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


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.




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!


SQA Mass

On Tuesday 26 April we will be celebrating Mass for those pupils about to commence their SQA Examinations. The Mass will begin at 7pm.

All parents, pupils, families and staff will be most welcome to join us. This is a wonderful opportunity to get 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.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

East Renfrewshire Awards for Head Boy and Head Girl

Well done to Anna Campbell (Head Girl) and Ronan Doherty (Head Boy) who were recognised for their service to the school and the Local Authority at a special awards ceremony this week.  East Renfrewshire Council thanked the Head Boy and Head Girl from each Secondary School for their dedication and service over the past year. Anna and Ronan are photographed below receiving their award. Thank you and well done!


Pupil Achievement – S6 Sports Leaders 2016

Congratulations to our S6 Sports Leaders who successfully completed their primary placement at OLM Primary School. Every Monday since June, Sports Leaders have planned and delivered sessions for primary pupils, allowing them to improve their Health and Wellbeing.


During their final session, S6 Sports Leaders presented P3a with certificates of participation.


They also carried out Health and Wellbeing workshops in the classroom. These workshops focused on the Physical /Social/Mental and Emotional benefits of sport.


Well done to all Sports Leaders involved!

Pupil Achievement – Film Club Review Of The Week

The following pupils have won Review of the Week with Film club!

The winners are:

Abdullah Butt (S1) for Alice in Wonderland

Brendan Coyle (S2) for Inside Out and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Callum Doyle (S2) for 127 Hours

Heather McHugh (S2) for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Jamie Linden (S2) for Help I’m a Fish

The reviews can be found via the Film Club website.

All pupils win a goody bag so congratulations to them all!!

An Exceptional Teacher

Tom McBrearty and Bishop KeenanIt is with great sadness that we heard that Mr. Thomas McBrearty died early this morning.

Tom was Principal Teacher of Chemistry, until he retired two years ago.

He was a highly respected teacher who loved being a classroom teacher.

He was one of the first teachers appointed in 1984 to Saint Ninian’s High School and his service to our school community of pupils (past and present), staff, and parents  was outstanding.

The success of Saint Ninian’s owes much to the commitment of exceptional teachers such as Tom McBrearty.

Tom’s passion for teaching young people was inspiring to all who knew him and who had the privilege of being taught by him.

Tom was a great family man and we remember in our prayers and thoughts Tom’s family – his wife, Patricia, and children, Laura, James and Claire, and his new grand-daughter, Katherine Margaret.

May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph watch over them at this time.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace, Amen.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Fashion Show and Art Exhibition

Thank you again to all pupils, staff, friends, and family that supported the Creative Industries Fashion show and Art and Design Exhibition. It was a great success and a fantastic opportunity for the outstanding work of our creative young people from S1-S6 to be showcased. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Photos from the Fashion Show can be viewed here.

Spring Concert


Last night over 100 of our pupils performed in a fantastic Spring Concert. All groups, ensembles, choirs, orchestras and soloists performed extremely well.

It was clearly evident that pupils put a lot of time and effort into rehearsing for the show. The music was outstanding and demonstrated the dedication and hard work of our young musicians.

Many thanks also to the Music department and Instrument teachers who organised the show and gave time to ensure that our pupils were so well rehearsed.

Photos from the concert and a video of the outstanding performance from our Symphony Orchestra can be viewed here.

P7 Transition Programme

The last three groups of Primary 7 pupils from Our Lady of the Missions Primary school have completed the last of their four weekly visits to St Ninian’s as part of the Transition Programme with our cluster primaries.

During their visits P7 pupils are given the opportunity to experience lessons in our Art, Design & Technology and Science departments and on their final visit they also get the chance to have lunch in our school canteen. This is followed by a tour of the school led by Sixth Year pupils and their visit concludes with a faith service in the school oratory given by the RE department.

To view photos please click on the link below.

OLM Rotation 5 Photos


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