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School Colours

The Colours system recognises achievement in and service to the school entitling pupils to wear blazers and braid.  The Colours system reflects the wider achievements of pupils and in the last few years has been further developed to include the award of “Half Colours” and a “Colours Tie”.

The Colours system forms just one part of the way in which achievement is celebrated at Bell Baxter and they can be awarded for outstanding school achievement in the following areas:

Each Colours category is awarded separately from the others.

This means that Colours can be awarded in several categories in the same year.

The award of Full Colours in two or more categories does not merit an overall Colours Tie.

While staff are asked to put forward nominations for Colours it is also possible for pupils to do so.

Pupils will be given information about the Colours System via the weekly sheet and Social Education. Posters will be displayed on school notice boards outlining the process and the criteria for awards.  

Nomination forms are available from the School Office or Pupil Reception and will also be available on the website to download. Completed forms should be returned to Pupil reception or emailed to  

Returns should be made by Friday 9th February, 2018 at the latest.

All nominations will be considered at the Colours Committee meeting in February 2018.

The Committee comprises curriculum representatives, School Captains and invited members of the Parent Council.

How to Make a Nomination

Please download the Pupil or Team Nomination Form and make your return to the Main Office.  Please note all forms must be received by Friday 9th February 2018. Electronic forms can be emailed to

Pupil Nomination Form (Word)

Colours Criteria (Summary)


Mid January

  • Information to staff and parents via email.  
  • Brief information and reminders will be issued via the weekly update.
  • Nomination forms available to pupils, parents/carers and staff.

Friday 9th February 2018

  • Deadline for nomination forms from staff and faculty returns.
  • Deadline for nominations from pupils and other groups outwith school.

Late February

  • Colours Committee meeting to review all nominations.
  • Letters sent to pupils and parents.

Monday 5th March 2018

Individual Photographs for the presentation

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Colours Ceremony rehearsal (periods 5 & 6) in the Assembly Hall.

Thursday 19th April, 2018

Colours Ceremony, 7 p.m.