Congratulations to Niamh McWilliams (1a5), Jessica Gallacher (1a2) and Louisa O’Hara, Sarah Murphy, Sofia Fraioli, Leila Hickey-Fugaccia (all 1a10), who raised £141.30 for Scottish Autism.
Congratulations to Michael Doyle in S3 who has been selected to attend a week long Maths Summer School in Oxford during the Summer as a result of his outstanding performance in the UK Maths Challenge. This is the first time a St Ninian’s pupil has been selected for such an opportunity, fantastic achievement. Well done!
Please find attached updated version of the school calendar.
07/06/16 – Play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org’
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is Thursday 5th May 2016.
There will be no 8.25am Mass on this day. There will be Masses at various times during the day. Please note that we do not normally have 8.25am Masses on Holy Days of Obligation when we have Masses during the day.
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.
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.
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.
Well done to the following S6 pupils who were successful in their submissions for the Caritas Award:
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.
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!
Well done to Sally Smart (2a1) who raised £115.78 for Cancer Research UK.
‘Conversion – Following The Call of Christ’ is a six week series of meetings using Bishop Robert Barron’s new DVD Programme. Bishop Barron uses stories from the Bible to show how ordinary, people like us are met by Jesus and called to a better life to him. This is open to all.
First Meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 28 April 2016 in St Joseph’s Parish, Clarkston.
Please find attached updated version of the school calendar.
Duke of Edinburgh Parents’ Info Evening scheduled for 26/04/16 has been moved to 27/04/16.
Parents’ Faith Discussion Group scheduled for 26/05/16 has been cancelled.
Parents’ Day Retreat on 24/05/16 and Austria Music Trip meeting on 7/6/16 have been added.
You can access the 2016 Exam Timetable via the link below.
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.
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!
As part of our programme for the Year of Mercy we are organising a Pilgrimage for pupils, their families and Staff to St Ninian’s Cave on Sunday 12 June 2016.
The Information letter for the trip can be viewed by clicking the link below.
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!
Congratulations to Michael Doyle (S3) who has achieved a Merit Award in the UK Maths Olympiad competition which is a tremendous achievement.
Also the following pupils have a achieved merit awards in the UK Intermediate Pink Kangaroo competition:
Paul Hayes (S3)
Caitlin Martin (S4)
Luca Valentini (S3)
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. http://www.filmclub.org/films/star-reviews
All pupils win a goody bag so congratulations to them all!!
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.
Please find updated version of the School Calendar.
Mass for SQA Candidates scheduled for 21/04/16 has been moved to 26/04/16.
Please find updated version of the School Calendar.
19/04/16 – Duke of Edinburgh Awards – Parents’ Info Evening
20/04/16 – Higher Drama Dress Rehearsals
26/04/16 – Duke of Edinburgh Awards – Parents’ Info Evening
Our Faculty of Music and Performing Arts have been very busy over the past few months preparing students for practical examinations and school concerts. To find out more about this vibrant department watch the video clip below:
Well done to all of our Creative Industries students who put together an excellent fashion show to showcase the skills which they have gained whilst studying the course this year. Please watch the video below to learn more about Creative Industries.
School will close today at 2.30pm. We will return on Monday 18 April. We wish everyone an enjoyable holiday.
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.
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.
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.
Please click on the link below to read the S4/S5/S6 Study Leave Information Letter that has been issued to pupils.