Belgium Trip 2013

Year 9 and 10 Geography and Travel and Tourism students have recently arrived back from a four day trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. Students and staff had a fantastic time, some fantastic weather and made even better memories!

After a brief stop in York, the group travelled to Bridlington and Mappleton to see some methods of managing the fastest eroding coastline in Europe. They then headed down to catch our overnight ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge.

Waking up to another beautiful day, the group headed into Brugge and took a guided boat tour around the canals – the best way to see the city. They then headed to the main square to do some sight-seeing and eat the biggest waffles they’d ever seen!

A few students decided to visit the Belfry which offered great views over Brugge (despite the 366 step climb to get to the top!) before heading to a real Belgian chocolate factory.

The following day the students visited Efteling which is the biggest theme park in the Netherlands for roller coasters, river rapids, log flumes and pirate ships. It was a great way to spend the day before heading to Rotterdam to catch the ferry home.

The students were an absolute credit to the school and we couldn’t have asked to spend time with a more pleasant and entertaining group. It will be a long time before we forget 44 of them dancing to “Cha-cha Slide” (and even longer for the band on the ferry to forget it!)

Everyone had a great time and we are really looking forward to visiting Amsterdam next year!

Cefn Lea – Well Done to Students

We’ve received another lovely message from one of the staff involved in the Cefn Lea camp:


On behalf of the entire team of Americans who came for camp last week, I would like to say how impressed we were with your students. Not only were they respectful and well tempered, but they were also excellent participants in all of the camp activities. There was hardly any complaining the entire week and everyone seemed to get along quite well with each other.

Though the country was beautiful and the scenery stunning, I believe I can speak for us all when I say that it was the students of Rhyddings School that got us planning a returning trip to England. They truly were a joy to be around! Keep up the good work! We hope to see you again!

Bonnie Dyer

Year 10 Futures Day

Last Monday all year 10 students were involved in Futures Day. They were informed that they should come to school in business dress, as they were to take part in interviews with the nineteen entrepreneurs and other business people who came in to assist us. There were also a number of colleges present to give taster sessions to students.

Overall there were 140 interviews which lasted 20 minutes each. The guests involved, who are simply too numerous to  mention, were very impressed with the students and their skills. Many mentioned that they were the best mock interviews that they had been involved in! Rhyddings’ Chair of Governors, Mr Brunskill was also present and was equally as impressed with our students.

As well as thanking those guests who came to support our students, we would also like to thank Accrington and Rossendale College, Burnley College and Blackburn College for providing sessions on vocational pathways; Nelson and Colne College for their presentation on apprenticeships; and St Christopher’s for their session on sixth forms.

futures day

“Film 71″ Set Visit

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Stephen Preece recently visited the set of “Film 71″ when they were filming in Blackburn. Thanks to Blackburn Youth Zone for telling us about it!

For Film 71, Stansfield Street in Blackburn was turned in 1970′s Belfast in a plot that sees a British solider accidentally abandoned by his unit.

A BYZ member recently captured filming of new movie shot in Blackburn.

Steven, who visited the set with his mentor Rob, said: “At school I really enjoy my drama lessons and hope to become an actor when I am older. I read in the local paper about the filming of 71 in Blackburn so my mentor Rob took me to watch some filming.

“While I was watching I took some photographs as they recorded the scene for the film. I really enjoyed visiting and experiencing how they make a film and being able to be so close to the action as it happens. My mentor also managed to get a full written script of the filming that the actors use.

“I would like to thank the mentoring scheme and Rob my mentor for giving me this experience.”

Inter-Schools Athletics Postponed

Due to weather concerns tomorrow the organisers of the inter-schools athletics have decided to cancel tomorrow’s competition and they have re-organised it for Tuesday 9th July.

All students must come to school tomorrow in normal uniform and go to all lessons as normal.

Practices for the athletics will still go ahead tonight and tomorrow night after school.

More good news!

We have received the following email regarding the students who attended camp at Cefn Lea – well done to all involved!

Good day,

As a member of the American team that came to help with Camp last week, I must say that we were quite impressed with the Rhyddings students. We enjoyed a great time with them all week. They were polite and respectful. They were spry and energetic. They were very willing to participate and they were tremendously helpful! I am so glad that we were able to meet Rhyddings students as our first introduction to English youth! This must be the BEST school in the area!

We hope to return to Oswaldtwistle and we hope that you will continue to foster incredible youth. Well done and God bless!

Samantha Douse.