Keturah’s Town Team Success

keturahYesterday, Wednesday 15th October, Accrington Academy hosted the annual Hyndburn and Ribble Valley X-Country championships.

Ten schools across the district competed in wet and windy conditions across a very challenging course. Rhyddings took a team of 45 athletes across five year groups to participate in the championships.

Our biggest success story was that of Keturah Bradley in Year 9, who finished in 7th place out of 88 competitors.

This place secured her a spot in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley town team where she will represent the district at Witton Park in February. From there Keturah will have the opportunity to represent Lancashire in the prestigious English schools X-Country championships, which is the biggest school athletics event in the world.

Good luck Keturah, and well done to all our athletes!

Yr11 Netball Success

yr11 netballOn Wednesday 8th October the Year 11 netball team travelled to Accrington Academy for the annual Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Tournament. Nine schools from the district were entered into this year’s competition.

Captained by Beth Rothera, the team started off on a high winning their first game 8-0 against Norden in only seven minutes. Their success didn’t stop there. They continued to beat their opponents losing only one game to St Augustine’s, who eventually topped the competition.

Rhyddings finished as runners-up of the whole tournament. It was an impressive performance and a great way to end their netball success at Rhyddings.

Mrs O’Brien’s player of the tournament goes to Charmaine Kelly and she would like to commend Maizee Cryne, who stepped up from Year 10 to play for the team and out of her usual position, performing at a very high level.

Well done to all the girls and I hope you continue with netball after your time at Rhyddings!

Student Investor Challenge

The Institute of Financial Services (IFS) is running a competition where students get the opportunity to invest £100,000 of virtual money to invest in the stock market. If you are interested in taking part in this competition (where the top prize is a trip to New York) then you need a team of 4 people. Please come and see me in E7 before Wednesday 8th October if you would like any further details, or to register your team for the challenge.


Year 9 students climb Scafell Pike!

This week 10 Year 9 students successfully climbed Scafell Pike the highest mountain in England.

It is a challenging 14 mile walk to the top of Scafell Pike. There is a beautiful “warm up” walk along the valley floor of Langdale before the first challenge, which is a very steep climb up Rosset Gill! We deserved a rest after the first big climb and Mr Barnes rewarded us all with a brew next to the stunning Angle tarn.
It can be very tricky to navigate from here if is misty but the weather was clear and sunny and we had amazing views across the Lake District and Morecambe Bay which kept us really motivated along with jelly babies and chocolate hobnobs!
After climbing several peaks and clambering over a boulder field the summit finally came into view. The final climb to the summit is a steep scramble but once at the top we had beautiful views of all the other mountains below us and we even saw Scotland!
We celebrated our success with lunch on the top of “The Pike” at a height of 3,209ft before descending back down the mountain and stopping off for a chippy tea in Ambleside.
It was the perfect end to a perfect day and we are very proud of what our students have achieved. They have shown themselves to be mature,  fun and well motivated young people.

Leading Edge Bake Off Champions!

This evening we took part in the Leading Edge Inter-school Bake Off along with Mount Carmel, Norden and Hollins. We’re very pleased to announce that we won!

The theme was the World Cup, and we had to choose a country and then produce an afternoon tea with 2 sweet and 2 savoury dishes of our choice. We chose Australia, and Miss Bedwell provided us with a range of props for the table setting and some recipe ideas.

Ryan Richardson, Morgan Herne, Charlotte Allonby and Luke Tomlinson were our competing students, and they did us proud. Ryan cooked a savoury damper, Morgan made mini pavlovas, Charlotte baked lamingtons and Luke made some mini Aussie burgers. The students were marked on teamwork, taste, presentation, skills and sticking to the brief.

I’d like to thank Miss Bedwell, Mr Mercer, Ms Widdowson and Sandra in the kitchen for all of their help. It was a team effort all around!

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Inter-school Masterchef Champion!

Congratulations to Morgan Herne (8LP), who this week competed in the Inter-school Masterchef competition run by North Lancs Training group. She took part in her round against Millie from Mount Carmel on Monday, and made it through to today’s grand final – which she won! As the youngest competitor taking part, Morgan also beat students from Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar, Shuttleworth College, and The Rose School.

With menus based on food served aboard the Titanic (for which the NLTG restaurant is named), Morgan demonstrated the skills and confidence which saw her make the Rhyddings Masterchef semi-finals for the past two years. During Monday’s heat she cooked a smoked haddock tart in filo pastry, lamb pasanda with saffron rice and mini coconut cheesecakes for dessert. Today’s final was another three course meal: a selection of canapes – cheddar and bacon devilled eggs, devils on horseback, and peach crostini; steak Marilyn Monroe with roasted potatoes and asparagus; and chocolate eclairs with vanilla cream – using the same recipe used in the kitchens on the Titanic.

Morgan has won a selection of prizes for herself, including her chef whites, apron, trophy and £50 of vouchers to spend. She has also won thirty embroidered aprons for the school.

We would like to thank North Lancs Training Group for hosting the competition and supporting the students involved. We would also like to thank the staff who have supported the competition, along with governors Mr Brunskill and Mr Hargreaves for adding to the support Morgan had today. We look forward to returning for more Masterchef next year!

Miss Bedwell and Mrs Neary.

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Mush Up Challenge Competition

There is a new cooking competition open to years 7, 8 and 9.

Mushrooms are a key ingredient in everyday family meals. In fact, simple, healthy family meals are made even simpler and even healthier with the inclusion of mushrooms. The challenge is to put a new, fresh spin on everyday meals by including mushrooms.

You could win a selection of prizes including an iPad, money for cookery equipment in school and your recipe will be published on the website.

If you would like more information, please see Miss Greenhalgh before FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY.