The ‘Wee Green Spaces Project’ Needs Helping Hands
The ‘Wee Green Spaces Project’ is an early years initiative, encouraging the use of green spaces. These spaces may be in public parks or a space you have created yourself. Riverbank has its own ‘Wee Green Space’ but we need help to develop it. If you can spare a little time we would love to hear from you, or just pop along. The nursery children are really keen to develop Riverbank’s Wee Green Space so please let us know if you can help out and it would be helpful if you could bring a spade with you, but don’t worry if you don’t have one, as we’ll rustle one up for you!!!!
You’re Not Going to the Panto!
Oh, YES WE ARE!!!!
A Christmas highlight at Riverbank this year will be P1-P7 visiting the Beauty and the Beast pantomime at HMT which stars Elaine C Smith. We are all looking forward to the panto and we will send out more information about this nearer the event.
Riverbank Goes to the Movies!
As part of ‘Into Film Festival 2014’ Riverbank visited the Cineworld Cinema for a viewing of Rio 2. The logistics of getting every P1 to P7 pupil on to a bus, belted in and then setting off, has to be experienced to be believed and that doesn’t include getting everyone back to school, again. Never mind, it acted as a dry run for our Christmas treat, still to come. More about that later.
Back to the film. Rio 2 turned out to be a great choice for our movie. This was a good spot by Miss Dezall. The film was fun but with an Eco theme and it was bright, colourful, funny, musical and really enjoyable. I think everyone had a thoroughly good morning at the cinema. The experience of going to the ‘pictures’ with your classmates and school friends is rather unique and the fact that no-one else, apart from one other class of children from another school, was there, in the cinema, only adds to the event.
This cinemagoer, loved the film but was also extremely proud of the Riverbank pupils; they were all so well-behaved and polite throughout. Keep up the good work, folks!!
Looking for Something to do During the October Holidays?
Shazam Theatre Group will be running drama workshops at St George’s Tillydrone during the second week of the October Holidays. From the 20th to the 24th of October from 10am until 4pm these free workshops will be available for children from P4 to S2.
It is expected that these workshops will be popular so book early to avoid disappointment. If you are interested the contact Kathleen at St George’s or e-mail Shazam at the following firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you have a Smashing Pumpkin of a time!
Would You Care To View Our Award Winning Dinosaur Movie?
Just look at our dinosaurs!
Following on from the excitement of winning the CYPS Award for ICT, we thought it only fair to share the movie with you. If you click on the link below, it will take you to the site where the dinosaurs are stored!!!
Celebrations of Success following CYPS Awards 2014
Riverbank picked up three awards at the Children & Young People’s Service Awards ceremony which took place yesterday evening at the Beach Ballroom.
The CYPS Awards celebrate achievements in Aberdeen City by children, young people and adults who work with children and young people. For those attending, it is a very special exciting and nerve-racking evening as the nominations in each category are read out and then the golden envelope is opened and the winner is announced. Throughout the evening, entertainment was provided by pupils from schools across the city and, much to the delight of some of our young pupils who attended to represent Riverbank, there was a buffet provided with some tasty morsels!!
But….back to business. Riverbank was nominated in seven categories.
- Global Citizenship – The Big Knit – our novice knitters making their squares to provide blankets for orphans in Malawi, Befriend a Child and even a teacher with a new baby.
- Enterprising Young People – The Smoothie Group – Mrs Spry’s intrepid smoothie makers, who invent new recipes, make the smoothies and sell them in
- ICT Award – Miss MacAulay and P1A for their Dinosaur video
- Positive Ethos – The RRSA Steering Group for their initiative in producing a DVD on the positive ethos of Riverbank School
- Raising Achievement – The Rainbow Garden – It speaks for itself
- Healthy Living – Miss Gardner, Miss Joyce and the children in upper stages who helped organise a month of healthy living activities and information sessions
- Integrated Working – This was the work of Miss Logan and the Riverbank Nursery staff along with Miss MacDonald from the Educational Psychology Department who did huge research on Attachment Theory
It was fantastic to have all seven of our nominations short-listed and although we were a little disappointed that all seven didn’t turn out winners, we were so proud to have even reached the short-listed stage and even more proud when The Big Knit, The Smoothie Group and The Dinosaur Video were all named winners in their category.
Our certificates and mini shields will soon be on display in school.
Many people attending the event were kind enough to come and speak to the Riverbank entourage and congratulate us on how well the school had done.
There is such a lot of great work going on at Riverbank, that we would like to take this occasion to blow our own trumpet for a little and to thank everyone, all staff and pupils for making Riverbank the great place that it is.
Enjoy the DanceLive Festival
The Dance Live Festival will be running during the October holidays and there are a number of free, family friendly events which may help to keep the kids entertained.
I have included two links for you. The first is the link to family friendly events and the second is the link to the main website for Dance Live 2014. Here’s hoping you’ll find something to enjoy.
Lots to Experience at Techfest
Tuesday and Wednesday were the two days when Riverbank was relatively quiet as classes visited Techfest. Apart from some minor problems, the children thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience. It was particularly exciting for our new Primary 1 pupils who, not only, had a trip out of school, but also had packed lunch out of school too.
Many different workshops were trialled by our young scientists and hearing the children talk about what they saw and did was illuminating.
As usual, Mr Bug was extremely popular, but one of the most interesting workshops was a demonstration of 3D printing. P4-5B, Miss Miller’s class, came back with a perfect, plastic nut and bolt which was made on a 3D printer.
I have posted some photographs but soon you will be able to view each class’ web pages, where you will be able to see what your child’s class did at Techfest. We’ll keep you posted as to when these extra pages on our website will become available.
Help Your Child to Choose their Lunch
Lunchtimes in the dining room at Riverbank are a hive of activity. By the time our Primary 1 pupils start going for lunch and we include the children who have a packed lunch, then our kitchen staff, PSAs, teaching staff and management team will be dealing with approximately 200 children. Many of our younger children find it difficult to choose what they want to eat. This can cause huge queues to build up at the servery and some of the children can become upset. To try to help everyone, I have attached a link to Aberdeen City Council’s website where the school meals menus can be seen. Perhaps, you could discuss with your child, the night before, what they would like for school lunch the next day. This would help in speeding up the flow of children at lunch and easing stress on them too.
The menus change twice a year and work on a 4 week cycle. A calendar is included on the web page to help you work out which menu is available and when. We hope this is helpful.
To see the menu click on the link below.
Save Your Tokens!
The Evening Express is supporting sport in schools by issuing tokens which can be used to fund activities in school promoted by SportScotland and led by our Sport Aberdeen Active Schools Coordinator.
Riverbank already has a number of dinner time and after school clubs which the children can access and these are, primarily, organised by our Active Schools Coordinator, Kathryn Weaver. To maintain these clubs and even provide a greater choice can be aided by the EE’s initiative, so please save your tokens from the EE and send them into school so that we can, hopefully, benefit from the campaign.