Our Lady’s camera club members focus on museum visit

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THE Our Lady’s Photography Club enjoyed a morning at the photomedia studio in Summerlee Museum with art teacher Lorena Steinert and learning resource centre manager Jennifer Macfadyen.

The group learned about lighting and backdrops and how to use their cameras to get the best shots.

Everyone in the group took a turn posing for portraits and worked well with each other to get the best shots and the outstanding variety of props available certainly helped them lose their shyness.

After an interval everyone walked along the canal path taking shots of icy water, swan life and the wonderful Summerlee exhibits along the route, with lots of advice from the professional photographers.

On reaching the cottages, the pupils had the special privilege of being allowed behind the barriers to get more close up photographs and try their cameras out with the different light in each room.

A final walk back up to the top of the museum, taking more pictures all the way before lunch, and back to school.

Cardinal Newman High

One of the activities during home room studies at Cardinal Newman High last week was Dilemma Day.

Pupils were given fictional situations that reflected the kind of real-life situations in which young people often find themselves faced with a dilemma.

These were then thrown open to wide-ranging discussions with the aim of dealing with the dilemma in as positive a fashion as possible.

Brannock High

BRANNOCK is to go transatlantic after being invited by the Scottish Government to take part in an innovative International School Meals Day activity.

Scotland and the USA are planning to twin four primary schools and four secondary schools in the respective countries with Brannock taking the place of one of the four secondary schools.

The first ‘meeting’ between the USA and Scottish schools will take place on International School Meals Day and will be centred on a school food theme.

Braidhurst High

BRAIDHURST’S S3 netball team secured a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup with a win against Glennifer High School.

In the first quarter Braidhurst took the lead after a strong start as great shooting was displayed by goal shooter Holly Worton and goal attack Gillian Scott.

Braidhurst continued to play well to lead 18-8 at half-time and and although Glennifer maintained their efforts they were not able to come back and Braidhurst won 24-9.

The S1 team were also victorious when they played against Clyde Valley.

Clyde Valley took an early lead but Braidhurst were quick to equalise and the game was very tight with both teams scoring goal for goal.

Excellent interceptions from goal defence Lucy Blackwood provided Braidhurst with more attacking opportunities and they went on to win 8-6.

Clyde Valley High

THIRD year pupil Reagan Binnie secured a very creditable third place in the 800 metres final at the recent Scottish Schools Indoor Athletics Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

This was Reagan’s first competition since moving up to the under-16 age group and bodes well for her future participation in the event.

Taylor High

TAYLOR High’s music department provided the musical liturgy for the cluster mass held at St John Bosco Church, New Stevenston.

The annual service gave the community the opportunity to come together in celebration of Catholic Education Week.

Parents, pupils and staff from all schools associated with the Taylor cluster attended the mass celebrated by Father Haddock, parish priest of Christ The King and St John Bosco.

St Aidan’s High

THERE was jubilation all round when St Aidan’s were declared the winners of the prestigious North Lanarkshire Battle of the Bands competition and Nicholas McDonald was also awarded the Performer of the Year.

The band, Easy Company, comprising Ryan Hardie, Nicholas McDonald, Jamie Donaldson, Ryan Cairns, Ciaran Hamilton, Ciaran Greig and Anthony McDonald from S5 and S6 performed to a packed auditorium at Motherwell Civic Centre.

The pupils performed a cover of ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ by Swedish House Mafia and their original composition entitled ‘Last Regrets’.

Bellshill Academy

FIVE of Bellshill Academy’s senior students represented the school at North Lanarkshire Council’s annual Battle of the Bands rock competition.

Natasha Mains, Shannon Ritchie, Richard Callaghan, Rachael Bulloch and Rianna Buckley performed under the name of As Silence Falls.

Despite only being together as a band for two months the students were an absolute credit to the school and performed two songs - one cover version and one of their own compositions.

The band will be performing at assemblies during the next few weeks.

For a full round-up of schools news see this week’s Motherwell Times or Bellshill Speaker,