Week beginning 15th November 2021
For the second week running, we are celebrating having families visiting school. It is so nice to be able to show people around school again.
On Tuesday evening we had prospective families in school whose children will hopefully join us in September. It was very dark during the visit, meaning that we didn’t get a good view of the outside spaces, so we have already decided to move the evening look around to earlier in the term next year.
On Wednesday morning, we had a great turn out for the In the Loop meeting. It was lovely to see so many people and we finished the meeting with a tour of the school, which was very well received. We are going to see whether we can link a short classroom visit into the end of all of our In the Loop meetings in future, for anyone who wants to see teaching and learning in action. One of the parents asked if we could alternate the dates of the meetings so that parents who work part time can make at least one of the meetings. This sounds like a great idea and so we have changed from the traditional Tuesday meeting and instead will hold meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday across the year. This year’s meetings are on the school calendar under Parents/Term Dates and are Thursday 31st March and Tuesday 28th June.
It has been an exciting week of reading in school.
The Book Fair has been in school and lots of children have ordered and bought books for home. Thanks for supporting this yearly event. School gets to spend 20% of all takings on books for the school library, so your children will benefit from everything you have spent. Thanks also to our super Year 6 pupils who stayed after school to help Mrs Maddison to sell to families.
It has also been week 3 of Mrs Maddison’s Reading Challenge, with just one more week to go. Please encourage your child to complete four of the challenges and to return their form to their class teacher. We will celebrate everyone who has completed the challenge and there are some spot prizes to be won in each year group.
We have also received the prizes and certificates from this year’s Summer Reading Challenge organised by the city’s libraries. The great news is that Ravenswood was the winning school, by having the highest number of pupils completing the challenge. The children were presented with their certificates, books, pencils and bags in Friday’s Celebration Assemblies and on 8th December, Mr Laurie will be taking a few of the children to the City Library for a photo call with the local press. Well done to everyone who took part.
The new School Council met for the first time this week. Their first task is to choose the school’s charity for this year. This is done by taking suggestions from their classes and then coming up with a short list of four charities, which each class gets to vote on. The winning charity will be decided next week and we will collect for this charity across the year, including at the Christmas performances.
Tickets are going fast for the Christmas performances in lower school and ticket request sheets went out on Friday for the Drama Club’s performance of “Mister Scrooge”. We are having to limit our audience size for all shows due to COVID, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!!
Finally, thanks to all families who are working hard to improve the school’s attendance. There has been a noticeable improvement this half term. We do still have too many children turning up late for school though. Please try to make sure your child is in their line for 8:55am.