Hon­ours on a roll for stu­dent Melissa

Braid­hurst High’s Melissa Rodger

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Ex­cel­lence and Eq­uity Education Awards

The awards keep com­ing for Braid­hurst High S4 pupil Melissa Rodger, who re­cently re­ceived the Pupils’ Lead­ing Learn­ing award at the NLC Ex­cel­lence and Eq­uity Awards cer­e­mony.

Melissa was also given the hon­our of giv­ing the vote of thanks to close the event.

In front of many stake­hold­ers in education, Melissa thanked all who at­tended, from the host Heather Reid OBE, and Is­abelle Boyd CBE, to Sir John Jones who gave an in­spi­ra­tional speech.

It has been a busy year for this Braid­hurst High School stu­dent as she has had to bal­ance the suc­cess of re­ceiv­ing sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the Princess Diana Award which is given to young cit­i­zens who have had a pos­i­tive im­pact in the lives of young peo­ple cou­pled with her de­sire to en­cour­age the up­take of Sci­ence, En­gi­neer­ing, Tech­nol­ogy, Math­e­mat­ics (STEM), while keep­ing up with her school work for the SQA ex­ams.

Well done to this very hard work­ing and com­mit­ted stu­dent.

BGE grad­u­a­tion

S3 pupils cel­e­brated be­ing suc­cess­ful learn­ers when they grad­u­ated from the BGE (S1-S3) to the Se­nior Phase (S4–S6).

The fo­cus was cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess with an em­pha­sis on the young learn­ers’ ca­reer jour­neys in ap­ply­ing skills for learn­ing, skills for life and skills for work.

There was mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment from S3 pupils, a pre­sen­ta­tion from S3 World of Work Am­bas­sadors and panel of in­vited guests.

Karen and Emma Baird, for­mer pupils, shared their ca­reer jour­ney as own­ers of Fun­tas­tica, a thriv­ing lo­cal busi­ness com­pris­ing of a gift shop, cof­fee shop and dance stu­dio.

Joseph Martin, the school’s Ca­reer Ad­viser, shared valu­able in­for­ma­tion on his role in sup­port­ing pupils in the se­nior phase.

Pauline O’Neill, CIO for NLC, had re­cently vis­ited the school to see De­vel­op­ing Young Work­force in action, and we were de­lighted that joined us to cel­e­brate and en­cour­age our young peo­ple in their jour­ney.

The fi­nal speaker, Kieran Aitken, MD of Or­bit En­ter­prise Education and young en­tre­pre­neur, shared his in­spi­ra­tional suc­cess story. Thanks to all staff in­volved in or­gan­is­ing such a suc­cess­ful and in­spir­ing event.

S6 leavers’ lunch

Congratulations to the S6 on their lunch. Mrs Rooney started off the cel­e­bra­tion with an in­spir­ing talk on look­ing to­wards the fu­ture and dis­cov­er­ing more about life and her hope for the pupils’ suc­cess and hap­pi­ness.

Next, Han­nah Gor­don and Joseph Farmer, the school cap­tains, shared their mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences of their time at Braid­hurst.

The nos­tal­gia con­tin­ued as Ms An­der­son shared her mem­o­ries of each in­di­vid­ual pupil when they first ar­rived at Braid­hurst based on what they had writ­ten about them­selves in Pri­mary 7.

These anec­dotes were ac­com­pa­nied by a slide show put to­gether by Mr Craw­ford, from the mu­sic depart­ment, which com­pared their S1 and S6 pho­to­graphs.

Al­though they may have vis­i­bly changed they had all re­tained their own unique per­son­al­i­ties and qual­i­ties. There was also a mon­tage of pho­tos from school events, and trips backed by a sound­track of Tay­lor McQuoid singing.

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