Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week Beginning 29th June 2020

If you have been following the news over the last few days you will know that the government are going to let us reopen school to all children in September. This assumes that we are all still careful in our daily lives and the virus doesn’t increase, either nationally or locally. This is great news for all of us.

We are looking carefully at this detailed guidance and will spend the next two weeks talking to staff, unions and Newcastle City Council about what Ravenswood will look like when we return. This will involve updating our school risk assessment, which we will share with everyone. There are several expectations about how we keep everyone safe, which focus on three main areas - keeping the number of children who spend time with each other to a minimum, maintaining appropriate distance between children and following good hygiene rules around hand washing and coughs and sneezes. I am confident that we can make school feel normal for our pupils, while at the same time meeting these expectations. We have all been amazed and encouraged by the children who have already returned to school and especially by those who have been with us throughout the pandemic. I have said it before, but the way children adapt to a new normal is fantastic. We will be sharing more details about this in next week’s blog.

Most families will have received their child’s school report for this year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers for writing these. They spend a lot of time on this and do a great job capturing the success of each child. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Year 2 have been finding out about bees this week and had a fantastic Zoom call with Isobel’s grandad, who is a bee keeper. This inspired them to produce their own display and some amazing reports. You will be able to read some of them on the Year 2 page next week.

Thanks to everyone who has sent their “Remote Sports Day” results in to me. You have until next Friday (10th July) to either complete the Microsoft Forms link or send me an email with your results. If you need any more details, please have a look at last week’s blog. If your child is in school then they will take part with their class.

With two weeks to go, we would usually be gearing up for our end of term celebrations. What a shame that traditions like Leavers Assembly, Inflatable Day and Sports Day can’t go ahead. This is particularly sad for our current Year 6, but it has been lovely to see lots of them in school this week and I hope that they are enjoying their last days at Ravenswood.

This week we have been able to confirm some improvements which will happen over the summer holidays. All of the soft play surfaces are being replaced with astroturf, two of the old trim trails are being replaced and the small football pitches will also be updated. Thanks to the Friends of Ravenswood who have agreed to support the school in paying for this work. We will also be doing some more corridor painting and hope to replace the school fence on Ravenswood Road, creating a new, wider gate next to Clowning Around. A date for this to happen has not yet been confirmed. The city council are also doing some roof improvements in the near future.

As restrictions relax again this weekend, it will be even more important to remember that the virus is still with us. Please stay safe so that we can all be together again soon.