Senior

Delight in Learning

“We aim to shape each pupil’s appreciation of his or her education by building on the subjects they love…”

The Senior School offers pupils advanced opportunities to expand their skillset and enjoyment of learning by taking their education outside the classroom. As a school, we want each pupil to find a deeper love of learning through co-curricular and additional activities, which will stand them in good stead as they enter the world of further education and work.

We aim to shape each pupil’s appreciation of his or her education by building on the subjects they love, their passions and topics that make them want to come to school. Our wide-ranging co-curricular timetable offers something for everyone, enriching the education of each of our young people.

With particular focus on the advancement of the creative, affective and the imaginative, competitive sport and performance are encouraged, with an extensive outdoor education programme and various orchestras, choirs and performing arts groups. As men and women for others, all pupils are inspired to take part in charity work, using their own skills to help others.

Competitive Sport and Outdoor Education

Rugby and Hockey are the core sports at the College and fixtures take place every Saturday as part of the independent schools leagues and cup set-up. Though these are the main sports, the College does offer – and excel in – a wide number of other sports, including Cross Country, Athletics, Basketball, Football and Golf. We have an excellent reputation for producing district, national and international representatives in all sports and strive to support and encourage all pupils with a specific talent for, and interest in, a sport outside the perimeters of the College curriculum.

Great emphasis is given to Outdoor Education, introducing pupils to a variety of challenging pursuits such as climbing, hill walking and mountain biking, but also focusing on striking the right balance between individual and team work. The programme incorporates physical and strategic challenges for every pupil, aiding their physical and mental development.

Leadership and Duke of Edinburgh Award

Nurturing leadership qualities is a vital part of life in the Green Blazer, which is why we encourage pupils to take up leadership roles and undertake activities to enhance their skillsets in this area.

The College is the largest provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the West of Scotland. The D of E programme is recognised by universities and employers as a desirable complement to academic achievement and allows for focused enhancement of leadership qualities. The D of E programme is designed to increase pupils’ initiative, self-awareness and self-confidence and can be achieved at Bronze, Silver and Gold level throughout the upper years of the Senior School.

In Senior 6, pupils are encouraged to apply for leadership roles and there is also a three-day leadership course, which distinguishes the Senior 6 experience from the younger years. Pupils are prepared for self study and the leadership required to enter the world of work.

Music and Performance

As a Jesuit school, Music is a vital part of the curriculum and co-curricular programme – promoting creativity, confidence and self-expression. Music is a fundamental ingredient in all public and set-piece occasions of all school life, from liturgies and prizegivings to concerts and performances. The College benefits enormously from its access to St Aloysius Church, as well as the concert halls of the city and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The Senior School co-curricular programme includes a variety of orchestras and bands, including strings, jazz and pipe specialities. Our opera group is renowned for its fantastic performances and our choirs are second to none.

Our Schola Cantorum allows pupils the opportunity to join choirs which sing liturgical music, directed by Head of Choral Music, Keith Roberts. Schola pupils receive free vocal tuition and follow the Royal School of Choral Music (RSCM) Voice for Life scheme. They perform concerts and branch out from their core repertoire to include jazz and popular songs.

Activities Week

Activities Week takes place in the Summer Term and offers pupils from Senior 1 to 3 a full schedule of activities, encouraging them to try new things. From theme parks and science centres, hill walking and canoeing to cook school and graffiti art, activities week provides a chance for pupils to have fun while learning something new.