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June 2022 Newsletter

Newsletter – June 2022

Dear Parent/Carer


We have valued your support and understanding this year.  Thank you so much.  We all wish you a wonderful summer break. 


Staffing Update

We have finalised our staffing for next session: 


Senior Leadership Team

As headteacher, I will have responsibility for the whole school but particular responsibility for nursery, Gaelic Medium and the Autism Provision.  Mrs Laura Quintin, Depute Headteacher, will have responsibility for our children in P1, P2 and P3.  Mrs Chrissie Gemmell, DHT, will be job sharing the role with Mrs Debbie McLeod, DHT, they will take responsibility for our learners in P4, P5, P6 and P7.   


Teaching Staff

We would like to welcome Eilidh Millar (Gaelic), Laura Clarke and Lindsay Sword as probationer teachers who will be joining Riverside in August.  We will also be joined by Chloe Weir and Rebecca Dodds as new teachers to the school for next session.  We are delighted that Mrs Alyssa Meadows will return to Riverside in August and Miss Vicki Harris will continue to cover Mrs Henry’s maternity leave.



Miss Grace Kennedy was recently successful in obtaining the SWECE post in the nursery.


Sports Day

We were very fortunate that, this year we were able to host our Sports Day.  All children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day.  A trophy will be presented to the winning house at assembly in addition to other ‘House’ awards. We are sure your children will keep you updated with the winners!



The theme of this year’s P7 concert was ‘Let the Games Begin’ ‘which we performed in early June which will be followed by our graduation ceremony on 16 June. The children were absolutely outstanding and were a credit to Riverside Primary School.  Our thanks go to the P.7 staff team for all their hard work and commitment and thanks to Andy MacLeod for agreeing to be our inspirational guest speaker. We wish our P7 children all the best and every success at High School!  We will miss you! 


Outstanding Lunch Money

Can all outstanding lunch money please be paid to the school office by Tuesday 21 June 2022.  Thank you.


School Routines Survey

Thank you to all parents/carers who took part in the recent School Routines Survey.  We also consulted with the Pupil Council.  The responses have helped us come to the following decisions:

  • Arrival at school will revert back to a 09.00am start time from August 2022. Children will line up in their classes and be met and dismissed by their class teacher.

  • We will not have any bells to indicate the start/end of the school day or throughout the day next session.

  • Children should wear their P.E. Kit on their class P.E. day consisting of a polo shirt, school sweater and shorts/leggings.  We must highlight the importance of this for next session and ask for your support.  P.E days will be advised at the beginning of term.


School Uniform

A reminder that parents should order school uniform directly from our supplier. For details, please visit our Uniform page on our website  Parents can also buy from Logoxpres in Stirling who also stock our uniform.


Parent Council Update

Thank you so much to everyone who bought a ticket for the disco and volunteered on the night! It was great to see the children having fun again and to have a face-to-face event after so long. We raised the fantastic sum of £800!

Our last Parent Council activity of the year is our End of Year Bake Sale. This takes place on Friday 17th June. If you have time and are able to donate a treat, please bring your contributions to the office on Thursday or Friday morning and label your box with your child's name and the ingredients of your bake. Treats which can be sold individually always go down well and gluten/dairy free bakes are also very welcome.

We are still looking for more Class Reps to be part of the committee to help share information about Parent Council among the different year groups, so if you are interested in getting involved, please email 


Free School Meals

The application form to register for free school meals for next term will be on the Council website week commencing 27 June 2022 or the link can be accessed via our weekly digital noticeboard on the school app and twitter.


Church Service

Our end of year church service will be in Viewfield Church at 10am on Thursday 23 June.  All parents/carers are welcome.  As we will be walking to and from church, and as usual with our unpredictable weather, please make sure that children bring a waterproof jacket – just in case!  All children will return to school after the church service.  This year our collection will go to Robin House.   Our Harvest and our Easter Services will be held in the school hall with Christmas and Summer Service being held in Viewfield Parish Church.


End of term arrangements:

School Lunch arrangements – Friday 24 June


  • Term ends on Friday 24 June at 1.30pm.  If your child is a home lunch they can leave at 12.30 pm and do not have to return to school in the afternoon. Children who require a school lunch will have lunch as normal at 12.30 pm in school, and can be collected by 1.30pm at the latest when school closes.

  • Catering Services will only be providing packed lunches on Friday 24 June. There will be a choice of sandwich fillings including a vegetarian option and lunches should be ordered and paid for in the usual way.


Term officially ends on Friday 24 June at 1.30pm.  We expect all children to attend on the last day of term.


We do find on the last day of each term that the office staff spend a lot of time making phone calls to follow up absence.  If your child is unable to attend through sickness or any other reason please ensure that you contact the school to let us know.  This helps us to mark off all children correctly on the system before the end of the school year and prevents us following up in August. 


I wish to inform you of arrangements for Friday 24 June.  As per previous year’s arrangements, we wish to give our P7 Leavers a fitting end to their primary school career.  At 12.20pm they will be clapped out of Riverside P.S. by the whole school.  There will be a designated area at the Forrest Road end of the playground for any P7 parents/carers who wish to attend.  We would ask any non P7 parents to stand behind the rows of watching children.

P4 - 6 pupils will then be dismissed from the playground by their teachers at the 12.30pm bell.  P1 – 3 pupils will return to their buildings and will leave via their usual exits.  (School lunch children will be escorted to the lunch hall).  In the event of very inclement weather, this event will not take place and all children will leave from their usual exits.


Bus Arrangements for Last Day of Term

The Public Transport Team have advised us of the bus arrangements for Friday 24 June. As the ‘school bus’ is a registered local service bus, the journey time cannot be altered to suit the early closure. However, the C30 service bus will leave school in Forrest Road at 13:38 and go via Abbey Road, Argyll Avenue and Forth Street to Stirling Bus Station (the bus will sit at Stance 4 in the bus station for 7 minutes), then via Murray Place, Cowane Street, Union Street, Causewayhead Road, Chattan Avenue, Lothian Crescent and finally Easter Cornton Road arriving at app. 14.17. Note that this journey will serve Causewayhead Road instead of Dunster Road.


Please ensure that your child is clear about his/her going home arrangements for Friday 24 June.


Medication held in School

Just to remind you that all medication held in school must be collected by an adult by 12.30 p.m. on Friday 24 June at the very latest.  Any medication not collected by that time will be disposed of in the appropriate manner.


Dates for your diary – please remember these are always subject to change:

Thursday 23 June                   Church Service, 10 am, Viewfield Church

Friday 24 June                        School closes for Summer Holiday

Monday 15 August                  Autumn Term begins STAFF ONLY – SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHILDREN

Tuesday 16 August            Staff Development day – STAFF ONLY - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHILDREN

Wednesday 17 August        Children return to school


We wish you all a happy and safe summer and look forward to seeing you in August.


Mrs Michelle MacPhee