Important update with regard site access during our building works:
Tour de Yorkshire-Important information for Parents
To mark the start of the Tour de Yorkshire Women's and Men's races , there is a plan to line Tadcaster Bridge with 405 children from the town. Each child will represent a day that the bridge was closed following the devastating floods and will be a symbolic image of unifying the town.
There are two meeting points in the town to safely transfer the children to the bridge. On the East this is the Quaker Burial Ground on Oxton Lane, and on the West this is Tadcaster Leisure Centre, Station Road, LS24 9JE. Children will be safely escorted by chaperones to the bridge on closed roads and will be returned back to the meeting points immediately after each race has left to be collected by parents and carers.
Children are asked to wear their school sweatshirts but can wear their own clothes underneath and on the bottom if they prefer. All children registered will be issued with a wristband in advance and we ask that a contact number is written clearly on the wristband for safeguarding. Whilst the children are on the bridge families, parents and carers are free to join the spectators in the town and watch the race.
Set your TVs to record at home as both races are shown live on ITV and in 177 countries worldwide including Eurosport.
Please note that places are limited and only children that are registered and wearing a allocated wristband will be allowed on the bridge.
If your child/ren would like to attend both races, please make sure you register for both races -
By registering your child to take part in this event you are giving permission for them to be chaperoned to/from the start by official chaperones. Chaperones will be contacted separately with additional details and only official chaperones will be allowed to accompany pupils onto the bridge. By signing up, you also give permission for pupil images to be used in print , online and on television.
We have some very talented young writers at Riverside, and we are inviting them to put their skills to good use, by entering the ‘Poems and Pictures’ poetry competition. A selection of winning poems will be published in a national poetry book – a great incentive to have a go! As well as sending entries into the competition, we will also be awarding prizes in school for the best poems in KS1 and KS2.
Poems need to be eight lines long, they must rhyme, and the theme is ‘Seasons’ or ‘Climate Change’. They should be written neatly in children’s own handwriting, and may be illustrated. An entry form can be collected from teachers and must be filled in and returned to school with the entry by April 28th. Further details can be found on the poems and pictures website.
Our Debating Competition
On Wednesday 15th March, six children from Riverside Community Primary School (us) competed in a debating competition alongside five other schools.
We set off in a mini bus from Tower Taxis around about twenty minutes after we had arrived at school. On the way there everyone was very chatty and excited, but as soon as we spotted the Civic Centre and how grand and important it looked, everybody soon simmered down.
We walked into the building trying to look like very professional businessmen/women but our attempts weren’t that successful. When we arrived at the front desk, Mrs Cowler (our teacher) informed the desk secretary of our arrival.
Whilst nervously shuffling about on the spot, we scanned the room to check out the competition. After a few minutes, one of the County Council members opened the doors to the debating chamber.
After waiting a further five more minutes, everybody settled themselves down and laid their notes out on the desks. The councillors picked a name out of a “hat” to decide which school would speak first (it wasn’t us!)
The questioners (Hannah Redmond, Sebastian Gray, Ruby Simpson and Harry Shooter) had to listen very carefully to all of the speakers so that they could ask difficult questions to try and, if you will, “psych out” all of the other schools so that they would be blown off course.
Eventually, after four of the six schools had spoken, it was Indi’s and Sophie’s turn to speak. Indi was debating why homework isn’t a waste of time whereas Sophie had to debate on why homework is a waste of time. Because we had practised so many times in the classrooms at break times and at home we had managed to memorise the speeches and questions, so at the competition we felt more prepared and confident.
After all the schools had spoken the councillors went into a different room so that they could add up the scores privately without being overheard. They finally came back into the room and sat down at the front.
They announced the results: “First place goes to….. Riverside!” We all sat there squirming in our seats, overjoyed at the thought of going to compete in the finals of competition. “First runners-up…. Athelstan.” The councillors called both Athelstan and us up to the front and gave Athelston a small silver medal and then presented Riverside with large, shiny gold medals as well as a plaque and certificate.
All round we had lots of fun and really, really enjoyed it. It was such a brilliant day out and we cannot wait to go to the finals in June!
By Hannah Redmond, Indi Bryant-Chesters, Ruby Simpson, Sophie McClure, Harry Shooter and Sebastian Gray. The Debating team of Riverside Community Primary School.
This is our March (and April!) newsletter:
We are delighted to share details of the celebrations scheduled for Sunday 19th February - it looks like it's going to be a great day:
With a busy calendar of events we have made just a few menu changes this half-term:
Friday 13th Jan - fish fingers, veggie sausages, chips; flapjack
Mon 30th Jan - pizza, egg noodles, artic roll and mandarin; fortune cookies for Chinese New Year
Tues 14th Feb - battered fish, peas, chips, veggie sausage; heart-shaped biscuit for Valentine's Day!
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