On Monday 1st December, several of our S2 pupils will be out of school to attend a STEM event on ‘Magnificent Women and their Flying Machines’. This event will hopefully encourage girls to consider entering a career in engineering. The pupils attending the event are as follows: Toni McLaughlin, Rosie McCardie, Alice Ridley, Iona Campbell, Lauren Maxton and Luciana McGarvie.
St Margaret’s Day Mass
ST MARGARET’S DAY MASS
On Wednesday 19 November we celebrated Mass in remembrance of our patron ST Margaret, Queen of Scotland. Our chaplain Fr Philip Kitchen concelebrated the Mass with Canon Keegans from St Margaret’s Cathedral Church in Ayr. Our uplifting Liturgy was marked by pupil participation in terms of the following ministries: Welcome, Reading, Prayers of the Faithful and Procession of Gifts. Four S6 pupils were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers for the school. Mrs McGuigan and the Music department led the choir and a group of musicians in providing a new setting for some of the parts of the Mass. As the focus of our Liturgy was to remind us to follow in the footsteps of Margaret it was fitting that the whole school said our school prayer together at the end of Mass.
St Margaret’s Day Cup.
The annual St Margaret’s Day Cup took place at Shoot Super Soccer on Wednesday 19th November. Eight teams fought hard to qualify as group winners and runners up to make the semi-finals with the winners progressing to the final. After an intense final, Gracie Juniors triumphed over McLaughlin Thistle 8-7.
The school would like to extend its thanks, once again, to Shoot Super Soccer, Glenmuir Place, Ayr for their continued support regarding our annual St Margaret’s day celebrations. The teams consisted of the following pupils:
Conan McGhee, Lewis Davidson, Michael Bargh, David Miller, Matheson Harper- Titchener, Connor Gracie and Lee Maxwell.
St Margaret’s Day- Paintballing.
Ms McMillan’s team and her band of warriors were victorious- despite gaining a few bruises in the process. Enough said!
Many thanks to the staff and pupils who had a fabulous- if somewhat muddy time, at the Scottish Assault course centre in Fenwick.
Pupil Council Meetings – Monday 24th November
QMA Pupil Councils will meet today P6. Please see attached details of the meetings and a list of pupils involved. Meetings are unlikely to last a full period but apologies for any inconvenience. Thanks,
Year group /Class
Pupil Representatives 2014-2015
Sophie Alexander, Adam Owens
Sophie Tse, Kaloyan Galev
Llevi Chambers, Emily Rutter
Alexandra Smiley, Cameron Healy
Josh Malone, Iona Campbell, Patrick Doherty
Jamie McKinnon, Alice Ridley, Aodon Hill
Conor Duthie, Marti Adams, Toni McLaughlin
Matthew Gray, Niamh McHugh
Megan Jones, Lewis Tse
Tamzin Scott, Jack Menzies
Meaghan Slider, Matthew McKeown
Declan Hainey, Elena Nowasad, Georgia Lewis, Dominic Gallagher, Jackson Stevenson,
Connor McFadzean , Meghan Hamilton, Rosie De Mey
Angus Manson, Ellie Tait, Sam Chitty, Melissa Jamieson, Kieran Doyle, Kieran McLaughlin, Lachlan Haddow
Rebecca Doolan, Chelbi Coyle, Kimberley McMillan, Robyn Healy, Sara Stewart, Shannon Collins, Paige Connolly, Niall Murphy, Timmy Kahsin, Ronan Harris-Bruce, Dominic Iannotti, Amy Goodwin, Louise MacLeod, Brooke McTaggart, Mairi Johnston
Just a reminder that the Christmas Fayre will take place in school between 6 p.m. – 9 p.m on Thursday 27 November. This is one of the highlights in the QMA social calendar and is well attended by local businesses, staff, pupils and families of the school. Some of the attractions on the evening will include: Arts and Crafts stalls, a fashion show, musical performances and Santa’s Grotto. Come along and purchase some lovely Christmas presents for family and friends! Various refreshments will also be available.
The ‘Young Americans’
Recently, we were very fortunate to be visited by The ‘Young Americans’. The ‘Young Americans’ are a group of students who are studying Performing Arts in America and provide workshops to pupils all over the world. They work with pupils from primary and secondary schools, teaching them vocal techniques, dance, comedy improvisation and stage movement. Many pupils from QMA and our cluster primaries participated in three days of rehearsal; culminating in a terrific concert on the final evening. The singing and dancing was outstanding considering they had rehearsed for only three days.
Mr Flynn wishes to express his gratitude to all those members of staff who made it possible and worked tirelessly in the planning and on the days of the rehearsals. A special thanks to Fiona McGugan, Tony Campbell, Sarah Martin and Kathleen Hutcheson. Also to Jim Nimmo and Martin Durnan for the driving early in the morning and late in the evening.
It was a tremendous experience for our pupils and a night many of them will remember.
Victim Support Public Speaking Competition
Victim Support Scotland has run a National Schools Speaking Competition for a number of years, aimed at encouraging debate and discussion amongst young people on topics which look at the impact of crime and aim to raise awareness of this issue. The topic for this year’s debate was ‘Off the Rails’. The participants were asked to consider the topic with reference to Victim Support. Three secondary schools from South Ayrshire participated in the competition this week at University of the West of Scotland and the standard of the speakers was extremely high. Two S4 pupils from Queen Margaret took part, Jordi Sergio and James Abbot, along with teams from Prestwick Academy and Marr College. The girls from Prestwick were announced as the winners and we, at Queen Margaret Academy, would like to extend our congratulations to the winning team.
The S3 Business Management class are taking part in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge. The two teams Costa laFruit and Milkshake&Co will be presenting their ideas to the judges on Friday the 27th of November. We wish them luck!
On Friday 7th November a group of 14 s3 and s4 pupils were invited to tour the STV studios and see a live recording of the lunchtime news with John McKay. The pupils toured the studios, learned about the processes of editing and producing television shows and were taken to the sets of the news, Scotland Tonight and the Riverside Show. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were delighted to meet John McKay and David Farrell (aka Romeo!) It wasn’t quite anchorman but it was certainly a good day out!
I would like to share the good news that Mairi Gibson - 2p1 has won a national competition set by Scottish Squash and Racketball, to design a mascot for them. Her design won over a high volume of entries from all over Scotland and was chosen by some very high profile judges. Her entry has not only won some squash equipment for the school but her design will also be made in to the actual mascot itself. She has been invited to come to the design firm who will be making the mascot, to aid with the design process and also along to the International Festival in January.
Star in the Making?
Mark Woods (S1) is now a registered player with Rangers u-13 squad. This requires considerable commitment from him and a substantial training workload.
Rangers FC have requested that we give them regular updates on Mark’s progress; they have emphasised it is important that he gets the correct balance between training and school work.
He is a lovely, hardworking pupil but if you have any concerns at any point, please let me or Simon know.
It is a great achievement and we wish Mark every success!
Basketball Ayrshire League and Cup Open Age Group
QMA basketball team had their 1st match against Ayr Academy last night and played hard and fast to win by 21 points to 17 against . Well Done boys!
Winners for Christmas Card Competition -
Overall winner Emily McPhail S5
S1 – Amy Mcilloney, Dani Struthers, Emily Rutter (Banner also) , Heather Needham, Hannah Young
S2 Alice Ridley
S3 – Sara Bulanda
S4 - Laura Amy Rutter
S5 – Emily McPhail.
Primary 7 Transition visits
In recent weeks Mr Flynn, Ms McMillan and S6 pupils have been visiting our associate primaries. As you can see, it’s been a bit of a hair raising experience!!
On Sunday, many of our staff and pupils are involved in Remembrance events. On Tuesday staff and pupil representatives will attend a ceremony in Ayr.
Whatever you are doing, we ask you to take a moment to remember, those in the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
There will be football training for S1-3 girls from 4 until 5pm on Mondays. Should enough girls attend training, matches will be arranged. See Mrs Inglis for details
Also, can teachers of S1, 2 and 3 Tuesday morning (periods 1&2) please inform pupils that there will be a meeting in Mrs Inglis room at break for all girls interested in playing football. Please assure pupils that they do not need to be excellent or even good at football. Enthusiasm is what we are after!
Mandarin at QMA
Many pupils from most years are experiencing Mandarin for the first time .
Queen Margaret Academy is the HUB for South Ayrshire and we are very excited about where it will lead.
Our teacher has not long arrived from China and she will be here in Queen Margaret Academy for 2 days and in the cluster primaries for 3 days. Pupils in PE will be learning Tai Chi, Art pupils will be learning calligraphy, pupils in Home Economics will be learn Chinese cooking techniques and etiquette and of course pupils will learn some Chinese language and culture too.