Future Fridays

You may have heard already but our secondary school week is changing. We’re moving to a four and a half day week from August 2021, which means that school will officially finish at 12.30pm on a Friday.

This follows a council review which recommended that schools should offer more structured pathways in work-based learning and routes to employment to enhance and improve young people’s prospects after leaving school.

There will be no reduction to the key curriculum subjects. Monday to Thursday will finish at 3.45pm and in place of that extra period on a Friday afternoon young people in secondary schools can voluntarily attend a wide range of extra curricular activities through Future Fridays.

It’s really exciting. Some people will have access to activities they’ve never done before, and for others, there will be workshops and projects to enhance existing skills or to learn new ones.

The fresh and lively programme spans the fields of employability, music, sport and arts, health and wellbeing, digital learning, outdoor education, and academic and leadership development to give young people greater opportunities to be job-ready, independent, confident and better equipped for post- school experiences.

After all, it’s your future, so grab opportunities while you can.

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P7 Transition Event

We look forward to welcoming P7 pupils to a transition event on Tuesday the 1st of June.  The video contains some information on what pupils will do when they come for their visit.  In addition, Miss Kerr has sent all pupils a letter containing an invite and some essential forms.  If parents could fill the forms in and ask their child to bring them into school during their visit it would be much appreciated.  See you soon P7!

SCHOOL OF FOOTBALL TRIALS

On Friday 7th May the school hosted its annual NLC School of Football trials as we began the process of selecting pupils who will be part of the programme from August 2021.  Thankfully the weather was on our side as hopeful participants showcased their footballing skills on the school’s football pitch.  Braidhurst hopes that everyone enjoyed the process and it was great to meet you in person.  Good luck to all of our budding football stars.

GROWTH MINDSET

To celebrate Star Wars Day, on Tuesday 4th May, the Science Department created a fantastic Star Wars themed display on growth mindset and how it drives motivation and achievement.  Miss Watson, Biology Teacher, was the mastermind behind the display which successfully captured the attention of our pupils as they battled the decision to either go to the dark side by maintaining a fixed mindset, or to follow the force with a growth mindset, which will assist them in their school assessments and help them achieve their ambitions.  Which path will you choose?

BRAIDHURST’S COVID SPIRIT

Throughout the pandemic schools have been working closely with their communities to ensure that those in need are supported.  Our school is a great example of this collective and determined spirit.  The school continued to keep in touch with families, with staff volunteering to make phone calls; garden visits; positing welfare cards and sending regular emails and texts. Charities have also provided support and the school has ensured these were passed on to families who needed them.  In particular; Sunny sid3 Up charity donated £1000 in Farmfoods vouchers at Christmas; Tesco donate food on a weekly basis; The Daily Mail provided 10 free laptops; Vodaphone provided 8- top Up cards; generous benefactors who donated warm clothing; Motherwell Disclose for their financial donation and Freedom City Church who donated food parcels and numerous childrens toys – many of which were given to our local Family Learning Centre to distribute.  The school continues to distribute parcels of food to the local community with over 60 going out this week alone.   Carolyn Rooney, Head Teacher  said “We cannot thank everyone who has helped us support our pupils at Braidhurst enough – we are indebted to you”.

S3 FITNESS SUITE INDUCTION

On Thursday 29th April a group of luck S3 pupils received an induction into the school’s brand new fitness suite.  The S5 PE Life Skills class led the induction which offered them an opportunity to enhance their inter-personal skills whilst ensuring that the S3 pupils will remain safe whilst using this fantastic resource.

Mental Health Ambassador Applications

Applications are now open to current S5 pupils to be a Mental Health Ambassador. A form can be collected from Miss Lyttle and should be returned by Monday 10th May. See the video below for a bit more info on what is involved….

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