S1 pupils are climbing Tinto Hill on 23rd May to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice. All pupils must return their consent form and £3 to their Pupil Support Teacher. Anyone who has not returned their consent form cannot attend the trip.
A reminder to everyone to wear appropriate clothes and bring a pack lunch.
Pupils should meet in the Zone as soon as the bell rings in the morning.
The Titanic Crew spent this morning completing their writing challenges, preparing materials for the display and ageing their crew and passenger biographies with teabags and coffee grains. We were surprised to discover that one of the biographies, which were part of the first day’s tasks, featured a baby boy who also appears in one of the pupil’s written reports. The crew also enjoyed a viewing of Ghosts in the Abyss with Mrs Jeffrey, and spent the afternoon at Wishaw Sports Centre, practising their swimming under the benevolent eyes of Mrs McNeish and Mrs Dynes.
Thursday was spent preparing all of the remaining materials produced during this year’s project for display, almost destroying the Library’s laminator (no names, but you know who you are!). The very last day of our three week Titanic Project saw the group head for Greenock and the Caribbean Princess with Miss Walmsley and Mr McGleish, where they toured a modern day cruise liner and learned about life and work on the ocean wave. Our thanks to Princess Cruises and Greenock Ocean Terminal for their kindness in allowing our pupils and staff aboard.
It will be a non-uniform day. However, pupils who are taking part in events MUST ensure they are wearing suitable clothing as you will not be able to change. It will be £1 for non- uniform day and proceeds from the day will be supporting our charity in Malawi.
There will also be stalls with face painting and nail painting. There will also be a BBQ at lunchtime. There will be burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian burgers. Juice and water will also be for sale.
A highlight of our Titanic Project is the lunch for staff. Pupils help staff to prepare a variety of food and sell tickets. Everyone pays the same but they don’t know until they arrive whether they will receive a 1st, 2nd or 3rd class meal, which is selected at random.
Our 1st class passengers are courteously escorted to their seats where they enjoy a feast of salad, baked potatoes, ham, cheese and fruit, followed by strawberry tarts, all washed down with sparkling fruit juice.
2nd class enjoyed fruit, bread and cold meat with cartons of fruit juice and fairy cakes, while 3rd class feasted on bread, cheese and water. Attempts by certain 3rd class passengers to bribe pupils into handing over strawberry tarts came to nothing, although 2nd class took pity on them and handed over their remaining cakes. It was noted that 1st class were not so generous!
All S2 pupils will be taking part in CEM tests this week. These annual tests last approximately 50 minutes and cover a variety of literacy, numeracy and cognitive questions. All 2nd year pupils in North Lanarkshire take part in these tests.
OLHS Sports Day is on Thursday 25th May [edit: this has now been changed to Wednesday 24th may].
Pupils will compete in their house groups in the following events: 100m sprint, 400m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot Put, Relay and Tug of War. PE Department staff will be coming round RE classes to sign pupils up for the various events. We are looking for two boys and two girls from each house group to compete in each of the individual events and the relay and ten pupils from each house group to compete in the tug of war.
All pupils will be involved in sports day in some way. Last year was a great success so we are looking for the same enthusiasm from everyone.
OLHS annual Champions League is taking place on Friday 19th May at Firpark. Please add your name to the lists in PE if you are interested in taking part. Teams will then be displayed in due course. Thanks.
The Cycling Tour Series is returning to Motherwell on the 23rd May and are looking for teams of four from local High Schools to come along to get a chance to ride around the official track and participate in a race. Interested S1-3 pupils who are confident cyclists and have their own roadworthy bike should give their name to the PE department as soon as possible.
Are you a student who enjoys research and debate? Do you enjoy participating in lessons and different activities across the school? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be the perfect candidate to be a Political Literacy Ambassador in Our Lady’s High! This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your leadership skills and bring about positive change.
If you are interested, please meet with Miss Halket in her classroom (202) during lunchtime on Wednesday 17th May.
The Titanic crew had a brilliant visit to the island of Inchcailloch on Loch Lomond. The day started quite cold and grey but warmed up by lunchtime and we even had a peek of blue sky before the end of the day.
As we cruised across the loch, the tour guide introduced the history and wildlife of the area including nesting ospreys, crannogs, ruined castles and stately homes. Inchcailloch itself is a beautiful wee island, with masses of bluebells in every direction. After a picnic lunch, the group set off to explore, discovering an ancient chapel and burial ground and enjoying the beautiful woodlands, with strange looking tree stumps.
Back on the boat back to Luss, the group are comfortable boarding; our crew are becoming seasoned travellers on land or water! On the return journey, they are already reviewing their 5th year subjects and planning how they can persuade staff that another trip to Inchcailloch is an essential part of the curriculum.
Professor Nigel Osborne and colleagues visited OLHS today to launch This place is our place, a project about Motherwell, past, present and future. The team are working with S1 pupils in Art and Design, Music and English to create poems, artwork and songs relating to their hometown.
The next stage is for pupils to collect stories, images, sounds and mementos of life in Motherwell from their families that can be shared on the This place is our place website. Contributions are also welcomed from members of the public: please see the website for details.
The Titanic Crew spent the morning watching the 1958 film, A Night to Remember, and compared it with the 1997 film, Titanic, that they were more familiar with. The pupils preferred the older film because it focused on the disaster. Throughout the film, our resident Titanic fanatic, PT English Mrs Millar, pointed out important events, areas of controversy and the background of various passengers.
The afternoon was spent with Miss Lees and Miss Wheeler from Maths who helped pupils to visualise the size of Titanic by comparing it with our school building. The crew took the trundle wheels around the yard for their measurements before working on their calculations. It turns out that the school could fit twice into the footprint of the Titanic!
Start of Titanic Project week 2 and the Crew were working with Mr Weir from Art and Design creating Titanic posters in Photoshop (photos to follow). Next they learned about buoyancy and how enormous steel vessels stay afloat, making their own vessels with Mr Law in Science. Congratulations to the team of Omar and Conor whose boat was most successful.
In the afternoon, Miss Moir from Social Subjects worked with the class on a giant map showing the Titanic’s route from Belfast to disaster, adding information about each port of call and passenger nationalities.
1st year began a week of classes related to the environment today with a questionnaire related to finding out how environmentally friendly they already are.
Each pupil scored themselves against a number of questions, and their total score indicated the size of their environmental footprint. After a week of classes, pupils will go through the same process to see if their attitudes have changed.
The Titanic Crew headed for Mount Stuart House on Bute. They were a bit nervous as it was their first time on a ferry, but got their sea-legs quickly on a beautiful calm Firth of Clyde.
Our visit to the stunning Mount Stuart House allowed pupils to get an idea of the elegant and sophisticated surroundings that 1st class passengers would have enjoyed aboard the Titanic. Our thanks to Morven and all the staff at Mount Stuart.