Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 26th October 2018

Adventurous Times

Fun at the Rainbow Factory

As part of their work on storytelling and fairy tales, the children in Year 1 ventured off to the Rainbow Factory in Leeds this week. They really enjoyed the performances and workshops and are eager to apply their learning now back in school!

"I loved The Storyteller best, he was so funny because he did magic. I wonder how he did it?" Ariana
"The Storyteller pulled Magic out of my ear- it was so tickly!" Lacey
"We pretended to be the three bears and Goldilocks and acted the story. Little Red Riding Hood helped us." Jai
"We had to find all the giant's crystals. The last one was up the giant's nose and I had to pull it out!!" Jack

Reading is so much fun!

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Ripon Library

Ripon Library has kindly hosted more of our classes this week. As well as the regular Year 6 Friday afternoon session, Year 2 and Year 3 very much enjoyed their visits as they had the opportunity to listen to stories and even borrow books. It's worth going along to the library over the half term holidays as they have great books for children which can be borrowed for free, and often run special activities too.

Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London

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Prized Possessions

In their studies of the Great Fire of London, Year 2 have been learning about Samuel Pepys. During the fire, he buried his most treasured processions in his garden to be protected from the fire. You may be surprised to learn that these objects were cheese, wine and his diary! Mrs Beckett sacrificed some cheese and wine so her class could bury some too! When returning to the classroom they then thought about objects which are special to them and picked three that they would save.

Thank you for our forest school adventures

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Our first half term of forest schools has been fantastic. The Year 1 and 2 classes have absolutely loved all the amazing activities they have enjoyed in our grounds. It's great to make the most of our superb facilities; thank you to everyone who donated resources, the Friends (so all of you!) and volunteers for supporting the classes, and the teachers from 'Outdoor Adventures' for making it so special. Year 2 said a fond farewell to their adventures as Year 5 will be participating instead after the break.

Goodbye and Good Luck Mr Biggs

Children at Ripon Cathedral School have loved PE lessons with Mr Biggs for several years now. He has given them the opportunity to try a truly wide range of sporting activities which has been great. For our winter months, Mr Biggs is returning to his home country in the southern hemisphere, but we hope to see him back in school in the summer term.

School Photographs

We have booked a date for the collection of your photo orders so that they will be back in good time for Christmas. You have over the half term break to make a decision as the deadline to return your order envelope is Friday 9th November, thank you.

Oscar's Special Play Dates!

We are delighted that Oscar's is growing in popularity and thank everyone who supports the club. Some of you will have noticed that we had to turn people away for the first time last Friday! For safe staffing ratios and adequate space in the room, we have to limit numbers. Of course, it's also pretty difficult to provide snacks for everyone if we don't know numbers ahead of time! So sorry if anyone was disappointed, but booking really is essential.

In anticipation of some more busy days, booking has now opened for the Christmas holidays. Do you have to go back to work after all the festivities have ended? Oscar's will open on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January, 9am to 5pm. A full day costs £20 and half days (9am -1pm or 1pm - 5pm) are only £15. The link to the online booking site is 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.


Friends Committee Meeting – welcoming new people!

Thank you to all the people at today’s Friends' meeting; we had 9 parents present with 3 or 4 others sending apologies. It was lovely to see some new faces and we are really looking forward to working with the team of parents who have stepped forward on our activities and events over the school year. We don’t have an official chairperson at the moment, so if anyone is willing to step up and learn what it entails please come and speak to us about joining our team.

In the interim, if you have any questions or need to contact the Friends' committee you can catch the following parents in school – Tina Salden, Liz Peel, Katy O’Malley, (interim chair and communications), Heather O’Neil (treasurer) (all KS2 parents). Our newer members include Rebecca Kirby, Tamsin Eve-Smith, Sherrie Hunt, Zara Satariano, Nicola Lymer and Rachel Tinsley who have children in KS1 and Early Years. As always everyone connected to school is welcome to help out a little or a lot – and we are very grateful for all your offers of help over the school year!

Upcoming Events

23rd November 5.30 -6.30pm and 6.45 - 7.45pm Get your Dancing Shoes at the Ready … it’s the School Disco! We’re really looking forward to a fun evening of dancing, games and refreshments – look out for a flyer in school bags after the half term holiday! And thank you to all who offer to help with refreshments, glitter tattoos and refreshments, we have enough parents to run the event!

Design Your Own Christmas Cards: Thank you to all the families who have submitted their designs and orders for Christmas Cards and other items – the deadline has now passed, and we will let you know when the items have arrived.

Christmas Preparations

Christmas Hyacinth Stall: We are appearing at the Cathedral Christmas Fair on 24th November with our lovely potted hyacinth plants. They were so popular last year we sold out at the fair and many parents missed out so this year we will be sending out a pre-order form with all children – look out for this after the half term break.

It would be a great help if:

Firstly, can any parents who bought the plants last year bring in any empty pots if they are happy for us to reuse them?

Secondly, we are looking for nice bone china teacups, teapots and gravy boats to use as pots. If you have any pretty china items please do donate them to school – or if you spot any in charity shops let us know. They need to be in good condition and undamaged – thank you! (Deadline to bring these items in to school is Friday 9th November.)

Thirdly, can anyone help to pot up the hyacinths on Friday morning 16th November – we will meet at one of the Friends' houses to do this – its quite a fun session and we will provide tea/ coffee and biscuits to keep everyone going! please let Martina, Tina or Liz know if you can help.

Lastly, we require 1 or 2 extra helpers on the day of the fair Saturday 24th November. Morning or afternoon. If you like meeting the public, are happy to represent the school Friends and enjoy selling plants; please do offer your services!

School Christmas Fair

STOP PRESS: Ho Ho Ho Helpers and Hampers!

Planning is underway for the Christmas Fair and there will be more news after the half term break. Please can you let a member of the Friends' team, or the school office know if you can help with preparation or a game or stall on the day (Thursday 8th December). We need helpers in the morning to decorate our 'special visitor in red’s’ grotto and after lunch to set up the stalls and games ready for the fair at 3.30pm – 5.30pm on the day.

(All children stop reading this now as you will spoil the surprise...)

Talking of our special visitor to the fair – a certain Christmas figure is required to wear red and hand out presents – are there any parents out there willing to be our Special Visitor? If you need more information please do speak to Tina, Liz or Katy.

Look out for a letter about our Christmas Hamper Raffle – after half term each class will be asked to bring themed items in for fabulous Christmas Hampers which are raffled at the Christmas Fair.

Calling Local Businesses

We’re looking for local stall holders who might wish to have a table top stall at the Christmas fair. If you are a business owner or know someone who might be interested, please contact the school office. It is £5 a stall and school reception will have copies of the letter to hand out.

AND FINALLY – have a relaxing and happy half term break from all the Friends of Ripon Cathedral School!

Dates for your diary......

Monday 5th November - School opens

Thursday 8th November - Year 4 Welcome Worship

Thursday 8th November - Year 2 visit to Curzon Cinema

Friday 9th November - school photo orders final deadline

Monday 12th November - Year 4 visit Bewerley Park

Wednesday 14-16th November - Year 6 London residential

Wednesday 14th November - Rec-Y5 Flu immunisations

Thursday 20th November - Year 3 visit Ripon Museums

Thursday 22nd November - Year 1 Welcome Worship

Friday 23rd November - Year 5 visit Jorvik and Dig

Friday 23rd November - Disco

Friday 21st December - Nativity in the Cathedral at 1pm, led by Year 2

Friday 21st December - School closes 2pm for Christmas holidays.

Wed 2nd - Thu 3rd January - Oscar's open 9am to 5pm, booking essential

Tuesday 8th January - school opens for the spring term

Community Events

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