ALTON TOWERS: Pupil Support Staff are busy organising the annual trip to Alton towers open to all year groups. They have almost four hundred pupils taking part for the event scheduled for Friday 14th September leaving the school at 5 am. Staff have enthusiastically volunteered for the trip and are very much looking forward to the day.
LONDON TRIP: A meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 12th September to parents of pupils taking part in the forthcoming trip to London. The trip will take place over the September weekend.
STAFFING has recently been increased in the school in line with an increase in the pupil roll. All classes were fully staffed from the start of term with the additional staffing giving extra support to pupils.
The Braidhurst High Parent Teachers and Friends Association recently held a meeting and made final plans for the first event of the session. A ‘Race Night’ has been organised to take place on Friday 5th October in the David Cooper Foundation Suite at Fir Park Stadium. Entry is by ticket only with tickets costing £1 available from the school partnership officer Mrs Linda McGurk.
During the recent PTFA meeting the school Parent Council was elected with Mrs Gardiner, Miss McCall, Mrs Jeffrey and Mrs Allan as members. Mrs Linda McGurk the partnership officer will, again, act as secretary of the group with Mr Hannan the rector as advisor.
The first meeting if the Braidhurst Parent, Teachers and Friends Association will be held in the school on Thursday 30th August starting at 7 pm. A race night is being organised to take place early in the session and the Parent council will be formed at the meeting.
As well as many new pupils, the school also welcomed several new teachers to the school including Ms Karen lamb in Drama, Ms Gemma Collins in Music, Mr James Thompson and Ms Natalie Durrant in Physical Education, Mr Alan Dickie in Biology and Ms Jennifer McKenna in Technical Education. All these staff seem to have settled very well into their new school and staff and pupils hope that they enjoy working in Braidhurst.
The school Astroturf was upgraded over the holiday period and staff and pupils seem absolutely delighted with the new FIFA quality surface. This is being very well used with a range of football groups now established within the school. The recently introduced Elite Performance group of 20 players working with Scottish FA coach Gordon Craig have their sessions from 8.30 until 10 am each day. All other groups of School of Football players receive their sessions from Scottish FA coach Steven Hamilton and Motherwell FC coach Paul Burns.
Braidhurst High experienced an increase in the school roll at the beginning of term. All of the new pupils were in full school uniform and were looking fantastic. The pupils in the new first year had senior pupils allocated as guides to ensure they quickly settled into the secondary environment. Initial reactions from staff and pupils indicate that they will quickly feet at home.