Salou Trip

Fifty staff and 3rd year pupils returned from a week’s trip to Spain absolutely exhausted by the end of their long bus trip, but delighted with their visit. The group travelled to Barcelona for a tour around the city and a visit to the Nou Camp Stadium, and a trip to Port Aventura.

There were plenty of opportunities to practise their languages as they drove through France and Spain in glorious sunshine before returning back to normal weather in Motherwell.

(photos to follow)

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Upper School Information Evening

Report from Mrs Mulholland

A very successful Upper School information evening was held last night. Depute Head, Mrs Mary Mulholland discussed the opportunities and activities associated with Upper School in Our Lady’s, the SQA exams and the importance of ongoing study. Parents also had the opportunity to speak to Our Lady’s Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, Activate Officer, Marion Russell, along with C Smith from Strathclyde University, W. Findlay from Motherwell College and Gary Mitchell from the ITEC Training Foundation.

Sixth Year Retreat to Rome

Report by Colette Carr

A group of 24 sixth year pupils, along with DHT of Upper School Mrs Mulholland, RE teacher Miss McGinness, two former teachers, Mr Crossan and Mr Knighton, and priests Father Paul Morton, and Father Frances King made their pilgrimage to Rome on Monday the 13th of February.

The trip, organised by Alba Tours, saw Pilgrimage leader and former chaplain Father Morton take the group out to Lazio for a very memorable experience. Staying in a convent near St Peter’s Basilica, Mrs Mulholland tells, the group travelled all over Rome. While visiting all the major Roman tourist attractions, they also saw mass celebrated in many churches, including St Peter’s, climbed the Dome and Scala Sancta, experienced the four major Basilicas – St Peter’s, St John Lateran’s, St Mary Major’s and St Paul’s beyond the walls – and also got the chance to view the Vatican museums and gardens, which were particularly beautiful.

However, the highlights of the trip had to be the mass celebrated in the tomb of St Peter, and the special mention from the Pope in his audience with English speakers, in which they sang a hymn for him.

The trip had been planned since September by Father Morton, and fundraising events were planned. Mrs Mulholland has expressed her grateful thanks to Father Morton and Alba Tours for organising the trip, Monsignor Cushley in Rome for sorting their access to Scavi and the Papal mention, and also, former pupils studying at Scots College Collum Martin and Kenneth MacDermid for booking their wonderful meals.

The trip was all they expected it to be and more, with everyone loving it, Mr Knighton summing it up with, “Sore legs. Happy tummies. Happy eyes and brains.”

Additional from Mrs Sinclair

The Rome Pilgrims were present at the General audience with the Pope where they were highlighted and sang a verse of our school hymn.  At the end of the English speaking audience the pope especially welcomed the students of Our Lady’s High Shool and gave them a smile and a wave.

You can watch the whole audience here.

Alternatively, you can see our group in action if you drag the cursor to the following times:

34 mins – 36 mins

40 mins, 40 seconds for about 20 seconds.

6th year retreat

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Report by Colette Carr
On the 5th of December, the sixth years, Miss Kane, Miss McGinness, and Mrs Mulholland travelled to Cambuslang  -despite the heavy snow they met en route – to our chaplain, Father Morton’s parish of St Bride’s.  On arrival, they were met by Father Morton, who then introduced them to Comboni Missionary, Father John Clark.
After a few ice-breakers, the group listened as they were told about faith and justice at Christmas time.  The group were then treated to a large spread which was greatly received and appreciated.After lunch, they went back into the chapel, and discussed refugees, before watching a programme following an African refugee in London describe his own experiences, and shadow other desperate Africans search for a better life.
After the programme some words were said by Father Clark and Father Morton, before they left Cambuslang.  The day also included entertainment by sixth year Luke McMahon who played the guitar and sang for everyone.  By the end of the day, they left knowing something new, and with a greater appreciation of how lucky they are.

S1 to York

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Excited staff  (and some 1st years) all left OLHS on Monday morning for a trip to York. Mr Martin had a full and fabulous itinerary planned (down to the last second), and the first day was spent travelling and settling into the hotel, ready for a spooky evening. The Ghost Walk took the group wandering around the medieval city, listening to stories of Roman soldiers and more modern terrors.

On Tuesday morning, everyone piled onto the top deck of a York Sightseeing Bus (and enjoying beautiful sunshine) followed by a treasure hunt in York Minster (although Mr Smith and Mrs Fitzpatrick had to ask pupils for the answers!)

After some time for exploring and shopping, the whole cohort set off for the York Dungeons, where they were entertained by tales about Dick Turpin and edieval torture methods from a variety of costumed characters. Unfortunately for Mrs Mulholland and Mr Smith, news of their heinous crimes had preceeded them and they ended up in the dock! A busy day was ended with a leisurely evening swim at Waterworld.

Wednesday was spent at the Jorvik Centre, (which is a cool recreation of the Viking village of York, but it does stink) and at Eden Camp. The camp is a huge World War II museum. Twenty-nine huts cover British social and military history, with additional prefab houses and mess tents. Unfortunately, there was so much to see that the group from OLHS could only sample some of the highlights before heading back to the hotel for a party!

Morning of the last day was spent at Flamingoland theme park (except there didn’t appear to be any flamingos – probably scared off by the teachers). The weather was great again, which was just as well, since all four members of staff got soaked!

And then finally, everyone piled back onto the bus and headed northwards, agreeing that it had been a brilliant but exhausting four days. Thanks to the staff who organised the trip, especially Mr Martin, for his precision timing and ensuring that everyone ate properly!

S5 Induction Week 2010

5th year induction took place over three days providing all of the pupils with a chance to get to know each other better, and learn more about what’s required of them as Upper School pupils.

On Wednesday, everyone was required to get their bodies and brains in gear as they took part in team-building activities designed by the Army and (horror of horrors) Mrs Zambonini and Mrs Macfadyen in the Library Resource Centre!

Thursday was Challenge Day with the  PE staff organising a softball game and Careers staff challenged teams to create and run a restaurant.

Friday was more relaxed, with a service from Fr King, and a talk from staff at Motherwell College. Pupils also received a quick introduction to  Glow, and got their passwords and discussed new timetables and expectations with Mrs Mulholland in the afternoon to complete a busy few days.

World Cup Competition

Pupils are being offered an opportunity to take part in a World Cup competition, predicting the correct score of each match.

Entry fee is £2.00 with half of the takings going to school funds and the remaining money being handed out as prizes.

Entry forms are available from Registration teachers, Mrs Mulholland, Mrs King or Mr Martin,  and should be returned to Mrs Mulholland, Mrs King or Mr Martin by Friday 4th June, along with the £2 entry fee.

Heading for college and university?

6th year pupils aiming to go to university next year have been meeting with Mrs Mulholland, Mrs Macfadyen and Principal Teachers of Pupil Support to organise their UCAS applications, discuss their plans and learn about the resources held in school to assist them. Our Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, has also been on hand to provide expert advice.

Upper school pupils have also signed up for the university open day of their choice, with pupils heading for Glasgow, Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, Edinburgh and Stirling.

Summer School

Twenty new S1 pupils took part in a highly successful summer school organised by Partnership Officer, Mrs Deborah King and staff from the school.

Pupils took part in a number of environmental and physical activities, working in the Sensory Garden, preparing their own lunches, and playing softball and Swedish longball.

Over the week, the group visited Strathclyde Park for kayaking and mountain biking, and Fordell Firs for caving and archery, before preparing a fabulous presentation lunch for parents and guests.

Thanks to our 6th year helpers: Craig Johnson, Colleen Walker, Olivia Carson, Colette Maguire, Natalie Tierney and Marie McInerney; and staff Mrs Deborah King, Mrs Mary Mulholland, Mr Brian Meehan and Mrs Lorraine McNeish.

S5 Induction: Careers

Report from Ruth Robertson

The Career Session for the S5 induction was centred on getting pupils to think in an enterprising way. Marion Russell and I asked each group to consider that they were running their own restaurant. The tasks included planning and costing a menu, thinking of their target market, devising a restaurant name and logo, and getting them to recruit staff for their business. There was an element of competition, with Mrs Mulholland judging the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with unhealthy prizes of confectionary.

The pupils all showed great enthusiasm and produced some great ideas: definite entrepreneurs of the future I feel.

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.

If you have visited the Careers Convention, please fill in our survey by clicking here.

Millport or bust!

Staff from Our Lady’s took part in a Sponsored Bike ride round Millport on Sunday 5th October in aid of Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Attendance Officer Mr Meechan, along with Mrs King, Mrs Zambonini, Mrs Mulholland, Mrs Fitzpatrick and Mr Smith, their family and friends, all got their cycle shorts on for a glorious ride around the island.

Mr Meechan would like to express his thanks to everyone who took part and a big thank you to all the people who sponsored everyone taking part for such a worthwhile cause.

M&Ds reward for S2 pupils

Report by Nicole Kane and Louise Mullen

On Tuesday the 24th of June 2nd year pupils enjoyed a fun day out at M&D’s.

People on the trip were chosen based on attendance, time-keeping, homework and behaviour. The day started off with a long talk and we thought we were never going to leave, but in the end we did.

The weather was supposed to be wet, cloudy and dull, but it turned out to be a nice day for the time we were there. We got there by a double decker school bus (which smelled and some of the seats were damp.)

There were about 50 pupils at M&D’s who were with Mrs Darroch, Mr Martin, Mrs Connor, Mrs Mulholland and Mrs Zambonini. Everyone was very excited and couldn’t wait to get on the rides. Some of the rides we went on were Tornado, Water Logs, Swings and Flying Carpet. Most people bought their lunch at M&D’s or brought their own.

We checked our names off at 12–12:30 to make sure we were all there. At 2 o’clock we went back to the meeting point to go back to the school. We arrived back at school at 2:40 and were allowed to go home if we walked. We would like to thank the teachers who took us and organised the trip it was a very enjoyable day.