Are you in S4, 5 or 6? Are you feeling stressed with assessments and exams looming large? Then come along to our relaxation classes on Fridays at lunchtime to help reduce stress. There is a sign-up sheet outside Mrs Donnachie’s Room for those sensible people who want to make use of this fantastic support.
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.
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.
Report from Miss Moir
Five pupils travelled to Airdrie Leisure Centre on Thursday to participate in the North Lanarkshire Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships. All pupils performed well and managed to battle through some tough weather conditions.
In the S1 girls race Cavan Ryan finished strongly to take fourth place overall. Abigail Freel finished in 18th and Lauren Mullen Pentney crossed the line in 81st place.
Anton Scott did a great job representing the school in the S1 boys race, finishing in 52nd place overall.
In the S3 girls race Rachel Donnelly ran a fantastic race and came home in first place!
Congratulations to all pupils on a great performance!
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.
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.
Report from Miss Lees
On Tuesday 14th March pupils and staff in the school celebrated Pi day. Pi jokes were added to the daily bulletin, the maths teachers wore a variety of Pi related clothing, Pi quizzes and colouring sheets were available from the library and Pi facts were added to the school twitter feed. S1 pupils all worked together in the Kamwokya room to create a colour coded paper chain that displayed the first 1000 digits of Pi. S2 had double fun, writing Pilish poems in English, where they had to use the digits of Pi as the word lengths in the poem. They then arrived at maths and made Pi Skylines, representing the digits visually as buildings. At lunchtime pupils could take part in a Pi recital. A closely fought battle ended with an amazing S1 Imogen McFadden reciting 109 digits from memory. Mr Drummond presented the winning pupil with a trophy and a Pi cookie. The S2 winner of the Pilish poetry also received a cookie as a prize. The staff were surprised and happy to find apple Pi(e)s delivered to their departments at lunchtime, courtesy of PT Maths Mr Drummond. Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success!
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
Commonwealth medal winner, Keith Cook, has been working with pupils in our S1 Nurture Group to provide some fencing training and team-building activities.
The Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ programme aimed at developing ‘Mental Toughness, Hunger to achieve, People skills, Breaking barriers, Sport and life knowledge, and Planning for success.
This morning, the group moved rapidly from basic movements through balance, parrying and scoring.
Thank you to Mr McGurk for organising Keith’s visit.
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.
Will you #BeBoldForChange? Find out more at www.internationalwomensday.com
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
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. The competition was held at Ravenscraig Sports Centre and was fiercely fought between ten North Lanarkshire schools.
- the 1 minute step up challenge
- standing long jump
- triple jump
- shot put
- endurance run
- 60m sprint
- 60m hurdles
- team relay to end the day.
Both teams showed great teamwork and should be very proud of themselves. Special mention to Keir McGarry who jumped the furthest out of all competitors in the standing long jump with a jump of over 6 metres and the S2 boys relay team who came first in their group.
A big thank you to Rachel Donnelly and Lucy McQuaid who helped with the organisation of the day.
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
Report from Miss Lees
The Maths Department are offering all S4 pupils who will sit the National 5 Maths exam this May the opportunity to participate in a Revision Away Day on Saturday 18th March. Pupils will particpate in tasks and workshops throughout the day designed to help them focus on exam questions, strategies and techniques.
As a reward for their hard work the day will end with a visit to Air Space, East Kilbride. All food and transport are included in the £20 price as is the two hour Air Space session. It is an excellent opportunity for pupils, who are urged to return their tear-off slips and payment ASAP.