BBC School Report 2017

BBC School Report provides an opportunity for pupils between 11-16 to experience a day in a newsroom, creating and reporting on the news. Groups can choose to report on the events of the day as they occur, build their own reports on a theme, or a mixture of both. Our Lady’s BBC School Report 2017 focused on the Transplant Games which are taking place in North Lanarkshire from 27th-30th July this year.

In advance of School Report Day on 16th March, pupils spent every Friday lunchtime in the Library selecting issues to investigate, improving their knowledge of organ transplants and making contact with relevant organisations and individuals who might be able to help them. As the day drew closer, pupils also volunteered time after school to learn about and practice sending requests for information, interview techniques, creating surveys and writing reports. Senior pupils involved worked on a storyboard for a video report.

One group of pupils set up an interview with heart transplant recipient, Mr Brian Gorman, who described his life before and after his operation. Mr Gorman explained that he did not know whose heart he had received but that he sent an update every five years to the donor’s family through the hospital to say thank you.

Another group interviewed the Chair of the North Lanarkshire games, Councillor Jim McCabe, who explained the reasons why North Lanarkshire was so keen to host the event and personal friends who had died because the wait for the transplant had been just too long for their bodies to cope.

Pupils were also keen to investigate attitudes to and knowledge of organ transplantation in school and created a survey for staff and pupils.

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On the day, pupils completed more surveys and also visited asked staff if they would like to share their reasons for carrying a donor card. The group created bullet points from all of their sources of information which became part of our School Report Ideas Wall. They collated the responses of the survey and designed posters to illustrate their data, which were combined with the storyboard and bullet points to create our video report. They wrote reports on all of their investigations. Throughout the day, pupils took photos of their colleagues and tweeted what they were up to. We even sent a photo of the dreich day outside to BBC Weather Watchers!

Naturally, with such a lot going on we had one or two issues, but the pupils were fantastic, and remained positive throughout, even when Mr Kerr and Mrs Macfadyen were tearing their hair out.

Our thanks to everyone in OLHS for their support, to Mr Gorman and Councillor McCabe for taking the time to come along to the school, and to everyone who responded to our e-mails and requests for help. We couldn’t have done it without you.

All of our BBC School Report work is available by clicking here.

Employability events for parents and school staff – Tuesday 27th November, Civic Centre, Motherwell

North Lanarkshire Council is holding an employability event on 27th November from 3.30pm – 5.00pm in the Civic Centre, Motherwell for parents and school staff.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of post-school progression opportunities for young people looking to move on to further education, employment and training.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people’s main advisors to come along and find out first hand what’s available to them and how best  to support them into a career suited to their needs and aspirations.

This event will enhance the speed networking events, organised by North Lanarkshire Council which students from across the schools in the authority will attend in three localities – Airdrie, Cumbernauld and Motherwell.

Score Goals Initiative

Congratulations to Ryan Fernon and Brendan Reilly who successfully completed the Score Goals Initiative at Firpark, also receiving the North Lanarkshire Fitness Award.

The Initiative is a partnership between Motherwell FC, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire. S1 and S2 pupils are nominated by schools across the authority to attend the programme, which covers mental and physical health as well as education and discipline and a decent dose of professional football training.

Both boys received a certificate and signed photo of themselves with Motherwell FC Manager, Craig Brown.

Fashion Show

North Lanarkshire Council is hosting a “Glam Metal” Fashion Show featuring the work created by high school pupils all over the region. The submission from Our Lady’s High School features the work done by last year’s S1 pupils who created tie and scarf designs in Ms Steinert’s class as part of the Art and Design curriculum.

The fashion designs will be shown in a special runway catwalk exhibition in January 2010 at Summerlee Industrial Museum, Coatbridge. The following pupils’ work is being submitted : Nadia Warnock, Leah Holmes, Erin O’Neil, Jay McMahon, Brendan Reilly, Colette Rodgers, Kieran Ross, Ryan Fox, Piotr Lasiewicz and Matthew Cassidy.

Click here to have a look at some of their work on Ms Steinert’s blog.

Score Goals Initiative

Congratulations to the pupils from OLHS who recently completed the  “Score Goals Initiative” with Motherwell Football Club.

Successful Score Goals Initiative participants

The Initiative is a partnership between Motherwell FC, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue, North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire. Pupils in  S1 and S2 pupils are nominated by schools across the authority to attend the programme, which covers mental and physical health as well as education and discipline and a decent dose of professional football training.