Charity Fair – Friday 26th November

On Friday 26th November, the much-loved Charity Fair is making a return to our autumn season and everyone is invited and will be involved. The Fair will be held on the CPA and surrounding area from 2pm -3:15pm. The pupils are already busy creating a fabulous array of stalls that will sell homemade crafts and treats, second hand items as well as games and activities to try your hand at. This year, the charity we have pledged our support to is one close to the Dean Close Foundation’s heart, the Uganda Link which has been a project the school has been involved with since 2005 – pupils have heard all about it in assembly this week.
We are keen to encourage an environmental theme for the fair this year and wherever appropriate, stalls will be trying to be sustainable in what they sell and offer, creatively recycling and reusing. Linking in with this theme, pupils can wear mufti to school next Friday, but one piece of clothing should either be green or second hand. Pupils should bring their money to spend at the Fair in a named purse or wallet (maximum of £5).

We traditionally include an auction during the afternoon and are looking for some items to boost our fundraising. If you have something that might be appealing for the auction or if you would be willing to donate a prize, please bring this to the front office before Friday.
Parents and friends are most welcome to come along to the Fair, although this aspect of the afternoon will need to be reviewed so that we are operating in line with government guidelines.
We are hoping to make this a wonderful community event and look forward to welcoming you there!

Any queries, please contact Mrs L Hunt

Arrangements for the Charity Fair 2021

As you are aware Friday 26th November is an Exeat for the whole community.  Exeat will begin after our Charity Fair, which is from 2.00-3.15pm.

All parents, relatives and guardians are warmly invited to attend. Please see the Charity Fair notice below for more information about the event.

Please be aware that the popularity of this event can cause additional issues at pick up time.

To try and help with car parking issues at this time we ask the following:

  • Day parents who are attending the Charity Fair to park at the Senior School, please. Click here to access a map. This will help leave the front of school for boarding parents who will have more belongings to collect.
  • Boarding pupils should be collected from houses between 3.30-3.45pm
  • After 4.00pm day parents may park at the front of school as boarding parents will have left.
  • We will also be following a staggered pick-up schedule (older siblings may leave at the same time as their younger siblings)

4.00-4.15pm Years 3-4

4.15-4.35pm Years 5-6

4.35-5.00 Years 7-8


Pupils in Years 3-5 should be signed out as normal from the front of Rickerby and pupils in Years 6-8 from the front of school.

Your assistance in following these timings will hopefully enable us to manage a smooth start to Exeat.


Year 8 Healthy Living Day – Monday 22nd November

Next Monday, Year 8s will spend a morning in mufti looking at some important issues connected with this term’s theme of relationships and emotional literacy.  Our visiting speakers are Dr Jennie Gough, a specialist in Relationships and Sex Education; Andy Privett, a teacher with a long history of experience in conflict resolution; Claire Willsher, a fitness expert with a special interest in healthy lifestyles and our local police liaison officer PC Candice Palmer talking about how to protect ourselves against exploitation.  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of experts in their own field.

Mrs Davies

Head of PSHCE and Wellbeing.


Chess Tournament

The Chess Tournament scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed. New date to be confirmed.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


COVID Vaccinations

We are pleased to report that the 12-15 year old COVID-19 vaccinations went well today for those pupils eligible under the revised guidelines, which have recently changed to recommend that children who have had a positive test should wait for 12 weeks before having a vaccination.

For those children who were unable to be vaccinated today, we will keep parents updated with future opportunities as we receive them; alternatively, parents are welcome to pursue vaccines through their GP and/or local drop-in clinics.

For children who have been vaccinated today, the nurses give the following advice: pupils may have mild symptoms tomorrow and may have paracetamol if they need it, ideally with a dose in the morning before they come to school. If they feel unwell, or if they have a high temperature, they may need to stay home and rest. If they have a sore arm they are still permitted to participate in sport.