New head takes the helm at St Luke’s

Christine Downie takes over the reins of the Barrhead school today, Monday 5th December 2016.   She is welcomed to the school by Head Boy, Michael McEvoy age 17 and Head Girl, Lucy Deehan aged 16
Christine Downie takes over the reins of the Barrhead school today, Monday 5th December 2016. She is welcomed to the school by Head Boy, Michael McEvoy age 17 and Head Girl, Lucy Deehan aged 16

A new head teacher has started at St Luke’s High, and she is already looking forward to building on the school’s strong traditions.

Christine Downie has taken over the reins of the Barrhead school, following the retirement of the long-serving Patricia Scott earlier this year.

Mrs Downie moves to East Renfrewshire from her current post as depute head at Lourdes Secondary, in Glasgow, where she has served for the last five-and-a-half years.

During her 23-year career, the former English teacher has also taught Media Studies, Religious Education and Pastoral Care at a number of schools in Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire.

Mrs Downie said: “I am both honoured and delighted to have been appointed as the new head teacher of St Luke’s High School. I am looking forward to serving this vibrant community of faith and learning, and to working in partnership with pupils, parents, staff, the church and the wider community to ensure that our shared hopes and aspirations for our young people are fulfilled.

“St Luke’s High School has an excellent reputation – not just in the local community, but beyond – and I am committed to ensuring that it continues to go from strength to strength. I have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome which I have received so far and I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead such a caring, innovative and aspirational school.”

Councillor Elaine Green, education convener at East Renfrewshire Council, added: “We are delighted to welcome Christine to St Luke’s where I’m sure her enthusiasm and experience will help to push the school on to even greater heights. Christine has an excellent track record of success during her career and now our East Renfrewshire pupils are set to benefit from this.”