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Head's Words Lent Term Week 8

It’s been an incredibly busy week...

With our 3for3 charity work well underway, the school is awash with penalty shoot outs, crossbar challenges (which I have yet to win!), wellie throwing, guessing games, donut competitions……...and cakes, lots of cakes!! Indeed, sugar levels at 11am this week have certainly meant that lesson 3 has been a real challenge for both pupils and teachers alike!! Thank you to everyone who has helped bake, purchase prizes etc - I will ensure that we keep you abreast of our running money totals from next week.

3for3 FootballThe three charity groups that we are supporting are The Alexander Devine Trust, The Link Foundation and Rosie’s Rainbow. The last two groups mentioned have a very close link to our parents at school - please do take the time to click on the links provided and find out more about the super work they do.

We have decided to do a whole school sponsored event this year, and we will be taking part in a sponsored walk around the new CC fields… fancy dress!! More information will come out on this shortly!! I have been reliably told that certain members of staff will also be dressing up.

On Tuesday afternoon we were all thoroughly entertained by the wonder that is Ridgeway’s Got Talent. Some absolutely brilliant performances from the ten finalists - please check out the gallery to see photos and results. Many congratulations to all the boys who took part - the confidence and talent needed to stand up in front of the harshest critics of all, your friends, is in no small measure, and I was taken back by some of the daring and challenging acts that the boys had chosen. We had everything from stand up comedy to poetry, from singing to juggling. Our winner, Josh Fisher, sang brilliantly (along with some snazzy dancing!) and was a worthy winner this year. Thank you to Mrs Ward for her inspiration, and Mr Goddard for his sound and lighting skills. Our three judges, Mrs Shannon, Mr Gillespie and Mrs Holder were all suitably impressed with the afternoon!

Ridgeways Got TalentI hope to see many of you at the Year 5 and 6 Music concert on Tuesday evening. Mr Rowan and his pupils have been working very hard and rehearsing their songs. After the amazing success of our orchestra at the ‘Orchestra in a day’ several weeks ago, I am really looking forward to seeing what our bops have got in store for us.

Best of luck tomorrow to our 16 boys who are taking part in the EPSCA chess challenge at Under 9 and Under 11 level - they will be travelling to Gateway school early in the morning to compete with the best teams from our region. Qualifying teams from this section will be invited to particulate in the National Finals at Bristol Grammar school in May. I hope to bring you more news of this next week.

A significant number of you joined us at the girls school on Wednesday evening for a super talk on ‘Resilience’. I hope those who attended found it both enjoyable and useful. Our Year 5 and 6 boys enjoyed an equally good lecture from author Megan Rix, who spoke to the boys and girls about her work and the joy of reading. It proved to be very popular.

Author Visit World Book DayLast weekend Jamie Smith, Finn Keylock and Maximus Chapman competed in the ISA National Cross Country championships and all performed superbly, representing their school and their area with great determination and skill. Please have a look at some of the photos of our star long distance runners. We also held the Year 3 Football Festival last week for the first time and it proved to be a great success, with the Dragons emerging as the winning team - the Dragons consisted of Hugo Winter, Ishraj Samra, Ross D’Alessandro, Ben Savidge, Josh Spanswick and James Wojciechowicz. A great effort from all of our boys, with the all important Teamwork awards going to Freddie Galitzine-Scott, Tommy Beever, George Watson and Ross D’Alessandro.

On the story of football, well done to our Under 9 teams who played wonderfully against some very strong Colet Court teams, with special mention going to James Binks and Felix Oppenheimer for their excellent performances. Similarly, our Under 11 teams fought well against Davenies on Wednesday despite having to stop to allow hail storms to pass!! However, at the moment and as I write this, we do not have snowflakes dropping as I feared and so I hope we will be able to enjoy the Under 10 annual CC tournament today where we invite 20 teams from the local area to join us in a 6-a-side competition. I will update you on the results next week. And on results, I must apologise for the error in my reporting last week, where I did not mention that Max Setchell scored a very impressive hat trick in the rout over Chesham Prep school - well done Max.

We have a number of weekend events coming up whether they be of a PTA nature, sporting or chess nature, and even Bushcraft! Please ensure that you read our notes on the bulletin for all the relevant information.


I wish you all a good weekend.

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