Pupils from the senior stage to act as hosts for visitors from our twin school, Instituto Forti when they visit Motherwell in September.
If you would like to:
- make friends with some Italian young pole
- find out about Italisn culture
- showcase our Scottish hospitality and culture
- spend a week in the beautiful Italian countryside (optional)
then this is the job for you!!!!
For further information, contact the Modern Languages staff.
Our Lady’s has been awarded a free set of the shortlisted books which have now been pored over by pupils from different departments, checking them from the perspectives of design, marketing and information books. Groups reviewed every book and calculated an average score for each title. This involved a great deal of discussion and analysis as pupils discovered the value of not judging a book by its cover.
As our analysis continued, we also discovered the value of this process for explaining careers connected tot he publishing and creative industries, demonstrating the large numbers involved in getting a book from idea to bookshelf.
Our volunteer judging panel will now check over the books in much more detail, preparing questions for authors and illustrators and creating our final submissions. If you would like further information or to volunteer for the judging panel please see Mrs Macfadyen in the Library.
Mrs Macfadyen is organising a trip to the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 21st 2017. This is a fantastic trip to see three different authors of three very different novels, then hang about in the sunshine, eat ice creamand check out the huge book shop.
Canadian Sebastian de Castell‘s novel, Spellslingers is a dramatic tale of tricks, romance, magic and comedy.
Catherine Barter’s first novel, Troublemakers, includes unknown mothers, family secrets, terrible danger and discovering the truth. She will be appearing with Swedish Christoffer Carlsson who is a criminologist and author. Explore his world with his first young adult novel, October is the coldest month.
If interested please give your name to your English teacher or Mrs Macfadyen asap. Tickets cost £3 each plus cost of bus, but the Festival are also supplying a £3 book token for every pupil who visits.
Plus the ice cream and cakes are awesome.
Back in April, Mrs Sinclair announced her decision to retire at the end of this term, meaning that Our Lady’s was on the hunt for a new headteacher.
After a lengthy interview process, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Dan Cardle, currently Headteacher at St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock.
Mr Cardle will take up his post in August, but visited Our Lady’s this morning where he took the opportunity to speak to a whole school assembly.
The Modern Languages Department are considering organising a trip to either France or Spain in June 2018 for pupils in S3/S4/S5.
Pupils in those year groups have received the following letter, with a tear off slip. Please return asap if you are interested.
You can click on the images to make them larger or click on the PDF version at the bottom.
PDF version: Modern Languages Proposed School Trip
PDF version of letter: 2017_0531_BenNevisletter
Our Lady’s is honoured to be one of 16 invited to participate in the GSFA Lisbon Lions Trophy on May 25th.
The GSFA in association with Hyndland Secondary School, Celtic Football Club and Glasgow Life, are pleased to announce a competition to honour the 50th Anniversary of the European Cup triumph of Celtic FC., the first Britsh side to win this most prestigious trophy with a team made up entirely of players from the West of Scotland.
Our Lady’s has a close connection with the team, with three former pupils in the squad (Billy McNeil, Bobby Murdoch and John Clark).
We wish our current players good luck in the tournament.
Josh Barr, Martin Boyle, Niall Burke, Ryan Bourke, Joe Chambers, Aedan Dunne, Daniel Grew, Henry Kyanda, Billy Mackay, Josh Miller, Paul Murphy, Callum O’Hara, Luke Robertson, Adam Stevenson.
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Congratulations to our Maths Challenge winners in S1 and S2 this year. 16 pupils received an award, which is fantastic!
Congratulations to Divine Ofosuhene, who was Best in Year and won a Gold Award!
Rhianna Commerford won a Silver Award
Imogen McFadden, Daniel Mathieson, Kamil Balinski, Sophie Oates and Lara O’Hanlon all won Bronze.
Congratulations to Paul Murphy, who was Best in Year and won a Gold Award!
Olek Kyc and Luke Robertson won Silver Awards
Mark Fitzpatrick, Philip Meikle, Nikodem Szlagor, Emily Macfarlane, Favour Azeez and Eilis McNally all won Bronze Awards
Your teachers are very proud of you!
A special thanks to Miss Lees who helped some of our maths superstars get challenge ready.
Lovely day for a walk – until they got to the top where is was just a wee bit colder than the 700m below.
S1 headed up Tinto Hill to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice today. Well done everyone who took part.
Thanks to Partnership Officer, Deborah King for all her hard work and organisation.
Report from Mrs McNeish
OLHS annual Champions league competition took place at Firpark Astro on Friday 19th May. 8 teams, comprising of pupils from S1-S3 plus a staff member contested the trophy.
As usual, the standard of play was fantastic and all games were played in good spirit. Before the final, our staff took on a group of S3 boys for a game, a brilliant watch with the pupils winning 1 nil.
The overall winners, Juventus, were presented with the trophy by Mrs Sinclair. The squad consisted of Gabriel Markula, Jay Fulton, Ryan Bourke, Liam McQuaid, Patrick Pender, Robbie Payne, Ryan Murphy, Liam Duffy, Josh Barr, Liam Cogan and Mr Macmaster. Well done to all involved, a great day!
S1 pupils are climbing Tinto Hill on 23rd May to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice. All pupils must return their consent form and £3 to their Pupil Support Teacher. Anyone who has not returned their consent form cannot attend the trip.
A reminder to everyone to wear appropriate clothes and bring a pack lunch.
Pupils should meet in the Zone as soon as the bell rings in the morning.
The Titanic Crew spent this morning completing their writing challenges, preparing materials for the display and ageing their crew and passenger biographies with teabags and coffee grains. We were surprised to discover that one of the biographies, which were part of the first day’s tasks, featured a baby boy who also appears in one of the pupil’s written reports. The crew also enjoyed a viewing of Ghosts in the Abyss with Mrs Jeffrey, and spent the afternoon at Wishaw Sports Centre, practising their swimming under the benevolent eyes of Mrs McNeish and Mrs Dynes.
Thursday was spent preparing all of the remaining materials produced during this year’s project for display, almost destroying the Library’s laminator (no names, but you know who you are!). The very last day of our three week Titanic Project saw the group head for Greenock and the Caribbean Princess with Miss Walmsley and Mr McGleish, where they toured a modern day cruise liner and learned about life and work on the ocean wave. Our thanks to Princess Cruises and Greenock Ocean Terminal for their kindness in allowing our pupils and staff aboard.
Next Wednesday 24th May is Sports Day.
It will be a non-uniform day. However, pupils who are taking part in events MUST ensure they are wearing suitable clothing as you will not be able to change. It will be £1 for non- uniform day and proceeds from the day will be supporting our charity in Malawi.
There will also be stalls with face painting and nail painting. There will also be a BBQ at lunchtime. There will be burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian burgers. Juice and water will also be for sale.
A highlight of our Titanic Project is the lunch for staff. Pupils help staff to prepare a variety of food and sell tickets. Everyone pays the same but they don’t know until they arrive whether they will receive a 1st, 2nd or 3rd class meal, which is selected at random.
Our 1st class passengers are courteously escorted to their seats where they enjoy a feast of salad, baked potatoes, ham, cheese and fruit, followed by strawberry tarts, all washed down with sparkling fruit juice.
2nd class enjoyed fruit, bread and cold meat with cartons of fruit juice and fairy cakes, while 3rd class feasted on bread, cheese and water. Attempts by certain 3rd class passengers to bribe pupils into handing over strawberry tarts came to nothing, although 2nd class took pity on them and handed over their remaining cakes. It was noted that 1st class were not so generous!
All S2 pupils will be taking part in CEM tests this week. These annual tests last approximately 50 minutes and cover a variety of literacy, numeracy and cognitive questions. All 2nd year pupils in North Lanarkshire take part in these tests.
OLHS Sports Day is on Thursday 25th May [edit: this has now been changed to Wednesday 24th may].
Pupils will compete in their house groups in the following events: 100m sprint, 400m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot Put, Relay and Tug of War. PE Department staff will be coming round RE classes to sign pupils up for the various events. We are looking for two boys and two girls from each house group to compete in each of the individual events and the relay and ten pupils from each house group to compete in the tug of war.
All pupils will be involved in sports day in some way. Last year was a great success so we are looking for the same enthusiasm from everyone.
From Mrs McNeish
OLHS annual Champions League is taking place on Friday 19th May at Firpark. Please add your name to the lists in PE if you are interested in taking part. Teams will then be displayed in due course. Thanks.
From Mrs McNeish
All boys going on the Real Madrid trip next year must make sure they have £300 in their account by the end of May. Any problems, see Mrs McNeish.
The Cycling Tour Series is returning to Motherwell on the 23rd May and are looking for teams of four from local High Schools to come along to get a chance to ride around the official track and participate in a race. Interested S1-3 pupils who are confident cyclists and have their own roadworthy bike should give their name to the PE department as soon as possible.