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.

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

Photography Club

Members of the Photography Club are selecting their five favourite pictures taken over the last year. Over the last few months, pupils have tried out macro photography on fossils, flowers and fruit and veg, learned about working with models and making shadow images, and practised a variety of Photoshop techniques to transform their images. The Club’s  favourite photographs will be printed and displayed in the school.2016_0330_9515_15

Reading Trail comes to an end

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In the last week of the Reading Trail, pupils in S1 English classes had the opportunity to review and assess each others’ work. Pupils used their checklists to decide whether each mind-map met the required criteria and assigned marks accordingly. Staff reviewed pupil assessments and added ‘Magic Marks’ for outstanding examples of work – and to suggest when pupils were being just a wee bit too strict! Each pupil should have three mind-maps based on work completed in the Library (Tam O’Shanter, picture books and graphic novels), along with the books they read in their own time since January. 2016_0330_9509

North Lanarkshire School Dance Competition 2016

Report by Miss Walmsley

Members of the Our Lady’s S1 Dance Club achieved great success at the annual North Lanarkshire School Dance Competition.2016_0323_9487

Despite only forming this year, led by S5 pupil Maia Winton, the team performed brilliantly against teams from across North Lanarkshire and collected several medals between them. They came second for their group dance, gaining silver medals for the team consisting of Sophie Galloway, Alisha Kearney, Erin Keating, Olivia Latimer, Joey Leach, Lucy Thompson and Eva Winton. Olivia Latimer and Eva Winton also put on a great performance as a duet, while Sophie Galloway and Lucy Thompson both competed as solo dancers and won silver and gold medals respectively.2016_0323_9502

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and are already looking forward to next years competition!

Letter 23rd March 2016

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to express my thanks for your support during lent as we attempted to raise a great deal of money for Lentern Charities.  I don’t know the full total as yet, but I do know that The Penny Wars raised £650 in one week and our focus on Autism Awareness raised over £1000 last week.  Pupils have been donating monies to the “Wee Boxes” all during Lent.  As well as this, we have had a sponsored 24 hour Fast and a number of other fund raising activities.  I will inform you of the total amount raised after Easter.

As you know, Easter is early this year and we finish up on Thursday at 3.15pm for the long weekend, incorporating Good Friday as well as Easter Monday.  All pupils return to school on Tuesday 29th March.  Pupils should be in attendance until Friday 1st April.  The school will close at 2.30pm on that day.  Pupils should not leave earlier than 2.30pm.

Our Easter School for pupils sitting exams begins on Monday 4th April for 2 days.  The school re-opens for all on Monday 18th April 2016.

If you are the parent/carer of a pupil sitting exams, could you please ensure that their time is spent profitably studying, particularly during the two week holiday.  The results of pupils who put in a great deal of effort will certainly be improved upon.  We have a very good track record in the Nationals, Highers and Advanced Highers and I am sure that pupils this year will perform very well indeed.  I wish them every success in the exams ahead.

Dates of school closures:

  • Closes Thursday 24th March at 3.15pm
  • Reopens Tuesday 29th March at 8:50am
  • Closes Friday 1st April at 2:30pm
  • Re-opens Monday 18th April at 8:50am

SQA exams begin Thursday 5th May.

I hope you have a very enjoyable weekend with your family.

Yours sincerely,

Kathleen Sinclair
Head Teacher

PDF version: 2016_0323_parentalletter

 

Art for Autism

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Ms Steinert organised an Art for Autism event as part of our Schools Autism Awareness Week. Pupils were asked to remain calm  under unusual artistic situations. Extremely loud music was playing as music sat down and began to sketch. While most enjoyed the music it was clear that some were distracted by it.

After a while, staff removed the pencils being used by the participants and made them continue with another material. Sometimes the lights were on, and sometimes the lights were off, sometimes the music was extremely loud, and sometimes it was so low that it was just audible and no more. All of this was to give participants an idea of how difficult environmental factors can be for some people with autism.

Finally, all pupils had to leave their masterpieces, go choose another person’s artwork, then sit down and continue to work on it. This second piece was submitted as their competition entry, causing howls of outrage and more than one petted lip. However, staff explained how difficult change can be for those on the autistic spectrum and that their sense of upset was a smaller version of the difficulties faced by some people every day.

A big thank you to Shane (S5) for being DJ and creating the playlist, to the Photography Club for documenting the event, and to the pupils of Bothwellpark High School for judging the best artwork.

The chosen picture was by Amy (S2) who collected a giant Easter egg courtesy of Support for Learning. Bothwellpark also provided a prize which goes to Aleksandra (also S2) who began the picture which Amy completed.

BBC School Report 2016

March 10th was BBC Schools Report Day 2016 and OLHS participated for the first time. Our plan was to investigate the steelworks in Lanarkshire and pupils worked hard in the Library over many lunchtimes and after school to collate enough material for the big day.

Our journalists split into two sections: the production team investigated sound recording, video recording, editing, direction and photography; researchers investigated copyright free images, the history of steel-making and collected information. Pupils conducted staff interviews, completed a school survey and practiced using the software in advance of March 10th.

Unfortunately (but very realistically), some of this material was unavailable on the day, so we had to come up with a modified plan. Pupils quickly decided to create ‘A day in the life of Our Lady’s’ and set off to talk to staff and find out what was taking place that Thursday. On their return they set to work to edit the video.

Meanwhile, our other student journalists worked steadily to make the interviews available through transcripts, wrote up their research on steel-making, environmental issues and “The Steelman” statue. Olek created a weather report which was tweeted by the BBC Weather Watchers.

By the end of the school day, we had fourteen extremely tired journalists (and two exhausted staff). We all learned a great deal about the issues and difficulties of making news on a daily basis and have a BBC School Report to be proud of.  Congratulations to everyone involved.

Journalists: Rahel Agyiwaah (S4), Fatemeh Assar (S2), Alicja Balanda (S1), Louise Dynes (S2), Piroska Horvath (S4), Holly Irving (S1), Erin Keating (S1), Olek Kyc (S1), Dominic Leary (S1), Suzanne Ntambwe (S4), David Nugent (S2), Finn Ross (S1), Mary-Kate Ross (S4), Angela Sewell (S4), Wiktor Witkowski (S2).

Thanks to Mr Kerr (English) and Mrs Macfadyen (Librarian) for all their support.

You can peruse our BBC School Report material here.

Mentors in Violence Prevention summit

Report from Mrs McDonald

MVP mentors from OLHS attended a NL wide pupil summit with HSPO Angela McDonald at Calderhead High School on Thursday 10th March. The conference is the second annual event held to celebrate the work of MVP mentors form around the local authority and give them time together to explore issues in more depth.

MVP stands for Mentors in Violence Prevention and the programme uses a bystander approach to encourage the safe challenging of the culture and beliefs that can lead to violence and in particular gender based violence. Senior pupils are trained by staff to become mentors and deliver themed workshops to their peers.

On the day pupils participated in a series of issue based workshops and heard from two speakers, the first shared her personal story about gender based violence experienced in her work place and the second from Police Scotland spoke about preventing radicalisation.

Feedback from all was that it was an informative, emotive and informative day.

Edinburgh International Science Festival Sci-Kus

From Miss McGinty’s S2 Science class.

Spaceships are flying
Lots of humans are dying
People are crying

Reagan

Is it really true?
Alone in the Universe?
Is there really life?

Abigail

The Planets spin round
A yellow ball of fire
Burning bright and high

Emma

Planets and Comets
In the Dark Solar System
Surrounded by stars

Weronika

From Earth, Space seems far
Beautiful planets like Mars
Don’t forget the Stars!

Kerryn

Stars are nice and bright
Stars are really cool at night
Shooting stars are alright

Max

Shooting stars are bright
They move very very fast
then they burn away

Dominik

Stars are shining bright
Planets are moving around
The moon is quite bright

Alanah

Stars shine the brightest
Lifting high with gravity
shine in the darkness

Caitlin

White, Quiet is the moon
Red, yellow, orange is the bright sun
I’ll go see them one day!

Sara

I like space stations
I think aliens are real
Stars are up in space

Shaun

The spaceships are cool
I will be an astronaut
I will go to space

Ciaran

Political Literacy Conference

Report from Miss Halket

On Friday 4th March, three of our S1 pupils represented Our Lady’s High School at the North Lanarkshire Council Political Literacy Pupil Conference.

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David, Olivia and Molli showcased their display with pride. This highlighted the different ways in which young people in Our Lady’s High learn about participation. They spoke with confidence about their recent mock election and took part in exciting and engaging debates with other pupils from across North Lanarkshire. We are extremely proud of their input on the day and their hard work prior to the event.

We would like to thank Carol McPherson and the NLC Political Literacy Steering Group for this opportunity.

S2 Great Writing Challenge

S2 pupils working on the Great Writing Challenge have been hit by the latest element of chaos: to use the SCRAN website to find a face with a story behind it. Pupils had to imagine what the story behind the face was and use it to add a new character into their on-going story.

SCRAN is a database of material from museums and archives across Scotland and the UK providing access to almost half a million resources.

Food for Thought Fridays

sciaflogoLast year, the English Department raised almost £400 for SCIAF during Lent by asking people to trade in their Friday lunch money for a slice of bread, cheese or jam, chased down with a glass of water. The English Department is keen to follow on from last year’s success with the help of Mr McHugh and Miss McMahon in RE.

The first Food for Thought Friday took place last week, and has already raised £30. All staff and pupils are welcome to join in on Friday lunchtimes, swap their cash for grub, and enjoy some musical entertainment courtesy of staff and pupils.