Riverside Primary Academy | December Newsletter

December Newsletter

05 Dec December Newsletter

Message from Mrs Goodfellow & Our Governors

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you so much for your amazing support at our Christmas Fair last week. We always receive generous donations and such a fantastic turn out from our parents and carers but this year you overwhelmed us with your support. The tombola was so busy that we thought we’d lost the volunteers behind there for a while!! We raised a grand total of £610 which is a wonderful amount and we’re so grateful to everyone who came along and bought but also those who volunteered their time to help out.

As many of you may be aware, Miss Smith is expecting a baby and she left for her maternity leave last week. We want to wish her all of our best wishes for her new arrival and we will of course share her wonderful news when her baby arrives.

We also have a vacancy on our governing body in the New Year. If you are interested in supporting our school as a governor, then please contact the school office and leave your contact details and availability for a chat to find out more.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at all of the events we have planned over the coming weeks. The pupils are rehearsing hard for our Early Years and KS1 productions and they can’t wait to show you their performances.  Tickets can only be booked through SIMS pay (with no charge) so if you’re having trouble using SIMS pay then please contact Mr Smith in the school office.

Lastly, we would like to wish all of our families a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic new year. We look forward to welcoming you back in January.

Mrs J.M. Goodfellow and the school governors


Important Dates

    • Tue 10th – Toddler Group Christmas Party
    • Wed 11th – KS1 Christmas Production (Morning 9.30am & Afternoon 1.30pm Performances)
    • Thu 12th – Nursery/Reception Christmas Production (Morning 9.30am & Afternoon 1.30pm Performances)
    • Tue 17th – Nursery/Reception Christmas Party
    • Wed 18th – Year 3 & Year 4 Christmas Party
    • Thu 19th – Year 1 & Year 2 Christmas Party
    • Fri 20th – Year 5 & Year 6 Christmas Party

Please note: In a change to the previous newsletter the Nursery and Reception Parties are being split. Reception and afternoon Nursery will have their party in the afternoon starting at 1pm. Morning nursery will have their party in the morning.  All other parties are unaffected.

School closes for Christmas Holidays at 3.20pm on Friday 20th December. School reopens on Tuesday 7th January 2020




    • Our Toddler Group meets every Tuesday & Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11:00 am, in the Community Room, where there are plenty toys, games, and activities to keep little ones occupied.  Children from birth up to pre-school age are welcome. For only £1 per session, come along and enjoy time with friends and meet new people in a relaxed environment.  Juice and biscuits are provided for the children and tea and coffee for the adults.  Time: 9.30 a.m. – 11.00 p.m.      Cost: £1.00 per session. No Booking Necessary.
    • Our school fair raffle tickets have been drawn.  The winning ticket numbers can be found here.



Regular Reminders


This year we have been lucky enough to have brand new reading books for children to take home to read.  Unfortunately a number of these books have been returned to school damaged or defaced and a number of them have been lost. In school we teach the children to look after and respect their own property and that of others, including the school.  Please can we work together to promote this idea with the children, in school and at home, to the mutual benefit of all children having access to the full range of books in the scheme? To prevent the damage caused by a leaking water bottle, please avoid putting a water bottle in your child’s book bag. If a book is lost/damaged it is the school policy to send a letter home which explains a charge of £3.00 to replace the book.

Thank you for your ongoing co-operation


We need to remind parents that when dropping your children off or picking them up, please don’t sit in your car with the engine running.  Firstly, it is illegal and could result in a fine but more importantly it is affecting asthma sufferers and the environment of our school community. We realise it is cold but please turn off your engine when parked.

We also need to remind parents and students that football is not permitted on the yard before the start of school.




The integration of SIMS Pay at the end of the summer term has been a great success so far. As well as the administrative cost and time savings to the school, it is a much more secure way for parent/carers to send money to school and we hope that you will find that paying in this way is also much more convenient. From this term all school trips, clubs and events will be available through SIMS Pay. If you require any assistance with creating your SIMS Pay account please contact the school office.


Breakfast & Tea Time Club bookings


We politely remind you that the deadline for booking Breakfast Club & Tea Time Club is Thursday prior to the week required. Registers for the clubs are printed each Friday for the following week, to allow us to ensure we have an appropriate number of staff and food supplies for all clubs. We continue to have a number of parent/carers booking their child into clubs over the weekend following the deadline, meaning a number of children are turning up unexpectedly on Monday morning.

If you require a last minute booking into either club, we ask that you first contact the school office to check availability as places are limited or alternatively for Breakfast Club bookings you can contact the staff directly each morning from 7.30am, by choosing Option 4 from the main switchboard. If you are told that space is available, you can log in to your SIMS Pay account to make payment.

Your ongoing cooperation with SIMS Pay is very much appreciated.


We will schedule a meeting for the PTFA in the new term.  We would like to thank all of the parents and carers who helped us prepare for the fair and helped out on the day. We really couldn’t have done it without you.


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