Falkland House School March 2017 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.
Principles of good transitions 3

Pupils at FHS receive on-going throughcare support and preparation to ensure a good transition from school and/or college to adult life.
The aim of the 'Principles of Good Transitions 3' pamphlets, compiled by the Association For Real Change (ARC Scotland) and the Scottish Transitions Forum, is to improve the experiences of young people with additional support needs going through transitions. The publication was launched in January, and a number of our pupils appear in it. 

Read more, see the photos and download the 7 Principles plus Autism Supplement

College Q&A with Lucas

Three of our students started college this term. Marcus is studying Horticulture at Perth College, Joe is attending The Prince's Trust Course at Stenton College in Glenrothes and Lucas is taking a Professional Cookery Course (Foods of the World) at St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy.
Lecturers have described Lucas as a "model student".  We did a Q&A with him to see how he is getting on.

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Work experience with 4M Accountants
Pupils from Falkland House School will gain valuable work experience in 2017 thanks to a new partnership with FourM Chartered Accountants in Dundee, headed by Director Iain McBride.
One of the ways the school supports its pupils in making choices about their future is to provide them with work experience opportunities.
These placements bridge the gap between school, college and work. They not only provide the boys with basic employment skills. By giving them an insight into the world of work and the challenges they will face there, they gain confidence from the experience.

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Getting the right support: BBC interview

BBC Scotland education correspondent, Jamie McIvor, visited FHS at the end of January to talk to former pupil Kieran, who spent six years at the school and is now at college. Kieran is a great example of what can be achieved with the right support. Kieran's mum and the parent of another pupil currently attending FHS spoke to the journalist about the battles they faced to get their sons the support they needed.
Click here to watch the interview and read the article


My five-day trip to Kailzie Bunk House by Joe

The Prince's Trust Course is a personal development course aimed at improving confidence and motivation. Joe is also gaining valuable life and work skills as well as qualifications that will increase his employability or help him secure a place on another college course.
In February, he took part in a team-building residential trip to Peebles. It was an activity-packed week, and another big challenge for Joe which he handled just as well as he handled his transition from school to college.
Joe described the experience to us:

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Dental hygiene programme

NHS Fife's Oral Health Promotion Department has a long-standing and well developed working relationship with Falkland House School. Working in partnership, the pupils benefit from preventative oral health advice as part of a wider school-run programme to improve health outcomes. The Oral Health team visits the school every three months to provide themed oral health activities for everyone...staff included!    

Ski trip to Italy

This year's Ski Trip was our most ambitious to date.
On March 5th, eight S4-S6 pupils and four staff members from Falkland House School set off for a week-long ski trip to the resort of Pila, in the Aosta Valley in Northern Italy.
There are a number of benefits to pupils taking part in this kind of school trip. The experience provides the boys with a great opportunity to rise to new challenges and practice a range of skills that we promote in the school related to independence and resilience.
It was, of course, an enormous success. As one pupil commented
"This year's ski trip has been the best ski trip yet. There have been so many great memories made on the trip and there were so many great laughs".
Head of Education and organiser of the trip, Mr. Graham, has written about the trip for our Newsletter.

Click here to read his report and the pupils' comments

The Juniors have been studying life cycles this term. They enjoyed a day out to The Loch Leven Nature Reserve recently to find out more about ecosystems, food chains, habitats and the importance of preservation. 
They've also been looking at the Vikings, and have made Viking helmets, axes and shields in Art.
Staff leaving
Three staff members have left the school since the beginning of the year. Care staff member, Katie Earnshaw, CDT Teacher John White and Kitchen Assistant Liz Hanton. Our thanks and best wishes to them all.


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