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Falkland House School April 2019 E-Newsletter
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Falkland House School is a residential school for boys of all ages who have Additional Support Needs and who find it difficult to cope in a mainstream educational environment. We offer day, 39 and 52 week provision.
FHS Ski Trip 2019

There may have been no snow in Glenshee for this year's ski trip but the boys had a fantastic time just the same.

The school is grateful to the staff at the Compass Centre, who went above and beyond to create great experiences during what could have been a potentially difficult week due to the boys' disappointment at the lack of snow. Our thanks also to the Tayside Mountain Rescue Team for organising some great activities for them.

And a massive well done to the boys who took part. A few days after the trip, a teacher who had also been staying at the Compass Centre with her P6s contacted the school to sing the praises of our “amazing group of staff and pupils”. 

FHS Independence Worker, Mr Gannon, gave us this report on the trip:

Read more and see the photos

Healthy Living Long Term Achievement Award

FHS was delighted to receive a Long Term Achievement Award at the Annual Healthy Living Awards Ceremony held at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on February 27th.

Multi-award winning chef Gary Maclean presented the award to the school's Head of Care, Paul Cullinane, who proudly accepted it on behalf of the Falkland House School Catering Team

The team has consistently held the Healthy Living Award for more than 10 years, a fantastic achievement and testimony to the school's commitment to providing our pupils with a healthy balanced diet.

 Luca's day at Forth Radio

A big thank you to the team at Radio Forth for giving FHS pupil, Luca, an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a radio station.

Last month, Luca was thrilled to find out that he would have a day's work placement at the Edinburgh studios of Radio Forth 1 and 2.

When he arrived, he was first given a tour, then afterwards he had the opportunity to be involved in some of the technical and creative processes behind radio broadcasting.

Under the expert guidance of Jordan and Mark, he even got to try his hand at producing an advertisement for radio....

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The FHS model railway project

Work on FHS's Model Railway Room continues, and to give the pupils some ideas on the next steps, two experienced modellers from the Cupar Model Railway Club visited the school recently to pass on some of their knowledge

The boys were very interested to get some tips but, unsurprisingly, they seemed even more interested in seeing how fast the trains could go around the track before derailing!

Inspired by Ken and Andrew's talk, Robbie, Bradley, Kieran and Aaron are currently setting up a small scale model railway to practice their modelling and constructions skills before starting the main project. The boys are interested in building a mixture of styles and themes, and have agreed that the track will be segmented; each part representing a particular era or geographic area.

The plan is to eventually transport the small scale model to exhibitions to give the pupils an opportunity to share their work with other enthusiasts.
 

 Blesma workshop & fundraiser

Mick and Owain from the Blesma Community Programme held a Making Generation R Workshop at FHS on Thursday, 21st March.

The programme aims to help young people become more resilient in the face of life's challenges, big and small. It exposes them to the stories of people who have had to deal with and overcome great adversity, and encourages them to find coping strategies to deal with everyday issues and bigger hurdles.

RAF Police Veteran Mick's account of his experiences as an Arms & Explosives Search Dog Handler and of how he lost a limb following an injury in Afghanistan in 2011 quickly captured the pupils' attention and prompted a lot of good questions from them afterwards.

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We'd like to thank Founding Director of FHS Mr Quirie and his wife for their very kind donation of cameras and photographic equipment. It's being put to good use by Aaron, who is attending a Photography Course at Fife College Dunfermline, 


Three representatives of the Kingdom Housing Association visited the school in February to talk to our senior boys about different housing options, how to apply for housing, starting a tenancy, landlord and tenant responsibilities and much more. The boys found the information really useful and appreciated their help and advice.



The FHS 2019 Chess Tournament has reached the semi-final stages. Cameron, Bradley and Ryan are already through to the semis, and after the holidays Kyle and Joshua will fight it out for the final place. 


 
Good luck to Kieran who started driving lessons recently, and to all the boys who will be sitting SQA exams next month


 

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