City Rallies Around Braeview

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Offers of support to help pupils and staff from Braeview Academy have been flooding in since the school building was hit by a devastating fire last week.

As preparations continue for a return to the classroom temporarily at other secondaries in the city, work has been ongoing to ensure that disruption to the education of young people is kept to a minimum in the circumstances.

From online resources to help keep up to date with work to football sessions for S1 pupils from Dundee United, help has included a range of public sector and private firms.

And all S3-S6 pupils will be welcomed to the recently-opened V&A Dundee as the museum throws its doors open to them for a visit.

City council children and families service convener Councillor Stewart Hunter said: “I know that everyone connected with Braeview Academy is extremely grateful for these offers of help.

“It really shows us how the wider community in Dundee can rally around in times of crisis. It makes me extremely proud of this city.”

Head teacher Lesley Elder added: “Braeview is a strong school community surrounded by people who really care for our young people.

“We are very grateful for every offer of support that has come in from sources ranging from our colleagues in other schools to the SQA, Fintry Parish Church, our local community partnership and beyond.

“This has been a challenging time and I am delighted at the generosity that has been shown towards us.

“We are looking forward to getting back into the classroom and resuming the education of our pupils.”

List of support

Rev Colin Brough Fintry Parish Church offered church facilities for staff and pupils.

Senior Leadership staff from Harris, Baldragon and Craigie collaborating with Braeview SLT to craft a timetable for S1 and S2 and S3-6.

Education Scotland officials offering support.

Schools across Scotland – amazing sense of community with offers of pupil subject materials.

Mike Watson, voluntary sector in Whitfield and across the North East Community Partnership –offered accommodation. Breakfast Club for all pupils  every day at Finmill and  the Crescent, free school meals at Ballumbie. Braeview Youth Café set up at The Finmill Centre, deliverd by Braeview and community youth workers.

Elmwood College have arranged for Horticulture pupils to go to Elmwood for two days.

The SQA are making  arrangements so that impact on pupil exams is managed and minimised at individual pupil level.

Dundee United Community Trust football sessions for S1 pupils.

Tesco offered free stationery. 

Pupils will access Scholar online resources and support is being offered for staff.

Dundee High School offered to deliver to Higher Computing pupils. 

YASS – Young applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS) for S6 pupils – university-level modules in or out of school.

Concept Printing will provide free printers and materials to Braeview for use on return to building.

Teachers from schools from all over Scotland sending online materials to teachers so they can provide pupils with a huge variety of work to do.

Dundee University to welcome Science pupils to undertake work.

The fire at Braeview has meant loss of wifi for Barnhill Primary – Angus Council have worked to ensure that the primary can have access through Craigowl transmitter.

V&A Dundee visit.

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