Tidier Tilly!

At a recent assembly, Bill Mitchell came in to talk to us all about the latest initiative in the Tillydrone Community.

Tidier Tilly is an initiative which is exactly what it says. Bill would like the whole Tillydrone Community to become involved in keeping Tilly tidier. He spoke to the pupils about a Saturday tidy up event which was to be held on Saturday 10th February. The meeting point was to be St George’s Church. Bill had black bags, gloves, picker uppers and all sorts of equipment to help tidy up the local streets.

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The children and their families were invited to attend this join in event. I haven’t seen Bill to find out how the tidy up went but I think it was an excellent idea. The initiative was not just for one day and Bill was hoping that people would join in in trying to keep the community tidy. I have to say that a Tidy Tilly is a safer place for our children to play in and our Pupil Council and RRSA pupils have often commented about how upset they become when they see dog owners exercising their pets in the school playing field and grounds.

Dogs should NOT be exercised in the school grounds and dog owners should pick up their dog’s mess if need be. Some very nasty diseases can be picked up from dog fouling for example: whipworms, hookworms,roundworms,tapeworms, parvo, corona, giardiasis, salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis and campylobacteriosis. No wonder our pupils get upset when they find dog faeces in the playing field. The janitor and cleaners, too, get upset as often the children don’t know that they have stood on the poo and it is dragged into the school and ends up on the carpets and flooring. This means that whole areas of the school have to be disinfected. So, if you’re walking your dog, please, be a responsible pet owner!

Riverbank will certainly be supporting the TIdier Tilly initiative and we hope you will too!

 

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health……..and a clean environment……

P4N and The Chocolate Factory!

In my years as a teacher, I have gone on many educational visits with the classes I have taught. Some of the most interesting ones were a visit to a distillery and a fizzy drinks factory. The one outing I would have jumped at but never quite managed to arrange would have been a visit to a sweet or a chocolate factory….mmmmmmmmm! So you can guess how jealous I felt when I heard that Mr Nicoll’s class were going to visit Cocoa Ooze and I wasn’t invited!!!

Cocoa Ooze make luxury chocolates, right here, in Aberdeen. The Cocoa Ooze chocolatiers explained all about the craft of making chocolate and the children were able to make and decorate chocolate bars as well as try new flavours.

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The children learned that they had to pipe their names backwards for them to appear the right way round on the chocolate bar. The piping was hard work. Lots of tiring squeezing to get the chocolate to pipe out. The children had a great time… and I’ll bet a very yummy time too. What an experience for them all.

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…..

A Viking Longship

Miss MacAulay’s class are, currently, learning about the Vikings. As part of their topic, they had a homework project to make a Viking longship at home, with the help of adults.

This young gentleman came along to show me his longship. The Vikings on board the ship had the faces of members of his family and the shields along the side of the ship were one pence pieces. Cocktail sticks took the place of oars and the ships had a splendid sail.

Well done for completing your task. Your ship looked great.

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.

Safety Information about SnapChat!

There has been a lot of attention, recently, over the safety of children when accessing the internet. Concerns have been raised over children having social media accounts and their postings falling into the wrong hands. We have, at Riverbank, spoken to the children about internet safety and various speakers, on this subject, have visited school over the years. Still, children are not fully aware of how their safety may be compromised by them accessing the internet and sites such as Facebook and more recently, SnapChat. Primary school children shouldn’t have Facebook nor SnapChat accounts as the minimum age for having access to these social media accounts is 13.

We have received the following document from Aberdeen City Council regarding safety concerns around SnapChat. The document also provides good internet safety advice for parents and children. Please, take time to read the document. Internet safety is of huge importance.

SnapChat-Security Advisory Notice

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 16 – Every child has the right to privacy. The law should protect the child’s private, family and home life.

Article 34 – Governments must protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

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

Riverbank has a Visit from Aberdeen’s Imam

The pupils of the early stages and upper stages had two visitors, today, at their assemblies. Imam Ibrahim and Aftab Khan, who is the General Secretary from the AMIC – Aberdeen Muslim and Islamic Centre, attended our assemblies.

Imam Ibrahim’s position at the local mosque is similar to that of the Reverend Weir at St George’s Church.

Imam Ibrahim talked to the children about his job as Imam. We found out such a lot from him. There are three mosques in Aberdeen including one at the hospital. There are around 5000 muslims in Aberdeen and prayers are observed five times daily at the mosques. We also learned that there can be 5 million pilgrims praying at Mecca, the largest mosque in the world. That is an amazing statistic when you consider that Scotland has a population of 5 million! The Imam shared with us aspects of the Islamic faith and Aftab was on hand to support the Imam with information and photographs from the internet.

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Before leaving Riverbank to head back to the Mosque for lunctime prayers, Imam Ibrahim and Aftab left us three beautiful gifts. The gifts were lovely books which will help when the pupils are learning about Islam during religious education lessons.

We were all very interested in finding out about Islam and we hope that Imam Ibrahim will return to Riverbank in the future. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our two visitors for our lovely gifts.

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Article 14 – Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights…..

Article 30 – Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regrdless of whether these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where you live.

The Hat’s Off to a Great Knitter!

Mrs Leith’s knitters are doing us proud! Before the holidays I had a number of visitors to my office to show me their knitting which included knitted stockings for hanging on a Christmas tree and knitted snowmen. They were fantastic!

Today, however, I was amazed by the latest completed item of knitting. The young lady in the photograph brought a baby’s hat to let me see. The hat will be gifted to a new arrival who’s mum is a friend of our young knitter’s mum. She was, rightly, very proud of her knitting and I have to say that the pompom on the top was the icing on the cake….and all her own work!

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.

Any Girls Fancy Football?

 

We have been contacted by Middlefield Wasps SC who run football teams for boys and girls. They are, currently, seeking to recruit players for a couple of their girls’ teams. They have sent us a some of flyers which I have posted below. If your child and you are interested, then please contact Nicola Ewen at the following e-mail address: ewennik@aol.com

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, 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.

Aladdin was a Roaring Success!

Wednesday 13 December was the date for Riverbank’s visit to His Majesty’s Theatre to see this year’s panto – Aladdin.

You wouldn’t believe how much organisation goes into getting the whole school out on a visit like this. Tickets have to be ordered. Seating plans for the auditorium have to be researched to plan where the classes are going to sit as we are sharing the theatre with other schools and members of the public. Buses need to be booked and that can be awkward as our return journey will clash with school runs which the bus company has on a daily basis. The organisation also requires to have the correct number of adults for children and that included some parent helpers as well as staff and volunteers. So, first of all, a big thank you to everyone who made this happen.

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Next, the panto was a real spectacle. The jokes were funny, Jimmy Osmpnd sang well but maybe he was a little too nice to be the baddie. Sadly, I am old enough to remember the words to some of the Osmonds songs which he sang.

Riverbank was represented by two pupils in some audience participation.

The pupils really enjoyed themselves and the adventure wasn’t over when we left the theatre. There were so many buses when we got back to Riverbank, we brought gridlock to Tillydrone..OOPS!

 

UNCRC / RRSA

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

Santa Visits Riverbank’s Nursery

The nursery had two visits from Santa to finish off their Christmas parties. Santa was very kind to us by delivering some small gifts to our morning nursery and then making a return journey for the afternoon nursery. Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit the morning nursery but I arrived, just in time, to catch Santa at the afternoon party.

The children were singing some lovely Christmas songs when Santa made a grand entrance, taking time to talk to parents and carers. I’m sure he was trying to find out if all the girls and boys had been behaving themselves.

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Santa sat down and spoke to the children and our very own Mrs England was on hand to retrieve Santa’s guitar from his sleigh so that we could participate in some more songs. One little voice was heard to say, “Can Santa play the guitar?” Of course he can…he’s magic! It was wonderful to see the faces of the wee ones as Santa made their day.

What a lovely time I had in the nursery.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 30 -Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, regardless of whether these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.

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