In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the school changed its usual Christmas service to an online event which pupils and staff tuned into on Tuesday 15th December. The online service was produced by the department of Creative Arts, led by Ms. Donnelly, and featured an array of contributions from pupils, staff and the wider school community.
The service opened with a slideshow of beautiful Christmas themed art work by pupils to the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” This was followed by readings from school captain Amy-Lee McLachlan and S4 pupil Reanne Mason, then S2 pupil Emy Brandt gave a fantastic rendition on trumpet of “We Three Kings” accompanied by brass tutor Mrs Paterson. The service also contained two thoughtful and optimistic Christmas messages from members of the wider Braidhurst community, Valerie Sim and David Ramage, whilst Head Teacher Mrs Rooney thanked pupils and staff for their resilience and hard work since the school re-opened in August.
The service ended with a lovely solo vocal rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by S6 pupil Lauren Wright followed by another S6 pupil, Cameron May, closing the service with a rousing “Scotland the Brave” on the bagpipes. A huge well done and thank you to everyone who contributed and wishing you all a very happy Christmas.
S6 pupil Cameron May was crowned the overall 18 and under piping champion at the recent Scottish Pipers’ Association online juvenile completion. The event took place via video submission and organisers commented on the very high standard of piping that was on display, especially in the under-18 category. A huge well done Cameron from all at Braidhurst.
Our Art department has been working on a project with S1 pupils to develop their visual art skills through producing sgraffito or scraper work. The designs are now on display in the school foyer and have attracted much praise and compliments.
A group of S4 pupils recently visited an exhibition on work produced at the Creative Residency in Kilbowie Residential Centre. There was a wide range of work from students including artwork from the fine art painters and screen-printers. All pupils really loved the large scale photography work that was o show as well as the 3D props and costumes.
Art and Design pupils from the school entered their poster designs in this year’s North Lanarkshire Calendar competition. After all their hard work a good number of pupils were awarded highly commended. This is a great result as there were over 1900 entries from schools all over North Lanarkshire and the school was pleased to gain so many commended awards for our pupils’ work.
On Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th of December pupils from the school’s Music department performed at North Lanarkshire Council’s Christmas Concert at Motherwell Civic Centre. Our pupils featured in the wind band and jazz orchestra and performed brilliantly. Well done to all of our young musicians – Braidhurst are very proud of you.
The school’s sax ensemble rehearses weekly, in preparation for multiple performances throughout the year. The full range of the saxophone family, from alto to baritone, is used in the ensemble. Under the direction of Woodwind Instructor, Chris Cruickshank, the ensemble performs both classical and contemporary repertoire. Members of the group also perform with the school’s concert band and various North Lanarkshire Council music groups. This year the group competed in the Scottish Concert Band Festival on Saturday 30th November where they received a Gold Plus award. This is a fantastic result as it is only their first time participating in the competition. We now look forward to seeing them compete in the finals in Perth in March 2020.