Consultation on School Meal and Activities Initiative During School Holidays

You may have seen media coverage about an initiative in the central belt where school meals have been provided during school holidays. The thought behind this is that children who are entitled to free school meals don’t have this facility during school holidays. Aberdeen City Council is entering into a consultation with parents about a proposal for a similar initiative in Aberdeen which is titled Food & Fun. The link closes on the 31st May so get in quickly. Please take part in this consultation.The link below will take you to the official site where you can find out more and have your say!

Food & Fun Consultation & Survey

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governemnts must work to provide……nutritious food….so that children can stay healthy.

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

Return of Bag 2 School!

Back in December, Riverbank’s Eco Group registered with Bag 2 School. Just as a reminder, Bag 2 School is an organisation that helps to recycle good quality clothing, shoes and textiles. The items are weighed and taken away for recycling. The school receives a payment based on the weight of the materials for recycling. All children will take home a bag and we would be grateful if you could fill it with ‘good quality’ items for re-use.

The bags will be issued soon so please start looking out old clothes etc.

This is a bag from our previous recycling day.

The bags have a list of acceptable items:

We accept the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE:

  • Men’s, Ladies’ and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around)
  • Handbags
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Scarves and ties
  • Jewellery
  • Lingerie
  • Socks
  • Belts
  • Soft toys
  • Household linen
  • Curtains
  • Towels
  • Bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers)

Please do not send in underwear, ripped or soiled clothing, duvets and blankets, or school or work uniforms.

Filled bags should be brought to school on Monday 21st May. As we have no storage facilities, the bags can only be brought on Monday 21st and need to be placed, as last time, in the bike shed. All donations should be in the bike shed by 9.00am.

Again, the group will use the money earned to support an initiative in school and should you wish to find out more about Bag 2 School, then click on the following link: http://www.bag2school.com

We look forward to your support in this excellent recycling project.

UNCRC / RRSA

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.

Article 24 – Every child has a right to…….a clean environment…..

 

 

Egg Decorating in Primary 1M

I was invited along to Primary 1M where they had a competition in decorating eggs. I was asked to judge the competition. Judging is something I just don’t like doing as it is always so difficult to decide and I always feel so bad for those who have put in lots of effort but don’t win. There’s always another opportunity for the pupils to participate again. The standard of decoration was very good and as usual trying to choose a winner was rather tricky, it took some deliberation before I made my decision. However, from the attached photograph, you’ll see that no-one looked unhappy after the competition was judged.

A happy bunch of egg decorators.

UNCRC / RRSA

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.

Easter Assembly!

The whole school was on hand for the assembly.

Due to a technical problem with a sliding door, the Reverend Weir asked if we could hold our end of term assembly at Riverbank and not at St George’s as we had arranged. Unfortunately, due to lack of space, we could not invite parents to join us.

Mr Weir led the assembly and some of our Primary 7 pupils told the Easter story in a number of readings.

Mr Weir led the service and told us he was retiring.

Mr Weir announced that this was to be his last visit as minister as he was retiring. This was a real surprise to all at Riverbank as we were not aware that Jim’s retiral was imminent.

Bill had come along with Mr Weir and he caught us up with the latest news about the Easter trip to Uganda organised by the Tilly Vision Project. Mrs Macleod was heading off with the church to visit Kamuli Township School. We sent off some postcards with the travelling party. Every child had written a postcard to send to a child in Kamuli.

 

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Additionally, Mrs Leith had managed to organise her knitters to make another blanket for a new baby. One of the Primary 6 pupils was on hand to show off the latest blanket. This blanket is a little different in that it will be a school blanket, and will be given to a member of staff who is leaving to have a baby, and who will return it when the baby has had its use of it and it will be ready to hand on to the next new baby.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 14 -Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights of parents to give their children information about this right.

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

 

Easter Egg Competition Winners

A special thank you to our Parent Council who ran an Easter Egg competition during the last week of term. The pupils were asked to decorate an Easter Egg any way they liked or imagined. There were three age group prizes which were judged by Mrs Innes, Mrs Ironside and me. The fourth prize was drawn, at random, from all of the entries.

Our Easter Egg decoration prize winners.

The winners were presented with their eggs at the end of term assembly. Once again, a big thank you to the Parent Council for organising this activity.

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Princesses & Knights Enjoy a Fabulous Feast!

Primary 1Mc have had a great time this past term finding out all about castles. As part of their topic, they built a castle in the classroom and even visited a castle.

I was very impressed with the crowns and tiaras the children made as part of their project. There is a previous article on this website showing some of the crowns and tiaras.

As they approached the end of term the pupils decided that they would like to wind up their term’s work with something exciting. They decided that they would like to have a feast. The theme for the feast was to be princesses and knights.

I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to the feast and toddled along to see how things were going. The children were having a fantastic time and there was some good healthy food on the table, too.

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What a lovely end to a well-enjoyed topic and one that provided lots of different learning experiences.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 28 – 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.

A Second Trip Out to Encourage the Motorists to Heed the Speed Limit!

On our last trip out with the police, to encourage motorists to slow down, as the drive through Tillydrone, it was absolutely freezing. Our second trip out was just as cold but for a different reason….it was bucketing down and umbrellas were required!

Again, we situated ourselves on Hayton Road near the zebra crossing where the lollipop lady is sited. Our group should have consisted of four young ladies but one was unable to join us due to chicken pox. So, there were three pupils on duty.

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Six motorists were stopped and agreed to talk to the pupils. They were, mainly, embarrassed that they had been found to be going too fast. All said that they would be more aware in the future. In phase one of the initiative we stopped 13 motorists. So there was a big drop in those we found speeding today.

So just in case anyone thought to go too fast again, in the words of a Mr Schwarzenegger – ‘We’ll be back!’ Yes, another group of pupils will be out with some officers in the not too distant future.

We hope that our initiative will act as a deterrent to anyone who might think of driving too fast through Tillydrone. We want everyone to be safe! Remember, 20’s plenty!

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.

Sharing Assemblies

Last Thursday and Friday saw our sharing assemblies for the end of term. The P1s, 2s and 3s shared their term’s work with parents, relatives and friends on the Thursday with the P4, 5s, 6s and 7s doing likewise on the Friday.

From famous women to mechanical engineering and from castles to crows, there was lots on display to showcase the learning that the children have been involved in throughout the term.

The Early Stages Sharing Assembly

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The Upper Stages Sharing Assembly

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Once again, it was very encouraging to see so many parents, carers and relatives join our pupils at our sharing assemblies. Thank you for supporting us.

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Bingo!

Primaries 5R and 5B, Mrs Russell’s and Mr Bloom’s classes recently held a Bing afternoon. They did this to raise funds to send two Primary 5 pupils to school at Kamuli Township School in Uganda.

Following a meeting on the afternoon of the BIngo, I headed along to the dining hall to see how things were going. The tension was amazing as so many people had their eyes down on their cards and concentrating on getting their single line, two lines or a full house.

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Mr Bloom did a splendid job of calling the numbers and Mrs Russell had put together an excellent raffle for a super hamper.

Everyone who was there had a great time and the two Primary 5 classes raised nearly £170! Well done to them and everyone who supported their fundraising efforts.

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play……

Who’s for Yoghurt?….Oops! should be Who’s for Yoga?

One of our lunchtime clubs, at Riverbank, is yoga. The yoga class has been running for quite a number of years now and Sandra, the yoga tutor, has helped out during past health weeks as well. Yoga is such a good way of keeping fit and it looks after our health and well being too.

Recently, a group from Mrs Smith’s class have enjoyed some yoga and Mrs Smith has been impressed with the benefits that have been gained by the pupils participating in the group. She has sent me some photographs showing some of the activities the pupils have participated in. It looks like they’ve been having a great time!

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UNCRC / RRSA

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health…..

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.