What a Load of Rubbish???

On a walk down the corridor I came across the most amazing display outside Mrs Arquad’s class. It was made up of rubbish…well not really, it was made up of discarded items…junk to you and me. There was a whole array of robots made by the children. It looked like an army of artificial intelligence had appeared.

Well done everyone, I loved your robots.


Article 28 – Everychild has the right to an education…..

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


A Demonstration!?!?!? – No! – A Sponsored Walk!

It was great to meet my little friends from the nursery in the corridor the other day.

Is this a demonstartion?

There were lots of placards and excited voices. It made me wonder exactly what was happening. As I walked up the corridor I saw Mrs Innes in conversation with the children. I really was wondering what was going on. Were these placard waving nursery pupils upset about their snacks, or unhappy with the toys they had…what was up?

No. we’re going on a sponsored walk!

They were, in fact, getting ready to set out on their sponsored walk. The sponsored walk was in aid of raising funds for the nursery. The children were all excited and happy and looking forward to their four laps of the school grounds. Thanks to everyone for supporting the nursery pupils.


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.



Another one for our Wider & Personal Achievement Board

Our Glack Attack Competitor.

The latest member of our Wider & Personal Achievement Board is a young lady from Mrs Dinesh’s class who took part in the Glack Attack last year. The Glack Attack is an obstacle race which is run over muddy terrain. It looks like a punishment to me but our Achiever thoroughly enjoyed her experience and was telling me she’s going back for more this year.

This is what she told me: “I had to finish a really muddy obstacle course. There was lots of mud and I had to climb over stuff. I am going to do it again this year.”

So, if you’re looking for a challenge, you might want to try the Glack Attack yourself! The 2018 Glack Attack takes place on Saturday 27 October at Glack Hill, Aberdeenshire. It’s pretty near Banchory! The Glack Attack has raised over £40 000 for the Anchor Unit at ARI.


For more information about Glack Attack please click on the link.  Glack Glack Attack

I look forward to hearing and seeing how our Achiever does it this year’s Glack Attack.


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.


A Right Good Rights Respecting Open Day

On Wednesday 3rd October 2018 Riverbank held its first open day of the session. The theme for the open day was a Rights Respecting one with emphasis on the rights of children.

It was very heartening to see so many parents attending either at the morning or afternoon session. Some parents actually attended both sessions.

The idea of children’s rights was well-discussed and worked on in a number of different ways throughout the school. From the right to an education, to the right to clean water, the children worked in class with their teachers and parents and carers to explore the rights of the child.

In the morning Primary 2s focused on Articles 7 & 8 which is about having the right to a name and a nationality, and the right to an identity. In the afternoon they focused on Article 29 which is all about developing a child’s personality and talents.

“P2 looked at the right to an identity in the morning. We made a Riverbank passport, found our national flags and coloured them, shared our likes and dislikes and played guess who with our class mates photos.

In the afternoon we focused on the right for their education to develop their talents and abilities. We had different stations were they were able to showcase various talents such as construction for engineers, crafts table for budding artists, writing table for future authors and miming cards for the actors in the class. We also completed a job to show what we wanted to be when we grow up.”

The Primary 2 Slideshow can be seen below.

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Miss Cody’s Primary 4 class also explored a number of rights related topics during the Open Day.

“Our focus for the morning was discussing needs and wants. We watched a video about children who went shopping with their parents and the children wanted toys and chocolate but the parents were sticking to the shopping list. In groups the pupils discussed and answered questions about the video and related it to how they themselves act in a shop.

The pupils, along with their parents, sorted cards into categories of needs and wants. Some groups also added their own needs such as love and family which they felt were important too.

In the afternoon the children learnt about UNICEF and the work they do to ensure that all children live a healthy and happy life. In groups the pupils had to sort cards into the problem, affect on a child and the solution or the way in which UNICEF help all children.”

In the short slideshow below, Miss Cody has provided us with some examples of the tasks the pupils in P4C carried out during the Open Day.

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P6R, Miss Rowley’s class, spent quite a bit of their time working on tasks around Article 28 – The right to an education. They also looked at Article 6 – every child has a right to life. Governments must do all they can to make sure that children survive and develop to their full potential. They also quizzed their parents on their knowledge of the UNCRC. This linked with Article 42 – Governments should make the Convention known to children and adults.

“AM: We enjoyed our right to live and grow in a healthy way (Article 6) and our right to an education (Article 28) this morning in football. We played games designed to develop our footwork skills. We also did a race against the clock completing a table about wants and needs. Needs are related to our rights.

PM: We enjoyed our right to an education (article 28) and the right that states that everyone should know about the rights of the child (Article 42). We did a UNCRC quiz with our adults, testing their knowledge of the right of the child, and did our own illustrations for the rights we have been learning about today.”

Below, we have some photographs of the activities P6R participated in on the Open Day.

Miss Ambler’s class, P3A, focused their lessons on wants and needs during the morning session and in the afternoon, they were taking a careful look at friendship.

“In one activity we used Argos catalogues to create needs and wants sheets, with a focus on things to make us safe and healthy.  We also looked at the uses of water and remembered that we are lucky to have access to fresh water every day.  Some children also played a spelling “BANG” game and a numeracy game to show what we have been learning in these areas.

In the afternoon, we read a book called “The Friendly Day” and drew/wrote about how we could be a good friend to people in the class, at playtime and in the dinner hall.”

It was good to see so many parents engaging with their children in the class lessons on the Open Day.

Below is a slideshow of photographs from Miss Ambler’s class on the Open Day.


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P7B, Mr Boulind’s class worked on Articles 24 and 28. These focus on health and education.

“The children were looking at the importance of 3 rights that children have:

The Right to an Education.

The Right to Nutrition.

The Right to Clean Water.

The children carried out a number of workshops where the looked at children’s right to clean water and the problems that there are for many children in the world to obtain clean water.We examined how we could identify natural water sources as well as the multiple uses that rivers could have around the world and the pressure on them form pollution. We also carried out a workshop and discussion looking at how we uses water at home and how as a city Aberdeen uses its water.”

The slideshow below shows many of the tasks carried out in P7B on the Open Day.

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Miss Watson’s class – P5L looked at their Rights within the community in the morning and in the afternoon they focused on linking their Rights to the Wellbeing, SHANARRI indicators. Wow! What a task.

“For the open morning we linked with our topic and we talked about the rights and responsibilities that we have when it comes to our local community. We know no-one can take our Rights from us, but we, also, know we have to be responsible for looking after our community. We had 5 different stations (park, school, bin, the hub and the library).

For the open afternoon we linked our rights to the wellbeing indicators (SHANARRI) and talked about what makes us feel all these things and how we can improve them if needed. We then linked specific rights to each indicator and discussed why these where important.”

As always, we have a short slideshow of photographs from Miss Watson’s class.

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Primary 3D – Mrs Dinesh’s class, in the morning, focused was on needs and wants. They spoke about what it needs and wants meant, they sorted examples in small groups and then drew pictures of our own needs and wants.

In the afternoon, they explored the right to a place to live and shelter and then they drew their ideal house with the things they might need and want in it.

Miss Littler’s class – P5L – Also, looked at needs and wants in the community as well as linking the SHANNARI indicators for well being to the Rights.

“Here is what Primary 5L did in the open morning/afternoon and a brief description of what we were learning.

As part of Our Caring World topic we explored the rights and responsibilities we have in our local community. We focused on areas we visit most often and discussed with our peers and parents how we can be responsible and get the most out of our community.

We have been learning what SHANARRI means and how it can link to our rights. We have explored what SHANNARI means to us, creating our own posters displaying how our needs are  being met.

You will find below this some photos from Miss Littler’s class.

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Our Rights Respecting Open Day was a Right Good Event and we would like to thank all parents and carers for their support in attending the event and joining in with their children in class. A special mention to P6R’s parents and carers for being brave enough to participate in the quiz in class.

Well done everyone!


Article 1 – Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.

Article 2 – The Convention applies to everyone: whatever their race, religion or abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.

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


Class Charters for 2018-2019 …..The Minions Remain Firm Favourites!

The Riverbank Whole School Charter!

The beginning of a new session sees Riverbank classes design and produce their new class charters for the session. Some changes may be made during the course of the terms if the pupils feel that new advice needs to be added or removed from their Charter.

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The items on the Class Charter are decided by the pupils and this follows discussion in the class around what should be part of the Class Charter. On top of Class Charters, all the children in Riverbank sign up to the Whole School Charter, which has just seen a revamp! From creatures and things of the garden, we now have a Charter based around things from under the sea. All pupils will eventually sign up to the Whole School Charter, if they haven’t already done so, by providing a colourful fish for the display.The Primary 2s under the guidance of Mrs Cartney, one of our PSAs, provided most of the large items for the display.

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We hope when you visit the school that you have time to take a look at the revamped Whole School Charter. The Whole School Charter is produced form the ideas which repeat themselves on the Class Charters. Each item has two parts to it, what the children will do to achieve success and what the adults in school will do to help them achieve this. These can be seen in the bubbles from the large fish. Additionally, the Articles from the UNCRC, which are particularly relevant to the Charter, are also placed on the Charter and they can be seen on the jellyfish which are swimming in our RRS Sea.

It was noticeable that our good pals, The Minions, are as popular as ever and appear on quite a few of the Class Charters.

I hope you enjoy having a look at some of the Class Charters as well as the Whole School Charter.



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.

Celebrating Wider Achievements @ Riverbank

At Riverbank, we are always delighted to hear about the achievements that our pupils make out of school. Just inside the reception door we have a Wider Achievements Wall where we promote the many fantastic things our pupils get up to out of school.

So far this session I have heard about a young lady who won two trophies at a dancing competition in Glasgow, two young gentlemen whose footballing talents have been recognised at their football clubs; FC Brave Eagles and Footstars and another young man who has gained his blue belt at Taekwondo.

It is wonderful to hear of the many talents and skills which our youngsters are developing and it’s also great to hear how much they enjoy learning new skills and meeting new people and making new friends.

We are so proud of their achievements and we know their parents and carers will be too. But, most of all they should be proud of their achievements. With all talents and skills, we need to persevere to improve and these pupils show that determination.

I look forward to hearing how our first four pupils on our Wider Achievements Wall progress in their hobbies and look forward to other pupils sharing their achievements with us.


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

P7s Set Off To Cromdale.

A group of sixteen very excited Primary 7s set off, this morning, for a four day trip to Cromdale Outdoor Centre which is situated near Grantown on Spey. The trip is led by Adventure Aberdeen and along with two instructors from

Adventure Aberdeen, the pupils are accompanied by Mrs Ironside, Mr Boulind and Emily Hunter.

The children were waved away by parents and members of the school staff at around 10.00am this morning.

Whilst away, our Riverbank Adventurers will participate in abseiling, gorge walking, swimming and many other outdoor activities. The party will return to Riverbank at around 3.00pm on Friday afternoon. We hope they have a great time and look forward to sharing some photos with you all when we receive them.


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.

Back to School!

Riverbank welcomed back all its staff today, Monday 20 August 2018. We had many “weel kent faces” as well as several new members of staff. Everyone is gearing up for the pupils returning tomorrow morning.

Just as a reminder, Primary 1 pupils, on their first day only, should come to the reception at 9.30am where they will be met by their class teacher or another member of staff. Their day will end at 12 noon when they should be collected from their classrooms via the classroom door on to the playground. Half days for the P1s will be for the first two weeks. For the rest of the school, P2 to P7, classes will commence at 9.00am and the day will end at 3.15pm.

A reminder, too, about new break and lunch times.

P1 and P2 will break from 10.30am to 10.45am.     P5, P6 and P7 will break from 10.45am to 11.00am.

P3 and P4 will break from 11.00am to 11.15am.

P1 & P2 will lunch from 12 noon to 1.00pm.     P5, P6 & P7 will lunch from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

P3 & P4 will lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

I would also remind all parents and carers that any child leaving school at lunchtime for a ‘home’ lunch will need to be signed out and collected by a parent or carer.

We look forward to welcoming back everyone tomorrow morning for what we hope will be a great new academic session!



Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free…..