Our Lady’s High School 2014

A heartfelt farewell to our former 6th year who attended a beautiful mass in school followed by a tea reception with parents, teachers and friends.

A wonderful evening was enjoyed by over 40 staff and pupils at the Shawlands Park Hotel on Friday 13th June.

Our very best wishes to all of you. May you all live long and happy lives, and look back on your time at OLHS with fond memories :-)

Proposed trips for 2015

The Science and Art departments are proposing a trip to Orlando, Florida, USA for 10 days in October 2015. This trip would be over the October break period and is open to S1-3 pupils. The trip would take in the Kennedy Space Center, Disney Parks, Miami Museum of Modern Art and the historic Art Deco beachfront. Any pupil interested should see Mr. Law.

The Modern Languages and the Social Studies Departments are organising a trip to France for June 2015. It is offered to pupils currently in S1. Apart from enjoying some sunshine with a French touch, pupils will get the chance to visit the European Parliament, spend a full day in the Europa theme park (one of the biggest and most popular theme parks on the continent), and hit the shops in the beautiful city centre of Strasbourg. Interested pupils should see Modern Languages department staff.

6th year old and new

On Friday 6th June our new sixth year began their induction programme. A variety of workshops was organised by Mrs Mulholland to help prepare the pupils for their final year with us.

Primary 7/ S6 Mass was on Monday 9th June, followed by visits on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th.Pupils met classmates, teachers and buddies and enjoyed following their first timetable.

A fond farewell to the old S6 whose leavers’ Mass is on the afternoon of 12th June, followed by the prom for on 13th June in the Shawlands Hotel.

Photography Club

Report from Ms Steinert

The Photography Club has had two pupils complete the coursework for the National Progression Award in Photography SCQF level 4.

3rd year, Maia Winton, and 5th year, Hayley Stevenson, have both worked very hard throughout the school year to complete this award. The pupils went on four photography shoots looking at photographing people and photographing places and explored and reflected on photographic techniques and styles. The pupils learned to store their images safely and use Adobe Bridge and Photoshop to create contact sheets and adjust images as part of their learning experience.

The Photography Club will resume after the holidays.

S2 Retreats

Report by Mrs Millar

All S2 pupils recently enjoyed a day’s retreat at Carfin Grotto. This report relates directly to the Monday retreat with 2N4, but all days were similar.

Carfin Grotto is a beautiful tranquil spot; a hidden gem in darkest Lanarkshire! The brainchild of Monsignor Thomas Canon Taylor, the Carfin Grotto is a replica of the grotto in Lourdes which was built to celebrate the apparations of Our Blessed Lady to St Bernadette. In the 1920s when unemployment was high, Msgr Taylor asked for and received the help of unemployed miners of Carfin and the surrounding area to recreate the Lourdes Grotto.

Each day started with a prayer, then the class was divided into three groups. The staff responsible for the Pilgrimage Centre then gave a very brief introduction to the day, telling the children how the Grotto came to be built and its connections with Lourdes. Then each group completed three activities:

  1. The Reliquary. This is a fantastic resource which has been built up over many years and which spans the entire range of Christendom. There are relics from as far afield as China relating to saints ranging from St Therese to the Chinese Martyrs. After a quick tour, the children were given a quest sheet which they had to complete by finding out as much as they could about the saints and their relics.
  2. The Grotto. Starting at the main entrance the children took a tour of all the hidden treasures of the Grotto again in the form of a quest.
  3. The Pilgrimage Centre. A more recent addition to the Grotto’s resources, this display celebrates the pilgrim of all faiths and cultures. It is a fascinating collection of artefacts and photographs from around the world – from Mecca to Jerusalem and India.  Again the children were given a brief introduction by staff before the final quest.

No day would be complete without Mass, and the children were lucky enough to be given their own private Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Church, celebrated by a member of the Holy Ghost Fathers, home from the missions. Both humorous and down to earth, the Father had a great connection with the children, coming down off the altar to be among them as he delivered his homily.

A great time was had by all, and the sun even shone for us all day.


Motherwell Youth Voice

Report from Motherwell Youth Voice

On Tuesday 3rd June, Motherwell Youth Voice joined with Wishaw Youth Forum is hosting an open evening in Council Chambers in Motherwell Civic Centre. We are inviting young people aged between 14 to 25 living, working or studying in the area to come out and find more about what we do. The door will be open at 5:30pm with light refreshments and the event will start at 6:00pm.

The evening will be composed of talks from young people involved, interactive sessions to engage with young people.

Motherwell Youth Voice’s objective is to show how young people can make a difference and combat the stereotypes of youths today. We have led and produced various events which have promoted this purpose. We also support young people through various programmes such as the Saltire Awards and the Duke of Edinburgh. There’s also an opportunity to get involved in various volunteering, peer education programme, so it is a really good opportunity for any young people who would like to enhance their CV by joining the group.

Through joining the group, young people will have fantastic opportunities to gain skills, access accredited training and take part in residential trips. Our recent trip to the Scottish Parliament has been a great success. We meet every second Tuesday at Our Lady’s High School between 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

At the moment, we are looking to recruit new members to join us and be a part of the group.  If you are have any questions, please contact our support worker Hua Cui (CLD youth work, Motherwell Locality) on 01698 403837 or email her to cuih@northlan.gov.uk

Challenge X: quiche, zombies and magic eyes

2nd year English are continuing with Challenge X on their fortnightly Library visits. Pupils are exploring ways to achieve their ten challenges.

One group chose to investigate zombies for the Weird and Wonderful Challenge, and then created their own zombie apocalypse play.

Unfortunately, the third member of their squad, who was meant to hunt down and destroy the zombies, felt a bit ill on the day we took the photos, so these two might be doomed.

Challenge X allows pupils to use materials created in other classes, like this beautiful quiche from Home Economics, so long as they can explain the process to prove what they’ve learned, and then complete some additional research.

Other pupils have topics that they’d like to find out more about, such as optical illusions, but are stuck for challenge ideas. On this occasion we introduced them to magic eye pictures, and challenged them to see the 3D image hidden inside.

IDL games

Pupils in S2 Interdisciplinary Learning classes have been investigating tourism in Lanarkshire, using leaflets and websites to discover activities, sights and places to visit in the local area before coming up with Lanarkshire- based board games.

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Kelvingrove visit

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3rd year Art pupils dragged staff out of school on Friday 9th May to participate in Kelvingrove’s annual competition to draw or paint one of the objects in the museum.

Pupils collected their materials before touring the gallery looking at pottery, animals, armour, glass, statues and fossils, before pupils settled down to concentrate on their favourites. Some had chosen to work in pastels, others in watercolours or pencils.

It was lovely to see people in the museum pausing to watch what our pupils were doing, but mostly the pupils were concentrating so hard on their work that they were oblivious to anyone else – in fact two of them were so oblivious to everything around them that they nearly missed the bus!

It was a great day with enthusiastic artists in a beautiful location, and we even had an organ recital at lunchtime.

Geography field trip

Report by Mr Kay

The S3 Geography class visited Glasgow on Thursday 12th May to conduct research for their assignments. The class looked at the characteristics of the different land use zones and visited inner city areas such as Dennistoun, Gorbals and Govanhill. They also visited suburban Netherlee and Carmunnock, a small commuter village on the outskirts of the city.  The class participated in a variety of tasks to gather evidence and looked at different building and construction types, street patterns and the amount of open space present in the areas. The pupils also used questionnaires which helped to identify how satisfied residents of Carmunnock were with the local environment. Overall, the day out was a great success. The pupils were a credit to both themselves and the school and the research conducted will be of great benefit to them as they write their reports.


Radio 1 Academy

The Radio 1 Academy is being held at Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow University from 10th – 16th May. There will be workshops, master classes and Q&A sessions covering Journalism, Media, Music production, Music performance and DJing.

Everything is free but tickets are required for most activities, available from Queen Margaret Union from Monday 5th May at 12pm.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in a career in the media.

Click here for additional information.

Breakfast Club outing

Report from Mrs McDonald

Sixteen pupils accompanied by three staff went to the Bentley Hotel this morning for a lovely relaxing breakfast. The pupils, who all regularly attend the school breakfast club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Our Lady’s, were treated to a sit down full Scottish breakfast. Some of the pupils had never been to a hotel for breakfast, so it was a new experience for them, and everyone enjoyed it very much.


The schools breakfast club is currently operating from a grant from the Healthy Living Centre Fund. School staff volunteer their time to run the club where any pupil can come along from 8.30-9 am and get a free breakfast of fruit juice, cereal, toast, yogurt and fruit.  Currently around 25-35 pupils participate each day.