St Ninian's High School, Kirkintilloch
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|Motto||In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas (unity in necessary things; liberty in doubtful things; charity in all things)|
|Deputies||Dan Cardle (S6)
Alan Taylor (S1))
Craig Gibson (S2/3)
Scott McEwan (S4/5)
|Local authority||East Dunbartonshire|
There are currently over 700 students in attendance with an average of 5 classes in each year. Each class has no more than 30 pupils. St Ninians is a Roman Catholic School, and, as quoted in their website;
"We at St. Ninian's High School are, as a Catholic comprehensive school, a community of love and hope and we recognise the wide ranging talent, interests and abilities of all our pupils; our ultimate aim is to develop the full potential of all our young people."
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The school has consistently proved to be successful in a number of different areas – SQA results, the Charter Mark award, Investors in People recognition and the Scottish Education Award for “Raising Basic Standards”.
In 2008, David Miller, an English Teacher, won the UK Secondary Teacher of the Year at the National Teaching Awards, and, in 2009, Headteacher Paul McLaughlin won the Scottish Secondary Head Teacher of the Year.
Opening in 1874, St Ninian’s has a varied history. There is a book telling the full and detailed story of the school's origins written by Gerald Maguire and Stephen Murray, previous Principal Teachers of the school, “The Story of a School 1874-1974”, and is printed by Deacon Brothers (Printers) Ltd of Kirkintilloch.
The staff and pupils of St. Ninians moved from Bellfield Road to the former Thomas Muir campus in Bishopbriggs during the demolition and complete rebuild of the Bellfield Road Campus, and of August 2009, is back in Bellfield Road. During the decant, it was monitored by Depute Head John Kelly and Head Teacher Paul McLaughlin that teaching and pupils grades would not be affected.
In September 2009 St. Ninian's welcomed the first of Celtic's innovative youth academy boys to the school.
Celtic Youth Academy
St Ninian's High, in partnership with Celtic F.C is at the forefront of a groundbreaking sporting initiative, the first of its type in Scotland. This allows the Celtic boys, who are pupils in S2 to S5, to combine intensive coaching sessions with a programme of studies based on continental methods, where everything is monitored including behaviour and homework.
The link with Celtic has provided St Ninian's with access to the club's sports scientists and new work experience opportunities. Billy McNeil and Bertie Auld have also come to the school to present awards in recognition of pupil achievement.
The partnership was a finalist in the Times Educational Supplement Awards for "Outstanding Sporting Initiative".
- Holy Family Primary School, Lenzie.
- St Agatha's Primary School, Kirkintilloch.
- St Flannan's Primary School, Kirkintilloch.
- St Joseph's Primary School, Milngavie.
- St Machan's Primary School, Lennoxtown.
Notable former pupils
- Paul Buchanan, member of the Scottish band The Blue Nile
- Peter Capaldi,(born 1958) Actor
- Stephen Crainey (born 1981) Blackpool and Scottish national footballer
- Bishop Joseph Devine, (born 1937) Bishop of Motherwell
- Des McKeown, (born 1970) Scottish footballer
- Charlie Mulgrew, (born 1986) Celtic footballer
- Bishop Ian Murray (born 1932), Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
- Katie Sutherland, known as Pearl from the band Pearl and the Puppets
- David McErlane, Ex member of the Scottish band Makethisrelate
- Paul Wilson, (born 1950) Celtic Footballer
- James McColl, Derek McManus and Gavin Crawford, members of the Scottish band The Supernaturals
- Gerry Mulgrew, actor/director Communicado Theatre Company.
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