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.

Rachel Clinton visit

Report by Mrs Millar

The Advanced Higher English class had a treat last week when one of our former pupils, Rachel Clinton, visited our class and shared her insights into creative writing. Rachel is currently studying Professional Writing at City of Glasgow College, and has already performed readings of her work in public. We read and heard both her poetry, and a powerful interior monologue. The class – including teacher and Librarian – then took part in a writing exercise to see what we could achieve.

A massive thanks to Rachel for giving up her time; the class was impressed and very grateful!


Pen Pals Winners

Report by Miss McGhee


Twelve Our Lady’s S2 pupils have been successful in the recent writing competition run for local secondary schools by the Pen Pals Creative Writing Group. Orla McDevitt, Erasme Kakonge, Aaron Fisher, Jamie Lester, Patrick Quinn, David McLean, Clare Thompson, Shannon Young, Heather Nugent, Jemma Casey, Louise McLaughlin and Samantha Cusick all submitted winning entries in one of the four sections – Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Themed Story.

The pupils are as yet unaware whether their entries obtained them 1st prize, Runners-up prize, Highly Commended or Commended awards and will find out at a presentation evening to be held on 7th November in Dalziel St. Andrew’s Church in Motherwell.

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to the Pen Pals Group for running the competition.

Heroes and heroines

The Reigart Poetry Partnership competition was held last term on the theme of heroes and heroines.

Over 900 poems were entered from across North Lanarkshire schools and ninety were selected for inclusion in the anthology ‘ Heroes and Heroines, including five amazing works from Mr Deans’ 2nd year English class.

Christopher and Andrew also represented the school at a Recital Evening in St Andrew’s High School, Coatbridge, where they received their anthology and recited their own poems.

  • Christopher Cadden – My Hero, a poem about Seve Ballesteros.
  • Marc Costello – Searching for What?
  • Lauren Harvey – The Great Escape.
  • Ann Campbell – The Stranger.
  • Andrew Carr – The Boy in the Cave Crying.