Celtic Connections

Three St Ninian’s pupils are set to perform at this year’s Celtic Connections winter music festival. The world renowned Glasgow festival features artists from around the globe alongside the best of Scottish talent. Fiddlers Nuala McBride (6a2), Niamh Doohan (5a1) and Andrew Ward (3a3) will join Scottish fiddle quartet RANT on 21st January at 1pm in The New Auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. RANT is delighted to be launching their new project, 4/4 – A Project for Projection, which sees the band passing their acclaimed skills and repertoire directly down the generations.  They will be performing with 12 teenage Central belt fiddlers a freshly-arrayed selection from both their albums. This is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to have the experience of performing at this prestigious festival alongside professional musicians. For tickets to this event go to www.celticconnections.com.



St Ninian’s High School 2017 Fashion show and Art Exhibition will be held on Wednesday 29th March.

The 2016 Fashion Show was a great success with over 300 people attending.  This year’s show is promising to be a fantastic event which will bring pupils, friends, family, carers and the community together to celebrate the outstanding work produced by Art and Design pupils across all year groups.

S1-S3 pupils have the opportunity to volunteer as a Model or as a backstage helper on the evening.  Through their involvement, pupils will gain a wealth of skills linking to the four capacities of Curriculum of Excellence.  Pupils gain experience in events management, photography and filming, lighting and modelling, working with skilled Creative Industry professionals and peers to ensure a successful event.

In order to be a model or assistant, pupils must pass their name on to Miss Howard or Miss Goodenough by Friday 27th January.

We warmly invite parents, carers, family and friends to support pupils and staff by attending this fantastic event celebrating Creativity and the talent of our pupils across the Art & Design department. Volunteers will receive 2 free tickets for the event. Further tickets will be on sale on the run up to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Road Safety

Good road safety and a respect for other people’s rights are of paramount importance in the prevention of accidents and injuries.

We would urge all staff, pupils, parents and guardians to take the upmost care when driving to and from the school  and when parking in Eastwood Park and, in particular, to pay attention to the rights of other road users.

  • Only park in designated parking bays
  • Do not block, park or stop in Disabled Bays
  • Do not park in Bus Lanes
  • Do not double park and block other parked drivers
  • Do not stop in front of and block empty parking bays
  • Do not park on ‘KEEP CLEAR’ zones
  • Do not park on pavements or grass verges
  • Do not block entrances and exits

Your assistance with this matter is much appreciated.


St Ninian’s Public Speaking and Debate Society

On Monday evening, six members of the St Ninian’s Public Speaking and Debate Society attended an Oxford University Debate Society workshop at Mearns Castle High School. Students were given advice on how to structure parliamentary style debate speeches, along with tips on how to ensure both style and delivery are effective. A practice debate on the banning of private schools was then followed by a more formal debate on entertainment awards. The students found the event to be a valuable learning experience and hope to put their newly honed skills to the test in future debates.

S4 Prelims Supported Study – History & Modern Studies

Supported Study Classes for History and Modern Studies will be available to S4 pupils prior to their Prelim examinations and will be held on Wednesday 11th January and Wednesday 18th January.


Supported study classes available for other subjects are as follows:


Monday              Mathematics

Tuesday              Physics

Wednesday       Chemistry and Geography

Thursday            Biology and English


Monday              Mathematics

Tuesday              Physics

Wednesday       Chemistry and Geography

Thursday            Biology and English


Saturday Sports Club – 14 January to 25 March 2017

The next block of Saturday Sports Club for Primary 1 to Primary 7 pupils is now available to book.  This is attended by over 100 children every Saturday.

The cost is £60 for a 10 week block. It starts at 9:30am and finishes at 12:00pm.

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 form below which will be delivered to associated primary schools.  You can also print off, complete and send/hand in to the St Ninian’s school office where there will also be copies available for completion.

Saturday Sports Club January to March 2017

If you have any questions regarding these please contact Mr Fuchs.

Please book early to avoid disappointment!

S4 Prelims Supported Study

Prior to the S4 Prelim examinations which commence on Monday 16th January we will be offering supported study classes in the following subjects on the day/dates indicated.


Monday              Mathematics

Tuesday              Physics

Wednesday       Chemistry and Geography

Thursday            Biology and English


Monday              Mathematics

Tuesday              Physics

Wednesday       Chemistry and Geography

Thursday            Biology and English

Please encourage your child to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

Neil Macdonald

Music Grade Exam Results

Congratulations to the following pupils have now received the result for their recent Grade exam:

Trinity Woodwind Exam Result   –  December 2016

  •  Rachel Callan            S2        Grade 2           Flute                            Merit

Associated Board of the Royal School of Music Exam Results – December 2016

  • Calum Haggerty        S5        Grade 7           Flute                    Distinction
  • Ciara Heather             S2        Grade 3           Violin                  Merit
  • Becky Clarke               S2        Grade 3           Violin                   Merit

Proposed New Arrangements to School Admissions

The Education Committee today approved the recent consultation on proposed new arrangements to school admissions, the transfer of pupils from primary to secondary school and placing requests.

School admissions, pupil transfers from primary to secondary and placing requests will be administered in line with the new arrangements from January 2017 and beyond.  Any placing request applications for school places in academic session 2017-18 submitted before January 2017 will be accepted however, please note that they will be processed in line with the new policy; there will be no need for parents/carers to submit another application. 

As part of the changes to our arrangements, an online facility is now available for the submission of placing requests; please find the link below:



Advent Service and Christmas Concert

Many thanks to all parents, carers and friends who came along to the Advent Service and Christmas Concert on Thursday evening. The turnout was tremendous.

Photographs and videos taken can be viewed on the school Twitter page (@stninianshigh).


The music was outstanding and highlighted the talent of our musicians and dedication of our music teachers. The hard work and time spent on preparing for the service was evident. Thank you to all readers and  musicians and to Canon Duggan and Monsignor Monaghan for the beautiful Advent Service.

Finally, thank you to Mr Cumming and Mr Bradshaw for organising the Advent Service and to Mrs Swainson and the Music Department for the beautiful music.

Scottish Education Information

Dear Parents and Carers

The Scottish Government has published a set of statistics and publications – the 2016 National Improvement Framework Evidence Report and the 2017 National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan.

The data illustrates school information linked to the Government’s ‘Delivery Plan for Scottish Education’.

2017 National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan –


2016 National Improvement Framework Evidence Report – 


Education Scotland guidance

Driving Excellence and Equity: Advice on School Improvement Planning 2017/18’ .

The Achievement of Curriculum Excellence Levels


Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland publication

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/School Education/Summarystatsforschools

Parentzone Scotland National Improvement Framework page has been updated with information about the achievement of a CfE level data. You can access the data for literacy and numeracy at


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