Bishopbriggs Does Strictly! 2016

Bishopbriggs Academy recently put on a spectacular show for a sell out crowd of almost three hundred as part of the senior pupils’ drive to raise money for this session’s nominated charity, Sense Scotland. The pupils decided on doing their very own version of Strictly Come Dancing with teachers volunteering to dance with ‘professionals’ who are members of Warren’s School of Dancing, a dance school that offers ballroom dance classes in the local area.

Mrs Glen, Mr Micallef-Eynaud, Ms Little, Miss McAllister, Mr Milligan, Mr Brown, Mrs Greig and Miss Forsyth had trained for three months to work on their quicksteps, waltzes, jives and cha-chas. The huge crowd appreciated their efforts and the dancers received loud ovations from the audience and appropriately ‘strictly’ comments from the judges. A closely contested competition, four finalists were chosen based on the judges scores and they all danced again in the second half, this time competing for the audience’s vote to crown a champion. Congratulations to Mrs Glen and her partner Matthew Docherty, as their spectacular jive carried them to victory.

Waiting for the verdict

As part of the evening’s entertainment, some of the talented singers and dancers amongst the pupils also performed.

Pictured below are winners Mrs Lauren Glen and Matthew along with Ms Erin Leggate, SenseScotland and Mr Ross Hunter, Branch Director, Santander.

The winners!

The pupils who organised the evening welcomed the audience with an opportunity to have their picture taken on the Bishopbriggs Academy red carpet. The photo-shoots, a raflle with some great prizes and a bake sale on the evening were all very generously supported by the audience and, along with the ticket sales, the event generated over £3000 for Sense Scotland.

The Academy has recently entered into what it is hoped will become a very productive partnership with Santander UK. Santander have very kindly offered to work with staff to help pupils develop skills for learning, life and work and, when they heard about the ‘Strictly’ event they asked to come along. The company representatives were so impressed with the evening and the pupils’ dedication and commitment to the charity that they have offered to have the money raised by the school be part of their “matched donation” programme and are looking forward to continuing to work with the school in the classroom, and in supporting the school’s charity fund raising, next session.

Sense Scotland support and promote the interests of persons who have communication support needs arising from a range of disabilities including, but not limited to, deafblindness, sensory impairment, learning or physical disability and any combination of these and to provide help and support for their families and carers.

Donations to the pupils' efforts to raise money for Sense Scotland can be made at www.justgiving.com/bishopbriggsacademy.