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Rossett News Update - 12 July 2019

Year 6 Induction Days

We welcomed Year 6 pupils from over 40 feeder schools this week.  They took part in a variety of activities and lessons which enabled them to get to know Rossett better, meet some staff and make new friends.  We were really impressed with their positive attitude.  We look forward to welcoming the students and their families to the Family Learning Day this Saturday when they have the opportunity to experience further lessons at Rossett.

Sixth Form Induction Day

On Thursday, Year 11 students returning to Year 12 in September had an Induction Day to experience the academic demand of the lessons they will be taking next year. The students had a taster session in each of their chosen subjects and were given preparation work to complete over the summer holidays.  In the afternoon the students took part in a team building 'break-out'  where they completed a series of tasks including an Escape Room simulation.  The student feedback was extremely positive and we are looking forward to welcoming them back at the start of the next academic year.

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PSHE Timetable days

On Wednesday students enjoyed a variety of 'differently timetabled' days:

Year 7: Risk Prevention Day - students looked at home, school, personal safety and health including a practical session on First Aid.

Year 8: Enterprise and Financial Awareness Day - students were offered the opportunity to participate in a stock market trading game and complete the Enterprise Challenge.

Year 9: Sexual Awareness - students considered the laws of consent, methods of contraception, learnt how to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and discussed sex and the law.

Year 10: Personal Safety Day - included a demonstration of how road traffic accidents are dealt with from the fire service.  This event made it clear how to stay safe on a bike or in a car.

First Aid Training

On Thursday all of our Year 8 students took part in a First Aid Training event sponsored by the Harrogate Lions.  The Harrogate Community First Responders' team spent the day at Rossett School and talked to the students about how to deal with emergency telephone (999) calls, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and demonstrated how to use  a community defibrillator.  Our students thoroughly enjoyed the event and came away with skills that might help save the lives of others.

'Who Do We Think We Are' Day

Today our Year 7s have experienced a whole range of activities looking at identity and how we are all diverse, original and unique members of the community.  They have had cultural experiences; looked at faiths around the world; practised yoga; and danced their way to the end of the day.

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Year 10 Employers' Conference

Our Year 10s participated in an Employers' Conference today with over thirty local and national employers, along with representatives from Further and Higher educational establishments visiting the school.  There were keynote speakers during the day and our students arrived in school dressed in business attire to take part in individual mock interviews.  Our visitors were very impressed with the students and their positive attitude to the world of work.

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Runswick Bay A Level Biology Field Trip

Science trip SR 3Last Friday, thirty of our Year 12 A Level Biology students took part in a field trip to the rocky shore at Runswick Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. This field trip gave our students the opportunity to complete part of the required practical elements of the AQA A level Biology course as well as the opportunity to see for themselves how their ecology knowledge applies to a real ecosystem.

In lessons prior to the trip, students were involved in planning three, separate ecological studies which would be conducted over the course of the day with each study designed to generate data that would later be analysed using three different statistical tests. In addition, as an important part of the planning process the students were asked to consider all the possible hazards that may be encountered at this location then prepare appropriate risk assessments with the guidance of their teachers.

All the students demonstrated excellent practical skills; observing, collecting and recording their results in an appropriate manner and adjusting their investigative methods if they encountered factors which compromised the original methods.

They even had time to explore the low tide zone and its rock pools where students could see how species abundance varies according to the position on the shore – a feature known as zonation. Many interesting Science trip SR 1finds were discovered including red-eyed velvet swimming crabs, an edible sea urchin – an occasional visitor to rock pools in the low tide zone and some dazzling ammonite fossils showing fossilisation with the mineral iron pyrite, one of which was an impressive 33cm in diameter.

Feedback from the students was universally positive, all expressing how much they had enjoyed the day and how they appreciated the opportunity to put into practice the ecological sampling techniques they had learned about in class.

Spanish flagSpanish Trip

A group of language students depart tomorrow for a cultural tour of the Andalucían region of Spain to learn more about the regions culture and traditions, and to use the Spanish language skills they have been learning in their lessons.The students have a packed itinerary including a full day in the beautiful city of Málaga, with a private guided tour around the Picasso Museum, as well as visiting The Gilbralfaro Castle and The Alcazaba.  They will visit the pretty hillside village of Mijas and experience paella making and Flamenco dancing alongside free time in the pool and a quiz night.  The students return to Harrogate on Tuesday 16 July. 

DofE-short-logo-GOLDGold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition 

The final Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award students left for Grasmere last night to start their acclimatisation prior to embarking on their final, challenging expedition.  The students are initially staying in a youth hostel and will enjoy kayaking on Lake Windermere and a lakeside picnic before picking up any last-minute provisions for their expedition.

On Saturday 13 July students will begin their expedition at Grizedale Forest and hope to be back at school on Tuesday having successfully completed their solo expedition.  Good luck to them all and we look forward to hearing of their adventures!


An Important Message from Yorkshire Water

In this current hot weather people are often tempted to cool down by taking a swim in our reservoirs. However, cold water can be a killer and Yorkshire Water would like to raise awareness of these risks amongst young people. Cold water shock can lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and heart attacks plus water temperatures remain just as cold in summer as in winter.

Yorkshire Water are promoting the ‘Float to Live’ safety message from the Royal National Life Saving Institute (RNLI). In their hard-hitting video, they deliver advice on how to react should you become stricken in cold water.

Everyone who falls unexpectedly into cold water wants to follow the same instinct, to swim hard and to fight the cold water. But when people fight it, chances are, they lose. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning.

If students find themselves unexpectedly in the water, the message is to float until the cold water shock has passed and they will be able to control their breathing and have a far better chance of staying alive.

It is important that we share water safety advice with our young people to prevent further incidents occurring. Please follow the links below from the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and links to two youtube videos which you might find useful.



Congratulations to ...

  • Hari Bhogal (Year 10) who has qualified for the second year running to play in the England Hockey Performance Centre 'Futures Cup' on Saturday 24 August;
  • Issy Smith (Year 10) who jumped a personal best of 10.89m in the long jump at the English Schools Athletics Final today.

What's happening next week ...

Monday 15 July 

  • Due to staff training there will be no after school clubs and no late buses on this day.

Tuesday 16 July

  • Spanish Trip returns;
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh students return.

Wednesday 17 July

  • Red Kite Alliance Design Exhibition at Harewood House (invitation only).

Thursday 18 July

  • Science trip to FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnology (Sixth Form).

Friday 19 July

  • Celebration Assembly:  Year 7 and Year 8, Period 2 in the Sports' Hall;
  • Celebration Assembly: Year 9, Year 10 and Year 12, Period 3 in the Sports' Hall;
  • Early lunch for all students: 12.25pm-13.05pm;
  • Early finish for all students: 14.10pm.

H Woodcock