Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 16th September 2016

mrs bingham on duty

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We've always prided ourselves on our team work here at Ripon Cathedral Primary, and Mrs Bingham is no exception. This year she has joined the members of staff who go out on duty at break times to keep the children safe and happy. Today we were very proud of her as she went out in the rain with a smile on her face. The children were pleased to see her too.

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

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

Greetings from all of us at the Cathedral, we hope you had a wonderful summer and are suitably refreshed.

Perhaps some of you attended the craft sessions on Thursdays in August. It was lovely to have lots of local people and visitors from afar.

Our regular activities are starting again this month. Cathedral Club will begin on Wednesdays after school and it will be exciting to see old members and new. All children from Reception to Y6 are welcome to come and share stories, games, crafts and cake!

“Breakfast Natters” will resume on Thursday, September 15th and thereafter every first Thursday of the month in term time. This is a coffee morning/toddler group to which all parents, pre-schoolers and friends are welcome. We meet in Thorpe Prebend House, next to the Cathedral Hall, and share pastries, coffee and chat. It will be so nice to develop this FREE event, so do come and join us.

Children’s Church continues to meet during the 10.30 Sunday service at the Cathedral and we will warmly welcome any children who come (even just now and again). We are really excited to add a new Sunday activity. Every first Sunday of the month we are having a “Children’s Church Xtra” which will be led by Moira Siara who delivered her wonderful craft days in August. Any school age children (and accompanied pre-schoolers) are welcome to join us. Children can be dropped off for the session and stay with us for an hour of fun. The first session will be on November 6th and we will give you full details nearer the time.

All of us 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!

We would also love to see you at our FREE Harvest Craft activities in the Cathedral Hall on Saturday, September 17th from 10.30am til 12 noon. You can book a place by e-mailing

We look forward to seeing you.

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