TUESDAY: EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Why not come along for 5 minutes or more and spend some time quietly in
prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honouring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us". During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist.
By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be!
The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in a Monstrance
Usually Mass begins at 1.15 pm but this week the bell will ring at 1.05 pm as a special reminder and Mass will begin at 1.10 pm approx.
Please come along and join in this school community celebration.
FRIDAY: WHOLE SCHOOL SERVICE
There will be a whole school service in the Dining Hall at 11.30 am approx.
More details to follow.
ADVENT EXTRA 2013
"LIVING A LIFE OF PRAYER"
Dear Father, as we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus,
may we bring the light of Christ to others in what we do and say.
May our acts of Charity give the gift of happiness to those in need.
May we also be peacemakers in our relationships with other people
both at home and in school. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Prayer should be part of school life. Please try and remember to pray each day using the School Prayer, Our Father or another appropriate prayer.
Prayer is also part of our weekly Year Group Assemblies with seasonal input—eg Advent. There are also weekly lunch time services held in the Oratory, namely, Eucharistic Adoration and Mass which are outlined below.
The QMA U'13s Football Team Bag Packing
Parent Council- Race Night
The race night, organised by Colin Fitzsimmons, Vice chairperson of our parent council was, by all accounts, a
resounding success. The event was held at Ayr United's Hospitality Suite.
Connor Oates was the lucky winner of the £200 Freesat system donated by Mr C Fitzsimmons of Satellite Aerials Comms (who now has to install it beforeChristmas!). A long weekend break donated by Seton Sands Caravan Park was won by Brian Tyrie. A big thanks to John and Jimmy Cope and also to George of GB Race nights. Everyone appeared to have great fun and there were even calls to make it an annual event.
The big gamble seems to have paid off!
During the season of Advent, assemblies conducted by Guidance staff will take on a different look.
We will have prayers, the lighting of the Advent Wreath and scripture readings to help us prepare for Christmas
The video being used for week one can be accessed from the school website.
ADVENT EXTRA 2013
ISSUE 2 CHARITY—"CARE FOR THE POOR"
SCIAF Real Gifts
All classes are continuing to collect money to buy a Christmas Gift for others in need throughout the world from SCIAF’s Real Gifts Catalogue. Remember the Gifts range from School Books at £10 to a Classroom at £1125. There are the every popular Chick-ens at £14 or Goats at £30. Other Gifts include Shelter £25, Clean Water for 5 families at £40, Essential Medicines £50 or a Wheelchair Repair Kit £30. The running to-tal for the school stands at £293.98. Please encourage pupils to keep bringing in the money or as Fr Philip put it during his homily during our Feast day Mass, "gies yer mon-ey".
The RE department will continue to collect money all week and a list of the Real Gifts bought will be issued at the beginning of the new term.
If any department has decided to buy a Real Gift could they let Mr McGuire know what they wish to buy and pass on the money. If any PT would like to borrow a Catalogue which lists the Real Gifts that can be bought please
see Mr McGuire or go onto the SCIAF Website for more details.
NEWSFLASH . . . GIFT OF A CLASSROOM . . . £1125
A parent heard about our SCIAF Real Gifts campaign and has decided to buy the Gift of a Classroom for both his children and the school in general.
Advent is a time when we should not only remember those in need but do something to help them. This advent we are trying to do this in 2 particular ways: SCIAF Real Gifts Campaign and Food Parcel Collections.
ADVENT EXTRA 2013
ISSUE 2 CHARITY—"CARE FOR THE POOR"
A big push will be made this week to encourage everyone to bring in items for our Christmas Food Parcels.
Any items can be handed into Mr McGuire’s RE Room before the beginning of the school day or indeed at any point during the day. It is also hoped to have a drop off point in the Crush Hall later on in the week at interval and/or lunchtime.
We will in a special way be helping the Fisherman’s Mission in Troon as we did last year. They have made an appeal for Towels of any size or colour but Bath Towels would be especially useful.
Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Any Tinned Goods.
BAG PACKING ON WEDNESDAY
Pupils will be helping with Bag Packing in Iceland, Maybole road on Wednesday of this week. Various slots from 11-3 and 4-8 will be filled. .
NON UNIFORM DAY ON FRIDAY
Pupils will be encouraged to bring in a item for the Christmas Food Parcels.
Various days bag packing has been organised this week at Iceland in the town and the PE Department is taking some 1st year boys down to help fund raise for the QMA football teams.
Bag Packing – Tuesday @ Iceland QMA Heartstart Team
After the storming success of last year’s ‘Cinderella’ at The Gaiety, A group
of 123 s1 and s2 pupils attended the panto on Wednesday 11th December.
It was a magical Pantomime for Christmas 2013 –with great songs, lavish
sets, gorgeous costumes, magic and mayhem! The Panto starred Michael Courtney (2012 Buttons) as Wishey Washey, Nalini Chetty (Rivercity) as the Princess, Fraser Boyle (2012 Ugly Sister, Pertunia) as Widow Tankey,
Phoebe Thomas (Holby City) as the Slave of the Ring, and Chris Taylor (2012 Ugly Sister, Hyacinth) as Abonazer!!
The pupils had an absolutely fabulous time. (oh yes they did!)
Just a reminder of some of the festivities…
S5 Disco at Prestwick Airport- it was a lovely evening. Pupils and staff scrubbed up “no bad!” Many thanks to staff who attended to supervise.
S1/2 Disco-Tuesday in school
Wednesday: SLC Disco, Horizon Hotel
S3/4 Disco-Thursday in the Ark
The S3 Business Management took part in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge. The classes were split into 4 social enterprise companies. Infinity, Fabo, Humblebug and Munroe’s. The companies had to come up with a healthy, sustainable juice, market this juice and provided costings and profit forecasts. The 4 companies then had to present their ideas with the winning team being put forward for entry into the Regionals.
All 4 companies delivered excellent presentations to the judges Mr Yule our DHT, and Ms Gillian Cameron from Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce. All were highly commended for their creativity, and hard work. Such was the standard of work that the judges found it difficult to choose an outright winner with the winning team Infinity winning by just one mark with their juice creation Jucify.
The class would like to thank Mr Yule and Ms Cameron for lending their support and giving up their valuable time it is much appreciated.
Watch this space to see if Infinity make it through to the Regionals.
Pictured the winning team
Niamh McCann, Reece Jack, Briony Scott, Megan McCulloch, Mr Yule, Ms Cameron, Elena Nowosad (Managing Director) and Rebecca Campbell.
S2 Business Elective
On Saturday 7 December, Meaghan Slider, Colette McGinley and Caitlyn McVittie accompanied Mrs Robertson (Business Studies) to the St Quivox Christmas Fayre. The pupils were selling goods made by the S2 Business elective class (of which Meaghan is a member).
The pupils worked very hard to sell a range of products – candle melts,Christmas soaps, candle holders and Christmas trees. There was also a selection of Christmas cards designed by pupils in the school.
The stall was a huge success and over £100 was raised to be split between school funds and St Quivox parish.
The department would like to thank both the pupils for their hard work and the parish for allowing us to come and join them in what was a lovely day.
Wednesday evenings music concert was well attended and a great success.
We have a great number of talented musicians and singers in QMA! We were treated to the delights of the Brass Band and the Junior and Senior Choirs. Many thanks also to St Patrick's Primary School who also performed on the evening. All who attended left feeling full of the festive spirit!
A lot of hard work went into the preparation. We are grateful to all the staff who supported the concert both front and back of the stage.
Many thanks in particular to Mrs McGugan and Miss Phillips and all the music instructors for the weeks of work needed to have pupils ready for their performances.
First Minister meets QMA pupils
SCIAF have been chosen as one of a few charities to benefit from the proceeds made from the first ministers Christmas card. Due to the close links established by the RE Department and SCIAF, SCIAF requested that Queen Margaret Academy pupils represent them at the launch event which tooke place at the CLIC
Sargent House, Prestwick.
South Ayrshire Forum Winners- Well Done QMA
Nearly 200 South Ayrshire young people, between the ages of 14 and 15, were
nominated for the South Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF) Awards 2013, which
recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of our young people. This year
record breaking 33 finalists were selected.
A number of Queen Margaret Academy pupils and initiatives were nominated.
Mr McFadden and Mr Mann accompanied a group of S6 pupil to the awards last night in Troon. It was a great event, well organised by the forum, showcasing some excellent talent in our schools.
Double Award Winner! Caitlyn McVittie won an award within the unsung hero category and she also won the ‘Young Start of the Year’ award.
Runners-up! QMA Heartstart and the Pupil Leadership Team were finalists and runners-up.
Clicking on the link will take you to the Elite Engineering programme website where you will be able to view our entry for£3000 worth of equipment for the science department. Please click ‘like’ under the video entry
to increase our chances of gaining this fantastic Lego mind storm equipment.