Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 22nd February 2019

Poetry and Motion

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Wheels to School

Year 2's theme at the moment is 'What is the best way to travel?' Today they had a mixture of scooters and bicycles in school and particularly enjoyed doing the Daily Mile on them. The children also considered their science learning which is based on forces. They thought about the effort of pushing, pulling and levers as they pedalled and scooted around!

Poetry Day

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The whole school from Nursery to Year 6 took part in a fantastic poetry day on Thursday. Each class chose a poem to focus on throughout the day and teachers planned exciting poetry based lessons. Poems included: "If" by Rudyard Kipling (which matched perfectly with our theme of perseverance), "Dinosaur Soup", perfect for the Year One's topic and "River", a poem full of metaphors!

Year 2 baked bear biscuits to go with their poem "Isobel Isobel" and Year 6 wrote alternative endings to the poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. Here is Danny's:


Back, he raced and charged, his rapier flailing up high.

Pistol firm in his grip until his vengeance was nigh.

His curse, like a shriek in the dark, next a blur of light.

When he was shot down to the darkness,

Shot down to the darkness.

The last moments he lived in the darkness, were engulfed by the night.


At the end of the day we all then performed to the rest of the school. It was wonderful to see everyone performing so well and enjoying poetry.

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Goodbye for now, Mrs Elcock!

Although we are sad that Mrs Elcock left us on Wednesday, we are very excited that her baby will soon be here! We wish her and her husband all the best in this new chapter in their lives.


We are delighted that we have appointed Mrs Jelf to teach music whilst Mrs Elcock is on her maternity leave. She joins us with many years' experience in other North Yorkshire schools and will also be continuing the orchestra and singing clubs. Singing Squad will now be after school on Wednesdays, with orchestra still on Tuesdays after school.

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Goodbye Helen!

Helen has been a part of our school family for six years, as a valued member of the cleaning and catering teams. We were sorry to say goodbye to her today, but wish her all the best in her new job. Thank you for everything and please come back to see us!

Individual Liberty

This week in collective worship we have been thinking about British Values, particularly, 'Individual Liberty'. The children thought about all the choices they can make and the freedoms that they have to like different things and have differing opinions. We even looked at some of the special likes and interests that give Oliver his own identity.

Learning about Refugees By Scott and Holly

Spiritual Council have been exploring facts about refugees and how we can help them. We discovered that over 65 million people in the world are refugees and most of these people have been displaced because of war and conflict. We did a quiz with the whole school, have shared our findings and have emailed groups who help refugees to see if we can find out more. In the summer term we will be able to bring people into school who can tell us about displaced people and raise money for worthy charities.

World Book Day

A little advanced warning in case you would like to prepare costumes over the half term break - the first Thursday back, 7th March, is World Book Day. Please do not feel you have to go to much trouble, and certainly there is no need to spend a lot of money, but we hope you agree, it is fun when the children come into school dressed as a character from a book.


As in previous years we are inviting parents into the hall first thing to share a book with their child and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Please drop your child off for registration and they will then meet you in the hall. (Please ensure you complete the slip sent home tonight to ensure we know which children to send to the hall.)


Breakfast Natters will still be on as it is the first Thursday of the month, but will start at 9.30am to give parents a chance of attending both events.

Parent Governor Nominations

We hope everyone has had a chance to read the letter sent home last week about the opportunity to be a governor. The governing body is a group of hardworking volunteers who provide support, skills and expertise to help us all make Ripon Cathedral School the best it can be! They are looking in particular this time to fill the following skills gaps:

· Expertise in safeguarding;

· Experience of health and safety regulations and procedures;

· Marketing proficiency.

The nomination form is available on the school website and the closing date to return them to school is Monday 4th March.

Dates for your diary......

Monday 4th March - School reopens after the break

Tuesday 5th March - Year 2 pancake races by the Cathedral 11am

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day, children can dress as a book character, parents invited to the hall at 9am to share a book with their child. Breakfast Natters in the Cathedral Hall at 9.30am.

Tuesday 12th March - Class Photos

Friday 15th March - Red Nose Friends' Disco (timings on the poster below)

Thursday 4th April - Family and Friends Quiz Night 3.30-5.30pm

Monday 8th April - Friends' Easter Egg Competition (Story Books Theme)

Friday 12th April - 1pm Easter Service in the Cathedral

Friday 12th April - Friends' egg hunt 2pm, school closes for the holidays

Monday 29th April - School opens for the summer term

Wednesday 22nd May - Duck Race 5pm Fishergreen

Saturday 22nd June - Friends' Summer Fair


Welcome Worship spring term dates - 2.50pm in the Chapel

Thursday 7th March – Year 2

Thursday 14th March – Year 6

Thursday 21st March – Year 5

Thursday 28th March – Year 4

Thursday 4th April – Year 1 (in the morning)

Thursday 4th April – Year 3 (2.50pm)

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Message from the Friends

School Disco: Get your dancing shoes ready for the school disco on Friday 15th March, which is also Red Nose Day, so the theme is - wear something red! We will follow our usual format of EYFS and KS1 5.30-6.30pm and junior disco 6.45-7.45pm. We would like to remind all parents of the younger age group that they need to stay for the early disco, and new for 2019, all junior parents are welcome to stay - we are creating a parents' room with tea and coffee (donations to Comic Relief!) if you'd like to stay on site.


Family Quiz Night: A brand new event for 2019! We'd like to host a 'Family and Friends Quiz Night'. This will be straight after school on Thursday 4th April 3.30-5.30pm. Teams of up to 8 people (children and adults) can enter, we will provide a light tea for everyone, entry will be £2 per person including food. There will be a raffle and additional refreshments for sale. Children who are booked into Oscar's can join an Oscar's team and take part. More information after the half term break.


Easter Events: We will hold our annual Easter egg competition on the last Monday of term (8th April). The theme this year is 'Story Books'. Our second Easter tradition, an egg hunt on the school field, will also take place as soon as school finishes for the term, at 2pm on Friday 12th April.


Duck Race: Save the date!! Wednesday 22nd May will see our annual duck race on the Skell. Meet at 5pm by Fishergreen bridge.


Summer Fair: Saturday 22nd June will be our summer fair. A fantastic family event open to the whole community: Bar, BBQ and bouncy castle plus many more stalls. Details nearer the time.


That's all for now, but if you have any ideas for future events or you want to help us out, please let us know - email rcpsfriends@gmail.com or send us a facebook message Thank you.


Have a great half-term break!

Community Events

****DROP IN FLU CLINIC***

If your child is in Reception-Year 5 and has missed their nasal flu immunisation in school, why not take them along to our drop in flu clinic?

Ripon Youth Centre

Clotherholme Road, HG4 2DE

Monday 25th February – 1pm-4pm

This is our final clinic in the Ripon area so this will be your child’s last chance to get their flu vaccination this school year.

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