Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 18th January 2019

Cross Curricular Forest Schools

This week, one half of the Year 5 class practised their fire building skills and shelter building, which is something they have also been learning about in their Jungle Survival Handbook in English. The other half went on a bird hunt, identifying the issues that birds face at this time of year which links to their life cycle Science topic.

Tree Trolls

Zoe reports on Year 4's Forest School experience, "We made tree trolls this week. First we had to dig up some earth and we had to add water to it to make it into mud. We took a ball of the mud which was about half of it and slapped it against a tree. It was difficult as if you weren't careful it slid down the tree. This happened to quite a few people. Once the mud was stuck on, we found bits of twigs, leaves and berries and took it back to the tree troll. We stuck the bits on to make a face, or add horns or a face or mouth. I used a piece of bark for one eye, a tiny stone for the other, catkins for a nose and horns and a twig for the mouth. I really enjoyed this week's activity even though the water was freezing cold which made the mud cold to handle! As well as different activities every week, we are keeping a weather diary to measure the wind, heat and rainfall."

Prehistoric Art

Year 1 are currently working on creating a dinosaur museum and Mrs Hazelwood is confident that these amazing paintings will be able to take pride of place!

Christingle Service

We are so pleased that this is becoming an annual tradition. The Cathedral are sourcing oranges and other materials to make Christingles with the children next Friday. Our thanks to them and the volunteers needed to make sure over two hundred children have made a Christingle.

We will look after the children (Reception to Year 6) after school on Monday 28th January before heading up to the Cathedral for the service. With thanks again to the Cathedral who are paying for the food, and the school kitchen staff who are working longer hours for us, we will provide everyone with a free jacket potato (choice of cheese, baked beans or coleslaw filling) before we walk up to the Cathedral in time for the 5pm service in the nave.

We are assuming that all main school children will be staying on at school and eating the jacket potato before the service unless you notify us otherwise. A letter has gone home today with more details. Please note that you only need to return the slip if your child is NOT attending the service.

You are warmly invited to join us in the Cathedral for this very special service. Children will go home with parents from the Cathedral at 5.30pm so if you cannot attend the service, please make sure you come to the Cathedral not school for pick up.

There will be no Oscar's after school on Monday (except for regular Nursery Oscar's attenders) as all children will be here anyway. Would regulars at Oscar's on Mondays please contact Mrs Rich if they have any questions about this change, thank you.

Nursery children will not be staying after school as we feel this would be rather a long day for them all. However, it would be lovely if parents brought them along to the service themselves.

Spring Term Parent Teacher Appointments

We will be holding our parent teacher appointments on Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th February. The online booking system will be set up next week and a letter will go home to remind you of the booking process. On Wednesday, appointment slots will be between 2pm and 6pm. On Friday, you will be able to book meetings in the morning between 8am and 10am. In the afternoon, the appointment slots will run from 2pm to 5pm. For the remainder of the day the staff will be having training.

We will send home the children's books on Friday 8th February so you can have a good look through them. You may have some questions for the teacher based on what you see. There will not be a pupil report this half term.

As Friday 15th February is a training and appointment day, school is not open for children. However, we will run Oscar's from 8am to 5.30pm. Please note that we were fully booked on the training day in October and had to turn away everyone who arrived without booking. We will notify all parents as soon as the booking site is 'live'.


As mentioned above, Oscar's has a couple of changes in the next month. On Monday 28th January, there will be no need to book (or pay!) for after school childcare as all staff will be here to look after all main school children before we go to the Cathedral for the Christingle Service. Anyone who has already booked will be reimbursed. Nursery children who regularly attend Oscar's on Monday evenings will be looked after by Mrs Connor before the service.

On Friday 15th February, Oscar's will be open 8am to 5.30pm (£20 full day, £15 half day). Places will be limited to 30, so as soon as booking opens, all parents will be emailed and it will be 'first come, first served'!

It will not be possible for us to have a holiday club in the February half term holidays, but we are looking to open for a couple of days in the Easter holiday. This has yet to be finalised, so we will confirm as soon as possible.

New Admissions Policy from September 2020

Thank you to everyone who came along to our 'drop in' session yesterday. The governors on the admissions committee appreciated your questions and will add any comments into the consultation feedback. The policy is out to public consultation until 31st January and the link below will take you to relevant page on our school website.

Dates for your diary......

Monday 28th January - Christingle Service 5pm in the Cathedral (details to follow)

Wednesday 6th February - Reception visit to Hackfall Woods

Wednesday 13th February - Parent Teacher Appointments 2-6pm

Friday 15th February - Parent Teacher Appointment Day (no school for children but Oscar's will be open)

Friday 22nd February - School closes for half term break (3.10/15pm)

Monday 4th March - School reopens after the break

Message from the Friends

We will be planning our term's activities soon so watch this space for our upcoming events. We will definitely be arranging a Bag2School collection so if you're having a clear out, please hang on to any bags of clothes if you can. Thank you!

Community Events

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