Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 9th October 2023

Autumn term rolls on and the weather has finally caught up. There have been lots of sniffles and colds going around, so let’s hope that a cold snap kills off all of the bugs.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Book Looks this week. I hope you enjoyed seeing what the children have already got up to; they certainly enjoyed showing you.

Next week is parent consultation week. 85% of parents have signed up for their appointment, which is great. Thank you. If you haven’t booked an appointment, please get in touch with the office as soon as possible, as most teachers are only offering appointments on Monday and Tuesday. We look forward to seeing you.

We had two trips out this week. Year 6 went on their Ouseburn trip to study the physical and human geography of our lovely valley. They were able to compare the Ouseburn valley with Borrowdale Valley, which most of them visited two weeks ago, and have been discussing and writing about the advantages and disadvantages of living in these two places. Year 5 went to Jarrow Hall to find out about everyday life in Anglo Saxon times. All of the children had a great time, listened well and learnt lots.


The girls’ football team started their league games on Thursday evening with a 3-0 victory and a 0-0 draw. Four points from two games is a great start to the season. Well done to the team.

On Tuesday, Mr Chapman took out the cross-country teams from Years 3 to 6 to the city-wide competition. There were 6 boys and 6 girls competing for each year group and they represented Ravenswood brilliantly. There were over 120 children in each race and the team scores were brought together based on where each team member finished. Our highest placed team were the Year 6 girls who came 5th overall and our highest placed individual was Oscar who came in 6th place. Well done to everyone who took part.

Next week, we will be changing the way that we store lost property. If your child’s lost property is named, we will return it to them. If it is not named, then it will be placed in the lost property box on the yard. This will be much more accessible to families. If your child has lost something, you can check in the box at drop off or pick up. Your child can also check at playtime. At the end of each half term, the box will be emptied and anything useful will be cleaned and recycled using the Friends of Ravenswood uniform store.  This is a new initiative, so please let us know how it goes.

We will be holding Harvest Festival assemblies in the last week of half term. If you would like to send in a donation for harvest, we are collecting for The People’s Kitchen. They would love the normal dried foods or tinned foods. These can be sent in to school with your child or dropped off at the main office any time over the next two weeks. Thanks in advance for your kind donations.

Finally, two safety appeals.

The first is an unusual one. In the last two weeks we have had three parents walking around the school. This is a safeguarding concern. If you need to speak to someone, please call in at the main office and we will organise for the staff member to come and see you or arrange an appropriate meeting time. If your child has forgotten something at the end of the day, they can return to their classroom, but please don’t join them without a member of staff.

The second is the same old moan from me. A family were nearly knocked over in the back lane this morning by a parent driving carelessly. Another family were put in danger by a parent driving too quickly down Ravenswood Road. Both of these areas are covered by the School Streets traffic restriction zone, so simply driving down them can result in a £1,000 fine, but more importantly drivers should not be using these roads anyway, as they are used by so many families at this time of day. I have asked for the traffic police to be around the school at drop off and pick up times.