Senior Phase is for pupils in S4-S6 and this is when we see the introduction of SQA qualifications, work experience and have a greater focus on life skills to support our pupils for leaving school and into positive destinations. We offer further opportunities such as Duke of Edinburgh and residential trips which allow all pupils to access activities that may be difficult for them and their families to access otherwise.
Last year, Room 19 entered the ‘My Place Photography Competition’. Pupils were encouraged through the competition to explore their surroundings and share photographs. Room 19’s photos are being displaying in a public exhibition, you can see their photos here:
Over the last few weeks classes have been exploring water in Outdoor Education lessons. We have poured, splashed, sprayed, puddled about and giggled. Everyone found a way to play with water that they enjoyed. Throwing large bucket of water around the playground and watching it fall and then make a loud splat noise was the grand finale for most classes. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed playing with water.
Room 16 have been working hard learning to use the toaster in class. We are enjoying the smells, tastes and sounds of the crunchy toast. Some of our class have been using their toasting skills to work towards an SQA award Using General Household Electrical Appliances.
We have had a very busy start to the term. Some of our favourite activities have included rounders outside, floating and sinking, Boccia and lots of dancing! We have been watching some of the different sports in the Paralympics and made figures out of tinfoil to make a Paralympic display.
Room 17 have enjoyed settling back into a new school year after the summer holidays. We have really enjoyed seeing all our friends again and welcoming some new faces into the classroom too. Over the last few weeks, we have been familiarising ourselves with school and class routines. In the mornings, we have focused on our communication skills and getting to know one another. We especially like it when we hear stories from home about what everyone has been doing so we can share them with each other! We have all settled in really well and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the term brings.
In all this hot weather we have been experimenting with cool summer treats. The flavoured iced tea did not go down well with pupils. Shouts of “disgusting” and “Gads” were heard all down the corridor. Making our own ice cream went marginally better until we burst the bag and the salt mixed with the ice cream mixture. So the following week we just got ice cream from the supermarket! IF you want to try making your own ice-cream follow the link here:
Happy summer holidays everyone! May your holidays be filled with ice-cream!
This week we had the opportunity to say a fond farewell to our school leavers from both Session 2020-21 and last year, Session 2019-20. Due to the current restrictions that we’re operating under we were unable to have the send off we’d hoped for, but we made the best of it in true Orchard Brae style. Our Howes Hoose team and former Howes Hoose staff went out and about on a delivery run. Then we had a virtual Leavers’ Ceremony online to celebrate the success of all of our Leavers. A great effort from everyone involved. Thank you!
Rooms 18, 19 and Howes Hoose celebreated our leavers’ with a summer barbecue in the Howes Hoose garden. We had a great time eating sausages and burgers and we even ate some salad! A lovely way to send off the young people who are leaving us at the end of the week. We had lots of fun!