BOOKS were swopped for pom poms as Year 7 pupils at Ribblesdale High School Technology College introduced a new “House System” aimed at encouraging competition throughout the year.
Earlier in the year pupils were asked to come up with house names and the most popular were places in the local area. There are five Houses- Waddington, Mitton, Edisford, Chatburn and Downham and each house was invited to take part in a “Cheerathon” where they were challenged to try cheerleading for the first time to try to set a school record for the most pupils cheerleading in the sports hall – all at the same time!
A fantastic 195 girls and boys pupils took up the challenge and they were asked to get sponsored for the event to raise money for Ribblesdale’s highly successful cheerleading squad who now compete all over the North West.
Pupils prepared for the event by making their own pom poms from supermarket carrier bags. They were led through a 10-minute warm by cheerleading co-ordinator Miss Dawn Robinson, who then taught them all a cheer dance to Katy Perry’s hit song “Firework”.
Pupils practised different cheer moves before learning the routine.
Miss Robinson said: “The atmosphere was amazing with the sports hall completely full of enthusiastic and energetic pupils who all learnt the dance superbly. After numerous practices, each house then performed the routine whilst they were judged by members of staff. Although all houses were excellent, Edisford were voted the best house and all pupils will receive house points and chocolates for their efforts.”
A number of pupils performed particularly well on the day. These included: Claire Callus, Jacob McCue, Alex Hadaway, Lewis Haliday, Jessica Brunskill, Curtis Baker, Caroline Dewhurst, Chelsea-Louise Wilkinson, Daniel Hollingdrake and Jordan McTear. They will receive prizes in a special celebratory assembly.
Miss Robinson added: “The whole event was incredibly successful, both staff and pupils had a great time, whilst trying something new for the first time and the element of competition was strong, but nevertheless friendly and all pupils supported one another throughout the hour.
“The final total raised was £1,000 and Miss Robinson would like to thank Ms Cooper for all her help with the organisation of the event; the pupils that took part as well as staff who helped on the day and those who generously sponsored the pupils and contributed to such a large final total.”