The Senior Management Team, staff and pupils of Queen Margaret Academy wish you a restful and peaceful Easter.
Please find attached our latest Easter Newsletter
Easter School Timetable available to download:
An additional Maths Revision class has been added for Higher Maths candidates. This will be a morning session and take place on Monday 8th April. Only pupils who have indicated to Mr McFadden they wish to participate should attend.
Le Château du Broutel- Modern Languages Trip
The Modern Languages Department at Queen Margaret Academy will be taking pupils studying French to France in September 2013 for 5 days. Pupils in next year’s S3, S4, S5 and S6 are invited to participate in the trip. The provisional reservation has been made at ‘Le Château du Broutel’ from Monday September 9th until Friday September 13th 2013. The château is located on the outskirts of the small sleepy town of Rue in the Somme region of Northern France. The three star château boasts excellent facilities including great food and accommodation comprising of a majority of 5-8 bedded en-suite rooms enabling pupils to gain the best possible French experience.
If interested, pupils should speak to Mrs Doyle as soon as possible. Deposits are now due.
Badagry Fundraising Ceilidh
On Friday 22nd March almost 100 pupils, staff and
parents danced the night away to the Glenpark Ceilidh Band.
The event was to raise funds for Badagry. The night was hugely successful and
raised over £500. Well done to Daniel Traynor and Ciaran McHugh (S6) who organised the event. Special thanks also go to Mrs Hutchison who oversaw the organisation
In Queen Margaret Academy the wearing of our school uniform is important in
conveying our sense of community and identity. Our school uniform helps to
establish respect between staff and pupils. Please find attached our uniform policy guide.
Think you've got the moves like Jagger? Or Adele is 'someone like you?' This year we are looking for acts who can sing, dance and perform just like their idols. Complete an audition form below and return to Miss Kerr or Miss MacColl before Thursday 28th March! Get your skates on!
Follow the link to the Talent Show section of the website for full information:
S3 Exam timetable available to download
The Modern Languages Department I travelled to Glasgow yesterday morning with 4 S3 pupils (Lachlan Hadow, Samuel Chitty, Christopher Scott and Paul Brown) to create a film using an iPad about what Europe means to us. It was a very tense day as the group had a very strict timescale to adhere to and had to try to ensure they ticked all the criteria boxes in order to impress the judging panel.
At 4.30 the group was called back to the presentation room in the very funky hotel (Society M) in Glasgow where the remaining schools and esteemed judges were waiting. The boys were called up second. They spoke so eloquently and their film was definitely up there with the best of them which is just as well because they have to go to the Edinburgh Film Festival in June to present it to members of the European Parliament amongst others.
At 6pm the judges returned to the presentation room where everyone was waiting anxiously and the winners were announced. Unfortunately QMA won’t be going to Brussels in June but the experiencesthe pupils gained from the day are memories that I’m sure the boys will keep for a long time.
The boys will present their film at tomorrow’s S3 assembly.
Enterprise In Queenie
The Queen Margaret Academy S2 Business Elective class are busy making Easter gifts. All proceeds from the sale of these gifts will go to the Badagry Clinic Project and SCIAF.
Some of the products we are working on include:
Birdhouses in a variety of colours and patterns, all hand painted. Inside the bird house you get a luxurious chocolate bunny or bird.
Easter Mini Mugs Lovely porcelain Mini Easter themed mugs are available in a wide range of unique designs. Each contains a cream egg or Easter bunny.
Bracelets Beautiful holy week and Easter bracelets all hand crafted and presented in a beautiful organza gift bag, making it the perfect gift.
Chick Baskets A beautiful little fluffy Easter chick surrounded by mini chocolate eggs.
Glass Candle Holders hand decorated with chocolate egg or chocolate bunny included.
We have lots of Easter goodies available in the school on sale to all pupils at lunchtimes in the crush hall from Monday 18 March.
Media Stars- “Our Europe” Competition
The ‘Our Europe’ competition, created by the Scottish European Educational Trust and funded by the European Parliament is a new film-making competition for Scottish high school students which aims to promote knowledge about the European Parliament and European Union and develop the ICT skills of young people.
The competition invites schools “to offer students the chance to work on an engaging interdisciplinary project, combining Modern Languages with Modern Studies and Media/ICT”. Each team will consist of two S3 and two S6 pupils, and in the first round they will work together to produce “a storyboard and an audio or video pitch describing what makes you a European and how the European Parliament affects you”. The best teams from the first round will then get the opportunity to make their film, working with media professionals from Radio Lingua. The final round participants will pitch their film to experts in Brussels.
· Lachlan Haddow
· Christopher Scott
· Sam Chitty
· Paul Brown
who are successful entrants from QMA. Much hard work and ingenuity has gone in to their project and we wish them luck in the semi- final!!!
Frankie and Benny Competition
Four of our S2 pupils will be taking part inthe Final of the Frankie and Bennie's Competition next week- we wish them luck and hope they will let us try out their dish (the details of which are Top Secret until after the Final!)
The Music Department have been very successful in the Ayrshire Music Festival with a number of pupils achieving commendations and also winning categories. A detailed list of pupils who were winners will be avaialabe shortly.
A group of pupils will be going to St Pauls Church to play at Easter Vigil Mass on the 30th March. There will be a group of instrumentalists and a small choir.
Ryan Dunlop (S4) has been selected for the Scotland Rugby u-16 Squad. He is going on a four day camp to train with the squad. We wish him the best of luck!
At Queen Margaret Academy we endeavour to ensure our pupils are fully supported. Over the last few months we have discussed study skills with S4,S5, and S6 in PSHE and in curricular areas and assemblies. Pupils have been encouraged to plan their studying with the use of a study timetable. They have been given time and support in class to enable them to do so. We will continue to discuss study skills and expectations for exam preparation through PSHE and assemblies.
Regular meetings with mentors have also been arranged so pupils can discuss their progress and any concerns they have.
Supported Study is available in the majority of subjects after school. A diet of Easter School sessions will be published shortly.
In recent weeks pupils have been issued with their Scottish Candidate Number Card. Pupils have been encouraged to access the SQA website and download the Exam Diet Timetable. It is essential that all pupils are aware of the dates of each exam and plans their studying accordingly. A personalised timetable will be issued to all pupils after Easter.
We would request that parents and guardians emphasise the importance of a study schedule and regular study to their child. Only four teaching weeks remain until exams begin. Our expectation would be that the majority of candidates should be studying every evening, with regular breaks. We would also consider that the Easter break would be a time to consolidate on learning and studying. Again, we suggest this is balanced with your child’s need for regular breaks and some relaxation time.
The final teaching day for S4 pupils will be Wednesday 24th April and for S5/6 Tuesday 7th May.
S4 return as the new s5 on Monday 3rd June. S5 return as the new S6 on Thursday 6th June
We thank all parents and guardians for their support in encouraging their child to achieve his/her fullest potential in the upcoming exams.
We have attached copies of the recent documentation issued to pupils from the SQA:
SQA EXAM TIMETABLE
Scottish Candidate Number card
SQA- Your Exams. This contains information regarding Appeals,what to do if you are ill during the exam diet, the date that results will be issued etc. A full booklet can be downloaded form www.mysqa.info or www.sqa.org.uk
Get Your Results Early- how to register for the email and texts results service (pupils will also receive a posted certificate if using this option).
We would like to invite pupils, parents, family and friends to our 2013 Badagry fundraising ceilidh.
The Badagry project was initially a project run within the school to raise funds to build an Aids clinic in the town of Badagry in Nigeria. Since 2006, when the project first began, this goal has been achieved and the clinic has now been completed, however, the costs involved in providing equipment and keeping the clinic running still need to be covered. Badagry has now become an on-going initiative which the school will continue support.
With the main theme of fundraising through lent being for Badagry, we hope to conclude this fundraising with a fun filled night for everyone to get involved. There will be alcoholic and soft drinks available (for a small donation.) Food can be bought at the interval, along with the chance for everyone to try their luck at a raffle with some great prizes.
The ceilidh will take place on the 22nd of March from 7:30pm till 12pm in the school and we hope that the night will be a great success.
Tickets are priced £6 for adults £4 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the school office
At Queen Margaret Academy, we always aim to improve our performance across all areas of the curriculum and enhance the educational experience of all pupils. As part of our practice we regularly review the Aims and Objectives set out in our school improvement plan. This is created and planned in conjunction with South Ayrshire Council’s Educational Improvement plan.
Our full Improvement Plan can be downloaded in the Documents area of this website. However, we have recently created a user friendly abridged version. This has been issued to members of the Parent Council and is now available for all parents and guardians to view.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the School Improvement Plan, please contact a member of the Senior management Team to discuss.
QMA hits the Inspection high!
We recently had a South Ayrshire authority visit and inspection to assess our provision for MCMC pupils
Queen Margaret Academy is delighted to tell you that the feedback we were given at the end of the visit was extremely positive. The Inspection Team were very impressed by the responses from parents, staff and pupils whom they interviewed as part of the process. They saw our work to support our pupils as an example of excellent practice.
The Inspection Team has now issued its report and this is available in the documentation section of the website.
The Inspectors praised all of our staff and the caring, supportive and high achieving ethos of the school, however, particular mention goes to the Pupil Support team , the SLC staff and our Pastoral Care team Teresa. Also thanks should be made to the external agencies who support us to ensure we prepare all our pupils for life in and beyond school- SDS, STEP, Ayr College and Mike Boles in CLD.
Queen Margaret Academy made a deep impression on the Education Authority team for the ethos of the school and its commitment to our pupils
The brief was to design an alternative front cover for one of our library books. The competition was hotly contested and nearly 160 entries were received. After much deliberation, the top prize was awarded to Sara Bulanda of 1M1 for a new cover for ‘Hunting Lila’ by Sarah Alderson.
Designs by Rachel Campbell (2Q1), Matthew Gray (1Q1), Claire McGreevey (2Q1) and Nadine Prosser (2M1) were highly commended by the judges and also won prizes.
The work of a further fourteen pupils was commended: Oliwia Capala (1M1), Mia Cullis (1M1), Gerard Downie (1A2), Joseph Hutchison (1M1), Kelsey Macruary (2M2), Megan McCulloch (2Q1), Kathleen McGinley (2Q2), Niamh McHugh (1Q1), Jaye McKeown (1M1), Elena Nowosad (2Q2), Laura Rutter (2M1), Briony Scott (2Q1), Tamzin Scott (1A1), Gemma Thomas (1M1).
The entries from all of these pupils is on display in the library.
Well done to all pupils who entered the competition.
Kyle Campbell of S5 has won the Young Coach of the Year award at the South Ayrshire Coaching Awards 2012.
This award is presented to a coach aged 25 years or younger in recognition of their achievements to date. Being only 16 makes this achievement even greater. Kyle won the award for investing in his development as a coach and by making a significant impact on the people he coaches football to at Maybole Juniors Boys Club and Doonfoot Girls Football Club. He has also been promoting the Olympics, delivering football and multi-sports at various primary schools in South Ayrshire. Through the dedicated support he provides, Kyle has helped these teams and individuals to reach their potential.
Everyone is very proud of him and we are sure he will continue to progress as a coach.
Well done Kyle!
Fair Trade Coffee Morning
On Friday 1st March 6th Year pupils organised a Fair-trade coffee morning for staff. Staff were treated to numerous baked delights- and the service, provided by pupils, was first class! Over £150 was raised for Badagry and Mr Boles was the winner of the raffle- he seemed very pleased with his rather large Fair-trade Easter Egg!
Well done to S6 and Mrs Hutchison for all their hard work!
Heartstart Roadshow Week 2013
Instructors: Senior pupils: Amber Main , Louise Girvan, Daniel Traynor, Katerena Nowosad, Michael Da Prato, Rhiain Collins. Teachers: Simon Mann, Camille Cantais, Les Gray, Laura Chidwick, Nicol Wilson, Vicenza Mcrae, Adele Allen, Craig Dewar, Betty Johnstone.
Total pupils trained = 174 from S1 and S3.
Trained in emergency life support skills: dealing with someone who has been injured or hurt, getting help, recovery position, heart attack, CPR, choking and bleeding.
All pupils will receive their certificates this and next week at assembly.
We would like to thank Heartstart Ayrshire & Arran and the British Heart Foundation for their continued support with the programme in QMA.
More pictures are available to view in the Media Gallery
Congratulations to the U18 Girls Rugby teams who won the West of Scotland 7’s tournament on Friday! The girls will now progress to the next stage of the competition being played at Murrayfield Stadium.
A big well done must also go to Melissa Jamieson and Lisa McVittie who joined forces with the Kyle Academy U15’s team coming runners up in the competition.