Countdown to the Exams...
Revision Support for Nat 5
The National Parent Forum of Scotland has prepared a seriesof revision support materials for learners who are about to sit the new National 5 Qualifications. The Revision in a Nutshell subject guides are designed to complement learning and revision in the classroom by:
The Revision in a Nutshell subject guides cover 20 of the most popular subjects. They provide links to:
Iain Ellis, Chair of the National Parent Forum of Scotland:
click on the link below to access materials
Available on www.parentforumscotland.org. Click on the Learner tab
Revision Material for Nationals
The BBC Bitesize has now been revised to
cover the National Qualifications.
The link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z6gw2hv
Some subjects only have video clips however they are working on providing
Practical Exams this week- SQA
Admin & IT
Hospitality -Int 2
Hospitality Nat 5
French Int 2
Spanish Nat 4 &5
Home Economics Final Exam-
Visiting Assessor (6 pupils) 1st April
Final Exam Home Economics all remaining pupils 2nd & 3rd April.
A number of S3 pupils have been trained in basic first aid this
week as part of their Science course. Well done to all those who successully
achieved their certificates.
Annamaria Hill Burleigh
Space School Residential
Just to let you know that Megan Lyons and Ciaran
McCaughey from S5 have been selected to attend a week long residential Space
School at Strathclyde University.
More details to follow shortly.
Ayrshire Music Festival
The following pupils performed at Ayrshire music Festival last week.
Revision Material for Nationals
The BBC Bitesize has now been revised to cover the National Qualifications.
The link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z6gw2hv
Some subjects only have video clips however they are working on providing materials.
Admin & IT
The S3 and Admin and IT class made a very productive visit to University Hospital Ayr where they were met by Mr John Barrett Programme Manager.
Mr Barrett and his colleagues gave an extremely interesting presentation on how IT has changed the way Ayrshire and Arran and Health Board operate and on how IT has transformed the way many traditional
careers within the Health Board now interact and work through the use of IT. The visit helped pupils to see the significance of the work we do in class and how this is similar to what goes on in the world of work and that no
matter the career path chosen IT will have a part to play on how we carry out that work.
The visit introduced pupils to the use of social media in the workplace, use of apps and tablets outside the workplace, the impact of the Freedom of Information Act, new technologies such as digital recording using WinScribe and WinVoice the use of relational databases and the security and access surrounding the information and how this information is used.
The Business department would like to thank Mr Barrett, Ms Lindsay McLachlan, Ms Mary Keen, Ms Lorraine Kendall and Ms Miriam Porte for giving up their precious time and delivering a very professional, informative and extremely relevant visit.
Advanced notice of our S1/2 netball match at Auchinlech Academy 31st March
The following pupils will be leaving at 2.50 to travel to Cumnock for the above match.
Some of these pupils were also involved in a match against Prestwick were Wednesday, the 13thMarch. Their last game will be against Cumnock at QMA on the 28th April.
Rugby Wednesday 5thMarch
42 pupils represented Queen Margaret Academy in the Commonwealth Legacy 7’s Rugby tournament at Rozelle. Three boys teams from S1 to S3 and a combined S1-S3 girls team attended. They boys played some excellent rugby scoring a number of try’s throughout the competition. The S1 and S3 teams both made it to the semi-finals, unfortunately they knocked out at this stage. The QMA girls team worked extremely hard and displayed a talent for a new sport that they had not previously participated in. All pupils behaved exceptionally well and represented the school admirably.
Well done to Mrs McIntosh’s S4 class who collected £10.50 for Marys Meals by buying pancakes on Pancake
A big thank you to all who bought cakes yesterday. Pupils worked so hard with their home baking in order to support Badagry which has raised a grand total of £88. A special thanks to Mr McFadden who was very generous buying cakes for our SLC pupils!! Hope you all enjoyed eating ….x
Triathlon - March 14that the Citadel
All six S3 pupils; Jordi Sergio, Sean Morrison, Connan Mcghee and Laura Rutter, Rebecca Campbell and Milly Ronan, completed a 10 length swim, a 5K cycle and a 2K run. They performed extremely well, as they were up against 4th and 5th year pupils. Jordi just missed out on a medal in 4th place. Well Done!!!
Windfarm and Nursing Home Visit
On Wednesday 12 March Mrs Ridley took her S4 National 2 Social Subjects class to visit Holm Farm Nursing Home in Ayr as part of the Sheltered Housing investigation. Pupils really enjoyed meeting the residents and staff and were great ambassadors for Queen Margaret Academy. Hopefully we can return the visit this term by inviting the residents to our Garden Café held each Wednesday in the SLC department.
On Wednesday 26 March S5/6 Access 3 Social Subjects pupils visited White lee Wind farm in Lanarkshire in order to take part in a workshop for the day on wind farms and their role in the environment. A great day was had by all especially the tour around the wind farm and the great guides.
Lead 2014 Commonwealth Conference
The following pupils represented QMA at the above conference on the 20th March.
Duke of Edinburgh.
74 pupils will be participating in various walks over the next 3 days.
A number of Practical exams will take place over the coming weeks. Pupils are aware of the dates and timings in relation to these exams.
SQA Assemblies will begin next week, providing pupils with viatal information about exams and exam procedures.
QMA has been selected to take part in the PISA field trials. PISA stands for Programme for International Student Assessment.
PISA has the following characteristics:
· It is the world’s largest international survey in education
· It assesses student’s preparedness for adult life
· It measures student’s literacy in science, mathematics, reading and collaborative problem solving
· It collects contextinformation about educational practices in participating countries.
PISA is important because the results of the assessment can be used:
· To indicate how well prepared students are for learning once they leave school
· By schools ,education systems and governments to identify areas for improvement
· To allow a comparison of student performance and the learning environment between different countries.
Some of our S4+S5 pupils have been selected for testing next week.
World Book Day 2014
Design a Book Cover Competition Results
This year’s Design a Book Cover Competition drew some inspired entries form S1 and S2. The high quality of entries made the decision making process extremely difficult- with arguments ensuing amongst the judges.
After much deliberation the prize winners were:
Emma Hughes 1M1
Leah De Mey 2A2
Lauren Maxton 1Q1
SLC Sarah Morrison 1S
Pics of some of the entries will be posted soon!
S5/6 Visit to Woodward Engineering,Prestwick.
A group of S5 & S6 pupils had an excellent visited to Woodward Engineering in Prestwick. A brief and informative introduction to the company detailed how Woodward integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid,actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and energy
markets. Woodward is also a world leader in actuation technologies, products, and systems for transportation, power, industrial, and aerospace/defence industries
This was followed by the pupils splitting into 3 groups for a tour of the facility by members of staff. A detailed explanation of the overhaul, servicing and repair schedules associated with the Engineering work Woodward staff members carry out on a daily basis. Pupils were amazed by the importance of the role that an Engineer has, one mistake or incorrect judgement could cause an aircraft to fall from the sky soon brought it home to the pupils
how important this arm of aeronautical Engineering is to the worlds Aircraft fleets. Pupils were also surprised by the cost involved in purchasing component parts, the small switches seemed to be favourites with a £12,000 price tag. A costly mistake for if someone diagnosed the wrong fault.
Pupils and staff would like to thank Cameron Winton, Engineering Manager, and the staff involved @ Woodward for their hospitality and a very informative and interesting insight into the work carried out in an Aeronautical Engineering establishment.
Frankie & Benny
The following semi- finalists set off to Kyle Academy on the 4th of
March to give presentations promoting the dishes they had designed in the Home Economics department. The first hurdle was for pupils to form their own groups and come up with ideas. The challenge is designed for pupils to study in and out of school, to allow for creative and effective use of technology and to add depth to learning by providing pupils with rich tasks. Pupils have opportunities to make reasoned decisions and evaluations, to achieve success and to relate to others in a different real life situation. Their aim is to put the dish they have designed onto the menu of Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Ayr.
Meghan Slider, Patrick Fulton and Rebecca Gardner were chosen by the business partners representatives from the restaurant to go through to the final on the 18th of March with their amazing pizza‘The All American Italiano Pizza’
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
On the 26th Feb, the Duke of Edinburgh awards ceremony took place in Ayr town hall. We had a number of our S4-6 pupils receiving their Bronze and Silver awards.
It was a great occasion and our pupils were great ambassadors for the school.
Many thanks to Mandy McLarty, Fiona MacColl, Camille Cantais, Lee Moffat and Chris McMurdo for their work with this group in getting them through their awards.
Retreat- Galloway Diocease
The recent retreat was a great success ! Rothnie Daley will have some photos on line over the next few days and as usual- a good number of Queen Margaret pupils were attendance.
The next event is on Palm Sunday 13th April. Galloway Youth will be running a bus from Ayrshire to go to Perth for this year’s celebrations for World Youth Day. Archbishop Leo Cushley will be teaching our young people Catechesis , there will be a Palm Sunday possession and mass followed by dinner and socialising with young people from all over Scotland.Young people from all of the different Diocese in Scotland will be bringing young people and it should be a fantastic day. The cost is £10 per person and this includes dinner and transport. The event is open to young people from primary 7 right up to the age of 25. To book they need to contact
Galloway Youth before the 31st of March so we can plan the bus pick up points and how big a bus we need to book.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can download a form from our website http://www.gallowayyouth.org.uk/
Rights Respecting Schools Award
S1-6 Assembly: Week beginning 10/3/14
The groups listed below have been tasked with delivering a presentation to year group assemblies next week,
to launch Rights Respecting Schools. This will give you a heads-up on who’s going along. They have been working on this at lunchtimes and after school and are really enthusiastic.
This should only take 5-10 minutes, including questions.