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Rossett News Update - 27 May 2022

Dear Parents/Carers

platinum badgeWelcome to our final Rossett News for this half-term. Whilst it has been a relatively short five weeks, there has been a lot of activity.

Our Year 11 and 13 students are now in the midst of GCSE and A’ level examinations and it was great to be able to celebrate and reflect on their careers at Rossett as part of our recent leavers’ assemblies and the Year 13 Graduation ceremony. We look forward to celebrating with students on the results’ days this summer.

Our key speaker at last night’s graduation was one of our previous Head Girls. Lucy Hopkins who spoke to Year 13 from the perspective of having finished her degree in Business and Languages at Durham University. She gave excellent career and life advice to the students and reflected on her strong roots grown at Rossett. We wish her well in her next move to study in Paris.

Students were presented with commemorative Platinum Jubilee badges in assemblies this week, to celebrate the 70th year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. We asked for ideas of a suitable commemorative gift for students and staff and the decision was to purchase the enamel pin badges showing the continuous line design of the crown commissioned for the celebration. Students can either wear these, along with their Rossett badges on their blazers or keep them at home as a momento of this anniversary.



Sixth Form Graduation - Class of 2022

Last night our ‘Class of 2022’ Year 13 students graduated from Rossett Sixth Form. The Graduation ceremony was a formal celebration of our students’ achievements at Rossett School. The evening was opened with speeches from the Headteacher, Ms Woodcock, and Head of Sixth Form, Mr Keyworth. This was followed by the formal graduation ceremony where all students received their graduation certificates and yearbooks.

Awards were handed out from each faculty, along with the highly coveted Rossett Sixth Form ‘Achievement Award’ which was won by Kieran Saphir, and the Rossett Sixth Form Community Award, which was won by Harvey Kennedy. Fantastic musical performances and the committee awards preceded a keynote speech by Rossett Sixth Form Head Girl alumni, Lucy Hopkins. Congratulations to everyone involved.  

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Examinations Update

It has been a busy start to the exam season for Year 11 and Year 13.  Students continue to impress us with their resilience and determination to do their best in each exam.  All students now have a week to recuperate, reenergise and continue their revision for the exams that resume on Monday 6 June 2022. 

We strongly advise that students have a revision schedule in place for the half-term break to make the most of this pause in the exam season.  Importantly, students must also remember to take regular breaks; get regular exercise; and maintain a healthy sleep pattern.  Parents and carers of Year 11, if you have not yet read the letter sent by Mr Saunders, outlining the arrangements for study leave, please do so by clicking here.  

Students in Year 11 collected their leavers' hoodies and yearbooks today following their examination this afternoon.  This will be followed by a formal celebration assembly on 23 June.

Year 7 activity dayYear 7 3Rs' Activity Day

Our Year 7 students took part in an activity day yesterday where they focussed on their physical and emotional well being.  James Kirton,  ex-Olympic swimmer, provided an inspirational and motivational speech, sharing his success story -  the students had lots of questions which they were able to ask.

The students then attended workshops delivered by North Yorkshire Sport and NHS Wellbeing in Mind where they  explored topics including: Five Ways to Wellbeing, the metaphor of a ‘stress bucket’ and how to boost their self-esteem and confidence by looking after their physical and emotional wellbeing. 

First Aid Team: New Members Welcome

Our First Aid Team meets every Thursday evening after school and is welcoming new members. Open to all, students learn new skills, gain  qualifications and have  fun, while supporting our school events and community activities.

Students also have the opportunity to gain St. John's ambulance qualifications which are recognised across other youth organisations and work at different levels to accommodate everyone’s needs.

As well as first aid activities, there is also the opportunity to experience casualty simulation, radio communications, peer teaching, lifting and handling, baby sitting course, team building games and involvement in fund raising activities at different events throughout the year. The first aid team is open to all students from Years 7-13 and is a mixed group of boys and girls.  If your child is interested they can contact Ms Rogers for more information.

FSMLunch Menu

We know it is helpful to parents/carers to discuss the following week's lunch menu with their child.  We update  our catering page each week to make this easier to access for all.  Please click HERE for the school lunch menu after half term.

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Community messages: Resurrection Bikes

Resurrection Bikes will be running a series of free half term events as part of the national Big Bike Revival campaign to encourage people back onto their bikes or to give cycling a try.  The schedule is:

    • Sunday 29th May 1200-1600 - Dr Bike
    • Thursday 2nd June 1200-1600 - Dr Bike

You will be able to take your bikes along to their base at Westcliffe Hall (2 Harlow Terrace, Harrogate, HG2 0PN) for free advice, adjustments and simple repairs and the Dr Bike team will be there to help get your bikes back on the road again for the summer.  No booking is needed - just come along on the day.

Well done to...

  • The Year 9 Boys' Football Team who won the Harrogate and Craven area cup last night in a convincing 2-0 win over Harrogate High School. The students were an absolute credit to themselves and the school, well done to them all and to Mr Newband who has coached the team this year.


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What's happening after half term...

GCSE and A Level examinations continue

Friday 17 June

  • Year 12 UCAS Exhibition, Leeds.

Wednesday 22 June

  • Year 12 UCAS Information Evening.

Thursday 23 June

  • Year 11 Celebration Assembly.

Friday 15 July

  • Year 12 Runswick Bay Geography Fieldtrip.

Friday 22 July

  • End of Summer Term 2022.

H Woodcock