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MP Stephen Gethins pays a visit to FHS

Today, staff and pupils at Falkland House School will host a visit from MP Stephen Gethins.

The school, which recently received excellent marks in a combined inspection by the Care Inspectorate and HMIE, is highly praised by pupils and parents alike. Pupils with additional support needs are given the opportunity to learn in ways that really help them to succeed academically. They take part in a number of exciting extracurricular activities out with the classroom, and have the chance to take part in work placements which help the boys to prepare themselves for life after school. The boys are very excited to meet Mr Gethins, and they can’t wait to give him a tour of their classrooms and tell him about their current studies.

Director of Falkland House School, Stuart Jacob said ‘We are delighted to welcome Mr Gethins to our school to meet with the pupils and talk about some of our current projects. Falkland House School prides itself on achieving excellence across the board. The standard of care and learning experiences we provide our pupils is second to none, and it’s great for visitors to the school to be able to experience this first hand.’

As well as being one of the first independent schools in Scotland to gain recognition by the Autism Socety, Falkland House School also holds the UNICED Rights Respecting School Award. This award recognises Falkland House’s continued commitment to putting the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child at the heart of the schools planning, policies, practice and ethics




Sports day fun in the sun

Falkland House School finished off a very busy academic year with a whole school sports day followed by a celebrating success day.Wednesday proved the perfect time for our sports event; there were clear blue skies and soaring temperatures all day.

We started with athletics in the morning with the boys doing activities such as the long jump, 60 metre sprint and shot-put. After a break for water and lots of sun cream we headed out to the community sports field again for touch rugby. There was a round robin event with three teams taking part. Following lunch everyone went along to the cricket pitch for a round of quick cricket, lots of the staff came out to support us all and help to field! The day was finished off with a game of football where we had mixed teams of teachers and pupils all competing for the final win of the day.


Prizewinning Pupils

Falkland House School was delighted to hold another Celebrating Our Successes day this year. There was much to celebrate and pupils and adults alike had a great day.

Among the prizewwinners this year were Joseph Reid for his performances in the golf tournament, pool league and snooker league, and Lucas Woolard for his fabulous performance in the chess league. Joseph Reid was also ranked 25th in the Scottish Table Tennis Association Junior Group, while Marcus Keep was ranked 26th. Also in table tennis, Ryan King has been ranked 26th in the Scottish Table Tennis Association Cadet Group.

Finally, a big well done to Ross, Kieran and Hugh, who all passed their Army Cadet Recruitment Test.

Celebrating our successes

On Thursday we invited parents and friends of Falkland House to come along and celebrate the successes of the year with us. The day included an awards presentation, a movie showcasing some of the highlights of 2015 so far and chef prepared a delicious buffet for our guests.

Each of the boys were recognised for their own individual achievement, awards included best employee of the year, a consistently meeting targets award and peer supporter award.  As if that wasn’t enough we then had presentations for the many events the pupils have been taking part in all year this included a pool league, golf league and chess competition. We were proud to celebrate three of the pupils who have trained with the Dunfermline Table tennis club and earned a place each on the Scottish Table Tennis Rankings. Three of our senior boys were recognised for their fantastic efforts at army cadets and we were delighted to have Roy Steele our karate instructor attend and present awards to the pupils taking part in karate. A highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Sportsman of the Year. The staff and pupils had a secret ballot to vote on this accolade and ultimately Kieran was thrilled to be presented with the trophy.

All the families and professionals who attended loved the video presentation which captured some of the highlights of the year including visits from Annabelle Ewing Scottish minister for youth employment and Lord and Lady Hope. They also got to see some of the projects the boys are involved in including the log cabin construction, ground care projects as well as some of the work we have been involved in with some of our local community partners including the Falkland Palace and Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm.

The boys were in high spirits at the end of a busy year and ready to enjoy their summer holidays.

Joe among the chickens

The Pillars of Hercules Farm had a new member of staff last term, in the form of third year student Joe Reid. Joe joined the farm team for one afternoon a week and helped look after the hens, got involved in planting and helped with various tasks involved in running the farm and shop. After his placement, Joe wrote an article about his experience, which will count towards his English National 3 qualification.

The Pillars of Hercules is an organic farm in Falkland Fife. The organic farm was started in 1983. It was started as a very small farm and is now over 14 acres of land. As well as a farm there is also a cafe and a shop. As a part of our electives programme I had a placement there, I did lots of work while I was there, I collected the chickens eggs they produce around 250 per day. Then the eggs had to be cleaned and graded into sizes. I also had the opportunity to plant vegetables and I collected the compost. I also helped to stock the shelves in the shop. It was very hard work and good real life experience, I really enjoyed it! 

Restoration Grant Awarded

The Falkland Centre for Stewardship has been awarded a grant to restore a disused Victorian mill pond located in Drumdreel Wood and the natural heritage in the surrounding area on Falkland Estate. Drumdreel Wood is an antique wood, which is managed as part of Falkland Estate. During the period 1830-1850 a saw mill was erected in the middle of the wood to assist with the harvesting and preparation of timber. The mill has been out of use since 1890.

Young people from Falkland House School together with the local community will reinstate the long disused pond. They will work with local history societies to research the history of the pond, conducting oral history interviews with people in the local community. They will complete biodiversity surveys of the site and will work with Fife Council’s archaeologist to understand the former purpose and workings of the saw mill and its mill pond. The group will work with local traditional crafts people to learn how to source coppice, weave willow and work with timber. Following the reinstatement of the pond, the group will redevelop the natural environment surrounding the pond by planting native shrubs, trees and wildflowers and by creating bat and bird boxes, hibernacula for newts and other safe refuges to attract wildlife. The group will finally work with designers to interpret their findings and produce leaflets and other promotional and educational materials. The entire project will be filmed and made into a DVD upon completion.