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Weekly Update Thursday 11th April 2024

11 Apr 2024

Our Vision

We believe that our children should have the aspiration and opportunity to ‘Live life in all its fullness’ and ‘Shine like stars in the sky’.

New this week…

KS2 Immersive Workshop - Science
On Monday 15th April, Emma from Love Science is coming into school to do a workshop with KS2 children.  They will be sheep tracking their Light unit from the last academic year.  In the hour they will be investigating:
UV Paint - Using UV paint we can discover the power of the sun.
Spinning optical illusion - Using the trick of light and our brain to create optical illusions.
Splitting light - We use defection glasses and prisms to split light and create rainbows 
Make LED torches - to show how the colours of light mix (made red, blue and green, when they mix you get the secondary colours).
We hope that they are able to embed their learning through practical and fun experiences!
Forest school Friday
To support our Golden Thread further, Helen will be running a morning forest school session for each class on a Friday morning based around understanding and embracing the wider world.  Please come dressed in forest school kit with appropriate clothing and footwear to be outside all morning.
Acorn Class - 12th April 2024
Palm Class - 19th April 2024
Oak Class - 26th April 2024
Cedar Class - 3rd May 2024
Brass Band
In the last week of Spring term we had a fantastic visit from Ripon City Band members who performed music to us and showed us their brass instruments (and hosepipes!). Many of the children were very keen on the idea of learning an instrument and we would like to encourage you to discuss this with them and see if it is something they might take up. 
There are various opportunities to learn instruments in school - for any instrument you can get in touch with the Music Hub directly:
We are also in talks with a private brass teacher who already teaches one of our pupils about coming into school to deliver group lessons. More details to follow, or contact Mrs Harris to express interest: b.harris@kirkbymalzeard.n-yorks.sch.uk
See below, in Wider Community news for further details about the Ripon band.
Reminder for clubs for this term:
Gymnastics - All children up to Year 4 - Monday 3.30-4.30
Starting Monday 15th April - 20th May 2024 (School closed for Bank Holiday 6 May)
Recommencing 10th June - 8th July 2024.
There are still spaces for this club, please just email admin.
Netball - KS2 - Tuesday 3.30-4.30
Starting Tuesday 16th April - Tuesday 21st May 2024
Recommencing Tuesday 4th June - Tuesday 9th July 2024  
This is club is open to all children, boys and girls from Year 3 upwards.   
There are still spaces for this club, please just email admin.
Kidslingo French Club -  Wednesday lunchtime 12.30-1.00
Open to all year groups.  Booked directly with Ellen on the link below:
Gardening with Pippa - Wednesday 3.30-4.30
Started Wednesday 10th April and then 4 further sessions on the 17th April, 1st May, 8th May & 22nd May 2024.  This club is full.
Book & Biscuits Club - Thursday 3.30-4.30
Starting Thursday 18th April – until 9th May 2024
Recommencing Thursday 6th June – until 11th July
Open to all year groups.  This club is free to all, however we have a ‘Wish List’ at the Little Ripon Book shop if you would like to support our schools love of reading by donating a book.
Shine Club - Thursday 16th May 2024 - 3.30-4.30
Planning club for our whole school Collective Worship time, when we celebrate our values of love, kindness, patience and peace: all faiths and non are welcome.  Open to all year groups
This club is free to all.

Parent Pay
All the new clubs have now been put onto Parent Pay, along with the Richmond Castle trip (Acorn & Oak class) and Swimming (Acorn class), for those who haven’t settled their parent pay accounts, please could you do so as soon as possible.  If you have any concerns or problems, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Swimming lessons started this term on Wednesdays for Acorn class. 
Please come to school wearing PE joggers and t-shirt and a school sweater/cardigan, NO TIGHTS. Please ensure everything is named this will help us get changed quickly to get in the pool and a prompt return to school.
Swimming caps are essential (these can be bought from the swimming baths, please send £2.50 in an envelope labelled with your child’s name) 
Children will need: 
One-piece costume for girls & shorts for boys (no baggy board shorts please).  
Towel, Goggles (optional), Long hair tied up  

School is asking for a voluntary contribution of £7.20 per session which is payable via parent pay to cover the swim lesson and the coach transport.
Please note, if school does not receive enough contributions this activity will not continue to go ahead.
Forest School Wednesday – Palm Class
This half term Palm will have their forest school sessions EVERY Wednesday. Children need to bring with them appropriate clothing and footwear to be outside all afternoon.  Please make sure that these items are named. Please note legs need to be covered due to nettles in the wildlife area. 
Lost Property
We have a pair of glasses in school (black & pink frames) if you have lost a pair please come and see us.
Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing Updates…
No updates this week
News from the Wider Community…
Message from Friends
Thank you to everyone who supported the Bunny Bingo and Curry events last term. They were a great success and we still have some curries if anyone would like to order some or some more!!!

Next event is Bags2school on Wednesday the 24th of April, pick up on the 23rd of April or drop off at the school bandstand. Thank you from all of Friends
Message from the Ripon band
Ripon City Training band has been running on a Tuesday evening, in our own Band room, in Melmerby village (just outside Ripon) since Easter 2023. We currently start at 6:15pm and finish at 7pm. Parents arrive with their children about 6pm and are welcome to stay if they wish. 
We align with school terms and the cost is £15 per player per term. If there are two family members, the cost is £25 to cover both. Band instruments are available for hire for a refundable deposit of £25 and a £5 annual insurance fee. 
We are registered with Brass Band England, helpers are DBS checked and we have designated trained first aiders and safeguarding officers. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact Linda Graham email: riponcitybandbookings@yahoo.co.uk or message through our Ripon City Band Facebook page.
Please note also this is a Training Band and all ages and abilities are welcome. 
See poster below for Allstars and Dynamos, Years 3,4,5 and 6 children, it is a fantastic 8- week introduction to cricket.

  -Allstars and Dynamos Flyer 2024.pdf-  
Highside Singers - Musical 
Please see below information from the Highside Singers regarding their upcoming concert raising funds for the pre-school and how to buy tickets.

 -Singers poster.docx-  

Please see attached poster for Into the Woods  showing 7 July at Harrogate Theatre

  -into the woods.pdf-  


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