Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 25th March

Happy Easter

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Well done to all the winners of our decorate an egg competition

On Monday we held our annual Easter egg decorating competition organised by the Friends of Ripon Cathedral School. The theme was favourite TV characters or cartoons, and there were some fabulous and very creative entries including Minions, Finding Nemo and even Sherlock Holmes! The competition was judged by the Mayor of Ripon who had the difficult job of choosing 2 winners from each year group. After much deliberation the following winners were selected:

Nursery Ella Fisk & Jack Hutchinson

Reception Class Meredith Wren & Jonty Fowler

Year 1 Lexi Douthwaite & McKenzie Dyason

Year 2 Ella Cullen & Laurence Fowler

Year 3 Holly Paulding & Sam Jackson

Year 4 Carly Brown & George Brigantes

Year 5 Lucie Brown & Sam Noake

Year 6 Holly Barthram & Rowan Griffiths

Well done to everyone who took part and huge thanks to the Mayor for her support with our event.


Thanks also to Friends for organising the event and to Moonglu of Ripon who provided all the prizes for the children taking part.

Easter Service

On Tuesday all the children enjoyed our Easter service led by Canon Ruth at the Cathedral. Throughout Lent the children have been discovering sad and searching stories from the life of Jesus. Each week they created teardrops to represent what they had learned. This week the children learned that Easter is a time of hope and so turned their teardrops into flowers of joy. Our display is in the Cathedral so please go along and look at our Lenten journey.

Making maths real

To complete our series of talks on maths in the workplace, this week Dave Winspear and Katy O'Malley came in to talk to the children in Years 3 and 6. Mrs O'Malley worked on calculating money with the Year 3 children and Mr Winspear rounded off the Year 6 topic on volume and really stretched the year 6 thinking! Thank you to both these parents for giving up their time and to everyone who has come in to support with this project over the last few weeks. It has been a very valuable experience and the children have learnt a lot from listening to your experiences.

Sport Relief Event

Last Friday all the children took part in a sponsored mile around the school grounds. However, instead of donating to Sport Relief, the children in Year 4 did work on which charity should benefit. In the end the elected charity was Scope after a powerful presentation by Grace Robertson who herself has cerebal palsy. The sponsor money has been coming in all week and today we did a final count up. We are delighted to advise that we have raised the grand total of £881.30. A cheque will be making it's way to the Ripon branch after the Easter holidays. Well done to all the children and thank you to everyone who sponsored them.

Festival de español

Below are just a selection of pictures from our Spanish extravangza which was held last Friday. Lots of songs, poems, dancing and all things Spanish!

Elizabeth the Lamb

On Wednesday we were joined by some special visitors - two newly born lambs. One of them has been "adopted" by Miss Stocks and she has named her Elizabeth. All the children and staff were delighted to see them, and some of them even had the opportunity to feed them. Thanks to Miss Stock's and her family for giving up their time to bring them in to school.

E- Safety talks with North Yorkshire Police

Wednesday was a busy day as we also had the Police Youth Officer Paul Stephenson and his colleague PCSO Donna Lise Taylor in school to talk to all the children about E safety. They spent time in each class advising the children on how to stay safe on the internet and other aspects of E safety. The talks were tailored to the ages of the children so the message was clear. They rounded the day off by speaking to all the staff about this very important aspect of our work. On the 19th April they are coming back into school to do a talk after school for parents / carers. Details will be forwarded after half term.

A new club for the new term

After Easter, a new Cathedral Club will be starting. It will take place every Wednesday from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. It will be a fun session where children will explore bible stories through play and activities. It will be open to all children from Reception to Year 6. A letter will be issued during the first week back with details and to allow you to sign up.

experienced vegetable growers required

Next term, year 3 will be cracking on in the school garden and we are looking for knowledgeable volunteers to come and help and advise the children on preparing and planting for a bumper harvest. Year 3 are looking for volunteers willing to offer a small amount of time each week to help them on their horticultural learning journey. Please pop into the school office if you are able to help or want to know more.

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Occasionally a classteacher will ask your child to turn back to their work in September so they can see how much progress they have made. This week I have been doing the same with this term’s newsletters. I can report that it has been a short but packed term, full of opportunity, success and exciting learning.

There have been many changes to education recently and you will be aware from the news that there are more on the way. I am proud that at RCS we remain focussed on academic success in the context of a holistic approach to learning. I am determined that, whatever changes come our way, we will keep your child as an individual at the heart of what we do, pursuing excellence because that’s what your child deserves.

Lent and Easter provide a good opportunity for us to slow down and reflect. At a time when the world is changing so fast and the news is full of sadness, it is worth remembering the importance of Easter. Whether you have a faith or no faith I leave you with the hopeful words of the Bishop of Aberdeen…

‘And the Gospel of Easter, the good news of Easter, the glory around it, is that there is a goal. We are made, each and all of us, for goodness, beauty and truth. We’re made for friendship and love. We’re made for meaning and delight. And we’re never happy till we find these things. They’re what give us life, a full life, a real life. ‘


Wishing you a rejuvenating, peaceful and fun family holiday.


Mr Dudman

Friends of Ripon Cathedral Update

Friends Events coming up.....

Book Fair - This will be held after school at 3 - 3.30pm on 19th - 22nd April.

PTA Meeting - Date TBC

Mayflower Summer Event - Saturday 14th May - more details to follow. We need people to help organise this event, so if you are interested please speak to Tina, Liz or the school office who will give you more information.

community events

Please support the Easter egg hunt below organised by 2 guides, one of which is Ella Salden in year 6.
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Ripon Cathedral Revealed: A Festival of Flowers, Music, Spirituality, Food and Drink

Ripon Cathedral ‘Revealed’ will run from Thursday 28th April to Monday 2nd May 2016.

This weekend of events starts with a Jazz evening with wine and canapés, offering an opportunity to view the spectacular flower displays before the general public.

The whole festival offers a variety of activities including the spectacular Flower festival, Food festival, Children’s creative activities, Musical events, rounding off with our well known, annual Beer Festival within the Cathedral grounds on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday.

When: Thursday 28th of April to Monday 2nd of May 2016 , 10am – 4.30pm

Where: Ripon Cathedral and grounds

Tickets start from just £8, children are free.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit http://riponcathedral.info/revealed/

Ripon Cathedral Good Friday Service

There will be an all age worship tomorrow at the Cathedral starting at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.

Dates for your diary......

11th April - School reopens for Summer Term

19th April - Police Internet Safety talk for parents - details to follow.

19th April - 22nd April - Friends Book Fair

14th May - Mayflower Summer Event