Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 9th November 2020

First of all Happy Diwali to all of our families. This is another major festival which has been affected by lock down and so I hope everyone can find new and safe ways to enjoy it.

What a week! A new president in the White House, news of a possible vaccine, changes at Number 10 and of course, Scotland into the Euros! You never know, things might be starting to change for the better.

To counter this optimism, the numbers are going up again, probably in response to the half term news of an impending second lock down. I have noticed a real difference at the drop off and pick up times, with families leaving the school grounds quickly and most people keeping their distance. Thanks for this. Let’s continue to look after each other by following the rules and hopefully more good news will follow.

It has been a busy working week at school. In a normal year, staff would be starting to plan for Christmas shows and celebrations, but these are being greatly scaled down due to the current restrictions and so we are able to keep on learning without elves, fairies or angels filling the corridors. Fear not, we will still be celebrating, but in a COVID-secure way.

Next Monday and Tuesday, we are electing School Councillors in each class. We haven’t done this so far this year because, with meetings not allowed, we felt we had nothing for the council to do. The Staffing Committee met this week to plan the interviews for the new Deputy Head and decided that a pupil interview should be part of the process and so we now have a fantastic reason. Please ask your child about this and encourage them to stand for their class, if they are interested.

I hope you have seen our new trees and bushes along the Ravenswood Road fence. We have put grass seed down as well, so would really appreciate it if everyone stayed off this area while the grass gets established. Next week, our new trees for the Coast Road fence will be planted.

The governors met on Monday for this term’s Full Governing Body meeting, where we agreed to appoint a third new parent governor from the recent election. Sandra Reddie, who has been a parent governor for four years, has started a new term of office as a co-opted governor and we welcome Simon Mather to the team. A full list of school governors is available on the school website in the Governors section.

Thank you for supporting Friends Of Ravenswood this term. They have raised over £1000. Watch out for news next week about their Big Book Bonanaza!

Next week, each class will be taking part in the “Cancer Run”. Ravenswood usually send a large group of pupils and parents to Gosforth Park to join in this 5 mile Fun Run, raising money for North East Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR). Unfortunately, this can’t take place this year and so we have decided to do a school event. One of our Reception pupils has just been diagnosed with Leukaemia and so this feels like a very appropriate charity to be supporting. If you can contribute to this charity, then I know that they will be incredibly grateful.