Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 15th March 2019

Seeing Red!

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Enjoying Comic Relief Day

It was wonderful to see so much red in school today including many great outfits and costumes in our efforts to raise money for Comic Relief. We're so proud of the children for continuing to focus in class. Thank you to everyone for buying red noses - sold out! - and for all donations. We do not have a total as yet, but hope to let you know via social media or on next week's Update.

A change of scene for Early Years

We are delighted to let you know that the building project linking and refurbishing the Nursery and Reception classrooms has been finished to schedule. This has been thanks to a lot of teamwork and cooperation. Thank you to all parents for being so understanding about the changes to rooms and drop off or pick up entrances. The Early Years' staff have worked hard during the build period and today provided the children with a wonderful day in the hall so the classrooms could be prepared for Monday.


In next week's Update we aim to publish photos of the changes and further thanks as the build would not have kept to deadline without the input of contractors and project managers.

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Coding Cooperation

Year 5 have been learning to code a range of devices including Spheros. Today they consolidated their learning by sharing their knowledge with the Year 2 class. This extended the Year 2 learning on algorithms.

Undivided Attention

Today, Year Six enjoyed a visit from Nabilah Karim from the Leeds Grand Mosque. She talked to the class about Islam beliefs on the afterlife to consolidate their RE topic. She was extremely impressed with the class's "Deep questioning and extremely insightful and thoughtful discussions." A huge thank you to Nabilah.

Tackling Injustice

Linking to our 'Justice' value this half term, our Year 6 ambassadors led a school worship on Wednesday about the unfairness of homelessness. The school ambassadors have contacted some local charities and are currently looking into how as a school we can support their aims. Watch this space for more information.

Thank You

You may remember a visit from the triathlete Lucy Hall last term. Some of our children raised money to support this worthy cause and their 'thank yous ' arrived this week. Well done to you all.

Oscar's Holiday Club is Back!

Oscar's will open on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April (the first week of the Easter holidays). A full day costs £20 and half days (9am -1pm or 1pm - 5pm) are only £15. We are sending an email with booking information this evening; please let school know if you do not receive the email and we will check if you have an account set up on the online booking site. The link to the site is also 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.

Parent Governor Elections

We are delighted that three parents have put themselves forward to be elected as governors. A letter explaining the voting process along with a supporting statement for each candidate went home last week. If everyone could take the time to return a vote, we would be grateful. Please remember that the closing date to to return your ballot paper is Monday (by morning registration). A copy of the information and voting papers is available on the school website so if you need another copy so that two parents can vote (which is allowed!) please download a copy. We hope you don't mind using your own envelopes as it is too late to get copies from us!

Dates for your diary......

Monday 18th March - Return parent governor ballot paper

Thursday 4th April - Family and Friends Quiz Night 3.30-5.30pm

Monday 8th April - Friends' Easter Egg Competition (Story Books Theme)

Friday 12th April - 1pm Easter Service in the Cathedral

Friday 12th April - Friends' egg hunt 2pm, school closes for the holidays

Monday 29th April - School opens for the summer term

Wednesday 22nd May - Duck Race 5pm Fishergreen

Saturday 22nd June - Friends' Summer Fair


Welcome Worship spring term dates - 2.50pm in the Chapel

Thursday 21st March – Year 5

Thursday 28th March – Year 4

Thursday 4th April – Year 1 (in the morning)

Thursday 4th April – Year 3 (2.50pm)

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Message from the Friends

School Disco: Depending on when you're reading the newsletter, we hope you have either had or are about to have an amazing time at the Disco!


Family Quiz Night: A brand new event for 2019! We'd like to host a 'Family and Friends Quiz Night'. This will be straight after school on Thursday 4th April 3.30-5.30pm. Teams of up to 8 people (children and adults) can enter, we will provide a light tea for everyone, entry will be £2 per person including food. There will be a raffle and additional refreshments for sale. Children who are booked into Oscar's can join an Oscar's team and take part. More information after the half term break.


Easter Events: We will hold our annual Easter egg competition on the last Monday of term (8th April). The theme this year is 'Story Books'. Our second Easter tradition, an egg hunt on the school field, will also take place as soon as school finishes for the term, at 2pm on Friday 12th April. Huge thanks to the parents who have found us sponsors for these events, we promise the details of the local companies who are supporting us will be published!


Duck Race: Save the date!! Wednesday 22nd May will see our annual duck race on the Skell. Meet at 5pm by Fishergreen bridge.


Summer Fair: Saturday 22nd June will be our summer fair. A fantastic family event open to the whole community: Bar, BBQ and bouncy castle plus many more stalls. Details nearer the time.


That's all for now, but if you have any ideas for future events or you want to help us out, please let us know - email rcpsfriends@gmail.com or send us a facebook message Thank you.

Community Events

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