Higher Geography Fieldtrip

Report by Ms Moir

The Higher Geography class visited Glasgow on Monday 20th March to conduct fieldwork for their assignment. The class visited the suburbs, the inner city area and the city centre to carry out their work. Pupils completed traffic surveys, recorded different land uses in the areas and conducted questionnaires to the public. Pupils are now working hard in class to process these reuslts and analyse them for their assignment. Every pupil did a fantastic job of representing the school and thoroughly enjoyed their day out!

Science: Fiction: Make: Believe

Recently the school entered a Scotland-wide creative writing competition for S2 pupils, organised by St Andrew’s University, called Science: Fiction: Make: Believe. Pupils were to write a 750 word creative piece about any Scottish scientist, alive or dead, or the impact of their discoveries or inventions. Through the collaboration of the English Department, Science Department and Library Resource Centre, all of our S2 pupils participatedwith staff selecting the work of Morgan Mackie (Alexander Fleming) and Andrew Ross (Dr Knox) as the two entries from Our Lady’s High School.

The judges have awarded Certificates of Commendation to both Morgan and Andrew, and they are invited to attend the award ceremony on the 4th March, at St. Andrews University School of Physics & Astronomy. A representative from the Royal Society of Edinburgh will present the prizes before an audience of pupils and their families who are warmly invited to the all-day event.

Well done, Andrew and Morgan! You can read their essays on our school website shortly.

Senior Phase Information Evening, 21st February 2017

To view the presentations from the Senior Phase Information Evening, please click on the links below.

You will need Powerpoint to view these presentations.

Senior phase information evening 2017

SDS presentation 2017

Developing the Young Workforce

Fire Reach Girls 2017

S3 Girls Emma Kirkwood, Megan Kelly, Maja Fereniec, Regan McNee, Ebony Bollard and Neve Connelly recently enjoyed a great week at Fire Reach. The girls worked with the Fire and Rescue crew all week. They were given a real insight into the many things a Firefighter’s job involves, learning about First Aid and team work as well as the varied rescues crews are expected to perform.

Each of the girls was presented with a photo and portfolio at the end of the week. Well done girls- Firefighters of the future!

PTA Quiz Night

Thanks to parents, carers and friends of the school who attended the Quiz Night on Friday 17th February.  It was a very good night and everyone who came along enjoyed it.  The PTA raised £577 for our school, all of which will benefit our pupils directly. A big thank you must go to the members of our PTA for another successful venture!

Catholic Education Week 2017

Motherwell Diocese celebrated Catholic Education Week this weekend with many pupils from Our Lady’s High School, from S1- S6, participating in masses by giving the readings and bidding prayers, completing the offertory, handing out leaflets, singing in the choir and even sharing their personal experiences of school life.

The main message for these masses was: Developing as Communities of Faith and Learning. In Our Lady’s High School, we aspire to put Jesus at the centre of all we do; ensure that all leadership is shaped by the Gospel values; and make prayer, worship and celebration central to school life.

We have had state funded Catholic education for almost 100 years now. There is no doubt that the world around us is changing and that we live in challenging and uncertain times. It is in the face of these challenges that Catholic Schools stand as communities of Faith and Learning, and are as important today as they have ever been.

Careers Advice – Medical Professions

Pupils are invited to attend a careers advice evening on Thursday 16th February from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at our Medical Education Training Centre, Kirklands Hospital, Fallside Road, Bothwell, G71 8BB.

The careers on show are all linked to our Allied Health Professionals. Therefore we would encourage any pupil interested in any of these events to pop along and get some advice.

S3-S5 pupils may also be interested in a Healthcare conference being held at the University of Stirling on the 25th and 26th February which may interest young people interested in the following healthcare professions:

  •  Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology

Registration is £25 for the Saturday conference and there is an optional UCAS lecture available on Sunday for each specialty.  Students can register on the Medic Mentor website and find out more about the events


S4/5 Parents’ Information Evening, 21st February 2017

From Mrs Donnachie, DHT S5/6

S4/5 Parents’ Information evening,
Tuesday 21st February 2017,
7pm, School Theatre

This evening will give you information about how to help your child/children over the weeks ahead as they prepare to move from S4 to S5 and S5 to S6 and provide you with important dates in relation to the SQA. As well as this the event will give you the opportunity to hear about the subject choices that will be available to your son/daughter from next session as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

In addition, Mrs Zambonini will give a presentation on Developing The Young Workforce which is a government strategy to help ensure that all young people leave school with a career path in place.

Ruth Robertson, our Careers Adviser, will also give information about Skills Development Scotland’s role in this strategy. Ruth is also available in school every Monday, Tuesday and Friday for one to one appointments; her role along with the pupil support team is key to ensuring that your son/daughter makes the correct subject choices as they progress in their school career.

I hope you can make this event and I look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

Giant Heptathlon 2017

The North Lanarkshire’s Schools Giant Heptathlon held on the 7th January 2017 was a great success for both our 1st and 2nd year teams.  It was held at Ravenscraig Sports Centre and the competition was a team event that included the 1 minute step up challenge, standing long jump and triple jump, shot put, endurance run, 60m sprint, 60m hurdles and a team relay to end the day. All teams worked really well together and well done to the S2 Boys team, led by Keir McGarry who ran twice, for winning their relay.

Our S2 team came second overall – very well done indeed to everyone!

1st Year team: Aidan Hastie, Amanda Quin, Kamil Balinski, Diana Feenan, Justin Kizube, Keir Harrison, Sarah McDonald, Amy Elkin, Megan Kelvin, Maria McGhee, Divine Ofosuhene, Jude McCarthy, Liam McQuaid, Cavan Ryan, Laura Findlay and Anton Scott.

2nd Year team: Josh Barr, Niall Burke, Heather McMahon, Eva Winton, Ania Gorkowska, Joey Leach, Keir McGarry, Mark Fitzpatrick, Lucy Thompson, Alicja Balanda, Joe Chambers, Henry Kyanda, Ethan Law and Casey Paterson

Ready to Vote — Supporting Our Young People

The Electoral Commission is inviting all secondary schools and youth learning services to support their campaign which aims to get as many young people registered to vote in time for the May 2017 Council Elections. In Our Lady’s High School, we are making plans to run a ReadyToVote event on the 1st March 2017 during #ReadyToVote day. Since the voting age for Scottish council elections has been lowered to 16, it is important that all of our students who will be aged 16 by 4th May 2017 know about this change and take the opportunity to register in time for these elections. We are sure that our Politically Literate young people will take this opportunity to have their voices heard!


Easter School 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,

This year Our Lady’s High School is again running a comprehensive Easter School programme for S4-6 pupils. Easter school will take place on Monday 3rd April and Tuesday 4th April 2017.

Pupils will be asked to opt for up to a maximum of 6 sessions over the 2 days i.e. a maximum of 3 per day. They can choose different subjects for each of the allocated sessions or choose to do more than one session for particular subjects.   The format of each day will be as follows:-

Session 1         9.00-10.30

Break               10.30-10.45

Session 2         10.45-12.15

Lunch              12.15-12.45

Session 3         12.45-2.15

Please note there will be no transport available during Easter School, however lunch will be provided on both days.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to revise with their teachers in preparation for the SQA exams which begin on the 2nd May 2016.

If you wish your child to be involved, please print, complete and sign the accompanying form (copies sent with letter or see links below) and return it to me by Friday 24th February.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs M Donnachie,

S4 Pupil Choice Easter School 2017 (Word)
S4 Pupil Choice Easter School 2017 PDF
S5/6 Pupil Choice Easter School 2017 (Word)
S5/6 Pupil Choice Easter School 2017 PDF

Diocese of Motherwell: Annual Education Mass 2017

The Annual Education Mass was held on Tuesday 31st January in Motherwell Cathedral, officiated by Bishop Toal. Twelve sixth year pupils and a number of staff went along to the beautiful and thought provoking service. Afterwards, they took the opportunity to relax at the reception which followed in St. Bride’s Hall.

Junk Kouture 2017

Angela Sewell, Maia Winton and Natalie Marshall have been successful in entering the Junk Kouture competition with their garment “The Flying Scots Girl”. All the garments are made from recycled materials and the entry from OLHS was made from handbags, charity shop clothing, bubble wrap and can ring pulls. There were over 350 entries this year with the top 80 garments making into the Grand Final which will take place on February 9th in the SECC Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow. Many congratulations to Angela Sewell whose costume has been chosen to be part of the Grand Final.

Supporters can buy tickets to the fashion show and vote for their favourite garment on the Junk Kouture Facebook page. You can now vote once a day for every design. This vote will close at midnight on Friday and it is worth 10% of the overall marks, so please vote for Angela!

Maia will model Angela’s design and perform her own choreography on the catwalk on February 9th. Thanks to Ms Steinert for her usual enthusiasm for all things artistic!

Senior Prelims

Fifth and Sixth Year prelims finished on Monday 30th January.  Thanks to Mr Jimmy Keenan and his team of invigilators for their hard work and support of our young people during this stressful time – the pupils really appreciated the calm atmosphere the invigilators created.

Now the hard work really starts for all of our SQA candidates. Many of the subjects being studied contain a coursework element: performance, portfolio, investigation, extended essay or dissertation. Many marks can be gained by producing good course work and performing well in practical work, so it is really important that pupils, encouraged and supported by their teachers and parents, put in as much effort as possible between now and the end of March, when most of this coursework has to be submitted.

We look forward to welcoming Mr Keenan and his team in early May for the start of the SQA diet.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Special assemblies were held on Friday 27th January to mark this event.

This is a day for everyone to remember the millions of people who were killed, or whose lives have been changed, by an event in history called the Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on 27th January because on this day in 1945 soldiers fighting against the Germans entered the largest Nazi concentration camp called Auschwitz-Birkenau and freed the mainly Jewish prisoners there who were still alive.

Zoe Law and Ross Walker of S6, who recently visited Auschwitz, produced and delivered a very informative and moving presentation on Friday. The S1-3 pupils who attended these assemblies showed great respect as they listened and watched-everyone present was certainly reminded how important it is not to spread messages of hate, or to exclude people for any reason. We also remembered in our prayers the millions of people who were killed or had been affected by Nazi persecution, as well as those affected by the terrible crimes committed during later conflicts in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Our Lady’s visit to Liberty Steel

Special Report by Ciaran Hendry S2

On the 25th of January 2017, two Our Lady’s High school Go4SET teams visited, “Liberty Steel”, a steel processing plant in Motherwell.  We walked from school to the site where we were greeted by our mentor, Chris Gourley. We listened to an interesting talk about the health and safety aspects of the workplace and then had a fun quiz. One of the best parts was when we played games that taught us the importance of organisation, efficiency and specification in the workplace. After all our briefings we enjoyed an excellent lunch provided by our hosts.  We then got ready to go on the highly anticipated tour of the plant.


Team Elite

Wearing high visibility vests, hard hats and earplugs, we witnessed steel being heated to 1000°C.  Our guide showed us the famous water tower and of course inside the steelworks. He showed us the interesting process from when the steel is delivered by train to when it’s heated in gas pits, then flattened out between huge rollers before finally having water thrown over the steel plates, giving off a magnificent amount of water vapour. We saw red and even yellow hot slabs of steel carried by large cranes to different parts of the plant.  Even after cooling, the flattened metal plate was incredibly hot.   We also spent time in the control room where the operators made sure the plate was the right size with the help of computers.

Team Enigma

After a question and answer session it was time to return to school. We were all given memory cards encased in steel as a keepsake of our visit.  Overall the experience was informative and very enjoyable and, will aid our learning in so many ways.

Thanks go to Chris and all the staff at Liberty Steel for their help and advice.

Christmas Toy Giveaway – Parliamentary Motion

Before Christmas, staff and pupils of OLHS were invited to donate toys to the Forgewood Toy Giveaway. The Scottish Parliament has officially recognised and congratulated the organisers with Motion S5M-03152 and Motion S5M-02894; the former includes our involvement in OLHS.

Motion S5M-03152: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/12/2016


That the Parliament congratulates Martine Nolan on organising a free toy giveaway at the Forgewood Community Centre to support families in the area; understands that the 350 children and 160 adults who attended the event left with a gift; thanks the local councillors and volunteers involved, including councillors Paul Kelly, Kaye Harmon, Michael Ross and volunteers, Louise Roarty and Kenneth Duffy; notes the generosity of the local community who donated to the toy giveaway and volunteered to ensure that the event was a success; recognises the efforts of the school communities of Fir Park Secondary and Our Lady’s High, which both held toy drives for the event; thanks Unison and the Forgewood Housing Cooperative for facilitating the event, and commends local businesses and organisations, including Scotmid and the Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foundation, on their generosity.

Supported by: James Dornan, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee