Giant Heptathlon

Report by Lucy and Megan (S3 Sports Council reps)2016_0127_6095

On the 27th of January some of our 1st and 2nd years competed at North Lanarkshire’s Giant Heptathlon. This took place in Ravenscraig Sports Centre and various schools across North Lanarkshire took part. They participated in 7 different events including 1 minute steps ups, a mixture of throwing and jumping events and also various races.

Both teams performed very well and our 1st years were awarded 3rd place. Everyone had a great day and did Our Lady’s HS proud!

S1 team
Holly Irving, Alicija Balanda, Elle Leel, Joey Leach, Kayleigh Kane, Casey Paterson, Ania Gorzkowska, Ryan Bourke, Ethan Law, Henry Kyanda, Mark Fitzpatrick, Paul Murphy2016_0127_6200

S2 Team
Max Ofori, Evan Murphy, Robbie Payne, Nicholas McNally, Dylan Garmory, Michael Verrechia, Daniel MacLeod, Owen Carroll, Rachel Donnelly, Caitlin Thomson, Hannah Townsley, Erin Doyle, Katie Torrance, Niah Welsh, Maja Fereniec2016_0127_6202

Handball Tournament

Good luck to all our pupils who are off to the handball tournament at the The Tryst Sports centre in Cumbernauld. We have 2 S1/2 mixed teams and 1 S3 boys team.

Team: Aleksandra Bednarek, Mikolaj Warda, Maja Fereniec, Daniel Zgorski, Emilia Majcherczyk, Dominic Prdzynski, Niall Burke, Daniel Grew, David O’Donnell, Eva Winton, Favour Azeez, Dominic Leary, Christopher Blaney, Nikodem Szlagor, Ryan Masterson, Olivia Latimer, Ethan Law, Adrian Monka, Michael Matuszewski, Muzamal Sabir Shakil, Paul Giwa, Mateusz Cymerman, Greg McCluskey, Ronan Winton, Josh Barr, Przemyslaw Zychski, Daniel Martin

Catholic Education Week Newsletter 2016

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Catholic Education Week 2016

Our thanks to all of the staff and pupils who helped in any way to support mass over the weekend in our associated parishes.

We had pupils reading the letter from the Archbishop, others reading the first and second readings for Sunday mass, assisting with the leaflet distribution, offertory procession and musical liturgy. If you helped in any way it was greatly appreciated by the Parish and your school.

Thank you very much for your time and effort.

S5/6 Prelim Exams 2016

Upper school prelims begin on Monday 25th January, continuing until Monday 1st February. The exam timetable is as follows:

S5 S6 prelims Jan 16 Pupils

PDF version of timetable: 2016_0111_prelimtimetable

Please note that pupils are not permitted study leave during prelims. Our arrangements are as follows:

During the prelim exams pupils will be marked present on the day of their exam. If pupils do not have an exam on a particular day and do not attend school they will be marked absent. If for any reason your child is unwell or is unable to sit an exam the school should be contacted as soon as possible.


  • Throughout this week class teachers will be available as normal to offer support with revision.
  • Pupils by now should have a study timetable which will help them to thoroughly prepare for their forthcoming exams.
  • SQA past papers 
  • BBC bitesize websites
  • Scholar also provide useful revision materials.
  • Supported study is available in the majority of subjects.

Seat numbers

It is pupils’ responsibility to find out their seat number for each exam in advance and add the information to their timetables.  Seat numbers for all exams are displayed on the noticeboard across from the Support for Learning base. Principal Teachers will also advise pupils where this information is posted in relation to specific subjects.

Pupils should not go into any exam without knowing their seat numbers.

The Best Worst Christmas Jokes Ever


The Best Worst Christmas Jokes Ever competition was held in the days leading up to Christmas, with prizes awarded by Mrs Macfadyen for the best/worst entries.

The stunning banner was designed by Emilia, Maja, and Sara over a week of lunchtimes in the Library.

Congratulations to the two winners, Louise and Keryn for their groan-out-loud jokes:

What’s green, covered in tinsel and goes “ribbit, ribbit”?
A Mistle Toad


How does a penguin build its house?
Igloos it together!

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Letter from Mrs Sinclair

Dear Parent/Carer

We are almost at the end of a very busy but fruitful term. The school Christmas parties take place this week and our Christmas concert promises to be a “sell-out” on Friday.

Thank you very much for all of your support and generosity throughout the year. On Friday we propose to have a “Christmas Jumper Day”. If your child has a Christmas jumper and would like to participate we are asking for a donation of £1 on Friday. The donations will go to “Save the Children” and Children’s Cancer Charity as we think of a young pupil in a local school recently diagnosed. Other items of school uniform should be worn. It is not a non-uniform day. (If your child does not have a Christmas jumper please do not go out to buy a jumper at this very expensive time of year).

On a separate note the school is open as normal on Monday and we close on Tuesday 22nd December at 2:30pm. I hope that you have a lovely time at Christmas with your family.

School will re-open on Wednesday 6th January at 8:50am.

Merry Christmas

Mrs K Sinclair

Advent and Christmas update

Many thanks to Fr Martin for House Advent services and for mass being available for pupils and staff daily. Our thanks also to Monsignor Millar for a lovely Mass celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which was very well attended. Staff and pupils had the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on 9th December.

As we gear up for Christmas, pupils are looking forward to panto visits and parties, with ceilidh dancing practices being as popular as ever. Our thanks to the Catering staff for a sumptuous Christmas dinner which had the largest ever attendance. The party for staff children was also very successful, and final preparations are underway for the Seniors Christmas Party.

Never content to rest on our laurels, Mr Deans in Performing Arts is organising a Nativity to be performed by S1, entries are coming in fast for the Best Worst Christmas Joke competition dreamt up by Mrs Macfadyen, Miss McShane in Technical has more 1st years working away on Christmas Crafts and a Christmas jumper day is on the horizon!

We Will Rock You Latest

Report from Mrs Smith 

Show call backs took place on 8th December and were a roaring success. Pupils took part in singing of ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and a variety of acting scenes.

Of the 120 pupils who auditioned, 40 were asked to return, and of that 40 the best fourteen gained main parts with the others gaining chorus roles.

The finalised cast list of successful pupils will be placed on the show notice board in the Performing Arts Department. Well done and thanks to all who took part.

Cathy MacPhail

Award winning author, Cathy MacPhail, visited 3rd year pupils to share her experiences of becoming published, the sources of her plots and the trailer for the recent film made from her first novel, Another Me.

Along the way, Cathy managed to get the pupils to imagine the spookiest things that could happen in the room they were in, and volunteered one of the pupils to be at the receiving end of all this trauma (sorry, Gemma!) From unseen voices, flickering lights and echoing footsteps, it wasn’t clear if her victim would get out alive!

Fortunately all had survived by interval, and we took Cathy off for some discussions with coffee and senior pupils. Advanced High English now includes a Creative Writing element, and the class appreciated Cathy’s insights into character, plot and how to get writing.

Many thanks to Cathy for all of her advice and stories. We look forward to welcoming her again in 2016 to discuss writing with S2 pupils.

Football latest: U13s, U14s, Girls

Our U13 boys won 7-2  against Lesmahagow in the League Cup on 3rd December. Scorers were Callum O’Hara, Henry Kyanda, Niall Burke and Paul Murphy (3) and an own goal.

Also on December 3rd, the boys’ U14 team beat Turnbull High in the Scottish Cup 3rd round, with goals from Robbie Payne (2), Nicky McNally (3), Michael Verrechia and Evan Murphy.

Meanwhile the girls’ football team also deserve congratulations for their performance at the recent tournament at Braidhurst High School. The girls battled against the wind and rain to beat Dalziel 1-0, draw with Braidhurst 1-1 but they were unlucky to lose against Cardinal Newman 3-0. Goalscorers were Kara Reid (S4) and Keela-Chae McCreaddie (S1). Special recognition to Niamh Simmonette for some great saves. Team: Niamh Simmonette, Kara Reid, Ebony Bollard, Fatemeh Assar, Kayla McCourt, Elle Leel, Keela-Chae McCreaddie, Alicia Jackson.

Well done to all of the teams involved for playing well in terrible conditions.

Fashion at Kelvingrove

Report from Ms Steinert


The S3 Fashion and Textile class in Home Economics and the S5/6 Higher Art and Design pupils went to see the Century of Style Exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery on Thursday December 3rd.

The girls got the chance to have a museum guided tour around the exhibition which features 19th century garments made in Glasgow. The exhibit is organised into themes based on coloured fabric and type of garment like military or mourning outfits and is well worth a visit.

After the tour the class went to Mandor’s fabrics and bought some materials for their Higher fashion garments. Each pupil received a canvas tote bag from Mandor’s and loved seeing all the types of fabric and patterns available.

Outward Bound

Report from Ms Moir

Some lucky S3 pupils visited Outward Bound at Loch Eil last week for an action packed week of activities. The pupils took part in many activities such as canoeing, raft building, hill walking, abseiling and scrambling. The week was great fun, despite the wet weather, and every pupil overcame challenges and pushed themselves when trying new (and sometimes terrifying) activities!

All of the pupils were a credit to the school and should be very proud of their achievements.

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