National Poetry Day

Report from Miss McGhee

S2 Pupils embraced National Poetry Day by creating their own poems. This year’s theme was ‘Remember’ and pupils produced pieces of work based on topics such as childhood memories, pets, old teddy bears, family members, important events in their lives, places they have visited and previous homes. Pupils then used key details from their poems to create a giant word cloud which will be displayed in the school.

Retreats

Report by Miss McGinness

All S1 Andrew House Pupils were invited to Father King’s parish on Monday 6th of October to take part in a retreat.

Father King delivered all the activities of the day which began with Mass in the morning. Father King then spent time reflecting on the Parable of the Talents and pupils shared with each other the talents that they had been blessed with. The day ended with a healing service for the whole class.

It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all! Some of the S6 Caritas students were present to support the pupils throughout their day. Father King will welcome all S1 Columba house on the 20th of October and then Margaret and Sinclair house on the 10th of November.

Awards Ceremony 2014

Report by Ms Steinert

The annual Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday 2nd October in a packed games hall where over 300 pupils received their awards. The event was kicked off with a bagpipe solo of Highland Cathedral by Michael Clark followed by an opening prayer from our school chaplain, Fr Frank King.

Our special guest, Mr James McVittie, OBE, was introduced by School Captain, Aaron Hawthorne. Mr McVittie, former head teacher of St Ninian’s High School in East Renfrewshire, spoke to the gathered audience about the buzz of working with young people and the importance of Catholic Education. He was a highly motivational speaker and both pupils and parents enjoyed his talk.

The performing arts department were their usual magnificent selves, with a bagpipe solo of Highland Cathedral by Michael Clark, a rendition of Let the River Run by the choir and Highlights from Brave by the school concert band.

Following the presentation of the awards, School Captain, Aimee Houston, gave the vote of thanks.

Photographs of the award winners were on sale for £1 from the Art Department. If any parent or guardian still wishes to purchase a copy, their son or daughter should see Mrs Steinert.

English bloggers

Every year, the English Department and the Librarian work together to give pupils the chance to write an article for the blog, making them published authors :-)

Each article is based on the novel that the class are reading; Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce for one class and Divided City by Theresa Breslin for the other.

This is a complicated piece of work, demanding interesting information, copyright free images, hyperlinks to additional information, adding tags and categories to help searchers, and ensuring it looks good online. In addition, the blogs can’t be biased or plagiarise anyone else’s work.

The first two classes have almost finished their blogs. In fact some are already online and can be read by clicking here, with more to follow soon. If you enjoy their work, please leave some feedback.

Fashion Brand and Retailing Course at Glasgow Caledonian University

Report by Ms Steinert

Six S6 pupils are attending the Fashion Brand and Retailing vocational course at Glasgow Caledonian University as part of their studies. The pupils attend the course every Wednesday and are creating garments, learning about Fashion designers and gaining knowledge about how the retailing side of this industry works. At the end of the course in Spring 2015 the pupils will showcase their fashion creations and can potentially o on to study fashion further. So far the pupils are loving the coursework and a few are linking it to an advanced higher in Art and Design

PTA Quiz Night

Our Lady’s High PTA invites you to a Prize Quiz with Quizmaster Jim Prentice. Our quiz and raffle will take place on Friday 24th October at 7.00 for 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from members of Our Lady’s High PTA or through Miss Halket.

It should be a great night and it would be fantastic to have you there. Many thanks for your valued and continuing support.

War Poetry

Mrs Millar’s poets are showing their skills as they write war-themed poems of all kinds. They have been studying Wilfred Owen to learn about World War 1, as well as spending time analysing “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” to find out about aspects of World War 2.

Two up and coming poetry competitions, one from Young Writers and the other from Poppy Scotland, will be receiving their poetic efforts before the end of October. Many prizes can be won, but our pupils are rightly proud of their poems: prizes in themselves!

A selection will be published here on the blog over the next few weeks.

French Day for Primary 6

On Thursday 25th September, the Modern Languages Department organised a French day for the Primary 6 classes of our associated primaries: St Brendan’s, St Bernadette’s and Cathedral Primary Schools.

Over the course of the day, pupils completed a variety of fun activities. They learned about typical French food for breakfast and they had the opportunity to order their own French snack for morning interval. They then got to learn about France and Paris before ‘buying’ a cinema ticket in French for the afternoon performance of the film “Madeline” in the school theatre.

Everybody had a lot of fun and it was great to meet all the P6 pupils. Pupils from upper school were absolutely fantastic helping us to deliver the activities and they were a real credit to our school.

Duke of Edinburgh Walk

Report from Mrs King

Nineteen pupils completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice walk in the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd October. They camped in the scout camp at Bonally with many other groups of young people. The weather was terrific during the day but the temperature dropped considerably during the night.

The pupils will be going to the Campsie Hills this week for their assessed walk and will spend the next 6 months working on the other three sections of the award.

Read the thoughts of the weary-footed warriors of the hills on their practice walk by clicking on Replies below.

Poetry of War

Report from Mrs Millar

Mrs Millar’s poets are showing their skills as they write war-themed poems of all kinds. They have been studying Wilfred Owen to learn about World War I, as well as spending time analysing “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” to find out about aspects of World War II.

Two up and coming poetry competitions, one from Young Writers and the other from Poppy Scotland, will be receiving their poetic efforts before the end of October. Many prizes can be won, but our pupils are rightly proud of their poems: prizes in themselves!

You can read a selection on our school blog in the next few weeks.

Debating

Report from Mrs Millar

Debating season is upon us again, with competitions organised by Scullion Law and the Donald Dewar Memorial Competition ready to begin. This year senior pupils, Hayley Stevenson and Jordyn McNally, are our team. We wish the girls well as they prepare for debating battle!

Languages Day

Report from Mr Pegard

Last Thursday, the Modern Languages Department organised a French day for the Primary 6 classes of our associated primaries: St Brendan’s, St Bernadette’s and Cathedral Primary Schools.

Over the course of the day, pupils completed a variety of fun activities. They learned about typical French food for breakfast and they had the opportunity to order their own French snack for morning interval. They then got to learn about France and Paris before ‘buying’ a cinema ticket in French for the afternoon performance of the film “Madeline” in the school theatre.

Everybody had a lot of fun and it was great to meet all the P6 pupils. Pupils from upper school were absolutely fantastic helping us to deliver the activities and they were a real credit to our school.

Italian exchange 2014-15

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Once again Our Lady’s welcomed visitors from their Italian twin school in Pistoia, Tuscany. Senior pupils and their families were hosts for sixteen students from the Istituto Forti situated in the spa town of Monsumano.

Our pupils did a fantastic job in demonstrating Scottish hospitality and introducing their guests to Scottish culture. They were served typical Scottish meals and even had a go at baking shortbread in school.

The weather was fantastic and the Italians had the opportunity to visit Glasgow, Edinburgh,Stirling and Loch Lomond; they were entranced by the beautiful scenery and the friendliness of the people. The entertainment, too, was second to none, including a disco and farewell ceilidh.

We are now looking forward to planning our return visit to Italy in February.

Banter at Break

Report from Mrs Zambonini

The Personal Development class would like to thank everyone for attending their coffee morning at which they raised £117.

Some of the money has been donated to the charity “Little Princess Trust” – this is a charity who make real hair wigs for young people going through chemotherapy – for which Megan Burns is going to donate her own hair. The rest of their money will be used as working capital for their enterprise activity.

A special thanks also to everyone who donated raffle prizes and to Mrs Evans for donating her lovely home baking!

Pupil evaluation

On Tuesday 9th September the 5th and 6th year Personal Development class held a coffee morning to the staff of Our Lady’s High School to raise money for the Little Princess Trust that makes wigs for girls that can’t grow their own hair. We also raised money for our Enterprise projects.

We not only just held a coffee morning, we baked the cakes, advertised, made and sold tickets so every member of staff knew we were having one.

First of all, we had to decide the date, what food to make, visit Mrs Sinclair to ask if it was ok to have one. Then we had to make and sell tickets to the staff, order the stock, ask for raffle prizes, make the food and then finally hold the coffee morning.

I think the whole thing was a success even though there was a few bowls smashed and arguments we still managed to pull it off in the end. The only thing I wished we done better was talked more on the actual day because everyone was running around hectic and there was a few arguments because someone was where they shouldn’t have been. But after all the hard work we pulled through in the end.

St Andrew’s Hospice 6K

6K_5040Report from Mrs Sinclair

Well done to all of the staff and pupils who turned out yesterday for the 6K Fundraiser for St Andrew’s Hospice. It was a great occasion and wonderful to see so many young people giving up their time for such a great cause.

Almost 70 people represented Our Lady’s High School. Thanks to Mrs King and Mrs Mulholland for organizing this on behalf of the school.

If you have any sponsor money could you bring it in as soon as possible. If you were unable to go along yesterday perhaps you could sponsor someone.

NLC Enterprising Maths Challenge

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On Friday a team of four pupils from OLHS were second in the Maths competition for schools in North Lanarkshire. There were 23 teams entered in the competition and the team consisting of Magen McNulty, Michael McKenna, Niamh Simmonette and Rhodri Bevan put in an excellent performance to finish second.

Each team participated in four rounds:

  • build as long a bridge as possible using spaghetti and sellotape
  • answer a variety of maths questions within a time limit
  • problem solving
  • maths relay race.

Our Lady’s, along with competition winners, Coltness High School, will now progress to the national finals, which will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre in November.

 

More Caritas!

Report from Miss McGinness

A group of S6 Caritas students met with Mark Booker from SCIAF to take part in the Talented Fundraisers project where they plan to use their gifts and talents to raise money for SCIAF!

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Father Stephen Reilly from St Bernadettes Parish visited the school to meet with the Caritas group members who will be taking part in faith witness activities within his parish.

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