Food for Thought Fridays

sciaflogoLast year, the English Department raised almost £400 for SCIAF during Lent by asking people to trade in their Friday lunch money for a slice of bread, cheese or jam, chased down with a glass of water. The English Department is keen to follow on from last year’s success with the help of Mr McHugh and Miss McMahon in RE.

The first Food for Thought Friday took place last week, and has already raised £30. All staff and pupils are welcome to join in on Friday lunchtimes, swap their cash for grub, and enjoy some musical entertainment courtesy of staff and pupils.

24 Hour Fast for SCIAF

sciaflogoReport from Miss McMahon

All S5 pupils have the opportunity to participate in a 24 hour fast for SCIAF whose aim is to ‘make poverty a thing of the past’. The money donated during Lent will also be doubled by the UK government.

The fast takes place on Monday 21st March at the beginning of Mass at 1:20pm and will end the following day at lunch time. Participants will be offered a Dominos pizza lunch to break their fast on Tuesday 22nd March. To participate, pupils should pay £5 and collect as many sponsors as possible.

Please see Miss McMahon for a sponsor form.

SCIAF Hallowe’en

Report by Liam Musgrave

2014_1031_5979The Caritas SCIAF group organised a Halloween fundraising event on 31st October. Pupils in the group persuaded members of staff to dress up and obtain sponsorship from their pupils for doing so.

Many teachers enthusiastically participated and costumes sported on the day included a tube of toothpaste, zombies, a hippy chick, a leprechaun, a whole coven of witches and Wally.

2014_1031_6032The group managed to raise £275 through this event, taking their running total to £605. The group would like to say a special thank you to all staff members who took part for supporting their charity fundraising endeavours.

More Caritas!

Report from Miss McGinness

A group of S6 Caritas students met with Mark Booker from SCIAF to take part in the Talented Fundraisers project where they plan to use their gifts and talents to raise money for SCIAF!


Father Stephen Reilly from St Bernadettes Parish visited the school to meet with the Caritas group members who will be taking part in faith witness activities within his parish.


Patron’s Day 2014

Our Lady’s celebrated our Patron’s Day on 25th March, the Feast of the Annunciation. Monsignor Miller stood in for Bishop Toal in leading the celebrations, along with Fr Reilly, Fr Brown and our own School Chaplain, Fr King.

We were delighted to welcome so many special guests: the headteachers of our associated primaries, Mrs Boyle from St Bernadette’s Primary, Mrs Oates from St Brendan’s Primary and Mrs Shields from Cathedral Primary; Mr Hannan from Braidhurst High School and Mr Birch from Dalziel High School; Miss Halket and Mrs Graham, the chairs respectively of our PTA and Parent Council; Mrs Donald from St Andrew’s Hospice, Mr Doyle from SCIAF, Mr McGilvery from the Gideon Society and Mr Cassidy from the Diocese; and a wonderful collection of former staff.

Thanks to everyone for their hard work including our choir and band, our 6th year Eucharistic Ministers, and everyone who helped out.

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

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

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.

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

Lenten Charities Results

We are very proud to report that Lenten Charities fund-raising has so far this year raised £3670, with further money to be handed in. 50% of the total will be donated to SCIAF, and the remainder will be split between the various House charities.

Ms Sneddon will be visiting our Ugandan partners in Kamwokya on a staff study trip over the summer and will present the raised funds to Francis Mbazira, Director of the Kamwokya Community.

The funds will be used to help build a proper canteen for pupils who currently have to sit around on the ground for their lunch. Work has already started as can be seen from the photos below.

Our Lady’s Annual Awards Ceremony, 19th September 2008

Our Lady’s annual Awards Ceremony took place on 19th September 2008, at which we honoured over 300 young people for their achievements over the past year, and the SQA exams.

The full list of recipients is available on the school website.

Pupils also presented cheques to four worthy causes from our Lenten Charities events:

  • £600 to the Motherwell Homeless Unit;
  • £950 for SCIAF;
  • £600 to ALMA;
  • £400 to St Andrew’s Hospice.

The SCIAF cheque will be distributed to our partners at the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community in Uganda, to help establish a broadband link, to help with travel costs for peer educators coming from Kamwokya, and a donation towards our commitment to build an eating area for Kamwokya pupils.

Our two current visitors from Kamwokya, Robert Mulerwa and Teddy Katusime, came directly from Glasgow Airport to see the Awards and will join us again after the October break for a week in Our Lady’s.

The school choir sang a haunting version of “Hushabye Mountain” which raised the hairs on the back of everyone’s neck (absolutely gorgeous), while the saxophone quartet from the school band played “5’2″, Eyes of Blue” and “Has anybody seen my girl?

Presenting the awards was our special guest, Paul Cooney, who delighted the audience of pupils, parents and staff with stories of his own school awards (for services to the tuck shop) and his achievements since, adding,

“If you’re looking for success, it’s not a destination, it’s a journey”,

and encouraged everyone to be ready to take opportunities as they arise.

Invited guests included Bishop Devine, Fr Stephen Miller (School Chaplain), Suzanne Graham (Parent Council), Maureen Dunn (PTA), Provost Tom Curley, Paul Cooney, Robert Dazell (Quality Improvement Officer, North Lanarkshire Council), Councillor Michael Ross and the headteachers of our four associated primary schools.

Patron’s Day Mass

Report (mostly) by Kenneth MacDermid.

Our annual mass for Patron’s Day took place today.

The mass was presided over by the Right Reverend Bishop Joseph Devine and concelebrated by Fr. Chromy and our own Fr. Miller. The mass was celebrated as the Feast of the Annunciation in dedication to Our Lady – the school patron.

The bishop spoke of the great history that our school is steeped in, encouraging both staff and pupils to follow in the light of Christ.

Mr Love, in his vote of thanks, mentioned the school’s strong links with SCIAF and Kamwokya, and looked forward to two young people from the Kamwokya Community visiting the school for a week at the start of the new session.


Many thanks to all the supporters of OLHS who came along to today’s ceremony:

Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services, Christine Pollock and Education Officer, Anne Donaldson;

Headteachers from our associated primaries, Mrs Maureen McGhee, Mrs Maria Shields, Mrs Gwen Dickson, Mrs Sally Fraser and Mr Derek Hannan, Headteacher of Braidhurst High School;

Provost Tom Curley, Councillor Gordon Stewart and Councillor Kate Harmon;

Mrs Maureen Dunn and Mrs Suzanne Graham from the PTA and Parent Council;

Mr Ian Menzies from SCIAF;

former members of staff, Mrs Mary Boyle, Mr Brian McCrossan, Mr Brian Keown, Mr Jake Carlin, Mr John White, Mr John Boyle and Mr Raymond Lunny.

Grateful thanks must go to all musicians, readers, offertory processors and Eucharistic ministers for their assistance, as well as to all the staff who ensured the day ran smoothly, in particular Mr. Crossan!