Galaxy of Stars 2012 -13

Galaxy of StarsWe at Bishopbriggs Academy strive to ensure the highest quality of support is in place for our young people in their academic studies. However we also pride ourselves in the huge range and wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities we provide for our pupils.

We believe in the importance of encouraging, developing and celebrating all talents and achievements. In the last year a great number of our pupils have excelled themselves in a variety of different fields.

In no particular order, the major successes include:


Sixth year pupil, Lee Davison was selected for the Scottish Schools Under 18 football squad and has already played against Northern Ireland and Wales and has games against the Republic of Ireland and England to come.  Lee plays for Queens Park Under 19s and has also made his first team debut coming on as a sub for the last 10 mins when Queens Park beat Elgin City 5-3 away on 5th March 2013. Lee is pictured below in his Scotland strip.
 Lee Davison Scotland Photo      Kieron Rafferty
Kieron Rafferty, S6 gained a bronze medal in the Scottish Schools Cross Country at the Magnum Centre, Irvine.  As a result he has been selected to represent Scotland in the Home Counties Cross Country in Llandeilo, Wales on 23rd March 2013. Kieron is pictured above with his medal.

S2 pupil, Sophie Sweeney was picked for Scotland's under 15 girls' football team despite being only 13 years old.  Sophie is one of 16 players who played against Germany in October.  She also plays for Celtic Football Club Girls' under 15 team, again playing with and against girls who are much older than herself.  Sophie and her Celtic team-mate Shannon Burgon, also S2, have been chosen to play for the Central Region select in an upcoming competition.

Talented athlete, Lewis Boyle has been ranked fourth all time Scottish under 17 in the 3000m.  Sixth year pupil, Lewis has had a number of successes in the past few months, including winning the 3000m and second in the 1500m at the Scottish Schools event in June 2012 and coming second at the British Schools International, beaten by just half a second.  Lewis is hoping to obtain a scholarship to America to further his athletic career when he finishes his school career in May 2013.  At the Emirates Arena Lewis also won the Over 17 Boys 1500m in the Scottish Schools Indoor Athletic Championships in a time of just over 4 minutes.    

As members of the Bishopbriggs Acro Gymnastics Club Fiona Glen, S3 and Heather Mardle, S4 competed in the Scottish Championships.  As part of the Grade 4 Women's Group Heather gained a bronze medal and along with her partner, Fiona took Gold in the Grade 3 Women's Pairs.  The girls will now take part in the British Acro Championships in Stoke later this year.

This year, Sabrina Wong of S5, has won several medals whilst competing at Taekwondo. Sabrina has won Gold medals in the Irish Open (14-18 Years) and Scottish Open (14-18 Years), a Gold medal at the Stirling Cup (14-18 Years), a Gold medal at the Berlin Open and a Bronze medal at the Belgian Open. Sabrina’s younger brother, Callum Wong in S1, is also a very talented Taekwondo player in his own right. Callum achieved success at 11-14 years in both the Copenhagen and Brussels Opens, winning the title of ‘Best Overall Male Fighter’ at the Copenhagen event.

Andrew and Kirsty McCusker were selected to compete in the World Youth Chess Championship at Maribor, Slovenia in November 2012.  First year pupil, Kirsty competed in the U12 Girls competition and third year pupil, Andrew competed in the U14 Open.

James Kelly, is a member of the Scottish U16 Pool Team and in December he became the Scottish Masters U16 Pool Champion. 

In November 2012,  S4 pupils Assen Rizov, Gurdeep Panesar, Stephen Ross and Harneet Kaur won third place in the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench competition.  Thirteen teams participated in the competition.  Following a hard fought competition Glasgow Academy took first place, St Aloysius were second and Bishopbriggs Academy were third equal with Turnbull High School.

Bishopbriggs Academy Top of the Bench Team

The Bishopbriggs Academy S4 xl Club were shortlisted for a Prince's Trust and Samsung Let's Celebrate Award in November 2012.  The Club was shortlisted in the Community Impact category.  As part of their community project pupils from the xl Club chose to work with pupils from Campsie View School, a school which works with young people who have a range of additional support needs.  Pupils organised a range of sessions including singing and team games which were beneficial to pupils from both schools as they worked together to develop team building, communication and social skills.  Sadly, they did not win their category but were praised by Councillor Eric Gotts, East Dunbartonshire Council's Convenor of Education and Heather Gray, director of The Prince's Trust Scotland for their achievement in being nominated and for the impact achieved by their work with Campsie View.

Sixth year pupil, Craig Jardine was selected to be an Olympic torch bearer. Just over three years ago, talented rugby player Craig suffered a dreadful injury to his arm when playing football. This could have been the end of a promising rugby career. However Craig amazed medical staff and his coaches by returning to the rugby field nine months later following operations and physiotherapy to mend his arm.   Nominated by his parents, Craig carried the torch through Clydebank on 9th June 2012.

Third year pupil, Greg Campbell represented Scotland at the Shotokan Karate European Championships in Germany. Almost all of Greg’s opponents were a year or two older than him but, despite that, he won a bronze medal in the Under 16 individual event and a silver in the team event. He also enjoyed success in the British Championships taking an individual silver medal and the 1st place trophy for team fighting.

In Dance, our pupils enjoyed great success in the East Dunbartonshire Dance Festival, winning a number of individual events as well as the ‘Best Overall School’ category.

In Swimming, Greg Watson (S5), won the Scottish Under 15 100m breaststroke and represented his club in the British Championships. Greg also enjoyed success in sailing along with his younger brother, Euan Watson (S2), with them taking second place in the prestigious Laird Trophy at Bardowie Loch. Euan also won the 200m breaststroke at the West District Swimming Championships. Christopher Garry (S2), won five medals in the Scottish Swimming Championship Qualifiers and Sean Robertson (also S2) was a Scottish Schools swimming finalist in the 50m breaststroke and is ranked 3rd in Scotland.

Third year pupil David Williamson, having previously been the Scottish under 40kg Thai Boxing Champion, more recently became the under 47kg Celtic Thai Boxing Champion.

Over the past year, S5 pupil Jack Stevenson, a talented badminton player has won the following awards:

Scottish Schools Boys U19 Singles Champion; West of Scotland U17 Singles Champion; East of Scotland Boys U17 Singles Champion; Glasgow Championships U17 Boys Singles Champion; East Dunbartonshire U19 Singles Champion; West of Scotland U19 Boys Doubles Champion; Midland U19 Championship Boys Singles Champion; Midland U19 Championship Mixed Singles Champion; York U17 Singles Champion; Scottish Schools Badminton Union Senior Boys Singles Champion

Jack is currently unbeaten at U17 Singles this season and has achieved eight championship titles with only the Nationals left to play.

In the U13 Cashback 7s National Football Tournament Bishopbriggs Academy entered two teams, each in a different section. One team finished third and the other won their section without even conceding a goal. In winning their section, the team qualifies for the national playoffs.  The boys involved were:

Timothy Ashworth, Robbie Brown, Ross Higgins, Jack Kiberd, Adam Letham, Ryan Martin, Tommy McAuslin, Lee McCallum, Fraser Moody, Blair Scott, Lewis Swift, William Traynor, Robbie Walker, Justin Watson, Drew White and Nick Woods.

S1 pupils Rebecca Michael, Caitlin Strain, Holly McAllister & Jodie McCulloch won Salter's Festival of Chemistry at Glasgow University on Wednesday 23rd May. The girls had to take part in a forensic chemistry practical competition, competing against 16 schools to discover who had murdered the head teacher!

They were scored on teamwork, practical skills and tidiness, conclusion to their results and no help from their teacher. They completed the task within the time limit and the judges were impressed with their ability to understand the task, as well as their confidence in carrying out the required practical work.

The girls celebrate their success