OLHS Has Got Talent 2015

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  • Mia: singing Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
  • Jordan and Callum: Everlong (Bass and Guitar)
  • Julia and Emilia: singing All I Wanted (Kodaline)
  • Abigail: singing and playing piano Say Something
  • Sam Kidd: Guitar medley
  • Emily: singing Born to Die (Lana del Ray)
  • Max: dance routine to Beyonce


1st : Max

2nd: Sam

3rd: Mia

50p entry to theatre. Audience packed. All in aid of Lenten Charities.

To a class of writers

Robert Burns by Alexander Naysmith

Robert Burns by Alexander Naysmith

1st year pupils studied To a Mouse by Robert Burns and then wrote their own versions, trying to ensure that they maintained the same metre, rhythm, rhyme scheme and general format, known as ‘Standard Habbie’

They also tried to include some Scots words where appropriate.

The rhyme scheme is known as ‘Standard Habbie‘ as the earliest use of it was in a poem called Habbie Simpson, the Piper of Kilbarchan‘ by Robert Sempill of Beltrees.

Click here to read their poems.

Lenten Charities – the last burst!

There will be a non-uniform day on Wednesday 1st April to raise money for SCIAF. Minimum donation of £1, but please try to give generously.

The SCIAF Wee Box Appeal has been discussed in RE and Tutor classes; it takes very little to feed a child in the developing world for one year, and the Government has pledged to match every donation.

Also in this final week of fund-raising:

  • Monday: Easter Quiz at lunchtime in the Library; staff-pupil football match in the gym hall at lunchtime
  • Tuesday: Soak the Teacher (weather dependent) at 1.20 in the yard next to the PE doors. £1 a bucket. Update: due to bad weather, teachers will now be soaked after the holidays. 
  • Wednesday: Soak and Pie S6  at interval in the yard; OLHS has Talent at lunchtime in the Theatre; non-uniform day

Please give whatever you can.

Food for Thought on Fridays

Over the last four weeks, pupils from Mrs Millar’s and Mrs Howieson’s class, along with a number of staff, have been taking part in Food for Thought on Fridays.

2015_0306_7134Participants exchanged their usual lunch money for the choice of a jammy piece or a cheese piece (or sandwich, if you didn’t grow up in the West of Scotland :-) ) and a cup of water.  Food for Thought very clearly made the point that this basic meal was all that some could fford, and would be a feast for many others.

Over four weeks, we’re proud to announce the Food for Thought group made £227.40 (and 10 Polish Groszy!) for SCIAF.

Lenten Charities

Two RE classes enjoyed special events in return for donations to SCIAF today.

Mr Kerr’s class took on the impossible task of eating do-nuts and watching the Simpsons (D’oh!) while Miss McGinness’s class struggled with a Disney Sing-a-long.2015_0325_7244Meanwhile, 1A1 have been painting and decorating nails on Fridays at Tutor Time and over the next few days we’re also suffering a Rich Man/ Poor Man Lunch, Soak the Teacher, a staff bake-off, staff pool tournament, talent show and staff-student football, all in aid of our Lenten charities.

Go4SET 2015

Report from Mr Law

After ten weeks of effort, the S2 Our Lady’s High School Go4SET team successfully delivered their presentation to the judges. Although the feedback was extremely positive, they missed out on the winners’ podium by the proverbial whisker.

From the initial project choice of an eco-hotel, they extensively researched the concept, including a visit to their sponsor from industry, (TATA Steel). Visits to two Edinburgh eco friendly hotels, the “Radisson Blu”, and the “Apex International”, provided more specific information about the challenges associated with balancing environmentally friendly policies with making a profit.

They produced a 35 pages long report, built a model of their hotel and, presented their project to the judges. Along the way they have learned to work as a team, each with specific responsibility for an area of the task, learned about the importance of deadlines and learned about the satisfaction of a job well done. If we consider that most of the time spent on this project was their own, they merit a well deserved pat on the back.

Consistently a credit to the school their behaviour has been exemplary and their learning journey well worthwhile. Congratulations to Alexandra, Michael, Holly, Amy, Gemma, Robbie, Elle and TATA Steel mentor, Craig. Thanks are also due to, “The Howard”, for its information and the various staff of OLHS for advice.

North Lanarkshire Spring Concert

Report from Mrs Sinclair

Well done to all of our pupils who took part in a wonderful concert last night in the beautiful Royal Concert Hall. These pupils practise every Friday evening with the North Lanarkshire Schools to ensure that great performances are enjoyed by all. I was very proud of all of our pupils who performed last night.

It was the final performance of a few stalwarts who have been attending NL Schools Music Group for Years.

Thanks to Jill McMurray, Aaron Hawthorne, Caitlin Connor and Jordan Mooney, Michael Clark.

Thanks also to

Ethan Hendry, Anna Quinn, Michael Clark, David Nugent, Stephen Brady, Aidan Simpson, Victor Witowski, Heather Nugent, Orla McDevitt, Piroska Horvath, Colette Whitson

Click here for photos from the concert.

Solar eclipse 20th March 2015

On 20th March 2015, there will be an eclipse of the Sun. In Motherwell, 95% of the Sun will be eclipsed, although the weather is forecast to be cloudy.


Partial solar eclipse by ninjiangstar


It is extremely dangerous to look at the Sun at any time.


 Even the small amount of Sun peeking out from behind the Moon during an eclipse is enough to make you blind if you are not careful.

Never look at the Sun through binoculars or a telescope,
or through sunglasses, a camera or through a mobile.
They will not protect your eyes!


Further information:

How can you watch a solar eclipse safely? (BBC iWonder)

Solar eclipse: what you need to know (Guardian, 19th March 2015)

How to stay safe during the solar eclipse (BT, 19th March 2015)

How to safely observe the total solar eclipse this week (Space.com, 18th March 2015)


St Patrick’s Day

OLHS 6th year pupils, Katie Ann Hunter and Heather Baird, are planning journeys to Tanzania and India respectively to spend the summer working with Lasallian Developing World Projects. 2015_0317_7204 2015_0317_7205Katie Ann organised a coffee morning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and help with her fund-raising.

Along with lovely Irish scones and buns, there was entertainment from the Caritas Choir and both of our Performing Arts Principal Teachers with a beautiful rendition of May the road rise up to meet you, and more opportunities to help with funds through buying raffle tickets and rather scrummy tablet.

Easter School 2015

A reminder that Easter School will on run on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April with three sessions each day offering support to pupils in S4-6 studying National 5, Highers or Advanced Highers.

Over 150 pupils have already signed up and individual timetables will be handed out shortly. The master timetable (below) will also be available around the school.

(Click on timetable to expand)

Easter School 2015 Timetable. Click to enlarge.

Easter School 2015 Timetable. Click to enlarge.

Welcome to your future

Report from Mrs McDonald

Fourth year pupils from the Princes Trust XL group visited an event at Hampden Park, Glasgow on Thursday 11th March called Welcome to your Future. Organised by the Princes Trust and supported by the SPFL, the day aimed to give young people the opportunity to hear from and meet leaders in business and industry.

In the morning a panel of experts answered questions and gave advice about getting into business and the skills and attitude needed to succeed.  The afternoon saw pupils walking around workshop areas meeting individual employers, getting advice and information and potentially applying for vacancies and training opportunities.

The pupils from XL agreed that the day was interesting and particularly enjoyed meeting businesses and speaking to employers in banking, police and the the automobile industry.

Particle Physics at OLHS

Report and photos by Mr Law. Additional photos by Miss McGinty

Dr Aidan Robson from the University of Glasgow delivered a stimulating and highly enlightening presentation to our Higher Physics class on Friday 6th March. As Co-convener of the ATLAS-UK Standard Model working group at the Large Hadron Collider of CERN in Switzerland, he is clearly a world expert in this area of physics.

With clear explanations and analogy he explained about the Standard Model of the fundamental particles that our universe is made from and why we accept it with regard to the work at CERN.

Providing all we needed in order to build our own cloud chambers (particle detectors) our students set out to provide the high temperature gradient required for the saturated “mist” that enabled us to view the jet plane like contrail paths resulting from the cosmic particle collisions all around us.   Clear plastic tumblers, masking tape and felt brought back memories of Blue Peter, although the dry ice was never required to my recollection.

As particle physics is a part of the new Curriculum for Excellence Higher, this activity was certainly a welcome and extremely useful supplement to the course.

Well done to the students and staff thoroughly engrossed in participating and, thanks again to Dr. Robson for his time and resources.

Easter Baskets

The S5/6 Personal Development class are selling Easter baskets complete with eggs of various sizes, little bunnies and chicks. Baskets cost £6 each and can be ordered through the school via Mrs Zambonini.


The money raised from the baskets is being split between charity and to provide starter funds for the Personal Development class’s next project.

Senior PSHE Day 4

On Friday, senior pupils participated in in their fourth PSHE Day. Pupils rotated around six areas:

  • Good Egg Drivers: pupils looked over the Good Egg Driver website and learned about safety for new and learner drivers. 
  • Police Scotland: Pearl ran a quiz to review what had been learned on previous PSHE days, followed by a game focusing on drugs, crime and personal safety.
  • Samaritans: the Samaritans discussed the issue of self harm, with personal account footage on video. The group discussed ’emotional first aid kits’, and everyone was given a stress toy in the shape of a mobile phone. There was a valuable discussion around the idea that self harm was attention seeking, which the Samaritans were quick to dismiss.
  • Study Skills: Mrs Macfadyen discussed how important it was for pupils to recognise their own study preferences – music, silence, mind-maps, relaxation – and asked pupils to pass on their own advice to 4th year pupils sitting exams for the first time. The groups also practised making up stories to help memorise a list in order
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention: the work focused on a video demonstrating how violence could be prevented. The video itself sparked a lot of discussion about what constitutes consent, what constitutes assault, and the role of alcohol in violent situations. Pupils worked with each other to identify ways that violent situations could be diffused or avoided altogether.
  • Learning profiles: pupils reviewed their previous work on strengths and accomplishments and updated their files.

“My sincere thanks to everyone who participated in today’s events.  To everyone who took groups, covered classes, answered phones, escorted visitors, laid out chairs, sorted ICT, gave up rooms, catered, photocopied, registered, Thanks!” Mrs Zambonini, Principal Teacher, PSHE