Primary visitors

Report from Mrs Donnachie

Pupils from our associated primary schools as well as a number from Muirhouse, Knowetop, Craigton, St Brides and St Theresa’s visited Our Lady High school on the 9th/10th June to experience what life is going to be like in August as a new S1 pupil.

Pupils followed their timetable for some of the time giving them an opportunity to meet their teachers as well as their peers. They also met with their S6 buddy and for many of the Primary 7 pupils this was the highlight of their two day visit.

During lunchtime NLC provided all pupils with a free school meal allowing them to sample using the facilities of the school zone. S6 pupils who are studying CSLA organised lunchtime activities on the Tuesday and Mrs Deborah King and Mrs Angela McDonald, our Home School Partnership Officers, organised a competition during lunchtime on Wednesday in conjunction with senior pupils.

The P7 pupils all left exhausted after the two days but reassured and very excited about starting high school on the 18th August.

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Catholic Education Week

Report from Mrs Sinclair

Thank you to all pupils and staff who visited our associated parishes at masses across the weekend. Some spoke to the congregation about the work undertaken in Our Lady’s High School, while others handed out booklets, or were involved in the liturgy.

Staff and pupils also represented Our Lady’s at the Polish Mass in St Patrick’s where their talk was translated into Polish and was very well received.

Many parishioners spoke to staff to congratulate us on our school and the pupils who represented us over the weekend. Well done and thank you.

  • St Bernadette’s: Mrs Sinclair, Mrs Moore, Darcy Hendry, Connie Sneddon, Monica Kane, Kathleen Reynolds, Connor Thomson, Emily McGurk, Hayley Stevenson
  • St Luke’s: Mrs Donnachie, Miss McGinness, Nicholas Delaney, Morgan Campbell
  • Cathedral: Mrs Mulholland, Aaron Hawthorne, Rebecca Hopkins, Liam Kay, Michael Clarke,  Ryan Duddy and Megan O’Kane
  • St Patrick’s: Mrs Sinclair, Natalia Dombrowska, Angelika Frydrych, Magda Michniewicz, Wiktoria Ptak, Jakub Mitas (translator)

You can download a copy of the booklet by clicking on the link below.

Catholic Education Week 2015 booklet

This is in PDF format which uses Adobe Acrobat Reader – available free here – to open.

Primary information evenings

Headteacher, Mrs Sinclair, Depute Headteacher, Mrs Donnachie, and PT Pupil Support, Mrs Zambonini, have attended our associated primaries’ P7 transition information evenings.

S5 and S6 pupils, Michael Clarke, Keryn Shearer and Emily McGurk, also participated in the events along with staff from Skills Development Scotland (SDS). As Ambassadors for SDS, the pupils demonstrated the My World of Work website and discussed the benefits of using the material on the site.

P7 visitors

P7 pupils from our associated primaries visited Our Lady’s on Tuesday 4th November, to follow a typical S1 timetable and get the feel of life at high school.

The primary/secondary transition programme starts in P6 with a one day visit. P7 pupils then visit for a further 3 days, one in November and two in June. Teachers from Modern Languages, English and Maths also visit P7 pupils throughout the year as well as PT Pupil Support and Home School Partnership officers. The Depute Headteacher with responsibility for first year also visits on a regular basis. This allows pupils to be confident  about transferring to high school. This liaison programme allows the smooth transfer of curricular and pastoral information allowing staff to be well prepared to meet the needs of all young people.

Our visitors were escorted by guides from S2. Many thanks to Sophie Campbell, Steven Meechan, Liam Campbell, Collette McGregor, Charley Cullion, Joshua Stuart, Gemma Walker, Gunther Ofori, Amy Alexander, Stephen Queen, Jamie Duddy and Erin Queen.

French Day for Primary 6

On Thursday 25th September, the Modern Languages Department organised a French day for the Primary 6 classes of our associated primaries: St Brendan’s, St Bernadette’s and Cathedral Primary Schools.

Over the course of the day, pupils completed a variety of fun activities. They learned about typical French food for breakfast and they had the opportunity to order their own French snack for morning interval. They then got to learn about France and Paris before ‘buying’ a cinema ticket in French for the afternoon performance of the film “Madeline” in the school theatre.

Everybody had a lot of fun and it was great to meet all the P6 pupils. Pupils from upper school were absolutely fantastic helping us to deliver the activities and they were a real credit to our school.

Languages Day

Report from Mr Pegard

Last Thursday, the Modern Languages Department organised a French day for the Primary 6 classes of our associated primaries: St Brendan’s, St Bernadette’s and Cathedral Primary Schools.

Over the course of the day, pupils completed a variety of fun activities. They learned about typical French food for breakfast and they had the opportunity to order their own French snack for morning interval. They then got to learn about France and Paris before ‘buying’ a cinema ticket in French for the afternoon performance of the film “Madeline” in the school theatre.

Everybody had a lot of fun and it was great to meet all the P6 pupils. Pupils from upper school were absolutely fantastic helping us to deliver the activities and they were a real credit to our school.

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.

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.

PE Night

On Monday 22nd April, OLHS PE department hosted its annual transition evening for Primary 7 pupils who are due to start at OLHS in August. Parents were also invited along to participate and enjoy a night of fun and exercise.

Once again we had a fantastic turnout, with around 50 pupils from all of our associated primaries in attendance. Pupils and parents had the opportunity to meet the PE staff and take part in a Q&A session as well as participate in fun games and activities. It was a successful evening enjoyed by all, with both pupils and parents now feeling more relaxed about the move to high school.

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.

Primary 7 PE Transition Night

Report from Mr Brogan

OLHS hosted it’s annual PE transiition night for the primary 7 pupils of all its associated primary schools. All pupils and parents were invited along for a night of fun and games, providing the perfect opportunity for the youngsters to meet and mix with pupils from different primary schools.

Around 50 pupils and their parents were in attendance and the night was very successful for pupils and parents alike. Pupils had a great time participating in some of the fun challenges, while their parents were put at ease seeing first hand the type of environment that their children will learn in over the forthcoming months.

All parties left feeling well informed about what lies ahead in terms of PE and the extra-curricular activites that Our Lady’s has to offer.

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

Cyber Bullying

Gareth Davies, Director of Portal Training in Cardiff, travelled to Motherwell to share information on the dangers of cyber bullying with parents and staff of Our Lady’s and its associated primaries. Over two seminars, Gareth discussed how bullying can be spread through websites, chatrooms, texts and gaming sites.

Motherwell Parent Evening Cyber Bullying – Handout. (PDF document – opens with Acrobat Reader free from this website. )

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.

Open Evening 2010

Over 200 parents and pupils attended the Open Evening last night, guided around the school by 6th year pupils.

Departments across the school laid out displays of pupil work and the types of resources used in 1st year, with opportunities to play on Smartboards running typical software:

  • Pupils in  Performing Arts and PE provided demonstrations of their skills in music, drama, gymnastics, basketball and badminton.
  • In Home Economics, future pupils had the opportunity to make their own special bookmarks and see round the kitchens.
  • Science staff set up experiments for visitors to take part in
  • Modern Languages provided a short sample lesson
  • The English department provided additional information about the school website and blogs.

Parents also had the chance to pop into the Citizens Cafe for a breather and a cup of tea or coffee.

From P7 > S1

Over two days, primary seven pupils took part in induction events to introduce them to life at OLHS, participating in several tasks, working with their new classmates from all of our associated primaries. From  solving mystery trails around the school to building a working car with K’Nex.

The String Group and Junior Band played a few pieces to demonstrate the exceptional quality and skill of our young musicians.

The Science Faculty ran a quiz on science, film and TV, while in Drama, pupils had to mime visits to scary dentists and scary hairdressers which they had to practise in slow motion, fast forward, and rewind before performing under the stage lights.

On Wednesday, the Lifestyle Development Faculty organised an interhouse sports challenge with senior pupils doing a sterling job as team managers and officials, and the day ended with an outdoor mass lead by School Chaplain, Fr Frank King.