Here comes the summer...
And so we come to the final days of the 2012/13 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. Mr Campbell (Maths) leaves us to join Greenwood Academy. We also bid a fond farewell to Mrs Noreen Parker(PSA) who leaves us to join Southcraig- our loss is
certainly their gain and to Jane McLaughlin (PSA). Miss Fiona MacColl has successfully completed her probation and we wish her luck in her future career.
A special goodbye goes to Mrs Corinne Barr (Geography) who retires this summer after
40 years of dedication in Queen Margaret (yes- she joined us in August 1973!!!) and to Mrs Olivia Gibb, (English)who leaves after many years of dedication and inspiration. Ms Grace Kay also retires form the English Department. 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 6th August- Good Luck!
interviews on 16th August (pupils will receive letters with further details)
Staff Inset 1 : 15th Aug. Inset 2: 16th August.
Pupils return 19th August.
We wish you all a happy and safe summer!
The Brass Band play “Lord of the Dance”
The Prize giving Ceremony took place on Thursday. It was a lovely evening
which showcased the many talented pupils we have and their achievements throughout the year.
Our guest speaker, Lord Matthews, was truly impressed by our pupils and the parental and staff support that was evident on the night.
A full list of prize winners can be viewed below.
Last week the S6 Prom took place in Turnberry Hotel. It was a spectacular setting for a fabulous evening. As always the girls looked stunning in their gowns- but the boys fair scrubbed up well too. The meal was first class and was followed by an evening of music and dancing.
Pictures can be viewed at :
'Photography by Air Image www.airimage.co.uk'
All the photos are on the website at www.airimage.co.ukand a selection of those shots
are also on the Air Image Facebook at www.facebook.com/airimagephoto
Reasons to be proud of Queenie!
A huge well done to Lleona McLean in S3 (new).
She had all her cut off to support Cancer Research and her
gran. She raised £170 and the hair will be donated to make wigs for those undergoing chemotherapy.
Alton Towers Trip
Pupils will board coaches at 1.45am Tuesday 25th June
Coaches depart QMA 2.00am Tuesday 25th June
Coaches return to QMA 11.30pm Tuesday 25th June
Please note that there will be no transport from school to home for pupils and that parents should arrive in good time to collect their child from the school.
Mary’s Meals – Backpack Appeal
Our project began by looking at pupil experiences within Curriculum for Excellence and at how we could give our pupils a deeper understanding and lasting impression on how important it is to care for others less fortunate.
Marys Meals provides meals to chronically hungry children in a place of learning. In this way the hungry child is attracted to the classroom where they can gain a better future for themselves and their community.
Alongside providing the children with a daily meal, Marys Meals has currently provided 340,000 backpacks to children in Africa. A simple backpack with educational materials can be a lifeline to these children as studies show that an education is the best way a chronically poor child can escape poverty in later life.
As a school community we decided to support the backpack appeal and we have collected 96 bags full of all the essential materials. Efforts were made by pupils, staff and the parishioners of St Paul’s.
Jordi Sergio S3 donated £30, this money was raised by giving up his lunch and putting the money in a Marys Meals box. He also donated a backpack full of items. Jordi was very touched by the video Child 31 and this urged him to become more involved.
Jordi said “I got involved because I wanted to help children my age who had less luxuries than me.”
Colette McGinley Head Girl liaised with St Paul’s where a huge amount of bags and items for the bags were donated. The generosity of the people was overwhelming and the school wish to thank them for being so kind to
Colette “It was fulfilling and gave me satisfaction to know that I was helping others and making a difference.”
Mr Collins, our school technician decided not to receive birthday presents and asked his family and friends to donate backpacks instead. Once again the backpacks were flowing into the RE department.
Ms McGhie, PT English got her family and friends involved and spurred on some of her classes to support the cause and donated lots of full bags.
These are only a few examples of great love, kindness, and generosity shown by our community to those less fortunate in our world, many others could be mentioned. The 96 bags collected are now on their way to Malawi
and thanks go to everyone who was involved and made a difference to Marys Meals.
Mrs Irene McIntosh,
Queen Margaret Academy.
Music Summer Concert
The Music Department Summer Concert took place on Wednesday 19thJune. A variety of music was performed by a number of choirs and ensembles including Woodwind Ensemble, Wind Band, Samba Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Band and Orchestra. All pupils performed extremely well. It was a lovely event to round off a very busy session for the Music Department. We send sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the concert and to parents for their on-going support.
We celebrated the life of Father Alan Wilson at his memorial mass in St Pauls
Church on Thursday 20th June. Colette McGinley, Head Girl, sang Eagles Wings as the Responsorial Psalm and Claire and Lucy Teenan sang the Gospel Acclamation. Thank you to pupils for participating in the mass and for your hard work and dedication while preparing for this special occasion.
A number of S1 and S2 pupils participated inthe annual Ardmay Trip.
Matheson Harper- Titchener
James R Miller
Devin Lee Tucker
More details to follow about their adventures!
P6 Maths Challenge
On Tuesday 18th June QMA invited the cluster Primary 6 classes to take part in the maths challenge, hosted by the maths department.
The pupils worked in teams to complete six mind boggling challenges and then a fast paced relay race that involved problems to tease their brains. The pupils had a fun filled morning followed by a surprise lunch time disco with the catering staff.
The P.E. department hosted the afternoon activities, which involved the Senior Sport Leaders coaching pupils in football, basketball and rounders. The day was a great success full of excitement and challenge.
More pictures availalbe in the media gallery.
On Thursday 20th June QMA hosted their annual RAF
day. This involved the RAF working with pupils in our new S3, completing various group tasks to develop their leadership skills. The pupils were pushed to their limits to discover different forms of communication to complete group activities effectively. The pupils had to continue to review situations and think of different ways they could improve on their communication skills to solve problems more efficiently and complete the task. The day was not only a great learning experience for the pupils but good fun as
The members of the Maths Department have recently visited all of our cluster primary schools to teach a lesson to P7 pupils. This has allowed staff to get to know some of the pupils before they start the school in August.
The department is looking forward to teaching the new S1 in August.
Badagry Fun Lunch
Big congratulations to S6 for organising a “fun lunch time” to raise money for Badagry.
The events included a bake sale, beat the goalie and soak the teacher event!
We would like to extend our gratitude to Mr Campbell, Mr McGuire, Mr McFadden, Mr Mann and Mr Flynn who were brave enough to put themselves in the stocks!
It is with great relief we congratulate Mr Mann on his successful parachute jump for Heartstart. The final tally is yet to be counted but as it stands it is well over £400. This will be added to Amber Main and Rhiann Collins’ totals.
THE BIG SING
Congratulations to all pupils who performed in “The Big Sing” which was hosted here in QMA on Friday 7th June and organised by Ms Tracy Nelson. All cluster primaries participated which included primary 4-6. Pupils performed a range of music to one another and also sang together. Everyone had a fantastic morning and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.
QMA Summer Concert
QMA Summer Concert is being held here in QMA on Wednesday 19thJune
showcasing the amazing talents we have. Tickets are on sale now in the Music Department.
This week was the Graduation Ceremony for S6. The Graduation was an opportunity to celebrate Mass, showcase the talents of S6 and to wish them all well as they proceed on to life beyond Queenie.
It was a lovely evening where parents and guardians had an opportunity to celebrate with their children and thank staff for their support.
It is always an emotional time as we see how our young people develop and blossom from S1-S6, in
part, due to the input of all staff- in learning and in their pastoral roles. S6 in particular wish to thank Mr Yule and Ms Seery who have supported and guided them in their years in QMA.
The Prizegiving Ceremony takes place on Thursday. All parents are cordially
invited to attend. The Ceremony will begin at 7.00pm. in the main Gym
This event is an opportunity for us as a school community to celebrate not only the academic achievements of our pupils but also their hardwork, sporting prowess, and the relentless sense of justice for those in
On Saturday Ms McMillan, Ms McGhie and 10 pupils visited the BBC studios in Pacific Quay, Glasgow. This was the prize for “Best Movie” in the recent IDL project. Pupils were taken on an impressive walk round, seeing the various studios (TV & radio), editing and recording suites- and even got to record their own Archer’s type radio scene! The highlight of the tour however, was getting to sit in Jackie Bird’s news reading seat and read from the autocue! It soon became apparent that we have a number of future stars who may make it in the Media!!!
More pictures are available in the Media Gallery.
The Caritas Awards ceremony took place in the Armadillo on Sunday. An
impressive number of our pupils were rewarded for their efforts and for fulfilling the ethos and time commitment required for the Award. They are:
The CARITAS AWARD has been established by the Bishops of Scotland as one way of keeping alive the legacy of Pope Benedict’s historic visit to our country in 2010.
It takes 3 elements - Witness, Learning & Reflection- and provides a structure through which to experience, record and share the impact of these on their faith journey.
The award takes a snap-shot of a young person’s faith witness in one year but is built on the learning and reflection that (s)he has experienced over the course of time within school. It is hoped that the award will encourage young people to recognise that they are part of a community of living faith and to consider how they can share their gifts and talents with the wider Church in the future
Chief among the messages of congratulations sent to all 913 young people throughout Scotland who have merited the Caritas Award in 2013, was one sent by Pope Francis, and read out by Archbishop Phillip Tartaglia at the award ceremony.
Congratulations to Daniel Traynor and Rhiann Collins for achieving 100 hours volunteering and to Louise Girvan for achieving 200 hours through the Saltire Awards scheme. Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering. Supported by the Scottish Government, the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements in school or provided by local and national voluntary agencies. The awards have been a huge success in the school with many pupils achieving certificates of 50 hours and above helping with Pupil Support and outside agencies. Daniel, Rhiann and Louise were presented with their certificates at a ceremony at Ayr Town Hall.
Cook School Competition.
This week S4 Hospitality pupils cooked their fish dish in a cook off in the semi final round in PrestwickAcademy. QMA were represented by Jordan O’Hara and Faye Green. Despite very stiff competition from other schools, the successful cook who will take part in the final of the inter authority Cook School Competition on the 11t of June is Fay Greene.
Special mention should be made to Jordan O’Hara, Clarke Boon and Kern Allison who over the competition have proven themselves to be dedicated and skilled cooks!
QMA and the Global Community
4XL have recently started a citizenship project where they will be working with South Ayrshire Foodbank. For those of you that are unfamiliar with their work, they are based in Prestwick and their main aim is to ‘provide emergency food for local people in crisis http://southayrshire.foodbank.org.uk/)
4XL will present their ideas to pupils at assembly and would also like staff to get involved. There is a ‘shopping list’ below of preferred donations and this is used to provide local people with 3 days emergency food supply. We intend to run this project until the end of June.
Donations can be made to Mr Mallon or any member of the 4XL team. They are…
Courtney Hill, Chloe Wilson, Alana McNally, Caitlin O’Neill, Lakeisha Hiley, Iona Cooper, Angus Manson, Kern Allison, Kelvin Patterson, Aaron Gregory & Lewis Brown.
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Fruit juice (carton)
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Tea bags/instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Brendan Lynch (S1) has had well-deserved success with his athletics. Recently he competed in Kilmarnock with the Ayrshire Harriers and was placed 2nd in the 200m and 2nd in 4x100m relay. Moreover, he took part in a competition at Grangemouth where he came 1st in the 200m and 2ndin the 4x100m relay. Earlier on in
the year he also came 2nd in 100m at Wishaw. Huge congratulations to a very talented and exciting prospect for athletics.
Y Dance is coming in to deliver a day of dance on Friday 14th of June. Various styles of dance will be experienced and some pupils will go on to gain a ‘Dance Leader’ certificate. The following pupils have chosen to participate:
Natalie Goodwin, Mia Cullis, Claire McGahon, Rebecca Donald, Rebecca Doolan, Francesca Long, Amy Goodwin, Ellie Gilligan, Brooke McTaggart, Megan Slide, Jennifer Barnes, Rebecca Lynch, Robin
Healy, Melissa Jamieson, Ellie Sergio, Ellie Tait, Summer Brady, Cara McGlynn, Christian Martin, Monette Emery, Sam Curry, Alice O’Neil, Marcie Mackie, Eva Salomi, Carla McGough, Allysandra O’Campo, Shannon Bone, Precious Mellovo, Kimberley McMillan, Adelaine McKie, Natalie Eadie, Beth Littlejohn, Niamh
McHugh, Megan Jones and Ellie Stevenson.
We are sure that this will be a very worthwhile and enjoyable opportunity for all involved.