Stressed out? Fed up? Trying to think of things to do with your disabled child at the weekend?
We have just the thing for you….
Friday 29th September at 7 pm in St Columba’s Church, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW. We are inviting parents from Braidburn, St Crispin’s and Oakland’s schools to come and join our evening exploring what is out there for our children?
We are inviting a couple of speakers, from local services, to talk about what is available for disabled children in and around Lothian. We will also have a suggestions board to share ideas about what activities have worked for you. We want to hear: why was the activity good for your disabled child, was it adaptable, good changing facilities, staff that can communicate, sign, understanding of behavioural difficulties etc.. This will then be created into a resource and shared via our Parent Councils.
We also know that as parents, we do not get many opportunities to share experiences and to hopefully relax and have some fun…so there will be nibbles, soft drinks, a quiz and you can bring wine (if you wish).
The event is free. If you are interested and wish to reserve a place can you please respond to your parent council representative below by Monday 26th June 2017.
We look forward to seeing you there!
St Crispin’s – Sarah Kyambi – email@example.com
Oaklands – Elaine Weir – firstname.lastname@example.org
Braidburn – Leigh Ferrand – email@example.com
We celebrated our annual MOVE day with a “Seaside Holiday” themed day. The morning began with a parade around the school to the sounds of “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside” and “We’re all going on a summer holiday”. After a brief word of welcome by David (pupil) and Morna, the pupils were free to explore all the seaside related activities.
The nursery was turned into an underwater sea scape which was based on the story “Barry – the fish with fingers” with emphasis on the bubbles: walking over bubble wrap was great fun! Class 1’s theme was Boats and they had changed the wheelchair swing into a big boat as well as having other boat related activities in class. Class 2 became the Ice cream parlour with real icecream lollies and cones and this was enjoyed by everyone. Class 3 focused on sounds of the seaside where the sounds of dolphins, whales, seagulls, waves etc. where recorded on BigMacks. The St Crispins class had made sensory boxes with different sea side related objects such as shells, seaweed and sand. Class 4 went fishing and encouraged everyone to do the same and S1-S2 was focussing on making (and flying) kites. S3’s theme was sand, bucket and spade (ofcourse no seaside is complete without this activity!) and the senior class had planned beach games so there was beach volley ball in the hall and water pistols and guns in the courtyard. At the end, everyone came together in the hall to make waves with a large parachute. In the afternoon, Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre came and performed “The Lighthouse Keeper” to all pupils. It was a brilliant day and even the sun shone…
Over 150 pupils, parents, staff and friends of Oaklands participated in Oaklands first Marathon Festival.
They ran, walked, cycled and rolated for over an hour, collectively completing a distance of:
- 670 laps
- 69.1 kilometres
- 82,880 steps
- 44 miles
More than a Marathon and a half!
This was a fantastic morning and every pupil went home with a race number, t-shirt and medal to celebrate their personal achievement.
On Sunday 19th March Maddie and Cameron headed down to Prestonpans to represent Team Oaklands in The Lothian Disability Sports Spring Gala. We have spent the last few weeks practising for this event in our weekly swim sessions.
Both our swimmers swam 25m in an aided race. The first race saw Cameron swim 25m freestyle, with an entry time of 2.40.53. This is Cameron’s 3rd time representing Oaklands and with everyone’s encouragement he smashed his time to gain a new personal best of 2.35.21. Next up was Maddie, who has just learned to swim 25m. Full of excitement and enjoying the atmosphere and attention she took her first swimming gala in her stride and stormed up the pool. This was a brilliant achievement and both Maddie, Cameron and their families were proud of their results and medals. Well done to you both and a big Thank you to Michelle and Amy for all their support and giving up their Sunday morning.
On Tuesday the 13th of December all pupils and staff from Oaklands School enjoyed a fantastic performance of Cinderella from M&M productions. In no time at all our gym and lunch hall were transformed into a magical fairytale world. Pupils were transfixed from start to finish with the lights, fantastic costumes and up to date music to dance along too. Oliver and Amanda, 2 of our very own staff, were even invited to attend the palace ball, much to the great enjoyment of everyone! What a great morning! We are already looking forward to next year!
On the 22nd of December, as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations, pupils will be invited to take part in a Christmas Jumper Disco with Chaplins Disco. Pupils can wear Christmas jumpers on this day for our party. It’s going to be such fun! Watch this space for a report afterwards.
Oaklands School Christmas Show on Thursday the 15th of December at 10am. We are really looking forward to sharing our Christmas Crackers with you.
There will be enterprise products and teas and coffees after the show and also the chance to meet the Parent Council.
See you there!