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.
We’re only 2 weeks into the term and we are concentrating on establishing relationships and getting reacquainted with school life. It can be quite busy in school so we have made sure to make time for relaxation too. A particular hit for pupils and staff has been sensory massage songs. These can be found on youtube, if you have 5 minutes and want to relax. We Don’t Talk About Bruno, Sensory Massage Song
Our next focus will be to establish work experience roles for all pupils in class. We’re starting with trying out different roles before appointing them. The positions will include but are not limited to:
- Organising weekly CFINE food bank bags
- Looking after the house plants in class and offices
- Food waste recycling
- Representing the class at assembly
- Collecting and delivering messages
We have reached the time of year again where we say goodbye to our S6 leavers.
We are very proud of all of them and will miss them immensly. Keith and Emmeline worked with them all to make a video for their leaver’s ceremony. We hope you enjoy it.
Everyone at Orchard Brae wishes our leavers all the very best in their future endeavours. We will miss you!
Last week, pupils from Room 17, 18 and Howes Hoose embarked on our first trip to the Bendrigg Centre since 2019!
Pupils took part in a range of activities- Sensory Swing, Zip Line, Climbing, Canoeing, Caving, Archery and Biking. Thankfully there was a huge amount of food available to keep us well fed!
As you can see from the photos, all of our pupils worked incredibly hard and pushed themselves to try new things. We heard the words ‘I did it!’ and ‘keep going’ over and over again and the smiles on faces show exactly what it meant.
A huge thank you goes to the Bendrigg Trust for looking after us for the week and also to the Friends of Orchard Brae for supporting us with funding for the trip. We had a wonderful time and are already looking forward to next year!
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:
The group took photos in school and out in the community using iPads.
I am sure you will agree there are some fantastic photos in the group.
Well done to all
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!