A GROUP of 12 pupils from Our Lady’s received the John Muir Award this week in recognition of ‘awareness and responsibility for wild places’.
The pupils, from S1-S4, had all taken part in a week long programme last October, run by the Motherwell Community Learning & Development Youth Work Team.
It involved learning about their outdoor environment and participating in workshops on camp craft, survival skills and forest walks. Well done to all.
BEN NEVIS: Nine senior pupils and two courageous members of staff valiantly tackled the highest peak in Scotland to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice.
Having conquered their first challenge of meeting the bus at 5.45am for the journey to Fort William, the actual hill-walking was a doddle.
One member of staff and six of the pupils reached the summit before the official closing time, after which the mountain is deemed unsafe. All enjoyed the hospitality at the Ben Nevis Hotel afterwards, especially the chance of a hot shower and some hot food.
PARENTS: The parent council and the PTA met last Monday.
Anyone interested in joining the PTA should contact the school. All parents, as members of the parent forum, are welcome to attend any parent council meeting.
RETREATS: All second year pupils are taking part in retreats at Carfin Grotto and Pilgrimage Centre, learning about its origins, exploring its shrines and examining the huge collection of relics.
CARITAS: All of the sixth year pupils who worked towards the Caritas Award 2012 were successful. Congratulations go to Katie Cunningham, Nicole Donnelly, Shaun Donnelly, Mhairi Duncan, Rachael Lamara, Nicole Leggate, Sarah Mackenzie, Chloe McAlpine, Daniel McDermott, Holly McErlain, Luke McMahon, Lauren McShannon, Jack Mullen, Rebecca Murphy and Scott Sneddon.
The awards ceremony for Caritas Pupils from all over Scotland will take place in the Clyde Auditorium on Saturday, June 2.
TRIPS: The biology department are organising a trip to the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on Friday for Standard Grade Biology pupils.