Ochil House Report - 30/8/18
This year, there are 27 Young People within Ochil House, and have all made a positve and successful start to our new session.
Group 1 - S1, Ms McKay
Group 2 - S2+3, Mrs Wilkes
Group 3 - S4+5, Mrs Gunn
Group 4 - S6+YP who regularly access mainstream learning, Mrs Gillespie
A new Ochil House Head Boy and Girl will be appointed in due course.
Upcoming events and activites -
Many of the YP are looking forward to a visit to Blair Drummond Safari Park, on Tuesday 4th September, hosted by the Variety Club.
OH are involved in WHS annual sponsored walk around the University/School on Friday 7th September. Fingers crossed for a lovely, Autumnal day!
Senior award take place 13th September 7-9.30pm.
Play Unified will be starting soon where OH YP share a fun day Thursday lunch time session with mainstream YP volunteers. Up until now, it has been fantastic games in the PE Hall, but we are hoping opportunities will extend to other faculties, perhaps Art/Home Economics. This will offer offer more opportunities for fantastic integration through a shared interest or area of expertise!
Rory and Liam from Stirling Youth Music Initiative are starting soon. They lead a Samba lunch Club and also 'work' with all the OH YP!
Ian from Big Noise will also be starting soon. Date to be confirmed.
Janet McLauchlin, Music Therapist from Nordoff Robbins, is timetabled within OH.
Some mainstream staff are again timetabled with various groups of OH YP. This includes staff from Languages teaching Spanish, Design and Engineering, Scottish Studies, Social Geography and Drama. Great excitement and opportunities for all!
If any Parent/Carer/Friend would like to know more or ask any questions, I would be happy to help. Please get in touch via WHS PTN website.
Alison Gow, Ochil House Parent/PTN Rep
Ochil House Report - 30/8/18
What?......can you dig, prune, paint, do DIY, tidy?
Why?......to develop Ochil House Garden to be an exciting, interactive learning and fun environment?
Where?...... Ochil House Garden at Wallace High School
When?...... 3-4pm, last Wednesday of the month
26th September 2018
31st October 2018
(future days to be confirmed)
We'd love to see you!
Alison Gow Ochil House Parent Representative
8th February 2018
PTN Ceilidh – In Support of our Young Carers and Ochil House :
Friday 9th March 2018, 7.15pm – 11.30pm
The Parent Teacher Network are organising a family ‘Spring Fling’ Ceilidh in support of the Wallace High School Young Carers’ Group and PlayUnified/Ochil House. The event will be held on Friday 9th March 2018, from 7.15pm-11.30pm at Wallace High School.
Doors open at 7.15 for a 7.30 start. Our very own Wallace Dance Teams will give a couple of presentations throughout the evening, and a bar serving prosecco, wine and beer will be available. Skelpit Lug Ceilidh band will perform from 7.45. Representatives from Young Carers and PlayUnified will give a short presentation to let you know about the valuable work they do. There will also be a raffle. The ticket price includes entertainment, stovies, tea/coffee and home baking/sweet treats.
Tickets are available from the PTN or via the school office, priced: £30 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) or £10 for a standard ticket/£7.50 for a concession (O.A.P./child). Please complete the attached sheet and return to the school office in a marked envelope with relevant money/cheque (payable to Wallace High PTN)
If you are unable to come along, but would like to donate items for the raffle, please send them in to the school office for the attention of the PTN. Thank you very much in advance. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact the school for further information.
We hope that you will be able to come along as families to support this event, enjoy a fun evening and to help us raise funds for pupil experiences that are genuinely meaningful and inspiring.
Your continued support is much appreciated.
PTN Meeting, 16/01/18 - Ochil House Report
Begin on behalf of PTN, by wishing YP and all Staff in OH, and all our friends in mainstream, a happy and healthy 2018!
A very exciting start to the term, with a visit on Wednesday 10th January from Mr John Swinney, Depute First Minister and Annabelle Ewing, MSP, from Scottish Government and dignitaries from Stirling Council. This was to launch an Update to the Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Act, which gives young people the right to have their views taken into account.
The first session was lots of fun, where our Visitors observed, talked about and took part, in a Play Unified session. There was lots of chat with the Young People and our Play Unified Ambassadors. There was also a quick opportunity to play the fun activities on offer, such as 'balloon badminton' and basketball (see the fantastic photos on Ochil House Twitter page)!
The second session involved meeting representatives from Stirling Cluster 7's, (lovely photo available on Twitter). Young Ambassadors from each of Stirling's 7 secondary schools, meet once a month, to share their views on education. Over the next term, the group are working on an animation project at Forthside's Engine Shed. The animation is focussing on tackling bullying, which some Young People with ASN face in education.
Following events this term include:
Fri 26th January - Visit to Fire Scotland at Stirling Fire Station. 2 groups x 40minutes each, as part of PSE, fire safety.
Same day, Ochil House Burn's Supper Shindig, 2-3pm!
Wed 31st Jan - Bag Book's Diane Thornton is in Ochil House, taking groups of 5-6 children at a time, throughout the day. Bag Books provide multi-sensory stories for children and adults with ASN, where activities related to a story are brought alive using sensory resoures, voice and emotion.
Fri 2nd Feb - About 6 YP are invited to St Modan's annual Burn's Supper.
Wed 21st Feb - P7 transition begins with 4 new YP coming to OH each week.
Coffee Mornings/Information for OH Parents/Carers and Friends. We had our first coffee morning and chat Thur 11th January, with OH OT Alena Paton. Very helpful!
Following Coffee Mornings are:
8th Feb - visitor, to be confirmed
8th Mar - Linda McLeod, sharing her Makaton expertise!
A reminder to OH Parents/Carers, if you need to contact OH with questions, queries or information, they are happy to help, by contacting the WHS Office 8am-4pm, 01786 462166.
Looking forward to as always, a fun, positive, productive and hard working term!!
Many thanks, Alison Gow OH Rep.