Ochil House Report August 2018

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




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!


For further information, contact;
Alison Gow OH Parent/Rep PTN on or
Mrs Donaldson, Principal Teacher, Ochil House

OH Report March 2018

OH Report for March PTN

The 4 P7 group are continuing a positive transition time.  Their theme is Journeys. They are having the opportunity to make a personalised album of people they meet, such as the management team, kitchen staff, the janitorial team and other members of staff. They also visit and familiarise themselves with various areas of the school.  The PTN look forward to welcoming the new YP and their family and friends at upcoming events.

The mainstream S5's have begun a very popular and successful Football Fun Friday during lunchtime.  I'd like to express my thanks and appreciation to those pupils who are giving their valuable time.  Once again, sounds like a win win opportunity for enhancing fantastic relationships, keeping fit and having fun together. Along with Play Unified, we hope to continue extending fun integration opportunities across other  curricular areas, which meet the interests of all YP such as Art, Music Computing.....!

On 27th February, there was an exclusive and exciting Film premier at the Engine Shed, where Stirling Cluster 7s shared their animation on Bullying which some people with ASN suffer, to dignitaries and representatives from the Council. This went so well, following the Screening, an Oscar ceremony was held with everyone receiving a mini Oscar in categories, such as voiceover, animation, production and presenting - what a great success on such an emotive subject!  Their Film will also be presented at Scottish national level soon in Edinburgh. What valuable work being carried out by this team.

OH have a special new visitor - Daisy, the Therapet whippet. At the moment, she is coming in to visit the classes as and when she can....in high demand!! This is going very well with the children loving Daisy's visits.  Apparently, Daisy is enjoying her visits so much so, that she is bringing her Therapet friends to OH activity day next term, and hopefully on a regular basis again.  

Going on from this, 2 S5s have begun work experience at Glendrick Roost, near Aberfoyle,  an animal sanctuary for farm animals and other abandoned smaller animals. When the YP arrive on a Friday, they are given a wide variety of tasks to do, developing their animal husbandry skills and personal interest, while offering therapy while working with the animals.  Well done to those YP......I've watched The Yorkshire Vet!

Last Wednesday 14th, a group of Stirling University secondary teaching students, are observing and shadowing staff around the faculties including OH.  Mrs Donaldson tells the students to bear in mind and think about how using their skills within ASN, whether their career path takes them towards working with YP in ASN facilities, can show them very clearly, how to embrace various ways of learning and teaching across such a wide spectrum of individual needs. When in a classroom with any group of YP, a diverse range of leaning abilities, skills and techniques have to be used......how many times can you reinvent the wheel?

17th April, Zoe Thompson from Active Stirling is coming in to do some dance sessions.

4th May, the Dental Health team will come in for their termly visit.

10th May, Joanne Barrie is the speaker at the Coffee Morning. Joanne works with the Sexual Health and Relationships team.


Alison Gow Ochil House Parent Representative

Ceilidh Letter and Order Form Feb 2018

8th February 2018



PTN Ceilidh – In Support of our Young Carers and Ochil House :

Friday 9th March 2018, 7.15pm – 11.30pm



Dear Parent/Carer,


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.


Yours sincerely,


Scott Pennock

Head Teacher


Click here for order form.

Ochil House Rep Update January 2018

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-4pm01786 462166

Looking forward to as always, a fun, positive, productive and hard working term!!
Many thanks, Alison Gow OH Rep.

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