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Rossett News Update - 20 November 2020

REminder: staff training day - school closed monday 23rd november

Sixth FormRossett School Sixth Form 'Virtual' Information Evening

We are delighted to invite Parents/Carers of students in Year 11 to our Sixth Form Information Evening, which is taking place on Thursday 3rd December at 6.00pm.  Find out more about our brilliant Sixth Form via a variety of on-line presentations from our Sixth Form Team. 

Our new Head of Sixth Form, Dr Reed will speak about our offer. Our Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Mr Keyworth will be presenting a window on Sixth Form life and Pastoral Care and welfare support are explained by Miss Higgins our Student Support Officer. You can also meet existing Year 12 and Year 13 students who present answers to frequently asked questions - and much more! The event will 'go live' at 6.00pm so join us from the comfort of your armchair and learn more about what Rossett School Sixth Form has to offer your child.

Senior Maths ChallengeUK Mathematics Challenge

At the start of November, Students in Year 13, Year 12 and representatives from our talented Year 10,  sat the Senior Mathematics Challenge run by the UKMT. The students have once again performed spectacularly well and have achieved lots of certificates to add to our UKMT legacy at Rossett. 

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience. 

This time we achieved 25 certificates from the 37 student entries online.

Special mention goes to Katie Merckel, Lewis Ferry, Louis Schofield, Jayven Bahia and Karthik Krishnan who qualify for the additional Kangaroo round. We wish them luck next week!

Look North Appearance

We were very impressed with a group of our Year 11 students who appeared on Look North on Tuesday evening.  The students very eloquently discussed how they were preparing for their forthcoming GCSE examinations - especially in light of the national disruption to education.  The article discussed what it was like to be a student in the pandemic and took the form of a video diary.  We were very proud of all students involved as they gave voice to the thoughts of many teenagers, nationwide.

Advice from nycc re coldsCovid-19: Reporting

Thank you for your understanding and assistance with the reporting of Covid-19 cases within family groups over recent weeks.  

If your child has any of the symptoms described in the attached parental letter from Public Health England here, they must stay at home and arrangements need to be made to have a test.    You must call the school absence line (01423 564 444) and leave a voicemail informing us about the situation and the reason your child is not in school.

We would remind you that you should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

  • A high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature);
  • A new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;
  • A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal.

If your child has been off school for a reason related to Covid-19, it is vital that you contact us  before they return and give us the reason they are returning e.g. a negative test result. 

  • Public Health England has asked us to emphasise with our parents/carers that the NHS Track and Trace App is not applicable to students under the age of 16, and therefore should not be installed on the phones of students who are under 16. If any parent has to inform the school regarding a positive Covid case please.

Parents' Evenings

We have just concluded our 'Autumn Season' of Parents' Evenings, held remotely for Year 10, 11, 12 and 13.  We would be grateful if you could complete our  parental survey which includes questions about the appointments' system, the event itself and the technology we are using.  Please take the time to let us know how the experience was for you.  Click here to complete the survey. Thank you.

Influenza vaccination for Year 7 students

We would like to remind Parents/Carers of Year 7 students  that the deadline for submitting the consent forms for your child to receive the NHS nasal influenza vaccination is the 22nd November 2020.  The vaccination will take place within the Year 7 bubble, at school, on 7 December 2020.

Thank you

We would like express our thanks to Mowbray Community Church for their kind donation to the students this week.  This was greatly appreciated by the school.

Amazing Artwork

Talented artist Alice Bristow in Year 11 received a Headteacher's Award this week for her amazing artwork;   we are delighted to share these images with you. Well done Alice!

Alice 4Alice 3Alice 1

Mental Health and Wellbeing

wellbeingTo further support our students' mental health,  the pastoral teams  continue to provide a high level of daily support, enhanced by the updated additional staff training they  receive.  The following links may be helpful in signposting your child to further support should they need it outside of school hours.

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.

https://www.kooth.com/        https://www.minded.org.uk/

Important Diary Dates

Monday 23rd November

  • Staff Training Day - school closed to all students.

From Thursday 26th November

  • Presentation Evening- will be posted and available on the website from this date.

Thursday 3rd December

  • Sixth Form Information Evening, 6.00pm onwards  -  online event.

Friday 18th December

  • School closes for the Christmas Holidays.

Monday 4th January 2021

  • School re-opens for all students.

H Woodcock

Headteacher