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.
We need your skills and experience.....
Many parents and carers would like to get more involved in the school community but find it difficult to juggle this with other demands. So the PTN at Wallace High are hoping to create a database of willing volunteers who could help at occasional events or one off projects throughout the year. With this in mind we have created a survey which will help us group volunteers into different categories (general assistance or more specialised help).
Please click here to be taken to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WDTZTVF
CAREERS NIGHT - we need a wide variety of parents, passionate about their chosen career - from admin to zoology, via entrepreneur, hairdressing, plumbing and veterinary! Do you love your job? Do you have an interesting story to tell – perhaps an unconventional route to your chosen career? Could you give a presentation or could you chat with pupils and parents 1:1 giving advice and ideas? We aim for this to be an evening event that both pupils and parents can attend to complement the schools' own daytime careers fair. We want to give pupils a chance to hear about the work experiences of those around them and to think about the broad range of work options and routes available to them.
General help with events - such as school shows, sports day, parents' nights etc. - could you help serve refreshments? Or are you good at sourcing good raffle prizes?
· Meals on a budget - practical workshop aimed at parents.... If you are a great cook, whether as your job or as a hobby and can give ideas on how to make healthy, low cost family meals then please get in touch.
· Budgeting and finance - aimed at S5/6 school leavers. Helping pupils understand how to open bank accounts, give info on insurances needed and looking at how to manage finances. If you know how to budget or have financial management skills or similar, we need YOU to give the pupils guidance for their futures away from home.
· Help - I'm the parent of a teenager! - 'get together' for parents/carers, wanting advice or just a reassuring listening ear for those times when you sometimes just want to run away!! Any parents out there who have a psychology background or work experience with teenagers and could give motivation to parents to ease them through the teenage years.
Sensory/Learning Garden for all pupils - we are looking at planning an area of the school grounds to become a sensory garden, where the young people can enjoy being outdoors, with perhaps some edible borders too, which could be utilised in the school for lessons. This is still in the planning stages, but help from professionals or amateur gardeners, landscapers, tradespeople, labourers would be great. If you can help in any way, we can put you in touch with the ideas team to see how we can make this work.
If you or other family members have any skills that you think would be useful for any of the above, or maybe you have a skill, passion or idea for something else in the future that will enhance the school life of the pupils or their parents as they care for them then please compete the survey and we will get in touch.