News Update October 2013
Junior Football Debut at age 15 years
Our very own Paul McLaughlin (S5) hit the headlines recently when he was called up to play in the Scottish Junior Cup for Glasgow Perthshire in their first-round draw away to Cruden Bay recently. He was drafted in as an 11th-hour replacement in Aberdeen because of the unavailability of the Possil club's regular shot-stoppers Brian Thomson (holiday) and Gordon Munro (injury).
"It was an altogether brilliant experience to play Junior football - and maybe even a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if Perthshire's regular keeper recovers from his injury before Saturday - however I would not hesitate to fill in again if required.”
Glasgow Perthshire coach McDuff showered the young goalkeeper with praise. He said: "Cruden were a big and physical side but Paul was outstanding and handled everything thrown at him to the extent that supporters watching the game were astonished to discover he was only 15 years of age.
Paul achieved a strong group of Standard Grades in S4 and is now studying for his Highers – an outstanding example of how it is possible to achieve highly in both sport and studies at school!
Nuffield Research Placement Project
Ben Sloan (S6) was successful in achieving a place on the “Nuffield Research Placement Project” in the school of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. This placement is to develop techniques and efficiency for undergraduate students. The placement was for 4 weeks.
Ben’s research project set out to demonstrate that the oxidizing ability of the Periodate ion([IO4]-) is entirely dependent upon the pH of the aqueous solution that the ion is submerged in.
On completion Ben was asked to present his findings to the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on 6 September 2013. Ben’s research project was on display at the event. He interacted with many professional people on the day and explained his research confidently. Ben achieved the “Gold Crest” Award for his project.
P7 Parents’ Information Evening
Parents’ of Primary 7 pupils visited the school on Wednesday (2nd October) to find out more about what secondary school will be like for their children starting in August 2014. As part of our transition programme, parents had the opportunity to visit a number of curriculum areas to get a flavour of what learning will look like in S1. A number of pupils from S1 to S6 shared their experience with parents throughout the course of evening about what life is like here at St Benedict’s. We are particularly proud of Victor McQuade (S1), Jack Brett (S1) and Sarah Miller (S2) who delivered a very accomplished presentation to parents at the start of the evening.
Thanks to all pupils for making the evening such a success – you are a credit to the school!
Erskine Writers Schools’ Short Story Competition
The Albert Hammond Award – St Benedict’s High School Winners
In August of last year, Joan Pretorius – Lougheed, president of Erskine Writers, wrote to all Headteachers in Renfrewshire with details of entry to the Albert Hammond Award. Pupils were invited to submit a short story of 750 words, the theme of which, was A Modern Take on an Old Fairytale or Folk Legend.
In May of this year the results of the competition placed S3 pupils Holly Russell in 1st place, Calum Bastable in 2nd place and Moya Barclay in 3rd place. Also highly commended were Abaigh Barlow and Laura McMahon. St Benedict’s is justifiably proud of their achievements.
The adjudicator, Rosemary Gemmell, who is a competition winner and a published author of stories for both adults and children, commented that she was impressed by the originality of the entries and the imagination of the students.
Congratulations to all winners and thank you to Erskine Writers for offering this opportunity to all of our young people.
(Photo: Pictured alongside our winners is: L to R – Rosemary Gemmell, Kathleen Hammond and Kate Gordon)
St Benedict’s High School—St Patrick’s Seminary
During our visit to Malawi in the summer, our eyes and indeed, our hearts were opened to the many needs of the boys in St Patrick's. We were welcomed by a community, who despite being very poor in material terms, opened their doors to us and shared with us what little they have.
Having reflected on our experience, our staff and students decided that we need to develop a long term strategy which will support the community of St Patrick's to deliver a first class education to the boys while catering for their most basic of needs.
We have set up the "Friends of St Patrick's" hardship fund which aims to attract 100 people who will commit to a monthly payment of £10 per month. With this level of funding we could make a real difference in the lives of the boys in St Patrick's, providing schools fees for boys who have been orphaned and supporting long term improvement initiatives for the school.
If you are interested in making this commitment of £10 per month then please click <here> to download a copy of the monthly banker's order.
From an address of Pope Francis to Bishops, priests and religious at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 2013.
Let us help the young. Let us have an attentive ear to listen to their dreams—they need to be heard—to listen to their successes, to pay attention to their difficulties. You have to sit down and listen to the same libretto, but accompanied by diverse music, with different characteristics. Hav- ing the patience to listen! I ask this of you with all my heart! . . Let us find ways to spend time with them.
Planting seeds is demanding and very tiring, very tiring! It is much more rewarding to enjoy the harvest! How cunning! Reaping is more enjoyable for us! But Jesus asks us to sow and care with responsibility. Let us spare no effort in the formation of our young people! St Paul uses an expression that he embodied in his own life, when he addressed the Christian community: “My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you”. Let us embody this also in our own ministry!
To help our young people to discover the courage and joy of faith, the joy of being loved personally by God, is very difficult. But when young people understand it, when young people experience it through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, this “being personally loved by God” accompanies them for the rest of their lives.