Kyle Academy 1 – 3 QMA
Well done to our boys for a fantastic performance! 3 second half goals from Scott McLean, Kyle Campbell and Declan Dunlop helped to see off our neighbours from across the river. 6 of the boys in our squad normally compete at U16s level so well done to them for stepping up to the plate! Here's hoping we can repeat last year's run and be victorious in the Ayrshire Cup!!
Songs Of Praise
Two S1 pupils, Joseph Hutchison and Michael Bargh, appeared on last Sunday’s Songs of Praise. They are both members of the National Youth Choir of Scotland and are re-auditioning soon to be part of the choir for future residential course and concerts. We are proud to have such talent in QMA!
This year's Christmas Fayre took place on Thursday November 29th 6-9pm The evening comprised of an Art Exhibition, Musical performances, Craft stalls and refreshments. Pupils from all year groups worked incredibly hard in order to complete their art work to exhibition standard. Design and Expressive folios from 2011-2012 session were also on display. Talented senior Art and Design pupils took the opportunity to further their own folios of work and were also on hand to discuss their work with parents and visitors.
Wonderful carols were provided all evening by the talented pupils from the Music Department; they really got everyone in the festive spirit. There were some fantastic arts and crafts on offer from the many wonderful craft stalls, many a Christmas present was bought! QMA pupils also worked hard manning their own stalls; selling the school Christmas cards and home baking amongst other enterprising goods. Mince pies and mulled wine were consumed and all visitors were in festive cheer - Santa Claus even made an appearance in his fantastic Grotto! A fantastic evening that brought the school and the wider community of Queen Margaret Academy together. Merry Christmas!
The micro Tyco business challenge has come to an end and the three teams in the Maths department at Queen Margaret have counted their profits:
The Butterfly Goal
Oliwia Capala, Meaghan Slider, Jennifer Currie, Gemma Thomas and Sara Bulanda
The Dream Team
Jack Cassidy, Jack Menzies, Matthew Eadie and Keiran Ritchie
The Money Making Saints
Matthew McKeown, Rebecca Gardner and Lewis Tse
all worked hard to make an impressive Business profit!
South Ayrshire have organised an evening event to recognise the enterprising project and the hard work involved for pupils. This will take place on December the 11th at 6pm in Ayr Town hall and the pupils selected from the above teams to attend this are:
Jack Menzies, Matthew Mckeown, Jack Cassidy and Meaghan Slider. In particular Jack Menzies and Matthew McKeown worked unbelievably hard throughout the whole month and sold/made money on each and every lunch time. Two young entrepreneurs to keep a look out for!
Thank you to everyone who has supported the pupils throughout the challenge.
Badagry Coffee Morning
St Paul’s, Ayr
Kaylee Dunlop and Rachael Hawkins organised a coffee morning on
Sunday after Mass to raise funds for Badagry. This was extremely
successful and raised £408. The School was very impressed by the work of the girls, supported by the parish community and everyone’s keen interest in the progress of the hospital and feeding station.
Thanks also to Mrs Barr (Geography)for her assistance.
The ladies who manage the tea shop after Mass have also agreed to donate weekly profits to Badagry for the
foreseeable future. So please come along and enjoy some tea and biscuits whilst supporting the appeal which is supported by QMA, her associated primaries and all the local Parishes.
Learn to Sail
There is an opportunity for S1-S3 to take part in sailing taster sessions of
either 2 ½ hrs, or to gain a qualification by taking part in a 6 week course for 2 ½ hrs. There are limited spaces so if you are interested see Michelle Sloan, the Active Schools co-ordinator or speak to Mrs Logan inthe PE Dept.
Heartstart ELS Training
St Patrick’s Primary School, P6 Class
Four of our new senior pupil facilitators made an excellent start to their training programme this session at St Patrick’s Primary.
Amber Main, Michael Da Prato, Louise Girvan and Katerena Nowosad showed confidence, enthusiasm and great pace when delivering the training to P6 pupils. I have to say that it was made all the better with the warm welcome from St Patrick’s and the preparation the pupils had received,
Mr Mann, Heartstart co-ordinator, hope this is the start of more partnership and transition working in this area of Health and Well Beinh.
Congratulations to all involved for their hard work and their continued support of this programme at QMA.
Whole School News
To date we have raised £290 for Children In Need, with more money to be collected. This was mainly raised by a sixth year RE class and was led by Kennedy Pollock. 1Q1 also took part in a sponsored silence and the money from that will be in by next week. Thanks to all who contributed.
S1 Parents Evening
Just a reminder that the S1 Parent’s Evening will take place on Tuesday 27th November from 4.15-6.30. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
Head Boy and Head Girl
We have included a photograph of our Head Boy, Daniel Traynor and Head Girl, Katerina Nowasad, Depute Head Boy Ciaran McGugh and Depute Head Girl Rhiain Collins who continue to be positive role models in our school community.
St Margaret’s Day
This year’s St Margaret’s day was a true celebration! The day began with a Mass, with S1-3 celebrating in school and S4-6 attend St Paul’s Chapel. The Mass is an opportunity for us all to come together and celebrate and promote the ethos of our school community. As always the behaviour of our pupils was exemplary and they were a credit to the school and their parents and guardians.
In the afternoon, pupils went off to participate in various activities including skiing, bowling and a cinema trip for over 300 of our pupils and staff! Members of the public contacted the school to comment on the pleasant and orderly manner in which our pupils conducted themselves.
Well Done to everyone! You were a great example of what St Margaret’s Day and Queen Margaret Academy represent!
A Praise Postcard
Merit Awards- pupil info
As part of the School’s Better Behaviour, Better Learning Policy, we regularly monitor the number of Merits and Praise Postcards awarded to pupils. This term, nine pupils have achieved the most number of merits. They are:
Lesley-Ann Ofei (S1)
Matthew Gray (S1)
Lucy Teenan (S1)
Rebecca Donald (S2)
Liam Fitzsimmons (S2)
Rebecca McCardie (S2)
Kathleen McGinley (S2)
Natalie Eadie (S4)
Carla McGough (S4)
To reward their good behaviour, hard work and effort, the pupils attended St Margaret’s Day activities for free. We will be checking the number of Merits awarded again just before Christmas, issuing Bronze Awards for effort and behaviour and rewarding pupils who have made the most progress…so who will be on that Merit list? Will it be
Manchester United Trip
On 15th December 2012 our pupils will be visiting Old Trafford to watch Manchester United play Sunderland. There are 39 tickets available and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you would like to attend please see Mr McGugan or Mr Dewar as soon as possible for cost information and permission forms.
Preparations for the Craft Fayre on 29th Nov (6-9pm) are well underway. A large number of Craft stalls have booked for the evening, ranging from jewellery, candles, knitwear, woodwork craft, handbags to specialities and delicacies. It would be the ideal opportunity to get a head start on your Christmas shopping or buy that unusual or special gift!
On the evening there will be a display of the artistic talent in the school and Christmas carols and songs sung by the school choir will entertain us. The PTA will provide mulled wine and mince pies and we will also be joined by Santa in his specially designed Grotto and a band of elves- what else do you need to get in to the Christmas spirit?
Tickets only cost £1 so please come along and join us. Pupils can purchase tickets in school, however, you can also pay at the door! All Welcome!
An opening has arisen for some lucky pupils to assist Santa deliver presents to all the boys and girls during the Christmas Craft Fayre.
Prospective Elves must be of cheerful disposition and have their own costume.
Payment will be the National Elf Minimum wage, payable in jelly babies and chocolate buttons. A free Elf care package will also be provided.
If interested please see Ms McMillan to arrange an interview.
Other school info...
Well done to two of our S3 pupils, Stuart Campbell and Sam Chitty, who represented the school on Thursday 15th of November at the Victim Support School Speaking Competition 2012. The boys performed a fantastic speech on Cyber Bullying and impressed everyone with their delivery and maturity. They were a credit to the school and a career in public speaking lies ahead. Sam and Stuart are pictured below.
Queen Margaret Academy Netball team defeated Prestwick Academy 11-1 on Monday evening. All competitors played with a high level of motivation and determination. Megan Slider was named Player of the Match. Well Done!
Be-enchanted Productions, which offer various drama workshops, will be visiting the school on Tuesday the 20th of November. The company will give a performance designed to raise awareness of the problem of domestic abuse. All pupils from S4 –S6 will be in attendance. We look forward to welcoming Be-Enchanted Productions for what promises to be a worthwhile educational experience.
Skiing and Snowboarding at Braehead
Congratulations to all the staff that helped to co-ordinate the St Margaret’s Day skiing and snowboarding trip. All the pupils had a fantastic time and their behaviour was exemplary.
At first it seemed like a few pupils were a bit out of practice and found it hard to control their speed – thank heavens for the large hammock at the bottom of the slope, or rather the safety net! However, all the skills came flooding back and a vast improvement was made by all pupils with regards to their skiing and snowboarding abilities. They had a great deal of fun and didn’t want to stop when their time was over. We look forward to returning again.
Since Queen Margaret Academy launched its website we have received a number of posts and messages from former pupils; these have ranged from those who still live locally, to as far field as New Jersey, USA.
It is always a pleasure to hear of those happy memories and that Queen Margaret Academy still holds such a fond place in the hearts and minds of many. Our Head Boy from 1970 even tells us he still has the uniform he “wore with pride”!
Queen Margaret Academy prides itself on its ethos and sense of community; the school community, the local community and the global community. Each pupil, current and former, is an important element of who we are as a school and all we represent.
Our motto “Omni Opus Bonum”, (every good work) emphasises what makes Queen Margaret Academy special- every good work, whether it be academic achievement or attainment, whether it be extra effort in classwork or in helping others, whether it be in school or in the wider community, the aspiration to “every good work” is what makes Queen Margaret pupils stand out. We aspire to ensure that that ethos remains with all our pupils during their time with us and beyond.
If you have fond memories of your time at Queen Margaret Academy why not drop us a post or email us a picture. We look forward to hearing from you because “Once a Queenie, always a Queenie!”
This week Queen Margaret Academy welcomes Mr Tony Flynn, our new Head Teacher. Mr Flynn joins us from Holyrood High School in Glasgow. Our pupils have extended a warm “queenie welcome” and Mr Flynn has enjoyed meeting pupils in and around the school.
It’s been a particularly busy week for Mr Flynn getting to know the school, staff and pupils. He will be sending his first Newsletter out to parents and pupils shortly.
St Margaret’s Day
Preparations are well under way for the Feast of St Margaret. The day will begin with a whole school mass celebrated by Father Philip and local Parish priests. Pupils are expected to be in full uniform. The day is always a fabulous occasion for the school to come together and exemplify the ethos of Queen Margaret Academy. In the afternoon pupils will proceed to their chosen activities. The cinema tickets have been booked, the skis waxed, the Laser Quest jackets powered up and the buses are on standby. No doubt a fabulous afternoon will be had by all.
There are still a few places left for the first year trip to the pantomime at the Gaiety on Wednesday 12th December. Please bring £12 to Miss McGhie before Friday 16th November.
Best of luck to Samuel Chitty and Stuart Campbell who are taking part in the South Ayrshire Victim Support Debating Contest on Thursday 15th November.
Whole school news
Seven pupils from Queen Margaret Academy attended South Ayrshire Council’s Youth Conference ‘Connecting Cultures’. The conference was held on Friday 9 November, 2012 from 9.30am until 1.30pm in the County Buildings, Ayr. The pupils in attendance at the conference were: Mia Cullis, Anna Sykes, Stuart Campbell, Rachel Campbell, Louis Simpson, Paige Campbell and Joseph Cochrane.
Over the next four weeks, S1 pupils will be selling things around the school. Mrs Leishman and Miss McColl of our Maths Department have formed three groups to represent QMA in a competition called Micro-Tyco which aims to promote enterprising activities. South Ayrshire Council are hoping to have all schools represented this year and are awarding achievement within the groups here in South Ayrshire.
Please show your support for the pupils to keep them motivated! The groups will be selling their products mainly in the dining hall and crush area. Indeed, they have already held a very successful bake sale to staff and pupils. There will also be nail painting and car washing activities taking place in order to raise funds for the project.