Lots of Winners!!!

On Friday, Riverbank celebrated a number of different events at a whole school assembly.

Firstly, Mrs Robb announced the class winners for those who consistently have PE kit. The classes which won were Mrs Robb’s and Mrs Ng’s. These two classes will enjoy a trip to Jump In the trampolining centre. Well done to them.

Secondly, after a rain delayed Sports Day, the winners of the Sports Cup was announced and we all congratulated Seaton House.

Finally, the House Cup was awarded to Hayton House for having gained most house points over the academic session. Hayton House pupils will attend a private showing of at Cineworld. Well done to Hayton House.

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Article 15 – Every child has the right to meet with other children and join groups and 

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A Hat Trick of Achievements!

This Primary 4 pupil now has a hat trick of achievements on our Wider Achievements Wall.

This third entry was for her participation at Battle on the Beach where she competed in an acrobatic and cheerleading group. Our young lady was part of the teams from Aberdeen Vixens and she was delighted to tell me that this was the biggest event of the competition calendar.

The Vixens group came first in the acrobatics section and fifth in the cheerleading section.

“It was the biggest competition of the year. We all loved when the awards winners were announced as everyone in the whole place danced. My coach provided us with our outfits for the competition.”

She is pictured displaying her outfits.

Well done, to our P4 pupil and we hope you have continued success with your acrobatics and cheerleading!



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Riverbank Completes RRSA Reaccreditation Assessment

Friday 7 June 2019 saw Riverbank provide hospitality for two assessors from UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award.

Mrs Sunley and I would like to thank everyone at Riverbank for all their hard work over the last three years and also for lots of effort to ensure that the school was looking great for the visit of the assessors.

A special thank you goes to all the adults who were part of the adult focus group who were interviewed by our assessors. This included PSAs, EYPs, members of staff from EAL, RADS, Active Schools as well as members of our Parent Council and Mr Thomson of FROM. If I’ve missed anyone, I apologise and we would like to thank you all for making yourselves available to provide information to RRSA.

Thanks, too, to all staff and pupils at Riverbank who work together to provide such an excellent and friendly atmosphere in school. This really supports learning.

The Riverbank School Whole School Charter

Our greatest unsung heroes must be Jiaiy, Layton, Emily and Shelley! Emily and Shelley led the walk round for the assessors and they were praised for how much information they held in order to be able to explain what the assessors were seeing and, also, answer all their questions.

Emily and Shelley were joined by Jiaiy and Layton for the presentation which had to be made. They delivered the presentation beautifully, helping each other out at tricky moments. Well done, to the four of you!

The assessors were very complimentary about our bid for a 3rd time reaccreditation at Gold Level and they will send in their report to the RRSA Committee and we will have to wait for their decision.

Once again, a great team Riverbank effort. Well done everyone and we wait expectantly and hopefully for the final decision of the awards committee.



Disco Fever Hits Riverbank!

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings saw Disco Fever return to Riverbank.

A special thank you must go to the Parent Council who organised the discos for various ages and stages. The DJs from SHMU did a great job of entertaining the children with some good music and games. Thanks to to all the parents and staff who helped make the evenings a fun time for the children. Without the help of adults, we wouldn’t be able to have the discos.

I have managed to scavenge some photos from various members of staff who helped out over the two evenings and I hope that they will give a flavour of the discos and show how much the children enjoyed themselves.

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


Fruity Friday!

Following on from Taco Tuesday, Mrs Smith’s pupils decided that they’d like to try some fruit….hence, Fruity Friday. Mrs Smith sent me a wee note about Fruity Friday. I have pasted it in below.

Hi Carol

Some pictures from ‘Fruity Friday’

The boys enjoyed sampling fruits- some of which they had never tried before. Pineapple and Mango were far and away the most popular!!

I have included some information from the curriculum for excellence: I experience a sense of enjoyment and achievement when preparing simple healthy foods and drinks. HWB 1-30

By investigating the range of foods available I can discuss how they contribute to a healthy diet. HWB 1-30a


Article 24: Children have the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care, clean water, and nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy.

Here’s Hooping This Wider Achiever Has Further Success!

Our latest Wider Achiever takes her gymnastic very seriously. She has been participating in rhythmic gymnastics at the Beacon Centre where she has learned the skills of the ribbon, balls and hoops. She was able to tell me that she is too inexperienced, as yet, to learn the skills of the clubs.

In her first competition, where she competed against other gymnasts from many other gymnastic clubs, she came second, on her favourite discipline, the hoop.

When I asked her how the competition had gone she told me that her score had gone up on the board and it was 11.400. The judges told everyone their position and she was so proud to be placed 2nd.

Again, she repeated how proud she was of having done so well in her first competitive outing.

She thoroughly enjoys her gymnastics. Learning new skills and meeting new people and making new friends are all positive points for her.

She is photographed with her silver medal for her hoop routine and we really do hoop…er hope that this Primary 5 pupil has further success in her chosen sport. Well done!


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Another Dancing Wider Achiever!

Dancing is, certainly, very popular among our pupils, as we have another wider achiever who has danced her way to an award.

This Primary 3 young lady has been attending Dance United for just a short time. She has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and experience and her hard work has resulted in her receiving a trophy for her enthusiastic endeavours.

She told me how much she had enjoyed learning new things and that she has met dancers from other schools as well as having friends from Riverbank attend the dance class.

She was delighted to tell me all about her dancing and I am sure that this enthusiasm will see her develop her dance talents even further. Keep persevering and enjoying!



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Taco Tuesday!

At Riverbank we’re always keen to ensure that our pupils sample healthy food and, importantly, that our pupils sample different kinds of food.

In the dining room some children are reluctant to try some of the new meals which are on offer. Even some adults I know are reluctant to try new food. So, because of this we, as teachers, often take the opportunity to give our pupils the chance to try new foods.

A recent Tuesday became Taco Tuesday in the Link Room! Mrs Smith’s pupils were able to try tacos in the class.

By the looks of things, the tacos looked quite delicious and I’m disappointed that I didn’t have an invitation to join in this fantastic food tasting event. Maybe next time!


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Article 24 – Every child has the right to ….. nutritious food…..

Trotting Along With Another Wider Achiever!

Our Primary 2 with her ‘First Fall’ rosette!

Our latest wider achiever was a young lady from Primary 2. Her out of school hobby is horse riding. She attends the Hayfield Riding Club on a Tuesday after school.

In her hand you can see a rosette she was awarded for her ‘First Fall’. Yes, that’s right her ‘First Fall’! Her mum was telling me that sooner or later every rider will take a tumble and it’s a bit of a ritual, that when you have your first fall you receive a first fall rosette.

During her lessons so far she has a favourite pony; Sam and a favourite horse; Oliver.

Our Primary 2 pupil was out riding Rowan when Rowan was spooked by a sudden noise and threw our rider to the ground. Although she was a little shocked, she made sure she was not hurt and then she got back on the horse again! Her mum said that she wasn’t discouraged at all. Well done and how brave!

The young rider is learning to steer her horse as well as canter and trot and, obviously, balance on the horses..

She told me that she enjoyed trotting as she found it very relaxing. She also knows that animals, and horses in particular, can be quite unpredictable but I expect that’s just part of the learning process.

I hope we hear more about how our young horsewoman is progressing with her hobby. Well done and keep persevering!


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Riverbank’s Pride in being STEP School of the Week for Scotland!

We have a group of children who have been participating in the STEP programme. They work on literacy tasks in a physical or active way.

Each pupil is paired up with a PSA and the two, pupil and PSA, work together as a team in completing a number of quite tricky tasks.

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The work carried out is recorded on an i-Pad and recorded on the STEP website. Our coordinator in school, Mrs Smith, works closely with the pairs in ensuring that the whole programme runs smoothly.

We were so surprised, pleasantly that is, when Mrs Smith came to show us a certificate which had arrived. We were the STEP School of the Week for Scotland for the week of 15-19 of April. The team’s commitment to the STEP sessions had been 100% that first week back after the holidays.

It’s amazing what a holiday can do to pep you up for the hard work ahead!

Well done to our STEP team.



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