Category: Clubs & activities

Whether it’s chess, tennis, five-aside football or dungeons and dragons — if there’s a club or activity your child could get involved in, we’ll post the news here.

Is your child a sports champion?

Trophies

If your child competes at an advanced level in their sport, tell the school.

Does your child compete at a national or regional level in his or her chosen sport? Then the school wants to know about it.

Send a photo of your child taking part in their sport, along with details of their sporting achievement, to the PE staff. Picture and the details will be posted on the sports achievement board in the PE hall, as a celebration of success and an inspiration to others.

“Just get your child to hand the photo in to the PE department”, says Karen Todd, Breadalbane’s Active Schools co-ordinator. “If they don’t have a photo, they can come and see me on a Wednesday and I’ll take one”.

If you have questions, email Karen Todd at KTodd@pkc.gov.uk.

Image from Pixabay. Used under the Creative Commons licence.

Free training for S4/5 pupils to become sports coaches

Pupils can learn to coach sports at all levels, with the School Sport Coaching Project.

Pupils can learn to coach sports at all levels, with the School Sport Coaching Project. Open to S4 and S5 pupils.

Do you know a Breadalbane pupil who is good at sports, good with people, and who thinks they could be a good sports coach? Then you need to tell them about this opportunity.

The School Sport Coaching Project offers a limited number of places for pupils currently in S4 and S5 to train FOR FREE as sports coaches. The deadline for applications is March 27, so hurry — click here to download the form, and apply now!

This is a great personal-development opportunity for Breadalbane kids, and will look fantastic on your child’s pupil profile when they’re applying to an employer, a college or a university.

Sports coaching courses are available in the following sports:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Coaching disabled athletes
  • Cricket
  • First Aid
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Parents or pupils who have questions about the SSCP scheme are welcome to contact Karen Todd, Breadalbane’s Active School’s co-ordinator. Email her at KTodd@pkc.gov.uk.

Deadline for applications is Friday March 27, so apply now! Download and complete the application form, and then send it to:

School Sport Coaching Project, 79 Dunkeld, Road, Perth PH1 5DH

Once they have completed their training, pupils must provide 10 hours of volunteer sports coaching to school clubs. Karen Todd will work with successful applicants to help match them to the right clubs and activities for their skills.

Download the application form

The School Sport Coaching Project is an initiative of Perth and Kinross Council, in partnership with the Gannochy Trust. Image taken from the Flickr Stream of clappstar, under the Creative Commons license.

After-school club deadline extended

If you would like an after-school club for Breadalbane pupils, and think you’d send your primary-school-age kids along, please let the school know. Some parents have been asking for this. The school is looking into options — and needs to know if there is enough demand to make a club viable.

The deadline for sending in feedback has now been extended to Friday 13 March. To let the school know your views, please fill in the slip at the bottom of the letter your child brought home last Wednesday, 4 March. Then hand the slip into the school.

If you didn’t get the letter, you can download it here.

Do you want an after-school club?

At the last meeting some parents asked if Breadalbane Academy could run an after-school club for the children of working parents. The school has been in touch with Kari Cowan, who runs after-school clubs in Stanley, Murthly, Tulloch and Pitlochry. If there’s enough interest, she’d be happy to open an after-school club in Aberfeldy too.

The school is holding a consultation, to see if there is enough demand. So if you want this to happen, now is the time to let Mrs Swan know. Today, Wednesday 4 March, the school sent a letter home to parents. Just tear off the slip at the bottom of the letter, fill it in and send it back to the school.

Should you not have received the letter, you can download a copy here.

ps. Some parents have already said that the deadline is tight. We’ve asked the school for an extension and will let you know what the say.

Family activity day for young people with additional support needs

On Saturday 16th March, 10am-12 noon at the North Inch Community Campus, Perth there will be a family activity day for young people with additional support needs.

With two hours of activities including trampoline, basketball, boccia, badminton, gym use, table tennis and much more, it promises to be a fun day out. And if you have completed a gym induction and it is registered with Live Active you can also use the gym on campus, which will be supervised.  

The day is sponsored by Perth and Kinross Disability Sport. Entry costs £3 for two people or £5 for a family of more than two people.

If you want to attend, please email Lynn Melville providing the following information:

  • The names of the children attending.
  • The number and ages of children attending
  • How many adults will be attending.

For full details, download the official flyer for the event.

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.