Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 16th November 2018

A Capital Visit

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Year 6 Enjoy Three Days in London

The adventure started bright and early on Wednesday morning with a 7 o'clock coach journey to York train station. By the end of the visit, all the children were experienced travellers, having also used the London underground, overground and a boat on the Thames!

Almost as soon as they had arrived, the culture began, with a visit to The National Gallery followed by a matinee performance of Matilda The Musical. The children were delighted when Miss Stephenson, who taught them in Year 5 but is now based in London, joined them for their evening meal at The Rainforest Cafe. They must have been glad to arrive at the hostel for a good night's sleep (we hope!).

Thursday, wow what a day! St Paul’s followed by a tour of the Globe theatre and a Shakespeare workshop - the children amazed the actor with their knowledge of Macbeth! Then a boat trip to Westminster where they watched debates. Finally, the London Eye before pizza and the train back to the hostel!

Today, a great ‘investigate’ session at the Natural History Museum was followed by a quick tour of the museum. We are looking forward to welcoming home 29 tired but happy children. Thank you for being so well behaved and a credit to our school.

Thanks also for such a successful trip go to our staff who went along, Mr Holmes, Mrs McCormick, Mrs Moore, Mrs Hart and Mrs Waters. Mr Winspear, parent and governor also enjoyed his visit, and we cannot thank him enough for driving the van of luggage there and back. A final thanks to Mrs Stewart in the office, who has been organising for months so as many events as possible could be squeezed into the three days - fantastic!

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Children in Need Day

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Showing Compassion

Thank you to everyone who donated to Children in Need, an amazing £246 raised so far. We used the day for more learning on compassion, our focus value for the half term, as well as having fun together on non-uniform day. It was delightful to see older children buddied up with younger ones for events such as the Daily Mile and paired reading.

More Outdoor Adventures

Our Year 4 children had a brilliant time at Bewerley Park on Monday, They were all fantastic ambassadors for the school and really embraced the challenges of the day. They worked well in teams and supported and encouraged each other throughout the day.

A Special Visit

We were joined on Monday morning by visiting headteachers all the way from India. Two groups of three headteachers visited classrooms, spoke to children and learnt about the way we teach children in England. They were very impressed with the school, particularly how well behaved and focused the children were in every classroom.

Poppy Parade

We are sure everyone in Ripon is proud of how the city commemorated the centenary of the end of World War 1. It has also been wonderful to be fully involved as a school, culminating in the participation of some of our children in the parade from the war memorial in the Spa Gardens to the Cathedral on Sunday.


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Disco - just a week to go!

23rd November 5.30 -6.30pm and 6.45 - 7.45pm Get your Dancing Shoes at the Ready …only a week to go to the School Disco! We’re really looking forward to a fun evening of dancing, games and refreshments.
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Hyacinths at the Cathedral Gift Fair

Thank you for all the orders - it's not too late to get yours, let us know if you'd like to buy a pot of bulbs or visit us at Cathedral Fair between 9.30am and 4pm (or until we sell out!).

Lucky Square Winners

Thank you to everyone who purchased and picked a number for the chance to win family tickets to attractions in the area. The lucky numbers were 2, 17, 47 and 99. All winners have been contacted and we hope they enjoy their days out.

School Christmas Fair - Call for Volunteers!


Straight after school we will have our superb Christmas event: games, stalls, our special visitor in red! And of course, the announcement of the Christmas raffle winners.

Please could we have donations of tombola prizes, soft toys and 'jolly jars' (filled with sweets or small toys/stationery) for the fundraising stalls.

Helpers needed, more details to follow, please let the Friends know if you can help!

Calling Local Businesses

We’re looking for local stall holders who might wish to have a table top stall at the Christmas fair. If you are a business owner or know someone who might be interested, please contact the school office. It is £5 a stall and school reception will have copies of the letter to hand out.

Dates for your diary......

Tuesday 20th November - Year 3 visit Ripon Museums

Thursday 22nd November - Year 1 Welcome Worship

Friday 23rd November - Year 5 visit Jorvik and Dig

Friday 23rd November - Disco

Thursday 6th December - Friends' Christmas Fair after school

Friday 21st December - Nativity in the Cathedral at 1pm, led by Year 2

Friday 21st December - School closes 2pm for Christmas holidays.

Wed 2nd - Thu 3rd January - Oscar's open 9am to 5pm, booking essential

Tuesday 8th January - school opens for the spring term

Oscar's Special Play Dates!

In anticipation of some more busy days, booking has now opened for the Christmas holidays. Do you have to go back to work after all the festivities have ended? Oscar's will open on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January, 9am to 5pm. A full day costs £20 and half days (9am -1pm or 1pm - 5pm) are only £15. The link to the online booking site is 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.

Community Events

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