STUDENTS HELPING FOSTER STEM DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

Once again Braidhurst, like other North Lanarkshire schools, has embraced STEM teaching, by creating the role of senior school STEM ambassadors who recently visited Rochsolloch and All Saints primary’s DYW event, to showcase and inspire STEM in students at an early age. Their mission was to ignite the imagination of young people and nurture their talent for the long-term benefit of North Lanarkshire. The school’s two STEM ambassadors, Jenna and Chloe, are passionate about bringing gender diversity into the world of engineering, actively taking a lead role in encouraging their female peers to take an interest in the subject. Through their love of science, the two senior students have devoted their lunchtimes and evenings to lead a STEM club for younger pupils within their school where they have created a fun and welcoming learning environment. There is an emphasis on encouraging girls into STEM subjects and for them to sign up to the ‘Girl Power’ pledge via https://www.girlpowered.com/. To showcase examples of how women are changing the world, providing tools for success, and enabling comfortable environments where the confidence and abilities of all students can flourish.

MOCK INTERVIEW EVENING

On Wednesday 7th October, the school held its annual mock interview evening for S4 pupils.  Pupils created their own personal CVs in PSE classes in preparation for interviews and each pupil was allocated a specific employer who would conduct the interview.  There were 19 employers in total who were gracious enough to attend the event and give pupils job interviews.  Those in attendance were encouraged to participate in the regular formalities of job interviews with conventional clothing to be worn and handshakes to be exchanged.  Motherwell F.C. icon and current assistant manager, Keith Lasley, was one of the interviewers on the night.  He posted on his own official Twitter account after the event: ‘a pleasure to be part of the S4 mock interviews at Braidhurst High School this evening.

SKILLS SCOTLAND

On Wednesday, 24 October, many pupils from Braidhurst High school took part in a visit to the SEC centre in Glasgow where a Skills Scotland event was underway. This convention, described as ‘Glasgow’s largest careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeships event’ lived up to its reputation as the average turnout is around 6,000 14 – 19-year-olds over the course of the event being held. Braidhurst pupils were able to participate in many workshops, ranging from construction to Coca Cola.  The event is highly beneficial to any young person looking to acquire the necessary skills for working in the 21st century. The school provides many great opportunities such as this, to all pupils from S4 upwards.  With Mr. Clarke from the PE department organising trips to similar events over the course of the school year.

BRAIDHURST PARENTS’ GROUP FASHION SALE

The Braidhurst Parents’ Group are hosting a fashion sale in the school on Thursday 8th November at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start. Tickets cost £5 and include tea/coffee and entry into two prize draws for a £25 voucher to be spent on the night. Tickets can be purchased from Miss Watson on 01698 274999 or at the door on the night. The fashion sale offers huge discounts, up to 75%, off various high street stores, such as River Island, Oasis, Marks & Spencer, and Topshop, amongst many others. The event will also offer a raffle and all proceeds are being raised to allow the school to fund projects and trips that enhance pupil experience.

CHRISTMAS PANTO

This year the school Christmas concert will be the pantomime ‘It’s Only a Fairytale’. The concert takes place in the school assembly hall on Thursday 13th December at 7pm with tickets costing £5 and concessions costing £3. The evening promises to get everyone in the Christmas spirit as only Braidhurst pupils can – with lots of singing, dancing and fun. Please contact the school on 01698 274999 for tickets.

Inter-house Potted Sports

On Friday 12th October, S1 and S2 pupils competed in the annual inter-house potted sports competition. Pupil took part in a range of timed sporting activities either in the sports barn or assembly hall. All pupils gave their all but once the scores were totaled Lorne house proved victorious. Well done to all who took part.

DIGITAL EXPLORERS

Senior students from Braidhurst High School attended the Digital Explorers, an event organised by, TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) and EDT (Engineering Development Trust). The program was hosted by Tess Gallacher the Schools Programme Officer for EDT and was designed to introduce pupils to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Braidhurst High is a center of excellence in the delivery of STEM, via its award-winning Robotics club and the embedded S1, S2 technology elective.

During the event the students took part in STEM related themes namely “The Internet of Things”, “Artificial Intelligence” (A.I.), “Crypto-Currencies” such as Bit-coin and other emerging technologies.

The Braidhurst High Students held structured debates and considered multiple points of views about how they can equip themselves to become future employees in STEM companies. They will now be able to relate their own skills and interests to existing and future careers in the fast-moving sectors of tech.  As senior students the event highlighted to all the rapid growth and breadth of opportunities in the tech sector in Scotland and they realised the industry values in a STEM employee.

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