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Rossett News Update - 29 March 2019

just a reminder that the clocks 'spring' forward on sunday 30 march signalling the start of british summer time

Acoustic Night

More than 40 students took to the stage to entertain a packed audience at Rossett's Acoustic Night last night  showcasing a breadth of repertoire and depth of talent. Students performed in both solo and ensemble settings with material ranging from Scott Joplin and Adele to The Doors, Disney  and classical favourites.

Sophie Westwood (Year 11) and Holly Higlett (Year 12) gave outstanding vocal performances as did Scarlett Goddard  (Year 8).  Instrumental performances by Saxophonix, Clarinet Choir and both Senior and Junior Flute were enjoyed by the audience. Acoustic Night was coordinated by the Level 2 BTEC Music group who did a fantastic job, with Harvey Kennedy as compere.

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'Walking-Talking' Mock Examinations

Walking talking exams 2This week we introduced 'Walking-Talking' mock examinations to our range of revision strategies to ensure our students' are thoroughly prepared for their GCSE examinations that commence in May.  In the 'Walking-Talking' mock, students are given a previous exam paper and they are 'walked through' every question on the paper by teachers. Students then write their responses under timed conditions on a question by question basis.  Visual stimuli such as memorable images and colour coding and audio stimuli such as theme tunes and sound effects also help our students recall information more easily. Those who have used this revision method report an increased confidence level and, in some exams, performed very highly because they were well-practised in the format.  Walking-talking mock examinations were held in English and Mathematics this week and will be followed by Geography, Science and History next week.

New  Head Boy and Head Girl wanted!

On Wednesday 27th  March the Sixth Form team launched the Head Boy and Head Girl elections with all of our Year 12 students. Any student who is interested in standing for election will be interviewed by the Director and Deputy Director of Sixth Form next week, where they will discuss the projects, within school, that they would like to develop. The hustings will take place on Wednesday 10 April; each candidate will set out their manifesto and then a formal vote will be held  by all Year 12 students and our staff.

Sixth Form Student Ambassadors

We were delighted to welcome Student Ambassadors from both The University of York and York St John to Rossett Sixth Form, on Monday 25th  March. The Ambassadors spent time in Year 12 lessons talking to students about their subject area and higher education in general.

In addition, James Lofthouse, who completed his studies at Rossett in Summer 2014, returned to school to speak to Year 12 and Year 13 BTEC Sport students about UCFB (University Campus of Football Business) and his experience of higher education in general. James provided a great insight into all the degree options available which was of great interest to our Sixth Form students.


Year 13 Study Leave

Year 13 students will begin study leave on Wednesday 15 May 2019, following a Leavers' Assembly and Sixth Form Celebration.

Co-curricular Club of the Week

Our Co-curricular Club of the Week is Key Stage 3 Maths Club which takes place every Thursday early lunchtime in P3 with Miss Reynolds and Mr Protheroe. This is aimed at students who enjoy solving puzzles and talking about types of mathematics that are a little bit different to what they can see in their normal lessons.

They have already solved 'The Skyscraper'  in the city puzzle (see below) and created winning strategies to beat any opponents in a networks game called Brussel Sprouts. The club welcomes any students regardless of their ability as long as they have a love for puzzles.

They are currently creating a short creative video relating to the theme of “Mathematics in Sport”. The best three minute video will then be entered into the UKMT Maths Miniatures Annual Challenge.  Come along and try out the puzzles and challenges next Thursday, early lunch in P3!


Skyscraper Challenge:


Sykscraper challenge

Maths 2


Skyscrapers are a type of Latin Square puzzle. A Latin Square in an n × n grid filled with n different symbols, each occurring exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column. (Sudoku is another type of Latin Square puzzle).

In a Skyscraper puzzle the objective is to place a skyscraper in each square, with heights between 1 and n, so that no two skyscrapers in a row or column have the same height. The numbers (clues) on the outside of the grid tell us how many skyscrapers are visible from that position.

A reminder about new lunchtime clubs next week:


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Teaching Assistant Vacancy

We are looking to appoint a committed professional with the vision, drive and interpersonal skills to motivate students and enable them to access learning. The role includes  assisting  teachers with the learning and management of students in the classroom. This is an important role within the teaching and learning framework and the post-holder would be expected to contribute to the high-quality teaching and learning already on offer within the school. Please visit our website here for more information and application details.

Congratulations to ...

  • U13 Girls' Football Team who progress to the County Cup Final following a very tight win to Northallerton College;
  • Year 10 Boys' Football Team who progress to the Harrogate and Craven Schools FA Area Cup Final following a hard-fought match at King James's School;
  • U15 Girls' Hockey Team who came third in the Area Tournament.

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What's happening next week...

Monday 1 April

  • Purple Book Bus visiting Rossett School, 9am-2.30pm - Accelerated Reader Award winners;
  • GCSE and A Level MFL oral examinations, Years 11/12/13.

Tuesday 2 April

  • GCSE and  A Level MFL oral examinations, Years 11/12/13;
  • GCSE PE Moderation at Ashville College,Year 11;
  • GCSE Craft practical examination, Year 11.

Wednesday 3 April

  • GCSE and A Level MFL oral examinations, Years 11/12/13;
  • GCSE Craft practical examination, Year 11;
  • Performing Arts Component 2 practical examination, Year 11.

Thursday 4 April

  • GCSE and A Level MFL oral examinations, Years 11/12/13;
  • Year 11 Parents' Evening, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

Friday 5 April

  • Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Practice Expedition.

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