Parents' Newsletter June 2015
Summer break is upon us and we have completed another term in St Benedict's High School. We look forward to Mr G O'Neil taking up his position in August as head teacher.
It is with encouragement that two of our members of staff continue to make improvements in their health - Mr Sweeney and Mr Greenlees.
Mr Donachie and Mrs Bennett retire on 26 June 2015. We thank them for their contributions to St Benedict's HS and wish them a happy and peaceful retirement.
We have been advised that there will be 4 NQTs (newly qualified teachers) taking up positions in English, Physical Education and Biology. Other temporary positions will be in Mathematics, Modern Studies, History, Music, Technical and the Columba Base due to movement of staff.
Supporting the achievement of our young people is our key priority and staff continue to monitor the progress of pupils in class and out of class, and to report progress to parents. Full reports for S1 and Tracking reports for S2 have been disseminated to parents this term.
The SQA examinations were completed, and we have posted the "Post Results Service Policy" to all S4-S6 parents. The SQA will post the examination results on Tuesday 4 August 2015 to all candidates.
There has been a host of activities both curricula and extra-curricula based events.
Our young people who are involved in the "Hearty Lives" initiative are joint winners of the national BHF Impact Award in conjunction with Linwood High School and with Hearty Lives Glasgow and Inverclyde. Congratulations to our hearty heroes, Mrs McCartney and Renfrewshire Active Communities.
At the Scottish Schools Athletics Championships our congratulations go to senior pupils Mia Shepherd and Niamh Barclay. Mia won the Gold in the over 17 Hammer and Niamh won bronze in the over 17 discus.
At the Scottish Rowing Championships on 13 June 2015, Niamh McClure won the women's intermediate coxless quad, Louise Miller and Niamh were part of the silver winning U15 coxed quad. The girls were fourth in the Scottish Schoolgirls U16 double sculls.
Congratulations to Lewis Dyer S4 who received a Certificate of Merit in The Mathematical Intermediate Kangaroo. Each year over 6 million school pupils aged 5-18 from more than 50 countries throughout the world are invited to take part in this competition and only the top 25% are awarded a Certificate of Merit. This is an outstanding achievement for Lewis.
All of S3 Biology pupils spent a day as young ecologists sampling the aquatic and terrestrial eco-systems at Greenock Cut. Some of our S5 pupils have spent one week at Glasgow University on the "Reach" programme which introduces them to studying medicine, dentistry and law.
Two groups of our S4/5 pupils have spent a day at Strathclyde University for Biology laboratory work.
Several of our young people will be attending the Mission Discovery Renfrewshire in Paisley Town Hall from Monday 29 June until Friday 3 July 2015. This is an educational programme run by Renfrewshire Council and the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET). The week long space school will see up to 200 Renfrewshire school pupils work alongside former NASA astronauts, rocket scientists and astronaut trainers.
Six of our S3 Duke of Edinburgh pupils have successfully completed their bronze award and our pupils were commended by the independent assessors for their achievements and conduct.
Luke Deighan is the Renfrewshire Boccia Champion.
The results of the Athletics Champions 2015 are:
S1 Girls: Sara Law
S1 Boys: Jack Barclay
S2 Girls: Amber Torrance
S2 Boys: Adam McAlpine
S3 Girls: Siobhan Donnelly
S3 Boys: Stephen Adam
The Memorial Service for Lorraine McCormick was held on Wednesday 17 June with Fr David Cotter leading the proceedings. Many of Lorraine's family and colleagues and former colleagues attended the celebration of her life.
A group of "Friends of Malawi" set off on Thursday 25 June 2015 to visit our partnership school, St Patrick's Seminary. The group include; pupils, staff and parents. As always, we extend our thanks to those who continue to offer such generous financial support. Web link for the blog is www.oraetlabora.co.uk/malawi
The S6 Caritas Award winners attended the National Awards Ceremony in the Clyde Auditorium on Wednesday 3 June from 4.00-7.00 pm.
Four of our pupils attended the First Youth Rally in Carfin on Thursday 11 June 2015 with Mr Murphy and Mrs Kennedy in Aid to the Church in Need. Bishop John Keenan was the main celebrant.
The "Voice of the Poor" Group attended Camp Frederic in June. They continue to organise activities to raise funds to support the local community in areas of hardship. On 16 June 2015 they organised and prepared a "soup and sandwich" lunch for staff.
The school will close for the holidays at 1.00 pm on Friday 26 June and re-open for pupils on Thursday 13 August 2015.
On behalf of the staff, I would like to finish by wishing all of you and your families a happy and peaceful summer.
Thank you for your support and prayers throughout this session.