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Riverside School

Riverside Special School, Fennel Road BT41 4PB

02894 428946


End of Year

June 2018

Riverside have had a great end to their year in perfect, sunny weather. The Juniors and seniors collected certificates and performed at an end of year celebration assembly. Parents joined us for a BBQ. We are going to miss our Senior pupils; Tiarnan, Thomas and Joseph as they leave school and venture into new prospects.  We enjoyed our end of year outings and our Annual fun night which raised £1500. May we take this opportunity to thank every parent, friend, family member and our local community  who  has supported us throughout the year. See you all in September!

Sports Day

June 2018

Everyone enjoyed a surer sports day.  The whole school were divided into four teams, Junior and Seniors. We had a go at the egg and spoon race, bean bag balancing, team rely baton race and pass the ball. The parents also took part in their own race showing the great sports that they all are. Day Fresh sponsored the event with goody bags for all pupils. Well done to Mr Andrews  for organising a great day. Thanks to all who came to support us.

Riverside Raise money for Epilepsy

May 2018

We have recently held a week of fundraising events to raise money and awareness of our designated charity ‘Epilepsy Action’. Our pupils put their fitness skills to the test when they participated in a one mile sponsored walk. They were busy receiving sponsorship and as usual our families and friends have outdone themselves and helped them raise lots of money.
Our staff got onboard with the fundraising too. They enjoyed a delicious break with fresh coffee. It was a busy morning and everyone enjoyed their treats. The art competition was a great success, all our pupils created wonderful seaside masterpieces and each class awarded a winner.
We finished with the wear purple to school day on the Friday. Everyone got involved and our pupils had an opportunity to express themselves on the non uniform day.
We would like to extend our thanks for all the contributions you made. We can all be very proud, to date we have raised over £700 and Friday 8th June is the last day for any donations and then we can present a cheque to a representative from ‘Epilepsy Action’ thank you everyone!

Success at the Balmoral Show

May 2018

Riverside School, Antrim, has been collaborating with the Dexter Cow Society in a brilliant project that trained our pupils to groom and show rare-breed Dexter Cows.

The pupils began training on a weekly basis in September and have recently showcased their talents in the ring in Northern Ireland’s premier event in the farming calendar; The Balmoral Show.

Show Day was a huge success and saw the pupils making their own successes with dealing with the media and  entering the ring . Each team had a designated pupil to lead their cow and a number of groomers tasked with keeping the cows (and pupils) looking their best.

Sponsored by Dunbia, they all really looked the part in their show-coats and team T-shirts

It proved to be quite a challenge to keep the feisty beasts under control, but each of the teams worked really hard and did a great job of showing off their skills.

Well done everyone who took part, thanks to everyone who helped and supported us and thanks to Dunbia for the sponsorship!



J3 Entered the Garden Show

May 2018

The Dexter Cow Visit to Riverside

May 2018

A Dexter cow came to visit Riverside. The press came along to take lots of photos of Matthew and his class as they practice for the big showing at Balmoral. All the junior classes got to see the cow and show their support.

J3 and J4 Shared Education visit to Woodhall

April 2018

J3 and J4 had a wonderful day at woodhall outdoor centre. We had the chance to try our hand at archery and for the daredevils in us we got to do the zip line and high climb.

Riverside Get New Playground Equipment

April 2018

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to raising money for our playground. Riverside has recently invested in new equipment across the school. The pupils have been enjoying this well needed equipment greatly.

BOOM win Best Team



Massive congratulations to our BOOM team who have won the Best Team Award in North Eastern Region and a special mention to Hope who has secured the Young Entrepreneur  Award! Big thanks to Jane Hanna from Young Enterprise  and Kerri Bradley HR Manager for Robinson Services who have supported the pupils on their journey and who came to assembly to present the awards.  Well done BOOM!

Riverside are heading to Balmoral



This year Riverside are making history by entering Balmoral Show along with the Dexter Society. This is the first time a project like this has been done at Balmoral show. Pupils in S1 and S2 have been working with the Dexter cows since May 2017 in preparation for this event. Five leaders have been nominated to show the Dexters in front of judges in our project class. Daniel, Matthew, Stephen, Grace and Charlie are our dedicated team leaders giving up Saturdays and holidays to learn to lead the Dexters. They will be working with the rest of their teams to prepare the Dexters and walk them in the ring. We will be showing on Wednesday 16th May at Balmoral Show. Come along and support us and see who wins the all important rosette! 


Shona is now a Forest School Leader


“A Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.”

The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.

Forest Schools has demonstrated success with children of all ages who visit the same local woodlands on a regular basis and through play, who have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

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Juniors Celebrate Chinese New Year with local Chinese

February 2018

The China Court, Antrim kindly hosted the Juniors on Wednesday and Thursday for their educational outings in order to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The pupils visited China Court restaurant, coloured in pictures and sampled rice, chicken balls, sweet and sour sauce and more. The pupils had a blast and were given gifts at the end. Thank you China Court for your generosity and kindness and helping us celebrate the Chinese New Year with you!

Internet Safety Week

February 2018

Riverside become the new Boccia Champions

January 2018

Riverside entered two teams from our senior school in the Disability Sport NI Boccia tournament in Antrim Forum at the end of January. Both teams were exceptional, giving their all in a closely fought competition. We are so proud of the Riverside Rollers who were undefeated in the tournament and won a very tight final to be crowned the Boccia champions 2018! Congratulations team!  


The Senior Show: The Christmas that Santa forgot


The Junior Nativity: A King Is Born


Well done to all pupils and staff who took part in telling the story of the Nativity. A great show!

Riverside School is Growing!


Riverside has welcomed 11 new pupils this year. As a result of that growth, we have just had a new extension. Check out the photos below.

Rebound Therapy


Riverside School is delighted to have two staff members now trained in Rebound Therapy. Rebound Therapy is a form of physiotherapy. It uses trampolines to provide therapeutic exercises to people with a wide variety of disabilities and additional needs. The therapy involves using the moving bed of the trampoline to promote movement in the participant.

Football friendly

February 2017

Some of senior pupils had the opportunity to travel to Kilronan Special school in Magherafelt for a football friendly. All pupils enjoyed the experience and hope to play each other again sometime soon.

Replay Theatre at Muckamore Pool



A group of pupils from Riverside recently attended a Replay Theatre performance at Muckamore Pool.

The show was called 'Into the Blue' and it was aimed at meeting the needs of our pupils working on the Sensory Curriculum. The show was absolutely excellent; the pupils were greeted by the actors and they made them feel so comfortable and relaxed in the water. Once the performance began the actors introduced each pupil individually, singing to them and building their interest. The pupils were fully engaged with all members of staff, smiling, giggling and reacting to a wide range of stimuli. This was a tremendous opportunity for our pupils and we hope to avail of this again in the next school year. We would like to say a big Thank-you to all the wonderful actors for providing such a stimulating, fun and interactive session in a same and familiar learning environment.



As part of the Paralympics, Riverside created their own version of events taking part in lots of disability sports including Boccia, rugby and basketball. The Juniors met in the hall throughout the week to take part in each event. To finish off, we had a healthy and sporty communal break. The pupils pressed switches to blend their own banana smoothie and juice fresh oranges. J4 made healthy energy flap jacks and J3 made scrambled eggs.

Good luck Terry and Gavin


Terry and Gavin visited Riverside School today along with the RDA ahead of their big cut! Both men have been growing their hair in order to get Mohicans to raise money for both Riverside and the RDA. Good luck boys! See events section for more details.



Antrim Vintage Car Club

Riverside school enjoyed a great day with a few vintage vehicle enthusiasts. This was organised as part of S1 and S2s transport topic although all of Senior School had the opportunity to participate. Pupils experienced enjoyable rides in a few classic cars including a BMW convertible, Sun Beam Rapier convertible, a Rover that saw action in WWII, Austin A50 and a Ford Classic. Pupils also got to sit on and explore a yellow belly Massey Ferguson 35. Riverside school would like to express sincere thanks to any of the County Antrim vintage clubs that provided these vehicles and took the time to bring them up to the school. The pupils had a fabulous day!

Well done to Riverside School on winning a Community Excellence Award from Tesco NI!