Weekly newsletter 15 June – Juniors

Dear Parents,

Even though a report is a reflection on what a learner has achieved, please take in mind, that those marks are not a reflection on what he/she will achieve one day. With Albert Einstein not getting accepted for high school, J.K. Rowling not at University and Steven Spielberg not at film school (all because they grades were too low). That did not terminate their dreams to success! Even Michael Jordan wasn’t chosen for his university’s basketball team, and Oprah Winfrey was fired at her job as she was “unfit for television”. Please support your child, regardless of his/her report, as greatness does not depend on a school report!

A note from the vice principal, Madelein Luttig

When our goal is to instill positive traits in our children, we often don’t want to rely on material rewards. If you are like me, I want my son to do the right thing because it’s the right thing. I don’t want him to go through life with a what’s-in-it-for-me attitude. In some cases, like performing household chores, it can be appropriate to offer pocket money rewards. It’s important for our children to learn that to earn money, you must work and fulfill your obligations. However, I also want my son to learn that there are many things in life that can bring us joy that has nothing to do with money. Relationships, freedom and self-care provide many benefits that can not be purchased. Here are a few ideas that you could use. A reward coupon for kids, a reward jar or a daily routine sticker chart all great ideas. Here are some ideas of things that could be printed or written on your coupons: A sleepover party for up to 3 friends, staying up 30 minutes past bed time, Dinner of your choice, Movie night-you pick the movie, getting out of one chore, Building a blanket fort, Game night or maybe a Pajama Day!

These will make it just that little bit easier to reinforce good behaviour.

Enjoy your weekend.

Primary School Staff

Download – Newsletter #22 15 June 18 JNRS

Weekly newsletter 8 June – Seniors

Dear Parents

Just a big thank you to all our learners for their good behaviour during the first week of the exams!! It is such a pleasure to have and teach children who are respectful and who listen to the rules. Please always remember that the rules are there to protect each and every learner, teacher and support staff member. Well done Riverside.

8 Ways to communicate without Social Media

Get off your phones and tablets, and experience life right at home with these meaningful ways to exchange messages.

Sticky Notes:

Remind your kids how much they are loved with surprise notes in their lunch boxes. They’ll love receiving well-wishes on upcoming tests.

Chalkboard Scribbles:

Be the “cool Mom” and finally let your kids draw on the walls!

Hand-Written Letters:

Birthday and holiday cards are great, but nothing makes you feel as special as a spontaneous hand-written letter.

Game Night: 

Host a family game night to really get your kids talking. They’ll enjoy letting their competitive sides show, and you’ll love the quality family time.

Message Board:

Keep all your important notes in one place with a central family message board.

Book Club:

We could talk for hours over our favourite books.

Cook a Meal: 

Actions go a long way in a relationship, so tell someone you love them with more than just words. Spend some time together in the kitchen slicing, dicing, and chopping.

Photo Albums: 

If a photo is worth a thousand words, a photo album must be a novel. Spend time flipping through old family pictures to remember favourite vacations or important milestones.

Mrs Struck

A message from our Principal – Mr. D Swart

There is always so much going on around us while we are at work, at home, in the gym, in the supermarket… these thoughts, feelings; ideas bombard us all the time. Then we still have to mention and add to this, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram – just to mention a few of the modern day distractions. All these applications and programs also demand a space in our minds and suddenly there is just no time or space for conventional things such as family, cooking or hobbies of any kind. What is worse is that our children are just as distracted by these same vices and then we ask why they are performing so poorly at school? Gosh, why are our children hurting one another? Why are youngsters so hell bent on drinking and abusing drugs?


Maybe it is time to put your devices down for a while and parent your children the old fashioned way; by spending time actually talking to them and not at them! Maybe it is time to actually listen to what they are saying and not just respond in the appropriate spaces with a grunt or a pre-recorded noise.


Maybe you want to impose boundaries while they are young and not wait until they become totally defiant as teenagers?


Perhaps you are asking yourself right now; what does he know about my child and my parenting style? Maybe nothing, but I am the man standing in front of the classroom everyday looking at the faces of children who are feeling lost, alone and confused about what is expected of them, because their mom and dad are pre-occupied with their own issues and not “available” to give them guidance and support…

Download – Newsletter #20 08 JUN 18 SNRS

Weekly newsletter 8 June – Juniors

Dear Parents,

Sometimes we feel discouraged in our day to day lies. We often feel that we will not be able to meet a deadline, feel ready for an exam or in our social lives. We forget that we, ourselves are powerful beings and just believing in yourself and your abilities can ultimately change our way of thinking about ourselves. “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself! “– The Minds Journal

Obligations rob us of our playfulness, being silly with our kids when the opportunity presents itself is wonderful, but how many times do we ignore or push off those chances? During this week, I saw a dad drop off his son for school, they had a special handshake and it made me think that we should all grab a chance to be playful and meaningful with our young children, as they grow up so quickly. Play does not just benefit our children, it benefits us as

A note from the vice principal, Madelein Luttig

well. Being silly helps relieve stress and resets priorities when they are not in focus. Experts advice setting time a side almost daily to play with our children. Here are some ideas on things you might want to do with your child: 1. Grab ice cream or a special treat, my own son loves, when I pick him up, after school, and I just say to him: “Let’s go for milkshake!” It is a special time, for the two of us, to talk and not to think about homework or chores. 2. Go for a walk together 3. Tickle your children 4. Have a dance party. 5 Take silly selfies 6. Play hide and seek 7. Play chase in the garden or a park 8. Have a picnic. 9. Colour with sidewalk chalk 10. Go on a bike ride. The list could go on! These activities do not break the bank, however the bond that they create between parent and child, will last a life time.


Download – Newsletter #20 8 June 18 JNRS

Weekly newsletter 1 June – Seniors

Dear Parents

I’m special. In all the world there’s nobody like me.

Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person like me.

Nobody has my smile; nobody has my eyes, my nose, and my voice. I’m special.

No one can be found who has my handwriting.

Nobody anywhere has my taste – for food or music or art. No one sees things just as I do.

In all of time there’s been no one who laughs like me, no one who cries like me. And what makes me laugh and cry will never provoke identical laughter and tears from anybody else, ever.

No one reacts to any situation just as I would react. I’m special.

I’m the only one in all of creations who has my set of abilities. There will always be somebody who is better at one of the things I’m good at, but no one in the universe can reach the quality of my combination of talents, ideas, abilities and feelings. Like a roomful of musical instruments, some may excel alone, but none can match the symphony sound when all are played together. I’m a symphony.

Through all of eternity no one will ever look, talk, think or do like me. I’m rare.

Because of my great rare value, I need not attempt to imitate others, I will accept – yes celebrate – my differences.

I’m special. And I’m beginning to realize it’s no accident that I’m special.

I’m one out of a million!                                                                                        Mr Cronje


Download – Newsletter #18 25 MAY 18 SNRS

Weekly newsletter 1 June – Juniors

Dear Parents,

Whether you are young or old, it is always important to be respectful towards others. This week we encouraged the learners to show respect by being kind and considerate to each other and their teachers. To many, respect is about being helpful, understanding and polite towards everyone. The learners also learnt the importance of respecting themselves by facing challenges with a positive attitude and taking care of their mind and body. Remember to always treat others as you would like them to treat you.

Download – Newsletter #19 1 June 18 JNRS

Teach kids to be road smart  

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. Whether it’s crossing a pedestrian crossing at school or walking through a parking lot – the sooner children learn how to navigate roads safely the better.

Based in Burgundy Estate in Cape Town, Riverside College launched their Road Safety Campaign which focused on educating learners around the rules of the road. Various activities were carried out in real traffic environments through guided walks and traffic simulations.

“Children learn by experience, and road safety skills are best learnt through real life circumstances, under supervision and guidance of parents and teachers,” says Riverside College’s vice principal Madelein Luttig. “Equipping children with the knowledge and understanding of how the road works is an essential life skill.”

Mrs Luttig, together with the learners at Riverside College, put together some handy road wise tips:

  1. Know the signs and signals: Ensure you know what the various road signs and lights mean. Test your knowledge on the drive or walk home from school.
  2. Stop, look and cross: Stop and then look left and right to make sure that there are no on-coming vehicles before crossing.
  3. Zebra crossings: The only place you should cross the road is at a pedestrian crossing. Make this a habit!
  4. Slow it down: Don’t run, always walk where there is traffic to ensure your safety.
  5. Watch out: When walking in car parks, be extra careful, drivers might not see you. Always be on the look-out for reversing lights and moving vehicles.




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