Aberdeen City Council – Return To School Update

Please find below Aberdeen City Council’s return to school update for 03/08/2020. This provides information relating to:

Reopening of school buildings in August
Hygiene and Health and Safety Practices
Practical Measures to Support Physical distancing
Supporting the Wellbeing and Welfare of All
Delivery of the Curriculum
Delivery of Learning & Teaching

It can also be viewed by following the link below:


Aberdeen City Libraries

Aberdeen City Libraries have introduced an appointment based Click and Collect service. Staff will provide a selection of books based on a family’s reading preferences, to collect on appointment. This means that families  will once again be able to benefit from borrowing items including children’s picture books, early readers and dual language books from Aberdeen City Libraries. You can find out more about how to access this service by following the link https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/click-and-collect.

 It is also not too late  to participate in Aberdeen Reads, their summer reading challenge, which runs until 29 August 2020. Anybody can participate as an individual or as a group. Everyone who registers for Aberdeen Reads will be entered into a prize draw. Taking part in the Challenge will support children to develop language and literacy skills by encouraging all kinds of reading – instructions, recipes, picture books, sharing stories with younger siblings. Many of the suggested challenges can be easily carried out as part of a daily routine and it’s a great way to encourage the whole family to read together. Information on the Challenge and how to register is on our website www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/aberdeenreads,

 Finally, Aberdeen City Libraries continue to provide a wide range of ebooks, eaudio books, ecomics, emagazines and online resources suitable for all ages and abilities. They are also delivering regular Bookbug sessions via their YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Aberdeen City Libraries YouTube Channel

Aberdeen City Libraries Facebook Page

Wellbeing Supports For Parents, Pupils And Staff

On the school website, you will find links to documents and websites which you may find helpful in supporting yourself, your family and your child in preparing for returning to school. This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources and should you find anything you feel would be beneficial to share, please let us know.
These supports can be accessed using the link below or on the website through the OUR SCHOOL tab then COVID-19.

Happy Holidays!

We would like to thank all of our pupils, families and staff for their hard work, enthusiasm and endless support over the last four months!  You have amazed us with your strength and resilience during a very challenging and difficult time.

Last night’s virtual prom was a wonderful way to say goodbye to our school leavers and we wish them all well for the amazing journeys that lie ahead of them.

We also have to say farewell to some staff members too as they leave us for pastures new.

We say a fond farewell to Niki Anderson, our Head of Early Learning and Childcare, who is retiring. Niki has been part of our community for many years both at Hazlewood and Orchard Brae. We will miss her very much but wish her every happiness in her retirement.

We also say goodbye to Sam Stephen, our dance and drama instructor, who is heading off for new adventures in London.  Thank you Sam for your endless enthusiasm and boundless energy and for organising an amazing virtual prom!  We wish you well for the future.

Cara Blackstock, PSA in Room 8 will be leaving us to train as a teacher and we wish her every success in her future career.

Tracey Catto, from the Admin team, left us at Easter but farewells then were overshadowed by events so we would like to wish her well in her future endeavours.

Goodbye also to Jacqui Clutten, who has been a children’s escort for 17 years and farewell to her fellow escort Connor Cadger.

But as we say farewell to what has been an unusual year to say the least, the staff at Orchard Brae would like to share a little something to brighten up your summer!



Virtual Prom 2020

We hope everyone enjoyed last night’s virtual prom.  It was an amazing evening full of fun and music.  Huge thanks to Sam Stephen for organising the event and arranging such a fantastic line up of guests!  It certainly made it a night to remember.

The event was live-streamed on our Facebook page and had over 600 views during the event!!  If you couldn’t manage to join in with our virtual prom last night, you can watch it below or on our Facebook page.

Good Luck to all our Leavers!

At this time of the term we would usually be preparing for our Leavers to leave school with all the celebration they deserve: lots of events, a party or two, an Awards Ceremony, some hand-shakes, hugs and a few tears! This year we cannot do this before the end of term, but we can say a huge and heartfelt Thank you to all our leavers and wish them good luck for the future.

Room 17

To all the wonderful pupils in Room 17 – Thank you! You have been an absolute pleasure and joy. Although I was only your teacher for a short amount of time, it was an absolute privilege to get to know all of you and to teach you. You have all worked hard this year and tried your very best. We couldn’t ask any more of you and we are all so very proud of you.

To the parents and carers, thank you for all your support this year, especially during these more recent times. I have really enjoyed getting to know you and hearing all about how our young people are getting on at home. I have especially enjoyed seeing all the photos and hearing about all the personal stories, and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for sharing those special memories with me.

We are all really going to miss you. I wish each of you all the luck in the world and hopefully, I will hear from you again in the future and how you are getting on. Take care, from Ru and all of us in Room 17.


Room 19

To our young men – two years have flown by but that is what happens when you are having fun! For all staff in Room 19, it has been a joy and a privilege to work with you both and support your deserved progress. We have learnt together and my goodness we have laughed; both of you have such wonderful senses of humour which have kept everyone in Room 19 smiling – thank you! You should both be proud of your achievements and successes; you have faced fears, overcome challenges and made enormous progress throughout your time at school – you are stars!

To your Mums and Dads – thank you for your constant support. It has been lovely getting to know you and working in partnership with you has resulted in your wonderful sons achieving so much.

So, you are young men moving on to the next chapter in your lives; keep on believing in your abilities, keep on learning and keep on having fun!

We are so proud of you both! Good luck in the future and please remember to pop back and let us know about your continuing successes.

Be proud of yourselves and take care.

Miss S, Carol, Jill, Lisa, Noreen and Sharon.


Howes Hoose

To the pupils who have been in The Hoose I want to say a huge THANK YOU!! You have all been absolutely amazing. We have had some serious times and some silly times! We have worked hard but also had time to have fun. You have achieved so much and should be so proud of yourselves. You have grown into exceptional young people, young people who are able to meet a challenge and be as independent as possible. Each one of you has pushed yourself and taken on tasks I am sure you never thought you would do and I cannot tell you enough how proud we are of you all.

Also to you, the parents, thank you for trusting us with your most precious gifts. Without your support and faith we would not have been able to challenge the pupils and show them what they are capable of. Opening the door and letting our young people walk through is very scary, together we have given them the key.

So our Howes Hoose Heroes, you are ready to go, to open that door to the next stage in your life and make it your own!

You are all amazing, don’t ever forget that.

From all of us who have had the privilege to work with you over the last 2 years – Sharon, Catherine, Grace, Lynn and I, THANK YOU SO MUCH and good luck.

Missing you already!!



Virtual Prom 2020 – Final Special Guest Announcement



That’s right! Our favourite carpool karaoke singers will be performing for us live at this year’s Virtual Prom!

We know you have all enjoyed singing and signing along with them this year!!

They have asked us to come prepared with some props.  So if you have them, please set them aside ready for their performance.  It’s also ok if you don’t as you’ll still be able to join in.

    • Flashing stars/torches
    • Flashing sensory toys
    • Yellow or green pompoms/scarves/fabric

We are so excited to welcome Singing Hands to our Virtual Prom tomorrow night at 6.00pm.

Remember if you haven’t signed up, please use the link below to register for the Zoom code!