A big thank you to everyone to took part in events to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Over £800 was raised for to St Andrew’s Hospice. Well done to Taylor Gilfillan on her fabulous dancing and to Isabel Evans on her fabulous baking! A highlight was seeing one of our S1 pupil’s face light up when “talking bagpipes” with our wonderful piper, Mrs Connor’s dad. The young apprentice left the master promising to practise his pipes really hard and play them for us at the coffee morning next year.
Report by Mrs Connor
St Andrew’s Day was marked this year with a number of events which were organised by Mrs Connor and the pupils of Andrew House.
A whole school “Tartan Day” was held on Friday 27th November with pupils being asked to donate £1 to be allowed to have no uniform and Tartan themed clothing on. On Monday 30th there was a staff coffee morning at interval with former pupil Michael Clark entertaining us with his bagpipes. A “Scots Corner” stall was set up for pupils at lunchtime where they could buy tartan ribbons, bows as well as Scotland tattoo’s and cupcakes.
The events were enjoyed by all with the proceeds being donated to St Andrew’s Hospice.
Report from Mrs Connor
Friday 27th November will be Tartan Day, a whole school non-uniform day with participating pupils asked to wear tartan or Scottish-themed clothing. Pupils are being asked to donate £1 and a donation for our Christmas Fair raffle. No tins please!
Monday 30th November is St Andrew’s Day, and former pupil, Michael Clark will returning to pipe for the staff coffee morning. A Scots Corner stall will be set up in The Zone at lunchtime for pupils to purchase tartan ribbons, cupcakes and receive tattoos and face painting. All money raised will be donated to St Andrew’s Hospice.
Andrew House pupils organised a coffee morning with pipers and entertainment to celebrate St Andrew’s Day today.
Andrew House also sold tartan ribbons and badges with all proceeds to St Andrew’s Hospice.
Our favourite pipers, Mr Jim Hughes and Michael Clark (S4) played to entertain the staff, who happily munched away on oatcakes, shortbread, fruit cake, mince pies and saltire empire biscuits, made by the very lovely Mrs Evans. Thanks also to Tunnocks who donated teacakes and caramel wafers for the event.
Report by Colette Carr
This year for St Andrew’s Day, Andrew house set out to mark the day. In the run up to the day, tartan ribbons and badges were made and sold, and Saltires were put up on display around the school. On the 29th, celebrations took place, seeing a mass in the theatre for all Andrew house celebrated by our chaplain Father Morton, followed by a coffee morning for staff to celebrate our country’s patron saint day.
Mrs Connor, Andrew House guidance teacher, tells us about the preparations, and the day itself.
Hello! How important is it for the school, and more importantly Andrew house to celebrate St Andrew’s day each year?
I think it’s really important in giving us a sense of identity, especially in a Catholic school. As our country’s patron and in particular our house patron, he sets a very good example for our pupils, as in his life, he followed Jesus, something to be encouraged in our school community.
Was there any prior fundraising for charities carried out before the day itself?
Yes, we sold tartan ribbons and badges to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice, and also so we could see pupils walking about the school with them on, on the actual day.
There was a mass celebrated, and all of Andrew house attended, do you think it’s good for the pupils to gather together like so?
I think it’s a very good idea, it again helps us see our Catholic identity, but it’s also a celebration. The mass was very themed for the day, Father Morton had chosen readings about St Andrew, and spoke about his life, which was very good, because I learned new things about him during the mass. It was really good, as like I said he is a good example as a person for our pupils to try and be like.
A coffee morning also took place, did many teachers come along to celebrate and support this, and were there any pupils involved?
Most of the teachers came along, it was really good. We involved every year group in preparing for the day, like the first years helped make the tartan bows that we sold around the school, a group of fifth year girls helped out on the day, Michael played the bagpipes and our house captains Robyn and Paul did the vote of thanks at the end. The Andrew pupil council also had a lot to do with it.
Was the work done by pupils voluntary, or was it going towards any qualifications?
No, it was all voluntary.
Was there anything done differently from previous years?
Well, we hadn’t had a mass in a few years, so that was different, and we were snowed off last year!
Is there anyone you’d like to particularly thank?
Yes, Isabel Evans, she did a lot for us, baking, and Tunnocks, I had written to them and they gave us a donation, which was brilliant.
Hopefully next year will be just as successful!
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.
Report by Mrs Connor and Mrs McGuigan
To celebrate St Andrew’s day we are having the following events:
- Staff coffee morning with Scottish theme and piper
- Pupil ‘shindig’ at lunchtime with irn bru/short bread/piper etc
- Tartan Day for the whole school with pupils paying £1 to wear tartan
- Saltaire flags and tartan ribbons sold
All proceeds to St Andrews Hospice.
Press release from Historic Scotland:
With St Andrew’s Day fast approaching, Scots both at home and abroad are once more preparing to celebrate 30th November. Historic Scotland is preparing for the St Andrews Free Weekend – which this year forms a part of Homecoming Scotland Finale celebrations – with confirmation that they will offer free entry to 47 of their outstanding heritage attractions across Scotland over the weekend of 28th and 29th November. There will be extra events at some sites and a few surprises. Since 1996, Historic Scotland offered free entry to Edinburgh Castle and St Andrews Castle and Cathedral on the national day. However, to make St Andrew’s Day more of a national day of celebration, Historic Scotland took the decision three years ago to waive admission charges to a wide range of its properties for a special Scotland-wide St Andrew’s promotion – a move which has proved extremely popular with visitors from this country and overseas. This year, there’s an even greater choice of sites to visit for free. Edinburgh Castle will play a key focus in the celebrations with the free entry applying to three days – 28th, 29th and 30th November. There will also be special events taking place such as costumed performers and fireworks in the evening. The St Andrew’s Free Weekend offer covers a superb selection of historic attractions across the length and breadth of Scotland. This comprises sites in Orkney and the Western Isles – Skara Brae and the Arnol Blackhouse; in the North and Grampian – including Corgarff Castle, Elgin Cathedral, Fort George and Urquhart Castle; in Perthshire, Kinross and Angus – including Arbroath Abbey, Edzell Castle, and Huntingtower Castle; in the Central and West region – including Castle Campbell, Doune Castle, Iona Abbey, and Stirling Castle; in Edinburgh and the Lothians – including Edinburgh Castle, Craigmillar Castle and Dirleton Castle; in the Glasgow and Clyde region – including Bothwell Castle, Dumbarton Castle, and Glasgow Cathedral; in Fife – including Dunfermline Palace and St Andrews Cathedral, in the Borders – including Melrose Abbey and Smailholm Tower, and in Dumfries and Galloway – including Caerlaverock Castle, New Abbey Corn Mill, and Sweetheart Abbey. The weekend also signifies the Year of Homecoming 2009 Finale. Historic Scotland have been heavily involved in Homecoming 2009 celebrations with developments in ancestral clan trails, publications, on-line resources, events and living history performances and partnerships with other heritage organisations. Peter Bromley, director of properties in care, said: “This is such a great opportunity to get out and see the wealth of fascinating historic attractions we have on our doorstep as part of the Homecoming Finale celebrations and in recognition of our national day. Our sites spread all the way across the country, which means you won’t be too far away from a free Historic Scotland attraction over the St Andrew’s Free Weekend.”
Our Lady’s celebrated St Andrew’s Day in style with piper, saltires, kilts and tartan all over the place.
Andrew House held various fundraising ventures, including selling tartan ribbons, organising Tartan Day, and general tin rattling in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice. Staff enjoyed a St Andrew’s coffee morning on the 28th, and got stuck into shortbread, smoked salmon, oatcakes and dumpling. Many thanks to Mrs Isobel Evans for all her help.
Mr Jim Hughes provided wonderful piping throughout the morning, much to the delight of the pupils flocking round him. Mr Hughes also provided music for three 6th year pupils, Shelby Gilfillan, Natalie Curran and Cheryl O’Connor, who volunteered to dance a beautiful Highland Fling.
The total raised from all events so far is £365, which will be donated to St Andrew’s Hospice.