Children’s Rights to be Focus for Open Morning

At Riverbank, we are proud to be a Level 2 Rights Respecting School and we are keen to promote RRSA in the community and with visitors to the school.

The pupils at Riverbank have a huge say in the ethos of the school and are encouraged to voice their ideas and opinions when it comes to making improvements in school. We would like to share, with our school and wider community, what RRSA and UNCRC means to us. So, to give our parents and carers an opportunity to find out how the children learn about their rights, Riverbank is hosting an open morning on Wednesday 20 September 2017. The focus for the open morning will be Children’s Rights and we hope you will come along, at some point during the morning, and visit your child(ren) in their classes and find out a little bit more about children’s rights.

The morning will be divided into three parts: 9.30am – 10.30am the classes will be open for visitors. 10.30am – 11.00am the Parent Council will be serving refreshments in the dining hall with donations going to the Macmillan Coffee Morning. From 11.00am – 12 noon, the classrooms will be open for visitors, again. So anyone who cannot make the early start has a chance to visit later or anyone with more than one child has plenty time to visit more than one classroom.

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th!

Children’s Rights are Explored in Primary 6S

Primary 6S were finding out about Children’s Rights when Mrs Proctor was covering the class on Tuesday.

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From the right to a safe home, to the right to medical care, the children looked at the rights which were the most important to them. The right to have clean water, to be well fed, to know about their culture whether they come from Scotland or from another country. It was, a very interesting lesson and really made me think about some of the children in the world who are being deprived of their rights because of poverty, war and natural disasters!

Well done Primary 6S!

 

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education….

Primary 1 Parent Information Morning

It was lovely to see our parents and carers turn out for our first information / open morning of the new school session.

Tuesday morning, 5th September, was an opportunity for our Primary 1 parents and carers to visit the school and find out about phonics and numbers. What I really mean is, that they could find out how early reading is taught. As we use Jolly Phonics in Primary 1, Miss Miller and Mrs Stephenson gave examples of how the phonics would be taught and even gave information about the Jolly Phonics App which is free to download and use at home.There was information about early writing, about pencil grips and letter and number formation. Tips were given about how to encourage and support the children at home.

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Following the information being shared, in the school hall, our parents and carers were able to spend some time in the classroom seeing the children at work. There was a lovely atmosphere and it was encouraging to see the children delight in sharing their learning opportunities with parents and carers.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education…….

Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full……

P6N Experience the Democratic Process!

A new session sees Riverbank seeking to form a new session Pupil Council. Like the adult world, this calls for the democratic process….an election is required.

Mrs Ng took this opportunity to do some children’s rights work with her class. The children learned all about the electoral/voting procedure.

Firstly, from the class a number of candidates stepped forward. The candidates sported their electoral rosettes. Next, each candidate had to set out their manifesto…what they would do to represent their class on the Pupil Council if they were elected. They explained why they thought they would make the best representative for their class. This opportunity to speak to the electorate is called the hustings.

Ballot papers were printed with the name of each candidate on the paper and a sealed ballot box was placed in the class for the voting papers to be collected. The registrar has responsibility for the polling station and has to make sure that the people who are voting are eligible to vote, that they appear on the electoral register. The registrar puts a line through the name of each voter as they vote to ensure that they can only vote once. At the close of voting, the polling officer collects the ballot boxes and delivers them to the returning officer, who breaks the seal on the ballot boxes and counts the votes. Following the count, the returning officer announces the result of the election. In the case of Mrs Ng’s class’ case, Miss Hampton was the returning officer and she visited the classroom and announced the successful candidate. 6N have an excellent rep in Charltte Massey.

What a lot the children learned from this experience and the children will have a VOICE in the day to day life of the school through the Pupil Council.

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I, too, have learned such a lot about the electoral process having heard all about it from some of our children and what a very practical way for our pupils to find out about the voting process. The understanding of the democratic process also covers at least four articles of the UNCRC. And, finally, I’m sure their Rep will do a great job for them on the Pupil Council.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 12 – Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.

Article 13 – Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

 

Article 14 – Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an eduaction……

Teachers Learn How to Play!

As part of their professional development, the Primary 1 teachers along with Mrs Innes, the acting depute in the nursery, and I went on a course about the importance of play in the early years.

Our tutor taught us how we could enhance our storytelling with the use of string! Yes, string! It was a wee bit like the old fashioned cat’s cradle games. We managed to make a witch’s broomstick as well an Eiffel Tower among other things. Mrs Innes gave me support and help as I was having a wee bit of difficulty with my Eiffel Tower. On a more serious note, and apart from the fun side of things, the staff learned lots about the importance of play in the development of children. Just to embarrass a few members of staff I include some photographs of them on their course!

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New Primary 1s have their First Taste of School Meals!

Weeks one and two of the new school session have seen a staggered intake of our new Primary 1s. The gradual intake means that the youngsters are not overwhelmed by being in a huge class all together. As each group joins the class the other children have been given a chance to settle in and there is a busy but calm environment for the children.

During the course of week two, each class of Primary 1s are given the opportunity to have a school meal, in the company of a parent, parents or carer.

Our catering staff guided the children, with the help of their accompanying adult, through the process of coming into the dining hall, choosing their meal, getting their seat and eating their lunch.

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It was lovely to see so many parents with their children in the dining hall enjoying their meal. I managed to take some photos of a couple of the lunches and also some of the older pupils.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

We Close at 3.15pm!

My apologies for any confusion I may have caused about the time that Riverbank closes in the afternoon. Our closing time is still 3.15pm. The confusion has arisen as our events calendar on the website does not allow us to make 15 minute intervals, only 30 minute intervals. This means that we can either have 3.00pm or 3.30pm on the calendar. My apologies for this but we definitely close at 3.15pm.

Reaching for the Sky!

Just to keep you updated on our new classrooms. They are beginning to take shape and looking more like classrooms on the inside, now.

I took the stairway to heaven this morning to visit the new teaching areas and have added some photos to let you see how things are going. A lovely gentleman was fitting blinds today and the carpets are already down. We await the delivery of all of the furniture, but much of it has arrived and is in school, already.

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It’s looking good for the new academic session!

Two New Classrooms are On Top of the World with a Stairway to Heaven!

As Riverbank has an ever-increasing school roll, we, once again, require more room. We had 37 Primary 7s leave to head off to their various academies but we have 90 Primary 1s coming into school in August.

To accommodate this increase in numbers, we have taken receipt of two more modular units which will be situated on top of the two modular units we already have. It was a bit worrying to see that access to the second floor of classrooms seemed to be by a ladder!! I wondered how a proper stairway would be provided.

On Monday 17 July, the new modular units were delivered and, with the help of a massive mobile crane, the two new classrooms were hoisted into place. This job was carried out in beautiful sunshine. By Wednesday 19 July the classrooms had a stairway put in place for access. That’s a relief! I didn’t fancy visiting the classrooms and having to climb a ladder to get there! A group of workmen were busy fitting out the classrooms and it’s just as well they were all put in place on Monday and the men were inside as the torrential rain with thunder and lightning would have prevented any work taking pace outdoors, I’m sure!

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Over the next few weeks we’ll see the new classrooms being carpeted and connected to utilities before furniture and ICT is installed. These classrooms also have their own air conditioning systems which keep the classes warm in winter and cool in summer. Desks and chairs are already in waiting and will be the last things placed in the classrooms. That will be a difficult task for our janitor, Steve, and his janitorial services colleagues.

The modular unit classrooms are lovely teaching areas and I’m sure the pupils and teachers will love their new classrooms on top of the world!