Senior Sportsman’s Dinner – Tickets now on sale!

The tickets (£10) for the “Senior Sportsman’s Dinner” are now on sale!  Tickets can be purchased from the Dining Hall during Interval this week, then from the Main Office and the PE base.  Ticket price includes a two course dinner, guest speakers, refreshments and a ceilidh.

Guest speaker on the evening will be former pupil Austin McPhee, Assistant Head Coach of Heart of Midlothian and Northern Ireland.

The dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 26th March and is open to staff and senior pupils who participate in extra-curricular teams/activities, pupils in Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 PE and Dance, all Sports Leaders, Sports Ambassadors and Sport Council.

Raffle tickets (£1) will also be on sale during Interval between 11th – 19th March in the Dinner Hall and from the PE Base between 20th – 26th March.  Raffle tickets will also be available to buy on the evening of the event.

This will be a fantastic event recognising the sporting achievements of Bell Baxter’s young people.

Sportsman’s Dinner Raffle Prizes

Fairtrade marks International Women’s Day

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The Fairtrade Group marked International Women’s Day on Friday by hosting a fair supporting the “She deserves: a living income” campaign.

The Fairtrade Group encouraged attendees to complete one of the “She deserves” postcards urging the UK Government to ensure that living incomes are paid to cocoa farmers – women farmers suffer the most from low wages – to enable them to fight their way out of poverty.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event!

Bell Baxter awarded DLC Duke of Edinburgh’s Award status

Bell Baxter was officially recognised as a Direct Licensing Centre (DLC) for the internationally acclaimed Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.  This means that the school is a licensed organisation able to deliver the award to our pupils and partner groups.

Miss Doig (DofE Manager) was joined by third year pupils Chris Sanderson, Kirsty Armour, Christina Orr and Ethan Burkin at a a ceremony held at Queen Anne HS last week to mark the handover of licensing for the award to Fife schools.

The new licence and plaque were handed over to the Bell Baxter representatives by Gayle Gorman (HM Chief Inspector for Schools & Chief Executive Education Scotland) and Barry Fisher (Director of DofE Scotland).  Guests also included Carrie Lindsay (Executive Director, Education and Children’s Services) and Phil Black (Head of Education and Children’s Services).

The Polar Academy

Explorer Craig Mathieson visited Bell Baxter last week to speak to S2 and S3 pupils about the opportunity to participate in the incredible Polar Academy expedition.  Billed as the hardest youth programme in Europe, pupils at the school will now have the chance to be considered for the programme.

Selected pupils will be involved with months of intensive training, cardio and endurance, culminating in a ten day expedition to Greenland in a self-guided challenge during Easter 2020.

This is the first time that The Polar Academy has returned to a school.  Ms Penrose, who took part in a previous expedition while at Lochgelly HS, said, “I was keen to bring it (The Polar Academy) to Bell Baxter because of the benefits it brought to Lochgelly..(pupils) become real achievers.  They believe they can do stuff.”

Timescale (Draft)

Date Activity
Monday, 6 March Craig Mathieson talks to S2 & S3 pupils.
Friday, 8 March Names of young people submitted to PT Guidance.
w.b. 11 March Senior Team and PT Guidance select 50 pupils to participate in parents’/carers’ information event.  Date to be confirmed (Wed, 13th March @ 6pm).
Monday, 18 March Final 20 candidates go forward to selection weekend in Cairngorms in May/June.  Confirmation by email.
Tuesday, 19 March Guidance Team meet with pupils to answer questions/offer support.
Thursday, 28 March Personal detail forms and permission slips for selection weekends returned to school.
August 2019 Weekly training sessions begin at start of academic year.
October 2019 One week training programme with staff and expedition team.
January/March 2020 Whole day tyre hauling training days (over two weekends).
Easter 2020 Expedition team depart for Greenland.

'I am being prepared for life' (Ad vitam paror)

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