Titanic Project: Liberty Steel

The Titanic crew visited Liberty Steel for a guided tour of the plant and to learn how slabs of steel are rolled and shaped into plates for ships, bridges and rigs.

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Titanic Project 2017: films and measurements

The Titanic Crew spent the morning watching the 1958 film, A Night to Remember, and compared it with the 1997 film, Titanic, that they were more familiar with. The pupils preferred the older film because it focused on the disaster. Throughout the film, our resident Titanic fanatic, PT English Mrs Millar, pointed out important events, areas of controversy and the background of various passengers.

The afternoon was spent with Miss Lees and Miss Wheeler from Maths who helped pupils to visualise the size of Titanic by comparing it with our school building. The crew took the trundle wheels around the yard for their measurements before working on their calculations. It turns out that the school could fit twice into the footprint of the Titanic!


Titanic Project 2017: ferry to Mount Stuart House

The Titanic Crew headed for Mount Stuart House on Bute. They were a bit nervous as it was their first time on a ferry, but got their sea-legs quickly on a beautiful calm Firth of Clyde.

Our visit to the stunning Mount Stuart House allowed pupils to get an idea of the elegant and sophisticated surroundings that 1st class passengers would have enjoyed aboard the Titanic. Our thanks to Morven and all the staff at Mount Stuart.

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Excellence and Equity Awards 2017

School awards highlight positive initiatives

Titanic Project 2016: Rothesay!

The Titanic Project crew headed for Rothesay and the beautiful Mount Stuart on a glorious day bursting with sunshine. For most pupils it was their first time on a ferry and they headed outside right away to watch the ship leaving Wemyss Bay.

After the essential photocalls and exploring the ship, they settled down to watch the scenery go past and ask how this would compare with their upcoming trip to Belfast.

Mount Stuart is a stunning mansion which gives an excellent impression of how opulent the interiors would have been on the Titanic. The group were enthusiastic about the grounds, but the luxury of the house really grabbed their attention, with carvings and beautiful details everywhere. Education Officer, Morven, kindly acted as our guide through the chapel, dining room, drawing room, bedrooms and bathrooms. Despite pupil concerns, Mrs Macfadyen was able to tear herself away from the Library (with its first folio Shakespeare, and its ladder!) and Mrs Zambonini stopped sighing over the chandeliers, so that they were able to see the balcony and the swimming pool! Back in Rothesay we had time for ice-cream and a quick peak at the marina before the ferry returned us to the mainland with a rather sleepy crew.

Our thanks to all at Mount Stuart and to Halls Coaches for a wonderful visit at such short notice.

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Outward Bound

Report from Ms Moir

Some lucky S3 pupils visited Outward Bound at Loch Eil last week for an action packed week of activities. The pupils took part in many activities such as canoeing, raft building, hill walking, abseiling and scrambling. The week was great fun, despite the wet weather, and every pupil overcame challenges and pushed themselves when trying new (and sometimes terrifying) activities!

All of the pupils were a credit to the school and should be very proud of their achievements.

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Dragonflies for Dalzell

XL4 pupils have been working with the Countryside Rangers on a project to design a seating area and a pagoda for the Japanese Garden in Dalzell Estate.

Last week, the class had the opportunity to visit smith, Barry Spalding, to see their paper designs being made into cast iron. Pupils even had the chance to cut the metal into the shape of their dragonfly design.

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Outward Bound

Eighteen 4th year pupils accompanied Miss Halket and Miss McGinty to the shores of Loch Eil for a week of fun, freezing and ‘dynamic activities’.

The group was split into different clans, mixing with pupils from all of the other schools present; any initial shyness was soon forgotten in the demand to help out their clans.

Activities included raftbuilding, whole day expeditions, parajumping and the opportunity to face up to your fears, like the dauntless Miss Halket, who jumped into the loch, despite being unable to swim, and then coaxed Miss McGinty to do the same.

The instructors were highly complimentary about everyone in the OLHS group for their enthusiasm and excellent behaviour.

Willing victims:

Mark Brunton, Rebecca Cairney, Rachel Clinton, Jack Divers, Hannah Eadie, Declan Foy, Rebecca Hopkins, Louise Mancini, Emily McCafferty, Christopher McCluskey, Gabrielle McPherson, Ryan McQuade, Jordan Mooney, Emma O’Neill, Tammy Rae, Jamie Rankin, Stella Sewell, Jonathon Watt

Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Expedition

Report from Angela McDonald

Nine S6 pupils participated in the final assessed expedition for their Bronze Award.  They spent two days walking and hiking a total of 20K beginning at the famous West Highland Way and including a hike up to the summit of the ‘Whangie’, 375m high.

The pupils camped overnight at Auchengillan campsite and as part of their assessment had to put up tents and cook a meal.  In the evening they enjoyed a campfire.  All were successful in gaining this section of the award!

Back to Loch Eil

Report from Ms McGhee

Twenty-one S4 pupils participated in the recent Outward Bound experience at the centre in Loch Eil, near Fort William.

The week got off to a great start with everyone participating in ‘Jog and Dip’: light running from the centre to the loch, followed by plunging into the icy cold waters. Everyone from Our Lady’s braved the snow and freezing cold temperatures to give it a go – except Mr. Cavanagh, who wimped out!

Throughout the week, pupils were able to participate in a range of activities from canoeing, raft building and hill walking to overcoming fears by doing the trapeze and Jacob’s Ladder.

The week culminated with a ‘Clan Challenge’ on Friday morning, with the Stuart clan triumphing (although allegations of cheating and bribery are still rife!) All pupils had a fantastic time and found the experience challenging, enjoyable and worthwhile.

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