Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 21st September 2020

I start this week’s blog with some lovely news about Mrs Clougher. On Wednesday, she was appointed as the new Headteacher of Grange First School and starts work there in January. We will all be incredibly sad to see her leave Ravenswood, but she will be a great Headteacher and we are delighted for her. Interestingly, she will be the third Grange Headteacher in a row to have previously worked at Ravenswood, following in the footsteps of Mr Easton and Mr Ward, who some of the parents might remember. The Governing Body will now need to start the process of finding our next Deputy Headteacher, which will keep us all busy. We will keep you posted about this.

In other staff news, both Mrs Wilson and Miss Sharpe have now left school on maternity leave. We wish them both well and look forward to seeing them once the babies are born. Class 18 will be taken by Mr Stedman from Monday, who we are pleased to welcome to the Ravenswood team.

It has been another busy week of government advice for all of us. I hope you are all keeping up with the rules! We have had a second positive test result, this time from one of our pupils, but after advice from Public Health, we were reassured that there was no need for anyone to self-isolate, as the pupil had been kept off school when their parent showed symptoms. I am pleased to say that the family are feeling well, despite positive tests. If we can all follow their lead and self-isolate our families if anyone shows symptoms, then we will reduce the spread of this horrible virus.

We are really looking forward to welcoming Class 2 back on Tuesday. The member of staff is fit and healthy and back in school today. Most importantly, we have had no new cases linked to this one, which is reassuring for me, as it shows that our risk assessment seems to be working.

There are a lot of colds out there at the moment, some that include a cough. The local authority has asked me to share the following two documents with you, which will hopefully reassure. The first is from the council website and tries to answer the Frequently Asked Questions about what schools are doing to keep children safe. This can be found at https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/school-and

The second is a BBC link which tries to show the difference between a cold, flu and COVID symptoms. It is at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54182329

In school, the children are working very hard. Teachers can see that their education has been impacted by lock down and are working equally hard to get them caught up academically and to help them to remember how to learn in the classroom. Things we are noticing across the school are that pupils are struggling to process a list of instructions, often forgetting what to do next and also that pupils’ basic knowledge has been affected. This is understandable, as they haven’t had the everyday reminders in computation, handwriting and spelling that school gives them. We may be asking you to support your child in these areas, but at the moment we still need to give them time to settle back into school.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer you a face to face Parents’ Consultation this half term. As you can imagine, inviting everyone in for time specific appointments in separate rooms would take a huge amount of time and might put you or others at risk in the current circumstances. Instead, you will receive an email from your class teacher outlining how well your child has settled and whether there are any particular concerns in school at the moment. The first Parents’ Consultation is also a good time for you to share information with us and so teachers will be inviting you to email back to them if there is anything you would like them to know. This is certainly not the Ravenswood way of doing things and we all hope that we can meet you properly in the near future.

Finally, next Friday is the closing date for nominations for Parent Governors. I have received three nominations so far. Thank you to everyone who has considered taking on this role. I will be writing about what happens next in next week’s blog.

A message from Friends of Ravenswood

The Friends Of Ravenswood (FOR) is a group of parents who are willing to give their time voluntarily in order to raise funds for Ravenswood Primary School. They are holding their Annual General Meeting on 15th October at 6pm on Zoom. They will be discussing ways they can still raise funds this year despite Covid restrictions. If you would like to attend the meeting, have an idea you would like to share or can volunteer some time to help out later in the school year, please send an email to friendsofravenswoodprimary@gmail.com or via our Facebook page Facebook.com/friends of Ravenswood. We would love to see some new faces particularly from families in Reception and Nursery.