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RIDGEWAY NEW TIMES Issue 2 February 2018

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RIDGEWAY NEW TIMES Issue 2 February 2018

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Headteacher’s Message Humanities Trip to London

LMR 95.1%

KJL 96.6%

TCB 91.6%

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Food Bank Project

LKH 92.8%

KKB 93.9%

TJG 93.1%

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Hospitality in the Community

LJD 94.7%

KEC 94.1%

TKT 91.1%

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Christmas Service LLK 92.9%

KOM 93.9%

TKW 95.5%

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Fundraising for Claire House

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Holocaust Memorial Day

LKL 92.6%

KDC 94.5%

TRC 91.8%

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Innovative Teaching

LLP 88.4%

KCR 91.9%

TNS 91.7%

Festive Round-Up

LOF 95.3%

KRK 93.5%

TMW 95.1%

LAW 93.8%

KJB 88.1%

TLK 92.6%

LDR 91.5%

KRJ 95.6%

TJM 92.6%

LHG 94.3%

KSM 92.8%

TAH 95.4%

LDC 92.3%

KMC 93.2%

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Attendance and Achievement

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House News

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Recommended Reads

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Awards Evening

12-27

Sport

For more information: telephone us on 0151 678 3322 www.ridgewayhighschool.co.uk or email schooloffice@ridgeway.wirral.sch.uk

Ridgeway High School, Noctorum Avenue, Prenton CH43 9EB

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HEADTEACHER’S MESSAGE In common with all headteachers, I want my school to be a thriving and successful one. Sadly, all too often these days, the success of a school seems to be judged merely according to one criterion: success in public examinations, with measures used to analyse examination performance data even going to two or more decimal places in an attempt to determine how well a school is performing. Meanwhile, other crucial ingredients in a successful all-round education seem to be increasingly under-valued. Of course examination success—especially at GCSE level—is important. I have often said this to Year 11 students in assembly and elsewhere: ‘What you do now will set you up for the rest of your life’. Whilst this is true in its own way, it is too easy for all of us involved in educating our young people—teachers, headteachers, parents, politicians—to forget that examination results are not the be-all and end-all.

As you read through this latest edition of Ridgeway New Times, you will see countless examples of where students have been provided with opportunities to demonstrate each of these qualities, skills and attributes.

Take ‘nurture’, for example. As a school, we nurture young people—helping them to grow and develop. Through our work supporting good causes, of which I am immensely proud, we enable students to make a This was brought home to me over the Christmas holiday period when I bumped into an ex-student, who difference, to demonstrate compassion and told me about her experiences since leaving Ridgeway. responsibility, and to understand their role in caring for She had left us to study ‘A’ Levels but had not achieved and supporting others as part of a wider community. Meanwhile, the qualities of leadership, endurance and the grades she needed to attend the university of her choice. At the time, this upset her greatly, seeing herself cooperation through teamwork demonstrated on the as a ‘failure’ despite achieving three C grades. Six years sporting front in regional and national competitions are other examples of life skills beyond examination results later, she is a highly successful estate agent manager, that will help students succeed in life. leading a team of six, all of whom attended university whereas she had worked her way up through the At our recent awards evening for last year’s Year 11 business. students, our guest speaker, Graham Moore, gave an At the beginning of January I posed this question to staff inspirational speech about his life journey from humble beginnings to working with the Department for and students: ‘Why do we come to school?’ The obvious Education, the government and Sky, leading a answer is, of course, to learn. We then started to dig programme to improve the opportunities and life deeper, looking for something that succinctly chances for teenagers both locally and across the encapsulates what it is we are trying to achieve and country. His message is essentially a simple one: Believe helps us to focus on the things that really matter. in your dreams. Dream big but the important point is to We have called it ‘LEARN for success’: believe. • Leadership Without doubt, having a target, a goal or an aspiration gives you a focus. With the right attitude, skills and • Endurance attributes—in other words, L.E.A.R.N.—I have no doubt • Aspiration that all students can succeed. • Respect Tony Taylor •

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LEARNING ABOUT DEMOCRACY In late-January the humanities department took 50

people like Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama have

students on an overnight stay in London to visit the Houses addressed Members of Parliament. of Parliament. This is Mr Worthington’s account.

We were able to see the House of Commons, where great

After an early start, we arrived in Tamworth around 11am to leaders have addressed the nation. For example, this is break up the long journey with a spot of ice skating. Many

where Winston Churchill made his momentous “we shall

students were impressive on the ice, such as Lewis Topping

fight on the beaches” speech. There was also a chance for us

in Year 8, taking to skating like a duck to water; others were

to watch debates taking place in both the House of Lords

somewhat less graceful in their attempts to remain upright!

and the House of Commons.

First stop in the capital itself was the London Eye. Amazing

After seeing places that have played such an important part

views of London at dusk made for a memorable experience,

in our nation’s history, students then took part in a

although some staff and students discovered they were

workshop about democracy and the importance of being

rather nervous about heights! Next on the itinerary was a

able to have a say in how our country is run. We met our

delicious Chinese meal in London’s Chinatown, where the

local MP, Frank Field, who spoke about several issues that

staff of Wong Kei’s made sure we did not go hungry.

the students feel are of great importance, such as Brexit and

After an overnight stay in a local youth hostel, we spent the

concerns about the gender pay gap. As always, the students

next day exploring the Palace of Westminster. Once through asked probing questions and spoke eloquently. security, students were given a tour of one of the most

Finally it was time to return home, tired but excited after an

important—and famous—buildings in the world. They were

exhilarating journey into our nation’s history.

able to see Westminster Hall, the place where Charles I was put on trial for treason after the English Civil War, where

Below: Enjoying London’s Chinatown.

kings and queens lie in state before their funeral, and where

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Scenes from inside and outside the Palace of Westminster, including in the educational centre with Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead.

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SUPPORTING WORTHY CAUSES Miss Grundy and the Student Voice team have been working on a very special project alongside Tranmere Rovers Football Club. This is her report.

On 29 January, the Student Voice team and I launched a whole-school ‘Food Bank Project’ competition. Students and staff were asked to donate items, including tinned fruit and vegetables, pasta, sauces and toiletries. After just five days, we had received more than 250 donations—an amazing achievement. All of the donated items were delivered to Tranmere Rovers Football Club, where they were

Above: Mark and Nicola Palios used their time in assembly to speak to students about qualities such as leadership, endurance and aspiration.

collected and distributed by a local

addition to thanking students for the amazing food bank

charity.

donations, they also talked about the qualities of leadership,

Students who donated and supported endurance, aspiration and respect, and how they are the competition were invited to watch important in running a club such as Tranmere Rovers. Tranmere Rovers FC vs Ebbsfleet

Congratulations to Mr Ducker’s winning form, LJD, who were

United on the following Saturday.

crowned form champions of the competition. In overall third

Everyone who attended had a fantastic afternoon and were

place was Kolbe House,

allowed onto the pitch to have their picture taken after the

followed by Teresa House

final whistle.

in second place, meaning

Following on from the visit to Tranmere Rovers, Mark and

that King House are the

Nicola Palios, chairman and vice-chairwoman of the club

2018 Food Bank Project

respectively, took time out of their busy schedules to visit

competition champions!

the school, delivering assemblies to Years 7, 8 and 9. In

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HOSPITALITY FOR THE COMMUNITY In December we held our annual Christmas

full Christmas lunch before serving it to our

lunch for senior citizens from the local

guests. What better way to learn about the

community. This seasonal event involves

hospitality and catering industry?

hospitality students preparing and cooking a The students worked tremendously hard throughout the day and showed outstanding catering and hospitality skills. Everyone had a very enjoyable time and the feedback from our guests was really positive.

OUR HOSPITALITY STUDENTS: Jasmine Wilks Amy Major Emilie Thompson Dylan King Amy Mander Jessica Johnson

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. I have had such a lovely time and it’s got me fully into the Christmas spirit.

Corey Crabtree Korey Johnson Duncan Layfield

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TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SERVICE Our Christmas poetry

Ridgeway students recently journeyed to

competition involved

Oxton St Saviour’s church to take part in

students in writing poems

our annual Christmas service.

on the theme of

The service opened with the traditional carol

Christmas. We were

‘Once In Royal David’s City’, sung by Arwen

delighted to receive over

Radley. Students heard readings from the

fifty entries, with each

Bible, telling the story of the birth of Jesus,

entrant receiving five

and sang Christmas carols and songs to help

achievement points. We

set the mood for Christmas.

were treated to some

They also enjoyed hearing two poems, read

fantastic poems about

by Year 8 students, Erin Monument and

mince pies, presents,

Stephen Ward, winners of a competition

snow and Santa, as well

organised by Miss Grundy. Erin reminded

as plenty about friends

students that Christmas is a time for coming

and family.

together as a community and looking out for

We could only choose

one another. Stephen’s poem set out a heart

four winners: Stephen

-warming view of what Christmas means to

Above: Stephen Ward reads his

Ward, Erin Monument,

him.

competition-winning poem.

Keira Hutchinson and Jake

There was also a chance to hear the

well. In particular, Molly Elmer and Arwen

Vick. They all received

Ridgeway choir in full voice, singing

Radley gave a note-perfect rendition of

prizes and two students

Christmas songs and supporting students

Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, truly a festive

were invited to read their

singing solo. They performed exceptionally

classic.

poems at the Christmas service.

Below: Members of the choir help make this annual event a particularly special

Ridgeway tradition.

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FUNDRAISING FOR CLAIRE HOUSE Supporting good causes has always been a proud Ridgeway tradition. This year, students chose Claire House Children’s Hospice as the charity they wished to support during our

fundraising day on Friday 15 December. As it says on their website, Claire House “helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional

support we help families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.” Students’ understanding of the work of Claire House was deepened by an assembly delivered by Mr Charles, whose daughter was supported by Claire House in the final weeks of her short life. As always, students rose to the challenge on the day, taking part in a variety of fundraising activities. Some created their

Katlin Jebb and Rhianna Lundy-King accompanied Mr

own fundraising schemes such as a sponsored silence. We

Charles to present Claire House with a cheque for

held a raffle and allowed students to wear a Christmas

over £800.

jumper for the day in return for a donation. In total, the

pitched in by donating prizes. Also, this day would not have

school raised in excess of £800—a fantastic achievement.

worked so successfully without the efforts of Ms Williams,

Two Year 7 students—Katlin Jebb and Rhianna Lundy-King— our Deputy Head, who coordinated numerous events. both of whom were deeply involved in the fundraising

Above all, I am incredibly grateful to the students and parents

activities, accompanied Mr Charles to Claire House to present who got involved. Parents were passing money from cars and them with the cheque.

at one point a bus driver, who had collected money at the

Parents were passing money from cars and at one point a bus driver, who had collected money at the depot, handed Mr Taylor a cheque. The generosity of the local community was absolutely incredible.

Mr Charles said

depot, handed Mr Taylor a cheque. The generosity of the

afterwards: “So

local community was simply incredible.

many people

I am delighted that this will now become an annual event on

came together to the school calendar. Opportunities to support good causes make the day an

such as Claire House bring out the very best in our students,

incredible

allowing them to demonstrate their compassion and

success. I want to

Mr Charles Event organiser

promoting a strong sense of social responsibility.”

thank our suppliers who

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REMEMBERING THE PAST HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY This is a nationwide event held each year on 27 January to help remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution, and the victims of other genocides since the Second World War. On 27 January 1945, the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. This year’s theme was ‘The Power of Words’. In

a week of assemblies, Mr Worthington, Head of Humanities, linked the story of the Holocaust to the present day: one of

the lessons of those tragic events is surely that, in this age of social media, it

On 1 February, 100 Year 10 students attended the Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Floral Pavilion in New

Brighton. Year 10 learned about acts of genocide in the Balkans during the 1990s and particularly the massacre at Srebrenica from a former war graves investigator who has now

Tomi’s story is of courage and survival during horrific circumstances. By hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead. Karen Pollock Holocaust Educational Trust

become a teacher. The information was a

students, promising never to forget the

shocking and brutal reminder of man's

events of the Holocaust. Emily Davin and

ability to torture, kill and attempt to destroy

Niamh Hutchison participated on behalf of

fellow human beings, purely because of their Ridgeway students. religious beliefs or country of origin.

As always, the event was a moving and

Our guest speaker this year was Tomi

thought-provoking opportunity for students

Komoly, a Hungarian Jew, who lived in Nazi- to learn about—and reflect on—events that occupied Budapest during the Second World happened in the last century. War. He had to hide from the Nazis with his mother. Tomi's story was very different to that of the previous year's speaker, Rudi Oppenheimer, who had been imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Tomi's story was about how people tried to hide from, survive and ultimately escape the persecution and murder around them.

The event also saw a statement of

Above: Ridgeway students at

commitment, read out by Wirral school

Auschwitz-Birkenau in June 2017.

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INNOVATIVE TEACHING Younger students

Our second Intensive

recently took part in

Study Day in December

our latest Pens Down

once again focused on

Day—a day where it is

the learning for life

quite okay not to bring

curriculum.

a pen to school! The

For example, Year 10’s

purpose of Pens Down

day was based on sex

Day is to focus on key

and relationships

learning and life skills

education. The theme

other than writing, such as reading, speaking, listening and

was teenage pregnancy • MFL students played a ‘Simon Says…’

teamwork.

game to practise and develop their

Staff across all departments planned lessons

speaking skills.

for the day with this aim in mind. For

• In child development, Year 9 students

example:

explored the ways toys promote different

• In English, students did ‘hot seating’ work

stages of a child's learning and

to help them empathise with characters

development.

from the novels they are studying. ‘Hot

• Year 7 learning in computing was linked to

seating’ involves answering questions in

Safer Internet Day: students conducted

role, as if you are a fictional character.

research on safe use of social media,

Below: Investigating children’s

creating presentations using digital

toys in child development.

applications. • Mathematics lessons were based around a

code-cracking, problem-solving treasure

hunt that took students all around the building!

and parenthood, and was led by the science department. Activities included exploring a variety of case studies, discussing decisionmaking scenarios and letter writing. Meanwhile, the focus for Year 8 was on careers. Sessions explored dreams and aspirations, the impact of low aspirations on future career prospects, and the wide variety of career pathways in the future.

The response of students was fabulous. They really got involved in their learning, enjoying the chance to practise different learning and life skills. We can’t wait for the next Pens Down Day in June.

Miss Travis Head of English

Careers education is an important aspect of the

Ridgeway curriculum. We seek to nurture a sense of ambition and broaden students’ horizons.

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FESTIVE ROUND-UP In the run-up to Christmas, classroom learning is

design a Christmas tie for Mr Taylor to wear on the final day

complemented by fun activities, festive goings-on and

of term.

friendly competition. Here we report on several such

Mrs Ellis says: “I was delighted that the competition really

events that ran in the final few days of term.

captured people’s imagination. Students set to work quickly

The pastoral team were

and certainly allowed their creative side to shine. There were

keen to try out an

entries from all year groups and even a staff entrant—the

innovative approach to the ‘Grinch’ design! traditional house

Having received so many fantastic design ideas, it was very

competition format,

difficult to choose a winner so...we called in Santa’s Little

allowing students to work

Helpers to assist us! They looked carefully at each entry and

in form groups for the day

eventually narrowed it down to a short-list of three.

in competition with other

The winning design was then sent to the Head Elf—

forms and houses. This

otherwise known as Miss Rapple—in Santa’s workshop who

format also enabled them

sewed through the evening until the tie was ready.

to work with students

Mr Taylor was duly presented with his unique tie, proudly

from all five year groups,

wearing it for the last few days of term.”

building cohesiveness, team spirit and collective identity.

Well done and congratulations to the winners:

Well done to the overall winners TLK with 26 points—who

3rd: Rebecca Sweeney 9KSM

doubtless enjoyed their pizza prize!—and to Teresa House.

2nd: Cheryn Byrne 9KRK

In keeping with the festive spirit, Mrs Ellis, Assistant Head of

1st: Sonny Evans 7TKW

Kolbe House, came up with the idea of a competition to Below: Regular attendees at our GCSE intervention sessions were treated to a day at the Trafford Centre.

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Above: Christmas jumpers and raffle prizes—it can only be our fundraising day in aid of Claire House. You can read much more about this special day on page 9.

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ATTENDANCE AND ACHIEVEMENT ATTENDANCE Excellent attendance matters. Students who attend regularly, are organised, on time for school and punctual to lessons are far more likely to make outstanding progress in their learning. We support students by discussing their attendance with them regularly and by

rewarding whose attendance is excellent.

REWARDS ‘Achievement Points’ can be awarded at any time for anything worthy of recognition, such as excellent work, effort and participation. In addition, we have special rewards awarded by departments based on LEARN: •

Leadership

Endurance

Aspiration

Respect

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TERESA HOUSE NEWS Mrs Moran, Head of Teresa House, gives us her assessment Q: What advice would you on how the spring term is going:

give to other students who

Now we have all settled back into the new year and the new are struggling a bit with

term, it’s good to see so many students doing well with their their lesson grades? ’Behaviour for Learning’ (BfL) scores. These scores give me

A: I would say: get up early

an immediate idea of how people are getting on in class. I

each morning and be

would like to highlight one student who is achieving amazing prepared; go into each things in his lessons and is starting to be recognised across

lesson with a positive

the school for all of the right reasons—that’s Michael Caul

attitude.

of 7TAH.

Q: After all of your hard

Michael has come to my attention for the number of grade

work since Christmas, how

1s that he has achieved in his lessons since returning in

will you relax over half-

January. In fact 80% of his lessons so far have been graded as term? outstanding!

A: I will enjoy spending time

I sat down to have a chat with Michael about his success:

with my family and friends

Michael Caul, 7TAH

Q: Michael, how are you finding your first year at Ridgeway and hopefully have some fun days out! so far?

So, a massive ‘well done’ to Michael. Hopefully his example

A: I am really enjoying school and I feel that I am a good

will spur on all Teresa students to aim for those grade 1s!

learner. Q: What are your favourite subjects and why?

House Day

A: Practical subjects such as art, food studies, product

I would just like to thank Teresa form tutors—and in

design and science. I find them fun and enjoyable.

particular our quiz master Mr Speers—for all of their hard

Q: What do you aspire to be in the future?

work in organising and running our House Day at the end of

A: I hope to achieve a good set of GCSE results, go to

term. It was great to walk around classrooms and see

university and then become a palaeontologist.

students of all ages working together to achieve a common

Q: How does it feel to know that you currently have the

goal and having so much fun whilst doing so.

best Behaviour for Learning scores in the whole of Teresa

I have read through all of the students’ evaluation forms and

Michael is achieving amazing things in his lessons and being recognised around school for all the right reasons.

House?

A: Really proud! I hope on students’ ideas and suggestions when we begin planning

this continues as I want

the next House Day.

to have a leadership

A final ‘well done’ to all of the students in TLK who were the

role in the school in the

Mrs Moran Head of Teresa House

there were lots of positive comments. We will reflect further

future, maybe even Head Boy!

overall winners, receiving a ’yummy’ form prize. Things are looking up for Teresa House!

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KING HOUSE NEWS Mr Tyler, Head of King House, gives us his overview of the

What advice would you give to other students who are

term so far.

struggling a bit with their lesson grades?

I am delighted with the efforts of the vast majority of King

I would say just try and keep your head down, concentrate

students this term. As far as lesson grades are concerned,

as much as you can and get involved in the lesson by

our top achievers are: Noah Wilks, Aimee Penfold, Ashleigh

answering questions.

Winter, Benjamin Chase, Shakil Ahmed, Alfie Walker,

After all your hard work how will you relax over half-term?

Lennon Williams, Cameron Morrison, Jessica Johnson and

My plan is to spend time with family, seeing my dad in the

Mahibur Rahman.

West Midlands and going out for some nice food. I also like

I highlighted Noah Wilks [pictured right, with Leah Williams]

to play on my Xbox and watch telly, giving myself some time

in the last issue. He is a huge asset to King House and a credit to relax. to his family. He has received more outstanding lesson

House Day

grades than any student not only in King House but across

I hope everyone enjoyed our fantastic House Day. I certainly

the entire school. He’s an absolute star! Here’s what he said

enjoyed walking around the King House floor, seeing the

when I chatted with him.

students harnessing their competitive instincts. I watched

How are you finding your first year at Ridgeway?

them building Christmas tree cup models, designing racing

I have really enjoyed my start to Ridgeway and much prefer

balloons and constructing Santa parachutes. It was great to

it to primary school. I like the wide variety of subjects and

see the teamwork across year groups and the creativity and

being taught by different members of staff.

drive shown by the students as they pulled together in their

Which is your favourite subject and why?

form groups to complete the activities to a high standard.

My favourite subject in school is computer science. I find it

The Christmas tree models in particular caught students’

challenging, rewarding and fun, and it links to what I want to imagination: they were be when I am older.

personalised, well built

How does it feel to know that you currently have the best

and creative. Some even

lesson grades in the school?

included my own

I feel excited and I am proud because I didn't win lots of

school photograph! A

A Christmas tree design, made out of paper cups.

prizes in primary school but I am really excelling at Ridgeway. special well done to LJD My family are really proud of me.

Noah is a huge asset to King House and a credit to his family...He’s an absolute star!

who gained the most What do you aspire to

points across the three

be in the future?

activities for our House,

I would like get myself a finishing second good set of GCSEs and

overall.

go on to work for a big

Mr Tyler Head of King House

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KOLBE HOUSE NEWS Mr Monaghan, Head of Kolbe House, give us his highlights

In terms of lesson scores, Leah Williams in Year 7 is currently

of the last half-term:

Kolbe’s best performing student. This is what Leah had to say

The first thing to say is a massive ‘well done’ to all the Kolbe

about her first few months at Ridgeway:

House students who have excelled during the school year.

How has your time at Ridgeway been?

Your hard work and efforts do not go unnoticed. I also want

It’s been really good because I enjoy all my lessons and I

to thank form tutors for their hard work and efforts towards

enjoy being with my friends at school.

improving the attendance, punctuality and attitude of Kolbe

Which is your favourite subject?

House students.

I love food studies because I get to learn how to make meals

Leah Williams and Noah Wilks are currently the top performing students in Kolbe House and King House respectively.

which I can then cook at home. What do you aspire to be in the future? I want to be a chef or a netball coach because I love both of these subject areas. Who is your role model in life? I like Gordon Ramsay because of how he controls his kitchen and the other chefs he has. He is hardworking as well so he’s a great role model.

House Day Our focus on the Christmas-themed House Day was on creativity, teamwork and communication skills. Again, Mrs Ellis and I would like to thank the form tutors for their hard work in putting on such a fantastic day. We would also like to highlight the attitude of the students, who really seemed to enjoy the new format. Hopefully the

next House Day will lead to a Kolbe win!

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RECOMMENDED READS World Book Day is a celebration of books, authors,

short-story competition and we will also be having a

illustrators and—most importantly—reading. In fact, it’s

teachers’ fancy dress competition (details to be revealed

the biggest celebration of its kind, marked in over 100

after half-term)! Don’t forget to pick up your book voucher

countries across the world. This year’s World Book Day is

to put towards your next book purchase!

on Thursday 1 March.

To get the creative juices flowing, here are some book

Here at Ridgeway we are celebrating with a number of

recommendations from teachers to take in to consideration

exciting events. Students will be competing in their own

for your next read!

This is a magical story about an orphan who finds friendship somewhere unexpected. I love how Roald Dahl experiments with language and invents fun words. A very special book.

Miss Topham

Harry Potter—obviously!! My grandparents bought me the first three books and I've absolutely loved it ever since, especially the idea of escaping to Hogwarts and the magic that the stories bring! It’s the stuff of dreams that JK Rowling started writing in a small café in Edinburgh and finished in one of the most expensive hotels in the city, even supposedly signing an ornament in the hotel suite to mark the occasion!

Miss Grundy

My choice is old-fashioned but it is my absolute favourite. It really sparked an interest in me for elements of Victorian and Gothic literature. Although I am not a romantic, the theme of unrequited love really moved me.

Miss Keery

This is a wonderful story with a fantastic twist that made me cry! I loved it so much that I read it in the space of a week.

Miss Travis

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A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Miss Batt

I've recently read this book with my younger sister and we both thought it was absolutely fantastic! It's funny and a short read so quite easy to get into. It's really engaging and full of imagination. We just loved every word of it!

Miss Lamb

Beautifully written and heart-wrenching, this book should be read by everybody at least once in their lifetime.

Miss Wilson

I was totally engrossed in this story of two brothers growing up in Germany at the time of the Nazis and how their lives develop in very

different ways. Amazing—what a book!

Mr Charles

This year World Book Day is on Thursday 1 March and we are gearing up for lots of exciting events at Ridgeway to celebrate everything to do with reading. Why not join our mystery readers, pick up a book and get involved with World Book Day?!

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EX-YEAR 11 AWARDS EVENING Performing arts award

Ellie Cross

Connor Styring

Product design award

Louis Byrne

Jordan Abbott

Art award

Rebecca Hart

Elysha Berry

Textiles award

Georgia Stanley

Reuben Leung

Health and social care award

Kyah Hallwood

Olivia Jardine

GCSE PE award

David Gravett

Georgia Stanley

BTEC PE award

Holly Woods

Cebrail Aslanalp

BTEC hospitality award

Konnor Brennan

Holly Burns

English language award

Holly Woods

Lewis Ferguson

English literature award

Alfie Lorraine

Dion Upton

Spanish award

Xi Peng Georgia Gibbons

Georgia Stanley

French award

Matthew Lidgate

Ryan McNamara

Mandarin award

Jason Ling (A*)

Cindy Wu (A*)

Russian award

Martin Poddubskij

RE award

Jess Rooney

Leah Clegg

History award

Joe Lindsay

Georgia Gibbons

Geography award

Cindy Wu

Adam Probbing

Travel and tourism award

Holly Woods

Lauren Donaldson

Mathematics award

Chen Xi Peng

Michael Wheeler

Core science award

Jordan Abbott

Max Cairns

Additional science award

Cindy Wu

Louis Byrne

Further additional science award

Levi Karisa

Robbie Corlett

Animal care award

Zac Marchant

Gemma Swanick

Business award

Shoab Khan

Luke Roberts

Computing award

Levi Karisa

George McAuslane

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Jack Harris

Progress award

Frank Jones

Contribution to school award

Mia Taylor

Five years 100% award

Charlie Zhen

Blackpool award

Lewis Ferguson

Head Boy/Head Girl

Adam Probbing

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Above: Mr Taylor with guest speaker, Graham Moore, presenting an award at our recent awards evening for last year’s Year 11 students. Having spent thirteen years as a teacher, Graham co-founded and runs a company called ’humanutopia’ which aims to inspire and motivate young people.

I was honoured to present Jack Harris with his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ‘Bronze’ certificate and pin. A superb achievement by him. Well done, Jack, for all your hard work and for setting the standard for others to follow. You are an inspirational leader and role model for our younger students.

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MR METCALF’S SPORTING OVERVIEW A promising end to 2017 has continued into the new year

those ever-popular favourites,

despite the winter break. After a mammoth 83 fixtures

dodgeball and trampolining, and

taking place in the autumn term alone, Ridgeway is still

2018 has also seen the

going strong across a number of local, regional and national introduction of the first ever FIFA competitions.

Ultimate Team Tournament

The lunchtime programme has continued after proving

following on from our online poll

hugely successful last term. Despite the dark winter nights,

via Twitter. Competitively, our

our revamped and resurgent extra-curricular programme has Year 7 development squad have seen very healthy numbers attending across all disciplines.

made it to the last 16 of the

Following the success of our parent survey, we launched a

national football competition—setting a new school record

student equivalent—receiving just under 200 responses.

in the process—and the Raptors’ basketball teams have been

After an exciting first term in our brand new facilities, it’s

roaring with notable victories in the Lion’s Den and

given us plenty of food for thought as we plan for the

elsewhere. Both on and off the field, Ridgeway is rapidly

months ahead.

becoming a hub for success across the Wirral, carving out a

Student Voice has seen the introduction of a parkour club as new era in the school’s history. Stay up to date with all the an alternative to traditional gymnastics, just one element of

latest news on Twitter @RHS_Sport.

our modern, purpose-built curriculum that students really

Mr Metcalf Head of PE

enjoy and respond to. Of course, we have continued with

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FOOTBALL FOCUS With the knockout

FINCH FARM

competitions taking a winter

With awful weather

break, there isn’t usually

settling in through

much football action at this

winter, the floodlit

time of year. However, this

season has been in full

year all that has changed with

flow in recent weeks.

a strong set of results resulting in a packed fixture

Above: Ridgeway—in yellow—pressing to win

list both home and away for a

back possession.

number of year groups. Having already made the quarter-finals of

Despite this setback the boys can be proud

the Merseyside competition prior to

of their performances. The last 16 is the

Christmas, our Year 7 development squad

furthest any side from Ridgeway has reached

were in rampant form, notching up an

in any format of the national competition,

impressive 8-2 victory over Cardinal Heenan

beating the previous record of the last 32 set

away from home in the fourth round.

by our current Year 10.

Ridgeway then narrowly missed out on a

Elsewhere Year 8 were also on the receiving

place in the last 16. A well-worked goal away end of some bad luck, losing in the last 32 of against Wright Robinson resulted in

the national cup. Again the circumstances

Ridgeway leading for the majority of the

were somewhat controversial: the tie was

match before an onslaught from the home

decided on the toss of a coin after our

side brought about an equalizer. A

opponents were unable to fulfil the fixture.

controversial corner kick decided the tie with the last kick of added time.

After the Year 7 competition was

postponed in early January, our Year 8 and Year 9 squads travelled to Finch Farm, courtesy of hosts Everton FC to

compete in a regional tournament against schools from across the Merseyside region. Both sides had a mixed bag of results, sharing a range of wins, draws and defeats against varying opposition in what was a well-contested regional competition. Well done to all of the boys who took part.

Goal-line clearances, handballs, nutmegs and last-minute penalties! Read more about National Football Week in the next issue.

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INAUGURAL WINTER GAMES The spirit of Christmas, combined with a fierce competitiveness, was in evidence during our first ever Winter Games in December! Not wanting to wait until the summer, over 200 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 signed up to the event, which was run by twenty student leaders from our Year 10 cohort. These inaugural games saw a range of Christmas -themed favourites, such as ‘build a

Such was the interest generated in the event, some students

snowman’, a North

entered as independent athletes, keen to take part even

Pole agility run and a

though the house team squads were full.

Santa dash. Overall a

Mr Metcalf was delighted with the event and praised our

massive total of

student leaders: “Events like this are very difficult to

11,500 points was

organise and run on such a large scale. I take my hat off to

amassed with students our student leaders who competing to

were magnificent,

represent their House. especially considering this

King House emerged victorious, ahead of Kolbe in second and Teresa third.

was their first experience of leadership.” Keep an eye out for our next offering around the time of the Easter break.

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I take my hat off to our student leaders who were magnificent, especially considering this was their first experience of leadership.

Mr Metcalf Head of PE

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TRANMERE FUTSAL FESTIVAL Such has been the popularity of futsal since its introduction close to to the school curriculum in November, huge interest has

progressing

been generated in the sport and Ridgeway sent three

through to

squads to the Tranmere Futsal Festival just days before the the next Christmas break.

round, laying Despite the

siege to the

age category, Mosslands a team of

goal in search

Year 7s was

of a late

blooded into

equalizer, rattling the woodwork and having shots cleared

the game

off the line. Having committed every player forward for the

Mr Clarke’s quarter-finalists.

alongside our final corner of the match, they narrowly missed out on a

Mr Buckley’s quarter-finalists.

Year 8s who

final spot to a very good side that could boast Tranmere’s

were also

goalkeeper in goal acting as a seasoned pro. Nevertheless, it

playing a year was a brilliant performance by all 23 players who took part, above themselves. Both teams demonstrated that age is no

notably

barrier. Mr Clarke’s team and Mr Buckley’s team made it out

keeper Rhys

of their groups into the quarter-finals, only for Mr Clarke’s

Williams

side to be knocked out just in time to watch Mr Buckley’s

who was

squad take on Mr Metcalf’s in the quarter-final. A tightly

asked to

contested affair saw Mr Metcalf’s side edge through with

train with the

goals from James Connor, Billy Rainbow (2) and youngster

Tranmere

Clayton Fear. A semi-final against eventual winners Mosslands provided end-to-end thrills. Ridgeway twice came

Mr Metcalf’s semi-finalists.

futsal squad.

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BASKETBALL LATEST The Raptors teams have been roaring across all age groups

start, overcoming Mosslands 11-7 at home before scoring 30

this term, with a strong set of results both home and away. points at the home of national champions Helsby. Ridgeway has become a real fortress with away teams

The U-16 squad have been equally ferocious with a string of

struggling to find any rhythm in the Lion’s Den.

impressive displays in the Lion’s Den. After injury sidelined

Mr Metcalf’s Year 7

several squad members, strength in depth was on show in a

Raptors have been

fascinating 54-41 match against Calday, earning plaudits

ferocious away from from the neutrals, before defeat to Helsby suggested some home with a perfect

change was needed. A local derby against Woodchurch in

record across their

the Wirral Cup saw a new management team of Metcalf and

group games, seeing Gibbons lead the Raptors to an impressive victory, doubling off Mosslands 11-7,

their opponents’ score to win 40-20 with ten different

St Anselm’s 28-8 and players getting their names on the scoreboard. Year 7 Raptors have a perfect

Woodchurch 23-10. A second game in as many days brought about a chance of

record of three wins.

Top scorer Joseph

qualifying in the National Cup with Mr Metcalf’s rock ‘n’ roll

Taylor has led the

pressing style seeing the Raptors home with a 40-33 victory

line with 22 points

against a strong St Margaret’s side.

and the impressive Clayton Fear has lived up to his name, striking fear into the hearts of his opponents and improving game by Year 9 Raptors versus national

game. Elsewhere,

champions Helsby.

the Year 9 Raptors were off to a flying

The U-16 squad have been roaring in the Lion’s Den.

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RIDGEWAY NEW TIMES Issue 2 February 2018

Year 11 Half-Term Intervention Sessions Date

Morning

Afternoon

Monday 19 February

English language and literature

MFL

Tuesday 20 February

Catering and product design

Product design

Wednesday 21 February

Performing arts

Performing arts

Thursday 22 February

Product design

Product design

Friday 23 February

History

Computer studies

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