Senior Phase Information Evening, 21st February 2017

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Senior phase information evening 2017

SDS presentation 2017

Developing the Young Workforce

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.

Engineering the Future

We continue to stress the importance of females in STEM careers by calling attention to the 2017 Engineering the Future for Girls summer school which will be held at the University of Strathclyde from 19-23 June 2017 – applications are now being invited via the online application system.

Now in its second year at the University, the summer school is aimed at S3 pupils who are studying any range of subject choices at National 5.

Engineering the Future for Girls is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers.

There are 100, fully-funded by BP and BAM Nutall, places for this year’s summer school. This is a non- residential summer school and travel to and from the University of Strathclyde campus (Glasgow city centre) is required.

Learning Through Work Week

Report by Ruth Robertson

Scottish Power attended OLHS for Learning Through Work Week, an initiative organised by Skills Development Scotland. The presentation focused on what the company do and the apprenticeship opportunities that they can offer. The audience was drawn from 4th, 5th and 6th year pupils with an interest in apprenticeships.

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, 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

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.

PSHE Day – Skills Development Scotland

On Thursday 15th January, OLHS held a very successful Senior PSHE day for all pupils in S5 and S6. Pupils had the whole day out of class for a number of important meetings and training sessions.

Ruth Robertson from Skills Development Scotland delivered The Buzz Personality Test, getting pupils to think about personality traits that they possess, how other people are different to them, and how they could use this information to help with their career decision making.

Part of the training involves pupils being given a four letter code. Each code refers to an animal – easier to remember than a code for most people – which suggests the types of job that a person might wish to investigate. This was very popular with pupils, with deep consideration about whether an owl or a bear really expressed their personality best.

Once they had their code / animal, pupils were asked to think silently for thirty seconds about their dream job, and how they could achieve this goal, before sharing their thoughts with a partner. The point of this exercise was to find out whether quiet, personal, more introverted consideration was easier for them than noisier, shared, more extroverted analysis, or vice versa. However, It became clear very quickly that for some, being silent for thirty seconds was almost painful. Whether this was due to their enthusiasm for their plans or a simple inability to wheesht remains unclear.

Many thanks to Ruth Robertson and her colleague for their time in Our Lady’s today.

College applications

Our Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, has organised a series of lunchtime support sessions for anyone applying for college.

Applications for Glasgow City College are already open, with New College Lanarkshire and other colleges expected any moment!

All support sessions will be held in the Library at lunchtime from 1.10pm.

  • Friday 16th January
  • Monday 19th January
  • Thursday 22nd January
  • Friday 23rd January

Ruth will also be available in the Library at lunchtime on Monday 26th and Friday 30th January for drop-in sessions.

Primary information evenings

Headteacher, Mrs Sinclair, Depute Headteacher, Mrs Donnachie, and PT Pupil Support, Mrs Zambonini, have attended our associated primaries’ P7 transition information evenings.

S5 and S6 pupils, Michael Clarke, Keryn Shearer and Emily McGurk, also participated in the events along with staff from Skills Development Scotland (SDS). As Ambassadors for SDS, the pupils demonstrated the My World of Work website and discussed the benefits of using the material on the site.

Radio 1 Academy

The Radio 1 Academy is being held at Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow University from 10th – 16th May. There will be workshops, master classes and Q&A sessions covering Journalism, Media, Music production, Music performance and DJing.

Everything is free but tickets are required for most activities, available from Queen Margaret Union from Monday 5th May at 12pm.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in a career in the media.

Click here for additional information.

Fifth & Sixth Year Information Evening

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the information evening which was very well attended. Mrs Sinclair welcomed everyone, handing over to Mrs Mulholland who gave a very informative presentation about the new exams, options, wider achievements and opportunities for pupils in fifth and sixth year. Handouts were also distributed to parents and carers.

One of our school captains, Stephen Ross, spoke about his experiences in Our Lady’s High School. He gave a very animated and entertaining account of his time in school and encouraged parents to ensure that their children make the most of opportunities offered to them. He talked about his time at CERN in Switzerland, the CARITAS programme, volunteering in Bothwellpark High School as well as his parish.  He also talked about the importance of study and how difficult but how worthwhile it is. He was very well recived indeed.

Mr Martin, PT Pupil Support, advised the parents and carers on study, supporting their children, the options interviews and the importance of wider achievements: while universities, colleges and employers are looking for qualifications, they are also looking for well rounded young people with skills in a number of areas.

Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, spoke about her work in the school, explaining the work of Skills Development Scotland and introduced the My World of Work website.

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Personalisation and Choice Evening

Parents and pupils came along for a meeting with DHT, Mrs Elizabeth Moore, on Wednesday night to learn about our Personalisation and Choice programme for S2 pupils. Pupils are working through a unit to discuss their options for the next two years during Tutor Time, involving decision making, future careers, further and higher education.

They will also be introduced to the My World of Work software through the School Library, and have the chance to meet our Careers Advisor, Ruth Robertson, from Skills Development Scotland.

S6 Mock interviews

Mrs Zambonini held an assembly for all 6th year pupils to explain the procedures for this year’s mock interviews.

To make the process as realistic as possible, each pupil has to collect and complete an application form which will be used as the basis for their interview with an adult volunteer from around the wider OLHS community.

This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to experience the tension of the interview process, gain useful feedback on their performance, and learn how to promote themselves and their talents more successfully in the future.


The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) came to speak to S5 and S6. Three practising engineers entertained the audience with an interactive presentation about gadgets and the technology of bubbles!

There was plenty of audience participation, involving volunteers from the audience posing as different parts of a machine (representing different elements of engineering) and having to make relevant noises as the ‘energy’ passed through them. Ross Higgins and Johnny McLeod volunteered to take part in the quiz at the end, with Ross winning a £20 High St voucher and Johnny a box of shortbread.

Behind the fun, the serious part of the talk revealed a total of 60,000 possible jobs within the engineering sector over the next few years, giving pupils pause for thought.

Speed Networking

Depute Head, Mrs Mulholland, accompanied fifteen 5th and 6th year pupils to a More Choices, More Chances networking event at  Motherwell Civic on 27th November.

Amongst the organisations talking to pupils were Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Training Foundation, Forward Training, Youth Investment Programme, Motherwell College, Sibbald Training, North Lanarkshire’s Working, Routes to Work, The Hub and VaNL. Pupils took the opportunity to discuss their plans for the forthcoming year, and possible career routes with those in the know.

Employability events for parents and school staff – Tuesday 27th November, Civic Centre, Motherwell

North Lanarkshire Council is holding an employability event on 27th November from 3.30pm – 5.00pm in the Civic Centre, Motherwell for parents and school staff.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of post-school progression opportunities for young people looking to move on to further education, employment and training.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people’s main advisors to come along and find out first hand what’s available to them and how best  to support them into a career suited to their needs and aspirations.

This event will enhance the speed networking events, organised by North Lanarkshire Council which students from across the schools in the authority will attend in three localities – Airdrie, Cumbernauld and Motherwell.

Careers, apprenticeships and vacancies

If you are considering leaving school, have a look at the following websites for information about training, employment and apprenticeships.

Information on vacancies and online applications. The website is updated daily. There is also a MyJobScotland blog with plenty of useful advice.

North Lanarkshire’s Working
This is the website for the NLC youth investment programme. The website is updated weekly with vacancies.