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2013 sees best ever Higher results ! Our Fifth Year students surpassed previous performance with 21 students achieving five Higher passes. Three students achieved all five Highers at Band A! Our Fourth Year students also performed very well with just over 25% achieving five Standard grades/Intermediate Two, at Credit, or Intermediate at A Band. These results have ensured that St Thomas Aquinas has again outperformed our comparator


DARYL JO with his Award for Culinary Excellence in June. As a result of his success, Daryl has secured a permanent position as a trainee chef in the prestigious Glasgow eatery - ‘House for an Art Lover’.

Calamity Jane

Our latest musical production Calamity Jane was voted a huge success by students and parents in June of last session. On the back of the professionalism and quality of student performance we are confident that even greater numbers of parents will attend future productions.

Keiran and Hannah proudly hold their Caritas medals following a spectacular presentation ceremony in the SECC in early June.

Ben and Kevin with their geography teacher Miss Barton on the occasion of their Sixth Year Prom, held in Glasgow’s Thistle Hotel. Following a successful sixth year, both boys are now studying at university.

St. Thomas Aquinas student wins first place in World Championships.


by Ms Campbell Faculty Head Science

Kathleen Ewins pictured with her winners medal after becoming World Champion •••

Kathleen Ewins, one of our new Fourth Year students, recently beat off stiff competition from across the globe to become world champion in the 12-15 age-group of the traditional music accompaniment competition at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Derry.   Kathleen played piano in this competition, and also plays piano accordion to a very high standard. held in Glasgow and London earlier in the year.

Before competing at this level Kathleen had achieved 1st place Kathleen will perform at the in both the Scottish and British Senior Award Ceremony on 24 traditional music championships September, alongside sixth year

student David Browne, a worldclass traditional musician in his own right.


John Cumming formerly of St Peter’s PS in Partick was proud to be invited to the opening of ‘Centurion Way’ a new housing development in the West End. As a pupil in St Peters back in 2011 John created the name for the development based on the proximity of the housing area to a former Roman Fort currently occupied by the ‘Sick Kids’ Hospital.

PERFORMING ARTS: 2013/14 by Mr Nolan

The Drama club is open to all

having time to see the sights

Faculty Head

First to Third Year students.

of London! 23 pupils are


St Thomas Aquinas Theatre Group The group are currently

On Thursday 12th of September we will be starting our FILM CLUB. (3.40-5.40) This is a club for pupils to watch, discuss and analyse

opportunity to review online with the chance of prizes!

year. Behind The Noise

meeting during lunch times and This is an initiative for those are considering plays to put

students interested in the

into production.

Music Industry. They get the

Under consideration at the moment for production;

films. Pupils get to decide upon “Gaslight”, “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole” and “Our Day which appropriate films they will watch and get the

attending from 4th, 5th and 6th

out” Glasgow Schools Youth

chance to produce their own music in a professional recording studio, market their band and organise their contribution to a gig at the CLASSIC GRAND in Jamaica Street whilst working with


industry mentors. This activity

interview and interact with

Is starting up again on

film Directors and Actors as

Thursday the 5th of

students. Last year our

well as other industry

September at the Tramway

There’s even the chance to

professionals! This is open to all year groups.

is open to Fourth - Sixth Year entrants were very successful

and got a lot out of the Theatre – 5pm ( New members experience. are welcome for the first few Advanced Higher Drama Trip weeks). This year their production is the musical “FOOTLOOSE”. We look forward to seeing the production at the start of February 2014!

The Advanced Higher Drama class will be visiting the Citizen’s Theatre to see a dramatisation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and

th GSYT is open to students from Punishment on Wednesday 11 of September. Some of the Third Year to Sixth Year.

London Theatre Trip

Our Drama club has started and meets on Tuesdays after school (2.40- 3.40pm). We are currently preparing for our forthcoming Christmas Production!

members of our Theatre group will also attend.

The London theatre trip heads Citizen’s Theatre summer off on the 1st of October. This programme year we are travelling by train

and whilst in London we will be going to see two West End Musical Productions and Two theatre Productions as well as

Janne and Chizy Lingham represented the school at the Citizen’s Theatre summer holiday programme where they made a great impression. They

are continuing with the

Steel Pans

Instrumental Instructors. We

Citizen’s Saturday morning

are looking forward to


watching this year group grow in confidence as musicians. If

Festival Of Politics

you would be interested in having your child try out a

David Healy from our Fourth

musical instrument, we

Year was part of a Scottish

would be only to pleased to

Youth Theatre production for


the Festival of Politics called “Now’s The Hour” which was


on at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 24th of August.

Our school bands are meeting

David played both Sir Winston

The steel pans group are

on Thursday lunch times, led

Churchill, Ben Nevis (Yes the

meeting on Wednesdays after

by our our Music Instructors.

mountain!) and a variety of

school and are making

We have also secured the

other roles in this successful

excellent progress, so much so

services of our Vocal coach for


that they have been invited to

additional tutor time again this

Open the STUC Meeting at

year, following our faculty’s

Francis Carroll

the end of October. They also really impressive SQA results Former student Francis Carroll have some music prepared for which saw 55 (from 65) of our students achieve a Credit Pass the Senior Awards Ceremony has just graduated with a 2.1 in Standard Grade music. in Drama from The University (24 September) and have of Sunderland and intends to

recently a video of their

go into teaching. He is doing

playing to our link school (St

some work experience in the

Joseph’s) in Trinidad and

Drama Department before


applying for his Post Graduate Course. Audition at the Comedy Unit

S1 Instrumental day Last week our First Year students participated in an

Janne Lingham Fourth Year,

informative demonstration

recurring role in their new




was recently auditioned by the afternoon of the “Burnistoun” team for a

Audition for Simon Cowell Ami Jo Nicholson Fifth Year had a singing audition for Simon Cowell’s record label … watch this space !!!!

we offer here at St Thomas Aquinas provided by our

Catherine Smith (now Fourth Year) pictured with her music teacher Mr Hattrick, and Year Head Ms Evans, on receipt of her Certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) - Grade 5 Theory, an outstanding achievement to have reached this level of proficiency so young.

Art + Design: 2013/14 by Mrs Tierney Principal Teacher •••

Life Drawing Classes – Tramway A number of our Advanced Higher students have signed up for life drawing classes which will take place in the Visual Arts Studio. These two hour classes greatly develop and strengthen observation and recording skills in addition to an understanding of proportion.

bureaus and local manufacturers in conjunction with their own screen-printing facilities, ‘Bespoke Atelier’ are able to utilise a mixture of techniques and processes to create unique printed textiles for clients in a variety of industries. This, along with their own in-house designs and products, proves ‘Bespoke Atelier’ to be a successful textile design startup that has come out of the gate running.

The brightly-coloured, figurehugging suits, first marketed in 2009, have driven growth from £1.2m in 2010 to over £11m in 2012. They have also developed brands in party wear under the Foul Fashion brand, and golf clothing known as Royal & Awesome. Sunday Portfolio Preparation Class – Visual Arts

Some of our Sixth Year students have secured places on the portfolio preparation course. The course will concentrate on Artist Talk- Gallery of sketchbook work working Modern Art through a shortened version of Visit from Fraser Smitten, the Visual Arts Studio project Staff accompanied a group of CEO of AFG Media (s) which will include Fourth and Fifth Year Morphsuits / Foul Fashion / experimental drawing, students to the first of this Royal & Awesome sketching, digital photography, year’s Artists Talks events at Fraser Smitten will visit the Photoshop work, mono printing, the Gallery of Modern Art. department to talk to students block printing, screen printing, The talk was given by about his career path, how he experimental painting, and 3d contemporary textile design founded AFG Media along with work. There will also be an company ‘Bespoke Atelier’ who his brother Ali, and friend introduction to animation with a design their textiles to make Gregor Lawson and how he short interlude to support an impact, but equally to became involved with students who may be uploading complement and enhance the Morphsuits. electronic portfolios to Glasgow products on which they appear. and Edinburgh schools of art. By working with digital printing

The course is geared to support a wide variety of students. This could include students who are at school studying Advanced Higher and students who are undertaking other college courses and need a different approach to augment their portfolios.

students during the summer residential Art & Design course will be exhibited at the Tramway – Visual Arts Studio from Friday 5th September till Friday 29th.

The course will runs from 1pm to 5pm for 20 weeks from Sunday 6th October and will run until the 9th of March 2014.

Many of our current Sixth Year students have signed up for the series of workshops at GSA aimed at assisting with the application process and portfolio production stages for art school entry.

This will prepare our students for future success in the new National Qualifications at Levels Four and Five.

National 4 and 5 Research & Critical Discussion Workshop

First Year Credit Union Initiative

Saturday Workshop – Visual Arts Some of our Third and Fourth Year students have been offered places on the Saturday workshops at the Visual Arts Studio. The course will follow the principals of the other VA courses concentrating on development of ideas and sketchbook techniques but will of course recognise the necessity for the students to have more ‘finished’ or ‘considered pieces’. The course will include drawing, painting, printmaking, three dimensional work, photography and an introduction to film and animation. The course will comprise of 20 Saturdays and will run from 2 pm until 4pm. Beginning on theSaturday 5th of October 2013 and will run until Saturday 8th March 2014 Castle Toward Summer 2013 Exhibition The work produced by some of our Fifth and Sixth Year

Glasgow School of Art ACES Schools Programme

Write, draw, photograph and collect information to build up a sketchbook Take the ideas/ information collated in the gallery and reflect it back in their work in the classroom

Many parents will be aware of a number of announcements in response to concerns over the impact of pay day loans companies. As part of the response, Glasgow City Council has agreed to implement the opening of a Credit Union account for all First Year Discuss what contemporary art is and students in 2013/14.  The Council has also agreed to put challenge what art can £10 into each pupil’s account. be Work by themselves and within small groups, We hope to have a mini relaunch of our current researching and forming their opinions ‘STA Savers’ Credit Union (Knightscliffe & Temple) about the work within the school very soon. exhibited while This initiative is operated constructively challenging their peers within our maths department and we hope that all our new Obtain relevant First Year students and information via a parents will support this very variety of media worthwhile initiative. including iPads Develop skills and JUST IN Ms Edgar and Mr Young will be vocabulary used to starting an internet café at compare and contrast lunchtime in the Design and Technology department. Ms Edgar artworks

Due to the success of our Third Year class visit to the Gallery of Modern Art last session, the current students will also participate in the workshop this session in which they will:

will also be starting a craft club on a Thursday after school.

First Year ‘Spy Quest’ by Andrew Gavin and

Alisa Wylie Sixth Year •••

The 16th August seemed like a normal day for the school, with the chaos of the first week dissipating. However, for St Thomas Aquinas’s First Year, this was to be anything but a normal dat for they were participating in the school’s ‘Spy Quest’. The antics began after the sounding of the bell signaling the beginning of the afternoon lessons, with an assembly held for the First Years by Ms Wilson, the Head of Year. Here, their mission was outlined, objectives given, and they were warned of penalties for running and talking in corridors. With the introductions over, Glasgow’s newest spies began their quest. The mission started in in the school’s answer to Thames House, the library, with the teams logging into their computers to find out the finer details of their mission. As they pieced together the

threads of information, it became increasingly obvious that teamwork and cooperation would be essential if the team were to be successful. Being new to the school, this task also allowed the First Years to explore their new surroundings, which shall be their academic home for the foreseeable future. As the teams followed their clues, they encountered a myriad of characters, portrayed by a group of the school’s fourth years, ranging from a mad scientist, to a mysterious fortune teller, who would reveal their secrets only upon receiving the correct password. Upon initial confusion the ‘spies’ learned to persevere, desperately trying

primary schools from where they have recently left, with several students dubbing their ‘Spy Quest’ as “harder than it looks” and “enjoyable but extreme”. As the day approached its end, the orders to return to the meeting point in the Social Area were given. The illustrious prize was awarded by Ms Wilson, the Head of First Year. No matter who won, all first years felt thoroughly rewarded by their experience,

to complete their mission not

Whether St Thomas Aquinas

only before their competitors

has found its own James Bond,

in to win the coveted ‘Spy

only time shall tell. But, the

Quest’ trophy.

not-so-secret mission of

As the time began to run out, the first years started to comprehend the enormity of their tasks as they explored our school, which is considerably bigger than the

building camaraderie amongst the school’s newest year group proved to be a roaring success.


by Mr McMahon PT Physical Education •••

Physical Education Kit The PE kit is a part of the school uniform and, as such, of equal importance. The St Thomas Aquinas PE kit consists of: • black t-shirt/polo-shirt: o vests, crop tops or inappropriate tshirts are not acceptable o football tops of any description are not acceptable • black shorts/jogging bottoms:

football shorts are not acceptable; o leggings are not acceptable; o tights underneath shorts are not acceptable appropriate footwear: o dependant on activity; o pupils must have different footwear than what they wore to school; outdoor items that students choose to bring, such as hooded sweatshirts, are additional to that detailed above.

• • •

students must have their hair tied back all jewellery should be removed and left in the changing room chewing gum must be removed

Official St Thomas Aquinas PE kit can be purchased at very reasonable prices from Man’s World on Byres Road. Please note our new and extensive extra-curricular sports opportunities noted below.








T.T Club

Football Club

T.T Club

Volleyball Club

T.T Club

Year (s)

S1 - S6


S1 - S6

S1 - S6

S1 - S6



Games Hall


Games Hall



Mr McMahon

Mr Gault

Mr McMahon

Mr McMahon

Mr McMahon

After School

Fitness Club

Netball Team

Dance &


Friday 5's



Year (s)

S1 - S6 Girls

S1 - S6 Girls

S1 - S6

S1 - S6

Staff v S6


Fitness Suite

Games Hall


Games Hall

Games Hall


3:40 - 4:40

2:40 - 3:40

3:40 - 4:40

3:40 - 4:40

3.00 - 4:30

Teacher (s)

Miss Wilson

Miss Campbell

Miss Wilson

Miss Campbell

Miss Wilson

Miss Hutchison

Miss Wilson

After School


Hurling Club

Year (s)

S1 - S6

S1 - S6



Games Hall


3:40 - 4:40

3:40 - 4:40


Miss Campbell

Miss Martin

After School


Year (s)

S1 - S6


Games Hall


3.40 - 4.40


Mr Johnson

Three School Football Teams have been entered for competitions this season: Under 18’s : Mr Ferry Under 16’s : Mr McSorley + Mr Young Under 13’s: Mr McMahon