St Columba's RC High School

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Humanities Faculty

The Faculty is made up by the following members of staff

Mr Craig is the PTC lead of the Humanities Faculty is originally from Cumbernauld, although he has not lived there for a long time. He studied History at Glasgow University before embarking on a career with the Inland Revenue. After deciding that being a Tax Inspector was not for him, he studied to become a teacher in 2006. In 2010 he moved to Singapore where he lived and worked for 8 years, latterly as Assistant Head Teacher at the Overseas Family School. A move to an international boarding school in Switzerland as Head of Humanities followed from 2018-20. When his son was born in 2019, the decision was made to move back to Scotland to settle as a family. Mr Craig enjoys teaching all aspects of History and Modern Studies, although WW1 is a favourite topic. If the weather is decent, he can normally be found up a hill somewhere.

Mr Harrison is from Dunfermline and was a pupil at Queen Anne High School. He studied History, Economics and Education at Stirling University. Mr Harrison has taught History and Social Subjects at St. Columba’s since 2001. In 2011/12 he spent a year teaching at Analy High School, California as part of a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. In 2015, Mr Harrison received the dubious accolade “you taught ma mum....she kens you” for the first time! He enjoys teaching World War One and the Cold War.

Mr Stanton attended Craigmount High School in Edinburgh before studying at Napier College (as it was) and then Stirling University, studying Politics, Economics and History. He has now been teaching in 5 separate decades (!!!), but this doesn't mean he has taught for half a century! To work out how long, all you need to know is that he began teaching Modern Studies just a few weeks before the Berlin Wall came down. This makes him officially 'ancient', as the Modern Studies he taught then is now History! Mr Stanton taught previously at St Columba's between 1997 and 2007, but he had the decency to leave the school while his 3 children all attended. When they had safely left, he was pleased to make his return in 2019.

Mr Lyall has spent all of his teaching career in St Columba’s, with the exception of one year at Dunfermline High School.  He joined the school community in 1984

Formally a Guidance Teacher and now back in the classroom teaching Social Subjects. 

Mrs Pirie teaches social subjects and psychology.   She started her teaching in Dunfermline High School before coming to St Columba's .  After 5 years I moved down to Liverpool to teach psychology but the pull of St Columba's was too great and I returned to Dunfermline and the school after 5 years and settled back into life with the St Columba's family.  

Mrs Pirie says her favourite topics to teach are reasons for poverty and why people obey orders!

Mrs Pirie help to look after the Young Carers .  When she’s not at work she loves to watch reality tv, and is quoted as saying ‘I think it’s fascinating!’

Miss McAllister is the newest member of the Faculty, joining St Columba’s in 2019.  Mrs McAlister in her own words:

I am  from Aberdeen though I moved to Fife at the age of ten and I’m a former pupil of Inverkeithing High School. I then went back to Aberdeen and graduated with a Geography degree in 2012. Having taken the long way round into teaching, I have had numerous previous jobs such as being a mortgage adviser, a screenwriter, a warehouse operative and put in a solid ten years at Pizza Hut where I have made well over one million pizzas. All of these jobs helped fund my travelling bug which I got at the age of 14 when I went on my first holiday abroad and I haven’t stopped since. I am also a keen camper and I have been a Guide Leader for 10 years.  I can usually be found quoting a movie in every lesson as I have seen them all! During lockdown I have applied to every single TV quiz show imaginable so hopefully i’ll be coming to the small screen soon where I will undoubtedly embarass myself by losing all the money by getting a Geography question wrong. 
 

Mrs Reekie 

I'm Mrs Reekie and I started at St Columba's in 2016 as a Probationer teacher and haven't left since! I attended Buckhaven High School as a pupil then moved to Dundee to study Criminology, then up to Aberdeen University for teaching. I teach Social Subjects and Modern Studies at National 4/5 and Higher. My favourite topics to teach are Crime and Law and International issues.