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Not Just A Game!! August 2011

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Welcome to what we hope will be a regular look at what is going on in the sporting world at Braes High School. Last session was the tenth anniversary of our school opening, and in that time the school has built an ever growing reputation for sporting success in a number of activities. We will bring you all the latest reports from those activities as our pupils attempt to maintain that reputation both locally and nationally. Hope you enjoy!

insidetoday Review of last year. This year’s hopes Who/What to look out for! Active Schools Falkirk Awards Ceremony June 2011

Sports School of the Year Sporting success celebrated Active-Schools Falkirk held its inaugural Sports and Volunteers awards ceremony on the last week of last term. More than 200 pupils took part in an extensive prizewinners’ list covering 20 categories. Braes High School was named sports school of the year, having achieved most sporting success throughout the region. The school swimming team won the Falkirk Secondary Schools swimming championships last October then the athletics championships in May and the S1/S2 girls football prize. Active-schools co-ordinator Keith Bunyan said “This award recognizes the high school that has achieved and participated most throughout the year and this is fantastic recognition for Fiona Parkhouse and all the staff at Braes for a truly great sporting year.”

As well as the team successes mentioned above, we had numerous pupils nominated for other awards being presented on the night. Blair Fowler (now s4) was runner up in the Active Schools Sports Person of the Year (Junior S1-3). Katie Hunter (ex S6) won Volunteer of the Year - Secondary Pupil. This award was for a secondary school pupil who was volunteering with Active Schools and substantially contributing to the delivery of sport and physical activity within Falkirk. And finally Mr Brown won School Sports Coach of the Year This award was for the member of school staff or coach who has gone above and beyond to deliver school sports opportunities for all pupils in 2010 – 2011. Apart from our award winners we had numerous other nominees in virtually every category. For a full list go to Falkirk Active Schools website.

Index .

Football Review/Prospects Page 2

Basketball/Hockey Review/Prospects Page 3

Athletics Review Page 4

Athletics Flashback Page 5

Table Tennis /Fencing Page 6

Miss Parkhouse has been promoted (!?!) to guidance for the next twelve months. Stepping into the Schools Sports Co-ordinator post will be Mr. Brown and Mr. MacWhirter. We will need to see if two heads prove to be better than one. We wish them well in their attempt to emulate not only the successes of last year but also in increasing the number of participants and activities being offered Good Luck!

Swimming Review Page 7

Profile Page 8

Badminton /Dance Page 9/10

Extra Curricular Page 11

What’s on Page12


FOOTBALL: We start our look back at last session with football. Our 2nd year boys team won the Forth Valley under 14 league title in a nail biting penalty kick shoot out against St Mungo’s High School at Ochilview Park (Stenhousemuir). This was the first Trophy ever won by a Braes High School Boys football team. They played some outstanding football to comprehensively beat their rivals on the way to that league play-off. In the regional cup they faced St Mungo's HS yet again, but were forced to field a weakened team and any chance of a league and cup double were extinguished. They also suffered a shock defeat at the regional 7-a-side championships at Falkirk Stadium as other schools raised their level of performance against them.

Under 14 League

Under 14 League

U14 A Division

U14 B Division

Team

Pld Pts

Team

Pld

Pts

Dunblane High

10

18

Braes High Sch

9

16

Stirling High

9

17

St. Mungo's A

10

16

Balfron High

9

11

Larbert High

6

11

St. Modan's

7

10

Graeme High

9

10

Alva Academy

6

7

Bo'ness Aca

8

10

Denny High Sch

5

5

Falkirk High

8

9

This Year’s prospects: Pressure is on to produce another successful season. They have set themselves up as the team to beat locally at this level, but with numerous talented individuals they are more than capable of repeating their success. A longer run in the Scottish cup should also be a target. Quite a few of this squad should also be candidates for the Under 15 Forth Valley Regional team. The Senior Boy’s team was in probably the most competitive league in the district. Both Larbert and Falkirk High School reached the last four of the Scottish Cup with the former winning the final at Hampden.

Senior League

Senior League

Senior League A

Senior League B

Team

Team

Pld Pts

Pld

Pts

St. Modan's

8

16

Falkirk High

7

14

Wallace High

9

16

Larbert High

5

13

Bannockburn

6

11

St. Mungo's A

7

8

Alloa Academy

3

6

Braes High Sch

7

7

Balfron High

6

4

Graeme High

6

3

Stirling High

8

3

This Year’s prospects A year older and hopefully wiser we should improve on last season, and who knows what might happen if we get off to a good start. This age group is always competitive, with Larbert and St Mungo’s expected to field strong teams again.

Our S1 Boy’s team found it difficult to perform consistentlyalways a problem at this level.

Under 13 League Section B Team

Pld Pts

St. Mungo's A

8

15

Graeme High

6

15

Larbert High

7

12

Denny High Sch

6

12

Grangemouth

5

9

Braes High Sch

7

9

Falkirk High

9

0

This Year’s prospects: Hopes are high that our new S1 team could spring a surprise or two locally. Wallacestone, Shieldhill and California Primary Schools all performed really well in the primary school championships held at Falkirk Stadium-so the talent is there. Our S1/S2 Girls Team was a revelation throughout the season. Playing outstanding football throughout, they won the Forth Valley league by a record number of points. They continued that success in the Falkirk District Championships held at Falkirk Stadium and did really well to hold off a spirited Falkirk High School in the final. They were unlucky to draw Greenwood Academy (Irvine) in Regional Qualifying for the National 7-a-side Championships. The school from Irvine went on to win the National Title at Ochilview, a feat repeated by Hawick High School, our first round opponent’s in the National Under 15 Shield. TOP 3 PLACES (ten schools) Plyd W

D

L

F

A

Pts

1

84

8

99

1

Braes High

38

31

6

2

Balfron High

38

15

2

32

38

49

3

Denny High

38

14

7

34

44

49

This Year’s prospects: It will be extremely difficult to repeat last year’s performances-but we have another bunch of talented girls in the junior school, who will be equally as keen to bring success. In the National Under 15 Girls Shield we hopefully cannot be as unlucky as to draw another Hawick High School-so the aim is to progress a little bit further than last year. Our talented Third Year Girls must now progress to play at Senior Girls level locally-and if we continue to produce the quality of football we did last year we could provide a shock or two. This will be quite a competitive league as St Mungo’s HS and Falkirk HS contested the Senior Girls Scottish Cup Final last session. Final word goes to our Staff 5-side team that plays against the Senior pupils most Fridays after school. Despite having to play a couple of Fifty Something’s, they remain unbeaten since the turn of the year. Our new crop of Senior pupils got a taste of possibly what’s to come on the last day of term when they lost 12-2. No substitute for experience!!!


Basketball: Eight Scottish Cup finals in six years established Braes High as one of the top schools in the country in this activity. However, it has been a couple of years since our last success, and our place as top dog in the region has come under threat from both Falkirk and Larbert High Schools. There were signs last year that normal service might be about to be resumed though as a couple of teams managed to reach the national play-offs. Our s1 boys team did really well throughout the year. BasketballScotland in their greater wisdom decided to return to a conference style format for Qualifying for the National Finals. Our boys won their four conference games (mainly against opposition from Edinburgh) and this gained them a place in the Quarter finals at the Peak in Stirling. Unfortunately we came up against a really good team in Culloden High School and our hopes disappeared. Our opponents went on to comfortably win this age group-proving once again that if you want success at this stage you must have a primary programme in place. This Year’s prospects: This squad has been practising non-stop since that defeat, so since hard work and dedication are qualities required for success their target is to go further than last year. Hopefully we will also have stretched. Our talented team are definitely vertically challenged when it comes to playing some of these other schools.

Our S1-3 Boys team surprised everyone (probably including themselves) by winning the Falkirk District School’s League. They went through this competition undefeated and improved individually and collectively as each month passed-so much so that some of them are now featuring at National League level. Unfortunately we could not repeat that form in the Active Schools Competition held at Grangemouth Sports Complex near the end of term and they finished rd 3 after losing a winner takes all game against Larbert High School in the group stages-and yes you’ve guessed it, they went on to win it. This Year’s prospects: The boys who played last year must now step up to play at Senior Boys level in the Falkirk League, and much like the football, this is tough. Our new S2 boys will find this competition a challenge-but if our talented third years step up to the plate we might just retain this trophy. Biggest challenge will probably come from St Mungo’swho are huge!!

Our S1 girls team paid the price for there being no other school in the region playing basketball at this age, and had to compete in an extremely tough conference against Mary Erskine and Boroughmuir High School. Boroughmuir had the outstanding player in the country at this age but that still wasn’t enough as they got beat by a superior team from Portobello HS in the final. This Year’s prospects: Much depends on the draw. We arguably have the strongest team in the region at S2 level but might have to travel through to Edinburgh yet again. Our S2 Girls team proved to be a handful –just ask Wallace HS and Larbert HS in the Conference qualifying games- but this group also included Falkirk High School and we had to settle for 2nd place and qualifying for Play-Offs as one of the best runner-up. As luck would have it we came up against another Highland school In Millburn Academy and they proved too strong. Falkirk High comfortably emerged as National Champions In the Regional Championships we took a new looking team to Grangemouth and comfortably beat Larbert HS with probably our best display of the year, but suffered the same fate against Falkirk High as previously. This Year’s prospects: We have a talented squad at S3 level but will probably have to play you know who in the conference games. Maybe they have peaked!!! Our Senior Girls team also suffered the same fate as the S2 squad. Comfortably beat Larbert HS, then close but no cigar against Falkirk HS in the Conference games. FHS reached the final but then surprisingly lost to Park Main HS This Year’s prospects; This team has two of the top players in the country and if we can find another 4 or 5 talented, hard working individuals who knows what we might achieve. Again the draw will be all important as we might also have to travel to Edinburgh to play-but Ailie, Robyn and Kelly will be looking for a third Scottish Cup winner’s medal before they leave.

Braes do the hockey okay

S1-S3 Boys Basketball League Standings

1 2 3 4 5 6

Braes St Mungo’s Larbert Denny Graeme Falkirk

Played

Won

Lost

Points

5 5 5 5 5 5

5 4 3 2 1 0

0 1 2 3 4 5

10 9 8 7 6 5

26/04/11. Braes High School. Hockey tournament for secondary schools first in the district

Braes High School hosted the first Falkirk Schools Hockey tournament in April - and won the final. The home side’s senior team was victorious and followed up by a Junior Section win for Graeme High. Teams from St Mungo’s, Larbert, Graeme and Braes High entered. The Hockey club continues to attract healthy numbers and aims this year include setting up a more regular fixture list.


Athletics:

Our individual Results were as follows

Braes High school was the schools winner

S1/2 Girls 4x100m Relay

at the Grangemouth Stadium as Forth

2

Valley Active Schools held their annual

S1/2 Girls 100m

athletics championship for secondary

4

Hannah Eunson

14.0

13

10

school pupils.

10

Sheena Elmslie

15.2

8.0

11

Last year the sun split the sky, this time

Girls S1/S2 200m

around it wasn’t quite so nice, but the youngsters still excelled. Braes topped the schools competition with 416 points, followed by Falkirk High in

Braes High School

59.6

pts

S1/2 Boys4x100m Relay

14

1

Braes High School

pts 54.8

12

Ross Heenan

14.6

6.5

Colin Riddle

14.6

6.5

S1/2 Boys 100m

Boys S1/S2 200m

3

Hannah Eunson

29.3

13.0

1

Ross Callahan

28.0

12.5

5

Taylor Bardsley

30.2

11.0

8

Ross Heenan

30.1

6.5

Girls S1/S2 800m

Boys S1/S2 800m

7

Rebecca Murray

2.56.4

6.0

4

Mark Scott

2.29.3

9.0

11

Eilidh Johnston

3.15.1

3.0

6

Craig Hunter

2.42.6

7.0

second and Denny High in third.

Girls S1/S2 Shot

The school was helped on by winners in the

2

Lois Henderson

8.01

15.0

2

Andrew Morrison

10.71

10.0

4x100m relay race for S1 and S2 boys.

16

Heather Young

5.47

3.0

8

Sean Brown

9.64

5.0

Braes’ Nic Hammerton excelled in the

Girls S1/S2 Javelin

Javelin, throwing more than 102m and

1

Heather Young

13.75

10.0

6

Ian Hutchison

23.45

6.0

gaining 12 points for the school in the S3/S4

3

Rebecca Murray

11.32

8.0

8

Andrew Morrison

21.12

4.0

category. Heather Young also threw 13.75

Girls S1/S2 Long Jump

winning distance in the S1/S2 girls event.

10

Lois Henderson

3.66

7.0

1

Ross Callahan

4.79

14.0

12

Megan Bardsley

3.21

6.0

5

Colin Riddle

4.09

10.0

The other winner for Braes was Ross Callaghan who jumped 4.7m in the long jump. He also shared top spot in the S1/S2

Boys S1/S2 Shot

Boys S1/S2 Javelin

Boys S1/S2 Long Jump

Girls S1/S2 High Jump

Boys S1/S2 High Jump

5

Megan Bardsley

1.30

10.5

2

Sean Brown

1.25

12.0

12

Courtney McNiven

1.10

2.5

5

Ciaran Nelson

1.25

8.5

62.4

6.0

55.6

2.0

boys 200m race, tying with Denny High’s Blair Forbes on 28 seconds.

Girls S3/S4 4x100m

However it was Braes’ runners up and

2

performances outwith the gold medal

Girls S3/S4 100m

position that pushed their tally up.

4

Emerald Jeffrey

14.8

6.0

3

Nic Hammerton

12.9

10.0

St Mungo’s High had the most winners -

5

Alison Goodbrand

15.0

5.0

13

Ross Habberfield

14.1

2.0

with 12, followed by Denny High’s seven

Girls S3/S4 200m

and Falkirk High’s five.

3

Charlotte Bibby

32.2

5.0

6

Nic Hammerton

27.2

6.5

4

Alison Goodbrand

32.5

4.0

7

Callum Rennie

27.5

5.0

(Courtesy of Falkirk Herald)

Braes High

Boys S3/S4 4x100m Braes High

Boys S3/S4 100m

Boys S3/S4 200m

Girls S3/S4 800m

This competition has a unique points system and favours the schools that have competitors in each event. It truly is a team event and encourages every athlete to achieve as high a placing as possible. It really was well done to all our team as every point proved valuable. Some schools had outstanding athletes winning every event they entered but forgot it was the TEAM that mattered.

5

Boys S3/S4 800m

2

Sophie Anderson

3.17.5

5.0

12

Rowan Miller

2.55.3

2.0

3

Nicole Paterson

3.26.1

4.0

13

Alan Dunn

2.58.1

1.0

Girls S3/S4 Shot

Boys S3/S4 Shot

3

Jodie Crawford

6.77

5.0

2

Ian Elrick

10.89

10.0

4

Kirsty Forsyth

6.42

4.0

3

Callum Rennie

10.84

9.0

Girls S3/S4 Javelin

Boys S3/S4 Javelin

2

Jodie Crawford

12.09

5.0

1

Nic Hammerton

102.25

12.0

4

Kirsty Forsyth

10.62

3.0

5

Ian Elrick

77.95

8.0

Girls S3/S4 Long Jump

Boys S3/S4 Long Jump

3

Alison Goodbrand

3.78

7.0

7

Nic Hammerton

4.64

7.0

4

Sophie Anderson

3.66

6.0

8

Alan Dunn

4.63

6.0

Girls S3/S4 High Jump

Boys S3/S4 High Jump

5

Jodie Crawford

1.25

3.0

9

Blair Hoggan

1.40

4.0

9

Nicole Paterson

1.10

1.0

11

Euan Cassells

1.30

3.0


Athletics Cont’d: The Forth Valley Regional Athletic Championships also took place at Grangemouth Stadium. This event not only includes the Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannan High Schools, but also Dollar Academy and Queen Victoria, so any success achieved here is well earned. Heather Young repeated her success in the javelin as did Ross Callahan in the Long Jump and Nicholas Hammerton in the javelin.

The S1/2 Boys relay team from The Active Schools Championships. Other medal winning performances came from Lois Henderson (silver) in the shot Jodie Crawford(silver) in the javelin. Andrew Morrison and Ian Elrick also won silver medals in the shot putt. Bronze medals went to Jodie in shot putt and Alison Goodbrand in the long Jump.

FLASHBACK: Our Sports Day in June was opened by former pupil Sarah Inglis. Sarah is studying at Edinburgh University and graduates as a Physical Education Teacher in June 2012. Not only is she a talented athlete, but among her other sporting achievements at school, were winning the Forth Valley Girls 7-a-side Football League both at Junior and Senior Level. She was also a member of the Senior Girls Basketball Team that narrowly lost to St Andrews HS in 2007 Scottish Cup Final. Along with her sister Mhairi, they formed a formidable team and ensured Braes was at the forefront of Regional Cross=Country and Athletics Championships for several years.

Sarah Inglis wins silver and bronze gongs at Home Countries International Cross Country event Mar 31 2011 by Eric MacKinnon, West Lothian Courier

LOTHIAN Running Club’s Sarah Inglis sprinted to two different medals at the weekend’s Home Countries International Cross Country held at the Greenmount Campus, Antrim, Northern Ireland. Inglis brought the curtain down on her 2010/11 cross-country season by claiming an individual bronze medal and team silver in an event which was also her final cross country appearance at under-20 level. The Edinburgh University student was part of a Scottish quartet who contested the Women’s under-20 race over a 5400 metres course. In the early stages of the race it was Inglis and English duo Hannah Walker and Grace Nicholls who set a strong pace and gradually opened up a gap on the chasing pack, as the race progressed it was Walker who surged clear and she would race on to take the title. The battle for the runners-up spot saw Nicholls get the better of Inglis over the last lap, the latter however maintained her form all the way to the line and her tenacious performance was rewarded with a bronze medal completing the course in 19 minutes 36 seconds. With Sarah’s team mates Beth Duff and Jo Moultrie coming home in fifth and ninth places respectively the Scottish team took the silver medals — 10 points behind winners England. It has been another good cross country season for the Lothian club athlete who, after returning from a knee injury added to Saturday’s medals with silvers in both the National and East District Championship’s and gold in the Scottish 4k. Sarah heads off today (Thursday) with a contingent of Scottish athletes for a spell of warm weather training in Portugal.

Event Perf

Pos

Venue

Meeting

5.4KXC 19:36

3

Antrim

Home Countries International

8 May 11 28 May 11

3000

9:34.01

3

Scottish U20/Senior Glasgow Loughborough Trials

5000

17:03.53

14

Sportcity BMC Nike Grand Prix

5000

17:29.38

3

5000

18:10.87

2

h1

Date 26 Mar 11

Bedford BUCS Championships

2 May 11

Bedford BUCS Championships

30 Apr 11

1500 4:32.32

3

Grangemouth Scottish Schools Championships

8 Jun 07

800 2:15.95

3

Grangemouth Scottish Schools Championships

9 Jun 07


Table Tennis: As you will see from the long list of achievements below, this is arguably, THE most successful sport in the school at present. Blair Fowler (now s4) was runner up in the Active Schools Sports Person of the Year (Junior S1-3). He is not alone though as the school has several extremely talented individuals. Stirlingshire Schools Championships

Blair Fowler:

Under 12 Boys:

Winner: Christopher Wheeler (Wallacestone PS) Runner-up: Jamie Arnott (Braes HS) Under 14 Boys:

Winner: Blair Fowler (Braes HS) Runner-up: Christopher Wheeler (Wallacestone PS) Under 16 Boys:

Winner: Alexander Wheeler (Braes HS) Runner-up: Mark Exton (Dunblane HS) Under 16 Girls:

Winner: Lara Stirling (Braes HS) Runner-up: Jennifer Hart (Braes HS)

Scottish Schools Under 14 Boys Winner Scottish Cadet Assessment Winner West of Scotland Open Cadet Boys and Men’s Band 2 Winner Scottish National Championships Cadet Boys Winner Scottish National Championships Junior Boys Doubles Finalist Derby Junior 4* Cadet Boys Winner Cadet Six Nations Individual Bronze Medal

Alexander Wheeler Scottish Schools Under 16 Finalist Lara Stirling: Scottish National Championships Junior Girls Finalist Scottish National Championships Junior Girls Doubles Winner Scottish National Championships Ladies Doubles Finalist Scottish Schools Under 16 Girls Winner Kweilin Junior Open Junior Girls Winner

Jennifer Hart: Scottish National Championships Ladies Doubles Finalist Scottish National Championships Junior Girls Doubles Winner Scottish Schools Under 16 Girls 3rd Place.

Blair Fowler (S4)

Don’t think the school can claim too much influence on these successes apart from offering a morale boosting exhibition success against some poor member of staff. Viva Grange TTC!

Fencing: Another successful club, which takes place on Monday after school from 4.-6 pm. At the Scottish Schools Team Championships held in Edinburgh all the hard work resulted in the following:

Event: U15/O15 Boys Sabre - Open Team Cadet Men's Saber 1 Linlithgow A - A Adams, McCourt, Thomson 2 Braes HS - A Coulter, Freeman, Williamson 3 Braes HS - B De Sainte Croix, Thomson, Thomson 4 Linlithgow A - C Campbell, Douglas, Manson 5 Linlithgow A - B Mackay, Mason, Yeats 6 Braes HS - C Middleton, Reynolds, Thomson Event: U15/O15 Boys Epee - Open Team Men's Epee 1 Linlithgow A - A Adams, McCourt, Thomson 2 Braes HS - B De Sainte Croix, Thomson, Thomson 3 Braes HS - A Coulter, Freeman, Williamson 4 Linlithgow A - B Mackay, Mason, Yeats 5 Linlithgow A Campbell, Douglas, Manson 6 Braes HS - C Middleton, Reynolds, Thomson Event: U15 Boys Team Foil - Open Team U-16 Men's Foil 1 Linlithgow A - C Campbell, Douglas, Manson 2 Dunblane HS Edwards, Jaffray, McArdle, McNichol 3 Braes HS - C Coulter, Freeman, Williamson Event: O15 Boys Team Foil - Open Team Cadet Men's Foil 1 2 3 4

rd

Robin Thomson was also 3 in the Over 16 Boys Foil In the individual championships.

Braes HS - A Linlithgow A - A Braes HS - B Linlithgow A - B

Braes HS Nathan Williamson Glen Coulter Calum Freeman

De Sainte Croix, Thomson, Thomson Adams, McCourt, Thomson Middleton, Reynolds, Thomson Mackay, Mason, Yeats

Braes HS Robin Thomson Kelvin Thomson Calum De Sainte Croix

Braes HS Andrew Thomson Conor Middleton Finlay Reynolds


Swimming:

There are quite a few excellent swimmers in the school (thanks entirely to the coaching in the local clubs). Although this is predominately an individual activity, Braes won the Falkirk Secondary Schools Swimming Championships held in October 2010 thanks to another outstanding team effort from pupils throughout the school (S1-6) Pictured opposite are Ciaran Nelson. Craig Brnes and Jack Gardner who received the Shield.

Scottish Schools Swimming Championships L1 Tollcross Glasgow -29/01/2011

In the Central Region Swimming Championships, held at Grangemouth, our pupils won 9 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Event 205 Girls 13-14 200 Metre Freestyle

Many of the medalists come from the list below and you can see how many talented swimmers there are in the school.

Name

Age School

Time

Splits

1 Rebecca Murray

14

Braes High

2:13.91 30.78 1:04.82 1:39.58 2:13.91

2 Megan Briggs

14

Mary Erskine

2:15.90 31.45 1:06.02 1:41.70 2:15.90

3

14

Perth Ac

2:17.63 30.64 1:05.48 1:42.14 2:17.63

Emily Horne

Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships at Tollcross, Glasgow 7th to 10th April 2011 (Falkirk Otters website)

Rebecca Murray: Gold 400 Free, 800 Free, Silver 1500 Free, Bronze 100 Free, 200 Free, 8th 400 IM, 10th 200 IM

Event 117 Boys 15-16 100 Metre Butterfly Name

Age

School

Time

Mark Szaranek

16

Auchmuty

57.46

26.92

57.46

2 Ian Elrick

15

Braes High

1:02.34

29.03

1:02.34

3 Rory MacKay

16

Heriots

1:03.13

29.36

1:03.13

1

Splits

Event 312 Girls 13-14 100 Metre Freestyle Name

Age School

Time

Splits

1 Tiffany Bachelet 14

Heriots

1:02.79 29.42

1:02.79

2 Rebecca Murray 14

Braes High 1:03.10 30.60

1:03.10

3 Emily Horne

Perth Ac

1:03.30

14

1:03.30 30.47

Event 108 Boys 13-14 200 Metre Individual Medley 8 Ciaran Nelson 14 Braes HS 2:41.48 Event 309 Boys 13-14 200 Metre Butterfly 9 Craig Barnes 13 Braes HS 2:51:16 Event 321 Boys 13-14 100 Metre Breaststroke 6 Ciaran Nelson 14 Braes HS 1:20:57

Boys 12yrs & under: Marc Elrick (Shieldhill PS): Bronze 50 Fly

Girls 16-18yrs: Erin Risk: 9th 200 Breast Ian Elrick: Gold 100 Breast, Silver 200 Fly, 200 Breast, Bronze 100 Fly, 4th 100 Free, 6th 200 IM, 8th 800 Free The Boys 11-14 yrs took Bronze in the 4 x 200 Freestyle, 4 x 100 Freestyle and 4 x 100 Medley. The teams consisted of Dale McAnish, Duncan Scott (Bo'ness), Callum Lawrie, Marc Elrick, Christopher Wall and Craig Barnes Rebecca Murray from Falkirk Otter ASC was selected to represent Scotland at the UK Schools Games in Sheffield in September. Rebecca was also selected for a British Open Water Camp in France and Italy for her performance in the 800 Freestyle

Milngavie & Bearsden Meet, Johnstone 28th & 29th May 2011 Boys 12 yrs: Gareth Habberfield : Gold 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 Back, 200 Free, Silver 200 IM Jack Gardner: Bronze 100 Back Boys 13-14yrs: Ross Habberfield: Gold 200 Free, Bronze 100 Free, 200 Back, 4th 100 Back, 5th 200 IM James Macfarlane: Bronze 200 Breast, 4th 100 Breast, 5th 200 Back, 6th 100 Back Boys 13yrs: James MacFarlane: Bronze 200 Breast, 4th 100 Breast, 5th 100 Back, 200 IM, 6th 100 Free, 200 Free, 200 Back


ATHLETE PROFILE

Rebecca Murray (s3) Swimming

Falkirk Otters Swimming Club (F.I.R.S.T-Falkirk Integrated Swim team)

Achievements(2010/2011):

DEVELOPMENT AIMS This squad will follow a training program based around West District, Scottish National Age Group level and also British Age Group. FIRST allows for more training and competitive opportunities for the older swimmers in the club and therefore continues the improvements that began in the club environment.

Scottish Schools Championships 200 metres freestyle –Gold Scottish Schools Championships 100 metres freestyle –Silver th

14 and under Scottish National Championships 800 metres freestyle -4 (fastest 13 year old) th 14 and under Scottish National Championships 400 metres freestyle-5 (fastest 13 yr old)

Remaining Targets for this Year: British Age group championships in Sheffield-ACHIEVED-see previous page Win a Scottish age group title at championships (April)-ACHIEVED-see previous page

Longer Term Targets: Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 Training programme: Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6-7.30 am

F.I.R.S.T. Grangemouth High School 5-7.00 pm

F.I.R.S.T. Grangemouth High School 5-7.30 pm

F.I.R.S.T. Grangemouth High School 5-7.00 pm

Sunday

6.30-9.00 am

Bo’ness (First)

F.I.R.S.T. Grangemouth High School 5-7.30 pm

Saturday

F.I.R.S.T. Grangemouth High School 5-7.30 pm

Competitions

How do you balance school life with training? “I get home and have something to eat then go to training. Once I have finished, I then do as much of the homework as I can then have my tea then I revise”.

Career aspirations: Scottish School Championships Tollcross: 29/01/ 2011 Event 205 Girls 13-14 200 Metre Freestyle

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Name

Age School

Rebecca Murray

14

Stroke - Long Course

Braes High

Time

Splits

2:13.91 30.78 1:04.82 1:39.58 2:13.91

Time

Scottish School Championships Tollcross: 29/01/ 2011 Event 312 Girls 13-14 100 Metre Freestyle

Date of Swim

Name

Age School

Time

Splits

1 Tiffany Bachelet 14

Heriots

1:02.79 29.42 1:02.79

2 Rebecca Murray 14

Braes High 1:03.10 30.60 1:03.10

Meet

Venue

Edinburgh International Age Group Championships

Glasgow

50 Freestyle

29.91 12/02/2011

100 Freestyle

1:03.10 29/01/2011

Scottish Schools Swimming Champs

Tollcross

200 Freestyle

2:13.57 13/02/2011

Edinburgh International Age Group Championships

Glasgow

800 Freestyle

9:55.78 24/06/2010

BG Scottish Nationals Open

Glasgow

100 Breaststroke

1:31.03 12/02/2011

Edinburgh International Age Group Championships

Glasgow

200 Butterfly

2:45.39 13/02/2011

Edinburgh International Age Group Championships

Glasgow

100 Backstroke

1:15.38 12/02/2011

Edinburgh International Age Group Championships

Glasgow

200 Backstroke

2:41.89 12/02/2011

Edinburgh International Age Group Championships

Glasgow


Badminton: We finished second in the Falkirk Active Schools Championships held in March. The event was for boys and girls from S1-S2 and S3-S4 with individual prizes for the top three competitors in each category as well as the overall school champion. Individual Top three Placings S1-S2 Boys Competition 1st Place: Matthew Ross – Larbert High 2nd Place: Euan Malcolm – Braes High 3rd Place: Sam Collumbine – Larbert High

The school has a number of talented Badminton players but this is another activity (much like Athletics and Swimming) where club athletes tend to dominate once you get to Regional and National Championships. The standard of play at that level is quite impressive. It would be nice if we could produce a squad capable of coming closer to winning this event this year. (Not that we want to greedy!)

In the Forth Valley Championships, also held at Grangemouth Sports Complex Heather Valentine (now S2) had a marvelous day. She won the Individual Girl’s Under 14 Singles, partnered Isla Cochrane to finish runners-up in the Under 14 Girls Doubles and then with partner Euan Malcolm finished runners-up in the Under 14 Mixed Doubles. Hardly surprising, Heather was voted “Player of the Day” from all competitors.

S1-S2 Girls Competition 1st Place: Claire Williamson – Larbert High 2nd Place: Heather Valentine – Braes High 3rd Place: Erin Lawson – Larbert High

Craig Penman reached the Under 16 Boys Semi-Finals and then in partnership with Alexander Wheeler repeated that Feat in the Doubles and on both Occasions a more favourable draw might have seen them go further.

S3-S4 Boys Competition 1st Place: Shaun Kennedy – Falkirk High 2nd Place: Martin Menzies – Graeme High 3rd Place: Christopher Whitting – Falkirk High

In the Regional Quaich Competitions, our Junior team beat Graeme H.S. 3-2 to reach the National Finals. Unfortunately our young team found the standard of competition at this level a little harder to compete with. Our Senior Team lost in the regional Qualifying to Graeme High School.

S3-S4 Girls Competition 1st Place: Samantha Eadie – Falkirk High 2nd Place: Kathleen Menzies – Graeme High 3rd Place: Shona Douglas – Larbert High

GYMNASTICS

Final Standings 1st Place: Larbert High School 2nd Place: Braes High School 3rd Place: Falkirk High School 4th Place: St. Mungos 5th Place: Graeme High School 6thPlace: Denny High School

Old Staff-New Staff

In the Falkirk Schools Gymnastics Competition, our Level 2 team (Alessia Fazzone and Sophie Anderson) found themselves one member down before the day had started, but did really well to win the Bronze Medal.

================================================================== Mr. Statham has departed for pastures new In Dubai (are there such things in Dubai?!). He was coach to the League Winning Under 14 Boys Football team and mainstay of the staff basketball team. The popular teacher was also at the forefront of developing the new CFE courses, as you can see when asked for his reaction to the football boys’ success. “An assessment of our play seemed to emphasize that our chaps achieved a level of play that could only be described as quite magnificent” (Translation-the boys done well).

“This victory enables my mood of elation to stretch far beyond the lunar landscape”. (Translation-I’m over the moon)

He has been replaced by Mr. McWhirter (we know, he was here last year, but he’s a real teacher now!!!) and replacing Miss Parkhouse whilst she is in Guidance, will be Miss Mitchell. Good Luck to everyone.

Is Dubai ready for a good old fashioned Scottish Tactics Talk?


DANCE/CHEARLEADING Dance continues to flourish throughout the school. The Forth Valley Dance Competition held at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling University in March is arguably the most eagerly anticipated and competitive event in the sporting calendar. Teams from every school in the region practice for months for this event, and if you think that dance is not really competitive- you should be backstage!! More and more schools are organising their own Dance Evening-an event that allows them to showcase the talent and hard work that goes on within this activity, not only in their school but neighbouring schools also. The girls also get the opportunity to take part in various sessions held within the school from visiting specialists. Below is an example:

FLASH DANCE: Be a jitterbug and not a litterbug was the message from a group of dancers who took over the Howgate Centre. Around 200 pupils from local high schools took part in “flashmob” which was run as part of the Active Schools programme with the aim of raising awareness of Falkirk Council’s anti-littering policy. A flashmob is a group of people who gather at a predetermined time and place to perform a dance or prank to grab people’s attention. The Falkirk dancers used litter grabbers in their routine to get their message across. (you can view the flashmob on you tube-flashmob howgate centre)


WHAT’S ON-WHERE and WHEN Extra-Curricular Activities 2011-12

Lunchtime

Games Hall SFL Badminton

Gymnasium

Dance Studio Trampolining

Playing Fields

Monday Afterschool

Fencing 3.30 6.00

Lunchtime

Basketball

Afterschool

Basketball S2 Boys Senior /S3 Girls

Lunchtime

Boys Basketball

Afterschool

Senior/S3 Girls Basketball Higher Practical Extra

Inter-House

Tuesday S1 Boys Football

Inter-House

Trampolining

Wednesday

Lunchtime

Inter-House

Girls Football Hockey

Thursday Afterschool Lunchtime Friday

Afterschool

Boys Basketball Inter-House Staff V Pupils 5-a-side Football 3.30-4.45

Tranpolining Volleytball

Girls Rugby

Swimming Pool


Sport in Forth Valley The area has three Senior Football teams FALKIRK FOOTBALL CLUB SFL First Division Upcoming fixtures

STENHOUSEMUIR FOOTBALL CLUB SFL Second Division Upcoming fixtures

Saturday, 20 August 2011 Air v Falkirk, 15:00 Saturday, 27 August 2011 Falkirk v Ross County, 15:00 Saturday, 10 September 2011 Livingston v Falkirk, 15:00 Saturday, 17 September 2011 Falkirk v Dundee, 15:00

East Strilingshire Football Club SFL Third Division Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday, 20 August 2011 Forfar v Stenhousemuir 15.00 Saturday, 27 August 2011 Stenhousemuir v Cowdenbeath 15.00 Saturday, 10 September 2011 Stirling Albion v Stenhousemuir 15.00 Saturday, 17 September 2011 Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir 15.00

Saturday, 20 August 2011 East Stirlingshire v Peterhead

3pm

Saturday, 27 August 2011 Elgin City v East Stirlingshire

3pm

Saturday, 10 September 2011 East Stirlingshire v Alloa Athletic

3pm

Saturday, 17 September 2011 East Stirlingshire v Stranraer

3pm

There are also three Junior Football teams within easy reach that play In the East Region Super League. Camelon, Bo’ness Utd and Linlithgow Rose Falkirk also has its own recently formed Junior Team that will play it’s games at Grangemouth Stadium

27/08/2011 27/08/2011 27/08/2011 03/09/2011 03/09/2011 03/09/2011 10/09/2011 10/09/2011 10/09/2011

Camelon Juniors Lochee United Boness United Bathgate Thistle Linlithgow Rose Kelty Hearts Boness United Camelon Juniors Carnoustie Panmure

v v v v v v v v v

Kelty Hearts Linlithgow Rose Forfar West End Camelon Juniors Hill of Beath Boness United Bathgate Thistle Bonnyrigg Rose Linlithgow Rose

2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm 2.30pm

27/08/2011 03/09/2011

Falkirk JFC Stoneyburn Juniors

v v

Dalkeith Thistle Falkirk JFC

2.30pm 2.30pm

Brightons AFC play in the top Amateur league in the country (Central Scottish AFL) and play their home games at Larbert High School k.o. 2pm Falkirk Ladies Football compete in Premier Women’s league and play their home games on Sundays at Dunipace Jnrs Ground KO 2 PM-check their website

There are four rugby clubs in the region. Stirling County plays in the top Division of Scottish club rugby. Falkirk play in the next division and have spent a lot of money on improving their ground and importing players, and Linlithgow and Grangemouth Rugby clubs play in the National Leagues Falkirk Rugby Club has built a new ground at Sunnyside in Falkirk. They play in Premier 2.

Stirling County play in Premier 1-the top Division in Scottish Rugby

Linlithgow Rugby Club play In National League 1

27th August 2011 - Stewarts Melville v Falkirk 3rd September 2011 - Falkirk v West Of Scotland

27 August 2011

Glasgow Hawks

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Stirling County

10th September 2011 - Falkirk v Hillhead/Jordanhill

03 September 2011

Stirling County

-

Heriots

17th September 2011 - Falkirk v Selkirk

10 September 2011

Boroughmuir

-

Stirling County

24th September 2011 - Kelso v Falkirk

17 September 2011

Stirling County

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Dundee HSFP

1st October 2011 - Falkirk v Biggar

24 September 2011

Hawick

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Stirling County

01 October 2011

Stirling County

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AGSFP

All Kick off 3pm

There are two basketball clubs within the region that play in the top basketball league.

Falkirk Fury plays their home games at the Mariner Sports Centre. Stirling Knights play their home games at the Peak in Stirling. Both clubs tend to play their home games on a Friday night with 8pm TO. Watch the Falkirk Herald for news on the Fury and see Mr. Duncan for info on Knight’s games

The following facilities are now available for use in the evenings and at weekends: public swimming, astro turf, games hall, gym hall, and dance studio. Opening hours 17:30 - 22:00 - Monday to Friday 09:00 - 16:00 - Saturday Public swimming 17:30 - 21:30 - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 - 15:00 - Saturday For more information, contact 0771 852 1077 during opening hours. Out with the stated times you can obtain further information by calling 01506 778507

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Garnock

10 17 24

Greenock Wanderers Langholm Livingston

H A H A

All Kick off 3pm

Tuesday 7.30-8.30pm Braes High School Assembly Hall Wednesdays: Braes High School, Falkirk - between 6pm and 7pm Thursday 7:00 PM — 8:00 PM Braes High School ASSEMBLY HALL Wednesday 7:00 PM — 7:45 PM Maddiston Primary School RESUMES 24/08

Check with Zumba Scotland to confirm details

Central Scotland Ballet School Dance/ Cheerleading classes take place throughout the week at various venues. See website for details



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