St Roch’s Runners Race To Success
On Saturday morning - the 3rd October - fourteen hardy runners made their way from St Roch’s Secondary and walked down to George Square for the annual 3km Junior road race. As always there were some fantastic performances and a great time was had by all. This year the run is racing funds for Glasgow’s Children in Need and this brought out the best in both the runners and supporters.
Daniel Haggerty running in his final junior event before turning 16 and moving to the senior category finished off in style with a personal best performance of 10 minutes and 41 seconds for the 3km course. Daniel has now competed in every run since S1 and as an S5 pupil has demonstrated the personal improvements that can be made with hard work and dedication. Daniel was very much the team captain on the day and was well supported by John McCluskey and Kieran McLean who helped out with bags and organisation – thank you boys.
Other great performances included Michael Chisholm and Liam Simpson (both in S2) who also greatly improved on their running performances from last year with a great showing near the front of the field. The new S1 pupils were very well represented and produced some outstanding runs. Samson Reisom ( a very accomplished footballer) was the first S1 boy to finish with Joel Tshynza close on his heels.
Our first girl to finish was Halah Ahmed who was well up the main field and is a regular member of the school running team. Halah was closely followed by Esosa (Goodness) Orumwense who had a great run as Goodness prefer the sprints to the longer distances. There was a terrific finishing battle between Paul Bulman and Connor Robertson with Connor just racing by Paul in the final 50 metres – well done to both boys for a fabulous finish. Jack Cooper, Marc Byrne, Mohamed Al Khattawi and Daneil Ali had a great battle together to the line and all boys finished very strongly. Finally, despite a fall during the race Keaton Stirling produced a great performance and a great finish to complete the 3km course in under 20 minutes. This was an amazing performance considering he sustained a significant injury during the race. Well done to all pupils who participated and received a well-earned goody back and a medal. The next run for the St Roch’s Runners will be the Santa Dash in December and we will be looking for another great turnout again.
You may be aware of media reports today about the intention of elected members in Glasgow City Council’s administration to reinstate free home school transport to the original criteria eligibility – 1.2 miles for primary pupils and 2.2 miles for secondary pupils.
Their decision has been taken following a cost of the school day project carried out across the city and to try to reduce some financial pressures on some families that could impact on a child’s access to learning.
The formal decision to do this will be taken at a council committee in due course.
In the meantime, we will now work with our colleagues in SPT to tender and secure travel and bus arrangements in due course.
We will be starting to identify the new P1 and S1 pupils who will qualify for free home school transport in anticipation of the formal decision being taken. We will keep pupils and their families updated with information on timescales as the process to secure the new arrangements will take some weeks.
18 pupils from S1 – S4 headed out for an afternoon at the Mitchell library on Wednesday 16th September. This was an exciting opportunity to see behind the scenes of one of Europe’s largest libraries and to hear all the history behind this fascinating building. Pupils learned about the resources available, events that take place and the most thrilling part was the story about the ghost in the basement!! Despite visiting the basement there was no sign of the former library employee who supposedly haunts the building!
Mr McAveety meets young people from Saint Roch's
Technical Pupils for the month of August with Mr Megan
Career Ready UK
Two senior pupils from St Roch’s RC Secondary are undertaking a 2 year programme through Career Ready UK aimed at enhancing employability skills and become ‘career ready.’ Emma Rose Forster and Sarah Lewsley (pictured above with GCC Chief Executive Annemarie O’Donnell) started the programme last year and it runs through to 2016.
Each of the girls has undertaken a 4 week internship working with Glasgow City Council and are now paired up with personal mentors who will support them through to the conclusion of the programme.
Sarah worked with the Invoice Processing Team and Emma Rose worked in a variety of teams including Accounts Payable, Payroll Support and HR Transactions. During the final week of their internship, each girl made a presentation to the leadership team outlining their experience and aligning it with their own plans for development moving forward.
The girls were, as always, a credit to the school and have gained invaluable experience of today’s workplace. Career Ready? They are now!
S1 and S3 football news.
Well done to the S3 boys football team who put in a great performance against Bellahouston Academy just missing out on victory in a close full time penalty thriller. The boys did extremely well against adversity as their team was hit with an injury worry which reduced the team to 10 players. Well done to all the boys on an excellent example of team spirit, determination and discipline. Moreover, continuing the trend of team spirit and determination a big well done to the S1 boys football team who played in their first league event at Toryglen. The boys were undefeated – winning two games and drawing in three. A fantastic start for a new team and a new challenge.
Football training is on after school for both girls and boys and more information on opportunities and clubs will be discussed at the S1 parents’ information night. This takes place on Tuesday 22nd September at 7pm in St Roch’s Secondary. Letters have been issued and all s1 parents and carers are welcome.