One Planet Picnic

In the Scottish Year of Food and Drink, schools and community organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to participate in the One Planet Picnic initiative organised by “Keep Scotland Beautiful”.  The initiative has been designed to get people thinking about sustainable food choices and discovering locally grown produce.

The Eco Committee held a One Planet Picnic event in school today to highlight sustainable foods, local produce and the reduction of food waste.

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

Staff vs Pupil Golf match

Congratulations to the Pupil Team (Hannah Braidwood, Christian Barbour, Charlene Wilson, Ross Dickson, Adam Irvine, Michael Smith, Stewart Ross and Rhys Jamieson) who retained the Staff vs Pupil Golf Trophy on the 29th August at Elmwood Golf Course.

A great effort was made by all with the match finishing in a 2 – 2 draw meaning the pupils retained the trophy.

Thanks to everyone involved with the event.  We look forward to next year when the staff will be keen to end the pupils’ winning streak!

Amal Azzudin visits Bell Baxter

Amal Azzudin and members of the Scottish Refugee Council visited Bell Baxter today as part of an S1 interdisciplinary project: involving Drama, Social Studies and Health & Wellbeing.  Amal highlighted the plight of refugees and the importance of equality when she spoke to our S1 pupils.

Following the talk, and with the help of senior members of our Global Goals group, S1 pupils headed off to create leaflets highlighting what young people can do to support refugees.

You can find further information about Amal and her work in a recent interview – “Activist Amal Azzudin: ‘As long as there is passion and courage, anything is possible’” – published in The Guardian.

“If I ruled Scotland” Hunter Foundation Success

Congratulations to Cameron Drummond (S6), Holly Painter (S6) and Kieran Wilson (S2) who have seen their submissions, with the support of the English Faculty, to The Hunter Foundation “If I ruled Scotland” initiative included in a unique eBook brought together to mark the visit of Barack Obama to Scotland.

See Sir Tim Hunter’s response below:

“On May 26th 2017 we had the honour and privilege of hosting President Barack Obama here in Scotland.

To celebrate and mark that occasion we invited pupils in secondary schools across Scotland to submit an essay outlining their priorities if they had the opportunity to rule Scotland.

Over two hundred schools submitted their thoughts – they were humbling, uplifting, challenging and often seriously funny. They made me pause for thought and ask myself  – do we really listen to their young voices enough?

The submissions from all over Scotland have some incredibly consistent themes; if you will a community of young Scots unknown to one another yet articulating the same vision; an anonymous, collective voice of hope.

Through this e-book http://www.thehunterfoundation.co.uk/if-i-ruled-scotland/ we hope that voice is heard and that all of Scotland listens, particularly our policy makers and politicians.

Their voices tell us they care about our communities, our environment, equality for all, embracing our differences, caring for those who can’t care for themselves, mental health, ambition and reaching for the stars. And having a laugh.

Theirs is a message of hope, that same message President Obama offered us on that incredible night when our winning poet, Mila Stricevic from Hyndland Secondary School stole the show. The standing ovation on the night was hers, but all our entries deserve ovation and our sincere thanks for caring for this great nation we call home.

We are a small nation that can so easily punch above its weight, enabling young voices is one small way in which we will achieve so much more for Scotland.

I truly hope you enjoy this book.

Yours aye

Sir Tom Hunter”

New school app

The new school app was launched with S5 pupils this week as part of our ongoing strategy to develop communication in the school. We hope that the app will enable us to get important information to pupils directly, and to provide pupils with a means of accessing useful information at their fingertips. The trial will last for a few weeks before being rolled out to all year groups over the next few months.

Parents and carers of S5 pupils will receive information next week to enable them to register with the app. The the app will allow the school to send notifications to registered users.

The app is currently available for download for Apple and android phones. Please search for “Bell Baxter” in the app stores.

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

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