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All the latest news from Ridgeway High School September—October 2014

Headteacher’s Update Welcome to this first, action-packed edition of the 2014-2015 academic year. It is hard to believe that we are only eight weeks in! Already, we have put in place an amazing array of opportunities and events for students to participate in, as well as seeing some outstanding student achievements. A new year is a new start for everyone, from Year 7 attending their first days at a high school, Year 8 completing key stage 3, Years 9 and 10 starting GCSE courses, to Year 11 completing their final year of secondary education. Many people look back on their time at school and wish they could turn back the clock. Whenever I observe a languages lesson, I so wish I’d been taught the way our students are today! This term has seen the introduction of student lesson scores for their attitude to learning. These are available ‘real time’ through the school’s VLE and, along with our half-termly school reports, will enable parents to track closely their child’s progress. I have to say that feedback from parents attending our recent Year 7 parents’ evening was extremely positive about this. We are about to go through a period of significant change in education. Over the next four or five years, grading of GCSEs is changing and, depending on the subject, your child may be awarded a level between 1 and 9, a grade between A* and G or a pass, merit or distinction. This will undoubtedly be confusing for students, parents and potential employers—as well as for teachers! Even more difficult will be judging the examination results of a school, using these different grades and levels. An added complication will be when school performance tables only include students’ first entry because this excludes higher grades achieved through re-sits. In other words, performance tables will not be comparing

‘like with like’ so it will be hard to make year-on -year comparisons. I am firmly of the belief that at the heart of everything we are doing is what is best for the students. I was delighted that 88% of Year 11 students leaving in the summer gained over five GCSEs at A*-C grade and especially the fact that all of the students moved on to post16 studies or apprenticeship placements. Students succeed when they are engaged, interested in their learning and prepared to challenge themselves to improve, for example through attending extra-curricular activities, Homework Club or intervention sessions beyond the normal school day. Year on year, the students who do this always get the best results. ‘You only get out of life what you put in’ is a phrase often used. One of my priorities has always been to offer opportunities that will inspire students. We place a strong emphasis on offering a broad and balanced curriculum that will develop knowledge and understanding but also remain relevant to the students and have a purpose. Our business partners often talk about the ‘skills-set’ students will need when starting out in a job: creativity, co-operation, communication and the ability to contribute to and work in a team. These are skills that, over the years, students from Year 7 to Year 11 have developed in lessons and particularly through Intensive Study Days, which follow an ‘enterprise’ theme. Finally, on the sporting front, we are now participating in regional and national competitions and performing well, with teams gaining recognition for their excellent attitude and style of play. The season will culminate with a tour to Barcelona next summer— another example of how Ridgeway offers students something truly sensational.

Attendance Figures Group

%

7BL 7BA 7RE 7YL

95.5

7GR 8BL

97.8

8BA 8RE 8YL

93.5

8GR 9YL

93.8

9RE 9GR 9BL

95.8

9BA 10BL

95.5

10BA 10GR 10RE

95.3

10YL 11BL 11YL

96.1

11BA 11GR

96.5

11RE Total

90.5

97 95.7 95 95.7 91.7 96 95.4 95.7 93.4 91.4 94.5 92.3 90.8 95.4 94.2 94.7


INSIDE THE LATEST ISSUE... FEATURES

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04 YEAR 7 Find out just how well our newest arrivals are settling in...

18 SUMMER SCHOOL Remember those sunny days, way back when?! Find out what was going on at our TWO summer schools...

24 WICKED! Join our performing arts students at the Liverpool Empire...

“We’ve all been following Aaron’s progress in taekwondo keenly. What impresses me is his determination to succeed...”

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REGULARS 28-31 PE

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Another busy half-term down in the PE department

BACK KEY DATES All the key information about study clubs and revision opportunities over half-term..

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AN ETHOS OF ACHIEVEMENT...

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The rise and rise of Ridgeway High School! It has been another year of fantastic results for

– less

Ridgeway High School, with every child achieving well in

coursework,

the new, more rigorous and demanding GCSEs.

more content,

As an all-ability grammar school, the school is delighted

tougher

to report that, yet again, every student in Year 11 has

questions. I am

achieved examination success at the highest level.

proud that our

Particularly impressive was the performance of students

pupils, parents

who received the very highest grades. For example, Ben

and staff have

Dixon achieved 13 GCSEs at A* to C, including 8 A*/A

risen to this

grades. Ben’s outstanding performance was matched by

challenge. We

Phoebe Reid, who was also awarded 8 A*/A grades.

have many individual success stories and examples of

Gemma Mander also gained 13 A*-C grades, including 6

outstanding results. For example, the examination

A*/A grades.

success of Alice and Stella shows what can be achieved

The journey of Alice and Stella Oyesola to GCSE success at

through hard work and a determination to succeed.

Ridgeway is an inspirational one. The twins joined the

I urge prospective parents to come and see what

school four years ago when they moved to England from

Ridgeway can offer your child. We are a school that

Nigeria. Despite initially having only a limited command

encourages and supports every child to achieve their

of English, the girls enthusiastically embraced every

potential and fulfil their goals and aspirations.”

opportunity the school offered, both inside and beyond the classroom. They leave with 13 ‘good’ GCSEs each, with Alice receiving 12 A*/A grades and Stella 10 A*/A grades. Tony Taylor, Headteacher, commented: “I am delighted for all our students. We know that Above: Stella and Alice, with Mr Taylor Page 3

examinations are becoming harder

Above: Lee and Emma

Below: Phoebe, Gemma and Ben, with Mr Taylor


MAKING FRIENDS, SETTLING IN...

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Our Year 7 adventurers complete their ‘smooth move’! Our Year 7 day at Thurstaston Country Park is fast

The weather doesn’t always make it easy for us. But this

becoming a tradition of the school calendar. The aim is

year, despite a gloomy start and some fierce waves

to encourage our new arrivals to participate in a fun-filled

crashing onto the beach, the day soon turned bright and

day of team-building activities and to complete our

sunny—perfect for scavenger hunting, sandcastle

extensive ‘smooth move’ transition programme, ensuring

building and other fun activities that helped make this

that students move happily from Year 6 to Year 7.

annual highlight yet another big success.

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...AND ENJOYING SCHOOL...

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SCIENCE: METHOD AND DATA...

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During their Intensive Study Day in September, Year 9 students participated in a scientific investigation in the style of a GCSE assessment. They learned about the manufacturing and uses of plastics, before discussing the environmental issues they cause across the world.

Later, students carried out an investigation into the cost and strength of different plastic bags, using a technique commonly used in industry.

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SCIENCE: RIGOROUS ANALYSIS...

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Students completed a litter survey to collect data on their immediate environment and classified the different types of litter, recording their findings for their area.

Students processed their data and produced accurate graphs, which they then analysed to draw conclusions. Literacy skills were developed through a formal write-up of their investigation. Students were given clear criteria to fulfil, when concluding their findings and evaluating their investigation.

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SCIENCE: SKILLS OF ENQUIRY...

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During the summer term, the ‘Little Sheldons Science Club’ took part in the the MARSBalloon project. The project aims to test how everyday objects will survive on Mars by sending capsules containing students’ experiments 30km up into the Earth’s atmosphere on a high-altitude balloon, named Tharsis. Conditions there are very similar to the surface of Mars.

You can see for yourself at http://marsballoon.com/tharsis/ Students in the ‘Little Sheldons Club’ get opportunities to participate in national science projects and competitions! We also watch and discuss fascinating science videos, such as ‘Ask an Astronaut’ and ‘The Science of Superheroes’. Students can join by coming to SC4 to see Miss Scullion at 1pm on Wednesdays. Above: The helium balloon fully inflated and ready to launch.

Our students chose to investigate snacks for astronauts. Small, high-calorie snacks with long expiration dates will be important to astronauts visiting Mars in the future. They carried out experiments on the peanuts that had been on the MarsBalloon and compared them to control samples left in the lab. Students concluded that they can recommend both salted and dry-roasted peanuts to astronauts travelling to Mars. Page 8


SCIENCE: EXPLORING FRONTIERS...

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Above: The view of the Tharsis flight at 30km in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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MATHS: MEETING THE CHALLENGE... RIDGEWAY READER

The government has brought in fresh thinking about the Year 7 mathematics curriculum. There is now more of an emphasis on complex mathematics to prepare youngsters for when they eventually take their GCSE examinations. As a department we are ready for this and are working hard to ensure that our lessons strike the right balance between challenge and accessibility. With each class being pushed to the maximum of their potential, it can only benefit them later on, as they progress up the school.

These Year 8 students were able to learn how to substitute values into an expression using a real-life situation. It was done through working out the cost of shopping orders being placed.

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Above left: Mr Hodgson, Cameron Remes and Daniel Nielson Below: Mia Jones and Jessica Edwards Above: Functional skills, using algebra

We use our Key Stage 3 ‘Battle Board’ as a motivational tool. It is linked to the House Points system so that students can keep a regular check on their achievements. There will be stars of the week, month and term, with lots of prizes available to reward effort and achievement.


MATHS: KNOWLEDGE FOR LIFE...

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The Key Stage 3 mathematics curriculum focuses on mathematics in a real-life context in order to prepare students for the functional skills element of the GCSE curriculum. So this year, the Year 7s will have even more functional-skills and project-based learning within their yearly schedule. A particular strength of our department is the amount of one-to-one tuition we provide for students at Breakfast Club (see below). Above: Taylor Brennan, Holly Smith and Erin Murphy all working on their Pepperoni Pony orders.

This year, Mr Hodgson’s Breakfast Club runs throughout Key Stage 3. Why not join him there and brush up your maths skills in a relaxed, informal environment?

Above: Ethan Barham testing the racing simulator used during Open Evenings as well as in lessons.

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Mr Hodgson says: “As Key Stage 3 Coordinator, it is my role to ensure that Year 7s and 8s achieve their potential. Breakfast Club is designed to help our students do this. It is open to all Year 7 and 8 students, with home contact if we believe a student is underachieving.”


MAKING SENSE OF THE PAST...

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Students honour the victims of the Great War Mrs Moran reports back on a highly emotional return to Belgium... The humanities department jumped at the chance for

looked inside the cells where the men who had been

two students to take part in a government-funded trip

found guilty of desertion spent their last hours before

to the battlefields of Belgium, accompanied by one

being executed.

teacher and a currently serving soldier.

At Lijessenhoek cemetery, we visited the grave of Nellie

We opened the trip to students in Year 10, setting two

Spindler and investigated the role of women in war. We

questions:

also attended the ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin

 Why is it important to commemorate the 100th

Gate, with approximately 7,000 spectators.

anniversary of the outbreak of World War One?

Sunday’s highlight was a visit to Thiepval Memorial, built

 Why would you do a good job of representing the

to commemorate the soldiers who never returned from

school on this visit?

the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The girls commented

The students chosen were Phoebe Clarke and Amirah

on the scale of the memorial and the loss of life that it

Akpan. It wasn’t long before the girls had made friends

represented.

and the journey to Kingswood Grosvenor Hall in Ashford

On Monday we visited Langemark, a German war

flew by. Once bags were unpacked, it was straight on to

cemetery. The girls were shocked to discover that they

team-building activities.

were standing in Adolf Hitler’s footsteps.

We were set the task of researching the burial sites of

At Tyne Cot Cemetery, we went straight to work, finding

local soldiers. Amirah managed to find details of a soldier

the graves of our local soldiers, where we laid a memorial

who lived just 0.9 miles away from where she lives. We

cross and a candle. We also laid a cross on behalf of staff

were determined to find the grave.

and students at Ridgeway. It was a great honour when

Saturday was another early start, with travel to Calais via

Phoebe was selected by Ollie (‘our’ soldier) to lay a

the Eurotunnel before a visit to Flanders Field Museum.

wreath with him on the Stone of Remembrance.

The girls decided they wanted to plan an assembly for

It was an honour to accompany the girls on such an

their return to school. However, the museum is vast and

emotionally-powerful visit. We hope to stay in touch

so we decided to focus on just one aspect – everyday life

with the people we met on the trip and hope the soldiers

in the trenches for ordinary soldiers (‘privates’).

who accompanied the various students will be able to

We visited the death cells in Poperinge, looking at how

attend our remembrance church service in November.

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RESPECT FOR OUR HERITAGE...

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AN ETHOS OF LEARNING...

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Our ‘stars’ of key stage 4 maths

Jasmine Phillips Year 9

Kaine Crawford Year 10

Lauren Donaldson Year 9

These students have particularly impressed the maths staff with their effort and enthusiasm in maths since the start of this year. A well-deserved, special mention for Olivia Edwards and Emma Leech, both in Year 11, who are excelling in their final year.

Study clubs EVERY Thursday 3.30pm—4.45pm These are primarily targeted at Year 11. However, if students in other year groups are interested, please speak to your maths teacher.

Late-night booster sessions 14 November 3.30pm—10pm 28 November 3.30pm—10pm 12 December 3.30pm—10pm A variety of topics will be covered during the sessions, with each member of staff focusing on a different topic. Topics will be select to reflect the new GCSE-style questions. Food is provided for students who stay for the full session.

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RESPECT FOR THE COMMUNITY...

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Year 10s—working to improve facilities for the local community As part of their GCSE studies in travel and tourism, a group of Year 10 boys took part in a local community project over a period of several weeks in October. The project began by looking at how a local angling club applied for lottery funding to dig out a new pond for the benefit of youth and disabled anglers. Students also had the opportunity to join the Angling Trust (free to under17s), the organisation that promotes angling for all. There were then two follow-up site visits, led by PC Mark Parry and Mrs Moran. On the first visit the boys had a chance to see what had been discussed in the classroom. They also assisted in constructing a path, suitable for disabled access. Finally, the boys were able to fish the pond as a reward. Reece Jones had the first catch, followed by each of the boys. The debate is still raging as to who caught the biggest fish on the day but Mrs Moran suspects it was Alun Jones. Mrs Moran was the last to get a bite and then even that

summary of the project

one got away!

will be sent to the

In addition to

Angling Trust to

Angling Trust

highlight Ridgeway’s

membership,

involvement in the

students will be

pond’s development.

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Above: Taking a break from all that physical toil!

Left: Hands-on learning with Richard! Right: PC Parry demonstrates his angling expertise.


MFL: EXPANDING HORIZONS...

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Saturday 6 September was the European Day of Languages. At Ridgeway, Year 8 celebrated by taking part in various activities during Intensive Study Day, including competitions and quizzes. Test your knowledge by having a go yourself at our quiz below [Answers on page 33]. Good luck! 1. In which European country are there twice as many pigs as people? a. Germany b. Denmark c. Ireland 2. How many languages are spoken in London? a. 73 b. 164 c. 300 3. How many languages are there in the world? a. 50 b. 500 c. 5000 4. What is the currency of France? a. the euro b. the franc c. the peseta 5. Where is Mandarin spoken? a. Madeira b. Australia c. China 6. What is the official language of Mexico? a. English b. Portuguese c. Spanish 7. Where does Paddington Bear come from? a. Peru b. Portugal c. Wales 8. Which country does Parmesan cheese come from? a. Italy b. Germany c. Scotland Page 16

9. Where was chocolate invented? a. The United States b. Mexico c. Switzerland 10. What nationality is Cheryl Cole’s new husband? a. English b. French c. Irish 11. Esperanto was invented in 1887. What is it? a. a type of dance b. a made-up language c. a type of car 12. Which European language gave us the words ‘cookie’, ‘nitwit’ and ‘sleigh’? a. Norwegian b. Dutch c. Czech 13. What does 'Real' mean in the football team name Real Madrid? a. Great b. Real c. Royal 14. In the calendar of which country is each year associated with an animal? a. The United States b. China c. France 15. In which country is the ‘Black Forest’ region? a. Russia b. Germany c. Italy 16. The singer Shakira comes from which country? a. Colombia b. Poland c. Australia


MFL: EXPANDING AMBITIONS...

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South Korea Mr Stokes came into Ridgeway to talk about his adventures in South Korea, where he taught English for two years. Students were mesmerised to learn about life there. They all wanted to move there when they discovered that McDonalds are home-delivered but quickly changed their mind when they found out that students stay in school until ten o’clock at night!

Left: Practising using chopsticks!

How do we say ‘hello’ around the world? Buongiorno!

Bore da! Page 17

Bom dia!

Guten Tag!


ACTIVE LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT... RIDGEWAY READER

RIDGEWAY’S CLASS OF 2019! Page 18


...AT THIS YEAR’S SUMMER SCHOOLS... RIDGEWAY READER

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TESTING RESILIENCE...

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Meeting the challenge It was on a very British weekend—that is to say, grey and somewhat drizzly—that our Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award cohort completed their assessed expedition. By map and compass, students navigated their way around two 13-kilometre walks, although the routes became somewhat longer for those who were in need of more practice with aforementioned map and compass.

Above: Group 2, slightly less ready for departure staff leaving them largely to their own devices; this is a necessity to give students the chance to get the most out of this section of the award. Some more pleasant scenery and a gentle downwardsloping gradient brought the students back to a wellearned minibus ride home. Congratulations to all weekend explorers who have now passed this part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Above: Group 1, ready for departure on Day Two

Mr Bolton will be holding fortnightly meetings to check

As last year, the route followed the Sandstone Trail in

progress with the

Cheshire and allowed students to take in the scenery with

volunteering, physical

some most pleasant views of the Cheshire Plain. Students

and skills sections.

acquitted themselves admirably as they carried heavy

In the next half-term,

packs, laden with all the equipment needed for hot meals

we will be starting

and an overnight stay at a campsite near Beeston Castle.

our new Year 10

Over the two days of walking, students were met by our

cohort. Interested

external assessor for the expedition, who was highly

students in Year 10

complimentary of the groups. He was pleased to see the

should see Mr Bolton

Right: ‘Striking’ base camp Page 20

or Mr Evans for details.


MORAL AND SPIRITUAL CARE...

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PRE students visit Ulverston Buddhist Centre Mr Worthington describes a day of contemplation and meditation... In order to consolidate their learning in GCSE Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, 14 Year 10 students went on a visit to the Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Ulverston this term. They went to learn about the Buddhist lifestyle, see the beautiful Buddhist temple, and take part in some meditation exercises. Led by Mr Worthington, the 14 students made the long journey to the Lake District and were fascinated by

Above: A view of the Buddhist Centre

what they saw. Students were met by a lay Buddhist, who lives at the

They learned how Buddhists use the Buddha’s teaching

centre. He explained how Buddhists use meditation to

to lead a happy and peaceful life. They also made

help them and others achieve lasting peace and

offerings to the temple, which were gratefully received

happiness. They saw various Buddha statues, including

by the Buddhist we met.

the largest bronze Buddha in the western world. They

After lunch the students left the centre for the long

sat with each other, took part in a meditation session

journey home and to reflect on a thought-provoking and

with Buddhists and listened to a talk about the life of

enjoyable day. Without doubt, they gained a lot from

the Buddha, who lived over 2500 years ago.

the visit. Alex Iveson said that the day had given him the chance to think about things in a different kind of way. Left and Below: Moments of reflection

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EXTRACURRICULAR PROVISION...

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Extra-curricular provision is an important element of the Ridgeway curriculum. The performing arts department, for example, offers an extensive programme of music and drama opportunities. Musical theatre club is in its second year and has tripled in size since this time last year. Students who attend are often working on the school production. However, currently they are preparing a condensed version of Matilda the Musical, which they will perform in the Christmas Showcase and hopefully tour to other local schools. The performers range from Years 7 to 11. The older students have taken on mentor roles to help younger members learn dances and lyrics quickly. Singing Club is new. We practise singing with live music (piano, guitar and band) as well as using backing tracks. We have a school song but we also learn songs from shows, pop songs and almost any other genre the students request. Singing Club is fun for everyone and welcomes any age or voice type. We develop pitching skills and learn to sing in harmony. We aim to improve breathing, posture and diction. We also learn to use dynamics and to follow

SAMBA BAND CLUB

Following our previous success in the Wirral Festival of Music, Speech and Drama, the Year 7 samba band will aim to retain our trophy. Along with the Year 7 brass performers, a group of 20 students will perform ‘Samba de Janeiro’ on our brand new samba kit. Students will perform on surdos, ganzas, agogo bells, tamborims and repiniques, learning complex and fun rhythms. This is a great opportunity for all—and especially helpful to students who have instrumental lessons as it helps to develop rhythmic skills. Samba Band Club happens every Tuesday lunchtime in PA3.

Guitar Club is new this year, run by our resident guitarist, Mr Devaney. Students will further develop their guitar skills, whilst learning to perform as part of a group. This club is a ‘must’ for all budding guitarists and takes place every Wednesday lunchtime in PA3.

BAND PRACTICE

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GUITAR CLUB

Budding musicians have the opportunity to come together and either form a band or rehearse in their own group under the tutelage of Mr Devaney. Guitars, drum kits, bass guitars and keyboards are all available for the students’ use and all are welcome. Band Practice takes place every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime in the music department practice rooms.


...BRINGS LEARNING TO LIFE...

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CULTURAL APPRECIATION...

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Ridgeway students defy gravity! In October, 28 students enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to see the West End’s top musical, Wicked, which has been touring the country over the past three months. The venue was the Liverpool Empire and students had been excited for the trip since gaining their place in June. They even practised their musical-theatre production songs in the street while waiting for the minibus! Wicked is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, and the untold story of the Witches of Oz, told from their perspective. The plot begins before—and continues after—Dorothy's arrival in Oz from Kansas and includes several references to the 1939 film and L. Frank Baum's novel. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the Good, who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same loveinterest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace.

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CULTURAL AWARENESS...

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Some of the performing arts students had sung the show’s smash-hit song, ‘Defying Gravity’, in their summer showcase and so, for them, this was an extremely poignant moment in the production.

Callum Potts said: “It was a highly enjoyable and eventful evening. My favourite character was Elphaba. She had an amazing voice and we found out after the show that she was the actress who had played the part in the West End.” Page 25


ART: EXPLORING CULTURES...

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Year 8 have recently completed a painting project relating to Aboriginal dot painting and ‘dreamtime’ symbols. Students developed their painting skills with tempera colours and progressed on to applying individual dots to define dreamtime symbols which relate to the Australian outback.

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IN PURSUIT OF A DREAM...

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Aaron Bretland, now in Year 11, continues to excel in his taekwondo career. He has recently been selected to represent England at Junior level in the Commonwealth Championships, to be held in Edinburgh on 15-16 November. Speaking about Aaron’s success, his nan said: “The support of Birkenhead Lions and Birkenhead YMCA has been so important. I want to thank Nigel Hughes, managing director of the YMCA. They’ve paid for public liability insurance and allowed Aaron to fundraise under the umbrella of the YMCA. If it wasn’t for their support, Aaron would not have the opportunities now open to him. I’m so pleased that Aaron makes the most of it: he trains hard every night as well as keeping up with his school work.” Above: Aaron, with a selection of trophies he has won in his taekwondo career. Sponsorship from Birkenhead Lions and Birkenhead YMCA has been hugely important in helping Aaron pursue his dream.

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Left and Right: Aaron, wearing the England fighting suit that the Birkenhead Lions Club and the YMCA have helped to pay for.


HARD WORK AND AMBITION...

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Girls’ PE—a special feature on the Year 7 netball team The Year 7 netball team’s first match was away at UAB

In a recent ’triangular’ tournament, the girls produced a

and was the first-ever netball match that most of the

much closer score line against UAB, showing great

girls had played.

improvement from their first meeting. The second

Tilly Smith got her first ever goal, demonstrating her

match was against South Wirral. The girls showed great

fantastic, newly-learnt shooting technique. Jade

teamwork and better understanding of tactics. As a

Williams and Shania Evans showed brilliant

result, they came out with their first victory!

determination and focus in defence, both getting in

Against Wirral Grammar, the girls once again showed

several interceptions and making life difficult for the

some big improvements, with Imogen Nowicki

UAB shooters. Joanie Needham was captain for the

defending well and Alisha Layfield having some great

match and showed great leadership from the centre

opportunities to score.

court.

Miss Lodge said: “Overall, this has been a great start for

The following day the team travelled to West Kirby

the squad. They practise hard after school on Mondays

Grammar for match number two. Ellie Whelan showed

and that hard work is already paying off. The progress

her natural ability as a defender, making life difficult for

they have made since their first game in September is

her player throughout the game. Alisha Layfield used

incredible.”

her height to her advantage in the shooting circle and Lucy Bellis made several lovely moves for the ball. QUIZ ANSWERS

1. 2. 3. 4.

B C C A 5. C 6. C 7. A 8. A 9. B 10. B 11. B 12. B 13. C 14. B 15. B 16. A Page 29


SPORT: DEVELOPING LEADERS...

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Boys’ basketball The Year 10 basketball team have entered the National

The Year 10 and 11 basketball teams train every Monday

Basketball League and travelled to Childwall Sports

evening from 5.30pm to 7pm. This dedication is already

College to play a highly competitive game. Although

showing great results, with the Year 11s beating

defeated, it was an outstanding learning experience and

Woodchurch in the National Basketball League.

great preparation for the Wirral League.

Basketball is thriving in upper school: The Year 10s (left) and the Year 11s (below).

Year 9 football (below) and Year 10s in action at St Margaret’s (left).

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SPORT: HEALTH AND WELL-BEING... RIDGEWAY READER

Boys’ football The Year 7s have made a magnificent start to the year,

winning every game. A special mention must go to

maintaining a 100% record. They have come up against

Charlie Holland, who has scored 13 goals in 5 games.”

strong opposition, beating St Mary’s 6—4, Hilbre 6—0

The Year 8s have had a mixed start to the season,

and St John Plessington 6—1, the latter despite being 1—

narrowly losing to Hilbre 4—2, beating Kingsway 4—0

0 behind at half time.

and losing to Christleton in the National Cup. Mr Murphy

The highlight of the half-term was the National Cup

said: “Although we have had a mixed start to the

fixture against Calday. Despite going 1—0 up through a

campaign, there have been some excellent individual

deflected Ben O’Neill shot, Ridgeway found themselves

performances. David Harrison, Hayden Gardiner-Berry

trailing at the break through a very unfortunate equaliser

and George Marsland have been outstanding in every

and a well-taken second goal. Mr Murphy said: “I

fixture.”

challenged the boys at half time to show character as we

The Year 9 team made an impressive start to the season,

were undeservedly behind, similar to the St John

training hard and beating Wallasey High School 2—1.

Plessington game.”

Dylan Truin-Robinson was man of the match.

The second half started

The Year 10s beat Hilbre. They also travelled to Liverpool

badly for Ridgeway as

to play St Margaret’s in the Merseyside Cup. It was a

they conceded again.

highly competitive game and the team showed great

However, with 10

character, despite losing. Joshua Davies was awarded

minutes remaining,

man of the match.

Kieran Heggarty scored one and made another,

Below: The Year 8 boys’ football team

making the scores level and forcing extra time. In the extra period Ridgeway scored two goals, one of which was

Above: Charlie Holland

by Charlie Holland, who ‘rounded’ four players and the goalkeeper to wrap the game up. Mr Murphy continued: “I am delighted for the boys to be in the third round of the National Cup. The squad has come together over a short period of time and stuck together to find a way of Page 31


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