Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 9th November 2018

Remembering the war

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World War 1 Centenary Concert

On Thursday night, children from Years 5 and 6 joined with children from Holy Trinity School, Moorside Juniors and Greystone Outwood, to create a Ripon Schools' Choir. Along with the Dishforth Military Wives and Ripon City Band they entertained a packed Cathedral. The special concert was part of the city's remembrance events and as always Cathedral pupils represented the school so well, singing songs from the First World War with gusto and passion. A big thank you to everyone who came along and to Mrs Elcock for organising our children's participation.

Remembrance and Mud!

On Tuesday, Years 3 and 4 had the opportunity of visiting the Cathedral to meet with Dan Metcalfe, the artist behind the Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope. The piece, on display at the Cathedral, is a depiction of a line of personnel returning from war, created through the process of drying mud. He talked through the piece, how it was made and the characters within it. The children were inspired by the silhouetted character of ‘Hope’ and wrote some incredible pieces of poetry using the theme of ‘Hope’. A huge thank you to Dan from all the children, they were inspired, as thousands of people have been, by this remarkable installation.

Animation Adventure

For this term's REAL project topic, Year 2 will be creating an animation recounting the Great Fire of London. Yesterday they went to Curzon cinema in Ripon to watch 'Early Man' for free as part of the Into Film Festival which is the largest youth film festival in the world. It gave the children the opportunity to see an animation and have the full cinema experience with an icy cold drink and pop corn. Hopefully this will inspire the children for their own animation and exhibition.

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Cracking Cross Country Winners

This week children from Key Stage 2 took part in the Ripon schools' cross country event. As always Team Cathedral represented the school brilliantly and gave a hundred percent effort.

Our Daily Mile is clearly impacting on pupils' running ability as Team Cathedral came first with Hannah Salden running like a rocket and being the fastest overall runner. Well done to everyone involved!

Year 4 Welcome Worship

Following this half term's value of compassion, the Year 4 children gave their thoughts on what compassion meant to them, focusing particularly on compassion for those affected by conflict and war. They read their poems about Hope and their descriptions of a scene from a short story, The Day War Came. The worship finished with ‘Like a Bridge over Troubled Water’ which was sung beautifully. Thank you to all the parents who attended.

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Oscar's Special Play Dates!

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.



Welcome back from the Friends. We've a busy half term in the run up to Christmas. Is anyone free on Friday 16th November in the morning to help pot up hyacinth bulbs ready for the Cathedral Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th November? Full instructions will be given (and tea and coffee to keep us going!). We are doing the potting at a member of the Friends' house near school. If you can help, please message us via Facebook or tell the school office.

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


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 next week! And thank you to all who offer to help with refreshments, glitter tattoos and refreshments, we have enough parents to run the event!

Cathedral Gift Fair and Pre-Orders

If you are free on Saturday 24th November, please come along to see us in the Cathedral between 9.30am and 4pm (or until we sell out!). If you cannot attend the fair, we are sending out pre-order forms to all families. Please can you return these by Thursday 15th November so we can prepare your plants on potting up day - collection in school. We will send out a text when they are ready - they make a perfect Christmas present!

School Christmas Fair - Call for Volunteers!


Straight after school we will have our superb Christmas event: games, stalls, our special visitor in red! And of course, the announcement of the Christmas raffle winners.

Please could we have donations of tombola prizes, soft toys and 'jolly jars' (filled with sweets or small toys/stationery) for the fundraising stalls.

Helpers needed, more details to follow, please let the Friends know if you can help!

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.

Dates for your diary......

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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