We had a lot of fun at Orchard Brae today, the Book Fairy visited us leaving copies of ‘A Boy called Christmas’ by Matt Haig around the school. The book is part of a nationwide book-drop to coincide with the film coming out today!
Lots of our classes had fun searching for the books, here are some of the ones we found!
Thank you Book Fairy (and Matt Haig), we will really enjoy reading the book during our school Winter Festival.
Pupils in Howes Hoose did a great job packing up the Rotary Christmas shoe boxes. We wanted to give you the update that an amazing 50 boxes have been packed and sent to the Rotary to go to families across Europe. A massive thank you to everyone who donated items to the appeal. Well done all
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.
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.
Last year, Room 19 entered the ‘My Place Photography Competition’. Pupils were encouraged through the competition to explore their surroundings and share photographs. Room 19’s photos are being displaying in a public exhibition, you can see their photos here:
Rooms 18, 19 and Howes Hoose celebreated our leavers’ with a summer barbecue in the Howes Hoose garden. We had a great time eating sausages and burgers and we even ate some salad! A lovely way to send off the young people who are leaving us at the end of the week. We had lots of fun!
Everyone in the Hoose has been preparing for Summer! Last week we were busy planting bulbs, power-washing the paving and watering the plants. What happened today? Hopefully summer has not been and gone!
We have big news this week! Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will have a LIVE PE lesson. To join us all you need to do is to check the ‘PE at Home’ class on Wednesday at 2 pm and there will be a link for the ‘Meet’.
You will need: comfy clothes and a willingness to have fun!
Amanda and Salvi look forward to seeing you!
The PE at home classroom on Google is updated weekly and the team are doing a great job in providing a range of activities to suit pupils of all abilities. These include Dance, Boccia, Orienteering, Scavenger Hunts (this week’s is a lovely sensory, texture hunt) and our regular PE with Salvi and Amanda, ably supported by our own Young Leaders in school.
Please ask your child’s class teacher for a link if you are not in the PE at Home classroom.
We’ve had another busy week of remote learning. Starting on Monday with our whole school Burns Day Celebration, the week was started with great enthusiasm!
Daily Circle Time
To keep our routine going, many classes continue to do daily circle time. Some of our learners have their own circle time packs at home to support the familiar routine, others use the class slides to provide structure. It’s great to receive feedback on how our learners are getting on: ‘He thoroughly enjoys circle time.’
For one young man, circle time is also an opportunity to practise his bench sitting.
Personal Independence and Life Skills
We continue to develop independence in personal care. Staff take time to support us in doing things for ourselves. Handwashing is very important during a pandemic!
We’ve been cooking and baking. There was some delicious French Onion Soup on offer this week and beautiful golden shortbread. Look out Masterchef, here we come!
We enjoyed art, PE, drumming and music through Makaton Choir. A very detailed drawing was done to decorate a drum for a music session with Keith – the drawing is of a hunter being chased by an African lady that is protecting the animals!
We also took time to relax, both indoors and out.
We worked hard on a range of learning activities and tasks, some online and some more practical.
One of our senior pupils made an amazing cat house as part of her SQA work. I think you’ll agree, this is for one very lucky cat!
Finally, to round off the week we had an Assembly. We talked about mental health and the theme ‘Express Yourself’. Staff shared the ways that they express themselves and show that they’re unique. The slides are available to view in the Google Assembly classroom for anyone that was unable to join us. Our challenge for the next assembly on 12th February is to share a photo of us doing something that we enjoy – anything goes!
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for both staff and pupils in our Secondary Department. With a new round of remote learning we’ve slipped back into things a little easier. We’ve got lots of activities on offer within our Google Classrooms and we’re seeing more pupils engaging with this. Circle time and stories are proving popular and it’s great to see our young people getting involved in helping around the home.
Although we have some sessions ‘live’, such as Makaton Choir (every Monday at 2 pm) and Assembly (1:30 pm on Friday 29th January), other activities are in the form of pre-recorded video or materials that can be accessed at a time of your convenience. We do appreciate that family life is busy, everyone juggling remote learner(s) with other commitments, so we invite you dip in and out when it suits your schedule.
Here are a few photos from our remote learning over the last couple of weeks. If you’d like your child to be featured, please let the class teacher know that you’re happy for your photographs to be shared.
We’re learning in everything we do. Please ask your class teachers if you need any further support.