Exam Success 2018

This year saw more outstanding performances in the SQA exams from the young people of Holy Cross.

Our 5th year students built on their 4th year success to give us an outstanding result of 26% of the group achieving 5 Highers.

A significant number of the group achieved 5 ‘A’ Highers.

The 4th year students also provided fantastic results with 48% gaining 5 or more National 5’s

Of this group a significant number gained 8 A’s for their National 5’s.

The S5 Dux Award Winners:

The S4 Dux Award winners:





Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries Schools Competition 2018

In a year when the Art and Design Department have failed NOT to win in any  completion entered. Lauren Kenny of 4A  has continued our stream of great success by winning a prestigious Silver medal in the Glasgow Schools Art Competition 2018.

Other plaudits go to Catianna Darragh who was Highly Commended and Barbara Jarzabek who was Commended.

Lauren will attend the Award Ceremony in The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in September.


STEM GO4Set Material World Winners

Congratulations go to 6 Holy Cross High School pupils from S2 who were named overall winners at the STEM, Go4Set Textiles Celebration and Assessment Final held in Trades House, Glasgow.

The Team – consisting of Rumeysa Aydin, Elisa Carroll, Catianna Daragh, Melanie Ellis, Madison Gilmour and Oliver Higgins – worked for 12 weeks to design and produce:

  • a jacket using smart fabrics and new technology in textiles,
  • a 50-page report
  • and a presentation poster.

The pupils chose to make a jacket which would be suitable for the homeless, refugees or people affected by disasters, either natural or man-made.

The Team received help from their industry mentor,  Mr. Ian Whiteford from Alex Begg & Co, who invited the team to visit the Alex Begg factory in Ayr.  Here the pupils were able to see how modern textiles are sourced ethically and produced. Alex Begg were also very generous and gifted a sample of material for the team to use in their final design. The Team were also assisted by teachers Angela Lynch from Home Economics and Angela Martin from Art and Design.

During the competition the team were grilled by a panel of three expert assessors and they performed superbly. They were unanimously announced as overall winners by the panel, who were “blown away” by the pupil’s effort in every aspect of the final competition.

The winning team with mentor Ian Whiteford from Alex Begg & Co

Word Wizard Champion 2018

Congratulations to Rachel Agnew of S1 who recently took part in the national finals of The Word Wizard Competition at The Scottish Parliament – and was placed First, in the Beginners French Competition for the whole of Scotland!

The competition provides a perfect opportunity for language teachers to address The Attainment Challenge by allowing pupils of all levels the chance to excel in language learning. Word Wizard develops skills in acquisition of vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, recall and public speaking; not to mention the many literacy outcomes it addresses. This hugely motivating competition encourages links with other curricular areas and with health and wellbeing, culminating in a high profile celebration of language learning.

Rachel had to learn 225 French words and know how to spell every one of them in French! She has been working on this with Mr Robertson since November last year.

Over 190 pupils participated in the semi-finals which took place in March and 48 qualified for the final which makes Rachel’s victory even more impressive.

Huge thanks also to Mrs Hinchliffe who accompanied Rachel to the final at the Scottish Parliament.

Royal Scottish Academy Scottish Schools Award 2018

Barbara Jarzabek and Sophia Allen, both of S3, , had their artistic talents recognised at the Royal Scottish Schools Arts Award ceremony in Edinburgh.

Sophia and Barbara won the West Region Junior and Intermediate awards respectively.

This was an outstanding achievement as there were 600 entries into this year’s competition, and Holy Cross was the only school to be presented with two awards.

Sophia and Barbara each received a certificate and a prize of £150. The pupils were also able to view their work hanging in the Gallery, and which will remain in exhibition until the end of May.