It was a privilege and a pleasure…


It was a privilege and a pleasure to witness so many Calderdale school children singing their way through Halifax on Saturday afternoon, prior to a singing performance of ‘Rhythm in the Ridings’ at The Woolshops,- outside Marks and Spencer to be precise! Sixteen Riverside children joined with Hebden Royd pupils to compose what became the title song, ‘Rhythm in the Ridings’. The children worked with poet, Paul Cookson and composer, Sam Dunkley over several workshop sessions to create their song.

The project involved children from thirteen schools along the Grand Depart route writing their own song cycle and the songs/performance reflected in equal measure the cycle race and Yorkshire heritage.

Our song is amazing and the whole event on Saturday afternoon was so enjoyable.
Many, many thanks go to our sixteen Riverside pupils who performed on the day and a very special thank you to Alison Waldron for organising the whole project for Riverside.

Jude Wadley, community artist (and mum to Asha), has been working with Riverside on a fantastic art venture for our Totally Biku project – the results of this work will be ‘unveiled’ next weekend at a venue in the town centre – more details to follow!

The mayor of Hebden Royd, Jonathan Timbers, was in school last Monday to present the Kenneth Kaberry award to the school. This is an annual award given to all schools in the Hebden Royd parish, in memory of the long term of office that Kenneth Kaberry undertook as clerk to the council.

Our grateful thanks go to the town council for this continuing bursary – it will be put to good use to purchase books for our library.

Finally – our Enterprise Day last Wednesday was a resounding success! Staff and children competed to raise the most money from a £20 start up. You can view a slideshow of the event here. At the time of writing money is still being counted, late orders finalized and back orders completed.

Final amounts will be published in Friday’s newsletter – I have my own thoughts on the winning class – their teacher was witnessed touting her classes wares in the playground AT HOMETIME!!

Val Eggleton