Several brass musicians from Queen Margaret Academy performed at the Scottish Festival of Brass last weekend at Perth Concert Hall with the South Ayrshire Brass Bands.
Erin Clark, Jemma New, Rebecca McCardie, Matthew Gray, Joseph Hutchison, Lesley- Ann Ofei, Jack Cassidy, Rosie McCardie, Declan McCaughey and Matthew Gallacher all performed with the Youth Band in the development section of the competition and gained a Silver award up against 15 other bands from across Scotland in a tightly fought contest.
S1 students Sophie Alexander, Evie Baird, Sarah Hutchison, Amy McIlloney, Joseph Abbot and Niamh Murphy all competed with the Training Band in the preparatory section of the competition and achieved a bronze award
The Christmas Fayre took place last Thursday 27 November. This was well attended by local businesses, staff, pupils, cluster pupils and families of the school. There were many attractions on the evening; particular mentions must go to the spectacular Art Fashion show and art work displays as well as the Music Department keeping us in the Festive spirit with carols galore! Santa’s’ grotto was also a huge hit, with Santa, his reindeer and elves checking who was naughty and nice! Many thanks to all staff who supported the evening, running stalls and supervising & organising events, to all pupils- in particular S6 and the PTA who organised the mulled wine & shortbread. A special mention to Christiane Martin who kept all the Crafters organised and refreshed! (lots more pics on the website)
Whole school news
Over the past two weeks our pupils have been involved in several activities within the spiritual life of the school. On Remembrance day, 11th November,eight of our S6 pupils were involved in a prayer service and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial in Wellington Square. The following Friday we invited pupils to come to the oratory for a few minutes to light a candle and say a prayer. Over 130 pupils and staff dropped in for a few minutes each during the lunch hour. It was very encouraging to see so many make the time for the prayer.
On the following Tuesday over 100 S6 pupils from QMA, St Joseph’s Kilmarnock, St Matthew’s Saltcoats and St Joseph’s Dumfries met in the new library for a vocation awareness day. There were six workshops around the school and pupils could choose four from the six to attend. Mr Flynn sat in on a little of each session and was very impressed by the openness of the speakers and the witness each gave to their own vocation. Probably the most interesting presentation was by two nuns from an American order who have opened a new convent in Elgin. Originally they were scheduled to have eight pupils in their last session. However 33 pupils turned up. Some who had already been to their session earlier! Over lunch the S6 had been talking about the morning sessions and the witness of the two nuns, one from America and the other from Poland, had clearly being very powerful.
Under 16 Rugby Brewin Dolphin Bowl Final
Queen Margaret Academy lost out in the Under 16s Ayrshire School Plate final at Millbrae on Thursday.
They were bravely seen off by Largs Academy 34-22 in a thrilling match. QMA went toe to toe with their North Ayrshire rivals but a devastating spell early in the second half scuppered their hopes.
Queen Margaret started brightly and some brave defending early on prevented Largs from gaining the opening score. A fantastic burst down the right from Sean Morrison saw him outmuscle and outpace four Largs defenders before diving over under the posts to give QMA a 7-0 lead in the 11th minute.
Once the deadlock was broken both teams started to get to grips with conditions and nerves and play some brilliant flowing rugby. Largs hit back four minutes later when they stole a QMA and worked the ball out left for Cameron Hambleton to crash over to level the score at 7-7.
A fifty yard run through the middle from Drew Lewis helped get Largs a penalty in QMA’s 22 and the North Ayrshire side took it quickly for the same player to power over in the 20th minute. Patient forward plays four minutes from half time allowed Sean Morrison to level the score and grab his second try of the match.
With the scores level at 12-12 at half-time it was anyone’s game but an incredible blitz of four tries in the first 10 minutes of the second period put Largs into an incontestable lead. Three from the powerful Drew Lewis and the fourth set up by him for Ronan McEvoy to cross the line and put Largs 34-12 ahead.
QMA refused to give up and scored two late consolation tries. Andy Morrison followed his brother onto the score sheet when he executed a perfect pick and go from an attacking scrum. With two minutes to go QMA scored the try of the match. A fluid passing move from right to left found Aaron Hillhouse; he darted through a gap in the Largs’ defence on the 10 metre line to steam through and round off an enthralling final that finished 34-22 to Largs.
Victim Support Public Speaking Competition
Victim Support Scotland has run a National Schools Speaking Competition for a number of years, aimed at encouraging debate and discussion amongst young people on topics which look at the impact of crime and aim to raise awareness of this issue. The topic for this year’s debate was ‘Off the Rails’. The participants were asked to consider the topic with reference to Victim Support. Three secondary schools from South Ayrshire participated in the competition this week at University of the West of Scotland and the standard of the speakers was extremely high. Two S4 pupils from Queen Margaret took part, Jordi Sergio and James Abbot, along with teams from Prestwick Academy and Marr College. The girls from Prestwick were announced as the winners and we, at Queen Margaret Academy, would like to extend our congratulations to the winning team.
The S3 Business Management class are took part in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge. The two teams Costa laFruit and Milkshake&Co will presented their ideas to the judges on Friday. Competition was stiff and the presentations of a very high standard, however, the winners were:
Winning team were Zing It!