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.
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.
The annual Performing Arts/English trip to London was an action packed weekend from start to finish. 29 pupils joined Mrs Smith, Miss McGhee, Mrs Jeffrey and Mr Bryans on Thursday at teatime and the fun didn’t stop until Sunday at midnight!
After collapsing exhausted on Thursday night from their journey, the group leapt into Friday action with visits to the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Covent Garden before enjoying a fantastic performance of Wicked. Saturday saw visits to Madame Tussaud’s, the London Eye and the Christmas market- but nothing compared with the London Dungeon, which was so terrifying the group started saying the school prayer.
Sunday began with mass in Fulham, where the group was made very welcome by the Parish Priest and congregation before they hit the shops, including Harrods and Oxford Street. A tired but happy bunch returned to Motherwell at midnight on Sunday.
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.
Many thanks to Fr Martin for House Advent services and for mass being available for pupils and staff daily. Our thanks also to Monsignor Millar for a lovely Mass celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which was very well attended. Staff and pupils had the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on 9th December.
As we gear up for Christmas, pupils are looking forward to panto visits and parties, with ceilidh dancing practices being as popular as ever. Our thanks to the Catering staff for a sumptuous Christmas dinner which had the largest ever attendance. The party for staff children was also very successful, and final preparations are underway for the Seniors Christmas Party.
Never content to rest on our laurels, Mr Deans in Performing Arts is organising a Nativity to be performed by S1, entries are coming in fast for the Best Worst Christmas Joke competition dreamt up by Mrs Macfadyen, Miss McShane in Technical has more 1st years working away on Christmas Crafts and a Christmas jumper day is on the horizon!
Our Lady’s High School’s National 5 Drama classes enjoyed a superb opportunity to gain experience in a professional theatre venue earlier this month. They attended Cumbernauld Theatre for one full day on Thursday 15 January,
Our Lady’s pupils had the theatre all to themselves, with practical workshops on Lighting, Sound, Costume and Make Up. We worked in the theatre itself, in the studio, backstage and in the dressing rooms. We worked with theatre staff, designers and technical staff, and got the opportunity to use the theatre’s lighting and sound equipment. We looked at the different kinds of lanterns used in the theatre, and had the opportunity to explore their effect and to create some exciting lighting states. We designed costume and created our own Soundscape for a piece of text, selecting sound effects choosing appropriate music and creating sound to enhance the production. Using Make Up proved great fun, but we also learnt about how to create the effect which we sought, and got the chance to try out some of our ideas on one another!
This was a great day, where pupils had the chance to use their imagination whilst learning about how to create some of the crucial backstage elements which go towards making a production so effective. The National 5 Drama Production Skills workshop helped prepare pupils for the forthcoming National 5 examination. It covered important elements of the course, and helped pupils to understand much more about the nature and effect of the creative choices which are made when creating a production. Thanks go to Cumbernauld Theatre, to the specialist staff who offered invaluable support, and to North Lanarkshire Council for supporting this excellent venture.
Easter School will run on Wednesday 8th April and Thursday 9th April. During this time there will be tutorials in each subject which will last for one and a half hours. Each day will start at 9.30 a.m. prompt and finish at 3.00 p.m.
Pupils who attended last year’s Easter School found it extremely useful, enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere with staff, but noticed that they covered far more than they might have managed studying alone.
Please note there will be no transport or catering facilities available during Easter School, However it is hoped that each day there will be an ‘Upper Crust’ run organised for those who do not wish to bring a packed lunch.
You will be asked to sign up for 3 tutorials per day. Each tutorial will only have space for 20 and not every subject will be represented. You will NOT be allowed to opt for the one subject 3 times in one day.
Easter School 2015 Timetable. Click to enlarge.
There will also be opportunities for supervised study and/or relaxation sessions.
Pupils who intend to attend Easter School should fill in the form they were given at the S4 assembly last week or at Senior PSHE Day on Thursday 15th January and return it to Mrs Mulholland by Monday 19th January.
Parents/Carers also need to countersign this form.
The Performing Arts Faculty are taking 60 pupils to see Wicked at the Edinburgh Playhouse in November. Wicked the musical is the background story of two witches from the Wizard of Oz, and how their friendship suffers through the demands of school and life.
This year pupils are heading to London with Performing Arts in November. We are traveling by train to London Euston, visiting the London Eye, Natural History Museum and the Tate Modern. Pupils are very excited to see London and even more excited about the theatre trip on the Saturday night. The group are going to see Jersey Boys, a musical telling the history, and showcasing the songs of 1960s group, The Four Seasons.
Congratulations to all the staff and pupils to gave wonderful performances at our Spring Concert on 28th March.
Groups playing on the night included the School Band, the Junior Band, the Choir, the Staff Choir, the Pipe drumming group, the brass ensemble, the string group and our Battle of the Bands group, Little White Truth.
Many thanks to everyone in the audience who came along to support the performers.
The Performing Arts Faculty invited pupils to design a logo for their forthcoming production of Copacabana.
Entries for the Copacabana logo competition
The standard of entries was extremely high and our congratulations go to 2nd year pupil, Piroska Horvath, whose colourful and elegant design was selected as the winner. Many thanks for all of the entries.
Preparations are underway for a Spring/Easter Concert. Choir rehearsals are taking place every Thursday lunchtime wihle our fabulous Staff Choir continues their wonderful warblings on Wednesdays. School band continues Mondays after school as well as Junior band Monday lunchtimes. And this term we also have a revival of our string group which is rehearsing Wednesday lunchtimes as well.
We are delighted that our entry to the Rockfest Battle of the Bands has been successful. Our band is called Little White Truth and they will be complemented this year with a four piece brass section. Pupils are rehearsing hard and looking forward to this amazing opportunity to perform at the fabulous Motherwell Concert Hall venue. It takes place on the 20th February at 7pm at the Motherwell Concert Hall. Our Lady’s has been allocated sixty tickets which are currently on sale to senior pupils from the Performing Arts base for £5.
Pupils are busy rehearsing on a Tuesday and Thursday after school as well as an occasional lunchtime for the summer production of Copacabana. We are steadily working our way through combining Dance, Dialogue and Singing. The cast are now well gelled together and are thoroughly enjoying learning such vibrant, exciting music and dance routines. It is sure to be a huge success in June! This year we are also organising a logo competition for the show: The winning entry will be chosen to go on our show t-shirt. Entry forms are available from the show notice board in Performing Arts. All entries should be handed in to the Performing Arts base by Friday 21st of February.
This year, Our Lady’s High School is proudly presenting ‘Copacabana – the musical’, with music and lyrics by Barry Manilow. The show runs from Tuesday 17th June until Friday 20th June 2014. We hope you will come along and support the pupils who have been working very hard to produce an excellent show.
In 1948, wannabe singer Lola meets aspiring songwriter Tony at Manhattan’s Copacabana lounge and they fall in love. However, fate steps in and Lola is swept to Havana to work in the Tropicana night club for the Gangster Rico. Tony is an act of desperation chases after Lola. Will he succeed in getting her back from Rico clutches – only time will tell …