Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Days 15 and 16

Apologies for no Countdown yesterday (Santa’s mischievous elves were tampering with the technology!) so today we are sharing two special festive treats.

For Day 15, please join the pupils from Orchard Brae Nursery@Ashgrove as they show you their drumming talents!

For Day 16, we are delighted to share our Makaton Choir’s performance of ‘I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas’ which was shown at the recent Evening Express Carol Concert at P&J Live.

Head Teacher Christmas Blog

As Christmas fast approaches, it has been a time for me to reflect on my first four months as Head Teacher.  It has been a wonderful time getting to know all the pupils and families better and despite the pandemic we have achieved so much in a short space of time.  Following a very supportive visit from HMIE, we can now focus our attentions on driving forward with our improvement priorities.  It has been a very busy term for pupils and staff, there been exciting learning and teaching, preparation for our winter festivities, appearing in concerts and making our wonderful digital advent calendar, all of which you will see on our website.  Once again, a big thank you to Keith and Emmeline for their continued contribution to our musical endeavours!

Now, we move on to the holidays and I am mindful of the need to take time for ourselves over the Christmas period.  We are still faced with the ongoing issues and potentially further restrictions that this pandemic brings.  Therefore, it is important that we look after our health and wellbeing as we need to be reinvigorated for the year ahead.  We want to be able to welcome our whole school community back in January.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, pupils, parents, friends and staff of Orchard Brae for your continued support and wish you and your loved ones a restful Christmas and a New Year that brings health and happiness.


Important dates

  • Last day of school – Tuesday 21st December 2021
  • First day back – Thursday 6th January 2022
  • Mid-term holiday – Monday 14th February 2022
  • In-service day – Tuesday 15 February 2022
  • In-service day – Wednesday 16 February 2022
  • Term ends – Friday 1 April 2022

Makaton Advent Calendar

We hope that you have been enjoying the Makaton Charity advent calendar which has been shared via our school Facebook pages. We are delighted to have been asked to participate again this year and can announce that we are demonstrating today’s sign as they countdown to Christmas.

To view our Makaton sign, please follow the link below or head on over to our Facebook page.

Countdown To Christmas

Orchard Brae Advent Calendar: Day 10

Today we have another festive surprise for you to enjoy.

Join the pupils and staff in Room 6 for some Christmas fun and have a peek to see what is inside their Christmas presents!