AGM Parent Council Chair Person’s Report

Our Lady’s High School
Parent Council

Annual General Meeting
Monday 3rd October 2016

Chair Person’s Report

We started the new academic year with the school in a degree of upheaval due to the care and maintenance activity being undertaken by North Lanarkshire Council (NLC). This is predominantly focused on the electrical re-wiring of the school with associated replacement of suspended ceilings and redecoration.

So far, the areas already completed are favourable to the eye – new lighting, ceiling tiles and paintwork all helping to make a difference. The young people and teachers have taken this in their stride and are working around the areas under construction.

Whilst there has been less change than recent years on the academic front, especially with Curriculum for Excellence having settled into a more normalised working pattern, it is however still reassuring to see that the results from this year have been particularly impressive. The ongoing commitment from our young people and the teaching staff remains impressive.

Extensive extra-curriculum activities remain open to all students within the school and this adds a real sense of community and ownership with the staff, young people and parents / carers. There are ongoing opportunities for our children to participate in school trips both within the UK and abroad, and this would not be possible without the support of the teaching staff.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has also continued their good work in actively fundraising for our school and their continued support and efforts is greatly appreciated. The funds raised are directly used for the benefit of the school and your children so please support the calendar of events for the PTA in the forthcoming year.

The focus of the Parent Council has remained in providing support to the Head Teacher, Senior Staff, Staff and Pupils of our school. Were we have identified issues we believe are important to the life of our school community we have sought to influence the outcome of these particular issues to the benefit of our school.

In the past year the school has had a degree of change with the teaching staff due to retirement, promotions and temporary cover. The Parent Council would like to express our gratitude to those teachers, who have left the school, for the many years of service and commitment in the education of our young people, and to warmly welcome those who have joined our school.
I would also like to formally thank those parents who have left the Parent Council after many years of service, including our previous Chair Suzanne Graham, Clare McCarron and Margaret Dochnenko.

There were a number of areas I wanted to touch upon and these are listed below.

School playing fields

The Parent Council is still trying to convince NLC of the merits in upgrading one of the outdoor red blaise pitches so that our children can enjoy a sports facility currently enjoyed by many other high school children in North Lanarkshire. Further dialogue is ongoing with local Councillors and the Convenor of Learning & Leisure.

Fund-Raising

It remains an area of great pride that the school community gives time and money freely to help others who are less fortunate, both in our local community and also internationally. The recent school awards ceremony saw a number of large cheques presented to various charities and we know this would not be possible without your ongoing help and support. Thank you.

School Chaplain

I would like to formally thank Father Martin Delaney for his dedication and commitment to our school over the past year. It is fair to say that having a dedicated School Chaplain has made a difference to the young people and teachers of OLHS and we look forward to working closely with Father Delaney in the new academic year.

Parent Council and the broader Parent Forum

The Council is here for all parents and carers and is open to all, even if just to observe. Please fell free to come along.

I would also ask that parents an carers help the Parent Council by providing feedback on how best to engage with you / the wider Parents Forum. This is always an area we are keen to hear more about and this will help us in the future.

We try to keep the meetings short and focused. On behalf of the wider Parent Forum I would like to say a very big thank you.

I would also like to thank Mrs Sinclair, the Senior Staff and Staff for their ongoing commitment in the life of our school community.

Stephen Verrecchia
Chair
Our Lady’s High School Parent Council
3rd October 2016.

Parent Council AGM Monday 3rd October at 7.00 pm- All Welcome!

Dear Parent/Carer

A warm welcome to you all, at this, the start of our new school session. Welcome, in particular, to the parents and carers of our new first year pupils.

Further to the text from the school we are writing to remind you about the work of Our Lady’s High School Parent Council as well as the date of our AGM.

We are particularly proud of our school and of the excellent facilities and opportunities available to our young people. At the heart of this is a strong sense of community that caters for the physical, emotional and pastoral wellbeing of our young people. Coupled with this we are proud to support the continuous improvement agenda as our school strives to close the attainment gap and ensure that our children leave school with the best possible qualifications and skills and with confidence to move on to positive destinations in the world of work, Further Education or Higher Education.

This year we have embarked upon further improvements to the fabric of our school with a complete rewiring taking place over the next 2 years. This will include a renewal of the ceiling tiles, LCD lights and a refresh of the whole school with a lick of new paint. Already we can see a huge difference in our ground floor and the corridors of Bothwellpark High School.  It looks bright and cheery and new! The pupil toilets on the ground floor are being re- floored and some new sanitary ware put in.  Although this is not a complete refurbishment it will be much improved. The Zone will be freshened up during the October holiday as a new coat of paint is now required.

This work builds upon recent improvements in classroom resources – all classrooms have projectors and a large number have interactive whiteboards. Four of the science labs have been upgraded. The dining areas were completely renovated to provide our young people with a bright, comfortable social area in which to meet up and relax with their respective year groups. Our pupils benefit from a first class Pupil Support Base, Specialist Music Computer Suite, Library Resource Centre, IDL Room, Nurture Room, beauty therapy and construction facilities, a Fitness Suite and Dance Studio and a Sensory Garden. Probably the most outstanding feature of our school is our war memorial Chapel.  It is spectacular and is a reminder to the school community of lives lost during WW2. Our school is bright and well-appointed and our pupils have the added advantage of large teaching areas, access to technology and an ethos of inclusion and achievement, all which lend themselves perfectly to the principles behind the Curriculum for Excellence and ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’

On top of this the landscaped setting, playing fields and surrounding woodlands create a unique and stimulating learning environment.

We have ongoing discussions with NLC regarding an upgrade to the outdoor playing fields and would welcome any help that you could provide with this initiative.

We are also very fortunate in Our Lady’s High School, with the strong partnership that exists between the school, the parents and the church. As the first educators of our children, we have a pivotal role to play in this partnership.

The Parent Council meet on the first Monday of each month at 7pm in The Cardinal Winning Conference Room. We are now in need of new members.  No previous experience is necessary.  Our meetings are short and informal and we are always delighted to welcome new members.

Our AGM will take place on Monday 3rd of October at 7 p.m., so if you are interested in getting involved please come along and play your part in ensuring a continuing high quality education for our children.

AGM Parent Council Monday October 5th, 2015

The AGM of the parent council will he held on Monday October 5th at 7:00 pm in the conference room of the school. All parents are welcome to attend this meeting to find out more about what work the parent council has been doing on behalf of the school this past year. You are welcome to ask questions and find out more about the parent council. We look forward to seeing you there!

A Warm Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers

A warm welcome to you all, from The Parent Council of Our Lady’s High school, at this, the start of our new school session. Welcome, in particular, to the parents and guardians of our new first year pupils.

We are particularly proud of our school and of the excellent facilities and opportunities available to our young people. Over the past few years there have been a significant number of improvements made within the building.

ICT is utilised in all classrooms and teaching areas. All have projectors and a large number have interactive whiteboards. Four of the science labs have been upgraded. The dining areas have been completely renovated to provide our young people with a bright, comfortable social area in which to meet up and relax with their respective year groups. Our pupils benefit from a first class Pupil Support Base, Specialist Music Computer Suite, Library Resource Centre, IDL Room, Citizen’s Café, beauty therapy and construction facilities, a Fitness Suite and Dance Studio and a Sensory Garden. Our school is bright and well-appointed and our pupils have the added advantage of large teaching areas and small class sizes, which lend themselves perfectly to the principles behind the Curriculum for Excellence.

On top of this the landscaped setting, playing fields and surrounding woodlands create a unique and stimulating learning environment.

North Lanarkshire Council recently announced further investment in our school including electrical rewiring and an upgrade to the suspended ceilings and redecoration. We have also been in discussion with NLC regarding an upgrade to the outdoor playing fields and would welcome any help that you could provide with this initiative.

We are also very fortunate in Our Lady’s High School, with the strong partnership that exists between the school, the parents and the church. As the first educators of our children, we have a pivotal role to play in this partnership.

The Parent Council meet on the first Monday of each month at 7pm in The Cardinal Winning Conference Room. Our meetings are short and informal and we are always delighted to welcome new members. Our AGM will take place on Monday 5th of October, so if you are interested in getting involved please come along and play your part in ensuring a continuing high quality education for our children.

Kind Regards
The Parent Council
Our Lady’s High School-Motherwell