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Parent Council News

13th APRIL 2021

Audit Scotland has published its report on Improving Outcomes for Young People through School Education. It looks at the impact COVID-19 has had on young people and says:
"School education is not just about exam results. It also aims to improve children’s and young people’s health and wellbeing and support wider outcomes such as vocational qualifications. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected children and young people in
many ways, including their learning, wellbeing and economic circumstances. Pupils living in the most challenging circumstances have been most affected by school closures."
It also mentions the role of other stakeholders in improving outcomes from school education which is something Bell Baxter is currently focused on by encouraging partnerships with the community and outside agencies.

 

FEBRUARY 2021

Even the recent snow didn’t deter Bell Baxter Parent Council Chairperson Karen Brown handing in a donation of ten Chromebooks to the school. Wonderful news and all thanks to donations from local organisations - New Park Educational Trust, the University of St Andrews, Cupar Common Good fund and the St Andrews Ball Committee.

The Parent Council are so pleased that this will go towards helping the young people to carry out their schoolwork and ensure equity across as many Bell Baxter families as possible. Depute rector Brian Harris, who received the Chromebook donation, said the school is delighted with the huge amount of support from the Parent Council which will help to make sure that no young person is left behind when it comes to essential IT for home learning in the new remote learning conditions.

 

JANUARY 2021

I am delighted to say that we have received generous grants from the New Park Educational Trust and St Andrews Ball Committee to help us purchase IT devices and equipment. We have acted quickly and purchased ten USB visualiser cameras which will be given out to staff to help with online teaching. We are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of an order of ten Chromebooks which we have purchased to add to the donation of 44 Chromebooks recently given to the school by the Scottish Government. We are immensely proud to be able to help the school in this way and Mr Harris was very pleased when we handed in the cameras today.

 

Mrs Brown and Mr Harris