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Rossett News Update - 30 April 2021

As we look forward to the Bank Holiday weekend, the school has continued with its work around the preparation, marking and assessments of TAGs (teacher-assessed grades) for our Years 11,12 and 13.  All parents have already received detailed letters regarding the schedules and timings of further assessments over the next few weeks. We look forward also, to our planned - although somewhat limited this year - celebration events for Year 11 and 13 towards the end of May this year.

Reporting-Testing-Header-310x162Lateral Flow Testing

Further lateral flow testing kits were distributed to students this week and they should now have enough tests to last until 23 May.  If your child was absent or was unable to collect their tests for another reason, please ask them to speak to their Student Support Officer.

The Government have asked us to share the link here which reinforces the importance of recording your child's results each week.  Reporting your result helps the NHS monitor the spread of the virus, combat the virus and ultimately help to save lives. Advice on how to report the results of these tests to the NHS and the school is contained in our previous letter - a copy of which is available again HERE.  We very much appreciate your support in continuing to report your child's results to our school to inform our planning. 

Uniform Expectations 

We are pleased with the way our students continue to approach the new term however, could we further remind parents/carers that blazers are a key part of our school uniform and all students should arrive at school wearing a blazer.  Should the weather become warmer we will advise students when they can be removed during lessons.

Rossett School PTA offer a 'Uniform Recycling Scheme' that allows school uniform to be re-cycled, complementing the school's environmental drive for sustainability. The scheme currently has around 80 good quality items of uniform in stock including shirts, trousers, ties, and blazers, available to all. Any donations received from the scheme are gratefully received by the school.

If you have any items you would like to donate, then please contact  Rossett PTA who founded this scheme around a year ago.

For further details regarding the  Uniform Recycling Scheme, please see the Rossett PTA Facebook page – rossettschoolpta or their website www.rossettpta.co.uk.  Please note that due to current COVID restrictions, no uniform should be dropped off at the school.

change of timeChange to Lunch Hours (10th–28th May 2021)

As part of our assessment programme for our Year 10-13 students, it is necessary to change the time of lunch for all students between 10th-28th May:

  • Students in Years 7-9 will move to a late lunch (1:25-2:10)
  • Students in Years 10-13 will move to an earlier lunch (12:25-1:10)

This is a temporary change to allow for the length of assessment papers taken by Years 11 and 13.  Lunchtimes will revert to the previous pattern after the May half term.

crowdfundingCan you help your local community Sports' Centre?

Our Sports' Centre 3G pitch was laid in 2010 and is a huge asset to both the local community and the school but is now due for replacement. In these unprecedented times,  the Sports' Centre has been closed for most of the last 12 months.  We are asking  our local community to help raise some funds towards the replacement of this pitch.  

The pitch is used by both the local community and the school;  facilities like these are particularly important in these post-COVID times where improving mental health and regaining physical strength are both so important.  The Sports' Centre working with the school, are fundraising for a replacement surface.  For further information please visit the Crowdfunding site here and donate some money to secure this community facility for the future.

UCASUCAS Discovery Day

During PSHE this Wednesday, Year 12 students  signed up for a remote UCAS Discovery Day, which will take place on Wednesday 5th May. Students will have the opportunity to remotely visit 144 universities, as well as with employers and apprenticeship providers. There are live talks also scheduled throughout the day and students will be able to access actual application processes, student finance modules, find out about student life, and much more.

Students can sign-up here: https://ucasdiscovery.online-event.co/registration/ucas-discovery-3

Details can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/what-and-where-study/introducing-ucasdiscovery

Students will be accessing this Discovery Day during PSHE on Wednesday 5th May; additional resources, available outside of lessons and at home, will be 'signposted' during the day.

ItchRead at Rossett

This week we highlight the fantastic selection of Science-themed books that are available for all students in our Learning Resource Centre.  Encourage your child to try a brilliant science-based adventure that starts with a big bang by reading the super 'Itch'  or they can expand their knowledge with books that explain Science in a fun and accessible way. Students can also explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) with a great guide by searching 'careers' with the Accessit QR code.  Click here to find out more.

Class of 2021Class of 2021 Yearbook

In, what has become a Rossett School tradition, our Year 11 team have been hard at work compiling a Yearbook which celebrates our students' time at Rossett School.  The book will feature  quotations and words of farewell from form tutors and wider school teaching staff, in addition to form pictures past and present.  The cost of the year book is £6.00 and payment can be made via Scopay; the deadline for payment is Wednesday 12th May.  A letter with further information has been sent to parents/carers today.

Callum Handley 2Finish Line in-sight for Callum

Year 8 student, Callum Handley   set himself  a fantastic challenge of  running 100 kilometres in a month - that's five, 5k runs a week! Callum is  raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and has set-up a Just Giving page. With just 18km to go (and feeling very tired!) Callum has raised £955 of his £1,000 target.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/callum-handley

Well done, Callum, we are extremely proud of you!

Driving and riding with care

Whilst we appreciate that the current roadworks on the Pannal Ash roundabout must be frustrating for those parents/carers who drive their children to school, we would like to remind parents/carers to drive with caution on the surrounding roads at all times.  At the start and end of the day the roads in the locality are busy with students walking to/from school and we appreciate your care and attention and adhering to the speed restrictions at all times.

Students who choose to cycle to school are reminded of the Government safety advice to wear a suitable helmet, hi-vis clothes or stickers, and to look to anticipate the conditions in carparks as well as on the roads around the school.

Advance warning:  Sports' Centre Car Park Restrictions

We would like to give you prior notice of parking restrictions that will affect the Sports' Centre car park.  The car park areas will be partially closed for essential works to take place on the school site from Monday 24th May, prior to the half-term break.  

WellbeingMental Health and Wellbeing

We would like to remind you of the support groups, websites and text-based helplines that exist to help our students combat any feelings of anxiety. We know that many students continue to have some concerns about their future,  or the continuing national coverage of the pandemic.

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/

Covid-19: Reporting

Below is a reminder  of the reporting procedures  and symptom checker before attending each day:

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 email https://rossett.school/positive and complete the form.

What's happening this term...

Monday 3rd May

  • Bank Holiday - school closed.

Wednesday 5th May

  • EPQ Academic Poster Day Assessments: Sports' Hall.

Monday 10th May

  • Extended Assessments commence for KS4 and KS5 (see our website here for further details).

Friday 28th May

  • Extended Assessments finish for KS4 and KS5 students;
  • Half Term.

Monday 7th June

  • Summer Term Commences.

H Woodcock

Headteacher