At the end of First Year your son/daughter is given the opportunity to exercise a degree of choice in subjects they wish to study in Second Year.
We have arranged an Information Evening for parents of First Year pupils at 7pm on Thursday 13 March, when you will have the opportunity to receive more details.
We must emphasise that you will not be asked to make any decisions at this stage about the subjects your child will study in Second Year.
There will be an opportunity to visit departments during the evening where staff and pupils will be available to describe the course content and pupil experience in each department.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in our Oratory after the initial presentation. You are most welcome to visit the Oratory as you walk around the school.
Wednesday 12 March 2014 is “No Smoking Day 2014.” All of our S2 pupils will have a series of lessons across different subjects with this theme as the focus, as well as, receiving further information and advice on smoking cessation.
On Sunday 2 March St Ninian’s High School were crowned Scottish Schools Squash Champions 2014 in historic fashion.
St Ninian’s Team 1 which included Patrick O’Sullivan (4a10), Mark Coyle (5a7) and Jonathan Brady (4a8) got to the final.
However for the first time in history, two teams from the same school contested the trophy after St Ninian’s 2 who consisted of Christopher Murphy (2a8), Daniel O’Sullivan (2a2) and Joseph O’Sullivan (3a1).
A massive well done to both teams and we hope for continued success in the coming years!
This year’s Careers Convention will build on the success of last year’s event; we have around 38 presentations as well as over 70 stalls. The event is open to ALL pupils and parents for every year group. Online pre-registration is now closed, tickets for the presentations can be obtained on the evening. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment!
The fantastic St Ninian’s Easter Sports Camps are now available to book. There are camps for P1 to P3 Pupils and P4 to S1 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 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 leaflets below.
Easter Football Camp – New!
We are also delighted to offer a brand new football camp which will take place on the new synthetic pitch. These camps are open to pupils from P1 to S2.
If you have any questions regarding these please contact Mr Fuchs.
Please book early to avoid disappointment!
You may also be interested in our Twilight Sports Club for P6 – S2 pupils that takes place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.
Very well done to all of our pupils who took part in the East Renfrewshire Schools Cross Country on Monday 24 February.
Full results including all pupils will follow. Photos will be posted on the school Twitter (www.twitter.com/stninianshigh)
Bradley Wilkie (1a8) - Bronze
S1 Boys won team Silver
Jenny Dougall (1a10) – 4th
S1 Girls won team Bronze
Michael Lowrie (2a8) – Gold
Joseph Lowrie (2a4) – Silver
Matthew Reilly (2a10) – Bronze
Nicholas Boyle (2a4) – 4th
S2 Boys won team Gold
Sara Inglis (2a2) – Bronze
Emily Felth (2a7) – 4th
Stephen Rae (6a7) – 4th
Nicole Scott (5a9) – Silver
Marianne MacDonald (4a1) – 4th
Julie Lonergan (4a10) – 6th
Senior Girls won team Silver
On Tuesday 4 February all pupils in S1 took part in the annual Skipathon. In teams, the pupils skipped continuously for 3 periods without stopping (2 hour and 30 minutes). Pupils were also challenged to raise sponsorship money for their efforts—the class raising the most money would win the opportunity to enjoy a trip to Blackpool at the end of the school year.
A whopping grand total of £3200 was raised with the winning class being 1a9 who raised a phenomenal £586.70.
The following pupils also raised a substantial amount of money on their own and will also have the opportunity to go to Blackpool: Holly Edgar (1a1), Jemma Ure (1a2), Daniel Kelly (1a2), Megan McLaughlin (1a4), Diane Summers (1a4), Alexandra O’Donnell (1a4), Sean Nolan (1a5), Cara Reid (1a5), Anne-Cecilia Stewart (1a5), Aiden Campbell (1a7), Skye Stander (1a7), Matthew Crilly (1a8), Roisin Crumlish (1a8), Harry MacConnell (1a8), Rachel Moffat (1a8), Christopher Noble (1a8), Robbie Ferguson (1a9), Zofia Koryga (1a9), Ellie MacLean (1a9), Nicole Thomason (1a9), Lauren Docherty (1a10), Sophie Docherty (1a10), Cara Parker (1a10) and Mariella Ventisei (1a10) Well done to all pupils who participated on the day and contributed to the event.
All monies raised will benefit all of the pupils through the purchase of new P.E and sports equipment. New spin bikes and rowing machines have already been purchased and are now ready for use in the fitness suite. Well done to all of the pupils who took part and thanks to all friends and families for sponsoring the pupils.
Photos of the event can been seen on the school Twitter account @stninianshigh
We will be marking “Fairtrade Fortnight. 24th February – 9th March 2014” with a series of events over the next two weeks.
There will be bake sales in the forum on Friday 28/2 and 7/3 using Fairtrade products with any profit being used to support the S6 pupils who will be working in Ghana this summer.
Well done to our Life Group who have been raising money for donatations to the following Charities:
Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Sands – Stillbirth & Neonatal death charity, Humanae Vitae Projects, Children’s Hospice Association, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative.
Our Helping Hands charity, run by pupils raised money which was donated to the Accross Charity to Europe. This provides safe and confortable transport for travellers with disabilities and illnesses.
Well done to Lucy Dickson and Eve McAuley 2a5 for raising money for SCIAF by having a cake bake.
Congratulations to former pupil and Dundee United defender Andrew Robertson whose astronomic rise to fame continued today after he was selected in Gordon Strachan’s full squad to face Poland in Warsaw on March 5 2014. The highly rated defender has been an ever present in the Dundee United team this season and has won many plaudits and accolades like the Daily Record Player of the Month. He was rewarded for his excellent form with two games in the Scotland U21 squad. Andrew generously donated his strip (which he wore versus Georgia) to St Ninian’s which is now proudly displayed in the Forum. We hope that a Scotland cap will follow!
We wish Andrew all the very best of luck.
Well done to Gemma McDonald (3a2), Morgan Flood (3a6) and Jennifer Quigley (3a9) who are taking part in the “The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition 2014″. The competition involves breaking codes and solving ciphers and is open to pupils S4 and below.
Out of 596 groups entered for the competition they are currently 4th overall. The competition is currently 1/2 way through and you can follow how the group (GJMC) are doing here.
Congratulations to Katie Rice (3a5) and Lee Connelly (3a7) who have both been selected to represent Scotland at football. They are now following in a line of current and former St Ninian’s pupils to represent Scotland this season. Liam Runciman (4a6) was part of the U16 squad who won the Sky Sports Victory Shield in the Autum of 2013 and former pupil Andrew Robertson was rewarded for a string of outstanding performances for Dundee United with caps for the U21 team.
Katie has been selected in the U15 Scottish School Girls squad. Last year she was part of the U14 Scotland squad who won the prestigious Bob Docherty trophy. Katie even scored the winning goal in a 3-1 victory versus England!
Lee has been selected in the Scottish U15 football team who are taking part in an international tournament in Turkey from 22 to 29 February.
Both Lee and Katie proudly represent St Ninian’s as often as they can and have both won silverware with their respective school teams.
In S1 Lee won the League and St Mirren Cup double and the St Mirren Cup again when in S2. Katie was part of the U14 7-a-side team who won the Scottish Cup in 2013.
We wish both Katie and Lee every success.
The following pupils all competed in the Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships on Thursday 6 February. This was a great experience for all of the pupils, most of whom were competing against athletes up to three years older than them.
Amy Donaghy (3a6), Joseph Lowrie (2a4), Michael Lowrie (2a8), Tony Duggan (4a10) and Ciara Murphy (4a9).
Amy Donaghy recorded two fantastic personal best times; The first was 8.10s in the 60m which gave her overall 4th place. In the 200m she went one better and won a bronze medal with a time of 26.36s.
“Beyond the Exam” is a short film which highlights key parts of how the Scottish qualifications system. It aims to give candidates and their families a clearer insight into the journey of an exam paper from its creation through to results day.
It follows three young people in S4 and S5 to explain different paths through the qualifications system, taking into account the changes to qualifications as a result of Curriculum for Excellence. It demonstrates how SQA ensures national standards are maintained over time, so all candidates are treated fairly.
The film was made by students at City of Glasgow College, as part of their Higher National Qualification.
Works will commence on Wednesday 12th February and will take four weeks to complete to upgrade the existing footpath from Woodfarm Road into the park.
There are 40 bursaries of £500 available for sporting pupils/talented athletes, offered by Quality Meat Scotland.
The bursaries must be used only to cover, or contribute towards the cost of equipment, specialist clothing, nutrition, training/coaching and/or competing (this may include travel).
Please note that the closing date is Friday 14th February. All of the information can be found on the link below:
The work on the first of two all weather sports pitches at St Ninian’s has been completed with pupils already making great use of the facility.
The new Astroturf pitch will improve safety of pupils compared to the old red ash pitch it replaced and mean that Physical Education classes and after school clubs can participate outdoors all year round. Pupils can also access this at lunchtime.
Photos and videos of pupils using the pitch can be viewed on the school Twitter account—www.twitter.com/stninianshigh