Daniel Adams was one of only two pupils from Scotland and from 300 applicants chosen to act as UK Youth ambassadors to Germany in 2011. There were 12 others from the rest of the UK. The youth ambassadors are responsible for promoting and encouraging their respective cultures and attending regular meetings.
Gordon Adams came to Bell Baxter midway through his secondary education, in 1986. It was reported in 1997 that he had been offered one of only a handful of scholarships to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The scholarship was worth £3,750, but he still had to find £8000 to realise his ambition. He was to be studying with Mary Hammond and hoped to sing in West End musicals. In addition to his music studies, Gordon had trained as an interpreter and note-taker with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. He won the Jewish Society Scholarship at the RSAMD, where he graduated BA (Hons).
Bob's father originally came from Dundee and had been involved in the docks at Singapore prior to the Second World War. When Malaya was over-run, they were shipped to Australia, where they stayed for some time before returning to Scotland. They lived in the Wormit area and Bob attended Bell Baxter High School in Cupar. He had a brother and sister, but they did not attend BBHS. Bob Adams (b. 14.7.32), came to the school in the summer of 1948 and attended for 2 or 2 + years. The family then returned to Australia, where they finally settled. Bob became a Mining Surveyor, and in due course was married and had a family. His wife, Val, had been a nurse and later become one of the first heart transplant recipients in Australia. Bob has very fond memories of his school days in Cupar, and it was one of the happiest periods of his life. He apparently took up rugby and cricket at the school and they have been very much part of his adult pursuits. He is a very keen collector of Militaria.
William Adams (1935) died in a Nursing Home on 3rd January 2009 after a long period of failing health. When Bill left School he worked first as a message boy for a local grocer before beginning an apprenticeship as a painter. This was interrupted by the war during which he served in the Scots Guards, including Italy and Albania in his spheres of service. When he was in Albania he had the opportunity to coach some of the local boys in football. After the war he returned to work as a painter in the town, first of all for Randall and then with Fife Council in the Works Department, where he became a skilled sign writer, retiring in 1988. Bill was an enthusiastic sportsman, playing football for Cupar Hearts and as much golf as he could fit in at Cupar Golf Club where he served as Captain. He is survived by his wife, one daughter and two stepdaughters.
William Adams entered BBS in 1947. He lived in Newtown, Cupar, and was an auctioneer.
Mrs Joan Shirras (1949) died in May 2014. Joan was very involved in hockey and tennis while she was at School. When she left school, she took up a post with the GPO as a telephonist until her marriage in 1961, when she and her husband moved to Glenrothes. After the family grew up she became an invigilator at Glenrothes College, finally becoming Chief Invigilator until she retired. She was keenly interested and active in the Girl Guide movement and became District Commissioner. After she retired, in 1995 she became a volunteer in the work of Oxfam and continued in this work until her death. Joan loved to travel and achieved two of her dreams when she visited the Great Pyramid of Giza and then St Petersburg. With her friend, Isobel Riddle (Mrs Carratt), another dream was fulfilled - three times, in fact - when they managed to obtain tickets for Wimbledon. Joan was predeceased many years ago by her husband and is survived by her two daughters.
Margaret Affleck (1919) died suddenly on 10th April 1999 at home in Ladybank. Miss Affleck was a daughter of the Manse in Ladybank and studied music on leaving school. She taught in Edinburgh Ladies' College and then in Madras College until retirement.
Marilyn O'Keefe (née Ainslie) moved to Vancouver in 1996 after living for some time in the Far East.
Kitty Aitken left school in the early part of Session 2003-4. Together with another FP, Eilidh Graham, she spent 3 months in Sri Lanka, from February to the beginning of May 2005. They were working in a special needs orphanage, a camp for tsunami victims catering for 65 families and helping with various building projects. They felt the 3 months were not long enough and they now hope to raise funds to send money back for some of the projects they worked on. They felt they had learned to not to take things for granted, impressed as they were by the zest for life displayed by the young people there, despite their poverty.
Lucy Aitken and Philip Attwood, who both sat Highers in Session 1999-2000, achieved the best results in Scotland, Lucy (jointly) in Higher Modern Studies and Philip in Higher Biology. As a result, Lucy was awarded the Modern Studies Higher Trophy and prize and Philip the Institute of Biology Prize.
Ross Aitken (S6) was selected for the Scotland under-18 Rugby Squad in 2008. Ross was a member of the Scotland under-19 team which defeated Italy 55-13 at the end of February 2009. He scored 2 tries and kicked 3 conversions and a penalty to be named Man of the Match. He has been supported for the last two years by the Tayside and Fife Institute of Sport in partnership with the Caledonia Academy.