Extra-curricular Clubs

A number of clubs and activities are available for pupils throughout the week at OLHS. A complete list is available by clicking here.

SPORTS CLUBS

Sports clubs: Sign up sheets are up in the PE department.  If you would like to join a club put your name on the appropriate sheet.  The clubs that will be running are:

  • S1/2 netball
  • S3-6 netball
  • S1-6 fitness
  • S1-6 rugby
  • Girls Football
  • S1-6 Badminton
  • S1-6 Dance
  • S1-6 Irish Dancing

BOOK GROUP
Book Group will take place every Tuesday lunchtime in the Nurture Room. This is a fantastic opportunity to read our large selection of books, develop your literacy skills and meet new friends. All welcome!

CHESS CLUB
Chess Club will continue every Friday at lunchtime. Beginners will learn how to play chess and our more experienced players will continue to compete against each other as we work towards creating an OLHS team.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
S1/2 Photography Club will take place in the Library every Thursday lunchtime. All equipment provided.

DANCE
S1/2 Dance club returns Thurs 4-5pm in the fitness suite from 1st Sept. Led by S6 Maia Winton. Sign up in PE or see Miss Walmsley.

TABLE TENNIS
Table tennis club in the large gym Mondays at lunchtime. Come along 12.40pm-1.10pm. For any more information see the PE department.

UCAS/SAAS information evening

Mrs Donnachie has organised a parents’ information evening which will explain the process of UCAS/SAAS application which many senior pupils will be involved in very soon.

This event will be held on Thursday September 1st at 7pm in The Zone.

Senior pupils are warmly invited to accompany their parents/ carers to this important meeting.

SQA success

From Mrs Sinclair

Congratulations to all pupils who performed exceptionally well in the National Qualifications from National 4 to Advanced Higher.

This year pupils studied seven subjects in fourth year for the first time.  Eleven of our students achieved straight As in all subjects undertaken at National 5 Level. Rhodri Bevan, Damian Bonnar, Molly Cuthbert, Emma Dolan, Hannah Duddy, Piroska Horvath, Kelsey Kearney, Dearbhla McCabe, Marta Pradzynska and Patrick Quinn.  Quite an achievement and perhaps even more so for Marta and Piroska when English is their second language.

Three of our students achieved straight As in their 5 Highers: Liam McCafferty, Michael McKenna and Philip Quither.  Congratulations too must go to Beth Cunningham who has left the school achieving Eight As at National 5, Five As at Higher and Three A Band Advanced Highers.  Beth is going on to study Dentistry.

This is just a small sample of the excellent attainment this year:

  • 49% of our Fourth Year achieved at least five National 5 Awards
  • 44% (based on S4 roll) achieved at least three Highers in Fifth Year
  • 72% (based on S4 roll) achieved at least one Higher
  • 18.4% achieved five Highers in Fifth Year.

These are our best Fifth Year results ever and we are very proud of our students.

Summer School 2016

Report from Mrs King

The annual summer school at Our Lady’s High School took place on August 8th with twenty new first year pupils and four senior pupils enjoying four days of activities. The summer school allows the young people to become more familiar with the secondary school setting and to meet some of the school staff before the new term begins. Being more confident and self-assured at the start of secondary school gives the S1 pupils a positive step towards a successful transition from primary school.

The S1 pupils took part in team building with the Partnership Staff on the first morning followed by a workshop of pottery with Ms Steinert where the pupils made clay hedgehogs in the afternoon.

On Tuesday, the pupils learned to play the ukulele with Mr McVeigh followed by a session on how to create scars and bruises using special effects make up with Kirsty McCabe.

On Wednesday, the pupils were treated to some Science experiments with Mr Law from Physics and after lunch, Mrs Smith from Performing Arts gave the pupils an opportunity to practice their voice and acting skills.

Each day, the pupils gathered to have lunch together and to make new friends and meet various teaching staff

On the final day, the entire group, Ms McDonald, Ms King and Mr Smith had a successful day trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park where they enjoyed seeing all the animals, especially the sea-lion show, and had some free time to explore the park.

Battlefields Trip

Adapted by Mrs Millar from pupil diaries.

For more information and photos from the 5th Our Lady’s Pals Battalion, please see Mr Smith’s website and Twitter @OLHSSocSubjects.

The 5th Our Lady’s High School Pals Battalion, led by Mr Smith and Kat Brogan of Mercat Tours, and accompanied by Mr Donnachie, Miss McGhee and Mrs Millar, set off for Belgium and France on Monday 20th June. We travelled by ferry from Hull and had a comfortable crossing to Zeebrugge – great food and accommodation onboard! Our first stop in Belgium was at the Pool of Peace, followed by Messines Church, then Hooge Crater museum where we had lunch, then onwards to Sanctuary wood where we donned wellies in order to experience life in the trenches. We reached Munchenhof around 5 and checked in to our very welcoming hotel where we were again well fed!

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On Tuesday we set off to France.  Our first visit was to Newfoundland Park, a beautiful, tranquil place dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who fought in the war.  We were privileged to walk across the battlefield and witness where the soldiers fought the Battle of the Somme: tragically, 91% of them did not make it back home. They are also remembered at Vimy Ridge, with an awe inspiring monument showing Mother Canada weeping for her lost children. We also visited Poiziers cemetery, where 14000 soldiers “Known Unto God” are remembered. This is the inscription carved on the memorial stones when soldiers who died could not be identified – or in some cases, even found. We were also proud to share a special moment with Robyn Leach, as she laid a wreath at the grave of her great great grandfather.2016_0622_093954

Thursday began at Essex Farm to visit the advanced dressing station where Lieutenant John McCrae wrote his famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. Next stop was Polkapelle Cemetery, where over 6000 of the 7400 men who lie there are only “Known Unto God”. We then visited Passchaendale, where half a million men died in 1917. We visited Tyne Cot Cemetery, the biggest Commonwealth cemetery in the world with 12,000 graves. Here, too, the lost men are remembered:  35,000 men – whose bodies were never found – are commemorated on the walls. Our next stop was at one of only four German cemeteries at Langemarck, resting place of over 40,000 German soldiers. After lunch we set foot in the Sacred City of Ypres for the first time, to visit the graves of two British soldiers shot at dawn by their own side. Lastly, we attended the Menin Gate ceremony in Ypres, where once again we were able to share the experience of finding a relative’s resting place with Lauren McCann. Our last official duty of the trip was when we then went on to Poelkapelle Cemetery to conduct our own memorial service.

Each evening, before dinner, Kat Brogan, our Tour Guide with Mercat International Tours, worked with the young people as they reflected on their experiences, writing in their daily diaries. Later, everyone enjoyed some down time, playing pool, bowling, watching TV or just chatting.

Our last day in Brugge saw a raiding of the chocolate shops and a scoffing of ice cream and delicious Belgian waffles before heading back to Scotland from Rotterdam on our second ferry – which was even more luxurious than the first one! After a fantastic meal,  everyone took to the floor – even the oldies – and danced the night away, finishing the night with a rendition of “It’s A Long Way to Tipperary” which brought the house down and made us many new friends!

The trip was both a lot of fun and very thought provoking – a real life changing experience for staff and pupils. Thanks to Mr Smith for organising a truly memorable time for us!

Broad General Education Awards 2016

The OLHS Awards for Broad General Education (or BGE) for pupils from S1-3 were held last night.

Our thanks to School Chaplain, Fr Martin Delaney, to Lewis Longmuir for introducing our speaker, to Shannon Waldron for the vote of thanks, our fabulous band for their wonderful music and to Mr Philip McGhee for presenting the awards.

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Edinburgh Book Festival

All pupils who signed up for the Edinburgh Book Festival trip on 29th August should pay their money now to Mrs Macfadyen.

The cost is now reduced to £6, thanks to the bus being paid for OLHS and a grant from the Festival. In addition, every young person visiting the Festival receives a £3 token to spend in the Festival bookshop.

If you want to find out more about the authors we are going to see, click here for the Festival website  or look up the individual authors.

Lisa Heathfield on Twitter: @LisaHeathfield

Katherine Howe’s website and Twitter: @katherinebhowe

Anne Cassidy’s website and Twitter: @annecassidy6

Books and materials

If you have any textbooks or Library books please return them to school before the end of term. Don’t be worried about handing back materials from few years ago – you will not get into trouble.

As you know budgets have been cut and the school simply cannot afford to replace books year in year out. This will impact future pupils.

Can we also ask families to please check shelves, cupboards, under beds etc for any old school books and hand them into OLHS.

Thank you to everyone for your assistance.

We Will Rock You

Everyone who came along to this wonderful show was full of praise for all pupils and a staff involved.  Thanks very much to Mrs Smith, Mrs Glover and all other members of the Performing Arts Department who worked tirelessly for months to ensure such a polished performance.  Well done and thanks to the performers who gave their all to ensure that each show was marvelous.  There was also an army of staff and pupil helpers behind the scenes – thank you all for giving up your time to help in any way.  We are lucky to be part of a community where everyone cares and lends a hand. Well done to all concerned!!

We Will Rock You – OLHS 2016 Programme (requires Acrobat reader).

 

International Conference 2016

Report from Miss Halket

Twelve of our Higher Modern Studies/Higher Politics pupils represented our school at the North Lanarkshire Council International Conference on Thursday 16th June. Our pupils took on the role of diplomats and debated with over 250 other pupils. This opportunity allowed our young people to recognise the power of deploying rational and reasoned arguments which are rooted in reliable and compelling evidence. They passionately represented Syria and are a credit to our school. Furthermore, Magen McNulty won the award for “Best Contribution” on the day and has made us all extremely proud.

European Union Debate

Report from Miss Halket

Pupils took part in a whole school mock European Union Referendum on Friday 17th June.

In response to the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” you voted as follows:

  • Remain a member of the European Union – 76%
  • Leave the European Union – 24%

It will be very interesting to see how our result compares to the outcome of the official referendum that takes place this Thursday 23rd July.

Freerice Challenge

Online game to end hunger

All PSHE classes have been working on the Freerice Challenge over the last couple of weeks. Freerice is a multiple choice online quiz which was originally designed by a programmer to help his children revise. He subsequently donated it to the UN World Food Programme to help feed people around the world.

Freerice is a multiple choice educational quiz. Classes can choose to answer questions on English vocabulary and grammar, maths, science, geography, literature, art history and languages.

2015_0601_7981Ten grains of rice are donated for every correct answer, paid for by sponsors with an interest in education. It takes 400 grams or about 19,200 grains of rice to feed one adult for a day, which seems like a lot but is actually about half a bowlful.

The Freerice Challenge has run through Tutor Time in the past few years, but this is our first year of running the Freerice Challenge through PSHE. We are hoping to establish a strong baseline total that classes can aim to beat in years to come.

Maths Enterprise Challenge Day 2016

Report from Miss Lees

On Friday 3rd June, our S1 pupils were out of their usual classes to take part in an Enterprise day run by the Maths Department. Groups of pupils completed activities in the morning including Match 10 (a fun online maths game), Orienteering in the school grounds, Tower Building and a variety of other tasks requiring a mix of teamwork and problem solving skills. The afternoon was spent in the games hall completing a very energetic maths relay. Teams were awarded points in all activities and the relay.

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Congratulations to the winning team: Nial Burke, Keela-Chae McCreadie, Paul Murphy, Lucy Thompson and Paul Welsh.

Aid to the Church in Need Rally

Report from Miss McMahon

On Thursday 16th June, the new S6 Caritas pupils will be attending an Aid to the Church in Need Rally at Carfin Grotto. ACN Scotland invites Catholic high schools from all over Scotland to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians worldwide. ACN call on the Scottish Government to promote faith and freedom around the world.  It is hoped that Caritas pupils will gain knowledge about the persecution of Christians throughout the world so that they go on to make a positive impact on social injustices.