OLHS closed Wed 28th Feb, Thu 1st and 2nd March 2018

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Keeping up-to-date with OLHS


Please see our Twitter account for our most up-to-date information, @OLHSMotherwell.

Mr Cardle also writes a Headteacher’s blog, outlining the events of the week, https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/olhshtblog/

Please ensure that the school has a note of your current e-mail address as a lot of information is sent by e-mail.

Forgewood Holdings

Report from Mrs Sinclair

Our thanks to Forgewood Holdings who have given the school a substantial cheque. We will be able to provide 300 new chairs and storage trolleys for the theatre, as well as upgrading the school yard and outside social areas.

Soon we will have very comfortable chairs for our theatre as well as multi-coloured yard furniture to cheer us up.

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.

Refugees at Calais

Our Caritas pupils are collecting materials to be sent to Calais for the benefit of the refugees in the camps.

If you can supply any of the following items, please hand them into the school.

Tents/ covers/ tarpaulins (even if incompatible); sleeping bags; candles or any other lighting; blankets; plastic bags; plastic storage boxes (with lids preferably); litter pickers;  wooden pallets; canvas sheets.

Soap; shampoo; toothpaste; toothbrushes; wipes; toiletry bags etc

Shoes/ trainers/ hiking boots/ wellies etc; jackets/ waterproofs;  hoodies; traveling bags; socks; belts; trousers/ tracksuit trousers/ jeans; hats; scarves; gloves; underwear.

All items will be delivered to the churches which are coordinating the deliveries. Many thanks for your support.

EMA update

The Scottish Government has informed local authorities of changes to the income thresholds used in assessing EMA applications which will take effect from 1 January 2016.  These changes will also affect students’ eligibility for “provisional” awards.

Amended application forms and advertising posters are currently being prepared and supplies will be sent to all schools as they become available.

More detail is available by clicking on this document:

Solar eclipse 20th March 2015

On 20th March 2015, there will be an eclipse of the Sun. In Motherwell, 95% of the Sun will be eclipsed, although the weather is forecast to be cloudy.


Partial solar eclipse by ninjiangstar


It is extremely dangerous to look at the Sun at any time.


 Even the small amount of Sun peeking out from behind the Moon during an eclipse is enough to make you blind if you are not careful.

Never look at the Sun through binoculars or a telescope,
or through sunglasses, a camera or through a mobile.
They will not protect your eyes!


Further information:

How can you watch a solar eclipse safely? (BBC iWonder)

Solar eclipse: what you need to know (Guardian, 19th March 2015)

How to stay safe during the solar eclipse (BT, 19th March 2015)

How to safely observe the total solar eclipse this week (Space.com, 18th March 2015)



Mrs Sinclair has recently been quoted in the Motherwell Times regarding our blazers.

This is Mrs Sinclair’s complete statement quoted in the press report. Any parents who wish to discuss the matter further, please contact the school on 01698 274925.

We have a strict uniform policy, which, I am delighted to say, is fully supported by parents/carers and pupils.

Visitors to our school comment very favourably on the ethos and uniform standards. In our inspection of January 2013 a key strength was,

“Respectful, well-behaved young people who are proud of their school and achieve well across an impressive range of in- and out-of-class activities.”

I believe that our pupils have pride in their uniform and our uniform policy means that pupils and parents are not under pressure to buy up to date and expensive items of clothing to school. We try to keep the costs down as much as possible.

We hold uniform nights in May where parents can purchase blazers from Academy Uniforms. However, parents are not obliged to use our supplier. Le Mirage in Manse Road also stock our blazer.

Currently we have a small supply of school badges so parents can instead buy a purple blazer of their own choosing and buy a school badge directly from the school.

We recycle blazers and other items of uniform. We let parents know that we have blazers available by sending out text messages. Many of them respond by sending in surplus items, while others come to school to get their child ‘fitted’ with a clean blazer in very good condition.

In addition, parents on low incomes can apply for clothing grants. The forms are available from the school and the information about this is in our school handbook.

Price for OLHS uniform (Academy Uniforms).

  • Blazers (include OLHS badge pre-embroidered on to the pocket)
    • Chest size up to 36 inches £56.00
    • Chest size over 38 inches £64.00.
  • Blouse £10.00
  • Twin Pack of shirts £12.00
  • Ties
    • S1 to S5 £3.00
    • 6th Year Ties £5.00.

Motherwell Youth Voice

Report from Motherwell Youth Voice

On Tuesday 3rd June, Motherwell Youth Voice joined with Wishaw Youth Forum is hosting an open evening in Council Chambers in Motherwell Civic Centre. We are inviting young people aged between 14 to 25 living, working or studying in the area to come out and find more about what we do. The door will be open at 5:30pm with light refreshments and the event will start at 6:00pm.

The evening will be composed of talks from young people involved, interactive sessions to engage with young people.

Motherwell Youth Voice’s objective is to show how young people can make a difference and combat the stereotypes of youths today. We have led and produced various events which have promoted this purpose. We also support young people through various programmes such as the Saltire Awards and the Duke of Edinburgh. There’s also an opportunity to get involved in various volunteering, peer education programme, so it is a really good opportunity for any young people who would like to enhance their CV by joining the group.

Through joining the group, young people will have fantastic opportunities to gain skills, access accredited training and take part in residential trips. Our recent trip to the Scottish Parliament has been a great success. We meet every second Tuesday at Our Lady’s High School between 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

At the moment, we are looking to recruit new members to join us and be a part of the group.  If you are have any questions, please contact our support worker Hua Cui (CLD youth work, Motherwell Locality) on 01698 403837 or email her to cuih@northlan.gov.uk

Children in Scotland visit

Children in Scotland will be visiting OLHS on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April to meet with our pupils and gather their views on the proposed merger with Taylor High School.

Letters from Executive Director of Learning and Leisure, Andrew Sutherland, have been sent out to all parents.

Copies are available here.


Consultation on merger of
Our Lady’s High School and Taylor HS
with rebuild on Ravenscraig site

24th March 7pm, OLHS


Seating for 700 people
Parking arrangements in place


North Lanarkshire Council have launched a proposal to build a new denominational secondary school at a site in Ravenscraig, merging Our Lady’s High School and Taylor High School. BothwellPark High School will be relocated to the same campus.

Click here for additional information on the Consultation page.

HMIe Inspection

Headteacher, Mrs Sinclair, has received notification that Our Lady’s will be inspected in the New Year, week beginning 21st January.

Pupils from every year group have been asked to fill in questionnaires, as have staff from all departments. The lead inspector is Mr Donald Macleod.

Canon Ashe

From Mrs Sinclair
We heard the sad news today that Canon Ashe died in the early hours of this morning. Canon Ashe was a regular at the school assisting with confessions.  He came to our Patron’s Day Mass faithfully every year and most recently came to our senior citizens’ Christmas Party.  He was a gentle priest with a gift of making everyone feel special, and was much loved by the young people of St Bernadette’s. He will be sadly missed.