Rossett News Update - 8 July 2022
This week, Year 10 and 12 students have been completing their end of year assessments. We have been impressed with the commitment to revision and preparation that the students have displayed in the lead up to these assessments. The results of these will be sent home as part of the last report of the academic year, at the end of this term. Year 7 to 9 will also receive their final report before the end of term.
End of Year Assemblies
As the school year races towards its conclusion, the students will have two final assemblies with their Year Group.
Next week’s Assembly theme will focus on ‘Summer Safety’ with information and guidance relating to the following themes:
- On-Line Safety
- Water Safety
- Mental Health Support
- Safety in the Community
- Safe Choices
In the final week of the school year, all Year Groups will have a Celebration Assembly led by their Director of Learning and Mr Royles (Deputy Headteacher). This term’s achievements will be recognised by their Director of Learning with awards and prizes for those Rossett learners who have gone above and beyond our basic expectations, demonstrating the 3Rs culture and contributing positively to our school and wider community.
Mr Royles will be holding two prize draws in the same assembly. The Attendance Draw will include all students with attendance over 96% during the last 3 weeks of the school year. Students with 100% attendance will get two entries in to the draw.
The Class Charts Draw will include all students who have a Class Charts % of 90% or over. These students are fantastic examples of the importance of the ‘Rossett Basics’, showing positive conduct and a strong work ethic. Students with a 100% Class Charts score will get two entries in to the draw.
£100 in Amazon Vouchers is available to win in each Year Group, and there are still two weeks to influence chances of winning!
Year 11 Prom
On Monday our Year 11 students celebrated the end of their academic year and the 2022 examination period with their Prom at the Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate. On a lovely summer's evening, and in true Rossett prom tradition, students arrived in style in vehicles ranging from a tractor and HGV wagon, to stretch limousines, Teslas, Hummers and even a Rolls Royce.
After welcome photographs and celebrations with their parents/carers, the students enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing. Mr Bulmer (Director of Learning, Year 11) said that the students looked incredibly glamorous and were impeccably behaved throughout the event. I would like to thank all of our staff who attended and supported on the evening and helped make the event such a success.
Another fantastic Rossett School production drew to a close last week following months of rehearsals and planning by our talented students and staff. Pannal Primary School enjoyed a matinee performance of the production which was then followed by two 'sold-out' evening performances for families and friends of the school on Thursday 31 June and Friday 1 July. We were delighted to receive personal thank you notes from the students at Pannal School and emails from our other partner primaries all of which we passed on to our cast members and team.
"Sensational"; ’"highly professional"; "out of this world"; "the best I’ve ever seen" , were just some of the comments from the audience. The dedication of each cast member was evident and each one of them delivered an outstanding performance. Congratulations to Pheobe Connolly (Matilda), Luke Bailey (Miss Trunchbull) and Alice Bristow (Miss Honey), who impressed all with their incredibly professional performances.
Thank you to Mrs McLurg (Director of Learning, Arts) and and her team of 100 strong helpers for their commitment in presenting this fantastic production.
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award
Last weekend a group of our Year 11 students completed their final qualifying expedition for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award.
The students successfully navigated through Dalby Forest and farmland to reach Newton upon Rawcliffe, despite torrential rain. Day two brought better weather to allow them a much nicer walk over moorland to reach Goathland. Once they had set-up camp for the night, an interesting improvised cricket game ensued, where a slider flip-flop was used as a bat and a Tupperware box as a ball! On the final day students walked to Fylingthorpe, where they enjoyed celebratory fish and chips with smiles all round! In total, the students clocked over 25 miles over the three days. We are very proud of their achievements and hope many more will go on to complete the Gold Award at Rossett.
LRC News from Mr Asker
It is great to see that the new Waterstones Children’s laureate is Joseph Coelho. Joseph is an award winning poet, playwright and writer. In his two years as laureate he will be focusing on encouraging diversity in ‘book-making’ so that the world of publishing reflects the world we all live in, celebrating poetry and that writing, reading and performing poetry belongs to everyone and finally (you can imagine how much I smiled when I read this) championing local libraries and their importance in young people’s lives.
As Joseph himself said:
“Poetry is powerful, it is the medium we turn to at weddings, funerals and new births because it goes beyond mere words, poetry translates the soul. I want to use the prestigious platform of the Waterstones Children's Laureate to highlight and celebrate the power of poetry. To invite the nation, young and old, to write poems, to become poets.
I want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to see themselves in books and as bookmakers through the plethora of new and exciting voices we have coming out of the UK - to diversify bookshelves so that every child can imagine themselves as writers, illustrators and poets. And, finally I want to hug every library, these miraculous institutions where new horizons line the shelves, where minds go to grow. Libraries made me a writer and make communities thrive - I wish to champion the services of these essential launchpads of learning.”
I am sure as a reading community we wish Joseph well for the next two years and look forward to his contribution as the twelfth children’s laureate.
Next week I will focus on some suggested reads for the long summer holiday and in the meantime I hope you enjoy a well-deserved and book-ish weekend.
Athletics Assessment Week
All of our Key Stage 3 students have recently been involved in an athletics assessment week. During the week, there was excitement and a 'buzz' around the PE department as we saw students breaking their personal bests, pushing to excel and aiming high for times and distances which has had a clear impact on overall performances. Some school records were even broken - some of which had stood for over 20 years! The numbers of students at our athletics extra curricular club each Wednesday night has increased, with students hoping to improve their technique and personal best in many other events. Special congratulations go to:
- Calvin Parkes (Year 7) who broke a 5 year record of 13.65 secs set by Leo Georgallis in 2017, clocking 12.6 secs on our 100m track.
- Alfie Lumsden (Year 9) who broke a 20 year record of 12.30 secs set by S Purkins in 2002, pulling out a 12.20 secs 100m on the straight.
Calvin and Alfie went on to represent the school in sprinting at the Harrogate and Craven athletics finals. Calvin won his race, making him the North Yorkshire area 100m champion and Alfie finished a highly respectable fourth in the 200m against a strong field.
Rossett Alumni Rachel Daly selected to play in the Euros 2022
Harrogate footballer and ex-Rossett student, Rachel Daly, joined her team-mates in their first match of the 2022 Euros on Wednesday night with a win at Old Trafford against Austria. Rachel, who currently plays football in America, has been a regular player in the England squad over recent years and started her footballing aspirations as a Rossett student. This year's tournament takes place across the UK and hopes are high for an English win!
School-Aged Children Immunisation Survey
NHSE are seeking feedback about the School Age Immunisation Service from children, parents, carers and schools and education partners.
Covid Guidance - July 2022
With cases of Covid reportedly on the rise nationally and locally we would like to remind you of the following guidance for maintianing good health:
Children and young people aged 18 years and under who have a positive test result
It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
Well done to...
Eilidh Owens (Year 9) who competed for the first time at the English National Karate Championships held at Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield. Having recently moved up age categories Eilidh performed magnificently, especially in Kata where she progressed through to the medal rounds.
The silver, or rather gold, lining to the day came in the Team Kata event where Eilidh, along with two teammates, won gold with an impressive performance which had to include 'bunkai', where the Kata moves are put into a display. Well done, Eilidh on another outstanding performance!
What's happening this half term...
Monday 11 July
- Year 10 Geography Field Trip (Mr Saunders/Miss Mitchell group and Mrs Leeming's group)
Tuesday 12 July
- Year 10 Geography Field Trip (Mr Wilson and Mrs Grimshaw's group)
Wednesday 13 July
- Induction Day for Year 6 students
Thursday 14 July
- Induction Day for Year 6 students
- Year 6 Information Evening: 6.30pm
Friday 15 July
- Year 12 Runswick Bay Science Fieldtrip
Wednesday 20 July
- Sports Day
Friday 22 July
- End of Summer Term 2022