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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.

DAS fundraisers make donation to Cupar Foodbank

Our DAS pupils were delighted to present Monsignor Pat McInally with a cheque for £500 to be donated to Cupar Foodbank.  As part of their Personal Achievement Gold Award, Billy and Joshua, the main organisers of the events, nominated the foodbank to receive support from the Christmas Fayre activities.

Pupils and staff within the faculty made holly wreaths and table settings with the support of colleagues from SRUC Elmwood, with many businesses donating prizes to the raffle.

The DAS team also had the support of staff and pupils from Kilmaron, Fair Trade group, our senior pupils and one of the Nurture Groups.

A big ‘thank you’ to Miss Tidd and Mrs Clark for supporting the pupils as they put the event together.


Apprenticeship opportunities and job vacancies in Fife

Our partners Skils Development Scotland produce a weekly list detailing the apprenticeship opportunities and job vacancies within Fife.  Keep up to date with newly released vacancies and apprenticeships via Facebook @SDSFife.

Also, check out the school’s Employability Twitter feed to find further opportunities and information about work experience, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

Modern Apprenticeship opportunities
Job vacancies

Updated on 5th March, 2019.

DYW Fife’s Parents’ Evening event

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife have a organised a live broadcast for Scottish Apprenticeship Week on Wednesday, 6th March between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.  This event has been put together to inform parents about the apprenticeship family and changes to the qualification framework: see below.

Scotland’s biggest Parents’ Evening

“Parents can tune in to DYW Fife’s Facebook & YouTube Channels to hear from a panel of experts, including young people and employers, to find out how an apprenticeship can equip a young person with the skills, experience and qualifications to set them up for a bright future.

Click here to join us on YouTube
Click here to join us on Facebook

Don’t forget to send your questions in the comments section!  We’ll try to answer as many as we can.

In the last few years, there have been a number of changes to the qualification framework in education and an increasing number of opportunities for young people to earn while they learn through the apprenticeship family.  The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and answer any questions you may have in relation to how pupils could benefit from an apprenticeship.

Hear from employers and young people who themselves have been involved in work-based learning by studying an apprenticeship.

This online event is part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019.  An annual campaign that highlights the value apprenticeships and work-based learning brings to individuals and employers.”  [DYW Fife]

Clinical work experience opportunity for S5 pupils

Medic Insight Dundee, a University of Dundee student-led programme, is now offering S5 pupils an invaluable work experience opportunity within the various clinical departments throught NHS Tayside.

S5 pupils who have an interest in a career in Medicine are encouraged to apply for a place on a course which will see participants undertaking one week of clinical work experience; participation in tutorials designed to help improve skills for the UKCAT test, and attendance at sessions with University of Dundee staff who aim to explain the application process for Dundee.

Online applications open at 8am on Monday, 4th March before closing on Monday, 11th March at 5pm.  Late applications will not be considered for the programme.

For information, please refer to the handout below.  Please speak to a PT Guidance if you need support with your online application.

Medic Insight handout, Mar 19
Facebook applications
Website applications  [Website not yet live, 25/02/19]