Upcoming Events for Students
Training days for 2017-2018 school year can be viewed from the link on the home page.
Sports Day/Party in The Park
On Thursday 20th July our PTA will be hosting school sports day which will be combined with a party in the park.
Circus Starr will be taking place on Thursday 14th September at Sandall Park. Further information regarding tickets will be sent out in September.
We Speak Music Project
Parent student fitness class every Tuesday 3:45pm - 4:30pm with James Cuddy
Previous Events 2016-2017
Arts Award Week
Family members from across the school came in to work in art sessions with their child / sibling this week. They participated in felt making, screen printing, silk clay modelling, collage and painting. We had some very good feedback, everyone saying how much they enjoyed their session. Some interesting art was created and it will now be collated and put up on the mezzanine at school so everyone can see it when attending meetings in the conference room including annual reviews. Many thanks to all who took part and helped to make the whole week a very enjoyable one.
6th Form Prom 7th July 2017
The 6th form prom was held at the Communication College Doncaster where present and some past students attended. All the students looked very smart and a great evening was had by all.
North Ridge United 28th June 2017
North Ridge United travelled to Stone Hill School due to the bad weather the game was postponed. So the two teams joined to together to play mini 4 aside games in the sports hall. All the students really enjoyed socialising and playing alongside the Stone Hill students. I would like to thank Stone Hill for hosting the match.
Tee Rounders 27th June 2017
Some 6th form students went to Oakfield Park School to play Tee rounders. A big thank you goes to Oakfield Park School for hosting the match. All the students really enjoyed the afternoon.
Taekwondo 26th June 2017
Some of our KS4 and 6th form students have been taking part in some taekwondo sessions put on by Ann Lambert. The students have really enjoyed the sessions.
North Ridge United 13th June 2017
North Ridge United 4 - 6 Pennine View
A very entertaining game of football played by two evenly matched teams. Goals were scored by Stuart Yorke (2), Josh Batty and Scott Wood. Two players were making their debut in the game Kyle Maughan and Callum Williams who both had really good games.
6th Form Kingswood Residential 10th – 12th May 2017
All the students had a fantastic time at Kingswood. The activities that the students took part in were the zip wire, laser quest, canoeing, low ropes, areoball, archery, high ropes and finished off around the campfire singing songs.
Disport 4th May 2017
84 students took part in the regional qualifiers for Disport held at Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Cudworth, Barnsley. It was a fantastic day enjoyed by all. Some of the events were soft ball throw, turbo javelin throw, wheelchair slalom, 100m, 80m, 50m and assisted walking.
Art Exhibition 29th April 2017 - 1st June 2017
Our first big Art and Design exhibition at Doncaster Art Gallery and Museum was a huge success. On show in the exhibition was a selection of the art and design activities that pupils and young people have undertaken across the school. The children and young people have worked really hard on all of the activities and their achievements are shining bright. We very much want to celebrate all of their efforts in Art and Design. I always tell everyone that we have some brilliant artists across our school and it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see just how excellent they are. Well done to all of the children and young people.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support.
North Ridge United 29th March 2017
Coppice 0 - 7 North Ridge United
Well done to the students for another fantastic display. Lewis Hoggard scored 4 goals, Stuart Yorke 2 goals and a first goal for Jake Tagg.
29th March 2017 Easter Service
All the students attended North Ridge Community School’s Easter Service which was held at St Laurence’s Church, Adwick-Le-Street.
North Ridge United 22nd March 2017
Oakfield Park 1 - 6 North Ridge United
Another fantastic performance by the team led by the captain Scott Wood. The goals scorers were Josh Batty with a brilliant hat trick, Scott Wood scored his first goal for the team, another thunder bolt goal from Lewis Hoggard and great strike by Stuart Yorke. A special mention to the defence led by goal keeper Peter Ryan who did a magnificent job to only concede one goal
On Thursday 16th March, we received a visit from M&M Productions who performed their musical production of Dickens' famous novel, Oliver Twist. Including old favourites such as "Consider Yourself" and "Got to pick a pocket or two", the versatile cast of 4 managed to play a multitude of roles from Mr Bumble, Nancy, Oliver, Fagin and the Artful Dodger as well as change the set for the various scenes throughout the story.
The lighting was dramatic and the music was lively and the performers managed to put across an exciting show allowing the pupils to get involved too. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the show and we look forward to welcoming them to school again in the very near future.
Don Valley Festival
Our music teacher Mr Reiff took our choir to take part in the Don Valley Festival on Friday 17th March.
Science Week 13- 17th March
Thank you to Mrs Norman for organising the science week which was based around saving our environment by recycling household items.
Some of the activities consisted of making planters, wind chimes, decorating wellies and making outfits from Newspaper. The student’s favourite activity was making rockets from recycled bottles and testing them.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10/03/2017
On Friday 10th March 80 pupils and staff from North Ridge were very fortunate to have the opportunity to go to the Doncaster Dome to hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in concert, performing a specially arranged programme for schools. With pupils from Ridgewood School presenting the performance, our pupils enjoyed a multi-sensory experience of the orchestra through pictures as well as sound, and even a real car on stage and indoor pyrotechnics! Orchestral pieces ranges from modern classical music, pieces like "The Flight of the Bumblebee" and Elgar's "Nimrod - Engima Variations" to well known film themes such as Pirates of the Caribbean and the grand finale of the theme from Star Wars. Pupils and staff alike really enjoyed being at the Dome and getting the opportunity to hear a live orchestra and all the drama that that entails. We look forward to the next opportunity to hear them play again.
Live Music Now 07/03/2017
On Tuesday 7th March, we received a visit from the Borealis Saxophone Quartet who came in to perform to the whole school. The four musicians introduced themselves and their specific instruments and played a variety of fun, calming and interesting pieces of classical and modern music. The musicians gave two performances, one for Primary and the other Secondary and Sixth Form. Pupils got involved with the performances, by directing the group's volume and also vocally by joining in the final piece of music which was "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen. Pupils and staff alike very much enjoyed the music and getting involved."
Annual Art and Design exhibition 2017 07/02/2017
Once again, the pupils have excelled themselves with fabulous art and design work on display at the annual Art and Design exhibition 2017 here at North Ridge Community School. We had a varied selection of art and design work for family members, governors, staff and pupils to come and see, including felting, abstract art, sculpture, vacuum forming, puppets, ceramics and silk clay work.
Class 5 Northern Ballet
Northern Ballet came into school on Wednesday 15th February to work with class 5 students
Class 1 Art Week 13/02/2017
Class 1 had a fantastic time with Mrs Oxley
6th Form Enterprise Event
The 6th Form Enterprise Event was a big success. Items were sold totalling £82.90. A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the event.
All the Key Stage 4 pupils and members of the 6th form have participated in a felting workshop with Heidi Street-Ward. They explored a range of handmade felt products and discovered how they were made. They each then layered the merino fleece, used the combs and made a picture of their choice then made it into felt. Great fun was had by all and the results are just amazing and so vibrant!!
Angie Hardwick came to our school recently to work with all the pupils and young people to make ceramic tiles. All the Primary children made their tiles with the theme of cave paintings, they looked brilliant and everyone including staff thoroughly enjoyed using the clay and imprinting cave drawings into it. The Secondary and 6th form students made their tiles with the theme of Picasso portraits, and again they achieved excellent results. Each of the students again were very enthused to work with the clay and create their own unique Picasso style portrait
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal Thank You
Thank you so much for your school’s participation in this year’s Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal. I am thrilled to tell you that this year we sent a total of 6297 shoe boxes from our Doncaster warehouse to Belarus. I am sure that you will agree that this was a wonderful achievement.
We are so grateful for your school’s continued support and would like to thank you, your staff, governors, pupils and parents for their generous gifts.
I have included an edited version of a story to be found on the Samaritan’s Purse website to illustrate just how much the gifts you collect mean to the children who receive them.
I received my shoebox gift in Romania at age 2, (the youngest you can be to receive a box), I don’t remember all the details of what happened but my older sister would always tell me about the day we each received our shoe boxes and how I came to have my toy car.
I loved that toy car. I played with it all the time. I hadn’t had a toy like that before. At the time, our idea of a Christmas gift was the orange my father received as a holiday present at his job.
I was born in Romania in the mid 1990s. A few years earlier the fall of communism also brought the fall of Romania’s economy. My parents had good jobs, as an engineer and a teacher, but it was hard for them to even pay the rent on our dilapidated apartment. Our dinner each day was soup, and we were extremely grateful when we added meat to that once a week.
At first, I just loved the toy car because it was mine. Then I became intrigued by how it worked. I never really thought about it before, but my interest in figuring out how things can be taken apart and put back together to work better, probably started with that toy car.
At first it was toys. Then I started taking apart broken computers and fixing them. Now I am studying biomedical engineering. Essentially it’s about creating devices such as prostheses and artificial organ implants to help other people.
Once again many thanks for your gifts
(On behalf of Jean Gravette and the Samaritan’s Purse Team in Doncaster)
The North Ridge 6th form have planted over 150 trees in the school grounds, with a view to creating an on-site woodland location for everyone to enjoy for generations to come!
6th Form student Jack Allen had the privilege of planting the first tree an oak at the new site.
Primary Update w/c 30/01/2017
We had a lovely trip to the Coffee Bean Café. It was a pleasure to take the pupils.
We are making a lovely display for the classroom of Mr Gumpy and the passengers on his boat.
This week Class 3 have been exploring materials as to whether they are hard or soft.
Class 4 have been making cave paintings. We have enjoyed exploring the paint and different colours.
Class 5 are enjoying reading "Cave Baby" and making different collage pictures of the characters.
Primary Update w/c 09/01/2017
Class 1 have been welcoming two new classmates. They are settling in really well.
The topic this half term is Transport and our story is "Mr Gumpy's Outing". We are making scones this week.
We have been looking at the classic fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs" as we prepare to make our own story books.
We have been to The Point to the launch of the "We Speak Music Project". All the staff, pupils and parents enjoyed listening to the Makaton singing group Iris.
Secondary Update w/c 09/01/2017
Class 6 & 7
We are busy starting our new topic all about India. We started by making some yummy savoury Indian rice. We are looking at all aspects of India and are really excited about our new topic.
We have changed our topic for this term. We have started to look at climate and climate change using maps and how to get around.
Completed work on maps and getting around. We worked on our mapping of shops on the Great North Road. We placed the photos in the order of the location.
Classes 6 & 7 are making a collage dragon for fantastic creatures. Classes 8,9 & 10 are making their ponchos and classes 8 & 10 are doing some fabulous abstract art and class 9 will be making puppets.
Classes 6 & 7 are looking at African music this term with particular emphasis on Djemba drumming. They have been learning call and response rhythms and learning about directing groups of musicians.
Classes 8, 9 & 10 have been looking at Latin American music, instruments and rhythms and are looking to develop their own riffs and routines.
14/12/2016 Christmas Service
All the students attended North Ridge Community School’s Christmas Service which was held at St Laurence’s Church, Adwick-Le-Street.
09/12/2016 Secondary Christmas Concert
The Secondary School Christmas Sing-Along & Nativity took place on Friday 9th December to great reception and appreciation from a warm audience. The Secondary department sang a selection of Christmas favourites as well as a few Christmas Carols, interspersed with witty comments from our 3 fantastic hosts, Callum, Alex and Peter-Ryan and dancing led by Miss Paige. The audience joined in with the singing, and judging by the feedback, the whole afternoon was very well received and really got people into the Christmas spirit. Well done to all the pupils in Secondary department and all the staff who helped make the afternoon such a success
09/12/2016 Class 1 Coffee Morning
Class 1 had a Christmas coffee morning on Friday 9th December. We made christmas tree crispies, we worked in key person groups and parents supported their children. It was a lovely morning.
07/12/2016 Primary Play
Primary pupils performed a lovely play where Santa woke up and thought it was the 24th of December (Christmas Eve) but the toys, reindeers and presents weren’t ready. Santa got everyone working hard and being really busy. Mrs Claus wondered what all the fuss was about and told him it was only the 24th of November, so because everything was ready early they had a holiday.
06/12/2016 Lions Christmas Party
On Tuesday 6th December classes 5 and 6 attended the Doncaster Lions Christmas party. We all had a great time. The wonderful Magician did some fantastic magic tricks, we had dancing and party food and a visit from Father Christmas! What a wonderful day we had. Everyone was so kind and generous to all the children that attended we felt very lucky to be invited. Thank you Doncaster Lions.
Singing in the Frenchgate
Our school choir entertained the Christmas shoppers in the Frenchgate - they had a great time and raised over £1300.
24/11/2016 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
In recognition of all the hard work and success of the Duke of Edinburgh team at North Ridge the Duke of Edinburgh manager Sue Kenny and Headteacher Christine Djezzar were invited to attend the Diamond Jubilee Thanks Giving Service at Westminster Abbey attended by her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip. Well done to the Duke of Edinburgh team.
23/11/2016 6th Form Christmas Fayre
On Wednesday the 23rd November the 6th Form at NRCS held their annual Christmas Fayre raising an incredible total of £1,307. We would like to thank everyone who donated wonderful homemade cakes, raffle and tombola prizes as well as those who supported the event by attending on the night for purchasing a range of festive goodies many produced by the students themselves.
We hope to repeat and exceed this success next Christmas and once again rely on the support and goodwill of staff and school family and friends.
22/11/ 2016 Kellogs Breakfast Awards 2016
Some of our students went down to London to collect The Extra Learning award from Kellogs.
The extra learning activities at the Breakfast Club are focused on preparing children for life as adults; attendees purchase and prepare the ingredients, there are confidence building activities and even budgeting lessons. The results are shown by children’s readiness for the school day as well as an increase in attendance, punctuality and results.
The £1,500 prize money will buy new story tapes, reading materials, music and games. Staff also want to set up ‘Taster Days’ for relatives of pupils and book live music and drama performances throughout the year .
Whilst in London our students visited the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. All the students had a fantastic day and really enjoyed the experience.
18/11/2016 6th Form Boccia
Oakfield Park 4 - 22 North Ridge
Some of our 6th form students have represented the school at Boccia. The game was played away at Oakfield Park School, Ackworth, Wakefield. It was a fantastic afternoon and all the students enjoyed themselves and came away very happy.
8th-12th November 2016 York Opera's production of Puccini's Turandot
Our own teacher Karl Reiff recently took the leading role in York Opera's production of Puccini's Turandot. Karl performed the tenor role of "Calaf" in front of packed audiences at the York Theatre Royal. Calaf is a demanding role and involves being on stage for most of the opera, with the obvious highlight being the performance of "Nessun Dorma" (None shall sleep), made famous by Luciano Pavarotti during the 1990 Football World Cup, at the start of Act III.
"It's a great production and it was a fantastic privilege to be part of it. I've wanted to sing the role for quite some time and to get the opportunity to achieve it with a full orchestra and chorus in a great theatre and in front of an appreciative audience was a tremendous feeling!" said Karl after the final performance. "I look forward to being involved with upcoming productions in the near future." (Thank you to York Opera for the photos).
08/11/2016 ChAD (Choice For All Doncaster)
Some of our 6th form students were invited to attend the ChAD Forum at the Mary Woolett Centre, Doncaster.
The students were learning about recycling which involved guest speakers and interactive games which the students got fully involved with. A fantastic day had by all.
17-21 October 2016
Erasmus is a European funded programme to encourage different schools to meet and exchange ideas. Our project involves
They all visited North Ridge and we treated them to a range of events
All these activities involved our pupils and staff as well.
North Ridge United
North Ridge United 3 -3 Oakfield Park (North Ridge United won 7-3 on penalties)
North Ridge United have kept their unbeaten run with an entertaining win on penalties. After a long and intensive first half North Ridge were losing 2-0, in the second half Northridge saw goals from Josh Batty, Connor Blagden and a spectacular equaliser from Stuart Yorke to make it 3-3 and took the game to penalties. North Ridge won 7-3 in a nail biting penalty shootout. Goal keeper and player of the game Peter Ryan was the hero with a string of fine saves.
James Cuddy the coach said “It was a fantastic game played by two evenly match teams. It was great seeing so many supporters cheering the teams on”.
Over 250 certificates were presented to North Ridge students at their Annual Award Ceremony which was held this year at the Communication Specialist College Doncaster on 19th October 2016. The evening was opened by our primary children singing and signing choir with an amazing array of songs. Visitors were then given an ear bashing of renditions from the secondary drummers led by Tim Brain and Dan Micklethwaite of Louder than Life. Certificates were presented for achievements across all spectrums of school life from sharing and caring to Duke of Edinburgh. The evening culminated with the 6th form crooner himself, Adam Howlett giving the performance of his life with songs from various musicals. A very successful evening enjoyed by all.
Mrs Djezzar our Head Teacher at North Ridge School said “She was very proud of the students and the staff for their amazing efforts and achievements.” She made a special thank you to the Communication Specialist College for allowing North Ridge to host the fantastic event.
11/10/2016 Pizza Express
The whole school went to St Lawrence Church on Wednesday 12th October at 10am to celebrate Harvest Festival.
Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions the sports morning had to be cancelled.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Kenny who arranged the event.
North Ridge United
Robert Ogden 1 - 3 North Ridge United
The first game of the 2016/17 season was a brilliant success! An away game victory against Robert Ogden School resulted in a 1-3 victory to North Ridge United! A debut for two players – Scott Wood and Peter Ryan (they can now boast a 100% success rate!) and three cracking goals scored by Lewis Hoggard, Stuart Yorke and Josh Batty. Team coach James Cuddy is absolutely over the moon. A well deserved win.
As a special treat most of our students went to the theatre in York to see Gangsta Granny on Friday 23rd September.
Mrs Djezzar said ;
What a fabulous day out we had on our visit to see Gangsta Granny at York Opera House. Everything went really well. The pupils all had good seats and were able to see and appreciate all the antics of Gangsta Granny . There were smiles and laughter from everyone and the wonderful trip to the theatre ended in a massive virtually whole school picnic on the York Racecourse with the sun shining on us. Thank you to the Friends of North Ridge for all their hard work raising the funds to give us all such a great day. Roll on the next one !
The whole school have participated in Olympic Africa workshops with Bembe, from the Ark. These workshops involved either dancing, incorporating all of the Olympic moves with African dance, or combining Coconut shell stampers with Souberganji art. This uses your finger tips to create cloud like art around the edges of a piece of calico fabric then stamping in the centre with the African themed images carved into coconut shells then made into stampers. Each class gave very good feedback saying they really enjoyed the activities and have produced some really good results. The Artworks will be sewn together and attached to a backing fabric to make a large display which you will be able to view when you visit school.
Doncaster College v North Ridge
North Ridge played against past students from Doncaster College, it was a fantastic afternoon where all the students enjoyed seeing and catching up with old friends.
Final score Doncaster College 3-11 North Ridge. It was a fantastic team performance!
Some pupils went to Leeds on Wednesday 15th to take part in Disport finals.
Duke of Edinburgh
The silver group did a practice expedition to Walesby Forest On Wednesday 8th June for two nights.
Secondary Classes w/c 06-06-2016
We have been knitting in art, made sandwiches in food technology and worked hard with our writing and reading.
We are also looking at how we change from babies, to children and adults.
This week class 7 have been making healthy fruit salad and working on royal hats to celebrate the Queen's birthday.
We have been learning about what a habitat is, identifying bugs, where they live and how to design and maintain a bug hotel. We went out into the school grounds to carry out our bug survey and then designed our own bug hotel using various materials.
We have visited the coffee bean cafe and had our breakfast. Some of us have been gardening, weeding and pruning plants around school.
We have been thinking about different ways to relax, we did head and hand massage and used the sensory garden and sensory room.
Katie Hurst from DMBC came in on 24th May to deliver some Energy Sessions to Class 8.
Some sixth form students went to the Royal Armouries at Leeds on Monday 23rd May.
Picnic in the Park (21.05.2016)
Our Picnic in the Park turned out to be a picnic in the school hall but the turnout was fantastic in spite of the rain - it was not going to beat us! We had lots of stalls including plants, handicrafts, home made cakes and two raffles, one for the kids and one for adults. Drinks, hot dogs and strawberries and cream were also available.
We were entertained by Karl, Adam and the choir and also Hatfield Colliery Brass Band. The childrens fancy dress was judged by guest of honour Ben Parkinson. The event raised £1041. Thanks to everyone who joined us on the day.
Harold and Maude
Pupils from class 5 upwards were treated to a production of Harold and Maude by Interplay who came to our school with their inflatable theatre.
Duke of Edinburgh
Bronze students went on a practice expedition to Harmony House on 19th & 20th May.
Alice in Wonderland
Our Summer production of Alice in Wonderland took place in school on Friday 13th May
As part of the learning process for the play pupils got to learn how green screen works and act out a few scenes from the play. Most students used the clicker board to start off each scene. All the students enjoyed the day and it was exciting to watch the videos after they had been edited as it looked as though they were in the actual scenes from the film.
Karl, our music teacher took some pupils to a Gamelan workshop on 12th May.
North Ridge United
North Ridge 4 - 7 Oakfield Park
A fantastic match enjoyed by all the school who came out to support North Ridge. Unfortunately the score line doesn't reflect the brilliant performance by the team. Winning early in the second half 4-3 Oakfield came back at the end for victory. All the players can hold their heads up high. Some great goals scored by Brandon Rydel, Stuart Yorke and 2 goals from Josh Batty.
Some pupils from our 6th form went to Kingswood on 11th May for a few days.
Quite a lot of our pupils went to Barnsley on 10th May to take part in the Disport qualifiers.
Primary W/C 25-04-2016
Class 1 are enjoying our transport topic. We have been making bunting for the Tour de Yorkshire.
We have enjoyed the story "The Royal Dinner" and have made both savoury and fruit pizzas. Thank you to all who joined us for Shabang, they have now finished the performances for this school year.
We have been doing the train ride story.
We have baked scones today.
Class 5 have loved swimming at Askern Leisure Centre. The whole class is enjoying the topic on Pirates and this moring we made gingerbread pirates. We will be taking them home to share - yum yum!
Art Update 25-04-2016
Classes 1,2 and 3 have been making large box vehicle models so far this term. Class 1 have been doing a big John Deere tractor, Class 2 have been doing cars, the Bat mobile and a blue sports car and Class 3 have made a yellow school bus to go with the Primary department's Transport theme. Classes 4 and 5 have been making pirate ships and hats and flags so far. Key stage 3 are working on traditional crafts and have been trying some rug making and covering books with their rugs (see photo). Key stage 4 have been learning about willow pattern and trying some out on plates, learning about sculpture and class 10 have just finished their scarves on the weaving looms, they look brilliant.
Class 2 have just finished making their Bat mobile and blue Sports car just look how well they've worked. They had great fun and have made a brilliant job and couldn't wait to get in to try it out!!
Class 10 scarves that they weaved - they are very proud of themselves and Mrs Oxley is extremeley proud of them too!
Some sixth form pupils were lucky enough to go to Jersey between 19th and 22nd April.
Shakespeare week is an annual celebration by more than 7000 schools across the country who spend the week thinking about and commemorating the life and works of arguably Englands greatest author, William Shakespeare.
You may remember last year Northridge marked the occasion by holding a summer production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. As we are currently preparing for our Alice in Wonderland Production to celebrate 150 years since this wonderful story was written (watch this space), we have decided to have a more low key week of activities to remember Shakespeare. Classes across the school will be taking part in a range of activities from art work and design challenges to Elizabethan cookery and board games. Look out for your 'Passport to Shakespeare' coming home so you can join in the fun!
The whole school attended St Lawrence's Church on Wednesday 16th March for our Easter Service. It has been a year since we were last at Church to celebrate a service as the Church has undergone extensive building work. It looks fabulous and we all enjoyed the service and being part of the Church community. Some of our children did readings and we all sang our new songs/hymns. The choir also sang and Rev Anne told the Easter story. Everyone received a palm cross after the service to remember the special time of year
Secondary w/c 07-03-2016
This half term, KS3 have been looking at creating a story of their own and putting a soundscape to it. Classes 6 & 7 have written stories on a school outing and have been playing instruments to tell the story.
In KS4 we have been looking at comparing and contrasting styles of music and how it makes them feel.
Class 6 have been making Easter activities and have made cornbread which we tried.
We visited Whirlow Hall Farm. We saw sheep, lambs, cows and pigs. We took a packed lunch. We enjoyed our day despite the cold and rain.
Class 8 have been to Bentley Woodlands helping to cut branches to allow ground plants to grow. We raised over £50 for our residential selling tickets for our guess the name of the bunny raffle.
Class 9 visited Asda at Carcroft on Friday where we had an Easter tombola and sold Easter crafts - we made £180. The pupils enjoyed the experience and interacting with members of the public.
Class 10 have been making soup with seasonal vegetables and planting seeds for vegetables that will be harvested in September. We finished our Christopher Columbus boat The Santa Maria!
North Ridge 6th form travelled to New College Pontefract on 7th March to take part in a Boccia tournament with other schools from the Wakefield area. We did really well and came 3rd in the competiton.
Our 6th form football team had an educational trip to Old Trafford Manchester United football ground. They visited the club museum, guided tour around the stadium and a practical workshop where they had the chance to try on the players shirts. The lady doing the workshop commented "what a wonderful group they were to talk to"
It was a brilliant day and all the students had a great time.
Class 8 recently participated in a dance workshop by Northern Ballet. The children were told the story of the Tortoise & the Hare and acted out scenes from their newest production. They all really enjoyed the session and are looking forward to watching the performance at Barnsley Civic Theatre in April.
Art & Design
Pupils have started using the weaving looms making scarves and shawls. Key stage 3 pupils are designing and making aprons using tie-dye and will be screen printing the pockets. Another group in Key stage 4 have just completed their model Chinese Village which looks really good. The second Key stage 4 group have completed their hydraulic robots and have done really well on them, and are working well on their Star Wars robots display.
Music - AMP Awards
During the first half term pupils from classes 8 & 9 were working as a business team in preparation for the AMP awards that took place in the first week after half term. The AMP awards is an event for school bands to compete in, but it is also a business challenge for school groups to organise and run different aspects of the event. Any funds raised goes to support the water charity Pump Aid to provide the facility for villages in Africa to access fresh, clean water.
Our business task was audience hospitality. The pupils had to decide on a team name and logo, they had to come up with ideas for the design of the labels and products, to work out how much to sell and at what cost, and finally package up the products and sell them.
The pupils attended the sound check to experience some of the preparations necessary to stage such an event. Some pupils returned with staff in the evening to help sell the products at the AMP Awards. The experience was very positive, especially when some pupils had the opportunity to get on stage to talk a little about what they did!
Secondary w/c 22-02-2016
We have been in the garden planting bulbs and are going to make wholemeal bread this week. We are also trying out massage on each other after dinner which we are all enjoying.
Class 7 have been working in the garden on a special surprise for Mums and Grandmas.
Secondary w/c 15-02-2016
We have made bread which was delicious. We are going to make different types of bread this term to see which we like best. We have also been out to the Coffee Bean Cafe which we all enjoyed.
Class 7 have been busy preparing a visit to Whirlow Hall Farm for our science topic about new life and animals. We enjoyed baking before the holidays and will be experimenting with new foods this term in food technology to improve our basic cooking skills.
Continuing with our Spanish culture lesson, Class 8 completed building a 3D puzzle of the the familia Sagrada. We have displayed this on our Spanish themed information board in the hallway for the whole school to see.
We started our new China project off with a great visit to the Eastern Court Restaurnat at Castleford. All the pupils tried different types of Chinese food. We are continuing the project with class work about China and their culture.
Before the holiday Class 10 celebrated the Chinese New Year in style - we went to The Eastern Court Restaurant at Castleford, enjoying lots of oriental cuisine. Class 10 also performed a puppet show for the primary children as part of the North Ridge Art Exhibition.
Primary w/c 15-02-2016
Class 1 got straight back into the swing of things by making valentine cards.
Class 2 have welcomed 2 new pupils into the class. Our story this half term is Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This week we are starting to work with money, matching coins. We will be baking buns too.
Class 4 enjoyed our first swimming session of the term at Askern Swimming Pool. Lots of fun and splashing as we practiced our swimming skills.
Class 5 loved our first visit to Harmony House where we made dinner and played in the garden. We had lots of fun and enjoyed playing with our friends.
Parents and staff were invited to a stunning exhibition of the secondary pupils work on Monday 1st February.
The pupils have all worked extremely hard throughout the Autumn term. We do have some brilliant artists at North Ridge. The pupils across Key Stage 3 and 4 have worked on a diverse range of activities including: watercolours, moving toys, abstract art, puppets, screen printing, wood decoration and robots. They have all achieved excellent results with parents and other visitors to the exhibition giving such comments as “the pupils have done some amazing artwork.”
Primary w/c 25-01-2016
Class 1 is working so hard everyday. We have made our own zoo and making animal noises.
Class 2 have held 2 parent/activity mornings which have been enjoyed by all. We have all been working on the story display.
This week Class 3 have been looking at shapes and the letter 's'
We enjoyed shopping in Morrisons and practicing using money as the pupils paid for all their ingredients to make their lunch.
Class 5 have enjoyed sharing a range of stories about animals. They also loved making and eating vegetable pizzas.
Class 8 went to Bentley Woodland on Tuesday 19th January.
Class 10 went to Rainbows House, Barnsley on Thursday 21st January
Primary w/c 11-01-2016
We are enjoying our new topic 'animals'. We wrote letters to the zoo.
We have started work on our new half term story 'The Three Little Pigs'. Everyone has settled back into the term.
We have been looking at the story 'There was an old lady who swallowed a fly'
Class 4 have made bird seed cakes for the sensory garden birds as the weather is turning colder and the birds will be hungry.
We have been making cheese straws and working on the traditional tale 'The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse'
Secondary w/c 04-01-2016
Art & Design
Pupils have started making their puppet theatre in Class 10 and Key stage 3 have been finishing their moving and pop up books by making a fully moving hand, these all work brilliantly. Class 9 pupils are finishing off their pictures frames.
Classes 6 & 7
We are busy making plans for the New Year planning our work in the community and some really interesting days out to support our learning. Watch this space..
Pupils have been making different types of pasta and sauces. This was part of our changing basic recipes unit. We experimented with ham, cheese, tuna, tomato, mayo and sweetcorn. We have also finished our hats for the parade in February.
We had a great time making and selling Christmas items Asda and One Stop. It was a great enterprize and we would like to thank everyone who came to support us but a great big THANK YOU goes to Asda Carcroft and Woodlands One Stop.
Class 10 have a new pupil in class, called Jessica. We have started planning a visit to a Chinese restaurant in February for the Chinese New Year.
Primary w/c 04-01-2016
Class 1 have all settled back into school wonderfully. We have welcomed a new pupil.
We have welcomed a new pupil to our class this week. We also enjoyed a session in the sensory room.
Class 3 have both a new teacher and 3 new pupils who are all getting to know each other.
We enjoyed visiting Harmony House for the day and making and sharing lunch.
Class 5 have enjoyed making vegetable pizzas. They also love swimming at Askern Leisure Centre.
Sixth Form Lunch
Sixth form went to Uncle Tom's for their Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 15th December.
Class 5 Party
Class 5 pupils, staff and parents had a lovely party in school on Tuesday 15th Decmber.
Whole School Christmas Lunch
Sharon and the wonderful ladies in the kitchen made us all a fantastic Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 16th December. We all wore Christmas clothes and hats and had a great time.
Text Santa Jumper Day
We supported Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 18th December. Students and staff come to school in their Christmas jumpers in exchange for a donation to this good cause.
Secondary Parents Activity
Some parents of secondary pupils came into school to join us for a Xmas craft activity afternoon on Monday 14th December.
On Wednesday 9th December the Primary Department performed their Nativity. It was a brilliant performance - the children played their parts perfectly and sang wholeheartedly. The Primary staff would like to thank Mrs. Oxley [art teacher] and her husband, Steve for all the hard work they did with the children to produce the fantastic props for the story. We would also like to thank the many parents and family members who came to support the production.
Our school choir entertained the shoppers in the Frenchgate with their beautiful singing and raised over £1300 for school funds.
Reverend Ann came into school on Wednesday 2nd December to teach us all about Christingle.
Primary w/c 30-11-2015
Class 1 had a lovely coffee afternoon last Friday. Thank you to all parents for coming.
We have been working towards a winter display in the classroom and ordering numbers.
We have been exploring the new playground equipment outside.
We have enjoyed practising the concert, especially the tea party with the angels.
We have enjoyed reading and watching "The Snow Queen". We have done lots of activities on the book and learnt some new words (descriptive vocabulary)
Thank you to everybody who helped to organise our Christmas Fayre. The sixth form were again overwhelmed by the number of people who came to support the school. Over £1200 was raised which is a brilliant achievement.
Lions Christmas Party
Secondary pupils went to Doncaster Communication College to attend the Lions Christmas Party on Tuesday 1st December.
The Lions Christmas party was a great success, the children did lots of dancing and eating and then watched the magic show which they found very funny. At the end they waited patiently to visit Santa where he gave them all a present.
We would like to thank everyone at the Lions for their fund raising that enabled the secondary pupils to enjoy this free Christmas party.
6th form Football Match
Our 6th form football team played against Robert Ogden School on Thursday 19th November.
Final Score Robert Ogden 9-5 North Ridge
This was our first competitive game and we did exceptionally well against a more experienced team. After a nervy start and falling behind, North Ridge grew into the game and started to create scoring chances. They were some fantastic performances from all team members and can hold their heads up high.
Goal scorers Josh Batty x2, Stuart Yorke x2 and Holly Barnes
Man of the match Stuart Yorke
Classes 9 & 10 collected lots of gifts and toys for children to make up shoe boxes for Samaritans Purse. As a school we made up 134 complete shoe boxes which the children enjoyed delivering to the ladies at the Samaritans, where they are checked and boxed up to be transported to Syria for poor children who will not normally get anything for Christmas.
All classes in Primary and Secondary were treated to a Diwali day on Thursday 19th November.
Primary Pupils w/c 16-11-2015
The primary children have been working on the scenery and props for their Christmas production. They have enjoyed making a camel, donkey, goat and star.
Class 1 have made yummy cheese straws and wrote letters to Santa .....hopefully we will get a letter back.
Class 2 pupils have started to practice songs for the nativity. They have also started to help make breakfast.
Class 3 have made jam tarts - we made the pastry and put in the jam after we had rolled and cut the pastry out. We enjoyed eating them for snacks.
The class have continued to practice songs for the nativity. They have also practiced painting Christmas trees and crowns in art.
Class 5 have been shopping and to Harmony House. They have also been planting bulbs ready for Spring.
Primary Pupils w/c 09-11-2015
We visited the Coffee Bean Cafe for the first time. Everything went well and we enjoyed our breakfast.
Class 2 have been working hard to recognise letters of the alphabet.
We have made and eaten Angel Delight. We are also working on shape recognition.
We went swimming for the first time and had a great afternoon. We also went to Outwood library.
We have been shopping and to Harmony House, we enjoyed gardening in the sunshine. We have also been learning about the Gunpowder Plot.
British Legion Assembly
On Thursday 5th November the whole school enjoyed a special assembly by The British Legion. Thank you all for your donations.
Secondary Pupils - w/c 02-11-2015
A lovely first week back. We learned about the Gunpowder Plot and made our own chocolate apples ready for Bonfire Night. We created firework pictures using engraving art card and looked at different patterns which come from fireworks.
Class 7 went to Adwick fire station yesterday to talk about the job of a firefighter. we had a look around the station and then the firemen came down the pole! We had a turn at riding in the drivers seat of the engine and turning on the lights, Stephen tried on the helmet - it was really heavy!
This week Class 8 have learnt about firework safety and produced some fantastic posters that have been displayed around school. We have also started an experiment rubbing potatoes on different areas and are now waiting for the bacteria to grow!
Class 9 have been learning about why we have a Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. We have also coloured some firework pictures in and have listened to the story of the Gunpowder Plot.
A great start to the new term! We visited the Civic Centre in Barnsley to look at a clothing exhibition where all the clothes were knitted. We saw some weird looking clothes and some were certainly silly!
Live Music Now
Live Music Now came into school on the afternoon of Tuesday 3rd November.
All Primary pupils enjoyed a workshop with Live Music Now where they experienced listening to and playing a harp.
Secondary Pupils- W/C 19-10-2015
Throughout this term the secondary pupils have been developing their music skills in terms of recognising musical instruments both visually and aurally, listening to and responding to music and improving their performance skills. This term we have listened to In the Hall of the Mountain King and Morgenstimmung by Edvard Greig. We have given our interpretation and opinions of the pieces and played along to them using percussion instruments. There have been notable vocal performances by Kiea, Jake C and Jake R as well as the boys from Class 8.
This week class 6 spent time being archaeologists digging for buried artefacts. We have been developing number skills and identified shapes to create shape houses.
For Halloween, children took part in carving pumpkins and biscuit decorating.
This week Class 7 went to Cusworth Hall Museum, we saw lots of toys that children used to play with a long time ago.
We have been busy making fruit salad for our enterprise project. We have been working hard on counting numbers up to 10 and adding numbers up to 10. We have been concentrating mostly on literacy, listening to sounds in the environment, recognising letters in the alphabet and writing our names correctly.
This week Class 8 have visited the local fire station as part of our emergency services unit. We looked around the station and learned about what happens when there is an emergency call. The class were allowed to look at all the equipment on the fire engine and sit inside. Each student was allowed to use a high pressure hose and learnt where the firemen get their water from when on call. We also participated in the Anglo-Saxon event where students had a go at making their own miniature Anglo-Saxon pot.
This week Class 9 have enjoyed making clay pots on our Anglo- Saxon day and looked at the houses and clothes that they had then and now. In Art we have started a new project about screen printing, learning how to create and put patterns on materials.
This week Class 10 have been on an archaeological dig, investigating how we know people lived in the past. We made rye bread like the Anglo-Saxons and in art we made and used weaving looms. We also looked at Anglo-Saxon houses and the things they had and didn't have - computers or television. As part of our Moving On work we organised a birthday treat for three children - we went bowling and to Pizza Hut.
"It was great and Pizza Hut was spectacular!"
Anglo- Saxon Day
On Tuesday 20th October we held an Anglo Saxon day in school.
At the moment St Lawrence church is undergoing building work. This means that unfortunately we were not able to go to church for Harvest Festival. However, we arranged to have a special assembly on Thursday 8th October. Reverend Ann came to school to join us and many thanks to the family members who also came and the donations that were sent in.
Secondary classes w/c 28-09-2015
This week class 6 have been creating their own post cards. They could talk about their homes and where they live. They have all worked really hard.
Class 7 veg project is well under way and we have been enjoying selling our fresh produce in school, as well as delicious fruit salads for lunch. We are hoping to arrange for our order forms to come home with students so that parents can purchase from home. Please support us if you can.
This week Class 8 have visited the local library to find out about events that were happening in this area. They collected leaflets and organised them back at school to create a collage. This linked in with their citizen unit about local current affairs.
Class 9 would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions which made the Macmillan Coffee morning a great success. We raised £340. We are currently learning about eating and keeping healthy.
Class 10 explored some ideas in abstract art with remarkable results. In another art form our shortbread biscuits were crafted to almost 'bake off' standards. Philip and Hannah are progressing well with their efforts towards the D of E award scheme. All the class is looking forward to learning about Anne Frank at Doncaster Museum on Friday afternoon.
Secondary Classes w/c 21-09-2015
Class 6 - The Point
Class 6 went to The Point in Doncaster to see an interactive art display. We used a machine to see our skeleton and moved our arms to watch how our bodies work.
Class 7 Veg Project
Class 7 veg project is underway with deliveries on Monday and Friday. We will be posting a list shortly on the website if anyone would like to order from home.
Class 8 walked to the local shops to practice our road safety skills. We all found the ingredients we needed to make fruit scones and made these to sell at the Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Class 9 have been very busy planning and organising the Macmillan Coffee Morning. The pupils have been learning about Macmillan and how the money we raise will be spent to help people with cancer.
Class 10 have been working on their Art project. They have been practising their citizenship skills on a trip to Morrisons and recorded some Anthropometric Data.
Previous Student Events 2014-2015
Primary Trip to Clifton Park
Primary pupils went to Clifton Park on Monday 13th July.
Camping in Pickering
Some sixth form pupils went camping in Pickering between 7th & 10th July.
Sixth formers went Fishing with the Masons on Wednesday 8th July.
Class 8 went to Austerfield Study Centre between the 6th & 8th July for their residential visit.
Class 7 went to Nostell Priory on Tuesday 7th July for our end of term trip. We enjoyed the adventure playground and looking at the cows on the Vista. After playing skittles on the south lawn we ate our lunch just in time before the rain poured down and we sheltered under the old oak tree. On the way back to the bus we had a delicious ice cream. A lovely day.
School Sports & Family Fun Day
We all had a fabulous time at the Sports & Family Fun day on Friday 3rd July. The weather was absolutely glorious and everyone had a great time. We had traditional sports day in the morning and everyone put in a lot of effort. Some parents then also joined us for a buffet lunch. The afternoon was great fun with lots of different inflatables for the pupils to use with different games etc. Some pupils got carried away soaking the staff in the stocks after watching an owl display. We all enjoyed cakes and a scrummy ice cream!
The whole event raised a fantastic £500 so a huge thanks to all those involved especially Sue Kenny who organised the whole thing.
Primary trip to Cannon Hall Farm
Primary pupils went to Cannon Hall Farm on Monday 6th July.
As an end of year treat all Primary pupils enjoyed a day at Canon Hall farm. The big attraction for all were the huge litters of piglets at varying stages of growth! The children enjoyed feeding the animals using metal down shoots which enabled them to feed the animals without the danger of touching them. We had a wonderful picnic lunch in a circus tent, indoor soft play area and ice creams for all!! What a fantastic way to end our year!
There were many special events during the week commencing 29th June as we celebrated Africa Week.
Sixth Form Prom
The Sixth form prom was on Wednesday 1st July at Doncaster Communication College. The evening was a great success with a record number of people attending. All the pupils had made a fabulous effort with their outfits and had a great time despite the very hot weather!
Special Schools Concert
Our school choir took part in the special schools concert at The White Church on Tuesday 30th June.
The Duke of Edinburgh pupils did an assessed expedition at Squirrel Wood on Thursday 25th June.
The Disport finals were on Thursday 18th June in Leeds.
Sandall Beat Wood
Sixth form students went to Sandall Beat Wood on Tuesday 16th June.
Duke of Edinburgh
Our Duke of Edinburgh students had an overnight practice expedition to Harmony House on Thursday 11th June.
The story teller, Chris Connaughton was back in school on Wednesday 10th June.
Some sixth form pupils went to York on 3rd June until Friday 5th June.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Secondary pupils went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Tuesday 2nd June.
All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. We split into two groups after having the introduction to the day. Then each group went on a guided tour with an artist. The artist told stories about the sculptures then the children had the opportunity to draw them. After lunch we all joined together for the workshop in the sculpture compound. The children went into class groups and each class built a sculpture using a whole range of branches, flexi tubes, logs, log slices etc. We had some brilliant sculptures, including giraffes, an elephant, a monkey, a dinosaur and a dog. The children enjoyed the day especially building sculptures so much they've asked through pupil voice if they can have something like it at school.
On the 15th May 6 primary pupils enjoyed a very valuable multi sensory day at Yamsen in Leeds. The pupils were treated to a day of music, song and creative activities. It was an extremely busy day which culminated in a wonderful group dance with all the children thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.
Some sixth form pupils went to Kingswood for a residential visit between Wednesday 13th May and Friday 15th May.
Most of our pupils went to Disport at the Dorothy Hayman Sports Centre in Barnsley on Tuesday 12th May.
Tuesday 5th May - Friday 8th May
Drama week - we worked with visitor Christopher Connaughton to produce a short sketch from Shakespeare's a Midsummers Nights Dream which will be our summer production. All classes in secondary took part and primary classes enjoyed interactive story sessions. Miss Shelley worked with secondary pupils to re-create the Ant and Dec Saturday night takeaway which was great fun.
North Ridge have been voting for Britain's National bird! We have been learning about voting and making a choice. Pupils have undertaken a number of bird themed activities which have been very educational and enjoyable. We were also lucky enough to have 'Living Eggs' in school. We had an incubator with ten eggs, 9 of which successfully hatched and have now gone to new homes. The children were enthralled by the experience of watching the eggs hatch and the chicks grow at an amazing rate. An 'eggceptionally!! eggciting!! Eggperience!!!
Class 7 visited The Deep on Wednesday 29th April.
Pupils in class 7 went to the deep to support our learning about ocean and polar habitats.
We enjoyed looking at the giant aquarium and especially the rays that looked like they had sad faces!
We took part in a workshop about Arctic and Antarctic habitats and learned why it is so cold in the polar regions. A highlight of the day was seeing the penguins getting fed then jumping into the water for a swim -they were fascinating animals and were extremely fast swimmers.
A real treat was waiting for us at the end of the visit - walking through the shark tunnel and seeing the giant manta rays and sword fish. Everyone had a great day and learned lots of new things about life under the ocean
Class 6 had a lovely week at Centre Parcs between 27th April and 1st May.
Angie from Angemade Ceramics came back into school on Monday 20th April, this time to work with Primary pupils.
All primary pupils had a very enjoyable ceramics session/workshop with a visiting artist. All the children made a ceramic tile which was decorated with healthy fruit and vegetable (our topic this term) The artist is to return to North ridge with the fired tiles during this term so that the children can then complete their ceramics by painting and decorating them.
All the pupils at NRCS celebrated National Science week by taking part in a range of exciting science activities around the theme of the planets and space. Some wonderful experiments and learning opportunities were explored during the week culminating in a space themed dance plus science display at the end of the week.
Class 7 have been working voluntarily on Friday mornings at the community woodland in Bentley.
We have been working closely with Adam McKillop the ranger, to provide habitats for small woodland creatures and over the last few sessions have been working on the 'big tidy' project - last Friday we collected around 10 bags of rubbish.
It has made us think more carefully about the impact throwing even a small amount of rubbish can have on the environment, and how it can hurt small woodland animals. We would like to encourage anyone using the area to take their rubbish home with them.
Class 7 went to Bentley Woodland on Friday 17th April.
"We have been going down to Bentley woodland to work with Adam the ranger, on providing habitats for small woodland animals; this week it was a house for a mouse.
We also made wild bird feeders with bird seed and lard and hung them on the trees in the habitat area.
We will be going to the woodland most weeks throughout the summer term."
Some sixth form pupils were lucky enough to go to Jersey between 14th and 17th April.
They all had a fabulous time - it was very exciting to go on an aeroplane.
Easter Church Service
As a whole school we all attended a wonderful Easter Service at St Lawrence's Church on Wednesday 25th March. The choir performed beautifully and there was a range of stories and poems to celebrate this festival. All the children received a Palm cross after the service and were also given a chocolate Easter egg from school.
The students who are involved with The Princes Trust went to Snozone at Castleford on 24th March.
Primary Coffee Morning
The Primary department held a coffee morning on Monday 23rd March. All the money raised is to go towards outings and treats for the Primary pupils. I am pleased to say we raised £502.30p and can only thank everyone for their support.
This half term the whole Primary department has enjoyed Shabang every Tuesday. This is an interactive music and drama experience which this term focused on the theme of Egypt. The children enjoy the familiar songs and routines and it has been very much enjoyed by all.
Primary Photography Workshop
The Primary Dept had a very enjoyable Photography workshop with Jordanna from Artists in the Making on Wednesday 18th March. During individual class workshops all pupils were given the opportunity to use a camera appropriately. The children were shown how to zoom in and out and then take a photograph. This was a very enjoyable and useful workshop and all the children were actively engaged throughout the whole of the session.
On Wednesday 11th March all Primary pupils went to Cast at Doncaster for a musical extravaganza! The pupils listened to two stories which were accompanied by a musical ensemble, 360. We were all encouraged to join in with short songs as part of the stories and it was much enjoyed by everyone.
Green Top Circus
On Friday 6th March all Primary pupils had a fun day with 'circus skills'. Trudy the clown in an absolutely amazing costume spent time with individual classes. All pupils had the opportunity to spin plates and juggle with scarves and balls etc. The children thought she was fantastic and were very focused in trying to copy her skills. The final workshop was a whole Primary celebration of 'show and tell'.
World Book Day
Pupils came into school on Thursday 5th March dressed as their favourite book character as part of World Book Day. They also did lots of other activities and children brought in their favourite book.
We were joined by Angie Hardwick from Angemade Ceramics on Monday 2nd March.
All of the pupils and staff really enjoyed the ceramics workshop, they all made wonderful tiles along the theme of mini beasts and butterflies. The tiles were 3D with spiders standing on top of the tiles and worms slithering across the tiles. The tiles have been taken away now by Angie who delivered the workshops to be fired and will be returned in about 2 weeks time to be painted and sent home for Mother's Day.
Live Music Now
We were joined on Thursday 26th February by Katie's Allsorts as part of Live Music Now.
Class 7 really enjoyed putting on the different hats and making the music go faster or slower, and making different styles of music by dancing along!
It was really good fun
Primary Department said "On 26th February the whole school enjoyed live music with a trio of young musicians. We all enjoyed a live music listening session followed by an opportunity to engage in small music workshops. The children had a wonderful time which was complimented by a whole school performance."
National Railway Museum
Class 5 & 6 went to the National Railway Museum at York on Wednesday 25th February.
The workshops at the National Railway Museum at York were great fun and each of the pupils had turns in being a scientist. The first workshop 'From Rocket to Bullet' they learnt about the three forces, gravity, propulsion and action and reaction. They joined in various fun experiments including using giant catapults with soft toy elephants, firing Barbie from a cannon and a balloon race all within a safe environment. The other workshop, 'Building Bridges' where each of the pupils joined in creating various types of bridges to see how they worked. We also saw all of the trains and exhibitions at the museum, so a very busy day but exciting and fun too.
Class 5 went to Pizza Express in Doncaster on Tuesday 10th February to learn how to make pizzas.
Artists in the Making
Jordanna from Artists in the Making came into school on Monday 2nd February to run a photography session for all secondary students. She taught students how to use a camera, how to frame a photo and use perspective. They looked at complimentary colours and how to take action photos.
" The children took loads of photos and I think we have some very good budding photographers across the Secondary department. There were some very interesting pictures taken.The children all enjoyed taking part in the workshop and learnt different techniques of setting up photos and composition as well as framing and light"
National Story Telling Week
Tony Wilson visited school for a second time on Monday 2nd February to encourage children to make up their own stories and add sound effects. He brought his banjo and used props found in the classroom to re create everything from hurricanes to wandering princesses. Everyone had a great day
South Yorkshire Fire Service
On the afternoon of 2nd February class 8 & 9 were given a talk on fire safety by three fireman from the South Yorkshire Fire Service.
Class 9 said "The fire service came into school from Adwick station to see KS4. We are completing a unit on the emergency services and the fire officers came in to discuss their job and what they do. They showed the pupils what they wear and they all got a guided tour of the fire engine to look at the equipment on it and what it is used for. They were very excited when they got to sit in the fire engine."
Class 7 went to Sherwood Pines on Thursday 15th January.
"It was a beautiful sunny day and despite the cold weather at home it was nice and sheltered in the forest.
We talked about how the scenery had changed since our last visit and why we couldn't see many leaves or hear many birds.
Our Duke of Edinburgh students worked well at reading the trail map and we managed to finish our lunch just as the snow showers started.
Everyone had a lovely day, and we will definitely be going back in the summer."
Christmas Carol Service
All pupils went to St Lawrence Church to take part in the Christmas Carol Concert on Wednesday 17th December.
We all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Lunch together on Wednesday 17th December. Sharon and the lovely ladies in the kitchens had worked really hard to feed over 200 people and our school Governors and Friends had done a great job of decorating the tables. It was a fantastic meal and put us all in the Christmas mood.
Tony Wilson Storyteller
We were lucky enough to be joined by Tony Wilson storyteller on Monday 15th December. All the children from Primary and Secondary had their own session with Tony. Some parents and grandparents also joined us for a special story session followed by a buffet lunch. We hope more parents, carers, grandparents will be able to join us next time.
Here's what the pupils had to say about the experience :
Class 1 enjoyed their session with the storyteller. He varied the activities to hold the children's attention. He played a variety of instruments and the children were encouraged to explore the instruments. He told the story of The Elves and the Shoemaker. We finished the session with Christmas Songs.
All of Class 2 enjoyed the session, it was very interactive. Thanks.
Class 3 thought it was fantastic and would love it if Tony could come to school again.
Class 4 pupils loved the stories and music. It was very interactive.
Christmas Jumper Day
Staff and pupils all got into the Christmas spirit on Friday 12th December by coming into school in their Christmas jumpers/t-shirts in support of Save the Children. We raised £80 for this worthy cause.
Secondary Christmas Concerts were on Thursday 11th December -we had 2 performances this year 2pm and 6.30pm.
Primary Christmas Concert
Primary pupils performed their concert 'Little Angel Has No Wings' on Wednesday 10th December. The pupils all looked wonderful in their costumes.
Mrs Miller said 'Thank you to all mums, dads, carers, family members and friends who came to watch the Primary concert. We hope you all enjoyed it and as always we very much appreciate your support.'
Breakfast with Santa
All Primary children went to the Highwayman for breakfast with Santa on Tuesday 9th December. The play area was closed to the public for the duration of the morning. The morning started with the children being served with a cooked breakfast. All pupils were able to access the soft play area and really enjoyed a free play. The morning ended with a visit to Santa in his grotto. All children received a gift and were all very well behaved and a credit to NRCS. The staff at the Highwayman commented upon the good behaviour of our pupils and said it was a pleasure to have our children at their establishment.
The staff at the Highwayman were extremely patient, kind and very helpful. All school staff and pupils had a fantastic morning.
On Thursday 4th December we held a Christingle assembly. The whole school were led by Reverend Ann and Joyce to make a personal Christingle to take home. At the end of the assembly all the children opened their light sticks and sang " He's Got the Whole World in his Hands.
Lions Christmas Party
Secondary pupils went to the Lions Christmas Party at Doncaster Deaf College on Tuesday 2nd December.
The children really enjoyed themselves at the Lions Christmas Party. They were thrilled to meet Santa there and they had a good dance. They interacted with the Great Lorenzo, the magician and his magic show. The children also enjoyed the buffet and a good time was had by all.
Some lovely ladies from Doncaster College came into school on Tuesday 25th November to treat pupils, staff and parents with hand and foot massages. The pupils really enjoyed the experience of having a massage.
Children In Need
Staff and pupils enjoyed a non uniform day on Friday 21st November to help raise money for Children in Need. Class 9 sold buns around school and raised £56. Secondary pupils made large Pudsey Bear cutouts and decorated them, they were all different and creative. The total collected was £105.10
Live Music Now
Live Music Now (violin and viola) came into school on Wednesday 19th November.
All Primary pupils enjoyed a session with Live Music Now on Wednesday 19th November. They listened to a variety of musical pieces played on the violin. The pupils always enjoy these music days.
Arts Festival at Bentley Pavilion
Some pupils went to Bentley Pavilion on Friday 14th November to have a look at the art exhibition to commemorate WW1 which included some work by our own pupils. Most of Secondary attended and enjoyed singing the WW1 songs. They sounded lovely. There was a whole range of really good art work on show including paintings, charcoals, collage, mosaic, poetry, creative writing and fabric painting. We won Best in Show for the Large Mixed Media category, so a big well done to all who participated.
Samaritans Purse Shoe Box Appeal
Classes 8 & 9 collected Shoe boxes with gifts for the Samaritans Purse appeal.
We filled 66 Boxes for the Shoe Box Appeal, with toys, toiletries, pens and pencils and some sweets. KS4 pupils delivered them to organisers at the Deaf School who explained what happens to them. They are checked, packaged up and sent to children that will not have anything to open on Christmas Day in Belarus in Russia.
The pupils and staff would like to thank everyone for their support.
Spooky Dress Up Day
Pupils and staff came into school on Friday 24th October dressed in their spookiest outfits to celebrate Halloween. There were lots of different class activities during the morning followed by spooky dancing with Miss Shelley from Cre8ive Dance in the afternoon.
Secondary Halloween Assembly
On the morning of 24th October the secondary department held a special literacy assembly where we could all share some of the fantastic English work we have been doing this term. Children and staff were all invited to come in 'spooky dress up' and we all gathered together in our costumes to hear spooky stories and eerie poetry!
The theme was 'Halloween'
Class 5 presented an amazing poem they had worked on as a class group about what you could see on Halloween; class 6 performed a captivating play about a witch and a fire-breathing dragon.
Class 7 readers shared a selection of spooky Halloween poetry followed by a reading of a funny Halloween story book.
Classes 8 an 9 also read Halloween poetry wearing their scary costumes....... AAAGGHHHH!
Everyone had a lovely morning and we hope to do it again soon
Everyone had a wonderful morning at the Autumn Fayre on Thursday 23rd October. Secondary classes worked really hard to prepare the event and managed to raise a fabulous £476.
North Ridge Community School staff and pupils attended a service at St. Lawrence Church on Wednesday 8th October to celebrate Harvest Festival. It was a lovely service . Three pupils assisted Mrs . Djezzar whilst she told the story of " The Little Red Hen ". The parent/ choir sang " I Will Follow Him" which started with a fantastic solo from Peter Ryan Stevenson. 6th form pupils gave readings and a sung chorus without accompaniment. All pupils contributed to making the service a lovely experience.
Energy Educational Sessions
Katie Hurst Energy Project Officer from DMBC has been coming in to school over September and October to deliver tailor made energy educational sessions for all pupils. The teachers were very impressed with the way Katie had structured each session to the specific pupils involved and how friendly and approachable she was.
Class 12 said;
"It was really good, we talked about saving water"
" It was interesting, we looked at recycling"
" A very good session, we talked about water shortage"
"I liked it"
"It was good"
"I enjoyed the pictures on the whiteboard"
Class 5 teacher Jean Oxley said " The children gained an awareness of environmental issues through the use of story and pictures. We all enjoyed the workshop"
Pictures from Class 3
Class 7 visited Sherwood Pines as part of our PE and science curriculum, Mr Oxley drove the bus. We were following the forest trails; balancing on logs, following a path, jumping over fallen trees etc. we also collected samples of leaves, twigs and heather to label and discuss in the classroom. We took a picnic and enjoyed the adventure playground, the weather was wonderful. Lots of pupils were able to practice and improve their balancing and listening skills.
We had a really enjoyable day and hope to return in the spring term.
Brodsworth Community Woodland
On Wednesday 17th September Class 7 went to Brodsworth Community Woodland. "We were looking at different plants that grow in the Autumn and learning how to follow a trail. Everyone enjoyed their picnic lunch."
Class 5 went to Conisbrough Castle on Tuesday 16th September.
" There were lots of steps but the children said 'we can see for miles' when we got to the top of the keep. We watched some video clips projected onto the wall of the keep and we had a lovely picnic in the sunshine in what was the Great Hall. We had a lovely day and the children are still talking about it now"
School Year 2013-2014
Duke of Edinburgh
Congratulations to six of our post 16 students who have successfully completed their DofE bronze award. They were Josh Egginton, Ryan Sewell, Jordan Haddon, Ashley Vickers, Benjamin Heflin and Jordan Lamb.
Over the past year the group have had to complete 4 skills sections and two overnight camping expeditions. They have learnt many new skills and discovered talents they never knew they had.
Achieving this award has given our students greater confidence and skills for life.
This is an amazing result for all who took part and you should feel really proud.
Whole school sports day was on Tuesday 15th July starting at 10am. A bumper number of Parents, carers and friends attended and had a wonderful morning watching the children doing various events. Well done to all those adults who also had a go!
The winners were the blue team.
Primary and secondary school pupils had a lovely day at Cleethorpes on Wednesday 9th July, the weather was beautiful. - this trip was funded by Friends of North Ridge.
Class 8N went to the Royal Armouries at Leeds on Tuesday 8th July.
6th Form Prom
The 6th form prom took place on 8th July at Doncaster Deaf College from 6pm -8.30pm. All pupils past and present who attended looked fantastic and had a great time dancing and singing.
Sundown Adventure Land
On Tuesday 1st July all primary pupils went to Sundown Adventure Land and had a fantastic time.
Class 3 said " It was a beautiful day and everyone was able to enjoy the sunshine and all the outdoor rides and activities. It was wonderful to see all the children and staff having fun and really enjoying the day together. Pets Corner is a fantastic magical place to visit and all the children really benefitted from this fun day out."
Strawberry Tea Morning
Congratulations to class 8N who raised a fantastic £329.65 for Breast Cancer Care from their Strawberry Tea Morning on Tuesday 1st July. A lot of hard work went into the preparation of this event so it is wonderful to see this rewarded with such great support from parents, carers and friends.
Anglers Park & Doncaster Town Centre
Class 4 have had two super days investigating their local area as part of their topic work. Firstly, they went to Anglers Park and fed the ducks and geese. They also went on a walk and played in the park. Their next trip was a ride on the train into Doncaster Town Centre. The pupils looked at the market and bought some gifts in the shops. They also enjoyed their dinner in a restaurant. All the pupils were very well behaved and really enjoyed the days out.
On Tuesday 24th June Class 3 visited Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.
"It was a fantastic day out and everyone had a fantastic time. We were 'Explorers' walking through the forest and finding lots of interesting things to look at and talk about. We saw lots of cygnets and goslings and even managed to count 4 squirrels chasing through the trees! The adventure park was lots of fun and we climbed and scrambled about on the play equipment practicing our climbing and balancing skills! We are making a big book all about our trip and have enjoyed talking about our visit and sharing all our photographs."
Duke of Edinburgh
As part of doing their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award some pupils from 6th form did a 6 mile walk to Harmony House and camped outside at Harmony House on 19th June.
Representatives from South Yorkshire Road Safety came into school on Thursday 19th June to speak to 6th form students.
On Wednesday 18th June forty five North Ridge students went to South Leeds stadium to take part in the Yorkshire Disport Finals.
We took part in a variety of track and field events which included 400m, 100m and a 50m run also softball throw and turbo javelin.
Each and every student not only displayed their athletic abilities but also acted as great ambassadors for the school and came back with a selection of gold, silver and bronze medals.
Well done every one!
Class 3 went to Cusworth Hall on the afternoon on Tuesday 10th June.
"Class 3 had a wonderful afternoon at Cusworth Hall. We looked at simple maps and found our way round the grounds. We saw geese and goslings and lots of interesting insects and flowers. Running up and down the hill was hard work but lots of fun! We all had to sit down for a well earned rest before exploring the children's play area!"
Class 6 went on a residential visit to Austerfield Study Centre from Wednesday 11th June to Friday 13th June.
"We went to Austerfield and we all had a great time. We went pond dipping and den building. We stroked Brian a bearded dragon and Cornelius the corn snake"
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Class 8O went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Tuesday 10th June.
"The students had a lovely time at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the weather was lovely all day. We saw the lions who were asleep most of the time, the giraffes, zebras, meerkats and many more animals. We walked amongst and stroked the lemurs. There were quite a few baby animals too which gained a big Ahh from everyone."
M & M Productions
All pupils watched a performance of Treasure Island by M & M Productions on Tuesday 10th June.
6th form pupils said ;
"Very,very good" "Fantastic" "Very funny play, i laughed a lot" "The guy with the purple jacket was very funny" "It was great!" "Brilliant!" "It was funny" "I Liked it"
Some pupils from class 9R went on an aeroplane for their residential trip to Jersey on Tuesday 20th May until Thursday 22nd May. It was very exciting and they all had a wonderful time.
On Wednesday 21st May eighty five students took part in the South Yorkshire Disport qualifiers at the Keepmoat Stadium. Unlike previous years the sun shone for us all day which gave us all a real boost. All students competed in one track and one field event with the hope of qualifiying for the finals in Leeds on 18th June.
Peak Venture Residential
Pupils from 8O & 8N went to Peak Venture Residential Centre on 13th May for 3 nights.
Class 8O said ;
"The Peak Venture residential was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the students. The activities were exciting and fun. We all got very wet in raft building and canoeing but laughed our wellies off! The abseiling and 3D swing were daring and exhilarating. Sophie won the fencing. Some of the children laughed more than they have ever done. The team leader at the centre, Connor, was brilliant and really helped to make the stay fabulous."
Class 8N said ;
Our visit to Kingswood was full of fun and new experiences - raft building, canoeing, abseiling, 3g swing and the campfire. The pupils had a fantastic and unforgettable visit.
Class 9C went to Kingswood on 14th May for 2 nights.
When year 13 were asked to summarise their visit to Kingswood they said ;
"Amazing, fantastic, brilliant, exciting, fulfilling, fabulous and great. We all had a fantastic time and worked well as a team led by a young man called Alex who understood our group perfectly. Bill and Alan came to support us and their involvement was above and beyond what was expected - Thank you from all of us in 9C"
Favourite activities were - Jordan H, Nathan H, Lewis & Alsin - Laser quest. Jamie B & Jamie D - High Ropes. Paige B & Michelle - Climbing Wall. Peggy, Jordan T & Dawn - Zip wire. James J & Jill - Archery. Louise enjoyed taking photos of the camp fire and Ashley enjoyed everything!
Some pupils from Class 5B went to Whitely Woods on Wednesday 7th May until Friday 9th May.
Class 5B really enjoyed their trip to Whitely Woods. In between the rain they did lots of activities, pond dipping, canoeing, archery and the assault course. The canoeing seemed to be the firm favourite!
Class 8O went to Cusworth Hall on Friday 2nd May to finish their project.
Some pupils from Class 5T went to Center Parcs on Monday 28th April for a weekly residential visit.
Class 5T said ;
"I like Center Parcs and swimming, i-pad, roller disco & shop"
"We went swimming and cycling. The swimming pool was amazing. One day we went to the pancake house, it was awesome"
Easter Church Service
All pupils attended the Easter Church Service at St Laurence Church on 9th April. It was a lovely service which included many songs that the pupils have been working hard to learn. Jordan Healy, Marianna Niska and Jordan Lamb also did some wonderful reading.
Primary Spring Fayre
Thank you to everyone who supported the Primary Spring Fayre on Tuesday 8th April. It was a very busy morning and lots of tea and cakes were consumed. We had many stalls and of course the wonderful chocolate raffle! Well done to all Primary staff who worked so hard with the preparations and Friends of North Ridge ladies who did lots of baking and helped out all morning.
Class 5B went to Toby Carvery on Monday 7th April.
Class 8O went to Doncaster Minster on Friday 4th April.
Class 5B went to Pizza Express on Thursday 3rd April.
Primary visit to Cast
All staff and pupils from the Primary department went to the Cast to see a performance Of "Stan and Mabel" on Wednesday 2nd April.. This was a story set to a background of classical music by an Ensemble. We had a CD of the music in school, pupils were able to practice the short songs over a period of weeks. This enabled the children to participate fully in the story which made it much more enjoyable and beneficial for them. The morning was a total success and was enjoyed by all.
Some pupils from secondary went to Crucial Crew at Rotherham on Friday 28th March.
KS4 and Class 6 went to Crucial Crew at Rotherham to learn how to keep safe on the road, in the park and on a bus. They also learnt what to do if there is a fire at home including making a 999 call and how to prevent fires. After returning to school pupils have continued their learning about the topic and have learnt a great deal.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Secondary and 6th form students went to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cast on the morning of Tuesday 25th March.
Class 6 said "The Royal Philharmonic was a great experience. The kids absolutely loved listening to this brilliant orchestra. We were treated to classics by composers Grieg and Mozart, as well as more contemporary pieces by John Williams, such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. This experience was a real treat. Thanks from class 6."
6th Form Open Day
The 6th form open day took place on Tuesday 25th March. This event was for exisiting 6th formers and parents to meet various professionals to help with work queries, benefits issues etc.
All pupils took part in Sport Relief on 21st March with primary pupils walking a mile round the school field and the older pupils running a mile. We managed to raise a fantastic £630 for this great cause so a big well done to everyone.
The school choir and also the parent-pupil choir went to the Special Schools Music Festival at St Judes in Hexthorpe on Friday 21st March.
Baking with Warburtons
KS3 did some baking with Janet Hall from Warburtons on Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th March.
"KS3 topic for this term is healthy eating. We have been looking at healthier options when choosing meals. Instead of white bread we talked about eating brown or wholemeal bread. Janet from Warburtons came into school to talk about the different processes and worked with the students to knead and shape their own bread. All the students got to take home their own bread with a goody bag from Warburtons."
'Have a Go' Careers Event
Pupils from KS4 & KS5 went to Doncaster Racecourse on Wednesday 19th March to attend the 'Have a Go' Careers Event.
The pupils were able to have a go at lots of different careers such as tiling, building, art work, floristry, animal care and beauty. The pupils all had great fun and learnt a lot from the experience.
Live Music Now
All pupils were treated to a concert of Folk Music on Monday 17th March courtesy of Live Music Now.
Class 5T had a Spa day in their classroom on Friday 14th March.
Class 5T said " As part of our fundraising for our residential visit to Centre Parcs, we turned our classroom into a spa for the day. Our clients were treated to a glass of something sparkling on arrival and enjoyed a relaxing head and shoulder massage followed by a salt-scrub hand treatment. Everyone left feeling chilled out and ready for the weekend. We raised almost £80 towards fun activities, thank you to everyone who supported us. The Spa will be open again after Easter so book your space quickly to avoid dissapointment"
All pupils took part in a special assembly on Thursday 13th March about school milk. They learnt about the benefits of school milk and where it comes from. All pupils took home a free carton of milk from Cool Milk.
Class 5T went to Doncaster Museum on Tuesday 11th March.
Class 5T said " We have been looking at the local area and all the changes linking our geography and history topics. We went on a fact finding trip to Doncaster Museum and everyone enjoyed looking at the photographs of Doncaster from years ago. We also looked at things that had been found and dug up locally such as rings, pots and coins"
Peter Baldry Workshop
Peter Baldry came into school for a full week starting on Monday 3rd March to do an Artist Workshop with the pupils. Pupils made large structures from huge pieces of specialist cardboard.
Head of Art Jean Oxley said "Peter worked with children and young people right across the school and they have all very much enjoyed the experience. The sculptures are placed around the school in the departments of the children who painted them. The children and young people gained a more enriched experience due to Peter being in for the whole week and not just for a day because they each could see their sculpture grow and develop as the week went on. Then all gathering together on the Friday afternoon to see the results enhanced the whole week because they did not just have their departments' sculpture but all of the giant sculptures from the week to look at and celebrate."
Valentine's Non Uniform Day & Coffee Morning
As part of our celebration of St Valentines Day pupils had a non uniform day on Friday 14th February. The theme of the day was red and pupils and staff made a donation of 50p. We also had a lovely time at the coffee morning with plenty of tea and cakes. All staff and pupils were kindly given a British Heart Foundation pin badge. Class 5B won the design a heart competition and are very proud of their prize of a British Heart Foundation teddy bear. All the entries were judged by visitors to the coffee morning and it was very close as they were all excellent.
Together with the non uniform day a fabulous £262 was raised - so well done to all those involved in organising such a great morning. The proceeds will be split between The British Heart Foundation and Friends of North Ridge.
Beauty and the Beast
M and M Productions came in to school on Monday 3rd February to perform Beauty and the Beast for the whole school.
Class 2 said " Absolutely Brilliant! The pupils really enjoyed it and even some staff were up dancing with the Prince. We particularly enjoyed Peppa Pig and the cat "
Class 8N said " The pupils were very engrossed with the performance, they joined in with the show and followed the story"
Pupils from Class 9H said " It was good" - Sophie. "I enjoyed it. I would watch it again" - Luke. "It was great" - Joe. "It was fantastic" - Jordan. "I thought it was funny" - Aaron.
Chinese New Year
All pupils took part in a dance workshop with Cre8tive Dance based on Chinese New Year on Thursday 30th January.
Alex from class 5A said " We did some moves and did macarena. We did different moves. I liked it."
Class 6 & Class 2 went to Flaming Dragon restaurant at Castleford on Wednesday 29th January as part of their celebration of Chinese New Year.
DARTS came into school on Tuesday 28th January to work with KS 1 & KS2 on the project "Just a bit of paper"
Yorvik Viking Centre
"On Thursday 23rd January Class 3 visited the Viking centre in York! We had a fantastic day and met some very big Vikings who helped us to learn and understand how the Vikings lived when they settled in Britain. We went in a special cable car around the centre and experienced the sounds, sights and smells of the Viking era! Some memorable and worthwhile learning moments throughout the day. Many thanks to all the parents whose contribution towards the trip made it possible. You are welcome to visit Class 3 to look at our Viking ship display and photographs of the visit."
Class 2 & Class 6 went to a Boccia Tournament at Barnsley College on Wednesday 15th January.
Pupils from 8O & 8N went to Doncaster Museum and The Point on Monday 13th January. We went to the Point to meet Captain Collector. We walked to the Museum and art gallery where we joined in finding certain items in a treasure trail. We also had a look in the Art gallery store room. After that we went on to Cast and had a guided tour of the theatre both front of house and back stage. Finally, we went back to The Point, had lunch followed by a craft workshop there, before returning to school. It was a very busy and exciting day.
All pupils went to St Laurence Church at Adwick on Wednesday 18th December to attend the carol service. We were joined by parents/carers and friends who all joined in with the singing. Some pupils acted out the nativity story and others gave readings.
Pupil Christmas concerts were held at school on Wednesday 11th December.
Primary pupils performed " The Sleepy Shepherd ". The children did really well singing and signing the songs. The costumes ,which for the most part, were made by staff looked beautiful. A big thank you to parents and family members who attended.
Reverend Ann and some lovely ladies from St Laurence Church kindly came into school to teach the children about Christingle. All the pupils made their own Christingle and had a great afternoon.
Sundown Adventure Land
Pupils from Primary department went to Sundown Adventure Land in Retford on Monday 9th December.
We were very lucky as the weather was lovely and we were able to take full advantage of the rides and have a good walk round and explore. Everyone had a packed lunch indoors and visited Santa in his Grotto. The time to return to school came very quickly.
Choir at Frenchgate
Our fantastic school choir entertained the Christmas shoppers at The Frenchgate Centre with their wonderful singing on Thursday December 5th. They were there for 3 hours and raised a brilliant £627. We had a lot of positive feedback and the staff were very proud of how well the pupils behaved.
Lions Christmas Party
KS3 & 4 went to the Deaf College on Tuesday December 3rd to attend the Lions Christmas Party.
A group of children attended the opening of Changing Place at The Point on Thursday 28th November. Aiming High have funded a new changing facility at Doncaster's dedicated arts centre, The Point which now has a hoist and a changing bed. Some parents also came to the event which included an interactive workshop and tea and cake.
The sixth form staff and students hosted the Christmas Fayre on the evening of 27th November. A lot of work went into the preparation of this event which led to a multitude of wonderful stalls selling Christmas goodies. Father Christmas also made an appearance and was very popular with the children. The event was extremely well attended so thank you to all those who came. £1664 was raised which is a massive achievement. Well done to all involved
Pupils from 8N took 76 shoe boxes full of gifts for underprivileged children to the Samaritans Purse appeal collection centre at the Deaf College. Parents, pupils and staff kindly donated items for the Operation Christmas Child appeal and the pupils made up the boxes wrapped in Christmas paper. Thank you to all those who donated items or even sent in a whole box ready to go. To find out more about this good cause please visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk
DARTS Music & Story Session
DARTS - funded through Doncaster Music Education Hub -organised a day of interactive music & story sessions on 21st November. Gary Hammond (an experienced professional drummer and musician) came into school to deliver the half hour sessions to each class in turn. Some parents also attended the sessions to try out weird and wonderful instruments and to find out about free weekly sessions held at The Point.
Pupils from classes 8O & 8N went to Doncaster Museum on Monday 18th November.
The Key Stage 4 students participated in an African workshop at Doncaster's Museum and Art Gallery which involved them making masks, drums, jewellery and decorating fabric. The students looked at and learnt about African artefacts then made some of each. They all enjoyed using the artefacts and making their versions of them.
World Diabetes Day & Children In Need
To show our support of World Diabetes Day on Thursday 14th November and Children In Need on Friday 15th November, pupils had a day of fun on the Friday. Pupils were allowed to bring a toy or game from home and came to school in non-unform. We saw many pupils dressed in their pyjamas. Some pupils in KS3 had made buns to sell which were very nice and this raised £39. The donations from pupils and staff raised £200 which will be split equally between the two charities.
6th Form Presentation Afternoon
The 6th form presentations took place in the school hall on Tuesday 12th November. Parents,carers & friends of 6th form students attended to see pupils receiving certificates for their achievements.
Classes 5A, 5B & 6 went to Middleton Railway near Leeds on 6th November. They went to experience what it would have been like to be a refugee in the war and all looked the part in their costumes. They went on a steam train and saw lots of old trains. There were even some old bombs to look at.
British Legion Assembly
On Thursday 7th November three representatives from The Royal British Legion joined pupils and staff for a special remembrance assembly. Class 1 also did a raffle in aid of The Royal British Legion and raised a wonderful £133.50.
KS4 hosted an Autumn/Halloween Fayre on Wednesday 23rd October. Thanks to all those who helped or attended and for all donations received. A massive £303 was raised which will go towards KS4 trips out.
Primary Playground Opening
We were joined by special guest Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE on Wednesday 16th October at 2pm to open our new Primary Play Area.
Unfortunately the weather was terrible so we had to take the event indoors. We held a raffle in aid of Pilgrim Bandits which is Ben Parkinson's charity which raised £168. All the students had a great afternoon and enjoyed having their picture taken with Ben.
To find out more about Pilgrim Bandits please go to www.pilgrimbandits.org
Careers in Focus
Pupils from KS4 went to Harrogate show ground on 8th October to the Careers in Focus event. They participated in a wide range of workshops including bread making, dry stone walling and farm animal care. They thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
On Wednesday 9 th October all pupils and staff attended St Laurence's church for their Harvest Festival service. 2 pupils gave readings and the Primary children acted the story of "The Enormous Turnip". They all did really well. A big thank you to those who joined us and for your donations of food. These will be truly appreciated by local homeless people.
Classes 5A, 5B & 6 went to Leeds Armouries on 7th October. They all had a wonderful time looking at the exhibits to fit in with their topic on war.
Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Classes 8O & 8N hosted the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September. We were joined by many parents, carers & friends who enjoyed the lovely cakes, buns and drinks on offer. Thank you all for the very generous donations we received. We raised a brilliant £305 so well done to all involved.
Shabang came into school on Tuesdays (Starting on 17th September until the end of November) to work with primary classes. More information about Shabang can be found onwww.shabang.org.uk
"Shabang workshops and performances for special educational settings and family audiences are always fun, lively, entertaining and educational. They use music, song, signing and multi-sensory techniques to create accessible and appropriate theatrical experiences which enhance learning."
Class 1 said - "Class 1 has enjoyed a Shabang sesssion every Tuesday for several weeks. In these sessions Ivy and Reg have built up a routine made up of songs and actions which the children have enjoyed. They are returning in March to work with the children again and we are all looking forward to it. Many thanks to parents who were able to join us"
Classes 5A, 5B & 6 went to Eden Camp on September 16th.
"Class 5A really enjoyed the visit to Eden Camp, especially the tanks, planes and bombs. It was really scary in the blitz hut where a bomb had dropped onto the house. Luckily the lady and her baby hid under the kitchen table and stayed safe."
"Class 5B really enjoyed going to Eden Camp to launch our topic on World War 2. We enjoyed sitting in the air raid shelter until the all clear siren sounded. We experienced the blitz, the blackout and being on a U- boat. We are now excited to learn more about the war."
KS4 were out all day on Friday 13th September at Sheffield Basketball.
6th Form Fishing Experience
Some pupils from 6th form spent the day fishing on 11th September with the Masonic Fishing Charity. They had a fantastic time and all the pupils were really enthusiastic about the event. Each pupil received a certificate to show they had completed the activity.
"The Masonic Fishing Charity's aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with Special Needs".
If you want to know more about Masonic Fishing Charity please visit http://www.mtsfc.co.uk/
Previous Student Events 2012- 2013 School Year
6th Form Prom
6th form pupils past and present had a fantastic time at their prom on 16th July. Everyone had made a brilliant effort with their outfits and looked very smart.
Class 7 visited Lea Green residential centre in Matlock.
" We had a fantastic time and for some of us it was our first trip away from home. We spent two fabulous days and nights in a specially adapted bungalow learning new skills and taking part in some exciting activities such as bush craft, soft play and environmental studies. It really was a lovely end to a perfect school year and one which we would like to repeat again in the next school year"
If you are interested in more information about what Lea Green has to offer schools and families please don't hesitate to contact Mrs McIntyre.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
6th form and class 8P had a wonderful day out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park on 2nd July.
Astrabound and Toby Carvery
To help give pupils from primary a smooth transition into secondary in September. class 4 went out with class 5B for the day. They spent two hours at Astrabound soft play area, having great fun on the slides and climbing. Then they enjoyed a carvery and a big ice cream at Toby Carvery, before going outside to enjoy the sunshine with a drink.
Maths Puzzle Day
'The Happy Puzzle Company' visited us on 1st July and presented all classes with a collection of exciting and fun maths puzzles to solve. The range of equipment and resources was amazing and all the staff and children had a great time trying to solve some very tricky puzzles! The workshops were a great success and it was great to see all the pupils both having fun and learning at the same time.
Class 3 visted Ladybower Reservoir on Friday 21st June. We had a lovely journey there on the school mini bus and the weather stayed fine. We enjoyed a picnic lunch, a nature walk and fed the ducks.The nature walk has some lovely carved animals and the wild flowers were very colourful.
Doncaster Wildlife Park
All Primary pupils enjoyed a day at the Wildlife Park on Friday 28th June. The weather was changeable in the morning but by lunch time the sun came out . All pupils enjoyed seeing the animals and everyone shared a picnic lunch together.
Since coming back the pupils have produced a fantastic collage map of the Wildlife Park which is on display in the school entrance.
Strawberry Tea Morning
Class 6 hosted a very successful Strawberry Tea Morning in aid of Breast Cancer Care on Tuesday 25th June. They managed to raise over £500 by selling tea and cakes, a raffle, tombola etc.
Thank you to all those who attended as well as all the people who donated buns, cakes and raffle prizes. The lovely ladies from family learning also did a fantastic job on the day as always.
High School Musical
Some 6th form and some primary pupils went to a production of High School Musical at High Melton College on 20th June,
Our class 7 children really enjoyed their day with Yamsen (Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Educational Needs) in Leeds. They had a chance to experience and participate in some high quality multi sensory activities all based around "The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E Nesbitt. The whole day was well run and the pace of the activities allowed children time to react and respond to the large selection of different stimuli offered. All children definitely got the most from their time with Yamsen.
We took 40 pupils to the Disport Finals at John Charles Stadium at Leeds on 13th June and it didn't rain! We ahd a fantastic day and won many medals,
10 Gold Medals, 13 Silver Medals and 10 Bronze Medals.
All the students did their very best and made the staff really proud. They were all excellent ambassadors for North Ridge School. We are now in training for next year when hopefully we will beat our record and win even more medals.
As part of a whole school science project North Ridge pupils were lucky enough to have an incubator in school and to watch in amazement as the eggs hatched into live chicks! Everyone in school was fascinated by the progress and development of the chicks which were housed in the corridor outside Mrs Djezzars office. We took lots of photos of chicks and we learnt a lot about how chicks develop inside the egg before hatching, and how they grow and progress, it really was fascinating!
After 10 days Kerry and Anna kindly took the chicks to their new homes in Kerry's new hen coup and on Anna's farm. We will receive regular updates and hope the chicks will visit us again at school when they are fully grown and hopefully laying some eggs of their own.
Live Music Now
The Albany Piano Trio came into school on Thursday 6th June at 1.30pm.
The school dentist came in on Monday 3rd June to make sure the pupils were looking after their teeth.
The students from year 14 spent three days in Keswick from 21st to 23rd May. The weather was beautiful and we had the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic scenery of the mountains and lakes of Cumbria.
The highlight of the trip was the lovely voyage from Bowness on Windermere to Ambleside on the ferry. We visited a fabulous cafe and bought some souveniers in a lovely shop in Ambleside before our return journey. We then had lunch in an outdoor cafe in Bowness and after a look round returned to Keswick.
The hostel that we stayed in was brilliant. The students especially enjoyed the breakfasts! The only negative was that the beds were a bit hard and a bit short!
We enjoyed two great meals in a pub in Keswick called Oddfellows. According to Nicole, their fish and chips were fabulous.
We enjoyed the trip so much that we are hoping to go back next year with our new form group.
Classes 5A, 5B, 6 & 7 went to Crucial Crew at Rotherham on Tuesday 21st May. It gave the pupils the opportunity to learn about safety in the home and in their local environment. Pupils were shown smoke alarms and discussed safety issues in their homes. We also worked on a special bus, learning about keeping safe whilst travelling along with crossing the road safely using a controlled crossing. It was an enjoyable and worthwhile visit and all the staff and pupils learned a lot.
Pupils from class 9C went on a very successful trip to Kingswood Dearne Valley on the site of the old Earth Centre. Whilst they were there they did archery, climbing, aeroball, zip wire, problem solving skills and lazer quest. They also learnt camp fire skills which involved toasting and eating marshmallows. They all had a great time.
Pupils from 8P went on a residential trip to Kielder Water for a full week starting on 29th April.
Hearing Dogs Visit
Susan Dude and Autumn, her lovely hearing dog made a welcome visit to our school on 2nd May. Autumn wowed the children and young people alike demonstrating her skills, as Susan told us all what is involved in puppy socialising.
To help with the cost of this valuable work the hearing dogs training team raise funds from used stamps, used postcards and used printer cartridges.If anyone has any of these please could you send them into school where we are continuing our collection.
If you would like to find out any more information about Hearing Dogs they have a website:
Ethel Trust Barge
Pupils from 8W spent the day on the Ethel Trust Barge on Friday 26th April. They had a chilled out day on the barge. They all got to wear the captain's hat and steer the barge which was exciting.
Year 12 York Residential 2013. 22nd to 24th April
On the first day of our York residential we were lucky enough to see the 21 gun salute for the Queen's birthday in the Yorkshire Museum gardens while we had our picnic lunch.
We had beautiful sunshine for all three days and enjoyed a live guided sightseeing tour around the city on an open top bus. The students also learnt a lot about the evacuations during World War 2 during our workshop at the National Railway Museum and some even went into space (on a simulator) while looking around the museum which they each enjoyed so much they wanted to do again!!
We found some unusual cat sculptures in some strange places on the cat trail and even had time for some souvenir shopping.
The students found the ghost walk was hilarious yet thrilling and were enthralled on the guided tour of York Minster which was magnificent.
The students were impeccably behaved throughout the residential and everyone enjoyed every activity.
Writer and actor Chris Connaughton came into school on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th April so each pupil could take part in a workshop to enhance our literacy learning. Sixth form worked on Treasure Island and ghost stories and KS3 enjoyed a Harry Potter themed session. Primary pupils were thrilled as their Jack and the Beanstalk topic came to life!
Chris is a regular visitor to the school and the pupils always get a lot out of his workshops.
E- Safety Session
During the first weeks back after Easter all pupils were given a talk on E-Safety by Amy from DMBC.
Pupils attended an Easter Service at St Laurence Church at 10am on Wednesday 27th March.
Unfortunately Reverend Ann was poorly and could not attend. However, the service was led by Mrs. Djezzar and some of our pupils gave readings independently and read very well. We had learned some new songs and all took part in the service.
Thank you to all family and friends who were able to join us
Class 8P went to Doncaster Museum on Friday 22nd March to see the sculpture workshop.
Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants
All Primary pupils and some of secondary went to Priory Place in Doncaster on Monday 18th March to see a performance of Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants. This was a professional concert with musicians from Ensemble 360 and performed by Music in The Round.
We sold all 120 red noses for £1 each.
Class 6 made buns to sell on 7th March for 30p each. There were also a number of raffles within school and pupils came to school in non uniform on Red Nose Day. We have sent a fabulous £319 to Comic Relief.
6 a side football
Some of our older pupils went to Bishop Burton College on 14th March to take part in a 6 a side football competition.
Mimika came into school on Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th March to do performances for all pupils.
World Book Day
On Thursday 7th March pupils celebrated Work Book Day. Some pupils took part in a fancy dress competition and a pupil from each department won a £10 book token. Other activities throughout the day included library tours, prizes for book reviews and interactive book sessions. We also raised £30 for Book Aid International.
On Monday 4th March Class 7 and some of 6th form visited the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery to look at sculptures. A special exhibition called "Sparke and Spin" is currently underway and is a really exciting opportunity to see comtemporary sculpture using fabric.
The pupils were given the opportunity to create sculptures of their own using a variety of fabric and materials. It was a great way of encouraging pupils in the different classes to work together and build up many important skills. A display of the artwork created will be displayed in the art room so please come and take a look!
Build a Bear
Pupils from Class 1 had a wonderful time at the Build a Bear Workshop in the Frenchgate Centre on Monday 25th February. "We made a bear and we have called him Sam"
Class 2 went on Wednesday 27th February and this is what they said -
Class 2 had a wonderful morning at Build-a-Bear. We chose a monkey with a cowboy outfit and named him Marvin. We all promised to look after him and be his friend.
Chinese New Year
Key stage 3 classes have been learning about the Chinese New Year which this year fell on 10th February. 2013 is the year of the water snake. On 12th February classes 5A, 5B, 6 and 7 went to the Flaming Dragon restaurant in Castleford to celebrate the Chinese new Year. The children and staff had a great time with lots of yummy Chinese dishes to share and eat! It was a great opportunity to try different flavours and food from a different culture and everyone had a fantastic time.
Barnsley College Sports Event
A large number of pupils from the school went to Barnsley College to a Disport event on Tuesday 5th February. Class 3 won a lovely silver trophy as they tried so hard with all their events.
Katie from DMBC came into school on 30th January and gave a presentation to the School Council on energy. It was very interesting and all the pupils really enjoyed it.
Artsmark Award Ceremony
Jean Oxley and Sue Cairns together with 2 pupils from 6th form went to York Theatre Royal on Tuesday 29th January to attend the Artsmark Award Ceremony.
Jean says " We had a lovely morning being enetertained by a group of students in the Garforth Jazz Rock Band. There was also a comedian. a poet and a voice coach. We all joined in with the voice coach and then had a live link with Harrogate and two dance performances"
Class 7 visited the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday 17th January to take part in an Abstract Art workshop. We had a good look around the gallery and saw lots of exciting examples of bright colourful abstract art. This term we are creating our own abstract art using a variety of media.
Gary from Darts came in on Tuesday 15th January to do a whole school music workshop. He worked with the early years children, staff and parents/carers and everyone had a great time making rainforest music. He worked with the primary classes and again all the children and staff were involved in using a wide range of instruments to create a musical story. Class 7 & KS4 really enjoyed their session and were able to explore some new instruments and were fully engaged in the activities and range of sounds that they were able to create.
A thoroughly enjoyable day!
Some of our sixth form students went to Barnlsey College to take part in a Boccia Competition on 16th January.
Friends of North Ridge Christmas Party
The Friends of North Ridge hosted a Christmas party on the evening of Friday 14th December. There was a great evening of entertainment including bingo, raffle and disco.
Choir at Frenchgate
The school choir entertained Christmas Shoppers at Frenchgate centre on the 3rd and 11th December. They raised a fantastic £1421 for school funds.
6th Form Christmas Fayre
6th form Christmas Fayre raised a brillaint £850. Thank you to all those who attended.
Primary Christmas Fayre
The primary Christmas fayre on Thursday 22nd November was very well attended by parents, carers and friends and managed to raise a fantastic £610 towards new primary playground equipment. Thank you all for your support.
On Friday 16th November members of our choir went to sing at Doncaster Racecourse as part of the David Whyte conference. We received letters from Jo Moxon (Assistant Director for Education) and Julie Jenkinson (Headteacher of Bawtry Mayflower Primary School) congratulating our pupils on how professional and talented they were. Both also said that the pupils were a credit to the school.
Children In Need
Pupils came into school in non uniform and class 3 also sold some buns they had made. The school council counted all the money, sorted it into money bags and took it to the bank to pay it in. We raised over £100. Thank You for your contributions.
The 6th Form Art Group went to Cusworth Hall to 'Opposites Attract' an exhibition featuring work from Ashley Jackson (international water colourist) and Graham Ibbotson (sculptor)
Indian Cultural Day
Pupils took part in a range of workshops on Monday 12th November including making and tasting traditional Indian food.
Class 7 went to an American Diner on Monday 12th November to experience the food and atmosphere of another culture.
Sandall Beat Woods
Classes 1 & 2 went to Sandall Beat Woods on Friday 9th November. This is what they said about their trip - We had a fantastic time at Sandall Beat Woods! First of all we crunched about in the autumn leaves and made hats with all the different colours we could find. After that we went on a bear hunt. We found a big bear sleeping under a tree. We had to shout really loudly to wake him up! He was cold so we made a shelter for him. He was also very hungry so we sat down and shared our picnic lunch with him. We just had enough energy left to enjoy the playground before getting the bus back to school.
Royal British Legion Assembly.
Representitives from the British Legion visited school on Thursday,8th November to talk to the children about the tradition of Remembrance Day and about how all monies raised are used. A demonstration on the raising of the standard was given and all pupils were given the opportunity to try.
A donation of £150 was given to the British Legion . As you may remember we held a coffee morning last month to raise the money.
Shakespeare Schools Festival
Secondary pupils took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival on Wednesday 7th November. They performed Macbeth at the Montgomery Theatre Sheffield.
Classes 5A and 5B both went to Clumber Park as part of their geography work on seasons (Autumn). The pupils enjoyed walking through the woods looking for signs of Autumn, watching the squirrels climbing the trees and kicking the autumn leaves. Both classes went into the Discovery Centre and looked at the different creatures that are found in the woods and played with the puzzles and games. Finally, everyone enjoyed playing on the park and having fun on their day out.
On Tuesday 23rd October the 6th Form art group went to Chatsworth House to have a good look at the masters drawing cabinet. They also had a tour of the house and saw some fantastic paintings and fabrics.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning on 23rd October. It was a huge success and we raised £300. (£150 will be given to the St Laurence Church building fund and £150 to the British Legion.) Thank you !
On Wednesday 10th October a Harvest Festival celebration was held by North Ridge Community School at St Laurence's church. Family members and carers were invited to join us. A lot of pupils took part in the service and did very well with readings etc., A big thank you to all who joined us and gave donations.
National Book Week
From 1st - 5th October all our students participated in National Book Week with various activities spread across the whole week. The highlight was on Thursday when pupils were asked to come dressed as a character from a book. There were some fantastic costumes and all the pupils had made a fantastic effort. It was very difficult for Linda Owen, our office manager, to judge the winner but eventually chose Kendal Shawcroft from Primary and Brandon Rydel from Secondary.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
We were joined by parents, carers and friends on Friday 28th September for a very enjoyable coffee morning with all proceeds going to MacMillan cancer. We raised a fantastic £205.52 - well done to all involved.
A huge thanks to everyone who supported the cake sale in aid of Love Manchester. Class 6 raised a fabulous £139. Well done! We are happy to be able to share the latest copy of SEND magazine with you. Please click on the link to read a digital version of the March magazine.
We would like to send a great big THANK YOU to Ikea for their continuing support in supplying us with their surplus equipment. Please find below letters sent out to parents including a letter from our new Interim Executive Head Richard Horton.
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