Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 3rd May 2019

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Anyone for cricket?

We made the most of the sunny weather earlier in the week to start our summer season sports with two cricket sessions this week. Some of the younger children enjoyed taster lessons on Tuesday, with all the classes from Year 1 to Year 6 improving their cricket skills in Thursday's PE lessons. Thank you to qualified coach Abi for leading the lessons. The children learnt to bowl with a straight arm 'like a catapult', had a go at batting, and of course needed to throw and catch too. We are looking forward to building our skills to culminate in a cricket festival on the last Thursday of the half term.
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How does your garden grow?

We are very fortunate to have several raised beds and a small greenhouse (kindly donated by the Friends), but any gardeners out there will know the constant maintenance required at this time of year just to keep on top of the watering and weeding! One of our parents has been in a couple of times and helped a lot by sorting out two beds of strawberries and beetroots. The Year 3 class will be working on the garden during the summer term, but we have identified a few items which would be really useful. Of course, more help may also be welcome too, if you would like to volunteer!


We would love to be able to install an irrigation system, and half barrels for potato planters, watering cans and a hose, would also be great. Does anyone have contacts with local garden centres? Or perhaps know a local company which would like to sponsor the garden? Please get in touch!

Book Review

More and more children are achieving their reading goals, with another book review today by our latest Reading Leader.


'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' by Jill Tomlinson

This book is all about an owlet called Plop. Plop is afraid of the dark, so his mum sends him out of the tree to find out all about the dark. Plop finds out that the dark is exciting, fun and wonderful.

At the end of the story, Plop likes the dark, just like little owls are supposed to do.

Oliver W Year 2

Tempest Photo Order

All group photo orders must be in by next Tuesday, 7th May, as the courier will be here to collect them early on Wednesday (they normally arrive by 8am, so please do not wait until Wednesday!). If you prefer to order online, it's a quicker service and the details are on the order form.

Oscar's Holiday Dates

We had a great time at the holiday club in the Easter break, so it is with apologies that we have not yet published dates for the summer holidays. We are hoping to run the club in the last two weeks, Tuesday to Thursday, although we still need to finalise this with the PFI company who manage the school site. 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.

Dates for your diary......

Wednesday 8th May - Reception visit Hackfall Woods

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

Wednesday 22nd May - Duck Race 5pm Fishergreen

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

Saturday 22nd June - Friends' Summer Fair

Monday 24th June - Y6 visit Bewerley Park

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

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Scholastic Book Fair: We will be selling books 7th to 13th May, in the yard (weather permitting) after school. There will be a great range on sale, and all commission enables us to buy more books for school.


Duck Race: This annual event is always a fun family affair and this year happens on Wednesday 22nd May at 5pm in the usual venue (follow the crowds to the Skell if you haven't been before!). Ducks will be on sale in a couple of weeks' time after school for a few days, although we suggest an early purchase so you can guarantee a duck and pick your favourite number!


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. As well as sponsorship from Hambleton Roofing, we have gained further generous support from local fireworks' company 'Bright Star Fireworks', which is amazing - thank you!


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.

Community Events

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