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Ridgeway Reader February—March 2016 All the latest news from Ridgeway High School


Ridgeway Reader Noctorum Avenue Prenton Wirral CH43 9EB email: Tel: 0151 678 3322 Fax: 0151 678 6571

In this issue... 3

Headteacher’s Welcome


Hands-on learning in Science


Chester Zoo


The art of public speaking

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Where are they now? Skiing in Andorra


Visit to Edge Hill University


At the cutting-edge in Design Technology


Learning and experiencing: four-page special


Imperial War Museum


Liverpool Anglican Cathedral


Our links with the OAKS School in Sierra Leone




Fundraising to support those in need


PE: four-page special


Upcoming events

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Headteacher’s Update Ridgeway High School is a specialist school for Languages and Business & Enterprise. Many years ago I attended a conference in Scotland on the theme of ‘Enterprise Education’. The event included visits to schools to observe enterprise being taught in the classroom. Teachers were asked to deliver lessons planned to ensure students experienced opportunities to develop seven ‘Cs’: creativity, communication, cooperation, confidence, clarity (of thought), competition and courage. Reading through this edition of the Ridgeway Reader reminded me of the key message of that conference. Many of these skills and attributes are undoubtedly being nurtured through the work we do at Ridgeway. Such skills will, and do, prepare the students well for the ‘real world’ and the place of work. I will cite just two examples. On page 6, you can read about the students who took part in the Wirral Festival of Music and Drama, performing in front of expert judges as well as an audience. Clarity and communication are all-important here, of course, but the courage and confidence required to speak in public should not be underestimated. This experience will stand the participants in good stead in the future.

elsewhere—involved the students working together to create something original, testing out their ideas in competition with others. This enrichment opportunity is described on page 11. Looking at the latest set of reports, it is extremely pleasing to see the number of students now making at least ‘expected’ progress or ‘better than expected’ progress. There is an old saying that you only get out of life what you put in to it. Particularly interesting is the number of students who have attended Homework Club or study clubs, Saturday School for Year 11 or who have simply completed all homework set. These students are making the most progress. This is something we will be looking at more closely in the summer term to enable all students to fulfil their potential. Finally, you may have seen in the news recently about all schools becoming academies or part of a multi-academy trust (‘MAT’). In effect, a MAT is where schools work in greater collaboration to raise standards. As a Leading Edge School, we have been working in partnership with different schools for a number of years and will continue to do so. More recently, our programme for primary liaison has proved very successful, supporting a smooth move to secondary school, building on the strengths of the students and addressing any areas for

The ‘F1 in Schools’ national competition—

development from Day 1 in September of Year 7. Whatever

and other regional and national

the way forward, we will—and always have—put the needs of

competitions that I have discussed

our children first.


CURIOSITY Hands-on learning... Investigating the fascinating world of creepy-crawlies

Zoolab—a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning “Zoolab is a well-known animal handling experience company,” says Miss Lawrie. “During the session, students were able to see and learn about different animals, including a giant African land snail, a Chilean tarantula, a rainbow boa, a hermit crab, hissing cockroaches and a giant millipede. Students loved the chance to see the animals up close and some people were even brave enough to hold the tarantula! Thank you to the Zoolab team. We hope to have them visiting us again before the summer to deliver a habitats workshop to Year 7.” 4

INVESTIGATION Caring for our living planet... Learning about the importance of conservation On the recent Intensive Study Day, 112 Year 7 students went to Chester Zoo to study the many different conservation projects that Chester Zoo is part of – everything from breeding the rare Sumatran orang-utan, whose habitat is almost completely destroyed due to deforestation to make way for oil palm plantations, to the African painted dogs, who have been successfully reintroduced into the wild, following a worldwide breeding strategy. The day started out with very poor weather but, despite this, the Year 7s enjoyed a great day out at the zoo.


CONFIDENCE The art of public speaking... Miss Bonsall says: “A massive ‘well done’ to the students who took part in the Wirral Speech and Drama Festival in March. I am incredibly proud of them. They did very well under extremely nerve-wracking circumstances. They had to perform their monologue to an adjudicator as well as an audience. This was a completely new experience! Students were graded and given constructive feedback, which will help them in future performances, including their GCSE performance exam.” Jessica Rooney, who came second in the Year 10 and 11 Class says: “I really enjoyed working towards this performance. I spent time after school with five other students from all year groups whilst rehearsing with Miss Bonsall. We had a lot of fun and helped each other to improve our pieces by giving suggestions and feedback. I liked working towards something and then getting helpful feedback from the adjudicator. I would definitely like to have another go next year.”

Tomasz Styring

Year 7


Olivia Wallace

Year 8 and 9


Nathan Threlfall

Year 8 and 9


Chloe Mearns

Year 8 and 9


Jessica Rooney

Year 10 and 11

Second with Commended

Connor Styring

Year 10 and 11

Third with Merit

The Wirral Festival of Speech and Drama This event was established in 1949 to encourage the study of music and the arts and to stimulate the interest of the public in an appreciation of the performing arts. It attracts hundreds of entrants every year.


AMBITION Where are they now…? Michael Foulkes: a career in the military I left Ridgeway in 2005. I remember

Engineer, which sounded the most

looking forward to leaving and starting

appealing. I joined in 2008 and am still

work but, when it actually happened, I

serving, eight years down the line.

really wished I was back in school. My

Since I’ve been in the Royal Navy, I have

favourite subjects were PE with Mr

completed lots of training which has

Smith, Media Studies with Miss

allowed me to gain qualifications that

Chapman and Art with Mr Didsbury.

would otherwise have cost me a lot of

When I left school I applied for several

money. I have an NVQ and a Foundation Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

apprenticeships, including Airbus in

I have worked on Sea King Mk4 helicopters as tradesman and supervisor. I

Broughton to produce wings for the

have visited many places around the world, including four deployments in

Airbus aircraft, the army to become an

Afghanistan, El Centro in California, Norway to do cold weather survival

aviation technician and Cammell Laird

training, Italy, Germany and Cyprus.

to do welding and fabrication.

I am currently based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire working on Merlin Mk3

I did the test for the Army and passed

helicopters. I have recently been promoted to Petty Officer so I am learning

but I had already been offered an

new roles and responsibilities. I now oversee work that is being carried out on

apprenticeship in welding and

the engines, gearboxes, hydraulic systems, undercarriage, fuel systems and

fabrication with Lairds Foundation. I

airframe components.

took the apprenticeship and joined a company called A&S McKay, where I worked for two years and attended

Where are they now?

college one day a week to complete the

This has quickly established itself as a popular feature in the Ridgeway

NVQ in welding and fabrication.

Reader, an update on ex-students of Ridgeway High School—where they

In 2007 I went to the Royal Navy

are now and what career choice they have made.

recruitment centre and passed the test

If you would like to be featured in our “Where are they now” updates, or if

with a high score. They gave me a list of

you know someone who has a particularly interesting story to tell, please

possible jobs, including Aircraft

email: 7

ADVENTURE A holiday to remember... Miss Lodge on a memorable ski trip to Andorra After an early start on the Saturday morning and a very long coach journey, we finally arrived in Andorra on the Sunday morning. We received a lovely welcome from our fantastic hotelier, who provided us with much-needed coffee and toast before showing us to our rooms. The boys soon discovered that there was a PlayStation and FIFA game in the lounge area of the hotel which kept them occupied for the week! Monday was our first day of ski school. We caught the gondola lift up the mountain to get ‘suited and booted’ and to meet our instructors, Hector, Belen and Olau. The weather was, frankly, horrible! The students’ first experience of skiing on a mountain was in the middle of a raging blizzard! Nevertheless, by the end of the day everyone had big smiles and said how much they loved skiing and snowboarding! Each night after dinner, we had nominations for the funniest moment of the day. There were some laugh-out-loud nominations throughout the week for acts such as ‘getting stuck on a chair lift’, ‘falling offpiste’ and ‘most falls in one day’. Luckily, the weather improved as the week went on and we had some beautiful sunny days with clear blue skies and fresh white slopes. Our skiing and snowboarding abilities progressed quickly and the students were soon exploring the mountain. 8

ENRICHMENT Towards the end of the week, the students had progressed so much that the instructors took them through the snow park, skiing them over a variety of jumps and rails with some hilarious outcomes! On Wednesday night we ventured into Andorra La Vella to the local bowling alley and arcades. The students’ competitive side really came out and after some well-fought bowling matches, the competition went over to the pool tables, the basketball shooting game and the punch bag. Mr Barney proved to be unbeatable on the latter! On the last day, we went up to the top of the mountain and enjoyed the incredible views over the tops of the Pyrenees and over into Spain; it was absolutely breathtaking! From the top of the mountain, the instructors led the group down red runs, the second-hardest runs on the mountain. Each group looked amazing, skiing parallel and performing linking turns on their snowboards – an amazing achievement after just one week! At the very end of the final day, each student was presented with a certificate of achievement – a great way to recognise what they had accomplished. I’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Mr Barney and Mr Beattie for their help, support and good humour throughout the week and a huge ‘thank you’ as well to all the students for making it a very memorable and thoroughly entertaining week! Their amazing ‘thank you’ gift of a brand new ski helmet was the icing on the cake for me!

Drama enrichment Drama students from University of Chester were in Ridgeway during March, helping to run drama activities and working towards an assessment for their own degree. The undergraduates developed a strong rapport with Ridgeway students, supporting Drama GCSE students with their examination pieces and helping lead warm-ups in KS3 lessons too. They ran a final, special workshop on Wednesday 9 March. Year 10 GCSE students and aspiring GCSE students from Years 7 and 8 took part. The workshop focused on commedia dell'arte, a famous theatre genre. Students focused on movement and vocal techniques to develop a range of so-called ‘stock’ characters. Jay, one of our visitors, said: “I am an ex-Ridgeway student. It was certainly strange being back and seeing the lessons from the other side. I thought the students were fantastic and a credit to Miss Bonsall and the rest of the school. They were extremely creative. Thank you to Miss Bonsall, Miss Crane and Ms Williams who helped make this possible.” 9

AMBITION The road to university... Mr Heayns reports on a day at Edge Hill University In February, a group of Year 9 and 10

We were given a tour of the university by three current students who were

students visited Edge Hill University. As

able to tell us what life is like on campus, as well as giving us information

part of the Gifted & Talented

about their course and also the range of high-tech facilities available to

programme, we are keen to introduce

students who attend Edge Hill. After our tour, we were able to ask some

students to opportunities that are open

questions of university staff and students before returning to school.

to them after their time at Ridgeway has come to an end and, in particular, to encourage them to learn about the lifelong benefits of a university education. Although Year 9 and 10 students are several years away from actually starting at university, it is important to start thinking now about higher education, not least because many university courses expect specific A-level qualifications to study certain degrees so this also affects GCSE choices at Ridgeway. We were welcomed to the university on an important day for many of the visitors as the university was interviewing prospective candidates for courses. Their nervous faces certainly helped me and the other teachers to explain what university interviews were all about to the students.

Reaching for the top... Ridgeway High School students are given the opportunity, the encouragement and the support to reach the very top. The school was delighted to host a presentation given by St Peter’s College, Oxford, on applying to ‘Oxbridge’. The programme we offer for our highest-achieving students includes visits to local universities and a two-day stay at Cambridge University. 10

COMPETITION Learning by doing... At the cutting-edge in Design Technology A group of Year 9 and 10 students have recently

worked for a week with experts, who gave them tuition on the

been involved in the ‘F1 in Schools’ competition.

process of design and manufacture. Finally students raced their

F1 in Schools gives students a unique

cars on a 20-metre race track to see who had designed and

opportunity to develop key skills such as

manufactured the fastest car.

communication and team work whilst having

Those involved in the F1 Week all received a CREST Award –

fun by taking part in the world’s biggest and

‘Creativity in Science and Technology’. This is the national award

most exciting STEM (Science, Technology,

scheme for project work in Science, Technology, Engineering and

Engineering and Maths) challenge.

Maths (STEM).

Students followed the same processes that the

Mrs Attwood says, “All students involved in the competition,


whether that be those taking part in the week with Industrial

Formula 1

Cadets, those who gave up time after school or those who went


through to the regional finals, all showed a great deal of


dedication and commitment. They learnt important cross-

from their

curricular skills and, more specifically, skills in designing,


manufacturing, testing and evaluating products. These skills will

business plan through to the car design.

prove invaluable in the students’ continued work in Product

Students developed skills in the use of


Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, data analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and drag calculation software, Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to manufacture their car, and wind and smoke tunnels for testing. Students attended lunchtime and after-school sessions to work on the skills needed to enter the competition. Twelve lucky students also 11

LEARNING Learning round-up... Blood Brothers visit As part of their English Literature GCSE, students study the hugely popular and timeless Willy Russell play, 'Blood Brothers'. What better way to gain an understanding of this important text than to see the long-running and extremely successful West End production that is currently touring the North-West? We were lucky enough to catch the show at the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe. The trip was open to Year 9 and Year 10 students, who are currently working on the play in their English Literature lessons.

Hard-hitting drama Year 8 and 9 students were mesmerised by the 'Terriers' play, performed in school by the Royal Court Theatre. This hard-hitting production focuses on the ills of gun crime and gang involvement for young people and is set in Liverpool. Students interacted excellently with the performance and were clearly emotionally involved in the plot as it unfolded. The Royal Court Players were impressed with the maturity shown by the young audience.

Restaurant research Year 11 students went to the Derby Pool Harvester restaurant in Wallasey to carry out research for their controlled assessment work. The students had time to speak to the employees to learn about how the business operates. They were also able to have a meal at the restaurant...and excellent it was too!



Below: Olivia Wallace learns about the experiences of British soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more about Year 9’s visit to the Imperial War Museum on page 16.

Primary Bake-Off Competition

Product design work

Here is a selection of work from Year 10 product designers, Dylan Truin-Robinson, Dion Upton and Jack Harris. These MP3 docking stations are fully-functional and have been designed and made by the students. They have learnt how to use the laser cutter and have utilised high-level skills in 2D design, soldering and electronic circuitry, as well as making use of hand tools in the workshop. 13

INVOLVEMENT Animal care qualification Miss Carey says, “Year 9 students have recently started BTEC Animal Care, which is a new vocational qualification aimed at equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to work with animals. As part of the course, the students volunteer at the Tam O’Shanter urban farm every Thursday afternoon. They are learning lots of new skills and making new friends every week. So far, activities have included mucking out and grooming the ponies, building a new chicken house and even walking the farm’s newest

Micro:bit devices

additions, a couple of lovely Bagot goats called Tilly and Tina!”

As promised by the government, Ridgeway has received 150 micro:bit devices from the BBC to use in lessons and clubs with Key Stage 3 students. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer. It is 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s and fondly remembered by those of a certain age!

Year 9 Geography class students completed fieldwork in both Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed. The weather might not

Snowdonia fieldwork

have been great but the students put an awful lot of effort into the collection of primary data.


PERFORMANCE The Great Big Dance Off The Great Big Dance Off is a national dance competition. Year 9 GCSE students have made it through to the second round of the competition – the regional heats. Miss Love says, “We make all of our decisions as a team, including costumes and the style of dance we want to create. Crazy Love is about friendship groups that have broken down due to peer pressure. It’s about the push and pull of kinship and how it can Well done to: Reannon McMullen, Demi Holland Yasmin Grundy, Millie McNoon, Emily Stewart and Erin Murphy

both support us and hurt us. The Love Dancers really help each other improve and grow as team members and I am immensely proud of what they have achieved.”

Pupils from six local primary schools joined Ridgeway for the annual 'Love Dance'

Love Dance

event in front of an enthusiastic audience of families and friends. Miss Love says: “This is such an exciting event and the opportunity to host all this

talent from the local area is a real privilege. Seeing the students help the younger primary school-aged dancers has been really uplifting. Ridgeway students helped them to practise and took the younger students under their wing to help them learn the finale dance to Jamiroquai's Canned Heat. Arwen Radley and Connor Styring started off the show with flair and panache, introducing each school up to the floor. Our students performed some of their own choreography as well as pieces worked on in Dance Club and some GCSE work. There was also invaluable help from GCSE Performing Arts students behind the scenes: Samuel Dempsey, Kieran McKay and Lewis Reece on sound and Jordan Napthine, Paul Collins and Andrew McKenna on lighting.” 15

REMEMBRANCE The pity of war... A journey back in time to learn about conflict Our Year 9 historians made the journey to the

'live' radio and

Imperial War Museum North in Salford to deepen


their understanding and appreciation of war and

broadcasts, all

conflict in the twentieth century.

of which helped

They were set the challenge set of finding one

to bring alive

particular Second World War gem: The Government’s

the atmosphere

Guide to Good Goat-Keeping! Well done to Jonty

at the time. The

Hughes and Leon Clayton, who successfully located

museum also has a collection of items from the camps of the

this extraordinary item!

Holocaust and the 'Kindertransport', used to rescue Jewish

Students used the museum visit to examine artefacts

children from Germany in the months before the outbreak of

from the First World War, including letters from

war in 1939. The horrors of the Holocaust are a subject that

soldiers to their loved ones; for many of the soldiers,

Year 9s will come back to in more detail in the future.

these were the last letters they ever sent. The inter-

A lighter note was offered with a tour of the 'Horrible Histories:

war display showed how the Nazi Party rose to

Blitzed Britain' exhibition, with its interactive displays and

prominence in Germany. The museum had an

interesting items to...smell! It's safe to say that we definitely

extraordinary collection of items on show -

didn’t enjoy the smell of the ‘stews’ that families had to endure

everything from magazines to Nazi dolls - as well as

during the Second World War!


SPIRITUALITY Moments of wonder... Quiet reflection in a magnificent setting Sixteen GCSE RE students made the short journey to

ancient Buddhist works of art and saw paintings called ‘thangkas’,

Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in March to explore a

which depict the life of the Buddha. The students are already

Christian place of worship. After they were dropped

looking forward to their next visit, which will be to an authentic

off at Hamilton Square train station, the students,

Thai Buddhist temple.

accompanied by Mr Worthington, our Head of Humanities, went over to Liverpool on the train. They walked through the city centre – through the culturally diverse Chinatown area – and up to the majestic cathedral. They investigated the magnificent interior, learning about its many historical aspects, and of course, its features with particular religious significance. They lit candles for their own family members, who are no longer with us, and took the time to reflect on what is a wondrous and awe-inspiring place. They explored such features such as the Lady Chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and enjoyed the simple silence of the Holy Spirit Chapel. They were also able to examine closely some of the religious works of art, depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. After lunch, the students made their way to the World Museum, and explored the world cultures’ gallery. As they are studying Buddhism as part of the GCSE course, they made their way to the Buddhism section, which is a recreation of a Tibetan Buddhist shrine room. They were able to examine at first hand


GLOBAL AWARENESS Friends in Sierra Leone... Penpal scheme with students at the OAKS School OAKS stands for Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone. The OAKS School has been open since 2007. It now has about 350 students and relies on the OAKS charity. At the end of January, Mrs Moran sent off a bumper package of letters and small gifts to OAKS School. Students had written letters during Academic Review time and in Learning for Life lessons to start the penpal scheme. They received their replies a few weeks later and Mrs Moran went into assembly to give them out. Lauren Jones 8YL When Mrs Moran told us about the scheme, I was so excited. As soon as I started writing my letter, I couldn’t stop so I wrote two letters to two different children: one was a boy called Gebrella and he is 14 years old and the other one was Augusta and she is 14 years old also. Augusta was so sweet and she wrote me a little song. I loved it. I also sent a little bracelet and she said she loved it too. The little song said: ‘I like you friend keep it up, I like you friend keep it up. I am your friend, friend, friend, you are my friend, friend, friend.’

Below: Sue

Sian Cullen-Lloyd 8YL When Mrs Moran told us about the penpal scheme with the school in Sierra Leone, I had mixed feelings. I was excited and scared because I didn’t really know what to write. I have always wanted to write or speak to someone far away on another continent and learn about their religion, life etc. I want to see how different it is from my own. My penpal’s name is Margret Katim. She is 13 years old, likes dancing, listening to music and sports. We have a lot in common.


GLOBAL ACTION Nathaniel Allen 8BA A few weeks ago we were introduced to a pen-pal scheme by Mrs Moran to write letters to students in Sierra Leone. This was new to me as it was my first letter that I had got a reply from and especially such a good and interesting reply from a child like me on another continent. As soon as I sent the letter, I forgot about the reply and so when I got one I was very surprised. It is great to learn more about their life because the only life I know is my own. I am currently working on another letter and I am hoping this project will continue as I want to learn more about David’s life and how it is different from mine.

Joanie Needham 8BA I was happy to take part in writing to people in Sierra Leone because it means you can see what life is like there. When I first wrote a letter, I was unsure what to expect but when their letter came back I was interested to learn how different life is there. The person I wrote to sounds really kind. I am currently writing a letter back and I am going to send a present. I hope my penpal friendship will carry on. I am really grateful to take part in this unusual activity.

Miss Lawrie on equipment for the OAKS School “We were delighted to be able to send much-needed science equipment and resources to the Oaks School in Sierre Leone and I was humbled to receive a letter of appreciation sent from the Headteacher, Joseph Williams, and the Head of Science, Patrick Goba. We are now in the process of putting together another box of resources to help the students have access to high-quality science equipment, especially due to the lack of textbooks there. Laurel Parkinson is an associate with the Oaks charity. She leads the educational programme, using her own resources to visit Sierra Leone for up to nine weeks per year.” 19


REWARDS Recognising students’ efforts... Tomasz Styring enjoys the latest rewards trip


hen the day came, I woke up ready for a fantastic experience. We were allowed to wear our own clothes rather than school uniform, which I think helps to make the day feel different and special. I’m not sure what time we arrived but we headed straight for

Laser Quest! We chose our names: I wanted ‘Deadpool’ but someone had taken it so I chose ‘Predator’ instead. Once we were in and heard the rules, we were split into two teams called Red and Blue. We had one game and got the results: Blue had won and I was in the Blue team. Then we were told best player and it was me! I was happy and surprised. We went on the climbing wall before our next game. I didn’t win at that though! We had our second game and I was on the Blue team again. However, this time Reds went in first and took control of an overpowered spot but I managed to infiltrate it and keep hold of the position. I decided to chase down the Reds and shot lots of them but they shot me just as much as I shot them. Eventually they took back their place. The game finished and again Blues won and the ‘Most Valuable Player’ this time was……me again! I was very surprised, as I was shot a lot, but happy I won.

Watching Annie at the Liverpool Empire Miss Bonsall arranged a trip to see Annie at the Liverpool Empire, starring Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan. Annie was, of course, Ridgeway High School’s whole-school production last year. Everyone had a great time, watching the professionals. The students thoroughly enjoyed the show and sang along merrily. However, although the performance was fantastic, everyone agreed that Ridgeway’s Miss Hannigan, Jessica Rooney, outshone the ‘Birds of a Feather’ professional by a mile. Emily Stewart, who played Ridgeway’s Annie, said: “It was brilliant! It was great to see it so long after our performance. It brought back great memories.” In fact, the majority of students on the trip were in Ridgeway’s Annie cast and shared Emily’s feelings of nostalgia. 21


SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Caring for others... Fundraising to support those in need... Every December, we are swept up in the magic of Christmas and excitement fills the air. The night sky is lit up with an array of twinkling coloured lights. Christmas jingles and carols can be heard all around, high street shops overflow with luxurious gifts and most of us over-indulge in all the delicious foods lining the supermarket shelves. Since September, Year 9 Health and Social Care students have been exploring the different care values demonstrated by professionals across Health and Social Care sectors – care values such as respect for the individual, dignity and a personcentred approach. When discussing these values, students felt it was important to remind ourselves that, at times like Christmas, it is not always a joyful, happy occasion for everyone and that the care values expected of Health and Social Care professionals should in fact be demonstrated by everyone. As a result, the students eagerly started fundraising for the Wirral Foodbank, a trust that works tirelessly to provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. Last year alone, the Trust’s foodbank network fed over 300,000 people relying on food donated by members of the public. The Trust also has a great team of volunteers on hand to sort donated food ready to be given to clients. Overall the students raised £55, which they used to buy essential food needed to replenish stock. The food parcel included nonperishable goods such as long-life milk, pasta sauce, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, cordial, tins of spaghetti, chopped tomatoes and sponge puddings. Several food items were also kindly donated to the collection. The students were presented with a certificate as a ‘thank you’ for their contribution towards the community and further fundraising activities are under way to make more donations in the coming year. To find out more about the fantastic work that the Wirral Foodbank does in the local community, visit 23

COMPETITION Competing with the best... Mr Murphy’s Head of PE update This half-term has seen a lot of action from our

Merseyside championships and the netball team played excellently

school teams still in the Wirral and Merseyside

in the Wirral finals. The athletics season has begun, with students

competitions in football. Once again, four year

performing excellently in the cross-country events.

groups have reached the quarter-final stage, with

I am really looking forward to what the next half-term brings.

two of these games still to be played.

Hopefully, we will see some local finals in football and some

The end of the basketball season has seen two year

individual personal bests in the athletic meets. We also have the

groups reaching the finals, which is an outstanding

cricket season starting for both boys and girls so there is plenty to

achievement. Our table tennis team reached the

look forward to in a busy summer term!

An outstanding table tennis achievement After winning the Wirral tournament, the Key Stage 3 table tennis team qualified for the regional championships in Halton. David Harrison, William Burkhill, Dylan Roden and Jonty Hughes made up a very strong team. The boys played excellently throughout the tournament, not losing a set between them and brushing aside Savio, Childwall and Knowsley Park to reach the semi-finals, before losing narrowly to the tournament favourites. Mr Murphy said, “The boys have finished fourth in Merseyside, which is a fantastic achievement, playing against club players and beating them. Our only club player is William so, as a team effort, it is an unbelievable achievement. I was also delighted that they were presented with the Spirit of the Games award for the manner in which they participated.” 24

TEAMWORK In-depth: Mr Beattie on Year 7 boys’ footballing year All in all, it’s been a fantastic season for the boys.

Rainbow enough to see us through to the next round where SFX

This half-term saw them in the Wirral and


Merseyside cups, after managing to reach the last 32

In the Wirral Cup, an away tie against University Church of England

of the National Cup before Christmas, matching the

Academy was first up. On a big pitch, the boys came into their

school’s best ever performance.

own, putting on their best performance of the year so far. After a

The first round of the Merseyside Cup handed us a

fine stop from the opposition keeper, James Woolfall was quickest

tough draw against St Hilda’s. However, a quick start

to react in the box, grabbing a real poacher’s effort to put us 1-0

led to an early goal for Billy Rainbow before Lewis

up. The second was a fine individual effort from Billy Rainbow,

McLeod extended our lead. Billy then bagged

dancing past three men, cutting in on his less-favoured right foot

himself another goal to put our lads in a comfortable

and curling a beautiful strike round the keeper that nestled in the

position. St Hilda’s did manage to rally late on and

side netting. James Connor then capped a fine first-half with a

put us under some pressure after they scored a

goal that put us 3-1 ahead. The second half was more of the same:

consolation but Rhys Williams in goal and the

another quick goal from Billy was followed by strikes from

defence kept them at bay to secure our progress into

debutant Ryan Kernaghan and Layteon Phillips. Billy had the

the next round.

chance to grab his hat-trick but unfortunately his penalty missed

A tough trip away to Hillside in Bootle came next. On

the target. However, he didn’t have to wait long for his next

a big pitch against a physical side, the boys put on a

opportunity, beating the offside trap before delightfully chipping

great team performance. Layteon Phillips pulled the

the ball over the keeper. That goal took his tally for the year to an

strings in midfield while Rhys Elias was excellent in

unbelievable 23.

defence, giving us the perfect platform to go on and

The quarter-finals handed us a home tie against St Mary’s. Lewis

get the 2-0 win, with first-half goals from Billy

McLeod put us ahead early on, after meeting a Billy Rainbow corner to power in a header. Some excellent work by James Connor doubled our advantage. Winning the ball back in his own half, he drove forward before smashing the ball in off the post. Chances were occurring at both ends of the pitch, with Rhys Williams in inspired form to preserve our lead. However a slip in defence allowed St Mary’s back in, making it 2-1. Seconds before half time, the tie was level at 2-2 after a strike from distance. The second half was suddenly a much tougher prospect now that the opposition had their tails up. Despite the heroic efforts of Rhys in goal, St Mary’s came away with a 5-2 victory. 25

COMMITMENT Years 8-11 boys’ football: season review The Year 8 team started the season where they left

matched with frustrating defeats against Calday, Woodchurch and

off last year, sweeping aside Hilbre, Woodchurch

St Mary’s.

(twice!), Oldershaw and St Mary’s. The boys also won

Mr Tyler says, “The boys have worked hard but not always got the

the first fixtures in the Merseyside and national

results they deserved. They need to have more self-belief in order

competitions, only to be beaten on penalties against

to achieve better results. A special mention must go to Ben

Maricourt in the Merseyside competition and then

Cotgreave, Matthew Christie, Kameron Johnson and Ben O’Neill

comfortably beaten by SFX in the national

from Year 8 who stepped up to play for the Year 9 team and were

competition. After Christmas the boys played


Woodchurch and again lost.

The Year 10 team have also had mixed results. Mr Maddocks says,

Mr Murphy says, “I think the boys were complacent

“The boys have had a good run, which ended against Wade

after only losing two fixtures last year inside normal

Deacon in the Cheshire Cup. Illness and injury have affected

time, so I challenged them after the Woodchurch

students’ availability. Adam Probbing has been the stand-out

game to prove they are a good team and bounce

performer throughout the season, demonstrating a fantastic

back. They have done that in style by beating


Birkenhead Park 10-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Wirral Cup! The boys were back to their best,

Below: The Year 10 football team

with Kameron Johnson the stand-out performer, scoring five and setting up another two! We have a quarter-final to look forward to now and I am confident the boys have what it takes to go all the way!” The Year 9 team have had a mixed season. Results have been up and down, with convincing wins against Oldershaw and Kingsway 26

PARTICIPATION Miss Lodge’s round-up of girls’ PE The Year 7/8 netball team have played several

and we got off to a great start by beating Plessington then only

fixtures this term, including away at Plessington,

losing to Prenton by a single point. The girls performed amazingly

beating both their teams! Chloe St Ledger was

well against Wirral Grammar’s top team, with Shania Evans and

brilliant at centre, covering the whole court and

Kara Robinson absolutely dominant in defence. We finished third

never stopping. The following week, we were away

in our section and the girls worked incredibly hard all morning to

at Weatherhead for a triangular match, also involving

produce some fantastic netball!

Birkenhead Park. We were victorious against

The basketball team that is going on the Ajax sporting tour played

Weatherhead’s Year 7s but lost by a couple of goals to both Weatherhead’s and Birkenhead Park’s Year 8s. However, Emily Davin and Cheryn Byrne displayed tremendous attacking skills.

a warm-up match against Woodchurch. Jayde Renner, Lottie Richards, Jordan Salisbury, Holly Woods and Cheryn Byrne never stopped running and we only missed out on victory by a few We have also had a home match against Upton. The

baskets. A massive good luck to everyone going on the tour.

girls took a while to warm up and get into the play.

In other news, March also saw the start of the athletics season.

They lost the first game but then found their netball

The cross country league took place at Arrowe Park over a three-

legs for the second match and won convincingly, with

week period. In total, 12 students participated in the competition,

Jade Williams doing a fantastic job dominating at GA.

with Cameron Dawson, Harry Jellicoe, Sian Cullen-Lloyd, Cheryn

The girls got up very early on a Saturday morning in

Byrne and Chloe St Ledger all performing extremely well week

March to participate in the Wirral Schools Netball

after week.

Tournament. There were six teams in our section 27

Ridgeway Reader February—March 2016 All the latest news from Ridgeway High School

Upcoming Events Tuesday 19 April School re-opens for students after the spring break. Monday 18 April is a Staff Training Day.

Saturday 23 April We say “hello” again to our new intake, who will be working in the Computing Department for the morning. They will also be with us on Saturday 7 May.

Thursday 28 April Year 7 parents’ evening takes place between 4pm and 7pm.

Thursday 12 May Year 8 parents’ evening takes place between 4pm and 7pm.

Friday 27 May School closes for the half-term break, re-opening on Monday 6 June. Once again, many thanks to Mrs Warbrick for her help and support in the production of this issue.


Reader Spring 2  

February-March 2016

Reader Spring 2  

February-March 2016