Keeping up-to-date with OLHS

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Please see our Twitter account for our most up-to-date information, @OLHSMotherwell.

Mr Cardle also writes a Headteacher’s blog, outlining the events of the week, https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhshtblog/

Please ensure that the school has a note of your current e-mail address as a lot of information is sent by e-mail.

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S1 Panto trip 2017

From Mr Smith

All first year pupils are invited to attend a trip to the pantomime in the SECC in Glasgow on Tuesday 19th December during the school day. The show is Jack and the Beanstalk and stars Greg McHugh (better known as Gary, Tank Commander)!

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 this week.

Only pupils who demonstrate a good attitude and good behaviour will be given permission to go on the visit.

Payment to has to be made by Thursday 21st September to secure your place.

World Youth Day – Panama 2019

To all S6 pupils: WORLD YOUTH DAY – PANAMA 2019

The next World Youth Day will take place in Panama in January 2019. The diocese is proposing to organise a ‘mission trip’ to central America which will include taking part in the WYD celebrations.

If you would be interested in this and will be over 21 years old in January 2019, then please get in touch with Fr. Martin Delaney.

ALMA – Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage, 19th – 30th July 2018

Association of Lourdes Motherwell Aid (ALMA) is a group of young volunteers who accompany the diocesan pilgrimage giving essential support to the sick, elderly and infirm.

Places are limited, so register interest early by speaking to Father Martin.  Young people must be 17 years old (and have finished secondary school) at the time of travel.

There will be a meeting at 7 pm at the Diocesan centre in Motherwell on 19th September.

Clubs and activities

The list of clubs and other activities running in OLHS this year has now been updated and can be viewed here.

Please remember that consent forms are required for any activities after school. Please see the member of staff responsible.

So far this year there are clubs for

  • Breakfast Club
  • Book Group
  • Homework Club
  • Library
  • Junior Band
  • Senior Band
  • Irish Dancing
  • Chess
  • Junk Kouture
  • Dance Club
  • Badminton
  • Fitness club
  • Football – U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s, Seniors
  • Girls football
  • Netball S1 & 2, S3-6
  • Running Club

Further clubs and activities will be added as dates/times are confirmed.

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What’s your story?

What’s Your Story? is seeking seven young people aged between 14 and 17 years old, with enthusiasm for developing as writers or illustrators. This can include prose, poetry, storytelling, illustration, graphic novel writing, song-writing, writing for TV and film, journalism, blogging and writing for video games and more.

Applicants whose work is not in English are also encouraged to apply and one Gaelic-language place, funded by The Gaelic Books Council, is part of this year’s group.

Any young writers or illustrators who are interested in taking part in the What’s Your Story? programme should visit www.thestoryis.co.uk for more details. The closing date for applications is Monday 16 October 2017.

New staff

Welcome back to all our pupils, and especially to those just starting with Our Lady’s this year.

There are also a number of new staff to introduce:

  • Mr Cardle is our new Headteacher
  • Miss Corcoran and Mr Hale have joined the Maths Department
  • Mr Gallagher is a new addition to PE
  • Mr Maxwell joins the RE staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Mrs Cameron is our new ASNA in Support for Learning.
  • Miss Ruth Fulton is taking over as our Careers Advisor, and will be in school most Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Welcome to Our lady’s High School, everybody!

Subject Choice Interviews for Fifth and Sixth Year Pupils

 

Between 9:00am and 12.00pm on Wednesday 9th August subject choice interviews will be held for those pupils who intend returning for a fifth or sixth year in session 2017/2018 and need to change a subject, NOT a level.

It will be assumed that pupils who do not attend for interview will be making no changes to subject/courses that were chosen in June.

As there are major repairs being carried out in the school and there is restricted access within the building, please note the following appointment times:

  • For Surnames A – G inclusive please arrive at the school at 9 a.m. PROMPT
  • For Surnames H – M (including Mac, Mc) please arrive at 10 a.m. PROMPT
  • For Surnames N – Z inclusive please arrive at the school at 11 a.m. PROMPT

 Pupils should enter via the Middle door in the yard area, sign in on arrival and stay in THE ZONE.  Please do not attempt to go to any other area in the school or enter by another door.  Staff will be available to assist you on arrival.  Your co-operation in this would be greatly appreciated.

Vulnerable Road User Campaign: 19 – 25 June 2017

Between Monday 19th and Sunday 25th June, in conjunction with our Roads Policing colleagues, Lanarkshire Division of Police Scotland will be engaging with the public to educate, enforce and positively influence road user behaviour.

There will be various strands to the campaign which will include:

  • educating children and young people walking and cycling on roads
  • motorcycle safety
  • speeding
  • inconsiderate driving behaviours

 Our aim is to reduce road incidents.  As such, we wish to engage with as many people as possible.  Working with our community planning partners, we would like to cascade the message and encourage children, young people and adults alike to take responsibility for their own safety and to be mindful of the hazards walking and cycling on the roads present.

You can find out more about what we’re up to on Facebook and Twitter using the hash tag #GoSafeRoadSafe.

 

With your help, we can reduce the number of children, young people and families affected by road collisions.  A Scotland where no one is seriously hurt or killed on the roads is our ambition.

 

Our partners at http://www.roadsafetyscotland.org.uk and http://www.cyclingscotland.org are excellent sources of information and resource.

 

Over the week, our local problem solving team officers will be liaising with local schools and delivering appropriate advice to staff, pupils and parents alike.

 

Lanarkshire Division appreciates the assistance the local authority gives as a partner to keep people safe in North Lanarkshire

S1-3 Awards Ceremony

From Ms Steinert

Photographs will be on sale before the awards ceremony on Thursday night at a cost of  £2 for two photos. Please stop by the stall to purchase your photo on the night!

If you would like to buy your image before Thursday you can come up to Ms Steinert’s classroom at lunchtimes this week where all the photos are ready.

Provincia di Pistoia Exchange 2017-18

Wanted

Pupils from the senior stage to act as hosts for visitors from our twin school, Instituto Forti when they visit Motherwell in September.

If you would like to:

  • make friends with some Italian young pole
  • find out about Italisn culture
  • showcase our Scottish hospitality and culture
  • spend a week in the beautiful Italian countryside (optional)

then this is the job for you!!!!

For further information, contact the Modern Languages staff.

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

Click on the image to link to the Royal Society website.

Our Lady’s have been selected as one of the judging panels for the Young People’s  Book Prize.

Our Lady’s has been awarded a free set of the shortlisted books which have now been pored over by pupils from different departments, checking them from the perspectives of design, marketing and information books. Groups reviewed every book and calculated an average score for each title. This involved a great deal of discussion and analysis as pupils discovered the value of not judging a book by its cover.

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As our analysis continued, we also discovered the value of this process for explaining careers connected tot he publishing and creative industries, demonstrating the large numbers involved in getting a book from idea to bookshelf.

Our volunteer judging panel will now check over the books in much more detail, preparing questions for authors and illustrators and creating our final submissions. If you would like further information or to volunteer for the judging panel please see Mrs Macfadyen in the Library.

 

Edinburgh Book Festival 2017

Mrs Macfadyen is organising a trip to the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 21st 2017. This is a fantastic trip to see three different authors of three very different novels, then hang about in the sunshine, eat ice creamand check out the huge book shop.

Canadian Sebastian de Castell‘s novel, Spellslingers is a dramatic tale of tricks, romance, magic and comedy.

Catherine Barter’s first novel, Troublemakers, includes unknown mothers, family secrets, terrible danger and discovering the truth. She will be appearing with Swedish Christoffer Carlsson who is a criminologist and author. Explore his world with his first young adult novel, October is the coldest month.

If interested please give your name to your English teacher or Mrs Macfadyen asap. Tickets cost £3 each plus cost of bus, but the Festival are also supplying a £3 book token for every pupil who visits.

Plus the ice cream and cakes are awesome.

Welcome, Mr Cardle

Back in April, Mrs Sinclair announced her decision to retire at the end of this term, meaning that Our Lady’s was on the hunt for a new headteacher.

After a lengthy interview process, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Dan Cardle, currently Headteacher at St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock.

Mr Cardle will take up his post in August, but visited Our Lady’s this morning where he took the opportunity to speak to a whole school assembly.