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Rossett News Update - 18 October 2019

September Surprise

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the September Surprise Concert last night - it was a wonderful evening with a variety of musicians all from different year groups taking part.  Year 7 students excelled in their solo performances with Evie Sweetman singing 'Set Fire to the Rain'; Olia Nagirna playing the piano; and Matan Braunstein playing the violin.  Other Year 7 students showcased their solo talents on the saxophone (Anna Littlejohns) and clarinet (Daisy Bielby). The Year 7 mass choir gave a wonderful performance of 'I'll be There' and 'Paradise', accompanied by our guitar trio Freddie Newton, Max Davies and Joe Appleyard and Tom Firth on drums.  Once again, Harvey Kennedy (Year 11) was our fantastic compére for the evening;  he performed 'Superstition' by Stevie Wonder with the Funk Band to close the show.  Thank you to all who performed in this wonderful celebration of musical talent at Rossett School. Thanks also to Mr Durbin, and our new teacher of Music, Mr Bentley, along with the Music Department who worked so hard in putting this performance together.

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Restart a Heart

On Wednesday, we marked the British Heart Foundation 'Restart a Heart' day with activities taking place throughout the day.  All Year 7 students were given 'hands-only' CPR training from our First Aid and Health Manager, assisted by our student First Aid Ambassadors.  CPR demonstrations also took place over break and lunchtimes and all students watched a video in Form Time reminding them of this vital skill which might one day save lives.

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Ethihad 1Sixth Form Trip to the Etihad Stadium/University Campus of Football Business

Rossett Sixth Form students visited the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday to gain an insight into  opportunities open to them  post-16.  The students were welcomed to the 'University Campus of Football Business' and took part in a sport and football degree taster lesson, followed by a Q&A session with current and past students.  The day finished with a tour of the stadium and National Squash Centre.

Year 11: Supporting Your Child Evening - 24th October, 6pm

As part of our continued commitment to helping students achieve their best possible grades at GCSE, and with the exam period fast approaching, we are pleased to invite parents of  all students in Year 11 to our, ‘Supporting Your Child’ event which will be held in the Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 24 October 2019 between 6-8pm.

This informal evening is for parents/carers only and will offer practical advice and useful revision tips/techniques, as well as information about support material; how to prepare a revision plan and source revision guides; and some information on past papers. There will be an opportunity to buy revision guides during the evening also. A letter has been sent with further information to all Year 11 parents and can be found here for reference.

Student Support: Year 11 and Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

This week all members of the SLT met with Year 11 students and parents to provide targeted support.  The event was well-attended and consisted of consultations and target-setting. The Senior Leadership Team will continue to mentor their students during the year, in preparation for their GCSE examinations.

American flagAmerican Exchange

Our school exchange programme with America starts this weekend; we will be waving off students and staff in an early start on Saturday as they set off on our American Exchange to Falmouth Middle School, Maine.  Please follow their progress via #rossettexch or @rossett on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all the exciting activities in which the students will be participating.

Sixth Form RAG  Week

Next week is Sixth Form RAG Week (Raising and Giving Week). There will be a variety of activities taking place to raise money for charity including:



Tuesday 22 October

Mario Kart Races – Sixth Form Centre (early lunchtime)

5 A Side Football Competition – location tbc (early lunchtime)

Wednesday 23 October

RAG Fair in the Sports’ Hall (early lunchtime)

Activities include: Hook a Duck, Guess the Name of the Teddy, sponge the teacher, Splat the Rat, face painting, cake and drink stalls

Thursday 24 October

The Chase Rossett Edition, staff vs students - Sports' Hall (early lunchtime)

Friday 25 October

Rossett’s Got Talent, Sports’ Hall (late lunch for all)

Students are invited to bring a small amount of money to support the different events taking place.  Entry to the RAG Week Fair is 50p and students can bring extra money for the stalls and games - it promises to be great fun! 

Our Student Council are meeting soon to decide which charities that they wish to support as this year's local, national and international charities.

Lost Property

We have a large number of  'misplaced' coats in our lost property cupboard.  As we near the end of this half term, please encourage your child to ask at Main Reception if they have any items of clothing missing and they are welcome to look through our stock.  Can we please remind parents/carers that names in all items of property brought to school can minimise the loss of uniform and other possessions. 

'Friday 5s'

The winners of the Friday 5 award who met the Headteacher and received their 'golden' Headteacher's Award this week included:

Mia Hobson (Year 7), George Park (Year 8), Ruby Kirk-Smith (Year 9),  Harvey Kennedy (Year 11), Luca Lenahan (Year 12), Tom Hawkins (Year 13) and Emily Pawson (Year 13).

Privacy Notice for Parents and Pupils

Please click the link to read the school’s updated Privacy Notice for Parents and Pupils which states how Rossett processes the Personal Data of Pupils and Parents.  A copy of this notice is available on the school’s website.

Parking concerns

Whilst we appreciate that Green Lane can become congested in the morning and afternoon we would ask you to park with consideration of others at all times.  The safety of our students is of paramount importance and we would ask, in particular, that you do not park/wait on the yellow zig-zag lines.  We share concerns, along with local residents in this area around student safety; the pollution caused by idling engines; and the general  difficulties around both our Green Lane and Pannal Ash Road entrances.  Please be aware of others when you park outside school.

PTA News - We Need You!

Rossett PTA served refreshments at the School ‘September Surprise’ event last night, all monies raised from these refreshments is for the benefit of the school and students

Rossett PTA needs more members in order to support these events. If you can  spare just a couple of hours per term or even per school year please get in touch  - your support will be greatly appreciated.


Going Green

As mentioned in our previous update, Rossett PTA are making every effort to support the 'Eco-Schools Green Flag Award' initiative which Rossett students are aiming for in their Eco-Club. Last night was the first time we  utilised ‘compostable plastic’ cups to serve cold refreshments to the cast and crew of the September Surprise. I am pleased to say that we achieved a 75% recycling rate which is amazing given that this is the first time that these types of cups have been used. In addition to this front-line recycling, the PTA are also signing up to the recycling scheme run by our catering supplier to ensure that nearly all packaging that we use can be returned.

The PTA can be contacted via Facebook : rossettschoolpta , Twitter : @RossettPTA , email :

What's happening next week ...

Saturday 19 October

  • American Exchange departs

Monday 21 October

  • Closing date for Parent/Governor nominations (either handed in to school reception or emailed to;
  • Year 7 photographs - please ensure that you child is aware that these photographs are taking place.

Tuesday 22 October

  • Sixth Form RAG Week commences and continues all week; see above for various activities and timings.

Thursday 24 October

  • Year 11 Supporting Your Child Evening: Sixth Form Centre, 6.00pm-8.00pm.

Friday 25 October

  • Change within the school day:  whole school on late lunch (1.25pm-2.10pm).

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