Our annual Celebrating Success Ceremony for senior pupils took place on Wednesday 25 September where pupils were recognised for both their academic and wider achievements.
Our guest speaker was Professor John Paul Leach who is Head of Undergraduate Medicine at the University of Glasgow, Consultant Neurologist and also a former pupil of OLHS ! We are very grateful for his inspirational words. We were also joined by Mrs Ellen Burton who gave many years of dedicated service to the students of Our Lady’s.
A wonderful night of celebration!
Our S6 Caritas pupils visited St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow to venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux. The pupils enjoyed a very peaceful and prayerful visit accompanied by Mrs Cowie and Mrs Callaghan.
We have a number of spaces available on our brass and woodwind instructors’ timetables, and you could be one of the people who benefit from this! We are looking for enthusiastic people to start lessons as soon as possible, and here’s why it’s right for you:
Learn a new skill – reading and playing a musical instrument is a skill you will have for life.
Improve your concentration and achievement in all your subjects – music helps you focus on your work.
Learn a load of transferrable skills – communication, listening, evaluating, confidence, resilience… the list goes on!
If you want to get involved, speak to your music teacher, or see Miss Blain (behind the stage, in Music Room 1) for more information and a letter explaining the details.
Also – we’re looking for new members of our music groups:
Ceilidh Band – Monday Lunchtimes from 12:45 in Music Room 1
Singing Group – Wednesday after school from 3pm – 4pm in Music Room 1
Practice Club – Run by our S6 pupils – Thursday lunchtimes in Music Room 1
Soul Band – Details to be confirmed
If you want to get involved, make music and meet new friends who share your interests, just come along at the times stated and you will be very welcome to join!
On the morning of Thursday 26 September, nine S1 pupils attended a North Lanarkshire wide event in St. Ambrose High School, Coatbridge. They heard speeches from Master of Ceremonies, the author and publisher Keith Charters; Head of Service Anne Munroe; and Terry Cowan from the Literacy and Numeracy base. They were also treated to music from St. Ambrose pupils. The main event was a talk from Dan Freedman, author of the Jamie Johnson football fiction series and more, in which he described how he struggled with reading at school, and got into writing because of a frustration with the lack of sports fiction for young people. His message to our young people was not to be disheartened if English and reading are not particular strengths – persevere and a career in writing is still very much an option. He also answered some audience questions, and each pupil in attendance received a signed book from him. Thank you to the NLC Read to Succeed committee for organising – it was a fantastic morning and our pupils had great fun!
A Coffee Morning was held for both staff and students on Thursday 26 September for MacMillan Cancer Support. The event was organised and run by an S6 Personal Development class. There was a fantastic turnout and great fun was had by all. As a result, a total of £503.02 was raised from the event, all of which will go straight to the charity.
The event also included the Great Department Bake Off, with the Maths Department taking 1st Prize, but who will win next time?
P7 pupils and their families came along to Our Lady’s on Thursday 12 September for a Welcome Mass celebrated by Fr. McKay, Fr. John Campbell and Fr. O’Brien.
Parents and pupils then had the opportunity to visit departments and get a taste of the different subjects. Thanks to everyone for making it a fantastic night.
Feast Day Celebrations
Thank you to Fr. McKay, Fr. John Campbell and Fr. Kenny Campbell for celebrating our Feast Day Mass on Friday 6 September. This was a wonderful celebration for our school community. Thanks also to the invited guests who came along to join in our celebration.
Earlier in the week Fr. McKay celebrated Mass for S3 and S5 on Monday 2 September, S2 and S4 on Tuesday 3 September and a beautiful Mass for staff after school on Wednesday 4 September. A very fitting way to celebrate Our Lady’s Week.
On Monday 9 September, we had a visit from Claire McFall, author of Black Cairn Point, Bombmaker, Ferryman, Outcasts and Trespassers. S1 enjoyed the interactive workshop about the process of writing her books and becoming an author, and got involved with some quiz questions. Thank you to Claire McFall, and to the North Lanarkshire Read to Succeed committee, who facilitated the visit. Also, thank you to our S6 English Subject Champions, who provided a fitting introduction.
English, Literacy and Drama classes took part in a range of activities to celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady. S1 Literacy pupils (pictured) completed a reading for information task about Our Lady; Drama classes looked at the qualities of The Blessed Mary to help them perform short scenes and English classes looked at poetry which touched on the themes of the week.
National Gathering for parents with children in Catholic Schools.
Saturday 21st September 2019, 9.30-3pm, St Francis Xavier Primary School – Falkirk. Separate programme for children. Lunch will be provided. Places are free but need to be booked by phoning 0141 556 4727.