Modern Languages Pupils of the Term

Well done to the following S1-S3 pupils who were awarded Pupil of the Term in Modern Languages.

All of the pupils have shown:

  • constant effort / sustained improvement
  • progress
  • respect
  • neat work (classwork jotters, homework)
  • consistent high standard of work
  • volunteering to help
  • initiative
  • enthusiasm


Stelli Coyne (1a1), Ava Wallace (1a2), Hannah Barrett (1a3), Francesca Dunn (1a4), Amna Farid (1a5), Milena Krizova (1a6), Amaya Fee (1a7), Lucie McLaughlin (1a8), Eva Reilly (1a9) and Maya Hussain (1a10).


Caitlin Houston (2a1), Ruth Johnstone (2a3), Erin Ward (2a3), Lara Boland (2a4), Kate Gordon (2a5), Rebecca Anderson (2a5), Gareth Isaac (2a5), Alex Keenan (2a10), Sean McBride (2a10) and Daniel Throshyn (2a10).


Ciara Hunter (3a4), Maisie Pollock (3a5), Cara Sinforiani (3a5), Ayaan Sarwar (3a6), Nina Caruthers (3a7), Catriona McLaughlin (3a7), Alicja Wladyslawska (3a7), Louisa Ward (3a8), Mia Adair (3a8), Sofia Bowman (3a8) and Grace Studham (3a10).


Service of Light

Our Service of Light will take place at 12.25pm on Tuesday 20 November 2018. At this Service we will remember and pray  for those close friends and relatives who have died within the past twelve month. Fr Jonathan will lead the prayers and the names of our close friends and relatives will be read out as a candle is lit for them.  Pupils, staff and families are welcome to this Service and at the end of the Service a candle can be taken to be a focus of prayer in the home. If you would like anyone prayed for at this Service, their name and relationship to you should be given to Mr Bradshaw.

Cluster Mass for Education will take place at 7,00pm on Tuesday 20 November in St Joseph’s Church, Clarkston and Fr Baillie has invited all pupils, staff and families from St Ninian’s and the local Primary Schools. Pupils are encouraged to attend with their families and to wear school uniform.

A Fiery Work Experience!

During the S4 Work Experience eight students from St Ninian’s joined young people from other East Renfrewshire schools to work with Fire Scotland and Police Scotland in Clarkston Fire Station. Throughout the week the young people learned about the important role each organisation plays in the community. The young people learned various new skills and worked effectively as a team to complete a number of tasks. At the end of the week the young people put on a ‘Fire Skills Workshop’ for their parents and guardians then received a certificate for completing the course. Their Instructors praised all of the young people for their commitment, respect and team work during the week. Well done to all of the pupils involved:

Brooke Mitchell

Ciaran Bowie

Lennon Fletcher

Abby Yuill

Charlie Murphy

Michal Kepa

Dominic Iafrate

Jamie Monaghan

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Credit Union

The Credit Union is open every Thursday Lunchtime, in the room next to the PLC. Many pupils in the school have already opened their Credit Union account and are well on their way to building a healthy savings account! If you have a form, don’t forget to get it signed by your parents and bring a £1 along.  All welcome!

Anthony Nolan Event

Well done to all of our sixth years who took part in today’s Anthony Nolan registration event.

Many thanks to the Anthony Nolan champions for organising a very successful event:

Adam McGrenra
James Crilley
Charles Molloy
Eleanor DeSouza
Leah Sinforiani
Sarah Greene
Maria Kent

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Weekly Prayers

Monday 12 November 2018.

As we begin this week we are reminded that November is the Month of the Holy Souls – those who in life loved God and others but because of some attachment to sin are not yet able to join him in Heaven. Through the mercy of God and our prayers we can help the Holy Souls ‘move’ from Purgatory to Heaven.

We pray for the Holy Souls who may be people whom we knew and continue to love.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.

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Well done to the follow pupils who have raised money for charity

Coffee morning £205.10  For Lasallian Developing World Project

Roisin Crumish  6a8

Elosie Trainer  6a3


Bake sale £154.20 For Glasgow Children Hospital Charity

Jennifer Holmes 3a9

Ruthie Holmes 3a9

Lucy Holmes 3a9

Bake sale £198.44      For  SCIAF

Andrew Ward  5a3

Dominic Collins                  5a10

Antony Collins                    5a10

Eva Munro                          5a4

Gregory Campbell              2a9

Erin McNulty                       2a5

Rachel Hughes                    2a3

WW1 Centenary Interdisciplinary Learning Project

Well do to all pupils and staff who contrbuted to the World War 1 Centerary Interdisciplinary Project. The work produced is on display from 1 – 11 November at Orchard Hill Parish Church (12 Church Road, Giffnock).


Second Year History classes submitted newspaper articles that they had completed about the outbreak of war, letters from the trenches and photographs of the trenches that they have been constructing in class.


Advanced Higher Music pupils Paul Docherty (6a10), Leah Sinforiani (6a1), Ava Maguire (6a7), Dervla Turner (6a4), Sarah Holmes (6a6), Zoe Cusack MacLean (6a8), Roxanne Rudden (6a7) recorded the WW1 marching song ‘Pack up your troubles’ which has been played in the Church throughout the exhibition.


The following students each submitted a poem ‘From the Trenches’ with the speaker of the poem describing the conditions.

Zain Aslam (2a5), Husnain Azhar (2a5), Habibah Bashir (2a3), Claire Carlin (2a4), Muhammed Choudhry (2a9), Neva Clifford (2a10), Francesco Margiotta (2a3), Chuks Ndulue (2a6), Reece Sharkey (2a8) and Harvey Wilkie (2a8)

Art, Design and Technology

Inspired by previous tributes for Armistice day, pupils in Third Year Creative Industries all came up with their own idea for the memorial and then decided as a class to combine a few of these ideas to create their final piece. They created a poppy motif that was then cut out of wood using the laser cutter; then, using a hand cut template, they spray painted different poppy shapes onto the wooden poppy. The whole class made a number of three dimensional paper poppies that were then attached to the spray painted wooden base.

Kitty Blair (3a5), Megan Caffrey (3a4), Nina Carruthers (3a7), Lisa Georgiades (3a10), Mairead McBride (3a10), Scarlett McCafferty (3a7), Pranav Pai (3a4), Katelyn Wilson (3a1) and Abbie Woods. (3a1).





Head Teacher Medal – Holly Edgar

Well done to Holly Edgar (6a1) who was recognised for her outstanding commitment to volunteering at both the Saturday Sports Club and Holiday Sports Camps by being awarded the Head Teacher’s medal by Mr Docherty.

As well as giving up a large amount of her own time over several years she has developed and  demonstrated oustanding leadership skills assisting Primary 1 to Primary 7 aged children enjoy a variety of sports.

Holly has been a role model to younger St Ninian’s pupils who also now volunteer, following her great example.

She wrote the following article about the leadership opportunities she has gained at St Ninian’s High School.

Leadership by Holly Edgar 6a1

Holly has been the true epitome pf a St Ninian’s pupil in terms of her contribution to the academic, sporting, musical and spiritual aspects of the school.  Well done Holly!

St Ninian’s High School Parent Council – New Members Welcome

The St Ninian’s High School Parent Council will hold their next meeting in the school on Monday 12 November at 7pm. The Parent Council works alongside Mr Docherty and the management team to take forward specific policies and issues and also provides advice and support particularly from a parent perspective.

The Parent Council is keen for more parents to join them and hope you are able to come along on Monday. No prior experience is needed and it doesn’t take too much of your time.


Remembrance Day

Each year the Achieve team craft handmade poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Members of the team have been selling them to staff this week.

The team have also made two handcrafted wreath’s – one will be laid on Remembrance Sunday in Glasgow by S6 pupils and the second wreath will be laid in the school  Oratory.

Members from S3 and S4 include: Aleeza, Louis,  Aidan and Jamal.

S3 Information Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

S3 Information Evening, Thursday 15th November 2018, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

An Information Evening for the parents of Third Year students will take place on the evening of Thursday 15th November at 7.00 p.m. here in the school.

The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the Forum on how well the pupils have continued to build on the excellent progress they have made.  It will also include an overview on pathways of progression throughout Third Year with a particular focus on maximising opportunities.

Thereafter parents will be invited to attend literacy, numeracy and Health & Well-being workshops.  This follows on from our evening in November last year which focused on the options chosen at the end of First Year.

The literacy workshop will cover skills development, course content, advice on close reading, literature and reading skills. This workshop will be delivered by the English department.

The numeracy workshop will cover skills development, preparation for assessment and progression pathways in maths. This workshop will be delivered by the Mathematics department.

The Health & Wellbeing workshop will cover study skills, advice on planning and managing school work, healthy and balanced approaches to school and out of school activities and support available for pupils and parents. This workshop will be delivered by Pastoral care teachers.

Each workshop will last approximately 15-20minutes and will include Fourth Year pupils who will offer their own perspective of their Third Year experience.

I am confident that you will find the evening of benefit at this important point in your son/daughters education.

The evening includes refreshments in the street area as well as an opportunity to attend Eucharistic adoration in our Oratory.

I look forward to seeing you and your son/daughter on the evening.

Yours sincerely

A Creighton

Depute Head Teacher

Sport For All

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, Sport For All (Nov 18 – Mar 19) programme is now available for booking. To view all of our activities, please click on the following link; Sport for All Nov 18 – Mar 19

Already registered for our activities – you can book and pay here.

Alternatively, you can book over the phone by calling 0141 577 3008 Mon – Fri 8:45am – 4:45pm.

If you have any enquiries please contact us at


Monday 5 November 2018.

 Today begins the first full week in November a month in which the Church encourages us to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory as they ‘wait’ their final glory of God’s Presence in Heaven. God has given us the great gift of prayer – a gift which allows us to help people in a real way including the Holy Souls.

In The Old Testament the Second Book of Maccabees tells us that we can help eradicate the sin :

 It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.’

In your prayers, remember and pray for all who have died and are on ‘their way in Purgatory to Heaven. We pray especially for our own friends and relatives who have died.

Eternal Rest, grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.


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The Mock Court Case Project

Eight of our S5/6 pupils (Rosa Ferry, Easham Manzar, Aoife McLaughlin, Zaynah Sarguroh, Leah Sinforiani, Skye Stander, Maria Taylor and Liam McBride) have participated in this year’s Mock Court Case Project, a scheme that gives pupils with an interest in law the opportunity to participate in a court case where they compete against other schools in front of a real Sheriff at a real court. The case surrounds a personal injury action and a possible claim for injuries and loss of earnings. The pupils have to work through case paperwork to ascertain the relevant facts and consider the law applicable.
This has been an extremely demanding project in that pupils have been expected to not only attend weekly tutorial sessions and the trials over an eight week period, but also to carry out a great deal of work out with these times and to submit documents timeously.
Tuesday night was the Glasgow intermediary trials which took place at Glasgow High Court and, after a gripping hour in court, the defenders (Skye, Leah, Maria and Aoife) secured a place in the semi-finals which will take place next week at the City Chambers. Our pursuers anxiously await the result of their trial. We wish both teams the best of luck! 
Huge congratulations to the St Ninian’s Team who came No.1 in Scotland in the SSSA Dual Slalom Championships today, (S1-S3) category.
The competition was tough competition but the pupils skied  brilliantly.
Well done Erin S2, Isla S3, Joseph S3 and Sean S3 

Youth Speech Competition


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Six S3 members of the St Ninian’s Public Speaking and Debate Society (Laaiba Adeel, Ayla Adeel, Annabelle Irving, Paul McHugh, Liam Hughes and Luke MacKinnon) had the pleasure of participating in the East Renfrewshire round of the Renfrew Speakers Club ‘Youth Speech’ competition on Monday night. The pupils were supported by Holly Edgar (S6) who assisted in training the pupils for the event and carrying out time keeping responsibilities on the night.

Both teams performed exceptionally well and found the evening a great opportunity to meet like-minded public speakers, hone their skills and receive quality feedback from the judging panel.  Well done!

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