Sports and Family Fun Day (Wednesday 1 June)

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All pupils, parents, friends and family are welcome to attend the annual Sports and Family Fun Day which takes place on Wednesday 1 June.  Whether your children are in the Sports Day or not this is a wonderful opportunity for families to relax and enjoy a great afternoon’s entertainment.

The activities include athletics events for Primary and Secondary pupils, a variety of bouncy castles, come and try sports, face painting and lots and lots of food and drink!

Any raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

Physics & Engineering Clubs Queensferry Crossing Visit

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Pupils form the Physics and Engineering clubs visited the Education Centre at the construction site of the Queensferry Crossing on Wednesday (18th May).  Elaine Barrie, a civil engineer with FCBC (Forth Bridges Construction Consortium) led the pupils through some bridge building related activities and gave a presentation on the methods used to construct the new bridge.  Pupils had an enjoyable and informative afternoon in the control centre which has stunning views of all 3 crossings over the Forth.

To view photos from the trip click here.

Pupil Achievement- Salter’s Festival

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Congratulations to Our S1 team who finished 3rd place in the Salter’s festival competition. Abu Javed 1a1, Jeremiah Lawson 1a1, Anna Ewins 1a1 and Katie Rankin 1a1.

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This festival is organised by Glasgow University in association with The Salter’s Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry, institutions that promote education in chemistry.  This event includes 2 chemistry challenges the pupils take part in.  A murder mystery forensics challenge and a Kidnapping forensics challenge.  They also see a demonstration on Chemical Magic from one of the Lecturers in chemistry

University of Cambridge Summer School 2016

The closing date for applicants for Summer School is fast approaching.

Any S5 pupil (S6 in session 2016-17) interested should follow instructions below to apply.  Alternatively contact Mr Macdonald (Depute Head Teacher) at the school.

Description

Selwyn College organises a Summer School for year 12 students at state-maintained schools in its link areas. Students stay in undergraduate accommodation for 2-3 nights and experience undergraduate life by attending lectures and practicals led by university academics, and also through social activities put on by the college. Previously the summer school has been for those studying sciences, however this year it will expand to encompass both arts and sciences. The events allow students to discover more about what it is like to study at University, particularly the University of Cambridge, and their course of interest, whilst experiencing student life.

Age group

Yr 12 (Or equivalent)

Venue

Selwyn College, Cambridge

Dates

8-11th August 2016

To apply

http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/access-outreach/selwyn-college-summer-school/

Closing date for applications

Wednesday 25th May 2016

For further details

http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/access-outreach/selwyn-college-summer-school/

Contact for enquiries

schools-liaison@sel.cam.ac.uk

Letter from Jean Vanier

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A letter from one of the most inspiring individuals in today’s world who is trying to live out his vocation to the poor and the excluded in our society.

Jean Vanier provides a source of inspiration for our young people who offers us a vision of goodness and selflessness with a mission to serve others.

His faith in God is the source of hope, joy and love, that imbues every aspect  of his life and which has inspired his activism for over 50 years on behalf of the poor and marginalised of society.

St Ninian’s Summer Sports Camps 2016

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

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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.

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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 (fuchsj1@st-ninians.e-renfrew.sch.uk).

St Ninian’s Cluster Retreat

‘Parents of pupils in St Ninian’s, St Joseph Primary, St Cadoc’s Primary, Our Lady of the Missions Primary and friends of the schools are invited to participate in a St Ninian’s Cluster Retreat on Tuesday 24th May with Fr Peter Damian Grint.

The retreat will begin at 10.30am in St Ninan’s RE Department with a time for reflection. During this time, Fr Peter will be available to hear Confessions. There will then be Mass in the Oratory followed by teas and coffee and a short spiritual talk from Fr Peter. Lunch will then be served at 12.15pm.

The afternoon session will begin at 1.00pm with a time of prayer and the rosary will be said. This will be followed by a number of short presentations on the faith life within our cluster schools and within our diocese.

The retreat should finish at  2.30pm.

If you would like to participate please e-mail St Ninian’s at mail@st-ninians.e-renfrew.sch.uk

 

Pupil Achievement

Congratulations to Johnny Homes (6a5) who raised £52.76 for East Ren Morocco Challenge.

Well done to the Fair Trade Committee who raised £122.38 which will be split between travel costs to Ghana and Lasallian Developing World Projects.  Maeve MacLeod (6a4) also raised an additional £231.45 for Lasallian.

 

Putting Our Gifts At the Service of Others

At this special time in the liturgical year when young people are receiving the beautiful sacrament of Confirmation it is a timely opportunity to remember that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given freely by God to help us become better people through serving others, particularly those most in need.

It has been a privilege to recognise the service of our young people through sending financial help to a number of charities and also to recognise the exceptional work of our Sixth Year students and teachers helping those in need.

Thank you to Miss Maria McLuskey and teaching colleagues who have supported the Wayside Club S6 Friday Evening Volunteer programme since August. Thank you to the great number of S6 students who have given generously of their time to help those on the margins of our society.

The Wayside Club, founded and run by the Legion of Mary, provides practical and spiritual support for people affected by homelessness and social exclusion. It has been a privilege to support  their mission and work.

Last night Sean O’Reilly of Sixth Year  received on behalf of our Helping Hands Charity Group an ERC Convener’s Award at the ERC event held in Carmichael Hall in recognition of the invaluable work of our pupils and staff in sharing their gifts on behalf of men and women whom we sometimes forget exist.

Service and Volunteering are at the heart of a great school and our young people and staff take both very seriously.

This evening before all the pupils went home I was speaking to a number of  pupils who offer their service volunteering in local charity shops, their church, homes for the elderly, through the Boys Scouts and Girlguiding, and many other great local organisations.

Today we sent off a cheque to the value of £4,500 to SCIAF. Through British Government support this total will be doubled to £9,000. Thank you to pupils for your selfless charitable efforts and to families and friends for your generous financial support.

With deepest thanks to our young people in all year groups for putting yourself at the service of others.

Mr. Docherty

Prepared and Ready

Dear Parents, Carers, and Friends of Saint Ninian’s

The last two weeks have flown by and we are now ready for the SQA Exams.

We had the opportunity to wish our pupils well when we celebrated Holy Mass on Tuesday in a beautiful service offered by Canon Jim Duggan and Monsignor Monaghan,  Thank you to pupils, parents , family, staff and friends. who managed along to pray for the young people and their mums and dads at this time.

During the exam period  there will be Eucharistic Adoration each day and the reciting of one decade of the Rosary, praying for the pupils who are sitting their national exams. This takes place from 12.20-1pm. Please join us in praying for our young people during this very important period of their education.

Thank you to pupils and teachers for your excellent work over the academic year and to pupils for your commitment to your studies.

Wishing you strength of concentration in your revision and study programme and inspiration during your exams.

Mr.  Docherty

Caritas Award Success

Well done to the following S6 pupils who were successful in their submissions for the Caritas Award:

Eva Bass
Ciaran Brooke
Anna Campbell
Cameron Dobie
Ronan Doherty
Ciera Doohan
Mhairi Finnigan
Erin Heath
Frances Leahy-Kelly
Samuel McErlean
Abigail Trainer
Maria Ward
Mairi Welsh

It was noted that Assessors were very impressed with some excellent submission which show evidence of young people making effective contributions to their school and their Parish communities. The awards panel stated that some of the submissions contained very impressive reflections on the faith journeys which are being travelled.

 

ST NINIAN’S U16S WIN THEIR SECOND SCOTTISH SHIELD

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Congratulations to St Ninian’s High School U16 football team who won the U16 Scottish Schools’ Football Association Scottish Shield after a 5-0 victory over St Ambrose High School on Tuesday 26 April.  This is the second Scottish Shield title for St Ninian’s U16 team as they made history by winning the Shield for the first time in the schools thirty years of existence, in 2014.

The game was played at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium in unexpected wintery conditions. St Ambrose started the livelier side as it took St Ninian’s a while to settle into the game. Once St Ninian’s found their feet, there was no real doubt in the final result. Connor Gillan opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute with a header after a Matthew Reilly free kick found him at the back post. The second goal came from a Lewis Smith cross which was deflected to the back post where Roan Fitzpatrick was waiting to convert it goal wards off the underside of the crossbar. Following the second goal St Ninian’s took control of the game and dominated possession. They made this possession count when again, Lewis Smith delivered a great cross and Matthew Coyle was able to head it into the net. St Ninian’s then made a few inspired substitutions which immediately paid off with goals from Oscar Sibille and Sonny Innes.

A massive well done to all of the boys who are enshrined in St Ninian’s folklore and will be able to treasure these memories forever.

Matthew Boyle (4a10), Alex MacDonald (4a10), Martin Cassells (4a7), Matthew Coyle (4a6), Ryan Donnelly (5a8), Ronan Fox (4a5), Roan Fitzpatrick (4a8), Connor Gillan (4a7), Umayr Hussain (4a3), Sonny Innes (4a9),  Matthew McGrath (4a6), Craig McKeegan (4a5), Michael O’Neil (4a2), Matthew Reilly (4a10), Stephen Shaw (4a1), Oscar Sibile (4a5), Lewis Smith (4a6), Declan Walsh (4a6).

Photos from the game can be viewed here.

 

Celebrating Success – Sophie Macpherson 1a6

Congratulations to Sophie (1a6) who recently competed in the Celtic Cup Gymnastics Competition. The International event took place on the 23rd April on The Isle of Man. Sophie was part of the Scotland team which won the overall Celtic Minor Artistic Cup securing the gold medal.

Sophie performed very well individually coming first on the beam and third on floor which added valuable scores to the team’s total.

Well done Sophie!

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