we have noticed that students are not all wearing school shoes as standard. Our policy is clear; trainers are for sport. Our website clearly shows what is expected in terms of footwear and contact will be made with home where either this or other uniform infringements are taking place on a regular basis. Please ensure that you complete a uniform check with your child this weekend to pre-empt any conversations around non-compliance. As usual, the year teams will support families and students where hardship or individual circumstances are a factor; please contact your relevant Director of Learning or the Student Support Officer for Years 7 - 11.

I would be grateful if you could reinforce these key messages with your child over the weekend, and subsequently.

Pastoral Assembly: Whole School

Mr Royles spoke to all students in all years today to remind them of the wealth of opportunities available at lunch times and after school for participation in extra-curricular activities.  We are extremely proud of all we have been able to offer over the years - sporting, academic, international travel, clubs, societies and experiences.  All students have been 'challenged' to be involved in at least one club, society, committee or volunteering experience.  Applications for our Student Council will open on Monday 17th January and close on Friday 21st January.  We hope everyone will get involved.

GCSE OptionsYear 9 Options Process

A reminder that our Year 9 students will be choosing their option subjects over the next few weeks.  Key information about the process will be e-mailed to both students and parents on Monday 17th January, with students also receiving a remote assembly about the process during form time on that day.  This information will replace the face-to-face ‘options evening’ scheduled for Thursday 20th January, in light of current national guidance.  Parents will still have an opportunity to discuss option choices with their child’s teachers at the Year 9 Parents' Evening on Thursday 27th January.  A timeline of the key options events can be found below:

  • Monday 17th January – Form Time – Assembly with Mr Stone for Year 9 students
  • Monday 17th January – 9:00am – e-mail with link to Options Booklet, website and example Options form to students
  • Monday 17th January – 9:00am -  e-mail to parents, which explains options process and provides the relevant links
  • Monday 17th January – Thursday 27th January – KS4 style lesson delivered in one lesson per subject at KS3
  • Monday 17th January – Thursday 27th January – Individual meeting with member of Senior Leadership Team to give support and guidance around options subjects (your child has received their appointment by email today).
  • Thursday 27th January – Year 9 Parents' Evening – opportunity for parents and students to discuss options with their teachers
  • Friday 28th January – official options form e-mailed to students at 9.00am
  • Wednesday 16th February – 9.00am – deadline for return of option choices from students
  • Follow up e-mail sent to parents/students to confirm final options by 8th April

 

information logoStudent Data Collection Sheets

It is important that we have up-to-date information for students and parents to ensure we can contact you with any important information such as emergency school closures due to the weather; COVID-19 updates; remote education information etc.  all rely on us having the correct parental emails and telephone numbers. Last week we posted out our Data Collection Sheets with the information we currently hold on our school system and ask that parents/carers check, amend if appropriate and return the signed copy (even if there are no amendments) to  Form Tutors as soon as possible.  Thank you to everyone who has returned their form already. For those who have not yet done so, please return these by Friday 21 January at the latest.

LRC News 

I hope you have all had a good week despite the ongoing difficulties.

The LRC has been busy all week and it has been encouraging to have more students visiting from Year 10 and Year 11.

I thought a few recommended websites might be useful in helping you support your child in finding great reads, latest author news, author events in your area, new titles, book reviews, recommendations and more.

The Guardian children’s book section online is excellent and full of book reviews and recommendations for all ages. https://www.theguardian.com/books/series/children-s-book-roundup

Try https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ for a huge amount of recommended titles including YA (Young Adult)

Book trust are great https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/ and have a great 12+ section, ideal for guidance as your child gets older and their reading tastes develop and change. 

Seven Stories is the National museum for children’s books based in Newcastle.  It is well worth a visit and is just a short trip up the A1.  Their website https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/ is also hugely helpful and informative. Seven Stories do truly heroic work in promoting reading and championing its importance in every child’s life.  They never preach or patronise and simply offer an amazing programme of events and ideas to help families enjoy reading more.

Other than this most children’s authors are very active on social media and it is well worth going online to hear from them directly and see what they are up to.  Most children’s authors are much more accessible than you might think and are keen to build their profile locally and nationally.

I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Mr Asker sasker@rossettschool.co.uk 

LFT HandContinuation of Lateral Flow Testing for students and staff

We ask that our parents and students  continue to 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.

Please note that this asymptomatic testing programme does not currently 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.

From Tuesday 11 January,  under the new guidance, anyone in England who receives a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result should report their result on gov.uk and must self-isolate immediately, but will not need to take a follow-up PCR test.

After reporting a positive LFD test result, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that their contacts can be traced.

Anyone who tests positive will now be able to leave self-isolation FIVE DAYS after the date of their initial positive test if they receive two negative lateral flow test results, 24 hours apart, on days five and six or any subsequent consecutive days.

As you will now be aware 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:

If you have any questions please email Mr Royles droyles@rossettschool.co.uk.

Covid Vaccination booking

If your child has not yet received their vaccine, and is 12 or over,  you can book one through the NHS by clicking here.  If your child is aged between 12-15 and has already received their first vaccine, the NHS advises a second 'booster' twelves weeks after the first injection.

What's happening this term...

Monday 24 January

  • Year 12 and Year 13 Mock examinations commence;
  • Year 11 Sixth Form interviews take place.

Friday 18 February

  • School closes for Half Term break.

H Woodcock

Headteacher