Performing Arts Christmas Concert – Friday 19th December 2014.


Tickets for the Performing Arts concert are now on sale from the Performing Arts base. The concert will take place in the school games hall on Friday 19th December at 7pm.

Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2014 Clydeview Christmas Party

Report by Rachel Clinton

On Friday the 12th of December we hosted our annual Christmas Party for the children attending Clydeview Primary School, who have additional support needs. Our Clydeview Committee had been organising the event weeks prior and it was great to see it all come together.

We invited the children to come along in their best party clothes for a morning of Christmas fun. Everyone was rushing around on the Friday morning trying to make sure that everything was running smoothly before the children arrived. We started setting up the snack table and desperately tried to make the staff room look as festive and tinsel-y as possible. Most of us donned our cosiest Christmas jumpers to get us in the mood whilst some of us had to be a bit more creative – by creative I mean itchy tinsel necklaces and Santa hats whilst a lucky few grabbed a pair of Reindeer ears. Hmph.

When the children arrived of course they pretended to be shy, but when they met their sixth year buddies that soon changed. Once the Christmas music started playing it was hard to catch up with them! We played a variety of party games such as “Pass the Parcel” and “Musical Bumps” which everyone seemed to love, especially sixth years. Ahh the nostalgia.

We must have been playing music pretty loud as it turns out Santa heard us from the North Pole and popped down to see what all the racket was about! However, when he saw the faces of everyone he just couldn’t resist staying for a while. The children were more than excited to meet Santa, and were even happier to be photographed with the bearded man holding their presents.

After it was time for Santa to depart we had time for one more singalong. We all gathered together in a choir-ly order and sang our hearts out to Jingle Bells, and then we all posed for some photographs.

It was a wonderful morning and judging by the smiles on the children’s faces, everyone had a great time. I think we were all a little sad to see the children leave, we felt attached as they certainly brightened up the dull winter weather. We can’t wait to invite the pupils of Clydeview Primary and their teachers to return next year, we hope it will be just as much fun!

2014 Senior Citizens’ Party

Report by Rachel Clinton

On Tuesday the 16th of December we held our annual Senior Citizens’ Party. We have been hosting the event for the past six years and as usual yesterday was a great success. The event was held in the school theatre and we had a very large turnout as expected.

Various departments throughout the school participated in organising and providing entertainment for the party:

Mrs Zambonini’s Personal Development and Enterprise and Employability classes have been working hard for weeks in preparation for the event, from sending out invitations to making origami water lily napkins. (My new party trick, impressive I know) The Home Economics department were cooking up a storm as usual preparing delicious treats such as cupcakes, shortbread, mini quiche and sausage rolls.

The entertainment itself was hosted by our very own dynamic duo Aaron Hawthorne and Scott Price who added some holiday humour to the event, even with their terrible Christmas puns, not pointing the finger at anyone in particular. *COUGH Scott COUGH*

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The afternoon began with one of our first year pupils, Anna Quinn, who done a very enthusiastic reading of “The Night Before Christmas”, which really set the mood for the rest of the party. Next up we had three more talented first year girls Erin Doyle, Morgan Brown and Katie Cadenhead dancing to Olly Murs’ latest hit “Wrapped Up”, oh how I wish I had their coordination and balance. *sighs*

Their routine was then followed by a slightly different style of dancing- of the Irish variety. Keryn Shearer (S5) and Katie Ann Hunter (S6) wowed us with their spectacular moves. Scott was right again, I was exhausted (and dizzy) just watching!

During our intermission we had a raffle, with a variety of different prizes to be won such as (a lot of) wine, chocolates, pampering gifts, homeware and even some shiny new cufflinks.

There was also a hilarious mini-pantomime performed by some of our sixth year drama students- the “true” story of Snow White, with a Scottish twist. It starred Lisa O’Rourke, Darcy Hendry, Aaron Hawthorne, Louise Bradshaw and Monica Kane.

We then had a rendition of “Santa Baby” by Jill McMurray with Jordan Mooney and Callum Wilson on bass and acoustic guitar.

Last but not least, we had a performance of “Christmas Lullaby” by our CARITAS choir, “Nuns and Moses”, joined by a few eager fifth years.

After that, it was time to party. We were midway through some conventional Christmas carolling when a special guest arrived- the bearded man himself, aka Dominic Cherrie, bearing gift bags for all. Needless to say the ladies were charmed, however we can confirm there was no mistletoe involved. To wrap up our fabulous afternoon we all joined in for a very long rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” which, ironically seemed to go on for twelve days.

All in all the afternoon was a roaring success and all the hard work and preparation certainly paid off, everyone seemed to have a festively fabulous time and we can’t wait to invite everyone back next year. As our favourite elf once said: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Modern Languages Christmas Card Competition

From Mrs Anderson

The 2014 Modern Languages Christmas Card competition is now on for 1st and 2nd year pupils. If you would like to take part, please come to the Modern Languages Department at lunch time on Thursday. You can also submit a card that you have made at home. Prizes for the best cards. Good Luck!

Christmas dances

Tickets went on sale on Monday for the two Christmas dances.

You may buy your ticket during interval and at lunchtime this week in the school’s main foyer. Tickets cost £3.00 each with crisps and juice included in the cost. Water and other confectionery will be available for purchases on the night.

You must attend school on the day of the dance.

The doors will close 15 minutes after the start time. Do not be late!


First to Third Year – Monday 15th 7 -9.30

Fourth to Sixth Year Wednesday 17th 7.30 – 10.00pm.

Tartan Day 2014

Report from Mrs Connor

Pupils and staff celebrated St Andrew’s Day with a whole school “Tartan Day”. Pupils were allowed to come to school out of uniform and were asked to wear something tartan or Scottish. The school was very colourful with tartan kilts, trousers, tops, tammies etc on parade. They were asked to donate £1 to St Andrew’s Hospice for this privilege. The event was organised by Andrew House pupils and Mrs Connor.

As well as Tartan Day there were other events around the school including the sale of tartan bows and ribbons. A staff coffee morning took place at interval with Michael Clark (Andrew House Prefect) playing the bagpipes and Emma Kirkwood and Declan Murray from 1A singing Loch Lomond. During lunchtime a “Scots Corner” was set up, selling saltire cupcakes, tattoos and face painting. Again, all proceeds going to St Andrew’s Hospice. The Maths Department even got in on the act by delivering lessons on designing your own tartan. A great day was had by all.

The final total of money isn’t in yet but will be well over £500.

Christmas Fair 2014

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Our wonderful Christmas Fair took place on Saturday 29th November. Pupils in the Personal Development and Enterprise classes were responsible for turning our Zone from a dining room onto a magical festive fair, complete with Santa, bouncy castle and a whole range of fabulous gifts, prizes and good things to eat. Our Lady’s is particularly grateful for donations from families and school supporters.

The event itself ran like clockwork the following day and was busy throughout with staff and pupils grabbing the best bargains in the Zone before settling down for a chat with a cuppa.

Stalls were run by staff, pupils, parents and local businesses and included lucky dip, face painting, nail painting, make-up, raffle, tombola, toy tombola, bouncy castle, Santa’s Grotto, Ready Steady Bake, Christmas Cakes, Gingerbread Houses, Christmas Decorations, sweet stalls, Slush Company, hair accessories, school scarves, and home made cards.

Many thanks to everyone involved including the staff who organised and ran stalls on the day, all of the pupils who set up the Zone, manouvred furniture and sold like hardened sales staff, all of the parents, carers, pupils and friends of Our Lady’s who came along on the day and helped us raise a clear profit of £1020.84.

Pupils involved:

Patrycki Brodaski, Jade Collins, Nicola Dollochin, Courtney Elliot, Ciaran Harvie, Kyla McPherson, Lauri Miller, Agnes Ngolo, Toni Paterson, Scott Paton, Ilona Reynolds, Grant Riddell, Kirpal Singh, Liam Stobie, Barbara Ross, Michael Lewis, Hannah Eadie, Chloe Brown, Rebecca Cairney, Patryck Chentkienlz, Kireel Greer, Cailtin Hoey, Natalie Jadach,
Jon Jo Kane, Danielle Lawley, Ceri Ann McLaren, Gabrielle McPherson, Vicktoria Pulchalska, Keira-Jade Slavin, Amy Swan, Anna Wawrzynczak, Bea Uppal, Nichaela Gibbons, Wiktoria Heba

Book Week Scotland

Pupils and staff had the opportunity to vote for their favourite Scottish fictional character during this year’s Book Week Scotland. Anyone visiting the Library over the two weeks surrounding the event was asked to Hi-5 their favourite from a list of ten:

  • Oor Wullie
  • Maisie the Cat
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Professor Minerva McGonagall
  • Katie Morag
  • Greyfriars Bobby
  • Shrek
  • Dr Who
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
  • Tam O’Shanter

The list, pulled together by Librarian, Mrs Macfadyen and English teacher, Mrs Jeffrey, could be seen as a bit controversial, after all isn’t Dr Who from Gallifrey? Is Shrek really Scottish? However, the main argument surrounded the fictional ststus of Greyfriars Bobby, with many pupils demanding he be removed from the list altogether.

Many were also surprised that Dennis the Menace came from was included and learned about the role of comics in Dundee. While Mrs Macfadyen argued valiantly for Professor McGonagall, threatening to ‘magic’ several more hands into existence, it was clear that what OLHS pupils appreciated most of all was humour, with Shrek winning by a landslide. More to the point, it gave everyone a chance to show off their impersonations of different characters, and find out about some Scottish fiction that they hadn’t know about before.

Study and support opportunities in OLHS S4-S6

Additional support for curricular study is available as follows:


Supported study is available Tuesdays 3.15 – 4.15 and Wednesdays 3.40- 4.30. Support is also offered any lunchtime. The pupil should approach their teacher and request support.


Supported study is available in the mornings and after school on request.


Formal supported study classes will begin after Christmas. Day and time to be confirmed.


Support offered on request at lunchtimes and after school.

Formal supported study is available before the Prelim examinations and in the run up to final examinations. Exact day is to be confirmed in consultation with staff and pupils. Parents will receive a text message.

Modern Studies support is currently available on Monday 3.15-4.15.


On-going support is available from PT for personal statements and CVs, Wellbeing, Personal Development, Enterprise and Employability and Volunteering Awards


Support is available on request every lunchtime and also after school on a Monday.


Advanced Higher, Higher and N5 pupils have Ms.Steinert’s e-mail address and she also has a blog that features the latest pupil artwork where both pupils and parents can leave comments or questions.

The department is open for all pupils from S1-6 at lunchtimes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday. For NAT4/5, Higher and AH pupils supported study is available on Tuesday and Thursday 3.15-4.15


Support is available on request during lunchtimes.


Supported study is available to pupils every lunchtime except on a Thursday. Pupils are welcome in the department on all other days.


Support tutorials are available for H/Int2 French on Mondays at lunchtime and H/Int2 Spanish on Wednesdays at lunchtime.


Support is available on request in all three sciences.
Higher Physics supported study will begin after Christmas.
Chemistry supported study is available on a Thursday and Friday from 3.15 -4.15.


The Library is available lunchtimes and after school Monday-Thursdays for study, access to ICT and support with UCAS, application forms and general information enquiries. Study advice is available on the school website.


Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, is available in OLHS on Mondays, Thursday afternoons and Fridays. Appointments can be booked through Ms Robertson or through Mrs Macfadyen in the Library. Pupils can discuss ideas and ask questions and advice about further and higher education, careers, apprenticeships, CVs and job applications.

Margaret Mitchell MSP

Report from Miss Halket

Margaret Mitchell MSP visited our Higher Politics class on Friday. Pupils had the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding further, through questioning Mrs Mitchell, on her Conservative values. Our pupils felt confident enough to share their views with Mrs Mitchell. This was a fanastic opportunity. Our pupils were articulate, mature and enthusiastic. The whole class and staff would like to thank Mrs Mitchell for her visit.

WoSPEG Quiz 2014

Report by Mr Law

Our Lady’s High School Physics quiz team thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the final of the WoSPEG competition.  S5 students Emily and Sophie Tougher-Mitchell along with Owen Leach, stayed in touch throughout before falling away during the last round.  St. Thomas Aquinas practically demolished their buzzers and the bench below as they deservedly rocketed away to finish as winners of the stunning WoSPEG trophy.

The august Kelvin Lecture Theatre of Glasgow University was the setting for the thrilling climax to the competition.  Individual and team rounds assessed the students’ physics knowledge and problem solving skills.  How to rescue personnel from a crashed spacecraft on the Moon and a projectile motion question tested their analytical and co-operation skills.  Shorter answer questions indicated their ability to recall fundamental physics information.  Mix these all up with anagram, science, current affairs and picture rounds within a cauldron of parents, fellow students and supportive staff and your recipe for success is complete.  Top the evening off with free pizza and cans of soft drinks and few, if any, of the participants left without a feeling that all was well with the world … before the crushing disappointment of defeat regained a foothold … and determination to succeed … the next time … re-asserted itself.  An excellent evening to round off an excellent competition.

Thanks to Lewis, Christopher and Konner for their participation as well as to the family and fellow staff that lent support.  Congratulations to the team and all that represented our school.  A credit to themselves as well as Our Lady’s High.  Thanks are also due to the WoSPEG team, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and The Paisley campus of the University of the West of Scotland.

St Andrew’s non- uniform day


Our Lady’s High School are holding a tartan day for all pupils and staff on the 28th of November. Pupils only have to pay £1 and all the money raised on the day will go to St Andrew’s Hospice. The money will be be raised by face painting, selling tartan bows and a bake sale. I hope it will be a great success! I also hope that the whole school will have a great time.

Mentors in Violence Prevention

Report from Mrs Connor


A group of 22 sixth year pupils accompanied by Mrs Connor, Mr Martin, Mrs Mulholland and our partnership officers, Mrs King and Mrs MacDonald, took part in MVP training. They stayed overnight at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge on Sunday 16th – Monday 17th November.

They undertook two days of training on Mentors In Violence Prevention  (MVP) which is a programme which challenges attitudes related to gender violence.The pupils are challenged as bystanders to recognise when something is wrong and to empower them to be active rather than passive bystanders. Scenarios were presented to them to reflect upon and to decide what could or should be done about it. Detective Sergeant  Brian Connor also spoke to them about his work in the police and in some scenarios that he has dealt with.

The S6 pupils then prepared lessons and delivered them to their peers and will continue this programme across the school over the coming months.

Saint Andrew’s Tartan Day!

By: Laura M.

Our Lady’s High School is having a Saint Andrew’s theme day. This year, there will be cakes, tartan bows, face painting, tattoos and a gift shop where you are able to buy tartan themed items. This event will take place on the 29th of November. As a result of the theme, pupils will be encouraged to wear their casual clothes (No Football Colours!) and at least one tartan or Scottish themed item, preferably clothing. The items in the gift shop will be five pounds or under, we hope you enjoy this event!

St Andrew’s Hospice Business Partnership

Report by Aaron Hawthorne

A new agreement was signed by Mrs Sinclair and pupils from Our Lady’s High School on Monday 10th November between Lucy Mitchell (Schools Liaison Officer for St Andrew’s Hospice) and the school for a new business partnership. Caramel shortcake and tea was enjoyed by all.

This is a great step forward in the school’s active relationship with St Andrew’s Hospice and will further develop fundraising and commitment to the hospice, kicking things off with a special musical concert for the residents of St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie by the school’s Caritas Choir.


Steve Cole visits Our Lady’s!

Report By: Kasia K

Last Friday, on the 14th of November, Steve Cole came to our school to talk about his new book, “Shoot to Kill“, which is a book based on the adventures of James Bond.

The wait was long because his taxi was a bit late and I sat there thinking to myself who this person was and what he was going to do. Finally he arrived, he was a fairly tall man, he wore jeans and a black top, he had a backpack too. When he jumped on the stage, he introduced himself as Steve Cole. He said that his book was based on the adventures of James Bond, as he wanted to continue the books, as the actual author who made up James Bond passed away.

I must admit, I was a bit bored at the beginning, but once he took out the Nerf guns, my eyes got wide and I had this weird, yet interesting smile on my face. He asked who wanted to play a game, my hand shot right up. I made these ”me, me!” noises that a Primary 1 would do when they want someone to choose them for something. Sadly, he did not choose me. But watching people fail, and hit different objects was funny. The end was coming and I was still wanting more.

I was super excited that the actual author of a book was here, in my school..standing on the stage that I was soon to stand on. Our librarian also said “Whoever asks the best question, gets a poster signed!” I thought of many questions but me being me, I asked the question “What inspires you?” and I didn’t get the signed poster.

During Tutor I looked him up and his blog. He has a blog where he posts everything he does, for example for Halloween he wished his blog-readers a Happy Halloween. I commented on some posts asking some questions that I really was looking for an answer to. Finally I shut of the computer, and went for break.

Science Club request

A request from Miss McGinty on behalf of the Science Club:

If anyone has any empty drinks bottles with lids could you donate them to us please? Any size would be brilliant.
We also need “sports cap” bottle lids by themselves for another experiment, the ones you pull up to drink from, so if you use any and could donate them, please let me know.

Thank you

Science Club takes place on Wednesday lunchtimes for S1 with assistance from Advanced Higher Chemistry pupils.

Maths Enterprise Competition Finals 2014

Report by Miss Renicks

As one of four schools in North Lanarkshire to qualify, Our Lady’s High School attended the Scottish finals of the Maths Enterprise Challenge in Glasgow Science Centre.

The four pupils, Patrick Quinn, Niamh Simmonette, Magen McNulty and Michael McKenna, competed fiercely, tackling difficult maths problems in four challenging rounds against 61 other schools from across Scotland. Although the pupils did not win, they worked extremely hard, had a brilliant time and thouroughly enjoyed their day.

Design a Door

The Personal Development Class is running a competition to design and decorate the outside of classroom doors in a festive theme. Doors can be decorated by staff or delegated to groups of pupils. A panel of judges will select the best door.

Decorated doors are already starting to appear around the school (including the Nurture Room, and a certain Maths classroom) with whispers and rumours of doors to come …

Our Lady’s High 2014 Christmas Fair

Report by Rachael Clinton

Mrs Zambonini has been hard at work organising the school’s 2014 annual Christmas Fair. This year’s event will take place on the 29th of November in the Zone area from 10am to 12pm. It is hoped the Fair will be as prosperous as last year’s and will raise a good amount of money for school funds.

Lots of different departments are getting involved and each are contributing to the fair.

From Mrs Zambonini’s Personal Development Class and XL classes, we have:

  • Santa’s Grotto, where children (and sometimes adults) can come and meet the bearded man himself.
  • A bouncy castle (also not just for the children)
  • ­Face painting AND nail painting.
  •  Homemade Christmas cards, wind chimes, and seasonal decorations
  •  The EXCLUSIVE new school scarf
  •  From her XL class we also have sweets for sale
  • And of course tea/coffee and a variety of home baked goods will be sold

And if that selection isn’t mouth-watering enough the Home Economics/Hospitality/Cake Craft classes have also made festive gingerbread houses and cakes! (woah, sugar rush) The Modern Studies/Social Subjects department will also have a tombola stall and RE and Learning Support will have a toy stall.

We also have people outside the school visiting for the occasion. We have a mother of one of our first year pupils selling homemade hair scrunchies emblazoned with the school badge, if you want to be really patriotic.  There will also be a company selling brand makeup such as MAC and Christian Dior for discounted prices. We know, we’re so fancy.

And to top off our festive extravaganza we have entertainment provided by the school choir with our very own musical maestro Aaron Hawthorne playing the piano.

So come along and have a look at what’s on offer, have a bite to eat and maybe even a wee sing-song depending on how much coffee you’ve drank. It’s sure to be a good day out for the whole family (as long as you leave the dog at home that is),