On the 25th of June, Mandarin class pupils who worked hard throughout the year were awarded for their excellence by having a trip to the famous ‘Running Chilli’ Chinese hot-pot restaurant in Glasgow. This gave the pupils a fantastic opportunity to practice the Chinese phrases they had learned throughout the year, allowed them to refine their Chinese pronunciation and experience the delicious Chinese cuisine in the West End of Glasgow. The tasty food was well received by all the pupils!
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Congratulations to Patrick who was awarded a Diana Award on Friday.
Patrick is a dedicated young volunteer who has been giving up his time in his local church for more than six years. Patrick also serves and is involved in counting the weekly collection. Patrick also volunteers during the school holidays in the SANDS Lothian charity shop. The money he helps to raise goes directly towards supporting bereaved parents who have lost a baby, something which has been important to Patrick and his family since the death of his cousin. Patrick has accumulated more than 200 volunteering hours and has raised more than £5,000 for various other charities.
Congratulations to all our Netball teams who competed at the Renfrewshire Schools Summer Netball Tournament. All of our teams performed excellently winning the S2/S3 and Senior Tournament. Our S1 team finished runners up. This was an excellent achievement for our girls finishing of a great season!
Well done to Matthew Ralph (3a4), Sophia Laurie (3a2), Eve Carruthers (4a8), Aaron Bastable (4a3), James Lawson (3a8), Michael Cameron (5a2), Michael McAndrew (3a7) and Eva Lavalette (3a2) who performed in the Harlequin Youth Production of ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’ at Eastwood Theatre.
From Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 June a number of our pupils, S2-S6, attended the ‘Our Daily Bread’ retreat at Craig Lodge, Dalmally. Below are some pupil reflections of their experience.
This week we had the fantastic opportunity to take part in ‘Our Daily Bread’ retreat in Craig Lodge, Dalmally (the birth place of Mary’s Meals). Though we only had a few days there, each one was jam packed with prayer, music, fun and lots of food! We were fortunate enough to have both Father Stephen and Monsignor Monaghan with us, meaning we were able to celebrate mass and participate in Confession during our stay. The team at Craig Lodge made us feel welcome from the moment we walked through the door and shared the story of their faith journey leading them to Dalmally, and during small group sessions helped us in reflecting on our own journey. As well as these times of prayer and reflection (where we discussed what it is to know about Jesus), we also had the opportunity to feel star struck while meeting the founder of Mary’s Meals – Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, sing along with Paul and his guitar, play a very intense game of Capture the Flag, take part in Prayer Ministries and, of course, meet Maya the dog. Overall it was a very enriching experience and has helped to bring us closer together as a group and to God.
Poppy Rose Wright (6a6)
I really enjoyed my trip to Craig Lodge Retreat Centre in Dalmally. It really enlightened my faith and I feel spiritually cleansed. The first thing we did when we arrived was ice-breakers, getting to know each other and playing games. We got a lot of motivational speeches but my favourite was by Magnus MacFarlane-barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals. He showed us a very moving film called ‘Child 31’ which highlights poverty in certain African countries such as Kenya, South Africa and Sudan. That night they gave us rice and porridge for dinner to show us what poor children would eat (we were given pizza later!).
On the second day we celebrated Mass before breakfast which was a nice way to start the day. We then did a 3 hour hill climb where and on the top of the hill was the Stations of the Cross. At every station we said a prayer. Although windy this was a very special experience. In the evening we played capture the flag in the woods in the dark.
On the whole I would recommend this retreat to everyone. The staff were amazing, food was great and I have made friends for life. The priests were very involved in all our activities and the teachers were awesome too!
Samuel Sheridan (2a4)
My trip to Craig Lodge was amazing and will change my life forever. I have learnt lots about my faith through the excellent presentations by members of the Craig Lodge community. Craig Lodge is the birth place of Mary’s Meals, an inspiring charity that helps children in poverty to have a meal a day and access to education.
My highlight of the trip was walking up the large hill and going through the Stations of the Cross. The reason why I loved it so much was because it was re-enacting Jesus’ journey before he was crucified.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder of Mary’s Meals, spoke to all of us. His talk was very inspiring and helped me to understand more about how Mary’s Meals came about.
Overall the experience at Dalmally was great. I loved Paul’s songs, all the games we played and the group discussions. The staff were really nice and the staff and Monsignor Monaghan and Father Stephen were amazing as well.
Daniel Whyte (2a4)
Recently, a group of S2-S6 pupils had the profound privilege of spending time together on a retreat at Craig Lodge in Dalmally. We were fortunate enough to be offered this opportunity and we all agreed that it was one of the best experiences we have ever had.
One of the best aspects of the retreat was the setting in the beautiful Argyle countryside. As soon as we arrived, we all felt a long way from all the stresses and strains and business of our everyday lives. We were given a wonderful welcome by the volunteers at Craig Lodge and we were even lucky enough to meet Magnus McFarlane Barrow and his family.
Another pleasant discovery was how well pupils from S2 –S6 mixed and got on with each other. We all had a lot of fun and made great memories – none of us will ever pass each other in a corridor at school! In fact we all got on so well that we were probably still awake and talking long after Mr Bradshaw would have liked!
We were so blessed to be accompanied by Monsignor Monaghan, and Fr Stephen who led us in prayer and celebrated Mass. We had Eucharistic Adoration and were joined by Bishop McGhee for The Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Bishop was very friendly and welcoming and he told me that his family come from the same place in Donegal as mine!
We are all very grateful to Mr Bradshaw for arranging this opportunity for us – it was a really great experience and we were all very sad when it was time to go home.
St Ninian’s High School is an official test centre in the United Kingdom for Chinese Proficiency Tests. The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is an official examination, designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers, from beginners to advanced level. It is an internationally recognized standard, used to assess a student’s Chinese language level and success therein can help those students when applying for the Confucius Institute Scholarship and the Hanban Beijing Trip. It is also accepted by universities in China as proof of Chinese proficiency. The HSK tests include the skills of writing, listening and reading.
Many congratulations to the following pupils who attended the HSK 1 Chinese Proficiency Test in April 2019 and achieved a pass:
Sofia Bowman (4a8)
Hope Leahy (5a3)
Niamh McWilliams (5a5)
Grace Kelly (5a4)
Oonagh O’Sullivan (5a10)
Ciara Heather (5a5)
Cameron Smith (5a2)
Oscar Aronowski (5a3)
Gavin Tracey (5a3)
This is an outstanding achievement for our pupils who have worked incredibly hard in preparation for the HSK test. Well done!
On Friday 7 June St Ninian’s U15 football team won the Scottish Schools’ Football Association U15 Scottish Shield with a 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock Academy. A cool finish from Marc Capaldi was enough to win the match.
The success is the sixth national title for St Ninian’s High School in five years. This is an outstanding achievement and highlights the progress and success that has been achieved over the past five years by our football teams.
U14 Scottish Shield Champions (2014)
U16 Scottish Shield Champions (2016)
U14 Scottish Shield Champions (2016)
U14 Scottish Shield Champions (2017)
Allen McKinstry Cup – British and Irish Champions (2017)
U15 Scottish Shield Champions (2019)
Ross Hamilton, Liam Sheridan, Aiden McLaughlin (c), Ruairidh MacDonald, Patrick O’Hara, Patrick Foxworthy, Nathan Pope, Marc Capaldi, James McLaughlin, Chris Mahon, James Hazzlett, Sean Fyfe, Mitchell Coyne, Joe Sexton, Lewis Wilson, Josh McDaid, Matthew Carroll, Chris MacBride, Rico De Marco, John Hughes, Niall McAndrew and Michael Moynihan.
This week all new Second Year pupils were given a copy of the Saint Ninian’s Primary Essay Competition Booklet that marked the Centenary of Catholic Education.
During 2018 the young people of Primary 7 from our associated primary schools, Our Lady of the Missions, Saint Cadoc’s, Saint Joseph’s and Primary 6 pupils from Saint Clare’s, submitted an essay on one of the titles below as part of our commemoration of the ‘1918– 2018 Centenary of Catholic Education in Scotland.’ The topics were:
The motto of Saint Ninian’s is “Floreat Iuventus” which means “Let Youth Flourish”. How has your Catholic education helped you to flourish?
Describe a teacher who has cared for you and inspired you to become a good person.
Why is it important for us to learn about Jesus and the Church?
Growing in responsibility.
Why I pray.
How I put my faith into action.
The booklet containing all of the essays can be viewed here:
The Director of Education has been sent the letter which has been distributed, to senior officials, the convener of the Council’s Education Committee and the local councillor.
The letter and SIF are accessible online for staff, members of the Parent Council, parents and carers and other interested members of the public. The DHTs will bring the letter to the attention of their Year Group.
A paper copy of the letter and SIF is available from the school office.
My thanks and deepest appreciation to the young people, parents, staff, local clergy, and our wider educational partners for your valued contribution to the Inspection
Over the last few weeks, 72 pupils have braved everything the Scottish countryside had to throw at them in order to successfully complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. Each expedition involved walking roughly 25km over two days and camping with absolutely no amenities other than what they carried on their backs. Every single pupil has shown exceptional resilience and teamwork, to keep going no matter how hard it got.
Congratulations to all involved, they have earned a weekend of rest and relaxation.