Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 3rd June 2019

I hope everyone had a lovely half term holiday, despite the weather and can I wish all of our Muslim families a happy Eid!

The teachers had a great training day on Monday where we finalised some curriculum changes for next year and looked at how we can show progression in Art, Music, History, Geography and Science. Ofsted are looking at the whole curriculum now, instead of having a narrow view of the school given by the national test data. This is a very positive move for Ravenswood thanks to our wide curriculum, although they are making it extremely difficult to achieve the outstanding grade.

On Tuesday our cricket squad went to South Northumberland Cricket Club to take part in the Newcastle schools’ competition. The three teams played some great cricket with the girls’ team finishing runners up and the boys’ A team coming third having lost their semi-final to the eventual winners.

On Tuesday afternoon, our cycling team went out for a city competition at Cragside Primary. This is a new event for the city and was great fun, with one of our girls making the final.

Thanks to parents who attended our coffee morning for parents of children with ASD. The school health team were there and there was a lot of discussion about support groups and networks. The group hope to meet again in the near future. Please speak to Miss Lowther if you would like to find out more.

Miss Skillen has asked me to let you know that we have started painting Elwood and you can see our progress on the Elmer News page. Many thanks to Tom, Esme and Ava from Year 4 for making cakes to sell to boost our fund raising.

The big news this week is that the Chinese schools that I visited in October are definitely coming to spend some time with us in July. Both of our sister schools, Guanggu Number 2 and Guanggu Number 15 will be coming and they will be accompanied by Guanggu Number 1. Schools Number 1 and Number 2 will be with us from the 1st to the 3rd of July and school Number 15 will be with us for most of the week beginning 8th July. It will be lovely to see them all again and I know that our pupils will get a lot from spending time with them and sharing their learning. We can now start planning the visit, so keep an eye open for more news coming soon.

Can I give you some early warnings for other events coming this half term?

The Great Get Together picnic will take place on Friday 21st June. This is a lovely event where we celebrate our diversity, wear something that represents our cultural heritage and share some traditional foods from our families’ countries. Everyone is very welcome.

This term’s “In the Loop” meeting will be on 25th June.

The Schools 500 Games will take place from 26th to 28th June.

School reports will be sent home on 5th July.

Sports Day will be on 15th July with lower school in the morning and Key Stage 2 in the afternoon, weather permitting.

The Friends of Ravenswood will be providing “Inflatables Day” on 17th July.

We will say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils in Leavers’ Assembly on 19th July and school will then close for the summer holiday.