XL3 at Xscape

XL3 took time out from their zombie comic for a visit to XScape where they needed teamwork and confidence to take part in the rope drop, wall climbing and high level assault course.


XL4 trip

Report from Mrs King

The 4th year XL Group received funding for Awards for All to allow them to visit the theatre. They chose to buy tickets for the musical, Dirty Dancing, in the King’s Theatre, Glasgow. They also enjoyed a pre-theatre Chinese buffet in Argyle Street.

The audience had fun participating in the whole show, with lots of singing and laughing. Thanks to all of the staff that accompanied the group and made the trip possible.


Report by Deborah King

14 1st year pupils attended the Climbzone in Braehead for an afternoon, accompanied by Partnership Officers, Deborah King and Angela McDonald. Pupils had previously attended the summer school and this was the final outing of the year.

The boys and girls spent an hour challenging their fear of heights on the Sky Park and completed the activity with a drop into the safety area. The afternoon was rounded off with juice and cake in Costas before returning to Motherwell.

A great time was had by all concerned.

Summer School 2010

Seventeen new S1 pupils took part in a highly successful summer school organised by Partnership Officers, Mrs Deborah King and Mrs Angela McDonald with lovely assistant and Attendance Officer, Mr Brian Meechan.

Over the week, the group took part in team building activities, played games with PE Teacher, Mrs Lorraine McNeish, learned about mental health with School Councillor, Mrs Ruth Archer, cooked lunches with PT Pupil Support, Mrs Lyn Zambonini, cycled around Strathclyde Park and had a go at kayaking, visited Low Waters Museum in Hamilton, and travelled to Millport to cycle around the island.

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On their last day, all the participants took part in a Big Brother question and answer session before making lunch for themselves and their families and invited guests, included Robert Dalzell and Pauline O’Neill from North Lanarkshire Council, Headteacher, Mrs Kathleen Sinclair and DHT, Mrs Monica Donnachie.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped out, including staff, Deborah King, Angela McDonald, Brian Meechan, Ruth Archer, Arthur McKeown from Dalziel HS, Lyn Zambonini and Lorraine McNeish; 6th years, Christopher Costello, Amanda Miller, Paul Stephen and Nicole Galbraith, and 2nd years, Gabrielle McPherson and Tammi Rae.

And most of all congratulations to the Summer School participants for their enthusiasm and willingness to try new things.

Heartstart buddies

Every year, 6th year are trained as Buddies to support the new 1st year pupils. This year, they’ve also been taught to be Heartstart trainers.

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Each 1st year pupil will receive a special Heartstart pack containing a small dummy (a mini-Anne), a DVD and all the equipment they will need to learn how to provide CPR. The 6th years will train their buddies and the buddies will take their packs home to train their own families.

The 6th years also received invaluable advice in workshops lead by Mrs McDonald and Mrs McGuigan, along with Gillian McAirn from the Motherwell Youthwork Team. After finding their teams, pupils practiced and enhanced their communication skills, empathy and body language through a series of tasks.

Confidence boost at Fordell Firs

Eleven Summer School pupils enjoyed a day of team-building at Fordell Firs, along with three 6th year Buddies. The Partnership Officers, Deborah King and Angela McDonald, organised the day to help boost pupils’ confidence while providing an opportunity for staff to ensure they were happy and progressing well at Our Lady’s.

The pupils spent the day doing archery, caving, climbing and abseiling with pupils receiving massive praise for conquering their fear of heights or their fear of enclosed spaces or simply applying themselves to the tasks.

It was a valuable experience all round: in particular, the 6th year Buddies were able to support and encourage the 1st years and provided real examples of what they could achieve.

Comic Book Bonanza

Partnership staff organised a treat for the Summer School pupils today as artists and cartoonists, Mark Baines and Geraldine Greene, came along to Our Lady’s today as part of North Lanarkshire’s Youth Arts Festival.

The class started by drawing their own A3 size cartoon characters, which then became the basis for a whole class comic strip.

Each person drew one frame, and then passed on the strip to someone else and so on until the strip was completed. The class were generally surprised to see how their original frames had ended up.

For the final stage, each person created their own six frame story, for a class comic called Weird and Wacky, and everyone got their own copy of the completed comic to take away.

Careers Convention

Our first Careers Convention takes place today, Thursday 9th October, with exhibitors from over 30 local employers, universities, colleges and training organisations taking part.

Future Firefighter?

Future Firefighter?

Pupils from S2, S4 and S5 have been allocated time during the school day to attend the exhibition, while other pupils are able to visit at lunchtimes and after school. Parents/Carers and staff are welcome at any time. 

Many thanks to both Mrs Stemplis’ Hospitality class for assisting in the preparation of the food, and to Mrs Zambonini’s 5th year Personal Development (PD) class.

Also, thanks to the staff who organised the event (Mrs Mulholland, Mrs Darroch, Mrs King, Mrs McDonald, Mrs Macfadyen, Mr Murray, Mrs Zambonini) and to all the OLHS staff who supported it.

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Summer School Evening

Parents and pupils who took part in the Summer School enjoyed an evening at Our Lady’s, hosted by Partnership Officers, Angela McDonald and Deborah King.

1st and 6th year pupils created and delivered a presentation outlining the activities which took place during the summer school and the benefits gained by those taking part. Parents also viewed an exhibition of photographs and work created during the summer.

Each participant was presented with their award certificates by Headteacher, Mr Bernard Love.