Soak the 6th years

Thank you to all of the 6th years who volunteered to get soaked by their younger colleagues today in aid of Lenten Charities

Darcy Hendry, David Martin, Aaron Hawthorne, Aimee Houston, Katie-Anne Hunter, Ryan McQuade, Rachel Ballentyne, Aidan Coates, Dominic Cherrie, Andrew Thomas, Emily McGurk, Gemma Grier, Leah McDonald, Connor Thomson, Shavaun Goodman.


Our Lenten Charities fund-raising campaign continued last week. Soak the 6th Year proved especially popular, as did our Non-uniform Day on 2nd April. Pupils are continuing to post money into the SCIAF boxes on a daily basis.

Bothwellpark High School also invited OLHS staff and pupils to participate in their fund-raising for World Autism Day, with Cake and Candy and the opportunity to name a fish!

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.

News round-up 20th March

Report by Mrs Sinclair

Lenten Charities
All RE classes are involved in fund raising for a numbers of very important charities.  The projects vary from raffles, ‘soak the teacher’, non uniform day,  coffee mornings, football tournaments.  Pupils are encouraged to donate to the SCIAF wee boxes as often as possible.  Pupils in the school are hoping to top the £2500 raised during Lent last year.

Patron’s Day Mass
All staff and pupils as well as a large number of invited guests celebrated the annual Patron’s Day Mass on Friday 22nd March.  Bishop Devine, Father Frank King and a number of priests from local Parishes concelebrated the Mass.  The school band and choir were at their best as they led the hymns and performed beautiful reflections.

Easter Egg Appeal
During this season of Lent Miss McGinness and CARITAS pupils have been collecting Easter eggs and small creme eggs. These eggs will be passed the residents of Park Springs  Nursing home when a group from the school visit for an Easter service.   The collection has been going very well and lots of Easter eggs have been handed in from pupils, staff and parents. Miss McGinness,  Mrs Mulholland and the CARITAS group would like to thank everyone for their kind donations and hope to continue their appeal until the Easter holidays.

Motherwell v Hibs on Friday Night
The school was given 30 juvenile and 4 adult tickets for Friday Night’s Game.  These were donated by Motherwell FC and were in great demand.  The football was enjoyed by all who attended.

Ben Nevis Challenge for St Andrew’s Hospice
A number of pupils and staff have registered for the Nevis Challenge in April.  Watch this space for further information and photographs.

SCIAF 24 Hour Fast
Our annual SCIAF 24 Hour Fast took place on Thursday 21st March.  Thanks to all staff and pupils who fasted and also to all who sponsored them.

Station of the Cross
Stations of Cross for each House were held last week. Father King prepared and led the services.

  • Andrew House – Monday 18th March
  • Sinclair House – Tuesday 19th March
  • Margaret House – Wednesday 20th March
  • Columba House – Monday 25th March

France/ Belgium Trip
There was an information evening in the school last Tuesday night for pupils going to France and Belgium in June. The meeting in the school theatre was very well attended. Parents, pupils and staff were very impressed by the presentation by Mr Des Brogan, the of director of Mercat Tours. He explained that WW1 Cemeteries and Battlefields Tour is a moving experience and it has a profound effect on pupils, as it does with most visitors. Such a visit is highly recommended. The scale of slaughter becomes very real when you are confronted with huge war cemeteries around every corner, plus large monuments containing thousands upon thousands of names of young men whose bodies were never recovered. The words ‘lest we forget’ and ‘we will remember them’ will take on a new meaning to our young people.  He told them that they would return changed people.  Staff and pupils are very much looking forward to the trip in June.

Hollywood comes to Our Lady’s High
A film crew and some very good ‘actors’ and guides were involved in the filming of a transition DVD to be used with all of the primary seven classes.  Filming went very smoothly and it is hoped that the primary seven classes from our associated primary schools will enjoy what they see and it will reassure them about coming to Our Lady’s in August. Thanks to Marc Hobson, Aaron Fisher and Julia Stachuska

Adele Graham from Motherwell Women’s Aid is working this month and next with S2 pupils to support their Domestic Abuse topic. The Samaritans have been in to deliver a presentation to fifth and sixth year students about positive mental health issues and  Self Harming.

Work Experience
We are appealing for any one who can offer the school work experience places for the new session in August.  If you can, could you please contact Mrs Lyn Zambonini on 274925

Any old Knitting Needles?  We are appealing  for knitting needles – any size and any unused chunky or double knitting wool to be handed into school for a knitting group who are making a blanket for St. Andrew’s Hospice.

Coffee Morning
S3 Skills for Work, Health class held a fund raising coffee morning last Wednesday to raise funds for their trip and a charity of their choice.  They prepared a selection of cakes and served the tea and coffee like true professionals.  A large number of staff enjoyed the spread and attention.

The School will close on Thursday 28th March for the Easter Holidays.  Parents/carers will receive a letter and text giving further details.

Lenten Charities

The non-uniform day on Friday was a great success adding £600 to the funds already raised for Lenten Charities.

This week there were a number of very interesting events including Soak the teacher and Guess the teacher from cute baby photos (were teachers ever cute?) There was also ‘staff versus pupils’ sumo wrestling competition which was enjoyed by the pupils and endured by the staff!

Lenten Charities Results

We are very proud to report that Lenten Charities fund-raising has so far this year raised £3670, with further money to be handed in. 50% of the total will be donated to SCIAF, and the remainder will be split between the various House charities.

Ms Sneddon will be visiting our Ugandan partners in Kamwokya on a staff study trip over the summer and will present the raised funds to Francis Mbazira, Director of the Kamwokya Community.

The funds will be used to help build a proper canteen for pupils who currently have to sit around on the ground for their lunch. Work has already started as can be seen from the photos below.

Easter Egg Hunt

Report by Toni P and Nicola H, 1C

On thursday 2nd of March Nicola & Toni planned an easter egg hunt for pupils and teachers. We hid eggs in the music, drama & pe departments, it was a huge success  as we raised £12.50. Everyone was happy with what they won, & gave us positive comments also they wanted another one next year.

We are proud of our work and hopefully there will be another  next year!!!!!

Soak the Teacher

The yard rang with the roar of the Colosseum on Friday, as Soak the Teacher heralded the end of Lenten Charities fund-raising for this year. When a sponge or bucket hit its mark, and hit it well, there was a cry of appreciation from the crowd for the bravery of the participants and the audacity of their opponents.

Many thanks to this year’s Warriors of the Water: Mr Brogan, Ms Clements, Mr Law, Mr Macmaster, Mr Millar and Ms Miller for being very good sports and having their hairstyles ruined for the day.

Thanks also to Toni-Marie McFadden and Michael McCabe for the photographs.

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.

Lenten Charities – the total

The money has all been counted and it can be revealed that the grand total raised by the staff, pupils and supporters of Our Lady’s over Lent is:


That is absolutely brilliant!

Huge, stupendous congratulations to everyone involved, whether you helped to organise the various events, donated prizes, took part or came to watch.

The recipients will be announced in the near future (once they’ve been decided!)

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.