National 4 videos
The have produced a series of National 4 video clips to highlight the options available to learners who are working towards or have obtained National 4 qualifications. The videos are aimed at learners sitting National 4 qualifications and parents/carers who may want to know more about the options available for learners once they have obtained their qualification.
The videos highlight many different pathways to success and explain how learners can make every day count towards achieving good qualifications and creating a bright future for themselves.
National 4 video clips
The National 4 video clips are also available with subtitles on our YouTube channel.
SLC Burns Supper
On Tuesday 27th January SMT, staff and parents were treated to a Burns Supper, hosted by SLC pupils. It was a wonderful afternoon of entertainment, Scottish music and of course the Selkirk Grace and Toast to the Haggis! Special thanks to all our performers and waiters and waitresses. Thanks also to our canteen staff who prepared the haggis, neeps and tatties
FRIDAY LUNCH TIME – LIGHT A CANDLE AND SAY A PRAYER
This month’s Light a Candle and Say a Prayer will have as a special intention remembering those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Pupils and Staff are invited to come along to the Oratory at any time during lunch time.
Pupils will be coming round hopefully period 4 to remind pupils about this. If possible staff should also remind pupils about this and encourage pupils to go.
A toast to the Bard
Members of the QMA Ceilidh Band performed for The Union of Catholic Mothers in St Margaret's Cathedral, Ayr on the 27th January at their evening meeting to celebrate Burns.
We were made most welcome and have been invited back to perform again.
Pupils performed extremely well and were, as always, a credit to themselves and Queen Margaret Academy.
Home Economics News
Continuing with our Chinese Cookery lessons, Vivian demonstrated Chinese mushroom and onion pancakes to the third year pupils. In groups pupils tried out the recipes themselves and compared their pancakes with Vivian’s.
Six pupils from S2 visited the County Buildings on Monday 26th January, to visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition and to have a reception with the Provost and Councillor Margaret Toner. The pupils had the chance to take a sneak preview at the exhibition, which featured Art Work from across South Ayrshire’s Primary and Secondary schools, before its opening on Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of January. Pictured below – the pupils in front of their Prints.
The SCIAF talented fundraisers have been planning some events. They will be running a staff cake/biscuits stall on Monday 2 February at break in Mrs McIntosh’s room.
Another initiative that they are running is they will be raffling £15 Google Play and £15 I tunes cards to raise money for SCIAF. Tickets will cost £1 a strip and and will be on sale tomorrow. Raffle will take place at lunch time on Monday 16 February.
Georgia Lewis S4 and Christiane Martin S6 SCIAF Talented Fundraisers
Pupil Council Meeting
Please see below a list of pupils involved in today’s meetings (Monday 26 Jan). All pupils should report to the Geography department at the beginning of P6
CHRISTMAS FOOD PARCELS – FISHERMEN’S MISSION
Over the last few years we have supported the Fisherman’s Mission in Troon, in a variety of ways, but especially through pupils and staff donating ‘tinned’ goods. On the last day of term before the Christmas holidays we had a non-uniform day and pupils brought in ‘tinned’ goods instead of the usual £1. These were boxed and handed over to Karen Burston, a representative of the Fishermen’s Mission, at the end of the day. We also handed over a number of towels and items of bedding left over from the Young American visit.
Duke of Edinburgh
Just a few wee dates for DofE training. Silver and Gold will not be affected as their training is all done in pupils' own time.
The Bronze training for Camp craft and Navigation will be
Monday 16th February – Camp craft
Wednesday 17th February – Navigation
The following pupils will be involved periods 1-5.
The Daywalk to Culzean Castle will then follow on Monday 23rd March. If any staff member would like to accompany pupils on this day walk please let me know it consists of a lovely long walk, a nice lunch and then back to school for 4pm!
English Department news
The English department are running a trip for the S3 class studying “To Kill a Mocking Bird”. The class will travel to Glasgow on Thursday 5th February to see a dramatization of the novel.
Girls Football Team
The girls’ football team is playing a round robin tournament against Belmont and Prestwick on the 4th February at 4pm. We wish them the best of luck.
On Friday February 20th the S1 Mandarin elective class will be travelling to the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock to celebrate Chinese New Year. They will participate in various language and practical workshops on the day and enjoy a Chinese meal.
Better Behaviour Better Learning
9 pupils will receive Silver awards this week and 52 Pupils will receive Bronze Certificates at Assemblies.
Special mention goes to Katie Smith (26 Merits) and Anthony Forte (21 Merits) who will receive HMV gift vouchers.
The Tuesday and Friday Lunch Time Services for THIS Week are as follows:
TUESDAY 1.15-1.35 APPROX - Mass
FRIDAY ANY TIME DURING LUNCH – Opportunity to Light a Candle and Say A Prayer
The following pupils will be attending the Largs U15’s Rugby tournament on Wednesday 28th January.
Could you please remind any pupils that you may currently have in S1-S3 that if they are interested in being part of the sports council then they need to come and speak to Miss Breen by Wednesday of this week (28th).
The following pupils have an Ayrshire schools netball fixture at Loudon Academy on Wednesday 4th February.
Leah De May
News from the Home Economics Department
Vivian Yu visited the Home Economics department this week and gave an interesting talk on Chinese Cuisine to third year pupils. She had visual examples of eight regional dishes and explained why each region ate the different food. She spoke about Yin and Yang food and the importance of balancing a diet. The pupils were especially enthusiastic when they were given the opportunity to practise using chopsticks. Pupils saw a range of exotic ingredients and valued staples and learned that people in the south of China had a sweet tooth, while people from the north crave salt. The pupils are looking forward to carrying out some practical work and making authentic Chinese food over the next few lessons.
Two third year classes took part in the ‘Great Queenie Christmas Bake off before Christmas.. The teams consisted of Patryk Wolski and Lewis Tse who designed a lovely Frozen Lake Scene Christmas Cake and Jaye McKeown, Ellie Gilligan and Sinead McCann who designed an equally lovely Nativity Scene.
Duke of Edinburgh
Great news from the DofE this week we have 6 Gold Award winners that have been signed off and will be heading up to Holyrood to meet some royalty in July!
And former pupil
Dominic Downie will be joining them!
We have also had 2 Silver Award winners who have now been signed off
Rosie DeMay and
Both girls have already signed up to do their Gold Award!
Well Done to every for all of their hard work!
Italy Ski Trip 2014 – 13th – 21st December
All pupils returned safely after a week in the Italian Alps. Everyone excelled achieving an award by the end of the week from 1* merit to 5* with merit. All pupils were a credit to the school and enjoyed 4 hours skiing or snowboarding each day. They skied blue, red and black runs under a variety of conditions.
Each night they participated in a different activity and enjoyed them all; pizza night, nightclub disco, ice cream and shopping, ten pin bowling and presentation evening. The authentic Italian food, language and culture went down a treat.
We are now collecting deposits for the 2015 trip; £100 secures a place with the outstanding amount being payable in stages by November. The total cost – All inclusive- is £800, flying from a local airport.
An experience not to be missed ask anyone who’s been!! You don’t have to be a skier – all abilities are catered for and you will end up a pro by the end of the week!! Mrs Logan; head of P.E. has more information for those interested.
Young Musician of the Year
The very first Queen Margaret Academy Young Musician of the Year Showcase will be held on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 7pm in Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr. At the moment auditions are being held in the Music Department so that ten juniors and ten seniors will become finalists and have the opportunity of winning the title on the 17th February.
This is the first time some of the pupils have given a solo performance to an audience and so this event aims to build self -confidence, resilience and most importantly be an enjoyable event for all taking part.
A number of local business have kindly sponsored our event by providing trophies, medals, raffle prizes, flowers and decorations for the hall. I greatly appreciate their generosity and hope that they will be able to attend the showcase.
Guest judges have been invited to adjudicate the performances. Judges are Mr Davur Juul-Magnussen who is Principal Trombonist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Miss Tracy Nelson who is a Musical Theatre Arts and Vocal Coach in South Ayrshire and beyond.
The Master of Ceremonies is Mr Iain Massey. Iain was formerly the Course Director of Bachelor of Applied Music at Strathclyde University. He is now a lecturer at Ayrshire College, Lecturer in Music Technology at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Director of Sound Counsel and also Musical Director of Glasgow Studio Orchestra.
The evening will begin with the junior competition (S1-S3 pupils) consisting of ten pupils. While they are playing judges will have the chance to write a few comments and give feedback about their performance which they can then look at once the competition is over. There will then be an interval where refreshments will be served. After the interval the seniors will perform (S4-S6 pupils). Again, no more than 10 pupils will perform. At the end of the performances, a charity raffle in aid of The Ayrshire Hospice will take place which will allow the judges some time to decide on winners. Once the judges have made their decision, there will be a prize giving where trophies and medals will be handed out.
Local press will be invited to take photographs of the event.
The categories for trophies are as follows ;
Junior Young Musician of the Year
Junior Vocalist of the Year
Senior Young Musician of the Year
Senior Vocalist of the Year
All pupils who perform at the event will be presented with a medal.