Tutor class 2N4 are collecting plastic bottles to make an ecowall for our sensory garden. Posters have appeared around the school asking all pupils to donate their empty bottles and hand them into the PE Department, while 2N4 will be keeping an eye out for the ones that get away.


Sensory Garden

Report from Mrs McNeish

2A1 Tutor class have decided to help tidy the school sensory garden and remove weeds as part of their ‘Eco-School’ topic.

Each day during tutor time, the class have put on wellies and overalls and gone out into the garden to work. They’re doing a smashing job.

Next week in keeping with the same theme, the class are planting sunflower seeds in pots in the Science labs. Hopefully, in the better weather, they will transfer them from the pots into the garden.

Sensory Garden – can you help?

 From Mrs Bertolini, Mrs King and Mrs McDonald

The 2nd year XL class have taken on the task of looking after the Sensory Garden.

If you have any spare pots, hanging baskets or other garden materials we would be grateful for any donations.

Please contact Mrs Bertolini, Mrs King or Mrs McDonald on 01698 274925 if you can help.

Sensory garden planting

Mrs Gallagher’s Standard Grade Biology class took advantage of the lovely weather to visit the Sensory Garden for some planting this week.

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Assisted by Mrs Henderson, the class arranged a small bed for some oats which will hopefully be milled and made into oatcakes later in the year.

Tattie howkers

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4th year History pupils had the opportunity of finding out for themselves what farming was like in the 19th century when they were dispatched to the Sensory Garden to dig up the tatties.

They harvested the potatoes, apples and our first ever plum! Other pupils prepared the soil for planting, removed weeds and planted shrubs.

Home Economics staff washed and prepared the fruit for the pupils to enjoy after all their hard work.

Overheard comment, “Don’t know if I like this farming – this is really hard work”.

Mission accomplished 🙂

International Education Award

Our Lady’s is proud to be one of only three secondary schools in North Lanarkshire to receive the North Lanarkshire International Education Award for promoting pupils’ knowledge of global issues and Scottish culture.

The Award recognises both classwork and extra-curricular initiatives such as the school’s continuing links with the Kamwokya Community in Uganda, our Citizens’ Cafe, the Sensory Garden and St Andrew’s Day celebrations, along with a variety of research tasks including Scottish mysteries, musical instruments worldwide and food culture in Italy.

Headteacher, Mrs Kathleen Sinclair and Depute Head, Mr John Crossan received the award on behalf of the school from Mrs Christine Pollock, Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services for North Lanarkshire Council.

Sensory Garden

Report by S4 Personal Development

The S4 personal development class have been working in the Sensory Garden. When we first went out to the garden we had a look at what needed done so this is a summary of what we did.

When we were in the garden we were involved  in digging up weeds and harvesting  rhubarb and potatoes. We then took them to Home Economics to use for cakes and other recipes (the rhubarb and potatoes, not the weeds!) We cleared the garden of most of the weeds and it is looking much nicer and tidier.

We have also started turning the garden waste into compost using the two new composters. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can use this compost to help the garden grow.

We will continue our work in the garden for the rest of the year. If anyone has any suggestions about what they would like us to do, plant or put in the garden then contact any of the S4 personal development class or Miss McGhee.

Summer School

Twenty new S1 pupils took part in a highly successful summer school organised by Partnership Officer, Mrs Deborah King and staff from the school.

Pupils took part in a number of environmental and physical activities, working in the Sensory Garden, preparing their own lunches, and playing softball and Swedish longball.

Over the week, the group visited Strathclyde Park for kayaking and mountain biking, and Fordell Firs for caving and archery, before preparing a fabulous presentation lunch for parents and guests.

Thanks to our 6th year helpers: Craig Johnson, Colleen Walker, Olivia Carson, Colette Maguire, Natalie Tierney and Marie McInerney; and staff Mrs Deborah King, Mrs Mary Mulholland, Mr Brian Meehan and Mrs Lorraine McNeish.

Grow a Greener World with Seeds for Schools

Report from Mrs Gallagher

In school last week Mrs Gallagher’s first year science classes with the help of Mrs Henderson were playing their part in helping to make a greener Scotland by planting hundreds of tiny tree seeds. The seeds came from the Forestry Commission and the idea is that throughout the U.K. a million trees get produced in schools and that these will then be distributed in the communities around the schools. The seeds planted were Birch, Scot’s Pine and Alder, seeds from trees that are native to Scotland.

 The pupils filled pots with compost and planted the three seeds that they were given in a triangle with some sand on top. They then watered them and put them in a safe place to be looked after until they are established.

Sensory Garden

2nd year English classes are helping to create a variety of Spots for Thought for our Sensory Garden. Most S2 classes have now visited the garden (in all weathers) and have been inspired to create their own work and find verse and quotations from other writers. 

Pupils have also created Wordles, word clouds created from another piece of writing or a collection of appropriate words. A wordle for this blog entry is below. 

A wordle from this blog entry

A wordle from this blog entry

Each piece of writing is added to a background photograph (selected from creative commons photos on FlickrStorm) or decorated with Clipart with the words carefully formatted to best advantage.

The Thoughtful Spots will be laminated before being hung from the fence of the Sensory Garden.

Sensory Garden Lanterns

Personal Development Group with their lanterns

The enlightened Personal Development Group

The Personal Development Group’s next task is continuing  the development of the Sensory Garden. They looked over the garden today, along with guest, Mrs Sandra McRoberts.

Shiny Happy People

Shiny Happy People

The Group has been asked to come up with and implement ideas for the garden. One of their first tasks was to paint some lanterns to hang in the trees. When lit the lanterns should provide a colourful glow in the garden.

Eyewitnesses report that the blue stain will eventually come out of Ms Zambonini’s floor.