Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 14th June 2019

Roving Reports from our Young Journalists

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Segovia 2019

Sam, Jack and Martha report on some of the highlights of the visit...


The fountains were at the Royal Palace just outside of Segovia. They were really fun because we got wet (most of us!) and we even had to get changed behind a hedge! One of the fountains started off small then shot up into the sky. There was another that looked like a stage with loads of statues which squirted water from their mouths.


We loved the hostel especially the breakfasts because there was a lot of variety including brioches, muffins, croissants, toast and a choice of orange juice or hot chocolate. Some of the dorms were better than others at getting to sleep on time!


We visited some stunning places including the Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Castle which looked like Hogwarts. We also liked the aqueduct which we could just see from our hostel. We thought it was amazing that there was no mortar supporting it, just the stones and bricks on their own.

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Year 3 Visit Harlow Carr

Despite the inclement weather, our Year 3 pupils enjoyed both workshops and wandering around the wonderful Harlow Carr Gardens on Tuesday.


Olivia and Freddie report for us...


At Harlow Carr we did a workshop about parts of the flower. We collected different parts of the flower and one of them is the carpel (which has the ovary, style and the stigma in it).


We also played the bee pollination game when we put on silly bee hats and swapped the bean bags into different hoops. Whichever group managed to swap all the bean-bags first won. This is like the bees moving pollen to all the flowers they visit.


Last of all we played at the play area where I (Freddie) pretended I was a monster and if I touched someone, they became a monster too. There was more than one playground and they were great.


It was a really good day but we were still glad to get on the bus home!

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Thumbs up!

Thumbs up and thank you for all donations for the Friends' Summer Fair, which range from books to 'jolly jars' to huge cuddly toys and tombola prizes. Mrs Rich was delighted to have her office full of fundraising opportunities! We hope everyone is as excited about the Summer Fair next Saturday as the children were to come in non-uniform today!

Home Grown Produce

The Nursery children have been growing cress and lettuce and today they enjoyed making healthy sandwiches. Mrs Simpson has been taking small groups into the Oscar's room every Friday where they have been doing all sorts of baking and making. It's brilliant now we have our new kitchen which was installed at the same time as the EYFS refurbishment in February.

Reading Leader Treats!

Congratulations to our next round of Reading Leaders who enjoyed their reward with Mr Holmes on Thursday. There's nothing quite like a hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream! We know they all deserved it for completing their latest reading challenge.

Volunteer Sewers

Mrs Beckett would be ever sew grateful if anyone out there could help Year 2 complete their African art inspired patterned tea towels. We know from last year that the beautiful cloths will need hemming when they arrive. If you are able to help, please let Mrs Beckett or the office know, thank you.

Oscar's Bookings and Cancellations

Thank you to the parents who read this section on the last newsletter and have made a big effort to book in ahead of time! Please can we encourage everyone to make sure they use the booking system for Oscar's? Staff are busy looking after the children or making breakfast in the morning, so we really need everyone to use the booking system please. Similarly, please book ahead for after school sessions, thank you (although we are aware there can be the need for the odd last minute request!). It may help to know that you are able to cancel sessions yourself as long as you don't leave it until only an hour or so before. Click on ‘My Bookings’ then ‘Booking Details’. Find the booking reference for the date in question and click on it and near the bottom there’s an option to cancel 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......

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

Tuesday 25th June - Music Evening, 6-7.30pm

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

Wednesday 3rd July - Y6 Leavers' Celebration in School 6.30pm

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 Cathedral

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Message from the Friends

Non-Uniform Day: Thank you for all donations received today. Of course, it's not too late to bring in your 'jolly jars' or tombola prizes during the coming week too!

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Summer Fair: Only eight days to go! 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: Please can all sponsor forms and money be brought in to the school office by Friday 21st June. There will be a prize for the child who raises the most sponsor money! This year we will be adding fun to the run by asking runners to ‘dress up’ (only if they wish!) There will be a prize for best fancy dress too! Good luck!


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. Please see our lovely poster for full details. Our thanks to Lily who has done an amazing job this year, making sure all our posters are colourful, eye catching and full of useful information!


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

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