Artie’s Tartan Tales

Today we were lucky to have had a very special visitor, Artie from Artie’s Tartan Tales.

We all sat patiently waiting for the show to start and Artie said hello to us before the show.


We were thoroughly entertained throughout the whole show! Artie performed a variety of Christmas songs as well as some old favourites from the Singing Kettle.  He had staff and pupils bopping around, singing along and copying the actions!


He spent time meeting some of his biggest fans after the show (yes, Claire from Room 2, we mean you!) and even allowed us to explore his magical Singing Kettle!

A fantastic time was had by everyone and we hope to see him again at Orchard Brae in the future.

However, if you can’t wait that long, Artie will be performing a special Burn’s show at The Aberdeen Arts Centre on January 25th 2020.  Tickets can be booked using the link below:

Christmas Jumper Day

Orchard Brae Pupil Council have organised a Christmas jumper day in school on Friday 13th December. This is just for fun – no need for any donations.
Staff and pupils, feel free to wear a something festive – it doesn’t have to be a jumper, all Christmas clothing and accessories are welcome!


Merry Christmas from Room 13

On Friday Room 13 went looking for a Christmas tree. We went round a few outlets on the school bus to find the one that was best for the school.

We found the tree that was just right at ALDI Cornhill Shopping Centre. We would like to thank the management and the staff of the shop for their generosity and assistance while sourcing the Christmas tree.

We wish them all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here we see Room 13 preparing the tree for decoration. They made a great job of it!

And the final result!

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

From everyone in Room 13.

Enterprise Rewards for Room 16

In October we collected items and organised a tombola. We walked around school with the tombola on a trolley and sold tickets to the staff, escorts and bus drivers we met.  In November we used the money we raised to pay for a trip to Codona’s bowling alley.  Hard work does pay off!

Noodles, Reindeer and Remembrance in Outdoor Education

Room 19 have been looking at preparing food for our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.  We tested 2 different brands of noodles, and enjoyed eating them both.  Even those who were not sure, once they tried them, discovered that they were nice to eat.

We assembled and used a Trangia stove to boil water, and add then added to the dried noodles.  Part of our assessment will be making a hot meal, from scratch, using a stove.

We have also cooked sausages outside which were very popular.

This week we even made hot chocolate, heating up chocolate milk on a stove.

We all agree – food tastes better when cooked outside!


Outdoor learning has looked at using natural materials like grass, beech nuts and twigs to make textured animals.  We have made spikey hedgehogs from twigs. We also made soft fluffy reindeer for their fur, and small twigs to make their antlers.  Some of our reindeer also had a shiny red nose like Rudolph.


We also made poppies to celebrate Armistice Day out of heart shaped pieces of red paper.  We were using scissors, paint, different colours to recreate poppies in the wild.

Orchard Brae Christmas Fair

A huge Thank You to all those who attended the Fair, Stallholders, Raffle ticket purchasers, bakers and those that manned the stalls, made cheese toasties, cups of tea and coffee or wrapped presents.

Also a big Thank You to Emmeline and our amazing Makaton Choir who wonderfully entertained the crowd with their Christmas songs. They were obviously all enjoying themselves.

It was wonderful to see so many people there and the Friends of Orchard Brae are delighted to announce that the grand total of £4,200 has been raised. We hope the Fair started off everyone’s Christmas celebrations and some presents were purchased or raffles won.

Makaton At Orchard Brae

Following on from our successful launch of the Makaton Taster Session for Santa’s, Aberdeen City Health And Social Care Partnership, released this wonderful video.

It contains interviews with our music therapist, Emmeline as well as our colleagues in Speech Therapy and of course, footage of our amazing Makaton Minis and Makaton Choir.



Everyone Can Play

You can now book your place at the next block of Everyone Can Play, run in partnership with Drake Music Scotland and Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Classes are aimed at those with Additional Support Needs aged between 10-18 and encourages pupils to use a range of methods utilising conventional instruments using Figurenotes notation, an easy to read alternative to standard notation using colour and shape as well as technologies such as Soundbeam and iPad.

When: Wednesday 18.00 – 19.00
Where: Tutti Studio, Music Hall
Ages: 10-18 | Cost: £50 per term

Please contact Aberdeen Performing Arts for more information.




PE With Room 4

PE is always such a big hit for the children in room 4!

Physical Education offers so much to our children:

Social skills, turn taking and collaborative team work are just some of the benefits of a balanced physical education program.

Secondary Futures Event

We would like to thank everyone that attended the Secondary Futures Event this week. It was a successful evening with a wide range of partners attending – some who support pupils through work experience at Senior Phase, and others who support our young people on leaving school. The evening was relaxed with plenty of time to chat and find out about services following a talk from Elaine Thomson, Head of Secondary, on the senior curriculum.