Senior PSHE Day 4

On Friday, senior pupils participated in in their fourth PSHE Day. Pupils rotated around six areas:

  • Good Egg Drivers: pupils looked over the Good Egg Driver website and learned about safety for new and learner drivers. 
  • Police Scotland: Pearl ran a quiz to review what had been learned on previous PSHE days, followed by a game focusing on drugs, crime and personal safety.
  • Samaritans: the Samaritans discussed the issue of self harm, with personal account footage on video. The group discussed ’emotional first aid kits’, and everyone was given a stress toy in the shape of a mobile phone. There was a valuable discussion around the idea that self harm was attention seeking, which the Samaritans were quick to dismiss.
  • Study Skills: Mrs Macfadyen discussed how important it was for pupils to recognise their own study preferences – music, silence, mind-maps, relaxation – and asked pupils to pass on their own advice to 4th year pupils sitting exams for the first time. The groups also practised making up stories to help memorise a list in order
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention: the work focused on a video demonstrating how violence could be prevented. The video itself sparked a lot of discussion about what constitutes consent, what constitutes assault, and the role of alcohol in violent situations. Pupils worked with each other to identify ways that violent situations could be diffused or avoided altogether.
  • Learning profiles: pupils reviewed their previous work on strengths and accomplishments and updated their files.

“My sincere thanks to everyone who participated in today’s events.  To everyone who took groups, covered classes, answered phones, escorted visitors, laid out chairs, sorted ICT, gave up rooms, catered, photocopied, registered, Thanks!” Mrs Zambonini, Principal Teacher, PSHE

 

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News round-up 20th March

Report by Mrs Sinclair

Lenten Charities
All RE classes are involved in fund raising for a numbers of very important charities.  The projects vary from raffles, ‘soak the teacher’, non uniform day,  coffee mornings, football tournaments.  Pupils are encouraged to donate to the SCIAF wee boxes as often as possible.  Pupils in the school are hoping to top the £2500 raised during Lent last year.

Patron’s Day Mass
All staff and pupils as well as a large number of invited guests celebrated the annual Patron’s Day Mass on Friday 22nd March.  Bishop Devine, Father Frank King and a number of priests from local Parishes concelebrated the Mass.  The school band and choir were at their best as they led the hymns and performed beautiful reflections.

Easter Egg Appeal
During this season of Lent Miss McGinness and CARITAS pupils have been collecting Easter eggs and small creme eggs. These eggs will be passed the residents of Park Springs  Nursing home when a group from the school visit for an Easter service.   The collection has been going very well and lots of Easter eggs have been handed in from pupils, staff and parents. Miss McGinness,  Mrs Mulholland and the CARITAS group would like to thank everyone for their kind donations and hope to continue their appeal until the Easter holidays.

Motherwell v Hibs on Friday Night
The school was given 30 juvenile and 4 adult tickets for Friday Night’s Game.  These were donated by Motherwell FC and were in great demand.  The football was enjoyed by all who attended.

Ben Nevis Challenge for St Andrew’s Hospice
A number of pupils and staff have registered for the Nevis Challenge in April.  Watch this space for further information and photographs.

SCIAF 24 Hour Fast
Our annual SCIAF 24 Hour Fast took place on Thursday 21st March.  Thanks to all staff and pupils who fasted and also to all who sponsored them.

Station of the Cross
Stations of Cross for each House were held last week. Father King prepared and led the services.

  • Andrew House – Monday 18th March
  • Sinclair House – Tuesday 19th March
  • Margaret House – Wednesday 20th March
  • Columba House – Monday 25th March

France/ Belgium Trip
There was an information evening in the school last Tuesday night for pupils going to France and Belgium in June. The meeting in the school theatre was very well attended. Parents, pupils and staff were very impressed by the presentation by Mr Des Brogan, the of director of Mercat Tours. He explained that WW1 Cemeteries and Battlefields Tour is a moving experience and it has a profound effect on pupils, as it does with most visitors. Such a visit is highly recommended. The scale of slaughter becomes very real when you are confronted with huge war cemeteries around every corner, plus large monuments containing thousands upon thousands of names of young men whose bodies were never recovered. The words ‘lest we forget’ and ‘we will remember them’ will take on a new meaning to our young people.  He told them that they would return changed people.  Staff and pupils are very much looking forward to the trip in June.

Hollywood comes to Our Lady’s High
A film crew and some very good ‘actors’ and guides were involved in the filming of a transition DVD to be used with all of the primary seven classes.  Filming went very smoothly and it is hoped that the primary seven classes from our associated primary schools will enjoy what they see and it will reassure them about coming to Our Lady’s in August. Thanks to Marc Hobson, Aaron Fisher and Julia Stachuska

PSHE
Adele Graham from Motherwell Women’s Aid is working this month and next with S2 pupils to support their Domestic Abuse topic. The Samaritans have been in to deliver a presentation to fifth and sixth year students about positive mental health issues and  Self Harming.

Work Experience
We are appealing for any one who can offer the school work experience places for the new session in August.  If you can, could you please contact Mrs Lyn Zambonini on 274925

Knitting
Any old Knitting Needles?  We are appealing  for knitting needles – any size and any unused chunky or double knitting wool to be handed into school for a knitting group who are making a blanket for St. Andrew’s Hospice.

Coffee Morning
S3 Skills for Work, Health class held a fund raising coffee morning last Wednesday to raise funds for their trip and a charity of their choice.  They prepared a selection of cakes and served the tea and coffee like true professionals.  A large number of staff enjoyed the spread and attention.

Holidays
The School will close on Thursday 28th March for the Easter Holidays.  Parents/carers will receive a letter and text giving further details.

Samaritans visit

From Mrs Zambonini.

5th year classes had a visit from the Samaritans as part of their PSHE course.

Christine and Nancy came in and gave a very good talk about positive mental health and the role of the Samaritans. They conducted an active listening test with S5 with mixed results.

Their presentation was fun and up to the minute and it went down well with staff and pupils. Pupils received a large paperclippy thingy, a leaflet and a pen with details of Samaritans on them.

The 5th years were quite genuinely astonished at the volunteer status of job and committment of personnel,a s demonstrated by Christine and Nancy.