Rossett News Update - 17 December 2021
End of Term Celebrations
Our usual end of term celebrations took place remotely today with festive performances and the presentation of awards for each year group. Mr Royles and Mr Saunders (Deputy Headteachers) led achievement awards for Attainment, 3Rs, Community and Conduct - congratulations to all award winners.
Ms Woodcock congratulated the students and the staff on a successful first term where, despite the many challenges of the Covid times, everyone had worked hard to ensure they were reaching their potential.
Tuesday 4th January: Testing and Return to School
Within the guidance updated in December was the Government expectation that ‘all secondary school pupils should receive one on-site lateral flow test, on their return in the spring term’. This instruction was in recognition that students and families will have mixed with others in society over the Christmas holidays, and in recognition of the important role that regular testing plays in the reduction of the transmission of COVID-19.
As a consequence, where consent has been provided, students will be asked to complete one on-site lateral flow test (LFT) in our testing centre, upon their return. This test requires a nasal swab only and has a rapid result time, allowing us to quickly identify and isolate any student with a high viral load. Schools are not now required to contact parents in a ‘track and trace’ capacity; any such phone call or e-mail alert to potential close contacts will come from the NHS or PHE (Public Health England), directly to students and families.
As parents and carers of students in Years 7-13, you can rest assured that any previous consent that you have given is still valid for this January test.
All students will have their LFT test when they return to school on Tuesday 4 January 2022.
All students have been given enough tests to complete home testing, twice a week, on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, until their return to school. Further test kits will be distributed
If you have any question please email Mr Royles: firstname.lastname@example.org
Face covering must be worn in all indoor areas (including classrooms) we will be reviewing this in line with national guidance and local advice to schools.
Harrogate Foodbank Donations
Our Sixth Form students organised a festive foodbank collection over recent weeks to ensure everybody in the Harrogate district can enjoy a Christmas dinner.
Led by the school’s designated Charity Prefects, Trinny Sadler and Emma Duffy, the students have been collecting a wide range of food items, from everyday essentials to festive treats, which have been generously donated by the school community.
The donations were delivered in time for Christmas to the Harrogate District Foodbank as part of a nationwide network supported by The Trussell Trust, an organisation that aims to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Rossett Students Perform at Granby Rose Care Home
A group of talented Rossett students visited Granby Rose Care Home yesterday afternoon to perform a number of festive tunes to residents. The performance took place outside with the windows of the home open to residents so that they could enjoy the talented performances of our ensembles.
Well done to: Nia Bell, Alice Bristow, Tara Campbell, Kendra Dresser, Harry Duffy, Lauren Edwards, Scarlett Goddard, Anna Littlejohns, Casey-Leigh Pycock, George Papadopolous, Sophie Riley and Meg Rowlands. Thank you for taking the time to perfect your performances, I know the residents at Granby Rose enjoyed your visit very much.
Flu Vaccinations Catch-up Sessions
Happy Christmas reading from the Learning Resource Centre
Interform PE Results
This half term saw the return of the PE inter-form competition between forms groups in Years 7, 8 and 9. All students competed in mixed sports and the students were incredibly enthusiastic and really 'got stuck in'. There were some great individual performances as well as the importance of teamwork, encouragement and resilience. Well done to:
|1st – SHN||1st – LRS||1st – SLG|
|2nd – CHS||2nd – ECS||2nd – KBN|
|3rd – DWT||3rd – AHR||3rd – RSN|
|4th – BBN||4th – LMQ||4th – KMD|
|5th – RDG||5th – LBM||5th – LCN|
|6th- EGR||6th- MPK||6th- MCT|
|7th – IRE||7th – IHK|
|8th- DGR||8th- CPS|
As we head towards the Christmas break can we please remind parents/carers that students should return to school in full uniform in accordance with the Uniform Policy: Rossett School - Uniform
Continuation of Lateral Flow Testing for students and staff
The government are asking that students continue to test over the holidays in line with national guidance – this means testing if they will be in a high-risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.
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 will now 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 email@example.com.
All students are asked to so a Lateral Flow Test on Sunday 2 January before returning to school on Tuesday 4 January 2022. All students with consent with take part in in-school testing on Tuesday 4 January 2022.
We have further information (below) of how your child can 'grab a jab' if they have not already been able to do so.
Mental Health and Well-being
The following links may be helpful in signposting your child to support should they need it during the Christmas break.
The Go-To – www.thegoto.org.uk – is a portal or ‘single point of information’ for the wide range of mental health support services available to help children and young people in the county address their social and emotional health needs.
Well done to...
For fantastic results in their instrumental music examinations:
- Dan Golding: Grade 6, pass (piano)
- Amber Jamieson: Grade 4, pass (piano)
- Tiffany Olusoji: Grade 1, pass (piano)
- Rown Meadley: Grade 1, pass (drums)
Return to School Information
Sunday 2 January
- All students and staff carry out lateral flow testing and reporting at home
Tuesday 4 January
- Lateral flow testing in school for all students with consent
Monday 24 January
- Year 13 mock examinations
With my very best wishes for a peaceful and healthy Christmas and New Year, and with festive wishes from the staff and governors at Rossett School.