Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 2nd November 2020

Welcome back after half term. I hope you managed to enjoy the week despite the increasing COVID restrictions.

We are now entering a second lock down period, but thankfully schools can remain open. It is therefore even more important that we keep everyone safe at drop off and pick up times. It will be tempting to use the school run as an excuse for some cross family catch up, but this lock down is for a clear purpose and we don’t want to help the spread of the virus. Please have a look at our key measures for these times below.

  • I would ask everyone involved to try to stick as close as possible to the actual drop off and pick up times.
  • Please do your very best to keep your distance from each other.
  • I would strongly recommend wearing face masks on the school yard where social distancing is difficult.
  • I would also ask that, wherever possible, just one person comes to drop off and collect the children.
  • Please leave the school site as soon as you have collected your child.
  • Please do not use the school equipment before or after school.
  • Please don’t drive along the back lane or the road next to the dentist, as most of our parents and children have to use the car park exit now.
  • If anyone in your family displays symptoms, then the whole family should self-isolate until a negative test result has been returned.

In school, we continue to use the risk assessment that has been in place since we returned in September. This is available on the school website under Our School/ Policies.

The above message has been sent out as an email to all parents, as not everyone gets round to reading the weekly blog.

In other news…

In school feels very normal this week, which is lovely. I interviewed several children in Key Stage 2 on Wednesday about how they were finding school with our COVID procedures and it was very obvious that they had almost forgotten the “old way” of teaching. They were happy sitting in rows, facing the front and having an area to play in at break time. They were particularly enjoying lunch time when they can sit with friends who are both packed lunch and dinners. This is something that we will definitely be keeping in the future. I am still amazed by how quickly children adapt to new a normal.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the half term fireworks art project that was organised by the Friends of Ravenswood. There are some fabulous pictures. We had over 90 entries and winners will be announced next week. The Friends have also raised just over £500 from the Christmas Card designs. Thanks to everyone on the Friends for their continued hard work during this difficult time.

Mrs Maddison is organising another art project for Key Stage 2 children. During the summer, we took down all of our frieze boards on the KS2 side of school. We would now like to display some amazing art work and so we are inviting you to get involved at home. You should have received an email from her, explaining how to get involved.

On Friday morning, we shortlisted candidates for the new Deputy Head post and we will be interviewing them in late November. I will let you know what happens as soon as I know.

On Tuesday 10th November, the school health team will be in school giving flu jabs to all children who have requested one.

Finally, due to COVID restrictions, I have cancelled the “In the Loop” meeting which was due to take place on 17th November.