Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 4th October 2021

I have spent most of my week sitting in the office doing teacher appraisal meetings. It is always great to have some time with each teacher to discuss how their year went and what their hopes are for the future. The main messages this year is that staff are delighted to be back to something near normal and that the children have missed being in groups both inside and outside the classroom. We will be doing some extra support in helping them to get used to this important part of primary learning.

Outside the office, it has also been another busy week. Thanks to everyone who braved the rain on Tuesday after school to take part in the Ravenswood Run. The black clouds rolled over just in time to keep us cool on our run and the sun was out again afterwards to dry us off. (That is the optimistic spin on a very wet run!) Thanks to everyone’s very kind donations we raised £365.93 for the Great North Children’s Hospital.

You have also been incredibly generous in your Harvest Festival donations, which were collected by The People’s Kitchen on Friday. We had three harvest assemblies across the week and sang some harvest songs. Many thanks to everyone.

On Wednesday, our boys cross country team went to a regional competition including schools from Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside. They did amazingly well, coming second overall as a team, with Ollie getting a personal second place in the race. Well done to them all.

On Thursday, it was lovely to be able to show new parents around school for the September intake next year. Being open again for these visits is such a bonus. If you know of families who would like to come for a Nursery or Reception visit for next year, please ask them to contact the office. We have three more visits in the diary for next half term, which they can sign up to.

Most of Year 4 visited The Victoria Tunnel this week as part of their Victorians topic. Sadly, it rained so much on Tuesday that the afternoon visit had to be postponed due to the level of water in the tunnel! The children learnt lots about mining in Newcastle in Victorian times, so thanks to the staff at the tunnel for sharing their knowledge.

On Friday, Year 2 went to visit The Angel of the North and Newcastle quayside and castle as part of their “Where we live” topic. This helps children to appreciate their own city, before we go off and learn about other places across the globe.

Our governors have met for both the Curriculum, Community and Communication Committee and the Finance Committee this week. So far, we have had three nominations for our new parent governor position and so we will be holding an election, which I would encourage you to vote in. Nominations close on Friday 15th October and the election will take place soon after that.

Finally, in a busy report, I would like to remind you that parent consultation meetings will take place next week. Nearly everyone has either booked an appointment or a phone call with their class teacher. If you haven’t done this, please contact the office and we can get something arranged. Please arrive for your meeting just before the given time and Mr Laurie and I will point you in the right direction. Meetings will only be five minutes long and we will be quite strict with these times so that teachers don’t get any virus friendly queues!