Letter: Ben Nevis walk

Click on the letter to read a larger size or open the PDF version at the bottom.

PDF version of letter: 2017_0531_BenNevisletter


Tinto Hill 2017

Lovely day for a walk – until they got to the top where is was just a wee bit colder than the 700m below.

S1 headed up Tinto Hill to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice today.  Well done everyone who took part.

Thanks to  Partnership Officer, Deborah King for all her hard work and organisation.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Tinto Hill climb, 23rd May 2017

S1 pupils are climbing Tinto Hill on 23rd May to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice. All pupils must return their consent form and £3 to their Pupil Support Teacher. Anyone who has not returned their consent form cannot attend the trip.

A reminder to everyone to wear appropriate clothes and bring a pack lunch.

Pupils should meet in the Zone as soon as the bell rings in the morning.

Good luck!

St Andrew’s Day 2016

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.

Ben Nevis Challenge 2016

Report from Mrs King


21 pupils and 7 staff set off at 5.45 am on Saturday 4th June to tackle Ben Nevis. The weather was very warm and sunny, very favourable to take in the panorama. The views climbing were spectacular and  despite the heat and the tough terrain, OLHS staff and pupils did themselves proud.

There were 12 schools in total climbing for St Andrew’s  Hospice so the path was very busy with teenagers and dogs and bikes. There was no moaning or complaining from the pupils and all made it down safely to get changed, have dinner and get back in the bus for the return journey to Motherwell.

Sponsorship money has to be handed into to Deborah King in the guidance base as soon as possible

Ben Nevis Challenge 2016

Some information from Lucy Kiilean from St Andrew’s Hospice


  • Connor from Atlas Mountaineering has informed me that we are hoping to reach the summit this year! There is however snow at the top of the Ben and consequently there is a hidden gully covered in snow. There will be a guide stationed at this point but thought it was worth mentioning.
  • The weather is also due to be HOT. .. Bring plenty of water and salty snacks to avoid being dehydrated and undernourished.
  • Be dressed and ready to go (boots included!) as soon as the bus comes into the car park.  With twelve schools attending this year it can get a little crazy with all of the buses in such a small area so be prepared as humanly possible.

St Andrew’s Hospice Business Partnership

Report by Aaron Hawthorne

A new agreement was signed by Mrs Sinclair and pupils from Our Lady’s High School on Monday 10th November between Lucy Mitchell (Schools Liaison Officer for St Andrew’s Hospice) and the school for a new business partnership. Caramel shortcake and tea was enjoyed by all.

This is a great step forward in the school’s active relationship with St Andrew’s Hospice and will further develop fundraising and commitment to the hospice, kicking things off with a special musical concert for the residents of St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie by the school’s Caritas Choir.


Hospice Ambassadors

Report by EMcC

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”

Partership Officer Mrs King was recently contacted by St Andrews Hospice regarding an opportunity for 6th year pupils to become ambassadors for the hospice.

St Andrew’s Hospice is the only specialised hospice in Lanarkshire, it requires £65,000 a week to allow it to provide patients with life limiting illnesses a place to receive palliative care. It is also home to a day hospice which cares for around 80 patients per week. St Andrew’s Hospice also works with schools encouraging young people to support the hospice and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

As an Ambassador for St Andrews Hospice we are required to fulfil a list of ten things,  including:

  1. Wear an ambassador badge
  2. Visit the Hospice
  3. Volunteer at a Hospice event
  4. Hold at least one fundraising event in school in support of the Hospice
  5. Do something to actively promote “Hospice Care Week” in school
  6. Help with fundraising at St Andrews
  7. Like St Andrew’s on Facebook and encourage those in school to do the same
  8. Tweet about St Andrew’s and recruit as many new followers as possible
  9. Help to recruit next year’s ambassadors, whether Junior or Senior, by sharing your experiences from the year.
  10. Write a short article illustrating the things you have done throughout the year as an ambassador.

Throughout the year we will work towards completing these things and encouraging other pupils in the school to get involved too. We have already received our Ambassador badges from DHT, Mrs Mulholland, and are planning our first fundraising activities.

The Ambassadors: Emily McCafferty, Gemma Greir, Shavaun Goodman, Chantelle Laughlin, Casey Reid, Ashley Macintyre, Jacob Mitas, Rachael Ballentyne, Cerys Law and Jill McMurray.

St Andrew’s Hospice 6K

6K_5040Report from Mrs Sinclair

Well done to all of the staff and pupils who turned out yesterday for the 6K Fundraiser for St Andrew’s Hospice. It was a great occasion and wonderful to see so many young people giving up their time for such a great cause.

Almost 70 people represented Our Lady’s High School. Thanks to Mrs King and Mrs Mulholland for organizing this on behalf of the school.

If you have any sponsor money could you bring it in as soon as possible. If you were unable to go along yesterday perhaps you could sponsor someone.

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.

West Highland Way Walk

From Mrs King

Thanks to everyone who supported the recent West Highland Way walk for staff and senior pupils. This year we raised an outstanding sum of £2079.

Approximately eleven senior pupils participated, along with Mr Pegard, Mrs King, Mrs Fitzpatrick, Mrs McDonald, Mrs Mulholland, staff from Community Learning and Development. The group walked approximately 20 miles, from Altfeadh at the bottom of the Devil’s Staircase to Fort William, to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice. Each person taking part had to raise £100 to take part.

The weather was glorious for walking, and everyone made it through a challenging day with camaraderie and good humour.

Tinto Hill 2013

110 pupils from 1st year and a group of gallant staff walked to the top of Tinto Hill yesterday to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice. The weather was warm and sunny, although the summit was pretty cold. Staff from St Andrew’s Hospice provided water and bananas to walkers for the journey upwards and congratulated them with a medal on their return.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

St Andrew’s Day

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.