Consultation discussions

The Parent Forum, comprising all parents of schools associated with Our Lady’s, met on Tuesday 1st April to discuss the proposal to merge OLHS and Taylor High Schools on a site at Ravenscraig.

The Parent Councils of Our Lady’s, Taylor and Bothwellpark also met with Head of Resources, James McKinstrey on Wednesday 2nd April.


Learning out of this world: part 2

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Report by Mr Hawthorne

Last week, second years took part in a space themed week.

On Friday, the pupils had two periods to build the perfect water rocket in their groups. Every group were given $1,000,000 to make their rocket ( it was pretend money by the way!) And different items cost different prices, which simulated the costs that NASA would have to use in order to make one of their rockets. The prices were very steep though, and they sure were strict! Just to ask a question cost $200,000! From that you could take a rough guess at how much a bottle was worth!

In Period 4, we were shown a DVD containing all the information that we would need. The DVD was very professional and contained our very own Tom Cruise, Mr Law! Other stars included Mr Moir and Mr Johnstone, two of the Science Technicians. (The DVD would have been nothing without the guinea pigs known as Mr Law’s S3’s Physics class!)

Anyway, we were given tips on how to build a water rocket, and also found out that our rockets had to be ready to launch by the end of 5th Period, less than two periods away!

All the groups did extremely well and the moment of truth came when the sixth period bell rang. Was our hard work worth it? Were our rockets good enough to go whizzing through the air? Was Mr Law going to stay dry? We were about to find out.

We all took our rockets, as well as our teachers, and headed down to the Large Football Field behind Bothwellpark High School. Now would also be a good time to tell you that Bothwellpark had also created a fantastic rocket. Just a shame Mr McKendrick’s pump was broken!

Anyway, Mr Law’s pump was working fine and rockets were flying all over the place! Just a shame for Mr Law who got drenched with water! Some rockets lifted about a centimetre off of the ground, whereas some flew right in to the neigbouring gardens!

Sadly, not everyone got to launch their rockets but they have been promised that another date will be made so that everyone has a chance to launch.

Please note, no Physics teachers were hurt during the duration of Space Week, except for Mr Law who suffered bravely from being hit with scrunched up paper. He may never trust pupils with paper again. Other than this, no-one was hurt and Space Week was a huge success.

Mr Law is a highly trained water rocket launcher. Please do not attempt to soak yourself in water via the method of water rocket.

Bothwellpark Visits

Our Lady’s and Bothwellpark High School share the campus on Dalzell Drive, with Bothwellpark catering for pupils with Additional Support Needs.

Several OLHS pupils from Upper School already help out there and now Bothwellpark has generously offered all OLHS pupils the chance to come along and visit their part of the building, to have a look around and see what goes on.

A massive thank you to the staff and pupils of Bothwellpark, especially Depute Head Teacher, Mr Brian Gilmour for all of his work on this liaison programme.


Race Night

Report by Mrs Sinclair

The PTA, along with Bothwellpark High, organised a very successful race night on Friday 29th October in St Bernadette’s Church hall. About 120 parents and friends of both schools enjoyed a great event and raised almost £3000 which will be shared between the schools.

Mr Brian Gilmour, Bothwellpark’s Depute Head, did a great deal of the planning along with OLHS PTA. Each race was sponsored and horses and jockeys sold in advance of the night and there were a large number of donations from parents and friends for the raffle.

Both schools would like to thank all those who donated or came along to raise such a marvellous sum of money.

Russian surprise

One 1st year Social Subjects class had a surprise visit from some Russian musicians last week. Bothwellpark High School had arranged for the troupe to come along and invited 1N4 to join them when they discovered 1st year were studying the link between the Vikings and Russia.


A group of pupils from Our Lady’s and Bothwellpark High Schools joined pupils from Drumpark School,  St Bernadette’s Primary,  Townhead Primary and Bargeddie Primary School, Clydeview School and Pentland School in presenting an evening’s entertainment for family and friends in the Strathclyde Suite of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of North Lanarkshire Council’s Spring Concert.

The pupils, who have been rehearsing with professional entertainers over recent weeks, treated an enthusiastic audience to a range of juggling skills and magic tricks  based on a circus theme, with a lively musical backing. All the pupils involved enjoyed the experience immensely and built supportive relationships with their contemporaries from other schools. Congratulations to OLHS pupils Gemma Grier, Neil Dodd, Aaron Hawthorne, Abbie O’Rourke, Hayley Stevenson, Scott Price and Jordan Mooney.

North Lanarkshire’s Children’s Circus

From AH

Earlier on in the year, you may remember an announcement being made at assembly for first years to have the chance to learn circus tricks and perform them at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It was also a chance to work with some of the Bothwellpark Pupils who were also taking part.

The pupils wo got chosen to take part from our school were; Gemma G, Neil D, Scott P, Hayley S,  Abbey O, and myself , Aaron H. There have been lots of rehearsals and we are doing an Indian themed part of the show called Little Big Strong John. We have been rehearsing for ages and ages but we love it and its something you wouldn’t want to miss.

Last days of term, 2009

It’s been a busy couple of days at OLHS, as we  rolled towards the last day of term.

Miss McGhee offered to torment all comers with Singstar, although there was a noticeable lack of teacherly singing. (This may have been for Health and Safety reasons, but we haven’t been told for definite.) It’s also not been confirmed whether those who chose to go to class had already passed along the English corridor.

While some elves were busy sewing stockings, the snowstorms obviously left the yard looking far too untidy for some people, who appeared to be clearing all the snow away with shovels, before building themselves a friend.

Meanwhile, aliens attempted to communicate with strange patterns in the snow. There was an attempt at inter-species communication, but perhaps we were using too advanced a language.

Staff have been collecting biscuits and chocolates for senior citizens (NB Mr Crossan was organiser, not recipient) while 1st and 2nd year pupils have been gathering food and toiletries which were wrapped and delivered to the Homeless unit in Motherwell.

We ended the term with a service bringing OLHS and Bothwellpark High Schools together to enjoy carols and Christmas songs, with beautiful performances by the choir and the 1st and 2nd year Drama Club.

I hope that everyone reading this has a peaceful and joyful Christmas, and that New Year brings you only good things.

See you in 2010!

Peer educator awards

Christopher receiving the certificate for his Youthlink Peer Educator Bronze Award

Christopher receiving the certificate for his Youthlink Peer Educator Bronze Award

Congratulations to 6th year pupil, Christopher Tollan, who has been presented with a Bronze Award as Youthlink National Peer Educator of the Year for his work with our neighbours, Bothwellpark High School.

Since Christopher completed his work experience placement at Bothwellpark, he has continued to visit on his own initiative, and has been involved in many of their events, including Red Nose Day, sports days and assemblies.

Bothwellpark nominated Christopher for the award.

Mr Brian Gilmour, Depute Head of Bothwellpark, noted that Christopher is “a friend to the pupils. He comes down from his own work whenever he can to help out, and even if he’s busy, he comes to say hello and see how they’re getting on.”