Theme for Next Week: RESPECT
We will 'Roch' you!
The project was developed as part of the etwinning pilot in Glasgow and was intended to create links between the young people from Glasgow and their counterparts in Sagrada Familia school in Barcelona and to allow them to offer each other real insight into their lives and local environment and to highlight the aspects of their cities which matter most to them.
It aims to enhance the global awareness of young people, embed International Education into the curriculum, motivate pupils to learn about the rights and responsibilities of Global Citizenship and develop partnership working at a local level.
The Judges commented that there was a good range of subject areas and the project exemplified an innovative dimension of community partnership working (Housing Associations in Glasgow and Sagrada), as well as strong evidence of real use and development of the Housing Association partnership.
The project was motivating for students and relevant to current and "real-time" planning and development of space with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It "has given insight into the future of Glasgow".
The project embodies concrete learning and progressing investment in and "ownership" of local environment, which includes Research Visits.
There was good integration into school activities from football to animation clubs.
It meets Curriculum for Excellence criteria and is an exciting and relevant project with bite!
Acting Headteacher Rita Knapp says 'this showcases the value of developing dynamic and successful partnerships and was driven forward by the hard work of staff and pupils across all stages of St Roch's.'
As part of our school’s commitment to support the work of the charity ‘Mary’s Meals’, Mr Andrew McSorley Head Teacher at St Thomas Aquinas RC Secondary School in Jordanhill sought and was granted permission from the Director to finish the school term a little early this session.
This release comes with a caveat* of course, and GCC in turn, will promote the project described below.
The project, in support of ‘Mary’s Meals’, will be a joint school/parish initiative which will involve Fr Joe Lappin Chaplain of St Thomas Aquinas RC Secondary School and Parish Priest of St Paul's Chapel in Whiteinch and Mr Andrew McSorley walking ‘The Way of St James’ in late June/early July.
‘El Camino de Santiago de Compostela’, an ancient pilgrimage route, is quite an undertaking, particularly the ‘road less travelled’ that Fr Joe Lappin and Andrew McSorley have chosen to follow. ‘El Camino de Norte’ stretches 824kms/500 miles from the French/Spanish border at Irun , to Santiago de Compostela (close to the Atlantic coast of Spain). In order to reach Santiago de Compostela for the Feast of St James (Patron Saint of Spain) on the 25 July, they shall have to cover 20 miles per day for 25 days (the early release from GCC will permit a couple of ‘rest days’, and are both grateful for the support from our employer).
Fr Joe and Andrew have released this information to our students during special assemblies, in the hope that the students will ‘opt – in’ and support them both. Given the generosity of our students and their families in the past, We are hugely confident in this regard.
We seek your encouragement too, as Fr Joe and Andrew embark on this challenge, and that you feel able to support this venture for ‘Mary’s Meals’ in whatever way you can. Certainly messages of encouragement from colleagues should help to spur them on when the going gets tough.
We hope that you may be in a position to follow them on Twitter or if you would like to make a donation however big or small you can do this be following the links below.
Attention all S5/6 pupils and parents
As volunteers, you must live, work or study in the city. You do not need experience - just a willingness and a smile - because full training will be given.
Glasgow Life chairman Archie Graham said: "Being a host city volunteer is such a fantastic opportunity for the people of the city to show the world what we have to offer during the Games - they really will be the heart and soul of the city. I have no doubt the people of Glasgow will be the magic ingredient that makes for the best ever Games and I am delighted that, through the Host City Volunteer programme, we can support individuals and communities to be part of that.’
Young technologists of the Month - June (with Mr Megan)
We are celebrating the tremendous success achieved by Shelby Johnston last night at the SECC, as part of the Bad Ideas Youth Enterprise Competition. Shelby made a five minute presentation to three judges in front of several hundred people. There were 45 competitors originally, from whom five finalists were selected. Shelby was second overall and won a thoroughly deserved prize. Shelby also thanked her teachers for all their support and revealed that she had drafted in her ICT and HE teachers as part of her business plan!
Patronal Feast Day
His Grace Archbishop Philip Tartaglia joined local clergy, staff, pupils, Maureen McKenna and many other visitors from all walks of life as our school community celebrated the feast day of our patron, Saint Roch.
During this special day His Grace formally opened and blessed the new school oratory during a short service before celebrating Mass in the assembly hall, during which he acknowledged the significant contribution that parishioners from our community have made over the years to the Catholic Church in Scotland; and speaking fondly of growing up nearby in Dennistoun, His Grace informed the congregation that his father, Guido, was in fact a former pupil of Saint Roch’s.
Joining the celebrations were pupils of Saint Roch’s Primary school and their head teacher, Mrs. McNulty.
Afterwards, pupils and visitors joined together with members of the local community to enjoy some refreshments and treats to mark this special occasion.
The Chaplaincy team would like to thank all who attended and who participated in the organising of this special day.
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Deaf sailor Gerry Hughes completes epic solo voyage around the world
He has had to overcome rough seas, faulty equipment and his own deafness but Gerry Hughes is now celebrating after completing a record solo voyage.
The 55-year-old Saint Roch's science teacher became the first deaf person to sail around the world single-handedly – and one of only 300 sailors to complete the feat.
Hundreds of admirers lined Troon Marina in South Ayrshire to watch him return more than eight months and 51,500km (32,000 miles) since he set off in his boat Quest III. ‘It has been a lifelong ambition to sail around the world so it is difficult at the moment to comprehend what I have finally achieved,’ Mr Hughes said.
‘The last eight months have been amongst the toughest of my life but despite all the challenges of the expedition, it has been a period I have thoroughly enjoyed.
‘Sailing has always been my first love and it provided a real escape from my deafness when I was a youngster.’ Mr Hughes was introduced to sailing by his father as a two-year-old and wanted to sail around the since he was 14.
The married father-of-two set off on his fraught voyage around the five capes on September 1.
On one leg his boat even capsized as a result of massive waves. He has also suffered continued problems with his onboard electronic equipment. He was able to communicate with 3,000 supporters on his Facebook page.
His wife Kay, 47, was ‘overwhelmed and immensely proud’ of his feat.