Police work experience

Every year the Police offer one work experience place to the new S4.

Any current S3 pupil interested in being considered for this place please add your name and tutor class to the sheet outside the Home Economics base.

A name will be drawn out the hat on Monday.

Work Experience 2013

Our 4th year pupils will be out and about for Work Experience for the week beginning 4th November. Pupils have received diaries to be filled in across the week, recording and reflecting on their time out of school. This will become part of the evidence which allows them to receive the  Intermediate I Work Experience qualification.

Many thanks to PT Pupil Support, Mrs Lyn Zambonini, for the hours of work involved in finding a place for every pupil, to our wonderful office and classroom assistants, and our grateful thanks also to the many local businesses and organisations who so willingly help out every year.

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.

Work experience

Many thanks to all of the companies and organisations that took one of our 4th year pupils for their Work Experience Week.

Pupils have returned to school full of new confidence and excited about their experiences. All those who took part will submit their diaries as evidence for their Intermediate I Work Experience qualification.

S4 Work Experience

4th year pupils were out of school for their week’s Work Experience. PT Pupil Support, Mrs Lyn Zambonini, oversaw the organisation of 130 placements to ensure our pupils had a valuable opportunity to help them in planning for their futures. Pupils have also received a diary to write up and reflect on their experiences. This will also be used as evidence for the associated qualification, Intermediate I Work Experience. Feedback from the pupils involved has been very positive and Our Lady’s would like to extend our thanks to all the businesses and organisations that were able to support our pupils this year.

Fire Reach 2009

Two groups of 3rd year pupils from OLHS have been spending a week with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. 

Fire Reach is a programme aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency, confidence-building and teamwork. The groups has to get organised with their own kit and equipment before unravelling the hoses, and learn how they connected to the fire engines. The pupils had to trust their teammates to guide them through a dark room, with their visors blacked out. The teams learned a special manouevre (like a wee dance!) to help them along the walls. They also took part in a practice Road Traffic Accident, watched videos and learned some First Aid.

All those who took part put on a display of their new skills at the end of the week, which their families were invited to watch. The Fire Service also gave each participant a folder with memories of their week’s experience and a framed photograph of their group in front of a fire engine to keep.

Week 1: Robyn Delaney, Aimee Flanagan, Lauren McKinnon, Melissa Slowey, Lauren Thorburn, Danielle Wotherspoon

Week 2:  John Boyle, Ryan Burns, Jamie Ferrie, Michael McCabe, Dean Barry McCrory and Graham Wotherspoon.

You’re in the army now

A group of 3rd year pupils were out of school for a week’s residential army work experience. During their week, they took part in a looooong hike (distance so far not specified), assault courses, and lots of drilling. Apparently, they are all now pretty good at press ups too!

Pupils taking part: Lee Mullen, Blair Duffy, David Patrick, Chelsea Blackley, Nicholas Divers, Paul Stephen, Laura Scott, Katie Hoey

Fire Reach Project

Jade Shannon and Caragh O’Brien are going to Coatbridge Fire Station for a week to take part in the Fire Reach Project.

The project involves taking part in some of the trainee firefighter lessons, team building and first aid. There will a graduation ceremony on Friday of the same week, which will be attended by parents and staff. The pupils will also visit a number of local Fire Stations, as well as the communications HQ for 999 calls where they will be instructed in how to respond to emergency situations.

The following week, two further pupils, Kieran McCluskey and Steven Hart, will also have an opportunity to participate.

Strathclyde Fire Service are kindly supplying transport, food and equipment requirements for the full week.