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Getting into the Festive Spirit

To kick off assembly this week, Lucy shared a sweet photo of Marley with Deborah’s sister, who was looking after her while they went to the panto. Danny also updated us following his talk on technology last week, noting that Kyran has been doing a great job of keeping his technology in a safe place.

We then talked about Scottish Autism’s new My Five campaign, which will officially launch on Thursday. This new initiative is aimed at making retail outlets, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes more welcoming and accessible for autistic people by asking for their top five suggestions on adjustments that can be made. There are submission sheets in each class and over the next week we will be thinking of what our top five suggestions are. One great suggestion made at assembly was access to a quiet space to get away from all of the hustle and bustle.

We have a very festive start to ‘Look, Listen’ this week as Mairead led a sing along of some of our favourite Christmas songs through an attention autism experience. The attention autism experience involved some Christmas themed props including Rudolph antlers and flashing red nose and jingle bells.

Jamie then helped Lucy to present our news for the week, starting with our class news. In Jura, Struan the elf has been mischievous over the past week, and Jay lost his first tooth! David in Barra has started rebound therapy and has been enjoying the parachute, and Ross is going further with his daily mile. Over the past week Tiree have been very busy making items to sell at the Christmas market, and Skye class have claimed that Freddie the Rabbit put up their Christmas tree!

In other news, actor Kirk Douglas will be celebrating his 102nd birthday, and he will be honoured in the upstate New York town he grew up in.

We then had a fun and festive Joke of the Week:

What do you call an elf who sings? A wrapper!

Following the news, we all joined in to our signing song, practicing the signs we have been learning in previous assemblies.

We then looked at our Focus for this week, which is ‘Achieving’.  Pupils will be demonstrating this by helping to prepare for our Christmas Fayre next week as well as getting together pictures and video of them achieving some of their 50 Things, as next week we will be having our 50 Things celebratory assembly!

April has been doing a great job this week of working on our Finer Diners Skill of the Month, which is ‘cutting using my knife.’ We will be focusing on this for another week for we finish up for the Christmas break. Our Sign of the Week is ‘yesterday’, which is featured in our signing song.

Our Star Awards for this week:

  • Our Class of the Week is Tiree for the second week in a row!
  • Liam and Kyran were awarded a Positive Recognition Certificate for being effective contributors when they helped to put up our Christmas tree.
  • A Positive Recognition Certificate was also awarded to Jason for being a confident individual when he spoke in public so eloquently at the Scottish Parliament. Well done Jason!
  • Arran and Ben are our Star Bakers this week for demonstrating amazing concentration and piping skills.

Our assembly ended this week with another brilliant song chosen by Tiree class, which ‘I’m a Believer’ from the first Shrek movie.