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Principal's Blog 13th December 2019

13 December 2019
Principal's Blog 13th December 2019

2019 Ridgeway Christmas Card Competition

Congratulations to our winner Jasmine Puri 7A2. Second place went to Patricia Cravahlo 11A1 and third place Chloe Scott 8A2.

The Art department winner went to Rhianna Whitelock 8B3.

Thank you and well done to everyone that entered. There was a wonderful selection from our talented students.

German Christmas Market

On the 7th of December, a group of 45 Year 8 German students set out for Germany. The group spent time in the cities of Bonn and Aachen, where they did all kinds of activities such as ice skating, visiting museums, running errands in German and of course shopping in the Christmas markets.

Our tour guide was an ex-history teacher which meant the students learned a lot about the places we visited such as the medieval centre of Aachen where Holy Roman Emperors were crowned. There was even time to pop in to the Lindt chocolate factory shop to pick up a few bargains.

Accommodation was in a youth hostel or Jugendherberge, which provided the change to practice our German language skills. As ever on this trip, a good time was had by all and our students were a credit to the school.

Special thanks to the teachers who came along to help: Miss House, Mr Dyson, Mrs Giles and Mrs Melo.

Wheelchair Basketball

All four of our GCSE PE groups had the opportunity to participate in wheelchair basketball on Thursday 11th December. Disability is a part of the GCSE PE theory specification, so to give students the hands on experience of what it is like and how sports can be adapted is brilliant.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience organised by Miss Collins and really appreciated the challenges that disabled performers are up against.

Girls' Team Sports Term 1 & 2

We have an enjoyed an excellent netball season this year with over 80 girls getting involved in netball club and fixtures against other school.

The Year 7s have had a squad of over 20 students who have been participated in club and games. With so many students being involved we have rotated the teams around and the girls have had great success. They had a fantastic start to the season with a 9-2 victory over St Joseph's. They then on went to have victories against Commonweal and a superb performance against the Deanery with a 15-5 victory. Their only defeat of the season came against a strong Bradon Forest team but the girls still put in a great performance.

They ended the season with two more victories against Lawn Manor and Swindon Academy. They finished second in their league so just missed out on the final place. Well done girls! There are too many Year 7s to name you all, but we would like to say what a fantastic start to your time at The Ridgeway School with excellent commitment and performances that you have shown.

The Year 8s have had a huge number of students attending netball club and fixtures this year. They have really improved their performances from last year focusing much more on the space available and the decision making in their games. They have played several games this year and have rotated their large squad with some weeks having two different teams for fixtures because of the number of students wanting to get involved.

They had great victories against St Joseph's and Lawn Manor. The Year 9s have had some key students who have done well to motivated the team and try and get people involved. Grace Griffiths, Cameron Rankin Acosta and Abigael Cloughton have shown real commitment to the team taking part in regular training and organising the teams. They had a victory against Commonweal and have had a number of competitive games against other schools.

The Year 8 and 9 also took part in the under 14 tournament. They played some really great netball and raised their standard to a much higher level of play. Well done for all involved and we look forward to next year’s season already.

The under 16 squad have had a real talent of students involved this year and it has been really good to see some new faces who are working hard to improve their netball grades for their GCSE PE. They had great victories against Commonweal, St Joseph's and Lawn Manor and played very well with less players against Nova Hreod just losing. The girls also took part in the under 16 tournament where they won 2, drew one and lost one to unfortunately finishing third in their in their group and just missing the semi-final but then went on to win the fifth/sixth play off and actually only losing one game for the whole tournament. Well done girls for everyone who has been involved.

We have also been involved in the first ever Swindon girls dodgeball tournaments for under 16 and under 14. Both teams performed extremely well developing some great tactics as they played. The under 14s came joint second against seven other schools and the under 16 came third overall with a small squad.

The Year 7s also took part in the first ever Swindon girls bench-ball tournament. We had sixteen girls taking part they won two, drew two, and lost two and came fourth overall. Well done to everyone involved. We also took part in an under 14 girls Wiltshire football with all the girls playing really well but were unlucky the results did not go their way. They all played really well and we look forward to the start of the football season after Christmas.

Well done to everyone that has attended netball, dodgeball, bench-ball and the football tournaments this year it has been great to see so many of you. Keep up your playing outside school and we look forward to the season again next year. Remember we now, move on to football and rugby and then basketball for our teams sports for girls. It would be great to see even more girls at these clubs.

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