Category Archives: Expressive Arts

SCOTTISH CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL SUCCESS

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.

SQA STAR AWARDS

On Friday 15th November the school’s talented sax ensemble were selected to perform at the SQA Star Awards at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. This prestigious event gathered together pupils and students, teachers, lecturers, employers, and training providers from across Scotland and further afield to celebrate a host of educational success stories. The Braidhurst pupils attracted much well deserved praise, including high praise from Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney who afterwards described their performance as outstanding.

MUSIC SUCCESS

The schools’ saxophone 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 Mr Cruickshank and PT of Music Miss Donnelly, the ensemble performs both classical and contemporary repertoire. Members of the group also perform with the school concert band and various North Lanarkshire Council music group ensembles. Our budding musicians also recently auditioned for the SQA Star Awards and were successfully selected to perform at the event.

Mental Health Art competition

A group of pupils from the school’s art department entered the recent Mental Health Art competition run by the Scottish Mental Health Foundation. The pupils worked extremely hard and utilised their creativity to develop their illustrations, which were then judged by health professionals. The art competition asked pupils to explore the theme of ‘A Day in the Life’ for young people with long term physical or mental health conditions.

The school was delighted that one of our pupils, Eunice Onwubiko, was the overall winner of the competition and was awarded the top prize of an iPad. Well done to Eunice for her amazing line drawing. She was presented with the iPad by Iain French and Natalie Keil from the Mental Health Foundation. A thoroughly deserved win for her. All the work will soon be displayed in a travelling and online exhibition.

(story updated 27/10/19)

SYMPONY OF SUCCESS

The school hosted a fantastic evening of music, dance and drama on Tuesday 18th June at its annual summer concert, the ‘Symphony of Success’. A packed audience in the school assembly hall thoroughly enjoyed the displays from our very talented pupils, whether it was a solo dance to Beyoncé, a musical medley from our incredible concert band, or an entertaining drama sketch. A highlight of the night featured the school’s wider community as the local primary school choirs from Muir Street and Logans took to the stage together to sing a selection of songs. The school are very proud of its fantastic pupils and would like to thank all school staff who were on hand to make the night roaring success, especially the staff of the Performing Arts department, Miss Donnelly, Mr Crawford and Mrs Reilly.

DARCI BURNS

S4 pupil Darci Burns recently accompanied the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band to the ‘Big Apple’, New York City, to take part in the annual ‘Tartan Day’ parade on Saturday 6th April. This is a fantastic achievement by all the pupils and staff involved, who not only marched down Sixth Avenue as part of the parade procession, but also brought Grand Central Station to a standstill with their rousing version of, amongst other songs, ‘Scotland the Brave’, and appeared on national American television, ‘Fox and Friends’. Well done to Darci on a phenomenal achievement and experience.

ROAD SAFETY CALENDAR COMPETITION

Art and Design pupils were very successful in the recent North Lanarkshire Road Safety Calendar design competition. They put a lot of effort into their designs and came top in their age group. This is a great achievement, considering there were over 2000 entries from schools all over North Lanarkshire. Ethen Smith gained 1st place and was awarded a certificate and a £30 gift voucher. Iona Eldhose gained 2nd place and was awarded a £20 gift voucher. Whilst Ellie Anderson, Laiba Khan and Lennon Newell all were awarded Highly Commended certificates. Well done all!