CISS Newsletter

The Spring 2017 Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools newsletter has been published online. It is a great showcase of all the fabulous work being done across Scotland to promote Chinese language and culture.
You can view and download the newsletter here.
Page 9 of the newsletter contains photographs and an article written by Mrs Zhou.

West Central Games

Good luck to the following pupils who will compete in the West Central Games on Tuesday 23rd May at the On-X Linwood Sports Centre:


  • Aidan Haddock 1a8
  • Dominic Lamos 1a5
  • David Tejedor 1a1
  • Michael Moynihan 1a7
  • Anthony Harcombe 1a7
  • Jeremiah Lawson 2a1
  • Johnny Cunnion  2a5
  • Emmanuel Kanwei 2a5
  • Gregor Reid 2a10
  • Ciaran McCrea 2a1

Girls Football

  • Sara Asghar    2a9
  • Monica Forsyth    1a6
  • Serena Demarco     1a3
  • Charlotte Terry    1a4
  • Rosie Jones   1a3
  • Isla Ward     1a8
  • Celia Garcia Ferres   2a2
  • Lucy Holmes 1a9
  • Phillipa MacConnell  1a9
  • Sophie Darroch  1a3


  • Mia Adair 1a8
  • Ellie Shaw 1a6
  • Maria McLaughlin 1a6
  • Kate Clark 2a1
  • Holly Smith 2a8
  • Sarah Swan 2a7
  • Eve Barrow 2a1
  • Sophie Warren 2a5
  • Rachel Callan 2a6
  • Niamh Kelly 2a1

St Ninian’s High School Fly the Flag for Scotland

St Ninian’s High School set off to Swansea in the early hours of this morning as they gear up for the start of the Allen McKinstry Cup which kicks off this weekend.

The three day event will see St Ninian’s compete in this tournament for the very first time. The Scottish Schools’ representatives take on two qualifiers from the Republic of Ireland and Wales while they hope the results go their way for the positional play-offs on Sunday morning as Swansea University host the event for the first time in the competition’s history.

We wish the boys all the very best of luck for this competition.


Joe Adair, Josh Adair, Owen Adam, Matthew Connolly, Andrew Duncan, Dominic Goodwin, Sam Lawson, Odhran Markey, Michael McCabe, Ronan Miller, Andrew Park, Michael Ruth, Shea Scally, Christopher Smith, Daniel Smith, Matthew Tunn


Mark McKean, Mark Gallagher, Joe Harkins (also Scottish Schools’ President)


St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock (Scotland)
Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock (Northern Ireland)
Thomas Telford School (England)
Castell Alun High School, Flintshire (Wales A)
St Brendan’s College, Killarney (Republic of Ireland)
Olchfa Comprehensive School, Swansea (Wales B)

Fixtures | Swansea University

Friday, May 19, 2017, KO 5.30pm

Castell Alun HS vs OLSPCK
St. Brendan’s College vs Thomas Telford School
St. Ninian’s HS, Glasgow vs Olchfa Comprehensive

Saturday, May 20, KO 10.30am

Thomas Telford School vs Castell Alun HS
Olchfa Comprehensive vs OLSPCK
St. Ninian’s HS, Glasgow vs St. Brendan’s College, Killarney

Sunday, May 21, KO 10.30am

Positional Play-Offs

3 vs 4
5vs 6


1 vs 2 (KO 10.45am)

St Ninian’s Netball Tournament

The annual Saint Ninian’s ERC Schools Netball Tournament took place on Tuesday 16 May. Every school in the authority brought at least one team along which was excellent to see. It was a busy afternoon but all girls played very well and behaved in a manner which was both appropriate and respectful towards the other schools. The results were as follows:


  • 1st St Ninian’s (1)
  • 2nd Williamwood
  • 3rd St Ninian’s (2)


  • 1st Williamwood
  • 2nd St Ninian’s
  • 3rd Woodfarm


  • 1st Williamwood
  • 2nd St Ninians (2)
  • 3rd St Ninian’s (1)

The S2 team have made it through (along with Williamwood) to the Inter Authority Games which will be played in June.

Photographs to follow.

Cashback 7s Tournament

Good luck to the following pupils who are playing in the West Final of the Cashback 7s Tournament for the St. Ninian’s girls’ football team today:

  • Sara Asghar
  • Monica Forsyth
  • Charlotte Terry
  • Rosie Jones
  • Isla Ward
  • Rachel Osbourne
  • Phillipa MacConnell
  • Lucy Holmes
  • Celia Garcia Ferres
  • Monica Docherty

Shirley Roberts Football Tournament

Well done to all schools who participated in our annual Shirley Roberts Football Tournament. S1 pupils from all East Renfrewshire schools were present and pupils battled hard in tough conditions to make for a very competitive tournament. All pupils conducted themselves excellently and were a credit to their school.

Well done to the following pupils who represented St Ninian’s:

  • Adam Birrell
  • Ross Hamilton
  • Aiden McLaughlin
  • Joseph Hamilton
  • Ruairidh MacDonald
  • Jamie Beattie
  • James Hazlet
  • Marc Capaldi
  • Chris Mahon
  • Mitchell Coyne
  • Rico De Marco
  • James McLaughlin
  • Aidan Connor
  • Joe Sexton
  • Sean Fyfe
  • Michael Moynihan
  • Ryan Martin
  • Calum Smith
  • Joseph McCaffery

Congratulations to St Luke’s who were crowned winners of the tournament.

Thank you to Queens Park FC captain, Ryan McGeever who presented pupils with medals.

Photographs taken on the day can be viewed on our Twitter site.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

S3 pupil, Liam Harvey, is congratulated by our Head Teacher on his success in becoming St Ninian’s first Police Scotland Youth Volunteer (PSYV).

The PSYV is the newest and fastest growing uniformed youth service of its type in the UK.

Established in 2013 with five groups in Cumnock, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Quickly making an impact by volunteering at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and at local events throughout Scotland.

The programme has quickly expanded and today there are now over twenty groups across Scotland from Stranrear to Shetland, with plans to expand to 37 by April 2017.

The PSYV have a distinctly Scottish identity and are placed at the heart of Scottish communities. Every weekend Youth Volunteers can be seen volunteering at everything from local community events and gala days right through to major events like T in the Park, The Open Golf Championship and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

When working in their communities the Youth Volunteers will be getting involved in everything they can; supporting stewards, helping the elderly, giving out public safety information, lost child wristbands, all whilst supporting local policing priorities.

The PSYV are also involved with peer to peer and intergenerational education programmes, delivering inputs to their peers, the public and to the police on important themes like No Knives Better Lives, internet safety and other inputs relevant to local policing.

Please contact Mr Macdonald (Depute Head Teacher) for further information.



Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Getting into Medical School Event

Please find attached details of a free course running at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh on Saturday 24 June 2017.


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is hosting a ‘Getting into Medical School’ school pupils interested in a career in medicine. The day will consist of presentations on the different aspects of the medical career path, from choosing a medical school through to your first year as a doctor. The event will provide a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn about making a successful application and the options open to them beyond this.

Aims & Objectives

To advise and inform students about the medical school application process and generate interest in a surgical career.

Learning Outcomes

There will be opportunities to hear from a variety of speakers at different stages in their medical careers. Students will gain an insight into the application process from medical students, Junior Doctors, Surgeons and University admissions departments.

You can register your free place at


Under 13 Football Finals

Good luck to the S1 boys listed below who have been selected to play for the U13s football team in both the St Mirren Cup and the League Playoff finals. These will take place on Wednesday the 17th May and Wednesday 24th of May respectively:

  • Ross Hamilton 1a7
  • Adam Birrell 1a5
  • Ryan Martin 1a5
  • Aiden McLaughlin 1a6
  • Joseph Hamilton 1a6
  • Ruairidh MacDonald 1a7
  • James Hazlett 1a10
  • Jamie Beattie 1a9
  • Marc Capaldi 1a6
  • Chris Mahon 1a4
  • Mitchell Coyne 1a6
  • Calum Smith 1a7
  • Joe Sexton 1a7
  • James McLaughlin 1a9
  • Joseph McCaffery 1a7
  • Aidan Connor  1a4
  • Rico De Marco 1a5
  • Michael Moynihan 1a7
  • Sean Fyfe 1a7

2017 Mandarin Word Wizard Final

The 2017 Mandarin Word Wizard Final took place on Friday 12  May at the Scottish Parliament. The Final brought together 50 pupils representing 12  local authorities and independent schools.

Congratulations to Susie Brown (S3) who won second place in Intermediate Mandarin level and Andrea Geejo (S2) who won the second place in Beginner Mandarin level.

Allen McKinstry Cup

Our U15 Football Team will be travelling to Swansea on Friday 19 May to participate in the Allen McKinstry cup against the winners of the national tournaments from the other home nations. The team are current Scottish Shield holders. The pupils involved are:

  • Owen Adam
  • Daniel  Smith
  • Michael McCabe
  • Joseph Adair
  • Ronan  Miller
  • Matthew Tunn
  • Dominic Goodwin
  • Sam Lawson
  • Josh Adair
  • Odhran Markey
  • Andrew Duncan
  • Christopher Smith
  • Andrew Park
  • Shea Scally
  • Matthew Connelly
  • Michael Ruth

Good luck to the boys!


Film Club Success

Congratulations to Michael Doyle (S4) who has been chosen as the winner of the ‘Stories From Around the World’ review competition in the secondary category in the whole of the UK!

He has won a collection of World Cinema DVDs, £30 worth of cinema vouchers and some other goodies.

Well done to Michael!

Faith Matters (Week Beginning 15 May ’17)

The following Faith events are taking place this week:

  • Morning Mass – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Oratory, 8.25am
  • Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary  – Everyday in the Oratory, 12.20 – 1pm

Parents’ Faith Group, 7pm. The work of Aid To The Church in Need.

Mass of Thanksgiving for Newly Qualified Teachers, Monday 15 May, Saint Mirin’s Cathedral, 7pm, to acknowledge the contribution of the NQTs.

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

faith matters


P7 Induction Day

The Primary 7 Induction Day will take place on Thursday 18th May.

The pupils will take part in a ‘Mini School Day’ which will give them a taste of what is in store for them when they come to St Ninian’s.  This will involve a series of group activities that relate closely to the subjects they will be studying in S1.  The stations are relevant to the different subjects but they are also challenging, exciting and fun and include practical experiments, sports skills, team challenges and memory tests.

We look forward to seeing all of our future S1 pupils and hope that they enjoy the experience!


Cycling Super Saturday

When: Saturday 13th May, from 10.45 for registration, 11.00 for ride start

Where: Start and finish at the Pedalwise Bike Hub in Rouken Glen Park – find us in the YES area, next to the Walled Garden

Contact: 07842 474 879 (Hub phone number)

Please note there is a nominal fee of £1 for under 16s, £2 for adults.

Cycle lessons are also available between 12 and 1 pm, but MUST be pre-booked. Contact us for details/booking.

Temporary Road Restriction

Temporary restriction to use of part of the following road:
Ayr Road, Newton Mearns
(Thur 18 May 2017 – Wed 17 May 2018)

Due to inconsiderate parking taking place on Ayr Road between and including its junctions with Davieland Road and The Loaning and which is affecting the safe movement of traffic, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order restricting vehicles from waiting at any time has been promoted to ensure the safety of all road users in this area.

The Order will be in effect for a period of up to 1 year from Thursday 18th May 2017 until Wednesday 16th May 2018. Pedestrian access will be unaffected.

Details of the restriction can be found on the attached Notice of Order.

Patrick Doherty
Roads Service
Environment Department

Ayr Road Newton Mearns – Temporary Restrictions – (Notice of Order)

S6 Prom and Graduation


Our S6 Prom will take place on Friday 2nd June.

Venue: Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle street, Glasgow G2 8DL.

Pupils should arrive at 7.00pm for photographs, dinner will be served at 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing our S6 pupils for what promises to be an excellent night.


Our S6 Graduation and Thanksgiving Mass will take place on Thursday 8th  June. To see arrangements for the graduation please click on the link below.

S6 Graduation Information 2017



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