HT Blog – 3 December 2020

Last week and this week we were delighted to hold our S5 and S6 virtual Awards Ceremony in  PSHE classes, where we recognised the hard work of the pupils during session 2020/21. With the restrictions in place we were unable to hold our ceremony in the usual way in September but felt it was important to still recognise the great work of so many pupils.  After the short ceremony pupils made their way to the Zone to pick up their award and certificate.  Hopefully next year we can go ahead as normal with our usual ceremony.  Congratulations to all the award winners – there are some pictures on Twitter (@OLHSMotherwell).

As part of this year’s celebration of Catholic Education Week the RE department organised a prayer breakfast in the school, delivering pancakes or crumpets to all classes where they joined together in a short prayer service.  It was lovely to be able to do something in these times of restrictions.

This is a difficult time for lots of people and our Caritas pupils, recognising this, have created prayer cards for the local priests to distribute to the sick in the parish, remembering them in our prayers.

Staff and pupils will be taking part in a walkathon this year to raise funds for three chosen charities: St Andrew’s Hospice, St Margaret’s Children & Family Care Society and SCIAF.  On Wednesday 16th, we will attempt to walk to the “North Pole” whilst wearing Christmas jumpers.

The hope is to turn the yard into a Christmas market area with stalls selling hot chocolate, snacks and homemade gifts. Adding to this we will have a Christmas quiz and a Christmas film slot throughout the day. S6 pupils and some staff will also be taking part in ‘I’m a sixth year get me out of here’ where they will be eating a selecting of ‘foods’. This will be filmed and available to show to classes on the day. Looking forward to an exciting socially distanced, risk assessed day!!

A JustGiving page has been set up where donations can be made – please support us!

We are still awaiting the return of a number of library books which are overdue as a result of the lockdown.  Please check old schoolbags, under beds, behind furniture, etc… Books can be returned to the box in English classrooms where they will be collected and quarantined, ready for going back on the shelves!

A group of pupils had the opportunity to learn about animals from around the world and their environments, with some even getting the chance to overcome their fear of tarantulas!


  • Monday 7th December                  S4 Prelims begin
  • Wednesday 16th December         Fundraising Day – walkathon to the “North Pole”
  • Thursday 17th December               Christmas Dinner (to be booked and payed for in advance)
  • Tuesday 22nd December               School closes at 2.30pm for the Christmas holidays
  • Wednesday 6th January                 School reopens
  • Monday 18th January                     S5/6 Prelims begin

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