NLC Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

Report from Miss Moir

Five pupils travelled to Airdrie Leisure Centre on Thursday to participate in the North Lanarkshire Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships. All pupils performed well and managed to battle through some tough weather conditions.

In the S1 girls race Cavan Ryan finished strongly to take fourth place overall. Abigail Freel finished in 18th and Lauren Mullen Pentney crossed the line in 81st place.

Anton Scott did a great job representing the school in the S1 boys race, finishing in 52nd place overall.

In the S3 girls race Rachel Donnelly ran a fantastic race and came home in first place!

Congratulations to all pupils on a great performance!

BBC School Report 2017

BBC School Report provides an opportunity for pupils between 11-16 to experience a day in a newsroom, creating and reporting on the news. Groups can choose to report on the events of the day as they occur, build their own reports on a theme, or a mixture of both. Our Lady’s BBC School Report 2017 focused on the Transplant Games which are taking place in North Lanarkshire from 27th-30th July this year.

In advance of School Report Day on 16th March, pupils spent every Friday lunchtime in the Library selecting issues to investigate, improving their knowledge of organ transplants and making contact with relevant organisations and individuals who might be able to help them. As the day drew closer, pupils also volunteered time after school to learn about and practice sending requests for information, interview techniques, creating surveys and writing reports. Senior pupils involved worked on a storyboard for a video report.

One group of pupils set up an interview with heart transplant recipient, Mr Brian Gorman, who described his life before and after his operation. Mr Gorman explained that he did not know whose heart he had received but that he sent an update every five years to the donor’s family through the hospital to say thank you.

Another group interviewed the Chair of the North Lanarkshire games, Councillor Jim McCabe, who explained the reasons why North Lanarkshire was so keen to host the event and personal friends who had died because the wait for the transplant had been just too long for their bodies to cope.

Pupils were also keen to investigate attitudes to and knowledge of organ transplantation in school and created a survey for staff and pupils.

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On the day, pupils completed more surveys and also visited asked staff if they would like to share their reasons for carrying a donor card. The group created bullet points from all of their sources of information which became part of our School Report Ideas Wall. They collated the responses of the survey and designed posters to illustrate their data, which were combined with the storyboard and bullet points to create our video report. They wrote reports on all of their investigations. Throughout the day, pupils took photos of their colleagues and tweeted what they were up to. We even sent a photo of the dreich day outside to BBC Weather Watchers!

Naturally, with such a lot going on we had one or two issues, but the pupils were fantastic, and remained positive throughout, even when Mr Kerr and Mrs Macfadyen were tearing their hair out.

Our thanks to everyone in OLHS for their support, to Mr Gorman and Councillor McCabe for taking the time to come along to the school, and to everyone who responded to our e-mails and requests for help. We couldn’t have done it without you.

All of our BBC School Report work is available by clicking here.

3Sixty Bicycle Stunt Team

S1 and S2 enjoyed a display by Ian Drummond and Brett Penfold of the 3SIXTY Bicycle Stunt Team, who demonstrated wheelies, hops and a magic line in mucking around on bikes for the entertainment of the crowds 🙂

Mrs Zambonini thanks everyone who came along and helped, especially ‘volunteers’ Mr Weir and Mr Deans, whose street cred went through the roof!! A huge thanks to Clare Brady from NLC iBike initiative for organising this event for us.

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Keith Cook and Sky Academy

Commonwealth medal winner, Keith Cook, has been working with pupils in our S1 Nurture Group to provide some fencing training and team-building activities.

The Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ programme aimed at developing ‘Mental Toughness, Hunger to achieve, People skills, Breaking barriers, Sport and life knowledge, and Planning for success.

This morning, the group moved rapidly from basic movements through balance, parrying and scoring.

Thank you to Mr McGurk for organising Keith’s visit.

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Giant Heptathlon 2017

The North Lanarkshire’s Schools Giant Heptathlon held on the 7th January 2017 was a great success for both our 1st and 2nd year teams.  The competition was held at Ravenscraig Sports Centre and was fiercely fought between ten North Lanarkshire schools.

Events included

  • the 1 minute step up challenge
  • standing long jump
  • triple jump
  • shot put
  • endurance run
  • 60m sprint
  • 60m hurdles
  • team relay to end the day.

Both teams showed great teamwork and should be very proud of themselves.  Special mention to Keir McGarry who jumped the furthest out of all competitors in the standing long jump with a jump of over 6 metres and the S2 boys relay team who came first in their group.

A big thank you to Rachel Donnelly and Lucy McQuaid who helped with the organisation of the day.

Our S2 team came second overall – very well done indeed to everyone!

1st Year team: Aidan Hastie, Amanda Quin, Kamil Balinski, Diana Feenan, Justin Kizube, Keir Harrison, Sarah McDonald, Amy Elkin, Megan Kelvin, Maria McGhee, Divine Ofosuhene, Jude McCarthy, Liam McQuaid, Cavan Ryan, Laura Findlay and Anton Scott.

2nd Year team: Josh Barr, Niall Burke, Heather McMahon, Eva Winton, Ania Gorkowska, Joey Leach, Keir McGarry, Mark Fitzpatrick, Lucy Thompson, Alicja Balanda, Joe Chambers, Henry Kyanda, Ethan Law and Casey Paterson

Scottish Attainment Challenge

Our Lady’s High School is about to begin the Scottish Attainment Challenge. The programme for the first year of the Secondary Challenge aims to improve life and learning for all our young people in many ways, from improving attainment in numeracy and literacy, physical and mental health, to supporting parents and carers and building stronger communities. Through universal interventions – aimed at everyone – to interventions targeting specific groups, we hope to help our young people be as successful and happy as they can be.

The first intervention is the appointment of an Attainment Mentor to each secondary school. Our Attainment mentor is Geraldine McPhee who is looking forward to working with a small group of children to help us engage them more and support them.

We will also be creating an intensive reading recovery group for learners whose reading age is more than 2 years behind their chronological age -READ WRITE INC. as well as a reading fluency and confidence boost group for all learners with a reading age below their chronological age – RAPID PLUS and CHOOSE A PATH. Support for this will come from Mrs Patricia O’Neil and Mr Terry Cowan

Mrs Deborah King is going to assist with enhanced transitions. This work will focus on closing the poverty related attainment gap for targeted pupils. Finally, we are also involved in a project with Tapestry.  Professor Nigel Osbourne and his team are planning to support our school and Braidhurst High School, as well as all of the associated primary schools, in a community project.  The theme is likely to be Motherwell, Past, Present & Future.  All pupils in first year will be involved. We look forward to becoming involved in all of these exciting initiatives.

Girls’ Football Tournament

Congratulations to the girls football team in yesterday’s tournament at St. Ambrose. The girls played very well to beat Duncanrig with a very convincing score of 3-1 and had a hard fought 1-1 draw against Wallace High School. Unfortunately despite great efforts the girls lost to St. Mungos and Uddingston.

Special mention goes to top goal scorer Alicia Jackson who scored 5 goals and Fatemah Asmara who scored 1.

Well done girls!

Team: Fatemah Assar, Alicia Jackson, Ebony Bollard, Collette O’Neil, Keela- Chae McCreaddie, Jade Simpson, Skye Rodgers Chloe-Ann Black, Carys Flanagan, Elle Paton, Alicia Kane, Kelsey Clinton, Jodie Ferguson, Appendeki Wilondja

S2 netball

The S2 netball team had their second home game of the season against Bellshill Academy last night.  It was a very closely fought game and unfortunately Bellshill came out on top with the score ending 5-8.  Despite this narrow defeat the girls demonstrated a big improvement from their last game and played some impressive netball.  Goals came from Caris Hunter and Olivia Latimer.  Bellshill Academy chose Heather McMahon as their player of the match and Olivia McKay was chosen as most improved player.  Well done girls Miss Simpson is delighted!

Rowing Machine Challenge

2016_1031_rowingchallengeadamsReport from Mr Law

Congratulations are due to the Our Lady’s High School rowing machine team for reaching the one million metres mark between the 15th September and the 15th October.

Concept 2, the manufacturers of the most commonly used rowing machine among rowers, organise a competition each year called “The Fall Challenge”.  This international competition is for competitors to record how far they row during the four weeks.  Certificates are awarded for reaching targets of 100,000m and 200,000m with a 50,000m target for those that are 16 years old and under.  A further incentive is that all teams with a physical location would be entered into a draw for a top of the range rowing machine as long as 10 of the team members attained the 100,000m mark.

From an initial staff team of eighteen, it soon became apparent that the physical or time effort required could not be maintained.  There is a tedium associated with the repetitive nature of rowing even 5000m, thus requiring mental stamina.  This would need to be kept up for five days a week for each of the weeks in order to reach the 100,000m mark.  A much harder task than many might initially believe.  A new influx of three, including two students, replaced our eight valiant drop outs and with 13 team members, our eyes were on the prize and the challenge progressed.

With three of our team members adding to our total without attempting the target, it was always going to be difficult to achieve.  Four members of staff simply struggled to find the time to complete enough rowing sessions but were still in the hunt to the very end.  So extra special congratulations to the six that became members of the 100,000m in a month club.

Our team consisted of Mr Law, Miss Lees, Mr Shields, Mr McHugh, Mr Martin, Adam Boyle, Mr Hart, Adam Fallon, Fr Delaney, Mr McGurk, Mrs Jeffrey, Mr Donnachie and Miss Mark.  We finished 96th out of 395 teams, (nearly 5,000 competitors in total).  We were 3rd out of 22 teams from the education sector.  Although we didn’t manage to make it into the draw for the rowing machine it has certainly been a tremendous effort all round.

NL County Sports 2016 Results

Congratulations to our whole County Sports team who participated in the event on Wednesday 8th June.

Medallists
Adam Boyle – Open Javelin – Gold
Rachel Donnelly – S2 1500m – Silver
Adam Fallon – Open Discus – Gold
Megan Grew – S3 1500m – Silver
Adam Lynch – S3 100m – Bronze
Keir McGarry – S1 High Jump – Silver
Lucy McQuaid – S3 800m – Bronze
Ciara Scullion – S2 High Jump – Silver
Miriam Szwiec – S3 Javelin – Bronze
Caitlin Thomson – S2 200m – Silver
Liam Thomson – S1 Long Jump – Bronze
Shannon Waldron – S3 Shot Putt – Gold, S3 80m Hurdles – Silver

County Sports Team
Aleksandra Bednarek, Adam Boyle, Connor Butters, Joe Chambers, Lia Chambers, Kieran Cubis, Paul Devlin, Rachel Donnelly, Erin Doyle, Adam Fallon, Grace Fallon, Maja Fereniec, Ania Gorzkowska, Megan Grew, Eammon Higgins, Alicia Jackson, Kayleigh Kane, Henry Kyanda, Joey Leach, James Low, Adam Lynch, Igor Maciag, Keir McGarry, Lucy McQuaid, Josh Miller, Daniel Monka, Gunther Ofori, Paul Murphy, Casey Paterson, Ciara Scullion, Miriam Szwiec, Patryk Szymanski, Caitlin Thomson, Liam Thomson, Shannon Waldron, Niah Welsh, Scott Wilson, Ronan Winton, Wiktor Witkowski.

School Sports 2016: 3rd year results

All photographs from S1 Photography Club

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100m girls
Gold – Shannon Waldron
Silver – Amy Dunne
Bronze – Lia Chambers

100m boys
Gold – Adam Lynch
Silver – Eammon Higgins
Bronze – Scott Wilson

400m girls
Gold – Lucy McQuaid
Silver – Hayley Graham
Bronze – Alexandra Healey

400m boys
Gold – Adam Lynch
Silver – Michael Costello
Bronze – Eric Katat

800m girls
Gold – Megan Grew
Silver – Alicia Jackson
Bronze – Jacklyn Gray

800m boys
Gold – Ronan Winton
Silver – Greg McCluskey
Bronze – Mateusz Czymerman

Javelin girls
Gold – Shannon Waldron
Silver – Robyn Leach
Bronze – Michaela Bennett

Javelin boys
Gold – Nathan Todd
Silver – Adrian Monka
Bronze – Greg McCluskey

Shot Putt girls
Gold – Shannon Waldron
Silver – Jacklyn Gray
Bronze –  Erin Queen

Shot Putt boys
Gold – Gunther Ofori
Silver – Connor Lynch
Bronze – Rabbi Safro

Long Jump girls
Gold – Lucy McQuaid
Silver – Amy Dunne
Bronze – Louise Dynes

Long Jump Boys
Gold – Ronan Winton
Silver – Elisee Kizube
Bronze – Sean O’ Neil

High Jump girls
Gold – Shannon Waldron
Silver – Viviana Karpova
Bronze – Lauren McCann

High Jump boys
Gold – Gunther Ofori
Silver – Mark McSorley
Bronze –  Kieran Jenkins

S3 mixed relay
Gold – Sinclair
Silver – Columba
Bronze –  Andrew

Tug of war winner : Columba

School Sports 2016 : 2nd year results

All photographs from S1 Photography Club

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100m girls
Gold – Caitlin Thomson
Silver – Maja Fereneic
Bronze – Katie Torrance

100m boys
Gold – Robbie Payne
Silver – Michael Verrechia
Bronze – Max Ofori

400m girls
Gold – Niah Welsh
Silver – Hannah Townsley
Bronze – Kerryn Foy

400m boys
Gold – Paul Devlin
Silver – Nicholas McNally
Bronze – James Low

800m girls
Gold – Rachel Donnelly
Silver – Ciara Scullion
Bronze – N/A

800m boys
Gold – Kieran Etherson
Silver – Ben Lafferty
Bronze –  Dylan Kelvin

Javelin girls
Gold – Hannah Townsley
Silver – Miriam Szwiec
Bronze – Julia Brola

Javelin boys
Gold – James Low
Silver – Mark Kelman
Bronze – Jay Fulton

Shot Putt girls
Gold – Niah Welsh
Silver – Abigail McNally
Bronze – Julia Brola

 

Shot Putt boys
Gold – Igor Maciag
Silver – Owen Carroll
Bronze – Andrew O’Rourke

 

Long Jump girls
Gold – Caitlin Thomson
Silver – Erin Doyle
Bronze – Anna Quinn

 

Long Jump Boys
Gold – David Nugent
Silver – Wiktor Witkowski
Bronze – Przemyslaw Zychski

 

High Jump girls
Gold – Aleksandra Bednarek
Silver – Julia Brola
Bronze – Eve Millar

 

High Jump boys
Gold – Connor Mullen
Silver – Ugonna Eriugo
Bronze – Jon Jo O’Hanlon

 

S2 mixed relay      
Gold – Columba
Silver – Margaret
Bronze – Andrew

Tug of war winner: Margaret

School Sports 2016 : 1st year results

All photographs from S1 Photography Club

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100m girls
Gold – Elle Leel
Silver – Kayleigh Kane
Bronze – Caris Hunter

100m boys
Gold – Keir McGarry
Silver – Callum O’Hara
Bronze – Joe Chambers

400m girls
Gold – Eva Winton
Silver – Emily McFarlane
Bronze – Maria McClenaghan

400m boys
Gold – Favour Azeez
Silver – Mark Fitzpatrick
Bronze – Adam Stevenson

800m girls
Gold – Casey Paterson
Silver – Sophie Galloway
Bronze – Eva Winton

 

800m boys
Gold – Josh Miller
Silver – Niall Burke
Bronze – Henry Kyanda

 

Javelin girls
Gold – Caris Hunter
Silver – Joey Leach
Bronze – Alicja Balanda

 

Javelin boys
Gold – Olek Kyc
Silver – Benny Safro
Bronze – Brendan Tierney

 

Shot Putt girls
Gold – Megan Owens
Silver – Steissy Lanneorg
Bronze – Eilis McNally

 

Shot Putt boys
Gold – Liam Thomson
Silver – NikodemSzlagor
Bronze – Ethan Law

 

Long Jump girls
Gold – Joey Leach
Silver – Eva Winton
Bronze – Wiktoria Gorska

Long Jump Boys
Gold – Liam Thomson
Silver – Nathan Walker
Bronze – Sean Smith

High Jump girls
Gold – Alicjia Balanda
Silver – Erin McCann
Bronze – Alisha Kearney

 

High Jump boys
Gold – Keir McGarry
Silver – Niall Burke
Bronze – Dominic Leary

 

S1 mixed relay – TBC

Tug of war winner – Margaret

School Sports 2016 Results

The Lifestyle Development Faculty held the School Sports Day on 26th May. Congratulations to winners, Columba!

The results were as follows.

1st: COLUMBA HOUSE

S1 : 96 points
S2 : 137 points
S3 : 86 points
TOTAL:  319 points

2nd: SINCLAIR HOUSE

S1 : 51 points
S2 :  87 points
S3 : 135 points
TOTAL : 273 points

3rd: ANDREW HOUSE

S1 : 68 points
S2 : 69 points
S3 : 57 points
TOTAL: 194 points

4th: MARGARET HOUSE      

S1 : 53 points
S2 : 99 points
S3 : 9 points
TOTAL: 161 points

Detailed individual results for 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year follow.

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Ben Nevis Challenge 2016

Some information from Lucy Kiilean from St Andrew’s Hospice

bennevis

  • Connor from Atlas Mountaineering has informed me that we are hoping to reach the summit this year! There is however snow at the top of the Ben and consequently there is a hidden gully covered in snow. There will be a guide stationed at this point but thought it was worth mentioning.
  • The weather is also due to be HOT. .. Bring plenty of water and salty snacks to avoid being dehydrated and undernourished.
  • Be dressed and ready to go (boots included!) as soon as the bus comes into the car park.  With twelve schools attending this year it can get a little crazy with all of the buses in such a small area so be prepared as humanly possible.