Newspaper Cuttings

Over the years CHS has featured in the local and national press. As part of this site's development, I plan to research the many cuttings which currently sit in the archives of the Clydebank Press and Post archives held at Clydebank Central Library. They will be included here. To begin with, here’s some stories from the Clydebank Post website.

If you have any cuttings or information on how to get some, please click here to contact me.

Schools celebrate official launch

Source : Clydebank Post: 2nd December 2009

CLYDEBANK’s two superschools welcomed dignitaries for their official launch nights.

Janetta Street opening plaque, courtesy of Bill MacNab, via Sam Gibson St Peter the Apostle’s was first, with Archbishop Mario Conti unveiling a plaque. Special guests welcomed by head teacher Mike Vassie also included Provost Denis Agnew and West Dunbartonshire’s executive director for Education, Terry Lanagan. Councillor May Smillie, convener of the Education of Lifelong Learning Committee, said: “St Peter the Apostle High is the result of the amalgamation of two very successful schools in Clydebank, St Columba’s High and St Andrew’s High. “The new school will not only build on the strong traditions of both amalgamating schools, but will also forge its own unique identity and positive Christian school ethos for present and future generations of pupils.”

Archbishop Conti said: “The merger of St Columba’s and St Andrew’s to form the new school of St Peter the Apostle is creating a real powerhouse of Catholic education and educational excellence in the Clydebank area. “Already departments of both schools are forging strong links and there is a very real sense of anticipation at the foundation of a long-overdue, purpose-built Catholic secondary in Clydebank.” Mr Vassie thanked everyone for attending the evening’s celebrations, on Friday November 13, and everyone involved with the school for their continued support throughout the academic year.

Meanwhile, the launch of Clydebank High took place on Tuesday November 17, and pupils, former pupils, parents and present teachers were treated to a very warm welcome from headteacher Stewart Young, Provost Agnew, Mr Lanagan and Councillor Smillie.

Before inviting special guest and former pupil, businessman Bill McNab, to speak, Mr Young explained that 2009 marked Clydebank High’s 136th birthday. He said: “Throughout these many years, in different buildings and in different locations, our school has faithfully served the community of Clydebank. “Throughout the many changes that the community has seen, Clydebank High has remained a constant.”

After musical performances by pupils and a congratulatory speech from Councillor Smillie, Mr McNab took to the stage.

He said: “I look back with great fondness to my school days and the life-long association with my school friends.

“The dedicated teachers of my time gave us a great education and equipped us well to deal with the life ahead.

“They instilled in us a feeling of self-confidence, resilience in adversity, and an understanding that our destiny was in our own hands.

“The strength of the connection with the school is evidenced by our reunions of the classes of 1956, 1957 and 1958.

“The first held after 25 years then another at 50 years with one also planned for 2010.”

Mr Young added: “As we look back over our school’s many years of loyal service to its community, we can also look forward with excitement and anticipation towards the next 136 years of Clydebank High School.”

High School pupil takes cooking crown

Source : Clydebank Post: 25th November 2009

A KITCHEN whizz is celebrating being named the country’s best pupil ahead of more than 6,000 hopefuls.

Ryan Kee, 17, emerged as Scotland’s top hospitality student for his work done at Clydebank High this year.

The Duntocher lad scooped the title and a £250 prize for his work — which included a delicious three-course meal.

Ryan told the Post: “I felt confident I had done well with my exams and coursework but when I heard how well I couldn’t believe it. “It is a big achievement to come top out of so many people — it’s a great accolade.”

Ryan’s mouth-watering meal was a starter of smoked fish flan, with a lamb kofta kebab and rice main course. For dessert he made a rich and tasty chocolate torte.

He said: “Ever since first year at school I’ve always enjoyed doing the course so I took it up and kept going with it. “I’m not going to do it after school — I want to do either sports or history — but it is a great life skill to have.”

Ryan received his award at a special ceremony at the school where Graeme Findlay, qualifications manager at the Scottish Qualifications Authority, handed over the prize.

Proud teacher Jennifer McRae accepted a voucher to buy meat for her Home Economics class from award sponsors Quality Meat Scotland.

Andrea Christie, head of the Clydebank High department, congratulated Ryan on his success. Andrea said: “Ryan is an asset to the school and the Home Economics department. “Throughout his hospitality course Ryan always remained focused, kept his head down and never needed prompting. “He excelled in Hospitality Intermediate One in fourth year and exceeded his abilities during the Practical Cookery course this year. “He’s a great ambassador for Clydebank High.”

Jennifer Robertson, of sponsors Quality Meat Scotland, added: “We continually hear reports that more and more kids are leaving home with little idea of how to cook, which highlights the importance of encouraging study amongst Scotland’s young people in the area of food and nutrition.

“Congratulations to Ryan on his achievement.”

Site will keep alive old high memories

Source : Clydebank Post: 16th September 2009

Former pupil's project will be a virtual reminder

Robert Jennings With the former Clydebank High School building razed to the ground, and this term's pupils already settling into the new building, it would be easy to forget about the old place. But Robert Jennings, 25, is determined it will not be lost to history and has set up a website dedicated to all things Clydebank High.He is appealing to other former pupils to contribute their photographs and stories to the site and hopes to build a history going right back to its beginnings at the end of the 19th Century.Although the building which has just been demolished was built in the 1940s it had l inks to Clydebank School which once stood on Kilbowie Road.

Robert told the Post: "I was able to get inside the school a few days before they pulled it down to take pictures. "I'm hoping to set up a virtual tour so that former pupils can have a look around inside."There are so many memories that will be lost. "In the old school there were wooden boards with the names of all the head boys and head girls going back to the end of the Nineteenth Century. "I believe that they have not been moved to the new school but are being recreated in some modern way. "That's the sort of thing I wanted to get a picture of because it's a little bit of history that will just be lost. "The original staircases are all made of stone and they had been worn away by pupils' boot treads over the years. "It's nice to think of the generations that have gone before and walked down those stairs. I wanted to take pictures of these things because once they are gone you can't get them back."

Robert used to live in Radnor Park directly across from the school, and his mum still lives there. He and friend Jim Dempster were inspired to set up the site when they felt a pang of sadness at seeing it being pulled down before their eyes. As both have had several generations of their families pass through the school, they have access to a lot of archive material. Robert said: "Most of the old stuff we have got is from the 1940s and 1950s.

"Jim's father was a pupil in the early 1950s and his year was one of the first in the second building. "What a lot of people don't know is that the second building was supposed to open in the early 1940s but the Second World War got in the way. "The building that has just been knocked down got damaged by a parachute bomb and I heard that the school was used as a temporary morgue. "Pupils didn't move in until 1947.

"We also have a couple of books with Clydebank High in them going right back to the early days in the Nineteenth Century."

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