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Principal's Blog 10th May 2019

13 May 2019
Principal's Blog 10th May 2019

Year 5 Languages Day

Today has been an amazing experience and everyone had a great time. At the beginning we were assigned groups and throughout the day we learnt the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

We did fun activities such as snakes and ladders, find the odd one out and some of the languages leaders performed the story in German. After lunch, there was a competition in the hall and the year 5’s could choose whether to make a poster, choreograph a performance or build a replica of a famous foreign building or landmark.

There were lots of great contributions such as multiple Eiffel towers, the Brandenburg gate and fact files about Italy. However in the end, a hilarious performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by some of the students won the prize of “€2000” (fake money). All in all everyone had a wonderful time and it was massive success as well as an enjoyable experience for the language leaders. Please see gallery below.

Thank You to Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Last month the Wiltshire Air Ambulance delivered first aid sessions to our Year 10 students, free of charge and we wanted to say thank you for their time. Students and staff made donations and we raised £250.

In the gallery below you can see that this week a couple of representatives came back to school in order for us to present the cheque to them.

Thank You for the Book Donation

Thank you very much to the family who donated a bag of books to the LRC (see photo in our gallery below). Super sleuths that we are, we were not able to identify the donor to say thank you personally. There’s not even a pencilled in name in the front of any of them!

These books are in excellent condition, are really popular texts and will be very well used. We are always happy to receive donations of books in good as new condition, especially biographies, autobiographies, and current young adult fiction books.

So feel free to have a spring clear out safe in the knowledge that your donation will be gratefully received.

Sharing SEN Good Practice with Europe

At the end of last term we had 2 schools from Europe in the school to observe good practice around SEN. Three teachers from Kopernikusschule Freigerich, a school in Germany, found west of Frankfurt, visited for one week while three teachers from St Lambertus Technisch Institute, a school in Belgium, west of Antwerp, visited the week after.

They had a great time touring the school, visiting lessons and talking to staff. They were inspired by what they saw and the quality of provision provided here. They particularly mentioned the quality of the ASC SRP ‘Silver Block’ resource at The Ridgeway.

The Schools are from the ELVIS (Electronic Virtual International School). We are proud to have been a member of this grouping for the last 10 years, which includes 12 schools in total from Norway down to Italy.

Visit from Japanese Teachers

On Monday 29th April we had a visit from twelve Japanese teachers, who came in to work with Year 9 Language Leaders. Students were dressed in traditional kimono costumes, practised eating with chopsticks, learned to paint traditional Japanese character and wore Kibuki theatre masks. See some of our wonderful photographs in the gallery below.

It was a wonderful and exciting experience that made students want to travel to Japan and experience more. The Language Leaders are a big group of 40 students this year, which meets every Thursday and they have been fantastic ambassadors in school and real advocates of language learning. Well done to you all.

Congratulations to Zoe

Zoe took up the sport of lawn bowls about 18 months ago. It is one of those sports that doesn't get anywhere near as much attention as it should in the media (you'd be surprised how many young people are now playing!).

At the end of February, the finals of the Wiltshire Indoor EBYDS (English Bowls Youth Development Scheme) were held in Salisbury. The bowlers were split into Seniors and Juniors to play a round robin competition in the morning and undertake four skills tests in the afternoon. Each event was marked with the totals added to find the winners in each section. Zoe won the Junior Section.

Zoe also reached and played in the final of an indoor mixed pairs competition at her home club in Old Town. She played very well and although she and her partner didn't quite pick up the winner’s trophy on this occasion, she should be very proud of her achievement in getting to the final and coming runner-up.

Zoe has now played in the regional competition. She played very well and came 2nd in the junior section. This means she is in the top two and will now be representing the county at the national finals in the autumn. She is the only Wiltshire finalist.

An amazing achievement of which she's justifiably proud, as are we!

Photography Winner

Please keep an eye out for Jamie Rose in Year 9’s photography work on display in John Lewis Swindon. Jamie came third place in the Rotary Photography competition 2019 with some incredible, very unusual photographs.

He was up against a number of people in the area including GCSE & A level students – impressive or what!

Well-Being Books

We have plenty of books in the Well-being section of the LRC; just a few of those we have on offer are shown in the gallery below. If any student needs to take a minute before school, break or lunch, there are plenty of seats in the sun for a moment of quiet reflection and to gather their thoughts.

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