Ripon Cathedral School Update
Week ending Friday 17th November 2023
Children in Need
The Ambassadors organised a fun Children in Need Day. Many children came to school in their pyjamas for the day with some very impressive onesies and cuddly toys. All the children took part in the competition to design a brand new Pudsey mask. We had some fabulous ideas. During our celebration worship, the ambassadors announced the runner ups in each class awarding them a special pencil and a star badge. The winner in each class, received a pencil, star badge and a book of their choosing.
Well done. A super effort from everyone.
It is easy to give on our ParentPay site - thank you for all donations received so far.
Mask Design Winners
Year 2 Visit to the Fire Station
Fire Station Visit
Year 2 went to visit Ripon fire station linked to our history topic of The Great Fire of London. We had such a brilliant time, it was educational and fun. The firefighters showed us their safety equipment and how it worked. We were shown how they access a fire hydrant once the 20 minute supply of water carried on the fire engine has been used up. The water pump used in 1666 was more efficient than we first thought as they showed us how the design was modified for being used today.
Each child had a turn squirting the hose, the off switch was a handle to enable easy shut off when wearing your safety gloves. The pressure was high so we had to hold on.
The Great Fire was recreated by us making model houses, the fire fighters ignited them to illustrate how rapidly the fire could spread. We learned about fire breakers and how destroying the houses helped stop the fire spreading.
“I enjoyed burning the houses down like they did on Pudding Lane.” George W
“I liked going in the fire engine, trying on the helmets and looking at all the equipment they use.” Ella
“I enjoyed squirting the hoses and putting out the pretend fires.” George Garner
“I enjoyed working as a team to pass on the bucket of water. We did it like that because that is how they got it from the sea.” Amelia
Wonderful Year 1 Worship
Year 1 presented their worship this week on being friends. They talked about how we can make a Friendship Soup by adding lots of special friendship items. They spoke with confidence and shared a worship song that they have been learning. Well done Year 1.
Cross Country Event Tuesday 21st November
We are very excited to be taking part in the cross country event at Outwood Academy Ripon. All of our children from Year 2 to Year 6 will be participating in the festival. Please could children come to school on Tuesday in their outdoor PE kit and bring warm, waterproof clothing. They should bring their uniform to change into on their return to school in time for lunch.
As an end product for their STEM project, Year 6 have been building their fairground rides. They have had to use their knowledge of electricity, electrical control and pulleys to create a functional rotating fairground ride. This was not as easy as it looked. They had to constantly refer back to, and adapt, their original designs to ensure their product was functional as well as ensuring it was fit for one of our users. We have three users: Maggie, who has a fear of heights and a weak stomach; Little Billy who is a young child but needs to be able to see the zoo animals from the ride; and Jamie who is our teenage thrill-seeker. The children worked sensibly with the tools provided and some now fully understand the need to wear a protective glove on their helping hand. Great job, year 6. Maggie, Little Billy and James will be thrilled with your end results!
Stars of the Week
Iris for her wonderful enthusiasm and effort with phonics and handwriting.
Sophie for putting lots of effort into her phonics and reading sessions. Well done.
Elliott for amazing facts recalling for our great Fire of London topic.
Phoebe for an amazing start in our class working exceptionally hard and showing a brilliant attitude to her learning. We are so happy to have you.
Sammy for effort with both our times tables and in English lessons. Keep up the good work.
Lewis for his excellent participation this week. Lewis has worked really hard on his communication skills. Well done.
Jay and Igor for great teamwork and for demonstrating perseverance and determination in DT.
Autumn Term Worship
Wednesday 22nd November 2023 - Year 3 Class Worship at 9am
Friday 22nd December 2023 - Key Stage 1 Nativity in the Cathedral in the afternoon.
We do our best to let parents know dates in advance. Sometimes we do need to change dates and times so please do check the latest update to confirm when events are happening. Thanks
Friends of the School
Bag2School will collect sacks of used clothes (no bedding or logo uniform please) on Wednesday 29th November. School does not have a lot of storage space, so please bring bags on the morning and leave near the cycle racks at the front of school. Thank you.
The school disco will run in its usual format on Friday 24th November. EYFS and KS1 children attend 5.30-6.30pm and parents must stay with them. KS2 children are 6.45-7.45pm. Children must be collected as we cannot allow them to walk home in the dark. For both discos, please inform school if another family will be taking your child home, thank you.
Finally, on Thursday 7th December, we have our Christmas Fair. This happens in the hall after school but we will send more details soon.
We look forward to seeing you all at our events, thank you for your support.
Dates for Diaries
We are currently organising a range of events for the term. Below are dates that we currently have planned. We will add more dates over the term so please do check each week for new events.
20th - 24th November 2023 - Road Safety Week and Community Week
Tuesday 21st November 2023 - Cross Country Event at Outwood KS2 and KS1
Friday 24th November 2023 - Disco (after school, details above)
Wednesday 29th November - Bag2School collection
Thursday 30th November 2023 - Year 4 sound day
Friday 1st December 2023 - Year 3 Hindu Temple visit
Thursday 7th December - Christmas Fair (after school, details to follow)
Tuesday 12th December - Riding Lights Theatre visiting school
Wednesday 13th December - School Christmas Dinner
Tuesday 19th December - EY and KS1 Christmas Party
Wednesday 20th December - EY and KS1 Celebration worship at 9am
Thursday 21st December - Celebration worship KS2 at 9am
Thursday 21st December - Key Stage 2 Christmas Party
Friday 22nd December 2023 (at 1.30pm) - Key Stage 1 Nativity in the Cathedral
Friday 22nd December 2023 - School closes for Christmas break at 2.30pm
Monday 8th January - Oscar's Holiday Club (advance notice - booking, times and cost TBC)
Tuesday 9th January 2024 - School reopens for the Spring Term
Oscar's Wraparound Care
We are delighted with how busy Oscar's has become this term, thank you for everyone's support. We are unable to run any holiday club dates during the Christmas break itself, but will offer full day care on the training day on Monday 8th January 2024. Booking will be made available next week.
Please note that we have updated Oscar's terms and conditions. They are published each time a parent makes a booking, but do take a look here if you wish.