P7 visit

Report from Mr McQuillan

Primary 7 pupils from our associated primary schools visited Our Lady’s HS on Tuesday 3rd November. This is the first stage of their Primary 7 transition which will be ongoing throughout this year. They took part in a variety of subjects and had a real experience of a day at OLHS. Feedback from the pupils was very positive and they look forward to coming back for 2 days in June.

Thanks also to our S2 pupils who helped guide our future pupils from class to class:

Julia Brola, Morgan Brown, Owen Carroll, Erin Dawson, Paul Devlin, Rachel Donnelly, Kerryn Foy, Regan McNee, Michaela Miller, Conor Mullen, Caitlin O’Neil, Aidan Simpson, Jonathan Sneddon, Wiktor Witkowski

Primary Transition

Report from Mrs Connor

The Pupil Support Department are currently working with S1 pupils at tutor time to come up with some advice posters for the new S1 intake as part of the Transition Programme. Pupil Support staff will take a few of our current S1 pupils , along with their posters, to the associated primaries to speak to the new S1 pupils about any concerns they may have and to allow for a question and answer session.

  • Mrs Connor will visit St Brendan’s Primary School
  • Mrs Howieson will visit St Bernadette’s School
  • Mr Martin and Mrs Darroch will visit Cathedral Primary

Primary activity evening

lifestyleAll Primary 7 pupils are invited to bring along parents and carers to an activity evening on Monday 28th April from 7pm – 8.30pm.

The focus of the evening is fun, with lots of team activities run by Lifestyle Development Faculty staff. Trainers are essential and changing facilities will be available if required.

Full details are available in the letter sent home with pupils. Alternatively, click on the image to see full size.

News round-up 20th March

Report by Mrs Sinclair

Lenten Charities
All RE classes are involved in fund raising for a numbers of very important charities.  The projects vary from raffles, ‘soak the teacher’, non uniform day,  coffee mornings, football tournaments.  Pupils are encouraged to donate to the SCIAF wee boxes as often as possible.  Pupils in the school are hoping to top the £2500 raised during Lent last year.

Patron’s Day Mass
All staff and pupils as well as a large number of invited guests celebrated the annual Patron’s Day Mass on Friday 22nd March.  Bishop Devine, Father Frank King and a number of priests from local Parishes concelebrated the Mass.  The school band and choir were at their best as they led the hymns and performed beautiful reflections.

Easter Egg Appeal
During this season of Lent Miss McGinness and CARITAS pupils have been collecting Easter eggs and small creme eggs. These eggs will be passed the residents of Park Springs  Nursing home when a group from the school visit for an Easter service.   The collection has been going very well and lots of Easter eggs have been handed in from pupils, staff and parents. Miss McGinness,  Mrs Mulholland and the CARITAS group would like to thank everyone for their kind donations and hope to continue their appeal until the Easter holidays.

Motherwell v Hibs on Friday Night
The school was given 30 juvenile and 4 adult tickets for Friday Night’s Game.  These were donated by Motherwell FC and were in great demand.  The football was enjoyed by all who attended.

Ben Nevis Challenge for St Andrew’s Hospice
A number of pupils and staff have registered for the Nevis Challenge in April.  Watch this space for further information and photographs.

SCIAF 24 Hour Fast
Our annual SCIAF 24 Hour Fast took place on Thursday 21st March.  Thanks to all staff and pupils who fasted and also to all who sponsored them.

Station of the Cross
Stations of Cross for each House were held last week. Father King prepared and led the services.

  • Andrew House – Monday 18th March
  • Sinclair House – Tuesday 19th March
  • Margaret House – Wednesday 20th March
  • Columba House – Monday 25th March

France/ Belgium Trip
There was an information evening in the school last Tuesday night for pupils going to France and Belgium in June. The meeting in the school theatre was very well attended. Parents, pupils and staff were very impressed by the presentation by Mr Des Brogan, the of director of Mercat Tours. He explained that WW1 Cemeteries and Battlefields Tour is a moving experience and it has a profound effect on pupils, as it does with most visitors. Such a visit is highly recommended. The scale of slaughter becomes very real when you are confronted with huge war cemeteries around every corner, plus large monuments containing thousands upon thousands of names of young men whose bodies were never recovered. The words ‘lest we forget’ and ‘we will remember them’ will take on a new meaning to our young people.  He told them that they would return changed people.  Staff and pupils are very much looking forward to the trip in June.

Hollywood comes to Our Lady’s High
A film crew and some very good ‘actors’ and guides were involved in the filming of a transition DVD to be used with all of the primary seven classes.  Filming went very smoothly and it is hoped that the primary seven classes from our associated primary schools will enjoy what they see and it will reassure them about coming to Our Lady’s in August. Thanks to Marc Hobson, Aaron Fisher and Julia Stachuska

Adele Graham from Motherwell Women’s Aid is working this month and next with S2 pupils to support their Domestic Abuse topic. The Samaritans have been in to deliver a presentation to fifth and sixth year students about positive mental health issues and  Self Harming.

Work Experience
We are appealing for any one who can offer the school work experience places for the new session in August.  If you can, could you please contact Mrs Lyn Zambonini on 274925

Any old Knitting Needles?  We are appealing  for knitting needles – any size and any unused chunky or double knitting wool to be handed into school for a knitting group who are making a blanket for St. Andrew’s Hospice.

Coffee Morning
S3 Skills for Work, Health class held a fund raising coffee morning last Wednesday to raise funds for their trip and a charity of their choice.  They prepared a selection of cakes and served the tea and coffee like true professionals.  A large number of staff enjoyed the spread and attention.

The School will close on Thursday 28th March for the Easter Holidays.  Parents/carers will receive a letter and text giving further details.

Primary visitors

Primary 7 pupils from our associated primaries have had a fantastic two day visit to Our Lady’s.

Amongst other activities, pupils baked, played drums and glockenspiels, completed quizzes in English and French, used woodwork and science equipment and most importantly, met new staff, their new classmates and their 6th year buddies.

Most of Wednesday morning was spent at an inter-house athletics competition before everyone headed back to their schools.

Many thanks to all of the staff and pupils who were involved, especially to the 2nd year pupils who acted as escorts throughout: Christopher Cunningham, Nicholas Delaney, Clare Donnelly, Adam Fallon, James Fraser, Andrea Groome, Christopher Kelly, Rebecca McGill, Magen McNulty, Magda Michniewicz, Aidan Nicholls, David O’Hara, Carrie Marie Paton, Scott Rankin, Kirsten Small , Megan Smith and Reece Whitfield.

P7 Open Evening Thursday 11th October 2012

Report from Mrs Donnachie

The open evening in Our Lady’s High School is an ideal opportunity for you and your child as well as any other family members and friends to meet staff, view teaching materials, pupil work, demonstrations and tour the school.

This is the first event in our liaison programme which prepares your son/daughter for the transfer to secondary. In the course of this session there will be two other occasions when pupils can visit and be involved in school life but parents have told us that the open evening gave them a valuable opportunity to ask questions and to see the school’s facilities.

P7 Open Evening Thursday 11th October 2012  7.00pm-9.00pm

New Timetables & Primary 7 Inductions

Report from Mr Hawthorne

On Monday of this week, everyone started their new timetables, moving up a year and getting a taster of what their lessons will be like for coming back after August. So far, everyone is enjoying their timetables, and, there are hardly any problems! For some reason, pupils seem to be enjoying the lessons most when they get to go down to and watch rehearsals for Grease because their teachers are taking part!

Also, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Primary 7s from linking schools have been coming up for their Induction days.  Many have been enjoying it, and some are nervous, but everyone from other years have been giving them a helping hand, especially the sixth years who have been appointed the jobs of being their buddies.

Pupils are also asked that for the rest of the week, and after everyone returns in August, to help the new first years if they need anything.

Science quiz winners

Report from Mr Law

Mr. James Tyrrell visited an S1 assembly at Our Lady’s yesterday to present awards to the winners of the 2010 P7 to S1 Science Quiz. Pupils participated in the contest during the P7 visit to OLHS earlier this year, answering questions on Science and the media, with assistance (but not answers) from 5th and 6th year.

Mr. Tyrrell gave a short speech before presenting certificates and winners medals to our top scorers and awarding the Science Quiz P7/S1 Competition Cup to Margaret House. Congratulations to all of the winners and many thanks to Mr Tyrell for his kind sponsorship of the event.

P7 Open Night

P7 Open Evening Thursday 21 October 2010 7.00pm-9.00pm

The open evening in Our Lady’s High School is an ideal opportunity for you and your child as well as any other family members and friends to meet staff, view teaching materials, pupil work, demonstrations and tour the school.

This is the first event in our liaison programme which prepares your son/daughter for the transfer to secondary. In the course of this session there will be two other occasions when pupils can visit and be involved in school life but parents have told us that the open evening gave them a valuable opportunity to ask questions and to see the school’s facilities.

All prospective pupils and their families are welcome to come and look around at everything Our Lady’s High School has to offer.

Open Evening for Primary 7s

A warm welcome to all pupils and their families who have come along tonight to Our Lady’s High School. There are exhibitions, displays and activities all over the school, so feel free to explore.

You could also look through our blog and website to keep you up to date with what’s going on at the school.

If you would like to comment on anything at OLHS tonight, why not leave a comment, by clicking on the “Comments” button above.

P7 visits

Our Lady’s is receiving visitors from our associated primary schools on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and they are incredibly excited to be here! The pupils are having classes around Our Lady’s, finding out a bit about life in secondary school. In the LRc, for example, the P7s had a look at the blog and the website.

All P7 pupils are welcome to leave their thoughts about Our Lady’s here, by clicking on the word, “Comments” above, and filling in the form.

Open evening – part 2

Many thanks to all the families who came along to Our Lady’s last night, despite the atrocious weather.

Over 200 people toured the school to view our facilities, meet the staff and find out more about the school.

Activities included having a go with the computerised embroidery sewing machines in Home Economics which were already set up and running so that P7s could see some designs. Visitors also had the chance to operate the ordinary sewing machines, trying to follow a line on a sheet. Mums reminisced about their own Home Economics classes while the Dads complained that they never had the chance to do Home Economics at school at all.

Various resources were on show in the Library Resource Centre, including our famous Roman helmet, used for the Ninth Legion investigation, examples of mindmapping and rebus puzzles, Comic Life software and our course, our blog, Our Lady’s Latest.

The PE department set up gymnastics displays, while Art and Design showed off screen printing techniques.

We welcome comments about the school, or last night’s event, which can be added by clicking on the “Comments” button above.

Open Night

Tonight, Our Lady’s is open to all pupils and parents of our associated primaries and any other families considering educating their children at OLHS.

There are all kinds of activities taking place tonight in Performing Arts, PE, Technical, Home Economics, Science, Pupil Support, Maths, Modern Languages, English, Social Subjects, Art and the Library Resource Centre. You can also visit our Memorial Chapel and the Cardinal Winning Memorial Lecture Room. Refreshments will be available on the ground floor.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Our Lady’s. Please feel free to come and have a look around.

Summer School Evening

Parents and pupils who took part in the Summer School enjoyed an evening at Our Lady’s, hosted by Partnership Officers, Angela McDonald and Deborah King.

1st and 6th year pupils created and delivered a presentation outlining the activities which took place during the summer school and the benefits gained by those taking part. Parents also viewed an exhibition of photographs and work created during the summer.

Each participant was presented with their award certificates by Headteacher, Mr Bernard Love.

K’Nex Cluster Challenge

The K’Nex Cluster Challenge took place on Wednesday morning, 30 April 2008, with pupils from three of our associated primaries taking part. Pupils competed in pairs to build a miniature beach buggy.

The winners were Heather Baird and Aimee Brennan from St. Bernadette’s Primary School. Many congratulations to both of them.

Runners-up were Harry Reynolds and Christopher McCluskey (St. Bernadette’s PS), Jordan Mooney and Stephen Murphy (St Bernadette’s PS) and David Martin and Keira Winton (Cathedral PS).

All of these pupils will participate in the K’Nex Area Challenge on Thursday 29 May 2008.