A letter went home this afternoon detailing an important future change to the school. From September, 2008, we will officially be known as Bishop's Waltham Junior School.
Under the watchful eyes of Mrs Cooper and Mrs Hinds, one of our fantastic parents, a willow structure has begun to take shape on our school grounds. Over the weeks, this structure will continue to grow and develop - can you guess what it will become?
"On a pleasantly warm and dry May evening 180 parents and staff, with their friends and families, came to the school eagerly looking forward to an event not held in Bishop's Waltham for many a year - the Spring Ball."
It's a busy week at Ridgemede! Year 6 are sitting their SATs tests, and Year Five are on the Isle of Wight for the week. Here in school, classrooms are remaining centres of activity long after children have left, as we are having interactive whiteboards fitted throughout the school! It'll take a little while to get them up and running, but we're getting very excited about the things we'll be able to do with them!
As you know, Ridgemede Junior School will be renamed Bishop's Waltham Junior School from September. The Governors have recently approved our new school logo which you'll soon see on signs, uniforms, letters and this website. Today we can publically reveal this logo for the first time!
Every year, Ridgemede takes part in the Bishop's Waltham Carnival. This year, the chosen theme was the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the carnival participants adopted a range of sporting ideas for the procession.
As is often the case at the end of term, we said a few goodbyes at Ridgemede today. Year 6, of course, are leaving us for their secondary school places, and we wish them all the best in their future education.
We also say goodbye to some members of staff.
Mrs Barber, who has been a teaching assistant with the current Year 6 for two years is moving on to new things.
Mrs Cooper is retiring from class teaching this year after 21 years at Ridgemede, though she will continue to be a presence at Ridgemede as she takes swimming and PE lessons.
Mrs Hope begins her maternity leave over the summer, so we say goodbye to her until 2009.
Mrs Martin, who has been at Ridgemede for four years leaves today. In her time at Ridgemede, she has taught in years 4, 5 and 6, been a governor and a member of the school improvement, and senior management teams. She is moving to a school near Warwick where she will be taking up an Assistant Headteacher position. We will miss her here at Ridgemede, and we wish her every success.
A new term began today - and the first under our new name. Some of the people joining us properly today included the new Year Three children, and Miss Pearmain, who is teaching in Year Four.
The cast and crew of Olivia did two performances today - a matinee at 1:30 and an evening performance at 5:00. Both performances were a great success - though we're sure Thursday's performance will top them all.
If you entered through the school gates today, you may have been met by some very unusual looking characters.
Darren Cambell - Headteacher (from September)
Gen Marsh - Deputy Head
Sarah Martin (until July)
Lucy Pearmain (from September)
Jane Cadnam (until July)
Judith Barber (until July)
Jane Fawbert (from September)
Rachel Macdonald (from September)
Wendy Harris (from September)
Olivia Clarke (from September)
Liz Channon (Administration officer)
June Harding (Assistant administration officer)
Debbie Holley (Assistant administration officer)
Karen Langston (Assistant administration officer)
Graham Newton (caretaker)
Susan Stoop (cleaner)
Sharon Burt (cleaner)
Sam Baldwin (librarian & technician)