Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 24th May 2019

Homelessness and Refugee Week

Brilliant Bouncing

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Our sponsored bounce was a great success. Children in every class had a great time bouncing non-stop in order to raise money for the Ambassadors' and Spiritual Council's chosen charities; YMCA Ripon, Youth for Christ and Christian Aid.

Please can sponsorship money be brought to school, or preferably paid in via ParentPay, by Monday 3rd June. Many thanks for your fantastic support of this event and to everyone who has already made donations via ParentPay.

Thank you also for all donations - and purchases - of baked goods for the cake stall organised by Year 6 in support of their chosen charities.

Learning about Homelessness and refugees

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Homelessness and refugees

Over the week there have been activities set up in the hall for children to access and develop their understanding of what it is like to be homeless and the dangers and challenges for life as a refugee. Children thought about what they would pack in a back pack if they had to leave their home, they created fabulous welcome posters, tried out sleeping on the floor and wrote lifeboat prayers about the dangerous journeys made by refugees.

There was time for prayer and reflection and children looked at a range of images and considered what aspects of a refugee's life are similar and different to their own.

We have had a great week thinking about how lucky we are that we have so much and how we can in some small way help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Learning About the work of the YMCA in Ripon

As part of homelessness week, the Ambassadors organised for Lucy Gratton to come and speak to the school about the ways in which the YMCA Ripon helps young people who may find themselves in a situation that means that they are homeless. She talked about some of the basic necessities that we can easily take for granted that homeless people may not have. The children brought in lots of donations of food which they gave to Lucy.
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A visit from Padre Huws

As part of homelessness and refugees week, the Spiritual Council asked Padre Huws to come into school to talk to the children about his work with the army in South Sudan. He told the children about the dangers that refugees there face, how they live in large tented communities and how they have helped support vulnerable people. There are many people who have left South Sudan, however, there are 2 million people who are classed as internally displaced, (refugees who have not left their country). Padre Huws told us about the difficulties in getting fresh water from the Nile and all about the heavy rains and disease caused by mosquitoes. It was a really interesting talk and the children thanked Padre Huws for coming into school and sharing his experiences.

Fabulous Cricket Festival

We had a fabulous cricket festival involving children in Year 1 to Year 6. Every class played in their teams against one another. Over the day the number of runs were counted and the winning team was announced. Well done to the Dragons! A big thank you to Abi who organised the festival and has come into school over the last few weeks to teach cricket skills in PE lessons.
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A quackingly good duck race

A huge thank you to the friends for organising a wonderful duck race (race results below in the Friends' section). It was another sunny day and it was great to see so many families down by the river supporting the event. It was a slow start on the river but the ducks sped up towards the end, where school staff were on hand to catch the winning ducks - a highlight of their year! Many thanks to those highly supportive members of the Friends for all that they do in making such events enjoyable and successful!

Thank you Blanca

Today we say goodbye to our Spanish placement student Blanca, who has been working in Year 4 for the past three months. Blanca has been teaching the class maths and extra Spanish, helping us learn about her home town of Segovia (the most beautiful city in Spain she tell us) and Spanish culture.

On Thursday, the Year 4 classroom was transformed into a Spanish Chiringuito. The children played Spanish card and board games whilst snacking on fruit which they had to order in Spanish.

Muchos Gracias Blanca!

Reading Leaders

Emery provides a drawing of a book character this week as he is the first Year One Reading Leader. Congratulations Emery!


We are thrilled with the response to all the reading challenges we have set the children this year, with a growing number of successful Reading Stars and Reading Leaders. Thank you for all the parental support also.

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Canal Open Day

Thank you to everyone who supported our small but talented band of musicians at Ripon Canal Open Day last Sunday!
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A wedding in Year 1

As part of RE, children in Year 1 recently learnt about weddings and the reasons why people choose to get married. They explored what happens at a marriage ceremony and the importance of the promises that are made.
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Oscar's Polite Reminder

A growing number of parents are arriving for Breakfast Club without booking in their children. Staff are busy looking after the children or making breakfast at this time, 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!).


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......

Monday 3rd June - School opens

3rd - 7th June - Y6 visit to Segovia

Tuesday 4th June - Y2 visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Wednesday 5th June - Y1 visit Harlow Carr

Friday 14th June - Non-uniform day (details in Friends' section below)

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

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 Friends

It was a quacker!

Our fantastic duck race ended with some quacking jokes from Mr Holmes as the winners were announced:

1st - Jonty Y3

2nd - Neo Y2

3rd - Olivia Y3

and booby prize for the last duck home to Scott from Year 6!

Thank you to everyone who supported us, we raised £172.52!

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Non-Uniform Day: On Friday 14th June we are holding a non-uniform day. Come in your own clothes but instead of bringing a £1, donate 'jolly jars' or tombola prizes for the summer fair. Full details will be shared after half term.


Summer Fair: 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: We will be passing out sponsorship forms after the half term break for a fun run on the day of the fair. There will be a completion certificate for everyone and prizes for the best fancy dress and highest fundraiser. All sponsor forms and money will be due in before the event, more details to follow.


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. Usual arrangements but more details to be published nearer the time.


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

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