PERFORMANCE SCHOOL

The Scottish FA Performance School of Football, established in only seven schools throughout Scotland including Braidhurst, is now looking towards selecting the second intake to start this August.   The initiative is primarily aimed at the development of future professional footballers and was started last August with twenty candidates from throughout North and south Lanarkshire.

The Scottish FA coach appointed to lead the programme is Gordon Craig and he has the task of developing the four year programme with the players based full time in the school.   Professional teams and other clubs will be advised of the series of trials which will take place in the school over the coming months.

The first cohort has thoroughly enjoyed the programme which is based upon skills development and they have all been fully integrated into the entire life of the school.   They receive football coaching each morning starting at 8.30 am until 10 am.   Sessions took place weekly prior to them starting in August and this allowed them to bond and become familiar with the demands of the programme.

During the Christmas period the seven elite performance coaches from throughout Scotland worked at Ravenscraig indoor facility to share ideas with the Braidhurst group selected as performers.

BRAIDHURST BREAKFAST CLUB

Braidhurst Breakfast club enjoyed a festive breakfast this week to celebrate the continued success of the club.   Over 90 young people attend on a weekly basis and benefit from not only enjoying a healthy breakfast but also the social support they receive from the many staff volunteers.   Linda McGurk, Partnership Officer said “I would like to thank all the staff volunteers for their continued support and wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas”.

DECORATIVE PANELS

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.

CHRISTMAS DANCE

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.

ROAD SAFETY

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

FRENCH IMMERSION DAY

A group of Higher French pupils from Braidhurst High School visited the Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld last week to take part in a French immersion day organised by the Institut Francais Ecosse.   The pupils engaged in a number of activities, all carried out in the French language, with groups of students from other schools in North Lanarkshire.   Of particular interest to the pupils were the workshops in which they were able to listen to and discuss modern French music, as many have already downloaded popular French music on to their i-pods and access songs out with their Higher French lessons.   Pupils were able to extend their knowledge of French culture further by finding out about popular French slang words and phrases used in particular areas of the country.   All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to practise their oral and aural skills in French and found it very valuable to be able to spend time I the company of the French assistants from the Institute who delivered the sessions.   Many Braidhurst pupils are interested in continuing their study of a Modern Language in Higher Education when they leave school, and the Immersion Day succeeded in heightening their enthusiasm for languages.

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