Last week, 76 Rhyddings students received their Arts Award Discover certificates in assembly after completing the award over the summer.
The Year 7s attended our Summer School programme in July, which is offered for free to all of our new starters. They all completed 20 hours of arts-related activities over the seven days to achieve the award.
Arts Award Discover is the introductory certificate to the Arts Award, a nationally accredited qualification. Rhyddings is a registered centre for Arts Award and also gives all students the opportunity to progress through the externally assessed Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
Business manager Carmel Cunliffe, who organised the Summer School programme, said: “We had a record number of starters attend the summer school this year and for them to all complete the Arts Award Discover is a fantastic achievement.
“We aim to give all our students the best possible start and as many opportunities as possible throughout their time at Rhyddings.
“This is just one of those opportunities, along with vInspired and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, that we offer. The Arts Award is a national qualification and is a great thing for them to have on a CV or college application.”
Rhyddings students took on a day of international themed challenges and activities to mark the launch of a new house system last week.
Based on the five populated continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas), all students and staff have been allocated a house and will compete throughout the year in all areas of school. This will range from attendance and punctuality to sport, performing arts and academic progress. The system has been introduced to encourage students to work together, get involved in more activities throughout school, as well as learn more about the world around them.
As part of the preparations for the new system back in July, former students Natasha Novak and Will Livesey came in to school. They worked with a team of current students to paint a large atlas and some international icons on our main corridor to help create interest in the new system.
For the launch day, each continent house took part in a variety of activities, including sport and team building challenges, an international quiz, arts and crafts as well as the opportunity to ride a horse in the yard! Burnley boxer Chris O’Brien was in school, working with students to see how many punches they could land on the training pads within 30 seconds.
A reminder to parents / carers that students will be dismissed at 1.55pm on Tuesday 22 September, in order to allow preparations to be made for Open Evening. The Belthorn bus has been rebooked for 2pm.
Year 7s Qasim, Tyra, Ismail and Millie with their new Acer tablets
All Year 7 students at Rhyddings have been given a free tablet computer to help with their studies to and give them a great start to their secondary education.
The Android tablets, given out as part of a new welcome pack with stationery and pencil case, have been chosen specifically to work well with our Google Apps cloud system. This allows students to check their school emails, as well as access and upload homework.
The school is implementing a new homework policy, as well as a new online cashless payment system for school dinners and trips which can be accessed via the tablet. Parents will also be able to use the tablet to access Go4Schools (our online progress monitor) and VivoMiles (our online rewards system) so they can see how their child is doing.
Headteacher Paul Trickett said: “This is another exciting Rhyddings initiative that will build on the already strong communications link between students, school and parents.
“Technology like this is becoming more affordable all the time and we are delighted to be able to give this equipment to our Year 7s at no extra cost to their families, who will also be able to benefit from using it.”
Tomorrow is the launch for our exciting new House Continents. The House Continents will allow students to take part in activities mixing with students from other year groups; developing their knowledge of the world and also raise their self-esteem and aspirations.
The launch day tomorrow involves several activities that all students and staff will participate in, such as group challenges, sporting competitions and creative workshops. The five continents are Africa, Australasia, Asia, Europe and the Americas and we hope to see some healthy competition between continent groups, both tomorrow and throughout the year. Watch this space for news of the leaderboard!
Thursday 10th September
The photographers are coming in on the first Thursday of term to take individual shots of Year 7 and Year 9 students. We will organise the timings on Thursday but you need to make sure your uniform is pristine.
A reminder of the details for the first week of the new school year:
- Monday 07 September: staff training, no students in school.
- Tuesday 08 September: school resumes for Years 7, 10 and 11 only.
- Wednesday 09 September: all students in school.
- Friday 11 September: House Continents launch day for all students.
We’d also like to remind students that the school day begins at 8.45am, and finishes at 3.15pm.
Finally, there is a second INSET day on Friday 25 September, and the school will be closed to students. Full details of school holidays, INSET days and early closures can be found here.