Here comes the summer...
And so we come to the final days of the 2011/12 term.
It has been another successful year full of hard work, academic attainment, wider achievement, trips and fun. Our pupils and staff have been involved in a wide range of activities. However, whatever they do, the thing that always shines through is the ethos and community spirit of the school as a whole. Hopefully the website and the attached newsletter will give a flavour of the wide variety of activities that we have been involved in.
As we go off to enjoy the long, halcyon days of the summer we also bid farewell to some member s of our community. Our S6 and some of our S5 have moved on to employment or Further and Higher Education. Miss Smith (Art), leaves us to join Kilmarnock Academy and Mrs Gillespie (Computing) will take up the position of PT Computing at Prestwick Academy. Mr Tweddle(History) also leaves us to join Fernhill School. We also bid a fond farewell to Miss Nelson (PE), Ruth Milne, Donna Thomson, Susan Haldane and Marianne Hamilton (PSA’s)
A special goodbye goes to Mrs Jane Strathearn (music) who also retires this summer after over 20 years of dedication in Queen Margaret and to Mrs Moira Gray, our Head Teacher, who leaves after 5 years with us 37 years in Education. Time for a well earned rest!
We wish them all “All the Best” in their future, wherever their paths may lead them!
Queen Margaret Academy looks forward to welcoming some new faces in August and in particular our new S1.
Some dates to remember:
Exam results will arrive in the post on 7th August- Good Luck!
S5/6 Options interviews on 15th August (pupils will receive letters with further details)
Staff Inset 1 : 16th Aug. Inset 2: 17th August.
Pupils return 20th August.
We wish you all a happy and safe summer!
Once again, this year’s Cabaret was a sell out!
The audience were amazed by the wide array of talent on display illustrating Music from the 70’s through to the 2000’s.
First up from the 70’s was the School Choir with a rousing rendition of Queen’s “We will Rock you”, followed by the Sunshine Group with “I Have a Dream”. Senior pupil Maria McGough wowed us with Elton John’s “Your Song” and the 70’s were brought to a close by the Senior Choir’s version of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”.
The 80’s kicked off with the Brass Band and the James Bond theme and then the audience were treated to other favourites of the Decade- “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Muppet Show “ theme tune by the Percussion Ensemble. To conclude the 80’s we were joined by a special surprise act- a tribute to the Eurovision Winners of 1981, Bucks Fizz. Unfortunately the Senior Management Team’s version was more “Buck wae nae Fizz”! A bit more practise required, especially for the male members of the team!
The 90’s rocked it up with the Guitar group and “Smells like Teen Spirit” before Amy Bargh’s rendition of the tear jerker “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2 brought rapturous applause!
The night was rounded off by a variety of acts from the 2000’s by the String Group the Wind Ensemble and the School Choir.
Throughout the evening our comperes Mr Campbell and Mr McGuire showcased a number of outfits allegedly worn in the style of pop stars of each decade from the Beatles to MC Hammer and from the Bay City Rollers through to Britney and Cheryl Cole. They had the audience in stitches with their cheeky quips and round ups of each decade!
It was a fabulous night, showcasing the many talents of Queenie!
Special thanks should also go to the sound and lighting engineers and the media crew. We really do have some talented pupils!
Thanks also to Steve of “Rags2Riches” (Kilmarnock) for providing us with the costumes.
Tickets for the Cabaret this Thursday (21st June) are now on sale and are available from the School Office.
The cabaret will feature "Music thru the Ages" and will feature music from the 60's to the present day. There will also be a surprise tribute act- and those who were not scarred by last year's Senior Management Team performance may like to know that this year's offering features even more imaginative styling! Remember to bring your own ear plugs for that one!
Tickets are priced: £3 (child) £6 (adult) £15 (family ticket)
The S6 Prom took place on the 13th June at Western House. The pupils looked amazing in their vast array of stunning outfits, kilts and suits. Some of the teachers didn't scrub up too badly either!
A fabulous night was had by all.
The Graduation had taken place only two nights earlier and David Anderson, Chief Executive gave pupils advice on leadership and how to continue to develop and build on the education they had received.
It is with fondness that the school will look back on this current S6. We wish them all every success in the future.
Queen Margaret Academy was honoured today when one of our pupils brought the Olympic Torch to school.
Conor McAdam, an S3 pupil, had carried the flame on part of the relay through Ayr Town Centre on its way to London. He had been awarded the prestigious honour due to his determination and commitment to sport. He represents Scotland at table tennis and is 15th in Britain for his class. He has competed in the British Disability Championships, playing against individuals from the other home nations. At the Championships he competed very well, winning two bronze medals in the process.
We are very proud of him and grateful to him for sharing his experience with us.
All schools in South Ayrshire will close on Tuesday 26th June 2012 at their normal finishing time.
Please see below the letter from South Ayrshire Council which was been sent home with all pupils on Friday 8 June.