Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 29th March 2019

Learning about refugees with Youth For Christ International

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Life for Syrian refugees in the bekaa valley

The school’s Spiritual Council have been exploring what it means to be a refugee. Scott and Holly in Year 6 emailed a number of organisations who work with refugees, including Youth For Christ International (YFCI) and they received a response from Martin and Sam who work as missionaries for YFCI. Yesterday they came into school to speak to children in Year 5 and Year 6 about the work that they have done around the world and with Syrian refugees in Lebanon in the Bekaa Valley.


Martin and Sam shared a book they had made with refugees and answered questions about what life is like for young Syrians who are growing up in the Bekaa Valley. The children even got the opportunity to have a Skype call with a YFCI worker in Lebanon who answered questions about what life is like there now.


It was fascinating to hear how refugees live in make shift tents and struggle to get access to fresh water, but can get Coca Cola and even Domino's pizza delivered. The children found out that Syrian children of the same age would go to a temporary school that YFCI have organised, but many children would have to work every day by harvesting fruit, working on farms or spending time looking in skips for clothes and basic essentials to help them survive.

Although life can be difficult we discovered Syrian refugees like football and they do take opportunities to enjoy themselves.


The Spiritual Council thanked Martin and Sam for their time. They are looking forward to hearing more about the work of YFCI and are considering how they can help the organisation.

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Build a Car

Parents, grandparents and friends joined the Year 2 children in the hall on Wednesday morning to help them make their own motorised car. This project linked their topic work 'What is the best way to travel?' and their work in science about electricity. Thank you to all who joined us to make this a positive learning experience for all.

Year 5 Visit their Pen Pals

Year 5 went to St. Peter's CE Primary School in Leeds on Wednesday where they had a great day in our link school. They all played football then went on to do a quiz around school in mixed teams so they could get to know their pen pals better. In the afternoon they made Easter cards for their new friends. The school has had a link with St. Peter's for several years and we are delighted that it is still going strong; we will welcome some of their children for a return visit in the summer term.

Skilled Debaters

Year 5 also continued their studies into Shakespeare this week, culminating in a debate. The motion debated was 'Romeo and Juliet's parents were responsible for their children's deaths'.

After some very convincing points and strong rebuttals the majority voted in opposition of the motion.

Bethel Church

Thank you to our hosts Bethel Church for helping our Year 4 and 5 children to a better understanding of 'The Amazing Journey' through the Bible, from Creation to Jesus and events we will remember at Easter.

Year 4 Welcome Worship

The children in Year 4 delivered a wonderful welcome worship. They talked about what justice meant to them and spoke about some of the inspirational historical figures who have fought for equality, such as the suffragettes, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

Spring Term Projects!

The children across school have been working hard on a wide range of exciting projects and we would like to invite parents and carers to come and see the wonderful work that they have produced. Our learning at Ripon Cathedral School is REAL! We aim to make sure the children have a meaningful aim for their topic work - REAL stands for Real Engaging Authentic Learning. Please be sure to have the following dates in your diaries, so you can enjoy their work too.

Spring Term superstar worship

Parents and carers are invited to our superstar worship sessions (in the school hall) when we will be sharing some work from projects and also giving some special awards! For your children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 come along on Thursday 11th April at 9.00am

For Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 the assembly is on Thursday 11th April at 2.30pm.

Year 1 - Dinosaur Museum

In Year 1 the children are making a dinosaur museum! Parents are welcome to come along to experience life in the Jurassic period on Tuesday 9th April at 2.50pm.

Year 2 - Super cars

Parents and carers have already been into school to work with the children on building their cars (see above) so it is now time to race them. After the superstar worship on Thursday 11th April, parents and carers are welcome to stay and see which Year 2 car will win the Ripon Cathedral race!

Year 3- Back to the Stone Age

Year 3 are making a virtual environment based on the work that they have been doing on the Stone Age.

They would love to share their work with parents on Thursday 11th April at 2pm before Superstar Worship.

Year 4 - Book about Yorkshire

In Year 4 the children have learnt about life in Yorkshire, contrasting life in Ripon and Bradford. From all their super research they have created a fantastic book which parents can buy! They will be sharing their fantastic new book with parents and carers and taking orders on Friday 12th April at 9am.

Year 5 - Brazilian Cafe

Year 5 have been learning about Brazil and they are very excited about inviting parents to their Brazilian Cafe which will be open for business for parents and carers on Wednesday 10th April from 2.30pm.
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Oscar's Holiday Club is Back!

Oscar's will open on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April (the first week of the Easter holidays). A full day costs £20 and half days (9am -1pm or 1pm - 5pm) are only £15. We have sent an email with booking information this evening; please let school know if you have not receive it and we will check if you have an account set up on the online booking site. The link to the site is also found below. Just use the email address you provided to school for your first parental contact as your username, and click forgotten password if it is your first time to use the site. If you are finding it difficult to access the booking site, please contact Mrs Rich.

Parent Governor Elections

Mrs Elizabeth Feather and Mr Dave Winspear are elected as parent governors when the current terms of office end.


Thank you to the three candidates, and to all those who voted. It was a close count with three very strong nominations.

Dates for your diary......

Monday 1st April - Y2 visit York

Thursday 4th April Breakfast Natters at Cathedral Hall 9am

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

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

Tuesday 9th April - Y3 visit Murton Park

Tuesday 9th April - Y1 Dinosaur Museum 2.50pm

Wednesday 10th April - Y5 Brazilian Cafe 2.30pm

Thursday 11th April - Superstar Worship: EYFS & KS1 9am, KS2 2.30pm

Thursday 11th April - Y2 Car Races 9.40am, Y3 Back to the Stone Age 2pm

Friday 12th April - Y4 Book about Yorkshire 9am

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 8th May - Reception visit Hackfall Woods

Wednesday 22nd May - Duck Race 5pm Fishergreen

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

Saturday 22nd June - Friends' Summer Fair


Welcome Worship spring term dates - 2.50pm in the Chapel

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

Thursday 4th April – Year 3 (2.50pm)

Message from the Friends

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Family Quiz Night: We are hosting a 'Family and Friends Quiz Night' straight after school on Thursday 4th April 3.30-5.30pm. Teams of up to 8 people (children and adults) can enter (booking extended to Monday), 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.


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. Huge thanks to City Barbers who have provided funds to sponsor our Easter events so there will be prizes for all!

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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. Our thanks also to Michael Williams, Director at Hambleton Roofing who have kindly provided generous sponsorship to support the fair.


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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