Honours on a roll for student Melissa
Braidhurst High’s Melissa Rodger
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.
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.