ALMA – Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage, 19th – 30th July 2018

Association of Lourdes Motherwell Aid (ALMA) is a group of young volunteers who accompany the diocesan pilgrimage giving essential support to the sick, elderly and infirm.

Places are limited, so register interest early by speaking to Father Martin.  Young people must be 17 years old (and have finished secondary school) at the time of travel.

There will be a meeting at 7 pm at the Diocesan centre in Motherwell on 19th September.

Clubs and activities

The list of clubs and other activities running in OLHS this year has now been updated and can be viewed here.

Please remember that consent forms are required for any activities after school. Please see the member of staff responsible.

So far this year there are clubs for

  • Breakfast Club
  • Book Group
  • Homework Club
  • Library
  • Junior Band
  • Senior Band
  • Irish Dancing
  • Chess
  • Junk Kouture
  • Dance Club
  • Badminton
  • Fitness club
  • Football – U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s, Seniors
  • Girls football
  • Netball S1 & 2, S3-6
  • Running Club

Further clubs and activities will be added as dates/times are confirmed.


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Dementia Friends

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.

Clubs and activities update

Sports clubs: Can all pupils who signed up for a club please collect a consent form from the PE department at interval/lunch.  Please note that the S1/2 netball club will now run on a Monday after school and the badminton club will run on a Tuesday after school.

S1/2 Dance Club: The club will not be running this Thursday, but will instead start next Thursday (8/9/16). Can all pupils who have signed up please attend a short meeting on Friday (2/9/16) at interval in my room (science 238). Any pupil who hasn’t yet signed up but would like to find out more is also welcome to come to the meeting. If you cannot make the meeting on Friday, please come and let me know. Miss Walmsley.

Irish Dancing: Irish dancing club starts today at lunch time in the fitness suite at 12.45. All age groups welcome even if you are a beginner. Miss Gilmour

Second Year Drama Club: Second Year Drama Club in Mr Dean’s room every Friday lunchtime 12.40 start. All welcome.

S1/2 Photography Club: Photography Club will run on Thursdays in the Library. Please see Mrs Macfadyen or Ms Steinert for details. No equipment necessary.

Politics: Are you a fifth or sixth year pupil who is interested in becoming a member of our OLHS European Youth Parliament team? If you are interested in this opportunity or would like further information then please attend a meeting at 1pm on Wednesday. The meeting will be held in Room 204 (Miss Halket’s classroom) and will be led by Christopher Wilson

Extra-curricular Clubs

A number of clubs and activities are available for pupils throughout the week at OLHS. A complete list is available by clicking here.


Sports clubs: Sign up sheets are up in the PE department.  If you would like to join a club put your name on the appropriate sheet.  The clubs that will be running are:

  • S1/2 netball
  • S3-6 netball
  • S1-6 fitness
  • S1-6 rugby
  • Girls Football
  • S1-6 Badminton
  • S1-6 Dance
  • S1-6 Irish Dancing

Book Group will take place every Tuesday lunchtime in the Nurture Room. This is a fantastic opportunity to read our large selection of books, develop your literacy skills and meet new friends. All welcome!

Chess Club will continue every Friday at lunchtime. Beginners will learn how to play chess and our more experienced players will continue to compete against each other as we work towards creating an OLHS team.

S1/2 Photography Club will take place in the Library every Thursday lunchtime. All equipment provided.

S1/2 Dance club returns Thurs 4-5pm in the fitness suite from 1st Sept. Led by S6 Maia Winton. Sign up in PE or see Miss Walmsley.

Table tennis club in the large gym Mondays at lunchtime. Come along 12.40pm-1.10pm. For any more information see the PE department.

Scottish Youth Parliament By- Election

Report from Miss Halket

There will soon be a by-election for the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency for the Scottish Youth Parliament. The successful candidate will undertake their role until the SYP election in 2017.

Voting for the by-election will take place from Friday 10th June – Thursday 16th June 2016. If you are aged 14 or over and are interested in standing for election you must see Miss Halket by Friday 3rd June at the latest.

North Lanarkshire School Dance Competition 2016

Report by Miss Walmsley

Members of the Our Lady’s S1 Dance Club achieved great success at the annual North Lanarkshire School Dance Competition.2016_0323_9487

Despite only forming this year, led by S5 pupil Maia Winton, the team performed brilliantly against teams from across North Lanarkshire and collected several medals between them. They came second for their group dance, gaining silver medals for the team consisting of Sophie Galloway, Alisha Kearney, Erin Keating, Olivia Latimer, Joey Leach, Lucy Thompson and Eva Winton. Olivia Latimer and Eva Winton also put on a great performance as a duet, while Sophie Galloway and Lucy Thompson both competed as solo dancers and won silver and gold medals respectively.2016_0323_9502

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and are already looking forward to next years competition!

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.

BBC School Report 2016

March 10th was BBC Schools Report Day 2016 and OLHS participated for the first time. Our plan was to investigate the steelworks in Lanarkshire and pupils worked hard in the Library over many lunchtimes and after school to collate enough material for the big day.

Our journalists split into two sections: the production team investigated sound recording, video recording, editing, direction and photography; researchers investigated copyright free images, the history of steel-making and collected information. Pupils conducted staff interviews, completed a school survey and practiced using the software in advance of March 10th.

Unfortunately (but very realistically), some of this material was unavailable on the day, so we had to come up with a modified plan. Pupils quickly decided to create ‘A day in the life of Our Lady’s’ and set off to talk to staff and find out what was taking place that Thursday. On their return they set to work to edit the video.

Meanwhile, our other student journalists worked steadily to make the interviews available through transcripts, wrote up their research on steel-making, environmental issues and “The Steelman” statue. Olek created a weather report which was tweeted by the BBC Weather Watchers.

By the end of the school day, we had fourteen extremely tired journalists (and two exhausted staff). We all learned a great deal about the issues and difficulties of making news on a daily basis and have a BBC School Report to be proud of.  Congratulations to everyone involved.

Journalists: Rahel Agyiwaah (S4), Fatemeh Assar (S2), Alicja Balanda (S1), Louise Dynes (S2), Piroska Horvath (S4), Holly Irving (S1), Erin Keating (S1), Olek Kyc (S1), Dominic Leary (S1), Suzanne Ntambwe (S4), David Nugent (S2), Finn Ross (S1), Mary-Kate Ross (S4), Angela Sewell (S4), Wiktor Witkowski (S2).

Thanks to Mr Kerr (English) and Mrs Macfadyen (Librarian) for all their support.

You can peruse our BBC School Report material here.

Football latest: U13s, U14s, Girls

Our U13 boys won 7-2  against Lesmahagow in the League Cup on 3rd December. Scorers were Callum O’Hara, Henry Kyanda, Niall Burke and Paul Murphy (3) and an own goal.

Also on December 3rd, the boys’ U14 team beat Turnbull High in the Scottish Cup 3rd round, with goals from Robbie Payne (2), Nicky McNally (3), Michael Verrechia and Evan Murphy.

Meanwhile the girls’ football team also deserve congratulations for their performance at the recent tournament at Braidhurst High School. The girls battled against the wind and rain to beat Dalziel 1-0, draw with Braidhurst 1-1 but they were unlucky to lose against Cardinal Newman 3-0. Goalscorers were Kara Reid (S4) and Keela-Chae McCreaddie (S1). Special recognition to Niamh Simmonette for some great saves. Team: Niamh Simmonette, Kara Reid, Ebony Bollard, Fatemeh Assar, Kayla McCourt, Elle Leel, Keela-Chae McCreaddie, Alicia Jackson.

Well done to all of the teams involved for playing well in terrible conditions.

Outward Bound Trust

18 Years Supporting 18,000 young Scots

13 November 2015

Since 1997 The Outward Bound Trust has worked in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) to raise the levels of confidence, aspiration and resilience of over 18,000 young people in the area.

Launched by the council with the aim of improving the prospects of young people, the social impact of the programme on North Lanarkshire schools has been significant. Eighteen years ago opportunities for underprivileged young people in the area were limited, with widespread apathy among many.

Working together with the council The Trust designed a residential programme for pupils in S4 (now S3) forming a vital link in the pupils’ preparation for the workplace or further education. The target group was the “forgotten middle”, those pupils identified as having unrealised potential, who need to move forward so they may find a way to do their best and improve their performance at school.

Every year in the winter months of November to January, all 23 secondary schools and 4 SEN Schools send 25% of these targeted pupils on a 5 day residential to the Trust’s Loch Eil centre in the Scottish Highlands. With around 850 pupils per year participating, the numbers of young people that have benefitted to date are considerable.

The course gives participants an opportunity to meet new people and experience exciting new environments. Working as individuals and in groups the course is demanding, but highly satisfying for both the young people and their teachers. Participants leave with increased confidence and self-esteem, having also experienced a high level of adventure; hill-walking, rock climbing/scrambling and canoeing. Not to mention, the course enables participants to complete the Adventure & Challenge Award (credit rated on the SCQF Framework at Level 5) and the John Muir Award.

This nationally significant partnership between a Council and a third sector organisation is one we are justifiably proud of and one we place great financial commitment to. 55% of the necessary funds have been provided by NLC with Outward Bound® providing the remaining 45%, bringing over £1.5 million of third party funding to benefit the young people of North Lanarkshire.

To ensure the relevance of the programme in today’s educational setting, the proposed new programme for the 2016/17 cohort is being designed to address two current key areas for Scotland; the Attainment Challenge and Developing Scotland’s Young workforce. With both of these in mind the programme has even greater benefit to the young people of North Lanarkshire today.

As it was in 2012 the programme is now under consultation as part of NLC’s budgetary review. A campaign is therefore underway to ensure that this programme continues to benefit the young people of North Lanarkshire and their local communities in the future.

We know that this programme has a hugely positive impact on the families, communities and individual participants involved, not just through formal research but anecdotal feedback too. So, if you have direct experience of this programme either as a participant, parent, teacher or otherwise please show your support before the end of November by contacting NLC here.

Martin Davidson, Scottish Director, The Outward Bound Trust


Say hello to the Under 13 Scottish Schools FA Plate Champions 2015!!!!!

Congratulations to the whole squad, boys and coaches!2015_0601_championsCongratulations to our Under-13 football team who battled through horrendous weather against Torry Academy to win this year’s Scottish Plate 6-2

Coaches: Mrs McNeish, Miss Simpson

Dance Club

Report from Miss Moore

Miss Moore of the English department has recently started a dance club for S1 and S2. The club is for both boys and girls and no previous experience of dance is necessary. For the first two weeks, pupils have been learning a hip-hop dance. Miss Moore will aim to cover many different dance styles and will hopefully be able to create some group routines.

The more the merrier, if you are interested please see Miss Moore for more information.

Latest Clubs

Lunchtime and after school clubs are recommencing after the holidays.

  • The S1-S3 book group takes place Tuesday lunchtimes in the Citizens’ Café at lunchtime.  New members are very welcome!
  • Mr Kerr is organising a Homework Club for all interested pupils during lunchtimes in the Support Base.
  • The PE Department are offering after school clubs for Basketball (Tuesdays), Badminton (Wednesdays) and Netball (Thursdays). Sign up in the Department.
  • The S1-3 Photography Club returns on Thursdays in the Library. Please see Mrs Macfadyen or Ms Steinert for details

Photography Club

Report from Ms Steinert

The Photography Club has had two pupils complete the coursework for the National Progression Award in Photography SCQF level 4.

3rd year, Maia Winton, and 5th year, Hayley Stevenson, have both worked very hard throughout the school year to complete this award. The pupils went on four photography shoots looking at photographing people and photographing places and explored and reflected on photographic techniques and styles. The pupils learned to store their images safely and use Adobe Bridge and Photoshop to create contact sheets and adjust images as part of their learning experience.

The Photography Club will resume after the holidays.

North Lanarkshire Celebrating Success 2014

Congratulations to the following 2nd year pupils who are attending M and D’s today as a part of North Lanarkshire Celebrating Success. The pupils were selected from across S2 on the basis of their punctuality, uniform, homework and general behaviour.

Sophie Bradley, Rhodri Bevan, Carey Hendry, Piroska Horvath, Declan Kane, Kate McDonald, Olivia McGarry, Jamie McPherson, Kayleigh Rowatt, Christopher Wilson, Emma Torrance, Marc Hobson, Rebecca McQuaid, Angela Sewell, Erin Burt, Orla McDevitt, Holly Ballantyne, Patrick Quinn, Erasme Kakonge, Mary Kate Ross, Saoirse Higham, Emma Dolan, Chelsea Ferguson, Hannah Duddy, Stephanie Liddell, Marta Pradzynska, Nicole Clarkson, Natalie Marshall, Euan Millar, Hannah Blevins, Luke Dickson, Erin O’Neil.