World Mental Health Day – Thursday 10 October

On Thursday 10 October we recognised World Mental Health Day through a variety of activities in the school.

Thank you to the Mental Health S6 Pupil Committee – Positive Mental Action (PMA) for their work on the lead up to and on the day itself.   This included Euan, Niamh, Hannah, Holly, Sarah, Sophie and Rhiannna.

Thank you and well done to S6 pupils Nicholas for producing the video.

Pupil Achievement – Ski Team Success

St Ninian’s High School pupils, Isla and Erin have been selected to U16 Great Britain ski team to compete in FIS  international children’s ski races.

Isla will compete in Folgaria, Italy in what is the Childrens’ World Championships.

Erin will travel to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Please find the link to the announcement here.

Outstanding success for both. Well done.


World Mental Health Day

It’s World Mental Health Day today!

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

We encourage people to look after their mental health all year round, but today is a great opportunity to consider the different ways that we can boost our wellbeing, and to start a conversation about mental health.

Did you know? 

In any given week, 1 in 6 of us will experience a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression. 

Here are some tips for looking after your wellbeing – this World Mental Health Day and beyond:

Stay active

Physical activity can really help with keeping your mood positive. Even if you are very busy, find time to do some exercise you enjoy – we know it’s getting colder but consider hopping off the tube a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way, avoid the lift and take the stairs or sign up to an impromtu exercise class after work!

Get enough sleep

Often sleep is a casualty when we are stressed, anxious or depressed, but we know it is vital for our wellbeing. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine in the evening. Have some wind-down time before going to bed and try and keep to a regular sleep routine. Avoid looking at screens in bed, even mobile phones. Finally, consider your sleep environment (such as light, temperature and noise), and make sure it is comfortable and conducive to sleeping!

Give yourself space

If it’s all getting a bit hectic, take time out – even if it’s brief! Go for a walk, have a cuppa with a colleague (away from your desk), listen to music.

Eat regular meals

It can be tempting to overdo it but keeping your routine, eating plenty of fruit and veg, and drinking enough water will help keep stress at bay.

 Stay supported

You are not alone! Stay connected to your sources of support and if you’re not sure where to turn, you’ll find details of some useful organisations here.

and most importantly… look out for each other! 

Pope Francis prays for a new missionary spring in the Church

In The Pope Video for October, which is being released during the inauguration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, the Holy Father proposes imparting a “new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity.”

(Vatican City, October 1) — This month of October, The Pope Video is directed to all Catholics, inviting them to reawaken their missionary awareness and face “the challenge of proclaiming Jesus and his death and resurrection.” This month’s edition of the video is presented in the framework of the beginning of the Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM)—#MissionaryOctober—convoked by Pope Francis “with the aim of fostering an increased awareness of the missio ad gentes and taking up again with renewed fervour the missionary transformation of the Church’s life and pastoral activity.”  The Pontifical Mission Societies have echoed the words of the Holy Father, who has expressed the desire that this EMM may be “an intense and fruitful occasion of grace, and promote initiatives and above all prayer, the soul of all missionary activity.”

“Missionary outreach is paradigmatic for all the Church’s activity.” There are regions in which the Church is still nascent and needs special support—mission territories, as they are called. Currently, there are 1,109 such territories located in Africa, Asia and the islands of Oceania, and the Americas. It’s estimated that 37% of the Universal Church is mission territory; that is to say, more than a third of the Catholic Church. This situation implies work that is in constant evolution, since as new territories are created, new social, educational, and pastoral institutions are assigned to cover all kinds of needs. An enormous portion of the Church’s social and educational work is carried out in mission territories.

In this video message, Francis proposes “reaching the peripheries—the human, cultural, and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel.” It is a universal call for all to announce the Gospel as missionary disciples. This renewed impulse, however, does not mean engaging in proselytism, but rather communicating life: “God, his divine life, his merciful love, his holiness! It is the Holy Spirit who sends us, accompanies us and inspires us. He is the source of our mission.” The starting point of the missionary endeavour is the joy of the Gospel, and Francis explains that it must be proclaimed with respect for the cultures and traditions of all people, with the awareness that “the soul of the mission is prayer.”

Fr. Frédéric Fornos, SJ, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (which includes the Eucharistic Youth Movement), emphasises that “we can do many things and spent a lot of energy at the service of the mission, but without prayer there’s no true fruitfulness, and everything will become laborious because instead of being docile to the Holy Spirit we trust in our own strength and will… Experience teaches us that it is our prayer, a personal encounter with the Lord, that gives rise to the desire to serve his mission in the world around us, in our neighbourhoods and cities and even travelling throughout the world. The mission is not, in fact, a duty or an obligation, but a joyful abundance that overflows from our baptism, from our new life in Christ, and which we cannot help but share.”

In his monthly prayer intention and at the beginning of this Extraordinary Missionary Month, Francis prays that “the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary spring for all those baptised and sent by Christ’s Church,” members of a “pilgrim Church [which is] missionary by nature.”


S1 Information Evening

Thank you to parents and pupils who attended the S1 Information and Numeracy evening last night.

We hope you found the evening to be very informative and a worthwhile experience.

Please find copies of the presentations, workshops and numeracy and Mental Health First Aid leaflets that were used on the S1 website  .

Please take time to complete the evaluation if you have not already done so using the attached QR code or link to the form.

Health and Wellbeing – Active Girls

Today is “Active Girls Day” and girls across Scotland will be encouraged to take part in physical activity.

In order to celebrate this event, S1-S4 female pupils in our school were offered the chance to take part in a Clubbercise session organised by Miss Miller and Active Schools – assisted by the female members of our PE Department.

The focus of today was to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and active lifestyles. This gave us a fantastic opportunity to talk to female pupils about these important issues.

Well done to all of the girls who participated in this event! Videos and photographs can be viewed on the @stninianshighpe twitter page.

Young Person’s Career Information Session

Any S5/6 pupil wishing to attend the event below should see Miss Duncan – These sessions are aimed at pupils who are aged between 16-18 years of age and are looking to pursue a career in a medicine and related professions including Physiotherapy and Family Support Services.


Young Person’s Career Information Session on the 10th October 2019 from 9.45 – 12.30 at The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, Bellahouston Park, 20 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow.




S1 and S2 Sponsorship Events

On Wednesday 18 September and Thursday 19 September, S1 and S2 pupils participated in our annual sponsor event. Both year groups accomplished a 2K Fun Run which involved various obstacles, challenges and team tasks.

In total a fantastic and very generous amount of £7165.46 was raised.  All of this will go directly towards funding co-curricular activities for our young people.

Congratulations to Mr Cheshire’s 1a9 class and Miss Briggs S2 class. These classes individually raised the most amount of money and will be rewarded with the opportunity to attend a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach in June.

Thank you to all pupils who contributed to these events and all parents and families for supporting them.

Nutshells for Parents/Carers

The National Parent Forum of Scotland “Nutshell” guides give helpful information for parents and carers to support their children to make key decisions and subject choices.  These include:

S5 Catholic Leadership Course

On Tuesday 1st October we held our first Catholic Leadership Seminar. The focus for this seminar was Servant Leadership.

Msgr. Monaghan opened our seminar with a prayer that he has specially written for the course:

Dear Lord

Help me to be a good leader, strong in faith, determined to help others, and by prayer and example, to remain faithful in your service.

Let me learn qualities that will make me, not just a manager, but a leader enlightened by my Catholic faith or informed by my presence in a Catholic school.

Grant that I shall realise that my experience of being a pupil in St Ninian’s High School will transform me to be not just a leader, but a passionate leader after the mind and heart of Jesus my Lord, and directed by the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church.


Mr Marshall then gave the students an outline of what the course will entail and explained that if successful, pupils will successfully undertake a leadership role within the school and gain an SCQF Level 6 Qualification in leadership.

Mr Docherty, Head Teacher, was the first guest speaker to present to the group. In his presentation Mr Docherty explained how his own leadership experiences were shaped by his faith and the teachings from Our Lord.

Following a discussion and some refreshments the group then went to the Oratory for a time of reflection with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

We would like to thank Mr Docherty, Mr Bradshaw, Mrs Jenkins, Mr Fuchs,  Fr. Baillie, Fr. Patten and Msgr. Monaghan for attending the seminar.

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th October at 3.45pm. Fr. Baillie will be our guest speaker.

Mr Marshall and Mr Docherty’s presentations  and handouts can be accessed here:

S5 Catholic Leadership Academy Seminar One


Taking Responsibility

Leadership HT Presentation


S1 Information Evening with Numeracy and Pastoral Support Workshops

Thursday 3rd October 7pm- 9pm.

Parents will hear about the S1 experience so far followed by a  numeracy workshop with their son/daughter’s Maths teacher which will offer strategies to help parents support their child with their Maths learning and homework tasks. The second workshop will be an opportunity to hear about the mental health and well–being school focus and meet with Pastoral Support staff.

European Day of Languages

On Thursday 26 September, we celebrated the European Day of Languages.

S6 pupils Fiona, Laura, Tommy, Grace, Kathleen and Sinead ran French crêpe and Spanish tortilla stalls at interval and lunchtime and the cafeteria put on a European themed menu with Moussaka, Patatas Bravas, Quiche Lorraine and Scotch pies!

Some of our pupils, former pupils and staff  feature in the following video where they talk about the importance of learning a foreign language.  Thanks to Nicholas (S6) for producing this video with input from Jule (S3), former pupils Michael McLaughlin and Nicola Martin and staff members Mr Allan, Miss Henriot and Mr Swol.

Thanks to Mrs McCrea and all in the Modern Languages department who contributed to this excellent day.


Tennis Success – Pupil Achievement

Aidan Moody  in S4 has done exceptionally well recently with his tennis success.

In the past month Aidan has won 3 in a row!

U18 Boys champion – Giffnock Club Championship

Gold medal – Scottish LD tournament

U16 Boys champion – Glasgow southside interclub tournament

and Giffnock LTC’s most improved player 2019


These are outstanding achievements. Well done Aidan!


SCHOLAR’s upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:

Day Date Time Subject Level
Monday 23/09/2019 6pm Computing National 5
Tuesday 24/09/2019 6pm   Chemistry  Higher
Thursday 26/09/2019 6pm Maths Higher

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR’s Online Tutor Sessions.
Please note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.

You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

Bake Sale Funds

The Bake Sale held on  3rd September 19  raised a total of £149.31. Funds were raised for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Well done to the pupils involved:

Sarah Holmes    5a2

Evy McCulloch  5a9

Olivia Hamill       5a3

Emma Dougan  5a2

Mia Bell                 5a6

Rachel Callan      5a6

Emma Murray   5a2


The Bake Sale held on 13th September 19 raised £225.30 for Lasallian Developing World Projects. Well done to Kathleen Reilly  6a7!


Relics of St Therese of Lisieux

On Sunday 15 September a group of pupils and staff celebrated Mass at St Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley in honour of the visit of the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux.

Some of our Sixth Year pupils had the privilege of carrying the relics into the Cathedral.

On Monday 16 September, a second group of pupils and staff will have the opportunity celebrate Mass in the presence of these outstanding relics.

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