Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 17th May 2019

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Green Fingers

Miss Stocks and her volunteers have discovered that our Year 3 children are natural gardeners! They have been busy sorting out the beds behind their classroom, which of course includes tidying and weeding as well as planting. We still have a call out for donations of garden tools or suggestions for local garden centres who may be interested in supporting us in return for publicity, thank you.


Year 3 have had another opportunity to enjoy our lovely grounds this half term, as they have been participating in our Forest Schools programme. Thanks again to the Friends for subsidising the programme so we can offer it to all classes during the school year.

Congratulations Miss Stocks

A big congratualtions to Miss Stocks who has been appointed as a teacher at Ashville College. Whilst we will be very sad to say goodbye at the end of the year and will miss her positive personality, we are excited for her to take on the next adventure in her teaching career.

Sponsored Bounce - Letter from Spiritual Council and School Ambassadors

At Ripon Cathedral School we feel it is really important to help others.

The Ambassadors have been exploring homelessness and the Spiritual Council have been finding out about refugees. We have learnt a lot about the difficulties that many people face on a daily basis and we have decided that we would like to raise funds for relevant charities so that those with the most need in our world get help and support.

We have arranged to have a sponsored bounce on Thursday 23rd May! Children in all classes can be sponsored to bounce for 10 minutes non-stop.

The charities that we have chosen to donate to as a result of all our learning about homelessness and refugees are:

  • Ripon YMCA is an organisation that helps the homeless in our city
  • Youth For Christ International work across the world with young people, including many who are displaced because of war and conflict.
  • Christian Aid works to support sustainable development and provide emergency relief in many countries across the world.

At the end of the day, on Thursday 23rd May 2019, there will also be a cake stall organised by the children to raise further funds for good causes.


Please help us to make our fundraising a success by:

  1. Getting lots of sponsors for our bounce on Thursday 23rd May;
  2. Bringing in dried or tinned food on Tuesday 21st May for our food collection for the Ripon YMCA who help the homeless;
  3. Bringing cakes to sell at our cake stall on Thursday 23rd May.


Thank you for all your help

We can’t wait to get bouncing!!!

Yours sincerely


Scott and Holly (Spiritual Council)

Finlay and Eva (School Lead Ambassadors)

Book Reviews

Great news, more Reading Leaders provide book reviews!


'Katy' by Jacqueline Wilson

The book I’m reviewing is called ‘Katy’ she is the oldest and has 5 other siblings called Clover, Elsie, Dorrie, Jonnie and Phil. Katy also lives with her dad and Izzie her stepmother. Her dad works as a GP. One day Helen comes round but she has rheumatoid arthritis so she was in a wheelchair. It is Katy’s last day at school and she has a disco. At the disco she dances with the boy she likes (he’s called Ryan!). The next day is Saturday. She sleeps in and Ryan asked her if she wanted to go to the skate park together. So she goes and guess what, Izzie confiscated her skateoard so hopefully Ryan will let her borrow his. However on the way (secretly) when she crosses a road, having hold of her necklace, a car beeps at her. She tugs on her necklace, the chain snaps and she runs home. She’s in big trouble, Izzie and her dad say that she can’t go swimming with the others she has to stay at home by herself. She finds a rope and runs outside.She swings it over a tree and she’s now swinging but the rope comes loose ahhhhhhh she fell... I’m going to leave it at that.

I think Katy is very brave do you? My favourite part is when at the end it says that her life isn’t over a new life has just begun! I like this book because there are little pictures/drawings on where the chapter starts and it tells what is going on in this section. I recommend this book to people who like life-changing books. I am reviewing this book because it is my favourite book so I’m giving this book 5 stars!

Evie Year 5

'Horrid Henry' by Francesca Simon

I really love Horrid Henry because it reminded me about my two Guinea pigs fighting over food.

I enjoyed reading Horrid Henry, I like finding out about what Horrid Henry gets up to in the stories!

I would definitely recommend Horrid Henry to everyone who is 7.

Henry gets up to lots of mischief in all the chapters.

Horrid Henry isn’t just for 7 year olds it is also for 6, 8 ,9 year olds and Horrid Henry lovers.

Ella Year 2

Canal Open Day

This Sunday, 19th May, there is an open day at the canal basin (near the Forge Cafe). It would be great if people went along, not only to support this local event, but also to hear our choir singing from 1.30pm!

Sunscreen Procedures

We sent an email to all parents with details of our sunscreen procedures earlier in the week, please check the link below if you have not seen it. We are committed to keeping children safe in the hot weather including educating them about safety in the sun and drinking enough water. Please would you make sure your child has sunscreen applied before they come to school. If they require it during the day, it must be in a named bottle kept in their lockers (Years 1 to 6). If Nursery and Reception parents feel their child may need help applying sunscreen, a permission form was attached to the email, but please ask the office if you have been unable to print it. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Oscar's Holiday Dates

We have arranged with the PFI company who manage the school site to have access to school for Oscar's in the last two weeks of the summer holidays. Unlike schools in NYCC sites, we do not have full (or free!) access to school in the holidays, which can make running the holiday club more challenging. We do not plan to have any holiday club dates in the May half term break.

Our summer holiday dates are:

Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd August

Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th August

Booking is now open!

Dates for your diary......

Sunday 19th May - 1.30pm Singing Squad at Canal Open Day

Monday 20th May - Y5 visit 'Big Write' workshops

Wednesday 22nd May - Duck Race 5pm Fishergreen

Thursday 23rd May - Sponsored Bounce and cake stall

Friday 24th May - Break up for half term, 3.10 / 3.15pm

Tuesday 4th June - Y2 visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Wednesday 5th June - Y1 visit Harlow Carr

Friday 14th June - Non-uniform day (details in Friends' section below)

Wednesday 19th June - Y6 and Spanish Partner visit Fountains Abbey

Friday 21st June - Y6 and Spanish Partner visit Forbidden Corner

Saturday 22nd June - Friends' Summer Fair

Monday 24th June - Y6 visit Bewerley Park

Tuesday 25th June - Y6 Bikeability Course

Thursday 27th June - Sports Day (details TBC)

Friday 28th June - Nursery/Reception visit Harewood House

Monday 1st July - Y3 visit Hindu Temple

Tuesday 2nd July - Y5/6 Sex Education Meeting for parents 6pm

Friday 5th July - School Disco

Wednesday 10th July - Reception visit Hackfall Woods

Tuesday 16th July - School Production, 6.30pm

Wednesday 17th July - School Production, 1.30/6.30pm

Friday 19th July - Break up for Summer holidays, 2pm

Message from the Friends

Thank you to everyone who supported the book fair last week. We made commission of £460 which has all been spent on books for school, thank you.

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Duck Race: Ducks have been on sale this week and will continue to be until Wednesday after school, make sure you pick your lucky number (£1 a duck)! This annual event is always a fun family affair so we'll see you next Wednesday at 5pm in the usual venue (follow the crowds to the Skell if you haven't been before!). Ducks in the water at 5.10. First, second and third cash prizes and a special mention and prize for the last duck in! Refreshments will be available at the finish line, so bring a pound or two for ice cream, drinks and crisps.


Non-Uniform Day: On Friday 14th June we are holding a non-uniform day. Come in your own clothes but instead of bringing a £1, donate 'jolly jars' or tombola prizes for the summer fair. Full details will be shared after half term.


Summer Fair: Saturday 22nd June sees our summer fair, running from 12 until 3.30pm. A fantastic family event open to the whole community: Bar, BBQ, Forest School activity and bouncy castle plus many more stalls and a special guest. As well as sponsorship from Hambleton Roofing, we have gained further generous support from local fireworks' company 'Bright Star Fireworks' and Renaissance Hair and Beauty Boroughbridge, which is amazing - thank you!


Fancy Dress Fun Run: We will be passing out sponsorship forms after the half term break for a fun run on the day of the fair. There will be a completion certificate for everyone and prizes for the best fancy dress and highest fundraiser. All sponsor forms and money will be due in before the event, more details to follow.


Summer Fair Helpers: There will be a rota for helpers on the day; if you can help please contact the Friends.


Summer Fair Stalls: Do you have your own business or know someone who would like a table top stall? Contact the school office for a form. Only £5 a stall!


Competition Tent: All children will be welcome to enter our competitions for the summer fair. We will be holding a Lego model, miniature garden, and drawing a picture on the story book theme competitions. New for this year, parents are invited to put their baking skills to the test. All cakes will be sold through a silent auction. The cake which raises the most money will win a prize for its creator!


School Disco: 5th July sees the last disco of the school year. Usual arrangements but more details to be published nearer the time.


If you need to contact us, email rcpsfriends@gmail.com or send us a facebook message Thank you.

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