Week beginning 4th February 2019
Happy Chinese New Year from everyone at Ravenswood. The hall has been full of Chinese dragon dancing this week and I even found myself making dragon puppets with the Nursery children on Tuesday. This was one of my teaching observations that I was telling you about in the last blog. I have also spent two lovely hours in Class 1 doing some reading and writing at the start of the week and gymnastics at the end and then went to the other end of the school to spend time finding out about Athens and Sparta with Class 21 as part of their Ancient Greece topic.
Thanks to all of the families who came along to the coffee morning on Tuesday, which Miss Lowther arranged with the school nurse and health visitor. This session was aimed at the younger children in school and focused on toilet training, diet and sleep. It was very successful and parents got some great advice. We will continue to hold these coffee mornings with the school health team, so if you have any areas that you would like them to address, please let me or Miss Lowther know.
Also on Tuesday, the Friends of Ravenswood held another of their popular Movie Nights. I had been at the university all afternoon and came back to a packed hall, so I hope everyone enjoyed it. Thanks again to our FOR Team for organising it.
I have been promising to let you know about our fund raising efforts on the January Jog. I am delighted to tell you that everyone raised a grand total of £328.84. That is fantastic and will help us to move towards our Elmer total for St Oswald’s Hospice.
The governors have been busy this week with both the Staffing and Finance committee meetings. Both committees are already looking forward to next year, discussing possible changes in staff and what our budget is going to look like. It is a real pleasure to have parents and friends of the school who are willing to give up their time to help the school in this way.
Finally, I thought I would give you a brief update on the work of the Ouseburn Learning Trust, having had our Spring Board Meeting this Wednesday morning. The Trust continues to be very active in supporting both PE and Sport and The Arts. We hold half termly sporting events where the seven primaries bring teams along to play in competitive matches. This helps the children to get to know each other and be fit and active. It also helps our schools to prepare for city wide competitions, where we always do very well. Three out of six finalists for the city Netball competition are OLT schools and there were three schools in the top four of the recent Sportshall Athletics competition. As for The Arts, the schools are all gearing up for their City Hall performances just before Easter, where we all showcase two songs and then all of the children join together for great singalong.
This year, the Trust schools have been working together to look at how we support our special needs pupils and how we spend our Pupil Premium money. These discussions have a direct impact on each school and lots of learning from each other has taken place. Next half term, our teachers will be meeting together twice to discuss new ideas in teaching and to look at our wider curriculum. We all really value the Trust and the support that we get from each other at all levels. We have recently employed a new Admin Officer (an ex-Ravenswood pupil!) and so we hope to keep all of our families up to date in the future.
I will finish with an early warning! We break up at 3:20 next Friday (15th February), but do not return to school until TUESDAY 26th February, as we are having a staff training day on the Monday. Please spread the word!