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Principal's Blog 22nd March 2019

22 March 2019
Principal's Blog 22nd March 2019

Mountain and Forest Club

Saturday 16th March was the last walk of The Ridgeway School 2018/19 Mountain Club season. A group of 10 Students and three leaders had a pleasant walk amongst the trees of the New Forest whilst practising important navigation skills.

The country had suffered high winds for several days and that day was the end of the storm. We got unexpectedly wet whilst getting organised in the car park so made a hasty retreat to the shelter of the trees. A brief attempt was made to leave the trees but it didn’t last long.

The custom, before starting the walk, is for each student to introduce themselves to the leaders and tell everyone what their D of E volunteering activity is. This is always interesting and the leaders enjoy hearing about the diversity of volunteering the students undertake. This is another example of how the D of E scheme supports the school’s vision and values.

Students worked in pairs and took turns to lead the whole group to various navigation points. At one point the pairs went off under their own guidance and skills to rendezvous at a place we called ‘The spider’ in the Islands Thorns Inclosure. This was a valuable exercise to develop pacing, timing and compass skills as there was no visible sign that the destination had been reached.

The day went really well. Everyone enjoyed the experience and learnt to work with a map and compass. A great start in preparation for a future Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition.

Fun with Food

Its always a pleasure to welcome pupils to The Ridgeway School who visit us from our feeder schools. Not only does this allow an opportunity for them to become a little familiar with the secondary school they might eventually attend but also gives staff from both sectors a chance to work collaboratively.

The practical element of this superb healthy eating project devised by Wroughton Junior School, is being carried out over three separate sessions with all the Year 3 classes. Students experimented with a range of bread products and possible fillings for their healthy sandwiches, comparing their chooses with the advice from the Eat Well guide, before coming to us in order to practically create the perfect ‘sandwich’. Using a range of French bread, pitta, wholemeal and white bread the students made some rather tempting results which quickly disappeared !

Several of our Year 10 Child Development students have used their entire lunch break each session, showing a great deal of initiative and care when they have volunteered to work with these junior school classes. Many thanks to those students who could make great junior school teachers!

Girl's Basketball

A huge congratulations to all of the girls’ basketball teams who beat Lawn Manor in their basketball matches. The scores were as follows; Year 7 (8 – 4) Under 14 (16 -10) Under 16 (12 – 8).
The most valuable players were Millie White (Year 7) Cameron Rankin – Acosta (U14) Daisy Palmer (U16). Well done to all of the girls – A great team effort!

Dates for your Diary

Thurs 28th MarchYear 7 Parent Evening. School closes at 1:10pm (Appointments 2-7:00pm)
Thurs 4th AprProspect Quiz Night 6:30-10:00pm
Mon 8th -Mon 22nd AprilEaster Holidays including Easter Monday
Thurs 2nd MayYear 12 & Year 13 Exam Preparation 6-8:00pm
Thurs 16th MaySport Award Presentation Evening for 2017-18 times tbc
Tues 25th JuneYear 6 Parent Evening 6-8:00pm
Tues 9th -Fri 12th JulySummer Production 7-10:00pm
Tues 16th JulyYear 7 to Year 10 Achievement Evening 6-8:00pm
Thurs 18th JulyYear 10 Subject Surgery 4-6:30pm

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