Burns Celebrations @ Riverbank

Friday 25 January was Burns Night or Burns Day at Riverbank. On returning from the Christmas holidays, all classes at Riverbank had a two week focus on a Scottish theme. This is part of our inter-disciplinary learning (IDL) programme. There was a different Scottish focus for different stages; art, dance, poetry or drama.

Some of the classes decided to showcase the work they’d been doing. They asked their teachers if they could invite their parents in so that they could share what they’d been doing in school. Invitations were sent out and it was great to see parents in school doing the Gay Gordons with some of our P4 pupils. There were many pieces of art work produced they were quite amazing. Steven Brown and his colourful coos were very popular studies for our pupils and there are some lovely displays around the school.

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Mrs Smith’s class were very bold and brave as they tried some haggis, neeps and tatties! By the looks on their faces, we weren’t too sure about this famous Scottish delicacy!

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Miss Miller’s Primary 2 class also had a tasting session and she kindly sent some photos, too.

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At the whole school assembly, yesterday morning, several classes shared the work they had carried out. P7B informed us about the life of Rabbie Burns whilst the other P7 class as well as both P5s and P6s as well as P4C recited a wide range of Scots poetry.

From To A Louse to A Dug A Dug and a wide range in between the whole school was entertained by some excellent recitations by their fellow pupils. I was incredibly impressed by how the pupils tackled the Scottish words as well as the hard work which was put in to memorising the poems and being able to recite them without the aid of a paper copy.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 13 – Every child must be free to say what they think………as long as it’s within the law.

Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

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

YLL from Greenbrae School Visit YLL at Riverbank School

A number of children from Riverbank applied to be a YLL – Young Leader of Learning! Approximately 8 children were chosen through a volunteer and selection process. Our YLL went to a training session with YLL from three other primary schools. We were paired up with Greenbrae Primary at Bridge of Don and the aim was for the children from each school to visit each other and look at ways of improving things in their respective schools. It didn’t mean that there was anything wrong with what was happening in their school it just meant that we might be able to do things even better.

The children met with Mrs Jolly from Education Scotland and Matthew Reid from ACC, who were in school to lend support to the VOICE of the pupils.

Our pupils shared with the Greenbrae pupils how they felt about the school and showed them the Riverbank DVD. They chose a project they were proud of to share with our visitors. The children chose to share the work carried out by last year’s P7s on the Friendship Bench. They explained its purpose and also that the P7s had been part of BBC’s Newsround. We even showed them clips from Newsround.

The Friendship Bench in situ in the playground.

The Greenbrae pupils interviewed and asked some tricky questions of two focus groups of staff which included teachers, PSAs, the school counsellor and a RADS coach. They also interviewed two focus groups of pupils with representation from P1 to P7.

The two groups of YLL children lunched together and also had time out in the playground together. During their time in the playground, the two YLL groups visited the Friendship Bench and tried it out!

Two fantastic groups of Young Leaders of Learning! They worked hard and had a great time together!

The feedback at the end of the session was led by Mrs Jolly and Mr Reid and we got some great ideas from the children which we will do our best to put in place in the very near future.

What an excellent learning experience this was for all the pupils. Everyone…..YLL pupils and interviewees alike, said how much they had enjoyed the event, not to mention how excited many of the children were about being given the chance to express themselves and have their ideas listened to and acted on.

Well done to everyone!

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.

Frosty Hands

This morning (Wednesday morning) I’m sure we all woke up to quite a thick frost. In fact it was a ‘hairy’ frost. It took a long time to clear my windscreen before setting off to school. It was much the same in Tillydrone and the Riverbank School grounds when I got in.

Even by break times the frost had shown little sign of lifting. Well wrapped up children were having a great time outside at break. So much fun was being had in the crisp air. Even furniture in the playground became focal points for fun. Just see what some children enjoyed during break time.

It’s true what they say about simple things often providing most fun. Through this the children can discuss what causes frost, the different types of frost, how and why their hand leaves its mark, the importance of water and its freezing point and why some animals have difficulty getting water in the winter time. The list of educational discussion points from a simple thing like frost on a table are numerous but all very valid and relevant.

My thanks to one of our PSAs for taking such a super photograph!

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.

 

More of our Pupils Share their Talents with Us!

I’m sure all visitors to the school have seen our Wider Achievements Board. This is a display where we like to share the personal achievements, outwith school, of our pupils.

Recently, we have had a ballerina and a footballer. Now we have two more additions to our board.

Our young footballer is showing his Player of the Week Trophy!

Another of our pupils came to tell us of his footballing success. As part of the Glentanar Community Football Club, this young man was awarded the Player of the Week Trophy. He was telling me that you have to attend your training sessions and participate in all the skill drills that the coaches are teaching. Our budding footballer must have been working very hard as his coach presented him with the trophy. He has told me that he enjoys being part of a team, meeting and making new friends and playing against other teams, as well as learning and practising his new football skills. Well done, sir, and you keep up the good work at your football!

Our second wider achiever was a young lady who came to show me her

This young lady was showing her certificates for cheerleading.

certificates for attending and participating in cheerleading. She has to learn her routines and practise them with the cheerleading troupe and then perform them for an audience and judges in competitions. She informed me that she enjoyed the physical activity and working as part of a team or troupe. Learning new routines and practising them so that you can carry them through without mistakes was another of the things that she enjoyed. Obviously a young lady who enjoys a challenge. Like her footballing peer, she also enjoyed meeting and making friends with new people. Well done, and I hope I’ll see you cheerleading at some big event in the not too distant future!

We are always amazed at the range of activities our pupils participate in out of school, so please, share your Wider Achievements with us!

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 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.

 

Hallowe’en @ Christmas!

New technology is moving on at a great pace. This session’s innovation has been the use of Google Drive. This allows documents to be shared and worked on collaboratively.

Small problem…sometimes you don’t know that something has been shared with you!!!

I have just found some Hallowe’en Party photographs which had been shared with me on Google Photos. So…a wee bitty late…. but here they are!

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UNCRC / RRSA

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

 

Our Footballing Ballerina!!

Our footballing ballerina! The fancy ballet footwork helps with her football dribbling!

A few posts ago, I told you how proud we were of one of our Primary 3 pupils who had danced with the Moscow State Ballet in a performance of Swan Lake at the Tivoli Theatre.

What a fantastic experience and achievement for someone so young!

But that wasn’t the end of it!

I was revisited by our ballerina to show me her latest certificate. “For

In her tutu and wearing her blocks!

dancing?” I asked her. “No!” said she…..”It’s for football!”

You could have knocked me down with a feather! Our young lady went on to tell us about playing for Glentanar Community Football Club. She plays for one of the girls’ teams.

Again, she told me how much she enjoyed being active and being part of a team. I asked her if she would like to come to my walking football on a Friday night……I think she’d be too fast for us!!!

Well done young lady and keep up the good work!

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 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.

Christmas Party Time!!!

Christmas Party Time has hit Riverbank….BIG TIME!

The Primary 1s kicked off the party run last Thursday and were closely followed on the Friday by the P2s.

Monday and Tuesday saw the P3s and P4s, respectively, partying with great enthusiasm. Corners, musical bumps, pass the parcel, the macarena and general dancing.

Today, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday see the upper school…..P5s, P6s and P7s enjoy their party time.

The children also enjoy some party food and a thank you to our PSAs for setting up the dining room for the eating part of the party.

Mrs Ullah sent me some pictures of her class enjoying their party food.

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Riverbank Christmas Concerts

Riverbank offered up three different concerts this Christmas, as well as the nursery sing-a-long.

The Primary 1 classes performed the Wiggly Nativity. The Primary 2s, 3s and 4s performed The Magical Christmas Jigsaw and the Primary 5s, 6s and 7s put on a concert of Christmas Old and New which saw each class performing a new style Christmas song alongside a traditional carol as well as reciting some poetry.

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The children put such a lot of effort into their productions and great praise was given for how well they all performed. The staff, too, deserve a pat on the back for all their encouragement, rehearsal and confidence building that was carried out withe the classes. Thanks, too, to our parents and carers who helped with costumes and practice at home.

I would like to thank everyone who helped with photos for me….(especially parents)……my hands were a tad full of other things and meant I couldn’t carry out my photography duties. Thanks again!

We hope our audiences enjoyed themselves, I know the children did.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for……their own and other cultures……..

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

Cinderella @ Riverbank

Cinders talks to the P1s.

In keeping with Christmas Panto tradition, Riverbank had a very special performance of Cinderella on Monday 3 December.

Cinders with Buster rather than Buttons.

Cinderella was performed by M&M Productions and it was a spectacular success. There was super scenery, great characters and great music. This provided a fantastic opportunity for audience participation by both pupils and staf…YES!…STAFF too! Mrs Lade and Mr Flanagan showed off their dancing skills by joining in with the Macarena, Gangham Style and flossing!

There were lots of chances to boo and cheer as well as the customary ‘Oh, no there isn’t and Oh, yes there is!’

It was a great afternoon’s entertainment and we could tell by the smiling and excited faces how much everyone had enjoyed themselves…and that was just the teachers!!! Seriously everyone had a great time, especially the children and the closeness to the actors made the atmosphere electric.

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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