Out Of School Care In Scotland Consultation

The consultation on the draft framework for Out of School Care in Scotland was launched by the Scottish Government on Friday and will run until the 6th December 2019.

The Government is in the process of arranging a number of face to face consultation events to complement the online consultation working again with children, with parents and carers and with the out of school care sector. Details of these will be shared in due course.

To read the draft document and offer your views please follow the link below:

https://consult.gov.scot/children-and-families/out-of-school-care

School Lunch Menu

Copies of the school lunch menu can be downloaded from the Aberdeen City Council website. This menu will run until the October holidays

https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2019-03/Primary%20School%20Meals%20Menu%20Summer%202019.pdf

 

 

 

Important Changes To The May Holiday

Please note that the May Day holiday for this academic year has been moved from Monday 4th May 2020 to Friday 8th May 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day in 1945. Consequently, the planned in-service day on Tuesday 5th May has been moved to Thursday 7th May to extend the weekend.

Welcome Back

It has been a very busy day as everyone returned from the summer holidays and started to settle into their new classes.

We hope all our pupils and their families had a wonderful summer holiday and we’re all looking forward to a great year at Orchard Brae.

Our Musical Activities Week

At the end of term, we had our annual activities week, which was kindly organised by Emmeline, our Music Therapist.  The week had the focus of exploring our right to access different genres of music, and what an exciting week it was!

On Monday, we were joined by Amy Strachan, a soprano singer and the B Naturals choir.  Both completely captivated us with their amazing vocal talents and many pupils continued to explore the operatic genre throughout the week in their classes.

On Tuesday morning there was lots of fun as we played and danced along with the Aberdeen Strathspey And Reel Society, listening to a range of traditional Scottish tunes and dancing a few reels too!  In the afternoon we were joined by the Confucius Institute who performed some popular Chinese songs as well as one from a Chinese opera as well.  Both of these groups allowed us to investigate and have a go at playing their instruments and well all loved the Chinese harp and flute as well as the fiddle and accordion.  It was a fantastic day allowing us to explore music from two very distinct and different cultures.

On Wednesday, we were entertained by Duncan and Bill who performed a range of folk music for us.  The hall was full to the brim and everyone had a brilliant time listening to Duncan and Bill’s wide variety of music.

On Thursday, we had hoped to have a picnic in the park but unfortunately the Scottish weather had other ideas!  Instead we had an improvised fourth of July picnic in the hall with musical accompaniments from the Fyvie Folk Club.  The Folk Club played a wide variety of music and their leader Bernie had even written us a specific song and poem in the spot!

On Friday we rounded off our musical activities week with a Makaton sing-a-long in the morning and a disco in the afternoon.

It was a truly magical and musical week which gave all the students (and staff!) the opportunity to experience a wide range of music genres and we all discovered something new and exciting.  A huge thank you to all of our special guests and performers and thank you to Emmeline for organising such an amazing experience for us.

Exploring The Secret Garden With M & M Theatrical Productions

We had a very special performance in school this morning thanks to M & M Theatrical Productions.

They enchanted us with their adaptation of the classic children’s novel ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett and we loved having the opportunity to experience the wonder of a live theatre performance.  After the show, some of the students also had the opportunity to meet the cast and explore the set.

Thank you M & M for putting on this wonderful show for us.

 

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