The school has been working with Academy Uniforms to design a tartan kilt/skirt for the girls in OLHS.

Cost would be £25 for kilts up to 26″ waist / 18″ long, and £28 for kilts up 34″ waist / 18″ or 20″ long.

Please see the photos in the slideshow below. Images can be viewed full size if you double click on them.

Many thanks to our volunteer model!

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Kilt/skirt parent letter Oct16.pdf


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.

Sports Ambassadors and Council Reps

Report from Ms McCrory

The following pupils have been appointed to the following posts.

  • Lauren Whitehead – Young Ambassador
  • Adam Boyle – Vice Young Ambassador
  • Joey Leach – S1 Sports Council Rep
  • Joe Chambers – S1 Sports Council Rep
  • Daniel Grew – S1 Sports Council Rep
  • Rachel Donnelly – S2 Sports Council Rep
  • Lucy McQuaid – S3 Sports Council Rep
  • Megan Grew – S3 Sports Council Rep

Congratulations go to them all on their successes.

North Lanarkshire Spring Concert

Report from Mrs Sinclair

Well done to all of our pupils who took part in a wonderful concert last night in the beautiful Royal Concert Hall. These pupils practise every Friday evening with the North Lanarkshire Schools to ensure that great performances are enjoyed by all. I was very proud of all of our pupils who performed last night.

It was the final performance of a few stalwarts who have been attending NL Schools Music Group for Years.

Thanks to Jill McMurray, Aaron Hawthorne, Caitlin Connor and Jordan Mooney, Michael Clark.

Thanks also to

Ethan Hendry, Anna Quinn, Michael Clark, David Nugent, Stephen Brady, Aidan Simpson, Victor Witowski, Heather Nugent, Orla McDevitt, Piroska Horvath, Colette Whitson

Click here for photos from the concert.

Christmas dances

Tickets went on sale on Monday for the two Christmas dances.

You may buy your ticket during interval and at lunchtime this week in the school’s main foyer. Tickets cost £3.00 each with crisps and juice included in the cost. Water and other confectionery will be available for purchases on the night.

You must attend school on the day of the dance.

The doors will close 15 minutes after the start time. Do not be late!


First to Third Year – Monday 15th 7 -9.30

Fourth to Sixth Year Wednesday 17th 7.30 – 10.00pm.

Lessons from Auschwitz

Report from Mrs Letham

Two S6 pupils, Cerys Law and Gemma Grier, will represent OLHS this year in the Holocaust Educational Trusts programme called Lessons from Auschwitz.

Pupils will undertake a one day visit to Poland in October to visit the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau and will share their experiences with other pupils on their return.

Our Lady’s High School 2008-2014

A heartfelt farewell to our former 6th year who attended a beautiful mass in school followed by a tea reception with parents, teachers and friends.

A wonderful evening was enjoyed by over 40 staff and pupils at the Shawlands Park Hotel on Friday 13th June.

Our very best wishes to all of you. May you all live long and happy lives, and look back on your time at OLHS with fond memories 🙂

6th years welcome Primary 7s to Mass

P7 Mass was celebrated by Father King on 9th June. A large number of parents and P7 and S6 pupils attended as well as Head teachers, Depute Heads and teachers from local primaries. For the first time in OLHS, a junior band of P7 pupils played at Mass. The school choir also performed. After Mass parents had the opportunity to meet PT Pupil Support.

Motherwell Youth Voice

Report by Hua Cui 

Motherwell Youth Voice is looking for new members!!!

We are a group of young people who meet every second Tuesday in Our Lady’s High School. We discuss issues affecting young people and try to help the young people in our communities.

Although we are not meeting during the Spring Holidays, we have organised a trip to the Scottish Parliament. Young people are meeting at 9:30am at Our Lady’s High School on Thursday 10th April to travel in a mini bus to go to Edinburgh. We will get a guided tour by the Parliament Education Officer and will return about 3pm in the same day.

If you are interested in coming to the trip and find out more about the group, please ask for a consent form for the trip and return it before Friday 4th April.

We look forward to meeting you.

If you have any questions about the group or the trip, please come speak to Hua Cui (youth worker) based in the CLD youth work office in Our Lady’s High School.

Rotary Club Dinner

From Mrs Sinclair

Congratulations to Sam Kelly and Stephen Ross who represented Our Lady’s last night at a special dinner in The Bentley Hotel hosted by the Motherwell Rotary Club.

Sam spoke about his experiences in Our Lady’s, particularly highlighting his sixth year, which included experiences in Caritas and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He went on to tell the assembled audience about his plans to go to Africa to assist with a building project for young people for which he is currently fund-raising.

Stephen also talked about his time in Our Lady’s and the expectations which the teachers have of our pupils.  He went on to describe Caritas, Duke of Edinburgh and his experience of volunteering in Bothwellpark.  The audience also heard about the fantastic trip to CERN.

Both boys did a great job and were complimented by the assembled club members, receiving a a token of their appreciation for their efforts.  Well done to both Sam and Stephen who did the school proud.

Piping in the haggis

Report from Mr Cairns

5th year, Michael Clark, once again visited Houldsworth Court Sheltered Housing Complex in Campbelll Street, Wishaw to pipe in the haggis for their annual Burns Lunch. Michael has done this for a number of years now, and the residents look forward to his participation and have enjoyed watching him grow over the years.

Many thanks to Michael for bringing some joy and music to the residents over the years.

Our Lady’s Strictly Dancing 2013

Forget Bruce Forsyth! Forget Tess Daly! There’s real sparkle in the air as the second annual Our Lady’s Strictly Dancing will be held Friday 4th October  at 7.30pm. (Tickets available soon from the school office).

We are looking forward to a dazzling display from this year’s couples who include:

  • Mrs Woodside and Ryan Fernon;
  • Mrs McNeish and Marc Costello;
  • Mrs Fitzpatrick and Jonny McLeod;
  • Mrs Sinclair and David Connelly;
  • Mrs Anderson and Ronan Higgins;
  • Mrs Mulholland and Sean Downes.

The judges this year have a wealth of dancing talent between them, including tango maestro, Fr King, Miss ‘Gangnam’ McGinness, Mr Allan and Mrs Zambonini.

See highlights from last year’s event here.

OLHS Champions League

Report from Mrs McNeish

OLHS Champions League took place at Firpark this week with 6 teams competing. Each team had 2 boys from S4, 5 and 6 along with a member of staff. The games were very competitive and all players did really well. The winning team were PSG and were presented with the trophy by Mrs Sinclair at the end of the tournament.

The winning team consisted of Matthew McGowan, Daniel Leonard, Luke Easton, Sean Hopkinson, Robbie Mackie, Jonny MacLeod, Owen Hastie and Mr Brogan.