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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.

Look what happened in February

Well, February turned out to be a whole lot busier than January.  Our pupils travelled up to Ardeonaig for an Expressive Arts weekend; the netball team were busy winning the plate at a Fife competition; National 5 Practical Wordwork visited a local joinery business; DAS pupils having massive sporting success, and our mathematicians participated in the UKMT challenge.

Outside accomplishments by our pupils saw a clutch of medals won for swimming and judo, while some of our pupils were successful with their bids to become Platinum Sports Ambassadors.

Please enjoy what has been an action-packed month!

Purple Friday

The Equalities Group would like to thank all of the staff who participated in marking LGBT Scotland’s “Purple Friday”.  Staff were encouraged to show their support for equality and inclusion for LGBT members of the school community and beyond by wearing purple.

In addition, the Equalities Group and LRC have produced an LGBT book list to mark “Purple Friday”: see link below.

LGBT Book List 

School production – “Darien” update

The “Darien” cast and staff have been putting in a lot of hard work over the last few months in preparation for their performances at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews later in the year.  Rehearsals for the musical are well underway with the cast now in the studio to start recording their sessions.

Look out for more information about the production.

Bell Baxter Diary in The Fife Herald

The Bell Baxter HS Diary page will again feature in “The Fife Herald” beginning this Friday.  The school’s news will appear every third week in the newspaper.

We are keen to share the achievements of our pupils with the wider school community and would encourage local organisations to get in touch with us – email Bell Baxter Enquiries or message us via our Facebook page – about our young people.