Rossett News Update - 25 March 2022
Last week, Parents and Carers had the opportunity to attend our annual 'Acoustic Night' which showcased the wonderful musical talent nurtured here at Rossett School. Our Year 12 BTEC group gave a haunting rendition of Billie Eilish's 'No Time To Die'; Niamh Cunningham performed 'Ballade' beautifully on alto sax; George Papdopoullos gave a fantastic solo performance of Tico Tico on clarinet - showing wonderful musicality and full mastery of his instrument. In addition, Mille Smith in Year 8 gave a spirited rendition of 'Queen's Somebody to Love' and was ably accompanied by our Year 13 Music Technology Students. Finally, Harvey Kennedy and the Year 13 Band had the crowd waving their arms to Paulo Nutini's 'Last Goodbye'.
Thank you to all of our students who performed on the evening - our staff and parents/carers were extremely impressed and moved by the wonderful performances.
Instrumental tuition at Rossett School
Would your child like to learn a musical instrument? Rossett Instrumental Tuition are pleased to be able to offer a block of discounted trial lessons running for five weeks between Easter and May half term. The lessons will be fifteen minute taster sessions and will cost £25 for the block of five lessons. We have spaces available in the following instruments: Voice, Drums, Piano, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, and Violin. We also have instruments that we can lend your child for the duration of the trial. If, after the trial block has passed, you want your child to continue with lessons, you will have the option to sign up for the remainder of the Summer term.
If you are interested, please email Mr Durbin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1st April with your child's name, year group and preferred instrument.
Positive Conduct Draw
As we reach the last three weeks of term, and before our end of term celebrations we are holding an additional prize draw for all of those students who achieve 90% or above on Classcharts. All students have the opportunity to improve their points over the next few weeks to be considered for the draw. Amazon vouchers can be won per year group. Students can achieve points by:
- wearing the correct uniform at all times;
- be punctual to every lesson, all of the time.
Year 11 Assessments
Year 11 students completed their assessments this week. They worked hard to prepare for their experience and practised working to time over the week - rehearsing procedures and completing papers to increase their confidence for the Summer examination season. Mr Bulmer, Mr Royles and Mr Saunders were very pleased with the year group's mature approach to this exercise. Students will now consolidate their learning in lessons and continue to prepare for the examination season, with targeted preparation and revision.
Uniform - update for Easter
Thank you to all students and families who have noted the changes to school uniform from this week. Students are expected to wear blazers, shirts, ties, trousers/skirts and school shoes as outlined in our uniform policy.
Year 11 Whole Year Group/Individual School Photographs: Reminder
A reminder that on Wednesday 30 March the photographers will be in school to take a whole year group photograph and also individual photographs of our Year 11 students. Your assistance in ensuring that all students wear full school uniform on the day would be appreciated.
Learning Resource Centre News
I am delighted to announce that we are taking part in the Yoto Carnegie Medal this year. This is the UK’s longest running and best loved children’s book award celebrating incredible reading experiences for children and young people.
This years shortlist can be found here https://carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/yoto-carnegie-medal-shortlist-2022/ and these books are now being circulated and read by our student librarians in the first instance and the books will then become available in the LRC for everyone to enjoy. Over the next few weeks and months there will be opportunities for students to be involved in reviewing the books and taking part in the national awards alongside thousands of students taking part across the country in reading groups and schools.
Previous winners of this prestigious prize can be found here https://carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/archive/carnegie-medal-winners/.With the Easter holiday fast approaching there can be no better time to encourage and support your child to enjoy this years books and also those of previous winners.
It remains very busy in the LRC with many students coming in to browse and enjoy the thousands of books available. May I politely ask that you encourage your child to return any overdue books before Easter. They will NOT be fined for any book that is returned late!
In the meantime I hope you enjoy the lovely weather this weekend. No better time to sit outside and enjoy a book in the sunshine.
Year 11 Summer Medical School Opportunity
If your child is interested in finding out more about a career in medicine or healthcare, Hull York Medical School are offering a summer school to Year 11 students which is part of the national Medical Schools Council (MSC) Summer School programme. The Summer School will follow a patient journey from incident to recovery, allowing students to see how care is delivered within the NHS. Students will get to work with doctors, health professionals and current medical students to find out more about what their roles involved, and how to get into these career routes.
Warmer Weather: Reminder to Bring a Water Bottle
We would like to remind you that it is recommend that students bring a water bottle to school each day. This is particularly important as the weather improves to ensure that students stay hydrated throughout the school day. Dehydration can contribute to headaches and poor concentration - students can re-fill water bottles throughout the day at our water fountains which can be found around the school site.
Teaching Assistant Vacancy
We are looking to appoint a committed professional with the vision, drive and interpersonal skills to motivate students and enable them to access learning. The role includes assisting teachers with the learning and management of students in the classroom. This is an important role within the teaching and learning framework and the post-holder would be expected to contribute to the high-quality teaching and learning already on offer within the school. Please visit our website here for more information and application details.
Exam Invigilators Needed
Parent Teacher Association/Parent Governor Vacancy
We regularly look for opportunities to recruit Parent Governors to the Governing Board at Rossett. This is an invaluable role, working with staff and contributing to the leadership of the school.
If you would like to apply or enquire about either opportunity, please contact Mrs D Duncan in the first instance.
We would like to remind you of our current Covid-19 guidance. We continue to promote good hygiene and adequate ventilation in school;
- Anyone showing the main symptoms of COViD-19 should order a PCR test (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test) and stay at home until they have a conclusive test result.
- Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should stay at home for a minimum of 5 days, testing from day 5 until they have two consecutive negative test results.
- Students can return to school on day 6, if they have had negative test results (on days 5 and 6) and they are not registering a high temperature.
- A positive test on either day 5 or 6 and a high temperature means that students should remain at home until two consecutive tests show negative up to Day 10. Students can return to school after Day 10 even if they are still testing positive. A reminder of the symptoms to look out for:
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are still a recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) National guidance and local Public Health advice asks parents to consider any ‘cold or flulike’ symptoms as a reason to book out a test.
Please note: Children and young people who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who live with someone who has COVID-19 should continue to attend the setting as normal.
What's happening this half term...
Monday 28 March
HPV Vaccinations, Year 8 students
Wednesday 30 March
- Year 11 whole year and individual school photographs
Thursday 31 March
- Year 8 Parents' Evening: 4.30pm-7.00pm
Thursday 7 April
- GCSE Drama trip to 'Blood Brothers' - Grand Opera House York, leaving at 1.20pm
- Year 12/Year 13 Parents' Evening: 4.30pm-7.00pm
Friday 8 April
- End of Term: Easter Break