School Closure Information Line

Please find details of the Aberdeen City schools telephone information service for parents/guardians.  This is the Schools Information Line.

 The main features of this service are:

  1. Emergency Arrangements message for Parents/Guardians

To be used to inform parents/guardians of emergency arrangements and important announcements, e.g. early closure arising from adverse weather conditions/failure of heating systems.

  1. Voicemail for Recording non-urgent Messages from Parents/Guardians

The system also has the potential to record brief messages of a routine nature from parents/guardians.  You will be advised at a later date if this feature is to be activated.

  1. List of Messages containing School Information

This could hold routine information for parents/guardians, e.g. the times for a Parents’ Night, School Concert details, etc.

Parents/Guardians can access these features by dialling this National Rate number:

Tel: 0870 054 1999

 A Council message will be heard followed by a request for a six-digit PIN number specific to their child’s school.

The Pin Number for Orchard Brae School is     011890.

 Once connected, a voice will speak out the name of the school and a series of prompts will guide the caller to the appropriate option.  The cost of calls is no more than 10p/call (landline calls).  You can also check school closure status on the School Closure page on the Aberdeen City Council website. Please use the link below:

Covid-19 – Know The Symptoms

Thank you to all our families for their continued support and understanding throughout our return to school with regards to Covid-19.

We would like to remind parents and carers of the common symptoms and that pupils should not attend school if:

  • They are displaying any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19 such as a high temperature (37.8C or above), a new continuous cough or a change in sense of smell or taste.
  • A member of the household has tested positive or is displaying symptoms.
  • They have been contacted as part of the Test and Protect programme.
  • If a pupil is returning from a country from which as are required to quarantine for 14 days. An up to date list of countries affected by this can be found at

Should you require to arrange a test for a your child or a member of your household, please follow the guidance given on the NHS Inform website and book a test via

We recognise that accessing a drive through test site or a home test kit may be extremely challenging for some of our pupils and if this is the case, you may be eligible for testing to be carried out at home by the NHS. If you require this, please email giving the pupil’s name, date of birth, full address, GP information and a brief explanation for special circumstances which require the need to be tested at home rather than through a home test kit or drive through test site.

We kindly ask that parents and carers keep the school informed of any testing being undertaken and the results by phoning the school on 01224 788950.


Room 12 have been looking at snowflakes, since we are in the middle of winter and expecting some flurries!

We have learned Makaton signs for winter and warm clothing and made snowflakes using lolly sticks and resources we chose ourselves to decorate them.

We watched videos that showed how snowflakes are formed, the different shapes of snowflakes (more than we thought!) and saw some time-lapse clips of them.

Here are some photos of our science activity. We mixed salt and glue and made a snowflake shape on card with this substance. We let this dry overnight and the next day used pipettes and blue food colouring to slowly drip on to our snowflakes. We enjoyed watching the salt soak up the blue and spread all over – just like creating our very own time-lapse!

Family Fund Grants

National charity Family Fund is urging low-income families in Scotland, with disabled or seriously ill children or young people aged 0-17, to apply for grants to help them through the remaining winter months and the challenging ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The charity has just received additional funding of £300,000 from the Scottish Government, to support an extra 600 families across Scotland.

Provided under the Scottish Government’s Winter Support Fund 2021, the funding is designed to help families on low incomes who are struggling financially with extra disability related costs, seasonal costs and wider pressures. The timing is welcome, as 79% of families of disabled children in Scotland who responded to a recent survey by Family Fund stated they could not currently afford to replace or repair a major electrical item such as a washing machine.

Cheryl Ward, Chief Executive of Family Fund, said:

We greatly welcome this funding, which will enable us to provide essential, practical items for low income families raising a disabled child, throughout these difficult winter months.

“It’s a recognition of the significantly higher costs that the families we support face, who should all have a right to an adequate standard of living, rather than poverty and debt.”

Family Fund is the UK’s largest grant-making charity for disabled and seriously ill children and has over 40 years’ experience of supporting families on low incomes so they can have the same opportunities as others. The charity provides grants for essential items such as kitchen appliances, clothing, warm bedding, sensory toys and equipment, computers and tablets, much-needed family breaks and more.

Eligible families in Scotland are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by visiting Grants: Scotland | Family Fund or calling 01904 550055.

Orchard Brae Connect Coffee Morning

ReCHarge Cafe, Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen

10am, Thursday 27th January 

Following the announcement of the relaxation of the COVID rules earlier this week we would be delighted if you can come along to meet in person at the ReCHarge Cafe in the Bon Accord Centre, for tea / coffee and cake!
We have booked a large table so there will be room for us to space ourselves out. We also note that we are still being asked to take a lateral flow test before meeting with others. 
We hope that this might become a regular event giving us all the chance to meet other parents and carers from Orchard Brae in person until such time that we can return to meeting at school.

Food, glorious food!

Room 16 have been learning about one of their favourite things – food! We have been talking about our likes and dislikes. The pupils have been practising asking each other what their favourite food using switches or using PODD. This will go towards one of our ASDAN awards. We are going to be learning about putting our information into a table to show others what we have found out as a class.

Playdoh in Room 15

Room 15 have had a busy few weeks back at school. We have some new faces in the classroom and we are building our relationships together. 

We had fun making some playdough this week. We measured out the correct amount of flour, salt and water into trays and then we mixed it all together to form the dough. Some even added some food colouring to make our playdough cool colours! Then we got to play with it so everyone got some and we rolled, squished, flattened and used cookie-cutters on it to make different shapes.