Tinto Hill 2017

Lovely day for a walk – until they got to the top where is was just a wee bit colder than the 700m below.

S1 headed up Tinto Hill to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice today.  Well done everyone who took part.

Thanks to  Partnership Officer, Deborah King for all her hard work and organisation.

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Tapestry Project

Professor Nigel Osborne and colleagues visited OLHS today to launch This place is our place, a project about Motherwell, past, present and future. The team are working with S1 pupils in Art and Design, Music and English to create poems, artwork and songs relating to their hometown.

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The next stage is for pupils to collect stories, images, sounds and mementos of life in Motherwell from their families that can be shared on the This place is our place website. Contributions are also welcomed from members of the public: please see the website for details.

This place is our place is part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge.

Titanic Project: Liberty Steel

The Titanic crew visited Liberty Steel for a guided tour of the plant and to learn how slabs of steel are rolled and shaped into plates for ships, bridges and rigs.

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Autism Awareness Week, 27th March – 2nd April

Autism Awareness Week for Schools takes place this year 27th March – 2nd April.  We had a really successful week last session and Mrs Maguire, P.T. Support for Learning and Liaison Leader with Bothwellpark High School, has been hard at work organising this year’s events. So far, these include a staff coffee morning, joint karaoke with Bothwellpark pupils, and a non-uniform day – Wear it Pink/Purple!

Pupils from Bothwellpark High School will also be heavily involved, participating in lessons in Sport and Recreation, Science and H.E. Bothwellpark pupils will also be going round classes collecting donations for the National Autistic Society and several of them will be delivering a short talk to RE classes, focusing on the role of their school.

Also as part of Autism Awareness Week, Jeanie McFarlane from Scottish Autism has very kindly offered to organise a twilight raising-awareness session.  Jeanie has been working regularly with some of our pupils and she is very aware of the issues that these pupils currently face in and around the school, and is happy to offer help and advice during the twilight session.

This course has been organised for Wednesday 29th March and will start at 3pm in the ASN base.

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Dementia Friends

During sixth year, we have been given the opportunity to take part in various clubs and projects. The “Dementia Friends” project allowed us to get involved with the Motherwell FC Community Trust and was set up to help break the barrier between the older and younger generations in our local community. My peers and I completed a workshop with a dementia expert to help build our knowledge on the condition and train us for the sessions ahead.

We split into groups and decided on appropriate times for us to meet with our ‘Dementia Friend’ and had our first session with them in Ravens Court. The idea behind this project is mainly to brighten their day by chatting and interacting with them alongside creating a memory book for them to cherish. We completed various activities to help jog their memories about their lives when they were our age and we had a lot of fun hearing their stories.

I believe I speak on behalf of the other pupils who take part when I say that it is really beneficial experience. Not only are we making our older friends feel part of something special, we ourselves also feel good about giving back to our local community. I would thoroughly recommend taking part in this worthwhile and life affirming opportunity to anyone.

BBC School Report 2017

BBC School Report provides an opportunity for pupils between 11-16 to experience a day in a newsroom, creating and reporting on the news. Groups can choose to report on the events of the day as they occur, build their own reports on a theme, or a mixture of both. Our Lady’s BBC School Report 2017 focused on the Transplant Games which are taking place in North Lanarkshire from 27th-30th July this year.

In advance of School Report Day on 16th March, pupils spent every Friday lunchtime in the Library selecting issues to investigate, improving their knowledge of organ transplants and making contact with relevant organisations and individuals who might be able to help them. As the day drew closer, pupils also volunteered time after school to learn about and practice sending requests for information, interview techniques, creating surveys and writing reports. Senior pupils involved worked on a storyboard for a video report.

One group of pupils set up an interview with heart transplant recipient, Mr Brian Gorman, who described his life before and after his operation. Mr Gorman explained that he did not know whose heart he had received but that he sent an update every five years to the donor’s family through the hospital to say thank you.

Another group interviewed the Chair of the North Lanarkshire games, Councillor Jim McCabe, who explained the reasons why North Lanarkshire was so keen to host the event and personal friends who had died because the wait for the transplant had been just too long for their bodies to cope.

Pupils were also keen to investigate attitudes to and knowledge of organ transplantation in school and created a survey for staff and pupils.

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On the day, pupils completed more surveys and also visited asked staff if they would like to share their reasons for carrying a donor card. The group created bullet points from all of their sources of information which became part of our School Report Ideas Wall. They collated the responses of the survey and designed posters to illustrate their data, which were combined with the storyboard and bullet points to create our video report. They wrote reports on all of their investigations. Throughout the day, pupils took photos of their colleagues and tweeted what they were up to. We even sent a photo of the dreich day outside to BBC Weather Watchers!

Naturally, with such a lot going on we had one or two issues, but the pupils were fantastic, and remained positive throughout, even when Mr Kerr and Mrs Macfadyen were tearing their hair out.

Our thanks to everyone in OLHS for their support, to Mr Gorman and Councillor McCabe for taking the time to come along to the school, and to everyone who responded to our e-mails and requests for help. We couldn’t have done it without you.

All of our BBC School Report work is available by clicking here.

Scottish Youth Parliament Elections 2017

Orla McDevitt and Nathan Donnelly were elected as your Motherwell and Wishaw Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament! Congratulations to the candidates, particularly our pupil Orla. We are so proud of your success.

Thank you to all of the young people who voted and the staff who helped throughout this process. #pollitolhs

International Women’s Day 2017

This Wednesday 8th of March is International Women’s Day 2017.

This year we are being asked to #BeBoldForChange. You are being called on to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world.

It has been predicted by the World Economic Forum that the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. We should not have to wait this long.

Will you #BeBoldForChange? Find out more at www.internationalwomensday.com

Autism Awareness Week, 27th March-2nd April

As part of Autism Awareness Week for schools, we are holding a joint karaoke with pupils from Bothwellpark HS.  If you would be interested in taking part in this, please speak to Mrs Maguire in the ASN base before the end of the week.

You will be paired with a pupil from Bothwellpark and given the opportunity to work together on your song.

The karaoke will take place during Autism Awareness Week which runs from 27th March – 2nd April.

International Women’s Day 2017

This Wednesday 8th of March is International Women’s Day 2017. This year we are being asked to #BeBoldForChange. You are being called on to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. It has been predicted by the World Economic Forum that the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. We should not have to wait this long.

Scottish Youth Parliament Election Hustings

The Scottish Youth Parliament candidates currently campaigning for your vote will be in OLHS on Friday 3rd March, during lunchtime. The candidates will be here to debate and take questions. This is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the promises being made and everyone is welcome along. The Hustings will take place in the Science Lecture Theatre at 12:45.

All pupils and staff welcome!

Next week you will have the opportunity to vote in the 2017 Scottish Youth Parliament Elections. Please bring your Young Scot card with you on Monday and Tuesday of next week in order to vote. Don’t forget!

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ESU Debates – second round

Report from Mrs Millar

Congratulations to Grant Mackin and Christopher Wilson on their fantastic performance in Round 2 of the ESU School’s Mace Debating Competition. The boys were in fine form, opposing the motion: “This House would value economic growth over environmental protection.” Opponents were Uddingston Grammar, who were also hosts. In the end, after two excellent debates, Our Lady’s and The Wellington School won their places in the third round of this prestigious competition.

The motion for the next round is: “This House would abolish the House of Lords.”

Watch this space! #pollitolhs

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

British Sign Language class

A number of S6 pupils and two members of staff have been learning BSL now for three weeks, under the eagle eyes of Ian, Rachel and Helen from the Lanarkshire Deaf Club. We are becoming much more confident with our finger spelling, colours, animals, greetings, family groups and common signs. We can’t wait to start working in pairs on our conversational skills, beginning next week.

The ten week course, organised by Mrs Donnachie and Mrs Zambonini, is a chance for everyone to become more deaf aware, and to add to our communication skills.

Reminiscence Project

Our S6 volunteers with the Motherwell FC Community Trust had their introductory meeting with a representative of Alzheimer’s Scotland. The young people were given an insight into the progress of the condition, how patients and families feel about it, as well as strategies to improve quality of life. They were very moved by some of the stories they heard, but this has made them even more determined to make a difference to the lives of their Buddies and families.

Scottish Youth Parliament Elections 2017

syplogoThis is a final reminder for any pupils who wish to stand in the Elections 2017. You must register by midnight on Monday 31st October – tonight. You can register online at http://www.syp.org.uk

If you require additional information you must see Miss Halket today at lunchtime in Room 204.

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Lanarkshire Family History Society

Senior pupils visited the Lanarkshire Family History Society Resource Centre recently to discuss joint working on a local history project. David O’Hara, Craig Thomas and Ross Walker were introduced to the Society’s research materials by Chairman, Bob Stewart, who brought out old newspapers, books and maps for our students to pore over. The group intend to focus in the first instance on former pupils who were involved in World War I.

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Our thanks to Bob Stewart and the Society for their kindness (and biscuits!) in offering their support for what was just the first of hopefully many many productive meetings.

Motherwell FC Reminiscence Project

OLHS is privileged to become involved in a project – organised by Motherwell FC Community Trust and Funded by bank of Scotland Foundation – aimed at older people who have dementia. Participants will be encouraged, through the topic of football, to share stories about their past.

The group will meet once a month, with pupils acting as buddies. The young people will speak to their buddies about common interests, ask about their past experiences and generally encourage them to share their stories. Highlights will be recorded in Memory Books will can then be revisited with help from the older person’s family and carers.

Professional training will be delivered by Alzheimer Scotland and Football Memories League for all volunteers- 40 to date.

Our hope is that a mutual interest in football will trigger happy memories and lead to enjoyable conversations between the generations! #pollitolhs