Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 21st September 2018

Reflections from Lindisfarne

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Grace Darling, Vikings and Castles

I really enjoyed going to learn about Grace Darling, who was a hero who saved people’s lives. She was brave and strong and heroic. We also went to the church where we saw her family’s grave. She inspired me by how strong she was and how she risked her life to save others.

Justin Ndoro


I really enjoyed that we could spend time with our friends and play together. We learnt about the Vikings and how they invaded Lindisfarne many years ago. They took the jewels and the treasure from the monks on the island.

Oliver Cesmanis


I really enjoyed the castle at Lindisfarne because I felt it was very peaceful and calm. We got to find out new things about the ways that people used to live and enjoyed playing a game where we had to find a hidden fairy.

Nickola Kaniewska


I liked playing on a night, it was really cold so we went inside to warm up with a chocolatey treat. It was really interesting going to the priory and Grace Darling museum as we learnt a lot about the disaster.

Lola Maybank

Map skills, Beaches and wildlife

I enjoyed going around Lindisfarne using maps to help us get to places. I really like being able to use maps and enjoyed exploring each part of the island. The experience felt special as it was a great opportunity.

Harry Cobbin


At Lindisfarne I really enjoyed going to the beach. The sand was sinking beneath our feet. We had fun running and playing in the rock pools together.

Maisie Marshall


My favourite part was going to the beach and nature reserve. It was a really wonderful experience, the sand felt nice between your toes. The nature reserve was beautiful and the visit was special because you knew the wildlife island was thriving even though you couldn’t always see it.

Cecilie Mullaney

Friendship, parachutes and boat rides

I enjoyed going to the beach and doing activities with my friends because it is great to spend time with friends and people you don’t normally work with.

Aimee-Leigh Douthwaite


I enjoyed playing with the parachute. There was a game we played called sharks and lifeguards where the lifeguards have to save the people from being taken under the parachute. I was really good at the game and it was great to play a new game with my friends.

Harley Hodgson


I liked rock pooling because we found and held lots of crabs. Some of them were quite big and they were wiggling their legs.

Charley Roome


I liked being with my friends because I have never been away with them before!

Poppy Dean

Sea lions, Peace and St. Cuthbert

At the end of the trip when we were leaving we had a bus drive to Seahouses and we went to see the sealions. They were much bigger than I expected and most of them were black and white with dots on them. It was funny when they were lying on their backs and rolling over.

Lulu Lennox


Lindisfarne to me was peaceful. In the night when tourists left the island it was really quiet and we enjoyed having it all to ourselves. I liked the fish and chips they were tasty!

George Feather


My favourite part about Lindisfarne was getting in my PJs and going to bed because we get to have a cosy, comfy dreamy nap with a cuddly teddy.

Izzy Askew


I enjoyed learning about St Cuthbert. He was very special. He made his home on the island many years ago and he was a monk at the monastery.

Taylor Campbell

European Day of Languages

Next week, on Wednesday 26th September, it is European Day of Languages. To celebrate, in school we will be having a special focus on Spain and the Spanish Language.

Children may come to school on Wednesday in yellow or red, the colours of the flag of Spain, instead of their school uniform. We will also be having a special Spanish themed lunch and children will be sharing some of their learning with each other.

Muchas gracias.

Pictures to follow next week!

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Fabulous Flowers

The children in Year 4 have been making amazing flowers out of plastic bottles. They carefully created the petals using the top part of pop bottles and are now busy decorating them so that they can be used within their special Harvest Collective Worship which will take place in the Cathedral on Tuesday 2nd October at 2pm.

Celebration and Welcome Worship Assemblies

Individual class teachers will be letting you know when Thursday class celebrations will resume along with their timings. These assemblies are a great time to let you know about the children's learning and achievement. We will also be sharing with you our work about the Christian values that we have been exploring and how they help us to live our lives.

Welcome Worship assemblies will take place in the school Chapel on Thursday mornings at 9.00am.

If you are able to attend we would love to see you.


Welcome Worship Dates

Thursday 27th September - Year 2

Thursday 11th October - Year 3

Thursday 18th October - Year 5

Thursday 25th October - Year 6

Thursday 8th November - Year 4

Thursday 22nd November - Year 1

Suitable Clothing

We love being in the great outdoors at Ripon Cathedral School! It would really help the children to enjoy our lovely grounds more if they could bring in a pair of wellies. Also, please remember that the British weather is often changeable, so even on a sunny autumn morning a waterproof coat might be needed by lunchtime!

Oscar's Wrap Around Care

Oscar's is back to its regular hours, opening for breakfast from 8am and running to 5.45pm after school. Booking is made using our online booking site. Just use the email address you have provided to school as your username and click 'forgotten password' the first time you use it. Please email us at school if you are experiencing any difficulties.


Due to staffing issues, it will not be possible to run any Oscar's days in the October half term break. However, we will be open for the full day on the Friday 19th October training day at a bargain cost of £20 for 8am to 5.15pm or £15 for 8am to 1pm/1pm to 5.15pm.

Pupil Data Collection Forms

We have sent out individual sheets to every pupil in school which details the information we hold on your child. Please would you check the form carefully? We need to be sure that we have up to date information, for example on parent contact numbers or medical needs. Thank you.

Flu Vaccinations Available in School

Please visit this online form to consent for your child to receive their flu vaccine this term. This consent must be completed as soon as possible, to ensure your child can be vaccinated in school.

Please make sure you enter your child's year group and class teacher.

You will be asked to enter a secure school code: DVJAX

www.hdft.nhs.uk/flu-consent

MESSAGE FROM THE FRIENDS

Book Fair: Welcome to our first Friends' event. Next week from Tuesday to Friday after school, we will have our Book Fair. Please come and support us and maybe get some early Christmas presents! We will be in the playground from 3 to 3.30pm. There are books for all ages and some great stories.

Helpers Required!! Can anyone help on Tuesday to set the book cases out? You would need to be at school at 3pm, wheel the book cases out to the yard and collect the float. We could also do with one additional helper each day to set up, sell and pack away. There will be parents who have helped before to show you the ropes. Thank you, we can only run these events with parent helpers and all help is appreciated.


Annual General Meeting: We Need You!

Our Friends' group has one official meeting a year, our AGM, which is a little more formal than our usual get togethers. This meeting is necessary for our charity status. This is where we elect the chair(s), treasurer, secretary and other committee members.

This year's meeting is on Tuesday 2nd October at 3.30pm in school. Please come; you can just listen to what we have done in the last year, or get involved in any way you want to!

Without new parents, the Friends of Ripon Cathedral School might not continue. Please support your child and your school!

Dates for your diary......

Tue 25th - Fri 29th September - Friends' Book Fair after school

Wed 26th September - European Day of Languages Non-Uniform Day (Red & Yellow)

Thursday 27th September - Year 2 Welcome Worship

Friday 28th September - EYFS MacMillan coffee morning

Tuesday 2nd October - Harvest Festival in the Cathedral at 2pm, led by Year 4

Thursday 11th October - Year 3 Welcome Worship

Thursday 18th October - Year 5 Welcome Worship

Friday 19th October - Parent Teacher Appointments (school will be closed to children - you will be able to book Oscar's if you need childcare)

Wednesday 24th October - Year 1 educational visit to Rainbow Factory

Thursday 25th October - Year 6 Welcome Worship

Friday 26th October - School closes for the half term break

Thursday 8th November - Year 4 Welcome Worship

Thursday 22nd November - Year 1 Welcome Worship

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

Community Events

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