Beijing Trip 2016

Miss Beaton and Mrs Zhou accompanied the following 13 students to China from the 9th-25th July to take part in this year’s Hanban Proficiency Test Summer Camp. The 16-day journey started in Beijing where the group, along with students from England and the USA, took in sights such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven, before they boarded the high speed train to Xi’an.

 In Xi’an the students stayed at the Bodi International School and participated in both language and cultural lessons designed to enhance their appreciation and knowledge of Chinese language and customs. In addition to developing their written and spoken Mandarin, students had the opportunity to hone their calligraphy, mask making and ink painting skills, as well as taking part in music and Tai Chi lessons. The programme also included visits to the Terracotta Warriors, Ming Tombs, The Wild Goose Pagoda and the Horticultural Exposition Theme Park.

 All students thoroughly enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience, making new international friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese traditions. The students were a complete credit to the school and perfect ambassadors for their country. They made what could have been a challenging experience a complete pleasure. Many congratulations for the Mandarin class students who took part in the trip!

Anna Gallagher, Sonny Innes,  Rocco Innes, Thomas Moffat, Lewis McLachlan, Max McAllan, Daniel Rae, Jagoda Halicka, Eilidh MacDonald, Laura Keenan, Erin Leahy, Howie Liu and William Cheng.


St Ninian’s Summer Sports Camps 2016 – Extra Dates Added

The fantastic St Ninian’s Summer Sports Camps for P1 to P7 pupils are now available to book in the following weeks:

W/B 25 July 2016. Cost £40 for P1-P3 Camp and £60 for P4-P7 Camp.
W/B 1 August 2016. Cost £40 for P1-P3 Camp and £60 for P4-P7 Camp.

Now also available W/B 8 August 2016 (Monday – Wednesday).  Cost £24 for P1-P3 Camp and £36 for P4-P7 Camp.

This is a great opportunity to try a wide variety of sports; improving and developing new skills as well as having lots of fun!  It is also a fantastic induction for the pupils who will eventually attend St Ninian’s High School as pupils.  Though friends who attend other schools are also welcome.

All coaching sessions are run by fully qualified coaches and Physical Education teachers who will provide the ideal environment for children to learn and enjoy themselves safely. Full details are on the attached leaflet.

St Ninian’s Summer Sports Camp 2016

Copies of these are also available in the school office and can be filled out in person.

Please book early to avoid disappointment!

If you have any questions regarding these please contact Mr Fuchs (


Pupils travelling to Silicon Valley, who have not already done so, should return their consent forms immediately on return for the new term.

Parents may also want to check/obtain travel documents now to avoid any issues in August. All pupils travelling on a GB passport must have an e-passport (chipped passport) valid for the duration of the trip. These are easily identified by a logo showing a circle within a rectangle on the front cover. They must also have a visa waiver (ESTA) which can be obtained online from .

Any pupils travelling on a non-GB passport should make enquiries with the FCO or DHS to ensure they have all necessary documentation to enter the US.


Head Boy & Head Girl

The following pupils have been elected to the positions listed below for session 2016-17

 Head Girl                                       Head Boy

 Nuala McBride 6A2                      Christopher Stewart       6A1

 Depute Head Girls                       Depute Head Boys

Taylor Jackson  6A4                      Patrick Entwistle             6A4

Claire Currie      6A8                      Reiss McWilliams            6A4

Congratulations and well done to our successful candidates, and, indeed, to all our new S6 pupils who participated in this process.



SQA Results

On Tuesday 9th August students will receive their SQA results by post and by text or email if they have registered online at

Mr J. Cumming and other members of the senior management team will be available in school that day to deal with results queries – 0141 577 2000.

To support students the SQA launched a Post Results Service which is a marked departure from previous practice and only focuses on the candidate’s performance on the day of the exam. The SQA has recognised that this new Service is a marked departure from previous practice and so have put in place extra checks in respect of the quality of each marker’s assessment and the accuracy of total marks awarded. This has been done to ensure that final results are as accurate as possible. There are NO appeals anymore.

Further information is available online at SQA Results Services.

A number of Pastoral Support staff will be available to students between 9.30 am – 11.30 am only on Wednesday 10th August to deal with all students who wish to re-negotiate their S5/6 curriculum.

Please note staff will not be available on the In Service days 11 & 12 August to see pupils.

Called and Chosen

On 30 June 2016, Deacon Matthew Carlin will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Keenan in St John’s Parish, Barrhead. As part of prayerful preparation for this, the Vocations Commission of Paisley Diocese has involved pupils of schools through an online social media project : Called and Chosen.

This involves secondary pupils leading a daily reflection on the priesthood and the ordination rite. You may have involved yourself in this through Paisley Diocese’s Vocations Facebook or our own RE Twitter Account : @St NiniansRE

Our pupils will lead the reflections from Sunday 19 June to Saturday 25 June 2016. We will use these as our Morning Prayers from Monday 20 June and will establish a link to our School Website, School and RE Twitter Accounts.

We are very pleased by the work of our pupils in this project and owe thanks to former pupil, Kirsty McGrath who edited the videos for us.

A link to these videos will be posted as soon as possible.

Renfrewshire Netball Summer Tournament

Congratulations to the following pupils who played very well yesterday at the Renfrewshire Summer Tournament. The S1 First team came second in a close final against St Andrews. The S1 Second team narrowly missed out in getting into the final by only losing one game.

The S2 Team also came second and as they played an extremely close final which had to go to sudden death with the final whistle going on 6-6.

Emily Aitken 1a1

Eve Barrow 1a1

Mia Bell 1a6

Rachel Callan 1a6

Kate Clark 1a1

Roslyn Dougan 1a9

Jessica Gallacher 1a2

Niamh Kelly 1a1

Emma McCargo 1a8

Orla McKee 1a3

Patricia Mone 1a7

Katie Neil 1a6

Lottie Ross 1a4

Holly Smith 1a8

Marie Therese Semple 1a10

Sarah Storey 1a8

Sarah Swan 1a7

Sophie Warren 1a5

Anna Branney   2a5

Amy Dunese      2a3

Abbie Darroch   2a2

Molly Entwistle 2a3

Colette Forsyth 2a2

Carla O’Donnell 2a5

Sally Smart          2a1        


Auchentoshan Distillery

S3 CHEMISTRY visit to Auchentoshan Distillery was a great success.

Fermentation and distillation are covered in the National 4/5 Chemistry courses.

In Higher Chemistry, batch-type industrial processes are studied and the importance of our industry to the Scottish economy.

During the tour, the students saw how the grain is prepared, then looked into the large fermentation vats as they bubbled and frothed with CO2 from the yeast.

The huge copper stills used to distilled the whisky were another we looked and smelled the different distillation products.

But most were quite taken by the vast sheds containing the oak barrels used to mature the whisky – each shed worth millions of pounds!

Finally drinks – orange juice! – in the bar.

On the way home we had a quiz about the visit. The winners were Jordan Cooper and Michael McLaughlin. The prize? ”Your other national drink!”


Picture from the trip can be viewed below.

S3 CHEMISTRY visit Auchentoshan


U14 Scottish Shield Champions 2016


Congratulations to the Under 14 Football Team with their outstanding achievement of winning the Scottish Shield on Friday evening, beating Braidhurst High Performance School 5 v 1 at Renfrew Juniors.

Against a very good team, the first half was very competitive with Owen Adam making several very important saves for St Ninian’s as we went in the dressing room at half time losing one nil after conceding a goal from distance after four minutes.

The second half performance was brilliant as St Ninian’s played fantastic football and Odhran Markey equalised after cutting in from the right hand side with a very good left footed strike.

Within five minutes of the second half the team were winning 2 v 1 as Michael Ruth picked up the ball at the edge of the box before beating three players and finishing very well with his left foot. It was soon three thanks to a header from Michael Ruth who then completed his Hat Trick with a free kick. In between times Andrew Duncan, running from midfield, scored with an excellent left footed strike into the top corner.

The entire squad had a massive impact on the game and the team spirit and footballing ability was a joy to watch.

Thank you to Mr Mark Gallagher, Mr Mark McKean and Mr Joe Harkins for taking the school team.

Thank you to all of the parents, family members and staff who attended the game and for the excellent hospitality from the Markey family before the game. Mr Ross Eaglesham has posted several outstanding pictures of the game on the school twitter account.

The boys deservedly won the most prestigious competition in school football and performed exceptionally well throughout the tournament. The Scottish Shield makes it a brilliant Treble for the team this season.

Before the game Sir Alex Ferguson told the boys “Not to enjoy the occasion, to win the occasion” – it’s fair to say that the boys did both!

To view photos from the game, click here.

Fishing Club

Jaarad Ali, Danyaal Amjid, Conor Gallacher, Harry Kenny, Sterling Lam, Darragh Maginnis and Jamie O’Neill have throughout the year been receiving training in Angling Techniques some of the highlights are that we received life like fish pillows from GABY a company in Poland which aided the boys with fish identification.

St. Ninians Fishing Club 2015 Group photo

Harry Kenny completed a booklet on how to fish.

Harry Kenny with his book

Darragh Maginnis was the first individual in youth sea fishing to win both east and west coast championships. Further, he is now the captain of the youth sea fishing team to represent Scotland in Norfolk later this year. Finally and the most enjoyable part of the day the boys on the 14/06/2016 attended at Arranview Fishery, Ayrshire, where they had a great day out. They caught 2 fish and returned 7 fish to the water. Mr Knight their coach would like to thank all the boys for their efforts and looks forward to the sports awards where Danyaal, Harry, Sterling and Jamie will be presented with their bronze pins and certificates. Jaarad, Conor and Darragh will be presented with their silver pins and certificates.

Well done boys and keep on angling for success.

R.W. Stevens & Co.

R.W. Stevens & Co., Deanston Drive, Shawlands will be having a retiral sale over the next few months and thereafter the shop will be sold.

They would like to thank St Ninian’s HS for the privilege of selling our school uniform over many years and wish us every success in the future.

Modern Languages Awards


Joseph Mullanney Award

This award which is given every year in memory of our former teacher, Joseph Mullanney, has this year been awarded to our recently graduated sixth year pupil, Maria Ward for her excellent effort and work in class and her overall commitment to the Modern Languages department.  With her award Maria was presented with a cheque to spend on studying materials. 

Monsignor Monaghan Award

This is the inaugural year for this award and has been set up in honour of Monsignor Monaghan in recognition of his dedication and devotion to St Ninian’s High School – its staff and pupils alike.

As part of this award the nominated pupil will be given a cheque for them to use towards the cost of a minimum two week language course in a country of their choice and the pupil must also be committed to further education in languages.   

The school is delighted to announce that this year the Monsignor Monaghan Award is being given to Ciara Doohan, another of our recently graduated sixth year pupils, who has not only excelled in her own linguistic development but has demonstrated an  outstanding level of commitment to the Modern Languages department throughout her six years as a pupil. 

Our congratulations and thanks to both Ciara and Maria who have been exceptional pupils and have served the school in many aspects, including as Eucharistic Ministers – we wish you both every success in the future.



Excellence Award – Michael Doyle 3a6


Well done to Michael Doyle, 3a6, who has been recognised for his excellence in Mathematics and Mandarin.

Michael will also be attending a National Maths Summer School to be held at St Anne’s College, Oxford following his excellent performance in the Intermediate Maths Challenge run by UK Maths Trust.

This is a fantastic achievement by Michael and gives him the opportunity to experience working on intriguing and stimulating maths projects in the company of like-minded high achieving mathematicians.

We wish Michael the very best for his trip in August.

S6 Graduation

Congratulations to our S6 pupils who graduated from St Ninian’s High School on Thursday 9 June.

Father Jim con-celebrated Mass in which he told pupils, ‘Doing what God wants us to do is life giving and fulfilling. If you do not already know, seek out what God wants.’

We were also honored to welcome our guest speaker, Dame Elish Angiolini, who reminded pupils that they should find; Joy, Resilience and Serenity in their life.

Head Boy, Ronan Doherty and  Head Girl, Anna Campbell, also spoke eloquently about their experiences at St Ninian’s.

It was a fantastic night enjoyed by pupils, parents and staff.

To view photos from the evening, click here.

Glasgow Bar Debate Competition

Bar Competition 24th May 2016

Four members of the St Ninian’s Public Speaking and Debate Society had the pleasure of participating in the Glasgow Bar Debate Competition at Bearsden Academy on Tuesday night.

Both teams – Dominic and Anthony Collins, and Euan Munro and Holly Edgar – performed brilliantly and found the evening a great opportunity to meet like-minded debaters, hone their debating skills and receive quality feedback from the judging panel.

Well done to all who took part!

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