Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 18th May 2018

Completely quackers

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The Annual Duck Race

The sun shone on us again for the duck race. The winners are announced below in the Friends' section of the Update. We would like to add our thanks expressly to the Friends.

A small group, supported by everyone who turns up for events, works really hard and it's wonderful that a lot of their fundraising activities double up as great community events. It was fantastic to see so many families down by the river. Believe it or not, the staff who stand in the river ready to catch the ducks actually enjoy it too!

Our Gardeners Enjoy Harlow Carr

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Our Year 3 class have been working hard in the school garden and they deserved a trip out today to the wonderful RHS Harlow Carr Gardens to gain further inspiration. Miss Stocks reports that they have had an amazing day.

Enjoying a healthy breakfast

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Well Done Year 6!

We have been very proud of the attitude of all our Year 6 children this week. After an early start and healthy breakfast in the school hall (we all know a good breakfast sets you up for the day ahead!), they have all tried their very best in their SATs exams this week. Year 2 have also been involved in SATs tests and assessments.

Our special thanks to our lovely PCSO Donna-Lise for coming along to the breakfast on Thursday to encourage the children, and the staff and governors who got here early every day to serve the breakfast.

Cathedral School has always stood for a rounded education. Next week we are looking forward to our Performing Arts Week.

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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.

Oscar's Sporting Days

On Thursday and Friday of half term Oscar's Holiday Club is open for business. There will be a sporting theme where children will get the chance to play a range of sports and games (as well as some quiet slow paced activities). There will be medals and prizes and we have ordered the inflatable assault course for Thursday.
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Advice on Screen Time

It can be challenging for parents and carers to know whether children are spending too much time on their devices. Furthermore, it's even more of a challenge to know whether a child is addicted to the internet and social media. Do we as parents have the knowledge to identify and support our children? Is the best time to look into this whilst they are primary age or wait should we wait until their teenage years?
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Updated Privacy Notice and Data Consent Form

We are sure that most of you cannot have escaped the new GDPR systems coming into place. As a school we are busy ensuring that we are compliant with the new regulations so we will be publishing a new information policy and privacy notices next week. Please check your emails or the school website for further details. A consent form for various data sharing activities will come home next Monday or Tuesday. Apologies that it will cover some information you have already provided, but we would really appreciate it if parents could send back the form by the end of the week. Thank you.


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Thank you!: We had a lovely bright evening by the river on Wednesday for the Duck Race. Thank you to all children, parents, grandparents and more who came along - we even saw some of our former pupils enjoying themselves. We raised £160 through duck sales, so thank you ... but more than that, it was lovely to share the event with so many families! A special thanks to the school staff for their support.

And the all important winners were:

1st - Duck No. 10 - Jack (Y3)

2nd - Duck No. 132 - Grace (Nursery)

3rd - Duck No. 160 - Lucas (Y1)

with a special prize for the last duck - No. 139 - Olive (Nursery).

Our next event is the garden clear out: Please let us know if you can help 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

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......

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

Thursday 14th June - Spanish partner school arrive

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

Friday 15th June - Y5 visit Big Write at the Royal Hall

Friday 15th June - Y6 visit to Fountains Abbey

Monday 18th June - Y6 visit to Forbidden Corner

Tuesday 19th June - Y6 and Spanish pupils Farewell Family BBQ

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

Wednesday 4th July - EYFS visit to Harewood House

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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Community Events

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