Breastfeeding Initiative

Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership has asked us to help in promoting a citywide initiative which is all about making Aberdeen a more friendly breastfeeding city.

The Tillydrone Campus will host two events in the near future. The first event is a discussion with the general public; to hear their views and ideas about the project, and the second is for businesses in the area, to find out if they can help make breastfeeding more friendly on their premises.

I have placed, below, a poster from Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership giving details about the event. Please go along if you can and lend support and air your views on this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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

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

Our First Wider Achiever of the New Year!

Our Primary 3 dancer with her trophy.

This young lady from Primary 3 came to show me the trophy which she won at the weekend. She had gone to Glasgow to compete with her dance school, Dance United. She was a competitor in the Under 8 Freestyle Dance section. Her hard work and efforts paid off as she was proud to tell me that she had come second in the competition!

“I really like dancing and going to competitions.” was her excited comment.

Congratulations, young lady! We are all so proud of the achievements you’ve made in your dancing. Well done!

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.

 

Christmas Village

The pupils from Mrs Smith’s class received an invitation to the Christmas Village.

An entourage set out from Riverbank to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas Village.

The children received hospitality in the form of some snacks, drinks and sweets and even a Christmas decoration for their tree.

We had some daredevil children who enlisted the help of some daredevil teachers and PSAs to access some of the more dynamic rides which were available.

Everyone enjoyed their visit to the Village and had great fun and I have included a selection of photographs from the Village.

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Our thanks to Angela Joss of Aberdeen Inspire for the kind and generous invitation and well done to Mrs Smith’s class who have written, and sent, thank you letters to Ms Joss. Well done, boys!

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Christmas Concerts and Nativity

In a slight change from the last few years, we had three, lovely presentations by Riverbank pupils for parents, carers, friends and relatives. The timing of the concerts was staggered as our roll is so high now that we can’t accommodate everyone in the hall at one time.

The Primary 1s presented their very cute version of The Wriggly Nativity, whilst the P2s, 3s and 4s sang themed Christmas songs and or recited a poem. The P5s, 6s and 7s, also, performed songs and recited poetry.

The concerts were, as always, well-attended with a particularly vocal and enthusiastic audience at the Tuesday afternoon performances.

A favourite part of the P2-4 concert was everyone involved in the finale….an amazing rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas.

Thank you to the pupils and all the staff who helped and supported the children in presenting the concerts and nativity, a special thank you to Mr Dawson, our music teacher, who was responsible for coordinating all the pieces of music. Finally, a big thank you to all the parents and carers who helped out with costumes, which made all of the performances look particularly special!

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 and artistic activities.

Sharing Assemblies

The termly sharing assemblies were spread over a number of weeks. This allows parents and pupils to be able to enjoy the assembly in comfort.

We started off on the week before the October holidays and carried on for three weeks into the Christmas Term.

The classes shared their learning with their parents, carers and peers. It was very pleasing to see just how much the children have worked on since returning to school in August. The range of curricular areas covered was very broad and it was great to see examples of their work whether it was displayed in the hall or as part of a PowerPoint slideshow.

I have included some photographs of some of the sharing assemblies and apologise for not having been able to visit them all.

 

It was great to see so many parents taking the opportunity to come into school and see what’s been going on in class.

Thank you all for your support of your children and Riverbank School.

UNCRC / RRSA

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

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

Celebrating 30 Years of the UNCRC

Back in November, Riverbank helped celebrate 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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The children were invited to come to school wearing something blue – UNICEF’s colour. Classes carried out work in literacy and numeracy on a Paddington theme as this was the theme set by UNICEF.

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The children were able to buy raffle tickets for a giant bear which had been donated by Mrs Adam, one of our PSAs. We all managed to watch the Paddington movie too. Although we watched it in two parts and in stages, we all came together in the afternoon to share the climax of the movie together. Everyone loved the story.

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Some classes made UNCRC Birthday Cards with an Article of the Convention highlighted.

I’m sure, much to the annoyance of several drivers on Hayton Road, we even did a 30th Birthday Speedwatch Special. One passer-by even told us we should do our Speedwatch more often!

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Some of the Articles of the Convention were revisited and worked on and we had a lovely day at Riverbank!

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Golden Ticket Winners

Our two Golden Ticket Winners!

Some weeks back, the pupils were given the chance to enter a competition to earn a Family Golden Ticket for the Scottish Kids Show at the new Exhibition and Conference Centre – P&J Live.

Tickets were quite expensive but we were given two family tickets worth £40 each and the children had some colouring in to carry out.

We had lots and lots of entries and finally we had two winners who told me that they’d really enjoyed their visit to the Show.

They told me all about the bouncy castles and interactive games that they had enjoyed using.

Well done, and we hope we have the chance to run a similar competition next year.

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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

We’re On the Run Up to Christmas!

Riverbank is always a busy place to be but on the run up to Christmas it can become quite manic.

Around the school there is lots of practising for the various concerts going on. Christmas card making, calendar making and decoration activities all add to the buzz around school.

We have some beautifully decorated classrooms and each class was asked to decorate their classroom door. Classes in the modular units were given a door in the main building to decorate. We had some fantastic designs.

Outfits/costumes for the concerts were beginning to appear and the children were doing lots of singing and poetry recitals in preparation for the big performances.

The pictures above show three classes at a rehearsal for their Christmas Concert.

Christmas really is a busy time at Riverbank.

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 human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures.

Coming Face to Face with Yourself

You’re never sure what you might come across in your travels around the city as this young man found out from a friend of his dad’s.

Our P4 pupil with his photo on the front of the ‘What’s On’ guide to the Art Gallery. He is celebrating a goal on the shoulders of his dad!

 

As I’m sure we’re all aware, the Aberdeen Art Gallery has recently reopened following a huge refurbishment. Among the exhibitions on display at the Gallery at the moment is a collection of photographs by Martin Parr entitled Think of Scotland.

One of our Primary 4 pupils was amazed to find himself, not only as part of the exhibition but also on the front cover of the Gallery Magazine.

He was photographed along with his father and uncle at a football match at Pittodrie.

A family friend had let dad know of their fame and our young pupil was delighted to go and see himself in the exhibition. I am reliably informed that the photograph is huge – “It’s bigger than your door, Mrs Baxter!” he delighted in telling me.

Wow….it must be some size!

As Andy Warhol said…everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame! I must visit the Gallery to see the exhibition myself and tell everyone that I know the people in the photo!

 

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Two New Wider Achievers and a Frequent Flyer…Dancer!

This young lady is proudly showing her participation certificate from Glentanar Community Football Club. She attends the girls’ coaching sessions one evening during the week and participates in matches at the weekend. Her Glentanar team play against teams from other clubs in the area.

“I enjoy playing football and work hard for my coach, Paul. I enjoy the coaching sessions and have made some new friends. I really enjoy playing against other teams.

Well done! It’s clear that you enjoy your football. Keep working hard at it!

Our second wider achiever, is a young man who came to show us the certificate which he was awarded at Scouts. He attended a course on safety and passed. He told us that he had to spot hazards and try to make things safe. He very quickly spotted several trip hazards in my office! Our young safety instructor told us we needed to get things sorted quickly…..just to be on the safe side.

This responsible young citizen told us, “I really enjoyed the course and I can look for safety problems and put things right.”

Well done, young man! I think we need to get you to help us with the risk assessments we have to do in school. What a very responsible course to go on!

This young lady is a ‘weel kent face’ on our Wider Achiever Boards.

She continues to be extremely successful in her dancing competitions and gained a first place at the most recent competition, We, clearly, have quite a talented young dancer and we hope she continues to make excellent progress in her out of school activity and we’ll be delighted to hear of her further successes!

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.