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Riverside School

Riverside Special School, Fennel Road BT41 4PB

02894 428946


Head Boy amd Head Girl

Congratulations to Ben and Darragh who became Riverside's Head boy and Head girl for this school year, 2018-2019.


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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!

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!



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!

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.

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!

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!