Pupil Achievement – Fundraising

Well done to Caitlin Lamb 6a9 who raised £129.54 for Lasallian Developing World Projects.

Congratulations to Rebecca Leamy, Ciara Hunter, Megan Caffrey and Armish Rizwan all from 1a4 who raised £128.04 for Life Group.

Finally to Ciara McGloin 6a3, Chloe Doris and Cameron Stirling 6a4, Lucy Bastable 6a7 and Lucy Wells 6a9,  who raised £104.49 for Anthony Nolan.

Volunteering Opportunities

Crafters Market & Café (see poster)

Time: Saturday 5th of November

Where: Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire, 56 Kelburn Steet, Undercover

Volunteers are needed to help out at Barrheads Crafters Market & Café, roles include:

  • Face painters
  • Café Assistants
  • Information providers
  • Volunteer retail assistant Selling of VA Items Soap, Arts and craft things

This event is open to all ages, and the hours will count toward saltire award for all those that participate. If any young person is interested please see Miss Howard

Crafter’s Market Poster


Sewing Class (see poster for more information)

Time: Wednesday from 5.30pm-7.30pm

The Sewing Circle is a FREE sewing session and get-together which welcomes people like you to come together, make new friends and learn a new skill.  The sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities and offer you the chance to have fun and learn a huge range of sewing techniques while contributing to your local community.

The group will meet every second Wednesday from 5.30pm-7.30pm in Barrhead.  In return for taking part all we ask of you is to help make quality hand-made items to raise funds for community arts projects in East Renfrewshire.  Those who have never sewn before will be shown all the necessary skills while those with more experience will be encouraged to help anyone who needs a bit of guidance.

Please see Miss Howard if you are interested.

The Sewing Circle Poster


Home from Hospital (see poster)

Time: 1-4 hours per week for up to 6 weeks (S4/5/6 Pupils Only)

Make an older person’s return home from hospital welcoming. Encourage the individual to access services and attend activities in the community for up to 6 weeks.

Collecting and giving information on community activities, groups and services.

Please see Miss Howard for further information.

Home from Hospital Poster

Antony Nolan Trust Donor Event

There has been a fantastic response to our Anthony Nolan Donor day held in conjunction with Scottish Fire & Rescue.

Large numbers of our senior pupils have been signing up today to join the register.

A big thank you goes out to our “School Champions”;  Alishba Ahmad 6A1, Howie Liu 6A3, Ciara McGloin 6A3, Chloe Doris 6A4, Taylor Jackson 6A4, Cameron Stirling 6A4, Falak Iqbal 6a6, Jalal Kitchlew 6A6, Lucy Bastable 6A7 and Lucy Wells 6A9.

If you are interested in finding out more, check out the Antony Nolan Trust website at www.anthonynolan.org.uk

No Child Taken Big Bake

Well done to the No Child Taken Club who held a Big Bake Coffee Morning on Tuesday. Over the course of the day from selling cakes at interval, lunch time and at the Music from the Movies concert they raised a total of £470! Thank you for all who donated to this important cause.

Thank you also to those who donated baking to be sold. The money will be sent directly to Tearfund who will use it to prevent further instances of human trafficking happening globally.


S1 Pupil Council

S1 Pupil CouncilCongratulations to the newly elected members of the S1 Pupil Council:

  • 1a1 Aoibheann Crumlish , Ali Alani
  • 1a2 Gemma Toland, Nathan Clark
  • 1a3 Olivia Wilmott, Sean Harper
  • 1a4 Armish Rizwan , Nathan Thomson
  • 1a5 Caitlin Anderson, Mathew Daly
  • 1a6 Luke Cochran, Ellie Shaw
  • 1a7 Scarlett McCafferty, Alexis Hamilton
  • 1a8 Isla Ward, Ronan Mclaughlin
  • 1a9 Jamie Beattie, Skye McKissack
  • 1a10 Matthew Carroll, Grace Studham

Paisley Faith Forum

Being human: Are humans a blessing or blight on the environment? The Christian vision of the human person. Speaker Fr John Bollan.  Thursday 20 October, 7.00pm, Paisley Chaplaincy Centre, 45 High St, Paisley (above Hamishes Hoose).

This is the second talk in our series for young people: Understanding the Challenge of World Youth Day. Pope Francis’ Challenge to Young People. Come along, learn how to explain what Catholics believe and why we believe it and make friends with like-minded young Catholics.


S1 Tai Ji Lesson

On Friday 7 October, S1 pupils attended a Tai Ji lesson in the Sports Hall.

Tai Ji is a gentle form of exercise for all ages which develops flexibility and strength in the body. It is also an excellent activity to help relaxation. The pupils and staff showed a genuine willingness to get involved and embrace traditional Chinese culture.

Scottish Schools Dry Slope Ski Championships

Good luck to the following pupils who are competing in the Scottish Schools Dry Slope Ski Championships on Sunday 9 October:

Boys team

  • Thomas Ward 3a8
  • Luke Burke 1a3
  • Sean Devlin 1a3
  • Joseph McKay 1a6

Girls team

  • Isla Ward 1a8
  • Olivia Wallace 6a7
  • Rebecca Steel 5a3
  • Olivia Burke 3a6

Mixed Team

  • Joseph McFadden 1a1
  • Lucy Walker 2a5
  • Fraser Steel 2a10
  • Matthew Murphy 3a6

From these races the top boys team and top girls team invited  to represent Scotland at the British Championship to be held at Gloucester on 20th November.


This the first time we have sent teams to this event. The girls team, who finished 5th, have qualified to compete in the British Schools finals on 20 November 2016. The boys team are the first non-reserves after finishing 8th so they may still get to participate.
The competition is one big age group 11-18 by gender . We had some great individual performances too (see brackets)in a very tough overall male and female individual category.
Boys team
Thomas Ward – 3a8 (Individual  9th)
Luke Burke – 1a3 
Sean Devlin – 1a3
Joseph McKay – 1a6 (individual 23rd) Amended
Girls team
Isla Ward – 1a8 (individual 2nd)
Olivia Wallace – 6a7 (individual 16th)
Rebecca Steel – 5a3
Olivia Burke – 3a6
Mixed Team
Joseph McFadden – 1a1
Lucy Walker – 2a5
Fraser Steel – 2a10
Matthew Murphy – 3a6

Football Success – Lewis Smith (5a6)

Well done to Lewis Smith (5a6) who represented the Scotland U17 football team in the European Championship Qualifiers in Portugal in September. 

Scotland beat Malta (5-1), Wales and Portugal (both 1-0) to top their group and go through to the elite stage next Spring.

We are all very proud of Lewis and wish him every success both in terms of football and academic studies which he continues to pursue.

See pictures of Lewis in action here.


P7 Transition Programme

The P7 Primary Transition programme began this week with St. Joseph’s starting the first of their 4 week rotation.

As part of this programme the P7 pupils are given the opportunity to experience lessons in our Creativity, Art & Design Faculty, Design & Technology Faculty, and Science Dept. On their final visit they will also get the chance to have lunch in our school canteen, followed by a school tour and a faith service in the school Oratory.


A lovely service was held in our Oratory last night by Fr. Jim for our S6 pupils involved in the Caritas Programme. Mrs Ward spoke of the opportunities for pupils to deepen their faith in both school and parish.

Each pupil spoke beautifully of their hopes.

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