Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 10th February 2020

I am starting with advance warning for the first day back. We are having a training day on Monday 24th February, so school will reopen on Tuesday 25th February. There are four training days this academic year with two more coming in the final half term. All dates are available on the school calendar.

Your children might have told you about our visitors on Monday. We hosted a course for Education Gateshead, allowing senior leaders from other schools to come and understand the Ofsted process and have a go at pretending to be an Ofsted inspector. It was a really interesting day. The delegates were very professional and really appreciated spending time with our children and staff.

On Tuesday the Friends of Ravenswood held a very successful Movie Night in school. The children were really well behaved and very polite. Thanks to all of the parents who gave up their time to provide this lovely experience.

On Wednesday I took ten brave souls up to Jesmond Park for the Ouseburn Learning Trust Tag Rugby competition. It was a bitterly cold afternoon, but there were no complaints and lots of fantastic attitude. We don’t teach rugby until Year 5 and so it was a very inexperienced team who had shown interest in two training sessions that represented the school. Imagine my surprise and delight therefore, when we beat Cragside and Benton Park in our first two games. We finished the round robin section of the competition with a close loss to West Jesmond, but qualified to play them again in the final. Their developed rugby skills were more evident in the final, which we lost by four tries to one. Well done to the team. I was very proud of them all.

The children who go to Chimney Sweep, a singing and drama club in school on Wednesday lunchtimes, shared their performance in school on Thursday afternoon. By all accounts it went down very well. Thanks to everyone who came along. Sadly, Thursday afternoon is my teaching time in Year 6, so I was unable to join you.

At the end of last week, I met with Father Jonathan and Tim Burke, who has just become the new choir master at St Gabriel’s Church. It is an exciting time for singing at St Gabriel’s and I am delighted to say that we will also benefit at Ravenswood. Tim has agreed to come in to school and work alongside Mrs Maddison in developing the school choir. Our big idea is to get more boys singing in school and this will involve two choirs running parallel to each other, one for boys and one for girls. They will do some songs separately and some together. If you have a Key Stage 2 child interested in this, do tell them to be on the lookout for more information. It is likely to start just before the Easter break.

And so that brings us to the end of the quietest half term of the year. Next term’s diary is already crammed full with sporting events, parent meetings, progress meetings and two university research programmes.  Have a lovely restful week and I look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 25th February.