Titanic Project 2017: Loch Lomond

The Titanic crew had a brilliant visit to the island of Inchcailloch on Loch Lomond. The day started quite cold and grey but warmed up by lunchtime and we even had a peek of blue sky before the end of the day.

As we cruised across the loch, the tour guide introduced the history and wildlife of the area including nesting ospreys, crannogs, ruined castles and stately homes. Inchcailloch itself is a beautiful wee island, with masses of bluebells in every direction. After a picnic lunch, the group set off to explore, discovering an ancient chapel and burial ground and enjoying the beautiful woodlands, with strange looking tree stumps.

Back on the boat back to Luss, the group are comfortable boarding; our crew are becoming seasoned travellers on land or water!  On the return journey, they are already reviewing their 5th year subjects and planning how they can persuade staff that another trip to Inchcailloch is an essential part of the curriculum.

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Read more about Inchcailloch here.

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Titanic Project 2017: ferry to Mount Stuart House

The Titanic Crew headed for Mount Stuart House on Bute. They were a bit nervous as it was their first time on a ferry, but got their sea-legs quickly on a beautiful calm Firth of Clyde.

Our visit to the stunning Mount Stuart House allowed pupils to get an idea of the elegant and sophisticated surroundings that 1st class passengers would have enjoyed aboard the Titanic. Our thanks to Morven and all the staff at Mount Stuart.

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S4/5 Parents’ Information Evening, 21st February 2017

From Mrs Donnachie, DHT S5/6

S4/5 Parents’ Information evening,
Tuesday 21st February 2017,
7pm, School Theatre

This evening will give you information about how to help your child/children over the weeks ahead as they prepare to move from S4 to S5 and S5 to S6 and provide you with important dates in relation to the SQA. As well as this the event will give you the opportunity to hear about the subject choices that will be available to your son/daughter from next session as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

In addition, Mrs Zambonini will give a presentation on Developing The Young Workforce which is a government strategy to help ensure that all young people leave school with a career path in place.

Ruth Robertson, our Careers Adviser, will also give information about Skills Development Scotland’s role in this strategy. Ruth is also available in school every Monday, Tuesday and Friday for one to one appointments; her role along with the pupil support team is key to ensuring that your son/daughter makes the correct subject choices as they progress in their school career.

I hope you can make this event and I look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

SQA Appointee of the Year

Huge congratulations to Mrs Lyn Zambonini who won SQA Star Award for Appointee of the Year.  Mrs Zambonini has a wealth of experience in relation to wider achievements in SQA awards.  She has supported hundreds of schools and centres over many years on their journey to provide the best possible courses for young people.  The pupils in Our Lady’s, from first year all the way to sixth year, are fortunate to be in a school where wider achievement is so much a part of their experience, from learning sign language, taking part in Duke of Edinburgh Awards, to volunteering in the community, organizing Burns Suppers, learning HeartStart and raising money for all kinds of charities.

Our pupils know that Teaching and Learning are about much more than exam results; Mrs Zambonini has led the way for many years in making every pupil believe that he or she is special, talented and gifted in his or her own way- we are very proud her!

Our Lady’s High 2014 Christmas Fair

Report by Rachael Clinton

Mrs Zambonini has been hard at work organising the school’s 2014 annual Christmas Fair. This year’s event will take place on the 29th of November in the Zone area from 10am to 12pm. It is hoped the Fair will be as prosperous as last year’s and will raise a good amount of money for school funds.

Lots of different departments are getting involved and each are contributing to the fair.

From Mrs Zambonini’s Personal Development Class and XL classes, we have:

  • Santa’s Grotto, where children (and sometimes adults) can come and meet the bearded man himself.
  • A bouncy castle (also not just for the children)
  • ­Face painting AND nail painting.
  •  Homemade Christmas cards, wind chimes, and seasonal decorations
  •  The EXCLUSIVE new school scarf
  •  From her XL class we also have sweets for sale
  • And of course tea/coffee and a variety of home baked goods will be sold

And if that selection isn’t mouth-watering enough the Home Economics/Hospitality/Cake Craft classes have also made festive gingerbread houses and cakes! (woah, sugar rush) The Modern Studies/Social Subjects department will also have a tombola stall and RE and Learning Support will have a toy stall.

We also have people outside the school visiting for the occasion. We have a mother of one of our first year pupils selling homemade hair scrunchies emblazoned with the school badge, if you want to be really patriotic.  There will also be a company selling brand makeup such as MAC and Christian Dior for discounted prices. We know, we’re so fancy.

And to top off our festive extravaganza we have entertainment provided by the school choir with our very own musical maestro Aaron Hawthorne playing the piano.

So come along and have a look at what’s on offer, have a bite to eat and maybe even a wee sing-song depending on how much coffee you’ve drank. It’s sure to be a good day out for the whole family (as long as you leave the dog at home that is),

Work Experience 2013

Our 4th year pupils will be out and about for Work Experience for the week beginning 4th November. Pupils have received diaries to be filled in across the week, recording and reflecting on their time out of school. This will become part of the evidence which allows them to receive the  Intermediate I Work Experience qualification.

Many thanks to PT Pupil Support, Mrs Lyn Zambonini, for the hours of work involved in finding a place for every pupil, to our wonderful office and classroom assistants, and our grateful thanks also to the many local businesses and organisations who so willingly help out every year.

S6 Mock interviews

Mrs Zambonini held an assembly for all 6th year pupils to explain the procedures for this year’s mock interviews.

To make the process as realistic as possible, each pupil has to collect and complete an application form which will be used as the basis for their interview with an adult volunteer from around the wider OLHS community.

This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to experience the tension of the interview process, gain useful feedback on their performance, and learn how to promote themselves and their talents more successfully in the future.

A taste of Italy

The Intermediate II Hospitality class enjoyed tasting a variety of Italian foods recently as part of their research into Foods of the World. Pupils tucked into cheeses, polenta, breads, olives and olive oil, pesto and risotto with mixed results. The dessert dishes were much more favourably received, especially the biscotti and tiramisu.

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.

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.

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.

Italian shortbread

Our visitors from Tuscany had a treat on Tuesday when they learned how to make shortbread, courtesy of Mrs Zambonini (with much appreciated input from Mrs Stemplis and Mrs Flanagan).

Mrs Zambonini precisely measures the sugar for her shortbread.

Mrs Zambonini precisely measures the sugar for her shortbread - about a wooden spoonful.

Matteo and his shortbread

Matteo - very proud of his baking.

The Italian pupils had a lot of fun and were extremely proud of their creations which were beautifully wrapped in cellophane and tied with a lovely wee tartan ribbon.

In fact, they were so chuffed that Mrs Zambonini even received an impromptu Italian song as thanks!

“Grazie, grazie, Signora Zambonini” (Translation available from Mrs Fitzpatrick.)

Health and Well-being

On 11th February, OLHS hosted three important visitors:  Dr Clare Monaghan, Advisor to Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Christine Pollock, Director of Education and Mr Gerry MacCormick, Headteacher of Taylor High School.  They came along to observe Health and Wellbeing, Co-operative Learning and Assessment is for Learning in practice.

3A were selected to participate and came along to the LRC for their PSHE lesson with Mrs Zambonini and Mrs Macfadyen, where they were learning a variety of study skills. The visitors also looked at an audit of Health and Well-being completed by all staff in OLHS.

PD heroes

We’ve already thanked the staff below, but absolutely huge thanks and congratulations to the 5th year Personal Development class for all the work they put into the successful organisation of the Careers Convention.

As part of their coursework, the PD class were involved with:

  • sending confirmatory messages to our exhibitors
  • preparing headers for each exhibitor
  • arranging the hall layout
  • serving refreshments
  • greeting and guiding exhibitors and guests
  • taking photographs of the event
  • creating a wall display of the event
  • assisting with the surveys
  • returning all furniture to the correct locations after the event
  • thank you letters

This all involved a huge amount of time and effort and they were absolutely exhausted by the end of the day. So well done to:

Nadia Boyle, Stephanie Corry, Kimberley Felvus, Jacqueline Ann Gordon, Stephen McCarron, Danielle McGrane, Lorraine McKinley, Mark Norman, Darren Pew, Emma Riddell, Steven Stobie, Joanne Thomsonm Chris Tollan, Emma Walker and Jemma Halloran.

And don’t forget thanks also to Mrs Zambonini for providing guidance to the team throughout the planning and implementation.

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.

Alton Towers

Report by Laura Baird and Chloe Collins

Last week on the 19th-20th of June the school attended a fantastic day out at Alton Towers. This trip was open to all pupils from 1st year all the way through to 6th year. The bus left from the old Asda car park at 12.30am and travelled through the night with two service stops. We arrived roughly at Alton Towers at 8.45am on the 20th of June.

Sitting relaxing at Alton TowersThe pupils were given their park ticket and were allowed to walk about freely and enjoy the rides. This trip was about non-stop fun for both pupils and teachers, and it gave the pupils a chance to see the staff out of school having fun.

There were 6 buses that attended Alton Towers. The trip was arranged by Mrs Zambonini who worked hard to prepare it for the pupils.

Some pupils got stuck on Oblivion; we soon found out that it was the scared and petrified 1st years. We would like to thank the teachers that gave up their time to come along to the trip to make it even happen. But we do know that the trip wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Mrs Zambonini.