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Our Lady's High school and house captains
Our Lady's High school and house captains
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Our Lady’s High

Captains chosen

The Our Lady’s team of school and house captains has been chosen for the coming session.

They are: school captains - Daniel Dolan and Stephen Ross; Andrew House - Erin O’Neill and Colette Rodgers; Columba House - Laura Kelly, James Bennett and Ronan Higgins; Margaret House - Colette Wilson and Ross McQuade; Sinclair House - Sophie Harcup, Ryan Romillie and Daniel Davis.

Everyone volunteered for the posts and put themselves through a strict interview and presentation process, part of which took part on their induction days.

Open evening

The P7 open evening will be held at Our Lady’s High on Thursday, October 10.

Parents/Carers are free to arrive between 7 and 7.30pm and the evening will be an ideal opportunity for them,their children and any other family members and friends to meet staff, view teaching materials, pupil work and demonstrations and tour the school.

This is the first event in the school’s liaison programme which prepares pupils for the transfer to secondary.

Physics quiz

Congratulations go to the Our Lady’s S5 physics quiz team of Jacub Mitas, Jordan Mooney, David Martin, Gemma Grier and Hayley Stevenson on their win in the first round of the West of Scotland Physics Education Group Quiz.

Credit is also due to the coaching staff of Aidan Coates, Kishan Yadh and Peter Morrison.

A combination of general knowledge, science knowledge, current affairs and speed of buzzer pushing as well as their understanding of physics resulted in a record haul of points.


Race night

The Parent, Teacher and Friends Association will be holding a race night in the Davie Cooper Suite at Fir Park on Friday, October 4.

Tickets costing £2 are available from Ms Ruth Watson at the school.

Verbal dexterity

Second year pupils who have been learning how to conjugate regular verbs in French recently took part in an inter-house regular verbs challenge.

Representatives from each house group worked in pairs to see who could remember the meanings of the most popular and the endings for each group by filling in answers on a quiz sheet in the shortest time possible.

Outright winners were Amy Marshall and Scott Main of Lorne House who completed the task in 1 minute 58 seconds.

Second were Rachel Ross and Scott Ingram of Atholl House, followed by Tony McNulty and Arron Forsyth from Morven House and Rebekah Tong and Joe Farmer from Rannoch House.


Italian visit

Dalziel once again participated in the annual Italian exchange with pupils from the high school of Carlo Lorenzini in Pescia, Tuscany.

The Italians were paired with a Scottish student who was responsible for them for the week of their stay.

Dalziel’s exchange was arranged by principal teacher of modern languages Mrs Grieve, who organised many excursions for the Italian students to take part in during the day, while their Scottish ‘twins’ were given the task of sourcing fun activities for them in the evenings.

After being introduced to their twins on the evening of their arrival, the Italians joined their hosts to experience a day in the life of a Dalziel student, even getting the opportunity to enjoy a Dalziel school lunch from the canteen.

They were also given a lesson in ceilidh dancing in preparation for an upcoming ceilidh on the Monday evening.

The weekend involved a series of typical tourist trips including Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Summerlee museum which the Italians found extremely interesting.

Overall, the Italian exchange was a huge success and both the Dalziel pupils and the Italian students have established new friendships and learned about a different culture.


Dynamic Earth

A group of S3 pupils took part in a National Information Technology Conference at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

The pupils - Abby Cairney, Fraser Foye, Robyn Gardiner, Aaron Clark, Cara Jackson, Scott Mitchell and Georgea Speedie - delivered a multi-media presentation to a large audience of IT senior managers and Government officials highlighting the work they have been doing using iPads to support their learning.

The pupils will deliver a similar presentation next week at the Scottish Learning Festival in the SECC.

Talent show

Bellshill Academy’s Malawi Team is made up of eight very committed senior pupils who are hoping to make a cultural visit to Dedza in Malawi in June.

They are hosting a fundraising talent show on Thursday, October 10, at 7pm and tickets will go on sale in the school in October.

To support senior pupils raising money for Malawi, a raffle will take place before the October break.

Prizes such as vouchers and gifts may be left in the partnership office or in the art department. 4XL will be selling tickets the week prior to the draw.

Football club

Academy pupils Lewis Newton and Luc Zadok attended an all-day coaching session organsied by Inspire Sport and La Liga side Valencia at Petershill Park in Glasgow.

The coaches worked on fitness, warm up routines and training drills before putting the pupils through their paces with a seven-a-side tournament.


Geneva trip

Sixth year student Leah McShane enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to the world famous CERN particle physics research facility in Geneva, Switzerland, after winning the prize in an essay competition last session.

Only 11 students were chosen from entries across the country from the competition organised by the University of Glasgow in conjunction with the Glasgow Science Festival.

Leah, who achieved a top ‘A’ Higher Physics award in the 2013 exam diet, had a wonderful time at CERN, visiting the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the CMS detector and described the visit as “incredible, awesome and life changing.”

Welcome mass

Taylor welcomed Primary 7 pupils, parents and staff from both Taylor and associated primary schools to celebrate at the annual P7 welcome mass.

The service was followed by a reception and a tour of the school.

Sixth year students shared responsibility for organising the evening with house captains carrying out their first official duties of the year.

Staff and pupils of the music department provided the musical liturgy.

Roald Dahl Day

First year pupils recently enjoyed various activities organised by the English department to celebrate Roald Dahl Day.

The event is celebrated annually on the author’s birthday and some students were involved in inventing their own ‘Marvellous Medicine’ following in the footsteps George, the eponymous hero of George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Other students were charged with creating their own ‘Big Friendly Giant’ and bringing him to life in class whilst other students enjoyed a Roald Dahl quiz.


Rapid Readers

The Rapid Readers’ Cookie Club is back in business and is open on Friday lunchtimes from 1.20pm in Miss Reilly’s room (3.8).

Anyone with an interest in reading, talking about books or writing, is welcome to go along.

Badminton coaching

Senior pupils attended a badminton coaching session last week to assist them with their PE.

The Higher/Int2 coaching session was run by Badminton Scotland at the Cockburn Badminton Centre in Glasgow.

Those involved were: Amber Smith, Joanne Lavery, Erin Reilly, Kirsty Irwin, Chloe O’Shea, Rikki Loughary, Jennifer McGilvary, Ellie Meilkle, Darren Houston, Micahel Thompson, Christopher Teven, Liam Craig, Barry Lynch and Antonella Salkeld.


Sporting achievements

Clyde Valley pupils Ross Kerr (3H1) and Megan Smillie (4S1) both enjoyed recent success in Tae Kwon Do competitions.

Ross collected a silver medal for team-sparring at the Scottish Open Tae Kwon Do Championships held at the Ravenscraig Sports Facility.

Megan captured bronze at the tri-nation tournament held in Belfast. Megan overcame the hindrance of a debilitating ligament strain to play her part in the junior girls’ tournament.

Both Ross and Megan will return to competitive action later in the term.

Student teachers

Clyde Valley has been delighted to welcome student teachers from various training institutions from across West and Central Scotland.

Emma Clarkson (PE) and Lauren Stirling (biology) have completed two weeks of their placement.

And Gregor Doyle (history), Philip McCluskey (religious and moral education) and Greg Miller (French) have undertaken the first week of their induction block.

The student teachers have been shadowing classes, observing teachers across the school and meeting with a range of staff to learn about the complexities of school life.


Diabetes research

Pupils at Brannock have been been taking part in work to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and raise money for research into the condition.

They have been finding out more about the condition in areas of health and wellbeing studies, including awareness of symptoms such as increased toileting, increased thirst and general tiredness.

Mr Rennie in the maths department has established a ‘diabetes charity box’ on his desk into which pupils and teachers can put any spare change they have.

All money raised will go to supporting research organisations and create new technology to find a cure.

Theatre visit

S1 pupils enjoyed an afternoon of performances from the Kick Start Theatre Company last week.

They addressed a wide variety of personal safety issues and lively, thought provoking and entertaining short sketches provided powerful information on tobacco and alcohol misuse, social media trends, fire safety and road safety.


Bibleworld visit

Much attention is being drawn to the front of St Aidan`s High due to a visit by the Scottish Bible Society with their mobile Bibleworld classroom.

All first year RE classes had the opportunity to visit the mobile classroom twice to complete the workshops in six interactive activity zones, each focussing on different aspects of the Bible.

The workshops were led by Hannah Nisbet of the Scottish Bible Society, assisted by volunteers from local churches in Wishaw and Motherwell.

APD Exchange

St Aidan’s High and four other Scottish schools are looking forward to the visit from Association of People with Disability workers this week.

The schools involved in the exchange programme have sponsored seven APD workers to come to Scotland from India to look at the facilities Scottish education has to offer young people.

These visitors will be in Scotland for two weeks and will spend time in each school working with young people and teachers.

Four students have been selected from St Aidan’s to go on the visit to Bangalore in June 2014.

Stephanie Canning, Marc Deremiens, Lauren McCluskey and Ciaran Kelly will travel to Bangalore with teachers Caroline McHenry and Victoria Kennedy to work with the APD for two weeks in schools in and around the state of Karnataka.

For a full round-up of schools news see this week’s Motherwell Times or Bellshill Speaker.