Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 20th May 2016

A warm welcome from our Spanish Friends

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This week a group of our year 6 pupils headed off to Segovia in Spain to meet up with our partner school. They are not due back until Saturday and so I am sure we'll hear more about the trip next week, but below are a selection of their photos. It looks as if they are having a great time and we can't wait to learn all about their experiences. More to follow...

Reception fire engine visit

This week our Early Years children had a very exciting visit from a real fire engine and some fire fighters. They were able to explore all the equipment within the fire engine, try on the uniform (albeit a little big!) and experience all the sounds the engine makes. The children were given instructions on how to react in an emergency situation and were even encouraged to tell parents / carers how to test smoke alarms at home. Did you get this important message from your child?

Year 1 visit to whitby

As part of year 1's big idea " what is the most interesting thing you can find at the seaside" they took a visit to Whitby on Wednesday to try and find the answer. They went to the RNLI Lifeboat, and then ate lunch and had fun on the beach. They had an ice cream on the bandstand and explored Whitby. Whilst walking back to the bus the children said they didn't want to go home yet as they were having such a lovely time.

Joint Worship at the Cathedral

To celebrate Pentecost, all the children attended the Cathedral for a joint service with Holy Trinity Infant & Junior schools, led by Canon Ruth. As always the service was imaginative and captured the children's attention by exploring the fruits of the spirit using balloons, bubbles and our own breath.

Sports Day Reminder

Arrangements for sports day this year are as follows:

  • Nursery & Reception - Thursday 26th May at 9.30am.
  • Years 1 - 6 - Friday 27th May at 1.30pm.

Please don't forget clean PE kits and trainers as well as sun hats, sun cream and a water bottle.

Year 4 welcome worship

Continuing on the theme of Pentecost, for their Welcome Worship, year 4 retold the story of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the Disciples and Peter went out and spoke to the crowds. They acted out a sketch and retold the story from some of the work they had done in class. Thank you to all the parents /carers who attended; it was lovely to welcome so many of you into school.


As you are all aware we had a visit this week from Ofsted HMI. They spent Thursday and Friday in school looking at all aspects of the school and speaking with children, parents, governors and staff. Thank you to everyone who filled in the questionnaire and for all the words of support we received. The thing we were most proud of was how the children conducted themselves, they are a real credit to the school and to you as parents and carers. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Staff and Governing Body for their unstinting hard work and dedication to the school. Sadly we have to wait for the outcomes of the inspection but I can report that the two days seemed to go smoothly and I hope that there won't be any surprises when the judgements come.

Best wishes

Mr Dudman

Message from the Cathedral

Governors had the great privilege of talking to children on their Pentecost Journey Day. They shared with us their thoughts, reflections and hopes from their work exploring the fruits of the Holy Spirit. As adults it is difficult for us to grasp how the disciples felt when the mighty wind and flames of the Spirit descended among them. Children often view things with more clarity in their uncluttered minds! They told us they were “hopeful”, “confused”, “sad” and “determined not to give up”.

The Bible tells us that the Disciples knew the Holy Spirit was present because they could feel His power in their lives. That power is in all of us. The Holy Spirit is with us today and though we can’t see Him we can hear Him speak in our hearts and moving in our lives. We can feel the power of that presence guiding us each day. We pray that we can learn to listen as the Disciples did and use the fruits of the Holy Spirit to love and serve our Father God in others.

Friends of Ripon Cathedral Update

Summer Fayre- "Beside the Seaside"

We shared our thanks via our Facebook page this week along with some photos from the event, but we would like to say a massive "thank you" again to everyone who helped, baked, donated, volunteered and attended our Summer fayre last weekend. The weather was very kind, the atmosphere was super and everyone had a lot of fun. Our grand fundraising total was an impressive £978 which will be put to good use for the benefit of all the children. Thank you again to everyone.

Dates for your diary......

26th May - Y5 Welcome Worship

26th May - EYFS (Nursery & Reception) Sports Day - 9.30am start

27th May - Sports Day (Y1 - Y6) 1.30pm start

27th May - Break up Half Term

6th June - School opens

7th June - Reception visit to Harewood Bird Garden

9th June - Breakfast Natters - Thorpe Prebend House 9am

14th June - Y6 visit to Crucial Crew Roadshow

14th June - Friends Duck Race

16th June - Y6 Welcome Worship

21st June - Music Evening

23rd June - Y3 Welcome Worship

23rd June - Y2 visit to Life Centre

23rd June - Y6 and Spanish students visit Forbidden Corner

30th June - Y1 Welcome Worship

6th July - Y6 Leavers Celebration

7th July - Y5 Space Day Event at Outwood Academy

15th July - Y2 visit to York Railway Museum

19th July - Y5 DT workshops Ripon Grammar

19th July- School Production

20th July - School Production

21st July - Break up for Summer Holiday