Braidhurst High Art Department pupils have been busy painting their decorative panels for display at the Christmas Dance and the Braidhurst Christmas Cracker Concert. These should give a very cheery look to the assembly halls during the festive season.
The hall was packed with approximately 300 pupils and staff for the recent Christmas Dance held in the school hall. The Cairnhill Ceilidh Bank again provided the music and proved extremely popular with everyone taking part throughout the evening. The Physical Education Department again showed what expert tuition they provide as the pupils and staff showed their skill dancing Gay Gordons, Military Two-Step, Virginia Reel, Highland Schottische, Veleta Waltz, The Orcadian Strip the Willow, St Bernard’s Waltz, Canadian Barn Dance, Braidy Tango, Square Tango, Brittannia Two-Step, Dashing White Sergeant and all that before the interval. During the break a splendid buffet was served and line dancing took place. After the break the dancing continued with the Military Two-Step, Flying Scotsman, Pride of Erin Waltz, Highland Schottische, Braidy Tango (Prize Dance), Square Tango, Strip the Willow, Gay Gordons (Prize Dance), Brittannia Two-Step, Dashing White Sergeant and ending with a St Bernard’s Waltz. The behaviour throughout the evening was absolutely exemplary with all the staff thoroughly enjoying the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
One of Braidhurst’s 3rd year Art & Design pupils Gillian Scott has won the first prize in
the North Lanarkshire Road Safety Calendar Competition.
She was extremely pleased to have achieved this award out of over 1800 entries from
schools all over the authority. Her design will be seen on the calendar when it is delivered to schools.
Other pupils with awards were Nathan Adams with 2nd place in the age group and Chantelle Nisbet with 3rd place in the age group.
Highly commended awards go to Derrick Boafour, Kiera Grant, Fatima Khan and Sara
McRae. In all, an excellent set of results from some very creative and hard working pupils.
The pupils received their awards at a ceremony in the school, attended by North
Lanarkshire Council and school representatives
Pictured in the photograph from left are : Mr Hannan (Rector of Braidhurst High School), Mrs McKay ( Teacher of RME and Head of the charity Committee), Joanna Stevenson (representing Meningitis Trust) and myself, Oliver Meggitt, Presenting a cheque for seven hundred and fifty pounds to Meningitis Trust. (These were funds raised by the whole school as part of our annual sponsor fun run)
Over the past few weeks, I have been giving a presentation to all year groups and various staff members in pursuit of raising awareness of this lethal disease. Meningitis Trust is a charity very close to my heart because as a young child I was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia and I was very ill but I was lucky that I not only survived Meningitis, I still have all my major limbs.
Braidhurst High School’s support and my support to Meningitis Trust is just taking off, in partnership we aim to make a difference, to the lives of those affected by this dreadful disease and keep the memory alive of those who have unfortunately passed away.
Meningitis Trust offers help, support and advice to families and sufferers of meningitis. My aim is to not just help raise funds for the Trust to allow them to continue their vital work they do each day, but to help support other families who are going through tough times as their friend or family member battle with this infectious disease.
The Braidhurst High concert will take place on Wednesday 19th December starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets priced £2 are available from the school. The traditional varied programme always draws a full hall and staff and pupils are looking forward to the event.
Rector Mr Derrick Hannan and senior pupils presenting a cheque to Mr Gilchrist Cox Treasurer of the Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Fund.
The start of the Lanarkshire Cup has arrived with an opening encounter against Calderhead HS. Straight from the kick off, Braidhurst put a lot of pressure on their opponents. The Braidy boys created several chances in the opening 10 minutes but after some great saves by the goal keeper and hitting the post the score remained 0-0. They continued to push for the first goal while the opposition tried to get hold of the ball. Ryan Lafferty opened the scoring in the 15th minute to make it 1-0. This spurred the Braidy boys on and with 20 minutes on the clock, James Miller scored his first goal of the evening to make the score 2-0. The next few minutes saw Braidhurst score another 2 goals in quick succession with Lewis Gracie scoring in the 22nd minute and Kyle Cunningham scoring in the 26th minute. On the stroke of half time James Miller stepped up and scored his second goal of the game to make the score 5-0. The beginning of the second half saw a handful of changes including switching to a 3-4-3 to see how the Braidhurst boys would cope. With only 5 minutes gone in the second half, Lewis Guy scored his first goal of the evening in the 40th minute. Marc Smith then hammered a shot from 25 yards, which flew past the goal keeper to make the score 7-0. Braidhurst continued to press and created seceral more chances which were kept out by the goal keeper who made good saves. The pressure proved to be too much and Lewis Guy scored his 2nd of the night on the 53rd minute. After some great play, Braidhurst continued to reate chances and in the 56th minute Aaron Black scored his first of the evening, this was followed closely by Kyle Cunningham’s second of the night on 66 minutes. Aaron Black finished the fine performance by scoring his 2nd and 3rd in the last 10 minutes. Well done to all the boys who played.
Man of the March: Jack Denham and Aaron Black.