May 112017

Who is going to be the next, Mo, Usain or Kelly. It could be you!

For anyone who went to see the fantastic Commonwealth games and wondered where all the athletes came from, here is the answer: Johnstone is following up their team sporting successes at Linwood by participating in the 2017 Renfrewshire  School Athletics Championship. Attached is the provisional Track and Field program, again at Linwood sporting arena on the 30th of May.

It’s only provisional at the moment. So keep checking back for any changes.

track and field event 30TH may 2017

May 112017

School isn’t always about learning you know.  It’s possible to have fun too. At Johnstone we have an extensive extra curricular program offering everything from trampolining to boccia and of course  a particular favourite rugby.  Although the attached link details sports  based activities – healthy body; healthy mind – the school offers plenty of other activities. Pupils are encouraged to check out the various subject pages to see which departments are offering what: all available from raspberry pi to raspberry pie.

extra curricular sports timetable

Sep 212016

The senior team were looking to build on their excellent start to the season with a trip away to face Gryffe.

The match got off to a great start with Greg Steven showing his pace and determination to connect with a loose ball in the Gryffe defense and a drive and cool finish saw Johnstone 1 – 0 up.

Soon after another great finish from Greg saw the team 2 – 0 up and things were looking good.

With little more than 25 minutes on the clock the match looked over after another Gryffe defensive mix up and brilliant pace and determination to get to the ball from that man Steven saw the score 3 – 0 and a hat trick for Greg (he won’t have liked Daniel Smith taking the limelight last week with his own hat trick).

This was a match determined by teams taking their chances.  In the first half that’s exactly what Johnstone did.  Competitively, Gryffe were always in the match but were struggling to take advantage when chances fell their way.

However, they managed to pull one back before half-time and Johnstone heads dropped for a spell as Gryffe began to move the ball about and dominate possession.

However, Lewis Banaghan was outstanding at the back marshalling the defense ensuring there was no way through for Gryffe, and in the last minutes of the first half another chance came for Johnstone and was duly despatched by the head of the team’s own man mountain, Sam Dillon, who scored for the second game running to ease the nerves.

The second half saw Greg Steven wearing a pair of borrowed boots that were a size tool small after his own burst (too many goals Greg).  A couple of reasons chances were spurned by Greg which we’ll put down to those new boots.

Nonetheless, within the first minute of the match the contest was over as John Martin played a great ball through for Steven Banaghan to chase on to and lob the goalkeeper for a stunning goal and 5 – 1.

Gryffe managed to pull a goal back and there were a couple of shaky moments at the back but a fine 5 – 2 victory away is a fine achievement and leaves the team in a very comfortable position after 2 games.


Man of the Match: Greg Steven

Sep 212016

A brilliant first game of the season for the senior team.
A tight first half came down to the fact that Johnstone took their chances while Linwood missed theirs,
2 goals for last seasons top scorer Greg Steven and 2 – 0 at the break.

Goals change games and it was crucial that Johnstone didn’t allow that next goal to come from Linwood.
In the event a brilliant passing move was finished with a Daniel Smith screamer. 3 – 0 and looking comfortable.

linwood_gameTo make things difficult goalkeeper Irwin Gray made a last gasp tackle in the box. Sadly all he connected with was the man and a penalty to Linwood. Red card also for Irwin with the ref explaining at recent that he didn’t like the tackle, hence the sending off.

The resulting penalty was blazed over and that seemed to strip all belief from Linwood.

Further goals by Daniel Smith from the spot, Sam Dillon and the hat trick goal that man Smith led to a comprehensive 6 – 0 victory.

Signs looking good for another successful season with the S6 players gelling well with the core S5 players from last season.

Man of the Match: Daniel Smith

Next game away to Gryffe.

Jun 222016

Several pupils from J High competed as part of the Renfrewshire team at the recent West Central Schools Atheltics Championships. The event brings together the best athletes from Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayshire Councils.

Our pupils represented their region with distinction and secured many medals for the team. They should all be extremely proud to have been part of the district team, we’ll done!

Millie Spence- 1500m silver medalist


Iris Dickie- 300m gold and Relay bronze medalist


Struan Campbell- 1500m silver medalist


Lewis McPherson- 100m silver and relay bronze medalist


Mackenzi Cunningham- 100 / 200m gold and relay silver medalist


Jun 082016

On Tuesday 31st May the school competed at the annual athletics event for schools in Renfrewshire. Pupils were selected on their performance during curricular Athletics work and recent fitness test scores. We had a great many successes on the day and a full run down of the results is listed below:

S1 Boys

Dan Auld- Long Jump Gold and 800m Silver

Struan Campbell- Triple Jump Gold and 1500m Silver

Lewis MacPherson- 100m Silver and High Jump Silver

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S1 Girls

Iris Dickie- 400m Gold and Triple Jump Bronze

Maria MacDonald- 100m Gold

Ellie McCrory- 800m Bronze

Millie Spence- 1500m Silver

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S2 Boys

Ben Laughlin- 100m Gold

Scott Simpson- High Jump Silver

Unfortunately the ceremony ran out of time and we do not have any photos of the individual prize winners.

S2 Girls

Melissa McConnachie- High Jump Bronze

Again no photo due to ceremony being cut short.

S3 Girls

Mackenzi Cunningham- 100m and 200m Gold


Congratulations again to all those who took part and represented their school with distinction!


May 092016

Saturday 7th May saw the league playoff finals where Johnstone High’s section winning Under 16 team were looking to cap off a tremendous season with victory against an all-conquering St Ninian’s, who were fresh off a 5-0 victory in the Scottish Cup final the previous week.

This St Ninians group of boys have never failed to win a P and D league match since they started playing in S1 which emphasised the size of the challenge facing Johnstone.  Furthermore, they have averaged 7 goals a game in the league this season and did not lose a single goal in regulation time.

To compound the difficulties faced by Johnstone, 4 regular starters were unable to play in the game for a number of reasons which left some frantic late call-ups just to be able to field a team on the team.

However, when the match got underway, it has to be said that Johnstone performed sensationally.  St. Ninians certainly did the bulk of the attacking (with the wind at their back helping in this regard) in the first half but Johnstone defended brilliantly throughout the half.

A late penalty gave St Ninians a chance to open the scorign but the post came to the rescue of Johnstone on this occasion.

With just a couple of minutes to go, St Ninians did manage to score the opener.  No fault of Irwin Gray in goals who had an inspirational match.

Into the 2nd half and Johnstone began to show more of an attacking threat.  Sustained pressure saw a fine run by Steven Buchanan halted illegally in the box and a 2nd penalty was awarded.

Dylan Miller stepped up and a really cool finish saw the game level at 1-1.  Dylan has managed to score in every game bar one this season.

This will probably be his last game for the school team as he heads to college next year, but Dylan should be very proud of the dedication, commitment and skills he has brought to the team this season.

IrwinThe game wore on and Irwin Gray continued to excel with some astounding saves including one from the third penalty awarded in the match.

With the match scheduled to go directly to penalties in the event of a draw, Johnstone would surely look to be favourites in the event of such an outcome.

With less than 5 minutes remaining on the clock, St Ninians did manage the all important breakthrough to go 2-1 up, and with heads down a little, another goal arrived to leave the final score 3-1 to an excellent St Ninians side who are to be thoroughly congratulated.

The Johnstone High players should be very proud of their achievements throughout the season and especially on this day when not one player failed to put on an excellent performance.  The medal ceremony saw both teams awarded the same medals, as the medals were a symbol of success in their league sections.  No shield to take home – but the boys go home as winners for all their efforts this season.

Irwin Gray, Lewis Banaghan, Steven Buchanan and Dylan Miller put on season best performances, which says an awful lot considering how well the boys have performed throughout this campaign.

So some disappointment on the day, but the boys were told to keep their head up and look forward to what could be a  very interesting season at Under 18 level.  The bulk of this squad will be involved and will be very capable of making real progress both in the league and cup competitions.



May 042016

After a long hard season the Under 16 boys have made it to the league playoff finals having triumphed 3-2 against Gryffe in the semi-finals at Johnstone.

A great performance on the whole from the team but very disappointing to have 2 players correctly sent off which made it very difficult for the remaining players to hang on for the victory.

The team will play the final this weekend against a highly impressive St Ninian’s who did not concede a single goal in their own league section, scoring an average of 7 goals per game.

So a very tough match lies ahead.  The boys should go into the match with their heads held high knowing that they have had a fantastic season whether they win or lose this match.

It is key that the the match is played in a fine spirit to showcase all the positives that have come from a fine season where the boys deserve congratulations for the fine achievements that they have banked.

The match kicks off at 9.30 am at St James playing field in Paisley this coming Saturday, 7th May.

Mar 292016

S1/2 pupils have now completed all their fitness tests which they done at the start of the year to see if there levels of stamina, speed, strength and power have increased. Many pupils done exceptionally well posting scores far in excess of their effort at the beginning of the school year.

Results will now be analysed by the PE department and our all time record board will be updated to show who our new record holders are- take a look and see if you have made it to the top!

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