Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 24th June 2024

First of all, apologies for a late edition of the blog this week. Friday was a bit busy!

It was a lovely week of “lasts” for me, which is probably going to start to be quite a theme!

On Tuesday, we had a meeting to welcome our new Reception families to Ravenswood. It was a fabulous turn out. Thanks for coming and thanks to Miss Williams for organising this. We also had our last assembly visit of the year from the St Gabriel’s Open the Book Team. These have been lovely assemblies for Years 3 and 4 and will continue next year. Thanks to them for engaging with the children so well.

Thanks to everyone who came along to my final In the Loop meeting on Wednesday. This is something that I started when I took over as Head and have been doing every term since. As I said at the meeting, I am not sure how Mr Anderson will choose to communicate with parents in future, but I am sure that he will find ways to keep everyone in the loop!

On Thursday, I went to my last Ouseburn Learning Trust Headteachers’ meeting. It has been such a pleasure and a huge support to have half termly meetings with our local Heads, including Mr Campbell from JPA. This is a massive advantage of working in our Heaton and Jesmond schools and I am certain that the Trust will continue to flourish under their leadership. The day then finished with a wonderful retirement event organised by Miss Jackson and the staff. Lots of ex-staff and ex-pupils joined me in the hall and we spent the evening reminiscing and having a thoroughly lovely time. Thanks to everyone who came along.


Then on Friday, we spent the morning in the sunshine getting the band set up and practising for the Great Get Together. We welcomed loads of families to listen to speeches by the governors and then watch a special Flash Mob dance by the children. Then as the drizzle started, the band played and the picnic got under way. Just as we had finished clearing the instruments into the Music Room, the heavens opened. Thanks to everyone for responding quickly and effectively in getting the children back into the building. We would have loved to welcome you all inside to our indoor picnics (which were a great success!), but with 635 children, I’m afraid we just don’t have the space. A truly British picnic – set up, drizzle, soggy sandwiches and then run for cover! My biggest regret is that I didn’t get to taste all of the lovely picnic food that you bring to these events. Thanks to Mr Jamieson and all of the staff for organising this event.

The events come thick and fast now to the end of term. Next week we have Scottish Opera working with Year 4 and two Early Years Sports Days. The week finishes with the Summer Fair on Friday after school. We look forward to welcoming you to this. Organisation will be as last year. We will release the children as normal on Friday at the end of school and ask you to come around to either the main entrance or the car park entrance to pay your entrance fee and come and join us. Thanks in advance for your patience in the queue!