Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 18th March

gymnasts win silver medal

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On Monday a group of year 1 and 2 children went to Moorside Infants to take part in an inter schools gymnastic competition. They performed brilliantly and came away with a silver medal. Thank you to Mrs Haigh and our very supportive parents who accompanied them to the competition.

Making maths real

As part of our series of workshops on making maths real for the children, this week year 5 and year 6 welcomed Vikki Barton-Brown and her colleague Wilson from Cummins, who led a hands on workshop on how they use maths in their workplace. The children in teams were set the challenge of calculating the wages bill for Cummins for the week and then how much had to be paid to the Tax inspector.

We are very grateful to both of them for giving up their time to come and work with us.

Welcome worship

It was a joy to welcome parents from year 6 for our Thursday worship this week. The theme was forgiveness and the children planned and led the session very well. We will continue with welcome worship sessions after the Easter holidays and look forward to you joining us then, dates will be confirmed in the new term.

Sport Relief Day

In advance of our charity mile on Sport Relief day, year 5 were set the challenge of measuring out a mile track for the whole school to run or walk. Firstly they found out how many metres were in a mile and then used a trundle wheel to measure the track. They found out that there are 1609 metres in a mile and the track they have chosen is 7 laps around the perimeter of the playing field. See our social media pages next week for pictures of our attempt! Also see our article below about the charity which will benefit from our fundraising event.

Our chosen charity

As part of the Young Leaders award, the children in year 4 have been researching charities. Earlier this week, they gave some impressive presentations about the charities that they felt most worthy of receiving money raised from the sponsored charity mile which all the children took part in today.

All of the children put their cases forward very well and did an amazing job of raising awareness of their chosen charities. When it came to voting for the charity that we would sponsor, we were delighted that the children chose SCOPE. Grace Robertson, who has Cerebral Palsy presented her case very persuasively.

Here's what she had to say:

Why is SCOPE important to me?

I have Cerebral Palsy which meant the muscles in my legs didn’t develop properly when I was born.

Scope is a charity that helps people like me. With your money, the people who make frames and other equipment will have more money to make them. The money also goes to making splints which cost up to £150 pounds each. Your money makes this happen.

So give money and things you do not need any more to Scope in Ripon and someone like me can get the help we need.


Grace Robertson – Year 4

Sponsor Money

In view of the impending Easter holidays, please can we ask that all sponsor money is returned to school by Wednesday of next week. We hope you will agree that our chosen charity is very worthwhile and we look forward to raising a significant amount . Thank you for your support.

Festival de español

Thank you to everyone who attended our festival today. We hope you enjoyed it. Pictures of the event will be placed on social media next week and on our final update of the term!

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.

governing body monitoring

One of the main roles of Governors is to monitor the work of the school. This is to ensure that what we hear in meetings is actually happening in the classroom.

Over the last several real months Governors have been monitoring 'a number of core subjects,' one of which was the teaching of English in School. We listened to a really interesting presentation from Ms McCormick and have studied policies and also exercise books. The final part of our study during the last two weeks was to spend time in school listening to individual children across the whole ability and age range as they read from their chosen reading book.


Our findings included:-

  • It was a real pleasure to spend time with these very polite and articulate children.

  • Overall their reading was superb, here are some of our comments…. “a beautiful reader”, lovely expression in his/her voice” ….. “ a confident reader who handled some quite complex words” ……. Lots of pauses for dramatic effect.”

  • The children were able to explain how they manage words with which they are not familiar – breaking it down into sounds/syllables, (a Year 1 child explained how a split-digraph worked!!).

  • If they need words to be explained they knew how to access dictionaries and Ipads.

  • The children make good use of the book resources in school – classroom and library – and choose a wide variety and level of text ranging from fiction to non-fiction.

  • Most children said that they had access to a wide variety of books at home and they were able to discuss book preferences and give reasons for their choices.

  • The vast majority of children read regularly to adults – teachers, teaching assistants parents and siblings

  • The themed reading corners are very popular and all children had used them and knew the text that they were based on.

  • This was a super experience and very reassuring to have monitored reading from Lead Teacher, through Policies and then to see the very positive impact on the children.

  • It was also significant to hear the progress that the children make in their reading between Years 1 and 6.


Governors will be in the playground at the end of school on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st April to discuss reading in school with parents.

Friends of Ripon Cathedral Update

Easter Events

Eggcellent eggs!

Don't forget to bring your decorated Eggs into school on Monday morning by 9am, to be in with a chance of being judged the winner by the Mayor.

Easter mini fair

On the last day of the Spring Term we will hold our mini Easter fair. We are still looking for volunteers to help with this event - please speak to a member of Friends if you can offer any time.

Other 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/

Dates for your diary......

21st March - Friends Easter Egg Competition

23rd March - Class Photos

24th March - Friends Easter Event

24th March - School closes 2pm

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