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Eyes Open for Children at Risk

Everyone is urged to keep their #EyesOpen for children at risk during the school summer holidays.  A new @CPCScotland campaign says we can all do our bit to protect children.

@CPCScotland’s new #EyesOpen campaign urges everyone to look out for vulnerable wee people in the holidays. See something? Do something.

If you’re worried about a child during the school holidays, it’s better to say something than do nothing. @CPCScotland urges everyone to keep their #EyesOpen for children at risk

All of us can keep Scotland’s children safe from harm in the school holidays by taking an #EyesOpen approach

A new @CPCScotland summer campaign encourages everyone to help protect vulnerable children in the school holidays. If you’re worried, say something. #EyesOpen

For more information please click here.

Head Team 2019-20

We are delighted to announce that the Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2019-20 session will be Nicholas Manini (6a1) and Poppy Rose Wright (6a6).

They will be supported by the following Depute Head Boys and Depute Head Girls.

  • Luke Nelson (6a3)
  • Peter Capaldi (6a1)
  • John Crilley (6a9)
  • Matthew Adams(6a8)
  • Daniel Mombeini (6a3)
  • Sally Smart (6a1)
  • Francesca Heath (6a10)
  • Molly Entwistle (6a3)
  • Easham Manzar (6a4)
  • Sarah Lonergan (6a10)

Our Daily Bread Retreat – Craig Lodge, Dalmally

From Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 June a number of our pupils, S2-S6,  attended the ‘Our Daily Bread’ retreat at Craig Lodge, Dalmally.  Below are some pupil reflections of their experience.

This week we had the fantastic opportunity to take part in ‘Our Daily Bread’ retreat in Craig Lodge, Dalmally (the birth place of Mary’s Meals).  Though we only had a few days there, each one was jam packed with prayer, music, fun and lots of food!  We were fortunate enough to have both Father Stephen and Monsignor Monaghan with us, meaning we were able to celebrate mass and participate in Confession during our stay.  The team at Craig Lodge made us feel welcome from the moment we walked through the door and shared the story of their faith journey leading them to Dalmally, and during small group sessions helped us in reflecting on our own journey.  As well as these times of prayer and reflection (where we discussed what it is to know about Jesus), we also had the opportunity to feel star struck while meeting the founder of Mary’s Meals – Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, sing along with Paul and his guitar, play a very intense game of Capture the Flag, take part in Prayer Ministries and, of course, meet Maya the dog.  Overall it was a very enriching experience and has helped to bring us closer together as a group and to God.

Poppy Rose Wright (6a6)

I really enjoyed my trip to Craig Lodge Retreat Centre in Dalmally.  It really enlightened my faith and I feel spiritually cleansed.  The first thing we did when we arrived was ice-breakers, getting to know each other and playing games. We got a lot of motivational speeches but my favourite was by Magnus MacFarlane-barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals.  He showed us a very moving film called ‘Child 31’ which highlights poverty in certain African countries such as Kenya, South Africa and Sudan.  That night they gave us rice and porridge for dinner to show us what poor children would eat (we were given pizza later!).

On the second day we celebrated Mass before breakfast which was a nice way to start the day.  We then did a 3 hour hill climb where and on the top of the hill was the Stations of the Cross.  At every station we said a prayer.  Although windy this was a very special experience.  In the evening we played capture the flag in the woods in the dark.

On the whole I would recommend this retreat to everyone.  The staff were amazing, food was great and I have made friends for life.  The priests were very involved in all our activities and the teachers were awesome too!

Samuel Sheridan (2a4)

My trip to Craig Lodge was amazing and will change my life forever. I have learnt lots about my faith through the excellent presentations by members of the Craig Lodge community. Craig Lodge is the birth place of Mary’s Meals, an inspiring charity that helps children in poverty to have a meal a day and access to education.

My highlight of the trip was walking up the large hill and going through the Stations of the Cross.  The reason why I loved it so much was because it was re-enacting Jesus’ journey before he was crucified.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder of Mary’s Meals, spoke to all of us.  His talk was very inspiring and helped me to understand more about how Mary’s Meals came about.

Overall the experience at Dalmally was great.  I loved Paul’s songs, all the games we played and the group discussions.  The staff were really nice and the staff and Monsignor Monaghan and Father Stephen were amazing as well.

Daniel Whyte (2a4)

Recently, a group of S2-S6 pupils had the profound privilege of spending time together on a retreat at Craig Lodge in Dalmally. We were fortunate enough to be offered this opportunity and we all agreed that it was one of the best experiences we have ever had.

One of the best aspects of the retreat was the setting in the beautiful Argyle countryside. As soon as we arrived, we all felt a long way from all the stresses and strains and business of our everyday lives. We were given a wonderful welcome by the volunteers at Craig Lodge and we were even lucky enough to meet Magnus McFarlane Barrow and his family.

Another pleasant discovery was how well pupils from S2 –S6 mixed and got on with each other. We all had a lot of fun and made great memories – none of us will ever pass each other in a corridor at school! In fact we all got on so well that we were probably still awake and talking long after Mr Bradshaw would have liked!

We were so blessed to be accompanied by Monsignor Monaghan, and Fr Stephen who led us in prayer and celebrated Mass. We had Eucharistic Adoration and were joined by Bishop McGhee for The Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Bishop was very friendly and welcoming and he told me that his family come from the same place in Donegal as mine!

We are all very grateful to Mr Bradshaw for arranging this opportunity for us – it was a really great experience and we were all very sad when it was time to go home.

Floreat Iuventus

Bried McBride (2a1)

HSK Chinese Proficiency Test

St Ninian’s High School is an official test centre in the United Kingdom for Chinese Proficiency Tests. The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is an official examination, designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers, from beginners to advanced level. It is an internationally recognized standard, used to assess a student’s Chinese language level and success therein can help those students when applying for the Confucius Institute Scholarship and the Hanban Beijing Trip. It is also accepted by universities in China as proof of Chinese proficiency. The HSK tests include the skills of writing, listening and reading.

Many congratulations to the following pupils who attended the HSK 1  Chinese Proficiency Test in April 2019 and achieved a pass:

  • Sofia Bowman (4a8)
  • Hope Leahy (5a3)
  • Niamh McWilliams (5a5)
  • Grace Kelly (5a4)
  • Oonagh O’Sullivan (5a10)
  • Ciara Heather (5a5)
  • Cameron Smith (5a2)
  • Oscar Aronowski (5a3)
  • Gavin Tracey (5a3)

This is an outstanding achievement for our pupils who have worked incredibly hard in preparation for the HSK test. Well done!

Scottish Schools Cheerleading Success

A huge well done to the following pupils who represented the school at the Cheer Festival in Aberdeen this weekend.

The team competed against club and school teams from across Scotland, placing first in both Pom Dance and Level 2 Cheer. More photos and videos of the teams can be viewed on Twitter @stninianshighpe

  • Eva Drummond (2a1)
  • Evie Deehan (2a4)
  • Francesca Dunn (2a4)
  • Rosie Fraser (2a3)
  • Lucie McLaughlin (2a8)
  • Ryan McBride (2a10)
  • Olivia Darroch (2a4)
  • Eve MacFarlane (3a5)
  • Hannah Falconer (3a1)
  • Katie Kerr (3a1)
  • Lucia Samuels (3a4)
  • Megan Doig (3a9)
  • Stephanie Clarke (3a5)
  • Grace Leddy (3a1)
  • Alex Keenan (3a10)
  • Mairead McBride (4a10)
  • Camille McLaughlin (4a10)
  • Sofia Fraioli (5a10)
  • Rebekah Cameron (6a4)
  • Laura Campbell (6a7)
  • Katie McManus (6a8)
  • Arianna Fraioli (6a6)
  • Rhianna Issac (6a6)
  • Olly Hughes (6a7)
  • Caitlin Welsh (6a6)
  • Ella Loffler (6a2)

Scottish Schools’ Athletics Track & Field Championships

A huge well done to all pupils who competed at the Scottish Schools’ Athletics Track & Field Championships.

Rachel Callan, Morgan MacDougall, Caroline McConnell, Eoghan O’Donnell, Nuala O’Donnell, Kate Paul, Isla Scott and Hugh Shiels.

Congratulations to the pupils below who qualified for finals at the event.

  • Isla Scott – 800m – Bronze
  • Morgan MacDougall – Pole Vault – Silver
  • Kate Paul – 1500m – Fourth
  • Rachel Callan – 300m – Fourth
  • Rachel Callan – 300m Hurdles – Fifth
  • Rachel Callan – Triple Jump – Fourth

A huge well done to our girls relay team who qualified for the final of the U17 Scottish Schools 4x100m relay and finished in Fifth place.

 

 

East Renfrewshire Athletics Championships Results

Well done to all pupils who competed at the East Renfrewshire Athletics Championships on Thursday 30 May.

Congratulations to our medal winners named below.

S1

  • Daisie Bowers – 100m – Bronze
  • Daisie Bowers – 200m – Bronze
  • Stelli Coyne – Shot Put – Bronze
  • Ailey Fraser – 800m – Gold
  • Esme Dougall – 800m – Silver
  • Lucy Moynihan – 1500m – Silver
  • James Mowat – 1500m – Silver
  • Frankie Bradley – 100m – Gold
  • Jamie Pollock – 800m – Silver
  • Frankie Bradley – 800m – Silver
  • S1 Boys Relay Team – Gold

S2

  • Josie Reilly – 200m – Silver
  • Josie Reilly – 300m – Gold
  • Millie McGeehan – 800m – Gold
  • Nuala O’Donnell – 800m – Silver
  • Kate Paul – 1500m – Gold
  • Michael Nolan – 1500m – Gold
  • Dominic Munro – 400m – Silver
  • Hassan Asrar – Long Jump – Bronze
  • Mark McCabe – Shot Put – Silver
  • S2 Girls Team Relay – Bronze

S3

  • Caroline McConnell – 100m – Gold
  • Isla Scott – 800m – Gold
  • Hugh Shiels – 800m – Silver
  • S3 Boys Team Relay – Bronze
  • S3 Girls Team Relay – Gold

 

 

 

 

U15 Scottish Shield Success

On Friday 7 June St Ninian’s U15 football team won the Scottish Schools’ Football Association U15 Scottish Shield with a 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock Academy. A cool finish from Marc Capaldi was enough to win the match.

The success is the sixth national title for St Ninian’s High School in five years. This is an outstanding achievement and highlights the progress and success that has been achieved over the past five years by our football teams.

National/International Achievements

  • U14 Scottish Shield Champions (2014)
  • U16 Scottish Shield Champions (2016)
  • U14 Scottish Shield Champions (2016)
  • U14 Scottish Shield Champions (2017)
  • Allen McKinstry Cup – British and Irish Champions (2017)
  • U15 Scottish Shield Champions (2019)

Squad

Ross Hamilton, Liam Sheridan, Aiden McLaughlin (c), Ruairidh MacDonald, Patrick O’Hara, Patrick Foxworthy, Nathan Pope, Marc Capaldi, James McLaughlin, Chris Mahon, James Hazzlett, Sean Fyfe, Mitchell Coyne, Joe Sexton, Lewis Wilson, Josh McDaid, Matthew Carroll, Chris MacBride, Rico De Marco, John Hughes, Niall McAndrew and Michael Moynihan.

Centenary of Catholic Education Primary Essay Competition

This week all new Second Year pupils were given a copy of the Saint Ninian’s Primary Essay Competition Booklet that marked the Centenary of Catholic Education.

During 2018 the young people of Primary 7 from our associated primary schools, Our Lady of the Missions, Saint Cadoc’s, Saint Joseph’s and Primary 6 pupils from Saint Clare’s, submitted an essay on one of the titles below as part of our commemoration of the ‘1918– 2018 Centenary of Catholic Education in Scotland.’ The topics were:

  1. The motto of Saint Ninian’s is “Floreat Iuventus” which means “Let Youth Flourish”. How has your Catholic education helped you to flourish?
  2. Describe a teacher who has cared for you and inspired you to become a good person.
  3. Why is it important for us to learn about Jesus and the Church?
  4. Growing in responsibility.
  5. Why I pray.
  6. How I put my faith into action.

The booklet containing all of the essays can be viewed here:

Saint Ninian’s High School Centenary of Catholic Education Primary Essay Competition Booklet

Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Over the last few weeks, 72 pupils have braved everything the Scottish countryside had to throw at them in order to successfully complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. Each expedition involved walking roughly 25km over two days and camping with absolutely no amenities other than what they carried on their backs. Every single pupil has shown exceptional resilience and teamwork, to keep going no matter how hard it got.

Congratulations to all involved, they have earned a weekend of rest and relaxation.

S1 Peer Awards

Peer Awards give pupils the opportunity to recognise their fellow pupils talents in four categories:  Successful Learner, Effective Contributor, Responsible Citizen and Confident Individual.

On Thursday 30 May we held a special assembly to present the awards.  Congratulations to all of the winners and runners up who were presented with their awards by Monsignor Monaghan.

St Ninian’s High School S6 Mass of Thanksgiving and Graduation, Friday 7 June 2019

Date:  Friday 7 June 2019

Time: Pupils should arrive at 6.15 pm and be seated at 6.30pm. This will allow for various admin tasks to be carried out before the Mass and Graduation begin.

Graduation Mass at 7pm. There will be a buffet and refreshments available after the service.

Photographer:  Pupils will have their photo taken by the professional photographer as they graduate.

The photographer will also be available in the forum after the service for those who wish to purchase a Family or Group photo.

Dress Code:  Full School Uniform

SmartSTEMs Conference

Well done to the First Year girls who took the opportunity to attend the University of the West of Scotland SmartSTEMs Active Conference on Tuesday 28 May.

With a shortfall of STEM graduates in the UK, particularly women, in the engineering and technology areas, University of the West of Scotland and SmartSTEMs recognise that we must continue our efforts to inspire and support the progression of females, into both STEM related education and employment.

The event programme included guest speakers and interactive workshops.  The experience for the girls was challenging, inspiring and lots of fun!

Caritas Award Winners 2019

“Love – caritas – is an extraordinary force. . .”

The Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award encourages and promotes the ongoing faith journey of young people. It recognises that some are already active and committed within their homes, schools, parishes and Dioceses and it invites others to respond to God’s call of love. It supports and celebrates the faith witness which young people give within their communities.

Well done to the S6 pupils who successfully achieved the Caritas Award and were presented with these at a glittering awards ceremony at the Clyde Auditorium on Tuesday 28 May.  Guests of Honour were Archbishop Philip Tartaglia and John Swinney Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.

S1 First Aid Learning

Well done to our First Year pupils who have all completed a basic First Aid course delivered by the British Red Cross.

The course itself is designed to help young people learn first aid through engaging videos and case studies, using realistic scenarios to explore the feelings of people in need of assistance, helpers, bystanders, or friends and family in different first aid situations.

All First Year pupils will receive their certificates this week.

Bin It! Roadshow

On Wednesday 15 May all First Year pupils attended an interactive performance called Bin It! delivered by the Rapport group.  The aim of the show is to help students understand why it is important to take personal responsibility for correct litter disposal by raising awareness of the environmental costs and social issues surrounding discarded litter.

In addition, First Year pupils have participated in ‘litter sweeps’ over the last few weeks around the school grounds and in the surrounding streets.

Barista Skills Training Programme

We are delighted that St Ninian’s High School has been successful in securing places on the highly regarded Barista Training Programme at Eastwood Park Café. The café and programme are run by the Greenhouse Community who serve to better the training opportunities for life and work.

At the heart of Greenhouse is an emphasis on robust and relevant training. The majority of staff members have a coaching or teaching background and are well equipped to tailor their approach according to each trainee and their requirements. The employability program seeks to give individuals with a broad range of skills that will eventually allow them to undertake permanent employment. Students will be regularly monitored and reports given on trainees’ progress, which further strengthens each individual’s confidence in their own abilities.  Furthermore, as Greenhouse is an approved SQA centre, they can deliver accredited courses and awards. This further enhances the training program and strengthens their ability to make a meaningful, positive impact on the local community.

The 38-week ‘Introduction to Barista Skills’ course is designed for delivery over a school term. As a precursor we have arranged a trial session for a number of pupils which will provide a taster of what to expect from the course.  Well done to Joy (S1), Louis (S3), Jamal (S4), Alistair (S4) and Antonio (S1) for their excellent participation in the trial course.

 

First Year Badges of Excellence

Congratulations and well done to our S1 pupils who were awarded Badges of Excellence for their high levels of Effort, Behaviour and Homework during their first year in our school.

Aliya Ahmed (1a2), Isaac Akinyemi (1a9), Pragna Aluri (1a10), Pranav Aluri (1a4), Zayan Amanat (1a5), John Anderson (1a4), Beth Armstrong (1a2), Munib Azim (1a6), Areeba Babar (1a10), Hannah Barrett (1a3), Sophie Barrett (1a10), Ava Bell (1a3), Kurtis Bennett (1a10), Krish Bhasin (1a10), Alena Bhatti (1a3), Jessica Blackmore (1a5), Sarah Bone (1a6), Jamie Bowes (1a3), Hannah Boyle (1a2), Sally Bradley (1a2), Meghan Burns (1a4), Katie Callaghan (1a3), Grace Cameron (1a9), Natalia Carroll (1a9), Rebekah Cent (1a4), Labecca Chishti (1a10), Cameron Clancy (1a3), Alana Connolly (1a6), Orla Conroy (1a4), David Creighton (1a9), Olivia Darroch (1a4), Rebecca Darroch (1a5), Evie Deehan (1a4), Aidan Docherty (1a10), Patrick Doherty (1a2), Elle Dollin (1a10), Erin Donaldson (1a4), Esme Dougall (1a3), Eva Drummond (1a1), Katy Drummond (1a7), Eoin Duffy (1a10), Alexander Duncan (1a2), Pearse Duncan (1a4), Francesca Dunn (1a4), Luke Dunseath (1a10), Amna Farid (1a5), Lauryn Fay (1a4), Amaya Fee (1a7), Eva Finnigan (1a7), Juliet Flanagan (1a10), Ailey Fraser (1a1), Rosie Fraser (1a3), Jack Gallagher (1a6), Sarah Gallagher (1a8), Ciara Gannon (1a7), Matteo Gomez (1a10), Jack Gormley (1a6), Serafina Green (1a5), Taha Hafeez (1a4), Claudia Hamill (1a8), Ava Hannah (1a4), Haaris Haq (1a8), Kate Harvey (1a1), Millie Harvey (1a2), Nuala Houston (1a9), Amna Hussain (1a7), Anthony Igoe (1a5), Aoibhinn Inglis (1a9), Sarah Innes (1a2), Yousuf Javed (1a5), Orlagh Kelly (1a9), Ismael Khan (1a5), Catherine King (1a5), Milena Krizova (1a6), Eve Lawson (1a9), Ellen Leahy-Kelly (1a2), Sarah Lindsay (1a1), Danielle Livingston (1a2), Paul Lyons (1a8), Paul MacKinnon (1a6), Hajra Mahmood (1a5), Niamh Markey (1a8), Niamh Martin (1a7), Lori McAllister (1a3), Sarah McCargo (1a8), Keira McCue (1a8), Orla McDonald (1a9), Jack McFadden (1a3), Neve McGlashan (1a2), Manus McGrogan (1a3), Ella McHugh (1a5), Orla McIlwham (1a4), Neilla McIntyre (1a4), Niamh McIntyre (1a5), Lucie McLaughlin (1a8), Orla McLaughlin (1a10), Roisin McLaughlin (1a5), Martha McMahon (1a6), Madeline McNee (1a7), Ewan Menzies (1a6), Abi Monaghan (1a8), Calum Morrison (1a3), Lucy Moynihan (1a7), Isla Mulholland (1a3), Olivia Mulligan (1a3), Freeja Nolan (1a7), Annabelle Nordmann (1a7), Christopher O’Reilly (1a7), Galen Paterson (1a6), Bethany Patterson (1a2), Alessandro Pesiri (1a10), Jamie Pollock (1a3), Katie Porter (1a6), Jake Powell (1a2), Juwairiyah Rahmat (1a9), Eva Reilly (1a9), Lewis Ritchie (1a5), Millie Ross (1a3), Romaan Shahrukh (1a5), Areej Shaukat (1a5), Samuel Sheridan (1a4), Hollie Sinclair (1a3), Emily Slater (1a9), Erina Smith (1a6), Finlay Spooner (1a4), Sophie Stewart (1a4), Rameen Sumdani (1a5), Maeve Sweeney (1a2), Philippa Taggart (1a1), Eva Terry (1a9), Christopher Tunn (1a6), Eliza Turner (1a5), Ava Wallace (1a2), Daniel Whyte (1a4), Grace Whyte (1a10), Zara William (1a10), Mia Wilson (1a10) and Mhairi Zing (1a6).

Primary 7 Induction Day Success

Well done to all Primary 7 pupils who attended the induction day on Wednesday 22 May.  All had a great day taking part in the ‘Mini School Day’ which consisted of activities from subjects they will be studying in First Year.

They also took part in a number of sporting activities.  Thanks to Physical Education Staff, Giffnock Hockey, Pro Judo Glasgow, GHA Rugby and Giffnock Tennis Club for delivering excellent sessions for the pupils.

Finally, pupils met a Pastoral Support Teacher who discussed key information.

Overall it was a fantastic day and we look forward to welcoming the pupils permanently in August.

Primary 7 pupils and parents should continue to check their dedicated website for news and information.

S1 2019-20 website

Vocational Course Success

Congratulations to Sterling Lam (6a4) who has been nominated for an award from Glasgow Kelvin College on completion of his Uniformed & Emergency Services vocational courses.

Congratulations also to Anna Walker (6a6) and Rebecca Yates (6a7) who will be graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University on completion of their Fashion Branding Retailing vocational course.

Free Microsoft Office

If you currently have a child in primary or secondary school, you may be aware that they have free access to Microsoft Office 365 and Google Gsuite as part of the Glow platform.  Teachers use these tools with pupils as part of learning and teaching. Pupils can use their Glow username and password to access them from any device. Glow users can also download, free of charge, the latest version of the Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and OneNote – onto a total of 15 home machines and personal devices. Find out more here.

P7 Parents’ Information Evening – Tuesday 14 May, 7pm

A reminder that our Primary 7 Parents’ Information Evening for parents and pupils will take place tonight, Tuesday 14 May at 7pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to obtain important information for their children who will begin S1 in August 2019 in the new session.

There will be the opportunity to meet staff from all departments and to have a tour of the school. We look forward to welcoming as many young people  (in school uniform ) and parents as possible.

Today we launch the S1 2019-20 website for all news and information for pupils, parents and staff of First Year joining us in August 2019.  There is already a wealth of information to browse through and will be populated further over the coming weeks and months.

St Ninian’s ERC Summer Netball Tournament

The annual Saint Ninian’s ERC Schools’ Netball Tournament took place on Thursday 9th. Every school in the authority brought at least one team along which was excellent to see. It was a busy afternoon but all girls played very well and behaved in a manner which was both appropriate and respectful towards the other schools.  Thank you also goes to Active Schools for their help on the day and also to umpires who represented local clubs and were a huge help to ensure the afternoon ran smoothly. The results were as follows:

S1

  • 1st St Ninian’s A
  • 2nd Williamwood
  • 3rd St Ninian’s B

S2

  • 1st St Ninian’s
  • 2nd Williamwood
  • 3rd Eastwood

S3

  • 1st St Ninian’s
  • 2nd Woodfarm
  • 3rd Eastwood

The S2 team have made it through  to the Inter Authority Games which will be played on Monday 20 May.

Photos are available on the Physical Education Twitter which can be accessed here.

Shirley Roberts Memorial Football Tournament

Thanks to all schools who participated in our 6th annual Shirley Roberts Memorial Football Tournament on Monday 13 May.

All seven schools from across East Renfrewshire competed in the tournament and enjoyed an excellent day. This year’s winners were St Ninian’s High School B who won the final on penalties versus St Ninian’s High School A.

A huge thank you to our special guest and former pupil Lewis Smith (Hamilton Academicals) who presented pupils with their medals.

Thank you also to Anna McLaughlin who assisted with the running and refereeing of the tournament.

S1 Rapid Response

On Friday 10 May a hurricane hit Haiti causing widespread devastation to the local infrastructure!!!!  Don’t worry the First Years took care of it with their Rapid Response!

Rapid Response is a cross-curricular activity involving the entire S1 year group.  It took place over eight days and culminated in an activity day on Friday 10 May, where pupils were split into groups and set a series of challenges to complete.

Pupils played the role of Rapid Response engineers who helped the people of Haiti to restore some of the basic elements including shelter, water and communications.

Throughout the tasks pupils learned about team work, emergency first aid, emergency water purification and emergency shelter construction. The aim of the Rapid Response challenge is to increase pupil’s confidence, communication and motivational skills leading them to become confident individuals, successful learners, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

Faculty of Advocates Open Day

Aspiring advocates will have a chance to see life at the Scottish bar when the Faculty of Advocates holds an Open Day for S5 and S6 school pupils and university students.

The day to note is Monday 6 May, but with demand for places likely to be high, another important date is Wednesday 24 April, the deadline for applications.

The aim of the open day is to give those interested in a career in advocacy an insight into the bar and how to become an advocate. There will be a tour of Parliament House, Edinburgh, home of Scotland’s Supreme Courts – the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary – and seminars and workshops with practising advocates.

Gordon Jackson QC, Dean of Faculty, said: “Advocacy is an exciting and interesting profession, involving speaking up for others and defending their rights.

“The Faculty welcomes people from all backgrounds, and will be delighted to give our young guests on Open Day a glimpse of a career which could be for them.”

Faculty of Advocates Open Day Application Form