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