Category Archives: Resources

Switch games for our web wizards

1191-634184160028286250332176146If you’re a whizz on the web or are looking to practice your switching the following resources could be fun and helpful.

  • Help Kidz Learn has a whole host of games and activities that can be accessed with single or multi-switch set-ups.
  • Ginger Tiger has games for Maths, Speech and Language, cause and effect and more. All games can be accessed using touchscreen and switches. Demo versions are free, however you must sign up to play some of the full versions.

On the CBeebies website

Some of these games were found by our helpful OT team. We hope that you enjoy them.

Happy clicking!

Children in Need 2013 and site updates

A cartoon Pudsey bear wavingLast Friday our staff and pupils donned their PJs or onesies to help raise money for Children in Need 2013. The seniors have been busy counting and calculating how much has been raised and the final figure is… £400!

Many thanks to all who donated this year and a big pat on the back to everyone that took part to help raise such a great sum for the charity.

In other news

You may have noticed a few extra features on our site recently. To help those in search of information about the things that go on a Braidburn outside of school life, we have added the following links:

  • SwimEasy programme under the Community heading
  • Kidzcare under the Community heading
  • Vacancies (myjobscotland) under the Our School heading

We hope that these changes help everyone find the information they want. If you have any other suggestions for changes to the website – or comments you would like to share – please don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll see how we can help. Thanks!

Former Braidburn pupil opens the new Seaview Respite Centre!

seaview-tape-cuttingThere has been somewhat of a media frenzy for the re-opening of Seaview. The story was covered by the BBC and STV; with pictures and videos of the shiny new centre and the new features. The new Seaview Respite Centre has a treehouse, wheelchair swing, disco jacuzzi bath and many more improvements to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

If you are thinking that the man cuting the ribbon to open the new centre looks familiar, then you’re right. It is none other than former Braidburn pupil and former Seaview visitor Ryan!

For the full story – and to see the press coverage of the opening – visit the Bright Futures blog.

Dates and Mates

On May 29th the Thistle Foundation – a charity dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and health conditions – launched Dates and Mates; a fun night of socialising for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Braidburn pupils were in attendance and revelled in to the night chatting with friends, catching up with former Braidburn pupils, dancing, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and winning prizes in the raffle!

Now the waters have been tested we hope that others come and join in at Dates and Mates, as it is an excellent night providing an opportunity for people to meet up in a relaxed, disco-style atmosphere and and a great time was had by everyone involved.

As Dates and Mates is an adult service it is only available to those over eighteen. If you are looking for any further information you may check out the Thistle Foundation website or e-mail Marion Smith – the Dates and Mates Lothian co-ordinator – directly at

Drama Workshops in Penicuik

creativeinspirationCreative Inspiration Arts are running drama workshops for children and adults with additional support needs. The young, passionate and enthusiastic team are dedicated to breaking down barriers surrounding the performing arts and ensuring that all can engage and enjoy live performance.

All are welcome to come along for the chance to make new friends, learn some new skills, express yourself and perhaps find your new favourite hobby!

The classes are based at Beeslack Community High School in Penicuik and run on a weekly basis, with one session for ages 5 to 12 and another for those 13 and older.

For more information please click to enlarge the flyer, check out their website or find them on Facebook here.