Throughcare at FHS

Over the last year, we’ve been developing the processes we use to support positive transitions for our pupils, and we can happily report that these developments have led to excellent results. When the new term starts in August, five of our pupils will be attending NC level 5 courses which will run alongside an academic programme in school, as well as ongoing independence development work.

The school provides the boys with all the support they need to engage successfully with further education. Coordinated by FHS English teacher Mr. Storrie, and working in conjunction with Mr Thomson of Skills Development Scotland, the boys use software and discussion groups to explore their interests and aptitudes. They then research options for education, training and employment. The school also offers them varied work experiences to allow them to make informed choices about future pathways, and organises college visits so they can learn about college life as well as find out more about course options.

A number of new courses have been accessed over the last few months, including some highly competitive ones such as the coveted NC 5 Music Course at Perth College. We are delighted that Hugh has been offered a place on this course after sailing through a demanding interview involving an individual performance, numeracy assessment and impromptu band performance.

Moreover, next term Kieran will be attending NC Sport and Fitness at Fife College Stenton, Lucas NC Business, Hospitality and Tourism at Fife College Kirkcaldy, Alfie NC Computing at Stenton Campus and Aaron Photography at Fife College Dunfermline.

The range of courses they’ll be attending is testimony to the truly individual and tailored support each pupil gets at FHS.

Our heritage heroes

Towards the end of May, staff and pupils at FHS were given a chance to connect with the past when they were invited by the Centre for Stewardship at Falkland Estate to take part in an archaeological dig on the East Lomond Hill. They unanimously agreed it was a great experience.

During the day-long dig, they learned a lot about the hills, local history and the archaeological heritage of the Hillfort and surrounding area. What’s more, they helped to unearth a number of important artefacts as well as the structural remains of a Bronze Age cairn which housed an ancient burial box called a cist.

The boys once again proved to be great ambassadors for the school, impressing everyone with the energy and effort they put into their trowelling, recording and sieving.

As a follow up to the dig, they then took part in a number of workshops held at the school and organized by OJT Archaeology and Archaeology Scotland. The workshops gave them a better understanding of what the working life of an archaeologist involves. Again, the activities were greeted with great interest and enthusiasm. The workshops allowed them to apply some academic skills such as map reading, mathematics and functional literacy to practical tasks like plane table surveying, map regression and monument recording.

These events have given the boys an insight into Scottish history, and hopefully piqued their interest in the heritage on their doorstep as well as further afield. Moreover, all those who participated have gained an Archaeology Scotland Heritage Hero Award at Explorer or Detective level.