Staff & Pupils' Ice Bucket Challenge
S1 & S4 Photographs
S1 and S4 will have their photographs taken on Monday at the times stated below. A text message will be sent to parents this afternoon to remind them also.
English Pantomime - Ayr Gaiety
The S1/S2 Panto Trip will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd December. The cost is £13 and pupils should make a payment to their English teacher asap.
This year’s Panto is Baeuty & the Beast and is full of music, magic and mayhem, special effects, breathtaking
sets, loads of laughs and lavish costumes. This magical pantomime tells the story of Beauty, the beautiful daughter of the town inventor Professor Crackpot. She longs for romance and adventure, but little does she realise they will come when she becomes the prisoner of a monstrous Beast in return for her father’s freedom. The Beast (really a Prince) must learn to love and be loved – only then will he regain his true form and live – yes you’ve guessed it – happily ever after! Will our heroine find true love? Will good overcome evil? Will the housekeeper Dame ever find time to do any housework? All will be revealed in this sensational and magical pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre. The perfect festive treat for all the family!
The cast includes Katrina Bryan from CBeebies who will be playing Beauty.
Michael Courtney: Funny French Franc
Katrina Bryan: Beauty
Chris Taylor: Jean- Claude Van Dumb
Fraser Boyle: Dame Dottie Dolittle
Elizabeth Atkinson: Fairy Kindheart
Colin Ferguson: Professor Crackpot
Liam Webster: Prince Phillipe
The following pupils will be attending a national schools debate on the independence referendum on Thursday
11 September. The debate is being recorded at the Hydro Arena, and you will be able to watch it on BBC One that
Pupils will leave QMA at 10.25am and will not return until 7pm.
Anderson, Beth Barnes, Jennifer Brennan, Paige Campbell, Rachel Clark, Erin Connoly, Paige Donoghue, Patrick Doran, Katie Downie, Dominic Eadie, Natalie Edgar, Joseph Farrell, Robert Gowans, Matthew Gray, Jeffrey Gregory, Aaron Hainey, Sarah Harrigan, Lucy Hiley, Lakeisha Jackson, Conor Jamieson, Melissa Johnston, Mairi Kelly, Ryan Kernachan, Demi-Louise
Lyons, Megan MacCrae, Alisdair Mackie, Marcy
Malone, Amy McCurdie, Declan McHugh, Niall McPike, Jack
O'Neil, Caitlin Page, Niamh Paxton, Thomas
Roberts, Katie Ross, Gemma Shaw, Joseph
Wright, Kane Shaw, Thomas
On Tuesday 9th the following pupils will be out of school from S2 to attend a ceremony at the Royal Society in
Edinburgh to collect their prize from the institute of Physics:
Buddies- S1 & S6
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.
A number of pupils were selected to represent the school on
Wednesday 2nd October at the Ayrshire Schools Cross Country Championships in
Irvine. A number of pupils achieved high individual rankings. Special praise goes to S2 boys whose team efforts ensured 3rd place. A full results round up can be found in the extra curricular section.
Those involved were:
Respect Me Training
Peer Education Training
This week a number of pupils participated in Peer Education training at Carrick Academy. The Peer Education programme is a citizenship project where Senior pupils are able to demonstrate Leadership and Service provision and the delivery of Health & Well Being.
QMA & developing Wider Skills and Knowledge
Craig Graham (S6) volunteering for the fly through of a patient
journey from A&E admission to discharge through community care.
Find out about the wide range of Extra Curricular activities we offer in the Clubs and Activities section
S3 Substance Abuse Awareness Day
Each year QMA is joined by Alex Kelly, from the Carrick Crime prevention Panel and
a number of partner agencies to educate S3 pupils about the dangers of substance
abuse and other dangers they may face as part of being a teenager in today’s society. Transport Police highlighted and discussed the dangers of trespassing on railway line, detailing some of the tragedies they have had to investigate in an emotional and graphic, but highly sensitive way. Women’s Aid , the Fire Service and Community Police had a huge input, encouraging pupils to discuss issues they may have been involved in, or may face, and suggesting strategies to help them deal with the pressures of growing up. Peer Educators from Carrick Academy presented workshops on “Positive Attitudes to Alcohol”; it must have been an intimidating prospect for these S6 pupils from Carrick Academy to present to our S3’s but they did a fabulous job! Previously this week our own S6 pupils participated in a similar project at Carrick.
The day was a huge success, with pupils enjoying the breadth of topics covered and the number of things they learned.
A huge thanks goes to Alex and all Partner Agencies who supported them.
Music At Dobbies
Queen Margaret Academy’s new Ceilidh Band played at Dobbies on Thursday Evening between 6 and 8pm to support Dobbies Charity Christmas Launch. Many thanks to those who came along be entertained!
The pupils were fantastic as always and were a credit to QMA. The manager of Dobbies was very impressed.
Chemistry Practical Assessment
Who says learning isn’t fun! The Faculty of Science is well underway in the inclusion of Active
Learning in all National Courses. These pupils are sitting their National 5 Practical Assessments in Experimenting and Measuring.
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 :
'Photography by Air Image www.airimage.co.uk'
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)
The staff and pupils of Queen Margaret Academy wish you all a happy and successful year.
We are now entering one of the busiest terms for Senior pupils: The S4 reports will be issued shortly; Prelim results are being issued to S4 pupils; S5 will embark upon Prelims at the end of the month so are frantically revising; UCAS applications are being finalised, folio deadlines are due; supported study sessions are beginning to name but a few of the deadlines looming!
Pupils will be supported during this important (and sometimes stressful!) period. S4 and S5 pupils have been allocated mentors who will discuss study plans and keep pupils on track. “How to Study” lessons will also be a focus of PSHE and assemblies.
The Junior discos were a real success and a fabulous end to last term. The pupils looked fabulous and their behaviour was impeccable as they danced the night away in The Ark. Photos from the S3/4 Disco are available in the Media Gallery. S1/2 picture will be uploaded soon!
The s2 ghost story contest was a great success. Our pupils were asked to write their own ghost stories. A winner was chosen from each of the S2 classes with each one going forward to the final. Having chosen the five finalists, each pupil read their story to the entire year group and our very own QMA version of the Booker prize panel! Our judging panel was made up of Linda Fox, the Science technician, Laura Chidwick from Science, Andrew Campbell from Maths and Kennedy Pollock – one of the sixth years.
The overall winner was Briony Scott from Mrs O’Neill class for her fantastic story – “Forbidden Love” but all the contestants read very well. Congratulations to all the pupils who were shortlisted and many thanks to our judges.
Our S1/S2 teams were successful in beating Auchinleck Academy just before the end of term. Both teams played consistently well with accurate shooting skills from Goal Attacks and Goal Shooters. Players of the match were Mia Cullis and Niamh McHugh. Well done. Keep up the winning streak!
Congratulations to our U18 football team. The team achieved a well-deserved win over Carrick Academy. The final score was 2-0 with goals from Scott McLean and Callum Haymarch. Well done to all players involved and their coach Mr Mallon.
Whole school news
It is with great pride that we announce that two of our pupils, Callum Haymarch & Scott McLean (S4) have been chosen for the Scotland Select 16’s team. 24 boys were selected from 4000 after 3 trial games at Toryglen, Glasgow. This is a tremendous achievement and everyone at QMA wishes the two boys the very best in their future playing careers.
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.
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.
On Wednesday the 14th November we celebrate St Margaret’s Day, the patron saint of our school. The day will begin with a whole school mass, and in the afternoon we are offering a range of activities for all pupils which will take place within and out with school.
Pupils have been issued with letters detailing the activities available, costs and the dates of meetings.
Some activities available for pupils to participate in are:
Cinema- “Skyfall”- the latest James Bond movie
“Paranormal Activity 4” (S4-S6 Strictly over 15’s only)
Bowling & Laser Quest
Skiing & Snowboarding
DVD’s/board games/x box games and Band Hero
Further instructions will be issued to pupils at assemblies.
A reminder that next Friday (2nd November) will be a non uniform day to help raise funds for transportation costs.