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Ridgeway New Times Issue 4 May 2018

All the latest news from Ridgeway High School



Ridgeway New Times Issue 4 May 2018


Our memories of school remind us of what matters............................. 03


Supporting students on the road to university....................................... 04


Experiencing the exhilaration of the stage.............................................. 06


Welcome to Mrs Lord-Owens, Acting Head of Teresa......................... 07


Rising to the ‘STEM’ challenge................................................................. 08


Mr Tyler congratulates the King BfL Cup winners................................ 09


A test of mental and physical strength.................................................... 10


Instilling good habits and routines.......................................................... 12


Mr Monaghan’s Kolbe House update...................................................... 13


In pursuit of excellence.............................................................................. 14


Innovative approaches to learning........................................................... 15


Dining room dilemmas............................................................................. 16


Training our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.............................................. 18


Looking forward to a sustainable future................................................. 20


Year 7 boys’ football on the road to glory............................................... 22


Last-minute heartache fails to dampen spirits....................................... 23


Raptors’ run of unbeaten games continues ............................................ 24


High-quality coaching and state-of-the-art equipment........................ 25


Leading the way between the sticks......................................................... 26


Catches win matches at Ridgeway dodgeball festival............................ 27 02

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H E A D T E AC H E R’ S M E S S AG E Our memories of school remind us of what matters


hat are the things you remember most about your schooldays? What has remained fresh in the mind

as the years pass by and memories gradually fade?

from the north west. This is featured on pages 18-19. The success the school is now achieving in sport is the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of everyone

I ask these questions because they have been in my

involved - staff and students alike. We were all delighted

thoughts in recent weeks. They were triggered by a visit to

by the achievement of the Year 7 boys’ football team in

an ex-student who was in the very first GCSE PE class I

reaching the final of the Merseyside Cup. Our girls also

taught when I started out as a teacher thirty years ago. He

performed fantastically well in a recent weekend netball

hasn’t been well and I think it proved valuable for both of us

tournament. As the event took place too late for this

to look back and remember those bygone days.

edition, it will feature prominently in the July issue.

As we reminisced, it certainly wasn’t about worksheets,

Leadership - Endurance - Aspiration - Respect - Nurture.

homework or such like. In fact our conversation was mostly

These qualities and attributes are all abundantly evident,

about notable school events such as trips and reaching cup

once again, throughout the pages that follow.

finals. We also talked a lot about

May and June are always busy

friendships and about what

months of a school year with

other students have progressed

internal school exams and also

on to in life. It filled me with

the external GCSEs. The new,

pride, hearing about some of the

harder and more rigorous GCSE

successes that they have achieved

examinations have started. Year

- young people that I had the

11 have been working hard in the

privilege to teach.

lead-up to the exams, attending

Reading through this edition

after-school, Saturday and

of Ridgeway New Times, I

holiday revision sessions. Most

feel a similar sense of pride in what Ridgeway students

qualifications are now terminal examination only - meaning

are achieving and the high levels of participation in the

there is no coursework element - so this is an especially

opportunities available to them. Our ‘LEARN for Success’

pressured time for those involved. We wish them every

strategy is really starting to encompass everything we do as

success and hope their hard work pays off.

a school to fully prepare and equip Ridgeway students with the skills they will need in their future lives.

I should like to finish with an update on the new build. Completion is on schedule for the end of June and will

I am thrilled that the school is now a licensed centre

include a new student entry to school and additional

to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and I was

facilities for those who travel to get here by bike.

particularly pleased to see over 70 students participating in their first practice walk last Saturday. You can read more about this on pages 10-11. Equally impressive were the leadership qualities shown by our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who took part in a training event hosted by Ridgeway and attended by other schools

Looking ahead to September, we are revising lunchtime arrangements and our catering service. Details can be found inside this issue. Finally, I hope you all have a lovely half-term break. Tony Taylor

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A S P I R AT I O N Supporting students on the road to university Year 10 students have been thinking about university, as part of our partnership with Edge Hill. Mr Heayns reports.


t the end of April, Anna Wooley from Edge Hill University visited the school to talk to Year 10 about life after Ridgeway and particularly about the value of further and higher education. Her message was that the time to be thinking about post-16 pathways is now. Entry on a particular university course at the age of 18, she reminded them, will be affected by A level choices made over the coming year.

in advance. Instead, every student takes out a tuition fee loan, which is only paid back after graduating, when in employment and earning above roughly £25,000 per year. Even on such a salary, she pointed out, the monthly repayment is less than the cost of many phone contracts! Anna talked about living costs for students at university to pay for rent, food and other essentials. Again, this is currently covered by a loan but, she said, special grants are sometimes available, linked to hardship, academic ability, sporting excellence or volunteering.

A major focus of visits such as these is thinking about the benefits of going to university. Anna covered in some detail an issue that concerns students and parents alike – tuition fees. Currently fees are around £9,000 per year, which seems an enormous amount, but she was keen to stress that this money does not have to be paid

A key theme of this excellent, informative talk was that money issues should not be an obstacle for anyone thinking of applying to university.

A few days later, twenty Ridgeway students paid a reciprocal visit to Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus. Fortunately, on this occasion the weather was hot and dry, in stark contrast to the Year 9 visit a few weeks earlier in the Students toured the Ormskirk campus and were able to talk to current teeth of ‘the beast from the east’! undergraduates about all aspects of university life. Students heard a talk on potential careers, were shown what is required to study to get to university and were given the opportunity to work backwards to see what they need to do next year to ensure that they have appropriate qualifications for their chosen specialism. They toured the campus and were free to ask current undergraduates about all aspects of university life – helping to get a sense of what going to university is really like.


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COMPETITION Experiencing the exhilaration of the stage Hats off to four Year 9 students who excelled in a recent regional heat of The Great Big Dance Off competition.


nce again, an eager group of Ridgeway dancers has lit up the stage in a regional heat of The Great Big Dance Off at Parr Hall, Warrington. Dulcee Cook, CaitlinSummer Hutchings, Lauren Fairclough and Elizabeth Edwards-Meredith performed an outstanding routine to ‘The Greatest Show’, using hats and canes as props.

It’s now the third year running that Ridgeway has taken part in this flourishing competition, which describes itself on its website as “a popular national dance competition open to schools all across England and Wales”. With dance teacher Miss Love currently on maternity leave, Ms Morgan, director of the creativity and enterprise faculty, stepped in to accompany the girls to Warrington.

Ms Morgan said: “It was a delight to be involved in the competition and I absolutely loved seeing the girls excel on stage, revelling in the exhilaration of live performance. They performed incredibly well and were a credit to the school. “They did amazingly well to come eighth overall. More than twenty northwest schools were represented this year and the standard was extremely high. They Last-minute rehearsals before have put in a lot of hitting the stage! hard work preparing for this event. I am incredibly proud of their achievement and the way they conducted themselves throughout.”

Well done to keen dancers Dulcee Cook, Caitlin-Summer Hutchings, Lauren Fairclough and Elizabeth EdwardsMeredith, who came eighth in the north-west regional heat of The Great Big Dance Off. 06

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NURTURE Welcome to Mrs Lord-Owens, Acting Head of Teresa


would like to thank all Teresa staff and students for welcoming me as temporary house leader. I am aware that I have big shoes to fill! All of Teresa House would like to send congratulations to Mrs Moran and her family on the birth of her beautiful little girl. We can’t wait to meet her! It has been a delight to work with Miss Kell and all the form tutors. I want to say ‘thank you’ to you all, staff and students, for your hard work over the last term. In particular, I want to congratulate the ten students - listed in the box on the right - who have regularly achieved outstanding behaviour for learning scores over the last term. I intend to maintain the momentum that Mrs Moran created to ensure that as a house we focus on improving attendance and maintaining good behaviour. In particular, I want us to be the house with the most improved attendance over the term as a whole. I aim to reinforce the message to students about ensuring

that they attend school every day, arriving in good time, as this builds lifelong good habits. Missing just one day impacts attendance and learning. Good attendance and good progress go together. One does not happen without the other. We want all students to achieve their best but this is only possible with good attendance.

Michael Caul Sonny Evans Ruby Richards Olivia Frost Thomas Ryle Daria Dawidowicz Stella Browne William Threlfall Megan Naylor Melody McIlroy

This time of year is, of course, very important for Year 11. We wish them well. I am looking forward to celebrating with students at their prom, where they can relax after the exam season and look forward to what lies ahead. I hope all Teresa staff and students have a restful half-term. We return in June, aiming to prove that we can be the best house.

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A S P I R AT I O N Rising to the ‘STEM’ challenge A group of Year 8 girls were involved in a Wirral challenge aimed at increasing takeup of ‘STEM’ subjects among girls.


hirteen Year 8 students took part in a girls’ STEM challenge recently, competing against students from nine other Wirral schools. As well as being great fun, there was a serious purpose to the day. The low take-up of girls studying ‘STEM’ subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and then pursuing a related career is a national cause for concern. Events such as this one focus on promoting the value and relevance of ‘STEM’ subjects among girls.

The students were split into teams in order to complete three challenges: • making the highest tower out of fifteen art straws, capable of supporting as much weight as possible; • building a model trebuchet to fire an object the furthest distance; • constructing a rollercoaster to stay upright the longest time.

The girls were divided into teams and competed in a series of STEM-related challenges.

Miss Geeson said: “This was such a useful and stimulating day, helping to emphasise the importance of STEM subjects. Well done to all the girls who took part. One of our teams, consisting of Molly Davin, Maja Dawidowicz, Chelsea Evans and Isabelle Hutchison, scored enough points to be placed third out of all the teams competing – a huge achievement.”

One of our teams, taking part in the STEM challenge: Caitlin Probbing, Aisling Macnaughton, Jasmine Williams and Katie Berry.


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NURTURE Mr Tyler congratulates the King BfL Cup winners


his half-term saw the culmination of the King Behaviour for Learning Cup – a competition which pitted forms against each other to see who could achieve the most outstanding lessons. Huge congratulations to our winners: Ms Geeson’s form, LHG, defeated LJD in the final round to be crowned BfL champions. I would like to thank all the students and form teachers for entering into the spirit of the cup. It was great to see the element of competitiveness, with students really pushing themselves to ensure the best outcomes in lessons. It has been a very successful term for King House. We are the house with the highest number of outstanding lessons,

most achievement points, best attendance and fewest persistent absentees. Thank you all for your hard work. Congratulations, also, to the top King students of the halfterm, listed to the right. You are outstanding role models for us all. Finally, I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break over half-term.

Noah Wilks David Holden Aimee Penfold Benjamin Chase Lennon Williams Caitlyn Jones Alfie Walker Ashleigh Winter Amelia McDonnell Demi-Lee Varga

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ENDURANCE A test of mental and physical strength A testing summer expedition season awaits our cohort of eager bronze-level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students.


his year promises to see record numbers of Ridgeway students achieving their bronze-level award, with the transition to the tougher silver award ahead in Year 10. Against the backdrop of glorious summer sunshine, Mr Cross announced a programme of challenging practice walks in preparation for the assessed expedition in July. Announcing the dates, Mr Cross said: “The practice day walks consist of students carrying similar loads to their assessed expedition and will get progressively harder in order to build endurance and confidence in navigating across a route. We will arrange the walks for varied terrain.” In blazing temperatures Year 9 and Year 10 students completed their first training walk around the local area on Saturday 19 May. “This was a good introduction to cross-country navigation, observing the country code and starting to develop the teamwork, leadership and communication skills required to safely and competently complete the assessed expedition element. Everyone was in high spirits and it was fantastic to see students getting stuck in,” said Mr Cross.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Ridgeway continues to go from strength to strength. We recently welcomed into school local operations manager, Nicky Crook, to present the previous bronze award cohort with their certificates and pin badges. Nicky also presented Mr Taylor with a plaque and official certified recognition of Ridgeway’s new directly licensed centre (DLC) status, allowing us to move away from local authority oversight and deliver all future DofE training, assessment and certification in-house. Ridgeway’s efforts should prove to be an example, as an increasing number of schools opt for the DLC pathway. In recognition of the role of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in producing well-rounded future citizens, Mr Taylor has appointed a team of DofE leaders: Miss Campbell, Mr Beattie and Mr Gibbons will be working with Mr Cross in his role as coordinator.

Students were presented with their bronze certificates and pin badges by Nicky Crook, local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award operations manager. Ridgeway is now a directly licensed centre.


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AT T E N DA N C E Instilling good habits and routines



xcellent 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 discuss attendance

60 50 40 30

regularly in form time


and assembly and reward the many students whose attendance is excellent.


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Kolbe King





LMR 94.3%

KJL 97.2%

TCB 92.7%

LKH 93.1%

KKB 94.2%

TJG 93.9%

LJD 95.2%

KEC 94.6%

TKT 90.9%

LLK 92.4%

KOM 93.2%

TKW 95.4%

LKL 93.3%

KDC 95%

TRC 91.7%

LLP 92.4%

KCR 91.4%

TNS 96.2%

LOF 95.9%

KRK 95.2%

TMW 95.9%

LAW 94.7%

KJB 83.3%

TLK 93.2%

LDR 91.1%

KRJ 94%

TJM 91.2%

LHG 94.7%

KSM 93.8%

TAH 95.9%

LDC 94%

KMC 92%

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NURTURE Mr Monaghan’s Kolbe House update


would like to start by congratulating the ten students listed here, whose recent lesson scores have been exceptional. A good attitude to learning really is the secret to success. As always, I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all Kolbe form tutors and students for their hard work over the last term. One of my responsibilities as Head of House is to speak on behalf of the Kolbe community, staff and students alike. I am sure I speak for everyone in sending a ‘get well’ message to Mrs Ellis, who has been sorely missed during her absence. On behalf of everyone in Kolbe, it’s ‘good luck’ to the Year 11s who are taking part in exams. This is an extremely challenging time for them. However, I am confident that, with all their hard work, it will result in positive outcomes.

Kolbe House has had a massive focus on improving attendance and it’s proving to be very successful. I want to remind Kolbe students of the importance of maintaining a positive attitude to being in school every day. With renewed focus in June and July we will have the best attendance across school.

Leah Williams Suraya Khan Keegan-Lee Wood Jake Vick Oscar Wood Emma Wood Lewis Griffiths Klaudia Walkowiak Charlie Wilson Courtney Ogden

So as we approach the final half-term of the year, Kolbe, let’s keep up our efforts and remember to participate fully in lessons, support and respect other students, and have high expectations of ourselves. I wish everyone a well-deserved break.

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ACHIEVEMENT In pursuit of excellence



for anything worthy


Achievement Points

chievement points can be

awarded at any time of recognition, such as excellent work, effort and participation. We also have special rewards issued by departments based on our LEARN principles: • Leadership • Endurance

25000 20000 15000 10000 5000

• Aspiration • Respect • Nurture



King King


Teresa Teresa

A large number of students recently took part in the annual challenge organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, competing against the very best junior maths brains from across the whole country. Huge congratulations to the following students, who were awarded certificates in recognition of their outstanding performance. Not pictured below are Reece Cassin in Year 11 and Yusuf Ali in Year 8, who were both awarded bronze certificates.


Annabelle Coroner - Bronze

Caitlyn Jones - Bronze

Jakub Tomaszewski - Silver

Michaela Mara - Bronze

Olivia Wallace - Bronze

William Davie - Silver

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ENTERPRISE Innovative approaches to learning Just before we went to print, students took part in a Dragons’ Den challenge, organised by Mr Monaghan. You can read all about it in the next issue. In the meantime, here are some great pictures from the day to whet the appetite.

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I N N O VA T I O N Dining room dilemmas In response to feedback from Student Voice, we are making changes to our lunchtime arrangements. Ms Williams explains.


In the coming half-term, we will carry out taste tests on our new menu and speak to students about what else they would like to see in the canteen. I also look forward to inviting parents to school to test the catering!

e all love our new school! We just wish that the dining room - we like to call it ‘the refectory’ - was bigger. Feedback from students makes clear that they hate queuing and that, compared to last year, the selection of food on offer has been reduced. We have been reviewing our catering provision and have decided that we will take the catering contract in-house and be in charge of the catering ourselves, rather than having it contracted out. The new way of working will start in September and will operate as follows: • We will implement a split-lunch system. This means that Years 7 and 8 will have lunch together and Years 9, 10 and 11 will have lunch together. • We will have additional service points so that students don’t have to form one big queue and we are installing an outside catering pod.


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Our annual Christmas lunch for senior citizens, run by hospitality students, was held in the refectory. Finally, a word from our catering staff. Penny, our cook, said: “I can’t wait for the new service to be launched so that I have a bit more freedom in terms of what I can serve the students. Roll on September!”

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LEADERSHIP Training our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Ridgeway is part of an exciting initiative by the Diana Award charity to train up antibullying ambassadors.


e were delighted to host anti-bullying ambassador training run by the Diana Award charity for sixteen Ridgeway students and students from four other schools in the north west. Their ambassador programme has so far trained over 24,000 young people to lead on anti-bullying in schools across the UK. These students will take a leading role in our anti-bullying campaigns and help us build a more caring culture through a wide range of activities such as random acts of kindness, online safety courses and a ‘photo-booth pledge’.

The Diana Award worked with Ridgeway students and with students from four other north-west schools.


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During the day we took part in activities with other schools. One of these activities included partnering up with someone from another school and working with them to decide between two scenarios and making a joint decision. We also had to decide a leader for each school. I was voted leader for Ridgeway by my fellow peers. This means I will work alongside staff as well as students to promote anti-bullying. I believe the day was very useful and effective and has encouraged us to work even harder at stopping bullying wherever it occurs. Alisha Layfield Year 10 Ridgeway Anti-Bullying Ambassador

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RESPECT Looking forward to a sustainable future Miss Carey is proud of the way students demonstrate their commitment to the world around us.


hrough subjects like science and animal care, Ridgeway students are demonstrating their respect for - and commitment to - the future well-being of the planet.

pigs, kindly donated to us by Iain at the Fish Bowl pet shop in Birkenhead. Skinny pigs are an almost completely hairless breed of guinea pig. Ours have hair on their muzzles, feet and legs, and a thin covering of fuzzy hair on their backs. They have settled in well and are certainly enjoying the fuss from students!

Miss Crane was one of many students and staff to take part in Earth Hour. Around the world, millions of people demonstrated their support for efforts to promote a sustainable future. Take Earth Hour, for example. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organised by WWF, the famous conservation organisation. The event is held annually to encourage us all to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour. This year, students made lanterns from recycled materials in school before taking them home. Miss Carey, coordinator of vocational subjects in school, said: “On Saturday 24 March, many staff and students switched off their lights at 8:30pm until 9:30pm as a symbol of commitment to the planet and a stand against climate change. Students have since been discussing how it has made a difference to their habits at home and in school and are actively trying to use less electricity in their day-to-day lives, particularly by cutting out wasteful usage.” Miss Carey teaches animal care, one of the vocational subjects offered by the school: “Animal care is enjoyed by lots of students in school and we have a small but growing number of pets. Our newest additions are three baby skinny 20

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“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Fish Bowl for all their help and advice since we started offering animal care, and for supplying pet food and equipment.”

The staff of the Fish Bowl pet shop in Birkenhead support the school in delivering animal care.

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SPORTING HISTORY Year 7 boys’ football on the road to glory Mr Metcalf looks back on a glorious cup run, as the Year 7 boys’ football team make Ridgeway sporting history.


fter a busy season of rock ‘n’ roll football at the Lion’s Den, the Year 7 boys’ football team competed in the final of the Merseyside Cup at Liverpool Soccer Centre’s FA pitches. This was a proud and genuinely historic moment for the school – the first time in over forty years that a Ridgeway team has reached the county final. The boys’ cup run has been impressive. Victories in the Lion’s Den saw them dispatch Hilbre in a thrilling 8-4 spectacle before Christmas, having already seen off St Nicholas Academy in the second round. The quarterfinal saw Rainhill High School, coupled with Liverpool FC Academy Centre for Learning, defeated: a disciplined defensive display from Ridgeway allowed Alex Roberts to find the winner before half-time. The semi-final was Ridgeway’s first away tie, against Rainford, St Helens’ largest school both in terms of numbers and sporting prowess. After conceding two goals inside the first fifteen minutes, the manager rallied the team and changed to a more attacking two-man front line – something which paid instant dividends as Ridgeway headed into the break on level terms, with frontman Joseph Taylor in scintillating form. Full of confidence, Ridgeway went ahead with captain Jack Bentley nodding home from a wellworked set piece – another fine performance, showing why he is a front-runner for the full-


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time captaincy next season. Rainford pegged one back to make it a 3-3 tie with twenty minutes to play before Dillon Upton-Climo made one of his trademark runs to meet a fine cross from out wide: 4-3.

Hayden Millman Maxx Parry Jack Bentley (Captain) James Fee George Rhodes Callum Jones Rylee Gibson Theo Llewellyn A brilliant attack down Alex Roberts Ridgeway’s favoured left side Clay Fear saw the ever-impressive Ellis Matthew Barclay Platt put Ridgeway 5-3 in front, Dillon Upton-Climo heading into a nervy final ten Ellis Platt minutes. Ridgeway held back the Joseph Taylor Rainford onslaught, with Hayden Millman and the back line of Maxx Parry, James Fee and Jack Bentley bravely hurling themselves in front of a succession of Rainford shots. With five minutes to go Rainford pulled one back after a fine strike fizzed into the top corner. But it wasn’t enough: Ridgeway were through to the final, winning 5-4.

MERSEYSIDE CUP FINAL Last-minute heartache fails to dampen spirits A brilliant performance sees the Year 7 boys’ football team go agonisingly close in their historic match against Maricourt.


ith just a week between the semi-final and final, there was no time to celebrate. The boys were straight back into intensive training - including Friday evening - practising goal-keeping, rehearsing set-pieces and playing in transition sessions until dusk fell. Social media was awash with good-luck messages from clubs and individuals from far and wide, such was the interest generated by this modern-day fairy tale. On cup final day itself, Ridgeway took a bus full of supporters across the water to cheer on the team. The game started tensely, with opponents Maricourt going ‘route one’, exploiting their serious height advantage. Ridgeway’s preparation began to show with the well-drilled press and quick transitions in possession beginning to open the door. Ellis Platt linked up nicely with number 9 Joseph Taylor. A flurry of set-piece chances saw Ridgeway twice come close before a debatable refereeing decision denied them the chance to take one of their specialist corners as the half-time whistle blew. Goalless so far. Ridgeway sprinted out of the blocks in the second half, spurred on by the introduction of Clay Fear, bringing his much-needed creative influence into a game that was edging towards stalemate. Ridgeway made several excellent moves, a number of delightful through-balls running tantalisingly out of range. With ten minutes to go, keeper Hayden Millman got down low to parry a powerful strike then sprang up salmon-like to deny a certain goal in the top corner, earning him a standing ovation from both sets of supporters. This seemed to spur Ridgeway on, again creating chances down the left, with Maricourt struggling to keep pace with Ridgeway’s movement and transitional play.

The boys have been fantastic all season and put in so much effort with lunch clubs and latenight training sessions. They were dominant throughout and deserved to win Ridgeway’s first county trophy. Ridgeway received plaudits from Merseyside County Schools’ Football Association and from opposition spectators, many of whom hadn’t previously heard of Ridgeway – near enough the smallest school in the competition! The boys’ style of play earned huge respect. It’s a shame that history will read ‘Runners-Up 2018’. However, if history tells us anything, it is that we learn more in defeat than from winning – and a wounded warrior is most dangerous when fully healed. Roll on next season… Mr Metcalf Head of PE The introduction of attacking substitutions – Matthew Barclay in the middle and Theo Llewellyn adding pace up top – saw Ridgeway switch to two at the back. With just two minutes remaining, Ridgeway were gifted an opportunity: an indirect free-kick ten yards from goal. The boys tried to work a clever set-piece and by-pass the on-rushing defenders, only to see a goalmouth scramble clear the ball away from danger. There was still time for one more effort: Joseph Taylor found room to attempt an overhead kick from twelve yards which flew agonisingly wide of the post. The final whistle blew; players and fans dropped to their feet wondering how victory had eluded them. Ironic indeed that this exciting, free-scoring side had failed to score for the first time all season.

The clock ticked over, despite the scorecard’s refusal to follow suit. With five minutes to play Maricourt’s ‘route one’ approach finally caught Ridgeway offguard. A long punt downfield found the space between Maxx Parry and Jack Bentley for Maricourt’s number 9 to slot home. Ridgeway New Times


PERFORMANCE Raptors’ run of unbeaten games continues A stunningly successful season is building towards a stunning finale: a live Twitter broadcast of their Pensby match.


aptors were looking to make it victories five and six in a row with an away friendly against a strong Neston side before meeting Hilbre in the Lion’s Den. A thrilling game saw Raptors run out 38-15 victors, with baskets being shared around the team. Oliver Hobson (8) and Tyler Oakes (7) continue their ongoing battle for top scorer, while Harry Jones (7) and Joey Jones (7) regularly turn in big performances. Matthew Christie’s famous right hand notched up another three points versus Neston, with Malic Omar also getting on the scoresheet in what was actually the lowest scoring match for Ridgeway since their change in management. Ridgeway’s free-scoring side welcomed Hilbre the following week to the Lion’s Den for their first visit – one they won’t forget in a hurry: Raptors notched up over 60 points and a 40+ winning margin.


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Mr Metcalf commented: “The boys have been excellent since the turn of the year, working hard and maturing well. Their stunning recent run of results is a testament to the hard work they have put in, particularly during their Friday night training sessions with specialist coach Tony Walsh.” Raptors have two games remaining this academic year – a return leg to Neston before their final match against Pensby…to be broadcast live on Twitter @RHS_Sport!

CHALLENGE High-quality coaching and state-of-the-art equipment Our parkour enthusiasts benefitted from a fantastic training session at Airborn Academy. Mr Gibbons reports.


ourteen parkour/freerunning club regulars from Year 7 and Year 8 were invited to Airborn Academy, a stateof-the-art urban sports facility in Liverpool, to receive high-quality coaching using specialist equipment and to show off the skills they have been practising and developing throughout the year. wall, jumping over a cover and then balancing over a beam to finish with a jump and roll. The students then worked on jumping off a ledge and landing. Those eager for an additional level of challenge could increase the height and land in the foam pit. Some students wanted to go the extra mile, displaying their ability to flip, roll and spin after the jump. The session started with a parkour-designed warm-up and then moved on to some basics, traversing over a form of cover using a variety of different jumps, flips and landings. The moves became increasingly difficult because each one required more flair and speed. Naturally the students rose to the challenge and completed them with confidence. Next up was the climbing element. The students excelled at this, demonstrating their agility and strength in climbing a

Parkour/freerunning will return next year and is sure to be even bigger and better!

Your students were absolutely brilliant. They demonstrated some unreal moves and were an extremely nice group of people to coach. It was a pleasure to work with them. A member of the coaching staff Airborn Academy

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MASTERCLASSES Leading the way between the sticks The introduction of a programme of goalkeeping masterclasses is part of Ridgeway Sport’s drive to be the best.


year of firsts for the newly rebranded ‘Ridgeway Sport’ saw the introduction of the school’s first ever goalkeeping masterclass. Run by Head of PE Mr Metcalf, all school goalkeepers are urged to attend (as well as other goalkeeping hopefuls) for position-specific training. Our budding goalkeepers have been involved in a variety of fun activities such as leaping over tennis nets, landing on crash mats and looking at other forms of shot-stopping. These are skills that simply aren’t taught anywhere else as local clubs lack both the knowledge and the time to work with goalkeepers. Cup final hero Hayden Millman pulled out an outstanding double-save to keep Ridgeway in the game, owing his man-of-the-match performance to skills practised just days before as part of a goalkeeping masterclass. Other specialist training looks at handling, communication, positioning, reflexes and distribution – ever important in the modern game, particularly given Ridgeway’s push


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on expansive, possession-based football. Some of the skills and drills can be found on our Twitter page @RHS_Sport where you can also see Year 8 keeper Finn Small executing some fine moves – a favourite of which is David De Gea’s flick tennis – alongside Billy Firth, Kieran Roberts and Thomas Peers. Our goalkeeping masterclass is running every Tuesday after school on the field. Any students interested in attending should contact Mr Metcalf for details – as well as anyone seeking details of goalkeeping coaching clubs outside of school.

COMPETITION Catches win matches at Ridgeway dodgeball festival Part of our packed summer extra-curricular programme, dodgeball is another sport that is proving increasingly popular.


arly in the term Ridgeway played host to the Key Stage 3 Wirral Dodgeball Competition, supported by Wirral School Games and Wirral Dodgeball Club. It turned into a fun-filled evening of high-intensity, high-energy dodgeball, involving schools from around the Wirral. Mr Metcalf said: “A brilliant evening was had by all. I was delighted that the visiting schools and organisers commented on the excellent set-up at RHS Sport and the outstanding attitude shown by our squad.

A mixed team of Year 7s and 8s saw students making new friends and challenging themselves to learn new skills and rules in this fast-paced sport. Out of six games, Ridgeway racked up four victories and one draw, storming into the final to face off with Calday who held an identical record on the way to the final.

“A huge ‘well done’ to our student leaders Oliver Hobson and Tyler Oakes who refereed the tournament - picking up the rules at short notice but being professional throughout! Ridgeway’s name is definitely beginning to get about in the community – our competitive sports stars notching up another silver medal in what has already become the school’s most successful sporting year to date.”

A tense affair saw Ridgeway dominate for much of the match before two sublime catches from the opposition led to a four-man turnaround in scoring, just about beating the buzzer and relegating Ridgeway to second place. Ridgeway New Times


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Monday 28 May


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