Home Economics news
Two third year classes took part in the ‘Great Queenie Christmas Bake off this week. The teams consisted of Patryk Wolski and Lewis Tse who designed a lovely Frozen Lake Scene Christmas Cake and Jaye McKeown, Ellie Gilligan and Sinead McCann who designed an equally lovely Nativity Scene. Well done to all pupils involved. Pictures are attached.
Whole School News
The Junior Christmas Disco will take place on the 22nd of December. Over 70 pupils have purchased tickets for this event at The Ark; it promises to be a fun-filled evening!
Teachers and pupils had an evening of lovely food and great company at the S6 end of term meal. This event took place at West of the Moon in Ayr. Well done to all the pupils who were involved in arranging the meal and to all pupils in attendance. Their behaviour was exemplary. They are a credit to the school and to their families.
The S5 Christmas Party was held in the Aviator Suite at Prestwick Airport on the 17th of December. Well done to Melissa Jamieson, Lachlan Haddow, Samuel Chitty, Megan Hamilton, Elle Tait and Stuart Campbell for their amazing efforts in organising the event, to all staff and pupils who were in attendance and to Jim Nimmo for being our resident DJ. As usual, the standard of behaviour was excellent.
Staff night out
The Queenie staff had a wonderful party night at Western House Hotel last Friday, 19th of December. We were treated to Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts on arrival, a lovely meal and a whole range of entertainment. Thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable evening.
Everyone at Queen Margaret Academy would like to take this opportunity to wish all our pupils, friends and families a happy and holy Christmas and New Year. The school will re-open on Tuesday 6th January at 8.45am.
Message from the Head Teacher
We approach the Christmas break tired yet with a sense of achievement - another full term over. It has been a busy time for staff and pupils with the introduction of the new Highers and the push to complete work for the prelims just after the holidays. At the request of pupils this year we added more school lockers, these are particularlyuseful for storing valuable items such as phones, jewellery etc when pupils are at PE. They also save pupils carrying all their books from class to class throughout the day. If your child has not taken up the offer of one could I recommend it. Finally can I thank our parent council for all the support they have given Queen Margaret Academy over this past year, particulary their help to drive forward work on the building.
Curriculum For Excellence- Changes to the Senior Phase FAQs
Christmas Cakes- S5/6 Cakecraft
Two sixth year pupils, Joseph Shaw and Erin Clark, were invited to a reception hosted by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Stirling Castle on Thursday night. This was in recognition of all their hard work supporting the STV Appeal which helps Children in Poverty. The pupils raised a tremendous amount of money and it was great to see their support recognised.
On Thursday 27 November, the pupils of Higher Business Management and Higher Administration & IT visited the University Hospital, Ayr. The visit was to give the pupils an insight into the practical use of IT in business. John Barrett e-Health Programme Manager, Luan Johnstone Communications Officer, Mary Keen and Lindsay McLachlan all gave in depth presentations on how IT is used applied and implemented within NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
The presentations were informative with real life examples on how IT helps workers deliver the services required within the NHS. In almost every job within the NHS, the employee will be required to use IT. The pupils all thoroughly enjoyed the morning – particularly the scones –! A big thank you goes to John and his team for giving up their valuable time in order to deliver a very relevant part of our course.
The pupils who are taking part in the Personal Development Award went on an orienteering experience on Wednesday in Ayr town Centre. The weather made completing the whole experience a tad difficult but we managed some of it!!
Duke of Edinburgh
A very proud moment for the DoE: two of our Gold pupils, Beth Anderson and Katie Doran attended a presentation at Marr College on Wednesday night where they were presented with awards for navigation and sailing. The girls completed a 5 day expedition on a yacht during the summer where they learned to plan, navigate and of course sail the yacht. A huge well done to both girls!RE
SCIAF REAL GIFTS
All RE classes will be collecting for a SCIAF Real Gift this Advent. We ran a very successful campaign during Advent last year.
A number of Departments/Groups of Departments took up the Challenge of buying a Real Gift.
The last day of term pupils will be encourage to bring in a tin of an item of food etc to be passed onto the Fishermen’s Mission in Troon. I may encourage pupils next week to bring in items before then. Again if any member of staff wishes to donate anything please let me know.
WHOLE SCHOOL SERVICE
As usual we will have a whole school service on the last day of term. More details will be issued later.
LUNCH TIME LIGHT A CANDLE AND SAY A PRAYER
Just to let you know that our second lunch time light a candle and say a prayer went well with over 50 staff and pupils taking part. This is set to be a more regular feature of our liturgical practice. Watch this space.
Year group Assemblies will include an Advent Reflection. I believe next Thursday Period 6 will also see a French Nativity Play . . . all welcome to come along.
S1 DAY RETREAT
Can I just say a BIG Thank You to all the Staff, Fr Philip and Anne Pratchett of the Chaplaincy Team for making this such a successful day. A special word of thanks to the English Department and Paterson Family who ran the Drama Workshop on the Parable of The Good Samaritan. Mark Booker of SCIAF made his way down from Glasgow to run a Workshop on SCIAF.
Six of our S2 girls attended a very enjoyable event run by STEM at Ayr College titled ‘Magnificent women and their flying machines’. They had the opportunity to meet engineers who talked about what it was like to be a woman in engineering and they discussed the many opportunities for careers in engineering. The also got a tour of Ayr College and took part in a STIXX Aircraft Wing Replica Building tasks where they designed and built a very impressive model wing.
The pupils involved were: Tony MCLaughlin, Lauren Maxton, Rosie McCardie, Alice Ridley, Niamh Scullion and Luciana McGarvie
An article on the event is now front page news on the Ayrshire College website - http://www1.ayrshire.ac.uk/
And also has been sent to the Ayrshire Post.
Mairi Gibson, 2p1 has won a national competition set by Scottish Squash and Racketball, to design a mascot for them. Her design won from 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.
Mhairi was presented with her artwork in a commemorative frame by John Scott MSP for Ayr, ably assisted by Greg Lobban, Stuart Crawford, Alan Clyne and Kevin Moran, 4 of Team Scotland’s squash players at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The athletes, resplendent in their Games kit, took questions from Mhairi’s year group.
After the presentation, the athletes coached a 5th year group on racquet WALLs created in the school gym by Scottish Squash and Racketball.
Annual Italy Ski Trip
The ski trip will depart on Saturday 13th December for Pila, in the Italian Alps at 9am for six days skiing and snowboarding. All pupils are excited and looking forward to the week ahead. As well as skiing pupils will have fun evenings including 10 pin bowling, tobogganing, night club disco, pizza night and presentation night.
We are now collecting deposits for the 2015 trip. Anyone interested should bring a deposit of £100 to Mrs Logan in the P.E. Department as soon as possible to secure their place. It’s an experience not to be missed!
Robin Girvan Be-Xcellent Programme
Robin has been successful in his application for this programme.
Children in Scotland is a national charity that supports children’s rights and provides training for professionals working with young people. They have started a project to develop their website and promote the work of the charity and believe that this can be best achieved through working with young people. It really is an excellent opportunity for Robin and he is very enthusiastic about the work he has done with them already.
They are currently working on a music video to promote the website and organisation and will be developing other materials later in the New Year
3 S6 pupils from the cake craft course, Hannah Paterson, Marcy Mackie, Louise MacLeod gave an excellent presentation to third year SLC pupils yesterday on how to make Christmas decorations by using the technique modelling. The pupils went on to successfully make their own models and decorate their own cakes.
Congratulations to Carla McGough, S6 (flautist) who was accepted in to the West of Sctland Concert Band.
Please see below dates/times for this year’s Christmas discos.
S1/S2 Monday 22nd December, 7-10pm @ The Ark (Mr Mann)
S3/S4 Tuesday 16th December, 7-10pm @ The Ark (Mr Mallon)
S5 Christmas Dance Wednesday 17th December, 7-10pm @ Prestwick Airport Aviator Suite (Miss Seery)
Dyslexia Friendly Schools
James Baker, an ex-Queen Margaret pupil visited us today to speak to pupils with dyslexia. He has carved out a very successful managerial career despite his dyslexia, and we are grateful that he took the time to impart some of the practical strategies that he uses in everyday life to the advantage of the pupils present. Dyslexia has certainly not held him back and he inspired the pupils to aim high. Today was a real boost for pupil self-esteem and confidence.
English Dept- Panto
The pupils had a fantastic time at the Gaiety Pantomime. It really was a very funny show and the pupils were a credit to the school. Ben Cochrane and Nathan Girvan even got up on stage while Mrs Inglis was chatted up by Jean Claude Van Dumb…
Several brass musicians from Queen Margaret Academy performed at the Scottish Festival of Brass last weekend at Perth Concert Hall with the South Ayrshire Brass Bands.
Erin Clark, Jemma New, Rebecca McCardie, Matthew Gray, Joseph Hutchison, Lesley- Ann Ofei, Jack Cassidy, Rosie McCardie, Declan McCaughey and Matthew Gallacher all performed with the Youth Band in the development section of the competition and gained a Silver award up against 15 other bands from across Scotland in a tightly fought contest.
S1 students Sophie Alexander, Evie Baird, Sarah Hutchison, Amy McIlloney, Joseph Abbot and Niamh Murphy all competed with the Training Band in the preparatory section of the competition and achieved a bronze award
The Christmas Fayre took place last Thursday 27 November. This was well attended by local businesses, staff, pupils, cluster pupils and families of the school. There were many attractions on the evening; particular mentions must go to the spectacular Art Fashion show and art work displays as well as the Music Department keeping us in the Festive spirit with carols galore! Santa’s’ grotto was also a huge hit, with Santa, his reindeer and elves checking who was naughty and nice! Many thanks to all staff who supported the evening, running stalls and supervising & organising events, to all pupils- in particular S6 and the PTA who organised the mulled wine & shortbread. A special mention to Christiane Martin who kept all the Crafters organised and refreshed! (lots more pics on the website)
Whole school news
Over the past two weeks our pupils have been involved in several activities within the spiritual life of the school. On Remembrance day, 11th November,eight of our S6 pupils were involved in a prayer service and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial in Wellington Square. The following Friday we invited pupils to come to the oratory for a few minutes to light a candle and say a prayer. Over 130 pupils and staff dropped in for a few minutes each during the lunch hour. It was very encouraging to see so many make the time for the prayer.
On the following Tuesday over 100 S6 pupils from QMA, St Joseph’s Kilmarnock, St Matthew’s Saltcoats and St Joseph’s Dumfries met in the new library for a vocation awareness day. There were six workshops around the school and pupils could choose four from the six to attend. Mr Flynn sat in on a little of each session and was very impressed by the openness of the speakers and the witness each gave to their own vocation. Probably the most interesting presentation was by two nuns from an American order who have opened a new convent in Elgin. Originally they were scheduled to have eight pupils in their last session. However 33 pupils turned up. Some who had already been to their session earlier! Over lunch the S6 had been talking about the morning sessions and the witness of the two nuns, one from America and the other from Poland, had clearly being very powerful.
Under 16 Rugby Brewin Dolphin Bowl Final
Queen Margaret Academy lost out in the Under 16s Ayrshire School Plate final at Millbrae on Thursday.
They were bravely seen off by Largs Academy 34-22 in a thrilling match. QMA went toe to toe with their North Ayrshire rivals but a devastating spell early in the second half scuppered their hopes.
Queen Margaret started brightly and some brave defending early on prevented Largs from gaining the opening score. A fantastic burst down the right from Sean Morrison saw him outmuscle and outpace four Largs defenders before diving over under the posts to give QMA a 7-0 lead in the 11th minute.
Once the deadlock was broken both teams started to get to grips with conditions and nerves and play some brilliant flowing rugby. Largs hit back four minutes later when they stole a QMA and worked the ball out left for Cameron Hambleton to crash over to level the score at 7-7.
A fifty yard run through the middle from Drew Lewis helped get Largs a penalty in QMA’s 22 and the North Ayrshire side took it quickly for the same player to power over in the 20th minute. Patient forward plays four minutes from half time allowed Sean Morrison to level the score and grab his second try of the match.
With the scores level at 12-12 at half-time it was anyone’s game but an incredible blitz of four tries in the first 10 minutes of the second period put Largs into an incontestable lead. Three from the powerful Drew Lewis and the fourth set up by him for Ronan McEvoy to cross the line and put Largs 34-12 ahead.
QMA refused to give up and scored two late consolation tries. Andy Morrison followed his brother onto the score sheet when he executed a perfect pick and go from an attacking scrum. With two minutes to go QMA scored the try of the match. A fluid passing move from right to left found Aaron Hillhouse; he darted through a gap in the Largs’ defence on the 10 metre line to steam through and round off an enthralling final that finished 34-22 to Largs.
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 took part in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge. The two teams Costa laFruit and Milkshake&Co will presented their ideas to the judges on Friday. Competition was stiff and the presentations of a very high standard, however, the winners were:
Winning team were Zing It!