in March, our cheerleaders competed in the annual Cheer Competition in Grangemouth. The girls competed in both the Cheer and POM category, securing third place in Cheer! Well done to all girls who competed in the competition and a massive thank you to the senior leaders for choreographing and organising the routines!
Comic Book Club takes place every Wednesday lunchtime in the library. It is a great chance for you to make new friends, chat about comics and graphic novels (though TV, video games and everything in between usually find their way into our discussions!) and bring your own stories to life. Mr Stone and Ms MacLeod lead the group in weekly creative challenges, or will create a quiz to put your expertise to the test. Plus, Ms Mclean has a superb collection of titles - comics, graphic novels, manga and magazines - for you to peruse if you wish to have some quiet reading time, and her Library Assistants are always on hand to help. Everyone is welcome in Comic Book Club.
Dungeons and Dragons club runs every second Friday lunch time in the English department and is open to all year groups. We play our own version of the classic table top fantasy role play game. Last year, we began creating our own fantasy world with different realms. This year, we aim to create our own characters and begin our quests. To join, you don't need to bring anything other than enthusiasm and imagination!
The boys have made a strong start to their St. Ninian’s football careers, competing well on all fronts in the league, East Dunbartonshire Cup and Scottish Cup. There have been memorable performances under the lights on the school pitch, some away games including a trip through to Edinburgh, and some outstanding football played along the way. We look forward to more success as the boys move into S2.
Monday to Thursday in the Computing Science Department is a busy time in our classrooms. We encourage pupils to come to any of our classes to spend time designing and creating computer games. We have a Games Design Club where pupils can enter a national Games Design competition run by BAFTA. The Young Games Design Competition is a well organised annual event. Pupils can enter their game into either of two different categories –
Game Making Award (You make an actual computer game)
Game Concept Award (You just come up with a game idea)
The YGD award can be a group effort of up to 3 people, or a solo entry. The age categories are 10-14 and 15 – 18 years
In December, the gymnastics team took part in a friendly competition against Lenzie Academy. The gymnasts carried out two tumble sequences on our air track, two jumps on the trampette and were also given time on the day to choreograph their own floor routine. Well done to the 30 gymnasts who competed at this fun competition!
Congratulations to the gymnasts who were awarded Gold at the recent competition! Our gymnasts competed in the East Dunbartonshire Schools Gymnastics Competition at the start of March where they performed a floor routine and vault across various levels and were awarded Team Gold! Our girls performed excellently and secured various medals at various levels!
Well done to all gymnasts who competed at this event!
The Computing Science Department offers its classroom up every lunchtime and break time for any pupil who wishes to use a computer for homework or private study. Our Computing Science classrooms are open to any pupil from S1 to S6.
Back in 2007, 13 pupils and 3 teachers attended the Columba 1400 Leadership Academy funded by Schools of Ambition. The academy was seen to be a great success with the school reaping the benefits of the freshly honed leadership skills of a number of the pupil body. The premise of the academy was building on leadership potential in people by through the leadership values of St Columba: integrity, perseverance, creativity, service, focus and awareness.
In order to create a sustainable model and to promote leadership in our learners, we have used pupils and staff who have experienced the leadership academy to deliver the course to others. Each year since the original course, a variety of S2 and S3 pupils, selected by teachers for displaying leadership potential, have attended our Leadership Academy in Ardlui, Loch Lommond. This has seen 98 pupil undergo leadership training accompanied by a number of teachers. The Leadership Academy has been so successful that East Dunbartonshire provided funding for us to deliver the course to pupils and staff from Lenzie Academy and primary 7 pupils from our Associated Primaries.
On return to school, those who have attended to course, use their skills to help better the school community. This has seen them assist at Parents’ Evenings and Information nights, set up Homework support classes for younger pupils, lead extracurricular activities and charitable ventures.
LEGO Club takes place every Friday lunchtime in F023 and is perfect for anyone in S1 to S3. The remit is simple: come along, have a chat and build some LEGO! We have a huge range of bricks and continue to add new, unusual pieces to challenge your creativity and see what you can build. Sometimes we build along with a particular theme, or give ourselves a timed challenge, otherwise anything goes! Everyone is welcome in LEGO Club.
Monday to Thursday in the Computing Science Department also allows us to offer pupils the chance to build Lego or build a robot using Lego Mindstorms. This club can be mixed with the Games Design Club – where pupils can play with the Lego while brainstorming some gaming ideas.
. Our maths challenge club offers the opportunity to take part in a variety of problems and games. You will be able to enter the Scottish Maths Challenge and take part in Paul Erdős International Math Challenge. Last year many of our pupils achieved great success in these and even made it on to the international leader board. This is a great chance to challenge your thinking, extend your knowledge and skills, as well as spend time with your friends and have a good time.
All year groups have enjoyed taking part in the Weekly Challenge Question in the maths corridor, demonstrating excellent problem solving skills and picking up some prizes along the way. There is a new question every Monday with the winner announced on a Friday. Keep an eye on our twitter @stninsmaths and Instagram @stninians.maths to stay up to date with the questions and winners!
Our Netball teams have competed in a number of games over the last year. With the club reaching numbers of around 45, many girls have had the opportunity to represent St Ninian’s within the EDC league. Our S1/2 are progressing well as they won their first game against Turnbull at home (15-8) and drew to Lenzie (7-7) in their next game. Our S3/4 team is continuing to grow and has welcomed a number of new players this season. In addition, the EDC Senior league was launched in November where our S4-S6 pupils competed in a tournament at the Leisuredrome.
Our Netball teams have progressed in the EDC League, playing several home and away games since Christmas. In particular, the S1/2 have secured a win against Bearsden (8-2) and a draw against Lenzie Academy. The S3/4 continue to improve as they have closed the gap between scores at the second matches of the season. Finally, our Senior Netball team have placed second in the EDC League having played in a tournament earlier this year.
Throughout the year the Computing Science Department make use of various tech to promote the use of programming software and gaming experience. There are lots of opportunities throughout the year therefore either during lunchtime clubs or within class time to use our programmable Spheros, PS4, PS4 VIrtual Reality Gaming set and our Xbox.
This group meets every second Friday at lunchtime. Pupils take part in a sorting ceremony twice a year, discovering whether they'll be winning points for Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. Points can be won by taking part in the activities, quizzes and competitions in our themed meetings. Themes are chosen by pupils - horror stories, comedy reads, favourite books - and we all get a chance to share the stories we've read in these genres
Throughout the year the Computing Science Department enter all their pupils into an annual competition run by Oxford University. The competition is called The Bebras Challenge and helps to encourage pupils to develop computational thinking skills – which are useful skills for programming.
The pro-life group in St Ninian's wished to run an Advent fundraising campaign entitled Share the Care.
Staff and pupils were invited to donate items for mothers and babies. The life club members put together a Power point presentation which they delivered at assemblies. They produced publicity posters and displayed these around the school.
Each member of the group took responsibility for visiting a Reg class and collecting donations. The group counted and bagged all donations. As a result of their efforts close to 400 items were collected and donated to the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative
The pupils benefited in the following ways from their Campaign:
Experience of addressing Assemblies
Collaboration with pupils and staff
Hot on the heels of their huge success with the Mary’s Meals Backpack Appeal last term, the group has been exploring new ways to try to live up to Gospel teaching:
"I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full."
They invited a speaker, Mr. George McAleenan, to speak to S4 pupils about the work he does with his charity, “Let the Children Live”. He gave a fascinating and, at time, harrowing account of his work with street children in Columbia.
The group is currently working on producing pot pourri to sell as Christmas gifts to raise funds for their chosen charities:
Meeting weekly in the library every Thursday lunchtime, our S1 pupils have discovered lots of ways of sharing a story. We've written & illustrated our own poems, written flash fiction, tried storytelling, created dramascripts, contributed to the library's Share a Story showcases and made our own video based on a poem. One of our highlights was taking part in a storytelling workshop run by storyteller Joanne Marr (funded by the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature Fund).