Week beginning 20th June 2022
This week has been another busy one with great weather all the way through, despite the forecast!
It has been lovely to welcome some of our new Nursery children and their families into school to see the Nursery in action. They all loved the visits and are excited about starting. The current Nursery children have been excellent parents to our four ducklings, even taking them for swimming lessons in their final week with us. They took to it like a duck to water!
On Tuesday, both our Year 3/4 and our Year 5/6 Quadkids teams went to the county finals at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow to represent Newcastle. They had a great day in this athletics competition and had great success. The Year 3/4 team came third in the county, Charlotte won Gold and Harriet Bronze in the girls’ individual event and Ibrahim won Bronze in the boys’ individual event. Well done to them all.
Also, on Tuesday, our Key Stage 1 choir sang at the City Library. They were fantastic and drew in quite a crowd.
Throughout the week, Year 1 classes have been visiting St Mary’s Island. The sun shone and they had a great time doing some lovely art and talking about the tides and the causeway.
On Thursday, the Drama Club performed Twelfth Night at the People’s Theatre. They were amazing and loved having a huge audience to share their hard work with. This was part of our first ever Ouseburn Learning Trust Shakespeare Festival at our local theatre. Across two nights, over 150 children performed five plays written over 400 years ago and we were treated to three dances inspired by Shakespeare’s words. It was a wonderful celebration of the greatest ever playwright and Mr Chapman and I were incredibly proud of our actors.
On Friday morning, our Sports Leaders organised a final event for Activ5 week. We have been doing extra PE all week linked to the city schools’ Activ5 week programme and we finished with a whole school obstacle race. It was great fun. Thanks to Mr Gretton and the Sports Leaders.
On Friday afternoon, we held our Great Get Together picnic. This event celebrates the diversity within our school, city and country and was inspired by Jo Cox who, in her maiden speech to parliament, said, “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.” The weather stayed beautiful for the event and we were honoured to be joined by the Lord Mayor, Karen Robinson, and the leader of the council, Nick Kemp, both of whom have had children at Ravenswood. The field was full of families, sharing their time and their food and it was a pleasure to see Jo Cox’s words come to life. We are so lucky to have such a diverse and happy school. We will share some photos in next week’s blog.
Three events that are happening next week are the New Reception families meeting on Monday at 5pm, the “In the Loop” meeting for all families at 9am on Tuesday, where we will be looking at the results of the recent parent questionnaire and discussing all of the amazing things that have happened this term and then the School Summer Fair on Friday straight after school. This is the first big fund raiser for the Friends of Ravenswood since COVID restrictions and it would be great to see everyone there. There will be stalls and food and lots of fun to be had.