The school is delighted to confirm the appontment of Prof Zsolt Nemcsik as our Fencing Master. Prof Nemcsik is an olympic silver medallist and former world champion. His stunning fencing achievements as a pupil of Maestro Gerevich are outstanding and he is the most succesful fencer currently coaching in the UK. Prof Nemcsik joins us from one of the worlds leading fencing clubs Frascati (Italy) where he has been teaching since 2010.
Thursday 26th March
Due to work on the mains power supply in Rivington we will be without electricity between 8AM-5PM. Regrettably we have no option other than to close school and nursery as we will have no heating or electrical systems.
Ski Trip 2013
Superb ski trip to Serre Chevalier this year. Outstanding resort, great outcomes for the children and lots of fantatsic comments from the public about our pupils conduct and maturity. Excellent team building. We will definately not be going back to long distance coach travel after experiencing the ease of flying out this year!
Overhaul of the school grounds begins ready for the Summer Term. New fencing of the play area and outdoor story telling area completed over half term break. First bit of sun and we can start tidying up the garden and growing areas again.
Chickens to return in the Summer term in our improved fox proof area!
Exciting developments for the future. Rivington Park is working closely with the Moorland School Group of independent schools and nurseries. The shared ethos of the schools and commitment to small class sizes offers great opportunities for co-operative developments. School shal be announcing developments in educational provision including boarding provision from 2014 based off the main school site.
The first school bus routes for the Wigan Westhoughton area is planned for September 2013.
Congratulations to Mr Boardman and the pupils from all year groups ic school who contributed to the terrific Music Concert on Thursday. Infants, Juniors and Senior pupils performed in choral productions and musical ensembles. The new school Samba Band performed for the first time and we all enjoyed our superb soloists Aneeq Ahmed (choral) and Sofa Ingram-Weston (Keyboard).
School put on an exceptional production of 'Scrooge' as a drama showcase for parents. As the culmination of many weeks planning and preparation the performance recieved universal praise. All children in Primary and in Y7-9 made a terrific contribution. Well Done!
Assistant Nursery Manager Hayley Mosscrop supported by the Nursery team put on a terrific nursery Nativity. Around 50 parents and friends came to watch the children on stage in a very traditional version of 'Whoops-a -Daisy Angel'
Xmas Fayre on 1st December was a great success and raised over £1000. Fun for all the family and a chance for our small school and nursery community to let their hair down and start the preparations for Christmas.
More medal successes for Rivington Park Pupils at the England Youth Championships and Wrexham U15 Sabre.
Yr 10 GCSE - Two year scholarship scheme.
We have secured a small corporate sponsorship arrangement which enables us to offer up to four two year academic scholarships for pupils starting GCSE studies in 2012-13.
The scholarship is for the two years of GCSE study and can account for up to 50% of school fees.
The sponsorship is aimed at pupils who bring positve contributions to the school academically, sporting or as performers. Application is via email direct to school in teh first instance.
Rivington Park was pleased to be able to work with the Chorley Sports Partnership and provide fencing coaching in 18 chorley primary schools over the summer term. This culminated in a superb inter-school compettion at teh Clayton Brook Leisure Centre in Chorley which Rivington Park Fencing Club organised and ran. The event was a tremendous success with over 70 pupils from local schools entering teams which were refereed by club members Patrick Jennings, Emily Ruaux, James Edwards (Yr 7), Thomas Edwards (Yr 8) and Mr Ruaux. Director of Tournament was Mr Marshall.
Rivington Park opened its doors to pupils from the Thomasson Memorial School for deaf children to join in some fencing at Rivington Park. Pupils were delighted to share their fencing expertise with a group of pupils from Thomasson Memorial School during their visit. The young primary pupils enjoyed watching the fencing and then ahd their own private training session with Mr Marshall our fencing Master.
An end of an era as Mr Phillips retires as teacher of English at Rivington Park after seven years at our school. He will be sadly missed. However a very welcome to Mrs A Bradley who will be taking up this positio from September 2012. Mrs Bradley is an Oustanding Teacher with a track record of excellence in the State Sector. Mrs Bradley is an experienced Leader within education and is a great addition to our school teaching team.
School has booked the 2013 Ski trip which will take place in Serre Chevalier -France.
The Summer Term lunchtime and after school clubs have resumed. Spanish club is back by popular demand.
Reception swimming classes have also resumed at Swim Smart in Standish.
Some of our school fencers joined the club to put on a fencing display as part of a mini-olympic celebration in Bolton Market Hall. School pupils demonstrated their fencing skills and were interviewed by Bolton FM.
The communiy fencing club meets at Albany Science College Chorley, on Mondays and Wednesdays. For information http://www.rivingtonparkfencingclub.co.uk/
Ski Trip to Pila Italy
The school ran its third trip to the Aosta Valley in Italy. As always the children from Year 6 - Year 10 had a terrific experience with a number of pupils moving into the intermediate and advanced groups.
We all felt sorry for our only injury, James, who came unstuck in the advanced group and slid into a snow cannon at some speed. A quiet week in hospital for James but thankfully no lasting damage.
Great Hotel this year and a terrific group of Interski instructors.
Next year France! Booking information to be confirmed second week March 2012.
Guitar Tuition - Restarts after Half Term
Rivington Park School Ex-Pupil Emily Ruaux becomes National Womens U17 Sabre Champion
Emily learned to fence as a pupil at Rivington Park and now studies at Bolton Sixth Form (Centre campus). Emily currently is in the GBR Womens U20 and U17 squads and expects to compete at the European Champioships (Croatia) and World Championships (Moscow) this season. Emily is studying five A Levels at Bolton Sixth Form College and fits in her international duties and intense training programme around her studies.
Clubs reopen for Autumn Term and Drama Rehearsals for the Xmas Production commence
The school has increased in size again so that two Xmas performance will be produced for our end of term production. The Secondary School will perform a version of Little Red Riding Hood whilst the Primary School are putting on their own performance.
School is also pleased to confirm the Bonfire Night Party to take place on Saturday 5th November 2011.
New Staff Appointments for September 2011
School is delighted to welcome new staff appointments that have joined our teaching team for September 2011. These part time appointments are required to staff the growing timetable as numbers increase year on year.
Humanities - Mr M Hannah B Sc PGCE
Mr Hannah is an enthusiastic and skilled Geography specialist who will take over the Head Teachers Geography and RE teaching timetable from September. Mr Hannah is also a qualified basketball coach.
Biology - Mrs J Peters B Ed
Mrs Peters is a former Head of Science at a state school judged to be outstanding and is a specialist Biologist with many years of experience delivering outstanding GCSE and KS 3 science. This is an excellent appointment to the school which will bring added strength to our science team.
Art - Mrs B Henderson BA PGCE AST
Mrs Henderson is taking over as teacher of Art from September. She is a highly skilled former Head of Art and Pastoral Head of Year. She is currently also a Tutor at Teacher at Edge Hill Teacher Training College and is an Advanced Skills Teacher.
I am extremely pleased to add this talented group of professionals to our existing staff team.
Nursery Ofsted - 14th July 2011
A surprise inspection of nursery arose today due to a mistake over our Nursery URN number. Not brilliant timing on the last day of the school term but nonetheless a useful process for us all. The inspection resulted in a 'GOOD' outcome for nursery. The report can be downloaded here Nursery Ofsted Report 2011
Year 6/7Outdoor Pursuits - Survival weekend
A terrific residential programme refused to be derailed by some very stormy weather. Our intrepid party departed for Ingleton in less than ideal conditions. Having spent an underground afternoon down one of the few potholes not at risk from rising floodwater the group had campcraft training setting camp and cooking their own meals. Saturday was spent on bushcraft skills, making fires, traps and spits with lessons on foraging and edible hedgerow foods.
All these skills had to be put into practice setting fires and cooking their eveining meals on the cooking fires. Some children carved their own spoons and prepared for an evening under the stars rather than in their tents. Sunday was an exciting days climbing before returning to school in the afternoon.
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Training Expedition (Yr 9)
After final route planning familiarisation and last kit checks the intrepid group set off from Sunnyhurst in Blackburn. They demonstrated superb navigation skills throughout and arrived at their first camp at 5.40PM, slightly ahead of schedule. All participants feel ready for the assessed expedition scheduled for next term.
Tragedy for Kevin the Rooster
Kevin never moved into his new home. He persistently refused to swop his favouite tree roost for the safety of his new chicken coop. Although the tree roost was very comfy it was not fox proof. A poor risk judgement on the part of Kevin, much to the delight of Mr & Mrs Fox and family.
Sports day was a superb event including all children aged from Reception to Year 10 in a series of competitive events. Photos and details to be uploaded to the gallery shortly. Unedited previews are avaiable via the website facebook link.
Rhapsody Dance & Drama
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Rhapsody Dance and Drama workshops which will run at Rivington Park all day Sundays from September 2011. This is a community performance project aimed at all young people and has a specific focus on production and performance.
Specialist drama, dance and singing workshops for children aged 4-18yrs. Email school for further details. Link to Rhapsody Academy follow.
Level 5 - Food Safety Award Lancashire
Head Chef Nicola Beddows received her Level 5 Food Safety award for our school kitchens. An excellent renewal at the highest standard possible. Next inspection will be in 18 months.
Community at work - new sensory garden and growing areas.
Pupils from all year groups have commenced work on the next phase of the devlopment of the external grounds. Working to pupil plans and after installation of new play equipment.
Everyone from Reception to Year 9 and including the afterschool club group have had community time clearing areas, digging beds, and planting out the new growing areas. Lots still to do though including building Trevor's (the new bantum Cockrell) new residence and monitoring the Silkies improved family enclosure.
Some doubt exist as to whether Trevor will take to his new home as he seeems to prefer tree roosting. However, senior pupils have suggested a few hens may help coax him from his perch!! Looks like another trip to Clitheroe agricultural auctions!
On Saturday 21st May School fencers join in Rivington Park Fencing Club fencing exhibition in Bolton Market Hall.
Link to Bolton News Report
Our coach Mr Marshall and Head Teacher Mr Ruaux organised a fencing exhibition in Bolton Market Hall on Saturday. Pupils from school joined in the exhibition of fencing for children andf adults aged 8yrs up to 80yrs. It was agreat success with Market Hall organisers requesting that the club put n another display in August. Over 30 fencers from the fencing club attended during the day including pupils from Rivington Park.
Our chickens have chicks!
Imagine the childrens’ surprise when they went to feed the chickens and found that Bert and Bertha our Lavender Silkies have produced four baby Chicks!
The children have increased the feeding checks and are giving the chicks their chick crumb every day. They are monitoring their development in great detail.