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Rossett News Update - 7 May 2021

Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ) Presentations

This week, our Year 12 EPQ students presented academic posters as part of their extended research projects. This year, we have projects ranging from the creation of video games and podcasts, to sustainable architectural designs, as well as essay topics ranging from financial instability in the Premier League to whether Jane Austen would be considered a feminist in modern society. The event was a huge success thanks to the hard work of our students and the staff who coordinated the day.



Fastest boy in the worldRead @ Rossett

Following Harrogate Town's FA trophy win on Monday, our LRC newsletter focuses on sports-related reading this week.  The Learning Resource Centre offers lots of books with a sporting theme including fiction, non-fiction and biographies.  Try 'The Fastest Boy in the World' the inspiring story of Solomon, an eleven year old barefoot runner from Ethiopia or 'Over the Line' a book set in World War  One telling the story of the Flanders Cup and Jack's dream of playing for England. We also have short, snappy reads telling stories of famous sportspeople and their individual journeys to the top of the profession.  Click here to see more.

3gCan you help your local community Sports' Centre?

Last week Rossett Sports' Centre launched its crowdfunding page to help raise funds towards the replacement of the 3G pitch, which was laid in 2010 and is due for replacement.  They have had a great initial response from the community with over £1,000 raised in the first few days.

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, for the local clubs and groups who use it.

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.

Year 13 Yearbook

The Year 13 Leavers' Committee are delighted to announce that they have created their yearbook, to celebrate their time at Rossett School, Sixth Form.

These can be purchased for £7.50 via the school payment system, SCOPAY. The deadline for ordering a yearbook is Friday 14th May.

change of timeReminder: Change to Lunch Hours (10th–28th May 2021)

To accommodate our assessment programme for our Year 10-13 students, it is necessary to institute a temporary change of lunchtimes for all students for the period between 10th-28th May:

  • Students in Years 7-9 will move to a late lunch (1:25-2:10) for these three weeks.
  • Students in Years 10-13 will move to an earlier lunch (12:25-1:10) again, for this short period of time.

This is a temporary change to allow sufficient time for  assessments.  Lunchtimes will revert to the previous pattern after the May half term holiday.

Year 6 Transition Summer School - save the date

Between 31st August and 3rd September we are hosting a 'Summer School' for our (current) Year 6 students joining us in September 2021.  Further details will be sent out and published shortly.

WellspringEmpower Course for Mental Well-being

Empower is a FREE course for teens aged 14+ to explore, explain and improve self-esteem within a positive supportive group.

It is aimed at teens who:

  • Struggle to believe in themselves;
  • Want to learn strategies to improve their confidence and emotional resilience;
  • Want to understand how to self-calm and cope with stress;
  • Want to improve their relationships with others;
  • Want to have fun and enjoy good company;
  • Are able to attend each session.

For more information about the course and how to apply, click here.

covid testing boxLateral Flow Tests

Thank you for continuing to encourage your child to take part in the twice-weekly lateral flow testing. As a reminder, staff and students are undertaking their home tests each Sunday and Wednesday evening. 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 and know that these reported results help the NHS and the school manage the wider safety of our local community.

recylcle logoUniform Recycling Scheme

A reminder that 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 will advise you how you can donate or purchase uniform.

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

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 – – 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.

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 and complete the form.

What's happening this term...

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 31st June - Friday 4th June.

Monday 7th June

  • Summer Term Commences.

H Woodcock