An important and enjoyable part of our PSHE programme is the use of visiting organisations and drama groups to challenge our pupils and to get them thinking about important issues. Already, we have seen Good Egg Drivers for S6, S2 and 3 have enjoyed Rich Cotterill and his band with an anti -drugs theme, whilst S1 have been the audience for Landed, an anti -smoking play.
Thursday 17th November Baldy Bane Theatre Company with Nine Lives of Roddy Hogg for S1. Also on Thursday 17th November Friends Disunited will be performed for S5/6.
Lucy McQuaid and Luke Dickson represented the school at the Young Ambassadors for Sport Conference which took place on September 14th at Hampden Park.
Lucy and Luke quickly got into the spirit of the day. They met several Commonwealth and Olympic athletes and sporting stars – Robbie Renwick, Eilidh Doyle (previously Childs), Colin Gregor, Caitlin McLatchie and Julie Fleeting.
They received lots of useful information regarding the role of a Young Ambassador and then were given the opportunity to come up with some ideas to bring back to their school.
In their Ambassador roles, Lucy and Luke will be leading a sub group working with the Active Schools Coordinator, and with volunteers acting as ambassadors for individual sports such as basketball, football, athletics and dance. Anyone who is interested in getting involved should see Lucy, Luke or Miss Simpson in P.E.
The Personal Development class are coordinating this year’s Christmas Fair which will be on Saturday 26th November in The Zone from 10 am – 12 pm.
Last year’s stalls included home baking, books, toys, Reindeer Food, Fairy Dust and bric-a-brac along with Santa’s Grotto and a treasure hunt! Anyone outwith the school who would like a stall, please contact Mrs Zambonini. Cost of a stall is £20.
All first year pupils are invited to attend a trip to the pantomime in Glasgow on Tuesday 20th December during the school day. The show is in the SECC and stars Marti Pellow as Aladdin. The cost will be £18 and this will cover both the cost of the ticket and return coach travel. Letters with further information will be distributed by your Pupil Support Teachers next week. Payment to be made by 22nd September to secure your place.
Our Lady’s High School is planning an overnight trip on Tuesday 6th December to watch the Manchester City vs Celtic Champions League fixture and visit Old Trafford for a Stadium Tour. The trip will be open to second to sixth year pupils. The cost will be £160.
Please note this is a school excursion and football strips may not be worn throughout the whole trip. The tickets are in the Colin Bell Stand which is where the Manchester City fans will be seated.
The Travel and Tourism class visited Thomas Cook in Motherwell to find out about their demands of working as a travel agent and their customer service policy.
We spent a really interesting hour in the store chatting to the staff and asking questions about a wide range of issues related to meeting the needs of customers and how to pursue a career in tourism after leaving school.
S6 pupils successful in their application to go to Auschwitz are Ross Walker and Zoe Law. They will go on a one day visit to Poland on 28th September with the Holocaust Education Trust. They will, we are sure, have a thought provoking and memorable visit.
Without a doubt, the highest standard first round of the competition I’ve witnessed over the last ten years. Teams of three students, each answering three questions, no confering, for a total of 6 marks apiece over three rounds. With another 6 marks possible for the written answer team round, that brings the total available for National 5 Physics related questions to 24. We lost a mark for forgetting to include the unit in the team round. Hopefully a lesson learned for their SQA exams. Notre Dame performed flawlessly on these directed questions. Bearsden and Dunblane only lost 2 marks apiece. In total therefore, the 4 teams scored 95%, an impressive knowledge of their work up to now.
With a four mark anagram round and the competition opening and ending with a buzzer round worth 20 marks, the outcome was determined by reflex as well as general knowledge and familiarity with current news items. As far as memory serves I can recall only 3 questions in these rounds that the teams couldn’t answer correctly.
After the 1st round Bearsden and Dunblane were ahead by 5 marks. By the last round Bearsden had a slightly reduced lead with Dunblane a couple of points adrift. A good last round from Our Lady’s High and they were level with Dunblane with only one more question to answer. As the words of the immortal Scottish Bard wrang out, I was screaming for our team to just buzz in … screaming inside my head that is … and I watched as one of them pressed their buzzer. Their buzzer light did not stay on and I waited to hear which school had buzzed first. It was Dunblane. Sure enough they had the correct answer and along with Bearsden, the clear winners, two very worthy teams progress to the semi-finals. With Notre Dame only a couple of points behind us the heat was not only of a very high standard but also very evenly balanced. Well done to WoSPEG for delivering such a vibrant celebration of Physics.
Our team of Patrick Quinn, Emma Dolan and Heather Nugent were an absolute credit to our school. They couldn’t have performed better other than perhaps having cybernetic implants to improve their speed of reflex. Along with the excellent cheerleading reserve Ryan Kane they seemed to thouroughly enjoy the competition, the experiments laid on prior to the quiz (mainly involving liquid Nitrogen) and the complimentary drinks, chocolate and WoSPEG mugs for participants. There’s always next year.
Special Report by Saoirse Higham and Emma Torrance S5
On Thursday 8th September, a group of S5/6 pupils was given the opportunity to visit the University of Glasgow in order to take part in a project that introduces female students to STEM subjects- Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. During the course of the day, we took part in many enjoyable activities, such as speed mentoring, CV writing, help with presentational skills as well as listening to inspirational speeches from women who have had great success in the exciting world of STEM.
We were astonished to discover that only 14% of those working in STEM industries are female- a figure which, up to recent years, was even lower. Clearly, STEM industries are very much male dominated- but we feel that this must change. We learned that although women applying to these industries are just as well qualified as men, they tended to be much less confident, and therefore were often overlooked for positions. Women also tend to lose out to men when it comes to equal pay- and equality in the work place in general.
Throughout our day we learned many important and useful skills to take with us on our journey through life: how to present ourselves in the workplace, prepare an effective CV and how to have a successful interview. We also learned that by following your heart and doing what you love you will find success in your own way.
Thursday was made possible through the amazing work of the STEMettes and their sponsor, “Monster Confidence” who work with STEM industries to encourage more women to join their workforces. Thanks for their most important lesson for us: Never let anyone stand in your way- Girl Power!
The school has been contacted by the OLHS Musical Society as some of their dancers are now unable to participate in the show. They Society are looking for some pupils, preferably 16 or over, to dance in their latest production, Calamity Jane, in November. It would involve two nights of rehearsal between now and the November Show. The show runs from 1st-5th December.
Congratulations to Adam Boyle who won silver in the javelin at the UK School Games at Loughborough University. And then to round off the weekend, he travelled to Bedford and competed in the UK Youth Development League final for Team Glasgow and won gold!
A bus full of enthusiastic readers headed for the Edinburgh Internal Book Festival on Monday 29th August. Pupils came from S1-6, including the Advanced Higher English class who came along to pick up some tips for their creative writing.
Our first session featured relatively new writers, Lisa Heathfield and Katherine Howe, who focused on how they had written their books and the research involved in getting the details correct. They had plenty of advice for aspiring writers and encouraged questions by giving away badges. Hands flew up from purple blazers!
Our second talk featured crime author, Anne Cassidy, who has published over forty books. She very quickly had the audience laughing as she explained all the ways that she had killed off her characters. Again OLHS pupils were keen to ask questions, including Conor who asked how Anne would kill him off if he appeared in one of her books. Anne made arrangements with him later on.
The Festival sponsors kindly provided book tokens for each pupil which were quickly snapped up to buy books and get them signed by the authors, providing further opportunities to ask yet more questions. We also wandered around the gardens and book shop, ate ice-cream and generally chilled out in the beautiful sunshine.
Pupils from across Motherwell Diocese came together for a special Mass at Carfin Grotto to mark the Year of Mercy.
Our associated primaries, Cathedral, St Bernadette’s and St Brendan’s Primaries also came along. Here are the photos as evidence, because they were all apparently quite quiet on the day.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of the Year of Mercy, from the sing-along hymns on the bus. While they were a bit shy when asked to cheer for their school, the OLHS pupils were not lacking enthusiasm when asked to volunteer as stewards.
Sports clubs: Can all pupils who signed up for a club please collect a consent form from the PE department at interval/lunch. Please note that the S1/2 netball club will now run on a Monday after school and the badminton club will run on a Tuesday after school.
S1/2 Dance Club: The club will not be running this Thursday, but will instead start next Thursday (8/9/16). Can all pupils who have signed up please attend a short meeting on Friday (2/9/16) at interval in my room (science 238). Any pupil who hasn’t yet signed up but would like to find out more is also welcome to come to the meeting. If you cannot make the meeting on Friday, please come and let me know. Miss Walmsley.
Irish Dancing: Irish dancing club starts today at lunch time in the fitness suite at 12.45. All age groups welcome even if you are a beginner. Miss Gilmour
Second Year Drama Club: Second Year Drama Club in Mr Dean’s room every Friday lunchtime 12.40 start. All welcome.
S1/2 Photography Club: Photography Club will run on Thursdays in the Library. Please see Mrs Macfadyen or Ms Steinert for details. No equipment necessary.
Politics: Are you a fifth or sixth year pupil who is interested in becoming a member of our OLHS European Youth Parliament team? If you are interested in this opportunity or would like further information then please attend a meeting at 1pm on Wednesday. The meeting will be held in Room 204 (Miss Halket’s classroom) and will be led by Christopher Wilson