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.



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

Engineering Activities in Mr Flanagan’s P2 Class

Monday 19th November was the start of an engineering week at Riverbank.

Livewire and Techfest assisted with the delivery of a wide range of activities across the school. The activities included making a garden for Baby Bear, designing a sweet factory, looking at fractioning and designing a chair.

Every child had a logbook in which they recorded what kind of engineering they had participated in. Were they a chemical engineer, a design engineer or a construction engineer. ( I didn’t know there were so many different types of engineer!)

Some real life engineers visited to answer questions about their jobs.

The pupils had a great time in a very practical learning environment.

Mr Flanagan very kindly sent me photographs of his class, see below, participating in a series of materials and construction experiments.

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

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


YLL……. No, it’s not a spelling mistake

Some pupils from Riverbank’s P4 and P6 classes caught up with Mrs Jolly, our previous Head Teacher, when they participated in a training course for YLL – Young Leaders of Learning.

YLL is a new Scottish Government / Education Scotland initiative which is about giving children the opportunity to see what ‘goes’ on in other schools. It allows the children to talk to one another and to share ideas. They find out from their peers about things like, Celebration of Achievement, the children can then come back to school with their findings and discuss what we are doing well and what the other school is doing well and if there are changes we can make to improve how we work at Riverbank.

Mrs Jolly was at the training representing Education Scotland and the trainer for the session was Morven from Sparqs.

The children were given several tasks to carry out including ‘building their vision of what made a Young Leader of Learning!’

Below is a slideshow of the pupils from the three schools presenting their Young Leader of Learning Model!

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This was an excellent learning opportunity for the children involved and they met and worked with pupils from two other schools. One of the schools will be partnered with Riverbank and they will visit us, and we them and good practice which the children observe will be shared in school.

What an excellent way of involving the children in their education!


Article 3 – The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

Article 4 – Governments must do all they can do to make sure every child can enjoy their rights.

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 al 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.

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

Additions to our Wider Achievements Board! – A Runner/Dancer & Ballerina!

It’s been a wee while since I’ve been able to share with everyone some of the super things our pupils are involved with outside the classroom. Whether this is a before or after school club activity or an activity which the children participate in away from school altogether we love to hear what they’ve been up to.

Our dancer/runner with her trophies and medals. Well done!

The running medals!

After not having any additions to our Wider Achievement Board for sometime, two young ladies came to share their achievements with me, last week.

Lady number one came with three trophies and two medals. She doesn’t put all her eggs in one basket. Her trophies are for freestyle dance. She is a member of the Claire Smith Dance Group and loves dancing and making new friends. She’s, clearly, very successful as the trophies show.

Her two medals are from the Riverbank Running Club for which she has been an active participant. One of her medals was for participating in a fun run for The Riverbank Running Club.

We have a talented young lady. I hope she keeps up her interest in these two hobbies and we wish her further success in the future.

Our ballerina in school uniform with her Swan Lake programme.

Young Lady number two, through a lot of perseverance and hard work, at her

In her tutu and wearing her blocks!

ballet class, was able to perform with the Moscow State Ballet in a production of Swan Lake. She is a member of The Aberdeen Academy of Performing Arts where she is learning jazz, tap and ballet.

The Moscow State Ballet required a local dance group to provide the extra swans required and our pupil was chosen as one of those swans or would it be a cygnet.

She loves her dancing and particularly learning new dances!

For one so young, to have had such a fantastic opportunity and experience certainly shows how well she is progressing and how seriously she takes her dance. Well done young lady and, please, keep working hard at your dancing!

The dancers. Don’t they look fantastic! What a wonderful experience!

Our young ballerina is 4th from the right in the front row.










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.


Once again, you can help Riverbank raise money for school funds by, simply, getting rid of your unwanted goods.

P6P are taking charge of Bag2School event on Wednesday 5th December 2018. 

By getting involved in this scheme you are, not only, helping raise funds for the school but you are helping the environment by preventing items being sent to landfill. Remember the 3Rs – Reuse, Recycle & Reduce.

What can you put in your bag? – Unwanted clothing, hats, belts, purses, footwear (tied in pairs) and soft/stuffed toys.

If you fill the bag sent home from school, then you can fill any other bag and send it to school, too.

When you’ve packed your bags, bring them to Riverbank and leave them in the Bike Shed. The bags need to be dropped off no later than 9.00am.

The school receives £150 per ton of unwanted items.


Article 3 – The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.



Free Football Taster Sessions for Girls

Girls’ and women’s football is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and because of this, Aberdeen FC Community Trust has been running some sessions for girls aged between 5 and 7 at the Sports Village. There have been two sessions already but there are a further two to come. The first of these is on Sunday 11 November at the Sports Village from 10.15am – 11.15am. The second is at the same time and place on Sunday 25 November. So, if you’re a girl aged between 5 and 7 then you could have a go at girls’ football and remember, it’s absolutely free.


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.