Two sixth year pupils, Joseph Shaw and Erin Clark, were invited to a reception hosted by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Stirling Castle on Thursday night. This was in recognition of all their hard work supporting the STV Appeal which helps Children in Poverty. The pupils raised a tremendous amount of money and it was great to see their support recognised.
On Thursday 27 November, the pupils of Higher Business Management and Higher Administration & IT visited the University Hospital, Ayr. The visit was to give the pupils an insight into the practical use of IT in business. John Barrett e-Health Programme Manager, Luan Johnstone Communications Officer, Mary Keen and Lindsay McLachlan all gave in depth presentations on how IT is used applied and implemented within NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
The presentations were informative with real life examples on how IT helps workers deliver the services required within the NHS. In almost every job within the NHS, the employee will be required to use IT. The pupils all thoroughly enjoyed the morning – particularly the scones –! A big thank you goes to John and his team for giving up their valuable time in order to deliver a very relevant part of our course.
The pupils who are taking part in the Personal Development Award went on an orienteering experience on Wednesday in Ayr town Centre. The weather made completing the whole experience a tad difficult but we managed some of it!!
Duke of Edinburgh
A very proud moment for the DoE: two of our Gold pupils, Beth Anderson and Katie Doran attended a presentation at Marr College on Wednesday night where they were presented with awards for navigation and sailing. The girls completed a 5 day expedition on a yacht during the summer where they learned to plan, navigate and of course sail the yacht. A huge well done to both girls!RE
SCIAF REAL GIFTS
All RE classes will be collecting for a SCIAF Real Gift this Advent. We ran a very successful campaign during Advent last year.
A number of Departments/Groups of Departments took up the Challenge of buying a Real Gift.
The last day of term pupils will be encourage to bring in a tin of an item of food etc to be passed onto the Fishermen’s Mission in Troon. I may encourage pupils next week to bring in items before then. Again if any member of staff wishes to donate anything please let me know.
WHOLE SCHOOL SERVICE
As usual we will have a whole school service on the last day of term. More details will be issued later.
LUNCH TIME LIGHT A CANDLE AND SAY A PRAYER
Just to let you know that our second lunch time light a candle and say a prayer went well with over 50 staff and pupils taking part. This is set to be a more regular feature of our liturgical practice. Watch this space.
Year group Assemblies will include an Advent Reflection. I believe next Thursday Period 6 will also see a French Nativity Play . . . all welcome to come along.
S1 DAY RETREAT
Can I just say a BIG Thank You to all the Staff, Fr Philip and Anne Pratchett of the Chaplaincy Team for making this such a successful day. A special word of thanks to the English Department and Paterson Family who ran the Drama Workshop on the Parable of The Good Samaritan. Mark Booker of SCIAF made his way down from Glasgow to run a Workshop on SCIAF.
Six of our S2 girls attended a very enjoyable event run by STEM at Ayr College titled ‘Magnificent women and their flying machines’. They had the opportunity to meet engineers who talked about what it was like to be a woman in engineering and they discussed the many opportunities for careers in engineering. The also got a tour of Ayr College and took part in a STIXX Aircraft Wing Replica Building tasks where they designed and built a very impressive model wing.
The pupils involved were: Tony MCLaughlin, Lauren Maxton, Rosie McCardie, Alice Ridley, Niamh Scullion and Luciana McGarvie
An article on the event is now front page news on the Ayrshire College website - http://www1.ayrshire.ac.uk/
And also has been sent to the Ayrshire Post.
Mairi Gibson, 2p1 has won a national competition set by Scottish Squash and Racketball, to design a mascot for them. Her design won from a high volume of entries from all over Scotland and was chosen by some very high profile judges. Her entry has not only won some squash equipment for the school but her design will also be made in to the actual mascot itself. She has been invited to come to the design firm who will be making the mascot, to aid with the design process and also along to the International Festival in January.
Mhairi was presented with her artwork in a commemorative frame by John Scott MSP for Ayr, ably assisted by Greg Lobban, Stuart Crawford, Alan Clyne and Kevin Moran, 4 of Team Scotland’s squash players at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The athletes, resplendent in their Games kit, took questions from Mhairi’s year group.
After the presentation, the athletes coached a 5th year group on racquet WALLs created in the school gym by Scottish Squash and Racketball.
Annual Italy Ski Trip
The ski trip will depart on Saturday 13th December for Pila, in the Italian Alps at 9am for six days skiing and snowboarding. All pupils are excited and looking forward to the week ahead. As well as skiing pupils will have fun evenings including 10 pin bowling, tobogganing, night club disco, pizza night and presentation night.
We are now collecting deposits for the 2015 trip. Anyone interested should bring a deposit of £100 to Mrs Logan in the P.E. Department as soon as possible to secure their place. It’s an experience not to be missed!
Robin Girvan Be-Xcellent Programme
Robin has been successful in his application for this programme.
Children in Scotland is a national charity that supports children’s rights and provides training for professionals working with young people. They have started a project to develop their website and promote the work of the charity and believe that this can be best achieved through working with young people. It really is an excellent opportunity for Robin and he is very enthusiastic about the work he has done with them already.
They are currently working on a music video to promote the website and organisation and will be developing other materials later in the New Year
3 S6 pupils from the cake craft course, Hannah Paterson, Marcy Mackie, Louise MacLeod gave an excellent presentation to third year SLC pupils yesterday on how to make Christmas decorations by using the technique modelling. The pupils went on to successfully make their own models and decorate their own cakes.
Congratulations to Carla McGough, S6 (flautist) who was accepted in to the West of Sctland Concert Band.