Annual Education Mass

Report from Mrs Sinclair

The Annual Education Mass took place last night in Motherwell Cathedral. The Caritas choir ably assisted by other choir members from fifth year led the musical liturgy, which was marvellous.

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Thanks to all of these young people and their teachers who gave of their time so freely to represent our school so well. Numerous people from the congregation asked me to pass on their thanks and congratulations to our choir and their teachers. Well done.

Choir: Aaron Hawthorne, Scott Price, Aidan Coates, Dominic Cherrie, Callum Wilson. Michale Clark, Jordan Mooney, Michael O’Rourke, Darcy Hendry, Emily McCafferty, Monica Kane, Jill McMurray, Siobhan Goodman, Louise Bradshaw, Katie Ann Hunter, Hayley Stevenson, Lisa O’Rourke, Aimmee Houston, Claire Ross, Keren Shearer, Morgan Jessimer, Beth Cunningham, Sinead Higham, Nicole Cassidy, Emma Graham, Konner Miller-Brookbanks.

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Isa Money concert

The OLHS band and choir performed at the Isa Money Community Centre in Muirhouse in aid of the two local parishes, St Brendan’s and St Margaret’s.

The audience of local parishioners and school supporters enjoyed some wonderful music along with tea and cakes and helped raise £500 for each church.

There was even a surprise donation for the school from Hughie McCann of the Isa Money Centre!

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The choir started off with Tintinabulum, Let the River Run, a medley from Hairspray and You Raise Me Up, followed by the whole band playing Big Fun in the Sun then Phantom of the Opera.

Next came three fabulous solos from Claire Friary, Katie McElhinney and Victoria Cook, before being joined by the band for selections from Chicago.

After the interval, the band played the main theme from Pirates of the Caribbean and then the sax quartet repeated their renowned and funky Yakety Sax, Ain’t She Sweet and Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue.

Robert Fairley played solos from The House of Elliott & Soldier, Soldier, and then Kirsty Findlay & Claire Friary created a beautiful version of For Good, before a lovely Breaking Up is Hard To Do and a rousing Final Countdown from the whole band once more to finish another fabulous performance.

 

Spring Cafe Concert

The Performing Arts Faculty are holding a Spring Concert to be held in the school Games Hall on Tuesday March 31st. Here you can listen to the School Concert Band, Junior Band, Choir, String and Saxophone Group whilst relaxing with something to eat and drink.

Pupils have worked exceptionally hard within their bands and ensembles and we thought this type of concert would be an ideal opportunity to showcase their talents.

Tickets are £4 for adults, £2 concessions. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30 start. Tickets can be purchased from the Performing Arts Faculty.

Our Lady’s Annual Awards Ceremony, 19th September 2008

Our Lady’s annual Awards Ceremony took place on 19th September 2008, at which we honoured over 300 young people for their achievements over the past year, and the SQA exams.

The full list of recipients is available on the school website.

Pupils also presented cheques to four worthy causes from our Lenten Charities events:

  • £600 to the Motherwell Homeless Unit;
  • £950 for SCIAF;
  • £600 to ALMA;
  • £400 to St Andrew’s Hospice.

The SCIAF cheque will be distributed to our partners at the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community in Uganda, to help establish a broadband link, to help with travel costs for peer educators coming from Kamwokya, and a donation towards our commitment to build an eating area for Kamwokya pupils.

Our two current visitors from Kamwokya, Robert Mulerwa and Teddy Katusime, came directly from Glasgow Airport to see the Awards and will join us again after the October break for a week in Our Lady’s.

The school choir sang a haunting version of “Hushabye Mountain” which raised the hairs on the back of everyone’s neck (absolutely gorgeous), while the saxophone quartet from the school band played “5’2″, Eyes of Blue” and “Has anybody seen my girl?

Presenting the awards was our special guest, Paul Cooney, who delighted the audience of pupils, parents and staff with stories of his own school awards (for services to the tuck shop) and his achievements since, adding,

“If you’re looking for success, it’s not a destination, it’s a journey”,

and encouraged everyone to be ready to take opportunities as they arise.

Invited guests included Bishop Devine, Fr Stephen Miller (School Chaplain), Suzanne Graham (Parent Council), Maureen Dunn (PTA), Provost Tom Curley, Paul Cooney, Robert Dazell (Quality Improvement Officer, North Lanarkshire Council), Councillor Michael Ross and the headteachers of our four associated primary schools.