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.