Ripon Cathedral School Update
Week ending Friday 29th March 2019
Learning about refugees with Youth For Christ International
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.
Lebanon is the size of Cornwall - 4 out of 10 people are refugees
Skype call to the Bekaa Valley
We spoke to Scott who told us what life was like for young Syrian refugees
YFCI through their eyes
Exploring images taken by young Syrians in the Bekaa Valley
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 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.
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!
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
Year 2 - Super cars
Year 4 - Book about Yorkshire
Oscar's Holiday Club is Back!
Parent Governor Elections
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
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!
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.