St Bernadette’s Parish Mission

Fr Stephen Reilly and the parishioners of St Bernadette’s would like to invite all staff and pupils of Our Lady’s and their families to their parish mission.

A mission is a series of creative and original services to help inspire people to greater commitment to Jesus Christ. Why not make this part of your celebration of Lent? It will also give an opportunity to see our brand new colour scheme in the church, which was completed only last week.

Music will be provided by OLHS pupils and former pupils James Bennett, Luke McMahon, Michael McKenna, Jill McMurray and Darcy Hendry among others. Services will take place this Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, and Wednesday 25th February at 7.30 p.m. in St Bernadette’s church. Please join us.


Ash Wednesday

Lent began this Wednesday, 18th February 2015. There were services during the course of the day to ensure that pupils and staff received their ashes. Many thanks to Fr King and Fr Reilly and to all of our Eucharistic Ministers: Katie Ann, David, Ryan, Michael, Liam, Jack, Rachael, Lisa, Darcey, Aaron, Jakub and Connie.

Mass will take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings in the War Memorial Chapel with Fr King, and Eucharistic Services on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Lent 2014

Lent began on Ash Wednesday with the distribution of ashes at services for all year groups. There will be services in the War Memorial Chapel each morning, with School Chaplain, Fr King, on Wednesdays and Fridays and with our Eucharistic Ministers on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout Lent.

This time of year alwao means that we step up our fund-raising for those less fortunate than ourselves. Pupils are asked to donate through their tutor classes and also through the variety of fund-raising events held across the school.

Ash Wednesday

From Mr Hawthorne

Today is the beginning of Lent as it is Ash Wednesday. Every pupil and every member of staff had a chance to go to the Kamwokya room to receive ashes. Father King led the services along withthe 6th year Eucharistic Ministers and pupils from each year group to say the readings and psalms.

Additional from Mrs Macfadyen

Lenten services will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Fr King, with Eucharistic services every Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of Lent.

The SCIAF Wee Boxes Appeal is running during Tutor Time, along with our usual Lenten Charities fundraising events organised by the pupils in their RE classes. Pupils are also being invited to take part in the SCIAF sponsored fast, with forms available from Miss Kane (younger pupils should seek permission from parents).

The school is also looking forward to Patron’s Day on March 25th, with Bishop Devine celebrating Mass.


Report by AH

This week Lent starts with Ash Wednesday. On Wednesday,  every class will have the chance to receive ashes between periods 4 and 5. Also since it is Lent, there will be mass on on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays and There will be Eucharistic Services on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Father King would very much like to see a few more faces at mass!

Remember!!! Lent isn’t about giving something up but it’s about doing something. This could be giving some money to charity every day, Going to mass as often as you can!

So why not do something this Lent to get prepared for Easter?

Columba Lenten Charities

Huge congratulations to Columba House for raising £684 so far with all of their fundraising for Lenten Charities, which included:

1C: Easter Egg treasure hunt
2C1: raffles (giant egg and bunny rabbit), car wash
2C2: raffle, guess the monkey’s name (Cameron)
3C: sponsored basketball and football matches, face painting, soak the teacher
4C: bonus ball
5C: money in the box
6C with 6A: movie and music quizzes.

Money is still coming in from sponsored events – total soon!

3C face painting

Report by 3C

We organised the face painting for Thursday 20th March. Beforehand we contacted the Performing Arts department and arranged to use the theatre for the event. We advertised the face painting by putting posters around the school and putting announcements out at assembly.

On the day we received a fantastic turnout! We raised around £41 for SCIAF.

The face painting was arranged by Elizabeth Low, Dominique Larkin, Amanda Miller and Victoria Cook with the help of Nicola McLindon, Kimberley Toner and Hannah Lester, along with a few 6th years.

Sponsored football

football_04.jpg (A completely unbiased report from Mr Andrew Smith.)

Click on the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

Result was 1-0, a magnificent solo effort from John Tempany, who received a pin-point John McGuinness pass just inside his own half, slalomed past 3 defenders, cut inside and unleashed a rocket from fully 25 yards past the helpless Kevin McGuire!!!

Special mention goes to John McKinnon (S6) for an excellent refereeing performance (he blew the final whistle immediately after we scored!)

Mr Duff, Mr Law, Mr Martin, Ms McArthur, Mr McGuinness, Mr J McNaught, Mr A Smith, Mr R Smith with 4th year pupils Conor Smith, Connor MacGowan, John Tempany, Calum Walker.

Michael Devlin, John Robertson, Daniel MacKinnon, Christopher Murray, Craig Queen, Barry Eley, Mark Sinclair, Daniel Canning, Peter Galbraith, Daniel Burns, Kevin McGuire, Matthew MacDermid.

football_33.jpgThanks, Mr Smith. Mind you, it’s not really surprising the staff won: they appear to have aliens on the team (see photo). Isn’t there a rule about bipedal Earthlings only playing football?

Twists in the tale?

6M pasta competitionActually, twists in the bowl. 6M are fund-raising by the traditional “How many pieces of tricolour pasta can we get in the bowl without filling it completely?”

 50p per guess, with the chance of winning an Easter egg.

Cunning souls have put their Maths skills to work, using the radius of the bowl to figure out the volume of the bowl.

Unfortunately, the same cunning souls forgot to measure the bowl when it was actually in their company.

Game of the season!


3C organised a sponsored basketball game for their Lenten Charity event. Pupils paid 50p to watch the staff kill the pupils (apparently).

Over to our special correspondent, Mrs Fitzpatrick.

It just goes to show that P. E. doggers (Mrs Kerr) don’t die! They just dig out their old gutties! Thanks to Mrs Kerr finding the skill and commitment she certainly didn’t possess when she was on the other side of the desk, the Staff team managed to defeat the S3 girls in the goal/hoop/basket filled extravaganza which was the Lenten Charities Basketball Game. Final score: 10-4 (or if Stephanie and Elizabeth are counting – 10-6)


There is no truth in the rumour that the Staff needed to lie down in a darkened room after the game!

Thanks to everyone who supported this event and helped raise £41 for SCIAF.

Teams: Mrs Anderson, Mrs Fitzpatrick, Mrs Kerr, Ms O’Donnell, Ms Murray, Ms Newman, Mrs McKay.

Stephanie Ferrie, Kimberley Toner, Caitlin Mullan, Sarah Clark, Erin McNally, Elizabeth Low and Amanda Miller.

Fugitive caught!

The Andrew House Fugitive was apprehended shortly after period 2 this morning. 

Are you the Andrew House Fugitive?

Excitement was high across the school, with at least one innocent member of staff asked on 72 separate occasions if she was the guilty one, and 6th years pursued by determined 1st years (honest!)

Pupils paid £1 and received a sticker saying, “I’m searching for the Andrew House Fugitive” and followed clues left throughout the morning. The first clue “The Fugitive comes to Our Lady’s everyday” managed to dramatically heighten tension while providing practically no useful information whatsoever.

It was intriguing however, that Mrs Anne O’Donnell, normally seen bustling back and forth across the foyer, was mysteriously missing, while an earlier simple request for keys seemed to cause mild panic and indecision to cross her face. Hmm.

So congratualtions to Daniel Canning who managed to apprehend the reprobate Mrs O’Donnell, earning himself the bounty of £25.  And further congratulations to Andrew House who raised £110 with this event.

Soak the teacher

Six brave souls versus 650 (apart from the ones at lunch).

Six getting soaked

They pulled up their hoods.They borrowed flippers.

They laughed in the face of flying sponges and fallen buckets.

But they were COMPLETELY soaked by the time it was all over.  So a huge thank you and well done to Mrs Anderson, Mr Duff, Mrs Kerr, Mr Law, Ms Newman and Mr Smith for being so brave.

Pupils were surpringly keen to assist in this fund-raising venture at £1 for three sponges or a complete bucket with all proceeds going to Lenten charities.

And congratulations to to organisers Nicola McLindon, Dominique Larkin, Hannah Lester, Victoria Cook, Sarah Clarke, Kimberley Toner and Elizabeth Low (ably assisted by Mrs Fitzpatrick). Your powers of persuasion are obviously phenomenal (and special thanks for not spilling any buckets of water on me while I was taking photographs).

Andrew House Fugitive

As part of Lenten Charities fund-raising, a fugitive will descend upon OLHS on Tuesday (18th March). Pupils and staff can pay £1 to enter which provides them with a sticker to identify them as participants.

Clues will be left throughout the school leading to the identity of the culprit. The winner will receive a substantial prize (but they’re not saying what…).

What happens to non-fugitives accosted across the school is as yet unknown.