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Rossett News Update - 25 October 2019

American Exchange 2019

Following an early start on Saturday morning, Rossett students have arrived safely and enjoyed a wonderful first week in Maine, USA.  They have been involved in a variety of educational and leisure activities and have received a warm welcome from all at Falmouth Middle School.  Activities this week have included  a visit to Portland Lighthouse; a fishing trip to catch lobsters - a local specialty; and a visit to a local educational tourist site to gain a taste of life in the region from the 1800s.  The visit continues into half term with more activities planned.

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Presentation Evening

To recognise the exam success of last year's Year 11 we will be holding our annual Presentation Evening on 28th November 2019. Invitations have been sent out today to invite last Year's Year 11s and their guests to a celebration reception followed by the presentation of certificates and we look forward to celebrating their success with them.   Students have been asked to register on line to reserve their seats by Tuesday 19th November 2019: 

Sixth Form RAG Week

The school has been buzzing with activity this week as our Sixth Formers have been running their annual 'RAG Week'.  A variety of fundraising activities have been taking place including a 5-a-side football competition; the 'RAG' Fair;  and 'The Chase Rossett  edition'. It all  culminated today with 'Rossett's Got Talent'.  Emily Dicker (Year 9) was the overall winner with a fabulous dance performance.  Well done to all who took part and we will let you know how much was raised after half term.

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Rossett Park Run

Students have been taking part in our annual 'Rossett Park Run' this week in their PE lessons.  All students at the school were involved in the event and we even got through most of the week without rain! Students will be selected to represent Rossett School in the Harrogate and Craven Cross-Country Trials as a result of their various performances in this event.  The winners from each year group were:

Year 7 Boys- Alfie Lumsden- 8.52

Year 7 Girls- Amelia Stoyle 10.46

Year 8 Boys- Sam Crebbin- 9.22

Year 8 Girls- Sophie Murray- 10.13

Year 9 Boys- Jacub Szymkowaik had the lead in the Year 9 results up until yesterday with 8 minutes and 45 seconds; Dom Balme pipped him yesterday with a time of 8.43;  and today Charlie Lumsden exceeded expectations, with a time of 8.32!

Year 9 Girls- Lydia Corner- 9.37

Year 10 Boys- Matt Ellmore- 8.47

Year 10 Girls- Anna Mitchell- 11.12


Year 11 Supporting Your Child Evening

As part of our continued commitment to helping students achieve their best possible grades at GCSE, we welcomed parents of  all students in Year 11 to our, ‘Supporting Your Child Evening’ last night.

This informal evening offered practical advice and useful revision tips and techniques, as well as information about support material. Parents were taken through how to prepare a revision plan and source revision help and guides and given some information on past papers. The feedback from all parents was very positive and the Sixth Form team were also on hand to help with advice.

Parents' Evening (Year 11): Thursday 7th November

Just a reminder that we have a Parents' Evening for our Year 11 parents' on the Thursday after half term.  Year 11 parents will have received an email to register online.  For any queries with the registration for this event please email:

Celebration of Black History Month

As part of our celebration of diversity, a group of our Year 9, 10 and 11 students worked together to create an assembly in celebration of Black History Month.  The assembly explained Black History Month and why we celebrate.  The students chose to focus on young black musicians and their contribution to UK culture.  Stormzy was one of the musicians chosen and they explained how he has created the Stormzy Scholarship to promote social mobility for young black students to Oxford and Cambridge by paying their fees.  The assembly was very well-planned and delivered with enthusiasm. The fact that the students are from different year groups showed the power of vertical collaboration between students towards a common goal.  I would like to say a big thank you to the following students for their efforts in making these assembies possible:

Lataija Ward, Nashaya Rose, Ashanti James, Jaya Frederick, Ricardo James, Nevaeh Niles, Tilly Sewell, Ahmya Wilson, Teja Beckford and Kylah Paul.


Doctor talkMedics Talk

On Monday of this week ex-Rossett student Emma Robertson called in to school to give a talk to Year 12 students who are considering applying to university to study Medicine. Emma, who studied at Rossett, is now a junior doctor after studying Medicine at the University of Liverpool. Emma advised students on what they should undertake for work experience and the criteria to consider when choosing a Medical school. Our students were also keen to hear about life as a medical student as well as the demands of working in the NHS as a junior doctor. Emma shared her many experiences, from working as an on-call doctor in Liverpool’s biggest hospital to her elective experience on the Pacific island of Samoa. Feedback from our students was universally positive and they commented that this talk both inspired them and answered many of their questions about the life of a doctor.

Sports StudiesSports Studies'  Newsletter

It has been another busy term of sporting fixtures within the Sports Studies department and we are pleased to attach the latest newsletter here.  There are lots of opportunities to get involved with  sports' teams here at Rossett - see our Co-Curricular Activities Timetable here.

BooktrustBookbuzz - promoting a love of reading here @Rossett!

On Wednesday Year 7 students were delighted to receive the Bookbuzz books chosen by them earlier this term.  Rossett School participate in this scheme, run by Booktrust, to purchase subsidised books for our Year 7 students to keep as their own. We hope that choosing their book has encouraged them to explore a variety of different genres and that they will enjoy the book they have selected. We will be keeping the ‘buzz’ about the books going with a competition later in the term and lots of conversation in school about the books.  We have copies of all the Bookbuzz titles in the Learning Resource Centre for all students to borrow as well.  A letter for Year 7 parents explaining the scheme is attached here.

ExamsExams Update

The Rossett School Examinations Policy has been updated and is available on the school website here.  We would also like to advise you that the GCSE and GCE exam period commences on 11th  May 2019 this year and continues to the Contingency Day on 24th June - Year 10, 11,12 and 13 students MUST be available up to and including this date.   

The Contingency Day is a nationally set date and is used if a significant, unexpected event arises locally or nationally during the exam period that prevents a large number of students being able to take an examination on the date originally planned.

Congratulations to ...

  • Year 10A Boys' Football Team who progress to the next round of the National Cup after winning against Outwood Academy on penalties;
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Rugby Teams who were both unbeaten at the White Rose Festival;
  • Year 9A Boys' Football Team who won against Ryedale School in the North Yorkshire County Cup.
  • Year 7B Girls' Netball  Team who won against St John Fisher 1-0;

  • Year 7 Girls' Football Team who won against Queen Ethelburga's 7-1;
  • Year 8B Girls' Netball Team who won against St John Fisher 3-1.

What's happening after half term...

Saturday 2 November

  • American Exchange returns

Thursday 7 November

  • Senior Maths Challenge;
  • Year 11 Parents' Evening: 5.30pm-8.00pm, Main Hall

We hope you all have an enjoyable half term.

H Woodcock