Rivibethan Day July 6th - a super success!
Our celebration of the Chartering of our School 451 years ago! On May 13th in 1566 Queen Elizabeth I granted the Royal Charter for our school to be built.
We salute our School - it's Heritage and History -
its roots in the past, its vision looking to the future!
Rivibethan Day itself was a superb celebration!
A combination of 6 months of historical investigation, creativity, hard work and - most of all- enjoyment! We have been able to do this with the support of a HERITAGE LOTTERY GRANT! This enabled us to work with the superbly creative team led by Artist Joy Kilpatrick at CreateBolton.
Every class investigated an aspect of life at the time our school was built.... many amazing and fascinating facts & artefacts have come to light. Our children shared their discoveries with our families, our Cluster schools, our Governors and lots of visitors during the day. Our visitor book had approx 100 signatures in by 1pm!
Everyone was treated to a Tudor celebration! Life as it was when our school was chartered. There were townspeople, Lords, Ladies, peasants and paupers all mingling with the crowds! Jesters appeared - to entertain and amuse. Three performances in the Minstrels' Gallery -decorated with Banners designed and made by the children - gave a taste of the Music and entertainments of the times. Scarborough Fayre and Greensleeves sung and played - musical direction by Anna Hughes -Williams. Our young Maypole dancers were enthusiastic and determined , with colourful ribbons waving ! All watched by our Queens of the May!
Walking round the grounds in the beautiful sunshine, Reception hosted a Rivington Museum where artefacts from every historical period that our school has lived through - were displayed. Our young archaeologists had completed excavations with Joy in our grounds - with all kinds of interesting finds1
We were treated too, to KS1 Hobby Horse racing and Toys & Games of the times. All on a 'have a go ' basis - with children to demonstrate and play too. Everyone enjoyed th echance to 'step back' and play.
Y3&4 were based at 'Rivington Tours' . They were kept continually busy, taking our visitors round on very interesting Heritage Tours of School. Each script was indidvidually written and expertly delivered. Many compliments were received on the quality of their delivery and content. Super!
Y5&6 kept everyone busy with a Quiz about the Day which involved all children and visitors! They also were helpers and apprentices to our artists and craftspeople in the tented area!
KS2 were our Minstrels and players, singing and recorder playing for everyone's delight!
Sustenance was provided for all with a very tasty Hog Roast and Vegetarian Pottage, followed by Honey Cake! Delicious!
We may be a 'small' school but we have a huge view of the world around us
and how we can play a part in it!
Rivington School , chartered in 1566 has been around for 451 years!
here's to the next 451!
Rivibethan Day confirms what I have always felt here at Rivington. We all step in and out of history and it is a privilige to be able to do that here.
Our School, so strongly rooted in the past, will continue on and we are part of its journey.
Being part of the Rivington Family means linking hands across the centuries,
past, present and future.
Heritage and History.
Next week.........Reception Class Assembly and Hike to the PIKE!!!!!
With lots to do ...until our next hello!
Mrs L J Carter- Clavell