Category Archives: Languages and Literacy

Reading Schools – Alex Nye Visit

On Tuesday 15th November the reading schools team welcomed friend of the school, author Alex Nye, into the school library to deliver an author workshop to a group of S1 pupils. Alex’s children’s books are all set in Scotland and they brilliantly incorporate Scottish history and ghost stories into their plots. The S1 pupils listened attentively as Alex spoke of her work and read excerpts aloud to them. The session ended with a quick Q&A which was especially useful for the budding writers in the audience. This fully funded session from the Scottish Book Trust is part of the school’s ongoing efforts to secure reading schools accreditation next year. Thank you to Alex Nye, the Scottish Book Trust and our fantastic S1 pupils.

Reading Schools Peer Mentors

A few of our S6 peer mentors recently gathered in the library to receive their peer mentor badges, which they are wearing on their school blazer.  The mentors are working really hard to offer paired reading support to a selection of S1 pupils, in their free periods.  The pupils meet once a week to read aloud together, to discuss stories and reading for pleasure. Well done to our S6 pupils on volunteering for this worthwhile initiative which is part of the school’s ongoing Reading Schools accreditation process.

Reading Schools – P7 Transition Visits

Throughout the term, Braidhurst are welcoming each of our local primary school P7 classes into the library for a special transition visit, which explore why pupils should read for pleasure. The visits form part of our ongoing work towards Reading Schools accreditation, which we hope to achieve next summer. During their visits, pupils are asked to reflect on the importance of personal reading and the positive effects it can have on their educational attainment and health and wellbeing. Each P7 class will be tasked with creating a short advert (either a short film or podcast) which outlines why everyone should read. The visits are supported by the Reading Schools staff committee, and trio of S1 Literacy Ambassadors. The project began with Logans Primary School on Friday 8th October and will run through to mid-November with visits from Muir Street Primary School and Ladywell Primary School.


During the pandemic the school library was still able to celebrate World Book Day 2021 by inviting pupils, at home and in school, to participate in an online reading quiz which tested their knowledge of children’s literature. The competition was fiercely contested with many pupils gaining high scores, however the eventual winners were Luci Groves and Ella Knight from S2 and Mark Burton from S1. The trio were each awarded a new book and chocolate Easter egg to celebrate their bookishness. Furthermore all S1 pupils were given a World Book Day token which they can redeem at participating stores and receive a free book of their choice.


North Lanarkshire Council’s ‘Read to Succeed’ programme, led by the Literacy base and school librarians, have gifted each S1 pupil a free book of their choice to encourage a love of reading for pleasure.

Due to the pandemic the distribution of the books was slightly delayed, but now that pupils have returned to school full-time, our S1 cohort began receiving their free book last week. Pupils were over the moon when they were invited to the school library to receive their book. Happy reading everyone.


The school’s Modern Languages department bid a fond farewell to German assistant Annegret Landgraf. Ms Graham, Principal teacher of Modern Languages, commented thanked Annegret for all of her hard work with the pupils and her wonderful resources. The school would also like to wish Annegret a safe journey home to Germany.


On Wednesday 4th March a group of S3 Media pupils visited the Sky Academy Studios in Livingston which uses the power of TV and innovation to open young minds and develop their creativity, collaboration and communication. The third years all participated in the ‘FACT: News Reporting’ experience where they were tasked with creating a news report on cyber-bullying. The pupils were split into four groups and each group was responsible for a certain aspect of the news report e.g.: presenting, expert views, interviewing etc. At the end of the workshop pupils had the chance to watch their news report on the big screen which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.