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Class News

Is there something fishy going on?

Our first Riverside fish adventure story. Click the link the see the video.


February 2021

Riverside have got heir own fist tank and are doing lots of activities around the theme. They all will get the opportunity to name one each. The next time you are in school, come and see in them in our school foyer.


December 2020

Riverside pupils have been rolling out their end of year Christmas celebrations by creating their own 'class bubble' videos. We thought we would share J1s with you. Enjoy!

Back to School Term 1  2020

Riverside Celebrated Pancake Tuesday



We had a pancake competition which was a great activity to support our Functional Maths skills on measurement.

Each class was asked to  make their best pancakes and send them up to the office to be judged. The class or pupil who made the best pancake and biggest pancake got prizes.

J5 made the biggest pancake and S3 made the tastiest. Winners were  announced at our celebration assembly. We had great fun making pancakes and tasting them! Well done everyone.


Learning opportunities:


  • Filling a table tablespoon, using scales to weigh, capacity for full and empty jug or bowl, the time they start to cook (watch for the bubbles rising)
  • Tuesday 28 February – day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent 40 days and 40 nights (time)

Shape, space and size

  • Pouring mixture into pan
  • Making big, small or medium sized pancakes
  • Flipping pancakes in the pan


  • Counting the number of pancakes needed, make a pancake stack and count these
  • Adding one more into the pan
  • How many would you like to send home?

Extended learning

  • Make a chart about our favourite toppings (Data)
  • Sort pancakes into big and small (data)


Mini Enterprise Awards for Pathways

February 2020

Congratulations Pathways who received awards for Overall Team and Customer Service.

Belfast Met

January 2020

PW and S4 have been continuing our partnership with Belfast Met this year. They attend every Friday. This week they got the opportunity to try out the computer suite with face scanning technology!

Christmas Festivities


Riverside School have had a fun week of Christmas festivities as a reward for working so hard for our Christmas play and throughout the school year. Everyone got a present from Santa in Santa's inflatable grotto, enjoyed an inflatable snow globe and had a visit from Elsa and the Grinch at our Celebration assembly. The Christmas sprit has well and truly begun at Riverside.

Thanks to Enkalon for providing the Snow globe and Grotto

Thanks to the Montgomery Family for providing the Grinch and Elsa

We have had a blast!

Christmas Shows

December 2019

Parents and friends were welcomed by Mrs Lavery, Head Boy Luke Monaghan and Head Girl Hope Baxter to our Christmas shows. The Juniors performed Children Of The World. After a short interval and Christmas raffle, the Seniors performed  Christmas Day with Scrooge. Parents and friemds enjoyed  Tea, Coffee and Mince pies after. Both performances were thoroughly enjoyed by all. A massive congratualtions ato all the pupils and staff who took part.

Riverside would like to thank:

  • Starbucks, Antrim for donating Christmas Blend Coffee
  • Colin McClellend for narrating the Junior Christmas Show
  • Parents and friends for serving the tea and coffee
  • Everyone who had any part to play in making our Christmas show celebration so special


Junior Christmas Show

Children of The World



Mary         Louisa Shannon

Joseph       Jessy Lane

Donkey     Daniel Wallace

Angel           Cole Maginty

Angel         Teigan Douglas


Children from Poland J2

Aoife O’Neill

Ethan Fenton

Ashton Hickman

Gemma Creighton

Cadyn Waldron-Campbell

Jenson-Cole Freeburn

Daniel McKeown

Matthew Skelton

Corey Black

Children from China J4

Kelan McKee

Alfie Elder

Oliver Gracey

Tyler Newey 

Krzysztof Witula 

Dylan McFarland 

Lucas Bigger

Children from Australia J5

Naomi Crawford

Mojere Oluteye

Michael Mc Allister

Larson Walker 

Children from Malawi J3

Josh Boyd

Omar Harfouch

Eva Kerr Clarke

Eva Kirkpatrick

Holly Louise Peeples

Connor Mc Callen O'Leary

Sophia Turtle

Blazej Wardzichowski

Callum Wright

Children from USA J1

Max Buick

Max Rantin

Morgan Newey

Tiernan Brown

Cameron Rodgers

Gary J Tidyman- Peeples

Harley Redmond


Senior Christmas Show

Christmas Day with Scrooge




Fairy Of Christmas Past:        Luke Monaghan

Fairy Of Christmas Present:      Charlie Escalonilla



Oliver:                            Stephen Millar

Emily:                           Grace Phillips

Kirsten:                         Tori-Lee Cahoon

Mum:                            Amber Lloyd

Dad:                             Matthew Preston

Granny:                         Hope Baxter   

Uncle Ebs:                     Daniel Ostler

Santa:                           Ben Gibson                 

Edgar Elf:                      Matthew Holmes        

Edwin Elf:                    Jack Kennedy                          

Edward Elf:                 Matthew Reid  

Eric Elf:                         Ryan PrinceMouse:           

Mouse:                    Morgan-Rose McStravick

Cat:                             Devlin Heffron

Cracker 1:                   Tyree Hill

Cracker 2:                   Tyler Davidson


All I want for Christmas is You:      

                                                   Leah Kennedy

                                                     Colin McLaughlin

                                                   Alysha Brown


Money, Money, Money:         Filipe Guedes

                                                   Jamie Dunbar


Carol Singers

Silent Night:                     Sophia Matchett

                                           Charlotte Regan

                                           Rachel Davies

                                           Ella Michael

                                           Dara Gribbon


Santa Claus is coming         Sam Stockdale

to town:                               Ewan McGall

                                               Kaelin Wall



I’m so Excited:                   Caotlin Lemon

                                             Filip Zvolsky

                                           Madilyn Melville


Snowmen                          Adam Goodram

                                               Andrej Witula

                                               Eunan O’Kane

                                               Steven McConville


Eco Schools

December 2019

Riverside School is working very hard to gain an Eco Schools Award. Mrs Irwin set all pupils a task this month where they had to create pieces  of Art from recycled material. Thees are displayed in our Front Foyer.  We had a competition to see who could make the most Eco Friendly display. The results were:

Junior: Nursery 
Senior: S4
A super effort made by everyone! Make  sure to see our Eco friendly displays when you visit Riverside this half term. 

Happy Halloween from Riverside School

October 2019

Balmoral Show

May 2019

A big congratulations to Jack, Charlie and Matthew for taking part in the Special Schools' Dexter Young Handler Class at Balmoral show. They all did brilliantly in the ring. Jack represented Riverside in the Grand Parade at the end of the show. Congratulations to Kyle, Jamie and Grace and all the other teams who took part. Riverside made a tremendous effort but in the end, Roddensvale School won the rosette.

Riverside Post 16 Pathways Class

May 2019

Pathways have been very busy this year as they prepare themselves for life after school. The pupils in Pathways are given many opportunities and life experiences to develop their life skills.

 Every Wednesday, they attend either the Bridge or the Gym. At the Bridge in Antrim the pupils learn cookery, woodwork and ICT skills. Once a week they attend the MET College in Belfast where they develop their ICT skills on Ipads and enjoy classes to prepare themselves for transitioning once they reach the age of 19.

They practice cooking dinner each week, go shopping to get the ingredients and further get to practice these skills in a school based café.

They have their own Young Enterprise business know as PUP (Pathways Unique Products.) This year they won two awards for their efforts including Best overall team and Team programme for outstanding teamwork.


Well done Pathways. Keep up the Great work!

Roald Dahl Day

13th September 2018

Junior classess mixed with Senior classes to celebrate different books writtwn by Roald Dahl. Lots of differtn activite related to these books were held around the school.