Autism Awareness Week, 27th March-2nd April

As part of Autism Awareness Week for schools, we are holding a joint karaoke with pupils from Bothwellpark HS.  If you would be interested in taking part in this, please speak to Mrs Maguire in the ASN base before the end of the week.

You will be paired with a pupil from Bothwellpark and given the opportunity to work together on your song.

The karaoke will take place during Autism Awareness Week which runs from 27th March – 2nd April.

International Women’s Day 2017

This Wednesday 8th of March is International Women’s Day 2017. This year we are being asked to #BeBoldForChange. You are being called on to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. It has been predicted by the World Economic Forum that the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. We should not have to wait this long.

Scottish Youth Parliament Election Hustings

The Scottish Youth Parliament candidates currently campaigning for your vote will be in OLHS on Friday 3rd March, during lunchtime. The candidates will be here to debate and take questions. This is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the promises being made and everyone is welcome along. The Hustings will take place in the Science Lecture Theatre at 12:45.

All pupils and staff welcome!

Next week you will have the opportunity to vote in the 2017 Scottish Youth Parliament Elections. Please bring your Young Scot card with you on Monday and Tuesday of next week in order to vote. Don’t forget!


Higher Geography Fieldtrip

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!

Science: Fiction: Make: Believe

Recently the school entered a Scotland-wide creative writing competition for S2 pupils, organised by St Andrew’s University, called Science: Fiction: Make: Believe. Pupils were to write a 750 word creative piece about any Scottish scientist, alive or dead, or the impact of their discoveries or inventions. Through the collaboration of the English Department, Science Department and Library Resource Centre, all of our S2 pupils participatedwith staff selecting the work of Morgan Mackie (Alexander Fleming) and Andrew Ross (Dr Knox) as the two entries from Our Lady’s High School.

The judges have awarded Certificates of Commendation to both Morgan and Andrew, and they are invited to attend the award ceremony on the 4th March, at St. Andrews University School of Physics & Astronomy. A representative from the Royal Society of Edinburgh will present the prizes before an audience of pupils and their families who are warmly invited to the all-day event.

Well done, Andrew and Morgan! You can read their essays on our school website shortly.

Senior Phase Information Evening, 21st February 2017

To view the presentations from the Senior Phase Information Evening, please click on the links below.

You will need Powerpoint to view these presentations.

Senior phase information evening 2017

SDS presentation 2017

Developing the Young Workforce

Fire Reach Girls 2017

S3 Girls Emma Kirkwood, Megan Kelly, Maja Fereniec, Regan McNee, Ebony Bollard and Neve Connelly recently enjoyed a great week at Fire Reach. The girls worked with the Fire and Rescue crew all week. They were given a real insight into the many things a Firefighter’s job involves, learning about First Aid and team work as well as the varied rescues crews are expected to perform.

Each of the girls was presented with a photo and portfolio at the end of the week. Well done girls- Firefighters of the future!

PTA Quiz Night

Thanks to parents, carers and friends of the school who attended the Quiz Night on Friday 17th February.  It was a very good night and everyone who came along enjoyed it.  The PTA raised £577 for our school, all of which will benefit our pupils directly. A big thank you must go to the members of our PTA for another successful venture!

Catholic Education Week 2017

Motherwell Diocese celebrated Catholic Education Week this weekend with many pupils from Our Lady’s High School, from S1- S6, participating in masses by giving the readings and bidding prayers, completing the offertory, handing out leaflets, singing in the choir and even sharing their personal experiences of school life.

The main message for these masses was: Developing as Communities of Faith and Learning. In Our Lady’s High School, we aspire to put Jesus at the centre of all we do; ensure that all leadership is shaped by the Gospel values; and make prayer, worship and celebration central to school life.

We have had state funded Catholic education for almost 100 years now. There is no doubt that the world around us is changing and that we live in challenging and uncertain times. It is in the face of these challenges that Catholic Schools stand as communities of Faith and Learning, and are as important today as they have ever been.

Careers Advice – Medical Professions

Pupils are invited to attend a careers advice evening on Thursday 16th February from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at our Medical Education Training Centre, Kirklands Hospital, Fallside Road, Bothwell, G71 8BB.

The careers on show are all linked to our Allied Health Professionals. Therefore we would encourage any pupil interested in any of these events to pop along and get some advice.

S3-S5 pupils may also be interested in a Healthcare conference being held at the University of Stirling on the 25th and 26th February which may interest young people interested in the following healthcare professions:

  •  Medicine & Veterinary Medicine
  • Nursing & Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology

Registration is £25 for the Saturday conference and there is an optional UCAS lecture available on Sunday for each specialty.  Students can register on the Medic Mentor website and find out more about the events

S4/5 Parents’ Information Evening, 21st February 2017

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.