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THE HORIZON New Beginnings • House Singing 2016 • Great Expectations • • Round Square • Friends of Rossall • Biology Week • Fond Farewells • •

Wisdom Begins In Wonder A wonderful term of very special events, visitors, performances, music and candlelight.

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WELCOME It has certainly been a term to remember with some wonderful highlights; the ambitious school production of great expectations, the exuberant House Singing, whole school photograph, joyous Christmas Nativities and Carol Services to name just a few. And I have so enjoyed seeing so many students achieving great heights academically and creatively within the classrooms, labs, workshops and studios around school. We are extremely fortunate to have such a committed and talented team of teachers and support staff to nurture the talents and potential of all our students. Following on from our outstanding IB and A level results in the summer, it has also been so encouraging to see our next class of Year 13 students receiving great offers this term from top universities around the country. Our leavers are in high demand! I wish you all the very best for a happy and healthy New Year,

ELAINE PURVES Head, Rossall School 01253 774201

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NEW HOUSEPARENTS’ FIRST TERM Four Houses welcomed new Houseparents this Term.



We cannot believe it has only been a term since we

The past term, my first as Housemaster of Pelican

started looking after the Maltese Cross boys.

House, has been a most enjoyable and rewarding term.

What a term it has been and what a House we have inherited! We have won several competitions, the highlight being the House Singing. During the preparation for this major school event, we discovered some super personalities and great talent. There is often a lot of joy in MC and the boys pride themselves on supporting each other. We have a great team of tutors, housekeeping staff and house monitors who all contribute to the MC spirit. It is this energy that makes boarding schools such as Rossall so special. We are looking forward to many more happy times in Maltese Cross House.

Perhaps the highlight has been watching the strong friendships build between boys from so many different nations; friendships that I’m sure will last for a lifetime. This has created a close and happy house and one in which the boys can be themselves and thrive. Pelican House has had many memorable moments, from the house residential in Keswick to becoming Senior House Football champions. It is an honour to be in charge of such a wonderful house and I look forward to building many more memories with the boys and staff as the year progresses.

graham and isabelle Wallace

Anthony Fairhurst Follow MC on Twitter @RossallMC or Facebook @MalteseCrossHouse

Follow Pe on Twitter @RossallPelican or Facebook @pelicanrossall



The new academic year saw Adele and I move from

We always knew this was going to be an exciting

a boys’ house to a girls’ house; this in itself was very

opportunity being Houseparents of the Junior

interesting and at the same time a real joy.

Boarding House.

We have had a wonderful time entertaining the girls and caring for them. There have been many highlights: the evening Maize Maze exploration, trampolining and the House Jollies are just a few. The camaraderie amongst the girls in the House is really inspiring and we are very proud to be part of their great experience.

It was extremely important to us that the children felt safe and secure in an environment that they could grow. We have enjoyed numerous highlights in our fi rst term and have joined an experienced team in Anchor which has helped us settle in quickly and enabled us to hit the ground running. We are looking forward to welcoming many more children to Anchor House and continuing to build a happy place for them to thrive.

Adele and Tim Fletcher Follow Rose on Twitter @RossallRose

Helen and Lee gair Follow Anchor on Twitter @RossallAnchor or Facebook @anchorhouserossall 2


We extended the warm Rossall welcome to new teaching staff in September: Mr Samuel Roberts joined the Physical Education Department as a PE Teacher, Miss Denise Hoban joined the Modern Foreign Languages Department as a Spanish Teacher and Miss Sharon Kennedy joined the Information Communication Technology Department as a Computing Teacher.


We also welcomed Foreign Language Assistants, Miss Cecile Audis, Miss Sheila Blanco Garcia, Mr Mario Heufes and Miss Lulu Zhang as well as Sports Graduate Assistant Miss Alice Young.

Mrs Lucy Barnwell joined Rossall over the Summer in the new role of Director of Marketing, Admissions and Communications to join together two key departments and further enhance our local, national and global reach. Lucy has been working within the Independent Sector since 2010, but she is not a stranger to the sector having spent her full school life, as well as latterly being a weekly boarder, at Leweston School in Dorset. She went on to study Modern History, Economic History and Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London and followed this by commencing her career as a Research Assistant at the House of Commons before joining the Conservative Party in the Treasurer’s Department as a fundraiser. Some of her best memories of these days were at the Blackpool Conferences! She continued her fundraising career working for a children’s charity and then moving out of London to Derbyshire to work for a countryside charity. After nearly five years - and realising marketing was her real career love - she re-joined the independent schools’ sector as a Marketing Manager and then after a couple of years went on to be the Head of Marketing and Admissions at another Independent School.


Mrs Lucy Barnwell

Lucy is passionate about excellent customer service (having worked at Harrods through university) and independent education. Lucy commented on her role here: “ I absolutely love my role here at Rossall; no two days are the same – that is why I love working within this sector. The Rossall community have been incredibly warm and welcoming since I joined. I look forward to continuing to meet more of the Rossall community: parents, pupils, friends and family, ensuring excellent customer service to all our parents, and to spreading the word about this fantastic school.”

Mr Stuart Hemmings commenced his role as the Director of Golf at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term. A resident PGA Golf Professional, Stuart has competed in golf at amateur and professional levels since 1991. His profession has taken him to a number of worldwide destinations including the USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. Stuart commenced his PGA training in 2001 at Preston Golf Club in Lancashire, England which is where his passion as a coach began. Over the next 5 years, he helped the club to build and develop their own Junior Golf Programme, which is still in operation today. In 2006, Stuart moved to North America, with ambitions to develop his skills and gain further experience as a PGA Professional on and off the golf course. Based at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, host to the PGA Canadian Open, Stuart began to work alongside several tour professionals and coaches, enabling him to acquire an in-depth insight into the world of Tour Golf. In 2007, his work in North America led to an opportunity to experience life as a golf coach in Australia.


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Inspired by the work of such great teachers, Stuart returned to the UK to implement his philosophy as a coach. Since returning to his home in Lancashire, Stuart has developed his brand, providing him with the platform to coach golfers of all ages and abilities. Stuart is now honoured and excited by the prospect of bringing such wealth of knowledge and experience to Rossall in the area that he regards as the Golfing Capital of Britain.


GOLF ACADEMY Rossall Golf Academy offers three programmes for students of all ages and abilities, creating a unique opportunity for students to sample, learn and play the game.





FOND FAREWELL Mr Stuart Corrie

At the end of the Michaelmas Term we said farewell to Mr Stuart Corrie. Stuart joined Rossall in 2000 as Deputy Director of Music and two years later was appointed Housemaster in Mitre Fleur De Lys House. Remaining in a coastal location, Mr Corrie is moving on to King William’s College, Isle of Man as Deputy Head Pastoral. Year 12 student and MF boarder, Billy Hoggmascall spoke in Chapel on Stuart’s fi nal day: “During Mr Corrie’s time at Rossall he has helped a huge amount of people, including myself. Whether as a House Master, a teacher, a colleague or friend, everyone has a tale to tell. His departure will leave a huge gap and we shall all miss him dearly. The Chapel will miss his wonderful organ playing, the students his somewhat abnormally enthusiastic approach to congregational singing practices, his colleagues, his wisdom and wit, and his MF boys, his support and encouragement. In short, a big hole, even chasm, will be left when he departs. However, we all wish him well in his new adventure and know he will rise to the challenges ahead. From the staff and the pupils of Rossall we would like to say farewell to Mr Corrie and his much-loved giant poodle Jeremy. You will be missed and we hope to see you soon!”


THouSAnDS RAiSeD FoR DonnA’S DReAM HouSe The boys from Mitre Fleur De Lys reached an impressive fundraising total in their continued work to support Donna’s Dream House with their annual MAD Night of entertainment. The night requires hours of preparation around the already full academic and activity schedule of each MF student. From the fi rst day of term in September to moments before the curtains open on show night, every MF boy works hard to perfect the performances. The 2016 show marked the eighth year of MF MAD Night. Hosted by MF Houseparent Mr Stuart Corrie and Year 12 pupil Billy Hoggmascall, the pair delivered plenty of laughs in a night packed with music, comedy and dance. Each member of MF House displayed their talents and team spirit, in impressive group numbers, some even stepping out alone to perform in front of the three hundred strong crowd. Since 2008 MF House has raised over £15,000 for Donna’s Dream House.



ROSSALL SCHOOL 2016-2017 In October, the whole School community of staff and students gathered on the Monitors’ Lawn for the first Whole School Photo since 2013 and in the new school uniform. In true Rossall style, the weather was highly

unpredictable and the sunshine was soon replaced with a flurry of heavy showers. The first attempt at the photo was soon called off and staff and students retreated inside to escape the downpour! Luckily, the sun crept out once again

in the afternoon for attempt number two which proved to be a success. The resulting photograph captures a magnificent moment in time at Rossall in 2016.

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SIXTH FORM RANK FOUNDATION SCHOLAR Year 12 student Philip Cox began his Sixth Form education at Rossall School in September 2016. Philip completed his GCSE examinations at St.Aidan’s Church of England High School, Poulton-le-Fylde and was awarded a Rank Foundation School Leadership Award after standing out at scholarship interview. The Rank Foundation offers scholarships to a small number of boys and girls in Sixth Form who are thought to have outstanding leadership potential. Leadership Award holders (also known as School Fellows) attend a Leadership Day in London during each of their years in the Sixth Form. They also experience a Community Action Placement each summer, spending two weeks with inspirational projects within the Rank network.

Early in the term, Philip attended a leadership day with thirty nine other School Fellows. Commenting on the day, Philip stated: “We learnt a great deal about Sir Arthur Rank, how the Rank Foundation came about and the projects Rank are involved in. It was very enlightening.” Philip is looking forward to meeting his School fellows again next year during his placement. Philip is thoroughly enjoying his time here at Rossall, he added: “It is such a wonderful atmosphere at Rossall, the teachers and fellow students are friendly, warm and welcoming and the standard of teaching is extremely high.”

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE On Friday 11th November, Rossall School held their Act of Remembrance in The Square followed by a Service in the Chapel. This is an annual service to remember not only all the soldiers from all countries that gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars, but in any war or conflict anywhere in the world, before and since. In contrast to recent years, the sun was shining as the whole school lined The Square and the Monitors’ Lawn for the two minute silence. Since the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we remember year on year all the young men from Rossall who gave their lives. This year, this included the young Rossallians who died in The Somme. Their names are read out one by one and students carry a cross bearing their name to the Memorial Chapel. It is truly heart-rending to visualise the impact of war in this way, as stream after stream of students pass the congregation. After four years we will have remembered all 298 Rossallians who died in the Great War, whilst we continue to pray and work for peace amongst all nations and people.

When you go home, tell them of us and say For their tomorrow, we gave our today - John Maxwell Edmonds -



ROSSALL OPEN DAY It was wonderful to welcome so many families to the Rossall School Open Day at the beginning of October. It was lovely to experience the positive feel on campus that day, to observe the pupils perform at their best and be so open and honest in their engagement with the families. We received many lovely comments from families about our engaging and confident students as well as our inspirational teachers. Year 13 student and school monitor, Catrina Rooker (Wren), summed up her perspective on Rossall when she spoke to the visitors. “Rossall, I can truly say that I’ve enjoyed all of it. I easily recommend it to others. It helps teach you to be independent and work hard and it brings out the best in you as an individual. Rossall has helped me to flourish, truly allowing me to find my strengths, opening my opportunities and broadening my horizons. My life has changed forever and I would like to thank Rossall for really bringing out the best in me.”

ROSSALL HOSTS A PRIMARY STEM CHALLENGE In October we welcomed over ten local schools to Rossall for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Challenge. The participants created a vehicle to carry an egg. Using a ramp, it was the vehicle that travelled the farthest along the floor, without any damage to the egg, that won. With a little help from our Sixth Form students, the teams spent the morning planning and testing their vehicles, before the final test in the afternoon in front of an audience of friends and family. Poulton St Chad’s C of E School seized the winning trophy, Carleton Green Community Primary School came in second place and Fleetwood’s Charity Primary School secured third position.

TARGET 2 ECONOMICS COMPETITION In November, a team of Economics students took part in the prestigious Target 2 Bank of England Economics competition held at the Lancaster House Hotel. This is an annual competition organised by the Bank of England where the team have to give a 15 minute presentation on what they think the interest rate should be to achieve a target rate of inflation of 2%. The team of Year 13 students Laurids Zeißig, Xiaoli Wang, Chase Mills and Hal Morgan-Short competed against other top schools in the North West and gave an excellent presentation which was commended by the judges.


Round Square THE HORIZON | ISSUE 9 | JANUARY 2017

Rossall, A Round Square School As a Round Square member we were invited to attend the Round Square conference at Aiglon College in Switzerland. The four day conference includes guest speakers, group discussions, cultural visits, community service and adventure activities. The Head, Ms Elaine Purves, Rossall Round Square Co-ordinator Mr Graham Wallace, School Captain Hal Morgan-Short and Deputy School Captain Naysa Mbaeri attended the conference in October, returning with a vast set of new experiences, contacts and ideas.

Hal and Naysa write about their visit: On Sunday 9th October, we arrived at Aiglon Collge, having spent the latter end of our journey travelling through the breath-taking Swiss Alps. That evening, we enjoyed the opening ceremony which included an introduction to all the schools attending, and the week ahead. On Monday, following early morning meditation, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, former Formula One driver, gave us a brief overview of his life and accomplishments, but more importantly, how he never allowed his severe dyslexia to hold him back. We then took part in the Big Sing where all the staff and pupils learnt the Round Square song. It was a great experience and it presented us with the opportunity to meet and socialise with people from all over the world, ranging from Australia to Ghana! The next speaker was Mark Grist, a modern day poet - he was an electrifying speaker and the scavenger hunt that followed around Aiglon College gave us the chance to fully acquaint ourselves with the surroundings. Tuesday’s speakers included, Meagan Fallone and Alessandra Morelli. Meagan manages Global Strategy and Development for Barefoot Colleges, who operate in 1300 villages in 80 countries. Focusing on the least developed countries, Barefoot train and educate women who then return to their villages to teach and share their knowledge with the community. Alessandra has been a delegate of the UN Refugee Agency since 1992 and spoke of internal displacement


and how we can help by viewing people as one race - the human race - instead of focusing on their skin colour. We also took part in our IDEALS activities - the high ropes course and to end the day, we were taken to the local ice hockey rink to watch a match. Fortunately the home team won! On Wednesday, our speaker for the day was the explorer Ben Saunders. Ben led the first ever return journey to the South Pole on foot via Shackleton and Scott’s route and told us of the trials and tribulations he faced during his journey. Appropriately, we then went on our own hike, providing the perfect opportunity to take in the breath-taking scenery of Switzerland. Thursday was our busiest day. There were four speakers: Peter Charaf, who spoke about plastic waste and how to reduce it, Koome Gikunda, an emerging markets private equity investor; Nick Howes, an astrologer and Alfred Worden, the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. At 4:45, The closing ceremony was followed by a cultural evening, which was probably the highlight of our trip. We witnessed more than ten different schools perform cultural dances and skits from their countries. It was a fantastic way to end the conference.

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Dear Ms Purves, i am Delphine Lafond-Puyo and together with my husband Mathieu we had the pleasure of welcoming naysa Mbaeri to our boarding house, Clairmont, during the Round Square international Conference Aiglon hosted this week. it was a delight for us to welcome naysa and we would like to express our gratitude to Rossall School for having chosen a student delegate who was an outstanding credit to your institution. naysa was extremely polite and responsible and proved to be an excellent role model to the girls present in house. She was outstandingly positive about the conference speakers as well as outside the classrooms where she displayed enthusiasm and grit. She was happy to be here and showed herself to be a distinguished young lady. She oered help in many areas of the life of the boarding house, was active in the running of the house and happy to chat to her peers in a friendly and respectful fashion. We could tell she has excellent manners and she is a genuine leader. i enjoyed discussing activities and future plans with naysa as she is a very ambitious young lady who has a vision for a better future and seems very motivated to engage in many areas of life. She is also fun to be with and yet tenacious in her desire to make the most of the conference week. We were most proud to have known naysa as part of our role as house parents at Aiglon and wish her all the very best in her studies and her life outside the classroom. We wish to express our thanks for selecting students who wear their school badge with equal pride and humility, honesty and responsibility and respect for our community. With warm wishes, Mathieu and Delphine Lafond-Puyo, houseparents at Aiglon College, host school of the Roundsquare Conference 2016




RAISING THE BEAUTIFUL ROOF AT THE GRAND THEATRE The students had friends, teachers and parents tapping their feet when they took to the stage of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for their House Singing competition. The annual event, which has become one of the highlights of the school year, sees each House compete to be named the School’s best performers. Under the watchful eye of the judges, vocal coach, Miss Gillian Littlefair and piano teacher, Mr Alistair Mackenzie, the students sang their way through a variety of popular songs, complete with dance routines and a few theatrical flourishes! The boys from Maltese Cross House emerged triumphant with their rendition of Flo Rida’s My House which included a very special rap solo from Year 12 pupil, David Goma. Second place went to the girls

in Rose House with Blame it on the Boogie by The Jacksons and third place went to the boys in Spread Eagle House for their entertaining version of Enrique Iglesias’ Hero. Other performances from the girls included: Dolphin singing Be Okay by Oh Honey and Wren showcasing Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time. The boys in Pelican House performed Start of Something New from High School Musical, Mitre Fleur De Lys took on History by One Direction and the boys and girls from Dragon House performed Cold Water by Major Lazer. In addition, the Juniors took to the stage with a very beautiful and touching rendition of From a Distance by Bette Midler. The House Singing competition is hugely popular amongst the students, the atmosphere is always so good, with students across all year groups working together and supporting each other. It is a lot of fun and the Grand Theatre is such a perfect venue.

String SPECTACULAR In late November, over fifty string players from across the Fylde coast joined together to rehearse and perform a variety of pieces, under the expert direction of Ms Helen Harrison, Musical Director of the Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra. The event began with a sectional rehearsal led by Helen Harrison, Amelia Ronson, Head of Music at Cardinal Allen, Peter Ronson, string teacher at Hodgson Academy and Margaret Young, Director of Music here at Rossall. The players, from Year 3 to 11, rehearsed in groups according to their ability, which ranged from complete beginner to Grade 6 and above. Helen Harrison congratulated all of the students on their professionalism and enthusiasm. A special mention was also given to those who play in the Lancashire Students’ Symphony Orchestra, three of whom are from Rossall; Rosie Lupton, Year 5, Samuel Ayoma, Year 8 and Bradley Lloyd, Year 7, who is the Leader of the LSSO.






SHOWCASING GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION GRACE McKNIGHT Grace McKnight’s Personal Investigation is based on celebrity branding incorporating magazine covers, packaging and promotional material for Emily Rose.

MIRANDA HAN Miranda Han has been working on some wonderful designs for packaging and promotional material for a cupcake business. She has created some fantastic original artwork which she uses in an eye catching way.

EMILY COBB Here are examples of Emily Cobb’s make up range. Emily is a qualified make-up artist and wanted to create her own brand ‘Chic Beauty’. She has used her knowledge of the make-up industry to inspire her brand.



VICKY STOKER Vicky Stoker’s advertising and point of sale material for her imaginary music festival includes posters, tickets and merchandise.

SAM PITCHER Sam Pitcher has illustrated a series of superheroes in order to create a powerful image for ‘Super Juice’, a new fruit juice brand.

BEASY BAO Beasy Bao left us last year and is now studying Illustration and Visual Media at UAL (University Arts London). She achieved Grade A in all her four A Levels including Art & Design and Graphic Communication. Her fi nal project was creating a brand and promotional material for Rossall Zoo.

Here at Rossall we offer an A Level that few schools do. It is in Graphic Communication and is taught within our fantastic Art & Design Department. It allows students to explore a range of graphic media, techniques and processes. Graphic Communication is essentially about the communication of ideas through the use of text and image and our students’ work includes illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print and much more.




MISS ROZ BENDELOW, DIRECTOR OF DRAMA: Great Expectations has long been a favourite novel of mine and when I read the RSC’s recent adaptation, written for an ensemble cast, I knew that this was something I would like to try with our students. Certainly more challenging than a typical linear script, this performance was to feature flashbacks, freeze-frames and a chorus who narrate the thoughts in our protagonist’s head whilst the audience follow Pip’s journey from a young boy to adulthood, as he tries to realise his ‘Great Expectations.’ I wanted our students to have the opportunity to perform ‘in-the-round’ as opposed to using our traditional Big School stage. Built in 1853, with its wooden panelling, tall beamed roof and leaded windows, the Big School auditorium provided the ideal backdrop - a generous scattering of cobwebs helping to transform the space into the dismal, decaying Satis House.




THE HEAD’S REVIEW: “The acting was incredibly powerful and it was fabulous to see so many actors from across the senior school working together so effectively to create such a treat for the audience. Their accents were just brilliant. The costumes, props and make-up were superb, the scene changes, use of space and lighting were all creatively executed. I will certainly never be able to enter Big School again without thinking back to this superb production. Bravo to everyone involved!” The cast, crew and production team all did a marvellous job, working together to produce an ambitious performance in a mere seven weeks of rehearsal time. As always, the Rossall students rose to the challenge superbly, offering ideas and providing directorial input into what was very much a collaborative effort. Thank you to Mel Jones Photography for the stunning images.

“i WiLL neveR Be ABLe To enTeR Big SCHooL AgAin WiTHouT THinKing BACK To THiS SuPeRB PRoDuCTion” - MS E PURvES, HEAD -


All for a Good Cause THE HORIZON | ISSUE 9 | JANUARY 2017


REINDEER RUN The Infants and Juniors participated in their annual Reindeer Run on the last day of term raising a fantastic £825. This, along with the sum of £48 raised from the Junior School Light Switch-on will be donated to Brian House Trinity Hospice.

Year 4 pupil, Yesenia Ajiteru, decided to cut her hair and donate it to the Little

ELEANOR TAKES TO THE SKY Year 12 student, Eleanor Garstang bravely took part in a skydive in September in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Eleanor and her sister, Ashleigh, raised a total of £500.


Princess Trust - a charity that creates wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness. Yesenia has also raised nearly £600 for the charity to help them with the wig-making costs. The Infant and Junior School supported Yesenia in her fundraising by hosting a Silly Hat day.

The boys and staff of Spread Eagle staged


a 24-hour Rowathon.

The Fair exceeded all expectations this

The boys rowed an incredible 544,873m in 24 hours which equates to crossing the English Channel at its shortest point 16 times! They raised £253 for the Army Benevolent Fund.

year and raised a fantastic £1373. The money raised will support a future project for the Infants and Juniors. Money raised last year helped purchase the outside classroom and a store for the Beach School equipment.

THE BIG PINK! UNDERGARMENTS FOR REFUGEES The students, encouraged by Mrs Saponiere, have collected underwear and socks for children aged 3-13 for the Harmanli Refugee Camp Play School - a refugee camp in Bulgaria.

For a day Rossall turned pink to support Breast Cancer Care’s “The Big Pink!” The initiative came from four Year 12 students: Emilie Robinson, Emily Rose, Amber Brown and Olivia Gregory. As a result, the girls raised over £200 for Breast Cancer Care.

MONDO’S CRAFTY TREE This year’s Christmas Tree in Mondo’s raised £60 for two charities: the premature baby unit at King’s College Hospital in London and Liver Cancer Research. Pupils purchased simple Christmas decorations to personalise before adorning the tree.


Fr iends of Rossall THE HORIZON | ISSUE 9 | JANUARY 2017


As always these events need volunteers and the FOR would like to invite anyone from the School community to volunteer to help. For further information please visit:

2016 has been yet another very successful year for the Friends of Rossall Friends of Rossall (FOR) events in 2016 have included: A quiz night, the Leavers’ Ball, summer fair, parents’ lunches, a car boot sale, dog show, and a ghost hunt. In addition, the FOR have sponsored the School Sports Dinner, made donations to Cancer Research and Macmillan, as well as purchasing equipment for on-going events. Many of these events have become a Rossall tradition and will continue in 2017. The FOR objective is to showcase the wonderful school Rossall is and to engage parents and children in the many social events held throughout the year. Thank you to the Friends: Susan McKnight, James McKnight, Rebecca Murdoch, Amanda Ardron, Amanda Munden, Amanda Holt, Alison Newsham, Dorothy Calderbank, Callum Baxter, Andy Mitchell, Nigel Gregory and Rob Kane for all their hard work and dedication this year.

FRIENDS OF ROSSALL CHRISTMAS FAIR AND LIGHTS SWITCH ON On a beautiful crisp Monday evening, we enjoyed the last event this year in the Friends of Rossall calendar The Christmas Fair and The Square Lights Switch-on.

Outside, guests were kept warm with mulled wine and hot chocolate, Father Christmas turned on the festive lights, whilst the School Junior Choir sang carols. Following the switch on, the doors of Big School were opened to reveal the Christmas Fair - thirty stalls from local businesses displayed Christmas goodies from cakes to gingerbread men, fancy goods and creative prints, to sweets and cheese. Dining Hall provided hot food organised by Tim Fletcher, and from the Friends of Rossall there were mince pies, mulled wine and other refreshments. The Junior Choir continued to entertain guests indoors singing from the balcony and thanks to the stall holders’ sponsorship the FOR held an excellent raffle.

the catering team, listened intently to the requests of the children on their hopes for Christmas. The children left happy and excited, with a gift, and of course, a precious photograph of their visit. The Big School decoration was stunning, organised by FOR Secretary Rebecca Murdoch, with the superb help of the Friends of Rossall, the School Maintenance Team, the Art and Design Technology departments, Lucy Barnwell. Housekeeping and Heather Loughran and the Catering Team. FOR would like to thank all those involved; it was a whole school community effort.

Of course, the star of the Fair was Father Christmas in his grotto. The grotto was built by our Maintenance Department and decorated by the Art Department (and was the inspiration of Mrs Sarah Holder-Williams). Santa, ably assisted by the Rossall Elf, Carly Loughran from




Junior Round-up

RUGBY: ROSSALL RHINOS ON THE CHARGE The Rossall Rhinos went from strength to strength this term and once again represented the school impressively at the Giggleswick Christmas Sevens.

It was not only wonderful to see all the boys from Years 5 and 6 represent the school but also to welcome Hailey Ballantyne to the team, as the fi rst girl ever to represent the Junior School rugby side, and she certainly made a huge impact, scoring a fantastic try in her fi rst match! The commitment shown by the team was superb, and as the afternoon progressed it was rewarding to see each player contribute heroically in all of the five matches. Alexander Kirkwood, Joel Baines and Hailey Ballantyne scored their fi rst tries for the School, Oscar Mistry passed the ball intelligently at scrum half Emerson Porter; Thomas Drury and Henry Singleton ran powerfully in attack, and Phelix Kowalski and Elijah Wiggans created try scoring opportunities with fast, elusive running every time they were in possession. Daniel Eaves and Steffan van Blerk captained the team admirably, leading by example and encouraging the players around them, and fi nally, James Ison was the epitome of a Rossall Rhino, charging through the opposition in attack and battling fearlessly in defence. This was an excellent afternoon of rugby, which really benefited this young side and will stand them in good stead for the tournaments in 2017. Well done Rhinos!




In September, the girls travelled to Highfield Priory for their

The U11 Boys’ Hockey team travelled to Kirkham for the North West Independent Schools Hockey Championships. In the group stages, they played Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Cheadle Hulme, AKS and Kirkham ‘B’. The team did not lose any of these matches and went through to the Plate Competition to play The Grange School from Cheshire. The boys started superbly, with Phelix Kowalski, Thomas Drury, Oscar Mistry and Henry Singleton all playing well in defence. Joel Baines, Daniel Eaves, Elijah Wiggans and Alexander Kirkwood created some excellent opportunities for James Ison and Steffan van Blerk to attack the opposition. A fi nal score of 3-0, meant the team faced Manchester Grammar School in the fi nal. Rossall started brilliantly and within a few minutes had taken the lead with a great goal. After half time, Manchester came right back and scored the equaliser just before the fi nal whistle. This meant Rossall had to go to ‘Golden Goal’! Both teams were evenly matched and no-one could score the winning goal - the trophy was shared. This was an excellent achievement for the team who are now through to the 2017 Lancashire Finals.


first competitive game of the season. Good passing skills between Yasmine Ajiteru, Rosie Lupton and Hailey Ballantyne enabled Rossall to attack the Highfield goal. Evie Mellon was well positioned at the goalkeeper’s pads but was unable to put the ball away. Rossall scored their fi rst goal through Yasmine, after a scramble in the circle. Quick thinking by Grace Brindle stopped Highfield mounting a breakaway and good saves by Hallie Garrick and Chloe Southall kept Rossall in the game. In the closing minutes Rossall were rewarded for their determination with a second goal scored by Scarlett Knight. This was a promising start to the season.





welcome over four hundred and fifty children, from twenty eight independent schools,

The Junior boys welcomed the St Pius U11 and U9 teams for festive football in December. The U11 game started well but was harder than the boys anticipated and St Pius took an early lead. After some clever passing, Daniel Eaves scored the equaliser. Rossall were playing well and Steffan van Blerk scored a great goal to take the lead to 2-1 at half time. There was some half time inspirational team talk from Mr Condon and the team went back on the field with great confidence. Within minutes, Steffan van Blerk dribbled the ball around every person on their team, nearly scoring. However, St Pius came straight back with another counter attack and scored. The St Pius team began to tire as they didn’t have any substitutes and Rossall created lots of chances. Two great goals then gave Rossall a lead of 4:2. Rossall played well as a team, showing lots of team spirit. Elijah Wiggans, Alexander Kirkwood and Phelix Kowalski were all strong in defence; Oscar Mistry, Thomas Drury and Henry Singleton played great substitutes and made several amazing tackles. Steffan van Blerk, Daniel Eaves and Joel Baines were the dream team with their dazzling skills and created lots of chances. And finally, James Ison and Emerson Porter made some wonderful saves in goal, as well as playing well on the pitch. It was a very enjoyable afternoon of football with all the boys from Years 6, 5, 4 and some from Year 3 taking part in matches. Well done, Rossall!

The Junior School was once again delighted to host the AJIS Cross-Country and to Rossall to take part in this challenging event. There was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the afternoon, and the dedication shown by all the runners was superb. The Rossall students were excellent ambassadors for the School, and the children who were not competing in the races were stationed at the finish line to cheer on all the runners and welcome them home.

SWIMMERS STRIKE GOLD IN THE POOL The Rossall Swim Team were delighted to welcome children from Sacred Heart and AKS in a triangular swimming gala this term, and it was wonderful to see over thirty Rossall pupils from Years 3 to 6 compete so determinedly for the school. The atmosphere was electric as the children swam in individual races and then in a variety of relays to score points for their teams. The standard of swimming from all the children was really impressive and the enthusiasm and support shown by all competitors from all schools and their parents made this a very special event.

HIGH HOOPS FOR THE NETBALLERS In November, Rossall travelled to St Pius to play their first netball fixture of the season. They played four 10 minute quarters with thirteen Year 5 and 6 girls all having the opportunity to play. The games were very exciting with the ball being passed well, there was some great linking play by the Rossall players and also a number of fantastic interceptions. Despite all this fantastic play, it was during the 3rd quarter that a goal was finally scored by Rossall! St Pius hit back straight away and went on to score a further 3 goals. Rossall finally pulled a goal back, but the score at the end of play was 4-2 to the home team. The Rossall team really did themselves proud; the commitment and effort of all players involved was outstanding and Miss Clapp and Miss Jenkinson were very impressed with all the girls’ efforts.



SPORT Senior Round-up GIRLS’ HOCKEY The Girls’ Hockey Teams have worked extremely hard this season to develop their skills and tactical awareness. There have been many highlights to the season for each of the teams. The U12 have made a good transition from Junior School; they have shown lots of promise and are certainly one of the teams to look out for in the future. The U13 girls have progressed well, despite not all the results going their way. The U14 have made fantastic progress this season and have shown that they can compete well against a number of very good teams. With belief and plenty of passion the girls will achieve great things next season. The U15 have led the way in terms of exciting games. The girls had a good run in the cup, and many of them have gained senior experience which will prove invaluable in the future. The team

spirit and work rate has been second to none. This year, the 2nd XI have played with a consistency and competitiveness greater than in recent years. They are a young side with plenty of character and if they maintain that tenacity, they will be unstoppable. With new members added to the team, the 1st XI started the season slowly. However, the girls became a force to be reckoned with and by their third match, they started a winning streak which was only broken by Sedbergh. The highlight of the season saw the girls reaching the North of England Indoor Hockey fi nals, where they displayed some excellent hockey. After winning all three of their group stage matches with ease, the girls faced Queen Ethelburga’s in the semi-fi nals. Unfortunately, after drawing 1-1, the girls were eventually defeated on penalty fl icks. We are very proud of the girls for showing determination and extraordinary teamwork. Well done to all the girls for their endeavour and passion on the field this term!

BOYS’ HOCKEY It has been a term of learning and progression in Boys’ Hockey. The U14, U16 and 1st XI teams entered the Lancashire Leagues this term, allowing them to progress further in competitive Hockey. The Year 9 and Year 8 boys in the U14 side have made good progress and are looking forward to the Lent Term season. The U16 have secured themselves a place in the North West Regional Competition, having scored an impressive amount of qualifying goals. The future looks bright for the Year 11 and Year 10 boys and we wish them all the best for their forthcoming competition. The 1st XI have played well and will be working towards a more consistent season next term in the hopes of emulating the successes of their fellow players.




Cameron Niland and Sam Currie (Year 10) were selected by North Lancashire, to play in the U15 Sale Sharks Academy Development Player Programme Festival. Cameron was also selected for the provisional Lancashire U15 Rugby Training 2016/2017 Squad.

Football at Rossall has included over forty senior boys taking to the field this term, many scoring great goals, in a number of exciting and high scoring games. The U12 have welcomed several new boys to Rossall, creating a new and energetic team with plenty of spirit. The U13 have wowed by converting many free kicks into goals, while the U14 have turned their luck around; they beat Bolton School this term, a definite highlight after a heavy defeat the previous year. The U15 have gone unbeaten on the football field during Michaelmas, with many great performances from the boys. Thank you to Fleetwood Town for their help and support with the development of the students and teams.

RUGBY Rugby has delivered a challenging term, with the boys showing a great deal of spirit to shine. The boys have also enjoyed representing the School on the rugby field. Each age group has applied themselves well, proving themselves fit for the challenges of the game. The U12 have shown real intent with many great tries scored. The U13s have developed well this year proving that they can play an impressive game on the field.

Tom Singleton (Year 7) signed a 12 month contract with Fleetwood Town Football Club.

INDIVIDUALS Michael Mellon (Year 8) won the Lancashire Golf U14 Player of the Year Award. He also became the only boy in his age group to be offered a place on the Hybrid Programme for Elite Players at Manchester United Football Club. Evie Mellon (Year 5) competed at the ICC (International Cheerleading Competition) with Blackpool Scorpions and won her group. Evie’s team were also crowned Grand Champions. Isabelle Woodman (Year 10) won the St Annes Senior Girls Aquathlon, came 3rd at the National Triathle Championships, and competed as part of Team GB, along with her brother Tim (Year 8), in the UIPM (Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) Triathlon World Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Isabelle came 5th in the Mixed Triathle Relay with her brother and 8th out of 22 competitors in the Individual Competition - ending the championships winning Team Silver with her two fellow team-mates. Tim competed in the Boys’ U15 Triathle category, finishing 6th and won Team Gold with his two team-mates.

The U14 have really turned themselves around. With great team spirit and endeavour, each team member has shown their ability to take on the opposition with flair and passion.

Ed and Will Robinson (Year 9) and Louisa Rogerson (Year 10) were selected for the England Hockey U15 Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) teams, representing the North West region.

The U15 continue to be a force to be reckoned with, beating most of their opponents this term. A blend of pace and power showcased an exciting term of rugby. The senior students have worked hard in training, to deliver a term of great rugby, and a promising future for the sport at Rossall.

Matthew Peill (Year 12) was selected by the English Institution of Sport to attend Phase 1 of the Olympic Talent Assessment Event in the search for Britain’s next crop of cycling Olympic champions. Daisy Newsham (Year 10) was selected for the Lancashire U16 Netball Squad.

Lauren Brook (Year 13) became the top triathlete on the Fylde Coast, after completing the triathlon trilogy by winning the Fleetwood Triathlon. Bailey Reid (Year 8) won two gold and two bronze medals at the 1st and 2nd North Lancashire Swimming Championships. Bailey also qualified for the Lancashire County and the North West Regional Championships. Sophia Singleton and Tim Woodman (Year 8) came 2nd in their respective groups at the North West Regional Biathlon Championships. Simon Holt (Year 8) was awarded two trophies at Fairhaven Golf Club, the Richard’s Trophy and the Gaskell Cup. Oliver Leggett and Michael Mellon (Year 8) were selected for the Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) U13 North-West Team. Riley Harrison (Year 7) was awarded Player of the Year and Jack Kenmare (Year 10) was awarded Junior Open Champion at the Myerscough Golf Club Junior Golf Awards 2016. Harry Gordon (Year 8) received the U12 and U13 batting award at Norcross Cricket Club’s presentation evening. Connie Lupton (Year 7), Rosie Lupton (Year 5), Sophia Singleton (Year 8), Ellie Williams (Year 3), Yemi Ajiteru (Year 7), Yasmine Ajiteru (Year 6) and Yesenia Ajiteru (Year 4) all took part in the Fleetwood Triathlon. Max Laboda represented Blackpool Athletics Club and placed 3rd in the shot putt and hammer throw at the Mid Lancashire Track and Field League.


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HERE & THERE This list is by no means exhaustive, but offers a flavour of the trips out and guests in during the Michaelmas Term.

Here… Samantha Murray, Silver Medal winner at the London olympics 2012 - Rossall Pentathlon Academy Liu Huaiying, Principal of Cheng’ya Primary School and An Fang, teacher of english at Pujiang experimental School, our partner school – Rossall MFL and eAL Rev’d Phil Maries and Belinda Maries – Rossall Chapel old Rossallian Jonny Chard, Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge – Junior and Senior School Bede’s grammar School of Buenos Aires, Argentina – Senior School 30 pupils from our partner school, gymnasium Dionysianum, Rheine – german exchange 15 students from our new partner school in Marseille, notre Dame de France – French exchange Jean Briggs, Author, Murder by ghostlight – Farrell Society old Rossallian Mr Peter Marsden and Mrs Marsden – The golf Academy Rtd Commodore Rupert Wallace, Arab-israeli conflict – Rossall Speaker Series old Rossallian Mr nimble Thompson, unveiling of the lost memorial board - Remembrance Day Miss izzy Wilson from Lanterna education, iB Diploma, study skills and exam techniques – year 11 students oscar the eagle owl, Apollo the Snowy owl, Arnie the Little owl – national Biology Week guide Dogs for the Blind - national Biology Week Steve Cushing, Wildlife Photographer - national Biology Week

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POLAND TRIP Over the half term holiday, a group of Year 11 and Year 12 students travelled to Poland on the History and Psychology trip. The students visited many historical sites, including Auschwitz, Oskar Schindler’s factory and the Jewish Museum. At the Jewish Museum, a holocaust survivor’s grandson told our students about his grandfather’s story and passed around various original documents, such as his school and identity documents and prisoner armband. It was a very poignant trip, with the students being able to comprehend the atrocities of concentration camps and the treatment of Jews during World War II.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana -

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Mrs Alisons Forster, Head of Biology, organised an outstanding programme of events

Festival of Contemporary Art, Liverpool - Art, Photography and Graphic Communication students

for National Biology Week, an annual celebration of the biosciences around the UK and beyond. Rossall showcased the important and amazing world of the biosciences by involving the pupils in fun and interesting life science activities: Year 7 visited Lancaster Butterfly House, Years 11, 12 and 13 went to Chester Zoo, Year 8 and 9 were privy to a birds of prey demonstration and Year 10 were introduced to guide dogs for the blind; the week concluded with a Biology Bake Off in the Rossall Kitchen and a photography competition. Houses competed against each other in the unique Biology Bake Off, creating perfect biology-inspired masterpieces. Richmond Smith and Jaylen Roberts from Maltese Cross House won first prize with their trio of delicacies, representing a healthy lung, a smoker’s lung and a windpipe. The students were tasked with capturing local wildlife on camera for The Wildlife Photography Competition, judged by award winning wildlife photographer Steve Cushing. Steve had an incredibly difficult time judging with prizes going to: Year 7 Category - Suzanne Wrigley, Year 8/9 Category - Alex Fielden, Year 10/11 Category Sam Pellowe, Year 12/13 Category - Kelly Wang

To Kill a Mockingbird at the Bolton Octagon Theatre – Drama and Theatre Studies students A Street Car Named Desire at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre – Farrell Society Poland – Year 11 and Year 12 History and Psychology Students The Shawshank Redemption, Blackpool Winter Gardens - Drama and Theatre Studies students Tectonic Hazards Student Day 2016, Manchester – Year 13 Geography A level students Youth Health Leader Conference at Blackpool Victoria Hospital – MEDSOC team Round Square Conference - Aiglon College, Switzerland

Thank you to Steve Cushing for coming into Rossall, judging the competition and presenting his own work in assembly. Both staff and students were in complete awe of his images. To view Steve’s work, please visit:

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CHINESE PARTNER SCHOOL We have been proud to welcome Chinese students to Rossall School for many years so we were very excited when we had the opportunity to begin a partnership exchange programme with a primary school in Pujiang, China. Isabelle Wallace, our Head of MFL, submitted a successful bid to the British Council who provided some initial funding to get the project started. In September, we were visited by colleagues from China who had an intensive fullimmersion Rossall experience packed into three days, followed by a tour of the UK and Ireland. During the half-term break, it was Rossall’s turn to pay a return visit, so Isabelle flew out to China with Cheryl Wolstencroft, our Head of International Courses, to fi nd out more about the Chinese education system. They visited five different schools, joined in with art classes, and enjoyed the chance to teach some English! Cheryl and Isabelle


were struck by the enthusiasm of the children and their genuine excitement at meeting real life visitors from a UK school. They also found the English lessons were a lot more interactive, dynamic and noisy than they expected. Another fascinating insight was the raising of the fl ag to the national anthem on Monday morning, and the daily whole school exercise classes at all the schools. This ranged from running circuits of the race track to choreographed aerobics routines. A new Rossall School activity for the coming term, perhaps? Isabelle and Cheryl were overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome they received everywhere, the generosity of their hosts

and the talent of the pupils they met. This was most evident at the welcome meeting in Chongzhou where the students performed traditional dances, songs in English, tai chi, zither and cello pieces, with a calligraphy demonstration to fi nish. The local Sichuan food is famously spicy but delicious and went down a treat, especially the hotpot Chinese style! They returned to school with many interesting ideas for curriculum development and enrichment. We look forward to working more closely with our partner school to try and fi nd opportunities for greater student involvement.


CCF CCF SKILLS AT ARMS The Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting is an

CCF PARADE The first Combined Cadet Force Parade was held at the beginning of the term in Big School with many of the cadets being presented with awards for their hard work and efforts last term, last year and over the summer. C/Sgt C Rooker - Received the Contingent Stick

annual event where cadets from all

C/Sgt B Bradley - Received the Contingent Pace Stick

over the North West meet at Altcar

Best shot - L/H M Klebais

Ranges to compete against each other in a full bore Shooting Competition.

Drill Competition Navy Section

Rossall sent two teams to Altcar this year:

Best cadet on Army Summer Camp - Cpl S Storm-Eckersley

Alex Marsden won the individual medal overall in his discipline, achieving best shot in the Advance and Reorganisation shoot for the Butt Markers.

Most improved Cadet on Army Summer Camp - M Xue

The Pairs team, consisting of Alex Chuchin and Max Loboda had an impressive 9th position overall out of a possible 86 teams.

Red Star (Army Basic Syllabus Badge) & Pass on the APC shooting test: Cadets - S Bilby, T Bilby, S Bowes, C Dodd, L Haworth, A Marsden, X Riley-Oakes, J Saunders, E Storm-Eckersley, K Tikoisuva, L Warwick

In the Defence Match, Rossall came 16th & 20th out of the 43 teams entered. Stephan Bilby achieved 36th place out of a possible 172 firers.

Army Section Best Turnout Cpl M Moore

Red Star (Army Basic Syllabus Badge) & 1st Class Shot on the APC shooting test: Cadet S Collier Congratulations to all the Cadets.

In the Advance to Contact Match, Rossall came 23rd and 29th out of 43 teams entered. Will Gair achieved 47th out of a possible 172 firers. In the Advance and Reorganisation Match, Rossall came 21st and 36th out of 43 teams entered. Will Gair shone again achieving 39th out of a possible 172 firers. Our B Team (Sallie-Anne Storm-Eckersley, Thierry Bilby, Stephan Bilby and Jay Henderson) reached the quarter finals of the falling plate match. Team members not mentioned are Marc Klebais and Tayla Walkden, who also played an important role within their teams. All the cadets and adult volunteers had a great weekend. Well done!

FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE Cadets and Officers attended the seventh annual Northern Festival of Remembrance at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall. The festival is in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and was hosted by Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Terry Lees. High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnett MBE DL delivered a special reading and is pictured with CCF Cadets: Catrina Rooker, Ben Bradley and Marc Klebais. The School raised £370 for the Poppy Appeal this year.


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Munich was the venue for this year’s German Dinner and we were delighted

We were delighted to welcome OR Peter

that so many ORs returned to join us for

Marsden (J & M 62-69) and his wife

our annual event. The venue was the famous Restaurant Zum Franziskaner in the heart of the city and we were treated to a private dining room to enjoy a delicious feast of German fayre. Guests were able to catch up with news from Rossall with Dr Dohmen and Ms Potts. In usual Rossallian style, the evening ended with a fine rendition of The Carmen!

CRESCENT BOARD RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY Last year, the Rossallian Club recovered a Crescent House memorial board from a salvage yard in Preston. The story was picked up by OR Nimble Thompson (DC 60-65), who contacted the Development Office and offered to pay for the board to be restored to its former glory.

back to Rossall to show him our brand new Golf Academy. Mr Marsden made a generous donation to the Rossall Foundation which enabled us to purchase The Academy’s GC2 Golf Simulator. He also donated his father’s (also an OR) golf club which was handmade for him in India. The club will now serve as the ‘Marsden Matchplay Trophy’ which our golfing students will compete for on a yearly basis.

The board now has pride of place in the entrance to Dragon House. Our thanks to Nimble for his generous support and to former member of staff Gary Passam for its beautiful restoration.

How can you make a difference? The Rossall Foundation works closely with the School’s passionate community to preserve the past, present and future of Rossall School. Contributions, no matter the size, will aid us in preserving memories, and building futures for all Rossallians, old and new. Recently, over one hundred and fifty donors have helped support Foundation projects. The dedication and support of ORs has secured the return and restoration of a Crescent House memorial board, an important piece of Rossall heritage. Looking to the future, September 2016 welcomed the launch of the Rossall Golf Academy. and donations to the Foundation Bursary have allowed Harriet Hunt (Dolphin) to join Rossall Sixth Form. Harriet is an excellent all-round student and is already well immersed in life at Rossall. Continued expansion and updates to the school’s information technology equipment has been made possible thanks to your help. You can make a difference to our bursaries, annual fund, and even our capital project in a range of ways; from small single donations, to regular gifts, and company contributions. To find out more about our projects, and how important your support is, visit: or contact Development Director Henry Shepherd at or 01253 774284


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AMAZING ALUMNI Sir David Steel vice Admiral Sir David George Steel KBE, DL is a retired Royal Navy officer who, until March 2015, served as Second Sea Lord.

the River Fylde on a nice summer’s day; the sporting options available; membership of the choir, and being given the responsibility of running the Senior Club, which used to be over the Tuck Shop (now known as Mondo’s). The Senior Club (basically a comfortable bar where the Sixth Form members could relax over a glass of wine or beer) was unique among public schools, and was testament to the forward thinking of the Headmaster and his senior teachers at the time.

Which teachers inspired you most?

When were you at Rossall? I arrived at the School joining Maltese Cross in September 1974 and left to join the Royal Navy in the summer of 1979. My brother Chris joined me at the school in 1980 and has since been hugely successful in his own career.

How did i end up studying at Rossall? My family lived in Cheshire and I remember my mother and father touring all the schools in the North West to fi nd one suitable. I don’t think it was the school that attracted them as much as Peter Bennett, Housemaster of Maltese Cross and his wonderful wife Fiona and their family. They could not have been more down to earth and welcoming, and Fiona remains to this day a close family friend.

What are your favourite memories of Rossall? There are so many good memories but I think they come down to five: being inspired to learn; sailing in a Whaler on

Rev Peter Cadman was an excellent chaplain and mentor. Mr Tony Reeves was our English teacher and so passionate about his subject that we could not possibly have been more inspired by his interpretation of Shakespeare’s plays, in particular. And lastly, Mr John Gill, who was in many way a complete eccentric but his passion for sailing and his outstanding, if erratic, leadership of the Naval Contingent of the CCF undoubtedly influenced the direction of my future career.

What did you study at university? I read Law at Durham as a Royal Navy Scholar, and then went on to qualify as a Barrister of the Middle Temple, again being sponsored by the Royal Navy.

What can you tell us about your Career? I absolutely loved my thirty-six year career in the Royal Navy. The Service offered me so much variety, professional development and possibly the closest knit and most wonderful group of people I could ever have hoped to work with. In the higher ranks I was entrusted with looking after those in uniform, their training, remuneration and welfare, and that of their families. Such responsibility was extraordinary and I never cease to be proud of all that the Royal Navy does, all around the world, every hour of every day.

What difference did coming to Rossall make to your education and career? I was not educationally gifted. Rossall, however, inspired in me to have an inquisitive mind, a passion for learning and a determination to do well. I am in no doubt that it was the school which incentivised me to work hard and to aim high. My better than expected A Level results helped me to secure my place at Durham and the School’s interest in the CCF and other outdoor activities allowed me to build my interest in a career in the Armed Forces. I count myself incredibly lucky that my mother and father fell upon Rossall during these impressionable years in my life.

How did being at Rossall spark your interest in the navy? I remember being interested in the Navy from a very early stage. Being part of the Royal Navy Contingent of the CCF only served to develop that interest, as did the days we enjoyed away visiting the Navy. John Gill was passionate about the Navy and I suppose that rubbed off on me.

What would you say to any student coming to Rossall to study? Be yourself. Choose those activities and studies you wish to undertake, not what others think you should undertake. Whatever you learn at Rossall will be invaluable in the years that follow.

How would you sum up your time in Rossall in one word? Impossible to do! All I know is that Rossall took a pretty uninspiring and unimpressive young man and gave him the confidence to challenge for his dreams. I could not have hoped for a better foundation in life.



CHRISTMAS ROUND UP WE HAD A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS! The festive season started in style as we lit up the School from Junior to Senior School. The Infant and Juniors decorated their tree with baubles before illuminating the Junior School entrance and the Friends of Rossall lit up the Square ahead of throwing Big School doors open for the amazing Christmas Fair. The Nursery and Infant nativities, Maybe it’s a Baby, added that extra-special Christmas cuteness, with fantastic singing, acting and musical instrument playing all round. Continuing in the Infants, the Infant and Junior Christmas Fair filled the Infant Hall with festive joy. Staff, parents and Sixth Form students provided fun activities including decoration making and face-painting for the children and games and prizes galore for the adults. The fair also boasted three very special guests: two guide dogs who caused a great deal of excitement and, of course, Father Christmas. There were plenty of carols and Christmas readings at the School Carol Services held for Infant, Junior and Senior Schools, and both staff and students were in fine voice as they helped to mark the close of the Michaelmas Term. The Old Rossallian Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was an opportunity to meet with old friends and share the magic of a beautiful and moving service in the Chapel. Our Christmas programme of services concluded with the Family Christmas Day Service, conducted by Revd. Etienne van Blerk. The Junior and Senior Choirs not only perform at the many Carol Services but are also in high demand elsewhere around the School, entertaining guests with such confidence and grace at the Christmas Concert, the FOR Christmas Fair and Christmas in The Hall. The annual Reindeer Run concluded the week for the Infants and Juniors, as they donned their antlers and red noses to race around the Square. The highlight for the Senior School was the Whole School candle-lit carol service and Christmas Dinner which closed with a rousing rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas and The Carmen – the videos of which have been a real hit on Social Media. The Head, Ms Elaine Purves summarised the last week of term beautifully: “It has truly been a most wonderful end to the Michaelmas Term, full of very special events, performances, good food, music and candlelight. It is always a pleasure to see the whole school community come together and delight in each other’s company - a lovely way to celebrate the end of a very hardworking and productive term”. None of these events are complete without the delicious fare provided by the wonderful catering staff who put on a spectacular spread whatever the occasion or size. It truly was a very strong contender for ‘The most wonderful week of the year’.



“It is always a pleasure to see the whole school community come together and delight in each other’s company” - Ms E Purves, Head -




Big School Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm Friday 17th March at 7.30pm

Friday 13th January Sixth Form Taster Day (Sixth Form Centre) from 9.00am

Friday 10th February Junior and Infant House Singing and Shout at 2.15pm

Thursday 23rd March FOR Quiz Night (Dining Hall) at 6.00pm

Friday 13th January Junior School Christingle (Chapel) at 1.30pm

Friday 10th February Half Term Begins at 4.00pm

Thursday 23rd March Chaplain’s Challenge: InterHouse High Energy Workout (Gym) at 8.30pm

Les Misérables will be the second production of the year for our Senior School and the students have been busy in rehearsals since the beginning of the academic year for this hotly anticipated musical. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables travels with prisoner-on-parole, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades. To confirm your tickets, please email:

Tuesday 17th January Year 7 - 11 District Cross Country (Rossall) at 1.30pm Friday 27th January Scholarship Examinations, Year 3 and Year 5 entry at 9.00am Friday 27th January FOR Night at the Dogs, Manchester at 5.00pm Saturday 28th January Scholarship Examination Day, Year 7 and 9 entry at 9.00am Saturday 28th January Chinese New Year Celebration and Disco (Dining Hall and Big School) at 6.30pm Saturday 4th February Scholarship Examination Day, Year 12 entry at 9.00am Wednesday 8th February Year 9 Options (Big School) at 6.00pm Tuesday 7th February House Pancake Race ( Junior School) at 10.30am

Monday 20th February School resumes at 8.25am following Half Term Tuesday 21st February Grandparents’ Afternoon (Infant and Junior School) at 2.45pm Tuesday 21st February FOR Evening at Twelve Restaurant at 7.00pm Friday 3rd March Spring Ball, Year 11, 12 and 13 (Dining Hall) at 7.30pm Saturday 4th March Open Day at 10.00am Tuesday 14th March Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Parents’ Evening at 6.00pm Thursday 16th March Les Misérables (Big School) at 7.30pm Friday 17th March Les Misérables (Big School) at 7.30pm Monday 20th March IB Visual Arts Exhibition (Art Department Gallery) at 4.30pm



Dining Hall, Rossall School Thursday 23rd March at 6.00pm

Big School Thursday 28th March at 6.30pm Friday 29th March at 6.30pm

The Friends of Rossall would like to invite you to join them for their annual Quiz Night.

Saturday 25th March Chaplain’s Challenge: Lytham Hall Park Run at 9.00am Sunday 26th March Mothers’ Day Service and Cream Tea (Chapel) at 3.00pm Tuesday 28th March Junior School Musical: The Lion King (Big School) at 6.30pm Wednesday 29th March Junior School Musical: The Lion King (Big School) at 6.30pm Friday 31st March Egg Rolling Competition ( Junior School) at 10.00am Friday 31st March End of Term at 12.30pm Saturday 22nd April OR Weekend

The Serengeti Plains come to Rossall School for the Junior School production of The Lion King.

This hugely popular and highly entertaining event provides the perfect opportunity to test your general knowledge and trivial facts.

For further information or to confirm your team attendance, please contact:

Friday 24th March Senior Sports Dinner (Dining Hall) at 7.00pm

The pupils are extremely excited to portray the story of Prince Simba as he flees the kingdom, believing the death of his father was his fault.

To book tickets, please visit:

Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8JW

Telephone 01253 774201 Fax 01253 772052 Email

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