What a year it has been! The students have achieved so much in this time, in many areas including academia, sport, performance, music and fundraising to name but a few. Today ended the term with the Celebrations of Success for Years 7-10 which was a lovely opportunity to bring the year groups together and celebrate as a school community what Ribston students have accomplished this year.
We have also said goodbye to a number of staff this year who have shown committed service to the school. These include:
Mrs Adorisio - Art, Mrs Beddoe - Peripatetic teacher of 44 years, Mrs Healey- Mathematics, Mr Hopkins - Assistant Site Manager, Mr Jones - Computer Science, Mr Sheppard - Music, Ms Springer - English (Maternity Cover), Mrs St. John Brind - Psychology, Ms Pickering - English (Maternity Cover) and Mrs Woodcock- Finance Manager.
As this academic year draws to a close, this is my opportunity to thank the staff for all the hard work and dedication they have shown to the school and students this year. I feel that our students are very lucky to have such a dedicated staff that work in a multitude of areas to offer them the best educational experience possible.
Wishing you all an enjoyable and relaxing break.
Year 13 Leavers' Ball
This month we were honoured to have celebrated with the Year 13 students at their leavers' ball. The grandeur of the venue provided by The Manor by the Lake and the setting of the sun made for the perfect backdrop.
This coupled with the glamour and elegance of the ball gowns that flowed; really did make it seem like something out of a movie. Our Head Student Izzy Haines pulled out all of the stops and organized an incredible event which was enjoyed by all.
It was such a pleasure to see our students celebrate their time at Ribston Hall and join in the emotions and excitement for their next steps. We wish them all a well-earned rest this summer and look forward to continuing the celebrations with them come results day.
The Pippin Ball
The annual Year 11 Pippin Ball took place on 27th June at Hatherley Manor. Students arrived in a variety of transport from classic cars to camper vans. The sun was shining which enabled plenty of photographs to be taken in the hotel grounds.
The students enjoyed a formal dinner before getting up to dance as soon as the music started! The whole year group performing ‘the Macarena’ together was a real highlight.
It really was a fantastic evening and a perfect celebration of the end of their examinations.
Music Tour - Slovenia 2019
On the 7th of July, we set off for this year’s Music Tour to Slovenia. Our time in Slovenia was spent in Kranjska Gora, in Hotel Spik- a beautiful hotel surrounded by the Slovenian mountains.
There were a range of activities we enjoyed during the trip, including visits to the local town, Kranjska Gora, shopping in the capital city, Ljubljana, visiting a gingerbread museum and a castle, and time exploring the history and beauty of the country. Most importantly though, were our concerts.
These were an excellent opportunity to enjoy performing in new locations and to do what we all love. We performed in a range of locations such as town centres, and our concerts included a variety of pieces from the Music Tour choir, flute trio, instrumental solos and string group.
We all took great pride in performing in concerts as special as these and Music Tour was an excellent opportunity to spend time amongst people who all share a love for performance and music.
From breaking out in song in public to creating special memories, Music Tour 2019 has been an unforgettable experience and we are very grateful to the Music Department staff for your support and helping us have such a memorable trip.
Written by Meghan Riley, Year 11
2019 Sports Award Winners
On Wednesday 3rd July, Ribston Hall held its annual Sports Awards Evening. It was lovely to hear our AdiStars give a detailed run through of our sporting year.
A number of Colours and Cups were presented to our athletes. The top awards were awarded as follows, Junior Victor Ludorum was Trinity Nobes and the Senior Victor Ludorum was Saskia Barnett.
July has been a month of Sports Leadership for our Year 7 volunteers. Each and every student has had the opportunity to sign up to lead one event this month. Firstly, 7D and 7S welcomed Year 4 and 5 girls from local Primary Schools to Ribston Hall for our first ever ‘It’s a knock out’ event which involved inflatables and fun relays in a non-competitive environment.
The second leadership event was for 7B and 7R. They were superb at leading Key Stage 1 pupils in a multi skills event at Plock Court. You can see from the photos how much fun was had by all!
Congratulations to our Year 8 Rounders Team who were crowned District Champions on July 3rd. They were winners of their pool and having beaten The Kings School in the semi-finals, they went on to beat Denmark Road High School in a closely fought final. Both Sophie Webster and Holly Done were awarded Players of the Tournament.
Each Year, students from across Key Stage 3 are nominated to attend trials for various stages on the Netball Performance Pathway. I am very pleased to report that both Evie Warwick and Alice Holder from Year 7 have secured a place in the Satellite Development Academy and Jasmine Marshall, Ruby Newman and Holly Done have secured their place in the County Development Academy. This is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to their hard work and dedication to Netball this academic year.
Duke of Edinburgh - Gold
We recently completed our Gold DofE practice expedition. We spent 4 days canoeing both the river Avon and the river Seven from Pershore to Worcester (the a very, very long way around!). It was a great experience where we formed a group with three other girls from a grammar school in London. We learnt lots of new canoeing techniques and met many people from schools across the country. It was harder than we had envisioned and a step up from Silver but we had a lot of fun and are looking forward to our qualifying expedition on the Wye in August.
By Ellena Hunt, Yr 13
Gloucester School Sports Network - Summer Term
As the host school for the GSSN it has been a busy term for the Ribston Hall Sports Leaders who have supported events both in and out of school.
These leaders have been positive Sports Ambassadors for the school and gained a great deal of experience through the many opportunities that they have been given through events held at RHHS such as Tag Rugby, Dance Shows and Primary Rounders which had 480 students take part. They have also been to lead at GL1 for a swimming gala, the Prince of Wales stadium for Athletics competitions and the Oxstalls Tennis Centre for a Multi Skill festival.
We very much look forward to our continued partnership further developing these programmes next year.
Cheryl Stennett - School Games Organiser / GSSN Network Manager
We received a lovely email this month from the Director of a charity called 'Hope for Kids Zimbabwe' about a student duo, Rhumbidzai Bhila, 9R and Melissa Mariga, 8D, who raised £100 for their charity. Please see the letter below.
I am writing this letter on behalf of our organization , Hope for KIDS Zimbabwe, to express our gratefulness for your students’ remarkable donation of money to our children. We have been sharing widely to our friends and partners in the UK appealing for funds to further our cause of education of orphan children and we were pleasantly shocked to learnt that two friends and students at your school, Melissa and Rumbi , managed to pool some money and sent us as an organization which we used to pay for school fees for 24 children in our educational assistance program recently
Hope for KIDS Zimbabwe is a registered trust and looks after 604 children whom we pay for full school fees for orphans in primary, secondary and college, most of them would not have managed to proceed in their quest if it was not for the organization. When we received the gift from Rumbi and Melissa we were touched when we heard that they were also in high school, students with a rare heart to answer to the call to assist other children access to education . The significant contribution made by Rumbi and Melissa was used in purchasing children’s school uniforms and payment of school fees. The support has been of a great motivation to help us and we thought this written acknowledgement is in line.
Yours Sincerely, Misheck Mlambo
Year 9 Aspiring Linguists Morning
On Monday the 8th of July, seven aspiring young linguists (including myself) visited Denmark Road High School for a day of language development and enjoyment.
The day began with a talk by Gina Robertson from Bristol University. We were enlightened as to the variety of opportunities for linguists at Bristol University, as well as how languages can improve our future. We took part in two workshops that were specific to the languages we were taking for GCSE (I myself took part in the French workshops). Within these workshops, we explored the music and films of our chosen language.
After this, we all came together in the hall for some GCSE linked tasks, and ended the day with a fun Kahoot! Just before we departed, some prizes were awarded – congratulations to Faith Warrington-Adler from 9B, who showed herself to be a very talented linguist.
Overall, it was an amazing experience. We got the chance to interact with linguists from other schools, as well as develop and practise our language skills.
Written by Laura Davis, 9S
The final Artist's Corner for this academic year showcases final pieces from this year's GCSE group - a mixture of coursework projects, mock exam and official exam. The students did incredibly well over a 10 hour duration - we wish them all the very best for their Art results in August. A special mention to Mrs Adorisio for all her help with this Year 11 group- her last exam group at Ribston Hall. We will all miss you!
Mr Collins, Curriculum Lead for Design
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) Theatre Trip Visit
Ribston Hall High SchoolTerms and Holidays 2019 – 2020
We are looking to recruit more people to join our friendly team of invigilators. Examinations take place in November, January, March, April, May and June. Rate of pay is £9.10ph and training will be provided. These posts are open to parents as long as your daughter is not in Year 11 (due to the number of GCSE examinations). Recruitment will entail a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Please contact the Examinations Officer, Mrs Joy Whitehouse, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to find out more information about the role.