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.
Staff have now started a wide range of extra curricular clubs for lunchtime and after school. Parents of pupils in first year have been invited to attend a meeting on Thursday 6 September at 7 pm to learn more about the activities on offer.
Mondays: running, jazz band, trampoline, netball, table tennis, fitness and faith in film.
Tuesdays: basketball, triple L club, breakfast club, guitar, glee, fitness, badminton and football.
Wednesday: table tennis, drama, film club, French activities, Hub lunch, breakfast, senior social, volleyball, fitness as well as girls and boys football.
Thursdays: fitness, boxing, volleyball, netball, art, robotics, breakfast, going for gold and football.
Friday: fitness, rugby, art, Hub lunch club, samba band and rock group.
Braidhurst High School’s annual show promised the audience, We Will Rock You and they certainly did not disappoint!
The musical based on the music of legendary rockers Queen, showcased the talents of Braidhurst pupils at their finest. In fact so many talented pupils auditioned for the leading roles that the casting team had to choose 2 sets of principals. The musical is based 300 years in the future on Planet Mall, a time and place when musical instruments are banned, creativity is illegal and the music industry is the victim of globalisation under the evil giant of Globalsoft. The Bohemian rebels who have resisted globalisation, try to rediscover music and the Rhapsody period under the guidance of the living legend, Galileo.
S6 pupil Dean Carr certainly did not seem “Under Pressure” and gave an excellent performance in the lead role of Galileo. He was offered “Somebody to Love” in the vocal talents of female principals, Hayley Carroll and Natasha Campbell who shared the role of Galileo’s love interest, Scaramouche. However the “Crazy Little Thing called Love” did not run smoothly for the love-struck couple. The audience went “Radio Gaga” as the Bohemian’s nemesis, the “Killer Queen” (Astyn McArthur) tried to consign them to oblivion across the “Seven Seas of Rhye”. Supported by Grant McLaren as Khashoggie, they entered an “Ogre Battle” with the Bohemians to prove it would take more than a “Kind Of Magic” to escape from the evil clutches of Globalsoft.
However, before it was a case of “Another One Bites the Dust”, supporting principals Britney (David Kirk & Dayle Archibald), Meat (Laura Cowan & Aynsley McGinn) and Pop (Graeme Dishington & Ewan Lees) came to the rescue in a “Flash” and took Globalsoft on “Headlong”. As the curtain fell, the chorus line begged the audience, “Don’t Stop Me Now” as they proved that their time at Braidhurst really was “The Days of our Lives”.
The show was a rocking end to another fantastic year at Braidhurst and a fitting end to the celebrations of the 50th anniversary year. The success of the event never fails to remind staff, pupils and the wider community of what can be achieved from teamwork and taking pride in the school. “We are the Champions” has never seemed more appropriate.
Thanks to all involved for their hard work and dedication over the past few weeks. A special mention must go to Directors Liz Hughes and Roslyn Allison, Musical Director Kimberly Donnelly and the musicians, production, choreography and costume team.
Rector Mr. Derrick Hannan commented: “This was another fantastic Braidhurst High School Show with sell-outs every night. The principals and entire cast should be proud of their performance. It was another great team effort by everyone involved.”
As always a host of local people and businesses provided their support by acting as patrons. Grateful thanks are extended to A & C Coaches, GTS Taxis, Onesti’s and Airdrie Savings Bank for their generous contributions.
In his first week, Gordon Craig, coach at Braidhurst has been very impressed with the new facilities including a state of the art pitch. The players have all made an excellent start working very hard on their skills in the coaching sessions so far.
Earlier in the month Scotland captain Darren Fletcher helped launch the initiatve at a formal event at Hampden which featured many of the new Braidhurst intake.