Orchard Brae Clothing Bank

Thanks to everyone that has sent in items for our Clothing Bank. 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.

Out and about with Alan in Outdoor Education

Room 8

Room 8 took part in a scavenger hunt at Duthie Park.  We were looking for various items, including fish, flowers and the big frog in the pond.

Some pupils were able to read the words and reinforce their numeracy skills by counting what they had to find.

Sadly, the turtles were being shy and we only saw 3.

 

Room 10

Room 10 pupils were exploring a farm path near Orchard Brae.  We were exploring to see what we could find.  Some of the pupils loved splashing in puddles so it was just as well they were wearing wellies!

 

Room 14

It was too cold to go out, so we did our outdoor learning indoors!

We looked at pictures of trees of trees silhouetted against a winter sunset, and then tried to recreate this on paper, using natural materials.

We used charcoal to rub over leaves and twigs to create the trees, then used various materials to make clouds.  We stuck this down on a dark blue background, which looked very effective!

 

Room 18

Room 18 have been helping to dig over the sandpit.

The sandpit needed to be raked and dug over.  We also needed to brush sand from the playground.  The class used rakes to move sand, and the progress was amazing. Sand was moved from the edge back into the middle, where it was needed.

 

Uniform Bank: Save money and help the environment!

We are pleased to announce that we now have a Uniform Bank 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 Bank. 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.

Room 18 Perform in the Living Advent Calendar

Room 18 were invited to join in Aberdeen Library’s Living Advent Calendar. We had a great time performing some of our favourite pieces from Drama and Trash Band. We ate our lunch in the committee room and then performed in the main library. Some members of the public joined in with our Trash Band piece.

We had a great time!

Secondary Futures Event

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 18 Maximising their Pumpkin!

Room 18 had a wonderful time carving our Halloween pumpkin. We have roasted and eaten the seeds (yum) and we made pumpkin soup in home economics out of the pulp. Our pumpkin is now feeding the wildlife in the playground outside the classroom!

Christmas Fair: 30th November 2019

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!

Halloween Fun at the Pupil Council Disco

The pupil council decided they wanted a Halloween disco and a pumpkin carving competition on Halloween. We enjoyed a whole school disco, with all the tunes being selected in advance by the pupils.  There were lots of fantastic costumes too.

On Monday Room 18 and some friends from Room 16 and 19 watched Scotland play Samoa in the Rugby World Cup. The World Cup is being held in Japan. We learned about Japan in Drama with Sam. Scotland scored lots of tries and won the match! We enjoyed watching the game.

 

Review of the Year in Room 18

 

Our highlights of the year have been …

Our class enterprise: we made and sold sandwiches every week throughout the year. We donated money to Charlie House (£800), made a donation to the Bendrigg Trip and enjoyed a class outing.

We loved our time at Bendrigg.

This week we went to Hazlehead Park. We saw the Gruffalo and the Oor Wullie statues that are around Aberdeen.

We have also enjoyed work experience opportunities in and around school, including work with our Janitor and working in the school kitchen with the Catering Team.

We have had a great year and look forward to building on our learning next year, developing our skills and extending our experiences outside school.