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A new year in the forest

Children from the Sparrows, Blackbirds, Robins and Wrens classes have all been visiting Tymon Park - breathing fresh air and watching for signs of the changing seasons.

We are all so happy to be back in the park!

 

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Back to school preparations....

We can't wait to see you all!

Staff at Riverview are busily preparing for the long awaited return to school. 

There have been big changes inside and outside - new  bathroom facilities around the building, as well as some  exciting additions outside.

We are also raising money for an outdoor learning space.

See coverage in the Irish independent.

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Parents and staff at Riverview are continuing to lobby for improved safe cycling infrastructure in the environs of the school.

Government advice is that families should choose active means of travel to school, such as cycling, scooting and walking. 

In the absence of good infrastructure, however, this is not always possible.

The D12 Bike Bus got some coverage in the Irish Times last week, and have had very positive engagement with local public representatives. 

We are delighted that funding has been secured for bike parking at the school, and we are hopeful that more good news will follow!

If you are interested in helping with this campaign click here.

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Congratulations SAM!

We are delighted to announce that Sam Collins from the Sparrows has won FIRST PRIZE in the INTO 'Different Families, Same Love, Art competition. 

His Lego project is really amazing, we are all so proud of him.

Check it out here.

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The children and families of Riverview were inspired by the song 'I wish I knew how to be free' which Margaret shared at our online Friday assembly one week. Here is a beautiful video montage made by Múinteoir Andrew of their videos and photos about feeling free.

The Ducklings

Múinteoir Rachel looked after the Riverview Ducklings so well at home this year!  We loved getting so many amazing updates from her. We really realised how lucky we have been to have them in school all the other years Thanks so much Rachel!

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thank you Frontline

Wonderful parents in Riverview made this beautiful banner to thank the incredible front line workers during this difficult time. We are so grateful to every nurse, doctor, healthcare worker, delivery driver, sales assistant and transport operator that has worked tirelessly to protect us and provide for us.

Creative Schools

An Arts Council initiative

in collaboration with

Fala Buggy 

Riverview was selected to be part of the 2-year Creative Schools Programme which aims to support, develop, and celebrate creativity in schools across the country.  Fala Buggy is our Creative Associate, helping us to foster creative opportunities, and supporting students to build skills, confidence and provide space for self-expression. This initiative is strongly centred around the voice of the child and Fala is working closely with all students to find out their own unique interests and see how these can be provided for in teaching, engagements and the wider school community. 

#AHomeForEveryone

Children from the Wrens and Robins classes took part in the Human Rights Action Day, sponsored by the INTO Global Citizenship School.

They wrote poems and sent out a call for action to end the injustice of homelessness.

Friendship week

Riverview is holding its first official Friendship Week, with daily activities, class complement postboxes and kindness bubbling all over the school. Pictured here are the conversation circles  in the school hall. Circles were facilitated by staff, using a model recommended by Michelle Stowe in her restorative practices training.

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The D12 Bike Bus

Children from Riverview ETNS are being offered an opportunity to safely travel to school by bike, with their parents, on the D12 Bike Bus.

The D12 Bike Bus was officially launched last Friday, setting off from Crumlin in the mid winter darkness and arriving to a lovely welcome at the school. The bus was joined at the Walkinstown Roundabout, by the Mayor of South Dublin, Vikki Casserly. Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together welcomed the bus at the school.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

― Jane Goodall

Our  annual leaf-raking party

We finished the first half term  in joyous spirits with our forth annual leaf-raking party. Our newly renovated school hall was abuzz with music, thankfulness and the sharing of learning and experiences from the start of the school year. Thanks to all who came along, to the PTA for setting us up in style, and to the teachers and children for their hard work and enthusiasm.

Riverview Forest School enters its third year!

Forest school is well and truly up and running this year, with children from senior infants, first class and second class participating in sessions in Tymon Park every second week, year round. A huge thank you to staff and volunteers who make this  programme possible. Riverview now has three certified forest school leaders on staff, and another teacher being trained this year.

Thank you also, to staff in Tymon Park, for their consistent and invaluable support of our Forest School. Finian, pictured here, is showing the children some newly planted trees.

Super Friday at Riverview

It was an action-packed day here at the school!

We had our first visit of the year from the South Dublin Mobile Library....

A child from each class was invited for hot chocolate in the office....

and James, GPO from St. Jude's GAA club was here for his weekly coaching session....

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Some special visitors!

Dublin airport customs outreach visit.

Children and staff were very excited to welcome Scooby, Frankie and their handlers from the customs department at Dublin Airport to Riverview today. Children learned about the important job these dogs do in keeping us safe, and they also watched the dogs in action.

It's a Right to know your rights

Children from the Wrens Class participated in 'Right Here, Right Now',  an event organised by The Ark, to raise awareness about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They made posters which demonstrated their understanding of three of the key rights:  to play, to express themselves and be listened to, and to cultural activities.

Visitors to our nesting box

A family of blue tits has arrived!

If you look up at our nesting box as you leave the school grounds at the moment - and if you are very quiet -   you may be lucky enough to see our blue tit parents flying in and out with food for their babies!

The School Garden

A big thank you to Martin who came in to help us in the garden today!

We had germinated pumpkins and beans in the classroom which were planted out in the garden beds today.

We also planted peas and carrots. A local cafe with a big drive for sustainability donated their egg shells and we sprinkled them around the plants as a natural slug repellent.

We are looking forward to planting out some lavender a parent kindly gave us and maybe some lettuce and beetroot.

The children really enjoyed digging, weeding, finding worms, watering and learning about the soil and plants.

From all of us at Riverview, very best wishes for a Spring holiday full of joy , relaxation and

play!

Thanks to Marianne for sharing this inspirational piece with us.

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Hatching Day

The day we've all been waiting for!

After 28 days of patient waiting, turning, spraying, including a very tense 24 hours when we realised the incubator had stopped working, children and staff at Riverview were over the moon to welcome 5 beautiful ducklings today! A huge thank you to múinteoir Rachel for her duck expertise and for sharing this amazing experience with us all.

Oak trees

Teaching to the future

The children planted oak trees in our beautiful Forest School site in Tymon Park. We will enjoy watching them grow and support wildlife for many decades to come.

Juggling

Juggling Day in Riverview today, with Master Juggler Stephen Mc Ginley. The children (and teachers) adored it and we are inspired to work on our circus skills!

School climate strikes

The children and staff of Riverview marched in support of the school climate strikes taking place around the world on March 15th 2019.

Small Change

 

Staff and children at

 

Riverview have made

 

the change to re-

 

usable towels in our

 

bathroom and

 

kitchens!

World Book Day

We celebrated our love of books in style on the 7th of March, with adults and children alike dressed in some incredible  book inspired costumes and with lots of bookish activities throughout the day!

Spring has arrived in Riverview...

Junior Infant teacher, Rachel, took some helpers with her on Friday to collect duck eggs from the farm. Here they are all warm on her desk. What a welcome they will receive when they hatch!! 

Martin Luther

King Day

First Class children created this amazing mural as they learned about the life and work of human rights hero, Martin Luther King.

Find us in the park

Forest School is back up and running for this term. The children have been toasting almonds on a log fire. If you are walking in Tymon Park, watch our for the Riverivew Forest School sign, which was crafted by one of our parents and beautifully mounted by the park staff.

Thank you!

Beebots

The children have been having great fun learning early programming skills with these beebots, on loan from Dublin West Education Centre. Have a look at one of the activities here!

Generosity

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Appeal

A huge thank you to all of the children and their families who made donations to the food appeal here at the school.Our value for the month of December is generosity, and thanks to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the children were able to meaningfully demonstrate generosity towards those who really need it.

The children crafted beautiful

Tree Spirits

from clay for some of the trees on our school grounds yesterday.

Park and stride

A beautiful way to start the school day!

Some families have begun to use a parking facility at one of the entrances to Tymon Park for a morning Park and Stride to school. This has the double benefit of a healthy start to the day, while also alleviating congestion outside the school!

The Mobile Library is back!

The children were delighted to see the big red South Dublin County Library Bus pulling into the school yard on Friday morning. A big thank you to the driver and librarian!

Our local libraries provide an amazing free service, and so much enjoyment for the children, with a rich selection of books and events.  If you haven't already joined, be sure to check out your local one!

Mini-beast investigations

The children had an amazing two days with Nessa Darcey, an entomologist who works with the Heritage in Schools Programme. They discovered and learned about the amazing variety of life  to be found in the undergrowth of our school grounds!

Obair Álainn - Beautiful Work

Every Friday morning we have whole school assembly at Riverview. The children work really hard all week, and one of the highlights of our assembly, is when we celebrate exceptional or beautiful pieces of work which have been produced by a child or group of children. This work is proudly displayed in the hallway!

New accomodation at Riverview!

A huge thank you to Régis and Leo for constructing this most amazing bug hotel. We were all so excited to admire it on our arrival this morning, and are already watching out for its first lodgers.

Fruit and veg day

On the first Wednesday of each month, children in Riverview bring a selection of vegetables and fruit to school. A group of parents spend the first 20 minutes of the day preparing beautiful, colourful and healthy platters for each class.

We had our first fruit and veg. Wednesday of the year this week!

Back to school

'From small beginnings come great things.'

We are delighted to be welcoming  students of Riverview Educate Together into Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class this year. Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday, August 30th, at 8.30 am.

Limekiln Rd, Walkinstown, Dublin 12, D12 VY8A, Ireland 01 4604468 info@rvetns.ie

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