Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 22nd March 2019

A Global Perspective


Year 4's Educational Visit

Thank you so much to Lucy and Zoe for willingly spending their break on Thursday to write a report about their visit!

On Wednesday 20th March, Year 4 went to Bradford on a school trip. We went to a mosque and the Science and Media Museum. Lucy preferred the museum, whereas Zoe preferred the mosque. In the mosque, they have a special way of praying and girls pray separately to boys. They also pray five times per day, and have something called incense burning which not many of us liked! In addition, there are classrooms where children learn how to read the Qu'ran.

In the museum, we learnt that mosquitoes can see what's hot and what's cold. We also went to a bit in the museum called the Wonder Lab, where there was a mirror maze and an exhibit where you put a straw on a metal bar, bite it, and then it makes music! Finally there was a hearing test and they thought Zoe was 10 and Lucy was 19!

The visit to the museum helped our science topic work on sound. We were even lucky enough to watch a 3D film in the IMAX cinema.

Shakespeare Week

As part of Shakespeare week, the Year 2 children learnt and performed the witches' spell from 'Macbeth' to the whole school and their parents at celebration assembly. Then they went on to write their own spells and found out lots of facts about Shakespeare.

Year 6 enjoyed performing scenes from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in the garden and several other classes were also involved in experiencing the joy of Shakespeare.

Year 5 Do Justice to their welcome worship

The children in Year 5 delivered a marvellous welcome worship focused on justice. The children rewrote the words to Uptown Funk, made famous by Bruno Mars, to explain why justice is important. They performed it twice for parents and carers who were very impressed with the new, clever lyrics. Members of the class also explained what justice means to them.

A super upbeat worship - well done Year 5!

Year 3 Celebration Assembly

Molly and Alexa lead this week's celebration. They used sign language to show how deaf people communicate, they taught how to clap in sign language and presented certificates followed by a clap in sign.

Loving our new facilities!

Our Early Years' team and their children are enjoying being able to move easily between the classrooms during their free flow sessions, thanks to the new doorway linking the rooms. The Reception children also have access to toilets within the classroom now, and both sets of facilities have been fully refurbished.

In addition, we have beautiful kitchen units in the Oscar's room which include a dishwasher, and adult and child height sinks. The children (and staff!) in Oscar's are already enjoying their new kitchen, and it will also make cooking lessons easier for all classes in the future.

Our thanks to our facilities company GFM for their project management, the Diocese of Leeds for sourcing the funding, Rob Holmes for his designs and ongoing input, and Tom Willoughby's, the builders who were considerate throughout - all did a great job!

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Oscar's Holiday Club is Back!

Oscar's will open on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April (the first week of the Easter holidays). A full day costs £20 and half days (9am -1pm or 1pm - 5pm) are only £15. We are sending an email with booking information this evening; please let school know if you do not receive the email and we will check if you have an account set up on the online booking site. The link to the site is also found below. Just use the email address you provided to school for your first parental contact as your username, and click forgotten password if it is your first time to use the site. If you are finding it difficult to access the booking site, please contact Mrs Rich.

Parent Governor Elections

Mrs Elizabeth Feather and Mr Dave Winspear are elected as parent governors when the current terms of office end.

Thank you to the three candidates, and to all those who voted. It was a close count with three very strong nominations.

Dates for your diary......

Tuesday 26th March - Friends' meeting 7.30pm in the One Eyed Rat

Wednesday 27th March - Y5 visit St Peter's School in Leeds

Monday 1st April - Y2 visit York

Thursday 4th April Breakfast Natters at Cathedral Hall 9am

Thursday 4th April - Family and Friends Quiz Night 3.30-5.30pm

Monday 8th April - Friends' Easter Egg Competition (Story Books Theme)

Tuesday 9th April - Y3 visit Murton Park

Friday 12th April - 1pm Easter Service in the Cathedral

Friday 12th April - Friends' egg hunt 2pm, school closes for the holidays

Monday 29th April - School opens for the summer term

Wednesday 8th May - Reception visit Hackfall Woods

Wednesday 22nd May - Duck Race 5pm Fishergreen

Friday 24th May - Break up for half term, 3.10 / 3.15pm

Saturday 22nd June - Friends' Summer Fair

Welcome Worship spring term dates - 2.50pm in the Chapel

Thursday 28th March – Year 4

Thursday 4th April – Year 1 (in the morning)

Thursday 4th April – Year 3 (2.50pm)

Message from the Friends

Meeting Tuesday 26th March: sorry it's a bit last minute, but we are having a meeting in the One Eyed Rat 7.30pm and all are welcome to discuss future events and the Summer Fair.
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Family Quiz Night: A brand new event for 2019! We'd like to host a 'Family and Friends Quiz Night'. This will be straight after school on Thursday 4th April 3.30-5.30pm. Teams of up to 8 people (children and adults) can enter, we will provide a light tea for everyone, entry will be £2 per person including food. There will be a raffle and additional refreshments for sale. Children who are booked into Oscar's can join an Oscar's team and take part. More information after the half term break.

Easter Events: We will hold our annual Easter egg competition on the last Monday of term (8th April). The theme this year is 'Story Books'. Our second Easter tradition, an egg hunt on the school field, will also take place as soon as school finishes for the term, at 2pm on Friday 12th April. Huge thanks to City Barbers who have provided funds to sponsor our Easter events so there will be prizes for all!

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Duck Race: Save the date!! Wednesday 22nd May will see our annual duck race on the Skell. Meet at 5pm by Fishergreen bridge.

Summer Fair: Saturday 22nd June will be our summer fair. A fantastic family event open to the whole community: Bar, BBQ and bouncy castle plus many more stalls. Details nearer the time. Our thanks also to Michael Williams, Director at Hambleton Roofing who have kindly provided generous sponsorship to support the fair.

That's all for now, but if you have any ideas for future events or you want to help us out, please let us know - email or send us a facebook message Thank you.

Community Events

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