Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 25th January 2019

Our First Reading Stars


We are delighted that we have been able to award the first 'Reading Star' awards of the year this week. Congratulations to Hannah, Owen, Zoe and George who are now working towards being a 'Reading Champion'. We hope that every child in the main school will achieve the award this year and are really pleased with the attitude that the children are showing towards this challenge.

Thank You

A huge thanks for the donations towards 'Inspired for Sport', the organisation that arranged for the visit from triathlete Lucy Hall. We raised £250! The children's prizes are on the way and should be with us shortly.

Preparing for Christingle

Christingle Service

We hope all the children enjoyed making their Christingles today with volunteers from the Cathedral. Our grateful thanks to them and also to Booths supermarket who kindly donated all the oranges for the third year running. We are looking forward to using the Christingles on Monday evening in our 5pm service. Please remember that we will look after the children (Reception to Year 6) after school, including serving a baked potato tea, before heading up to the Cathedral for 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.

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.

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Creating a Big frieze

Children across the school have been creating pictures for a 'Big Frieze' for the chapel. Each large picture helps to tell the story of the Bible. Ideas have been drawn out by the children and we are now at the exciting stage of painting our pictures during our lunch time art club.

We are looking forward to sharing the finished frieze later in the term.

Learning at Home Letters

All teachers send home a weekly learning letter (Mondays EYFS, Wednesdays Year 1, Fridays for all other year groups). We would love some feedback on how useful you find these letters - and also to remind you to look out for them if your child is not great at handing over letters! Would you prefer to receive the letter by email, as this is something we might arrange? Do you use the suggested extension ideas to continue learning at home? Please let your child's class teacher know at your teacher-parent appointment, thank you.

'Lockdown' Practice

We were very pleased with our first lockdown drill which took place on Tuesday. All the children had been prepared by their teachers, and behaved calmly and sensibly, walking in from the playground to their classrooms in under 2 minutes.

All schools are advised to have a lockdown procedure. It is used when it is necessary to gather everyone into the school building. Scenarios when this may happen include if there was a gas leak, as happened near the secondary schools in Ripon last year. We even had the air ambulance using our school grounds a year or so ago! If we need to have a real lockdown, we may not be able to inform parents immediately as communication within school and with emergency services will be the priority. It will be important to keep our telephone lines open for essential calls. We hope everyone will understand and be patient as the reason for any delay in informing parents will be due to our priority of keeping the children safe.

Spring Term Parent Teacher Appointments

We will be holding our parent teacher appointments on Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th February. The online booking system has been set up and will go live at 6pm tonight. A letter went home on Thursday 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 5.15pm. Please note that we were fully booked on the training day in October and had to turn away everyone who arrived without booking. If you did not receive the booking email which was sent on Tuesday and think you may require Oscar's, please contact Mrs Rich in the office.

Maximising our Learning!

It is great to see so many children getting into school and starting their learning at 8.45am. From Monday we will be closing doors at our official start time of 8.55am, after this time children will need to enter via the main office. Many thanks for your continued support.


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.

On Friday 15th February, Oscar's will be open 8am to 5.15pm (£20 full day, £15 half day). Places will be limited to 30, and we already have a number of places booked and paid for.

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 last week. 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

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 have arranged a Bag2School collection for 9am on Monday 4th February. We hope to get the bags out to you early next week so if you're having a clear out, please start collecting if you can. Thank you!

Community Events

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