On Tuesday 4th October, 40 S6 pupils accompanied by their Guidance teachers, spent a day dedicated to the UCAS process at the NLC Computer Centre based in Caldervale High School.

After discussing applications, interview techniques, courses and personal statements, participants used the computer suites to work undisturbed on their applications. Pupil feedback was very positive, particularly about the opportunity to spend a whole day concentrating on their own University applications without the interruptions of lessons!


UCAS/SAAS information evening

Mrs Donnachie has organised a parents’ information evening which will explain the process of UCAS/SAAS application which many senior pupils will be involved in very soon.

This event will be held on Thursday September 1st at 7pm in The Zone.

Senior pupils are warmly invited to accompany their parents/ carers to this important meeting.

Planning for university

Fifth & Sixth Year pupils aiming for a university course should sign up for an Open Day of their choice.

UCAS applications began today in the Library with Andrew House. Columba pupils will register tomorrow (Thursday), Margaret on Friday, and Sinclair on Monday. There will be a chance for anyone who missed out first time around to come along on Tuesday. The UCAS application form is very detailed and takes several hours to complete, so the earlier pupils make a start, the better.

Our Careers Advisor, Ruth Robertson, will also be available on Mondays and Fridays in the Library at lunchtime for anyone who wants advice or even just a guide to their options after school.

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.

Careers seminar

Our fabulous Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, provided a lunchtime seminar on Personal Statements to a packed crowd of upper school pupils hoping to go to university after the summer.

The Personal Statement is an important part of the UCAS application form, in which candidates express their reasons for applying for a particular course, and their hopes for the future.

Ruth has been holding meetings with 6th year individually, discussing their preferred post-school destinations and guiding them through the process of applying for higher and further education, training or work.

All UCAS forms should be completed and delivered to Pupil Support staff by 4th December.

Heading for college and university?

6th year pupils aiming to go to university next year have been meeting with Mrs Mulholland, Mrs Macfadyen and Principal Teachers of Pupil Support to organise their UCAS applications, discuss their plans and learn about the resources held in school to assist them. Our Careers Adviser, Ruth Robertson, has also been on hand to provide expert advice.

Upper school pupils have also signed up for the university open day of their choice, with pupils heading for Glasgow, Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, Edinburgh and Stirling.