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June 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter – June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer


Thank you for all your support and understanding in recent months, it is greatly appreciated by us all.


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, P4, Gaelic Medium and the Autism Provision.  Mrs Laura Quintin, Depute Headteacher, will work 4 days with direct responsibility for our children in P1, P2 and P3.  Mrs Chrissie Gemmell, DHT, will commence her maternity leave at the end of this week and we look forward to hearing her happy news and sharing it with you.  Mrs Jacqui Gallagher will be Acting Depute Headteacher to cover Mrs Gemmell’s maternity leave and will take responsibility for our learners in P5, P6 and P7.


Principal Teacher Team

We are delighted that Miss Tabatha Thomson has been appointed as Acting Principal Teacher of the Autism Provision.  Miss Beth Livingstone will continue as Acting Principal Teacher (Outdoor Learning and Numeracy).   Mrs Sally Park has returned from her secondment and will be our Principal Teacher (Wellbeing).  They join our existing team of permanent Principal Teachers who are Miss Sarah Ferguson (Gaelic) and Mrs Moira Murdoch (Nurture).  We are also currently recruiting for a permanent Principal Teacher (Home Learning and Literacy) to join our team.


Teaching Staff

We are delighted to let you know that Miss Sinclair has had her baby, a little girl, and is now on maternity leave.  We send her all our good wishes and look forward to seeing her when we can.  We would like to welcome Mr Alastair Weir (Gaelic), Miss Victoria Orr and Mrs Nicola Drummond as probationer teachers who will be joining Riverside in August.  We are delighted that Mrs Meadows will be continuing with us at Riverside. 



Mrs Porter has been successful in obtaining a post as a Principal ECE at Dunblane Nursery starting in August, we wish her well in her new post.  We would like to welcome Mrs Sian Adey as Senior ECE and Miss Kirsten Jalland who will be acting Senior ECE.   We are currently recruiting for an ECE for next session. 


School Holidays 2020-2021

We have attached the updated school holidays for next session.  Please note the additional week added to the October holiday to allow full holiday entitlement.


School Uniform

A reminder that we are unable to take orders for uniform through school, but you can order directly from our supplier. For details, please visit our new Uniform page on our website


Free School Meals

The Revenue and Benefits have informed us that the application form to register for free school meals for next term will be live before the end of June.  This will be on the Stirling Council website.


School App

We are pleased that so many parents have signed up to the school App and we will be continuing to use this to send our Newsletters and other communications. 


We have enclosed information for you to download the App to your phone if you do not already have it.  We may be sending out communication over the summer via the App.  There are also regular updates on the school website so please keep checking.



For over the holiday period we have set up a key safe paint supplies shed in the school grounds for any of our families who would like to help paint our benches, seats, tables and planters or any garden maintenance.  This can be accessed by contacting the Parent Council via their Facebook page for the access code.  We would be very grateful for any help and support to ensure the grounds are bright, colourful and welcoming for our children’s return in August.


Stirling Council Instrumental Music Service - Changes to the offer of Music Tuition from August 2020.

In order to be able to offer tuition in all schools and to more pupils, we have increased the allocated time for each tutor in their primary schools and have lowered the starting age for some instruments, but have reduced the number of instruments available in each primary school.

In Riverside Primary School, from August 2020 we are offering Bagpipes, violin, viola, brass and cello (from P4) and woodwind (from P5)

The application form is now available on the Stirling Council website and applications are open until 18th September 2020.


NB There will be no changes to pupils who currently receive tuition – lessons will continue as before. These pupils must complete an annual update form, which will be available on the Stirling Council Website soon.

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


Michelle MacPhee


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