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Falkland House School December 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.
Let the festivities begin!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at Falkland House School!

To kick off the festive season, a group of pupils attended the Royal Society of Chemistry's Schools' Christmas Lecture in St Andrews, Then, as per tradition, after a day out at the panto, the boys donned their Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children.

Finally, on Thursday 19th December the pupils' families will join us for Christmas lunch, preceded by some Christmas entertainment that is sure to put everyone in holiday mood.


Luca's performance in 'Calamity Jane'

Luca, Falkland House School's very own star of the stage, appeared in Cupar Youth Theatre's production of 'Calamity Jane' last month. 

The show was a huge success and Luca earned lots of compliments for his performance as the singing and dancing bartender, Joe.

From a very young age Luca has had one very clear ambition -  to be a voice actor. So he took some steps towards achieving this by joining the local Theatre Group. He was hoping to get some tips and learn a few techniques. He certainly wasn't expecting to almost immediately audition for a big stage production and get a part in it.

Despite some initial reservations, Luca threw himself into his role. He thoroughly enjoyed attending rehearsals and, what's more, he learned a lot and made new friends along the way. 

What a fantastic achievement for a young man who is aiming for a career as a more 'invisible' performer! You must be very proud, Luca. We certainly are!


Jamie's NTS work placement

Jamie is a National Trust for Scotland volunteer at Falkland Palace and has worked hard every Wednesday morning helping to keep the Palace grounds beautiful.

Without volunteers like Jamie, the NTS wouldn’t be able to carry out the conservation and preservation work needed to look after Scotland’s most beautiful and historical sites.

Moreover, volunteering has allowed Jamie to try new experiences, meet new people, learn new skills, build up his CV and see new places.

Good work, Jamie!

EATL rewards

Well done to the nine hardworking young men who were recently rewarded for their high EATL (Effort and Attitude to Learning) scores.

The FHS rewards system aims to inspire a positive attitude to learning and encourage positive classroom behaviour. Effort and attitude is tracked and points are awarded in every class. 

Points are averaged over the weeks, the terms and then finally the year. All pupils achieving a target threshold of 75% or over receive a reward.

The boys were given the choice between two overnight trips as a reward for their continued hard work.

Five of them opted for Scarefest at Alton Towers. 


 

 





The group stayed overnight in the rural village of Cauldon Lowe. The next morning after a quick breakfast they headed off for Alton Towers.

According to Mr. Bryson, who accompanied them, it was a spine-tingling event!

He commented: "The boys and Miss Findlay were very brave, participating in all the rides, but I did have to wonder if we are an all-boys school as there was a lot of high pitched screaming being heard during the rides and attractions."

The other four boys chose an overnight outing to Manchester to watch the UEFA Champions League tie between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk, which ended in a draw. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience of visiting a big stadium.

Mr Gannon, who accompanied the boys on the trip, reported that they were all great company and represented themselves and the school excellently.
 
Keep up the good work, boys!


Curling elective

A group of FHS pupils have been attending curling lessons at the Dewar Centre in Perth as part of their winter elective and they're very much enjoying it. 

For many of them this is their first time on a curling rink. The boys have already demonstrated to staff that they're very good at sweeping, which is a bit of a mystery given the fact they've had so little practice! 

The curling elective will run through to mid-February, and by then they will hopefully have found a role within their 4-person team that suits their playing style and personality.

Falkland House School would like to thank the coaches at the Dewar Centre, namely Ann Maree, Simon and Rod, who have been patiently coaching the boys and passing on their enthusiasm and expertise.
 

It has been quite a year for academic success at FHS. We've seen a number of pupils gain qualifications at National 5 in Music and Mathematics and many of the pupils achieving National 3 and 4 qualifications in almost all subjects offered at the school. 

As we go forward into 2020 there are even more young people preparing for examinations at National 5 and Higher level, including Biology, Music and Mathematics with English Literacy thrown in for good measure!

We have also added The SQA employability award to our curriculum. We have introduced SCHOLAR which is an online aid to study for National 5 and above.

We have strengthened our practise by developing and implementing stronger, more comprehensive approaches to tracking and monitoring progress, especially at the Broad General Education level. Both our new self-evaluation framework and self-improvement plan have been created and implemented and we have undergone an HMiE inspection with a great result!  

We've secured a number of college experiences for those pupils who are at the appropriate age, and hopefully the course topics on offer will fulfil their personal interests and ambitions for the future.

We have employed a new Music teacher and English teacher and are looking forward to benefiting from their considerable expertise and experience.

Moreover, we've introduced the role of Head Boy and are pleased to announce that after a rigorous application and interview process we have appointed Bradley as our first Head Boy. Bradley will begin his duties in the New Year.

We have had visits to the Pantomime and Chemistry Lectures. We have also seen trips to Alton towers and to the Etihad stadium to see Manchester City play, as some of the pupils reaped the rewards of their effort and attitude to their class work.

As we crest into the New Year we will see more residential excursions, including a ski trip to Italy and further experiences in the Cairngorms.

There are exciting times ahead but first a well-deserved rest over the Christmas period. From all of the education team we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.




 


Welcome to Ms Black (Music Teacher), Mr Grehan (Facilities Operative), Mr Thomson (Chef), Ms. Smith-McKay (Care Staff), Mr. Stewart (English Teacher) and finally - to the pupils' delight - Piper (Mr. Graham's dog).
 





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