Convener’s Award

Report from Mrs Sinclair

Six of our fifth year students have received the Convener’s Award for Excellent Achievement in their SQA exams. They attended an awards ceremony in Coltness High School last night with all of the other winners from the 24 secondary schools in North Lanarkshire Council.

Congratulations to Megan O’Raw, Francesca McCoy, Dominic Nolan, Stephen Ross, Rhys Bevan and James Bennett, who attained eight Credit 1s or equivalent at Intermediate 2. Very well done to everyone.

SQA exams – updated arrangements

From Mrs Sinclair

Dear Parent/Carer

Further to the letter which you received prior to the Easter holidays I would like to advise a change to the exam leave arrangements.  As it is an in-service day prior to the long weekend it has been agreed by the senior management team that pupils in fourth, fifth and sixth year may begin the formal exam leave on Friday 4th May.  Pupils should use this day and the weekend for study purposes.  They should then use all non-exam days for study.

If any pupil would prefer to study in school he/she should see me to make arrangements.  The teaching staff will be available to assist pupils when they would normally have been teaching them and therefore if your child needs some assistance with a subject a visit to the school for support is an option.  When visiting the school, can I ask you to ensure that the uniform is worn.

This is a busy and often stressful time for the young people and I am sure that the extra support from families helps at this time.  I am very hopeful that most of our students have been studying hard, particularly in the last few weeks, and that they will reap the benefits.

I wish your child every success in the exams and be assured that we pray for the success of all of our young people every day, during the exams.

To our sixth year students, there will be a number of opportunities to say goodbye and wish them well.  However can I take this opportunity to thank them for their contribution to our school over the years.  I look forward to hearing about their successes in the years ahead.  Good Luck and God Bless.

Pupils in fourth and fifth year should return to school on 7th June for their induction into fifth and sixth year respectively.  A letter and text message will be sent nearer the time.

I hope that this change in arrangement days does not cause you any inconvenience.

King Regards

Mrs K Sinclair
Head Teacher

SQA exams 2012

Exams have now started for 4th year pupils, with 3rd years also sitting their Standard Grade English.

All pupils have been provied with personal exam timetables, providing details of subjects, levels, dates, times and seat numbers for each exam, as well as a copy of a Candidates Booklet, issued by the SQA. Pupils should also remember to wear full school uniform for their exams.

Study leave officially begins on May 8th, although there are individual study days for earlier exams.

Good luck to everyone.

SQA results and interviews

Hopefully you will all get exactly the results you want when the SQA text messages and letters appear. Fingers crossed for everybody 🙂

However, staff will be available at OLHS on Thursday 4th August from 1pm-3pm for anyone wanting to change their Upper School subject choices for 2011-12. Changes to subject levels will be discussed at a later date.

Please note that Knowetop Avenue will be closed at Firpark for the International Children’s Games. Access to Dalzell Drive will only be available via Windmillhill Street.

SQA exams

The following SQA exams are being held this week. The complete list is available from the SQA website.

Monday 9th – Standard Grade Biology & Standard Grade Music.

Tuesday 10th – Standard Grade Modern Studies.

Wednesday 11th May – Standard Grade French.

Thursday 12th May – Standard Grade Administration & Standard Grade Technological Studies

Friday 13th May  – Higher, Int I, Int II, Advanced Higher English.

Mass and Exams

Our school chaplain, Father King, celebrated Mass with some of our exam candidates last week.

4th year pupils celebrated Mass yesterday, less than two weeks before their first exam on Friday 30th April. 4th year pupils exam leave begins on Thursday 29th April at 3.30pm.

Mass was also held on Friday 23 April for 3rd year pupils, who will all have exam leave on 28th April in preparation for their  Standard Grade English exam the following day.

5th and 6th year pupils will begin their exam leave on Wednesday 12th May.

Father King spoke to all pupils about the importance of using their talents, working hard and trying their best. Many thanks to all of the parents and wider school community who came along to celebrate with the children.

Good luck to all of our pupils in the forthcoming exams.

Easter School

Forty upper school pupils are currently attending Easter school in Motherwell College.  This opportunity for last minute revision is provided by North Lanarkshire Council Learning and Leisure Services and is supported by a number of staff from Our Lady’s who deliver tutorials and workshops to the young people.

As well as this students are being given the opportunity to attend ‘Supported Study’ or Masterclasses in some subjects.

  • Monday 12th April – Chemistry from 10.00 am until 3.00pm ( 4th year and Higher students)
  • Tuesday 13th April – Mathematics 10.00am until 2.30pm approx.
  • Thursday 15th April – Art & Design 10.00am until 3.00pm.

Information Evening

Report by Mrs Sinclair

The Upper School Information Evening was held on Wednesday. A number of parents/carers turned out to hear presentations from Mrs Mulholland, Head of Upper School and Mr Martin, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.

Mrs Mulholland informed the parents about preparation for the exams and the formalities of sitting exams. She also explained about the certification and issued very important dates. Later in the presentation Mrs Mulholland informed the parents of the variety of experiences which are planned for the young people over the next two years and the proposed induction programmes for fifth and sixth year students.

Mr Martin explained about the role of the pupil support staff so far in advising the young people in their options as well as target setting. He talked about study patterns and the importance of planning for study, particularly as the new fifth year students undertake five National Qualifications at Higher, Intermediate II or Intermediate I, next year. He explained how parents could assist with this – not least by ensuring that they get an adequate amount of sleep each night!

Bon Appetit!

As part of their NQ course ‘Life in Another Country’, our S4 group recently enjoyed a veritable feast of French food!

Part of the qualification involves students researching and sourcing France’s famous cuisine, and their teacher, Mrs O’Sullivan, treated them to a tasting session.

The students had to earn their crust though: each one had to request the various foods in French as part of their assessment. Their accents were indeed magnifique!

Standard Grade Information Evening

All parents with children sitting Standard Grade exams in 2010 were invited to an information evening at Our Lady’s.

The evening, hosted by Mr Mulrooney, provided information about assessment procedures, investigations, folios, schedule examinations, homework, studying and the different levels of presentation for Standard Grade exams.

There was also some discussion regarding how parents could help their children achieve their potential in these qualifications.


Pupils are working hard to complete their folios which will be sent off to the Scottish Qualifications Authority as part of the external assessment process for Standard Grades.

Folios reflect the work pupils have completed over the two years of the Standard Grade course, and so contain different materials according to department. In ICT, for example, folios include at least two programming tasks, two non-programming tasks (such as database and spreadsheet work) and a project, whereas English folios contain discursive essays, imaginative essays and at least three literary analyses of drama, prose, poetry or media studies.

Parental support during this stressful period is very helpful in ensuring the work is completed in good time. All folios should be complete by the beginning of March to allow staff to complete the necessary administration before posting away to the SQA.


5th and 6th year pupils sitting Highers and Advanced Highers in a range of subjects received instruction regarding the Scholar programme today.

Scholar specialist, Harry Hughes, took groups through the Scholar website, showing them how get the best out of the facilities. Scholar was created by Heriot Watt University originally to assist with advanced work in  Science, Maths and Languages, but the range of subjects is gradually increasing, and now includes

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • French
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Maths
  • Physics

with further courses in Economics, German, Psychology and Spanish forthcoming. The website takes the form of lessons, interactive tasks, animations and tests, all of which can be monitored by teaching staff.

All OLHS pupils sitting one of the relevant courses has access to these materials via a log-in and password. These can be retrieved from Mrs Macfadyen in the Library Resource Centre.

SQA exam results

The big day approaches. Your exam results should drop through the letter box on 5th August, but remember that you can receive the results electronically from 8am on the same day. Saves the agonies of waiting for the post.

If you’re interested in getting your results by e-mail or text, you MUST sign up here with MySQA by 5pm on 17th July, and activated your account by 5pm, 25th July. You will need to have your Scottish Candidate Number handy.

If you would like more information, have a look at the Why Wait website here.

Good luck!

Stress help

The Partnership Officers, Mrs Deborah King and Mrs Angela McDonald have again organised stress management workshops for S5 in preparation for SQA exams.

Run by Eileen Burns from The Stress Clinic, the workshop provides techniques to take home and help de-stress during exams.

So far, 32 pupils have participated in two workshops.

SQA success rewarded

A group of nine pupils attended a reception at Kildonan Street to receive the North Lanarkshire Conveners’ Certificate for their outstanding results in the SQA exams. In total, 150 pupils from North lanarkshire secondaries were honoured.

Paul Byrne, John Connelly, Cairan McCarroll, Clare McDevitt and Mairi Smith achieved the top grades in all eight of their Standard Grades.

Rachel Devlin, Calum McCall, Eamon Nolan and Lisamarie McGowan received the award for five Highers passed with A grades.

The awards were attended by Director of Learning and Leisure Services, Christine Pollock, Head of Quality and Support Services, Jane Liddell and Education Convener, Jim Logue.