General Teaching Council Recognises Excellence in Teaching
We are delighted every year to welcome Newly Qualified Teachers in to our school. This year, one of our Art and Design teachers, Lydia Everitt, was invited to attend the Annual General Teaching Council for Scotland's celebration of probationer teachers.
Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Minister for Education and Skills John Swinney addressed probationers and presented awards for this fantastic occasion in Edinburgh.
The GTC(S) event celebrates and recognises a representative selection of probationer teachers who will become eligible to teach in Scotland’s schools from August 2018.
Lydia with Jennifer Gilchrist, NQT Manager (West Dunbartonshire Council)
Mrs Everitt was nominated based on her exceptional performance on the Teacher Induction Scheme. Huge congratulations to all our Newly Qualified Teachers who are about to receive Full Registration status.
Stars of Track and Field excel at Grangemouth!
On Wednesday 6 June seven pupils from St Peter the Apostle High School travelled to Grangemouth stadium to compete in the National Junior Track and Field Championships organised by Scottish Disability Sport. This was only the school’s second year competing at the Championships and the pupils participated in a variety of different track and field events.
The pupils put in an amazing performance and were very successful, coming home with an impressive 20 medals – 19 Gold and 1 Silver!
These championships were open to pupils who had a physical, sensory or learning disability. The pupils were accompanied not only by staff but also by three senior pupils who have undertaken the Sports Leaders course over the past year. Jake Tyrrell, Owen Friel and Declan Boyce provided excellent peer support, motivation and encouragement to the younger pupils.
Last minute transport issues almost meant that the pupils were not able to attend. However the school are extremely grateful to Arnold Clark who came to the rescue with a mini bus to transport the young people. Without their help they would not have made it to Grangemouth and had such an amazing experience.
The Big Clean Up
A group of pupils took part in their first ‘Clean Up’ campaign to help to make their school a litter free environment. Pupils cleaned up inside and outside the school highlighting the litter that was left after lunchtime. The eco-committee has been working hard on this over the last few months. They have been attending assemblies, monitoring litter, making posters and putting recycling bags in every classroom in the school. This has all helped to improve the cleanliness of the playground.
A 'Families, Food and Futures' event in collaboration with Children Scotland will take place in Clydebank High School in July.
If parents or families are interested and wish further information about this event, please contact either Mr Campbell or Mrs McCarte at our school as soon as possible.
Two of our S3 pupils, Katie & Elle have achieved the Baden Power Award through Girlguiding. This is the highest award that girls of Guide age can achieve, and involves a significant effort on their part. They are required to first be part of the Girlguiding movement for a minimum of 3 years, then whilst undertaking the Award they completed 10 activities across 5 clauses; ‘Healthy Lifestyle’, ‘Global Awareness’, ‘Discovery’, ‘Skills & Relationships’ and lastly, ‘Celebrating Diversity’. On top of this, they had to attend an overnight camp at South Newton, Renfrewshire, with girls from over Scotland whom they had never met
At the recent Girlguiding Dunbartonshire AGM, they were presented with their award by the Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, along with the President of Girlguiding Dunbartonshire, Morag Hart OBE.
Congratulations to both girls on their hard work and amazing achievements!
National Maths Week
During National Maths Week the WDC Raising Attainment in Maths Team ran a competition to encourage learners to see Maths positively and how it is used in real life contexts.
Mrs McSheaffrey’s S3 Administration and IT class researched famous Mathematicians and displayed their finding in amazing Posters and Power Point Presentations.
Shannon Cassidy won 1st place and was rewarded with a family pass to the Glasgow Science Centre and Amazon Vouchers. Congratulations Shannon!
Shannon's presentation can be viewed here.
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SCOTTISH TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Wednesday 7 June 2017 6 pupils travelled to Grangemouth stadium where they competed in different track and field activities. This was our school’s first year competing at this event and we were the only school representing West Dunbartonshire.
Our pupils put in an amazing performance and were very successful, coming home with a whopping 14 medals. These championships were open to pupils who had a physical, sensory or learning disability.
Huge congratulations to all of our winners!
FRINGE FESTIVAL WINNER!
Orla Henaghen in S2 has been selected from 5000 entrants to provide artwork which will be used at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival.
The 70th year anniversary is a special occasion and Orla’s work will feature as one of three front covers for the official programme. With almost 400,000 copies of the programme currently in production this is a big achievement for both Orla and the school, as the poster will be seen by thousands of visitors at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
Our school will receive a prize of £250 cash and an exclusive workshop with a contemporary artist will allow us to continue to promote the expressive arts and motivate our young people.
Orla’s success is a testament to the excellent work in the art department and her class teacher Miss Dominick in particular.
We would like to congratulate Orla and thank her for her outstanding contribution.
Congratulations to our senior girls, who have won the Scottish Shield,
defeating St Mungo's (Falkirk) 4 - 3
Congratulations to all finalists in this year's Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
Our winning Team prepared their presentation on behalf of the Rainbow Development, a charity which has just received the cheque for £3000 thanks to the hard work of our young people. Well done to all involved in this fantastic project!
St Peter the Apostle High School has been awarded Level 3 of the Royal Horticultural Society School Gardening Campaign and not only did we get a lovely certificate but also three considerable batches of plants for our garden.
New Fruit Garden
In early March we received a collection of fruit bushes and plants and so we have been able to create a whole new fruit garden. We are looking forward scrumptious strawberries and tasty tayberries (and to finding out just what they are!) Some of our pupils from S2 planted these and will be monitoring them closely. Other plants include raspberries, gooseberries, red and black currants, blackberries and rhubarb.
The next delivery will be in May and will be all the plants we need to fill our vegetable garden – about 100 ! The harvest in August and September should include – potatoes, leeks, courgettes, runner beans, lettuces, beetroot and many more.
To reach level three we had to show that we had promoted wildlife in our garden. With the help of the pupils in SFL, Eco committee and volunteers from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme we were able to make a flower garden to encourage bees and butterflies. Two years on it is doing well.
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
English teacher Miss Lynch and school library staff, worked with her second year class to submit entries to What’s Your Story. Run by Scottish Book Trust, What’s Your Story is an online magazine offering young people the chance to have their writing or illustration selected for publication. One of the pupils, Alexis Pratt, achieved great success as her entry was chosen for publication. Alexis and her classmates are thrilled at her achievement. When asked how she felt after hearing the news, Alexis said:
‘I was in a state of utter shock and surprise as I’ve never won a competition for my writing. I also felt extremely proud of myself.’
If you would like to read Alexis’ gripping story, visit the link below:
All work accepted for the magazine is read by a professional editorial board, who provide constructive feedback. It is published three times a year and submission to What’s Your Story is open to 13 – 19 year olds throughout Scotland.
The Tron Ambassadors Scheme for pupils aged 14-17
Trainee Schemes & Apprenticeships
(Remember some more schemes open on 13th March).
BBC Scotland Work Experience
Questions for the BBC Scotland Apprenticeship scheme
- We are looking for people with a commitment to and passion for media. In no more than 250 words, please tell us why you want to join this scheme and what an apprenticeship in the media industry might offer you.
- We're looking for self-starters who can get things done. Think of a time at work, school or in your personal life when you have taken the initiative to develop yourself or learn something new. In no more than 300 words, tell us what you achieved, what were the challenges and why are you proud of yourself for achieving it.
- The BBC wants to appeal to a modern and diverse audience. In no more than 300 words, tell us an idea for a programme that you would like to see shown on the BBC, which has been influenced by your own life experience and would appeal to YOU.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week
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Duke of Edinburgh
Miss Dominick and a group of Duke of Edinburgh pupils recently visited Aggreko manufacturing as part of the volunteer section of their silver award. Pupils were lucky enough to be given a presentation and tour of the factory, offering an insight in to the daily practice of a highly successful global business. This valuable opportunity allowed pupils the chance to network and gain a wider understanding of energy use within our local community.
St Peters Celebrates Interfaith Week
In preparation for Interfaith Week 2016, some of our pupils have prepared an exciting video.
The pupils focused on speaking with others within our school community, and exploring the many different religious beliefs of pupils, reflecting on the importance of inter-religious dialogue; some pupils of other faiths have commented too on their experience of attending a catholic school.
The video can be viewed here.
Para Sports Festival 2016
On Friday 11 November nine pupils from our school attended a para sport festival in Motherwell. The pupils were split into groups with children of the same ability and took part in a variety of sports. This was an amazing opportunity for our pupils as they all got to try sports they maybe wouldn’t have got the chance to. The coaches and support staff where all amazing. They made our pupils feel so relaxed.
Here's what some of the pupils said about the event:
"I found the day very fun and interesting. My favorite sport was football. The staff was amazing they couldn’t have done anything better."
"I really enjoyed meeting new people. My best activity was Judo."
"I found the day very exciting, especially the cycling and long jump. The support staff that helped me during the day was very good and kind."
"The whole day was good. I really enjoyed the athletics. The boccia was a very good sport to try."
"It was a fun day. I really enjoyed meeting new people. Athletics was my favorite part."
Primary Art Attack!
As part of the ‘I am’ expressive arts programme Miss Dominick has been working with St Eunan’s primary School to deliver a self-portrait unit to primary 7 pupils.
This unit provided an introduction to the visual elements and the opportunity to experiment with a range of media and drawing skills which are key for a future in art and design.
Over the course of six weeks the pupils worked extremely hard to produce excellent final outcomes in poly print which were on display at a recent exhibition within the school.
Well done to all the pupils for their hard work and we look forward to having them here with us next year to continue developing the new skills they have learned.
The Titan Trust
Congratulations to Amy Roberts who has been awarded the Titan Trust Bursary to allow her to embark on a degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde University. This is a fantastic opportunity and both St Peter the Apostle High School and Titan Trust are delighted for Amy. Amy was awarded the bursary after a rigorous application and interview process. We wish Amy all the success in her studies and future career opportunities. Well done Amy!!!!
About Titan Trust
The Trust is a private bursary scheme established in 2010 to provide financial support to students from the two high schools in Clydebank (St Peter the Apostle High School and Clydebank High School) to study engineering at the University of Glasgow or the University of Strathclyde.
Purpose of the Trust
The purpose of the Trust is to:
- Provide financial support to students from our school who have been accepted on a full time engineering degree course at the University of Glasgow or the University of Strathclyde.
- Encourage students to enter into engineering degree courses at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.
- Assist students who may find it difficult to accept a place at university for financial or other reasons.
If you would like to see more information about the Titan Trust please click on the link below: