Category Archives: English

Literacy – S1 Parents’ Evening

On the back of conversations which staff had with parents at the S1 Parents’ Evening, the LRC and English Faculty thought it would be useful to share some of the tips and reading suggestions which were discussed/displayed last night (Thursday).

We would also like to take the opportunity to ‘thank’ everyone who took the time to share their favourite books with us – there will be a display around the school in the new year.

Supporting reading for pleasure
Becoming more confident readers [advice from our pupils]
Encouraging reading for pleasure [advice from our pupils]
Encouraging reading for pleasure [advice from our staff]

Reading suggestions
S1 reading suggestions, 1
S1 reading suggestions, 2

We hope you find the information useful.  You can follow us on Twitter @BBHS_Literacy for more literacy – reading, writing, digital, listening and talking – resources.

Author visit rounds off Book Week Scotland

Our Book Week Scotland events were rounded off by a visit from  author, Joan Lennon.

Our S1 pupils listened carefully as Joan talked about her passion for writing and her obsession with stories.  Joan explained that she is a messy writer – no neat character, setting and plot planning when she writes!

A final ‘thank you’ to Joan and Iona (Waterstones) for coming to Bell Baxter to help finish a busy Book Week Scotland.


“Book swap” event

Wednesday and Thursday saw staff and pupils joining the LRC for the “Book swap” event as Book Week Scotland almost draws to a close.  Everyone in the school has had the opportunity to swap a book they’ve already read for a new title – bring a book to get a book!  A number of people, staff and pupils, have gone home with new books to read.

Friday sees this year’s Book Week Scotland activities rounded off with a visit from author, Joan Lennon.

“Cake, coffee & books” event

Our Book Week Scotland celebrations continued on Tuesday with a “Cake, coffee & books” event for staff.  Staff enjoyed the opportunity to get together over coffee and cake during lunchtime.  The event also saw Waterstones, St Andrews bring a pop-up bookshop to the event.  A fantastic way for us to deliver a book event for our staff.

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along to support the event; to the bakers (LRC and English Faculty), and to Iona from Waterstones, St Andrews.

Philip Caveney visits Bell Baxter

We’d like to take the opportunity to ‘thank’ Philip Caveney for coming to the school yesterday to talk to our S2 pupils. Philip came to the school as part of Book Week Scotland celebrations with the support of the Scottish Book Trust.

Philip talked about his work and how he became a writer.  His message was that he didn’t wait until he was older before starting to write…his writing life started when he was at school.

Philip asked the pupils if they too sometimes sat and stared at a blank sheet of paper searching for inspiration – he reassured them that he too often suffered this fate.

Well done to David and Keira, two of our S2 Reading Heroes, for introducing Philip and proposing the ‘thanks’ at the event.