Room 12 have been learning about Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival). It starts on 25th January and goes on to 8th February and we have learned that it is the Year of the Rat.
We watched and listened to the story of the animals race on the whiteboard.
We made rat masks by sticking fur and felt on to the rat faces. We also investigated our sensory trays, which are filled with rice, money bags, easy-grip chopsticks and Chinese soup spoons. We had clothes and hats to try on too.
We also celebrated Burns Night. We designed our own tartans using the interactive weaver and made thistles by printing with green paint and then gluing on wool in different shades of purple. We think they look very effective!
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Thanks to everyone that has sent in items for our Clothing Exchange. Please remember that you’re welcome to pop in and browse any time. It’s a great way to save money and help the planet by passing things on that our children and young people have grown out of.
We’ve got clothing in a wider range of sizes now. All sizes of clothing are welcome as our pupils go from age 3-18.
We are pleased to announce that we now have a Uniform Exchange in the front reception area of Orchard Brae. We have a small stock of clothing at present including footwear, trousers, school sweatshirts and polo shirts. We also have some bodysuits in smaller sizes. Free sanitary products will be available at all times.
You are welcome to come in and browse at any time, taking what you need for your child.
Donations of clothing (footwear, outdoor jackets or trousers, school uniform) are welcome and can be sent in with your child – please pop a note into the diary so that we know they are for the Uniform Exchange. Our pupils are aged 3 – 18, so all sizes are welcome including adult sizes.
Let’s help ourselves by saving money and passing on clothes that our children have outgrown, and help the environment too by re-using good clothing.
We would like to thank everyone that attended the Secondary Futures Event this week. It was a successful evening with a wide range of partners attending – some who support pupils through work experience at Senior Phase, and others who support our young people on leaving school. The evening was relaxed with plenty of time to chat and find out about services following a talk from Elaine Thomson, Head of Secondary, on the senior curriculum.
Room 12 have been busy making gingerbread playdough to sell at our Christmas Fair on Saturday!
We mixed the ingredients, worked it together and put in into recycled jars which we have decorated with sparkly netting, gingerbread men ribbon and pretty tags.
We enjoyed smelling and handling the ingredients.
We hope you will visit our stall to see our finished product!
At the sale, we are also selling tickets for our raffle to win the doll, wicker basket bed, bedding and clothes. There will also be separate dolls clothes to buy. All proceeds from the playdough, doll raffle and doll clothes to the Friends of Orchard Brae!
Room 12 are holding another doll raffle, to be drawn at the Christmas Fair on 30th November 2019, all proceeds to Orchard Brae.
Included in the prize is a beautiful wicker basket bed, bedding, the doll and several outfits – from a bride’s dress, to clown’s outfit to pyjamas and matching dressing gown and more. Doll donated and bedding and outfits beautifully made by the mum of one of Room 12’s class teachers.
Tickets to win all this are £1! Come and see us at the fair to buy your ticket!
There will also be many dolly clothes at our stall available to buy separately. These are unique, handmade and better than any dolls clothes you’ll see in the shops!
Room 12 have enjoyed celebrating Halloween. We have explored the insides of pumpkin, tolerating and experiencing the different textures, the bright colour and the smell.
We used paint to decorate our pumpkin, mixing the colours and using different sponges and brushes to create texture and colour.
We experienced the school Halloween disco. Some of us chose to dress up, whilst others enjoyed the lights and music. There was a fun atmosphere.
Everyone enjoyed the Potted Sports organised by our PE Department on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone involved for the hard work that went into this, including our Howes Hoose pupils who supported at the stations. We all had a great time moving around in our class groups, finishing up with a running ‘marathon’ for any Secondary pupils wishing to participate. They were well supported by those opting to spectate.