Fifth SCEN China Youth Summit

The Fifth SCEN China Youth Summit at the wonderful Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2 December attracted 555 Delegates. 37 schools were represented from 9 local authorities, SCIS, the Edinburgh Chinese Community School, and 10 schools from Hong Kong. The venue was superb as was the hospitality. The varied programme was highly stimulating and managed to capture so much of what is happening across our growing number of schools and communities. Our Mandarin class pupils gave a fascinating and lively dance. Feedback from the pupils was very positive and this experience has undoubtedly whetted their appetites for continued learning on China related matters.

Feedback from the pupils can be viewed on the Pupil Voice Website.

Photographs from the event can be viewed on or Flickr site.

5th SCEN China Youth Summit


Advent Service


An Advent Service to mark the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place on Thursday 8 December at 3.35pm. The Service will begin with an ‘Ave Maria’ Procession to the Oratory.

Tea and Mince Pies will be available at 4.15pm in the staffroom.

Morning Mass

Morning Mass  will continue each day in Advent at 8.25am and all pupils, staff, families and friends are welcome. Please note that as we will have a School Mass at 11.30am on Wednesday 21 December, there will not be a 8.25am Mass that morning.
We are pleased to welcome Fr Stephen Reynolds of Dunreath House to our school to celebrate Morning Mass on Friday 9 December and Monsignor Bell of the Pontifical Commission for The New Evangelisation on Friday 16 December. After Mass, both will meet a group of pupils who will give information on the faith life of our school. We hope that a good number of staff, pupils and families will join us on these dates.

Christmas Ceilidhs

The annual Christmas Ceilidhs will take place next week on the following dates:

  • S1 – Tuesday 13 December
  • S2 – Thursday 15 December
  • S3 – Wednesday 14 December
  • S4/5/6 – Friday 16 December


Tickets for the ceilidhs are on sale in the street area every lunchtime costing £2.

Faith Matters (Week Beginning 5 December ’16)

The following Faith events are taking place this week:

  • Morning Mass – Everyday in the Oratory, 8.25am
  • Eucharistic Adoration – Friday in the Oratory, 12 – 1pm
  • Rosary – Friday in the Oratory, 12.25 – 1pm
  • Caritas Gathering Point 2 – Monday 5 December, 3.45pm in the Oratory
  • Advent Service – Thursday 8 December, 3.35pm in the Oratory

All parents, pupils and staff are most welcome to attend.

faith matters

Advent Service

An Advent Service to mark the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place on Thursday 8 December at 3.35pm. The Service will begin with an ‘Ave Maria’ Procession to the Oratory.

Tea and Mince Pies will be available at 4.15pm in the staffroom.

Google Expeditions Programme

On Thursday 8 December and Monday 12 December Google will be delivering their Expeditions Programme to all S1-S4 pupils.  The key features of the programme are:

  • Expeditions is a new product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.
  • A box arrives with everything you need to travel: a tablet for the teacher, and Cardboard viewers and phones for every student. Next, the teacher selects a destination, and the entire classroom jumps there automatically.
  • The Wildlife Conservation Society, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, and the Palace of Versailles contributed to developing the curriculum for students.
  • These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, ambient sounds — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.
  • While nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, Expeditions provide an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning. Seeing the brilliant ways teachers integrate VR in their classes has taught us so much already

Pupils should come to the Games Hall at the allotted times:

Thursday 8 December Monday 12 December
Session Time Classes Session Time Classes
1 8:50am 2a1 and 3a1 1 8:50am 1a1 and 4a1
2 9:20am 2a2 and 3a2 2 9:20am 1a2 and 4a2
3 9:50am 2a3 and 3a3 3 9:50am 1a3 and 4a3
4 11:00am 2a4 and 3a4 4 11:00am 1a4 and 4a4
5 11:30am 2a5 and 3a5 5 11:30am 1a5 and 4a5
6 1:00pm 2a6 and 3a6 6 1:00pm 1a6 and 4a6
7 1:30pm 2a7 and 3a7 7 1:30pm 1a7 and 4a7
8 2:00pm 2a8 and 3a8 8 2:00pm 1a8 and 4a8
9 2:30pm 2a9 and 3a9 9 2:30pm 1a9 and 4a9
10 3:00pm 2a10 and 3a10 10 3:00pm 1a10 and 4a10

We will post a summary of these events with photos on all of our media channels.

Volunteering Opportunities

Barrhead Bid Christmas Event
Time: Saturday 3rd of December
Where: Foundry
The Barrhead bid are looking for volunteers for this Saturday’s event to help celebrate the  beginning of the festive season.
Roles include,
·      Setup crew
·      Santa little helpers
·      Stage assistants
·      Breakdown crew
Swap Shop Event
Times: Saturday 3rd of December, Tuesday 6th  December, Wednesday 7th December
Where: Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, 56 Kelburn Steet, Undercover
VAER Board Member
Where: Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, 56 Kelburn Steet, Undercover
Coming soon!
Want to become part of Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire (VAER) board?
VAER are looking for a young person (16+) to become part of the decision making process.

Training for this new role will be available.
Sewing Class Group
Date: Wednesday 11th January
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, 56 Kelburn Steet, Undercover
The Sewing Circle is a FREE sewing session and get-together which welcomes people like you to come together, make new friends and learn a new skill.  The sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities and offer you the chance to have fun and learn a huge range of sewing techniques while contributing to your local community.
The group will meet every second Wednesday from 5.30pm-7.30pm in Barrhead.  In return for taking part all we ask of you is to help make quality hand-made items to raise funds for community arts projects in East Renfrewshire.  Those who have never sewn before will be shown all the necessary skills while those with more experience will be encouraged to help anyone who needs a bit of guidance.
If anyone would like to volunteer or receive further information they should see Miss Howard (Art Dept.)

Grace Reilly 3a6

Well done to Grace Reilly (3a6) who held an afternoon tea in aid of the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity on Saturday 12 November. As a result, she raised a total of £500 for the charity, which she presented to the charity on Wednesday 23 November.


A great achievement, well done!

S4 Parents’ Evening

A reminder that the S4 Parents’ Evening will be held this Thursday 1 December.

As in previous years, Bright Star Publishing will be attending the evening to sell their study guides.

Their books are usually £10.99 for National 4, £12.99 for National 5 and CfE Higher and £14.99 for CfE Advanced Higher – however, as a special offer for our Parent’s Evening all books will be £10.

They will also be selling Learn to Learn and Learn to Write literacy and learning titles for £5  – these are usually £10.99.

You can get a list of all of their subjects and titles here:

They will be able to take cash or credit card payments on the night.


ParentPay – Online School Payment Service

Following a pilot that ran from April until June 2016, East Renfrewshire Council will be implementing a new online school payment service, ParentPay.

Work will start in Saint Ninian’s on 5 December. All things going well the new online service is expected to be live for school meals only 7 December.

Information on what ParentPay does and how it can hep you can be found below:

Information About ParentPay

ParentPay newsletter

More information will be posted on the website before the new system goes live in December.

Permanent links to this information have been included on the sidebar.

S1 Drama

Congratulations to Ms. Cairns’ 1A Drama Class who have just completed their rotation in Drama.  Everyone loved using “Alice In Wonderland” as a stimulus for their drama presentations.  Declan created an amazing Puppet Theatre model box and Nathaniel drew a fantastic colour illustration.

Ms. Cairns was delighted with the efforts and would love to see the pupils from 1A back in Drama next year.

Pupil Achievement – Katie Harvey 1a7

Well done to Katie Harvey (1a7) who attended a weekend of Highland dancing at Disneyland Paris with her dance school, Morrison school of highland dancing . She was overall winner in her section for both highland and national.

Katie attended an International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dancing. She won 2 trophies , 4 gold medals , 1 silver & 1 bronze.

Congratulations Katie!

Katie Harvey 1a7

Top of the Bench Competition

The Top of the Bench competition is a Royal Society of Chemistry competition.  A group of pupils participated and came in 4th in the West of Scotland regionals.  The competition was run at Strathclyde University on Thursday 24 November.

The pupils involved were:

  • Tom McHugh (S2)
  • Ahmed Abdallah (S3)
  • Lucia Doyle (S3)
  • Rhona Mowat (S4)


CREST Awards

Congratulations to the Engineering club who achieved Bronze CREST Awards for Engineering:

  • Ayesha Shahid
  • Finn Docherty
  • Hannah Bruce
  • Nicole Sung
  • Declan  O’Callaghan
  • Matthew Murdoch
  • Jonathan Morrin
  • Owen Hartness

Congratulations also to the Chemistry club who achieved Bronze CREST Awards for their Sugar in food investigation:

  • Orla McKee
  • Heather Spooner
  • Olivia Burke
  • Amina Hussain

Finally, congratulations to the Chemistry club who achieved Silver CREST awards for their Caffeine in drinks investigation:

  • Samah  Ali
  • Shona   McGibbon
  • Rhona   Mowat
  • Maryam Ahmed
  • Clare Harkins
  • Mariam Khan

A terrific achievement for all involved!

Tian Jin Scholarship

S6 pupils Max McAllan, Michael McGrade and Rocco Innes  have been offered a scholarship to study Mandarin in Tianjin Foreign Language University, China for the academic year 2017-2018.
The interview panel were thoroughly impressed with their applications and interviews and trust that they will make excellent ambassadors for the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools.
Huge congratulations, we are very proud of them!

The Solemnity of St Andrew the Apostle, Patron of Scotland

Fr. Lappin, Director of Religious Education Department of the Archdiocese, will celebrate our 8.25am Mass on Wednesday 30 November 2016 – The Solemnity of St Andrew the Apostle, Patron of Scotland.

We hope that as faith community we will join together for Mass to pray for our country.

After Mass, Fr. Lappin will meet with our S6 pupils who have expressed an interest in teaching as a career, including in Catholic Schools.

P7 Transition Programme

The first group of Primary 7 pupils from St Cadoc’s Primary have been with us today as part of our P7 Primary Transition Programme.

They have been enjoying their lessons in our Creativity, Art & Design Faculty, Design & Technology Faculty, and Science Dept.

Next week will be their final visit with us when they will get the chance to have lunch in our school canteen, followed by a school tour and a faith service in the school Oratory.

Crest Awards

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-19-year olds. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

We are delighted that some of our pupils have already gained the Bronze award. Well done!

YPI Drop-in Sessions

The YPI project is well underway with our S2 pupils. The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and the local community. Pupils work in teams and each team is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI Grant to a local charity through a unique programme of team work, research and competition. YPI Scotland is all about creativity and passion, leaving the four walls of the classroom behind, and supporting the issues young people care most about.

As part of the initiative, pupils are required to create an innovative presentation and are encouraged to think more imaginatively than resorting to use PowerPoint. Drop-in sessions are being held on Monday and Thursday lunch time in Technical Room 1. All S2 pupils are welcome to attend.

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