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Principal's Blog 28th June 2019

28 June 2019
Principal's Blog 28th June 2019

Year 11 Leavers' Prom

On Friday 21st June Year 11 students had their final farewell at The Year 11 Prom at STEAM museum. 202 students and 60 staff attended and enjoyed an evening of celebrations, well wishes and lots of dancing. The students look fantastic and arrived in style in their formal wear.

Transport included a yellow mustang, The Ridgeway School minibus, the famous Swindon 153 bus and even an ice-cream van. Awards were given out to those with the most nominations for best-dressed boy and girl and the Prom King and Queen. It was great to have all students together for one last time and a great evening was had by all.

Arriving in Style

Nineteen students decided they have come to school for the last five years on the bus, and it would be perfect for their trip to the prom on the same bus.

They approached Swindon Bus Company and with the bus driver, Chris Pullen volunteering his time, the company said yes. Chris has been driving students to The Ridgeway for the last 12 years and he was delighted when he was asked to drive the students to Prom. All the students contributed and raised £160, which has been donated to Prospect Hospice.

Year 6 Students Become Literacy Detectives

This week we welcomed our Year 6 students to Ridgeway as they visited for their two induction days. Every student received a literacy pack from the English department, to help them undertake their role as a literacy detective. The activities are designed to foster a genuine enjoyment of reading, and to extend levels of reading over the summer holiday.

We look forward to seeing their work in the September and hope they enjoy performing their tasks as a literacy detective.

Art Club

Our talented Year 11 and 12 artists, alongside our wonderful Key Stage 3 art clubbers, have been working incredibly hard making the set and props for the incredible school production of Fame in a few weeks’ time. We need as many artistic minds and hands as possible so please come along to art after school next week if you would like to help.

Art & Design Exhibition

Please come along and view the stunning exhibition of Years 7-9 Art and Design work, showcasing the many amazing talents of the students at The Ridgeway School, The Main Hall at Ridgeway School, Monday 22nd July, 4—7.30pm

Swindon Maths League Winners

A huge well done to Lucy Walker, Jamie Sheppard, Abdelrahman Mahmoud and Eleri Owen for winning the Swindon Maths League. They worked excellently as a team to solve some really complex problems and showed what an asset they are to the school.

Calling All - Uniform & equipment

If you have any of the following items in good, clean condition, would you please consider donating them to the school? We are always in need of these items. You would be surprised how many trousers are split and uniform spoilt during the day!

  • All school uniform
  • PE Kit
  • Scientific Calculators
  • Pencil cases and equipment, you no longer need

Thank you for your help with this. Please contact Sarah Hill on 01793 846111 if you have any questions.

South West Athletics

A Huge congratulations to the following students who represented Ridgeway and Wiltshire in the South West Athletics; Josh Ricketts, Harry Ricketts, Hannah New, Ayla Tonkin and Frank Harrison. It was a great event with students all pushing themselves to compete amongst the best in the South West.

The stand out performance came from Josh Ricketts who came first in the hammer throw, with a throw of 52.85m and second in the shot put with a massive personal best of 14.89m. This now places Josh in the top ten in the country for his age group and he has been selected to attend the National English Schools Competition. We wish him the best of luck.

Thorpe Park

Last Friday the House Team took 96 students to Thorpe Park for their end-of-year reward trip. The weather was looking dicey on the way there but the sun soon broke through the clouds and the sun was shining all day – ideal for drying off after getting drenched on the log flumes!

The students were far braver than us teachers and we were egged on by year 7 to try the 0 – 80 mph in 1 second rollercoaster – terrifying! Safe to say those students are far braver than I.

The students did themselves proud and behaved beautifully throughout the day – I was very proud of them all.

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