News Update September 2013
Congratulations to Niamh McClure, S4, and Louise Miller of S3 who recently won their first races for rowing at Inverness Sprint Regatta last month. Representing Castle Semple Rowing Club the tight pair comfortably won, by around 7 boat lengths, their Junior 14 Women's Double's heat against a crew from Stirling Rowing Club. The final was a 'row through' as the Inverness Rowing Club crew did not make it to the start line.
Things were spiced up later in the day with the Women's Junior 14 Single's Final Race. Louise and Niamh both made it to the final and were scheduled to race each other immediately after they got out the boat for their doubles final. The race was close but Niamh clenched victory in the end. For both of them to make the final was a huge achievement as it was their first time racing in a single.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Last session we started our very first Duke of Edinburgh Award group.
An intrepid band of S3 pupils led by Mr Corcoran have embraced the great outdoors, discovered talents, and muscles, which they never knew they had and are now nearing completion of the Bronze Award.
A new group of S3 pupils are now in hot pursuit as the DofE scheme grows from strength to strength. We wish our current group all the very best for their expedition next weekend.
An increasing number of our senior pupils from S4 to S6 are getting involved with the St Vincent de Paul Society. Working alongside other young people from across the diocese, many have par- ticipated in conferences and workshops such as 'Voice of the Poor' and 'Camp Frederick' where they have gained an insight into the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves, both here in Scotland and abroad. Pictured left with Fr Joe Burke are a number of our pupils who recently attended the annual Mass for the sick in St Margaret's Parish.
Our Charities committee are among a number of nominations being put forward for Renfrewshire Council's Positive About Youth Awards 2013. Throughout last session the group championed a number of worthy causes and raised substantial funds through activities such as running the Halloween Disco, organising a very successful Talent Show and various sponsored events. Our young people are not only developing worth while citizenship skills and demonstrating awareness of the needs of others but in the process they are also developing a range of skills and attributes which will prepare them for life and work.
Their nominated charities for this session are: The MS Society, Teenage Cancer Trust and Muscular Dystrophy. In addition to these charities the group are also working hard to raise the necessary funds to support St Patrick's Seminary, our partner school in Malawi and the forthcoming visit next March.
Pupils in S4 and S5 recently worked with a trainer from Live ‘n’ Learn on developing study skills and the motivation required to achieve exam success. The workshops were designed to instil confidence, resilience and looked at the tools required for effective, independent study with an emphasis on self reliance and hard work. One of the key messages of the day was: “waiting for it to happen? or MAKING it happen!”. Our hope is that this message will stay with our young people as they work towards exams at the end of this session.
For more information on developing good study skills visit: www.live-n-learn.co.uk