Art- Creative Industries
TUESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
This event was organised by the Art Department and supported by Ayrshire Chamber
of Commerce - primarily for S2 pupils, in order to raise awareness of the Creative Industries as a career path. Pupils attended the Art and Design Department in the morning and had the opportunity to visit various stalls with artists, designers and representatives from Further and Higher Education Institutions in attendance. Pupils heard a short by the invited guests and then had the opportunity
to ask questions and look through folios and examples of work. Pupils left the department feeling inspired and armed with a wealth of knowledge from this exciting and memorable event.
Artists, Designers, Education Institutions in attendance -
Graphic Design – Velvet Design
Architecture- City of Glasgow College
Textiles– Morton, Young and Borland
Jewellery– Sheila Kerr
Rozelle House Galleries
Creative Pathways - Impact Arts
Fashion Brand Retailing - Caledonian University
Optical Design - Thales Group
Creative Industries– Ayrshire College
Barcelona Trip September 2014
It was a very early start on Monday 15th September. We boarded the bus for Glasgow Airport at 6am, marking the start of our epic voyage to Barcelona! 26 pupils and 4 teachers buzzing with excitement. Recipe for chaos
you might think? Not at all. On arriving at Glasgow we were met by Airport Agent, Theresa, who helped us through check in and security.
The journey went smoothly, but we had to wait 7 hours at Gatwick airport for our onward flight to Barcelona. The pupils were very excited but they all behaved really well, some of the boys abandoning their computer games
to play hide and seek!
We arrived in Barcelona at around midnight and all we wanted to do was fall into bed. Our rooms were clean and practical. In the morning we had breakfast on the roof terrace of the hostel, looking out onto the rooftops of the city.
Day 1 we ventured down into the metro and then went to the big shopping street, La Rambla. The pupils were given some time to explore and have lunch, then we headed up to the Parc Guell to see all the Gaudi architecture. What an amazing place, and the views were incredible. This is possible because the park is at the top of a very STEEP HILL. Dinner on Tuesday was down at the harbour centre, where there were more shopping opportunities.
Wednesday morning we set off for the mountains and the monastery of Montserrat. Stunning! 3500ft above sea level and a truly fascinating place. The pupils enjoyed being out of the city and seeing the surrounding area. Dinner was in a restaurant just beside the famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral in the centre of Barcelona.
Thursday was the BIG day for the boys in the trip (and some of the rest of us too). The Camp Nou, home of the great FC Barcelona. We toured the stadium and were allowed down onto the hallowed turf. Everyone
loved it and the sheer size of the stadium was truly awe inspiring. It was hard to get some of the pupils to leave. I think Jordan wanted a contract!
As the temperature was in the thirties, we decided to go to the beach for the afternoon, a popular decision. Soaking up the rays on the Spanish coast on a glorious golden beach was the best way to finish our last full day in the city. In the evening we headed back to La Rambla to see the evening bustle and entertainers. Everyone was very tired by this stage, so back to the hostel to pack for home.
Our last morning was not wasted. We left our luggage in the hostel and went once again to La Rambla, to see the beautiful Plaça Catalunya, with its fountains and surrounding buildings. A fond farewell to the city and we were heading back to the airport.
The whole trip went like clockwork and without a single hitch until………. Our flight to Gatwick was delayed by and hour, causing us to be fast tracked through customs and security for our connection to Glasgow, making it by
The bus arrived back at QMA at 9pm and everyone said their goodbyes. I think I speak for everyone when I say that this trip, after 18 months in the planning, was the best yet. Barcelona is a beautiful city with so much to see and do, and the pupils all spoke some Spanish and soaked up the language they heard around them. I know it has been very motivating for them, and for the teachers too. We are planning the next one, so get your name
S4 are in the final stages of preparation for work experience which is on the week beginning 6 October.
Log books will be issued next week.
The Music Department would like to congratulate the following
pupils who successfully auditioned for the South Ayrshire Chamber Orchestra.
They will take part in a residential course to Dumfries House and perform
at concerts throughout the session.
Niamh McHugh - S3
James Miller - S4
Sean Morrison - S4
Sarah Hainey - S6
Jemma New - S6
Erin Clarke - S6
Megan Lyons - S6
Carla McGough - S6
Matthew Gowans - S6
Tranisition- our new 'S1' pupils
S3 Substance Abuse Awareness Day – Wednesday 1st October
The Carrick Crime Prevention Panel has organised its annual awareness day for Wednesday of next week. This event will be held in the English department and will involve a range of speakers and external agencies. S3 pupils will be involved all day and therefore WILL NOT ATTEND TIMETABLED CLASSES.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Thanks to everyone for their support this morning. S6 were a credit to the school and we have raised £267 for Macmillan cancer charities. The winners of the competitions were Ann Crombie for the espresso shot,
and Mr Flynn for the hundreds and thousands. Photos will follow.