Ripon Cathedral School Update

Week ending Friday 25th May 2018

Performing Arts Week

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Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company

Performing Arts Week was kicked off to a noisy and entertaining start by the Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company. The day began with an amazing show where the dancers and musicians performed for the whole school. Workshops were held for every year group from Year 1 to 6 when children learned to sing and dance in the South African tradition. The children then performed to each other and the parents of Year 2 children who this term are answering the question 'Why go to Africa?'

playing the spoons

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If you find that cutlery has gone missing at home, check their school bag! On Wednesday we welcomed percussionist Jo May to school. Jo led workshops for children from Reception to Year 6 and taught all of the children how to play the spoons.

Is this a workshop I see before me?

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On Thursday we welcomed ASA Creative Theatre Company who led Shakespeare workshops all day with children in classes Year 2 to 6. The children learned to create living sculptures, project and express using excerpts from the bard's great plays from The Tempest to Macbeth.

Lining Up to Dance

On Friday all of the children from Year 2 to Year 6 were given lines - no, not the kind of punishment you might have been given at school - these lines were to dance in. Our own talented dance teacher Mrs Hart led a series of groovy line dance classes which the children really enjoyed.
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staffing update

It is with mixed emotions we are informing parents that Miss Stephenson will be leaving school at the end of this term. Miss Stephenson has worked at the school since 2014 and taught in Years 2 and 5. She is popular with the children and will be greatly missed. Miss Stephenson is returning to London to teach and we wish her every success in her new school.

The Governors need you!

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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There is nothing like a muffin with a homegrown stuffing

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With thanks to Year 4 who planted the leeks last year, as we're sure the gardeners amongst you must have realised, this week Year 3 were able to harvest them from the school garden to make cheese and leek savoury muffins.

Everyone's a winner

Well done Year 2 and Year 6! Every child in the class received a certificate at their celebration assemblies this week for all their hard work during their SATs tests.

Updated Privacy Notice and Data Consent Form

We are busy ensuring that we are compliant with the new GDPR (data regulations) and have published new privacy notices accordingly. The pupil notice was emailed home this week and is also on the school website. In addition, we sent home a consent form for various data sharing activities. With apologies that it covers some information you have already provided, the fact remains that we still need this form back as soon as possible please. Many thanks, especially to the many parents who have already returned the form.


Happy Holidays!: We wish everyone a good rest in preparation for all our activities in the next half term!

Our next event is the garden clear out: Please let us know if you can help on Saturday 9th June, 10am to 2pm - we will post details on our facebook page. 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. Year 5 will be on a school trip and must be in uniform in the morning, but will be able to bring in clothes to change into for the afternoon.

'Forest Friends Summer Fair' - Saturday 23rd June: Plans are underway and this is going to be a fabulous event!! Bouncy castles, stalls and games, refreshments, bar and BBQ. Please tell your friends and family and come and join us. Posters will be up soon!

Volunteers will be required. Please can you offer some time to help at the fair, we will be providing sign up sheets after the half term.

July 5th: Clear out your second hand clothes for Bag2School. 9am collection - bags will come home nearer the time.

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

Thursday 5th July - Bag2School

Friday 6th July - summer disco

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

Community Events

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