Riverbank’s Primary 7 Leavers’ Assembly, Award Winners & Retiree!

Today saw the last day of Primary School for our current Primary 7s. They will all be moving on to various academies. They received a Leavers’ Pack containing a number of mementos as well as an autograph book and pen….. I now have writer’s cramp.

The culmination of their presentation was a song about leaving to the tune of Shut Up & Dance and the theme tune to The Fast & Furious 7, both sung by our P7s. It was a lovely end to their time at Riverbank!

The Leavers’ Assembly also played host to the official presentation of the House Cup to Hayton House and the Sports Cup to Seaton House.

The winners of the design a football kit, soccer aid challenge and the treasure hunt were also announced and they received their prizes.

The four pupils involved in presenting to and escorting the RRSA assessors who visited us for our Gold Level Reaccreditation were recognised with a certificate and RRSA UNICEF badge.

The four RRSA Ambassadors who were responsible for the walk round and presentation to the RRSA Assessors.

Finally, the winners of the Marlyn Grant Quaich and the Tilly Vision Cup were announced. All nominees had received a gift token and certificate. The Quaich is awarded to the pupil who has made giant strides in their learning and the Tilly Vision Cup is awarded to the pupil who has shown good citizenship.

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A special presentation was made to our school cook, Wilma, who has retired and to Roseanne who has been a pupil escort for many years at Riverbank and, previously, Donbank.

Roseanne’s was presented with her flowers by the last two Riverbank pupils to be escorted by her.

We wish Wilma a long and enjoyable retirement and we hope Roseanne enjoys her work with her new pupils.

It was great to see so many parents join us for this special assembly, to celebrate the award winners as well as saying farewell to our Primary 7s.

A big thank you to all the staff, pupils and parents as well as the wider community for their continued support of Riverbank School. Have a good holiday!

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. 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.

 

Litter Pick!

A recent e-mail was sent to Riverbank School asking if we would like to join in with a 24 hour litter pick across the city.

The litter pick was to begin at 12.01am on Friday 28 June and run to 12 midnight on the same day. Many different groups and organisations had volunteered to participate in this Aberdeen City Council initiative. The purpose of which was to help tidy up a local community. Each group was to ‘donate’ an hour of their time to help in the community tidy up.

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In our case, Mrs Sunley volunteered some helpers from Riverbank School to work with other litter picking helpers, to help tidy up the Tillydrone Community.

Friday arrived and it must have been one of the hottest days of the year, but our trusty band of litter pickers were bedecked in suitable clothing and armed with appropriate equipment and set out for their hour’s stint in the community.

When you’re out and about in Tilly, please, take your litter home with you or place it in a litter bin, don’t drop it and make our community untidy. Let’s make Tilly a litter free zone!

Mrs Sunley reported that the Riverbank group had performed exceedingly well despite how very hot it was. Well done everyone.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 24 – Every child has the right to…..a clean environment so that children can stay healthy…..

Keep Our Seas Plastic Free!

As a Rights Respecting School, the whole school community is aware of the the Articles of the UNCRC. Article 24 states, among other important things, that every child has the right to a clean environment.

We are all aware of the damage discarded plastic can do, especially plastic that ends up in the sea. SIr David Attenborough’s Blue Planet highlighted the serious damage that is being caused by plastic being dumped in our oceans.

Some months ago some of Mrs Ng’s class asked us if we could collect plastic bottle tops. They were looking for a variety of different colours. ‘What’s this about?’ I asked. ‘It’s a secret!’ was the reply. So, as requested, we all saved bottle tops and passed them on to P7N. We then received a request for a specific colour as they were short of it. We wondered what on earth was going on. Soon, it became clear!

Mrs Ng’s class has carried out some work on the issue of plastic pollution and their work has culminated in the most amazing mural/mosaic made entirely from plastic bottle tops. That was ‘the secret’ as to why the pupils wanted to collect bottle tops!

If you happen to be in school, do have a look at the mural/mosaic as it’s quite spectacular!

A beautiful bottle top collage urging us to Keep Our Sea Plastic Free! It’s amazing!

We all think this is a most amazing piece of work. Well done to everyone in P6N!

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 24 – …..every child has the right to a clean environment.

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. 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. 

Little Giants

This is another catch up post…sorry…but we have been very busy.

Some time ago, we arranged a visit for our Primary 1s. This was a scientific visit and was to help explain about important things in our environment.

The visit was Little Giants and was a science workshop on the importance of bees! They are little but the job they carry out is gigantic! Without bees to pollinate them there would be no plants and without green plants we would have no air.

Some giant bees helped explain the importance of our pollinating insects and you can see by their faces just how much the children enjoyed learning about such an important scientific process.

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UNCRC / RRSA

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

 

Toni Shaw Visit

Earlier this term we were lucky enough to have a visit from Toni Shaw. Toni will soon be 16 but is a member of the Scottish aquatics team, having represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games as well as at the World Para-Swimming Championships.

Toni gave a very interesting talk on her love of her sport, her training and the countries she’d visited as a result of her swimming competitively.

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Toni showed a PowerPoint which highlighted her career, so far and she answered some questions. She then, very kindly, visited some of our older pupils in their classes and led some question and answer sessions.

Our pupils were very interested in what Toni had to say and we would like to thank Toni for giving up some of her time to come and talk to our pupils. We hope that her enthusiasm will inspire some of them to take up or progress in their chosen sports. A special thank you to our Active Schools Coordinator, Kim McRobbie for organising this for us.

I would like to apologise for the delay in posting this article.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 25 – Every child has the right to meet with other children and join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

Article 23 – A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and independence, and to play an active part in the community…..

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.

A Primary 1 Dancer!

Our young dancer with her Silver medal for Ballet and Gold medal for Highland dancing.

As the session draws to a close…only five and a half school days left to go…. our talented pupils are still enjoying success outside school.

This Primary 1 young lady came to show me the two medals she had received for her achievements in dancing.

She showed her Silver medal for being placed 2nd in her ballet competition. A great result, indeed. This was surpassed by her Gold medal for being placed 1st in the Highland dancing section.

Highland dancing is my favourite dance class. We play games as well as dance and it’s great fun

Riverbank is very proud of the achievements of this young lady and we wish her every success with her dancing in the future.

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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

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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UNCRC / RRSA

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

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…..

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!

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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

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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UNCRC / RRSA

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