Winter Reminder

As we head into the winter months, please find below a general reminder of illnesses in school.

Due to the increased vulnerability of our Pupils, we must all take extra precautions when dealing with potential infectious illnesses.

If you feel your child/young person is unwell, please contact the school to check before sending them on to transport.

If your child has required paracetamol/Ibuprofen, please contact the school before putting them on transport.

Pupil Escorts will be encouraged to contact the school if they feel that your child is in any way unwell, so please be patient and understanding.

Other Information

For cough/colds/respiratory illnesses – Please keep your child at home if the following applies:

· coughs where the child young person is unable to perform cough etiquette in the infectious period.

· Runny noses – Green/yellow or constant runny nose.

For Diarrhoea and vomiting

• Please ensure that 48 hours has passed between the last episode of vomiting and or loose bowel movement

If your child/young person has a regular cough/vomits/diarrhoea or paracetamol/ibuprofen for medical reasons, please ensure that the school have been informed of any condition. Otherwise, normal exclusions will apply.

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:  

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/school-closures

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 https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/exemptions/

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 https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk

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 gram.staffcovid19testing@nhs.scot 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.

Futures Event

Thanks to all parents, carers and partners for supporting the Orchard Brae Futures Event last week. It was great to be back in person for this annual event and there was a lovely buzz in the hall as you took the opportunity to network and chat informally to the providers in attendance. The presentation from the event is below. Feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss anything further.

Is the Dentist Like a Superhero?


Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. Wonder Woman uses her superhuman strength, speed, and ability to fly to beat the bad guys, while heroes like Batman and Iron Man rely on state-of-the-art inventions to help them join the fight against evil—even though they’re just ordinary people. What if we told you a dentist has more in common with superheroes than you might think?

Room 8 organised the Project ”What makes someone a superhero?” to help our pupils to boost their enthusiasm for trips to the dentist.

We used these ways to highlight that a dentist is like a superhero.

1) The dentist role-playing taught us to protect ourselves by flossing and brushing our teeth.

2) This role helped kids fall in love with science and dentistry. Many superheroes, like The Flash and Iron Man, were scientists or inventors before they started fighting crime. They inspire kids to love science and stand up for good throughout their comic series and movies. Our fun tooth decay experiment with eggshells was all about teeth and how to keep them healthy. First, we talked about how important it is to brush our teeth every day and then chatted about foods that are good for teeth and foods that aren’t.

Sugary, sticky food is not suitable for teeth as it sticks to the surface. Bacteria then break down the sugar to make acid which can damage teeth.

3)We summarised that dentists support kids with healthy smiles they’re happy to show off.

We also learned that we don’t need special powers if we’d also like to be a superhero. Like a dentist, we can start conquering plaque by brushing and brushing and flossing our teeth regularly at home. 

At your next appointment, your dentist will see how healthy your teeth look and know that you’re a dental superhero in training!

Keeping Busy In Room 18

In room 18 we have participating in lots of varied activities outside and inside the school.

We have been going on nature walks in the vicinity of the school and encountered a couple of young deer grazing in a field.

We have also been experimenting with light shows in different classes. The students especially liked participating and interacting with the “Magic Carpet”.

Why not visit the art gallery this weekend…..

Soundplay Projects (www.soundplayprojects.com) work across sculpture, installation, music and sound art to make inclusive and accessible audio-visual artworks and music. Come along and play, communicate and express yourself with movement, rhythm, sound and light. This event is open to all and is especially suitable for families who have children with additional support needs. 

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/AAGM/whats-aberdeen-art-galleries-and-museums/soundplay-north-east

https://www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com/shows/soundplay-dome/

Soundplay North East

Saturday 12–Sunday 13 November 
Art Gallery, free (last admission 30 mins before closing) 

Soundplay Projects (www.soundplayprojects.com) work across sculpture, installation, music and sound art to make inclusive and accessible audio-visual artworks and music. Come along and play, communicate and express yourself with movement, rhythm, sound and light. This event is open to all and is especially suitable for families who have children with additional support needs 

Soundplay Lab 
(Learning Space, ground floor) 
Expect a noisy exploration of light and sound where a cardboard box can make otherworldly sounds, or a bike wheel generates techno beats! Explore and control different devices at your own pace, use your voice to activate psychedelic animations and build amazing instruments with playdoh, tinfoil and fruit.  

Drop-in sessions will take place on:  

Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 
and 
Sunday at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm 

No need to book . Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Signwave Installation  
(Seminar Room, top floor) 
Play with ambient sound and LED light to create hypnotic music with Signwave, an interactive plywood sculpture.  
Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding  

Visiting Aberdeen Art Gallery

By local bus 
Lots of local buses stop on Union street and the Gallery is a short walk along Belmont Street. The closest bus stops are outside His Majesty’s Theatre, on Blackfriars Street and Schoolhill.  
https://www.firstgroup.com/aberdeen/plan-journey/journey-planner/ 

Parking

There are 4 blue badge on-street car parking spaces outside Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The nearest car park is the NCP at Harriet Street, the Bon Accord shopping centre or Denburn.
https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/roads-transport-and-parking/parking/find-car-park

Access

  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs welcome 
  • Lift to all floors and level access to all spaces 
  • Changing Places Toilet on Level 2 
  • Power-assisted wheelchairs welcome 
  • Large print labels, magnifiers and portable stools are available 
  • Induction hearing loops at the Welcome Desk, ground-floor café servery, Cowdray Hall and Learning Space. Portable hearing system also available.  
  • Quiet Time is on a Monday afternoon 
  • Our staff have taken part in Dementia Friends training 
  • We are part of the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme

Exploring using Google Earth

Howes Hoose pupils have been having great fun using the website Google Earth. We have been learning about our homes as part of our ASDAN work so thought we’d share with each other what our homes look like. We used street view to navigate up and down our streets. Lots of us were very excited when we saw our homes. One pupil wanted to find the horses in the field nearby to his home so started taking us on adventure up the street! The next day we were shown two pictures of different homes and identified which was ours – we all did really well in this task!