Happy Christmas from everyone at OLHS

While some of our annual celebrations have been affected by the weather, Christmas is in full swing at OLHS.

Christmas parties were very successful and S1 went to see Aladdin at the SECC. 6th year held their annual party for the pupils of Clydeview School and pupils and staff have nominated senior citizens to be invited for a special lunch. RE classes have gathered toiletries to create parcels for homeless people and staff have also collected chocolates and biscuits for the elderly.

Our School Chaplain, Fr Frank King, has been celebrating Advent mass in the Memorial Chapel every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and year group services will be taking place in the last week of term. All pupils will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

All the staff and pupils of Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell, wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas.

The creator of this year’s OLHS official Christmas card competition is S1 pupil, Wiktoria Betka. For more information please see Ms Steinert’s blog.

Last days of term, 2009

It’s been a busy couple of days at OLHS, as we  rolled towards the last day of term.

Miss McGhee offered to torment all comers with Singstar, although there was a noticeable lack of teacherly singing. (This may have been for Health and Safety reasons, but we haven’t been told for definite.) It’s also not been confirmed whether those who chose to go to class had already passed along the English corridor.

While some elves were busy sewing stockings, the snowstorms obviously left the yard looking far too untidy for some people, who appeared to be clearing all the snow away with shovels, before building themselves a friend.

Meanwhile, aliens attempted to communicate with strange patterns in the snow. There was an attempt at inter-species communication, but perhaps we were using too advanced a language.

Staff have been collecting biscuits and chocolates for senior citizens (NB Mr Crossan was organiser, not recipient) while 1st and 2nd year pupils have been gathering food and toiletries which were wrapped and delivered to the Homeless unit in Motherwell.

We ended the term with a service bringing OLHS and Bothwellpark High Schools together to enjoy carols and Christmas songs, with beautiful performances by the choir and the 1st and 2nd year Drama Club.

I hope that everyone reading this has a peaceful and joyful Christmas, and that New Year brings you only good things.

See you in 2010!

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.