Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the school was determined to celebrate the departure of our fantastic senior pupils as they embark on the next stage of their lives in a Covid-secure leavers event. This year’s leavers event was hosted at the school rather than at an external location, taking place on Friday 11th June between 2pm and 5pm. The senior pupils grabbed the opportunity to wear their prom dresses and suits and were treated to a fantastic afternoon which celebrated their many successes throughout their time at Braidhurst. A welcome from Head Teacher Mrs Carolyn Rooney and Depute Head Teacher for S5-6 Mr David Gardiner followed by aa photo montage which captured everyone’s journey through Braidhurst from S1 to senior school. Afterwards food was served and photographs taken at the outdoor balloon wall. The event finished with the distribution of awards and a quiz. A huge thank you to the staff who helped organise the event and for ensuring that everyone stayed safe whilst having fun.
It was a very different BGE Graduation this year however the school were determined to honour our S3 pupils by celebrating their completion of the ‘Broad General Education’ phase of the Curriculum for Excellence. Each pupil was invited to the assembly hall with their house group and were gifted a new senior tie which they will wear as they begin the Senior Phase of their education in fourth year. Congratulations to all of our pupils and we wish them all the best as they begin S4 in the next school session.
Congratulations to the school’s senior girls’ football team who reached the semi-final of the SFA’s Senior Girls Shield on Friday 21st May. The Braidhurst squad were pitted against St Ninian’s High School in the match which was played at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie. Spectators were unable to watch the match in person due to the ongoing Covid pandemic but were able to tune in via a live stream. Whilst Braidhurst lost the match 2-0 both teams played well and with pride.
As a school we are very proud of the work our staff and pupils undertake regarding the promotion and modelling of positive mental health and wellbeing. We are delighted to announce that the following S5 pupils have been appointed as our newest mental health ambassadors after a successful application and interview process.
Our mental health ambassadors for school session 2021-22 are: Jenna Woods, Ellie Dickson, Niamh Miller, Laiba Khan, Louise Day, Skye Wilkinson, Niav Douglas, Rebecca McLeod, Julia Wypych, Iona Eldhose, Caleb Monaghan, Casey Rodger, and Lee Kane. Congratulations everyone and our ambassadors will now commence two days of training before working with younger pupils next session.
On Monday 1st June, the school welcomed our local P7 pupils from Muir Street Primary, Logans Primary, and Ladywell Primary for a S1 transition event. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the transition arrangements had to be adjusted in order to keep pupils and staff safe. However, it was important that our incoming pupils still had an opportunity to visit the school and meet key members of staff, including our SMT, Pupil Support teachers, Learning Support staff and senior pupil representatives.
During the event pupils were kept in their P7 class bubbles and experienced a guided tour of the school building by our senior pupils who pointed out areas of interest, such as the school canteen, tuck shop area and library. Pupils also had the opportunity to watch a short film which introduced all members of staff and their areas of work which helped to give them an insight into the Braidhurst community. Our young STEM leaders also demonstrated various science experiments. We are really looking forward to welcoming our newest S1 pupils in August.
The school are delighted to recognise the fantastic achievement of S1 pupil Anna Bondar who is a talented athlete who specialises in the shot put. Not only did Anna recently achieve a personal best in the event she is now the proud title holder of top distance thrown in Scotland in her age category. This is a fantastic achievement and all at the school want to wish her the very best for her future with his event. Well done Anna!
Happy Pride Month!
This month, not only to we have the great fortune to celebrate the green, nature, stripe of the LGBT+ flag, it is also Pride Month in the UK.
From the 1st to the 30th of June the LGBT+ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBT+ people have had around the world.
You might wonder why June was chosen for this celebration. It is the month when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969. These riots are viewed as the moment the LGBT+ equality movement was born
As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants.
Nature is really coming into bloom this month and usually Pride involves lots of outdoor events and parades. Unfortunately, this year many of the usual Pride events have to be held on-line due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, LGBT Youth Scotland have come up with a way around this, a Pride Picnic!
If you would like to learn more about the Pride Picnic initiative or how to organise your own Pride Picnic check out the following link: