Monthly Archives: November 2018

HT Blog – 18th November 2018

Welcome to the latest HT blog. It has been a busy few weeks with pupils getting involved in a number of activities across the school.

As part of our transition programme we were delighted to welcome the P7 pupils from our associated primary schools. They had a great day following a timetable and getting an experience of several departments in the school. It was a busy day with an extra 130 pupils in the school but certainly worth it as pupils get to know a bit more about Our Lady’s.

On the same day that our P7 pupils visited the school the P6 pupils visited the Cathedral where they were given a guided tour by a number of our Caritas pupils as part of the events in place to mark the 1918 Education Act.

S6 pupils organised a Halloween Disco for S1 and S6 pupils that included games and competitions. There were many fabulous outfits and some great dancing. Well done to all!

Our Librarian Ms McFadyen does a great job of getting pupils involved in competitions and events over the course of the year. Congratulations to the Kids Lit Quiz teams who came 4th and 10th overall in the recent quiz, which is our best ever result! Ms McFadyen and the school were very proud of all the hard work, teamwork and occasional brilliant guesswork!

November 1st was the feast of All Saints and we were very grateful to Fr Bruce McPhail who came in to the school to celebrate a whole school Mass for us on that morning. I am always greatly impressed by our pupils’ behaviour, participation and reverence at such events. They are an absolute credit to the school and, more importantly, to their parents.

The Social Subjects department recently organised for all of the S2 pupils to make a visit to Bannockburn where they got to handle replica weapons and armour as well as experience the 3D room.

On the 8th November I was delighted to attend a Civic reception at Motherwell Concert Hall along with our Head Girl and chair of the Parent Council. The reception was to mark the Centenary of the 1918 Education Act and Catholic education in Lanarkshire. It was also great to see a number of Our Lady’s pupils participate in one of the choirs that were performing on the night.

Well done to the staff, pupils, parents and friends who organised and participated in the Race night recently to raise funds for the school’s football teams. The teams have been playing a number of games recently and doing well, eg, U14s drew 2-2 with Taylor HS, S1 beat Coatbridge HS 4-2, U-15s beat Airdrie Academy 2-0, U-16s drew 2-2 with St Ambrose HS, Seniors beat Wallace HS 2-1, U-14s beat Caldervale HS 5-2. All the monies raised goes towards cost of pitches, referees and buses. This all adds up and so we are grateful to all those involved in raising funds to support this.

Congratulations to the Senior netball team who came 2nd in the suicide prevention netball tournament. The girls narrowly lost to Caldervale HS 6-5 in a very competitive final. It was a fantastic day for a very worthwhile cause.

Dyslexia Awareness week was marked this year with a number of events organised by our PT Support for Learning Mrs Maguire. One of these was a visit from Keith Cook, our National Dyslexia Ambassador who led a workshop with a group of  S1-S4 pupils.

S6 pupils have recently  organised a shoebox appeal, which we are encouraging pupils to support:

Our Christmas Fayre takes place on Wednesday 28th November from 54.30 – 8.30pm. The Personal Development class are organising this and there are a number of clubs have started to help make products for this event to raise funds for the school. Please come along and support this event.

Forthcoming Events

  • Monday 19 November – Inservice Day
  • Tuesday 20 November – S1 Parents’ Evening 4 – 6pm
  • Tuesday 20 November – Annual Education Mass in the Cathedral at 7pm.
  • Wednesday 28 November – OLHS Christmas Fayre
  • Thursday 29 November – War Memorial Mass at 7pm
  • Thursday 6 December – S5/6 Parents’ Evening
  • Friday 7 December – Main diet of S4 Prelims begins
  • Thursday 13 December – Christmas Lunch
  • Monday 17 December – S1-3 Ceilidh
  • Wednesday 19 December – S4-6 Ceilidh
  • Friday 21 December – School closes at 2.30pm