A Christmas Message from the Head Teacher
Welcome to the webpage of Queen Margaret Academy. Firstly can I say I am delighted to take up the post of head teacher in such a well-respected and successful school as Queen Margaret Academy. It is my goal to build on this success and I hope
that together with all staff and pupils the school can go from strength to strength.
We are about to issue a Christmas edition of our school newsletter, a PDF copy will be available on our webpage. As you will see the school is full of life with many and varied activities and I would like to thank all the staff, pupils and parents for being so generous with their time and talents.
The weeks up to Christmas are always hectic. On Wednesday 12th December, 100 of our S1 and S2 pupils went to the Gaiety in Ayr to see Cinderella. It was a fantastic event and all the pupils were in fine voice! On Monday 17th December we had our Christmas concert with performances of brass, woodwind, strings, percussion and choirs from our music department. The concert was a great success and a very enjoyable evening. I would like to give a special thanks to all the staff that endeavoured with the setup, organisation and performance. During this week we also have evening events in The Ark in Ayr for S1/2 and S3/4
Lastly it remains for me to wish you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas. I look forward to 2013 and the beginning of the refurbishment work that will hopefully be undertaken in the summer term.
The Peace Child.
This week the Supported Learning Centre displayed the true meaning of Christmas through their performance of “The Peace Child”. The play is about two tribes who are continually in conflict. The Spirit of Wisdom appears to one of the Chiefs in a dream and offers him a solution to the conflict and the realisation that communities must come together and work together.
The Drama group impressed pupils, staff and parents with their songs, dances and acting ability. The Narrator, Catherine Herd showed real flair in her delivery- and perhaps a career in Holywood beckons!
Many thanks go to Nikki McCabe, our Drama Specialist who has worked with the youngsters for many weeks to ensure a perfect performance.
Queen Margaret Academy’s annual Christmas Concert was a great success and
a very enjoyable evening. A wide array of talents were on display from brass and bagpipes to percussion and vocal ensembles.
The variety of carols and Christmas songs, old and new, got the audience in the real festive spirit. Well done to all performers involved!
Many thanks to Fiona McGugan (PT Music) and the music instructors for preparing pupils to display all their musical talents in the concert.
Queen Margaret Academy Football Supporters Club
On Sat 15th Dec almost 50 staff and pupils travelled to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United play Sunderland.
An exciting game with many goals saw Manchester United secure their top spot with a 3-1 victory. The pupils had a superb time, many experiencing their first football match. As always, pupils' behaviour was exemplary; this was commented on
by the manager of a restaurant we visited who said they were by far "the friendliest and most polite" pupils he had come across! We hope to travel to another Premiership game soon, so watch out for further information on the website!
Queen Margaret Academy Cluster Heartstart
-WINNER- in Health Category
For all their hard work in securing QMA success in wider achievement. Last week’s awards, held in Troon Town Hall, were presented by ex-pupil Maria McGough. It was an excellent event that celebrated great achievements from young people all over South Ayrshire. In addition to the S6 Heartstart Team, pupils from SLC also won an award. Amber, Michael and Katerena accepted the award on behalf of the team and spoke very well to the forum and guests.
S3/S4 Disco Tue 18th Dec- The Ark 7.00-10pm
SLC Disco- Horizon Hotel Tue 18th Dec- 7 -9pm
S1/S2 Disco Wed 19th Dec- The Ark 7-10pm
S5 Disco- QMA Thursday 20th Dec 7.00.30-10pm
School Closes Friday 21st 2.30pm and re-opens Monday 7th Jan
Whole School News
A group of s5/6 pupils attended the University of the West of Scotland on Wednesday for their Creative Industries Conference. This was an event run by the University so that pupils could see the facilities on offer, get a chance to work with university students in workshops and classes and get first-hand experience of what being a student is really like. The pupils were really enthusiastic about the workshops they were able to take part in and were impressed with the university. It is now hoped that the university and the school will be able to forge close links and work together in the future
School Christmas Discos
Please see below details of upcoming events.
S3/4 Christmas Disco, The Ark (Ayr Citadel), Tuesday 18th December – 7-10pm
S1/2 Christmas Disco, The Ark (Ayr Citadel), Wednesday 19th December – 7-10pm
Latest Football news
Well done to our boys for a fantastic performance against Kyle Academy; this resulted in a 3-0 win for the Queenie boys! Three second half goals from Scott McLean, Kyle Campbell and Declan Dunlop helped to see off our neighbours from across the river. It is worth mentioning that six of the boys in our squad normally compete at U16s level so well done to them for supporting the school so well.
Well done to our U13 boys who beat Belmont 2-0 last night.
The next match will be played on Monday 17th December against Belmont.
Aspiring Football Stars!
Congratulations to Callum Haymarch and Scott McLean of S4, who have been selected to play for the Scotland Select Under 16’s. There we3re 24 boys chosen form 4000, after 3 trials at Toryglen Regional football Centre, Glasgow.
Galloway Diocesan S5/6 Youth Forum
The Annual Galloway Diocese S5/6 Youth Forum took place in St Matthew’s Academy, Saltcoats on Thursday 22 November. It was attended by 14 pupils from S6 and 10 from S5 pupils from S5. QMA’s 24 pupils were joined by approximately 80 pupils from the other 3 secondary schools – St Matthew’s, St Joseph’s, Kilmarnock and St Joseph’s, Dumfries. The Theme of the day was: Celebrating the Second Vatican Council. The day began with an introduction in the main assembly hall. An Icebreaker session was led by Mr McGuire PT RE. Pupils were split up into 4 groups who then attended 4 different sessions. The day concluded with everyone coming together for a closing prayer service. All the pupils who went had an enjoyable and spiritual day.
Our S1/2 Netball Team recently travelled to Cumnock Academy. The standard of play was excellent. However, our first team lost by a narrow margin, but fought to the end. Happily, our second team won 4-3. Well Done! Players of the matches were – team 1 – Megan Jones, 1M1 and team 2- Ellie Gilligan1A2.
On Wednesday 12th December the English Department will be taking the majority of S1and 20 s2 pupils to the Gaiety Theatre to see Cinderella. Pupils will be out of school between periods 1- 5. We are sure that this will prove to be an enjoyable experience and a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to see a live performance.