Book Fair

On the run up to Christmas we will be visited by the Scholastic Book Fair. You will, already, have received some information from school about the Book Fair. The Book Fair provides an excellent opportunity for parents to buy some Christmas presents and perhaps gives the children a chance to extend their home libraries by buying a book or two! In addition, Riverbank can raise some funds from the book sale.

The children will be given an opportunity to browse the books on their first visit to the Book Fair. They can then go home and discuss with parents and carers if there is a book they want to buy. On their second visit, they will be able to purchase the books. Below is a timetable, so that you are aware of when your child(ren) will be visiting the Book Fair.

Book Fair Timetable – 2017

We hope that you and your children enjoy browsing at the Book Fair.


Article 24 – Every child has the right to an education…..

Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part
in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Parental Involvement Survey

Here at Riverbank, we are always seeking ways of keeping our parents and carers involved and up-to-date with what your children are doing at school. We also welcome parent/carer helpers and love to see so many of you attend school events such as sharing assemblies, information sessions etc.

What better way to find out how our parents and carers would like to become more involved in daily school life than asking them. The members of our Parental Involvement group would like you to take 5 minutes out of your day to inform us about how we can improve our parental involvement. To do this, please participate in the Survey Monkey for which I have placed the link below. You really would be helping our Parental Involvement group by completing this survey. The more people who complete it the better and the survey is totally anonymous.

Here’s the link     Parental Involvement Survey Monkey

Thank you for your help with this.



Active Schools Activities

Kim McRobbie, our Active Schools coordinator has just e-mailed me some exciting news about two activities that she would like to add to those, already, available at Riverbank.

For Primaries 4 and 5 there is an opportunity to learn to play tennis. This group will take place on a Friday lunchtime from 1.15pm – 1.45pm and will run from 10th November until 15th December. This is, clearly, a lunchtime club. In addition, there will be a multi-activity club for Primaries 1-3. It will run from 3.15pm – 4.15pm from 13th November until 11th December, so a quick, short block, which will be available in school thanks to students from North East College and Mr Nicoll.

I have attached forms from Kim and these can be downloaded, completed and returned to school if your child would like to participate in these clubs. They are also available in school.

Riverbank Tennis poster

Riverbank Multi-Activity poster





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

Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Free School Meals

A number of years ago, now, the Scottish Government put in place an initiative whereby children in Primaries 1, 2 and 3 were to, and still do, receive a school meal free of charge. For children from Primaries 4 to 7, the system is different. Some parents may have to pay for their child to have a school meal. The current price of a school meal is £2.10. Some parents may be eligible for free school meals. To claim free school meals for your child(ren) you must complete the form which I have shown below. You will see that there is a section which explains who is eligible to claim for free school meals. I have also placed, beneath the form a link so that you can download a form and complete it, if you wish to make application for free school meals.

Free School Meal Application Form

If you require further information about free school meals, you can enquire at Aberdeen City Council or ask Riverbank’s Office Staff.

Winter School Meal Menu

The October holidays have come and gone and the children are now looking forward to Christmas. however, since returning from the holidays a change has taken place in the school meal menu. From October until the Easter holidays, the school catering staff will be using the ‘winter’ menu.

I have posted a copy of the menu to the right but if you wish to download a copy or view a larger copy then please use the link below.

Winter School Meal Menu 2017

Primaries 1-3 Sharing Assembly

This morning, Friday 13 November 2017, was the turn of our Early Stages pupils to share their learning with parents, carers, relatives and friends.

It’s just as well we decided to make our Sharing Assemblies a two part affair as we, most certainly, would not have had room for everyone in the hall for this presentation. Not only did we have to move all the children forward in the hall but we had to move the parents forward too, to make room for everyone to get in. My goodness! What a huge turn out of parents we had.

The children, ably supported by staff, put on a great show for the whole audience.

We heard about phonics and sang some song. We had five ducklings and ten green bottles. We had poetry writing, some fantastic art work and craft work and communal singing…..oh and much, much more.

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Primary 1G and Primary 1S entertained us with some of their Jolly Phonic jingles. I managed to grab a short video. Click on the link to hear them sing!


I did say that after last week’s Sharing Assembly for middle and upper stages that I was really looking forward to seeing the work of the early stages and they didn’t disappoint me. The hard work and effort put in by all pupils and staff was there for everyone to see. I hope everyone heads off for a lovely holiday and some rest, now! ………But don’t forget…Christmas is in the offing!


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

October Holiday Activities

Kim McRobbie, our Active Schools Coordinator, has been in touch to give us information on activity sessions which will be available for children during the October holidays. These activities are all FREE and are being held either at St Machar Academy or at the Lads Club.

Activities included are football with Rads, dance and fun dance games and Zumba! I have posted, below, a poster highlighting the activities with dates, times and venues.



Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Primaries 4 – 7 Sharing Assembly

Friday 6 October 2017 was the date for the first Riverbank Sharing Assembly of the new academic session. With Riverbank’s roll increasing, it was decided that we would have to split the sharing assembly and have two of them. The Primaries 4-7 would host the first one with the Primaries 1-3 hosting their Sharing Assembly on the last day of term. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough room in the hall to accommodate all the pupils and parents and carers, too.

There was a super turnout of parents, carers and friends for the P4-7 Sharing Assembly. This gave the children a real feeling of importance; knowing that the wider school community was interested in finding out all about what the pupils had been learning about.

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As usual there was a wide variety of topics covered in the presentations from the various classes. from the Ancient Egyptians to singing songs and from the input of a midwife as part of Living and Growing to paintings in the style of Picasso, the morning had it all. They say you learn something new everyday and I certainly did at Friday’s Sharing Assembly.

I look forward to Friday for the P1-3 Sharing Assembly.

Well done everyone and thank you for sharing your learning with us all!


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