Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 23rd November 2018

History Comes Alive

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A Day in the Life of a Victorian child

On Tuesday, our Year 3 children experienced hands on learning about Ripon's past by visiting all the excellent Ripon Museums. In the Workhouse they enjoyed dressing up in old Victorian pauper clothes and took part in lots of activities including rag rugging and gardening, after which they all went into the school room and were taught in the old fashioned way.

In the Prison and Police Museum and the Courtroom they learnt about the famous Sinkler brothers from the local area - one brother was even sent to Australia twice for his crimes.

Inspired Writing

The children were inspired by their experiences to produce some special writing. Here is a short extract from Freddie:

Long before now at the workhouse it would have been very different to schools in 2018 for children.

When the workhouse children came they had to do everything right in the classroom because if they were talking they would have got caned. That was used to whip you on the hand very hard. This would have been strict. In the classroom there is a dunce hat that was used for the smallest things like if you got one piece of work wrong or if you made a quiet noise like dropping some white chalk.

We hope the children enjoy school more today than they might have done in Victorian times!

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Wonderful welcome worship

Year 1 shared their thoughts on compassion, talking about being caring, kind and helpful. They sang a lovely song about being compassionate. This was their first welcome worship and although they were nervous they did an amazing job! Well done Year 1 and a big thank you to all parents and carers who came along to support the class.

Year 5 Go to York

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Some more time travel!

Today it was Year 5's turn to experience living in the past. At Jorvik their learning included Viking battle tactics. At DIG they became archaeologists, discovering exciting historical artefacts in special in-door excavation pits which are based on real-life digs in the city.

Our Talented Young Musicians

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Congratulations girls!

We are delighted to pass on the exciting news that Eva won her class at the Ripon Young Musician of the Year Competition at the weekend. In addition, Hannah and Eva entered the ensemble category together and were Commended. Well done, all that practising certainly pays off!


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Hyacinths at the Cathedral Gift Fair

Don't forget to visit us at the Cathedral Fair tomorrow to buy one (or more!) of our lovely hyacinth pots. They make beautiful Christmas decorations and perfect gifts. We will be at the fair between 9.30am and 4pm (or until we sell out!).


If you're reading this before the disco, please come along tonight! If you're reading tomorrow, we hope you enjoyed yourself!
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School Christmas Fair


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.

Thank you for all donations of tombola prizes, soft toys and 'jolly jars' (filled with sweets or small toys/stationery) for the fundraising stalls. Even more would be great!

The official opening of the fair will be as soon as school has finished with a performance of Christmas songs.

Christmas Hamper Raffle

Thanks so much for all donations, the boxes are starting to fill. However, we'd really appreciate more items especially for the pamper, gardening, baking, fair trade and Yorkshire boxes. All parents attending the Christmas Fair will have a chance of winning these fabulous hampers.

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......

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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