2nd year retreats

Report from Miss Kane

All of 2nd year took part in retreats to Carfin Grotto recently.

They were divided into three groups, each accompanied by a member of staff, to take part in the different activities organised, such as a quiz on the saints and artefacts in Carfin Grotto.

After lunch, School Chaplain, Fr King, joined the group to lead a mass.

The groups also visited the Pilgrimage Centre where displays helped explain the meaning of going on a pilgrimage for each of the main world religions.

Pupils had the use of the parish hall facilities and the cafe for breaks, where they could also buy gifts for friends and family. Bracelets featuring Jesus and different saints were very popular.

Stations of the Cross

Fr King ran a series of meetings about the Stations of the Cross in the run up to Easter, taking each of the school houses together during Tutor Time.

School Chaplain, Fr Frank King, talking to Sinclair House

S5 Induction Week 2010

5th year induction took place over three days providing all of the pupils with a chance to get to know each other better, and learn more about what’s required of them as Upper School pupils.

On Wednesday, everyone was required to get their bodies and brains in gear as they took part in team-building activities designed by the Army and (horror of horrors) Mrs Zambonini and Mrs Macfadyen in the Library Resource Centre!

Thursday was Challenge Day with the  PE staff organising a softball game and Careers staff challenged teams to create and run a restaurant.

Friday was more relaxed, with a service from Fr King, and a talk from staff at Motherwell College. Pupils also received a quick introduction to  Glow, and got their passwords and discussed new timetables and expectations with Mrs Mulholland in the afternoon to complete a busy few days.

World War I

Report from Mrs Sinclair

Last week, 3rd year pupils rounded off their study of World War One by taking part in three lessons designed to focus on the contribution of the men of Lanarkshire who fell.

On Tuesday, the pupils took part in a small service with Father King in the War Memorial Chapel. Although this was built to commemorate the dead of World War Two, Father King spoke of its significance in helping us to remember the fallen of all wars, and in particular ex-pupils of Our Lady’s High School.

On Wednesday, local historian, Mr. Joe O’Raw, visited to discuss his work over the past 25 years researching the contribution of Lanarkshire men to World War I, and was able to share with the pupils stories which had made a great impression upon him.

On Thursday it was the pupils’ turn to turn investigators as they researched fallen family members using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Special thanks from all pupils involved go to Father King and Mr. O’Raw for their time and efforts.