PE & Sports Events


Netball finals at the West Yorkshire School Games - 01.07.19

Following our win at the Calderdale netball finals last week, it was a quick turn around to get organised for today's tournamant at Leeds Beckett University campus.  We had to play 4 other schools in our round from Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and Bradford.  We comfortably won our first 3 games but lost our 4th game against Bolton Royd from Leeds.  We did however come top of our group and went through to the semi-finals against the runners up from group 2 who happened to be the other Calderale team: St. Mary's of Halifax.  We beat them 8-2 and were then into the final against Tranmere Park - another Leeds school.  At half time we were winning 3-2 but unfortunately they had a super goal shooter in the second half and they beat us 6-4. 

We were disappointed not to have won gold medals but very proud to the second best primary netball team in the whole of West Yorkshire - an outstanding achievement guys, well done.

Calderdale Girl's Kwik Cricket - 28.06.19

The year 6 girls' cricket team represented our school at the annual cricket tournament at Copley Cricket Club.  Their team spirit shone through with fantastic batting, amazing catching, accurate throwing and super bowling.  They came away undefeated and have qualified for the County finals next Tuesday at Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club in Leeds.  Good luck girls!

Outdoor athletics at Ryburn - 21.06.19

We took a team of year 4 and year 6 children to Ryburn for the annual outdoor athletics competition.  There were various running events on the track as well as the standing long jump and rounder's ball throw.  We had a very successful morning with most of the children receiving a medal.  We also won the large school's trophy, 100 points in front of the second place team.  A brilliant morning's work Ripponden!


Foot match V Christ Church, Pellon - 24 .06.19

Christ Church School came to play our Y5&6 boys team on Monday.  After a bit of a slow start, the goals started to go in and the boys ended up winning 13-2.  Well played boys!


Swimming gala - 25.06.19

Our team of 10 swimmers from years 5 and 6 travelled to Rishworth swimming pool on a very wet Tuesday morning to take part in the annual Sowerby Bridge swimming gala.  There were only 3 schools taking part this year so everyone got a medal but we were keen to keep hold of the winners trophy.  It was very close between Ripponden and Triangle who had some very talented swimmers, so close in fact that it was a tie! Well done to both schools!


Football matches V Beech Hill - 26.06.19

Both our Y3&4 and Y5&6 teams travelled to Beech Hill School on Wednesday to play football. The Y3&4 team had a fantastic game with the final score being 4-2.  The Y5&6 game started slowly and the score was 0-0 at half time.  Beech Hill scored quickly in the second half but we were then quick to make the score level again.  The goals continued to fly in with the final score being 5-3 to Ripponden. Well done to both teams; excellent skills and super team work!


Calderdale Netball Finals - 27.06.19

After arriving one and a half hours early, Ripponden finally got to play some netball at Trinity Academy on Thursday afternoon.  We played Old Town first and beat them 8-0.  Next up were Northowram who we beat 8-1.  Then we beat Old Earth 10-1.  The final team in our group were Fearney Lee who proved to be a very good team but luckily we managed to draw 1-1 with a super goal from Gabriel in the last few seconds of the game.  This put us level with Fearney Lee in our group as they had also won all of their other matches, but luckily for use our goal difference was greater which put us at the top of the group.  Our final match was against St. Marys who had won their group.  We quickly got into the lead and managed to win the match 6-2 making us Calderdale netball champions and putting us through to the West Yorkshire Summer Games next week.  Great netball was played by the whole team - fantastic work and many thanks to Nia's mum for keeping us going with snacks and drinks!

Monday Mile Club News

We are pleased to announce that we now have 13 children at Ripponden School who have earned themselves a 10 mile medal.  Well done to all of these children; I'm sure that we'll have many more soon.  We also had our first class reward on the last day of the spring term for the class who had run the most miles since the new year. This reward was given to year 6 who had completed 96 miles.  They had a great afternoon outside playing on various 'wheels' (bikes, scooters, skateboards, roller-blades, etc). I wonder which class will get the next reward before the summer holidays!


We now have many more children who have completed 10 miles and also some who have achieved 15 miles! Amazing, well done guys!!

Netball Tournament 05.04.19

 We took two teams to the netball tournament at Ryburn Valley High School on Friday 5th April.  There were four other schools competing in the competition and all teams had to play each other which meant that our A team had to play our B team.  Both teams played brilliantly. The B team won, drew and lost matches, gaining confidence with every match played.  The A team won every match until the last match which was against The Gleddings.  They had a very strong side and although we played our best, they beat us by 9-6.  Only one team goes through to the Calderdale netball tournament but we came away with silver medals which we are very proud of.  Well done to all players.

West Yorkshire Winter Games 27th March 2019 - Hockey and Orienteering

 We took 20 children to Leeds Beckett University for the annual West Yorkshire Winter Games.  We had two year 4 teams and two year 6 teams in the orienteering and also a team of 4 children in the hockey, all of them representing Calderdale after winning the level 2 competitions.  After a brilliant opening ceremony, the children went to their events. The orienteering event was very competitive this year; clearly schools have been in training since the event was introduced last year!  The year 4 teams came a fantastic 2nd and 6th (out of 20 teams) and the year 6 teams came 4th and 12th (also out of 20). 

After the orienteering, we went to watch the hockey team who had won all of their games before lunch. This therefore put them in contention for a medal. They won their next game but unfortunately lost the next two which put them into 4th position overall out of 20 teams.  A great effort and so close to a medal!!  Gabriel played so hard, he even broke his stick! Well done to all; we are so proud of your sporting achievements, determination and enthusiasm.

West Yorkshire Sportshall Athletics  19th March, 2019

Our team of 24 Y5&6 children set off to Huddersfield Leisure Centre early on Tuesday morning to represent Calderdale at the West Yorkshire School Games, Sportshall Athletics tournament.  The children were excited but a bit nervous whilst waiting to take part in their track and field events.  Everybody performed to the very best of their ability but the competition at this event is very high, with some of the schools being four or five times the size of ours!  After 2 hours of competing the results were ready.  They announced the schools in reverse order from 10th position and we were very pleased with our 6th place.  It is a fantastic achievement to be the 6th best school in the whole of West Yorkshire.  Well done to the whole team.

Football matches V Barkisland

On Monday 18th March we played our first league games against Barkisland.  Our Y3&4 team played first and were winning 3-2 (with all 3 goals from Harry) up until the last seconds of the game, when Barkisland sneaked the ball over the goal line meaning it was a 3-3 draw. Next up was the Y5&6 team.  Goals came from Leo, Jake and Oliver with the end score being 3-0 to Ripponden. Great play from both teams. Well done to you all.

Football Tournament at Ryburn 8th March, 2019

 On a very wet Friday afternoon, our Y5&6 football team went to Ryburn to play in the annual football tournament. In our group we played against Triangle and Bolton Brow, winning both matches.  This put us through to the final which was against Copley. The boys played really well and at the full time whistle, the score was 0-0.  Then we played 5 minutes 'golden goal' but still there were no goals scored.  This meant penalties which no one was looking forward to.  Gabriel did a fantastic job pf being goal keeper but unfortunately one of our attempts was saved and Copley won the shield.  We came away with the runners-up trophy which  we are all very proud of. Well done boys!

West Yorkshire School Games Cross Country Finals

On Wednesday 6th March, we took a team of 23 children to Temple Newsam in Leeds to take part in the West Yorkshire cross country finals.  These children had already been successful at the Calderdale finals and were now competing against the very best in the whole of West Yorkshire. The weather forecast was not great but it was dry when we arrived. Unfortunately, it wasn't to stay that way.  The year 3 girls raced first and we'd already had a few showers by this point, so the ground was getting muddy.  Xavier was up next followed by our year 4, year 5 and year 6 girls' teams. The final race was for Leo and Leon in the year 6 boys' race.  As you can see from the photos, it was very wet and very muddy by this point.  The children all raced brilliantly and they all finished, most with a smile on their face, despite the conditions. Kitty came an amazing first!! Leo and Nia both came an equally amazing 2nd in their races.  What a brilliant result for these children; we are incredibly proud of all of our runners.  Leo and Nia have now qualified for the national cross country competition in Loughborough on 23rd March. We wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about their day. Good luck guys!!

Calderdale Sportshall Athletics Final

We took 21 year 6 and 2 year 5 children to the Sportshall athletics final at North Bridge Leisure Centre on 6th February. We were competing against 9 other schools from Calderdale who had also won their preliminary heats. The children took part in field events which involved various throwing and jumping activities as well as different team running events.  The event was very competitive and we were all nervous when it was time for the results to be read out. We all surprised but delighted to find that we had come first! We are now through to the West Yorkshire final on Tuesday 19th March at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.

Calderdale Cross Country Finals at Saville Park 24th January 2019

We took all of our key stage 2 girls' teams to the cross country event as well as Leo and Leon from year 6 and Xavier from year 3.  All of the children ran brilliantly and we had lots of fantastic results including three gold medals, one silver, one bronze, as well as fourth place, fifth place, tenth and eleventh! What super runners we have. All of the children that ran are now through to the West Yorkshire finals on Wednesday 6th March at Temple Newsam in Leeds. Well done to you all!

Orienteering at Saville Park 04.12.18

We took two teams of year 4 children and two teams of year 6 children to the Calderdale orienteering competition. The children had lots of fun using maps to find markers across the moor and we had lots of success also. Our year 4 teams came 1st and 2nd and our year 6 teams came 1st and 3rd. So all of our teams are through to the West Yorkshire Winter Games on 27th March at Leeds. Well done orienteerers!!

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West Yorkshire School Games - Cross Country 13.03.18

After our success at the Calderdale finals, we took our year 4 girls and boys' teams, our year 5 girls' team and our year 6 boys' team, as well as Leo from year 5. All of our runners were fantastic and their team spirit was great. Nia took second place and Leo took third place, putting them both through to the national competition in Loughborough on 24th March.  What a fantastic result for these talented runners!  Well done also to our year 5 girls' team who came third overall in West Yorkshire: brilliant!!!


Football Tournament 9th March 2018

  Our year 5&6 boys' team entered the annual large schools' football tournament at Ryburn. They had to play 3 schools in the first round and they won 2 games and drew 1. This made them the top team in their group and put them straight through to the final. The final was against Barkisland. The games were only 8 minutes one way so it was crucial not to let any goals in. After a few attempts from different players, Lukas managed to score. There were only a few minutes left and the boys managed to defend and stop any goals against us, therefore making Ripponden champions! Well done boys.

Orienteering at Savile Park - 7th March 2018

Following a morning's training session with a qualified orienteering coach, we decided to enter 4 teams into Calderdale's first primary orienteering competition. We had two year 4 teams and two year 6 teams, each consisting of 4 children in pairs. Each pair was given a map and an electronic dibber. They then had to find the correct point and use their electronic dibber to prove that they'd gone to the correct check point. They than had to run back to the start point to give their dibber to the other pair in their team. This process continued until all the points had been checked off - there was a lot of running involved! We were very pleased to find that our teams came first and third in both year groups, putting them all through to the West Yorkshire School Games on Tuesday 27th March. Fantastic work guys!


Cross Country at Savile Park - 5th March 2018

We took 28 children to the Calderdale finals for cross country at Savile Park. All of the children were fantastic with some amazing individual and team results. Three of our children came first in their races and all of our girls' teams that went to the event, also came first. The year 4 boys and year 6 boys teams came fourth which means that they are also through to the West Yorkshire Cross Country finals. Well done everyone!'

Sportshall Athletics 2018

 On 7th February, our sportshall athletic's team took part in the Calderdale finals at North Bridge Leisure Centre. This involves competing against 9 other schools from around Calderdale who have already come first or second in their area. It was a tense moment waiting for the results but we were very pleased to come an impressive second place which put us through to the West Yorkshire finals. This event was on 13th March at Huddersfield Leisure Centre. Again there were ten schools altogether but these were schools from Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and of course Calderdale.  The level of competition was extremely high but Team Ripponden performed extremely well and we were very proud to come 8th in the whole of West Yorkshire.

Sports Hall Athletics at Ryburn 10.11.17

28 children from years 5&6 went to compete at Ryburn in the annual sportshall athletics competition. Children were competing in a range of events involving running, jumping and throwing. The children work as a team to earn points from each event. The field events were first and we got lots of excellent results but there was good competition from other schools.  Next were the track events. The children ran in teams for every event and we didn't lose one race! The results were quickly calculated and we were extremely pleased to come first! Calderdale finals await!

Cross Country at Ryburn 13.10.17

We took 39 children from year 3 to 6 to Ryburn on Friday for the annual cross country competition. There were hundreds of children from local schools and the competition was high. All of the children ran really well and we had some fantastic results, with 5 of our children winning medals. Overall we came first in the large schools' competition and we have 5 of our teams going through to the Calderdale finals as well as 9 individuals. Great work team Ripponden!!

Girl's Football at Ryburn 29.09.17

The girls had an excellent start to their year when they competed against local schools at Ryburn Valley High School.  They won in their group beating Sacred Heart and New Road. Then they drew 1-1 against Barkisland. This meant that they needed to beat Triangle but unfortunately they drew again 0-0. A really good start girls, well done.

Tag Rugby Tournament 22.05.17

A team of 5 boys and 3 girls from year 6 competed in the tournament at Old Rishworthians. They won their first game 4-1 and their second game 1-0. The third game ended with a draw 2-2 so they needed to win their fourth game to go through to the next round. Unfortunately they were up against a very good team from Copley and lost 3-4. What a close match! An excellent effort from the whole team; well done guys!

Monday Mile Club

On 24th April we launched our new club which anyone from key stage 2 can join. The idea is to run, skip or walk laps of the back field to 'clock up' the miles. 8 laps of the field makes one mile and this is logged in your own record. There will be certificates presented when certain milestones are achieved (eg. 5 miles will be the first award). Well done to all who have attended so far!

Netball Tournament at Ryburn - 28.04.17

We look two teams to the netball tournament and both played really well. The B team won two of their matches and lost two; all of the team played really well. Team A won all of their league matches, some of them much tougher than others. This put them straight through to the final against The Gleddings A team. In the first half, the Gleddings went ahead quickly and were winning 5-1 by half time. After our rotations however, we started to pull back and the score crept up to 5-4. Unfortunately we were out of time and the whistle blew with us only one goal behind. A very hard fought match and very well played by the whole team.

Girls' Football Match - 28.03.17

On Wednesday 29th March, the Ripponden girls’ football team played Elland CofE School at home. At the end of the first half it was 0-0, but two minutes into the second half, the opposition scored. 1-0 to them. Their coach said, “Don’t get so excited; it can soon change!” And we were hoping that it would. Only five minutes later Rebekah Eastwood had an amazing shot and scored, to make it 1-1 but there were only 2 minutes left.  With 3 seconds remaining, Maisie passed to Lucy Kinsella. She tackled three players and scored! In the end it was 2-1 to us. Well done everyone!

By Rebekah Eastwood and Lucy Kinsella

Gymnastics competition at North Bridge Leisure Centre - 28.03.17

On Wednesday evening two teams from Ripponden School entered the annual Calderdale gym competition. We had a team of all girls from key stage 2 and also a mixed team. After many weeks of practise the teams were ready and looked incredibly smart in their school leotards.  The level of competition was incredibly high and our teams gave a great performance. It was nerve wracking waiting for the results but we were very pleased to be awarded with second place for both the girls and the mixed teams. Well done to all of our fantastic gymnasts!

West Yorkshire School Winter Games - 25.03.17

On Saturday 25th March, a team of five, year 6 boys headed to Leeds Beckett University for the Winter Games. After an exciting opening ceremony where the team were able to meet para-olympian, Hannah Cockroft, it was off to the hockey pitch for the competition. Each team had been put into a group and had to play every team in that group. As we won all of our group matches, we were placed at the top of our group. We then had to play the runners up from a different group, which unfortunately we lost.  We were then playing for final positions (5th-8th). We won our final two matches giving us 5th place overall out of a total of 16 teams. This was an excellent result. The boys played brilliantly all day, were incredibly sporting and were an absolute credit to our school. Well done boys!

Quicksticks - 16.03.17

We played four games against other schools in a competitive hockey tournament.  It was on 16th March 2017.  We played two tough games against Northowram and Old Earth. We beat Northowram 2-0 but lost to Old Earth 2-1. Because we did so well in the competition, we came second in our group and third overall. This has allowed us to go through to the West Yorkshire School Games at Leeds Beckett University on Saturday 25th March.

By Ewan Davidson

West Yorkshire School Games – Cross Country 15.03.17

On a beautiful spring day, our year 4 and year 5 boys’ and girls’ teams travelled to Temple Newsam in Leeds to take part in the West Yorkshire cross country competition. The year 4 girls’ race was first and we had an amazing result with Nia coming first – the top year 4 girl in West Yorkshire! Not to be out done by the girls, Leo then came first for the year 4 boys. Two gold medals in the first two races – amazing! The year 5s also gave a fantastic effort and we are very proud of the whole team. Well done guys and keep running!

Year 5&6 Key Steps Gymnastics - 14.03.17

On Tuesday 14th March, some girls went to Diamonds Gym to compete in the Year 5&6 girl’s foundation team for the Key Steps competition.  We spent the morning practising and getting ready as well as performing our routine to all of Key Stage 2.

After dinner we went to the competition and had to wait for a long time but finally we did all of our routines one by one. At the end we came 6th out of 17 so we did pretty well overall.

By Paige Rydon

Football Tournament at Ryburn 10.03.17

Our boys’ football team took part in the annual ‘large’ schools at Ryburn Valley High School. They got off to a great start winning against  Luddenden Foot School and then drawing against Triangle B team. They then won against Bolton Brow.  This put them through to the semi-final against The Gleddings which they won and then they were in the final against Triangle A team. It was a gripping match against a very good team but Lukas managed to score the winning goal, ensuring that the trophy was returned to our shelf. Well done boys; a super display of football talent and great sportsmanship.

Quicksticks at Park Lane - 08.03.17

Cross Country at Savile Park - 15.02.17

Football Tournament at Calderdale College - 09.02.17

Calderdale Sports Hall Athletics - 07.02.17

Ryburn Sports Hall Athletics - 11.11.16

Primary Boccia - 19.10.16

Cross Country at Ryburn - 14.10.16

Girls' Football Tournament at Ryburn - Sept 2016