To take advantage of this offer, you need to fill in a registration form and have it signed. Forms can be collected from outside Mrs Sinclair’s office.
Report by Ms Moir
The Higher Geography class visited Glasgow on Monday 20th March to conduct fieldwork for their assignment. The class visited the suburbs, the inner city area and the city centre to carry out their work. Pupils completed traffic surveys, recorded different land uses in the areas and conducted questionnaires to the public. Pupils are now working hard in class to process these reuslts and analyse them for their assignment. Every pupil did a fantastic job of representing the school and thoroughly enjoyed their day out!
From Mrs Donnachie, DHT S5/6
S4/5 Parents’ Information evening,
Tuesday 21st February 2017,
7pm, School Theatre
This evening will give you information about how to help your child/children over the weeks ahead as they prepare to move from S4 to S5 and S5 to S6 and provide you with important dates in relation to the SQA. As well as this the event will give you the opportunity to hear about the subject choices that will be available to your son/daughter from next session as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
In addition, Mrs Zambonini will give a presentation on Developing The Young Workforce which is a government strategy to help ensure that all young people leave school with a career path in place.
Ruth Robertson, our Careers Adviser, will also give information about Skills Development Scotland’s role in this strategy. Ruth is also available in school every Monday, Tuesday and Friday for one to one appointments; her role along with the pupil support team is key to ensuring that your son/daughter makes the correct subject choices as they progress in their school career.
I hope you can make this event and I look forward to welcoming you on the evening.
Report from Mr Smith
The S5/6 Travel and Tourism class had a guest speaker this week. Jamie Loudon is the airport manager for British Airways at Edinburgh Airport.
Jamie spoke passionately about his job and his career so far. The pupils enjoyed his stories from his time as an air steward and had the opportunity to ask questions about the travel industry. The class woud like to thank Jamie for taking the time to talk to them and for all his advice he gave them for the future.
This year Our Lady’s High School is again running a comprehensive Easter School programme for S4-6 pupils. Easter school will take place on Monday 3rd April and Tuesday 4th April 2017.
Pupils will be asked to opt for up to a maximum of 6 sessions over the 2 days i.e. a maximum of 3 per day. They can choose different subjects for each of the allocated sessions or choose to do more than one session for particular subjects. The format of each day will be as follows:-
Session 1 9.00-10.30
Session 2 10.45-12.15
Session 3 12.45-2.15
Please note there will be no transport available during Easter School, however lunch will be provided on both days.
This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to revise with their teachers in preparation for the SQA exams which begin on the 2nd May 2016.
If you wish your child to be involved, please print, complete and sign the accompanying form (copies sent with letter or see links below) and return it to me by Friday 24th February.
Mrs M Donnachie,
Fifth and Sixth Year prelims finished on Monday 30th January. Thanks to Mr Jimmy Keenan and his team of invigilators for their hard work and support of our young people during this stressful time – the pupils really appreciated the calm atmosphere the invigilators created.
Now the hard work really starts for all of our SQA candidates. Many of the subjects being studied contain a coursework element: performance, portfolio, investigation, extended essay or dissertation. Many marks can be gained by producing good course work and performing well in practical work, so it is really important that pupils, encouraged and supported by their teachers and parents, put in as much effort as possible between now and the end of March, when most of this coursework has to be submitted.
We look forward to welcoming Mr Keenan and his team in early May for the start of the SQA diet.
Pupils from S4, S5 & S6 who are planning on taking part in the St. Andrew’s Hospice 6k on Sunday 18th September should hand their £5:00 and registration form to the RE dept asap.
Mrs Donnachie has organised a parents’ information evening which will explain the process of UCAS/SAAS application which many senior pupils will be involved in very soon.
This event will be held on Thursday September 1st at 7pm in The Zone.
Senior pupils are warmly invited to accompany their parents/ carers to this important meeting.
Report from Mr Smith
S4 Geography pupils visited New Lanark on Thursday 2nd June to find out about how the facilities there are powered exclusively by water power. We hiked up to the Falls of Clyde and admired the view, and we had guided tours of the living and working conditions when New Lanark was a functioning cotton mill.
Pupils are enhancing their political literacy knowledge and skills by learning about the European Union. They are developing their understanding of the arguments for and against EU membership and will take part in a whole school mock referendum next week.
S5/6 are preparing for taking part in the International Conference. Our Lady’s team will represent Syria this year and are very much looking forward to this event.
Final preparations are underway for the battlefields trip on June 20th when Our Lady’s High School’s 5th Pals Battalion will fall in for duty and head off to Belgium and France.
Please click on the link below to access the booklet for upper school subjects.
Please click on the link below for the Easter School Timetable.
All S5 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a 24 hour fast for SCIAF whose aim is to ‘make poverty a thing of the past’. The money donated during Lent will also be doubled by the UK government.
The fast takes place on Monday 21st March at the beginning of Mass at 1:20pm and will end the following day at lunch time. Participants will be offered a Dominos pizza lunch to break their fast on Tuesday 22nd March. To participate, pupils should pay £5 and collect as many sponsors as possible.
Please see Miss McMahon for a sponsor form.
This year Our Lady’s High School are again running a comprehensive Easter School programme for S4-6 pupils. Easter school will take place on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April 2016.
Pupils will be asked to opt for up to a maximum of 6 sessions over the 2 days i.e. a maximum of 3 per day. They can choose different subjects for each of the allocated sessions or choose to do more than one session for particular subjects. The format of the day will be as follows:-
Session 1 09.00 – 10.30
Break 10.30 – 10.45
Session 2 10.45 – 12.15
Lunch 12.15 – 12.45
Session 3 12.45 – 2.15
Please note there will be no transport or catering facilities available during Easter School. Pupils are advised to bring a packed lunch as there is only 30 minutes allocated for lunch.
This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to revise with their teachers in preparation for the SQA exams which begin on the 4th May 2016.
If you wish your child to be involved please, along with your son/daughter, complete and sign the accompanying form and return it to me by Wednesday 24th February.
Mrs M Donnachie
Depute Head Teacher
Report by Mrs Zambonini
S5 and 6 were involved in the first of two PSHE days. The focus of today was personalisation and choice with facilitators giving pupils input on a range of topics. The morning was spent carouselling around talks and workshops from SAAS, Financial Education, Personal Learning Planning and Skills Development Scotland.
The afternoon allowed pupils to opt into a talk of their choosing. Marie Woods, Glasgow Kelvin College lecturer, gave a talk on life at college. Kevin Thomson represented the Army careers service. Strathclyde University lecturers spoke about life at university. KPMG staff spoke about apprenticeships, with Rathbone staff informing pupils about what training provision is available.
A huge thanks to everyone who gave their time to make the day informative and relevant for the pupils.
Report from Mr McLaughlin
Pupils from Higher Modern Studies participated in the North Lanarkshire Council Modern Studies International Conference. This has been the first International Conference since 2009. All secondary schools throughout North Lanarkshire were represented and participated in two debates at the GLO Centre in Motherwell.
Magen McNulty had the pleasure of opening the second debate opposing the need for Nuclear Weapons. Maria Casey, Chloe Cunningham, Lewis McCourt, Rhea McDade, Niamh McDevitt, Magen McNulty, Joseph McQuillan, Alexander Robertson, James Simmons and Lauren Whitehead spent a great deal of time an effort conducting research for the debates and creating banners and badges. Our Lady’s High was representing the country of South Africa.
After a number of excellent contributions, fierce debate and a vote, the motion “This house believes that nuclear weapons are a necessary evil” was agreed by the house.
Our Lady’s High pupils performed excellent on the day and although the motion did not go in our favour, the pupils very much enjoyed themselves and left their mark on the Modern Studies International Conference of 2015. Roll on 2016!
Day trip to the Forth Replacement Crossing Education Centre in South Queensferry on Tuesday 10th March by Ms Mc Shane
Our Higher Design and Manufacture and Higher Graphic Communication pupils were invited to the Forth Replacement Crossing Education Centre, the biggest transport infrastructure project in Scotland, to learn more about the project and the construction of the new bridge taking shape across the Forth, the Queensferry Crossing. Pupils were able to participate and enjoy interactive and inspiring educational activities related to bridge construction, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The centre’s trained and knowledgeable staff hosted the educational visits in their stunning exhibition area and viewing gallery providing a real life insight into the engineering and construction of the 21st century Queensferry Crossing along with information about the 20th century Forth Road Bridge and 19th century Forth Bridge.
The Exhibition Area provided an excellent learning environment with bridges models, information boards, audio visual resources, interactive activity resources and spectacular panoramic views across the Forth.