Bell Baxter High School is a six-year comprehensive secondary school serving the area of north Fife which centres on Cupar. Nineteen associated primary schools share our Vision for pupils: 'To give the best preparation for life'.
The school's values are rooted in respect for self and others, tolerance and open-ness – we strive to do our best. We aim to be a happy school where success is celebrated.
The school's pupils and staff are based in modern accommodation. Our facilities are excellent. We have an active Parent Council, Pupil Council and a Prefect system based on self-nomination and selection interview, and Awards Schemes which recognise pupil achievements.
Very good examination results take most of our senior pupils to university or college. An extensive programme of curricular and extra-curricular activities includes opportunities for local and overseas travel.
The curriculum aims to meet the needs of all pupils. Traditional areas of strength in the Social Subjects, Sciences, Mathematics and Arts are complemented by new vocational activities incorporating Enterprise, Technology, Problem Solving and Working with Others.
Pupils, parents and teachers share the aspiration to maintain Bell Baxter as a forward-looking and successful school. Teachers and pastoral support staff work closely with parents to help our young people achieve their best.
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The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture winner Our congratulations go to Murdo McAllister (S1) who won best entry in the Junior Category of the South & East Regional Award of The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture’s “Schools Art Award 2018”. The “Schools Art Award” is open to all secondary schools in Scotland and is considered by teachers to be one of the most prestigious awards open to Scottish schools. The award has now been running for 32 years and aims to showcase the creativity of young Scottish talent. A big ‘thank you’ to Ms Kennedy, Expressive Arts, for submitting Murdo’s work to the competition. Murdo’s work, alongside all the winning pieces, can be viewed at a special exhibition to be held at the RSA’s building in Edinburgh from 24th March, 2018 – 8th April, 2018. Access to the exhibition is free via the ticket desk at the front door of the RSA. http://www.royalscottishacademy.org/exhibitions/schools-art-award-winners-exhibition/
Weekly Update The Weekly Update for the w.b. 26th March is now available to view and/or download from the school website at https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fi/bellbaxterhighschool/weekly-update/
Congratulations to Olly on winning his award.
Can you help? Several groups in the school are hoping to work on gardens located at the Janny’s Hoose over the coming months and bring them back to their former glory. We would really appreciate it if the community were able to help with any donations of pots, compost, bulbs, seeds or even plants to support this project. Any pupils, parents/carers or groups who have gardening skills or expertise, and would be willing to share these with the school, should contact Mrs Jeffrey or Mrs Kidson via the Bell Baxter Enquiries email address email@example.com. Thank you
Study Support - Saturday mornings The next additional Study Support session will be held this Saturday, 24th March. Pupils can get support with National 5 Maths and History at all levels (National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher). This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to get that bit of extra help before the SQA exams. Saturday, 24th March National 5 Maths, 10:30am - 12:15pm (Room 403) National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher History, 10am - 12pm (Room 410) The sessions will also run on the 21st and 28th April.
'Making Falkland's and Newton's future' Some our pupils and staff joined pupils from Falkland Primary School at a workshop aimed at finding out how the villages might be made better places to live, work and play in. The event was organised as Falkland and Newton of Falkland are the next villages to benefit from the Scottish Government's 'Making Places Initiative Funding'. Planning and design workshops will be held in the Community Hall and Old Town Hall from Tuesday, 20th March and Thursday, 22nd March; a final report and exhibition is planned for April. Read more about the initiative in the article published by "The Courier" last week at https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/617302/falkland-kids-kick-start-debate-about-areas-future/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Athletics success Congratulations to Arran Howe, Jack Hanley and Sophie Coughlin who have all had some recent athletics success at national and local level as members of sports disability teams. Sophie and Jack were medallists in the recent round of the East District Cross Country series. Members of the Bell Baxter team have been performing well in this series this session. Additionally, Arran and Sophie were part of the Fife A and Fife B teams who participated in the Scottish Sports Hall Athletics Championships at Grangemouth last week. Arran was a member of the winning Fife A team who took the overall title, while Sophie was a member of the Fife B team who came a creditable 4th in the overall standings. Well done to all three pupils. Find out more about sporting opportunities for young people living with disabilities Disability Sport Fife.
Congratulations to former pupil Sam Fernando.
Weekly Update The Weekly Update for the w.b. 19th March is now available to view and/or download from the school website at https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fi/bellbaxterhighschool/weekly-update/
Environmental Science trip Mrs Barbour's Higher Environmental Science class attended Eden Mill Distillery to learn about the brewing, distilling and maturation process in the production of beer and whisky as part of our course. We were given a tailored experience to meet our requirements. Initially, we were told about the history of the company whilst sipping our complementary, non-alcoholic, beverages; then given the opportunity to smell the ingredients that flavoured the different malts, beers and gin. Afterwards we were guided around the distillery, meeting the distillers and brewers who answered our questions with regards to water consumption, energy usage and co-products. Did you know that one of the co-products is turned into dog biscuits! A big 'thank you' to Eden Mill for allowing us to come to the distillery. [Article written by Fiona Sinclair (S5) and Sasha Lennie (S6)]