Week beginning 21st January 2019
It is so good to be back. It has been a busy week catching up with all of the work that I hadn’t done and all the meetings that I had to rearrange, but I now feel back up to speed with everything that has happened.
First of all, thanks to all the parents and children who have joined in with the January Friday Morning Run. It has been well attended and has added to our fund raising for St Oswald’s Hospice, which we will be continuing across this academic year. The run is now finished as, believe it or not, it is February next Friday!
Thanks also to all of the children who are helping with the activity study that we are doing with Northumbria University. Please encourage them to keep wearing their pedometers and most importantly to return them once a week on Wednesday for Year 5 and 6 pupils and on Thursday for Year 4. Fiona is very grateful for your support and has really enjoyed working with the Ravenswood children. She will be offering the same activity to Years 1-3 in the second half of the school year.
Well done to all of our Year 6s this week who have been doing a practice SATs week. I was discussing testing with the other Ouseburn Learning Trust headteachers on Thursday and we all agreed that the stress related to exams comes when children feel unprepared about what they are about to face. The way we have always approached testing at Ravenswood is to make sure the children know what the tests are going to look like and they have a good idea about how well they are likely to do. Year 6 have worked really hard this week and are making great progress.
Well done also to our netball team who won their competition at Walker Activity Dome on Thursday and will now progress to the city finals. They won all of their games and represented school brilliantly.
It looks like a quiet week next week and hopefully all of our staff will be back and fully recovered. It is reassuring to know that this isn’t just a “Ravenswood disease”, but is affecting all of our local schools as well. Ms Blackburn had around 20 staff off at Heaton Manor on Thursday and over 400 students! Let’s hope that we all can keep healthy for the rest of 2019.