Celebrating success

Every year, just before the summer holidays, we invite the pupils’ families to join us in school to celebrate the boys’ individual achievements over the past year.

However as we approached the end of what has, latterly at least, been a rather unusual school year, we knew we were going to have to do things a little differently this time.

So Mr Morrison has been busy producing videos which will soon be mailed to parents and carers. These have been created in lieu of the usual Celebrating Success Day and carry personal messages of congratulations to all pupils from key staff.

Moreover, in the last week of term an extended assembly was held for the pupils in residence in school, when awards and certificates of achievement  were presented. This year’s EATL points winner is Luca, seen in the photo above holding his trophy. The annual award is presented to the pupil who achieves the highest score consistently, throughout the year, for their effort and attitude to learning. A very well done to Luca!

Hopefully service will resume as normal after the summer break and we can look forward to another year of successes and achievements at FHS.

The FHS Upcycling Project

A group of pupils chose Furniture Upcycling for their Thursday Elective over the winter/spring term. The aim was to collect donations of furniture, then use their skills to refresh, repair, then sell them.

Mr Melville put out an appeal on Facebook and received various chairs, tables and chests of drawers – some salvageable and some not!

Junior Teacher Mrs Meiklem wanted her small table spruced up so it was sanded and painted with walnut wood stain and returned to her for a small donation.

A tall stool was used as an experiment in paint techniques using spray paint and chalk furniture paint. It was finished off with furniture wax and then sold to a staff member who is now using it as a display table.

The person who donated the old chest of drawers wanted it back so the boys concentrated on making a good job of it. The old paint was stripped off with heat guns and electric sanders, then undercoated and given three coats of high quality gloss paint. The drawer handles were boiled in soapy water, soaked in coca cola and polished with brasso to make them look new again. Finally they waxed the drawer runners using a candle to ensure smooth opening and closing. Another delighted customer made a donation.

Our budding furniture restorers raised a total of £40, which they have donated to the FHS swimming fundraiser.
Great job, boys!

Q&A with Bradley, Head Boy

Towards the end of last year, a job description for Head Boy was circulated among senior pupils. Aspiring candidates were asked to submit an application giving reasons as to why they thought they would be ideal for the role.

In December, after an interview in front of the Principal and the Head of Education, Bradley was appointed Falkland House School’s first Head Boy. Bradley has been a pupil at the school for four years. He is part of the school’s Peer Support Group, which offers support and guidance to fellow pupils, and a member of the school’s Ground Care team. He also carries out voluntary work at Falkland Palace.

We asked Bradley how he was approaching his new responsibilities:

What subjects are you currently studying?

B: Higher Maths, Digital Music, Nat 5 English and Biology

What would you like to do when you leave FHS?

B: Games Development

What are your personal strengths?

B: Logical thinker and technologically minded, encouraging, inclusive and welcoming

Why did you want to be Head Boy?

B: I want to inspire other boys to become better. I noticed that the school had minor issues that I could hopefully fix. 

What does your role involve?

B: Being a positive role model

What challenges do you think you might have?

B: Potential misunderstanding and bullying

What would be your advice to new pupils starting at FHS?

B: Have tolerance, understand big deal/little deal, approach someone if in trouble or if you just fancy a chat

What is your biggest achievement at FHS?

B: Hopefully I’ll be the first pupil at the school to get Higher Maths

Good luck in your new role, Bradley!

Bikeability – promoting good physical and mental health

The school has faced a number of challenges with regards to promoting good physical and mental health since lockdown started in March. However, our care and education staff have, as always, gone above and beyond to ensure all the pupils in school have been kept safe, healthy and active in these unprecedented times.

Long hikes on the estate, ninja squirrels, gardening, overnight camping in the school grounds and scrumptious barbecues are just a few of the activities they’ve enjoyed over the last few months.

What’s more, our pupils have been swept along on the wave of enthusiasm for cycling that has been felt across the nation recently. Fortunately, FHS is well prepared to accommodate cyclists of all abilities.

Through the school’s Bikeability programme, Bradley and Kieran have recently learned to ride a bike. Mr. Shaw, their instructor, has praised both boys for their great tenacity. They’ve now joined the beginner’s cycling group and can explore the Red Squirrel trails on the Falkland Estate and beyond.

Darren, Ross, Callum, Harris, Robbie, Oscar and Thomas have also discovered cycling to be a great way to get regular, daily exercise and, with growing fitness and confidence, they’re now exploring areas slightly further afield.

Mr Shaw feels Cormac deserves special mention for his incredible aptitude for cycling. Cormac likes to cycle as far as possible and as hard as possible – putting staff’s fitness and endurance to the test on occasion! Nevertheless, the staff at Falkland House School have run with Cormac’s new passion, and to help him go further and faster, he has been given access to a Road Bike. Cormac has had to get used to clipless pedals, the turbo trainer and indoor rollers to help him achieve his first 100 miles. Throughout the summer programme, Cormac will be introduced to the more advanced levels of Bikeability, bicycle maintenance and, if all goes well, the Audax.

With so many health benefits, we hope the boys will continue to enjoy cycling for a long time to come.