Summer school opportunity

Report from Mrs Zambonini

OLHS has been offered six places for a summer school in Glasgow.  Pupils in fourth, fifth or sixth year who are interested in pursuing a career in Accountancy or Business would benefit greatly from this opportunity.  You must be willing to travel to Glasgow and you must be available the first week in July.  There is no cost for the summer school but you would need to pay your travelling expenses. It would be great for a CV and would add substance to a personal statement for a university or college application.

See Mrs Zambonini as soon as possible if you are interested.


Report by Deborah King

14 1st year pupils attended the Climbzone in Braehead for an afternoon, accompanied by Partnership Officers, Deborah King and Angela McDonald. Pupils had previously attended the summer school and this was the final outing of the year.

The boys and girls spent an hour challenging their fear of heights on the Sky Park and completed the activity with a drop into the safety area. The afternoon was rounded off with juice and cake in Costas before returning to Motherwell.

A great time was had by all concerned.

Summer School 2010

Seventeen new S1 pupils took part in a highly successful summer school organised by Partnership Officers, Mrs Deborah King and Mrs Angela McDonald with lovely assistant and Attendance Officer, Mr Brian Meechan.

Over the week, the group took part in team building activities, played games with PE Teacher, Mrs Lorraine McNeish, learned about mental health with School Councillor, Mrs Ruth Archer, cooked lunches with PT Pupil Support, Mrs Lyn Zambonini, cycled around Strathclyde Park and had a go at kayaking, visited Low Waters Museum in Hamilton, and travelled to Millport to cycle around the island.

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On their last day, all the participants took part in a Big Brother question and answer session before making lunch for themselves and their families and invited guests, included Robert Dalzell and Pauline O’Neill from North Lanarkshire Council, Headteacher, Mrs Kathleen Sinclair and DHT, Mrs Monica Donnachie.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped out, including staff, Deborah King, Angela McDonald, Brian Meechan, Ruth Archer, Arthur McKeown from Dalziel HS, Lyn Zambonini and Lorraine McNeish; 6th years, Christopher Costello, Amanda Miller, Paul Stephen and Nicole Galbraith, and 2nd years, Gabrielle McPherson and Tammi Rae.

And most of all congratulations to the Summer School participants for their enthusiasm and willingness to try new things.

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.

Confidence boost at Fordell Firs

Eleven Summer School pupils enjoyed a day of team-building at Fordell Firs, along with three 6th year Buddies. The Partnership Officers, Deborah King and Angela McDonald, organised the day to help boost pupils’ confidence while providing an opportunity for staff to ensure they were happy and progressing well at Our Lady’s.

The pupils spent the day doing archery, caving, climbing and abseiling with pupils receiving massive praise for conquering their fear of heights or their fear of enclosed spaces or simply applying themselves to the tasks.

It was a valuable experience all round: in particular, the 6th year Buddies were able to support and encourage the 1st years and provided real examples of what they could achieve.

Comic Book Bonanza

Partnership staff organised a treat for the Summer School pupils today as artists and cartoonists, Mark Baines and Geraldine Greene, came along to Our Lady’s today as part of North Lanarkshire’s Youth Arts Festival.

The class started by drawing their own A3 size cartoon characters, which then became the basis for a whole class comic strip.

Each person drew one frame, and then passed on the strip to someone else and so on until the strip was completed. The class were generally surprised to see how their original frames had ended up.

For the final stage, each person created their own six frame story, for a class comic called Weird and Wacky, and everyone got their own copy of the completed comic to take away.

Summer School Evening

Parents and pupils who took part in the Summer School enjoyed an evening at Our Lady’s, hosted by Partnership Officers, Angela McDonald and Deborah King.

1st and 6th year pupils created and delivered a presentation outlining the activities which took place during the summer school and the benefits gained by those taking part. Parents also viewed an exhibition of photographs and work created during the summer.

Each participant was presented with their award certificates by Headteacher, Mr Bernard Love.