End of Term Newsletter

Another school year has gone and as I sat through the various ceremonies and prizegiving’s this week, it made me reflect on how well the community comes together to celebrate all our successes.  This year we have been involved in lots of whole city events, where our children and young people have been recognised for their talents, skills and potential, a trend that I hope we can build upon.  Once again, the pupils have made me so proud (and tearful) when I see all of their achievements.

Outdoor Classroom

It will finally be open in August!  Many thanks to our partners, Fairhurst, especially Bob McCracken and Stuart Thompson who have been invaluable in moving this project forward.  Also, we have many more “thanks” to give which we will do in due course.  The official opening will happen in August.


Many thanks to Orchard Brae Connect and Friends of Orchard Brae, whose support to the school is invaluable.

Thank you to all the staff who have, once again, worked hard to support all our pupils to be the best they can be.

Finally, thanks to all the parents and carers who have supported us this year, our community couldn’t thrive without you.

Important Dates

In-service day – Monday 19 August 2024

Term starts – Tuesday 20 August 2024

September holiday – Friday 20 September to Monday 23 September 2024

Term ends – Friday 11 October 2024

Friends of Orchard Brae 5K Run / Walk

We’re delighted to report that we’ll be hosting the Friends of Orchard Brae 5k Fun Run once again on Tuesday 11th June 2024. This is a fun, friendly event and runners of all abilities are welcome, as are walkers. Please do not worry about your time – we will have a tail walker at the back to ensure you all get home safely and nobody finishes last!

Greene King Brig O’Don Restaurant have kindly agreed to host registration for us again. This will be ‘open’ from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm, although to help us you can pre-register by completing the Google form online: https://forms.gle/iE23ovdu5Girrhhq9 Please note the minimum age for participation is 11 years, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult as the route does run alongside roads.

After registration, we’ll walk together to the starting point in Seaton Park. The route is stunning, all the more so on the beautiful evenings we’ve had for previous events. All being well we’ll get another fine evening. Whatever the weather, fun and good banter is pretty much certain with the crowd of friends we’ll have along.

Post event, we’d encourage you to head back to Brig O’Don for food or refreshments as thanks to them for supporting us again.

The event is free to enter although donations are welcome. Online donations can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/page/clare-russell-1715452972789?utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=page%2Fclare-russell-1715452972789&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=pfp-share

Any queries, please give Clare Russell a shout!

Information For Parents

There’s been an increase in reports of measles cases across the UK. It’s important to be aware of signs and symptoms: cold-like symptoms sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light a high temperature a rash on the skin that usually first appears on the head/neck and then spreads to the rest of the body Find out what to do if you think you or your child has measles at nhsinform.scot/MMRagainstMeasles


Due to the rise in cases, It is important you should check your child has had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. For more information on measles, and how to check your child is fully protected visit nhsinform.scot/MMRagainstMeasles

Pounds For Primaries

We are delighted to once again be participating in the Aberdeen Journals Pounds for Primaries promotion.

Tokens will appear in the Press and Journal and Evening Express newspapers between Saturday 3rd February and Saturday 2nd March.  Please hand any tokens into school via the office or your child’s class teacher.

If you have an online e-paper account, please email  pjcompetitions@pressandjournal.co.uk stating the school you are supporting and the school will automatically be allocated your tokens.

Thank you for your support.

Christmas Celebration with Active Schools: Thursday 14th December, 4-6 pm

Active Schools & Sport Aberdeen are hosting a Young Carers and Care Experienced event. Although many brothers and sisters of our Orchard Brae youngsters may not consider themselves to be “Young Carers” we recognise the support that they give in everyday life and would encourage them to attend this fun event. Please register in advance.

Aberdeen City Libraries Consultation

Aberdeen City Libraries is consulting on how Aberdeen’s library service can best meet the needs of its citizens and communities between July and October 2023. 

This presents an opportunity for all to reflect, share ideas and shape the future of our library service. 

We have developed a separate version of the consultation for children & young people aged 0-18 years, providing an exciting opportunity for Aberdeen City Libraries to capture the views and voices of children and young people, their parents/carers and those who work with them.  

2023 Leavers

Our Secondary Awards and Leavers Ceremony was held in school on Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the Award winners and thanks to the families that joined our celebration.

Today we bid a final goodbye to another fantastic group of young people who have all made huge progress over their years in Orchard Brae. It was an emotional day all round as we celebrated their success and wished them well.

Thanks to Nadine of Elm Music Therapy for making our Leavers video this year:

To our leavers, it’s been an honour and privilege to work with you all and we wish you all every success in the next stage of life. We will miss you all!