Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 11th November 2019

Week 2 has come and gone and Christmas fever is already beginning. These next three weeks are spent trying to get all of the normal half term things done, so that when December comes we can focus on performances, parties, carols, cards and calendars.

The week started with Remembrance Day on Monday at 11 o’clock, swiftly followed in the afternoon by the Year 4 hockey team representing school in the first of this half term’s Ouseburn Learning Trust competitions. The children were fantastic as usual and came away with first place in the A Team league, finishing all of their games unbeaten. The B Team competition was much closer with this team finishing fifth. A full report is available under Sports, Competitions and Festivals on the Parents tab. Well done to all the team. They will continue to practice with Mrs Wilson, ready for the city competition later this year.


On Monday and Tuesday, Year 5 went off to the Rising Sun Country Park to cover two topics in one trip. They used the views from the hilltop to look at the geography of the area and to discuss their geography topic on map work, then they did some workshops on life in Anglo Saxon times. The Education Team at Rising Sun are great at providing these experiences and it is lovely that it is so close to school.

Year 4 were also out this week, on a walk to Jesmond Dene to look at the legacy of possibly our city’s greatest benefactor, Lord William Armstrong. He truly was a great Victorian and our part of this amazing city has a lot to thank him for. Feel free to visit Year 4’s Pupil Page to find out more.

I should say that this week wasn’t the best week weather-wise to be out on trips, but the children were brilliant and our teachers made sure that everyone had a great time and learnt lots.

On Tuesday evening, the Friends of Ravenswood held their autumn term disco. It was very well attended and very well organised. Thanks to all of the Friends and staff who helped out and to all of the children who danced the night away.

On Wednesday, the school nurses came in to give the children this year’s flu vaccination. Due to the rather strange layout on the permission sheet, lots of people completed one section incorrectly and so we have asked the nurses to come back again next week to complete giving out the vaccine. When I looked at the form, I would have done what many people did, so I have asked them to look at the layout ready for next year. Well done to all the brave souls who sniffed in the vaccine. Let’s hope it protects you from any flu this winter.

This month’s school newspaper is now on sale with articles ranging from Typhoon Hagibis to how to make oat raisin cookies. The team are keen to get some feedback on the newspaper as it is in its very early stages of production, so if parents have any comments, please feel free to send them in to me or the school office. Thanks again to all of the contributors and our four editors, Esme, Skye, Tom and Grace.

Our governors have been working very hard this week with the Full Governing Body meeting on Monday and the Finance Committee on Friday. We are currently in a strange position looking at school budgets, while we wait to see just what election promises are actually going to result in action, but I can assure you the governors are incredibly knowledgeable and always have the school’s best interests at heart.

Finally, can I remind you that this term’s “In the Loop” meeting takes place on Tuesday 19th November at 9am in the South Hall. Everyone is welcome for a cup of tea and a short talk through what is happening at Ravenswood. I look forward to seeing you there.