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:
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Howes Hoose have been busy packing the shoe box donations for the Rotary shoe box appeal. We received a huge number of donations and the pupils in the Hoose have already packed 25 boxes! A fantastic effort. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the boxes, they will be heading to their new home in time for Christmas.
In Room 15, our hard-work culminated in getting to enjoy the party we have spent the last 8 weeks planning and preparing for as part of our ASDAN Transition Challenge work. Some of us needed no encouragement to party, and we all joined in with time. It was a fun way to celebrate our achievements and wind down for the end of term!
We’ve also expanded a lot of our ASDAN New Horizons work on emotions to apply some of the regulation skills we have been learning about throughout our school day and explore practical applications of our learning. Music is a definite favourite in our class!
A special shout out has to be made for the progress made with everyday routines – from coming to sit with the group independently for familiar activities, to following modeled instructions for the first time, to trying new foods, to eating more independently, to spontaneously using a new communication element (such as a new sign or communicating for a new function) – the team are incredibly proud of how hard you have worked. Well done Room 15!
As we move forward this term we’ll be exploring time as we learn about when special events occur (we can definitely expect a messy bucket time for fireworks day!) and use technology to prepare for them.
Room 10 have been enjoying ‘Making their marks’ in class and are getting better and more independent in it each time. Lots of dexterity is being used and fine motor skills are being developed as the children hold brushes and pencils, and they are making personal colour choices too. We are experiencing the sensation of writing our names with lots of support, and beginning to understand what our names ‘feel’ like.
Last week it was Maths Week across Scotland. We asked classes to share work that they had been doing in Maths and Numeracy. Thank you to our Primary colleagues for sharing some of the lovely learning they engaged in.
Room 14 have been enjoying creating music with Drake Music Scotland using technology. We have been learning skills in taking turns and working together as well as mastering different musical technologies including Garageband, Thumbjam and Soundbeam.
Oor former heedie, Caroline has completed her fundraising walk along the West Highland Way in aid of Friends of Orchard Brae and Remember My Baby!
Here’s a wee message from her.
Hi, Thank you to everyone who has donated to my Virgin Money Giving fund raising page. We completed the West Highland Way – 96 miles on Friday 1st October. What a great experience with many challenges and lots of laughs along the way. Despite the weather we saw some amazing scenery and many places I would like to go back and visit. Thanks to all of your support we have raised £1755.00 for the two charities 😊. Huge thanks Caroline
Her fundraising page will remain open for a couple more weeks so if you would like to make a donation, please follow the link below.
As a school we feel that it is very important for our students to support others within the wider community and in some cases, some of the most deprived countries in the world. Following on from this, the staff and students in Howes Hoose are once again organising the Rotary Shoebox Appeal this year.
You do not have to send in any money and we are not asking for families to fill a shoebox but rather send in donations from the list shown below. This will allow our students to organise and fill the shoeboxes in school. We have found in previous years that the best way is to buy a multi-pack of an item and we will divide these up between boxes. The items do not have to be expensive and could be things you have at home which you no longer want, so long as they are in good condition.
Apologies for the short notice but could any donations please be sent in by Wednesday 8th October to allow the students time to pack them up ready for collection so they can be distributed in time for Christmas.
On a Tuesday afternoons, Room 2 pupils have been learning how to participate and engage in relaxation sessions as part of promoting their Health and Wellbeing.
During these sessions, we have explored using a range of activities and equipment to see which we prefer to help us relax.
This has included pulling the class blinds down and using sensory lights and blankets to change the lighting, yoga mats and PE mats to change the sensations of what we are sitting and lying on, and there is also relaxing music and imagery on our interactive board.
Some of our pupils have also enjoyed having a hand massage or a leg massage while others enjoyed the opportunity to just be on their own to help them calm and relax.