As part of S1 Literacy Group’s work on the drama text “Fight Club“, the pupils received a visit from Commonwealth medal winner and former pupil, Reece McFadden. He spoke to the pupils at length about how he became involved in the sport, his experiences of training and the dedication needed to take you to the top. He then taught the pupils how to train with the use of boxing gloves and pads – they learned a lot from him and were all pretty exhausted by the time the visit came to an end!!
BBC School Report provides an opportunity for pupils between 11-16 to experience a day in a newsroom, creating and reporting on the news. Groups can choose to report on the events of the day as they occur, build their own reports on a theme, or a mixture of both. Our Lady’s BBC School Report 2017 focused on the Transplant Games which are taking place in North Lanarkshire from 27th-30th July this year.
In advance of School Report Day on 16th March, pupils spent every Friday lunchtime in the Library selecting issues to investigate, improving their knowledge of organ transplants and making contact with relevant organisations and individuals who might be able to help them. As the day drew closer, pupils also volunteered time after school to learn about and practice sending requests for information, interview techniques, creating surveys and writing reports. Senior pupils involved worked on a storyboard for a video report.
One group of pupils set up an interview with heart transplant recipient, Mr Brian Gorman, who described his life before and after his operation. Mr Gorman explained that he did not know whose heart he had received but that he sent an update every five years to the donor’s family through the hospital to say thank you.
Another group interviewed the Chair of the North Lanarkshire games, Councillor Jim McCabe, who explained the reasons why North Lanarkshire was so keen to host the event and personal friends who had died because the wait for the transplant had been just too long for their bodies to cope.
Pupils were also keen to investigate attitudes to and knowledge of organ transplantation in school and created a survey for staff and pupils.
On the day, pupils completed more surveys and also visited asked staff if they would like to share their reasons for carrying a donor card. The group created bullet points from all of their sources of information which became part of our School Report Ideas Wall. They collated the responses of the survey and designed posters to illustrate their data, which were combined with the storyboard and bullet points to create our video report. They wrote reports on all of their investigations. Throughout the day, pupils took photos of their colleagues and tweeted what they were up to. We even sent a photo of the dreich day outside to BBC Weather Watchers!
Naturally, with such a lot going on we had one or two issues, but the pupils were fantastic, and remained positive throughout, even when Mr Kerr and Mrs Macfadyen were tearing their hair out.
Our thanks to everyone in OLHS for their support, to Mr Gorman and Councillor McCabe for taking the time to come along to the school, and to everyone who responded to our e-mails and requests for help. We couldn’t have done it without you.
S1 and S2 enjoyed a display by Ian Drummond and Brett Penfold of the 3SIXTY Bicycle Stunt Team, who demonstrated wheelies, hops and a magic line in mucking around on bikes for the entertainment of the crowds 🙂
Mrs Zambonini thanks everyone who came along and helped, especially ‘volunteers’ Mr Weir and Mr Deans, whose street cred went through the roof!! A huge thanks to Clare Brady from NLC iBike initiative for organising this event for us.
Commonwealth medal winner, Keith Cook, has been working with pupils in our S1 Nurture Group to provide some fencing training and team-building activities.
The Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ programme aimed at developing ‘Mental Toughness, Hunger to achieve, People skills, Breaking barriers, Sport and life knowledge, and Planning for success.
This morning, the group moved rapidly from basic movements through balance, parrying and scoring.
Thank you to Mr McGurk for organising Keith’s visit.
The North Lanarkshire’s Schools Giant Heptathlon held on the 7th January 2017 was a great success for both our 1st and 2nd year teams. The competition was held at Ravenscraig Sports Centre and was fiercely fought between ten North Lanarkshire schools.
- the 1 minute step up challenge
- standing long jump
- triple jump
- shot put
- endurance run
- 60m sprint
- 60m hurdles
- team relay to end the day.
Both teams showed great teamwork and should be very proud of themselves. Special mention to Keir McGarry who jumped the furthest out of all competitors in the standing long jump with a jump of over 6 metres and the S2 boys relay team who came first in their group.
A big thank you to Rachel Donnelly and Lucy McQuaid who helped with the organisation of the day.
Our S2 team came second overall – very well done indeed to everyone!
1st Year team: Aidan Hastie, Amanda Quin, Kamil Balinski, Diana Feenan, Justin Kizube, Keir Harrison, Sarah McDonald, Amy Elkin, Megan Kelvin, Maria McGhee, Divine Ofosuhene, Jude McCarthy, Liam McQuaid, Cavan Ryan, Laura Findlay and Anton Scott.
2nd Year team: Josh Barr, Niall Burke, Heather McMahon, Eva Winton, Ania Gorkowska, Joey Leach, Keir McGarry, Mark Fitzpatrick, Lucy Thompson, Alicja Balanda, Joe Chambers, Henry Kyanda, Ethan Law and Casey Paterson
Report by Mrs Millar
Lynn Wilson, Schools Practitioner from Action For Children, has been conducting a series of talks with all S1 pupils from OLHS on being a Young Carer. Lynn has been informing young people about the project and showing how the staff can support young people and their families.
Young carers often undertake responsibilities which would usually be associated with an adult or parent. For many families the young carer’s role is vital in supporting the family unit. This can range from cooking and cleaning to helping with personal needs like washing and dressing and helping with siblings. For some young carers it can also include things such as managing the family budget, shopping, collecting prescriptions and dispensing medication, and providing emotional support. Often, young people who are providing care do not see themselves as “young carers”- It’s just a normal part of life for them. We thank Lynn for educating our S1 about this important issue, and hope that as a community we give our Young Carers the support the deserve. #pollitolhs
All first year pupils are invited to attend a trip to the pantomime in Glasgow on Tuesday 20th December during the school day. The show is in the SECC and stars Marti Pellow as Aladdin. The cost will be £18 and this will cover both the cost of the ticket and return coach travel. Letters with further information will be distributed by your Pupil Support Teachers next week. Payment to be made by 22nd September to secure your place.
A bus full of enthusiastic readers headed for the Edinburgh Internal Book Festival on Monday 29th August. Pupils came from S1-6, including the Advanced Higher English class who came along to pick up some tips for their creative writing.
Our first session featured relatively new writers, Lisa Heathfield and Katherine Howe, who focused on how they had written their books and the research involved in getting the details correct. They had plenty of advice for aspiring writers and encouraged questions by giving away badges. Hands flew up from purple blazers!
Our second talk featured crime author, Anne Cassidy, who has published over forty books. She very quickly had the audience laughing as she explained all the ways that she had killed off her characters. Again OLHS pupils were keen to ask questions, including Conor who asked how Anne would kill him off if he appeared in one of her books. Anne made arrangements with him later on.
The Festival sponsors kindly provided book tokens for each pupil which were quickly snapped up to buy books and get them signed by the authors, providing further opportunities to ask yet more questions. We also wandered around the gardens and book shop, ate ice-cream and generally chilled out in the beautiful sunshine.
Last week S6 and S1 pupils met for a Buddy Breakfast. S6 and S1 also had their first buddy meetings during the school day. This programme of meetings will continue until the October week.
Report from Mrs King
The annual summer school at Our Lady’s High School took place on August 8th with twenty new first year pupils and four senior pupils enjoying four days of activities. The summer school allows the young people to become more familiar with the secondary school setting and to meet some of the school staff before the new term begins. Being more confident and self-assured at the start of secondary school gives the S1 pupils a positive step towards a successful transition from primary school.
The S1 pupils took part in team building with the Partnership Staff on the first morning followed by a workshop of pottery with Ms Steinert where the pupils made clay hedgehogs in the afternoon.
On Tuesday, the pupils learned to play the ukulele with Mr McVeigh followed by a session on how to create scars and bruises using special effects make up with Kirsty McCabe.
On Wednesday, the pupils were treated to some Science experiments with Mr Law from Physics and after lunch, Mrs Smith from Performing Arts gave the pupils an opportunity to practice their voice and acting skills.
Each day, the pupils gathered to have lunch together and to make new friends and meet various teaching staff
On the final day, the entire group, Ms McDonald, Ms King and Mr Smith had a successful day trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park where they enjoyed seeing all the animals, especially the sea-lion show, and had some free time to explore the park.
The OLHS Awards for Broad General Education (or BGE) for pupils from S1-3 were held last night.
Our thanks to School Chaplain, Fr Martin Delaney, to Lewis Longmuir for introducing our speaker, to Shannon Waldron for the vote of thanks, our fabulous band for their wonderful music and to Mr Philip McGhee for presenting the awards.
All photographs from S1 Photography Club
Gold – Elle Leel
Silver – Kayleigh Kane
Bronze – Caris Hunter
Gold – Keir McGarry
Silver – Callum O’Hara
Bronze – Joe Chambers
Gold – Eva Winton
Silver – Emily McFarlane
Bronze – Maria McClenaghan
Gold – Favour Azeez
Silver – Mark Fitzpatrick
Bronze – Adam Stevenson
Gold – Casey Paterson
Silver – Sophie Galloway
Bronze – Eva Winton
Gold – Josh Miller
Silver – Niall Burke
Bronze – Henry Kyanda
Gold – Caris Hunter
Silver – Joey Leach
Bronze – Alicja Balanda
Gold – Olek Kyc
Silver – Benny Safro
Bronze – Brendan Tierney
Shot Putt girls
Gold – Megan Owens
Silver – Steissy Lanneorg
Bronze – Eilis McNally
Shot Putt boys
Gold – Liam Thomson
Silver – NikodemSzlagor
Bronze – Ethan Law
Long Jump girls
Gold – Joey Leach
Silver – Eva Winton
Bronze – Wiktoria Gorska
Long Jump Boys
Gold – Liam Thomson
Silver – Nathan Walker
Bronze – Sean Smith
High Jump girls
Gold – Alicjia Balanda
Silver – Erin McCann
Bronze – Alisha Kearney
High Jump boys
Gold – Keir McGarry
Silver – Niall Burke
Bronze – Dominic Leary
S1 mixed relay – TBC
Tug of war winner – Margaret
The Lifestyle Development Faculty held the School Sports Day on 26th May. Congratulations to winners, Columba!
The results were as follows.
1st: COLUMBA HOUSE
S1 : 96 points
S2 : 137 points
S3 : 86 points
TOTAL: 319 points
2nd: SINCLAIR HOUSE
S1 : 51 points
S2 : 87 points
S3 : 135 points
TOTAL : 273 points
3rd: ANDREW HOUSE
S1 : 68 points
S2 : 69 points
S3 : 57 points
TOTAL: 194 points
4th: MARGARET HOUSE
S1 : 53 points
S2 : 99 points
S3 : 9 points
TOTAL: 161 points
Detailed individual results for 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year follow.
The Lifestyle Development Faculty is organising a Sports Day on Thursday 26th May. Pupils will compete in their House groups resulting in an overall winning house. The events will take place on the bottom ash field for the duration of the school day.
Lists of participants and events have been posted in the PE department and in the Zone. Pupils should check these lists to ensure they know what event they will be participating in. All pupils will be taking part in some way so remember your PE kit!
As this will be a non-uniform day, pupils will pay £1, which will go towards the Malawi First Aid Appeal. There will also be various stalls to help with fund raising, offering refreshments, home baking and other surprises! We are looking forward to an action packed, fun filled and exciting day!
Pupils in S1, S2 and S3 have been planting seeds from space. Packets of rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station under the care of astronaut Tim Peake. Those seeds were then sent back to Earth and delivered to schools with another packet of rocket seeds from the Royal Horticultural Society. Schools only know that there is a blue packet and a red packet; we don’t know which seeds have been in space.
Pupils and staff will now measure the blue and red trays of seeds and identify any differences between them. Pupils suggested that the lack of gravity in space may have impacted on the growth of the seeds.
Report by Miss Walmsley
Despite only forming this year, led by S5 pupil Maia Winton, the team performed brilliantly against teams from across North Lanarkshire and collected several medals between them. They came second for their group dance, gaining silver medals for the team consisting of Sophie Galloway, Alisha Kearney, Erin Keating, Olivia Latimer, Joey Leach, Lucy Thompson and Eva Winton. Olivia Latimer and Eva Winton also put on a great performance as a duet, while Sophie Galloway and Lucy Thompson both competed as solo dancers and won silver and gold medals respectively.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and are already looking forward to next years competition!
Report from Mr Weir
Congratulations to the winners of our 1st year Christmas Card Competition, organised by our Art and Design Department. The card features two artists this year, with Joe Chambers’ work on the front and Wiktoria Gorska’s on the back. This will be the official Our Lady’s High School Christmas card.
Report from Mr Smith
S6 pupils who had been on the Battlefields trip to Belgium and France in 2014 led a Remembrance assembly for S1 pupils last week.
The pupils shared their experiences of visiting the Western Front and showed a moving slideshow of photos as well as playing music inspired by the Great War in an effort to try to explain the huge loss of life and why we remember the fallen every November.
Report from Mrs McNeish
The S1 Nurture class hosted a Hallowe’en party party last wek. They made individual invitations for a friend, decorated the room and organised what they were having for eating and drinking.
On the day, they played games, had some music organised by Mr Kerr and all in all, had a great time! They also cleaned up afterwards which was fantastic teamwork.