Junk Kouture 2017

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Angela Sewell, Maia Winton and Natalie Marshall have been successful in entering the Junk Kouture competition with their garment “The Flying Scots Girl”. All the garments are made from recycled materials and the entry from OLHS was made from handbags, charity shop clothing, bubble wrap and can ring pulls. There were over 350 entries this year with the top 80 garments making into the Grand Final which will take place on February 9th in the SECC Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow. Many congratulations to Angela Sewell whose costume has been chosen to be part of the Grand Final.

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Supporters can buy tickets to the fashion show and vote for their favourite garment on the Junk Kouture Facebook page. You can now vote once a day for every design. This vote will close at midnight on Friday and it is worth 10% of the overall marks, so please vote for Angela!

Maia will model Angela’s design and perform her own choreography on the catwalk on February 9th. Thanks to Ms Steinert for her usual enthusiasm for all things artistic!

Labvent

A number of our S3 pupils were very excited to be involved in a BBC filming production for the BBC Scotland Learning Twitter account which formed part of a daily video advent calendar called Labvent. Pupils created four videos featured across Advent. Art classes  learned some of the techniques used in film and television production, such as sound recording, presenting and animation. Only four schools in Scotland took part so it’s great that our pupils had the chance to be involved with this exciting project.

Thanks to Ms Steinert for organising such a fantastic opportunity and for Mrs Sinclair for letting us take part!

Fashion trip to London

The Home Economics and Art Department have a shared topic of fashion design and so they organised a joint trip to the Victoria and Albert museum in London to see two special exhibitions: Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970.

As part of their time in London pupils also had the opportunity to visit the London Eye and the restaurant Planet Hollywood.

Summer School 2016

Report from Mrs King

The annual summer school at Our Lady’s High School took place on August 8th with twenty new first year pupils and four senior pupils enjoying four days of activities. The summer school allows the young people to become more familiar with the secondary school setting and to meet some of the school staff before the new term begins. Being more confident and self-assured at the start of secondary school gives the S1 pupils a positive step towards a successful transition from primary school.

The S1 pupils took part in team building with the Partnership Staff on the first morning followed by a workshop of pottery with Ms Steinert where the pupils made clay hedgehogs in the afternoon.

On Tuesday, the pupils learned to play the ukulele with Mr McVeigh followed by a session on how to create scars and bruises using special effects make up with Kirsty McCabe.

On Wednesday, the pupils were treated to some Science experiments with Mr Law from Physics and after lunch, Mrs Smith from Performing Arts gave the pupils an opportunity to practice their voice and acting skills.

Each day, the pupils gathered to have lunch together and to make new friends and meet various teaching staff

On the final day, the entire group, Ms McDonald, Ms King and Mr Smith had a successful day trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park where they enjoyed seeing all the animals, especially the sea-lion show, and had some free time to explore the park.

Art and Design News

Report from Ms Steinert

Three S6 girls from Advanced Higher and Higher Art are attending a fashion taster course at Glasgow Clyde College this week. The girls are seeing the fashion department and learning how to develop their fashion ideas in a free three hour workshop. One of our S6 girls has also attended a fashion taster day at Glasgow Caledonian University and has applied to the Fashion Brand and Retailing college link course starting in August.

The Art and Design Department has produced a summer newsletter which is being posted this week to help parental involvement, give some advice about homework and what activities senior phase pupils can work on over the holidays who are studying art and photography.

Bothwellpark HS Art Project with OLHS

Report from Ms Steinert

The Art Department of OLHS and Bothwellpark High School have been working on a joint project to decorate the games hall for their end of term assembly in June. The assembly is centred on the theme of friendship, so we decided to use the movie Toy Story and to create large scale murals of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Jessie.

The pupils from Bothwellpark come to the Art Department and have so far helped to paint the images very successfully alongside a group of four S2 pupils from OLHS. The final session will involve adding some 3D collage elements onto the murals which will make them very colourful and a fun resource to hang at the assembly.

Photography Club

Members of the Photography Club are selecting their five favourite pictures taken over the last year. Over the last few months, pupils have tried out macro photography on fossils, flowers and fruit and veg, learned about working with models and making shadow images, and practised a variety of Photoshop techniques to transform their images. The Club’s  favourite photographs will be printed and displayed in the school.2016_0330_9515_15

Art for Autism

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Ms Steinert organised an Art for Autism event as part of our Schools Autism Awareness Week. Pupils were asked to remain calm  under unusual artistic situations. Extremely loud music was playing as music sat down and began to sketch. While most enjoyed the music it was clear that some were distracted by it.

After a while, staff removed the pencils being used by the participants and made them continue with another material. Sometimes the lights were on, and sometimes the lights were off, sometimes the music was extremely loud, and sometimes it was so low that it was just audible and no more. All of this was to give participants an idea of how difficult environmental factors can be for some people with autism.

Finally, all pupils had to leave their masterpieces, go choose another person’s artwork, then sit down and continue to work on it. This second piece was submitted as their competition entry, causing howls of outrage and more than one petted lip. However, staff explained how difficult change can be for those on the autistic spectrum and that their sense of upset was a smaller version of the difficulties faced by some people every day.

A big thank you to Shane (S5) for being DJ and creating the playlist, to the Photography Club for documenting the event, and to the pupils of Bothwellpark High School for judging the best artwork.

The chosen picture was by Amy (S2) who collected a giant Easter egg courtesy of Support for Learning. Bothwellpark also provided a prize which goes to Aleksandra (also S2) who began the picture which Amy completed.

Fashion at Kelvingrove

Report from Ms Steinert

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The S3 Fashion and Textile class in Home Economics and the S5/6 Higher Art and Design pupils went to see the Century of Style Exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery on Thursday December 3rd.

The girls got the chance to have a museum guided tour around the exhibition which features 19th century garments made in Glasgow. The exhibit is organised into themes based on coloured fabric and type of garment like military or mourning outfits and is well worth a visit.

After the tour the class went to Mandor’s fabrics and bought some materials for their Higher fashion garments. Each pupil received a canvas tote bag from Mandor’s and loved seeing all the types of fabric and patterns available.

Child Protection Committee Logo Competition

Report from Mr Weir

A few months ago, Our Lady’s entered a competition to design a new logo for NLC’s Child Protection Committee. The competition was open to North Lanarkshire secondary schools who had participated in the Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme.

OLHS pupils received excellent feedback on the quality of their submissions and when the Committee met at the end of September, S4 pupil Heather Nugent was chosen as the overall winner.

All entrants were invited to the official launch of the new logo in the Millennium Suite at Firpark Football ground for a prize-giving reception, where each entrant was given a certificate and i-Tunes voucher. Heather received her prize from two of the current Motherwell football team along with members of the Child Protection Committee.

The Art and Design Department was also delighted to be presented with a cheque for £500.

Christmas cards 2015

Report from Mr Weir

Congratulations to the winners of our 1st year Christmas Card Competition, organised by our Art and Design Department. The card features two artists this year, with Joe Chambers’ work on the front and Wiktoria Gorska’s on the back. This will be the official Our Lady’s High School Christmas card.

Day of the Dead – Quiz, Prizewinners and Thanks

The penultimate task of our Day of the Dead event was a multiple choice quiz covering Dia de los Muertos and Hallowe’en. The teams had learned about Day of the Dead over the previous weeks through the departments involved.

The prizewinners were announced by DHT, Mr McQuillan, before Fr Martin closed the afternoon by reminding everyone that this afternoon had been a way of remembering family and friends who had died.

Congratulations to all of S2 whose behaviour was excellent, and thanks to all of the departments involved for another successful Day of the Dead.

Here’s to 2016!

Our grateful thanks to:

all the staff of the Departments involvedArt and Design, Library Resource Centre, Modern Languages, Religious Education;

our Caritas helpersMonica Allan, Louise Black, Rebecca Cairney, Nicole Cassidy, Beth Cunningham, Emma Graham, Megan Green, Gary Harbinson, James Kelly, Sherri Lonie, Sophie Lloyd, Lisa Mackie, Olivia McMahon, Emily Tougher Mitchell, Sophie Tougher Mitchell, Rachael Moore, Roseanne Plunkett, Claire Ross, Keryn Shearer, Beth Knight Townsley;

our Mariachi Band: Mrs Glover, Mr Kerr, Konner Miller-Brookbanks, Paul Hawthorne;

our judges: Father Martin, Mr McQuillan and volunteer, Scott Price;

everyone who helped out the event go aheadSMT, janitors, admin, all the staff who covered classes, and all the staff who popped in to help.

Day of the Dead 2015 – Hats

While the cakes were being judged, Mr Pegard introduced our second activity of the afternoon: designing hats for La Calavera Catrina. Pupils had brought in a variety of decorating materials as part of their homework over the past couple of weeks.

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Day of the Dead 2015 – Cakes!

Our Mariachi Band played Mexican classics as pupils arrived and were welcomed to their tables by S6 Caritas pupils. Mr Pégard welcomed pupils to the Día de los Muertos celebrations and Fr Martin Delaney opened with prayers before our first activity which was cake decorating.

Each table was provided with bowls full of fairy cakes, decorations, icing, food colourings and squares of fondant icing. Their task was to shape and decorate fondant skulls to sit on top of their cakes with the help of our 6th year helpers.

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Day of the Dead 2015 – Altar

An important part of Day of the Dead celebrations is the altar containing memories dedicated to loved ones.

Our altar was filled with skulls created by Art and Design classes and memories of family and friends and well loved famous people created by Religious Education classes as well as a statue of Our Lady.

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Day of the Dead 2015 – Decorating

Our Day of the Dead celebrations took place on the afternoon of Friday 6th November, a fabulous interdisciplinary project involving Art and Design, Modern Languages, RE and the Library Resource Centre.

Art and Design worked with S2 to create posters and decorations to liven up our Kamwokya Room. The posters showed traditional Day of the Dead skulls on illustrated black paper backgrounds, with more skulls appeared on top of tissue paper, strung together and hung across the room.

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Finally, we also had some living skeletons as the Caritas class painted their faces as Calavera Catrina, or Elegant Skull.

National Poetry Day 2015

Staff displayed their favourite poems for National Poetry Day 2015. Ms Steinert also offered staff the chance to create a poster for their poems using Illustrator software.

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All images copyright free or used with permission at Mrs Macfadyen’s insistence.

Fashion Brand Retailing Award Ceremony

2015_0527_5292Four of our senior Art and Design pupils have been studying Fashion Brand Retailing at Glasgow Caledonian University over this past year. The awards ceremony for the course was held on  Wednesday 27th May at the University.

The four pupils, Charlaye Hobson, Stephanie Alexander, Heather Baird and Cerys Law, all achieved distinctions intheir studies.

In addition, Cerys was awarded a special award for Outstanding Creativity, achieving the highest grades in Theme 1 and 2 assignments.