New Timetables & Primary 7 Inductions

Report from Mr Hawthorne

On Monday of this week, everyone started their new timetables, moving up a year and getting a taster of what their lessons will be like for coming back after August. So far, everyone is enjoying their timetables, and, there are hardly any problems! For some reason, pupils seem to be enjoying the lessons most when they get to go down to and watch rehearsals for Grease because their teachers are taking part!

Also, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Primary 7s from linking schools have been coming up for their Induction days.  Many have been enjoying it, and some are nervous, but everyone from other years have been giving them a helping hand, especially the sixth years who have been appointed the jobs of being their buddies.

Pupils are also asked that for the rest of the week, and after everyone returns in August, to help the new first years if they need anything.

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Science quiz winners

Report from Mr Law

Mr. James Tyrrell visited an S1 assembly at Our Lady’s yesterday to present awards to the winners of the 2010 P7 to S1 Science Quiz. Pupils participated in the contest during the P7 visit to OLHS earlier this year, answering questions on Science and the media, with assistance (but not answers) from 5th and 6th year.

Mr. Tyrrell gave a short speech before presenting certificates and winners medals to our top scorers and awarding the Science Quiz P7/S1 Competition Cup to Margaret House. Congratulations to all of the winners and many thanks to Mr Tyrell for his kind sponsorship of the event.

P7 visits

Our Lady’s is receiving visitors from our associated primary schools on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and they are incredibly excited to be here! The pupils are having classes around Our Lady’s, finding out a bit about life in secondary school. In the LRc, for example, the P7s had a look at the blog and the website.

All P7 pupils are welcome to leave their thoughts about Our Lady’s here, by clicking on the word, “Comments” above, and filling in the form.

Open evening – part 2

Many thanks to all the families who came along to Our Lady’s last night, despite the atrocious weather.

Over 200 people toured the school to view our facilities, meet the staff and find out more about the school.

Activities included having a go with the computerised embroidery sewing machines in Home Economics which were already set up and running so that P7s could see some designs. Visitors also had the chance to operate the ordinary sewing machines, trying to follow a line on a sheet. Mums reminisced about their own Home Economics classes while the Dads complained that they never had the chance to do Home Economics at school at all.

Various resources were on show in the Library Resource Centre, including our famous Roman helmet, used for the Ninth Legion investigation, examples of mindmapping and rebus puzzles, Comic Life software and our course, our blog, Our Lady’s Latest.

The PE department set up gymnastics displays, while Art and Design showed off screen printing techniques.

We welcome comments about the school, or last night’s event, which can be added by clicking on the “Comments” button above.

Open Night

Tonight, Our Lady’s is open to all pupils and parents of our associated primaries and any other families considering educating their children at OLHS.

There are all kinds of activities taking place tonight in Performing Arts, PE, Technical, Home Economics, Science, Pupil Support, Maths, Modern Languages, English, Social Subjects, Art and the Library Resource Centre. You can also visit our Memorial Chapel and the Cardinal Winning Memorial Lecture Room. Refreshments will be available on the ground floor.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Our Lady’s. Please feel free to come and have a look around.

S1 Induction

The current Primary 7 pupils from our associated primary schools enjoyed their Induction Day today.

In previous years, pupils have followed their brand new timetables for two days, meeting some of their teachers for the first time and finding out where classrooms are.

This year it was agreed to give the P7s a different type of introduction to their new school. Helped by the new S6, the pupils enjoyed games of badminton, building turtles and towers and drama sessions.