Class Novel

We believe in the importance of reading to our children every day at Oxgang School and Support Service. Our senior pupils recently chose their new class novel Jiggy McCue: The Curse of the Poltergoose by Michael Lawrence. Michael Lawrence is the talented and fascinating author of books for children and young adults. Born and raised in England, he has created a series of novels about the odd character of Jiggy McCue and his misadventures.

Reading aloud is an important activity that parents and teachers can do with children. It builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children recognise what reading for pleasure is all about. Reading is one of the ways we discover new things and can help develop a positive self-image. It is important in expanding the mind and developing imagination and creativity.

Welcome back!

Staff, old and new, welcomed our pupils back to school today after the summer break. It’s been great to reconnect with our young people and families.  We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you as the term progresses. In the meantime please contact Mrs Craig or Miss Fulton if you have any queries.  Our school phone number is 01324 501311.

 

 

On-line Safety

The internet is amazing.  Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole new world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?

The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they are using the internet, social media, games and apps.  Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.

If you’d like further information then please take the time to look at the following link:  https://www.net-aware.org.uk

Scottish Education Awards 2018

Our colleagues at Mariner Support Service have been nominated as finalists in this year’s Scottish Education Awards.  This year’s awards ceremony takes place in Glasgow tomorrow.  We wish them well and look forward to hearing how they get on.

Grangemouth Major Incident Warning System

The Grangemouth Major Incident Control Committee (MICC) will test the Community Warning System at 7pm on Wednesday 6th June.

There are 12 community warning masts installed across Grangemouth to help communicate with the public. These will be activated to ensure they are fully operational. The system transmits warning tones and verbal instructions to the community. This will be a test transmission. The public are required to take no action unless informed otherwise.

If you live or work in Grangemouth, please share this information.
MICC is comprised of representatives from Falkirk Council, Emergency Services and the operators of the various chemical manufacturing sites in Grangemouth

Find out more at the MICC webpage www.miccgrangemouth.co.uk or Falkirk Council’s webpage www.falkirk.gov.uk

School Re-opens

Oxgang School and Support Service is planning to re-open on Monday 5th March for staff and pupils. Thanks to all members of the local community who helped with clearing a path to get in.

Please be aware that not all the snow is gone and there is limited access to the carpark.  It may be necessary for taxis to drop pupils at the front gate where they will be met by staff who will walk them  into school.  If you are dropping your child off yourself then please take care and be mindful of other pedestrians as it may be busier than usual.

50 Word Fiction Competition

If you’re looking for an indoor challenge to take part in today then how about the Scottish Book Trust’s 50 Word Challenge?

March’s prompt:

Write a story featuring a time traveller…

The closing date for this month’s entry is Tuesday, 27th March.

STEM Activities

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths.  These types of activities are important for lifelong learning and sustainability.

Here are some examples of STEM activities that you could try at home:

40 STEM Activities for Kids

It’s a really great idea to encourage experimenting, tinkering, building, observing, exploring, problem solving, and creating in the home and the classroom.

 

UPDATE – Adverse Weather

Due to the ongoing weather situation, Oxgang School and Support Service, along with all other schools in Falkirk, will remain closed today (Thursday 1st March 2018).

Please monitor the Falkirk Council website and this blog for further updates.