Child Protection Committee Logo Competition

Report from Mr Weir

A few months ago, Our Lady’s entered a competition to design a new logo for NLC’s Child Protection Committee. The competition was open to North Lanarkshire secondary schools who had participated in the Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme.

OLHS pupils received excellent feedback on the quality of their submissions and when the Committee met at the end of September, S4 pupil Heather Nugent was chosen as the overall winner.

All entrants were invited to the official launch of the new logo in the Millennium Suite at Firpark Football ground for a prize-giving reception, where each entrant was given a certificate and i-Tunes voucher. Heather received her prize from two of the current Motherwell football team along with members of the Child Protection Committee.

The Art and Design Department was also delighted to be presented with a cheque for £500.

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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

PSHE
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

Knitting
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.

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

Score Goals Initiative

Congratulations to Ryan Fernon and Brendan Reilly who successfully completed the Score Goals Initiative at Firpark, also receiving the North Lanarkshire Fitness Award.

The Initiative is a partnership between Motherwell FC, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire. S1 and S2 pupils are nominated by schools across the authority to attend the programme, which covers mental and physical health as well as education and discipline and a decent dose of professional football training.

Both boys received a certificate and signed photo of themselves with Motherwell FC Manager, Craig Brown.

Score Goals Initiative

Congratulations to the pupils from OLHS who recently completed the  “Score Goals Initiative” with Motherwell Football Club.

Successful Score Goals Initiative participants

The Initiative is a partnership between Motherwell FC, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire. Pupils in  S1 and S2 pupils are nominated by schools across the authority to attend the programme, which covers mental and physical health as well as education and discipline and a decent dose of professional football training.