XL3 Zombies

Report by Kirpal, Ciaran and Mark

Last night was an amazing night. First we went to Pizza Hut then we headed for Greenfaulds High School for the exhibition.

We done some stage makeup on ourselves. Ciaran had a slash wound on his hand, Mark had a long gash all the way up his arm to the elbow and Kirpal had a half completed burn to show the process.

We went round to the theatre and got a quick talk about what was going to be happening. We would watch all of the slide shows and then go back into the viewing gallery where we could try out the light art.

Our slide show was first and everybody was watching attentively. We had a powerpoint and we showed off the comic. Nobody else used Comic Life so we thought we were the best.

One of the schools used the No Knives Better Lives campaign to show that knives have no place in the streets and they used the stage makeup to show where knives had penetrated the skin.

Another couple of schools used Michael Jackson’s Thriller for the backing track for their zombie slideshow (we used the theme from 28 Days Later).

Most schools had done Light Art, which was quite cool. They had used a torch and a camera to catch the movement of the light. Some had written their names, one school had subjects, and lots had used the XL letters.

After the presentations we went into the gallery to see the different stalls. There were photos of light art, light boxes using fabric to make pictures and other examples of makeup. We’ve been invited to show off our skills at Calderhead High School in Shotts and to our houses at Our Lady’s.

We’ve had good fun doing the project and had a really good time. We’ve learned new skills and we’re proud of representing OLHS.

Thanks to Kirsty McCabe for sharing her talent.

Let’s hope the zombies don’t come calling again, but if they do, we’ll be ready.

Click here for more examples of XL3’s zombie work.

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Skills for Learning, Life and Work – 20th March 2012

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Parents and carers are invited along to an employability event in Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld to find out more about post-school progression opportunities for their child. The ‘drop-in’ event is on 20th March 2012 – starting at 2pm and finishing at 7pm.

Several training providers and local colleges will be represented on the day. There will also be several employability presentations which you can sign up to on arrival.

The event is free and local employers have also been invited along to find out what schools are doing to prepare our young people for the world of work.

Catholic Education Week

As part of Catholic Education Week, Mr Bernard Fagan and Mr Jim Fegan from the Catholic Education Commission spoke to a group of 3rd and 6th year pupils about their experience of Catholic Education and the recent Papal visit.

Amongst other topics, the group discussed being holy in everyday life and the challenges of sticking up for their faith.

Our Lady’s was also represented by pupils at a number of local parishes.

S6 VIP Stewards at the Papal Mass

Report from Sixth Year

When the Pope celebrated Mass at Bellahouston, 13 lucky S6 pupils were selected to be Holy Communion Stewards in the VIP section at the front of the park.

Jennifer Rodgers, Matthew MacDermid, Lisa Rattigan, Gavin Hall, Claire Friary, Kirsty Findlay, Julia Perrie, Sophie McGinness, Sinead Cassidy, Rachael Liddell, Sarah Crawford, Daniel McKinnon and Aidan Smith (also accompanied by Miss McGhee) were chosen as Stewards but we did not realise what our job would entail or how important it was until arrival at Bellahouston. This work allowed us to be straight infront of the altar and be very close to the Pope himself.

Rehearsing our positions in the VIP zone was extremely nerve-wracking as we stood facing the front row, with its empty seats reserved for the most important visitors to the Mass, including First Minister Alex Salmond.

When the Mass began, there was some panic as we still had not yet been briefed about where to go, where the priest would stand, what to do…..but soon afterwards, the priest spoke to us and our nerves were calmed.

Luckily, everything ran smoothly and an unforgettable day was had by all at Bellahouston.

As well as experiencing the amazing atmosphere that Pope Benedict XVI brought to Scotland during his Mass, some extra highlights of our day were;

  •  performances by Susan Boyle and Michelle McManus
  • standing next to the priest who gave Su-Bo her Communion
  • getting to keep our yellow umbrellas
  • and making a quick appearance on the television! (with our ties done properly, of course)

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have been part of this spectacular day!

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6K run

Congratulations to all staff and pupils who took part in the 6K run in Strathclyde Park last weekend to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice.

There were around 75 pupils and staff taking part from OLHS, with many runners sporting t-shirts in memory of Paul Rankine.

Could all participants please return their sponsor forms and money to Mrs Sinclair as soon as possible.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Report by Mr Deans

The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival. Every night during the Festival  four schools perform a half hour abridgement of a Shakespeare play.

2010 is a very special year as it’s the Tenth Anniversary Festival. It began in 2000 in Wales with eight performances. In 2010 there will be 650 schools taking part in 80 theatres with 13,000 performers. It is UK-wide and involves students from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

Our Lady’s High School will be performing the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare on 1st October, 7pm at the New Athenaeum Theatre in the RSAMD in Glasgow.

 The production will be performed by Mr Deans’ 3rd year Drama class. This is the first time that many of them will have performed on stage, and certainly the first time many have tackled Shakespearean language on stage. The production has been directed by Mr Deans, with Mrs Smith and Mrs Glover assisting with movement and singing.

 We have been rehearsing the play since the term began in August, and during that time we have taken part in a cast workshop with another school, as well as giving up most of our lunchtimes.

 We are so excited about taking part in the Festival and hope that pupils, parents and staff from the school will come along and support us.

Firpark Euro Day

Report by Bobbie, Clare Louise and Katie.

We were asked by our French teacher, Mrs Fitzpatrick, to take part in Firpark School’s Euro Day. This was a fun day had by all.

When we arrived we were invited to Italy for a tasting session and had pizza and pasta. It was very tasty.

Then it was break and we went to Russia and tasted some chunky beetroot soup.

After break we got split into groups. Katie and Debbie helped out at the Russian market stall. Bobbie, Clare Louise and Nicole helped out at France and Spain. However Clare Louise and Nicole were multicultural and had to wear yellow and pink Spanish dresses.

We were allowed to have a wander and we all got our hands painted.

Katie and Debbie wandered about the food stalls and had lots of yummy food, then we went outside and observed the pupils climbing Mount Everest. Here was a big red London bus that pupils were allowed to play in – someone set of the alarm! There was also a sumo suit challenge which looked a lot of fun.

We went back to help at our sections and Clare Louise, Nicole and Bobbie helped pupils make flowers and cards and played a game of bowls. Katie and Debbie went back to their stall and sold things.

Debbie took lots of pictures and the pupils made us lots of cards, which were pretty. The pupils and teachers were all lovely and polite.

Sadly it was time to leave, we took our cards, flowers and sun catchers and went back to school.

It was a great day and we all enjoyed ourselves 🙂

Score Goals Initiative

Congratulations to Ryan Fernon and Brendan Reilly who successfully completed the Score Goals Initiative at Firpark, also receiving the North Lanarkshire Fitness Award.

The Initiative is a partnership between Motherwell FC, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire. S1 and S2 pupils are nominated by schools across the authority to attend the programme, which covers mental and physical health as well as education and discipline and a decent dose of professional football training.

Both boys received a certificate and signed photo of themselves with Motherwell FC Manager, Craig Brown.

Forgewood Project

Report by Angela McDonald

Two OLHS pupils, Sinead McEnroe and Nicole Clarke, are involved in the Forgewood Participatory Budgeting Project, which involves a steering group of local people, including young people, who will decide how best to spend allocated money.

The initiative came about as a result of a successful bid from Chief Executives to the Scottish Government to become one of five pilot projects in Scotland, with the aim of establishing activities/services to tackle anti-social behaviour in Forgewood. The girls participated in a ‘walkabout’ sessions of the Forgewood area to highlight ‘hot spots’ and areas of concern – places where funding could possibly be spent on providing activities or even capital projects. The Steering group will now meet regularly to discuss this further.

A voting event is also planned for a few months time, to decide on activities/services to be established. The pupils enjoyed taking part and had some strong views about problems in the area and what services were needed to improve services for people living in the area.

Strathclyde Parkrun

Strathclyde Parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9.30am in Strathclyde Country Park. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that’s for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register in advance by 6pm on the Friday before your first ever parkrun here. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there! After the run, if you don’t have to get off straight away, there will be the chance to socialise with everyone at the Waterfront Café (upstairs in the watersports centre) to maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own “running journey” or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

For full information and other contact details please visit the Strathclyde Parkrun website

Free activities at Kelvingrove

Fancy making your own comic? Designing your own t-shirt? Creating your own music?

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are running FREE workshops for 12-17 year olds on the last Sunday of the month from 1-4pm. Forthcoming events include

31 Jan            Publish your own Comic!

An exciting comic workshop with critically acclaimed Glasgow based duo metaphrog who will share the secrets of making comics. Learn how they make their own Louis graphic novels, create your own characters and develop your own story, from initial idea through to storyboard and finished comic.

28 Feb            Soundscapes:  Music Workshop

29 Mar            Graphics:  T-Shirt Design

If you would like more details, call 0141 276 9509.