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January 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter – January 2020


Welcome back.  We hope you had a relaxing break.



Miss MacDonald has been appointed to the post of Acting Depute Headteacher to cover Mrs McLeod’s maternity leave.  We are pleased to inform you that we have appointed Mrs Alyssa Meadows to cover P5/6M for three days each week.  We look forward to sharing Mrs McLeod’s happy news once the new arrival is here!  We are delighted to welcome Mrs Lyndsey Stewart and Mrs Julie-Ann Ross as SLAs to our Riverside Team. 


Time keeping

We would like to remind parents that it is essential that your child arrives at school on time to ensure that the school day starts promptly.  We ring a line-up bell at 8.55 am, please note your child should join their house line at this time ready to enter the building on the 9.00 am bell.  This ensures that we effectively maximize all learning and teaching time. 


End of Day Arrangements

Please can all parents/carers ensure that their children are clear about their arrangements at the end of the school day. All children are encouraged to report to the school office at 3.15pm if they do not see the adult who is due to pick them up. Please reinforce this rule at home to ensure all children are safe and well. Please note our office staff finish their working day at 3.30pm and we would be grateful if all children are picked up promptly at the end of the school day at 3.15pm.


Early Lunch – Thursday 23 January 2020

There will be an early lunch on Thursday 23 January so that we can set up the hall for the P5 Burns Supper.  Lunchtime will be from 12.00 noon – 1.00 pm on that day.


Consultation to amend school term dates

There is a currently a consultation on a proposal to amend school term dates on the Stirling Council website:


The consultation runs until 21 February 2020.


Winter Aware

We try to take the children into the hall on very inclement days at 8.50am. Please note this is absolutely dependent on the availability of the Senior Leadership team to facilitate this and I would respectfully remind parents that the official start to the school day is 9am.


As the mornings and afternoons are still fairly dark and visibility can be poor, we would like to ask parents to ensure that children coming to school on bikes or scooters have appropriate lights and reflective clothing to make them visible to other road users.


Car Idling

It has been brought to our attention that at pick up time, some cars are sitting with their engine idling. This is concerning as it releases pollution around the school.  We would kindly ask that while waiting for your child to come out of school, you switch your engine off. 


Mobile Phones

Although we recognise that some children may need to bring mobile phones to school, we do discourage this, particularly those with camera facilities. Please be aware that we cannot be responsible for any phones brought in to school. Mobile phones should never be used by the children during the school day. Any necessary or emergency phone calls will be made by the school office. Please be aware, we will contact the parent/carer of any child who uses a mobile phone inappropriately in school. The safety and security of the children is of the utmost importance, and we appreciate your support in this matter.


Seasonal Information

Thank you for the lovely comments about our Winter Fayre. It was a very successful evening organised by our Parent Council.  The total raised was £1500.  Some of our P5 pupils ran a stall for Cancer Research and raised £65. The Pupil Council Toy Sale raised £137.25, this will be used for the Imagination Station.  Unsold items were donated to the Stirling Observer Give a Gift appeal.  The Guide Dogs for the Blind stall raised £225 and the Bridge of Allan Friends of Strathcarron Hospice raised £111.50.  The Parent Council would like to thank all staff, parents, children and stallholders for their support at the Fayre.  The next Parent Council meeting is on Wednesday 29 January at 6.30 pm.



Thank you to the parents who helped in school last term and also to all parents who have volunteered to be Parent Helpers this term, we have had a great response and our helpers will start their rota from January to March 2020.  If you have volunteered but not been requested there may be opportunities in the Summer Term. 


Weather Conditions and School Closures

Just a reminder of our procedure for school closures here at Riverside:

Unless there is a Stirling Council decision to close all schools, we strive to keep the school open.  It is reassuring that a number of staff from other schools, who cannot reach their own schools, are designated to join us to cover for our own staff.  Our staff come from a wide geographical area and can struggle with transport delays and weather/travel conditions.


Please be aware that if we have to close the school, information will be available from


At a school level we try to keep you up to date through


Absence Hotline

Just a reminder to use the absence hotline (01786 476577) to phone us on the first morning of your child’s absence between 8.45-10.00am.  We aim to follow up any unexplained absences by phoning your contact numbers so it is important that contact numbers are up to date.  At times messages are left on phones if there is no response, so please take this into account when giving us contact numbers.  This is not a perfect system but has been set up to support you in keeping your children safe. 


If your child has been absent from school, please let us know the reason either in writing or by telephoning the school office.  As you will be aware, all schools are required to provide The Scottish Government with attendance and absence statistics.  In an effort to ensure that the information we pass on is as accurate as possible, we follow up any unexplained absences on a regular basis.  An increasing amount of time is being spent following up unexplained absences.  Any unexplained absences will be followed up by a member of our Senior Leadership Team.  Those absence where we have not received a response will be recorded as unauthorised.  I am sure that you will appreciate the need for accurate figures and thank you for your support.


Bus stop closures – Causewayhead, Stirling

We have received advanced notification in conjunction with work on Stevenson Bridge. This will mean that the northbound bus stop on Causewayhead will close permanently on Sunday 23 February 2020.  Due to safety issues at this location no replacement stop will be provided.  The nearest alternative stops are located either on Union Street, Cornton Road or Causewayhead Road north of the railway bridge.  The southbound stop will be temporarily closed from mid-January 2020.  No temporary stop can be safely provided.  The nearest alternative stops are located either on Union Street, Cornton Road or Causewayhead Road north of the railway bridge. 


If these closures will affect your child’s journeys to and from school, please ensure your child is aware of the closures and that alternative arrangements have been made.


Dates for your diary – always subject to change!

Wednesday 22 January       6.30 pm Rookie Rockstars School Performance (Cambus and Forth Houses)

Thursday 23 January         6.30 pm Rookie Rockstars School Performance (Castle and Ochil Houses)

Wednesday 29 January           RAPP meeting – 6.30 pm

Friday 7 February             Scottish Assembly P5 – details to follow

Monday 17 February               Staff Development – School & Nursery closed to pupils 

Tuesday 18 February              Staff Development – School & Nursery closed to pupils

Wednesday 19 February      Local Holiday – School closed to staff and children (Nursery open as normal)

Thursday 20 February Local Holiday – School closed to staff and children (Nursery open as normal)

Friday 21 February           Local Holiday – School closed to staff and children (Nursery open as normal)

Thursday 27 February Parental Appointments with class teacher early evening

Friday 28 February           Parents’ Assembly P1G-6G

Wednesday 4 March          Parental Appointments with class teacher after school

Friday 13 March              Parents’ Assembly P1L & P1S

Thursday 19 March                 Parents’ Visit for Focus Week – details to follow

Friday 27 March              Parents’ Assembly P2/3M & 3F – details to follow

Thursday 2 April              Easter Service in School – all welcome (10.00am)

Friday 3 April                 School closes for Spring break at 3.15 pm

Monday 20 April              School reopens for Summer term at 9.00 am

Friday 1 May                           Staff Development Day - school closed to children

Friday 8 May                           Local Holiday - school closed to staff and children

Monday 25 May                       Sports day – weather permitting

Monday 1 June                        Reserve sports day

Thursday 4 June                     P7 Performance – details to follow 7pm

Friday 12 June                        P7 Graduation – 9.30 am

Wednesday 24 June                Church Service – 10.00am Viewfield Church, all welcome

Thursday 25 June                   School closes for Summer holiday


Many thanks to all Riverside Parents and Carers for your support of the school.


Michelle MacPhee

Acting Headteacher

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