Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 5th October 2018

Respect for the Harvest

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Respect for the harvest by Luke and Lily

Our class (Year 4) used the harvest worship this year to tell people not to waste plastic from their food and not throw plastic waste in the sea because it hurts the animals. Plastic waste litters our oceans and is threatening the lives of millions of marine animals. Seals, whales, dolphins and seabirds and many other animals are dying and becoming sick.

Did you know that in most developed countries over half of all food waste takes place in the home? That's a lot food! We promised to take on the challenge to not waste our meals and eat everything that we have.

We should respect God's harvest and also God's creation and protect the world and the living creatures on our Earth.Remember to recycle!

We really enjoyed the harvest worship at the Cathedral. The prayer that Matthew shared reminded us all to be respectful and thankful for all that God has given us.

The collection at the end of the service raised £55 for Christian Aid!

Thank you to all the parents that came to see our Harvest.

Class Ambassadors

Following last Monday's exciting election, our new lead school ambassadors wasted no time in interviewing candidates from Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 for the roles of class ambassadors. Interviews were conducted by the lead ambassadors, Finlay and Eva, and they were highly impressed with some of the responses from children about why they should be chosen as the ambassador for their class.

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Spiritual Council

To help develop collective worship and our approach to the teaching of Christian values, we have set up a spiritual council. Pupils from Years 4 - 6 have been chosen to help the teachers, governors, pupils and Cathedral to improve how we deliver and respond to collective worship. I am sure that they will be updating you in the near future about their work.
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Lucky Year 2!

Year 2 are in the news again! As part of Forest Schools, continuing activities linked to the Great Fire of London, they made chocolate bread, cooked it on the fire and ate it. It was absolutely delicious. They also made wooden buildings just like those on Pudding Lane.
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Year 3 Q&A

The pupils in Year 3 were ready for their Victorian visitor Mrs O'Malley, who kindly gave up her time and dressed up for her visit to school. They had prepared lots of questions about the Workhouse, Courthouse and Police and Prison Museums so the session really helped to deepen their knowledge of this term's topic, 'How has Ripon changed?'.

Improve your whole family's Spanish!

We have an exciting opportunity coming up for one family to strengthen their European links and language skills! If you would like to host our Spanish exchange teaching student from Monday 5th November for 12 weeks (except Christmas), please contact Mrs Binks. Basic costs are covered and your guest will help with housework/babysitting and encourage your children to speak Spanish too.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you again to all the parents and carers who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning, £139.09 raised for this fantastic charity!

Individual and Family Photographs

Our excellent school photographer Carolyn will be in school on Wednesday 17th October. She will take individual pupil photographs during the day. A letter has gone home today for you to book appointment slots after school. You might be able to fit your photo slot in with the teacher appointment if you've booked it for that evening rather than the Friday. Bring the whole family for some lovely portraits which will be available to purchase and will be delivered in time for Christmas!

Safer Parking

Remember the good news from last week's Update? We can help you to park more safely as we have parking permits for the St Marygate car park (lower Sainsbury's car park) which enable you to leave your car there at both drop off and pick up times for up to 50 minutes. As it's not even a five minute walk to school from the car park, you'll have time to pop into town too! Please ask Mrs Bingham if you're interested.

The bad news was that we have received multiple complaints for inappropriately parked cars from local residents and parents, who are very concerned that poor parking puts all the children at risk. Please avoid the stress of finding somewhere legal and safe to park, by asking for a parking pemit.

Oscar's Wrap Around Care

Oscar's is back to its regular hours, opening for breakfast from 8am and running to 5.45pm after school. Booking is made using our online booking site. Just use the email address you have provided to school as your username and click 'forgotten password' the first time you use it. Please email us at school if you are experiencing any difficulties.

Due to staffing issues, it will not be possible to run any Oscar's days in the October half term break. However, we will be open for the full day on the Friday 19th October training day at a bargain cost of £20 for 8am to 5.15pm or £15 for 8am to 1pm/1pm to 5.15pm.

Message from the Governors

Meet your Governors

The parent teacher appointment day on Friday 19th October should see many of you in school, so the governors hope you will also take the opportunity to visit their refreshment table! As well as enjoying a coffee with them, this will be a great time to meet the governors and find out more about their work for school.


AGM: Thank you to all the parents who came to the AGM on Tuesday. It was lovely to see some new faces and to receive offers of help from people who coudn't make the meeting. However, we weren't able to elect a chair or co-chairs. We desperately need your help. Is there anyone willing to join and take the chair role? You will be supported by the existing committee members who have been chair in the past. It is a rewarding role to take on and can be worked around existing commitments. Or a group of parents could volunteer together to spread the load. Contact Mrs Rich in the office or speak to Dawn, Tina, Liz or Katy to find out more about it.

Design your own Christmas card or mug: Your child will bring home a form to complete for designing and ordering their own personalised items. Please return it by Monday 22nd October. Thank you.

Dates for your diary: 23rd November, School Disco, 6th December School Christmas Fair

Dates for your diary......

Thursday 11th October - Year 3 Welcome Worship

Friday 12th October - Year 2 visit to Ripon Fire Station

Tuesday 16th October - Reception visit to Hackfall Woods

Wednesday 17th October - Parent Teacher Appointments after school

Wednesday 17th October - Family Photo Evening until 6.30pm (pupil individual photographs during the day)

Thursday 18th October - Year 5 Welcome Worship

Friday 19th October - Parent Teacher Appointments (school will be closed to children - you will be able to book Oscar's if you need childcare)

Wednesday 24th October - Year 1 educational visit to Rainbow Factory

Thursday 25th October - Year 6 Welcome Worship

Friday 26th October - School closes for the half term break

Monday 5th November - School opens

Thursday 8th November - Year 4 Welcome Worship

Wednesday 14-16th November - Y6 London residential

Wednesday 14th November - Rec-Y5 Flu immunisations

Thursday 22nd November - Year 1 Welcome Worship

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

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

Community Events

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