Event for Parents of pupils with Additional Support Needs

ASN Parents’ Forum

 The ASN Parents’ Forum meets 3 times each school year. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and carers of children with additional support needs to come along and meet other parents and carers  and educational professionals.

 Each meeting starts with tea/coffee, followed by a themed presentation from relevant professionals. (Past themes have included Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), Dyslexia and the Educational Psychology Service). After that, parents and carers can speak face to face with a range of professionals involved in the Forum offering advice and support.

 Come along to find out more about Additional Support for Learning, receive updates on additional support needs matters and have your say in any joint Council-Parent ASN workgroups that come up.  The last forum of the year is as follows:


Thursday, 22 May 2014



Restorative Practice

 7.00pm for tea and coffee



Hazlewood School

Fernielea Road


AB15 6GU



 For further information and to confirm attendance please contact

Jean Marshall (Education Support Officer)

Email: jmarshall@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Tel: (01224) 522780

Changes to Staffing

Mr Jamieson has been asked to return on secondment to support the authority’s move to a new management information system.  As a result Miss Ritchie will once again resume Year Head responsibilities for S5 and S6.  Mrs Marshall and Miss Hosie will take over the role of Head of Drum House from Miss Ritchie.  These changes will take effect from Thursday 1 May 2014. 

 Mr Jamieson is expected to return to his post as Depute Head Teacher at the end of session 2015.

RYLA Camp 2014

Once again Bridge of Don Academy has been offered the opportunity to take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camps this summer. The camps are fully funded by the local rotary and are an opportunity for 15-18 year olds to develop their sporting and leadership skills.

Successful candidates complete a week long programme at Abernethy Outdoor Centre designed to challenge them both physically and mentally. Challenges include canoeing, hill walking, map reading, mountain biking, rock climbing and gorge walking. The candidates are also given lots of opportunity to lead activities and work as part of a team to build their team working and interpersonal skills. This is supported by motivational and inspirational talks from guest speakers through out the week.

In total, 14 pupils applied to take part in this year’s course, with 11 successfully achieving interviews with the rotary selection committee. The RYLA representatives were very impressed with the high standard of interviews from all of the pupils involved and they found it very difficult to select their final candidates. In the end, the spaces were awarded to Jason Woods (4F) and Feranmi Thomas (4F). Louis Owusu-Afriyie (4F) was selected as a reserve should a space become available. The team felt convinced that these pupils would represent both the rotary and Bridge of Don Academy well. DSC03556