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Principal's Blog 22nd November 2019

22 November 2019
Principal's Blog 22nd November 2019

Ridgeway Remembers

On the 11th of November, on the 101st anniversary of the end of the First World War, Ridgeway staff and students paused for a two minute reflection to remember those who gave their lives in past conflicts. Some of Ridgeway’s cadets (Dennis Hammond, Kaitlyn Roberts, Sonny Trevena-Ballard, Scarlett Trevena-Ballard & Olivia Moore) assembled in their uniforms to show their respect.

In their house activities, students learnt about the armistice that ended the fighting in 1918 and designed some Remembrance poppies to mark the day.

Ridgeway Does Children in Need

On Friday 15th November, Ridgeway students came to school in their own clothes, with a donation of £1 towards Children in Need. The charity works to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy, and secure childhood. They use the donations to fund their work and provide grants to organisations for projects that help disadvantaged children and young people all over the country. The 2019 appeal has so far raised a staggering £47,886,382.

The House Captains and Year 11 House prefects also held a ‘Pudsey Fayre’, where they organised and created stalls to raise money. Perhaps one of the most popular events on offer was ‘Splat the teacher’, where for just £1 students had 3 attempts at soaking their teachers! A huge thank you to Mr Pauling, Mr Povoas, Miss Hodgkin, Miss Winters, Mrs Meredith, Miss Stevens and Mr Pittaway for braving the sponge!

Another popular event was hosted by Ryan Lee and Brianna Kerrigan. Students paid to cover Ryan in whatever food took their fancy, including all of Ryan’s least favourite things (bananas & mushrooms featuring heavily!)

There was a fantastic buzz around all the school all day, and the House Captains and House prefects were superb, organising every aspect of their stalls. An amazing £1670 was raised. Thank you.

Swindon Schools’ Cross Country

On a dry morning (although incredibly boggy underfoot conditions) Ridgeway once again were brilliantly represented by students, staff and parents at the annual Swindon Schools X-Country, hosted at Nova Hreod.

Our teams (fastest 6 students) came,

1st Place Minor Girls (Y7)

Carley Lainton 5th, Emily Blackstock 8th, Megan Gibbs 12th, Maddie Clarke 13th, Millie Taylor 15th, Lilly Herring 18th and Faith Herring 19th.

2nd Place Minor Boys (Y7)

Josh McKinlay 6th, Henry Williams 12th, Max Marner 23rd, Jack Telling 26th, Sam Ellis 28th, Jamie Mitchell 30th and Matthew Sheppard 31st.

1st Place Junior Girls (Y8/9)

Freya Davidse 1st, Millie White 6th, Lauren Chant 10th, Rosheen O’Callaghan 17th, Laure Hughes 21st and Freya Wallace 26th.

2nd Place Junior Boys (Y8/9)

Jamie Sheppard 2nd, Harry Hughes 5th, Michael Perry 17th, Alex Williams 24th, Natanael Andlone 30th and Sam Williams 31st.

In the older age group races, notable Ridgeway performances included.

Inter Boys race

Harry Woods - 1st, Harry Cunningham - 3rd, Jacob Canfer-Smith - 6th, Luca Jeffries 20th and Luis Ebbrell 33rd.

Inter Girls race

Ayla Tonkin 2nd, Aimee Bailey 17th and Daisy Palmer 19th.

I would like to thank the following staff for their support of a great morning’s running.

Mrs Hill, Mrs Allbrook-Dunn, Miss Collins, Mr Wakefield and Mr Yapp.

Vacancy for a Parent Governor

Would you like a say in securing high-quality education and good outcomes for all our young people?

Can you commit to approximately two evening meetings per term and two full days per year?

Then why not become a Governor?

No prior knowledge is necessary, and a range of training and support is provided.

It’s an exciting opportunity to:

· learn new skills;

· be part of a team;

· contribute to the school and the wider community;

· make a difference to young people’s lives.

We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor on the Local Governing Body for Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College.

Please have a look on the school website for the Recruitment Pack (Information for Parents\Letters and Forms) or ask at the Office for a copy of the Pack. If you would like to apply, please complete the forms in the Pack and send to the Clerk to Governors on ClerkToGovernors@ridgewayschool.com

Closing date: Friday 29th November 2019 (6:00pm)

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