Letter from Camphill

Easter 2017

Dear parents and friends,

What a wonderful weekend we have just enjoyed; let’s hope it doesn’t mark the beginning and end of summer!

Here, last Friday, the school community was out in force to participate in Red Nose Day when more than 70 children, young people and adults took up the challenge to 'dress up' bikes, trikes, trolleys, carts, wheelbarrows or push chairs - as well as themselves - and to roll all the way from Camphill Estate in Milltimber to Murtle Estate in Bieldside along the old Railway Line. It was an amazing, colourful and cheerful procession - we hope to raise around £200 for Comic Relief. Well done to all!

During the last term, we achieved the Fairtrade Award at FairAware standard. Congratulations to all involved in this; as well as selling rice from Malawi, we have had special assemblies and class activities and found out how some of the Fairtrade food we have in our houses is grown and then sold. Fairtrade coffee is now being served at the reviews meetings!

Congratulations are also due to Gregor, Callum and Wilf who all won silver medals at the NE Scotland swimming gala at Fraserburgh in March and to Jon, Matthew, Tom, Joe, Ben, Oscar, Brendan, James, Terry, Inga and Carlotta who all received their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award this term at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen.

On 8th March, St Ternan’s held their traditional annual fundraising café to celebrate International Women's Day. A good crowd of young and old gathered together and generated such a positive energy that it soon spilled outside through wide-opened doors and windows. More than £150 was raised for the ‘Women and Children First’ charity.

New animals are continually being introduced to Murtle farm: two pygmy goats – Rhino and Rachmaninoff (names chosen by members of the school community) - have arrived, as have three chickens – Polly, Snowy and Corn. New piglets are there too, making Murtle Farm a ‘not to be missed’ place to walk around when you are visiting.

Late in February we underwent our Autistic Accreditation review and I am glad to be able to share that the informal verbal feedback was generally very positive with some constructive criticism, but we await the final written report. Also during this term, we received a very good verbal report from the Care Inspectorate following their inspection of Amber Kindergarten. We will publish the final written report on the website when it becomes available.

We thought it would be timely to remind all of you who have children aged 16 and over that you need to be aware of the Adults with Incapacity legislation which informs you regarding the two types of Guardianship available, welfare and financial, should you wish to have some legal say in these matters once your child reaches 16. Unfortunately, without Guardianship, you will have no legal say, as the law states that, once 16, they are adults, able to make their own decisions, and that if there are no legal Guardians then the local authority will assume responsibility. The application process for Guardianship needs to start when your child is 15½. More information is available from the admissions committee or from your social work department.

Next term Camphill School Aberdeen and Newton Dee, on behalf of the Camphill Communities in the UK and Ireland, will be preparing to welcome 140 international delegates from around the world for the triennial International Camphill Dialogue Meeting from 24th to 28th May. This will be the second time the Dialogue returns to Aberdeen, the birthplace of the international Camphill Movement which now has more than 120 centres in over 20 countries around the world, the newest being in Palestine.

All the best for the school holidays and the Easter break.

Laurence Alfred
Executive Director