As we are now entering the time for colder weather, we would like to remind you of the school information line available for adverse weather conditions.

You can access this service by dialing 0870 054 1999 (this is a national rate number which should cost no more than 10p from a landline). You will then be prompted to enter a six digit PIN. The PIN for Orchard Brae School is 011860. Once connected, a voice will speak out the name of the school and a series of prompts will guide you to the appropriate option.

Updates will also be posted on the Aberdeen City Council website ( as well as on Northsound Radio.

Makaton Training

Our colleagues at Speech and Language Therapy are running a two day Makaton Course (Levels 1 & 2) on the 29th November and 6th December at Airyhall Clinic.  If you would like more information or to book a place please download the form below or contact Sarah Thornborrow on 01224 310582 or email


APA and Drake Music Classes

Aberdeen Performing Arts are opening up a new Everyone Can Play class for those with Additional Support Needs in association with drake Music.  The sessions are free so drop in on Wed 13th Nov, 5.30-7.30pm at Tutti Studio, Music Hall. Come along for a fun, relaxed session with Drake Music Scotland and learn to play together. Suggested age group, 10-18 years old.

Santa Parade

Our local Dobbies (Aberdeen) on the Lang Stracht is hosting a Parade for Santa’s arrival on Sunday 24th November at 11am. The short Parade will start from our warehouse and move round to the Main entrance door all on flat ground, led by Pipers and drummers, Santa, Dobbie our Reindeer character, 2 donkeys (real ones), and dancers.
They would like to invite some children from the school to join the parade. If your child would like to join in please let us know and we can pass the information onto Dobbies.

Shared Care Scotland Holiday Survey

Shared Care Scotland are conducting research into holiday provision for children with ASN. If you would like to participate, you can share your views through their online surveys using the links below.

There are three surveys:

1. A survey for disabled children and young people aged 5 to 18 will provide a vehicle to hear the voices and views of young people. This can be found at: Young people are encouraged to complete the online survey, with support from mum, dad, a teacher or a support worker.

2. Parent carers have the chance to complete their own survey at This will build up a unique national picture of the experiences of parent carers and the challenges they face.

3. In order to understand how support agencies and local service providers attempt to offer activities, programmes, and support to families for disabled children and young people, a third survey plans to gather their views. This is at

BBC Reporting Scotland – Makaton Choir

In case you missed our wonderful Makaton choir on BBC Reporting Scotland last night, you can download it using the link below (we’re on 22 minutes into the program).