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.

Please return all books and equipment

A number of textbooks, library books, items of clothing and equipment have been borrowed from the school, but have not yet been returned. We would be very grateful if families and former pupils could check for anything belonging to OLHS and ensure it is returned as soon as possible. Much of this material cannot be replaced and is needed by our current pupils. Our Lady’s very much appreciates any help in getting all books and materials handed back.

Lanarkshire Local and Family History Show 2015

Many thanks to all of the staff and pupils who helped dismantle our Titanic exhibition and rebuild it at Motherwell Civic Centre for the Lanarkshire Local and Family History Show on Saturday 22nd August.

Our Titanic materials drew many interested exhibition-goers as well as people with connections to Our Lady’s HS.

Motherwell Youth Voice

If you have an interest in issue affecting young people in Motherwell and might like to get involved making sure their voice is heard locally and nationally, the Motherwell Youth Voice are holding an open night on Wednesday 2nd September at 5:30pm in Our Lady’s High School.

Please come along and hear how you can become involved.

St Bernadette’s – ‘World Mass’

To mark Father Stephen Reilly’s last Mass at St Bernadette’s some parishioners are putting together a Mass featuring music from all over the world – from Canada to South Africa to Latin America – on Sunday 13th September at 11:00 a.m.

We are looking for as many singers as possible (good singing voice not necessary) to make Fr Stephen’s last Mass even more memorable. Anyone who would like to take part can speak to Michael McKenna (S5) or join the group that was posted on the ‘St Bernadette’s Motherwell’ Facebook page.

OLHS Parent Teacher Association

From Miss Halket

Our Lady’s High School Parent Teacher Association will meet at our AGM on Monday 31st August at 7.00pm. We will meet in the conference room for around an hour. Our focus will be on forthcoming events and the handover of roles.

We are always looking to increase our membership and it would be fantastic if you could come along. The PTA meets on the second Monday evening of each month. Please contact me if you would like more information.

Race Night Fundraiser – Friday 18th September 2015

From Mr Smith

In June of next year current S3 and S4 pupils will travel to the First World War battlefields in Belgium and France in commemoration of those who served during the conflict.

In order to raise funds to go towards the fieldtrip there will be a race night in St Bride’s Hall, Coursington Road, Motherwell on Friday 18th September. Doors open 7pm with a 7.30pm start. The bar will be open so the event is for over 18s only.

There will be 8 races in total, with the opportunity to place bets on the races. You also have the opportunity to “buy” a horse in advance for £10. You can name the horse yourself. If your horse wins the race, you will receive a star prize. There will also be a raffle, and all donations to that will be gratefully received.

Tickets are priced at £3 and are available from Mr Smith.

Please complete the tear off form below and return this with the money as soon as possible to Andrew Smith, Social Subjects, Our Lady’s High School

Copies of this letter have been distributed to all pupils today.


Name of pupil:  


Number of tickets required @ £3 each:  


Number of horses I wish to buy @ £10 each:  


Name(s) for horse(s):  






Pilgrimage to Rome 2015

In June this year a group of 41 pupils and 5 staff from Our Lady’s High School went on a five day Pilgrimage to Rome. This was a wonderful experience for the pupils giving them an opportunity to see some of the most famous landmarks in Rome including St Mary Major, the Forum, Pazza Venezia, Castel Sant Angelo, the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo, the Victor Emmanuel monument, the Colosseum and St Peter’s. The highlight of the visit was an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.


Summer School 2015

Report from Mrs McDonald

Sixteen pupils attended the OLHS summer school this year. The aim of the week is to support pupils with the transition to high school giving them more opportunities to meet staff, experience subjects, familiarise themselves with the buidling and make new friends.

The pupils were supported by a number of S6 pupils and Community Learning & Development Home School Partnership staff.  Thanks to teaching staff giving up their time, pupils attending took part in a number of workshops including science, cookery, art and PE.  They also worked with Animation Jam to produce a short animated film and on the final day cooked lunch for their families who came in to see their work and celebrate their achievements. A trip to Millport to cycle round the island of Cumbrae was the icing on the cake of a great week.

Feedback from pupils and parents was fantastic.

I made new friends and can’t wait to come to high school;

Fantastic opportunity for the children;
.. it has brought him out of his shell;
was a great experience for my daughter it has made going to high school a lot easier for her.

Captains and Prefects

6th year pupils are invited to apply for the posts of School Captains, House Captains and Prefects.

Copies of the job descriptions for each post and application forms can be downloaded below. Applications can be submitted electronically through the Homework e-mail (please include Mrs Donnachie’s name in the title).



RBS Apprenticeships

RBS are currently recruiting a number of Financial Services Apprenticeships in locations including Motherwell.

The requirements are five Standard Grades at 3 and above (including Maths and English) or equivalent qualifications. Pupils should register at  www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk, and apply for the vacancies they are interested in.

The RBS apprenticeships team are happy to take any queries on 0203 131 5165.

Customer service – Branch Network Apprenticeship

Relationship Management Support – Corporate & Commerical Apprenticeship

Fond farewells

OLHS says goodbye at the end of this term to seven long-serving teachers looking forward to their retirements and another nine colleageus heading off for pastures new.

Our retirees are Mr Mike O’Connor (Biology), Mr Tom Lynch (Chemistry), Mr Tom Krawczyk (Geography), Mrs Rosemary Howieson (PT Pupil Support/English), Mr Jim Hair (PT Maths), Mrs Mary Tulley (PT Support for Learning) and Mrs Mary Mulholland (Depute Head/Maths). We wish them all a fond farewell, and wish them all a long happy retirement.

We are also saying goodbyes to Mrs Maureen Mitchell (PT Performing Arts) and Mrs Judith Clements (Music), Mr Eligiusz Sanza (ICT Technician) as well as Ms Lee Moore and Mr Craig McGrath (both English), Mr Jamie McLaughlin (Social Subjects), Ms Carnegy (Home Economics), Ms Shona Renicks (Maths) and Mr Kieran Gillespie (Drama) who are all moving off to new posts in North Lanarkshire or further afield.

And we cannot forget Fr Frank King who steps down as our School Chaplain as he moves into new responsibilities.

The remaining staff and pupils of OLHS would like to say thank you to everyone for all of their hard work and enthusiasm. We’ll miss seeing you around the school, your smiles and your quirks. We know you’ve enjoyed your time at Our Lady’s; remember us with affection, and go revel in your retirements and new roles.

And you know where we are when you win the lottery!