The Season of Lent
During Lent pupils and staff in Our Lady’s participated in a number of activities to bring home to them the true meaning of the season. We were delighted to be joined by the Salesian Sisters, who worked with our S3 pupils delivering their UrSpace programme, allowing our young people to focus on their God given gifts and talents. Holy Mass was offered four times a week, and we are grateful to all our cluster priests who made this possible.
A number of fundraising activities also took place to raise money for our Lenten Charities, including the SCIAF 24 hour fast, a non uniform day, and a St Patrick’s Day coffee morning. Pupils have also been reflecting on the season in their RE classes and in the wider school. Well done to everyone who was involved in all of these activities.
As you may have seen recently in the press, Our Lady’s High School is now amongst the top 50 state schools in Scotland, based on Higher passes. This is the second year we have been included in this group, and we moved from 40th place last year to 27th this year ! We are also now amongst the top ten overperforming schools in Scotland, as calculated by the Sunday Times, again based on Higher results.
This is a fantastic achievement for everyone connected with the school – well done to all our pupils, staff and parents. Some of our students who achieved 5 As at Higher are pictured. Congratulations also to the other schools in North Lanarkshire on their fantastic performances as reported in the same articles.
3 of our S4 pupils enjoyed a 4 day residential experience at Lochranza Outdoor Centre, Isle of Arran. This experience was fully funded by the Scottish Attainment Challenge and involved a variety of outdoor pursuits as well as classroom time to help them prepare for their SQA exams.
The girls Kimberley Gallacher, Devon McElhinney and Mackenzie Souch had a terrific time taking part in abseiling, archery, hillwalking and a firewalking celebration event.
North Lanarkshire Schools Concert
A number of our talented musicians once again played amazingly well at the annual NLC concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. All pupils have been working hard at Friday afternoon rehearsals and their efforts certainly paid off. Every musical group sounded fantastic and all performers should be very proud of their achievement. A particular mention goes to Aimee Bryceland who performed a fantastic solo on the night. Well done!
Our talented musicicans are: Jacob Brown, Aimee Bryceland (pictured), Hannah Burns, Eve Chambers, Erin Diamond, Amy Docherty, Alex Faulds, Peter Getty, Laura Hubbard-Perez, Magdalena Hubbard-Perez, Matthew Jaffray, Adrian Lynch, Emma McCurrach, Alasdair McCurrach, Kathryn McGillion, Rachel McLennan, Jack Mellon, Amy Mitchell, Alexander Moffat, Ryan Porter, Cara Prinsloo and Rachel Reilly.
S1 Football Team
The S1 football team beat St Ambrose High in the league last Thursday 15 March. The final score was 3 – 1 with goals from Jared Lyons, Alan Mackie and Ceide McElhinney.
Well done to the boys who played extremely well and showed great team spirit throughout the game.
P7 Mathematics Competition
Two teams of Primary 7 pupils from each of our six primary schools participated in the annual Mathematics Competition held on Wednesday 21 March.
The competition was split into rounds which included a Team Event, Mental Maths and Relay Round. Well done to all who took part and congratulations to St Andrew’s Team 1 who were the overall winners.
Four of our S1 and S2 pupils attended the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge on the 20 March at Forth Valley College, Falkirk. Although the Maths questions were very challenging a great day was had by all!
The S1 pupils involved were Laura Hubbard-Perez and Neve McLay. The S2 pupils involved were Patrick Connolly and Mark McKay.
Please return completed forms to the school office by Friday 23rd March.
Click here to access a printable version of the form.
Subject Champions Event
To prepare for the forthcoming S2 BGE Subject Choice exercise all S2 pupils participated in a Subject Champions Event on 23 February.
This involved all pupils researching information about each subject within the different curricular areas. S6 pupils represented each department, preparing excellent displays and practical activities showcasing employability skills and future career paths linked to each subject. They were able to answer questions from our S2 pupils and provided them with a fantastic taster for each subject.
S6 pupils worked very hard in their personal development time to prepare and their hard work and preparation ensured the smooth running of the event, which was also presented to parents at the S2 Parents’ Information Evening. S2 pupils will continue to be supported in Health and Wellbeing to ensure that they are making very well informed course choices!
Zoolab for S1
S1 Geography classes recently enjoyed a visit from Zoolab to supplement their work on the Amazon Rainforest. Owen, from Zoolab, brought in lots of reptiles for the pupils to see including a tarantula, snake and a frog!
The pupils have been learning all about animals in the Amazon Rainforest and everyone really enjoyed seeing them in real life!