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From homelessness to bereaved families, Andrew’s fundraising has the X-Factor

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A young boy with additional support needs (ASN) has been praised for his ‘kindness and compassion’ after he led a fundraising drive to support parents who have lost newborn babies.

Eight-year-old Andrew Smith, a pupil of St Mary’s Primary School in Polbeth, West Lothian, hopes to raise as much as possible for SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) Lothians, a charity which befriends and provides counselling to families who have suffered the tragedy of a stillbirth or the death of... read more

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Cardinal Newman High pupils hoping for trip to Rome for saint’s canonisation

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Pupils from a Catholic high school are hoping to organise a trip to Rome in celebration of their namesake cardinal’s upcoming canonisation.

The Cardinal Newman High School community in Bellshill was thrilled to hear the good news that Cardinal Newman will be canonised, after it was confirmed by Pope Francis on Tuesday February 12. The canonisation is expected to take place later this year. Having already had one miracle to his name, a... read more


Pupils with learning disabilities make friends with the elderly

Posted on: December 27th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Young people who have additional learning needs have spent the last few months getting to know elderly residents of their neighbouring care home.

S2 pupils from the additional learning needs (ALN) department at Lourdes Secondary School have enjoyed the company of their elders living in Nazareth House as part of their Social Communications class. The two groups play Bingo and various other board games together, explore their creative sides through arts and crafts, and... read more


Young people spell out a big celebration at Carfin

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Our Lady of St Francis Primary school in Carfin marked the centenary of the Education Act in style, at one of many upcoming occasions held outside Carfin Grotto

OUR Lady of St Francis Primary school in Carfin marked the centenary of the Education Act in style, at one of many upcoming occasions held outside Carfin Grotto. The school’s 308 pupils flocked to the grotto across the road from the school to form a huge ‘100’ in admiration of the... read more


First for Aberdeen University as students pick up Catholic teachers’ certificates

Posted on: July 20th, 2018 by Amanda Connelly 1 Comment

The first teachers at Aberdeen University to achieve a Catholic teaching qualification celebrated their graduation last month, where they were joined by the local bishop on the special occasion

The Catholic students at Aberdeen University recently received their Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), and along with their guests met Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen Diocese at the university’s Catholic chaplaincy at their graduation on June 21. “I am delighted that PGDE students at Aberdeen University can now access the Catholic... read more


HCPT pilgrims relive their incredible Lourdes journey

Posted on: May 18th, 2018 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

A wonderful day was had by all in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin last weekend, as pilgrims returning from their recent trip to Lourdes and those getting ready for the summer pilgrimage joined together in celebration

The reunion for those from the Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust’s (HCPT) Easter pilgrimage took place on May 13, while some of the groups going on pilgrimage this summer came in preparation for their upcoming trip. The Mass was led by Fr Stephen Reilly along with other clergy, and saw... read more


School welcomes meditating priest

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

Pupils at an East Kilbride primary school marked Catholic Education Week in a mindful way recently, as they welcomed a meditating priest.

Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, who is the director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, arrived at St Vincent’s Primary School in East Kilbride to take part in a special assembly marking the end of the Catholic Education Week celebrations. The visit coincided with Fr Freeman’s visit to Glasgow, and was... read more


Young people urged to ‘change the world’ at Paisley youth Mass

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by Amanda Connelly No Comments

Paisley’s Catholic youth turned out in their droves last week, as the diocese celebrated its annual youth Mass for the second year running.

Young people and school pupils from across the diocese gathered in St Mirin’s Cathedral, where they were led by Bishop John Keenan of Paisley. Before the Mass, a group of more than 20 talented youngsters who are part of a Paisley-based drama group performed a play, which was commissioned to celebrate... read more


St Ninian’s High School takes the lead with ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 No Comments

The Catholic high school has banned energy drinks – one of the first schools to do so

St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch has put a stop to the high-sugar and caffeinated beverages, following calls from both teachers and experts in the UK. Bans like this follow research recently conducted by academics from Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, which revealed that children between 10-14,... read more


Galloway pupils celebrate icon

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 No Comments

Children across the Diocese of Galloway joined in celebrating SCES’ new centenary icon

Pupils from a number of Galloway primary schools joined Bishop William Nolan at St John’s Primary in Ayr last week, as an icon created to mark the centenary of state Catholic schools in Scotland began its tour of all eight Scottish dioceses. Barbara Coupar, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service,... read more

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