Local celebs turn out for ‘The Ribbies’

Some of the award winners on stage at the Ribblesdale High School awards evening 'The Ribbies'.
Some of the award winners on stage at the Ribblesdale High School awards evening 'The Ribbies'.

Local celebrities joined staff, pupils and families at Ribblesdale High School’s annual whole school prize evening, known as “The Ribbies”.

Hosted by Mrs Weisters and Mr Hemingway, the first half opened with a performance from the award-winning RHS Cheerleaders.

The first section of rewards involved individual pupils being awarded for ‘subject areas’ on the basis of outstanding progress or effort.

The half ended with fabulous Summer Show performances from Ribblesdale Dancers.

The second half focused on team awards and a number of surprise individual awards.

A stunning dance performance from Nina Telford and a fabulous song by Georgina Walker-Carter and Eliza Peachey opened the second half before a number of teams were recognised.

Teams of the years included the Year 8 football team, the Year 10 football team, the ski team, the biathlon team and the RHS cheerleaders.

There were also a number of special PE awards for individual pupils who have excelled throughout the year. These included Elliot Norman, James Scorah, Charlie Coy and Scott Wilson.

Ribblesdale’s Senior Student leaders were recognised for their efforts throughout the years as many are involved in sub-committees making decisions and improvements throughout school.

The last section of rewards were for individual students who had really put in the maximum effort/progress throughout the year.

Six pupils were awarded for incredible progress: Grace Atkinson, Olivia O’Neill, Claire Callus, Megan Riddell, George Limbert, Haidee Sumner.

The exceptional personal progress award went to Alex McClean, and the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Sports award to Scott Wilson.

The final award of the evening for her exceptional contribution to school life went to Georgia Walker-Carter who as well as being a key member of the RHS cheerleaders since Year 7, has recently given up her own time to teach a group of pupils visiting Clitheroe from Belarus cheerleading and with the other cheerleaders has recently visited Edisford Primary where they have been teaching primary school children some of their dances.

Special guests for the evening included local celebrity Ella Shaw who sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and ex-pupil and footballer Joe Garner and Chris McGrail from Blackburn Rovers.

Head Boy Sam Geldard and Head Girl Nina Telford proposed the vote of thanks to bring a fabulous evening to a close.