School Colours nominations – Deadline Friday, 9th February

Just a reminder that the deadline for submitting nominations for School Colours is Friday, 9th February.   Completed forms should be returned to the Pupil Office or emailed to Bell Baxter Enquiries by the deadline.

The Colours system is one of the ways in which the school recognises and celebrates pupils’ achievements in service to the school and/or to the wider community, entitling them to wear blazers with colours braid.

The award of Colours can be considered for outstanding achievement in the following areas:

  • Curricular Achievement.
  • Aesthetic and Creative Achievement.
  • Sporting Achievement.
  • Service to the School.
  • Service to the Community.
  • Wider Achievement.

Further information – e.g. nomination forms and colours criteria – can be viewed on and downloaded from the School Colours pages.

Cross Country success

Congratulations to all of our DAS pupils who participated in the latest round of the cross country competition last week.  Despite freezing conditions, every pupil significantly improved their personal best times: see below.

Aaliyah Black – 1st Open category secondary girl (all ages) 500m Sophie Coughlin – 1st S2  girl 1,000m and 2nd Open category girl
Jack Hanley – 1st S1 boy and 2nd Open category boy 500m
Arran Howe – 3rd Open category boy 2,000m
David Norry – 5th S1 boy 500m
Nikole Spinks – 8th Open category girl 500m

Well done to all of the pupils and the coaching staff!

Scholar’s online support materials

Scholar, the Heriot-Watt University supported programme, has content which supports a number of courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels.

Pupils require a username and password to access the resources via the Scholar website.  Scholar details can be collected from the LRC, or from a class teacher.

Additionally, Scholar provides “Live Online Sessions” – interactive events hosted by subject specialists .  Each live session lasts for one hour and includes a QA session at the end.  If pupils wish to view a previous online session, they can use Scholar’s catch up service.

GeoBus visits Bell Baxter

The Faculty of Social Studies & Citizenship hosted St Andrews University’s GeoBus this week.  Pupils in S2 had the opportunity to re-create volcanic eruptions with party poppers; simulate waves made by earthquakes in the ground with slinkies, and build earthquake-proof (or not!) buildings.

The pupils were fascinated by the GeoBus’ workshops and through themselves into every task – a brilliant way for pupils to experience geography in action!

The Faculty would like to ‘thank’ all of the GeoBus staff for a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day.

Modern Apprenticeship and Recruitment events

There are a number of opportunities for pupils to get involved with Modern Apprenticeships and recruitment events: see below.

Please contact Mr Duncan (Room 205) if you would like further information about any of the opportunities.

Electrical Apprentice
Silberline are recruiting for the above position.  Pupils require/should be aiming for N5 English, Maths and Chemistry OR Physics at A/B.  More information available from Mr Duncan.  Please note short closing date of 9th February, 2018.

Modern Apprenticeships
Modern apprenticeships in the following Horticulture/Rural Skills areas are currently available in the Fife area.

Recruitment Open Evening
The Old Course Hotel are holding a recruitment open evening at 6-8pm on Thursday, 13th February.  They are recruiting a wide range of positions, including golf related posts.

Foundation Apprenticeships for pupils currently in S4 for Session 2018/19
Pupils who may be interested should give their names to Pupil Reception by 9th February.  The subject areas of the FAs are Business Skills, Software Development, Engineering and Children and Young People.

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