To celebrate World Book Day on March 7th, a number of S6 pupils planned a number of creative and enjoyable activities for both staff and pupils. As part of their Personal Development course award, pupil created displays organised quizzes and hosted a World Book Day Coffee Morning.
As well as this S6 pupils also had a helping hand in encouraging staff to come dressed up their favourite character from literature. It was fun week, topped off by celebrating 1S1 who were crowned World Book Day Quiz champions alongside Mr Hughes their team captain.
6 of our senior pupils represented Our Lady’s at North Lanarkshire’s Senior Student Leaders’ Conference in Motherwell Concert Hall on Tuesday 26 February.
This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to contribute to discussions on current issues in education, give their views on initiatives and suggest further leadership opportunities. We were represented by Niamh Boyle, Jacob Brown, Vanessa Liu, Grant Rafferty, Katie Smith and Eva Wynn.
Our S2/3 basketball team were crowned league winners last week after winning all six games in the NLC basketball league. There were three rounds of fixtures in October, January and March.
Congratulations to the boys involved: Harvey Boyd, Jacob Charles, Nicholas Colella, Michael Coyle, Luke Cunningham, Kieran Dunsmore, Rogan Kennedy, Sean Lewis, Adam McMenemy, Alastair O’Hara, Alex Peters, Charlie Phillips and Ryan Porter.
The Under 18’s football team successfully knocked strong favourites St. Ambrose out of the Hannah Cup. The boys battled hard to gain a 2-2 draw, before winning 5-4 on penalties. A hard fought game in wintery conditions, was almost abandoned ten minutes before the final whistle due to heavy snow fall. 2 goals and a man-of-the-match performance from Sam McNee saw Our Lady’s make it to penalties. Michael Breslin held his nerve to score the 5th penalty to win the tie, after Sean McBride saved superbly.
Unfortunately, the boys were knocked out in the quarter finals away to Cardinal Newman in a tightly contested 5-3 loss. They picked themselves back up to comfortably defeat Cumbernauld Academy 5-1 in the league with goals coming from Lewis Wilson, Daniel Drew, Matthew Doogan, Andrew Toner and Kern Marks.
The boys had another victory last night with a resounding 3-0 win over Airdrie Academy. Goals scored by Ricco McCreery, Sam McNee and Kern Marks and the Man of the Match was Andrew Toner.
As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2019 and to tie in with International Women’s Day, 2019, the East Kilbride Group Training Association (EKGTA) had invited young women with an interest in traditionally male dominated industries to come and find out more about opportunities in engineering and manufacturing.
As part of our school’s commitment to Developing the Young Workforce, Rosie Boyce, Tea Boyd, Louisa Gibson, Rachel Reilly and Emma McCurrach accompanied Mr. Maxwell to the training centre in East Kilbride on Thursday 7th of March. The pupils had expressed a potential interest in a career in engineering and manufacture. They conducted themselves in an excellent fashion and were able to find out more about career pathways in their chosen field.
S5 Study Weekend
Over 50 of our S5 pupils spent the weekend at New Lanark Youth Hostel participating in our Study Weekend.
The pupils benefited from the small tutorial groups on offer for a variety of subjects including English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Spanish Geography and Modern Studies.
They worked on revision materials, learned new study techniques and travelled back to Cumbernauld exhausted!
On Thursday 21 February, all S2 pupils participated in our annual Subject Champion Event. This involved all pupils learning about each curricular area to help them when making their subject choices.The event was repeated at our S2 Parents’ Information evening and feedback from parents was excellent.
S6 pupils brilliantly represented each department, preparing displays and practical activities showcasing the course content, employability skills and future career paths linked to each subject. They were able to answer questions of our S2 pupils and provided them with a fantastic taster of each subject and what to expect if they choose it in S3. S6 pupils worked very hard in their personal development time to prepare for the event. S2 pupils will continue to explore each curricular area and share the knowledge they gained from our Subject Champion Day in Health and Wellbeing to ensure they are making very well informed course choices.
All S3 – S5 pupils participated in our Careers Event on Thursday 28 February. We welcomed over 30 visitors to the school for this event with representatives from colleges, universities and local employers. We also had a number of professionals attending, ranging from Dentists to Lawyers who answered questions from the pupils.
This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn about the different pathways available to them when they leave school and the skills involved in a variety of career paths. The event was also open to parents between 1.30 and 4pm and many parents took the opportunity to visit.
On the 15 February, Miss Sharkey, Miss Song and Mrs Campbell took a group of pupils (S2 to S4) to the 2019 Spring Festival Performance in Edinburgh.
There were many dances such as; Girls & the Rain of Dai Ethnic –this was a performance with girls dancing with umbrellas. There were also performances from the Beijing Opera such as; “The Water Sleeve Dance” which enables actors to amplify the characters’ emotions while performing one of the special skills in Chinese Opera.
There was a puppet show called “Fighting the Tiger” which was taken from the famous novel “Water Margin”, which tells the story of Liangshan hero Wu Song returning home to visit his older brother.
Overall, this was a great experience for the pupils who went. We would like to thank the teachers who were involved for this opportunity.
Article written by: Laura Ann Dolan, Niamh O’Rourke, Karina Lisik (2S4)
Higher and Advanced Higher pupils from the Music Department enjoyed a night out at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 22 February. A fun night was had listening to music from movies and musicals. Pupils enjoyed seeing a live orchestral performance.