Month: November 2012

Council wants your feedback on Breadalbane Academy

The school is being inspected this month, in what’s called an Extended Learning and Achievement. As part of the preparations for this visit, the council has posted an online survey which it wants parents to fill in.

It only takes a few minutes to fill in and will help make the inspection a success.


Volunteers needed to save Duke of Edinburgh

Breadalbane pupils set to miss out on Duke of Edinburgh awards places: school calls for adult volunteers

Breadalbane Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh scheme is the victim of its own success. Under the leadership of languages teacher Mr Gus Clarke, and his predecessor PE teacher Mrs Sheila Burrell , the scheme has been such a hit that the school no longer has enough mentors for all the pupils who want to take part.  It desperately needs adult volunteers, otherwise lots of enthusiastic young people will miss out.

“For each team of up to seven pupils that goes out on expedition, we need one qualified adult”, explains Gus Clarke.  “If we are to continue supporting those pupils already enrolled in the Award at Breadalbane, I think it will be necessary to cut this year’s intake to 14 or even seven pupils.  Such a shame when we have just won £5,000 from Lloyd’s bank to buy new tents!”

Can you help?

Can you help? We are looking for adult volunteers who:

  • enjoy working with young people and would like the opportunity to pass on their knowledge,
  • have time to give over the summer to help with the expedition section of the Award.

If you have outdoor experience, that’s great. If you don’t, don’t worry, you’ll get all the training you need. The most important thing we’re looking for is enthusiasm and a level-headed approach to life.

It won’t cost you a penny

Don’t worry, it won’t cost you a penny.  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Association, in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, will provide any necessary training, and where practicable will cover the cost of the trips and other expenses.

“The Association is keen to help volunteers and to make sure that any available funding is brought to the volunteer’s attention”, says Steve McQueen, Senior Development Officer at Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Association, Perth and Kinross. “We also work very closely with Perth & Kinross Council to provide the necessary training and resources for volunteers.  All new volunteers receive guidance and also a personal welcome from an area co-ordinator, who will help and support the groups, their leaders and most importantly, the volunteer.

Get in touch

Breadalbane Academy desperately wants every child who applies to have the chance of taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme next summer. But at the moment that doesn’t look like it will be possible.

Could you volunteer to be a Duke of Edinburgh mentor? To find out more, email Steve McQueen.