Soak the Teacher


Teacher fashion : Spring Collection 2010

Class 4A organised a ‘Soak the Teacher’event to raise funds for Lenten Charities. 50p was just too good an opportunity for some pupils who spent all their pocket money and ended up borrowing more! 

Thanks to the staff who included Mrs Anderson, Miss Kane, Father Frank King, Mr Brogan, Mr MacMaster, Ms Campbell, Miss Miller and Mr Law.

Visitors from Kamwokya

Teddi Katusime and Robert Mulerwa spent a week at Our Lady’s, during which they taught us all some singing, some dancing, and a lot about Uganda and the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community. They also had fun joining in with some of our classes.

These are just some of the things that took place.

From Mrs Stemplis in Home Economics
Teddi came along with a 3rd year class and enjoyed making shortbread.

From Mrs Tulley in Support for Learning
Robert and Teddi joined the ESOL (English for Speakers of another language ) class for a session to meet class members and work with small groups, as they work towards their Learning Outcomes in their SQA exams.

The visitors were introduced to the variety of resources available in the Support Base for ESOL pupils and worked with IT packages to improve pupils’ conversational skills in English.

For their part, pupils much enjoyed the opportunity to learn from Teddi and Robert how English is taught in Uganda and appreciated the opportunity to practise their English skills in conversation, learning more about the connections between Our Lady`s High School and Kamwokya.

From Ms Newman in Geography
Robert and Teddi came to the Higher/Int II Geography class talking about Uganda and the health problems in the country. In particular they told the class what it is like to get Malaria and how the epidemic effects the country.

From Mrs Anderson in Maths
Robert and Teddy were in my S1 Maths class. The pupils spent time before they arrived making up posters with some of the statistics we had about Kamwokya, so at the beginning the children presented their findings and asked a question they had thought of. Robert then showed them a video / presentation about life in Kamwokya and through this answered all their questions.

The pupils really enjoyed it – especially the dance at the end.

From Mrs Connor, Andrew House
Robert had the Andrew House Pupil Council Meeting in stitches.He made us all stand up and do a song and dance which included swaying around and sticking our tongues out.It was a scream!

Overview from Mr Mulrooney
Our Lady’s High School established its partnership with the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community, Uganda in the year 2000. This relationship took another step forward when we welcomed Robert Mulerwa and Teddi Katusime to spend a week working with the pupils and staff. This offered a great opportunity for all the pupils to really get to know and appreciate what life is like in a developing world country. Of course, partnership is a 2 way street, and Robert and Teddi both left Scotland with a lot of insight into both Scottish education and Scottish culture.

Robert and Teddi work with the youth of Kamwokya, many of whom are either orphans or have lost a parent due to HIV / AIDS. Robert is the coordinator of this project and Teddi is a young girl who works as a ‘peer educator’. Several classes at Our Lady’s experienced a taste of the educational sessions peer educators use in Kamwokya.

Both visitors spent their week working in many departments enhancing their curriculum and strengthening the citizenship aspects of each subject. This ranged from discussing Primary Health Care in Africa with Higher Modern Studies pupils to transferring Ugandan poverty statistics to bar charts in the first year Mathematics class.

Robert said ‘we have learned so much to take back home with us from working in the school and living with our host families. Close partnership with schools such as Our Lady’s makes a great difference to the young people at home in Kamwokya.’

Our visitors were thrilled that the school Fairtrade group managed to sell over £500 worth of jewellery made in Kamwokya. This money will buy a computer for the young people they work with so that they can communicate with their partner schools on line. In addition the school gifted Robert and Teddi with medals and trophies that will be used to promote ‘education through sport’ among the youth of Kamwokya.

Bernard Love, Head Teacher, commented ‘hosting young people from Uganda for a whole week has had a major impact on our partnership project. It was edifying to see how naturally Robert and Teddi moved among our pupils sharing not only their knowledge and understanding of Developing World issues but also their optimism and great sense of fun.’

From zeroes to heroes

From our intrepid reporter and his thesaurus.

OLHS staff team for It\'s a Knockout 2008On Saturday 31st of May, the Our Lady’s High, “It’s a Knockout” team raised money for St Andrew’s Hospice. The added bonus of improving from last year’s last place to this year’s afternoon champions was simply icing on the cake.

A series of team games awaited … involving inflatable obstacles, water and soap … painlessness and dignity went out the window.

It\'s a Knockout OLHS staff teamTalk about determination … women, small children, mountain men and bouncy castles didn’t prevent Miss Newman from providing a lead into the second leg. Even the Terminator would have second thoughts about taking on this lithe athletic exocet missile.

Mr. Smith powerhoused through the course, managing to maintain the lead and experience his annual bath at the same time … now that’s efficiency for you.

Further athletic prowess from Mr. Whiteford, Mr. Lawie, Mr. Miller, Miss Miller, Mr. OLHS staff team in actionMcDonald, and the velcro princess, Mrs. Anderson, enabled a winning start for the team. The highlight of this first game however was the mixture of gazelle-like nimbleness with raw aggression from Mr. McNaught, resulting in his hulk-like dunking of an official into the watery bubbliness of the splash pool. Coupled with Mr. Law’s unfettered enthusiasm the stage was set for Armageddon.

The, “panto horse” like dragon involved some delicate maneuvering … especially with the passing of the egg … but with excellent teamwork, Mrs Anderson’s directional skills and Miss Newman’s puzzle solving, another task was completed with joyous expediency.

Dressing up seems to be Mr. Smith’s forte … this time as a caveman dentist. Club in hand, he seemed a formidable opponent until he tried to run up the slippery slope. After considerable exertion and a near heart attack he managed to … well … considerably exert himself. Thanks to Mrs. Anderson’s liberal interpretation of the rules and some WWE forearm smashes, OLHS ended the dental game with some success, despite Mr. Smith’s toothless efforts.

Enthusiastic Mr Whiteford in actiongymnastic ability through the next obstacle course, from bar to container, served only to ensure little liquid remained in the tumblers to be collected. Changing tactics to a more sedate delivery proved a far more successful solution. Mr. Law removing his t-shirt to squeeze every last drop of water into the container may just have tipped the balance in our favour, tho’ young children and anyone with a fragile disposition would have been well advised to avert their eyes.

All in all a fun filled and good natured competition with the unexpected bonus of victory. Many thanks to all the staff that took part and collected money for St. Andrew’s Hospice.

Who’s going to water the plants now?

Mrs Hilda Anderson, making sure the flowers are behavingMrs Hilda Anderson, Science Technician extraordinaire, leaves us today for the sunny climes of St Aidan’s.

Mrs Anderson has worked at OLHS, woman and girl, since 1998, and will be known to most pupils either carrying a tray of science equipment or stopping them fainting and bleeding all over the medical room floor as one of the OLHS crack team of first aiders. (This means nobody is allowed to be ill for the next few weeks.) She is also a dab hand at keeping plants alive!

Others will know her from her wonderful work with Mrs Zambonini as part of the HeartStart project, as part of the tree sub-branch (sorry, couldn’t resist) of the Eco School Committee and from all the spare caps she brings to Alton Towers.

Mrs Anderson has already dug her escape tunnel from St Aidan’s to come on the Alton Towers trip this year (she’s very organised) so you can all say final farewells then.

In all seriousness, the science department are all devastated to be losing such an important and integral member of their select band, and Hilda is a real loss to Our Lady’s.

Good luck at St Aidan’s and come and see us again soon.