Sports Day 2016

The Lifestyle Development Faculty is organising a Sports Day on Thursday 26th May.  Pupils will compete in their House groups resulting in an overall winning house. The events will take place on the bottom ash field for the duration of the school day.

Lists of participants and events have been posted in the PE department and in the Zone.  Pupils should check these lists to ensure they know what event they will be participating in. All pupils will be taking part in some way so remember your PE kit!

As this will be a non-uniform day, pupils will pay £1, which will go towards the Malawi First Aid Appeal.  There will also be various stalls to help with fund raising, offering refreshments, home baking and other surprises!  We are looking forward to an action packed, fun filled and exciting day!

NLC Learning Festival

Report by Mrs Maguire

Two of our pupils recently represented the Support for Learning department at the NLC Learning Festival in Motherwell Civic Centre. They showcased their skills using the new Dragon speech-to-text software which was installed in computers across the school at the start of the session.  They were invited along by members of the SAM (Support by Assistive Media) Group, who have been working closely with the pupils over the past few months.  Staff who visited the seminar were very impressed with both pupils’ ICT skills and were keen to find out information about the software and its usage in school.

Titanic Project 2016: Rothesay!

The Titanic Project crew headed for Rothesay and the beautiful Mount Stuart on a glorious day bursting with sunshine. For most pupils it was their first time on a ferry and they headed outside right away to watch the ship leaving Wemyss Bay.

After the essential photocalls and exploring the ship, they settled down to watch the scenery go past and ask how this would compare with their upcoming trip to Belfast.

Mount Stuart is a stunning mansion which gives an excellent impression of how opulent the interiors would have been on the Titanic. The group were enthusiastic about the grounds, but the luxury of the house really grabbed their attention, with carvings and beautiful details everywhere. Education Officer, Morven, kindly acted as our guide through the chapel, dining room, drawing room, bedrooms and bathrooms. Despite pupil concerns, Mrs Macfadyen was able to tear herself away from the Library (with its first folio Shakespeare, and its ladder!) and Mrs Zambonini stopped sighing over the chandeliers, so that they were able to see the balcony and the swimming pool! Back in Rothesay we had time for ice-cream and a quick peak at the marina before the ferry returned us to the mainland with a rather sleepy crew.

Our thanks to all at Mount Stuart and to Halls Coaches for a wonderful visit at such short notice.

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Girls’ football – SFP Trust Sevens

Report by Miss Moir

The girls’ football team took part in the SFP Trust Sevens Central Regional Finals last Monday afternoon at Chryston High School. The girls performed well managing a draw with Wallace High School (1-1) and and a fantastic win against St. Maurice’s High School (1-0). Unfortunately it was a very tough competition with a lot of strong teams so the girls will not progress to the final round. However, all girls displayed a fantastic sporting attitude and should be proud of their efforts.

Special mention to Ebony Bollard and Fatemeh Assar for their performances. Goal Scorers: Shannon Mullen (1), Ebony Bollard (1) and Collette O’Neill (1). Squad: Ebony Bollard, Collette O’Neill, Fatemeh Assar, Alicia Jackson, Louise Dynes, Sammi Marshall, Shannon Mullen, Well done to everyone!

Titanic Project 2016 : Storyteller

Professional storyteller, Allison Galbraith, returned to OLHS to help the Titanic Group record their stories. Each pupil chose a different aspect of the Titanic to focus on, from the ‘women and children first’ policy, to the lifeboats, to the role of the wireless operator.

Allison started the group off with some breathing exercises and vocal warm-ups, including tongue twisters and jaw massage, before we settled on the comfy seats to record the pupils’ work. Allison provided additional advice on reading speed, pausing and presentation as we worked through the stories. Despite the dangers of breaking into the giggles, every pupil recorded their own work beautifully.

Titanic Project 2016: Greenock Ocean Terminal and Caribbean Princess

Our interdisciplinary Titanic Project has so far covered science, art, history, geography, engineering, catering and storytelling. However, it’s not easy to give pupils an idea of the sort of luxury enjoyed by 1st class passengers aboard the Titanic.

We headed for Inverclyde to the Greenock Ocean Terminal, docking site for cruise ships in the west of Scotland. We could see the Caribbean Princess rising high above the terminal as we drove along from Port Glasgow, and couldn’t believe how tall it was! On arrival we were greeted by Terminal Manager, Craig Collins, who introduced us to the lovely Bruce and Fraser, our guides for the morning.

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Titanic Project Week 1

Our Titanic Project pupils spent a week investigating facts about the ship and ship-building. They worked with storyteller, Allison Galbraith, to learn what makes a decent story, and visited the Titan Crane at Clydebank and the Denny Tank at Dumbarton, part of the Scottish Maritime Museum. The Science Department demonstrated buoyancy and helped pupils investigate floating and then pupils built a copy of the Titanic with Social Subjects.

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Rocket Science

Pupils in S1, S2 and S3 have been planting seeds from space. Packets of rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station under the care of astronaut Tim Peake. Those seeds were then sent back to Earth and delivered to schools with another packet of rocket seeds from the Royal Horticultural Society. Schools only know that there is a blue packet and a red packet; we don’t know which seeds have been in space.

Pupils and staff will now measure the blue and red trays of seeds and identify any differences between them. Pupils suggested that the lack of gravity in space may have impacted on the growth of the seeds.

Rocket Science report from the BBC.

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North Lanarkshire Youth Council AGM

From Miss Halket

Do you have a keen interest in making a difference in your local community? Do you have a desire to stand for election as part of the March 2017 Scottish Youth Parliament elections?

If so, the North Lanarkshire Youth Council is the representative body of young people in North Lanarkshire and they have invited you along to their forthcoming AGM. Their Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday 27 April 2016 (6:45pm – 9pm) in the @Home Centre in Airdrie. Please see Miss Halket for more information.

Cake craft 2016

Report from Mrs Stemplis

The Practical Cake Craft class covers all about cake baking and the more creative side of cake finishing.  Pupils learn the skills of crimping, embossing, modelling, piping, stenciling, texturing and using commercial cutters.  For their final exam they put together all their new skills to produce a cake fit for a special occasion of their choice.

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Letter: SQA Examinations 2016 and Study Leave Arrangements for S6 Students.

20th April 2016

Dear Parent /Carer,

SQA Examinations 2016 and Study Leave Arrangements for S6 Students.

 Individual examination timetables have been issued to all S6 students in preparation for their SQA examinations which start on Thursday 5th May 2016.  Each student must be responsible for arriving in good time for each examination, bringing any necessary equipment and checking notice boards for seat numbers, rooms and other information.  School uniform must be worn by all students attending for examinations or using school study facilities.  Students using study facilities or seeing their teacher for support during study leave must sign in at front office.

Additional important information for students: 

  • Study leave for students who are sitting exams begins on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 after the S6 Leavers Mass.
  • Monday 2nd May is a holiday.
  • Thursday 5th May is an In-Service Day.  This, however, is the date of the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher English exams. School transport has been organised for pupils and this information will be given to pupils individually. There will be no catering facilities on this day.
  • Friday 27th May is a holiday. This is the date of the National 5 and Higher Business and Computing Science exams. School transport has been organised for pupils and this information will be given to pupils individually. There will be no catering facilities on this day.
  • Monday 30th May is also a holiday.  This is the date of the National 5 and Higher Modern Studies exams. School transport has been organised for pupils and this information will be given to pupils individually. There will be no catering facilities on this day.
  • The booklet “Your Exams 2016” provides useful information for students.  All pupils have been issued with this booklet.  Students can register at www.mysqa.info to have results texted/emailed to them as well as their certificates still being posted out. Exam results are due on Tuesday 9th August.
  • A study room will be available for any students who wish to use this facility during study leave. Pupils may also go to their teachers for assistance at the times they would normally be in class.
  • Please note that SQA have issued strict instructions regarding digital audio devices e.g. mobile phones, MP3 players, i-pods, etc.  These are strictly prohibited and must not be taken into the exam room.  Any breach of exam regulations involving these devices may lead to cancellation of exam entry by SQA.
  • The SQA Candidate Mass will be on Friday 22nd April at 11.30 a.m.

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish all students every success and good wishes for the forthcoming exams and for their future careers.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mrs M Donnachie

Depute Head Teacher  5th & 6th Year

Letter: SQA Examinations 2016 and Study Leave Arrangements for S4 and S5 Students.

20th April 2016

Dear Parent /Carer,

SQA Examinations 2016 and Study Leave Arrangements for S4 and S5 Students.

 Individual examination timetables have been issued to all S4 and S5 students in preparation for their SQA examinations which start on Thursday 5th May 2016.  Each student must be responsible for arriving in good time for each examination, bringing any necessary equipment and checking notice boards for seat numbers, rooms and other information.  School uniform must be worn by all students attending for examinations or using school study facilities.  Students using study facilities or seeing their teacher for support during study leave must sign in at front office.

 Additional important information for students: 

  • Study leave for students who are sitting exams begins on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at 3.15pm. Students should attend school on this day as normal.
  • There will be no study leave for pupils who are following National 4 courses or a mixture of N4 & N5 courses which do not have an exam.
  • Monday 2nd May is a holiday.
  • Thursday 5th May is an In-Service Day. This, however, is the date of the National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher English exams. School transport has been organised for pupils and this information will be given to pupils individually. There will be no catering facilities on this day.
  • Friday 27th May is a holiday. This is the date of the Nat 5 and Higher Business and Computing Science exams. School transport has been organised for pupils and this information will be given to pupils individually. There will be no catering facilities on this day.
  • Monday 30th May is also a holiday. This is the date of the N5 and Higher Modern Studies exams.  School transport has been organised for pupils and this information will be given to pupils individually. There will be no catering facilities on this day.
  • The booklet “Your Exams 2016” provides useful information for students. All pupils have been issued with this booklet.  Students can register at mysqa.info to have results texted/emailed to them as well as their certificates still being posted out. Exam results are due on Tuesday 9th August.
  • A study room will be available for any students who wish to use this facility during study leave. Pupils may also go to their teachers for assistance at the times they would normally be in class.
  • Please note that SQA have issued strict instructions regarding digital audio devices e.g. mobile phones, MP3 players, i-pods, etc. These are strictly prohibited and must not be taken into the exam room.  Any breach of exam regulations involving these devices may lead to cancellation of exam entry by SQA.
  • The SQA Candidate Mass will be on Friday 22nd April at 11.30 a.m.
  • All S4 pupils sitting National 5 exams should return to school on the day following their last SQA exam.
  • All S5 year pupils intending to return for a Sixth year must return to school on Monday 6th June

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish all students every success and good wishes for the forthcoming exams and for their future careers.

 

Yours faithfully,

Mrs M Donnachie

Depute Head Teacher  5th & 6th Year