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Principal Blog 2nd July 2021

2 July 2021
Principal Blog 2nd July 2021

CONGRATULATIONS...

Our School would like to congratulate Ellie Wallace who is once again busy representing her country in Ice Hockey. She has played for the U16 GB team for 2 years now and is currently training as far away as Sheffield to secure her place for the next phase of international camps. Below is a photo of her representing GB at the world championships in Poland. Well done Ellie, keep up the hard work. We are very proud.

HISTORY DEPARTMENT NEWS...

The Ridgeway History Department is delighted to announce the launch of the first edition of its new magazine – ‘History Today: Everything Else Tomorrow’! Following a competition in which students submitted over 58 entries, the winner (and name chosen) was Year 7 student Isla Redman’s. Congratulations to Isla who will also receive a £10 Amazon prize voucher, and very many thanks to those students who entered so many creative suggestions and made the competition rich and so close.

The first (Local History) edition of ‘History Today: Everything Else Tomorrow’ is now freely available from the Ridgeway History Hub page of the School Website (https://www.ridgewayschool.com/learning-and-education/learning-resource-centre/ridgeway-history-hub). The magazine has been created a forum for our young historians to share their knowledge and interests in history across year groups and act as a vessel to promote a History community and connection that can bridge the Year and Class bubbles in the current climate. To this end the first edition contains articles and contributions on a range of subjects, from: six Year 7 students; four Year 8s; four Year 9s; our own Mr Bason; and Isabel Habgood of the Wroughton History Group.

In this way we hope that we can help inspire learners for their future and fuel their passion for the rich depths, diversity, and debates that make History such a fascinating pursuit.

RIDGEWAY GEOGRAPHERS VISIT...

Early in June, the Year 12 Geography class took part in two day trips in order to develop a range of geographical skills to use in our own independent investigations. The trips provided real-life experience of collecting data for both the human and physical side of the course, and enabled us to further understand the strengths and weaknesses of each method for evaluation.

Additionally, a few of the students decided to use this trip as an opportunity to collect their own primary data for their projects.

On the 8th of June, we visited Bournemouth on the south coast of England – a well-known seaside resort in the county of Dorset. When we first arrived at Bournemouth beach, the weather was more miserable than we had been expecting, with overcast conditions and a cool sea breeze, but became much better as the day progressed, with temperatures reaching the scorching low twenties. At the beach, we looked at coastal processes, such as longshore drift, and the effectiveness of coastal management techniques - in this case, groynes. We split off into three teams, with two teams taking measurements around one groyne each, whilst the other team, made up of the three of us who were undertaking coastal investigations completed our measurements in three locations. Our efforts to measure groyne drop heights were, however, blighted by over-energetic labrador puppies and sunbathers, which made the job much harder! Later on in the day, we went into Bournemouth town centre, to complete a range of human geography investigation techniques, such as environmental quality surveys and traffic counts, as well as behave like typical teenagers when not investigating for our fieldwork (going for burgers and subways!)

For the second trip, on the 11th of June, we went to Bristol to focus on human geography fieldwork techniques. We first went to Bristol Harbourside and completed environmental quality assessments among other techniques, such as ‘home-town clone-town’ investigations. We were lucky enough to be joined by history teacher and Bristolian, Mr Voisey. This aided our investigations, as he helped to provide information about historical and social influences on the growth and characteristics of Bristol. Whilst walking to our second investigation area, Cabot Circus, we completed several more traffic and pedestrian counts, as well as looking at some of the brilliant graffiti around Bristol. Outside Cabot Circus, we completed more human geography fieldwork and were then let loose around the shopping centre for a short while, in which many visits to shops, including the Lego store, were made.

The trips were a great help in practising data collection techniques, and gathering data for our independent fieldwork investigations, as well as (possibly more importantly as this was the first school trip in a while) providing entertainment and great memories, like blasting Blur out of our speakers in the minibus (which Mrs Meredith very much enjoyed).

Written by Daniel Tubb, Year 12.

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