On 3rd March, Years 7 - 11 were off-timetable to take part in a range of activities, events and workshops with a focus on co-curricular, relationships, sex education and personal development. This was the first Extended Learning Day of the academic year and, following the restrictions and limitations brought about by the pandemic, was a particularly exciting opportunity to invite in external companies and speakers to further enrich and supplement the curriculum provided for Ridgeway Students.
Year 7 had an International Day and were introduced to a range of different languages including British Sign Language, Swahili, Afrikaans and Italian. They also worked in teams to design iconic skylines with modelling tools. Year 8 worked with the English Department and guest speaker Adam Kammerling, a former UK poetry slam champion, to devise their own poetry on the theme ‘The Two Sides of Me’. Year 9 developed their knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and had the opportunity to listen to a testimony by Mala Tribich MBE, Holocaust survivor and a member of the Holocaust Education Trust.
Year 10 worked in teams through a series of study and enterprise skills activities, including a workshop with Dr. Martijn van der Spoel, The University of Hertfordshire and a highly competitive ‘Tyre Challenge’. They also spent Friday with ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’ theatre company in a day's workshop entitled ‘S-Factor’, exploring themes such as consent and coercion. Year 11 worked on building confidence in communication, engaging with the organisation Talk the Talk with a focus on oracy and presentation skills. Lastly, on Friday 4th March, 6th Form spent the morning with a focus on Global Citizenship as part of their Personal Development and Religious, Spiritual Education.
Thank you to all the staff who made this day possible, notably Ms Mullins, Ms Carter, Ms Picariello, Ms Merrigan, Ms Maddocks and Mr Beka.