Week beginning 20th September 2021
HEADLINE – We have a training day on Friday 1st October and so school will be closed to all pupils on that day.
Last week, I spent the week in Borrowdale with our Year 6 pupils. It was a fantastic week and the children were all amazing. They challenged themselves in their activities and looked after each other as a team, which is exactly what we want from our residentials. The Borrowdale trip includes four main activities – a hill walk up Castle Crag, rock climbing above the Lodore Falls, Canoeing on Derwentwater and ghyll scrambling up Honister Ghyll. After dinner we also did some problem solving, orienteering, stargazing and a night walk. As you can see from the two Castle Crag photos, the first part of the week was slightly better than the end of the week, but we didn’t get proper Lake District rain at any point. Hurrah! This year, for the first time ever, we had one class where all of the children attended. It is still a dream of mine to get a full year group on one of these trips. Maybe Year 4 or Year 5 will manage this.
Huge thanks go to three groups of people. Firstly, our amazing staff, Mr Gretton, Ms Morpeth, Mr Chapman, Mrs Chandler, Mr Daley and Mrs Ridley, who all left their families behind to spend time with the children. Secondly, to Chris Higgins from Live4Adventure and his trusty support team of Luke, Liz and Steve, who ran all of the activities for us and thirdly the lovely staff of Borrowdale Youth Hostel who fed us and looked after us for the trip. I have already started booking next year’s trip for the current Year 5 pupils.
Mrs Maddison and Mrs Hood will be hosting a meeting for the Hawkhirst trip in April on Monday and Tuesday at 3:30pm. If you want to find out more, please come along.
On Wednesday evening, twelve of our Year 5 girls began work on a project called “Science is my Superpower”. This will involve a set of science workshops held throughout the year to encourage girls to think about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) opportunities in further education and as jobs for the future. The project is being organised by Newcastle University and Newcastle High School for Girls. The girls represented the school incredibly well. Thanks to Mrs Maddison for taking them along.
Finally, Mrs Maddison has organised the Ravenswood Run for Thursday after school. This annual event usually coincides with Great North Run weekend, but we couldn’t plan for it at the end of last year, as we weren’t sure what restrictions would still be in place. This is a chance to come along as a family and run or walk some laps in aid of our Great North Children’s Hospital. We are so lucky to have such an amazing hospital right on our doorstep and are delighted to have them as one of the Ouseburn Learning Trust partner organisations. Come along and take part. It costs £1 for adults and 50p for children and you can all claim a House point for your child’s house for every lap completed. What more motivation could you need?!