Our annual Christmas concert will be held on 12th December at Our Lady’s High School, with contributions from the Junior Band, School Band, the Staff Choir, the Senior Choir and the Guitar Group. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £4 adults, £2 concessions.
Pupils and staff celebrated St Andrew’s Day with a non-uniform Tartan Day, and a coffee morning for staff, complete with piper.
Andrew House pupils made tartan ribbons to sell, and pupils were asked to donate both £1 and something for the Christmas Fair in order to take part.
Pupils in 3rd year have now completed their four week Micro Tyco entrepreneurship.
Pupils worked in teams during Tutor Time to turn a £1 donation into as much money as possible, all of which is returned to the Wild Hearts Charity.
Amongst a variety of activities, pupils made tea for staff, designed and made bracelets from ring-pulls and ribbons, collected sandwiches, washed cars, held raffles and quizzes, tidied classrooms, made Christmas cards and cakes, sold sweets and organised events. Along the way, they had to advertise their product, encourage people to participate and keep them interested across four weeks.
Their feedback shows that pupils have learned a great deal about how much work is needed in a business, how important pricing is, and how vital it is to have a good idea to begin with.
The Art / Physics trip to Paris on 29th January is approaching quickly. Pupils will attend workshops at EuroDisney to learn how a combination of art and science designed the park, and will experience the power of physics for themselves as they ride the roller coasters.
Pupils and staff will also spend time in Paris viewing famous artworks, and touring the sights.
Former pupil and PhD student, Mr Dean Lambert, came along to OLHS to talk to our Higher Physics class about his experiences as a Science student.
Dean, in his final year at Edinburgh University, spoke about particle physics, the CERN laboratories and working with Nobel Prize winner, Professor Peter Higgs, one of the people who theorised about the Higgs-Boson particle, since discovered in the Large Hadron Collider. Botht he pupils and Dean are looking forward to further visits.
Congratulations to our Debating team of Hayley Stevenson (S5) and Dominic Nolan (S6) who were successful in the first round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament at Holy Cross High School, Hamilton, on 27th November.
Our team debated the hosts over the motion:
“This House believes that the UK should have boycotted the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting”.
Both Hayley and Dominic are looking forward to the second round, which wil be held in the New Year.
Our successful Christmas Fair took place on Saturday 30th November. We discovered many pupils have a natural talent for haggling and bargaining, encouraging lots of extra wee things into already bulging bags.Thanks to the wonderful collection of donations and pupils’ powers of persuasion over £1600 has been raised so far with funds still coming in.
We have a huge number of people to thank for helping with this event:
- thanks to pupils from the Personal Development and Enterprise classes who have worked hard to put the fair together over the last months. On Friday they reorganised our theatre and gyms, created and displayed a host of signs to lead customers to the fair, as well as looking after stalls, and the cafe, and subsequently tidied everything away again.
- thanks to staff from across the school, who volunteered to help with the gathering of donations, taking care of the stalls, face-painting, nail decoration and the cafe with its lovely Christmassy choir, amongst a host of other activities.
- thanks to pupils from the Photography Club who documented the morning for posterity, even when people kept moving about!
- thanks to Cubis Castles, who kindly gave us a special deal on the bouncy castle.
- thanks to Mrs Lyn Zambonini who coordinated the whole event from the beginning.
- thanks to the local businesses and organisations who came along to help raise funds or made donations of goods.
- thanks to our special Santa Claus, who managed to take time out of his schedule to come along.
Most of all, thanks to our pupils and their families who have supported the whole idea, brought a wonderful collection of donations as part of our non-uniform day on 29th November, and came along to support us on the Saturday morning.
Congratulations to Jamie Duddy, Mrs McShannon and Mr Macfadyen, who won the baskets and Christmas cake.
Report by Mrs Gallagher
Third year biology pupils at Our Lady’s High School have successfully extracted DNA from a kiwi fruit.
They followed a set procedure that involved mixing the crushed kiwi with salt and detergent and placing the mixture into a water bath to burst open the cells and release the contents.
They then filtered the solution and slowly added cooled methylated spirits to allow the DNA to appear as a solid.
The DNA is seen as a white layer between the green and purple layers.
Every 1st year class submitted entries to the annual competition, which this year is based on the work of Chinese Christian artist, He Qi.
Thanks to Headteacher, Mrs Kathleen Sinclair, who had the difficult task of selecting the winner from a strong collection.
Wiktoria won a selection of art supplies as her prize.
Author, Kirkland Ciccone, visited Our Lady’s on Friday 22nd November, to discuss his life, his love of books, and his novel, Conjuring the Infinite with 3rd year pupils from the English Department.
Kirkland, a North Lanarkshire lad himself, kept the class giggling at the more surreal elements of his existence, before explaining how he became a published author, and why the class should vote for Conjuring the Infinite to win the Catalyst Book Awards.
Before leaving, he staked his claim to becoming one of their favourite authors by signing everything put in front of him, and even allowing each pupil choose their own colour!
Thanks to School Librarian, Mrs Macfadyen, for arranging the visit, and to Miss McGhee for the loan of 3rd year for the afternoon.