Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 7th June 2019

Visits Far and Near

Six in Segovia

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Adventures Abroad

We are delighted that we have been able to continue our partnership with a school and university in Segovia again this year. Eighteen lucky Year 6 pupils, ably led by Mrs Binks and Mrs Shawcross, have been in Spain all week.

Look out for reflections on the visit from our Year 6's in next week's update.

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Why go to Africa?

As part of their topic 'Why go to Africa?' Year 2 visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park. They explored the whole park with some of the highlights being the baboons, lions, giraffe and panthers. They also took part in a workshop 'World Habitats and Adaptations' where they had the chance to hold a giant cockroach, giant African land snail as well as look at the teeth, bones and skulls of different animals. The children had a fabulous day and were exhausted at the end. Thank you for all the parent helpers who were great.

Science Extravaganza

Mrs Moore, our Year 6 teacher and science lead, provided excellent guidance and some super science ideas for our classes to get stuck into on Friday. Thanks to all the teachers and teaching assistants for working hard on making a successful day.

In Year 1 children learnt about penguins and in Year 2 experiments and activities helped the children to learn all about germs and healthy eating. Great use was made of an app to find out the sugar content of common foods in Year 3, whilst in Year 4 children created a working model of the digestive system. Finally in Year 5 our young scientists were discovering which brand of nappy is most absorbent.

The science ambassadors were fabulous as they accompanied parents around the school, telling parents and carers about the science that the children were exploring. We received some excellent feedback from our many visitors! Thank you to all the parents and carers who came along to join in our science fun!

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Thank you mrs burrell

We said a big goodbye to Michelle Burrell today. She has worked as a member of the school's dinner staff for over 13 years, providing care and support to 100s of children over her years with us. We will all miss her and wish her the very best for the future!
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Year 1 Enjoy Harlow Carr Gardens

This wonderful RHS garden proved an excellent destination for our Year 1 pupils, with its beautiful environment and excellent play areas!

The children had a great day exploring the grounds and learning about plants.

"There were a few playgrounds, we played in groups and it was great fun." Lacey

"I really liked playing." Freddie

"We saw lots of trees and I saw lots of flowers. It was a good day." Sam

"We went to learn about trees and how they live." Henry

Sponsored Bounce and Cake stall by Eva Peel (School Lead Ambassador)

Thank you so much for all your donations for the sponsored bounce. The Ambassadors and Spiritual Council are very grateful for your generosity and all the cash and donations received online. The cake stall was also really successful and both events together raised over £800 for the three charities that we chose, YMCA Ripon, Youth for Christ International and Christian Aid. It was a great fun selling cakes and bouncing non-stop for 10 minutes and your support will help people less fortunate than us including many homeless people and refugees.

Welcome back Mr Biggs

This week we welcomed back Mr Biggs who is teaching PE on Thursdays and Fridays. He has already started work on developing the children's running and jumping skills in the lead up to Sports Day (27th June).

Reading Leaders' Book Reviews

Mr Dizzy by Roger Hargreaves

Mr Dizzy thinks he is not clever but he finds a wishing well and his wish came true. He wished he can be clever like his best friends. Now his friends don't laugh at him anymore. My favourite part was when Mr Dizzy tied a knot in the elephant's trunk so he couldn't say his words, so he said, "I duppose doo dink dat's fuddy." This made me laugh a lot. What I have learned from this book is that it is not kind to laugh at your friends but it is ok to laugh at funny parts of this book.

Ben Year 2

Blue Peter Badge Winner

Daniel has been collecting Blue Peter badges by doing drawings, writing reviews, learning a new sport and quizzing his parents about their favourite memories of the Blue Peter stories. He now has three, including last year’s special diamond award, and hopes to earn more! Well done Daniel.

Oscar's Thank You

Thank you to the parents who read this section on the last newsletter and have made a big effort to book in ahead of time! Please can we encourage everyone to make sure they use the booking system for Oscar's? Staff are busy looking after the children or making breakfast in the morning, 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......

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

Non-Uniform Day: On Friday 14th June we are holding a non-uniform day. Come in your own clothes but instead of bringing £1, donate 'jolly jars' or tombola prizes for the summer fair. Jolly jars are a popular stall at our fairs where jars are filled with treats appropriate for children. They can be filled with wrapped sweets or small toys, small items of stationery or a combination of these. ‘Dry’ sweets are best please as chewy or chocolate treats may melt! For example, Fizzers, Love Hearts etc. Empty jars will be available in the school reception area if you require one. Tombola items are welcome for either children or adults.

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Thank you to all the children who coloured in letters for our summer fair poster this year. Some of the designs were used on this poster and some on Facebook:

S - Keegan, Olive and Jacob, Nursery

U - Evelyn and Robson, Reception

M - Isaac, Y1

M - Ben, Y2

E - Maizie and Zac, Y3

R - Jessica and Zoe, Y4

F - Laurence, Y5

A - Isabella, Y5

I - Hannah, Y6

R - Callie, Y6

A special mention to Ivy-Rose in Nursery whose amazing flower cover S inspired the decorations on our story book!

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 are excited to announce a Sponsored Fun Run at the school summer fair! Please look out for a letter with details and a sponsor form in book bags. We ask that all sponsor forms and money are brought in to the school office by Friday 21st June. There will be a prize for the child who raises the most sponsor money! This year we will be adding fun to the run by asking runners to ‘dress up’ (only if they wish!) There will be a prize for best fancy dress too! Good luck!


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. Please see our lovely poster for full details. Our thanks to Lily who has done an amazing job this year, making sure all our posters are colourful, eye catching and full of useful information!


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

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