Week beginning 10th June 2019

This week has been a busy one, full of meetings. Our full governing body met on Monday to discuss every aspect of the school’s work at the moment. The governors do a great job both supporting and challenging our work and representing the views of parents and other stakeholders. On Tuesday the Ouseburn Learning Trust met for our full board meeting where we discussed how the Trust will move forward once Heaton Manor becomes part of Gosforth Academy. The good news is that we will continue to have very strong links with our closest secondary school, even though it will no longer be a member of the Trust. Wednesday started with a Headteachers’ meeting with the Assistant Director of Education in the city council. I squeezed in another OLT meeting and a Leadership meeting before finishing the day with our Nursery Parents’ new intake meeting. On Thursday we had our Reception Parents’ new intake meeting and on Friday, I spent much of the day catching up with all the usual jobs that need doing. Thanks to all of the families that turned up for the intake meetings. It was lovely to see you all and we all look forward to welcoming your children in September.

Teachers from both Heaton Manor and Benfield were in school on this week to talk to our Year 6 pupils who are moving up this summer. These meetings help the children feel confident about their move and allow secondary staff to answer any questions that the students. It also gives the Year 6 teachers a chance to sit down with the secondary staff to discuss each individual and identify their strengths and any areas that they may need extra support.

It really hasn’t felt like June this week. On three consecutive days we had to have part of our playtime indoors due to the rain. This always proves to us how important playtime is to children and how much they need a break, a run around and some fresh air. The weather has meant that several sports clubs have been cancelled this week, which is a bit worrying as the Schools 500 Games starts on 26th June. Let’s hope the weather improves quickly.

Speaking of which, I have booked fantastic weather for next Friday’s Great Get Together. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible onto the field for our annual picnic in memory of Jo Cox and in celebration of our amazing diversity. Wear something that reflects your culture and bring along some of your family picnic favourites to share. There will be live music and a performance by the Dance Club. I can’t think of anything better for a scorching Friday in June!

On Monday, the school council and some of our local councillors gave an assembly about improving Heaton. The children in school feel that there is too much dog mess in Heaton and that it spoils our environment and so they ran a poster competition. The winning entries will be posted on litter bins around the area very soon. The school council were then interviewed on camera for the council Facebook page. They did a brilliant job, especially as they had been given no notice that this was going to happen! Have a look at this link to see the video.

Ravenswood and Newcastle city council video

Some of you may have been told about a police incident at school two weeks ago when a young man decided that the best place to hide from the police would be on our school roof. For a very brief period, the school was surrounded by six police officers and two very lovely police dogs. The man was persuaded to come down from the roof and was taken away. I would just like to take this opportunity to say that all schools in Newcastle have what we call Critical Incident Plans, written in collaboration with the council, which describe how we will respond to unusual incidents such as this. These plans are not published, for obvious reasons, but the plan in this case worked perfectly and many children were unaware of anything unusual. It didn’t help that he wore a very clean white t-shirt, which was noticed by some pupils in the upstairs classrooms.

Finally, two announcements. The Friends of Ravenswood are holding a Summer Fair meeting on 18th June. The plan is to hold the meeting on the Key Stage 1 yard, while the children play, but it will move indoors if the weather is bad. St Gabriel’s Church are holding their 25th summer holiday club between 7th and 9th August this year. Posters are on the school main entrance and application forms are available from the school office.