Balwearie High School recognises that the existing curriculum structure poses some problems for certain pupils so we have created Balwearie Raising Attainment Groups: B.R.A.G .
We will strive to provide an appropriate and alternative option where required for all pupils.
B.R.A.G will be accessible for all year groups.
B.R.A.G will focus on individual pupils needs; social, vocational, core skills and raising attainment.
B.R.A.G aims to create an effective and realistic pathway for pupils into positive sustained destinations post school life.
Projects and courses will often be facilitated by partners, our current projects and partners include;
SRUC Elmwood: Introduction to Horticulture which gains pupils a National 4 level qualification. A range of topics will be covered during the course including plant propagation, rural estate management, horticulture and green keeping tools and machinery and preparing an area for landscaping. The new polytunnel allows the pupils to grow a variety of vegetables and herbs to take home or for use in our Home Economics department.
Natural Connections is based on the belief that the best outdoor learning combines adventure skills, personal and social development and learning about the environment. Other important aspects of learning outdoors are the benefits to health, gaining a better understanding of our rights and responsibilities and learning to understand and deal with risk. The Natural Connections programme is designed to offer this balance. Natural Connections uses enjoyable and challenging outdoor experiences to progressively develop skills and understanding. Reflection on experience is encouraged throughout and is the focus of making connections, where participants look back at all their experiences in Natural Connections and how they connect. Progression through the three levels of Natural Connections allows people to specialise and focus on areas that particularly interest them.
Learning Outdoors simply describes any type of learning that takes place in an outdoor environment. It will rarely require specialist training or equipment.
Adventure Education describes a programme of activities where the activity and challenge itself is key to the programme. More technically based activities such as canoeing or mountain biking are usually delivered to groups by specially trained staff.
Outdoor Learning describes an approach to learning that can take place in a variety of outdoor settings. A school or group with an ethos of outdoor learning will engage in regular opportunities to take learning
Boxing group Glenrothes Boxing Club Tutor Louise Blakey facilitates a Boxing group every Monday morning ,this is a very popular group with pupils with a focus on fitness and team building for a group of S3 and S4 pupils.
Fife Council Employability / Construction projects
Project 1 was a bespoke project for some English as another Language pupils who were at risk of leaving school with a negative destination
Project 2 was for a group of Summer 2019 leavers who had not gained a positive destination
These projects included health and Safety on a Construction site and gaining CSCS cards allowing these pupils to gain employment and further training
Early years learning / SRUC Elmwood
This is a pilot project for senior phase pupils engaging with our catchment primaries and nurseries, this project gains pupils a SQA national level 5 qualification
We have a project where pupils visit local care homes every week, Abbostsford care in Milton road is our main one and both pupils and residents enjoy chatting ,baking together,arts and crafts,the most recent event was a halloween party.
This is a art therapy course with a focus on decreasing anxiety for the pupils involved
This a project with a focus on building confidence and resilience and empowerment for female pupils.