From the Headmaster
|A Glorious End to a Challenging Year |
There is no denying the fact that this has been an extraordinarily challenging year. However, it has also been a year during which we have celebrated the outstanding achievements of our wonderful pupils. The strength and resilience of this community has been tested repeatedly but it has never once faltered. The debt of gratitude that we owe our staff is immense and at a time when others have been floundering, we have done much more than merely survive. We have flourished during this period and it is lovely to see that the achievements of this community have been recognised beyond the School walls.
Last Friday, we found out that we have been shortlisted in no less than two categories of the national ‘Independent School of the Year’ awards. This is a phenomenal achievement and comes hot on the heels of our selection as finalists in the BIBAs ‘educational establishment of the year’ award. We end this year as ranked Number One in the UK for golf and our prowess across a range of sports reflects the dedication and ambition of our elite athletes and their coaches.
We were visited by ‘The Good Schools Guide’ recently and we look forward to publishing their review of Rossall very soon. Suffice to say that we believe that they have captured the extraordinary energy and warmth of our community superbly well. Our ISI regulatory compliance inspection has now passed and this served as a welcome validation of all that we do to keep our children safe and well. Our student roll is now higher than ever before and recruitment for September 2021 looks very healthy indeed. Without a doubt, we are the fastest-growing independent school in the North West. A level results this summer will be superb and our IBDP candidates have already received a stunning set of results. An average of 35 points is something for us to feel very proud about but the real joy is to be found in the stories of individual students. A good number of subjects received 100% 6/7s (the equivalent of A/A*s) and almost 25% of candidates received more than 40 points.
The imminent arrival of our Steinway pianos, the opening of our new PrePrep and Nursery this morning and the launch of our girls’ football programme are all reasons to celebrate. During the summer months, we will be embarking upon a number of refurbishment and decorating projects. One of our boarding houses will receive a full upgrade and the archway into the Square is going to receive a good deal of attention. Our support staff are fantastic and I know that they will work very hard to ensure that the School is ready in time for returning pupils at the end of August.
The much-anticipated easing of quarantine restrictions for all but those arriving on red list countries is to be welcomed and I hope this will provide a huge amount of reassurance for pupils and parents alike. As our boarders are now safely departing, I would like to thank all staff for working so hard to keep everyone within our community safe. We have been incredibly fortunate but there is no doubt in my mind that from a health and wellbeing perspective, everything that we have done has helped to ensure that our School remained safe and able to operate through the most difficult of times. Our healthcare team is amazing and we are indebted to them.
On Tuesday evening, we enjoyed a production of Twelve Angry Men in the Square. There were some standout performances but this production was about much more than the plot of the play itself. How wonderful to have the opportunity for live drama to make such a brilliant return to Rossall. Parents and pupils braved the elements and there was something about the production which captured perfectly the resilience of this great community. Reflecting on the past year, there is no doubt in my mind that we have emerged very strongly. We have an exciting and coherent vision for the future and, most importantly, our resolve to enrich the lives of our children continues to be our mission. The energy, dynamism, compassion and warmth of this community will roar back into life in September after a much needed rest.
I wish all Rossallians a relaxing Summer, secure in the knowledge that we can look forward to the new academic year with the knowledge that our children are going to benefit from a return to normality. Thank you for supporting the School and being part of this great family. We are much more than a School and this last eighteen months has taught us so much – we have seen the very best of humanity here at School. Rossall is an extraordinary place and it continues to be my privilege to be part of this journey.
Mr Jeremy Quartermain
Headmaster of Rossall School
Message from the Junior Headmaster
Wow! What a day! What a final few weeks of term! What a year! We have most certainly had lots of highs and one or two lows but I am delighted to say, as we end our Summer term, that the pupils finish the academic year having had some incredible experiences.
Our Prize Day was a wonderful occasion and I was delighted to welcome our guests into School alongside our Year 6 parents to celebrate our incredible pupils. Equally, the Pre-Prep opening was a wonderful affair and I would like to thank the fabulous Amanda Owen for her attendance at both of this morning’s events.
Congratulations to our Year 1 children who enjoyed a wonderful private beach party, as promised. The belated Pre-Prep Sports’ Day was a lovely occasion for all involved and I know there was a sense of palpable relief that the weather held for us on our final attempt to hold it!
The children in Pre-Prep enjoyed a super day out at the Wild Boar Park in Preston and all Prep years have had exciting adventures at Stoller YMCA throughout the week. The enjoyment of challenging themselves, working as a team, and spending time out of School on an actual trip, was a pleasure to behold.
It is fair to say that this has been an interesting year but one where our whole community has risen to the challenge as one. We are all part of a family who has been through a testing time together. I certainly won’t forget this year and I know the children will not either – I just hope it is all the reasons above that serve their memories well.
Have a well-deserved rest and see you all in September!
Headmaster of Rossall Nursery and Preparatory School
|NURSERY, PRE-PREP & PREP SCHOOL NEWS|
Please click here for this week’s Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep School Newsletter.
|HEADMASTER’S END OF YEAR ADDRESS|
Mr Quartermain reflects on a challenging yet successful year.
|OPENING OF THE NEW ROSSALL NURSERY|
AND PRE-PREP SCHOOL
With the highest pupil roll in the School’s history, Rossall has opened a fantastic new Nursery and Pre-Prep to cope with the unprecedented surge for demand in places.
The stunning new facilities have been designed by Rossall School’s own Head of Design and Technology, Lee Hodgetts and students in the Senior School have contributed to some elements of the design.
To read more, please click here.
|IB RESULTS 2021|
With a 35 point average, and more than 25% awarded 39 points or above (A*AA A-level equivalent), our IB cohort of 2021 have achieved incredible results! Congratulations Class of 2021!
To read more, please visit: https://www.rossall.org.uk/students-celebrate-stunning-results-at-rossall-school/
|WE’RE NUMBER 1|
We are proud to announce that our fantastic Golf Academy Senior Golf Team has finished the season in the Number 1 spot in the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) rankings. Well done to all our squad members who work tirelessly every day to be the best they can be. We look forward to starting the next season in September. Floreat Rossallia!
|INDEPENDENT SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD SHORTLIST|
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for Co-educational Independent School of the Year in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards. As well as this, our wonderful Rossall Preparatory School has also been shortlisted for the Prep School of the Year Award.
|12 ANGRY MEN|
Congratulations to all students involved in the production of the classic, ’12 Angry Men’. What fantastic performances! Please click on the above image to view the show, and visit our Flickr account to view and download the images. A full review of the production will be published on our website early next week.
|GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD|
Congratulations to all students who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold expeditions this past weekend. A fantastic effort by all. Well, done!
|WELCOME BACK, JOSH!|
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome back Old Rossallian, Josh Landmann (JS & SE 02-13) to Rossall this week, to give an inspirational talk to our Prep pupils on his Paralympic journey. Thank you so much for your time, Josh. Floreat Rossallia!
|YEAR 8 SCIENCE PROJECT|
Year 8 have been working very hard over the last two weeks to complete an extended science project on a subject of their choice. We had everything from exploding volcanoes and elephant’s toothpaste to space travel, life on Mars and zoos of the future. The whole year group showcased their projects to Year 7 and 9 and the afternoon was enjoyed by all who participated. A huge congratulations to Year 8 on all their hard work. Well Done!
|MR SHARPE’S MATHS CHALLENGE|
LAST WEEK’S PUZZLE
Mr Million and the Geometric Masterpiece
As a result of submitting the first correct solution, Mr Million wins a prize. The prize is an original piece of artwork made by Mr Sharpe. These pieces of art are very rare and worth many, many tens of pence. The masterpiece, titled “Two Circles and Another Circle and some Lines” can be seen below.
The piece of art consists of 3 circles each touching at the same point. Each circle’s radius is 80% of the previous circle’s radius. The two straight lines are tangents to each of the smaller two circles and originate from the same point on the largest circle.
What is the size of the marked angle between the two tangents?
ANSWER: (CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW)
|Congratulations to Kai Wagner who was the only solution sent to me this week. So for the final puzzle of the school year, Kai gets a piece of artwork, made just for him. So here it is.|
An Infinite number of circles and no Lines but some bad colour choices
Each circle has a radius half that of the next bigger circle and there is a horizontal line of symmetry.
Each circle touches any other circle at exactly one point.
What fraction of the large green circle remains visible?
(And just because it is the last puzzle of the school year, here is a bonus question as I know some of you will find this one a little easy)
How far apart are the centres of the blue circles from the centre of the grey circles which they do not touch? (see image below)
I admit that I don’t yet know the answer to this one as I literally just thought to include it so… GOOD LUCK!!!
As usual, the first correct solution will become the subject of the next puzzle, which in this case will be the first puzzle of the 2021/22 year. What an accolade!
So it just remains for me to thank everyone for their participation over the past months with the puzzle solutions and to the readers of the puzzle for allowing me to indulge a bit of maths madness.
Have a great summer Rossallians and I will see you after the holiday.
Remember to send your answer to: [email protected]
|CALLING ALL GOLFERS|
ROSSALLIAN GOLF SOCIETY
Autumn Meeting at Ganton Golf Club, North Yorkshire on 28th September 2021
Light lunch from 11.00am, 18 holes Stableford Competition from 12.00 Noon, followed by dinner. £135.00 per player.
Please apply to Arthur Stephenson (Hon Sec Rossall Golf Society).
|To view all of our sports fixtures and results, please visit: https://www.rossallsport.org.uk/|
The password to view the teamsheets is: rossallsport