15 February 2018

Congratulations go to the Go4SET team, Econix, supported by Mr Law, who won the North Lanarkshire competition recently with their eco-friendly Sports Centre. They now move on to the final in Edinburgh in June. Well done!  Our Go4SET teams have been getting mentored by Liberty Steel in Motherwell and we are very grateful for their support.

And another group of pupils were recently accompanied by Mrs Steinert to Dumfries House in Ayrshire to take part in the Textile Go4SET.  This group are lucky to be mentored by a very successful textile company, Scott and Ffye.

The Annual Education Mass took place in the Cathedral on Wednesday 31st January. This was a lovely celebration of Catholic Education led by Bishop Toal. There was a great turnout from Our Lady’s High School staff and pupils as well as from all the other schools across the diocese.

S4 Parents’ Evening took place recently and staff were delighted to meet parents to discuss next steps for pupils at this crucial time with SQA exams not far away now.

A group of pupils have come together to form the BBC School Reporters team and are working on a report about former pupils of Our Lady’s HS who have gone on to have successful or interesting jobs. If you would be interested in sharing your story, please get in touch with the school (Ms McFadyen in the school library).

Our Careers Advisor Ruth Fulton brought a group of her colleagues into the school recently to work with small groups of our S2 pupils as part of the S2 Skills Development Day. This was an opportunity for all pupils to get involved in a workshop engage in a discussion with a careers advisor.

We have a great transition programme here in Our Lady’s that helps to ease that transition for our young as they move from Primary to High School. Part of that programme involves a visit from our P6 pupils who followed a timetable in the school for the day. By all accounts, it was a great day that helped the pupils on that first step in their transition to Our Lady’s in 18 months.

Another part of that transition programme is an information session for parents of P7 pupils. There are 4 sessions organised and parents can opt into any one of these. The first one took place recently and involved a presentation and then a tour of the school by S6 pupils. The dates for the next sessions are Monday 26th February at 2pm, Tuesday 20th March at 7pm and Wednesday 28th March at 2pm.

We had a sunny, if not cold day, for a whole school assembly on the Friday before the long weekend. This was an opportunity to go over some of the basics – eg. uniform, phones, behaviour at interval/lunchtime, on the buses and in the community.

At a recent meeting of Principal Teachers we had a presentation from Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and as such we are now part of the School Ambassador Programme. What we have commited to do is raise the awareness of the SCQF Framework with all staff, pupils and parents, increasing their understanding of what this is.

Forthcoming Events

  • Tuesday 20th February – Options Information Evening (6.30pm for pupils moving into S3/4 & 7.30pm for pupils moving into S5/6 in August 2018
  • Wednesday 21st February – S5/6 Reports due to be issued
  • (Friday 23rd February – PTA Quiz Night – CANCELLED)
  • Monday 26th February – the second of our Information sessions for P7 parents at 2pm.
  • Monday 5th March – Parent Council Meeting at 7pm.
  • Wednesday 7th March – S2 Reports due to be issued
  • Tuesday 13th March – S2 Parents’ Reporting Evening
  • Monday 19th March – S3 Interim Reports due to be issued
  • Tuesday 20th March – the third of our Information sessions for P7 parents at 7pm
  • Tuesday 20th March – North Lanarkshire Schools’ Music Group Concert at Concert Hall
  • Friday 23rd March – Patronal Feast Day Mass
  • Wednesday 28th March – the last of our Information sessions for P7 parents at 2pm
  • Thursday 29th March – Holy Thursday.  School closes at 2.30pm

29th January 2018

Our prelims for S5/6 are now complete and will give both pupils and parents a good indication of progress to date as well as an agenda for moving forward to the SQA exams in May.  Well done to our pupils who have shown commitment and motivation as they approached these prelims.

We had our S3 Parents’ Reporting Evening last week and I would like to thank those that managed to come along on a very wet day!  Following our S4 prelims and reports there will be an opportunity for parents to meet teachers this Thursday at the S4 Parents’ evening.

Sunday saw the start of Catholic Education Week 2018 in a year when we mark the centenary of the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Serving The Common Good”.

Our Catholic schools are communities that promote social justice and opportunity for all. Pope Francis said in January 2018 that education should “train young people to be open and interested in the reality that surrounds them, capable of care and tenderness, free from the widespread prejudice where you must be competitive, aggressive, and hard towards others, especially towards those who are different, foreign or in any way seen as an obstacle to one’s own affirmation.”

Catholic schools in Scotland, and Our Lady’s in particular,  are striving to put into action these words of the Holy Father by being inclusive communities which welcome, value, affirm and support all pupils, parents and staff to fulfil the potential of their God-given talents.

At the weekend staff and pupils visited the parishes of St. Luke’s, Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, St Bernadette’s and St. Patrick’s.  The visit to St Brendan’s will take place next week to coincide with the sacramental enrolment Mass for the primary pupils.  It is always a pleasure to visit parishes at this time and a privilege for staff and pupils to be given the opportunity to speak to the congregation. It is only through our schools’, our families and our parishes all working together that we can hope to provide young people with the very best opportunity to grow in love of God and with each other.

Our PTA have organised a Quiz Night for Friday 23rd February and I would encourage you to come along and support their efforts in raising money for the school.  There will be a PTA meeting on Monday 5th February at 6.30pm in the school.  The PTA are always looking for new members and so please come along the 5th February and find more about what they do.

We are committed to Children’s Rights being at the heart of our ethos and culture, as we strive to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. As a result, we are working towards recognition as a Unicef ‘Rights Respecting School’. I recently sent a letter to parents about this and you can find more information at:

https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/

Forthcoming Events

  • Wednesday 31st January – Annual Education Mass at the Cathedral (7pm)
  • Thursday 1st February – S4 Parents’ Reporting Evening
  • Monday 5th February – S2 Skills Development Scotland Careers Day
  • Monday 5th February – PTA Meeting at 6.30pm
  • Monday 5th February – Parent Council Meeting at 7pm
  • Thursday 8th February – the first of our Open evenings for P7 parents at 7pm.
  • Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th February – School Holidays
  • Wednesday 14th February (Ash Wednesday) – Inservice Day
  • Thursday 15th February – Pupils Return
  • Tuesday 20th February – Options Information Evening (6.30pm for pupils moving into S3/4 & 7.30pm for pupils moving into S5/6 in August 2018)
  • Friday 23rd February – PTA Quiz Night
  • Monday 26th February – the second of our Open afternoons for P7 parents at 2pm.

17th January 2018

We have been at school now for almost 2 weeks already and it feels like we have never been away.  I hope everyone enjoyed a good break over Christmas and New Year.

The focus since we came back has very much been on settling back into a work routine especially for our S5/6 pupils who are preparing for their prelim exams next week.  The timetable for the exams is available on our website by following this link:

https://olhs.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/s5_6-prelim-timetable-jan-2018-for-parents.pdf

We have have had some adverse weather conditions recently and we would plan to update our school twitter as much as much possible to keep you informed of any developments. However, North Lanarkshire has a dedicated page for updates that you can follow (https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20199) as well as a Twitter account (@nlcwinter) that will keep you informed. Thanks to all the staff, pupils and their parents who have made a great effort to get into school in some very difficult circumstances for many.

Our departments continue to use their twitter accounts to keep you abreast of the great work that is going on in the school and I would recommend you follow these to see what is happening.  I have listed these below:

Forthcoming Events   

  • Monday 22nd January – S5/6 Prelims begin
  • Tuesday 23rd January – S3 Parents’ Reporting Evening
  • Sunday 28th January – Catholic Education Week begins
  • Wednesday 31st January – Annual Education Mass at the Cathedral (7pm)
  • Thursday 1st February – S4 Parents’ Reporting Evening
  • Monday 5th February – Parent Council Meeting at 7pm
  • Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th February – School Holidays
  • Wednesday 14th February (Ash Wednesday) – Inservice Day

 

 

22nd December 2017

On Monday our second annual Christmas Interhouse Quiz took place hosted by our very own Philip and Holly, Mrs Smith and Mr Donnachie! After being thoroughly entertained, particularly by Mr Martin and Mr McVeagh on the catwalk, Sinclair House lifted the coveted trophy!

On Monday evening our S1 -3 pupils dusted off their dancing shoes and joined in at the Christmas Ceilidh. A great time was had by all.  Wednesday evening was the turn of S4 – 6 pupils and once again there was a great response with large numbers coming along and dancing the night away!

Our S1 pupils enjoyed a trip to the Panto in Glasgow on Tuesday and once again were a credit to the school. Oh yes they were!

And on Tuesday afternoon our pupils ably assisted by a number of staff organised a party for some of our Senior Citizens in the community. This was another well attended and great event with entertainment provided by a drama group, singers and dancers.

I have been to a number of Christmas shows over the last few weeks and this week had the pleasure of attending the Bothwellpark performance of ’How the Grinch stole Bothwellpark’s Chrsitmas’ and then the beautiful nativity put on by pupils at St Brendan’s PS.

Our S6 pupils have been working tirelessly helping out a number of events over the last few weeks and this week saw a group of pupils visiting Parksprings Care Home to performs some Christmas songs and another group helping Mr McHugh and the RE department organising parcels for the homeless unit, collected by pupils in the school.

It’s been a very busy time and staff and pupils are looking forward to well-earned rest.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few months in the school and thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received. I would just to like to wish you all a Happy and Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes.

Forthcoming Events

  • Monday 8th January – School reopens.
  • Monday 22nd January – S5/6 Prelims begin (see link to timetable below)

https://olhs.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/s5_6-prelim-timetable-jan-2018-for-parents.pdf

  • Tuesday 23rd January – S3 Parents’ Evening

 

15th December 2017

The school was recently visited by author Martin Stewart who gave great talks to our Advanced Higher English class as well as our S1 pupils.

  

Our Parents Reporting Evening for S5/6 pupils took place and we were very happy with the numbers that turned out to find out about their child’s progress as well as ways to help further as we move towards prelim exams in January.

The S4 Prelims are almost finished and the pupils have been working well in the lead up these exams and I am sure will be looking forward to a break now they are done! These exams should help pupils identify what they need to work on in the lead up to the SQA exams that begin on Monday 30th April. The link to the SQA timetable for 2018 is below:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/ExamTimetable2018.pdf

There are some changes to the assessment of National 5 courses this year with Unit assessments being removed.  You can find out more information on this by following this link:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/QA_Changes_to_National_Courses_November17.pdf

As part of their discussion with politicians, the Higher Politics class were visited by SNP MSP Claire Adamson who answered questions on minimum unit pricing, Brexit, budgets, tackling the attainment gap and women in leadership. Thanks to all those who have given up their time to come in and speak to our pupils.

The school’s Christmas Fayre took place last Saturday and it was great to see so many set up stalls and the large numbers come along to support the event. Around £700 was made, which we are delighted with and appreciate very much.  I have to thank the staff and S6 Caritas pupils who put in so much effort in preparing for this event.

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The North Lanarkshire Schools’ Music Groups Concert took place in Motherwell Concert Hall last Monday and Tuesday. This was a great event and I was very proud to see a number of Our Lady’s pupils representing the school so well.

There have been a number of Christmas events taking place over the last week. I have had the pleasure if attending shows at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral PS and St Bernadette’s PS and look forward to seeing the pupils perform at St. Brendan’s PS next week.  Great talent from all the Primary pupils!

Our S6 pupils put on a Christmas party for the pupils of Clyde View School. This was a lovely event – the pupils had a great time and our S6 helpers were absolutely fantastic. Even Santa managed to come along!

Our annual Christmas Concert took place on Thursday evening and was a great showcase of some of the fantastic talent that there is in Our Lady’s. Thanks must go to Mrs Smith and the Performing Arts department, instructors and all the other staff and pupils that had a role to play in the organisation and running of another lovely event in the school.

As we approach Christmas, can I just remind you of the school policy on mobile phones (link below). Pupils are not encouraged to bring phones to school but if they do they should not be out in the school at all, unless given permission to so by staff. Often after Christmas pupils come in with very expensive mobile phones – there is no insurance for the loss of damage to such items in school, so it may be best that these are not brought to school at all.

http://www.ourladyshighschool.co.uk/community/mobiles.html

We did a parent survey recently and the results of these have been emailed to parents. If you did not receive this email please contact the school to check that the email address we have for you is accurate.

Forthcoming Events

  • Monday 18th December – Christmas Jumper Day (£1 for charity)
  • Monday 18th September – Interhouse Quiz
  • Monday 18th December – S1-3 Ceilidh
  • Tuesday 19th December – Senior Citizens’ Party
  • Tuesday 19th December – S1 Panto Trip
  • Wednesday 20th December – S4-6 Ceilidh
  • Thursday 21st December – Pupil visit to Park Springs Care Home.
  • Friday 22nd December – school closes at 2.30pm.
  • Monday 8th January – School reopens.
  • Monday 22nd January – S5/6 Prelims begin.
  • Tuesday 23rd January – S3 Parents’ Evening

5th December 2017

The annual Memorial Mass took place on Friday 24th November and was attended by a number of family members of ex Our Lady’s pupils who lost their lives in the war.  Thanks to our school captains Rebecca and Erin who read the Roll of Honour on the evening.

Mrs Millar and Ms Macfadyen took a group of S6 pupils to the Scottish Parliament recently for the St. Andrews Day Debating Tournament 2017.  The pupils had a great experience and once again were great ambassadors and a credit to the school.

Thanks to Mrs Connor and Andrew House for the  St Andrew’s Day celebrations that took place last week including stalls, Quiz, Wear tartan day, etc…

The Micro Tyco Trade Fayre took place recently. Each S3 MicroTyco group was been given a loan of £1 to start up their enterprise project. Money raised will repay their loans and help provide business loans in the developing world through WildHearts.  Projects included Guess the Baby photos, guess the number of sweets in the jar, raffles, excellent home baking etc… As a result of their endeavors over £460 was raised – well done everyone!

Our first Numeracy Evening for parents of S1 pupils took place recently.  If parents are going to be in a position to help with homework they will sometimes need a bit of support in doing so.  The way I was taught Maths/Numeracy (many years ago now!) is not the way that I actually taught Maths over the years, showing pupils how to tackle particular topics.  As long as there is a consistent approach from school and home we can help improve the Numeracy levels of our young people.  There are 2 more evenings planned over the year – keep an eye out for the next one. Thanks to the Maths department for organising and running this event.

Fr Martin delivered our Advent assemblies recently.  Always a busy time of the year, it is always good to stand back, take stock and remember what this time of the year is all about.

The Technical department recently made a visit to the Forth Crossing with a group of senior pupils.  They had a great time and learned about the many different opportunities that are available in engineering.

The S4 prelims are underway in some subjects now.  Good luck to all our S4 pupils.  The link to the timetable is available via:

S4 Prelims 2017

Don’t forget our Christmas Fayre takes place this Saturday in the school.  Come along and support us!

Forthcoming events:

  • Thursday 7th December – S5/6 Parents Reporting Evening
  • Friday 8th December – S4 Prelims commence
  • Saturday 9th December – Christmas Fayre
  • Monday 11th December – NLC Schools Music Group Concert in Motherwell Concert Hall
  • Thursday 14th December – School Concert
  • Monday 18th December – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Monday 18th December – S1-3 Ceilidh
  • Tuesday 19th December – Senior Citizens’ Party
  • Tuesday 19th December – S1 Panto Trip
  • Wednesday 20th December – S4-6 Ceilidh
  • Friday 22nd December – school closes at 2.30pm.

23rd November 2017

We recently had a group of 32 pupils on a trip to London with the Performing Arts department. the pupils had a fantastic time seeing the sights of London and, despite their scheduled show being cancelled, managed to see Wicked! There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that Mr McHugh fell asleep during said show!

                                

On the 17th November the football teams in the school organised a Race night to raise funds – the costs of referees, hiring pitches and transport certainly mounts up! Thanks to all those who contributed and went along on the night over £2000 was raised. We are so grateful to everyone involved and assure you that the money will be well used supporting our teams.

The first of our Parents’ evenings took place with S1. We had a great turnout and the feedback we got from parents was very positive. Thanks to parents and carers who came along and to those who helped organise the Evening, including our S3 pupils who turned up to sell their goods as part of the Micro Tyco initiative. Micro-Tyco is a month long challenge that enables participants to practice and learn fundamental business principles in a safe, ‘micro’ environment. Teams from schools, universities or businesses have one month to turn £1 seed capital into as much money as possible. The pupils will be having a Micro Tyco trade fayre next week to sell their goods.

Thanks also to our S6 helpers at the parents’ evening who went round the school with iPads and tried to make sure nobody left the building without completing an evaluation!

In the Social Subjects department invitations were sent out to MSPs to speak with the Higher Politics class. So far they have been visited by Colin Fox (Scottish Socialist Party Leader), Richard Leonard MSP (Labour, and now leader of the Scottish Labour Party) and Monica Lennon MSP (Labour), Graham Simpson MSP (Scottish Conservative). And in the next few weeks they will be visited by Clare Adamson MSP (SNP).  The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the visits and gained a great deal from the discussions.

      

Anti-bullying week took place and we were lucky enough to have Base Youth in Motherwell to talk to our S1-3 year groups. The talks were great and, as always,  the pupils participated well.

You will know that there is a consultation taking place about school transport in North Lanarkshire at present. The proposed changes will have an impact on a large number of pupils presently transported to Our Lady’s. This is a consultation process and so I would encourage you all to have your say by following the correct procedures. The link to the documentation and how to respond is:

http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/schooltransport

We have a school Fayre taking place on Saturday 9th December and have a number of stalls in place for this with our S6 Caritas pupils playing a big part in organising the event. It takes place from 10am – 1.30pm in the school. Get the date in the diary and come along and get some of that Christmas shopping done!

Forthcoming Events

  • Thursday 30th November – St Andrew’s Day Celebrations
  • Thursday 7th December – S5/6 Parents Reporting Evening
  • Friday 8th December – S4 Prelims commence
  • Saturday 9th December – Christmas Fayre
  • Monday 11th December – NLC Schools Music Group Concert in Motherwell Concert Hall
  • Thursday 14th December – School Concert
  • Monday 18th December – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Monday 18th December – S1-3 Ceilidh
  • Tuesday 19th December – Senior Citizens’ Party
  • Tuesday 19th December – S1 Panto Trip
  • Wednesday 20th December – S4-6 Ceilidh
  • Friday 22nd December – last day of school before holidays.

10th November 2017

School continues to be very busy with lots happening.  We recently had our Day of the Dead celebrations with our S2 pupils that was really successful and enjoyable.  Thanks have to go to the Modern Languages, RE and Art departments for the hard work they put in preparing for this and running the event.

              

This week was Dyslexia Awareness week and as part of this there were various events organised for the staff including a coffee morning and ‘wear blue’ day. There was a colouring competition available for S1/2 pupils throughout the week during lunchtime and there will be further awareness raising of dyslexia in PSHE classes.

We continue to try and ensure staffing is settled in the school.  This week we appointed a DHT to replace Mrs Donnachie who left in the summer.  Mr Derek Lang was successful and we look forward to welcoming him to the school.  My thanks go to the members of the Parent Council who helped out at the interviews for this. As many of you will be aware there has been a shortage in staff in some areas so we are glad to be welcoming a full time Biology teacher to the school soon and thank the council for their support in helping us to fill this gap.

Since the start of the month we have been praying for our departed family friends and have a book at the front of the school with the names entered by staff and pupils. This is also the time of the year when we remember those who have lost their lives in war. The annual War Memorial Mass will be taking place on Friday 24th November this year where former pupils of the school killed in war will be remembered.

Our annual Christmas Fayre takes place on Saturday 9th December.  Mrs Hill is working hard with our S6 Caritas pupils in organising this.  It would be great to see a good turnout at this event – bring your friends and family!

S6 continued with their fundraising this week with their ‘Soak an S6 pupil’ event.  They were shivering by the end of it and I have to say there were a number of pupils that took great pleasure in either throwing wet sponges or buckets of water at them – particularly their siblings!

So often we have pupils out at events/trips and always represent the school so well. Recently Julia and Eirinn took part in the Scullion Debate making a great effort.  We had pupils at a Chess competition beating Mearns Castle 4 – 1. A group of pupils represented the school at the Kids Lit Quiz.  And recently a group of Higher Geography pupils went on a field trip in Glasgow.  This is just an example of some of the great things that pupils have the opportunity to get involved in.

Not only do we have teams that represent the school but also a number of clubs that happen throughout the week that pupils are made aware of this through the daily bulletin.  I would encourage all of our pupils to get involved in something outwith the class.

The school also had the pleasure recently of welcoming the scriptwriter Marc Pye to the school to spend an afternoon with our Advanced Higher English class.

 

Staff have also been very busy in the school and many have been getting involved in working  groups, for example, the Discipline group, Mental Health group, Political Literacy group, etc…  All of these groups are looking at areas that we can work on and develop within the school.

As part of the process in identifying what we can improve, I have emailed all parents with a link to a questionnaire about the school.  Thank you to so many of you who have already responded to this.  The questionnaire will be open until the end of the month and I would encourage you to have your say.

We have now registered to make the steps to getting the Rights Respecting Schools Award. The Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) is an initiative run by UNICEF UK, which encourages schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of its ethos and curriculum.  Part of this process will involve working with staff, pupils and parents over the coming months and raising awareness of the UN Convention.

Forthcoming Events

  • Thursday 16th  November – London Trip
  • Friday 17th November – Football Race Night
  • Monday 20th November – Inservice Day
  • Tuesday 21st November – S1 Parents’ Reporting Evening
  • Friday 24th November – Annual War Memorial Mass
  • 8th December – S4 Prelim exams begin
  • 29th November – S5/6 Tracking report issued
  • 7th December – S5/6 Parents Meeting

1st November 2017

S4 pupils had a great opportunity to enjoy a week’s work experience either the week before or the week after the October break . This gave them an insight into the world of work and what was involved in particular jobs/careers.  We are always keen to expand the partnerships that we have with businesses, not only for work experience but also for help with CVs, mock interviews, careers fairs, etc.  If you are able to help out in any way please contact me at the school to discuss further.

The S6 pupils organised a No Uniform on the Friday before the October break as part of their charity fundraising for the year. Pupils and staff then enjoyed a well deserved break and came back refreshed and ready for the run up to, dare I say it, Christmas!

Before and after the break all the pupils had their photographs taken. W are just waiting for these to come back with clear instructions on how to go about ordering those lovely photos that will adorn mantelpieces and walls for years to come!

S1 had a great time with their sponsored slideathon recently, raising money for Lepra.

Over the last few weeks Mr McQuillan and I have had the pleasure of visiting the Primary Schools for Information Evening for Primary 7 parents. The evening let them know about the great transition programme that is in place in the school to help alleviate any anxieties pupils may have as they prepare to move to high school. Part of that programme involved a day visit recently for all the P7 pupils with a timetable in place for them for the day – all the feedback was very positive and pupils are already looking forward to starting next August.

We have a number of pupils undertaking the Pope Benedict XVI Caritas award this year and it was great to have most of them join other pupils from across the diocese at the Commissioning Service in the Cathedral with Bishop Toal. Pupils will be involved in volunteering in school and in local Churches throughout the year.

S6 pupils organised our S1/6 Halloween Disco (photo) and what a great event this was! Pupils were looking great in their costumes, got involved in games and the pizza went down a treat as well! Well done to the S6 organisers!

We were delighted to have Fr Martin on hand on the Feast of All Saints this year to celebrate two Masses for us.  The pupils were very reverent throughout and were an absolute credit to their families.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@OLHSMotherwell) as well as the departmental accounts.  As inclement weather approaches this will be one of the first ways that we will try and communicate with you if there are any issues.

Forthcoming Events

  • Monday 6th November – PTA & Parent Council
  • Thursday 16th  November – London Trip
  • Friday 17th November – Football Race Night
  • Monday 20th November – Inservice Day
  • Tuesday 21st November – S1 Parents’ Reporting Evening
  • Friday 24th November – Annual War Memorial Mass

9th October 2017

S1 pupils had a special assembly with the Gideons where they were presented with their own personal copy of the New Testament Bible.  This tradition has been going for many years in schools. In fact, I still have the copy of the Bible I received when I was in S1 – that was a good few years ago now!

S6 UCAS applicants visited the Computer Centre at Caldervale HS last week as part of the programme the school offers to support their applications to university. All S6 pupils who were not involved in the UCAS programme took part in a successful DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) day which took place in the school.

Two of our pupils Mary Kate Ross and Jamie Lester joined Mrs Woolley in a visit to Auschwitz.  As has been the experience of previous visitors here, they all found it very moving and emotional. Mary Kate and Jamie will be sharing their experience with other pupils at a later date.

A group of S3/4 pupils visited the Glasgow Film Theatre to enjoy a Spanish film.  Once again the pupils were an absolute credit to the school and to their parents. Well done!

S1 Retreat are taking place this week at Carfin Grotto. Many thanks to Mrs Hill and Fr Delaney who are organising these and to some of our S6 Caritas pupils who are helping out.

We have a Homework Club that takes place on a Wednesday and Friday at lunchtime. This is proving to be very successful with over 50 pupils turning up. It is great to see such commitment.

This week and then the week after the October break we have a S4 pupils out on Work Experience. This is a great time for pupils to get a feel for what a workplace is really like and also an idea of whether or not a particular type of career is for them. We are so grateful to local businesses and parents and friends for helping out with the provision of these placements.

        

  

At the end of this week we bid a fond farewell to Mrs Glover our Principal Teacher of Performing Arts as she moves on to her new life in Perthshire.  She has been in Our Lady’s HS for over 20 years and has has done so much, not just in the department but across the school.  She will be missed in the school and we wish her all the best.

Forthcoming events:

  • W/b 9th October – S4 Work Experience
  • Wednesday 11th October – School Photographs (S1/2)
  • Thursday 12th October – School Photographs (S3 & S4 (pupils not on work experience) & family photos
  • Monday 16th – Friday 20th October – School closed for October break
  • W/b 23rd October – S4 Work Experience
  • Wednesday 25th October – P7 pupils visit to the school
  • Wednesday 25th October – Caritas Commissioning Service at the Cathedral
  • 24th October – School Photographs (S5/6 & S4 (pupils not on work experience))
  • 26th/27th October – Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition
  • Friday 27th October – S1 Lepra Fundraiser