Apr 242015

Mr Fuchs will run the London Marathon on Sunday (26 April) after months of intense training. He is raising money for the Rainbows Group who support pupils who have suffered bereavement. All week pupils and staff have been donating and trying to guess his finishing time.

The following link has also been set up for anyone who wishes to make a donation to this important cause. Pupils and parents can also donate to the Rainbows group by sending in cash/cheque made payable to St Ninian’s HS in an envelope marked ‘Mr Fuchs Marathon for Rainbows Group’.

Mr Fuchs’ bib number is 13574 and he can be tracked on the London Marathon iPhone app (unfortunately there is no Android version). He can also be found by searching by surname.

Wishing Mr Fuchs the very best of luck from everyone at Saint Ninian’s!

Apr 242015

The following Faith events are taking place in school 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, 12.25pm

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

Apr 242015

Chinese delegates will come to St Ninian’s on Tuesday 28 April to visit the Confucius Hub. During the visit they will be given a tour of the school and will then attend an S3 Mandarin class followed by a Chinese performance by some of the pupils.

This will be an exciting day for Mrs Zhou all of the pupils who study Mandarin in our school. Photographs to follow.

Apr 242015

The next meeting of the Friends of St Ninian’s will take place on Tuesday 28 April at 7pm in the staffroom.

All parents and staff are warmly invited to attend.

Charity Giving

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Apr 242015

Many thanks to staff who supported the SCIAF 24 Hour Fast which raised over £400.

Thank you also to those who supported Lasallian and Ghana Events which raised a total of £420.

SQA Mass

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Apr 242015

Many thanks to pupils, parents and staff who came along to last night’s SQA Mass.

SQA Mass 2015


Thank you to Fr. Jim and Monsignor Monaghan for celebrating Mass for us, to the music department for the beautiful music and to Mr Bradshaw and Mr Cumming for the preparations.

Photographs can be viewed here.

Apr 242015

Details of an upcoming parent focus group for the National Parent Forum of Scotland can be viewed below:

National Parent Forum of Scotland – Focus Group seeking parents views on Curriculum for Excellence – Mearns Castle High, 29th April 7- 9 pm

We know that Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in Scottish education by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum, assessment and qualifications system from 3 to 18. The introduction of new qualifications  is part of this, with the aim of reflecting the new style of learning, which places an emphasis on skills and knowledge and tests the understanding and application of knowledge as well as facts.  The National Parent Forum of Scotland would like to hear whether you as a parent feel that CfE is achieving these ambitions for you and for your child as they embark on their Curriculum for Excellence journey.  The focus group is open to parents from East Renfrewshire and other council areas.

The Forum will feedback this parental perspective at all discussions surrounding education at a National Policy level, including the CfE Management Board, and hope that it will provide information to feed into the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report which is planned for later this year.

If you’d like to book a place, or would like more information, please contact our East Renfrewshire rep at
east.renfrewshire@npfs.org.uk  Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Apr 242015

A group of 50 Business Education pupils will be visiting attractions in London, Birmingham and Staffordshire over 4 days (22 April – 1 May).

The pupils will visit Chelsea F.C. for a tour of the trophy room and the stadium as well as receiving a talk on how a football club generates revenue from marketing and sponsorship deals. They will spend the evening enjoying a game of bowling.

On Wednesday, the pupils will visit Harry Potter World for a guided studio tour and a presentation on how an international film is marketed. In the evening, the pupils will go to the theatre for a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes.

Thursday will be spent travelling to Cadbury World in Birmingham to see how chocolate is mass produced. In the afternoon they will use the waterpark at the Splash Landings Hotel. The final day of the trip will be spent at Alton Towers theme park.

A packed schedule which the pupils will thoroughly enjoy!

SQA Mass

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Apr 232015

On Thursday 23 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 our pupils there as possible.

Apr 222015

There is a link to the SQA Exam Timetable 2015 in the Latest Information section on the right hand side of the website. Further information can also be found in the Information tab at the top of the page under ‘SQA’.

S6 Quiz night

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Apr 212015

A grop of S6 pupils have organised a quiz night which will take place on Wednesday 22 April (6.30 – 8.30pm).

This will be the last social event for our S6 pupils before their final day on Friday so we hope to see as many S6 pupils there as possible!

Apr 212015

The S2 pupils noted below will acccompany Mrs Baird, our Librarian, on a trip to the Yay! Ya+ Book Festival in Cumbernauld Theatre on Friday 24 April:

  • Holly Edgar (2a1)
  • Sarah Holmes (2a6)
  • Molly O’Callaghan (2a9)
  • Amy Harvey (2a8)
  • Naomi Lawson (2a3)

The pupils will meet a number of exciting Scottish YA writers. More information on the event can be viewed here.

Twilight Clubs

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Apr 212015

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Twilight Clubs are now finished for the summer.

Thank you to all pupils who attended these evenings and for the hard work and dedication they have shown to all of the clubs.

Saltire Awards

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Apr 212015

The Saltire Award for Volunteering has really taken off in Saint Ninian’s this year. So far, we have awarded pupils for over 7000 hours of volunteering – a staggering figure!

Volunteering takes many forms. A number of our pupils volunteer in school by helping out at clubs, helping at school events or by fundraising as part of the Life Group or Helping Hands Group. We also have pupils who volunteer outside of school in their community or local Parish. There are a wide range of volunteer activities which have been recognised so far this year including: sports coaching, day care centre assistants, dementia centre assistants, young leaders in cubs and scouts, helpers at Saturday Sports Camps, bake sales, bag packing and many more.

Any unpaid work which is undertaken by a pupil to help other people is a form of volunteering and may qualify them for a Saltire Award in recognition of the work that they are doing. Pupils who feel that they might qualify for an award should see Mrs Gorman (Maths department) as soon as possible.

The number of pupils in our school who identify themselves as volunteers is fantastic and numbers are growing rapidly. The effort from the pupils this year has been incredible and their dedication to the work that they doing is admirable.

Congratulations to everyone who has been awarded with the Saltire Award for Volunteering so far this year.

UPDATE:  Any pupil who wishes to apply for a Saltire Award must see Mrs Gorman by the end of this week if they want to receive a certificate this term. There are a number of pupils who have expressed an interest and think that they qualify for an award, however they have yet to confirm their hours. The deadline for submission of hours is Friday 25 April 2015.

S1 Choice Booklet

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Apr 212015

The S1 choice booklet was issued on Thursday 2 April to all first year pupils. The booklet contains a great deal of information on the subjects available to study in second year as well as advice for our first year students when making their decisions. Next week Pastoral staff will begin to meet with their first year pastoral group and begin one to one choice interviews. If you have any further questions please contact your child’s pastoral support teacher.

S1 Choice Booklet 2015

Apr 202015

After months of training throughout the winter, our very own Mr Fuchs is running the London Marathon on Sunday 26 April.

We are running a competition for parents, pupils and staff to guess his finishing time. The cost is £1 per entry and the person with the closest time will win a £25 i-Tunes voucher. You can enter as many times as you like! All proceeds will go to the Rainbows Group who support pupils who have suffered loss or bereavement. This is a cause very close to Mr Fuchs’ heart.

S6 pupils will have a table in the Street Area from tomorrow (Tuesday) where entries can be made. Pupils can make entries on behalf of parents and family members. Please give generously for this fantastic cause!

It is hoped that you will be able to track Mr Fuchs’ progress on Sunday via a link to his timing chip (details to follow).

Wishing him the very best of luck!


Apr 202015

New National Qualifications are being introduced across Scotland. The new Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers are replacing the existing qualifications. The New Qualifications will support Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and the broad education offered to pupils in the school. As well as academic qualifications, the New Qualifications are designed to equip young people the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.

The SQA have published two documents; one which offers advice to employers regarding the New Qualifications and one which link the New Qualifications to their Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Equivalent.

These publications can be found by clicking on the links below:

CfE Employers Guide

SCQF Levels

Apr 202015

Well done to the following pupils who have been chosen to represent the school in a Scottish Schools Tennis Tournament match against The Mary Erskine School on Wednesday 22 April:

  • Ellen Hazlett (1a9)
  • Sophie James (1a3)
  • Rebecca Miller (1a10)
  • Sophie Igoe (6a1)

Good luck!

Welcome Back

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Apr 202015

Welcome back to all pupils and staff!

This term is incredibly important and busy for our S4-6 pupils as they look towards their SQA exams. Study leave begins at the end of this week. The SQA Exam Timetable can be viewed here.

Wishing all of our S4-6 pupils the very best of luck with the forthcoming exams.

Millport 2015

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Apr 082015

On Tuesday 7 April we held our annual trip to Millport.  It was a fantastic day attended by big numbers of pupils, parents and staff.

See the photos of the day here.

Apr 022015

School closes for the Easter holidays today at 2.30pm.

Wishing all staff and pupils a safe, restful and joyful holiday.


NET Scotland

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Apr 022015

NET is coming to Scotland. From August 2015, there will be a NET Scotland Team staffed with young people from Scotland. An initial event for anyone interested will take place on Friday 17 April at 7pm in the Diocesan Offices in St Mirin’s Cathedral Precincts.

This opportunity is open to anyone who is aged 18 – 30 (18 by the end of August).

There is a facebook page with more information: https://www.facebook.com/netscotland 

“Are you 18 – 30?

Do you love God?

Do you desire to learn more about your faith?

Do you want to live the “joy of the Gospel”?

Do something amazing! Come and help us challenge young Catholics to know Jesus and embrace the life of the Church!”

Oratory Artwork

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Apr 022015

Many thanks to Mr Paul De Cecco of the Design and Technology Department who has presented the school with a beautiful image of Jesus Crucified. It has now been placed in the entrance to the Oratory.

Image of Jesus

Holy Week

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Apr 012015

Below is a short video depicting the story of holy week from the entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection appearance to Mary (John 20:11-17).


Athletics Club

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Apr 012015

The Athletics Club will start after the Easter break. Pupils of all ages and abilities are welcome to join!

Athletics Poster

Spring Concert

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Mar 312015

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Spring Concert this evening. The pupils have put a lot of time and effort into rehearsing for tonight’s show and it certainly showed! The music was outstanding and demonstrated the dedication and hard work of our young musicians and staff.

Spring Concert 2015

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.

Photographs can be viewed here.

Mar 312015

The semi-final of the Mandarin Word Wizard in SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, was held on Friday 27 March. The following pupils have progressed through to the final on Friday 29 May at the Scottish Parliament:

  • Erin Leahy – Mandarin Beginner
  • Anna Gallagher – Mandarin Intermediate
  • Hepsi Xavier – Mandarin Intermediate
  • Callum Holland – Mandarin Intermediate

Congratulations to all four of them for making it through to the final. Well done also to everyone who took part in the competition.

Mandarin Word Wizard Semi-FinalMandarin Word Wizard Semi-Final 2



Mar 302015

The Creative Industries Exhibition is taking place this evening (5 – 7 pm).

Work from a number of departments is on display and the standard is incredible! Photographs can be viewed here.

Many thanks to Miss Howard and the Art and Design Department for putting together this fascinating exhibition. Thank you also to the Music Department for providing entertainment during the event.

Creative Industries Exhibition 2015


Spring Concert

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Mar 302015

A Spring Concert will be held on Tuesday 31 March at 7.30pm by the pupils and staff of our Music Department. The pupils involved have spent a number of weeks rehearsing for the concert.

A warm invitation is extended to all parents, pupils, staff and friends of the school to attend this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mar 302015

Stations of the Cross reflections

The liturgies of Holy Week invite us to engage with the words, actions and experiences that constituted Jesus’s way to the Father through silence, symbols and scripture.

During Holy Week you might like to pray the Stations of the Cross using these reflections from scripture scholar, Nicholas King SJ

Mar 302015

Please see this week’s Focus of the Week:

  • Holy Week
  • Millport Trip
    • Our annual trip to Millport will take place on Tuesday 7 April. Everyone is welcome to attend. See Miss Milne for details.
  • Easter Revision School Programme
    • Easter School will run in the two weeks of the Easter Holidays. By now, pupils should have signed up for the classes they want to attend. This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to make their final preparations for the exam period before study leave begins.

To view all of the Focus of the Weeks click here.

Life Quiz Night

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Mar 292015

Congratulations to the young people who attended the Life Quiz Night on Friday evening. It was a tremendous turn out.

Thank you to staff and Monsignor Monaghan, Fr. Jim, Fr. Gerry and Bishop John Keenan who joined the young people for what was a terrific evening of fun and joy.

Many thanks to Maria Ward (S5) and Nuala McBride (S4) who organised this most enjoyable event on behalf of the Life Groups from across the many schools who support this beautiful cause.

Photos available on the RE Twitter feed.