Work experience opportunities are available throughout S4-S6. Pupils in S4 are encouraged to participate in work opportunities in school to provide a secure environment, to allow them to build their confidence and skill before going out into the community. Pupils in S 5 & 6 have the opportunity (where appropriate) to participate in work experience in the wider community and we have many partners across Aberdeen who make this possible. Many of our pupils have continued to work with companies and businesses after completing a period of work experience in their final year.
Pupils in Howes Hoose have begun their soup enterprise project and already have lots of happy customers! Pupils are involved in every aspect of making and selling the soup. Work begins with going round the school to ask who would like soup that week, a great chance to practise interacting with less familiar people. Next is shopping for ingredients and then making the soup in the Hoose. Selling the soup is another opportunity for practising communication skills as well as handling money. We then do some learning activities around the money we have raised!
The first week we made leek and tattie soup with tatties we grew ourselves in Outdoor Education – it was a hit!
Thanks to all parents, carers and partners for supporting the Orchard Brae Futures Event last week. It was great to be back in person for this annual event and there was a lovely buzz in the hall as you took the opportunity to network and chat informally to the providers in attendance. The presentation from the event is below. Feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss anything further.
The pupils in Howes Hoose have been very busy on work placements. They now have the opportunity to work at Airyhall Community Centre and Somebody Cares. Work placements are very important for the pupils to meet and work with new people, increase their confidence and independence. Everyone on work placement is working hard and they are very polite to people they meet. Well done to all the Howes Hoose pupils for representing Orchard Brae in the wider Community in such a positive way.
Every week, Howes Hoose put together our school Newspaper. They interview members of staff, make a list of birthdays, gather the news and choose jokes for the week! What a busy lot. Once everything has been gathered, Neha edits the newspaper together ready to be handed in.
We think they do a cracking job, read this week’s below.
Everyone in the Hoose has been preparing for Summer! Last week we were busy planting bulbs, power-washing the paving and watering the plants. What happened today? Hopefully summer has not been and gone!
As the weather gets cooler, classes have been making a bug hotel in the new sensory garden. We have been exploring different plants and textures to make a place where insects can keep warm over the winter. We have used grasses, thistle down and a variety of plants to create a cosy environment for our tiny guests to stay in over the colder months.
We have also been setting up tasks for pupils to help keep our playground tidy, like raking the sandpit. These jobs are great experience and provide a fantastic opportunity to be involved in real work.
We have also been establishing bird feeders outside class and in the new sensory garden.
Class 13 are all together again after almost 5 months disruption. We are all glad to be back to something like normal.
One of our jobs this year is to collect food from Tesco at Westhill and take it back to school for distribution. We have had some teething problems but hopefully it will be a weekly enterprise for us in Room 13, alongside the students in Howes Hoose.
Here you can see us offloading the food from the school bus so that it can be classified.