Performing Arts / English London Trip

Report by Mrs Millar and Mrs Jeffrey


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.

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.

Advent and Christmas update

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!

We Will Rock You – Latest

Report from Mrs Smith 

Show call backs took place on 8th December and were a roaring success. Pupils took part in singing of ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and a variety of acting scenes.

Of the 120 pupils who auditioned, 40 were asked to return, and of that 40 the best fourteen gained main parts with the others gaining chorus roles.

The finalised cast list of successful pupils will be placed on the show notice board in the Performing Arts Department. Well done and thanks to all who took part.

Drama Production Skills Workshop

Report by Mr Gillespie

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.

OLHS Easter School, 8th-9th April 2015

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.

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.

A copy of the form is available below.

OLHS Easter School pupil 2015 (PDF version)


Performing Arts Christmas Concert – Friday 19th December 2014.

Tickets for the Performing Arts concert are now on sale from the Performing Arts base. The concert will take place in the school games hall on Friday 19th December at 7pm.

Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Performing Arts latest

Report from Mrs Smith

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.

Spring Concert 2014

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.

Spring Concert – 28th March 2014

The Performing Arts Department is holding their Spring Concert on Friday 28th March.

Doors open at 6 pm for a 6.30 start. Tickets: adults £4, concessions £2

Come along and hear our fabulous young musicians, partake of our licensed bar and try your luck with the raffle.

Groups playing on the night include:

  • School Band
  • Junior Band
  • Choir
  • Staff Choir
  • Pipe drumming group
  • Brass ensemble
  • Battle of the Bands group, Little White Truth

Copacabana Logo

The Performing Arts Faculty invited pupils to design a logo for their forthcoming production of Copacabana.

Entries for the Copacabana logo competition

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.

What’s going in Performing Arts

Reports from Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Clements

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.


Report from Mrs Smith

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 …

News round-up 28th March 2013

Rosa Sacharin
Fourth Year History pupils, who have been studying Germany between 1918 and 1939, welcomed Rosa Sacharin to the school on Monday 25th March. Rosa, now 88, left Germany in the late 1930s as part of the rescue mission called Kindertransport, which carried almost 10,000 young people to Britain for shelter from Nazi persecution. Rosa arrived in Dover and settled in Scotland. Along with her husband, Joseph Sacharin, and local historian, Joe O’Raw, Rosa spent the morning in the school. Rosa spoke to two large groups of pupils about her experiences of life under Adolf Hitler and the tragic fate of her family. Rosa encouraged the pupils to think about challenging social injustice where we see it today and to consider carefully their responsibilities as young adults. The pupils thanked Rosa with flowers and a card, on which one message read simply: “Thank you ever so much for your unforgettable story. Your story and theirs will never be forgotten.”

Easter Eggs
Miss McGinness, Mrs Mulholland and the S6 Caritas Students visited Park Springs Care Home on Friday to deliver Easter eggs to the residents. The pupils also entertained the residents & staff by performing an Easter concert and service.  Thank you to all staff and pupils who kindly donated the Easter Eggs.

U’13 Football
Congratulations to the Under 13 football team who secured a place in the semi finals of the Lanarkshire Cup last night after beating a strong Cathkin High team 4-2 on penalties. The match ended 3-3 with Cathkin equalising in the last minute but the boys held their nerve in the shoot – out to make it through to the semi finals. We are waiting to see who their next opponents will be for the match after the Easter break. Well done to all involved.

U’18 Football
Congratulations to the Under 18 Football team who defeated St. Aidan’s 7-4 in the quarter final of the Lanarkshire Cup last night. Hat-tricks by Frank Mukendi and Chris Cadden and another goal by Nicky Cadden sealed a comfortable victory.

Easter Study
A large number of upper school pupils will be attending Easter School in Motherwell College to help prepare for the exams in May. As well as this there has been on-going support within the school at lunchtime and supported study after school in most subjects. There will also be an Art & Design Master Class for two days during the holidays.  As well as this there is a Higher Chemistry immersion day on Thursday 11th April and two days of Chemistry support for fourth year pupils on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April.

Lenten Charity Concert
A group of pupils organised a Charity Band Night in the school on Wednesday 27th March.  The night was well attended by friends and family members.  Jill McMurray and Callum Wilson started with an acoustic set.  This was followed by Konner Millar-Brookbanks who performed a number of well known songs.  Our ‘Battle of The Bands’ Group, Little White Truth, finished off with an excellent 45 minute set.  Thanks to band members James Bennett, Jordan Mooney, Chris Bradshaw, Brogan Devine and Mark Costello.  Almost £200 was raised for charity.

Performing Arts news
Rehearsals are on-going for the summer show ‘Anything Goes’
There will be a Performing Arts show on Friday 22nd April where all of the pupils in the music department can showcase their talent.  Tickets go on sale after the Easter holidays.