Convener’s Award

Congratulations to our pupils who were awarded with the Convener’s Award For Outstanding Achievement. The pupils attended a prize giving on the 18th of April in the Carmichael Hall.


Eva Marie Curran

Erin Ward

Caterina Lue

Eve McFarlane

Ella Loffler

Millie McGeehan

Isla Ward and

Kerri Halpin

Daryl Races to Success!

Well done Daryl who has been attending college all year and has built the go-karts which were used to compete in the race at East fortune. Even helping to win the West College of Scotland the award for best presented team!

Excellent work Daryl!

SCIAF group’s Annual Lenten Quiz

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Thank you to all staff and pupils who shortly before the holidays took part in the SCIAF group’s annual Lenten quiz. A special thank you to runner up Fr Whitworth who also gave up his time to take part. The group was able to contribute £52 to the school’s Lenten fundraising- not bad for a lunchtime’s work!
The group’s next event will be the SCIAF 24 hour sponsored fast will take place on Wednesday 25th April. All staff and pupils are welcome to take part in this event and should see Mrs McCoy or Miss O’Donnell for more details. Sponsor forms are available in the RE base.

Champion Skier

Congratulations to Isla and Erin Ward who have recently achieved phenomenal success in their Skiing.
Below is a list of their excellent achievements:
British Championships
U14 Girls – Super g Isla 1st Erin 2nd
Giant Slalom  – Isla 1st Erin 2nd
Slalom – Isla 1st Erin 2nd
Overall British Champion  – Isla and 2nd place Erin
Both Isla and Erin have also been selected to represent the Great Britain U14 team at various internationals.
Andorra Children’s International – Isla 2nd and 3rd place
World Children’s Championships, Toploino Italy –  Isla 8th and 9th
Isla was also selected to represent the Scottish u16 team at the world Schools finishing 7th u16 and 1st u14 in the Slalom.

Netball Scotland Coach Education

Netball Leaders

Woodfarm High School

Wednesday 25th April 2018 4pm-6pm

*minimum age 14years

This award is for S5/S6 School Pupils that is supporting primary school festivals and Fun 5z.

After completing the award you will be able to:

  • Understand the different fundamentals delivered at the early stages.
  • Introduce skills and drills at the appropriate level for the participant
  • Adapt skills when necessary to suit participation level
  • Support lead coaches

*Closing date Friday 20th April

If you are interested please contact Victoria Park to book your space

Tel: 0141 577 3505 or Email:

From Park and Pipe to The Brits 2018 – Ski and Snowboard Freestyle Championships

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We are so proud to hear of Olivia and Luke Burke’s continued success! This time  at Laax, Switzerland for Park and Pipe Training and then The Brits 2018 – Ski and Snowboard Freestyle Championships.
The 1st week both pupils were training with the GB Pathway Camps for Park and Pipe, and had a fantastic time learning some new tricks and training over the Laax Professional Line of jumps, largest kicker line in Europe. Unfortunately Luke had a crash early on in the 1st week and had to visit hospital for a few days off but after a scan of his knee gave him the all clear he was able to compete the following week, coming 4th in the Under 16’s in all 3 competitions he entered, Big Air, Halfpipe and Slopestyle. 
Olivia also had a fabulous 2 weeks, placing in all competitions both in her age category, 2nd place U16’s in Big Air, Halfpipe and Slopestyle and also coming 3rd female overall in Big Air and Halfpipe and 2nd Overall in Slopestyle.
Hugh congratulations to both pupils!!!

Volunteer Activity Assistant

Key Person: Lauren Jarvis

Dates: From Monday 9th July until Friday 10th August

Where: At our head office at  May Terrace, Giffnock G46 6LD , just a short walk from Giffnock train station. No. 38 buses.


Cosgrove is seeking volunteers, minimum age 16 years, for their Child Services school holidays play schemes for gmt five weeks from Monday 9th July until Friday 10th august inclusive.

Volunteers will receive an induction and will be under supervision at all times . They will be involved in a variety of creative, fun and practical activities.

Volunteers will receive an induction and will be under supervision at all times and will be involved in a variety of creative, fun and practical activities. This could be an arts and crafts group, music, drama, dance or baking class. You may like to share your own hobbies or interests with the children, such as music or football? or help with an outing to the local swimming pool, soft play area or trip to the coast.

If  interested in the role contact Roisin McCusker for more information.

Roisin McCusker | Youth and Enterprise Development Worker

Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO
underCOVER, 56 Kelburn Street, Barrhead,  G78 1LR
Tel: 0141 876 9555 | Web:

Scottish Charity Number: SC028103


SQA Mass 2018

On Thursday 19th April Saint Ninian’s High School  will celebrate Mass for those pupils about to commence on their SQA Examinations.

The Mass will begin at 7pm and all parents, pupils, families and staff will be most welcome to join us. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together before the pupils go on study leave and pray for their success in the upcoming examinations. It is always a very well attended and spiritual evening.


Weekly Prayers

Monday 16 April 2018.

Today is our first day back after our Easter Break and our Church continues to celebrate the Great Feast of Easter. We often use the term ‘The Easter People’ to express our belief that through the resurrection of Jesus we are saved. Listen carefully to this prayer :

We are often not the Easter People
that we should be,
living in the certain knowledge
of your great mercy and love.
Distracted by the world around us
we fail to hear your voice,
or hide when faith is challenged
as we wander off the path.
Forgive us, we pray;
restore the love that we first had,
a faith that can endure.
We will keep our eyes fixed on you, Lord,
and with you at our right hand
we shall not be shaken.

Today, we pray that we will respond in hope and confidence to God’s Call and in particular, we pray for those called to the priesthood and religious life.

We ask Mary, our Mother, to join with our prayers.

Hail Mary….

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Win a Trip to Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London has launched for the seventh time the Student Competition this year with the title “Hong Kong: the best destination for start-up entrepreneurs!”. The objective of the Competition is to enable British students to experience Hong Kong’s vibrant ecosystem for developing innovation and technology and the enabling environment for start-ups.

The Competition offered UK sixth form secondary school students the chance to win a free trip to Hong Kong to attend a summer school programme at a Hong Kong university and have a genuine taste of the university campus life. Sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways and supported by the British Council and InvestHK, the Competition has the participation of three key universities in Hong Kong.

To join the Competition, students are invited to compare the situation and developments between Hong Kong and a UK city in their respective policies and measures to support start-ups. Suggestions on how to further promote and develop Hong Kong as the best destination for start-ups will have added bonus. Students are free to present their submissions through any possible means, such as an essay, a video clip on youtube, a post in a blog, etc. Five winners will be selected and entries will be judged based on content, creativity and presentation.


To be eligible for the competition, the contestants must be –

(i)   British citizen holding a UK passport and without right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong;

(ii)  S5 or S6  and studying full time at a secondary school in the UK;

(iii) Be fluent in English;

(iv) Have consent to participate in the Competition by his/her parent or legal guardian; and

(v)  Able to support him/herself financially whilst in Hong Kong.

The Competition starts to receive entries today and the deadline for application is 8 May 2018.

Michael McGrade from our S6 cohort last year was one of the winners of the 2017 competition. Michael himself said,

I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying in Hong Kong. I made many new friends, experienced a completely different culture and gained an invaluable insight into university life.”

Previous winners described their trip “Hong Kong is a beautiful and practical city; the people I met were warm, friendly and welcoming- a true asset to their international city.” by Alex White, one of the winners for the 2016 competition

This trip has strengthened me as a person – it has given me independence and courage and has greatly improved my confidence.” by Natalie Dearden, one of the winners for the 2015 competition.

Please contact your year head or Mr Macdonald (Depute Head Teacher) if you intend to apply.


Millport Trip 2018

On Tuesday 3 April over 70 pupils and staff enjoyed a fabulous day out on the Isle of Cumbrae.  Many cycled around the island, some even making multiple laps!  Then enjoyed the joys of Millport including lots of ice-cream and games!

Photos from the day can be viewed here.

St Ninians’ Girls Win Girls Only STEM Final!

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Yesterday a team of three S3  girls from Computing Science took part in the Girls Only STEM competition organised by NXP Laboratories in East Kilbride. The girls won, competing against 3 other schools (St Bride’s and St Andrew’s, Dalziel High and Calderglen).   Kate Rankin, Katie Magennis and Hannah Dougall built a small buggy from a kit, which could automatically follow a track using light sensors. They had to learn how to solder to do the build.

The girls wowed the judges as their buggy perfectly negotiated the track in the fastest time and they commented that the way that the girls had built the buggy was superb.  Kate, Katie and Hannah had completed an additional challenge by using the microbit’s Bluetooth property to control the buggy from an app on a mobile phone.

 They did an excellent presentation, explaining the process of building the buggy, programming it with a BBC  microbit and what they had learned in the process.

The girls also had a chance to hear three of the female engineers working at NXP described their jobs and how their careers had developed.



Easter School

Class lists have been published and are on display in the Forum.

There are still places available and any pupil who has not yet signed up should see Mr Macdonald (Depute Head Teacher) directly to make the necessary arrangements.

Please note that due to refurbishment work taking place at the front of the school, access for all pupils and staff will be by the Bellrock entrance beside the English department.

 We look forward to seeing you there.



Archbishop Tartaglia

Mr Docherty presented Archbishop Tartaglia with a medal during his recent visit to the school where he celebrated Mass and met with some of our pupils and staff.

The Centenary Medal was struck to commemorate the Centenary of the 1918 Education Act is presented to pupils, staff, parents, families and others who with merit promote our Catholic Ethos.

Archbishop Tartaglia -‘Christianity is not a vague philanthropy but is love based on a real faith in Jesus. Such a love will never fade.’

Archbishop Tartaglia- ‘Sometimes I worry about young people growing up in a World which is not open to faith but if they are faithful to God, keep coming to Mass and are prayerful, I won’t worry about them.’

Archbishop Tartaglia presented Mr Cumming with our Centenary Medal to mark his sterling work for the faith life of the School.

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Congratulations to the following pupils who have raised money recently.

08/02/18  Bakesale   £55 Lasallian   Hannah Wilson 6a1

16/02/18 Bake sale  £134.45  Lasallian  Eve McAulay 6a5

15/01+26/02 Bake sale £154.85  JSKA Karate World Championship  Lauren Munro   3a8

09/03/18  Bake sale £49.41  Lasallian Hannah Wilson  6a1

09/03/18 Bake sale £82.43  SCIAF  Zahra Ali   3a6 and Allana Dean  3a9

Afternoon Tea for Life 2018

On Saturday, 24 March, the Life Group hosted the annual Afternoon Tea for Life.

This was a fabulous occasion where refreshments, sandwiches and cakes were enjoyed by all who were present on what was a wonderful sunny afternoon. All present had the joy of listening to the superb musicianship of Mr Bett and senior members of the school orchestra who played a wide range of exceptionally beautiful pieces of music.

The event was extremely well supported and we thank pupils, staff, parents and friends for your outstanding support and great generosity.

£1500 was raised and will be donated to Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

Photos from this marvellous event can be viewed here.

Earth Hour

Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, the opening words of a canticle written by St Francis of Assisi, provides an authoritative contribution to Catholic Social Teaching in the worldwide movement on climate change. The Holy Father supports the Earth Hour by encouraging us to switch off our lights on Saturday 24 March at 8.30pm.

Click here to find out more

Earth Hour 2018

Saturday 24 March – lights out at 8:30pm

WWF’s Earth Hour is the biggest movement to protect our planet.

Hundreds of millions of people around the planet take part in WWF’s Earth Hour every year. Last year around 9 million took part in the UK alone.

People do a wide range of things around the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet.

The world’s biggest landmarks – like Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, and Edinburgh Castle – switch off lights as a visual display of their commitment too.

Your support for Earth Hour, and for WWF’s work in general, has helped us find solutions for the environmental challenges we face the world over. This includes influencing national climate policies, planting new forests in Uganda, and banning plastic in the Galapagos.

This year, we want to get as many people in the UK to make a promise for the planet as we can.



Weekly Prayers

Monday 26 March 2018.

Writing about Lent, one of our Third Years said : ‘ For me Lent means knowing how important it is to think about others before myself. We must always think of other before ourselves. It is important that we try to live like Jesus in everything we do. Although, we may want one thing, we need to think about what it best for those around us – just as Jesus did.’

Today we ask Mary to help us be more and more like her Son.

Hail Mary…..

Tuesday 27 March 2018.

A Third Year boy writes : ‘ Lent is a time of reflection when we look at ourselves and think of how we could be a better person. We try to be a better person by choosing to stop doing something or start doing something as a sacrifice. Jesus spend forty days in the desert being tempted by the Devil but he remained strong.’

We pray that our efforts and sacrifices will bear fruit and that we, indeed, will be better people. We pray that our sacrifices will help us be strong and resist temptation to sin.

Our Father……

Wednesday 28 March 2018.

A Third Year girl wrote : ‘ We are now in Holy Week and coming to the end of our Forty Days of Lent. We are encouraged to take a full part in the activities of Holy Week to remember and fully appreciate the great sacrifice Jesus made for each on of us’.

We pray that we will grow more thankful for all that God has done for us especially for sending his Son to save us.

Hail Mary….

Thursday 29 March 2018.

From a Third Year. On the night before Jesus was killed, he gathered his Apostles at what we call the Last Supper and there gave us the great gift of the Eucharist. I find starting my school day at Morning Mass helps me be ready for the day and reminds me that God is with me in all that I do.’

Our Father…..


Gymnasts Leap into Success

On Sunday 18th of March our Level 3 Gymnastics Team won Gold in the Scottish Schools Floor and Vault Championships in Bells Sports Centre, Perth. The team was made up of Ella Loffler, Eve McFarlane and Millie McGeehan. Eve McFarlane won Silver and Ella Loffler Bronze in the overall individual competition.

The gymnasts also won the East Renfrewshire Floor and Vault Championships that were held in November and have attended additional weekly training sessions on a Tuesday after school to prepare for the Finals. All their hard work has paid off and they fully deserved to win this extremely competitive accolade.

The team were presented with a silver Quaich today by Mr Docherty for their outstanding achievements.



Homerton College Easter Residential

Congratulations to Andrew Ward 4a3 who has successfully secured a place at the Easter Residential at the University of Cambridge. Andrew will attend Homerton College where he will attend lectures, interactive sessions and take part in discussions with selected panels. Furthermore, Andrew will take part in sessions on applying to Cambridge (and other competitive universities), finances and student life. He will also have time to visit Cambridge City Centre and its museums.

Andrew has applied to the sciences but will have the opportunity to move between different elective groups for individual sessions for a larger interdisciplinary session.  This opportunity will allow Andrew the opportunity to stretch his understanding of subjects he is studying and which Highers subjects to take further and those which can only be studied in the very different world of university courses.

Andrew has yet to decide on his future career path but is looking forward to this opportunity. Well done!!!!

Homerton College Summer Schools

Applications are now open for the 2018 Homerton College Summer Schools.  These 3-day events are for S5 students at state schools, including Scotland, interested in making an application to the Oxbridge universities.  Homerton are particularly looking for students who may not have had previous exposure to similar University residential experiences.  There is no charge for the food, accommodation or activities, in other words the summer school is free of charge. Travel bursaries are available for students who come from a household with an income of £25,000 or below.

Please find below the dates and subjects for this year’s summer schools:

•         English, Sunday 8th – Tuesday 10th July

•         Mathematics, Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th July

•         Biological Sciences, Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th July

•         Geography, Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th July

The summer schools are a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about what it is like to study at an institution such as Cambridge, as well as receive information, advice and guidance on their admissions process, and have lots of fun!

 For more details, eligibility criteria, and a link to the application form, please see:

 Please contact your Pastoral Teacher, Year Head or myself for further information.

 Neil Macdonald (Depute Head Teacher)



Cross-Country Superstars!

On Saturday 17 March the St Ninian’s S1 and S2 Girls Cross Country team won team gold and individual Silver at the Scottish Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh.  The team was made up of Hannah Ryding (1a2), Kate Paul (1a7), Nuala O’Donnell (1a10), Bethany Drummond (2a8) and Rachel Morran (1a10).  Hannah Ryding (1a2) won Silver after coming second overall.  This is a truly fantastic achievement and congratulations to all.

This is the third race that the girls have won this season. They were also Gold winners in the Scottish Schools Road Race and the East Renfrewshire Cross-Country Championships.

The team were presented with a silver Quaich today by Mr Docherty for their outstanding achievements.

A fantastic achievement by a talented group of pupils.

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