The Senior Management Team, staff and pupils of Queen Margaret Academy wish you a restul and peaceful Easter.
At Queen Margaret Academy we endeavour to ensure our pupils are fully supported.
Over the last few months we have discussed study skills with S4,S5, and S6 in
PSHE and in curricular areas and assemblies. Pupils have been encouraged to
plan their studying with the use of a study timetable. They have been given
time and support in class to enable them to do so. We will continue to discuss
study skills and expectations for exam preparation through PSHE and
Regular meetings with mentors have also been arranged so pupils can discuss their progress and any concerns they have.
Supported Study has been available in the majority of subjects after school. A diet of Easter School sessions was published last week.
In recent weeks pupils have been issued with their Scottish Candidate Number Card. Pupils have been
encouraged to access the SQA website and download the Exam Diet Timetable. It is essential that all pupils are aware of the dates of each exam and plans their studying accordingly. A personalised timetable has been issued to all pupils.
We would request that parents and guardians emphasise the importance of a study schedule and regular study to their child. Only one teaching weeks remains until exams begin. Our expectation would be that the majority of candidates should be studying every evening, with regular breaks. We would also consider that the Easter break
would be a time to consolidate on learning and studying. Again, we suggest this is balanced with your child’s need for regular breaks and some relaxation time.
The final teaching day for S4, S5 and S6 pupils will be Friday 25th April.
S4 return as the new s5 on Monday 2nd June. S5 return as the new S6 on Tuesday 3rd
We thank all parents and guardians for their support in encouraging their child to achieve his/her fullest potential in the upcoming exams.
Copies of the recent documentation issued to pupils from the SQA can be found by clicking on the Examinations link of our Home page.
See last week's news for Revision Support
Queen's Baton Relay
Fantastic news – Natalie Eadie and Connor McAdam are going to be
QMA is delighted to announce that their applications to be a batonbearer representing Queen Margaret Academy in South Ayrshire on the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been successful.
They will have the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton as it travels the length and breadth of Scotland on the way to its final destination at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. By the time it arrives in Scotland, the baton will have been on an epic 248 day journey around all the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
Mandarin in Queenie
Below is a report written by S6 pupil, Amy
In the past few months, myself and some classmates have been taking Mandarin classes at school with Mrs
Ling Hou. I was then asked to take part in a project with Euroscolar, with MarkPendleton, Mandy Reeman Clark and Fan Lin. The project involved CISS (Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools) and is a documentary style short video to showcase how the Mandarin language and Chinese culture is being taught in schools all over the country.
My own part in the documentary was to act as an anchor woman, presenting the facts and information
on what the schools have been involved with in terms of learning Chinese. Filming took place in CitizenM Hotel in Glasgow, and I was joined by several other pupils from different schools in Scotland, who all took different roles in the documentary. Part of my role included saying some Mandarin phrases and while I found the pronunciation challenging, I really enjoyed learning what thedifferent symbols meant as it’s such a new concept and unlike any other language I’ve studied.
The whole day was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed playing anchor woman for the day, and meeting other
people from around Scotland was great. I learnt a lot about China and about the work that CISS do and am grateful for being able to take part in such a great project. I’m really looking forward to seeing the film when it’s
Last week Niamh McAnespie and Ellie Walker took part in a special Paralympics Festival.
The girls had an absolute ball participating in a wide range of activities such as athletics, rowing, football, Boccia (not sure of spelling of that). The whole event was sponsored by Celtic Football Club and there
were some representatives from Celtic there. Mrs Hunter and Mrs Piper accompanied the girls and got some pics of the activities
The S3 Business Classes and 5 pupils from the S2 Business Elective class travelled to sunny Kirkcudbright, to visit the Cream O’Galloway Farm Park. Pupils viewed the factory where the ice cream is made and got the opportunity to take part in a short question and answer session on; quality measures, staffing, hygiene and
The pupils then went on to make their own ice cream choosing the flavours they wished to add, we had many interesting flavour combinations mainly chocolate with chocolate and honeycomb with more chocolate.
The pupils looked at how they would market this product through designing a label and choosing a catchy name for their product. All of the above enabled pupils to take the theory covered in the classroom and see it work in a fun, exciting and supportive environment.
Lunch was served consisting of delicious homemade burgers with potato wedges and salad. The day was then rounded off with the pupils being let loose in the adventure playground, the go-karts were a big hit with all the
youngsters and the not so youngsters (Mrs Robertson).
All in all a great day was had by all.
S2 Retreat & BADAGRY
As we all know the Hospital in Badagry has been built but the people there still need our help. There have been a few donations made already but over the next week we will try and raise some money to help with the day to day running costs of the Hospital.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING FOR BADAGRY?
Friday 28 March will see our Annual Fast Day organized by the RE Department. A number of pupils are doing a Food Fast of varying severity - including a 24 Food Fast.
Other pupils are doing a silence. They should of course have their teachers’ permission to do this.
Almost all of the pupils are being sponsored to do this to raise funds for Badagry. If you would simply like to
make a donation towards Badagry please see Mr McGuire.
Mr McGuire would like to extend his gratitude to those staff who gave their time on the S2 Retreat Day.
The following Departments were involved: Art, Business Studies, Computing, and English and RE. You
all know who you are! Another special thank you goes to our Chaplaincy Team of Anne and Michael Pratchett for
their contribution, as well as a couple of S6 pupil helpers and Mark Booker of
SCIAF. Last, but not least, we would like to extend a big thank you to Fr Philip who came in and celebrated
Mass period 7.
Nine brass players, taught by Scott Walker, competed in the solo competitions at this year’s Ayrshire Music
Festival. Jack Cassidy (S2) and Mia Cullis (S2) played in Division E with Mia gaining 2nd place. Rosie McCardie (S1) competed in Division D and also achieved 2nd place. In the highly competitive division C competition Matthew Gray (S2) came 1st with strong performances from Lesley-Ann Ofei (S2) Daniel Roseblade
(S2) and Joseph Hutchison (S2) all praised by the adjudicator. Rebecca McCardie (S3) and Sarah Hainey (S5) both came 2nd in the Division B and A competitions respectively.
Kathleen McGinley and Laura Amy Rutter (both S3 and taught by Elsbeth McLeod) were awarded
2nd place in the violin duets class at the Ayrshire Music Festival. Their performance of‘Sonatina’ by Mazas was given a distinction by the adjudicator. Mairi Gibson (S1) took part in the Division E cello competition and was given a very positive crit
Carla McGough (S6), Kimberley McMillan (S5), James Abbot (S3) and Niamh McHugh (S2) all performed to
a high standard in the woodwind classes at the festival. The QMA woodwind ensemble (Carla McGough, Katie Doran, Kimberley McMillan, Georgia Lewis, Katy Hutchison, James Abbot and Niamh McHugh) performed Spring by Vivaldi and Toreador Song by Bizet in the secondary school woodwind ensemble section. The
group, conducted by Elaine Rietveld, gave their best performance and were given very positive comments by the adjudicator.
The QMA orchestra, conducted by David O’Connell, played in division A and did the school proud, playing The
Barber of Seville by Rossini, Skyfall by Adele and New York New York. They received very positive comments from the adjudicator for their performance.
Matthew Gallacher (S1) and Declan McCaughey (S1) both competed with the South Ayrshire Training Brass band
at this year’s Brass @ The Bard's competition on Saturday 22nd March in Alloway. The band performed very well and gained a silver award in the preparatory section. This band also features many young brass players from the cluster primary schools
Erin Clark (S5), Jemma New S5), Rebecca McCardie (S3), James Millar (S3), Matthew Gray (S2), Daniel
Roseblade (S2), Tamzin Scott (S2), Jack Cassidy (S2), Joseph Hutchison (S2), Lesley-Ann Ofei (S2) and Rosie McCardie (S1) all competed with the South Ayrshire Youth Brass Band at the same event. The band performed superbly and gained a gold award and 1st prize overall beating off tough competition from bands across the country.
On Monday 24th March both Brass Bands and the South Ayrshire Jazz Band performed at their annual Spring
concert in Ayr Town Hall. The South Ayrshire Jazz Band features many pupils from QMA: Erin Clark, Sarah Hainey, Jemma New, Kimberley McMillan, Niall McHugh, Rebecca McCardie, Matthew Gray, Joseph Hutchison, Lesley- Ann Ofei and Logan
Senior pupils (Mairi Johnston, Amy Bargh, Kimberley McMillan and Thomas Shaw) are taking part in the
South Ayrshire Choirs concert on the 31st March in Ayr Town Hall. They will be performing with the Chamber Choir which will sing an eclectic mix of repertoire including Mozert’s Lacrymosa and Gershwin’s I got Rhythm. Soloists at this event will be Mairi singing Debussy’s Mandoline and Amy singing When She Loved Me from