Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 16th September 2016

getting wet and wild

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It's been an exciting week for our Key Stage 2 classes as they all had the opportunity to go to Bewerley Park for a day. Bewerley Park is one of North Yorkshire's outward bound centres and offers many adventurous activities led by fully trained staff. Our children particularly enjoyed ..

buddy bench

As you may have noticed Colin our caretaker has placed our new buddy bench outside. The buddy bench is a place where children can go if they feel upset or lonely, if they need a place to calm themselves or if they need a space to sit and work out disagreements. These are all skills which are worked on as part of our curriculum on personal and social development.

We would like to thank the parents who organised the fundraising for the buddy bench and very special thanks to our own Olympic Gold medallist Jack Laugher who gave a sizable donation for the making of the bench. Heartfelt thanks also go to Henshaws for creating such a beautiful bench from Eva Peel's design.

bird's eye view

Have you ever wondered what our school would look like if you could fly? Well thanks to North Yorkshire Drone Photography we can now see. We hope you enjoy seeing our school from a different angle.
Ripon Cathedral School

Do you have a spare room?

As yet we have not had any volunteers to give a temporary home to our Spanish student.

Our partnership with the university in Segovia continues this year. We hope to welcome another trainee teacher to join us. We are looking for a family with a spare room who would be willing to host the student. The willing family could specify a male or female student. It is an excellent opportunity for your children to improve their Spanish and learn about a different culture. They would pay towards their accommodation costs up to £200 per month and are expected to contribute to the household for example cleaning, cooking or babysitting. The school depends on host families for this project to continue. If you would like more information please pop into the school office or see Mrs Binks.

letters home

Several letters have gone home today, so please check bookbags carefully.

There is an envelope containing a sheet with all your child's details, including parent and carer contact phone numbers. It is really important to check the details are correct (and amend if not) so that we can be sure we have our medical and contact information up to date. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in sending back corrected forms.

On Tuesday a farm is visiting school. Please return the allergy letter on Monday if you have any concerns about your child being near farm animals and guinea pigs or rabbits, thank you.

Finally, this year children can wear hoodies for PE. We can order embroidered hoodies from the School Uniform Shop with payment in advance; please return the order form as soon as you are able if you are interested.

Friends of Ripon Cathedral School Update

It was lovely to welcome parents of our new families to breakfast this morning - thank you for coming to introduce yourselves and for your support.


We have collated the list of DVD purchases for the end of year performance, so copies are now being arranged. We hope to send out the DVDs very soon; thanks for your patience meanwhile.


On Wednesday 21st September we are holding our AGM in school at 9.15am. Everyone is welcome to attend a slightly more formal introductory meeting when we appoint our officers for the year. Although formal, this is still a good opportunity to meet people and find out ways you can help the Friends.


From 27th to 30th September we are running a book fair after school. A wonderful range of books will be on sale, with excellent rates of commission for school. If anyone is able to help, please let us know, thank you.

Dates for your diary......

Tuesday 20th September - Little Givendale Farm visiting school

Wednesday 21st September - Y1 Bolton Castle visit

Wednesday 21st September - Friends AGM 9.15am

Thursday 22nd September - Y2 James Potter Eggs visit

Tues 27th-Fri 30th September - Travelling Book Company book fair

Wed 28th-Fri 30th September - Y5 Lindisfarne visit

Tuesday 4th October - Y4 Murton Park visit

Friday 7th October - books home for the weekend

Friday 14th October - Parent Teacher meetings (school closed for pupils)

message from the Cathedral

We are really looking forward to members of the school community joining us for our harvest Festival on Sunday, October 2nd. We are holding a Ceilidh actually in the nave of the Cathedral on the evening before the Festival. It will be a family event (though bringing children is not obligatory!) and we hope you will come along for dancing and a Harvest Supper. More details nearer the time!