The Caritas Awards ceremony took place in the Armadillo on Sunday. An
impressive number of our pupils were rewarded for their efforts and for fulfilling the ethos and time commitment required for the Award. They are:
The CARITAS AWARD has been established by the Bishops of Scotland as one way of keeping alive the legacy of Pope Benedict’s historic visit to our country in 2010.
It takes 3 elements - Witness, Learning & Reflection- and provides a structure through which to experience, record and share the impact of these on their faith journey.
The award takes a snap-shot of a young person’s faith witness in one year but is built on the learning and reflection that (s)he has experienced over the course of time within school. It is hoped that the award will encourage young people to recognise that they are part of a community of living faith and to consider how they can share their gifts and talents with the wider Church in the future
Chief among the messages of congratulations sent to all 913 young people throughout Scotland who have merited the Caritas Award in 2013, was one sent by Pope Francis, and read out by Archbishop Phillip Tartaglia at the award ceremony.
Congratulations to Daniel Traynor and Rhiann Collins for achieving 100 hours volunteering and to Louise Girvan for achieving 200 hours through the Saltire Awards scheme. Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering. Supported by the Scottish Government, the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements in school or provided by local and national voluntary agencies. The awards have been a huge success in the school with many pupils achieving certificates of 50 hours and above helping with Pupil Support and outside agencies. Daniel, Rhiann and Louise were presented with their certificates at a ceremony at Ayr Town Hall.
Cook School Competition.
This week S4 Hospitality pupils cooked their fish dish in a cook off in the semi final round in PrestwickAcademy. QMA were represented by Jordan O’Hara and Faye Green. Despite very stiff competition from other schools, the successful cook who will take part in the final of the inter authority Cook School Competition on the 11t of June is Fay Greene.
Special mention should be made to Jordan O’Hara, Clarke Boon and Kern Allison who over the competition have proven themselves to be dedicated and skilled cooks!
QMA and the Global Community
4XL have recently started a citizenship project where they will be working with South Ayrshire Foodbank. For those of you that are unfamiliar with their work, they are based in Prestwick and their main aim is to ‘provide emergency food for local people in crisis http://southayrshire.foodbank.org.uk/)
4XL will present their ideas to pupils at assembly and would also like staff to get involved. There is a ‘shopping list’ below of preferred donations and this is used to provide local people with 3 days emergency food supply. We intend to run this project until the end of June.
Donations can be made to Mr Mallon or any member of the 4XL team. They are…
Courtney Hill, Chloe Wilson, Alana McNally, Caitlin O’Neill, Lakeisha Hiley, Iona Cooper, Angus Manson, Kern Allison, Kelvin Patterson, Aaron Gregory & Lewis Brown.
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Fruit juice (carton)
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Tea bags/instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Brendan Lynch (S1) has had well-deserved success with his athletics. Recently he competed in Kilmarnock with the Ayrshire Harriers and was placed 2nd in the 200m and 2nd in 4x100m relay. Moreover, he took part in a competition at Grangemouth where he came 1st in the 200m and 2ndin the 4x100m relay. Earlier on in
the year he also came 2nd in 100m at Wishaw. Huge congratulations to a very talented and exciting prospect for athletics.
Y Dance is coming in to deliver a day of dance on Friday 14th of June. Various styles of dance will be experienced and some pupils will go on to gain a ‘Dance Leader’ certificate. The following pupils have chosen to participate:
Natalie Goodwin, Mia Cullis, Claire McGahon, Rebecca Donald, Rebecca Doolan, Francesca Long, Amy Goodwin, Ellie Gilligan, Brooke McTaggart, Megan Slide, Jennifer Barnes, Rebecca Lynch, Robin
Healy, Melissa Jamieson, Ellie Sergio, Ellie Tait, Summer Brady, Cara McGlynn, Christian Martin, Monette Emery, Sam Curry, Alice O’Neil, Marcie Mackie, Eva Salomi, Carla McGough, Allysandra O’Campo, Shannon Bone, Precious Mellovo, Kimberley McMillan, Adelaine McKie, Natalie Eadie, Beth Littlejohn, Niamh
McHugh, Megan Jones and Ellie Stevenson.
We are sure that this will be a very worthwhile and enjoyable opportunity for all involved.