Current & Future Events
Open Day - Saturday 24 September, 2-5 pm, Camphill Estate
Everyone is invited to attend our annual Open Day which offers all our visitors a chance to experience Camphill. There will be open classrooms and houses, therapy and craft demonstrations, donkey riding, circus skills, the Culter Pipe Band, puppet show, wall climbing, face painting, café and BBQ.
Olga Bogdashina to visit again: Day Conference - Tuesday 15 November
Dr Bogdashina has worked extensively in the field of autism as teacher, lecturer, author and researcher, with a particular interest in sensory-perceptual and communication problems in autism. Since 1994, she has been the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Ukraine and the President of the Autism Society, Ukraine. Olga teaches and lectures around the world. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham University and Consultant Psychologist for Services for Adults with Autism, Doncaster, UK. She has an autistic teenage son.
Discovering Camphill; national Conference to be held in the Camphill Hall, Tuesday 17th May 2011
In May, Camphill School Aberdeen will host a major national conference around the launch of a new book edited by Robin Jackson. Both the book and the conference carry the title ‘Discovering Camphill’. The book examines and demystifies Camphill and its strategy, one which has proven so effective over the 70 years since Camphill first opened its doors to individuals with special needs.
The keynote speakers at the conference will critically examine the ‘Camphill approach’, share their findings and explore its relevance for today while at the same time asking whether or not it is in tune with current thinking and the requirement to achieve ‘added value’.
Invited participants include Chief Executives, Directors of local authority departments, Heads of Services, MSPs, Care Commission professionals, HMIe professionals, Academics and other key personnel in the field.
Red Nose Day, 18 March 2011
This term saw Camphill engaging more fully than ever before in Red Nose Day. Children, young people and co-workers joined together to do something funny to raise money for children in need: each class prepared to come dressed up to school that morning. Some people came wearing something funny on their heads, some were dressed all in red and some came to school in their pyjamas. One youngster prepared a ‘magic show’ for the occasion and one co-worker ran from Culter all the way to Banchory and back before breakfast! It is fair to say that everyone made a good effort. Many asked for sponsorship and this was supported by families and friends as well as co-workers. With all the brilliant support together we managed to raise more than £200! And whilst doing something funny, everyone enjoyed their red nose school morning.
Visit of Iain Nisbet of the Govan Law Centre, 24th February 2011
More locally we hosted a visit of Iain Nisbet from the Govan Law Centre. More than 60 people attended this event with the vast majority being parents new to Camphill. More than 20 of these new visitors toured Murtle Estate and I could imagine some will be pursuing placing their children in Camphill. Many were simply amazed at what they saw; the breadth of our provision and our social pedagogical way of working. Iain gave an important contribution to the theme of parents’ and children's rights and so, all in all, it was an excellent day! We are planning to host similar events on a regular basis.
Mental Health Seminar
In October 2010, Camphill School hosted 40 mature students for a 5-day residential seminar on Mental Health.
Visit of Dr Olga Bogdashina; Day Conference: Wednesday 6th October 2010
Dr Bogdashina, who has worked extensively in the field of autism as teacher, lecturer and researcher, with a particular interest in sensory-perceptual and communication problems in autism, presented a one-day public conference in the Camphill Hall. More than 100 people attended; it was very informative and a great success, and there are plans for her to visit again next year.
Tuesday 13th April 2010
Camphill School Aberdeen hosted a national conference on 'Working with children and young people who have suffered trauma' with internationally acclaimed psychologist, Dr Bruce Perry.