Week beginning 13th June 2022
I feel a bit guilty this week, because I have had a great time!
On Monday, I took the cricket teams to Benwell Hill Cricket Club for a lovely day’s cricket. We entered two boys’ teams and one girls’ team into the competition and everyone had a fabulous day. The cricket skills improved throughout the day and the Boys’ A team and the Girls’ team came second overall. Well done to everyone.
On Monday evening, we held our welcome meeting for our new Nursery parents. Nursery is full next year, which is lovely to see. They have all had a very exciting week watching their duck eggs miraculously hatch into beautiful ducklings.
I spent Tuesday and Friday afternoon with Mr Chapman and the Drama Club rehearsing for next week’s performance of Twelfth Night. With a week to go, we still have work to do, but I am sure we will be ready for a great night on Thursday at The People’s Theatre.
Tuesday night saw the first big audience in school for over two years. Mrs Maddison organised a fabulous Music Evening with performances from both choirs, the school band and some of our individual instrumentalists. It was so lovely to have a live audience, who all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
On Wednesday, I was out on the field again, this time at the city Year 3/4 Quadkids competition. Nine schools visited Ravenswood for this athletics event and I am delighted to report that Ravenswood came first and have now qualified for the county finals next Tuesday, alongside our Year 5/6 team. The Year 5/6 Quadkids team also helped out as sports leaders for the event, organising the various stations. They were amazing and lots of staff complimented their organisational skills and said how supportive they were of all the competitors. The other schools were also amazed and impressed by our school facilities, which we sometimes take for granted.
On Thursday, Miss Lowther welcomed the Newcastle Special Educational Needs team and two of the other Ouseburn Learning Trust SENDCOs into Ravenswood to look at our provision for SEND children in the foundation subjects. These are all the subjects apart from Maths, English and Science and on Thursday the focus was Geography. Our visitors were impressed with the school and the work that Miss Lowther does to support our SEND pupils. It was lovely to get this feedback.
Thursday also saw the Reception trip to the beach at Cullercoats. They all had a lovely day and tell me that they found some pirate treasure in one of the caves in Cullercoats Bay. I know where I’m going this weekend!
Scottish Opera joined us on Friday to spend the day with Year 4 and produce a fantastic opera performance called “The Last Aliens”. The children have been working hard this term to learn all of the songs and actions and it was great to invite an audience in to school for the second time in a week.
I told you it was going to be a busy half term!
Next week we have lots of drama rehearsals, a visit from Father Jonathan and The Great Get Together on Friday afternoon. I have my fingers crossed for good weather and look forward to seeing you there.