Riverside Primary Academy | November Newsletter

November Newsletter

06 Nov November Newsletter

Message from Mrs Goodfellow

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you so much for your amazing support at Harvest Festival time this year. We always receive generous donations from our parents and carers but this year you have all truly excelled yourselves. There was so much food that it took Miss Heron’s class a long time to pack it up ready for collection. So thank you. Your generosity will help quite a lot of people in our local community.

Our children have been discussing recycling and plastic pollution with me in assemblies this term. It is a topic that they all seem to have a great interest in. We take care not to be alarmist in school but it seems to be something our children have a great awareness of. If possible, please can you allow your children to help recycle at home when it is safe to do so and ask them to be responsible for remembering to take your own bags to the shops when you go shopping? They are so keen to help.

Finally, look out for our school in the Chronicle newspaper on Thursday 14th November.

Mrs J.M. Goodfellow.

Head Teacher


Important Dates

    • Tue 12th – Yoga Club for Nursery/Reception *FULLY BOOKED*
    • Thu 14th – Flu immunisations
    • Fri 15th – Children In Need – Non-uniform day – £1.00 Donation
    • Tue 19th – Year 6 trip – Newcastle Buddhism Centre
    • Wed 20th – Vision Screening tests – Reception Class
    • Wed 27th
        • Y6 history workshop – Egyptians
        • Y5 history workshop – Tudors
    • Fri 29th – School Christmas Fair
    • Wed 4th – Christmas Dinner Day
    • 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: All Christmas Parties will begin at 1pm. The children can be collected at lunchtime to go home and change if they wish.

School closes for Christmas Holidays at 3.20pm on Friday 20th December.




    • 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.


    • We’d love to setup Girlguiding groups at our school but there are a shortage of volunteers in out area. If you’d like to be involved with the Girlguiding organisation then please contact the school office with your email address that we can get to the organisers. There is more information here – Girlguiding


    • We have a selection of new after school clubs starting this half term. Places are still available for some of the clubs. If you would like to book a space for your child for any of the clubs below please contact the school office:
        • Tuesday – Yoga Club – Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 – FULLY BOOKED
        • Wednesday – PEAK Multi Skills Club – Year 3 & Year 4 – Spaces available
        • Thursday – Gymnastics Club – Year 3 to Year 6 – Spaces available
        • Friday – Karate Club – Whole School – FULLY BOOKED


The Happy Feet Dance Club, which was scheduled for Monday evenings for Year 3 to Year 6 pupils, unfortunately had to be cancelled due to lack of interest. We were really surprised that this was not more popular, but  we hope to be able to rearrange this for after Christmas.


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




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.


Our first meetings will take place on Monday 4th November at 5pm (Main Hall) and Thursday 7th November at 9am (Community Room). Please come along and see how you can help.


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