Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 27th April 2018

enjoying our learning

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Projects this term

At Cathedral School we believe in making learning fun, purposeful and meaningful. We do this by teaching the national curriculum through the use of REAL projects which combine head, heart and hand – applying knowledge, developing skills, and learning self-confidence.

REAL stands for Rigorous, Engaging, Authentic Learning.

These were demonstrated at our Spring and Autumn Exhibitions. The children are already involved in this term's REAL projects and you will be able to see the fruits of their labour at our Summer Exhibition. Here is a summary of the projects that are planned for this term.

Year 6 will be using their oracy skills to produce their very own 'Ted Talks'.

Year 5 will be installing their own class planetarium as a result of their investigations into space.

Year 4 will be filming a documentary about wildlife in Britain.

Year 3 will be designing, making and selling the ultimate healthy sandwich.

Year 2 are making an African piece of clothing.

Year 1 are preparing to become explorers and learn about different climates around the world. They will be 'camping' in their reading corner too!

Letter from our Chair of Governors

Dear Parents and Carers

I know, that like me, you will be very sad to hear that after fourteen years of service to Ripon Cathedral Primary School, Mr Dudman is to leave us at the end of this term to take up a very exciting appointment as Schools Adviser/Leadership, in the Leeds Diocese. He will be using his knowledge and expertise to guide, support and assist all the schools in the Diocese.

The governors will work hard to ensure that the school operates as smoothly as it always does and we will keep you informed of our progress as we begin the process of recruitment for a new headteacher.

I know that Mr Dudman will sorely miss the children and families in our school community. He has watched over and guided so many children over the years and the school will always be grateful for his kindness and care as well as his guidance and leadership in providing them with the best possible start on their education journey.

Now Mr Dudman must begin the next part of his own journey and we wish him “Godspeed” in his new adventure.

No doubt we will have lots of ideas about how to give him the best kind of send-off in July!

Yours sincerely

Jean Denney

Chair of Governors

Class Photos

We hope you like the class photos which went home before the Easter holidays and have had a chance to fill in your order form. The last day to bring in your form is Wednesday 2nd May, thank you.

Nodding off

Quality of sleep is in the news a lot recently and there is mounting evidence that sleep is as important as exercise and diet in determining your health.

In school we regularly see children who have not had enough sleep, and this effects their behaviour, concentration and learning. We are often asked for information regarding sleep and and a common question is 'how much sleep should my child get?'

NHS Choices gives the following guidance:

3 years - daytime: 0 to 45 minutes / night time: 11 hours 30 minutes to 12 hours

4 years - night time: 11 hours 30 minutes

5 years - night time: 11 hours

6 years - night time: 10 hours 45 minutes

7 years - night time: 10 hours 30 minutes

8 years - night time: 10 hours 15 minutes

9 years - night time: 10 hours

10 years- night time: 9 hours 45 minutes

11 years- night time: 9 hours 30 minutes

For further information about improving sleep click on the button below

Oscar's Holiday Club Dates

Thu 31st May to Fri 1st June 2018

Mon 23rd July to Fri 3rd August 2018


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Friends of Fashion Thank you to everyone who offered to model on Wednesday 2nd May when we are holding a fundraiser at M & Co in town. We have 20 models all of whom have to choose some outfits before the event! More information will be in your child's book bag if they volunteered.

All are welcome to join us for an informal and fun evening, 7pm start. Please bring friends and family. Entry is by donation with a raffle on the night.

Book Fair: Thank you to all parents who helped and supported our book fair this week. We'll let you know how much we raised next week.

Duck Race: Our annual Duck Race is Wednesday 16th May 5.30pm by the River Skell. Ducks will be on sale every day after school the week before the race. There will be prizes for the winners and the last duck in.

Gardening opportunity: On Saturday 9th June helpers are required to help clear a section of the school grounds ready for the 'forest school' development. Breakfast and drinks in exchange for help!

Non- Uniform Day: Children may come in non-uniform on 15th June in exchange for bringing in tombola prizes and jars for the Summer Fair.

Disco Dancing: Our last disco of the school year will be on Friday 6th July, more details to follow.

Summer Fair: Plans are under way for a fabulous fair: BBQ, bar, bouncy castle, games and activities. More information soon.

Dates Summary

Wednesday 2nd May 7pm - M&Co fashion show

Wednesday 16th May 5.30pm - Duck Race by the River Skell

Saturday 9th June - gardening work party

Friday 15th June - non-uniform day in exchange for summer fair prizes

Saturday 23rd June 12-3pm - Summer Fair

Summer Disco - Friday 6th July

We would love volunteers for all these events, please let us know if you can help.

And finally -- thank you for your donation -- we have received a certificate marking our donation to the Grenfell Towers fundraiser following last year's summer fair.

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Dates for your diary......

Wednesday 2nd May - Y4 visit to Thorp Perrow

Thursday 3rd May - Breakfast Natters

Monday 7th May - May Day Holiday - school closed

Tuesday 8th May - Reception class visit to Hackfall Woods

Monday 14-17th May - SAT's week

Wednesday 16th May - Duck race 5.30pm

Friday 18th May - Y3 visit to Harlow Carr

Friday 25th May - school closes for half term - 2pm

Monday 4th June - school opens

Thursday 7th June - Breakfast Natters

Friday 8th June - Y2 visit to RSPB Fairburn Ings

Friday 15th June - Non uniform Day (Jolly jar donations)

Thursday 21st June - EYFS Sports Day - 9am

Thursday 21st June - Y1-6 Sports Day - 1pm

Saturday 23rd June - Summer Fair 1-4pm

Tuesday 26th June - Music concert 6-7.30pm

Friday 6th July - School Disco

Thursday 12th July - Breakfast Natters

Tuesday 17th July - School Production - 6.30pm

Wednesday 18th July - School Production -1.30pm

Wednesday 18th July - School Production - 6.30pm

Friday 20th July - school closes for summer - 2pm

Message from the Cathedral

Please take a look at the flyer for Breakfast Natters next Thursday. We always have a lovely time but next week we can promise an extra special treat for your little ones who will be led in a singing session by the Cathedral's Aoife O'Connell. Please make sure you come along!
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Community Events

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