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The FHS Cabin Project

The FHS cabin project was set up to create a holistic learning experience for our pupils. The venture helps the boys develop important technical skills in areas such as maths, construction, woodwork, planning, ordering materials and PPE awareness, as well as essential life skills like problem solving, decision making, working as part of a team, and communicating effectively.

The cabin is being built in the school grounds, as far as possible using local resources.  This year we have been fortunate to have expert support from Marek and Laura from ‘Simple Shelters’ who have joined the boys and staff at Falkland House School to continue the building work.

Firstly, the boys had to think about who would be using the cabin and what it would be used for. This led to them producing ideas for a floor plan. They then took these ideas into the cabin to see how well they fitted into the actual space.

This process is known as developing a Design Brief. This is what they came up with:

To design a space for the pupils to hang out and spend time in

(approx. 6-7 boys at a time)

 It must have:

comfy seats like a sofa and bean bags

a projector to watch films and play games

a table with chairs to sit, work and eat at

a platform with a bed for staying over

a second door or hatch for a fire escape

a stove for heating and sitting around

a small fridge for food

a separate room for hammocks that also has sensory features 

The Floor Plan:

Over the past year, the boys have worked on the decking, handrail, window and door fittings, membrane fitting, circulation, batons, cladding and insulation, performing their tasks with enthusiasm and self-confidence.

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Munro Challenge Report

At the beginning of October, pupils Jamie P, Jamie R, Luca, Oscar and Sol bagged their first  Munro in aid of charity as part of the school’s elective program. The boys spent a lot of time time doing various local walks (including the East and West Lomond) to prepare for the challenge and  build up their confidence and fitness.

Part of their task was to research what type of charity they’d like to help. Each pupil came up with a suggestion and presented their case to the rest of the class. They then held a vote, and after much deliberation, agreed on ‘Save the Children’.

In the days leading up to the walk, the boys kept an eye on the weather forecast as they studied maps and routes, and made a list of the equipment they’d need.

On the day, they all arrived well prepared for the hike, with plenty warm and waterproof clothing, food and drink. They arrived in Glenshee around 11am, and set off up the mountain. The further up they climbed, the more challenging the weather conditions became. As they nearer the summit, they had to hold onto each other to stop being blown over!

But this wasn’t going to stop them. Working as a team and following the instructions of Mr. Graham, they reached the summit at around 12:45pm. They didn’t hang around there for long, though, given that wind speeds were 70-80mph!

On the road home, they stopped off for a well-deserved meal before heading back to school.

The boys raised a grand total of £660 for ‘Save the Children’. We’re all very proud of them for completing the challenge. Each one of them gave it their best effort and they achieved their goal. A massive well done to Jamie P, Jamie R, Luca, Oscar and Sol, and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored them on their ‘Just Giving’ page

FHS Munro Challenge

Five of our pupils and two staff members will be scaling a Munro on October 2nd to raise money for charity. The boys were asked to select a charity of their choice, and they unanimously agreed that Save the Children would be a very worthwhile cause.

They’ve been busy walking hills and forests over the past few months to prepare themselves for bagging their first Munro.

In this short video, three of the boys taking part in this challenge explain why your support is so very important.

The FHS Munro Challenge

We've had a fantastic response to the FHS Munro Challenge in aid of Save the Children! Many thanks to all those who have already so generously donated on our Just Giving page. In this short video, three of the pupils who will be tackling the climb on October 2nd explain why your support is so important.

Posted by Falkland House School on Monday, September 17, 2018

 

Wishing Alfie, Dylan & Lucas every success

During the Celebrating Success ceremony. we saluted Alfie, Dylan and Lucas, whose time at Falkland House School has come to an end.

Like all our school leavers, they were presented with a Record of Achievement, which documents all their accomplishments – academic and other – over the years they have spent at FHS and is filled with lots of school memories.

Over the last year, Alfie has attended both school and an Intro to Computers and Digital Media Course at Fife College. He has now been offered a place at Edinburgh College to move on to the next level of his studies in computing and digital media.

Dylan has also had a successful final year at FHS. He performed excellently in his Higher Music course and English National five exams while attending college to study N5 Technical Theatre and Drama. He will now move on to an HNC in Musical Theatre at Edinburgh College.

Lucas has attended a Business Tourism and Hospitality Course at college this past year while preparing for further exams in school. He has continued to work at the Favers Café in Portobello at weekends and has now chosen to undertake a modern apprenticeship with an artisan bakery in Edinburgh.

We wish all three boys every success in taking the next step.

Good Citizen Award

Every year, one of our pupils receives a North East Fife Police ‘Good Citizen Award’.

Before presenting the award at the Celebrating Success ceremony, PC Fisher explained the reasons behind the panel’s decision to give the accolade to Kieran this year.

As a pupil at the school for almost 8 years, Kieran has developed into a fine young man, often putting others before himself.  He is highly regarded by staff and pupils, and has been a great ambassador for the school as well as being an excellent role model for the other pupils.
As he has gained in confidence over the years, Kieran has taken on leadership responsibilities that benefit the whole school. Taking on the ground care manager’s job requires dedication, gaining people’s respect and having good negotiating skills, all of which he does extremely well.
As one of the experienced peer supporters, Kieran has been involved in recruiting and training new members, as well as helping others to sort out any problems, should they seek support from the school’s peer support group.

Congratulations, Kieran, on this well deserved recognition!

Celebrating Success 2018

June 28th was a day for recognizing and celebrating our pupils’ many achievements over the past year.

Before the awards ceremony, staff, pupils and their families enjoyed an abundant buffet in the foyer where they could browse displays featuring photographs of some of the activities the boys have participated in over the last year.

We were then treated to some fantastic musical performances before moving through to the assembly hall for the awards’ ceremony.

And what a catalogue of achievements there were to celebrate!  Not only were the boys’ academic, sporting and extra-curricular successes acknowledged, but a wealth of special awards were given out for active and community involvement, peer support, independence skills, self-regulation and sustained effort, to name just a few. Staff also paid tribute to qualities such as intrepidness, determination, stoicism, enthusiasm, kindness and willingness to help others, as each pupil received his personalized list of accomplishments.

Finally, Mr Morrison bid a fond farewell to this year’s school leavers –  Alfie, Dylan and Lucas – entertaining the audience with some warm and humorous stories about their time at Falkland House School. In his speech, he also thanked the boys, saying:

Education is definitely a two-way relationship where the teacher can and must learn from the student. I personally have learnt a great deal from the boys at the school and in particular these three young men. They have challenged me to think in different ways about teaching, learning and myself. They have taught me humour and humility, to give credit and praise where it is deserved, how to have stamina in order to cajole and encourage someone to see and reach their potential. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I am genuinely grateful for this and feel that I am a better person for having been involved in their education and latterly in their transition.

Well done to all the boys for everything they have accomplished this year.

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Model railway project

A number of pupils have expressed an interest in Model Railways, so Falkland House School has decided to transform the wood store into a Model Railway Room.

This is progressing nicely and the pupils continue to show a strong interest. For example, Cameron has been shown how to plaster and prepare the walls for painting and Ross has helped clean up the window sills. Some of the senior pupils will then paint the room white: this will act as a foundation coat onto which a scene can be painted.

Looking for inspiration, a visit to the Model Railway Exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow was arranged at the end of February.

During a recent meeting, the boys were asked to think about themes they would like to plan the railway around. They were also asked to think about which gauge of train they would like to feature in the project as well as planning the lay out of the track.

We look forward to hearing all their ideas after the April Holidays!

FHS Ski Trip 2018

FHS Independence Workers, Ms. Johnston and Mr. Gannon, give us this report:

Following the success of our four previous ski trips to Glenshee and to Pila in Italy, this year the school organised two separate trips to Glenshee, one for beginners and the other for more advanced skiers.

As part of the school’s Independence Programme, the pupils were closely involved in the preparation and delivery of the trips. This provided them with the opportunity to practice a range of skills that promote independence and resilience. The boys had the task of sourcing, pricing and organising accommodation, transport, appropriate clothing, ski equipment hire, lift passes, evening activities, and meals and the budget for groceries, before calculating the overall cost.

The first group left on Monday 26th February and included Bradley, Hugo, Robbie, Ryan and Lewis. We arrived at the Compass Centre, situated not far from the Spittal of Glenshee in the Cairngorms National Park, where we were warmly greeted by Annie who gave us a tour before the boys got settled into their bedrooms prior to dinner.

Before heading to the slopes on the Tuesday morning, we collected our ski equipment. The pupils were responsible for ensuring they looked after their equipment for the duration of the trip. Mr Graham provided ski lessons and by lunchtime all of the boys had made excellent progress. They continued to practice their skills in the afternoon and by the end of the day were all skiing competently. This created good morale within the group, with the boys feeling a very positive sense of achievement and looking forward to getting further up the mountain and progressing.  At the end of the day, we returned to the Compass Centre where we were well fed and went on to have a relaxing evening playing various games, including the infamous ski trip card game “Loot”.

Unfortunately on the Wednesday due to “The Beast from the East”,  the ski centre was stormbound. Unable to go skiing. the pupils spent time outside enjoying playing in the snow instead. Later, it was agreed that due to the worsening weather conditions, we would return to the school for the safety of pupils and staff. Although all of the boys were extremely disappointed, they handled the decision maturely and packed up and got ready to leave quickly and without any fuss.

The pupils were commended for their behaviour and maturity throughout. To make up for their disappointment at the trip being cut short, they will be going back to the Compass Centre for a residential experience with some of the other pupils at the end of this month.

The second trip left on Monday 5th March and included Aaron, Ben, Dylan, Hugh, Luca, Lucas, Lewis and Kieran. We returned to the Compass Centre where once again we were well looked after. We had an early start on the Tuesday morning and thanks to the weather the week before, the skiing conditions were absolutely perfect. We skied together as a group with some coaching from Mr Graham before the boys were given the freedom and responsibility to explore more of the resort.

By the end of the week they were able to tackle the entire range of slopes and runs, with three of the more advanced skiers taking on the terrifying “Tiger” run. Unfortunately this didn’t quite go to plan, and the three adrenaline seekers, who wish to remain anonymous (Aaron, Hugh and Kieran) ended up sprawled across the hill with their equipment scattered halfway up the slope. Fortunately, Ben (who was on his very first ski trip with the school) saved the day and majestically slalomed his way down the “Tiger”, collecting the boys’ skis and poles on the way… not all heroes wear capes!

In the evenings we enjoyed making use of the games room and gym hall at the Compass Centre. During one extremely competitive football match, the staff proved to be more competitive than the boys at times! The boys also spent time playing card and board games as well as relaxing within the communal lounge.

In line with ski trip tradition, each evening before dinner nominations took place as to who deserved to wear the infamous Unicorn headband for the remainder of the evening. Funny/ silly stories from the day were shared before a vote took place. It soon became clear that the boys had grown attached to the Unicorn horn, with some choosing to carry their embarrassment onto the slopes!

On our way home after a fantastic week, we stopped off for dinner in Perth and reflected on the trip. We enjoyed an excellent meal, and the boys represented themselves and the school exceptionally well, as they had done during the whole trip.

As well as being a fun and enjoyable holiday, the overall experience provides the pupils with an opportunity to develop their confidence and resilience by being away from their usual surroundings and by trying new experiences. It also brings the boys together to work as a team, and is an excellent context for them to build relationships with their peers and staff.

A very agreeable and memorable time was had by all. We can’t wait for our next adventure!

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