St Andrew’s Day 2015

Report by Mrs Connor

St Andrew’s Day was marked this year with a number of events which were organised by Mrs Connor and the pupils of Andrew House.

A whole school “Tartan Day” was held on Friday 27th November with pupils being asked to donate £1 to be allowed to have no uniform and Tartan themed clothing on. On Monday 30th there was a staff coffee morning at interval with former pupil  Michael Clark entertaining us with his bagpipes. A  “Scots Corner” stall was set up for pupils at lunchtime where they could buy tartan ribbons, bows as well as Scotland tattoo’s and cupcakes.

The events were enjoyed by all with the proceeds being donated to St Andrew’s Hospice.


Our school chaplain, Father Martin, has arranged Mass on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8.30am as usual and for pupils whose buses arrive after morning mass, Fr Martin has also organised masses for Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays lunchtimes at 12.55.

Staff and pupils are also making up parcels for gifts around our local community.


Fr Martin Delaney will lead advent services over the coming two weeks for individual house groups. Meanwhile S1 RE classes will be trying to raise money over Advent to buy a present for Iraqi child refugees. The presents will be delivered to the camps in Iraq via the Aid to the Church in Need charity.

Other RE classes are being asked to bring in non-perishable goods which will be made into food parcels by our Caritas class and shared across the local area.

Hallowe’en Party

Report from Mrs McNeish

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The S1 Nurture class hosted a Hallowe’en party party last wek. They made individual invitations for a friend, decorated the room and organised what they were having for eating and drinking.

On the day, they played games, had some music organised by Mr Kerr and all in all, had a great time! They also cleaned up afterwards which was fantastic teamwork.

2014 Senior Citizens’ Party

Report by Rachel Clinton

On Tuesday the 16th of December we held our annual Senior Citizens’ Party. We have been hosting the event for the past six years and as usual yesterday was a great success. The event was held in the school theatre and we had a very large turnout as expected.

Various departments throughout the school participated in organising and providing entertainment for the party:

Mrs Zambonini’s Personal Development and Enterprise and Employability classes have been working hard for weeks in preparation for the event, from sending out invitations to making origami water lily napkins. (My new party trick, impressive I know) The Home Economics department were cooking up a storm as usual preparing delicious treats such as cupcakes, shortbread, mini quiche and sausage rolls.

The entertainment itself was hosted by our very own dynamic duo Aaron Hawthorne and Scott Price who added some holiday humour to the event, even with their terrible Christmas puns, not pointing the finger at anyone in particular. *COUGH Scott COUGH*

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The afternoon began with one of our first year pupils, Anna Quinn, who done a very enthusiastic reading of “The Night Before Christmas”, which really set the mood for the rest of the party. Next up we had three more talented first year girls Erin Doyle, Morgan Brown and Katie Cadenhead dancing to Olly Murs’ latest hit “Wrapped Up”, oh how I wish I had their coordination and balance. *sighs*

Their routine was then followed by a slightly different style of dancing- of the Irish variety. Keryn Shearer (S5) and Katie Ann Hunter (S6) wowed us with their spectacular moves. Scott was right again, I was exhausted (and dizzy) just watching!

During our intermission we had a raffle, with a variety of different prizes to be won such as (a lot of) wine, chocolates, pampering gifts, homeware and even some shiny new cufflinks.

There was also a hilarious mini-pantomime performed by some of our sixth year drama students- the “true” story of Snow White, with a Scottish twist. It starred Lisa O’Rourke, Darcy Hendry, Aaron Hawthorne, Louise Bradshaw and Monica Kane.

We then had a rendition of “Santa Baby” by Jill McMurray with Jordan Mooney and Callum Wilson on bass and acoustic guitar.

Last but not least, we had a performance of “Christmas Lullaby” by our CARITAS choir, “Nuns and Moses”, joined by a few eager fifth years.

After that, it was time to party. We were midway through some conventional Christmas carolling when a special guest arrived- the bearded man himself, aka Dominic Cherrie, bearing gift bags for all. Needless to say the ladies were charmed, however we can confirm there was no mistletoe involved. To wrap up our fabulous afternoon we all joined in for a very long rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” which, ironically seemed to go on for twelve days.

All in all the afternoon was a roaring success and all the hard work and preparation certainly paid off, everyone seemed to have a festively fabulous time and we can’t wait to invite everyone back next year. As our favourite elf once said: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Modern Languages Christmas Card Competition

From Mrs Anderson

The 2014 Modern Languages Christmas Card competition is now on for 1st and 2nd year pupils. If you would like to take part, please come to the Modern Languages Department at lunch time on Thursday. You can also submit a card that you have made at home. Prizes for the best cards. Good Luck!

Christmas dances

Tickets went on sale on Monday for the two Christmas dances.

You may buy your ticket during interval and at lunchtime this week in the school’s main foyer. Tickets cost £3.00 each with crisps and juice included in the cost. Water and other confectionery will be available for purchases on the night.

You must attend school on the day of the dance.

The doors will close 15 minutes after the start time. Do not be late!


First to Third Year – Monday 15th 7 -9.30

Fourth to Sixth Year Wednesday 17th 7.30 – 10.00pm.

Book Week Scotland

Pupils and staff had the opportunity to vote for their favourite Scottish fictional character during this year’s Book Week Scotland. Anyone visiting the Library over the two weeks surrounding the event was asked to High 5 their favourite from a list of ten:

  • Oor Wullie
  • Maisie the Cat
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Professor Minerva McGonagall
  • Katie Morag
  • Greyfriars Bobby
  • Shrek
  • Dr Who
  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy
  • Tam O’Shanter

The list, pulled together by Librarian, Mrs Macfadyen and English teacher, Mrs Jeffrey, could be seen as a bit controversial, after all isn’t Dr Who from Gallifrey? Is Shrek really Scottish? However, the main argument surrounded the fictional status of Greyfriars Bobby, with many pupils demanding he be removed from the list altogether.

Many were also surprised that Dennis the Menace was included and learned about the variety of comics coming from Dundee.

While Mrs Macfadyen argued valiantly for Professor McGonagall, threatening to ‘magic’ several more hands into existence, it was clear that what OLHS pupils appreciated most of all was humour, with Shrek winning by a landslide. More to the point, it gave everyone a chance to show off their impersonations of different characters, and find out about some Scottish fiction that they hadn’t known about before.

In addition to the voting, pupils sat enthralled listening to Mrs Macfadyen telling Scottish folktales of Richard Canonbie and the Lee Penny. With the lights off and darkness outside, the atmosphere was certainly spooky!

St Andrew’s non- uniform day


Our Lady’s High School are holding a tartan day for all pupils and staff on the 28th of November. Pupils only have to pay £1 and all the money raised on the day will go to St Andrew’s Hospice. The money will be be raised by face painting, selling tartan bows and a bake sale. I hope it will be a great success! I also hope that the whole school will have a great time.

Day of the Dead 2014

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Report by Mrs Macfadyen and Mr Pegard

2nd year pupils celebrated the Mexican festival, Day of the Dead, last week with an afternoon of activities and competitions. It has been a highly motivational and very succesful topic for both pupils and teachers and many pupils comment on the fact that it was their “best day in school ever!”

During the couple of weeks prior to the day, all the departments involved ran a series of lessons linking the topic. The Art department focused on the practical skills required to make skulls out of clay, lino printing and papel picado flags which were used to decorate the hall. Pupils also learned about some famous Mexican artists such as Frida Kahlo.

In R.E. pupils learned about the religious aspect of the celebration, reflecting on the way Mexicans honour their Dead with a happy celebration whereas the European Catholic feasts of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ day is a more mournful approach.

In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is a party and celebration to remember loved ones who have already died. Pupils created a beautiful ofreda or altar with their RE classes, making it the centrepiece of the Kamwokya Room. The altar traditionally holds items close to the memory of a loved one, and pupils brought along some beautiful items to celebrate the memories of late family and friends. It was very touching to see some of the beautiful artefacts pupils brought in and the topic allows them to share some of the special feelings they have for someone whom they have lost in a supportive and sensitive celebration. The altar also showed off the skulls created in the Art Department.

In the Modern Languages classes, the preparatory lessons aimed at making pupils aware of the differences in traditions between Mexico and here in Europe.  After an introductory video on the celebration, pupils conducted online research comparing El Dia de los Muertos with Halloween. We then learned and practiced the ‘Hail Mary’ prayer in Spanish.

The celebrations began with prayers in Spanish before pupils took part in a competition to create the best decorated cakes, and designed hats for Catrina, the skeleton which is the Mexican symbol of Day of the Dead.

With mariachi music playing in the background throughout, the final activity of the day was a quiz covering Day of the Dead and Hallowe’en celebrations in Scotland, Mexico and around the world created by Librarian, Mrs Macfadyen. Thanks to all of the staff involved from Art, Modern Languages, RE and the Library; to all of the other staff who came along to help out on the day, including our classroom assistants; to the staff who judged the winning teams; to the 6th year Caritas pupils who helped throughout the event, and to all of 2nd year for making it such a great afternoon.

Awards Ceremony 2014

Report by Ms Steinert

The annual Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday 2nd October in a packed games hall where over 300 pupils received their awards. The event was kicked off with a bagpipe solo of Highland Cathedral by Michael Clark followed by an opening prayer from our school chaplain, Fr Frank King.

Our special guest, Mr James McVittie, OBE, was introduced by School Captain, Aaron Hawthorne. Mr McVittie, former head teacher of St Ninian’s High School in East Renfrewshire, spoke to the gathered audience about the buzz of working with young people and the importance of Catholic Education. He was a highly motivational speaker and both pupils and parents enjoyed his talk.

The performing arts department were their usual magnificent selves, with a bagpipe solo of Highland Cathedral by Michael Clark, a rendition of Let the River Run by the choir and Highlights from Brave by the school concert band.

Following the presentation of the awards, School Captain, Aimee Houston, gave the vote of thanks.

Photographs of the award winners were on sale for £1 from the Art Department. If any parent or guardian still wishes to purchase a copy, their son or daughter should see Mrs Steinert.

Patron’s Day 2014

Our Lady’s celebrated our Patron’s Day on 25th March, the Feast of the Annunciation. Monsignor Miller stood in for Bishop Toal in leading the celebrations, along with Fr Reilly, Fr Brown and our own School Chaplain, Fr King.

We were delighted to welcome so many special guests: the headteachers of our associated primaries, Mrs Boyle from St Bernadette’s Primary, Mrs Oates from St Brendan’s Primary and Mrs Shields from Cathedral Primary; Mr Hannan from Braidhurst High School and Mr Birch from Dalziel High School; Miss Halket and Mrs Graham, the chairs respectively of our PTA and Parent Council; Mrs Donald from St Andrew’s Hospice, Mr Doyle from SCIAF, Mr McGilvery from the Gideon Society and Mr Cassidy from the Diocese; and a wonderful collection of former staff.

Thanks to everyone for their hard work including our choir and band, our 6th year Eucharistic Ministers, and everyone who helped out.

A very happy Christmas from everyone at OLHS!

2013_1217_0327We’ve had a busy last few weeks of term as always with parties, celebrations and outings going on.

Our Christmas concert was held on Thursday 12th December with contributions from various musical ensembles and our rather lovely staff choir. Upper school pupils performed a pantomime.

On Monday, the 6th years welcomed pupils from Clydeview School to OLHS for a Christmas Party. 6th year have been fundraising since August to purchase party food and presents for the Clydeview pupils and everyone had a great time, especially when Santa dropped by!

On Tuesday, we welcomed over 80 senior citizens for an afternoon tea party with entertainment courtesy of Performing Arts, particularly Aaron Hawthorne on the piano. Meanwhile, all the goods collected and parcelled and wrapped by pupils across the school through RE classes were dropped off to those in need throughout the local area.


On Wednesday, there was a mass exodus of S1 pupils for the pantomime and on Thursday, S2 pupils headed for the wilds of Edinburgh for a trip around Holyroodhouse as part of their interdisciplinary work on Mary, Queen of Scots, with a wee visit to the Christmas market thrown in. Not forgetting two incredibly busy pupil ceilidhs, a staff night in, a Modern Languages Christmas card competition, and cinema trips for ESOL and the book group thrown in for good measure!

In the middle of all the fun, National 5 assessments have been ongoing for our Performing Arts Faculty, and Father King arranged for priests from local parishes to come along for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

None of this would be possible without the generosity of parents and carers, or the hard work of the school staff, who give up so much of their free time.

Thanks to everyone for their support over the last year. From everyone at Our Lady’s High School, we wish you all a very happy Christmas, and hopes for a peaceful 2014.

El Dia de los Muertos

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Our Lady’s celebrated 1st November in two very different ways this year. In the morning, the school celebrated mass for All Saints Day. In the afternoon, all S2 pupils marked the Mexican festival of the Day of the Dead, arranged jointly by staff from Art, the Library, Modern Languages and Religious Education.

Day of the Dead is a happy occasion when people remember those they have lost, almost like a big family party, so pupils brought in pictures and mementos of people that they had lost and would like to honour, whether family members, friends, or someone special to them. These were placed on the special ofrenda, or altar, which was decorated with bright, cheerfully decorated crosses and colourful clay skulls created by the pupils themselves.

The afternoon started with prayers in Spanish, then pupils got started decorating cakes with sweets and more skulls, using fondant icing this time. As the symbol of death in Mexico is a skeleton wearing fancy clothes (named Catrina), the next task was to decorate a hat for her, using scraps of material and found objects. The last activity of the afternoon was a quiz focusing on Day of the Dead ceremonies and our own Hallowe’en customs. The festivities ended with prizes being awarded to teams who created the best hats and the best collection of cakes.

Many thanks to all of the departments involved, to the pupils for their enthusiasm, to the 6th year Caritas pupils for supporting the 2nd years, to Mrs Sinclair, Mr Krawczyk and Mrs Zambonini for judging, to the Home Economics staff for the emergency icing and to all the staff who came along to help out.

Special thanks to the lunatics who planned it all out: Mr Pegard, Ms Steinert, Mr Shields, Miss McGinness and Mrs Macfadyen.

Halloween @ The Citizens’ Cafe

From AH

On Friday this week, you want to get to
The Citizens’ Cafe at Lunchtime.

There is a Halloween party which you can pay at the door for admission.
There will be snacks and drinks included in the admission fee*.
There may also be some games and competitions like Name the Skeleton and lots more.
It is open to everyone from 1st years to 6th years!
It’s just for fun so that everyone can get in
The Halloween Mood for Sunday!

From all in The Citizens’ Cafe team,

Happy Halloween

*Admission hasn’t been decided yet will probably be no higher than 50p.