Some time ago, I posted an article about YLL or Young Leaders of Learning. This was an Education Scotland initiative which was all about pupils being able to visit another school and to take back from their visit the good things they saw and to use those things or adapt those things to help improve or, make better, their own school.
Riverbank paired up with Greenbrae School at the Bridge of Don and you will recall how much the children from both school benefitted from their experience. They met new people and were visitors in an unfamiliar environment, yet they grew in confidence and soon felt comfortable and relaxed enough to ask the questions that they thought were going to be tricky to ask of ‘strangers’
The children shared their experiences in an informal way back in class but they wanted to share those experiences and the ideas, they had brought back from Greenbrae, with the whole school! To that end, they presented their information to the whole school; explaining all about their training and visits and that the things that will be implemented at Riverbank following their experiences.
The House Captains will be nominated and chosen by the pupils. The House Captains will award House Points for good attentive listeners and contributors at assemblies.
To augment the Stars of the Week, there will be a Pupils’ Pupil of the Month Award which will be exactly that. An award given to a pupil in their class that they have voted for!
Additionally, the children would like to develop Rainbow Time with different teachers providing a different activity for the pupils to try out during Rainbow Time. This idea will need discussion with the SMT, but everyone is keen to give it a go.
Two representatives from the Rights Respecting School Group shared the new Playground Charter which was put together, with some tweaking, by last year’s and this year’s RRS Groups.
A great deal of thought went into the charter and they will be displayed throughout the school, as reminders about how the pupils think the pupils should behave in the playground.
We hope to have more pupil led assemblies in the future as it is always good to hear what our pupils think of what’s going on at Riverbank and if there’s anything we can do to make Riverbank even better than it is now!
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 15 – 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.