Up on the Roof – Competition winners!

Thanks to all of the children who entered the competition, the decision on winners was a tough one but our winners were:

Owen Peachy and Joe Biddle – Congratulations to them both!

Owen and Joe went up on the roof with the contractors, roofing material suppliers and the project management company on Tuesday to see the progress and learn all about what has been happening above their heads over the past few weeks.

Here are some pictures of them up on the roof:

About to go up the big staircase!

About to go up the big staircase!

Learning about the materials and how they were used to make the roof waterproof

Learning about the materials and how they were used to make the roof waterproof

Seeing how inadequate the old insulation was!

Seeing how inadequate the old insulation was!

Finding out about drainage

Finding out about drainage

with the roof team

with the roof team

beautiful views over to the Malverns from our roof

beautiful views over to the Malverns from our roof

with their winners' goodie bags!

with their winners’ goodie bags!

Cashless Catering update

Thanks all for your patience during the first few weeks of cashless catering.  The on-line payments were corrected from 9th December and should all be updating correctly now.

Please be aware that credits will take approximately 24 hours to update on children’s accounts.

Year 8 University of Birmingham visit

Ho Ho Ho Biology and A Very Merry Chemistrymas were the titles of the two lectures that Y8 pupils went to see on 16th December at the University of Birmingham. The pupils had the chance to learn about some real issues facing the world from two very engaging staff at the university. There was also a chance to look around the campus and imagine life as a student. We even came away with 2 prizes from the memorable day. The pupils conduct was outstanding and it was a great chance for them to meet our new science governor.

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Year 6 and 8 Christmas Lunch

Just a reminder…..

On Thursday, pupils in Year 6 and 8 will be having their Christmas lunch followed by House Fun Activities in the afternoon. They have all chosen their groups to sit with and hopefully have planned how they are going to decorate their tables. Everybody (including staff!!) are also invited, if not encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers to add to the atmosphere. So dig out that Rudolph top and let’s make the day as jolly as possible!!

Merry Christmas everybody!!

Mr D Roberts
Year 8 Head of Learning

Christmas Disco

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The Friends of Ridgeway Association have organised a Christmas Disco on Thursday 18 December 2014.  The Disco is open to all year groups and tickets are priced at £2.00.

Drinks and refreshments will be on sale during the Disco so please bring a small amount of spending money.

The Disco begins at 6.00pm and ends at 8.00pm.  We would be grateful for prompt collection of pupils at the end of the evening.

Yours sincerely

DAVE ROBERTS

HEAD OF LEARNING: YEAR 8

Science Committee

29 pupils from all years have applied to become members of the newly formed Science Committee. This is a fantastic response and the first meeting has already been held.

Science Leaders are going to be appointed after Christmas and they will lead teams of other pupils to complete a project each half term. This is a new and exciting phase for the development of Science at Ridgeway and I am sure you will enjoy hearing about their exploits over the coming months!

Science In The News:

European Mission Comet Landing – Evidence?

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BBC News

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Teachers leaving Ridgeway

Dear Parents,

We are writing to inform you that Mrs Holmes and Mrs Turner will be leaving us in December.

Having taught at Ridgeway Middle School for a combined period of 56 years, they will be entering an exciting new phase of their lives.

We anticipate that neither Mrs Holmes nor Mrs Turner will have a restful retirement but will busy with all of those things which they have never had the time for!

Both teachers have given so much to Ridgeway Middle School and to the many pupils that they have taught. We know that their dedication and expertise will be greatly missed by all and we would like to thank them for their unwavering commitment over the years.   Along with ourselves, we are sure that you will want to wish them a fulfilling retirement.

We will be replacing Mrs Holmes and Mrs Turner with a new full-time member of staff. Mr Garwood is known by some of the pupils in 7TH already and we are excited to appoint him as a permanent member of staff as from January. Mr Garwood will be spending some time with Mrs Holmes and Mrs Turner before Christmas and they will be supporting pupils with the transition.

Please contact Mrs Nesbitt if you have any queries.

Yours Sincerely,

Head Teacher, Pupils, Staff and Governors of Ridgeway Middle School