This month the Pride Alliance invites you to celebrate the purple stripe of the Pride Flag. This colour represents spirit. Faith is an important part of many LGBT+ people’s lives. However, the misconception that LGBT+ people cannot belong within faith communities has been deeply damaging.
Research by the LGBT+ charity Stonewall found a third of lesbian, gay and bi people of faith (32%) aren’t open with anyone in their faith community about their sexual orientation. One in four trans people of faith (25%) aren’t open about who they are in their faith community.
Faith has this almost unparalleled ability to bring people from all walks of life together in the name of love. LGBT+ people of faith should feel respected and included in their faith communities, just as they need respect and acceptance in wider society.
There are lots of faith groups for LGBT+ people. We have included their details below if you feel you need to reach out to them:
- Diverse Church – Christian https://diversechurch.website/
- Hidayah – Islam https://hidayahlgbt.com/
- House of Rainbow – BAME https://www.houseofrainbow.org/
- Imaan – Islam https://imaanlondon.wordpress.com/
- KeshetUK – Jewish https://www.keshetuk.org/
- Open Table Network – Christian https://opentable.lgbt/
- Quest – Catholics https://questlgbti.uk/
- Rainbow Pagans UK – Pagan https://rainbowpagansuk.wordpress.com/
The Pride Alliance will be celebrating the meaning of each colour, starting with red = life in January. Check out the board in the foyer.
It is not uncommon to see the rainbow flag being proudly displayed as a symbol for the LGBT+ rights movement, but how did that flag become a symbol of LGBT+ pride?
It goes back to 1978, when the artist Gilbert Baker, an openly gay man and a drag queen, designed the first rainbow flag. Baker later revealed that he was urged by Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., to create a symbol of pride for the gay community.
Each stripe of the flag has a meaning, including life, nature and harmony.
Gilbert Baker and many other LGBT+ icons will be celebrated each month from January on the Pride Alliance notice board. Each month we will use one of the colours as a theme, starting first with the celebration of life. We will link each of these to the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child, giving us the opportunity to reflect on how we want our school, community and nation to grow in the future.
Congratulations to the school’s robotic teams “KOALA-T” and “Anonymous” for reaching the quarter finals in the UK National Vex robotics competition in Telford.
The Vex Robotics Challenge is the world’s largest and fastest-growing robotics competition for high schools, colleges and universities. More than 10,000 teams from 32 countries took part in over 750 tournaments to compete to become the best in the world.
Nearly 60 teams had qualified for the UK finals, which took place at the Telford International Conference Centre. At the competition the North Lanarkshire teams took on the best of the UK with the Braidhurst teams making it through to the quarter finals.
In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.
The Braidhurst robotics club has been very well supported by North Lanarkshire and includes pupils ranging from S1 to S4 including three S5 female students who act as STEM ambassadors and have committed to supporting the younger less experienced members. They are true role models and are equipping the developing young minds to meet the autonomous revolution that all countries are facing.
The school library recently celebrated Book Week Scotland with a number of events including a series of S1 pupils Jamie Scallan and Briana McLeod interviewing staff about their reading habits and favourite books, the launch of our Reading Lunch club with staff and pupils gathering in the library to enjoy their food and a good book in golden silence, and finally a podcast was recorded with pupils, Eleanor Day (S5), David Blair (S3), Craig Young (S2) on the subject of “the book that has changed our lives.” The events were organised by school librarian Mrs Scott and were used to promote reading for pleasure amongst staff and pupils.
Pictured are the S2 cohort from the school’s “STEM” elective. The elective has just received the first batch of, “state of the art, STEM V5, autonomous equipment to make artificial intelligence (A.I) systems.
The elective classes are embedded into the school curriculum, promoting in both S1 and S2 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical), to ensure the schools broad general education (BGE) offers personalisation, choice, relevance and enjoyment. Both the elective and the award-winning Robotics club are organised by Mr. Hussain of the science department. Mr. Hussain commented that, “we at Braidhurst are committed to meeting the needs of the individual by being creative and providing them with the opportunity to develop skills they will need in the world of work, and this year the link between the elective and the extracurricular robotics club will be fused and it is hoped that the success of one will foster the success of the other”.
An emphasis has also been put on encouraging girls into STEM subjects and Mr. Hussain has signed up the Girl power pledge, #GirlPowerd. Mr. Hussain commented that “the theme of the initiative is to show how exciting it is to be involved with STEM, showcasing examples of how women are changing the world, providing tools for success, and enabling comfortable environments where all students’ confidence and abilities can flourish.”
Staff have now started a wide range of extra curricular clubs for lunchtime and after school. Parents of pupils in first year have been invited to attend a meeting on Thursday 6 September at 7 pm to learn more about the activities on offer.
Mondays: running, jazz band, trampoline, netball, table tennis, fitness and faith in film.
Tuesdays: basketball, triple L club, breakfast club, guitar, glee, fitness, badminton and football.
Wednesday: table tennis, drama, film club, French activities, Hub lunch, breakfast, senior social, volleyball, fitness as well as girls and boys football.
Thursdays: fitness, boxing, volleyball, netball, art, robotics, breakfast, going for gold and football.
Friday: fitness, rugby, art, Hub lunch club, samba band and rock group.