North Lanarkshire Council have launched a proposal to build a new denominational secondary school at a site in Ravenscraig, merging Our Lady’s High School and Taylor High School. BothwellPark High School will be relocated to the same campus.
From Mrs Sinclair
Congratulations to Sam Kelly and Stephen Ross who represented Our Lady’s last night at a special dinner in The Bentley Hotel hosted by the Motherwell Rotary Club.
Sam spoke about his experiences in Our Lady’s, particularly highlighting his sixth year, which included experiences in Caritas and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He went on to tell the assembled audience about his plans to go to Africa to assist with a building project for young people for which he is currently fund-raising.
Stephen also talked about his time in Our Lady’s and the expectations which the teachers have of our pupils. He went on to describe Caritas, Duke of Edinburgh and his experience of volunteering in Bothwellpark. The audience also heard about the fantastic trip to CERN.
Both boys did a great job and were complimented by the assembled club members, receiving a a token of their appreciation for their efforts. Well done to both Sam and Stephen who did the school proud.
Pupils from our Caritas group and other volunteers walking, rowing and cycling around Syria to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need.
The annual S1/2 Giant Heptathlon was held on Thursday 20th February at Ravenscraig Sports Centre. A team of 28 first and second year pupils represented Our Lady’s High School to compete in the events: 60m sprint, 60m hurdles, endurance challenge, step up challenge, shot putt, long jump, standing triple jump and 7x 60m relay
Alicia Jackson, Lauren McCann, Lucy Ann McQuaid, Shannon Waldron, Megan Grew, Morgan Deakin, Lia Chambers, Mateusz Cymerman, Mateusz Biernat, Jamie Duddy, Reece Cathcart, Adam Lynch, Nathan Todd, Ronan Winton
Emma Torrance, Emma Dolan, Rebecca McQuaid, Saoirse Higham
Hannah Duddy, Caitlin Donnelly, Orla McDevitt, Luke Dickson, Aidan Burke, Mark O’Rourke, Kenny Barr, Conor Boyle, Jack Burnett, Jamie Lester
Report from Mr Kay
On Wednesday 19th February the XL4 group attended the Edinburgh Dungeons and the Playhouse Theatre as part of their programme of events. The Dungeons were described by the pupils as “scary” “horrific” “exciting” and “peaceful”.
The group watched the Matinee Performance of the musical Tonight’s The Night and described the performance and theatre as “shamazing” “I loved it” “great storyline”. School staff attending the trip were: Mr Kay, Ms King and Ms McDonald.
Report from Mrs Sinclair and Miss McGinness
Last week was Catholic Education Week when we celebrate Catholic Schools. In school, the chapel was open during breaktime to give pupils the opportunity to take time to sit quietly or light candles for themselves or others. Senior Management also held assemblies to launch Catholic Education Week with pupils.
Upper school pupils represented Our Lady’s at all masses in the parishes associated with our school. The launch consisted of a ‘Service of Light’ which expressed the recent teaching of Pope Francis on how Faith can be a guiding light which helps us to find our way in life.
We have received great feedback from priests and parishioners. Some sixth year pupils delivered a great speech. Some pupils were doing readings and bidding prayers. Some were giving out information booklets and involved in collections. A number of our pupils were playing instruments and singing. Well done to all involved and please continue your work within the parishes. It was great to see and long may it continue.
Thanks also to staff who were involved in the liturgy in associated parishes this Catholic Education Weekend: Mrs Mulholland, Mrs Moore, Mrs Donnachie, Miss McGinness, Mr Martin and Mrs Stemplis.
Report from Miss McGinty
The Our Lady’s Advanced Higher Chemistry class visited the Joseph Black Chemistry Building at Glasgow University on 13th February to supplement their learning of the spectroscopy unit of the Advanced Higher and to analyse some samples relevant to their Advanced Higher investigation.
The visit provided the opportunity to experience a day at the university and help them to understand how substances are analysed. The group also discussed the work that’s put in by the doctors and lecturers at the university, and learned the scale and expense of the machines and how the chemistry behind them works.
Mrs Macfadyen and Ms Steinert took the Photography Club to the PhotoMedia Studio at Summerlee to play with professional standard photography lighting, backdrops and props before taking a wander around the museum.
Pupils took turns posing in costume and taking pictures, while staff provided expert advice and tried to stay out of the way.
Thanks to the Summerlee staff who let the pupils take their favourite props out for a walk, allowing them to get some fabulous pictures in great locations.
Our school show, Copacabana, is in need of a large number of shoe boxes.
If you have any spare, could you please hand them into Performing Arts.
Report from Ms Steinert
Paintings, sculptures and other recent artwork from OLHS pupils is on display as part of the Youth Arts and Literary Guild Art Festival.
Schools were asked to provide work for the show which takes place on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February at Sir John Wilson Town Hall in Airdrie. Free entry.
Report by Laura K and Stephanie McC
As part of our Caritas Award, we are organising a charity event. We are hoping to raise as much money as we can for Aid to the Church in Need. Father Paul, a previous chaplain to our school, is an ambassador of this charity.
This charity is at work in more than 130 countries, helping Christians who are prosecuted, oppressed, or in pastoral need. This supports more than 5000 projects every year by building much needed chapels and helping to bring Christ to the faithful around the world.
By the middle of 2013, violence in Syria claimed more than 100,000 lives. Religious persecution has played a crucial role in the conflict in Syria which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called
the worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the Cold War.
We plan to use the fitness suite in school to either cycle, walk, run or row the perimeter of Syria, which is 1519 miles, and we are asking for sponsors for our ‘Journey around Syria’.
The journey will take place during our free periods from Friday 28th February – Tuesday 4th March.
In Syria, Christians suffer considerably, as did so many faith communities. Syrians are martyred for refusing to abandon their faith.
We pray for peace in Syria. We pray that weapons will be silenced. We pray for an end to all violence and all armed conflict. We pray with the Holy Father, all of us united:
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for Syria, pray for us.
Report from Ms Simpson
The annual S1/2 Giant Heptathlon will be held on Thursday 20th February at Ravenscraig Sports Centre. Both a first and second year team will be representing Our Lady’s High School. Teams are made up of 14 pupils: 7 boys and 7 girls who all compete in all 7 events plus a relay at the end.
The events are:
- 60m sprint
- 60m hurdles
- endurance challenge
- step up challenge
- shot putt
- long jump
- standing triple jump
- 7x 60m relay
Individual scores are combined to get a total team score and the team with the highest score will be crowned the champions.
The teams from Our Lady’s High School have been attending training twice a week at lunch time for the last three weeks to prepare for this event and I am sure they will do Our Lady’s High School proud! Good luck!
Report by NG
From 5th-12th February, 5th and 6th years participated in an exchange trip with students from an Italian high school in Pistoia. We went with Mrs Fitzpatrick to visit our Italian twins who had previously visited us in September ’13. We were in Italy for 5 days, during which we visited the Italians’ school, the towns of Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Venice, and got to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa Cathedral, St Peter’s Square and Florence Cathedral. We also celebrated Liam’s 16th birthday during the trip.
It was a great experience which we all really enjoyed!
Reports from Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Clements
Preparations are underway for a Spring/Easter Concert. Choir rehearsals are taking place every Thursday lunchtime wihle our fabulous Staff Choir continues their wonderful warblings on Wednesdays. School band continues Mondays after school as well as Junior band Monday lunchtimes. And this term we also have a revival of our string group which is rehearsing Wednesday lunchtimes as well.
We are delighted that our entry to the Rockfest Battle of the Bands has been successful. Our band is called Little White Truth and they will be complemented this year with a four piece brass section. Pupils are rehearsing hard and looking forward to this amazing opportunity to perform at the fabulous Motherwell Concert Hall venue. It takes place on the 20th February at 7pm at the Motherwell Concert Hall. Our Lady’s has been allocated sixty tickets which are currently on sale to senior pupils from the Performing Arts base for £5.
Pupils are busy rehearsing on a Tuesday and Thursday after school as well as an occasional lunchtime for the summer production of Copacabana. We are steadily working our way through combining Dance, Dialogue and Singing. The cast are now well gelled together and are thoroughly enjoying learning such vibrant, exciting music and dance routines. It is sure to be a huge success in June! This year we are also organising a logo competition for the show: The winning entry will be chosen to go on our show t-shirt. Entry forms are available from the show notice board in Performing Arts. All entries should be handed in to the Performing Arts base by Friday 21st of February.
Report from Mrs McNeish
The under 16 footballers have won through to the quarter finals of the Lanarkshire Cup by beating Trinity High on penalties. The score was 3 each after normal time. Scorers of the goals were David Murphy, Connor Black and Liam Lafferty. Penalties were scored by Darren Devine, David Murphy, Peter Morrison, Daniel Leonard and Liam Gillen. Our goalie, Peter Morrison, also saved their fourth penalty to set up an exciting end to the match!
Firefighters from Scottish Fire and Rescue came along to speak to senior pupils about the possible consequences of driving too fast, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the importance of wearing a seatbelt. The discussion includes video clips of the after effects of serious accidents, as well as the firefighters’ own personal experiences of having to cut people from vehicles after road traffic incidents.
Commiserations to our debating team of Hayley Stevenson (S5) and Dominic Nolan (S6) who were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament at Douglas High School, Milngavie last week. There was still some good news though as Hayley was awarded the prize for best floor speaker.
Report by Mrs McDonald and Mrs Mulholland
A group of S5/S6 pupils are undertaking the Young Quality Scot Award, supported by Kirstin Thomson – Development Worker with NLC Community Learning and Development, Angela McDonald – Home School Partnership Officer, and OLHS Depute Head, Mary Mulholland.
As part of their course they attended a weekend at Lowport Residential Centre in Linlithgow where they participated in outdoor team building, rock climbing and challenges like the spiders’ web. They spent their evening working toward their award and developing their presentation on their chosen topic of bullying. This will be shown at a national award ceremony next month.
Staff and pupils from Art and Science managed to enjoy their three days in Paris, despite the cold and dreich weather.
After a day at Disneyland Paris, the 3rd and 4th years got down to business at Disney Studios with animation workshops and seminars on the physics of rollercoasters before exploring the park. Their hard work was rewarded with dinner at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
The third day was spent in Paris with a visit to the gorgeous Musee d’Orsay, exploring Art Nouveau designs and sketching works of art. The group then walked along the Boulevard St Germain to view the one of the famous Art Nouveau Metro signs before visiting Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Pupils could choose to ride to the top of the tower or lower down depending on their head for heights.
Many thanks to the accompanying staff: Mr Law, Mrs Maguire, Mr McKendrick and Ms Steinert.