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Christmas Fayre

Saturday 29th November

"This was a joint venture between The Parent Council and staff – and the planning, organisation, commitment and enthusiasm which has gone in over the last few months has been outstanding.

Over 20 stalls were selling a variety of goods, from handbags to jewellery; candles to toys.

There was also  a host of activities for the very young to the not so young:

Santa’s grotto; face painting, nail bar, tattoos, children’s toys, beat the goalie, bungee running, assault course, children’s slide, all sorts of sweets, bingo, tombola, sponge the teacher, our world famous cream teas, BBQ, prize raffles and much much more."

J Reilly Head Teacher



South Lanarkshire Inter-school Word War Final 2014

Recently three Secondary Schools have been writing their own raps in their English classes as part of the Word War Project. Classes from Holy Cross High School, Larkhall Academy and Cathkin High School have been working hard to prepare for the rap battle final which took place on Tuesday 2nd December 2014. The three schools faced off against each other with the teams battling such topics as technology is destroying humanity and you are what you wear. The competition was once again judged by three prominent Scottish MC’s Dave Hook, Loki and Louie who had high praise for the effort and determination of all three schools. Success went to Holy Cross High School who were able to retain their title as Word War Champions for the second year in a row and the four rappers Lauren Lowell, Ellie Smith, Edward Asken and Mya Thompson have won the opportunity to record their raps in a professional recording studio next year. The single will then be released via itunes to raise money for a school chosen charity. Congratulations again to the four winners from Holy Cross and a huge well done to all the pupils involved.



We visit the Newberry Rooney Centre

We have just returned from our visit to the OAPs who attend the Day Care Centre in the park. The 6th year and our two 3rd year Dancers (Erin and Abigail) entertained the pensioner’s with Christmas Carols, Highland dancing, Bingo and a raffle. My thanks to all Staff who donated chocolates and prizes for our Visit. Your generosity was amazing! We were able to give everyone a box of chocolates and loads of Bingo Prizes. Santa Claus (Owen Redmond) led the proceedings. A special ‘Thank You’ to Miss Douglas of the PE Department who liaised with the centre and organised the visit.

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 Holy Cross Fashion Show

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Congratulations to all who were involved in the planning, organisation and presentation of the Fashion Show in aid of Mary’s Meals.  Once again, this was an outstanding event in which our young people excelled and the audience – consisting of parents/carers, family members and friends; staff and our young people – thought it was fantastic.

We will keep everyone up to date on the running total which I am sure will match, if not exceed, the generosity of previous years.

Special thanks, of course to Mrs Gribbin who led and co-ordinated the event and put the whole school show together in a relatively short period of time.

Once again many thanks to all of the staff involved, in so many different ways, and made the whole school show such a great success.

Current total - approaching £2,000




  Khola Primary School, Blantyre, Malawi    


We have received a letter of thanks for the money raised for our ‘sponsor a kitchen project ‘in Malawi.  The total sum of £8432.87 raised from our Fashion Shows will be used to build a kitchen for Khola primary School, Blantyre in Southern Malawi which houses 1100 children.  The money will pay for building and equipping a full sized kitchen where volunteers will be able to cook Likuni Phala (the local dish) every day for the children there.

The kitchen will be a brick built building consisting of 1 main cooking area with 2 small locked storerooms.  One is for the firewood for the stoves and the other is for food and utensils.  The kitchen will also be used as a classroom when cooking is finished.

We were given the opportunity to choose the wording for the Kitchen sign which will be on the outside of the building.  Our 6th years decided on the following:



‘ We’re all in this together’

donated by your Scottish friends from Holy Cross High School Hamilton.

Once the kitchen is built we will receive an indepth report on our school, outlining the enrolment, local community, and effect of Mary’s Meals on the school.  It will also be’ jam packed’ with lovely photos of the children.

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  Celebrating Success    

Once again our young people in S4, S5 and S6 produced a tremendous set of SQA Examination results, gaining just reward for all of their hard work and effort. Indeed, the results achieved by our young people in S5 for Higher Grades, were the best results ever achieved in Holy Cross High School. Not to be outdone, our young people in S4 maintained the highest ever scores achieved last session.

A truly outstanding performance by our truly outstanding students!



Once again, our 6th Year pupils will be 'fun running' on Sunday the 22nd of September around Strathclyde Country Park to raise funds for St Andrew's Hospice. Please support their efforts by sponsoring them for this worthwhile cause. The final total raised last year for St Andrew's Hospice was a fantastic £2,604.83. 

Lets hope to do even better this time around.





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Our Mission

Holy Cross is a catholic and comprehensive

school that strives to:

  • create a climate of compassion and support based on Christian values
  • promote an active partnership involving home, school and parish
  • provide opportunities for everyone to grow in faith
  • encourage all members of the school community to hold each other in high regard
  • ensure that everyone is treated as a unique individual
  • provide education of the highest quality and so prepare pupils for the challenges and responsibilities of adult life



School Profile

6 Year Comprehensive Catholic Co-educational

Area served: Hamilton, Bothwell, Uddingston, Larkhall, Strathaven

Roll 1100

Annual intake: 200 each year


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01698 543450
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51 New Park St, Hamilton,ML3 OBN
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General Information: office@holycross.s-lanark.sch.uk