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Special award

Braidhurst High rector Derrick Hannan makes a special presentation marking Elizabeth Martin's 50 years of workinglife.

Braidhurst High rector Derrick Hannan makes a special presentation marking Elizabeth Martin's 50 years of workinglife.

Braidhurst rector Derrick Hannan recently made a presentation to school science technician Elizabeth Martin who completed 50 years of working life.

Mr Hannan said: “In all my years in teaching I have never come across a more able and hard-working colleague.

“Mrs Martin was given well deserved special mention by HMIe during the most recent inspection.

“She is a very special person and she contributes in so many ways to this school.

“It is hard to imagine anyone completing such a length of service.

“ She is quite simply an inspiration.”

Parents’ meetings

The school’s Parent Teachers and Friends Association held a meeting recently to discuss the race night to be held in the Davie Cooper Suite at Fir Park on Friday, October 4.

Parents will be given more information in due course. Raffle prizes and sponsorship details are available from the partnership officer Linda McGurk at the school.

Parent council members recently held their first meeting of the session when academic results were the main topic of discussion.

Mr Hannan outlined the array of measures used by the school by way of additional help, including supported study and Easter school.

Fun run

Braidhurst recently decided to focus the annual charity fun run on Children in Need in Syria.

Physics teacher Zaf Hussain delivered very thought provoking assemblies for all pupils in an effort to maximise sponsor money for the cause.


University visit

The Advanced Higher English class spent a morning at the library of Glasgow University recently.

The library offers reference access to Advanced Higher students, whose research includes detailed dissertations on a specific aspect of English literature.

Prior to their visit principal English teacher Elaine Millar and learning resource centre manager Jennifer Macfadyen taught the class the variety of academic sources available to them, how to use the university library catalogue, and how the library’s classification system worked, but the class were still surprised by the hundreds of thousands of books suddenly available to them over 12 floors.

Reconnected visit

Pupils in second and third year were entertained last Tuesday by Manchester pop band and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Reconnected.

Two of the three band members, brothers Max and Harry Mondryk, performed a numbers of their songs including their new release. Unfortunately Matt Fitzgerald was unable to come along to the school due to an injury which he sustained during a performance.

The boys have spent most of the year visiting schools as well as supporting Little Mix on their tour of Britain and the Our Lady’s pupils thoroughly enjoyed the very lively performance and welcomed the opportunity to get photographs as well as autographs.


PE activities

The PE department has a whole host of extra-curricular activities lined up for pupils.

On Mondays Mr Rance and Mrs Reilly will be taking the badminton club (S1–S6) in the games hall from 1.10pm-1.40pm and after School Mr McCann will take the girls’ football club (S1–S4) from 3.30-4.30pm on the astro grass.

On Tuesdays Mr Fagan takes the fitness club (S1–S6) from 1.10pm-1.40pm in the games hall.

On Wednesdays Mr Fagan takes the basketball club (S4–S6) in the games hall from 1.10pm-1.40pm and after school Miss Clyde and Mrs Maxton take the netball club (S1–S6) from 3.30-4.30pm in the games hall and large gym.

On Thursdays Mr Fagan takes the basketball club (S4–S6) from 1.10pm-1:40pm in the games hall and after school Mrs Ferguson takes the girls’ fitness club (S1–S6) from 3.30-4.30pm in the small gym.

On Fridays Mr Fagan and seniors run the basketball club (S1–S3) from 1.10-1.40pm in the large gym.

Every lunchtime there is also table tennis for S1–S6 and fitness in the small gym.

Hospitality addition

The junior hospitality academy at Cardinal Newman High has welcomed Kieran Malone as a new addition to the staff of the faculty of health, food and hospitality.

He joins Cardinal Newman as a ‘modern apprentice’, being the successful candidate of a highly competitive interview selection process for which more than 40 candidates applied.

Kieran, a former pupil of Cardinal Newman, is now an employee of North Lanarkshire Council and will work towards his SVQ Level 3 in Food Production & Cooking.


Rugby return

Dalziel’s rugby team made a return to the playing field much earlier than usual this session when they welcomed Duncanrig to Dalziel Park.

There were two games scheduled although the Dalziel S1/2 side was a shadow of what it will hopefully become as a number of players were unavailable.

Players were shared and a training game ensued with the EK boys a good bit more streetwise than their Dalziel hosts.

The S3/4 game was an excellent opener for both sides with Dalziel’s three debutants – Kyle Montgomery, Brandon Bartell and Stuart Gray – all looking the part and contributing well.

In the backs Ross Mitchell and Andrew Gillespie led the way and provided some excellent go forward ball, as did captain Alan Bowles at hooker.

Gillespie scored Dalziel’s only try while in reply Duncanrig ran in three scores to win 15-5.

Training continues on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5pm.

The school has entered the Brewin Dolphin Cup again and a change in format will mean five games to be played before the middle of November.


Theatre visit

The Kickstart Theatre Company presented a fun-filled, but hard-hitting anti-social behaviour message to S4 pupils at Clyde Valley High last week.

The cast, all members of the partner organisations of the police, health and other community support services, challenged pupils to appreciate fully both the individual and community consequences of behaviour far too prevalent in today’s society.

St Andrew’s fun run

Clyde Valley looks like having its highest ever number of participants in the annual St Andrew’s Hospice schools 6k fun run at Strathclyde Park on Sunday, September 22.

Claire Douglas of the English department has been busy recruiting pupil and staff participants, while Claire Hughes of the PE department has been holding light training sessions for those wishing to stretch or discover muscles prior to the event.

Morrisons vouchers

Clyde Valley is collecting ‘Let’s Grow’ vouchers from Morrisons.

The school’s nurture support groups hope to be able to trade these for gardening equipment and plants for use around the school.

Vouchers can be handed into reception or directly to partnership officer Esther Craig.


Hospice fun run

Bellshill Academy will be participating in this year’s St Andrew’s Hospice 6K road race and fun run which will take place on Sunday, September 22, at 10.30am at Strathclyde Park.

Last year, students and teachers who took part in the event raised over £2,600 for the hospice and seniors are fully committed to beating that figure this year.

Registration forms are available from Miss Mitchell or Mrs Lennox and there is an entry fee of £5 for pupils and £10 for staff.

Hospice ambassadors

This year senior students have the opportunity to become an ambassador for St Andrew’s Hospice.

Those interested in this very worthwhile opportunity can speak to Miss Mitchell regarding the role.

Golfing success

Congratulations go to the Academy’s team of golfers who won the senior schools golf competition, sponsored by Motherwell & Wishaw Rotary club. The boys, who played at Wishaw Golf Club on September 2, were - Jonathon Scott of S4 and S5 pupils Greg Edney, Michael Louden and Bailey Lindsay.

The competition involved six North Lanarkshire secondary schools.

From each team of four the best three aggregate Stableford points scores counted and the Academy boys won with a total of 103 points.


Patronal mass

The annual patronal feast day mass of St Aidan was held in the school recently.

All S1 and S6 pupils attended the mass which was led by Bishop Toal, Bishop of Argyll & the Isles, accompanied by Father Gerry Maguinness, St Aidan’s High chaplain, local clergy, a visiting Franciscan Friar and Fr Ness of St Bride’s in East Kilbride.

Ben Mournian, presently training to be a priest at the Scots College in Rome, also attended and prepared the altar servers for their important role.

Also in attendance were representatives from North Lanarkshire Council, headteachers from associated primary schools and members of the parent council.

Careers event

A group of 35 S5 and S6 pupils attended a higher education careers event in the Time Capsule in Coatbridge, organised by Career Scotland representatives of the main Scottish universities and the Scottish Rural Agricultural Colleges and Motherwell College, the RAF and the Navy.

Pupils collected valuable information from the various presenters.

XL group

The school has congratulated 4XL on their selection as one of three finalists in the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success Awards in the community impact category.

This is in recognition of the impact that their powerful and thought provoking short movie about cyber-bullying has had, both in St Aidan’s and in the wider community of North Lanarkshire.

The students worked with Kirsty McCabe, a professional special effect make-up artist, and Reel Time to produce a DVD that will be issued to all secondary schools in North Lanarkshire to highlight the negative effects of cyber-bullying.


Celebrating success

The second and final Celebrating Success ceremony - for pupils who were in fourth to sixth year last session - took place recently.

Guest of honour and principal speaker was Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, chief executive of the charity Mary’s Meals, who gave a truly inspirational speech about the origins of the charity and its worldwide impact over the years.

The event recognised the success of students on a wide variety of fronts, including academic achievement, consistency of effort and application, contribution to school and community and sporting success, and was, as always, a very successful evening.

The musical showcase for the ceremony, presented by pupils of the music department, was spectacular with moving performances by the school choir, vocal soloists, and jazz band.

The night proved extremely poignant and moving in places and all the young people are congratulated on their success.

Praise from Parliament

The school community was delighted to discover that it had been the subject of a motion proposed at the Scottish Parliament by Clare Adamson MSP.

She commended the Mairi MacIntyre Public Speaking competition that was held in school in June for Primary 7 pupils.

The competition, organised by principal English teacher Mary Jo Burton, was instigated last year as a tribute to Mairi MacIntyre who taught English in the school from 1998 until her death in 2011.

The motion commended everyone involved in the competition and congratulated St. Mary’s Primary, Cleland, on winning the event for the second year running.

It further congratulated all of the primary school participants who tackled this year’s theme ‘The Internet, help or hindrance?’ with eloquence and poise.