What a busy week in school!


An exhausted Y6 returned from a three day residential at Waddow Hall. The staff were even more exhausted than the children! All agreed though, that they had a fantastic time and the hall is already booked for next year.

Pete Sansom, our poet in residence was in school yesterday continuing to work with children on composing poems and bikus and Polly Thomas has been recording the children reading their poems. Jo Greenwood has been introducing the children to ‘The Juniverse’, our very own Riverside ‘Facebook’ – accessed via the website.

Y5 Mercury were up at Staups Lea Farm on Monday and some of them visited the Velodrome in Manchester on Wednesday. Mrs Scarf reported that lots of the elite cyclists were there, (including Ed Clancy) and it was a brilliant opportunity for our children to see the first class facilities at the Velodrome and also to experience cycling around the track.

It is always a pleasure to visit our infant schools and I walked up to Stubbings to attend their Celebration assembly on Wednesday. I took some very willing Y4 ex Stubbings pupils with me, and they loved it. It was so lovely to listen to the Y2 children engaging in conversation with the Y4’s about Riverside life – the question and answer session was very entertaining!

Finally, our ‘Megabuffet’ lunch was a great success. Over seventy children ate a school lunch today and seemed to really enjoy it. A big thank you to the kitchen team: Catering Manager, Katy, Cook, Cheryl and kitchen assistant, Jo. The food looked and tasted delicious and it was lovely to see the children tucking into lots of salad, veg crudités and fresh fruit. Colourful, nutritious and fun!

Val Eggleton