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Principal's Blog 14th June 2019

14 June 2019
Principal's Blog 14th June 2019

Late Breakfast in the LRC

Last Friday in the LRC, we had a slightly late breakfast at break-time, with the winners of our “Read Around Europe” competition. These are students who were picked out each week from the prize draw, which they could enter if they read and passed a quiz on a book within their reading level.

Bonus entries were given if the book had a theme of travel or alternative cultures.We munched our way through croissants, French bread and doughnuts. No proper coffee unfortunately – orange juice and hot chocolate were deemed suitable alternatives.

GCSE Geography Trip

On Thursday 23rd May, a lovely sunny day, 125 Year 10 students made their way to Bournemouth to complete their Geography fieldwork. Students assessed the effectiveness of the coastal management improvements that are costing upwards of £50 million.

The student’s teamwork was impeccable, they were extremely accurate when measuring groyne drop-heights and spent time considering the importance of the coastal management to Bournemouth’s economy. We then spent time evaluating the transport management in the town centre.

Students completed traffic counts and asked their surveys to members of the general public confidently. It was an amazing day, students represented the school extremely well and collected a lot of useful data which will help them immensely with their GCSE exams. Thank you to all the staff and students involved.

German Exchange Visit

On the 8th of June a group of 30 Year 9 and 10 students set out for Frankfurt to take part in the first school exchange between our school and Kopernikusschule. They spent five days in sunny Germany taking in some famous tourist attractions, but also going to school with German partner students and taking part in their lessons.

The students themselves deserve a lot of credit, as it takes a bit of courage to put yourself in a situation where you have to go to school in another country, where another language is spoken. Everyone from The Ridgeway School coped admirably making lots of new friends and speaking German along the way. They should all feel really proud of themselves.

As well as the delicious food, students enjoyed visits to medieval Gelnhausen, Frankfurt old town, the zoo and much more. We very much hope that this will be the first of many exchange visits between our two schools.

Swindon College Day

On Wednesday 12th June, 10 Year 8 Sports Leaders that have already impressed with their sports leader application forms travelled to Swindon College for a Swindon schools sports tournament hosted by Swindon College’s level 3 BTEC Sports students. They took part in football, handball, basketball and dodge-ball, but the overall objective was for the Year 8 sports students to see the planning, confidence and leadership skills demonstrated by the 18 to 20 year olds. Joseph Liston wrote the following evaluation and reflection of the day:

"I thought the coaching for all of the sports was good as the coaches where always encouraging and helping out, they were also funny. I thought the event was well organised. Personally I thought football was the best activity as the coaching and refereeing was really good."

South West Junior Chef of the Year

Congratulations to Katherine Powell, Year 10 on being selected for the Wiltshire Junior Chef final. Katherine will prepare her dish for judges on Tuesday 9th July at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge. This is a huge achievement for her and will really help build her confidence in Catering. There will also be two Michelin Star chefs from Bath and Castle Combe judging the competition.

The winner of this final will go through to the South West final in October and will also be given the opportunity to proceed directly to the regional finals of the Springboard FutureChef competition, bypassing the local finals.

Last Few remaining Tickets - FAME The Musical 9th-12th July at 7pm

On sale from the Maths office at break and lunch every day priced at £8 and £6.50. Only a few remaining tickets for Tuesday’s performance. Correct money in cash is required to buy tickets!

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