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!
We look forward to welcoming P7 pupils to a transition event on Tuesday the 1st of June. The video contains some information on what pupils will do when they come for their visit. In addition, Miss Kerr has sent all pupils a letter containing an invite and some essential forms. If parents could fill the forms in and ask their child to bring them into school during their visit it would be much appreciated. See you soon P7!
On Friday 7th May the school hosted its annual NLC School of Football trials as we began the process of selecting pupils who will be part of the programme from August 2021. Thankfully the weather was on our side as hopeful participants showcased their footballing skills on the school’s football pitch. Braidhurst hopes that everyone enjoyed the process and it was great to meet you in person. Good luck to all of our budding football stars.
To celebrate Star Wars Day, on Tuesday 4th May, the Science Department created a fantastic Star Wars themed display on growth mindset and how it drives motivation and achievement. Miss Watson, Biology Teacher, was the mastermind behind the display which successfully captured the attention of our pupils as they battled the decision to either go to the dark side by maintaining a fixed mindset, or to follow the force with a growth mindset, which will assist them in their school assessments and help them achieve their ambitions. Which path will you choose?
Throughout the pandemic schools have been working closely with their communities to ensure that those in need are supported. Our school is a great example of this collective and determined spirit. The school continued to keep in touch with families, with staff volunteering to make phone calls; garden visits; positing welfare cards and sending regular emails and texts. Charities have also provided support and the school has ensured these were passed on to families who needed them. In particular; Sunny sid3 Up charity donated £1000 in Farmfoods vouchers at Christmas; Tesco donate food on a weekly basis; The Daily Mail provided 10 free laptops; Vodaphone provided 8- top Up cards; generous benefactors who donated warm clothing; Motherwell Disclose for their financial donation and Freedom City Church who donated food parcels and numerous childrens toys – many of which were given to our local Family Learning Centre to distribute. The school continues to distribute parcels of food to the local community with over 60 going out this week alone. Carolyn Rooney, Head Teacher said “We cannot thank everyone who has helped us support our pupils at Braidhurst enough – we are indebted to you”.