Easter Sports Camps 2017

The fantastic St Ninian’s Easter Sports Camps are now available to book. There are camps for P1 to P3 Pupils and P4 to P7 Pupils.

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 Physical Education teachers who will provide the ideal environment for children to learn and enjoy themselves safely. Full details are on the leaflets below.

Easter Camp 2017

Catholic Education Week

To mark Catholic Education Week, Sancta Familia Media have prepared an excellent video featuring pupils and staff of Catholic Schools. The video shows the great strength of Catholic Schools for pupils and for society. Sancta Familia Media are based in Holy Family Parish,  Mossend and produce high quality material on aspects of our faith and activities in Scotland and further afield.  Their materials can be located on Holy Family Mossend Website or Sancta Familia Twitter.

Catholic Education Week – Sancta Familia Video

Faith Matters (Week Beginning 20 February ’17)

The following Faith events are taking place this week:

  • Morning Mass – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Oratory, 8.25am
  • Eucharistic Adoration – Friday in the Oratory, 12 – 1pm
  • Rosary – Friday in the Oratory, 12.25 – 1pm

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

  • SCIAF Pre-Lent Coffee Morning for staff – Friday in the staffroom

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

faith matters


S5/6 Prelims

Good luck to our S5/6 pupils who will be sitting their Prelims over the next couple of weeks.

The Prelim timetable can be viewed below (a copy is also available on the sidebar).

S5/6 Prelim Timetable 2016-17

Examinations Prayer

Dear Lord, please help me in my examinations.

Help me to face them with courage,

steady in nerves and keen in mind.

Please help me to grasp fully

the questions that are asked,

to remember all that I have studied,

to express my answers accurately

and with the completeness desired.

Grant me dear Lord, a due sense of timing,

and let me not waste precious minutes in

useless asides and unwanted digressions.

Before I hand in my papers,

Give me the wisdom

to examine what I have written,

and the alertness of mind to detect

and correct any mistakes I may have made.

Lord grant me success

if success is good for me.

But I know that you know what is best for me.

With loving trust therefore I say,

“Whatever the results,

blessed be Your holy will.”

STEM Event for Girls

The following pupils will be attending a STEM event at Williamwood High School on Friday 17 February:

  • Caitlin Anderson 1a5
  • Sofia Bowman 1a8
  • Maisie Pollock 1a5
  • Ellie Shaw 1a6
  • Zainab Alani 2a9
  • Rachel Callan 2a6
  • Mary Creighton 2a6
  • Eilidh McKay 2a3
  • Samantha Clarke 3a1
  • Molly Entwistle 3a3
  • Maria O’Donnell 3a5
  • Sally Smart 3a1

Transitions Hub


Monday 27th Feb 6pm-8pm


Future Planning for your child

(S2 and above)

We would like to invite parents that joined us at our last session as well as new parents to come Along to an evening to think about what life skills your child has and what they can develop and work on over the next few years in preparation for when they will leave school.

This facilitated evening would be particularly useful for those whose child has an additional support/ learning need, or if you would just like to talk to other parents and our team around developing your child’s skills and the best ways to approach and plan this.

  • On the night you will hear from other parents, share experiences and ideas.
  • We would like people to leave the evening with the start of their own plan and some good ideas to build and work on.
  • If you have attended this session before, it is a good opportunity to share and reflect on your experiences.

To discuss this or book a place please call us on:

0141 620 0287

Or email- louise.mcclelland@enable.org.uk


Woodfarm community wing- entrance via Woodfarm High school

Robslee Road




Schools Vocational Programme 2017-18

East Renfrewshire’s Schools Vocational Programme brings various council services together with local employers and colleges of further education, to provide a range of stimulating vocational courses for pupils. The programme currently offers approximately 500 places providing a broader range of options for East Renfrewshire pupils entering 5th or 6th year (with S4 places available) and allowing them to study for a vocational or national qualification together with their other subjects.
Please contact your son/daughter’s Pastoral Support teacher or Head of Year for further information.
Neil Macdonald (Depute Head Teacher)

Public Speaking and Debate Society

Jackson Carlaw, MSP for Eastwood, visited members of the Public Speaking and Debate Society after school on Friday to share with the group his public speaking advice and experiences in the world of politics. The students were given excellent tips on how to develop their own public speaking skills, and then had the opportunity to ask Mr Carlaw questions about his role.  All were incredibly grateful for the session and are even more enthused about the opportunities that lie ahead.


The Summit

The Youth Commission of the Archdiocese of Glasgow have launched a new venture for young people called ‘The Summit’. This will take place one Sunday Afternoon each month and will be a great opportunity for young people to come together to celebrate Mass, learn about their faith and with some food have a good time. The first day is Sunday 12 February. Further details from RE Department.

The Summit

Secondary Schools Deaf Football Day

Below is some information from the Secondary Football Festival organised by the Scottish FA and Kenny Fraser, TOD at South Ayrshire on Wednesday 8 February 2017 at Toryglen.
Any pupils with a hearing loss that have reserved a place or are interested in attending the event should RVSP with Kenny Fraser via email at Kenny.Fraser@hotmail.co.uk / Kenny.Fraser@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.
If pupils do attend then it is the responsibility of their parents/carer to take their child to the event and to be present during the day.

Annual Life Mass

Saint Ninian’s High School’s  Annual Life Mass to celebrate the work of the Life Group in school, the work of all who promote life and to pray for life causes will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 8 February 2017.

A warm invitation is extended to all pupils, staff, parents, families and friends to join in this celebration.

Faith Matters (Week Beginning 6 February ’17)

The following Faith events are taking place this week:

  • Morning Mass – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Oratory, 8.25am
  • Eucharistic Adoration – Friday in the Oratory, 12 – 1pm
  • Rosary – Friday in the Oratory, 12.25 – 1pm

Annual Mass for Life – Wednesday at 7pm in the Oratory. Refreshments will be available in the staffroom afterwards.

East Renfrewshire Schools Inter-Faith Quiz Night, Tuesday at 7pm in the Atrium.

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

faith matters


Supported Study

Prior to the S5/6 Prelim examinations which commence on Thursday 16 February we will be offering supported study classes in the following subjects on the day/dates indicated:
Week beginning 6 February 2017
Monday – Art and English
Tuesday – English
Wednesday – Biology, Geography, History, Mathematics and Modern Studies
Thursday – Chemistry, Computing, English and Physics
Please encourage your child to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.
Neil Macdonald
Depute Head

Hearing Impairment Opportunities

Action on Hearing Losses will be running two courses open to young people aged 16 – 25 as per the email below from Julie-Anne Legatte, Employment Adviser.

On Wednesday 15th February 2017 we are having a Money Skills by Barclays Bank which involves how to budget and manage your money.  This will be led by volunteer staff who work for Barclays.

On Wednesday 22nd February 2017 Emcare is delivering a certificated Emergency in Work First Aid which will be a great course to have for your CV.  This is a one day course designed to equip you with the knowledge and understanding to deliver First Aid within the workplace, assessing and dealing with emergencies, CPR, choking, bleeding and shock and minor injuries.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate that will be valid for 3 years.

Please contact Action on Hearing Loss via the details below if any of your pupils with a hearing loss within this age range from 16 onwards are interested in attending the above courses.

T: 18002 0141 341 5350 (I am deaf, please use the prefix number)

M: 07436 836121 (Text Only)
Textphone: 0141 341 5350
A: Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RX

Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament

Pupils from schools across Scotland were competing in the second round of the Law Society of Scotland’s ‘Donald Dewar Memorial Debating tournament’ last night. Michael McGrade and Holly Edgar were representing St Ninian’s at Holy Cross High School in Hamilton and presented a powerful opposition to the motion that performance enhancing drugs should be permitted in professional sports, securing a place in the semi-finals. Both Michael and Holly worked incredibly hard to draw together the most compelling evidence in their case, delivering well-structured and highly convincing speeches on the night and tackling the proposition’s counter-arguments with ease . The tournament has so far been an excellent opportunity for the pupils to develop their skills in critical thinking, learn how to rebut arguments in a fast-paced environment and grow in confidence as debaters. We wish Michael and Holly the very best of luck for the semi-finals next month!


This Thursday 2 February HPV Immunisations  for girls in S1 and HPV completing dose for girls in S2 – S6 will be administered in school.   There will also be catch up MMR vaccinations for boys and girls in S1 – S6.

Pupils should ensure they wear a short sleeved shirt or a t-shirt underneath their  shirt.

Pupils should also ensure they have a good breakfast .


Scottish Schools Indoor Athletics

Good luck to the following pupils who will be representing the school in the Scottish Schools Indoor Athletics Championships at Emirates Arena on either Wednesday 1 February or Thursday 2 February:                                                  

  • Nicholas Boyle
  • Joseph Lowrie
  • Eva Blues
  • Morgan MacDougall
  • Rachel Callan
  • Mary Creighton
  • Eoghan O’Donnell
  • Amy Donaghy
  • Andrew Conlan
  • Sophie Inglis
  • Eve Donaghy
  • Leila Hickey-Fugaccia
  • Mary-Rose Cairns
  • Lewis Mitchell
  • Joseph McKay

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