Rossett News Update - 19 November 2021
Sixth Form Information Evening - Thursday 2 December 2021
Our Sixth Form Information Evening for our current 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 - provides detailed information about the courses and enrichment opportunities on offer post-16. Sixth Form Ambassadors will also be available during the evening, and parents and students are encouraged to speak to these students about their experiences at Rossett and the opportunities on offer.
Presentation Evening 2021 - Thursday 25 November 2021
To recognise the success of our (2020/2021) Year 11 students, we will be holding our annual Presentation Evening on Thursday 25 November 2021. Invitations have been sent out to invite last year's students and their guests to a celebration reception where there will be the presentation of awards and a guest speaker. We look forward to celebrating their well-deserved success with them on this evening.
NHS COVID Vaccinations for students ages 12-16 - Monday 22 November
As you will now be aware, the school is hosting the NHS vaccination team this Monday 22 November to carry our Covid vaccinations for those students aged 12-16 who are eligible. These vaccinations will be conducted in the Sports' Hall. If you have previously given consent for your child to receive the Covid vaccine you will have been emailed an individual appointment time for your child this afternoon.
Just before the allotted time, your child should excuse themselves from their lesson and head to the lower Sports Centre Entrance (Form Tutors will remind students of their allotted time on Monday morning). Students will then be met by school staff as well as the NHS vaccinations team. Students will then receive their vaccine before being asked to wait in an 'observation area' for fifteen minutes, before returning to class.
Please note: You will not have received an appointment time if:
- Your child has already received a vaccination at a different centre
- Your child has tested positive for Covid in the last 12 weeks (since 30th August)
Please contact your child's Student Support Officer if you have any further questions.
Grade Booster Sessions
With mock examinations and GCSE and A level examinations fast-approaching, we are offering a number of 'grade booster' sessions for students. These sessions are open to all but students are encouraged to discuss their attendance with their subject teacher in the first instance.
Children in Need
BBC Children in Need charity fundraising returned to Rossett School today. Students and staff supported this national charity with a non-uniform day. You can still donate our suggested amount of £2 via Scopay. We will update the total raised next week.
Children in Need raises money for disadvantaged children across the UK - thank you for your support.
First Aid Team Events Back in Action!
Ms Rogers, our First Aid and Health Manager, is delighted to be able to resume our First Aid Club which meets every Thursday evening in room P1. This week students looked at how to deal with possible fractures and practised how to use a triangular bandage in different situations.
Our First Aid Team will start work towards their St John Ambulance qualifications in December. There are still spaces available for students from all year groups if your child would like to learn new life skills and have fun at the same time. Please encourage your child to visit Ms Rogers in the First Aid Office if they would like to find out more or sign up for the course.
Update from Learning Resource Centre: A message from Mr Asker
I hope that you have all had a good week and are looking forward to a restful weekend.
It has been wonderful to welcome students into the LRC this week. They have been polite, positive, friendly and keen to tell me about their reading. It is clear from my conversations with them how much they have missed visiting the LRC. It has been very encouraging to see the shelves begin to empty as books start to go home to be read and enjoyed.
As I settle in to this new and exciting role it has been great to learn some names and begin to get an insight into what the students want from the LRC and what books and resources we could invest in for the future.
I believe passionately that when it comes to reading there is something for everyone and hopefully we can work together to create an LRC that serves the whole Rossett community and a place where everyone feels it is worth visiting.
My current plan (but this may change!) is to write every week with helpful information, recommended reads, latest reading and library news, news about authors etc. Whilst I am happy to (and will) recommend books I would like students to contribute to this in the main with their own book reviews and thoughts. If you have a child who would be interested in writing something for me then please steer them towards the LRC or my email, below, and it will be great to hear from them. A few sentences is enough and it will help to begin a culture of book talk between the students which is so important in creating a reading culture across the school.
Similarly if you have a child who is less keen on reading then please still encourage them to come along and say hi. I can promise them a warm welcome and perhaps the beginning of a conversation where I might be able to help change their minds even a little.
This week one book I would like to recommend to the Rossett community is the 50th anniversary edition of ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ by Judith Kerr, a book that Michael Morpurgo called “The most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read.” It remains as fresh and relevant today as ever, is a gripping read and brilliantly written.
Finally I would like to declare an amnesty on all overdue books for the next 2 weeks. Please encourage your child to return any overdue books to the LRC and they will not be fined.
Continuation of Lateral Flow Testing for students and staff
This week students received further Flowtex home testing kits to enable them to continue testing at home. 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 start of the Christmas holidays.
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 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.
Well done to...
The Year 10/11 Boys' Rugby Team put in a strong performance on Wednesday evening to beat King James`s School 7-5. It was a close game but a well fought one with Rossett preventing King James`s crossing the line with strong defending on a number of occasions. Man of the match goes to team captain, Andy Nedopil.
- Our Year 7 Girls' Football Team who hosted the area 5-a-side tournament and celebrate wins vs Harrogate Grammar School, Ripon Outwood and runners-up to St Aidan's School.
- Our Year 9 Boys' Football Team who host the area 7-a-side tournament. Rossett entered two teams along with 8 other schools from the Harrogate and Carven region. Rossett were crowned joint winners along with Harrogate Grammar School.
Well done to all of our team!
What's happening this half term...
Thursday 25 November
- Presentation Evening: 6.45pm in the Main Hall for welcome drinks
Monday 29 November - Friday 3 December
- Year 11 Mock Exams take place
Tuesday 30 November
- Staff Training after school - no after-school clubs
Thursday 2 December
- Sixth Form Information Evening: 6.00pm in the Main Hall - followed by a Subject Fair
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 the Christmas holidays