Pupils and staff celebrated St Andrew’s Day with a whole school “Tartan Day”. Pupils were allowed to come to school out of uniform and were asked to wear something tartan or Scottish. The school was very colourful with tartan kilts, trousers, tops, tammies etc on parade. They were asked to donate £1 to St Andrew’s Hospice for this privilege. The event was organised by Andrew House pupils and Mrs Connor.
As well as Tartan Day there were other events around the school including the sale of tartan bows and ribbons. A staff coffee morning took place at interval with Michael Clark (Andrew House Prefect) playing the bagpipes and Emma Kirkwood and Declan Murray from 1A singing Loch Lomond. During lunchtime a “Scots Corner” was set up, selling saltire cupcakes, tattoos and face painting. Again, all proceeds going to St Andrew’s Hospice. The Maths Department even got in on the act by delivering lessons on designing your own tartan. A great day was had by all.
The final total of money isn’t in yet but will be well over £500.
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
The Senior Phase options form is now complete following extensive consultation with both pupils and teaching departments. All pupils in 4th and 5th year will be interviewed by Pupil Support staff to discuss their choices for the coming year.
5th year induction took place over three days providing all of the pupils with a chance to get to know each other better, and learn more about what’s required of them as Upper School pupils.
On Wednesday, everyone was required to get their bodies and brains in gear as they took part in team-building activities designed by the Army and (horror of horrors) Mrs Zambonini and Mrs Macfadyen in the Library Resource Centre!
Thursday was Challenge Day with the PE staff organising a softball game and Careers staff challenged teams to create and run a restaurant.
Friday was more relaxed, with a service from Fr King, and a talk from staff at Motherwell College. Pupils also received a quick introduction to Glow, and got their passwords and discussed new timetables and expectations with Mrs Mulholland in the afternoon to complete a busy few days.
The Upper School Information Evening was held on Wednesday. A number of parents/carers turned out to hear presentations from Mrs Mulholland, Head of Upper School and Mr Martin, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.
Mrs Mulholland informed the parents about preparation for the exams and the formalities of sitting exams. She also explained about the certification and issued very important dates. Later in the presentation Mrs Mulholland informed the parents of the variety of experiences which are planned for the young people over the next two years and the proposed induction programmes for fifth and sixth year students.
Mr Martin explained about the role of the pupil support staff so far in advising the young people in their options as well as target setting. He talked about study patterns and the importance of planning for study, particularly as the new fifth year students undertake five National Qualifications at Higher, Intermediate II or Intermediate I, next year. He explained how parents could assist with this – not least by ensuring that they get an adequate amount of sleep each night!
Our fabulous Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, provided a lunchtime seminar on Personal Statements to a packed crowd of upper school pupils hoping to go to university after the summer.
The Personal Statement is an important part of the UCAS application form, in which candidates express their reasons for applying for a particular course, and their hopes for the future.
Ruth has been holding meetings with 6th year individually, discussing their preferred post-school destinations and guiding them through the process of applying for higher and further education, training or work.
All UCAS forms should be completed and delivered to Pupil Support staff by 4th December.
6th year pupils aiming to go to university next year have been meeting with Mrs Mulholland, Mrs Macfadyen and Principal Teachers of Pupil Support to organise their UCAS applications, discuss their plans and learn about the resources held in school to assist them. Our Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, has also been on hand to provide expert advice.
Upper school pupils have also signed up for the university open day of their choice, with pupils heading for Glasgow, Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, Edinburgh and Stirling.
Our new 6th year pupils have been involved in Buddy Training in preparation for the arrival of our new 1st year pupils after the holidays, discussing stereotyping, confidentiality and practicing listening skills.
The Buddy scheme provides an older friend for every new 1st year pupil: someone to listen to their worries or ask for information.
The training was organised and provided by Partnership Officer, Mrs Deborah King and the Pupils Support team.
Our first Careers Convention takes place today, Thursday 9th October, with exhibitors from over 30 local employers, universities, colleges and training organisations taking part.
Pupils from S2, S4 and S5 have been allocated time during the school day to attend the exhibition, while other pupils are able to visit at lunchtimes and after school. Parents/Carers and staff are welcome at any time.
Many thanks to both Mrs Stemplis’ Hospitality class for assisting in the preparation of the food, and to Mrs Zambonini’s 5th year Personal Development (PD) class.
Also, thanks to the staff who organised the event (Mrs Mulholland, Mrs Darroch, Mrs King, Mrs McDonald, Mrs Macfadyen, Mr Murray, Mrs Zambonini) and to all the OLHS staff who supported it.
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On Tuesday the 24th of June 2nd year pupils enjoyed a fun day out at M&D’s.
People on the trip were chosen based on attendance, time-keeping, homework and behaviour. The day started off with a long talk and we thought we were never going to leave, but in the end we did.
The weather was supposed to be wet, cloudy and dull, but it turned out to be a nice day for the time we were there. We got there by a double decker school bus (which smelled and some of the seats were damp.)
There were about 50 pupils at M&D’s who were with Mrs Darroch, Mr Martin, Mrs Connor, Mrs Mulholland and Mrs Zambonini. Everyone was very excited and couldn’t wait to get on the rides. Some of the rides we went on were Tornado, Water Logs, Swings and Flying Carpet. Most people bought their lunch at M&D’s or brought their own.
We checked our names off at 12–12:30 to make sure we were all there. At 2 o’clock we went back to the meeting point to go back to the school. We arrived back at school at 2:40 and were allowed to go home if we walked. We would like to thank the teachers who took us and organised the trip it was a very enjoyable day.
The current Primary 7 pupils from our associated primary schools enjoyed their Induction Day today.
In previous years, pupils have followed their brand new timetables for two days, meeting some of their teachers for the first time and finding out where classrooms are.
This year it was agreed to give the P7s a different type of introduction to their new school. Helped by the new S6, the pupils enjoyed games of badminton, building turtles and towers and drama sessions.