Refugees at Calais


Our Caritas pupils are collecting materials to be sent to Calais for the benefit of the refugees in the camps.

If you can supply any of the following items, please hand them into the school.

Tents/ covers/ tarpaulins (even if incompatible); sleeping bags; candles or any other lighting; blankets; plastic bags; plastic storage boxes (with lids preferably); litter pickers;  wooden pallets; canvas sheets.

Soap; shampoo; toothpaste; toothbrushes; wipes; toiletry bags etc

Shoes/ trainers/ hiking boots/ wellies etc; jackets/ waterproofs;  hoodies; traveling bags; socks; belts; trousers/ tracksuit trousers/ jeans; hats; scarves; gloves; underwear.

All items will be delivered to the churches which are coordinating the deliveries. Many thanks for your support.

EMA update

The Scottish Government has informed local authorities of changes to the income thresholds used in assessing EMA applications which will take effect from 1 January 2016.  These changes will also affect students’ eligibility for “provisional” awards.

Amended application forms and advertising posters are currently being prepared and supplies will be sent to all schools as they become available.

More detail is available by clicking on this document:

Unions into Schools Visit

Report from Miss Halket

STUC Unions into Schools delivered sessions to our S4 Modern Studies classes on Wednesday 9th September. These sessions were led by Susan (Community) and Geraldine (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers).

This experience helped deepen pupil understanding of the role of Trade Unions. It was a fantastic opportunity and we would like to thank Unions into Schools, Susan and Geraldine for this opportunity.

The Room

RMPS pupils in 6th year are working on ‘Dysfunctional Families and Crime Unit’, investigating whether there is a link between dysfunctional families and those who commit crimes later in life.

Mrs King recreated ‘The Room’ from the novel by Emma Donoghue, using one of the old staff bases, some mouldy cheese to provide a musty smell, some tea-lights for a dark atmosphere and stickers to indicate the low height of the ceiling – pupils over 5’6″ had to bend down.

After experiencing the room for a short time themselves, pupils discussed how such horrible conditions would affect young people, and whether criminal leanings were an inevitable result of such an up-bringing. Miss McGinness and Fr Martin Delaney contributed to the class discussions.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Report from Mrs Sinclair

Congratulations to Sophie Tougher Mitchell, Emily Tougher Mitchell and James Mullen who were awarded the Rotary Youth Leadership Award last night in the Bentley Hotel. We were all made very welcome and had a lovely meal followed by the presentations. At the presentations we were delighted to hear that Sophie had won the The John Mair Award.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is an amazing opportunity and experience for young people. It was clear from the action-packed week that RYLA really does develop leadership skills and instils a sense of pride in achievement. It stimulates the mind and body and it incorporates great team spirit and sportsmanship.

The John Mair Awards are presented to the two individuals who, in the judgment of their peers, have shown the most overall improvement during their respective weeks at RYLA. Young people from all over Scotland attend for one week in July.

Mrs Mair was on hand to present the award in memory of her late husband.

Servant Leadership

Report from Miss McGinness

Ten of our new S6 pupils took part in the residential course, ‘Servant Leadership’ at the Conforti Institute in Coatbridge.

Pupils from OLHS came together with a group of pupils from St. Roch’s in Glasgow to take part in various workshops led by Michael Canning and the Conforti Team. The programme is a gospel based approach to leadership skills where pupils discussed and planned how they could become positive leaders during their last year in school and beyond.

A fantastic 2 day course full of fun and reflection, with team games out in the gardens and night prayer with Father Paddy. Miss McGinness and the pupils would like to thank Michael, the team at Conforti and St. Roch’s in Glasgow for such a wonderful experience.

WoSPEG Quiz 2015-16

Report from Mr Law

After a valiant and very close contest, the OLHS Physics quiz team narrowly missed progressing further in the competition.  Two of the four teams were to advance into the next round and OLHS tied for second place with Rosshall Academy once the normal set of questions had been answered.  Heather Nugent, Damian Bonnar and Ryan Kane were just a fraction of a second too slow on the buzzer for the tie-break question.

In second place for most of the time, they answered individual and team questions on Physics as well as buzzer round questions on general knowledge, current affairs and Science.  The last round of 20, “on the buzzer” questions was an exciting conclusion to the contest.  With only three questions remaining, Oban were four points ahead of OLHS.  A further three points adrift were Rosshall Academy with Gleniffer HS close behind them.  As the tension mounted, not only were Rosshall quickest to buzz, but they answered all three questions correctly.  A similar result in the tie-break saw them deservedly through.

Congratulations are also due to the OLHS team however as they were S4 students competing against S5/6 competitors.  Being asked questions about parts of the course that they hadn’t yet studied was testament to their dedication and reading ahead skills.  Despite the disappointment of not getting through, they thoroughly enjoyed the pre-quiz interactive experiments made available for them.  Rarely can a secondary school afford the equipment and liquid Nitrogen required for some of the more exciting displays, so thanks are also due to the University of the West of Scotland.  Supercooled magnetic interactions, infrared video and pulse detection were all avidly experienced.

PSHE Day 1

Report by Mrs Zambonini

S5 and 6 were involved in the first of two PSHE days.  The focus of today was personalisation and choice with facilitators giving pupils input on a range of topics.  The morning was spent carouselling around talks and workshops from SAAS, Financial Education, Personal Learning Planning and Skills Development Scotland.

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The afternoon allowed pupils to opt into a talk of their choosing.  Marie Woods, Glasgow Kelvin College lecturer, gave a talk on life at college.  Kevin Thomson represented the Army careers service. Strathclyde University lecturers spoke about life at university.  KPMG staff spoke about apprenticeships, with Rathbone staff informing pupils about what training provision is available.

A huge thanks to everyone who gave their time to make the day informative and relevant for the pupils.

Catholic School Parent Assembly

thisisourfaithParents from Catholic schools across Scotland are invited to participate in the latest in a series of Parent Assemblies which are designed to inform and consult them on important issues.

Here are the details of the next assembly of Catholic School Parents:

Making Sense of This Is Our Faith

supporting parents to make sense of the Religious Education programmes
taught in Catholic primary and secondary schools

Saturday 3rd October 2015;  10.30 to 12.30pm
St Francis Xavier Centre, Taylor Avenue, Carfin Lanarkshire ML1 5AJ

To book your place, go to Catholic School Parent Assembly 3rd October 2015
or email: parents @ (taking out the spaces).

U13/U14 Football 2015-16

The OLHS U13 football squad for the 2015-16 season are:

Luke Robertson, Aedan Dunne, Niall Burke, Jack Brown, Liam Knox, Martin Boyle, Callum O’Hara, Josh Barr, Joe Chambers, Christopher Blaney, Andrew Ferguson, Paul Murphy, Henry Kyanda, Ryan Bourke, Daniel Grew, Josh Miller.

The OLHS U14 football squad, 2015-16 season:

Daniel Collins, Jon Joseph O’Hanlon, James Low, Bryan Boyle, Mark Ross, Nathan Todd, Daniel MacLeod, Robbie Payne, Kieran Etherson, Paul Devlin, Michael Verrichia, Evan Murphy, Marcus Groome, Liam Milne, Nicholas McNally

S1-3 Awards Ceremony 2015

Thank you to everyone who came along to our S1-3 Awards Ceremony last night to celebrate the achievements of our young people.

Pupils in third and fourth year who were unable to attend last night’s awards ceremony should report to The Zone during tutor time to pick up a certificate.

Any pupil who did not collect their photo from the ceremony last night or did not attend and wants to look at/purchase their photo can come up to Room 305 (Ms Steinert’s classroom) and see the photos at either interval or lunchtime Friday.

Work Experience

Report from Mrs McNeish

All S4 pupils should now be prepared for their week of Work Experience.

Any pupil who is not organised for their work placement, whether it be lost forms, forgotten log-in, or no idea for placement, should please meet with Mrs McNeish at Tutor Time on Friday 28th in the Citizens Cafe.

Extra Curricular Clubs

Sign up sheets are now on the noticeboard in the PE department. The following clubs are running this year:

  • Badminton – Wednesday lunch & Monday 3.15pm-4.15pm
  • Basketball – Tuesday 3.15pm-4.15pm
  • S1/2 Netball – Thursday 3.15pm-4.15pm
  • S3-6 Netball – Wednesday 3.15pm-4.15pm
  • Fitness – Fitness Tuesday 3.15pm-4.15pm
  • Irish Dancing – Wednesday lunch
  • Girls Football – Tuesday 3.15pm-4.15pm

If you would like to sign up for any clubs put your name on the appropriate sheet.

XL Latest

Report from Mrs McNeish

Our XL classes are hard at work. One S3 group invited Sam Hunter and his guide dog, Marco, in for a question and answer session and are now raising funds for the charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind. The other S3 XL are organising a staff coffee morning and completing a walking challenge. 4XL are participating in two Duke of Edinburgh sections, volunteering in departments and learning new skills.


Congratulations to Adam Boyle who won Gold in the Under-17 Javelin at the Scottish National Track and Field Championships on Saturday 22nd of August at Grangemouth stadium with a distance of 55.90 metres. Adam will compete next at the UK School Games in Manchester.

Congratulations also to recent 6th year pupil, Heather Baird, who won silver in the Under-20 High Jump.