Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 13th May 2019

The whole staff at Ravenswood would like to say a massive well done to all of our Year 6 pupils who completed their national SAT tests this week. They approached the tests with real confidence, thanks to all of their hard work throughout their time at Ravenswood and the test practice that they have completed in Year 6. As always, we have been very impressed by their concentration and attitude. We are so lucky to have calm and sensible parents who have calm and sensible children. This means that we never get people stressing about the tests and SATs week goes by with the minimum of fuss. In an ideal world, we would trust our teachers across the country to judge how well their pupils were doing and to know what was best for their next steps in development. Sadly, we live in a time where everything has to be measured and everyone made accountable and so national testing allows “those in charge” to decide who is best and who is worst. This is something that we have learnt to live with and something that might change in format, but will probably never go away. Year 6 will now have a great end of year and start preparing for their move to secondary school.

On Tuesday, we were all delighted to welcome our very own Elmer into school. His name is Elwood, to show that he is Elmer from Ravenswood! He was unveiled in assembly and has started to visit classrooms. His design is ready to be painted on and he will stay with us until the summer when he will be positioned somewhere in Newcastle as part of the Elmer’s Great North Parade. As I have mentioned before, this is part of our work for St Oswald’s Hospice, which is our chosen charity this year. We will be having a non-school uniform day on Friday 24th May, when we will continue to raise funds for this fantastic organisation.

The Big Elwood reveal!

Next week, the school starts to get busy again. We have a cricket competition on Wednesday afternoon between the Ouseburn Learning Trust schools, so please excuse me if I “shoo” you off the yard quicker than usual. We also have our much postponed performance of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat on Tuesday.

The main event for everyone next week is the class photographs. In this world of GDPR, we are not allowed to include your child in their class photo, unless we have your written permission. The office has been sending letters out to all families to get this permission, but we are still a few short. If you haven’t returned your slip by Tuesday, I am afraid that we won’t be able to let your child be on the photograph. (I know – neither can I!)

Finally, we are hoping to officially open our new sports pitch early next half term and I am in the process of setting up a suitable “event”. If anyone has any friends, relatives or influence in the local media, then could they let me know, as we would love to share our news as widely as possible?