Whole School News
The Eco-Club used vegetables grown in the garden to put on a lunch for the Eco-club and Eco elective. The Eco-club have been working with Home Economics to grow vegetables and spices as well as using waste from HE lessons for composting. Food and the Environment is an important part of keeping Queen Margaret Academy a Green Flag school and growing our own food will be one of our targets for next year.
It has been arranged for S1 and S3 to receive training in emergency life support skills. This will take place next month.
Heartstart - Transition
Rebecca Brodie, Stacey Ewing and Kayleigh Dunlop visited Saint John’s Primary on Thursday the 23rd to train 20 P6 in emergency life support skills; it was a complete success, and the girls made a great impression on both
pupils and staff!
Ayr Twin Town Competition
We are delighted to say that Ayse’s Cirik’s entry for the Ayr Town Twinning Logo Competition came 2nd.
Ayse created a logo that, if she were to win, would have been promoted on entering Ayr on the ‘welcome to Ayr -twinned with St Germain en Laye’ town sign and also in St Germain en Laye on their town sign. It was a great entry which amalgamated the historical and cultural links of the logos of each town.
Thanks to all staff for allowing the maths department to use their classrooms during the recent South Ayrshire RBS Challenge. Congratulations to Miss MacColl on running such a successful event in which QMA
beat off stiff opposition from the other South Ayrshire secondary schools and Wellington to be awarded joint winners with Girvan Academy. Finally congratulations to the successful team of S3 pupils Elena Nowasad, Josh
Gouck, Reece Javk, Sean Morrison, James Abbott and Liam McLeod.
On Friday Miss Phillips and pupils of Queen Margaret Academy played at the annual Chas Deputes Conference. The conference welcomes Depute Head teachers from all over Scotland to listen to speakers discuss Leadership in Catholic secondary schools.
The speakers at this year’s Conference were Maureen McKenna, Executive
Director of Education, Glasgow, Michael McGrath of SCES and Monsignor Mike
Regan, Administrator, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. It was a high profile event, and the pupils involved-
Colette McGinley, Sean Morrison, James Miller and Andrew Morrison - did the school proud!
Frankie and Benny Challenge
The ever popular enterprising business link the ‘Frankie and Benny challenge’ is now underway in Queen Margaret Academy. The business link was started by Mrs Douglas in the Home Economics department and this is challenge number 6. S2 pupils are planning and cooking u creative pizza and pasta dishes in the hope that they will win the competition and have their dish put on the menu in the local restaurant. 2p4 are carrying out market research next week around the school so taste buds will tingle.
S1 Healthy Eating
Queen Margaret Academy was represented this week at the STV / Debating Matters Referendum Debate on Scottish Independence at the Burns Museum. Four fifth year pupils, Euan Scott, Joseph Shaw, Erin
Clark and Thomas Shaw, showed off their debating prowess in an exciting and lively debate with Eastwood High and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock. Queen Margaret Academy won the prize for “most dramatic moment” when one of our debaters fainted under during questioning (the judges weren’t that bad!)
In the end, St Joseph’s were the overall winners and we wish them the best of luck in the final. It was a great day for all the young people involved.
We have included photographs of both out young debating team from the STV debate and our public speaking team, Hannah Paterson and Samuel Chitty who are pictured with the Victim Support Public
Speaking Competition shield, following their win last week at University of West of Scotland.
2A1 ran the French café on Tuesday in aid of McMillan Trust. They rose over £50. All the pupils worked really hard to make a success of the café and the waiters in their moustaches were very ‘français’. The members of staff
who came were treated to a varied selection of French pastries and there was nothing left at the end of it all. The S2 pupils also did all the washing up and clearing of the tables; Mrs Craw’s classroom was left spotless! Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Queen Margaret Academy has been chosen as the winning entry for the Secondary Schools Christmas Banner Competition 2013. Lauren Maxton who created the picture will go to Owen Kerr Signs workshop on Thursday 21stNovember, where Owen will present Lauren with a framed copy of her banner and she will be photographed for the Ayrshire post. Look out for Lauren’s banner design which will be hung on a lamp post in Ayr high street for Christmas.
The Maths department are running the ‘Fun Maths Road show’ on Monday the 9thof December for S1 pupils. This event is being supported by science connects/Glasgow university who are sending a STEM ambassador to lead the event. We are sure that this will be an enjoyable and worthwhile day for all pupils involved.
St Margaret’s Day
The St Margaret’s day celebrations were a great success. The Mass with Bishop John, Canon Keegans and our own Fr. Philip was very uplifting.
Once again the pupils exemplified the true ethos of QMA in their attitude and behaviour during the Mass and the afternoon’s activities.
Mr Flynn extended his gratitude to all the staff who gave time to supporting the events which pupils choose to follow on the day. The celebration of St Margaret’s day has been a tradition in the school for many years.
The Brass Band play “Lord of the Dance”
The Prize giving Ceremony took place on Thursday. It was a lovely evening
which showcased the many talented pupils we have and their achievements throughout the year.
Our guest speaker, Lord Matthews, was truly impressed by our pupils and the parental and staff support that was evident on the night.
A full list of prize winners can be viewed below.
Last week the S6 Prom took place in Turnberry Hotel. It was a spectacular setting for a fabulous evening. As always the girls looked stunning in their gowns- but the boys fair scrubbed up well too. The meal was first class and was followed by an evening of music and dancing.
Pictures can be viewed at :
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All the photos are on the website at www.airimage.co.ukand a selection of those shots
are also on the Air Image Facebook at www.facebook.com/airimagephoto
Reasons to be proud of Queenie!
A huge well done to Lleona McLean in S3 (new).
She had all her cut off to support Cancer Research and her
gran. She raised £170 and the hair will be donated to make wigs for those undergoing chemotherapy.
Alton Towers Trip
Pupils will board coaches at 1.45am Tuesday 25th June
Coaches depart QMA 2.00am Tuesday 25th June
Coaches return to QMA 11.30pm Tuesday 25th June
Please note that there will be no transport from school to home for pupils and that parents should arrive in good time to collect their child from the school.
Mary’s Meals – Backpack Appeal
Our project began by looking at pupil experiences within Curriculum for Excellence and at how we could give our pupils a deeper understanding and lasting impression on how important it is to care for others less fortunate.
Marys Meals provides meals to chronically hungry children in a place of learning. In this way the hungry child is attracted to the classroom where they can gain a better future for themselves and their community.
Alongside providing the children with a daily meal, Marys Meals has currently provided 340,000 backpacks to children in Africa. A simple backpack with educational materials can be a lifeline to these children as studies show that an education is the best way a chronically poor child can escape poverty in later life.
As a school community we decided to support the backpack appeal and we have collected 96 bags full of all the essential materials. Efforts were made by pupils, staff and the parishioners of St Paul’s.
Jordi Sergio S3 donated £30, this money was raised by giving up his lunch and putting the money in a Marys Meals box. He also donated a backpack full of items. Jordi was very touched by the video Child 31 and this urged him to become more involved.
Jordi said “I got involved because I wanted to help children my age who had less luxuries than me.”
Colette McGinley Head Girl liaised with St Paul’s where a huge amount of bags and items for the bags were donated. The generosity of the people was overwhelming and the school wish to thank them for being so kind to
Colette “It was fulfilling and gave me satisfaction to know that I was helping others and making a difference.”
Mr Collins, our school technician decided not to receive birthday presents and asked his family and friends to donate backpacks instead. Once again the backpacks were flowing into the RE department.
Ms McGhie, PT English got her family and friends involved and spurred on some of her classes to support the cause and donated lots of full bags.
These are only a few examples of great love, kindness, and generosity shown by our community to those less fortunate in our world, many others could be mentioned. The 96 bags collected are now on their way to Malawi
and thanks go to everyone who was involved and made a difference to Marys Meals.
Mrs Irene McIntosh,
Queen Margaret Academy.
Music Summer Concert
The Music Department Summer Concert took place on Wednesday 19thJune. A variety of music was performed by a number of choirs and ensembles including Woodwind Ensemble, Wind Band, Samba Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Band and Orchestra. All pupils performed extremely well. It was a lovely event to round off a very busy session for the Music Department. We send sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the concert and to parents for their on-going support.
We celebrated the life of Father Alan Wilson at his memorial mass in St Pauls
Church on Thursday 20th June. Colette McGinley, Head Girl, sang Eagles Wings as the Responsorial Psalm and Claire and Lucy Teenan sang the Gospel Acclamation. Thank you to pupils for participating in the mass and for your hard work and dedication while preparing for this special occasion.
A number of S1 and S2 pupils participated inthe annual Ardmay Trip.
Matheson Harper- Titchener
James R Miller
Devin Lee Tucker
More details to follow about their adventures!
P6 Maths Challenge
On Tuesday 18th June QMA invited the cluster Primary 6 classes to take part in the maths challenge, hosted by the maths department.
The pupils worked in teams to complete six mind boggling challenges and then a fast paced relay race that involved problems to tease their brains. The pupils had a fun filled morning followed by a surprise lunch time disco with the catering staff.
The P.E. department hosted the afternoon activities, which involved the Senior Sport Leaders coaching pupils in football, basketball and rounders. The day was a great success full of excitement and challenge.
More pictures availalbe in the media gallery.
On Thursday 20th June QMA hosted their annual RAF
day. This involved the RAF working with pupils in our new S3, completing various group tasks to develop their leadership skills. The pupils were pushed to their limits to discover different forms of communication to complete group activities effectively. The pupils had to continue to review situations and think of different ways they could improve on their communication skills to solve problems more efficiently and complete the task. The day was not only a great learning experience for the pupils but good fun as
The members of the Maths Department have recently visited all of our cluster primary schools to teach a lesson to P7 pupils. This has allowed staff to get to know some of the pupils before they start the school in August.
The department is looking forward to teaching the new S1 in August.
Badagry Fun Lunch
Big congratulations to S6 for organising a “fun lunch time” to raise money for Badagry.
The events included a bake sale, beat the goalie and soak the teacher event!
We would like to extend our gratitude to Mr Campbell, Mr McGuire, Mr McFadden, Mr Mann and Mr Flynn who were brave enough to put themselves in the stocks!
S1 Award Winners
The following pupils are being awarded Silver and Bronze certificates at assemblies. These awards are an important aspect of the BBBL policy! Those who ultimately receive Gold certificates will receive these at the Prizeging and there should be some other rewards or treats for them in the summer term. All pupils are still in the running for Gold awards- it isn’t just the total number of Merits taken in to account, but progress between the terms.
Some pupils were already rewarded on St Margaret’s Day and had their trips paid for them. Information regarding other rewards for good behaviour, effort and progress for those who achieve Gold, Silver and Bronze will be passed on to pupils via the Pupil Council.
A HUGE WELL DONE TO ALL OUR WINNERS!
Lesley-Ann Ofei (S1)
Liam Fitzsimmons (S2)
Lewis Tse (S1)
Niamh Page (S3)
Matthew Gray (S1)
Matthew McKeown (S1)
Briony Scott (S2)
Stuart Campbell (S3)
Megan Lyons (S4)
Sara Bulanda (S1)
Joseph Hutchison (S1)
Megan Jones (S1)
Hannah Strang (S1)
Lucy Teenan (S1)
Patryk Wolski (S1)
Rebecca Campbell (S2)
Ellie Cope (S2)
Georgia Lewis (S2)
Rebecca McCardie (S2)
Kathleen McGinley (S2)
Claire McGreevy (S2)
Adeline McKie (S2)
Allysandra Ocampo (S2)
Hannah Pettigrew (S2)
Megan Wait (S3)
Natalie Eadie (S4)
Sarah Hainey (S4)
Alaine Calleja (S1)
Madison Craig (S1)
Sarah Duffy (S1)
Gabriel Kelly (S1)
Michael O'Neil (S1)
John Watson (S1)
Rebecca Donald (S2)
Francesca Long (S2)
Conan McGhee (S2)
Kerri Thomson (S2)
Rosie De Mey (S3)
Brogann McDonald (S3)
Chloe Wilson (S3)
Ciaran McCaughey (S4)
Carla McGough (S4)
Thomas Shaw (S4)
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.
NHS Awareness Event
Ten students from S5 and S6, accompanied by Miss Seery, attended an event held at Ayr Hospital on 26 September.
This annual event was organised by Sandra Murdoch and is designed to give pupils an insight into the wide variety of opportunities for employment in the NHS, the nature of the jobs and the route to follow for successful recruitment.
The event was well received and enhanced by the fact that Queen Margaret Academy won the quiz and received a handsome trophy for their efforts.
Many thanks to the organisers for this most worthwhile event.
Currently some of the S6 pupils are working towards achieving the “Saltire Award” which has replaced the old “Millennium” Award for volunteering.
Saltire Awards are the new Scottish awards designed to formally recognise the commitment and contribution of youth volunteering. Supported by the Scottish Government, the Saltire Awards enable young volunteers to record the skills, experience and learning gained through successful volunteering placements in school or provided by local and national voluntary agencies. We continue to support and encourage our pupils in achieving these awards which will be useful for life both inside and out with school life.
Public Speaking Competition
Miss MCGhie, Principal Teacher of English, hopes to enter the school in two prestigious public speaking competitions. Two pupils will be required to prepare speeches which they will then deliver to a panel of judges. The pupils will be coached by Miss MCGhie and this is an excellent opportunity for any pupil hoping to develop their skills in this area. Pupils, who are interested in being involved in this important event, should contact Miss MCGhie before the October holiday.
A decision was made last week on our S5 prefects for this session. The candidates were of an extremely high standard; however, after deliberation, the following pupils have been awarded prefect status:
We wish them well in their new role.
Supported Learning Centre
Fifteen S1-S6 pupils travelled to Auchenharvie Leisure Centre in Stevenston to take part in the third Ayrshire Sports ability Swimming Festival. They joined other pupils from South, East and North Ayrshire in a range of swimming events, with medals being awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. It was a very successful day and the pupils arrived back with an array of medals. South Ayrshire came second in the overall competition, just beaten by East Ayrshire. Well done again to all pupils involved.
S1 Pupils – Internet Safety Training
S1 pupils received their internet safety training last week. This forms part of a very important area of Health and Wellbeing in a Curriculum for Excellence. The safety of our children, whilst they use the internet is paramount. The internet is an excellent resource for learning and teaching, but can be filled with so many dangers. In addition, most young people use social networking sites with their friends and have their own website. The training, delivered by the Ayr Ark Team, gives our young people the knowledge to help them make informed choices to protect their safety both now and in the future.
The Health and Wellbeing committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Tracy and Mike from the Ark for their continued support with this education. All parents of S1 pupils will receive letters shortly to provide them with more information. If you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school or visit the Think U Know website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Queen Margaret Academy was honoured today when one of our pupils brought the Olympic Torch to school.
Conor McAdam, an S3 pupil, had carried the flame on part of the relay through Ayr Town Centre on its way to London. He had been awarded the prestigious honour due to his determination and commitment to sport. He represents Scotland at table tennis and is 15th in Britain for his class. He has competed in the British Disability Championships, playing against individuals from the other home nations. At the Championships he competed very well, winning two bronze medals in the process.
We are very proud of him and grateful to him for sharing his experience with us.
We are delighted to announce that a number of our pupils have been nominated for the Young Scots Award. Head Girl, Chloe Simpson, Laura Logan and Milly Ronan - our champion swimmers, and our intrepid Eco Warriors Dylan Jess, Stuart Campbell and Martin Toner have all been nomintaed.
To read all about their great work, follow this link to the Young Scot website.
We wish them the best of luck!