This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.
HAPPY HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest reminds us of how lucky we are to have such a variety of delicious foods and we are all part of a sharing community which helps others in need. It is also a chance to live our School Value of “everyone matters”. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our Riverhead families who have donated a huge amount of food, treats and flowers for the older residents in our community. Rev. Booth led the assembly for us this year and the theme was “giving to others” with the whole school welcoming our guests from Cheshire Homes, Governors and Mr and Mrs Ridout from Amherst Rotary. They were entertained with poems about pumpkins and harvest; listened to the wonderful songs about “seeds of friendship” and the “little red hen” rap. A big thank you goes to Miss Ives and her team for organising the collection. We would also like to thank Tesco for their generous donation of the bags which were used to deliver the food.
RIVERHEAD IN BLOOM
Thank you to Mrs Bates, Mrs Kozlowski, Mrs Palmer and Mrs Nel for helping the children look after our kitchen garden and flower pots in the school grounds. Mrs Bates and Mrs Kozlowski have been very busy weeding the beds to get them ready for the planting and with Mrs Palmer and Mrs Nel have been watering with them with the help of Eco Club. We are delighted to reveal that Riverhead won the silver award in the recent “Village in Bloom” competition. Judges were particularly impressed with the enthusiasm of the whole school, especially the Eco Group children. Thank you also to everyone who contributed beautiful blooms for the day it really helped enhance our beautiful school grounds.
END OF TERM SIX
Term Six is always a busy term, particularly towards the end when the children invite their parents and families into school to perform their Summer Production and show them their work.
This year's production was entitled "British Values" and there was a wide variety of dances, poetry and songs from each class all based around what the British Values mean to us and how we respect each other.
It is always sad to say goodbye to our Year Two children and leavers, who are moving onto Amherst and other schools, but we always celebrate their achievements at our end of year with our Leaver's Assembly. We also give out our "Value Awards which are chosen by our Staff and Year Two Children. The awards reflect our four values and this year's winners are:-
Love of Learning - Eva Pope and Leo Grant
Belonging - Liliya Dale and Leon Kolbe
Independent Thinker - Isabelle Pople, Ben Horton and Owen Pearse
Determination - Ava Shellard, George Harrison and Matthew Parker.
Deputy Head Teacher Award - Thomas Walter
Head Teacher's Award - Edie Grier
The children write down their reasons for nominating and here are a few:-
Leo - "He is always trying his hardest to get it right, he asks lots of interesting questions, he takes care of his work and doesn't talk, he just gets on!"
Eva - "She works hard at all subjects, she always answers questions and she is always smiling and shows that she loves learning".
Liliya - "She lets everybody have a go and she always cares about other people".
Leon - "He always asks to help children and he's helpful all the time and he lets everyone play".
Matthew - "He tries and tries again!".
Ava - "She never gives up on hard equations, even if it's really hard she keeps on trying".
George - "He is determined to finish his work, he improved the things that he needed to and in English he got better and better".
Isabelle - "She always thinks in her head and gets on with her work".
Ben - "He challenges himself a lot, he always thinks for himself when he has a problem and always wants to get on with his maths and other work to learn".
Owen - " He asks lots of questions and always challenges himself and thinks what he could do to improve".
SUPER SPORTS STARS!
Every child dressed in their team colours for Thursday’s Sports Day; tried their hardest to win; cheered on their friends and competed with enthusiasm. Thank you to everyone for getting into the spirit of the event and congratulations to Green Team for being the overall winners.
Well done also goes to Teddy in Sycamore and Liliya in Spruce for being the winners of the Fastest Boy and Fastest Girl races.
A big thank you goes to the PTA for organising the refreshments for both these events.
Each year group researched different designs and ideas to make their wonderful Easter Bonnets, and on the last day of Term Four we joined Amherst to make our colourful creations.
At the end of the day we invited our families and friends to watch the parade so that the children could show off all their hard work.
This term’s golden rule is “We are Gentle” which has inspired us to join together to celebrate friendship, the joy of having friends, being kind and spending time with others. Year One and Reception visited Year Two children who shared their memorised poems and favourite games on “Friendship Thursday”. Amherst Year Five buddies also joined Year Two on Thursday. Each child was teamed up with a new friend to find out about each other and answer a questionnaire about themselves.
BRILLIANT BOOK WEEK!
We have had a fantastic week celebrating the joy of reading, hearing new stories, sharing old ones and dressing up in our hats! On Monday the children visited other classrooms enjoying their favourite books with their friends. Tuesday was our “stop, drop and read” day with everyone listening for the bell then stopping whichever activity they were doing and reading a book. Thursday was our “Millie’s Marvellous Hat” day and everyone joined into the spirit of the book by coming to school wearing their wonderfully decorated hats! During our book week assembly on Friday, our book quiz, extreme reading challenge and poetry performance winners were chosen. The children have also been buying new books from the Travelling Book Fair as well as at our second hand book sale.
We would like to say a very big thank you to all the Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas who have taken the time to come in and read to the children. Also to Mrs Swain and Miss Wickwar who organised the week. We have raised an amazing £840 so far which will go towards the classroom book corners.
Congratulations to our worthy winners:-
Harry D - Honeybee Class
Angeline - Woodpecker Class
Leon - Sycamore Class
Jeanne - Ladybird Class
Kit - Robin Class
Tom - Horse Chestnut Class
Eric - Butterfly Class
Fred - Ladybird Class
Joe - Honeybee Class
George - Owl Class
Amanda - Robin Class
Dominic - Woodpecker Class
Jaden - Spruce Class
Chloe - Horse Chestnut Class
Issy - Sycamore Class
Perform a Poem
Tommy and Rosie - Year One
Nicholas and Issy C - Year Two
We were pleased to be able to take part in the “RSPB Big School’s Bird Watch” which is the biggest survey of bird life in the U.K. We have had fun spotting the birds that visit our school. Reception have become keen bird watchers, tallying different birds at school and discussing the ones they have found in their own gardens; also analysing the information in their maths lessons. Year One have also conducted a survey of the birds they have seen, recording the different species, names and colours.
Year Two were invited to design and make bird feeders at home using recycled and junk materials for a competition which was judged by Ms Bradley. Congratulations to all our winners!
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR
The children learnt about the Chinese New Year which is the year of the Rooster! Mrs Gibbins and Mrs. Kan explained how important the New Year is to their culture, how they celebrate it and asked some of the children to join them in a traditional dragon dance during our assembly!
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!
WOW what superstars we have here at Riverhead! Everyone in Year One and Two sung their hearts out; performed their lines perfectly; danced their socks off; and made every parent and member of staff so proud of them when they performed “Are We Nearly There Yet?”. The Reception children performed “The First Nativity” to their family and friends beautifully. They remembered their lines and really got into character, there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Due to your generosity we raised £1,275. for Umoyo, Hospice in the Weald, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the school.
The whole school has been busy making wonderful Christmas gifts for their families. Reception have been making beautiful baubles to hang on their trees; Year One have
designed and created calendars using a painting and collage technique; and Year Two fluffy winter snowmen and cheeky chirpy robins are made weaving wool. We hope you all like your lovely presents.
The PTA transformed the library into a "Winter Secrets Room" with the children buying presents for their families and enjoying story time with their class.
The whole school came together to enjoy their Christmas lunch and on Thursday 15th we enjoyed our class parties. There was even a special visitor, Father Christmas, who brought each child a present and orange.
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make Christmas at Riverhead such a magical and festive occasion.
OPEN CLASSROOMS AND PARENT CONSULTATIONS
Thank you to all Year One and Two parents who joined us last week to celebrate their children’s work. The children really enjoyed showing their parents all the wonderful things they have been doing this term and were excited to invite them into their classrooms. We hope you all found the recent parent consultations helpful and informative and are pleased with your children’s progress so far this school year.
ROAD SAFETY WEEK
During our National Road Safety Week, everyone discussed the importance of wearing bright colours in the dark and rules for walking on paths near traffic. Mrs Nightingale led the assembly which focussed on how to stay safe on the roads with the message of SAFE PLACE, STOP AND WAIT, stop, look and listen. Year One and Two children took part in a Scooter Workshop run by Team Rubicon. They learnt how to glide properly, turn safely and the importance of safety gear and key skills. They also learnt that brakes don’t work properly in the rain so we have to be extremely careful in wet weather. If you would like to find out more about road safety, please click on the following link http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/.
BOUNTIFUL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Each year we come together as a school to celebrate and give thanks for the delicious food and beautiful flowers we are lucky enough to have in abundance. This year’s Harvest Festival Assembly was led by Rev. Booth and as always was a wonderful occasion with the children sharing their poems and songs with our guests. Thank you to Mrs Pople, Ms Ives and their team of helpers for setting up and distributing the harvest parcels to our friends in the community. We have had so many lovely thank you messages. It really is such a lovely tradition which people appreciate. In fact this year parents have been so generous that we were also able to donate to the local food bank, Loaves and Fishes, which operates out of St. Johns’ Church.
Thank you also goes to Suzzie Mercado who, with the help of her Mum, made our wonderful Harvest Loaf. Ms Bradley and Suzzie shared the loaf with the school with each Year One and Two child each having a piece.
HER MAJESTY'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
What a wonderful week we had celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday! During the week the children took part in various workshops; created their own stamps in the style of Andy Warhol; took part in a competition to design a poster for Her Majesty, with the winners becoming King and Queen for the day. However the best part by far was Friday's street party when everyone came to school dressed in red, white and blue, and enjoyed a traditional "fish and chip" lunch, after respectfully raising the Union Jack and signing the National Anthem! Happy Birthday Ma'am.
FIRE SAFETY DAY
We would like to say a very big thank you to the Kent Fire and Rescue Service for their visits last week in preparation for Bonfire Night. The Reception Children were allowed to climb aboard the Sevenoaks Fire Engine, learning how to call the Fire Brigade in an emergency and taking part in their class workshops, making wonderful displays. The Year 1 and 2 children had their own assemblies learning the invaluable lesson of the stop, drop and roll procedure and staying safe around the fire and fireworks.
MARVELLOUS MATHS WEEK
We’ve had such a fantastic fun week this week with the whole school coming together to enjoy the maths curriculum. The Maths Trails took the parents and children around the school where they participated in a range of problem solving activities such as how many wellington boots would fit along the metre stick and different ways of working out if all the benches in the school were the same length. We had some amazing maths games ranging from Bicycle Bingo to Bird Brain. The Architectures workshop was a big hit with everyone making individual triangles and putting them together to become an enormous tetrahedron pyramid. On Thursday we held our Maths Fair which consisted of 9 stalls each featuring a maths game or activity with an element of chance or competition. Each challenge cost 10p giving the children a chance to handle money, working out how much they had spent and how many games they could play on, having their maths passport stamped at each stall. A big thank you to Mrs Bligh and Mr Costigan for organising the week and for all the parents who helped out on the numerous events and encouraged their children to make their wonderful games.
Thank you to Bessels Green Baptist Church who led our Remembrance Assembly this year, talking to the children about the meaning of Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. As this is such a memorable year, and to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, we have made our own Poppy Memorial Wall. Thank you to all the children and parents who have contributed to what really is a lovely tribute. Mrs Powell also visited The Riverhead War Memorial with our School Council children whilst we held our own “minute silence”, giving us all time to also remember the people who are still fighting for peace today.
OUR NEW SCHOOL KITCHENS
Our wonderful new kitchens were completed during the summer holidays and it is lovely to see all of our children enjoying a healthy well balanced free school meal. We have been featured in the Sevenoaks Chronicle to celebrate the success of this project and our new kitchen staff are working alongside our midday and teaching staff to ensure everything is run smoothly!
LIZZY YARNOLD VISIT
We were very excited when Lizzy Yarnold visited us to celebrate her Gold Medal success in Sochi! We sang her our special song, cheered, waved the flags and banners we had made.
Ben and Emily were lucky enough to go on the bus with Lizzy and Charlie, Daniel, Tegan and Charlotte met her at Knole Academy. Ben, Oliver, Caoimhe, Rosie, Alice and Patrick were interviewed by the local radio stations. Everyone has had a wonderful time!
Well done Lizzy we are all very proud of you!
KEY STEPS GYMNASTICS RESULTS
Well done to Isabelle T, Sienna, Isabelle R, Scarlett, Yiannis, Sophie, Olivia and Millie who were chosen to take part in an inter schools Gymnastic Display. Riverhead B Team came 3rd and Riverhead A Team came 6th. Congratulations to everyone!