Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 11th May 2018

Enjoying the Summery Spring Weather!

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Spring Planting

Our Year 3 children have been busy in the school greenhouse. They planted tomatoes and peppers in grow bags which will go into the raised beds once they are a little larger. The plan is to use our home grown vegetables and salads in a healthy sandwich as part of this term's topic.

Year 3 also hosted their last welcome worship of the year, the theme was co-operation the children did some acting and others read a story based on the two donkeys. The class made sure that there was a clear message of how we can achieve more if we work together as we do every day at school, as a school family we achieve many amazing things by working together.

Carpets of Bluebells

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Reception Children Enjoy Hackfall Woods in the Spring

Mrs Binks became quite poetic when she described the lovely walk the Reception children took through Hackfall Woods on Tuesday! They all looked out for signs of spring and compared the woods to their last visit back in the autumn. Unfortunately due to heavy snow falls, they didn't manage their winter visit last term, so Tuesday's weather was very welcome.

Cricket All Stars!

Years 1 to 4 enjoyed a wonderfully sunny afternoon playing cricket on Tuesday. Mark Jobling of All Stars Cricket came along to introduce them to the game with an action packed version suitable for 5 to 8 year olds which they all enjoyed. If your child came home asking for more, please contact Mark for details of local clubs on or go to the All Stars website link here.

staffing update

We would like to confirm that Mrs Rasbeary will not be part of the staff team in September. Mrs Rasbeary is doing an excellent job with the Year 4 class and loving every minute of working in school. We are grateful, and would love her to stay, but it was only ever a temporary arrangement following Mr Richardson's departure. We are currently recruiting for a replacement teacher for September. At the end of term we will be wishing Mrs Rasbeary every success as she leaves to set up her own business.

We are sure you would also like to join us in congratulating Miss Dumbreck who has shared the news that she is expecting her first baby this summer. We shall be looking for a temporary replacement whilst she is on maternity leave.

Mrs Denney promised to keep you up to date with arrangements for finding a new headteacher when Mr Dudman leaves us. Governors have met on several occasions and will be advertising the position in the local and national press. A robust process has been planned involving support and guidance from North Yorkshire County Council and the Diocese of Leeds. Governors hope to be able to update you further by the end of June.

Are you in finance or business?

The Governing Body are currently looking for a new recruit who might have financial or business skills to add to the team. The commitment could be as few as four meetings a year. If you are interested and have the necessary skills please pop in and speak to Mrs Rich in the school office.

Getting ready for SATs

Our Year 2 and Year 6 parents are probably aware by now that SATs are just around the corner! If you'd like a little more information and advice, please click this link to be directed to a booklet published by the Department for Education.

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Duck Ahoy!: It's nearly here, our annual Duck Race is on Wednesday 16th May. Ducks can still be bought for £1 after school on Monday and Tuesday next week. Meet by the River Skell on Fishergreen ready for the 5.30pm start. Leaflets went home in book bags this week with the information that 1st prize is £20, 2nd prize £10 and 3rd prize £5. The last duck in also receives a 'booby prize'! See you there!

Gardening opportunity: On Saturday 9th June, 10am to 2pm, helpers are required to help clear a section of the school grounds ready for the 'forest school' development. Breakfast and drinks in exchange for help!

Non- Uniform Day: Children may come in non-uniform on 15th June in exchange for bringing in tombola prizes and jars for the Summer Fair.

'Forest Friends Summer Fair' - Saturday 23rd June. Volunteer sheets will soon be up on classroom doors - please sign up to help with games, stalls, refreshments and bar duty! More information to follow.

Disco Dancing: Our last disco of the school year will be on Friday 6th July, more details to follow.

End of Year Social: Details to be confirmed, but we'd like to invite all parents to join us for an end of year social gathering (possibly in a pub beer garden!).

Dates Summary

Wednesday 16th May 5.30pm - Duck Race by the River Skell

Saturday 9th June - gardening work party

Friday 15th June - non-uniform day in exchange for summer fair prizes

Saturday 23rd June 12-3pm - Summer Fair

Summer Disco - Friday 6th July

Dates for your diary......

Monday 14-17th May - SAT's week

Wednesday 16th May - Duck race 5.30pm

Friday 18th May - Y3 visit to Harlow Carr

Friday 25th May - school closes for half term

Monday 4th June - school opens

Thursday 7th June - Breakfast Natters

Thursday 7th June - Y4 Welcome Worship

Friday 8th June - Y2 visit to RSPB Fairburn Ings

Friday 15th June - Non uniform Day (Jolly jar donations)

Thursday 21st June - EYFS Sports Day - 9am

Thursday 21st June - Y1-6 Sports Day - 1pm

Saturday 23rd June - Summer Fair 1-4pm

Tuesday 26th June - Music concert 6-7.30pm

Thursday 5th July - Y2 Welcome Worship

Friday 6th July - School Disco

Wednesday 11th July - Reception visit to Hackfall Woods

Thursday 12th July - Y6 Welcome Worship

Thursday 12th July - Breakfast Natters

Tuesday 17th July - School Production - 6.30pm

Wednesday 18th July - School Production -1.30pm

Wednesday 18th July - School Production - 6.30pm

Friday 20th July - school closes for summer - 2pm

Message from the Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral Choir Open Day - Sunday 20th May 1-4.30pm

Come and sing with the Cathedral Choir; explore the Cathedral, meet the choristers and have fun! For boys and girls age 6- 11 years. Register to take part by contacting the Cathedral Music Office on 01765 603496 or email

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