Tag Archives: Wider achievements

“Top of the Bench” success

Congratulations to our team of S2 – S4 scientists – Maeve Kennedy-Houston (S2), Andrew Gourley (S3), Elanor Thompson (S3) and James Painter (S4) – for getting through to the regional final of The Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Top of the Bench” competition.  The team came through a tough qualifier held at the University of St Andrews against another 11 schools from Fife, Dundee and Angus.

The team had six tasks to complete with points being awarded for each activity.  The tasks included problem solving, practical and knowledge questions.

A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported the team – it was a great experience for all the pupils.

‘Good luck’ to the team, who will include James Duncan (S3) and Kimberley Dow (S3), for next Tuesday’s final at St Andrews University.

School Colours – Nominations deadline

Just a reminder that the deadline for nominating pupils to be considered for School Colours is Friday, 18th January.  A copy of the Nomination Form and criteria used to award School Colours can be found on our School Colours page.

The Colours system forms just one part of the way in which achievement is celebrated at Bell Baxter and they can be awarded for outstanding school achievement in the following areas:

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

Completed nomination forms should be emailed to Bell Baxter Enquiries.

Swimming success

Congratulations to the following pupils on being selected for the upcoming Scottish School Swimming Championships:

Scarlett Ferris (S3) – 200m Individual Medley & 400m Individual Medley
Caera Baillie (S1) – 50m Butterfly
Adam Young (S4) – 200m Freestyle & 100m Backstroke
Callum Lindsay (S2) – 200m Breaststroke & 100m Breaststroke
Sophie Jusowiak (S2) – 200m Backstroke & 200m Individual Medley
Oliver Goad (S4) – 100m Backstroke

Thank you to the local swimming club for sharing this information with us.

Scottish internationalist

Following an intensive selection process, Owen Andrew (S6) has been selected to represent the Scottish Schools’ Football Association’s under 18 squad for the forthcoming season.  Owen will form part of a squad which contains some of the top footballing talent in the country.  The squad will compete in a home nation’s competition over the coming months.

Owen, who plays his club football for Kelty Hearts FC, captains the Bell Baxter Under 18 football squad.  His performances for club, school and for Fife Schools select earned him an invitation to the final selection process at Toryglen where his performances impressed the selectors enough to secure a place in the 18 man squad.

Owen, delighted with his news, had this to say, “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected in the final squad.  The standard was so high, and it’s a real honour for me.  I am really looking forward to meeting up with the squad, getting to know everyone and to begin the preparation for the games ahead.  I have been working very hard on my game for the past couple of years and this is just a fantastic reward.  I can’t wait to get started.  “

Head of PE, David Lowrie shared his delight for Owen, “This is a fantastic achievement for Owen and one that we are all very proud of here at Bell Baxter.  This has not come without hard work, and the recognition for Owen’s commitment and dedication to club and school football is well deserved.  Owen is an excellent role model for the young people of Bell Baxter and, hopefully, he will encourage others to push themselves to perform at this level.  With the school team well placed in their current league and cup campaigns, this could be a fantastic season for Owen to sign off his six years at Bell Baxter”.

The squad came together on the 20th and 21st of December to prepare for their upcoming Nations Cup competition in early 2019.

Mr D. Lowrie
[CL, Health & Wellbeing]

Photograph © Scottish Schools’ Football Association

Babock Festival of Engineering success

As part of the Babcock Festival of Engineering, pupils in S1-S3 who attended the event were given the opportunity to submit a design to the National RN-UKNEST Naval Engineering Competition.

Congratulation goes to Ythan Evans (S3) who is one of only three winners for his age group and the only winner from a Scottish school across all three age groups.  His design shows clear thinking and understanding to provide a solution to the challenge of rescuing 1000 people from the sea.

Well done Ythan!

Ythan’s design

Mrs R-A. Cameron
[CL Tier 3, Sciences]