School will be closed for in service on Friday 8th Feb. Monday 11th Feb is a local holiday. School will remain closed on Tuesday 12 th Feb for in service training. Pupils will return on Wednesday 13th Feb.
We wish all our pupils a happy and safe Feb break.
Seafood in Schools
On Wednesday 6th and Thursday the 7th Feb, Queen Margaret Academy hosted “Seafood in Schools” in association with Seafood Scotland and the Fisherman’s mission.
S1 and S2 pupils were joined by the primary 7 pupils of all our Cluster Primaries- St John’s, St Ninian’s, Sacred Heart, St Patrick’s and St Cuthbert’s- for the project, which used seafood as a context for interdisciplinary learning. The pupils experienced four workshops: “Come Dine with Me” with Catriona Frankitti from Fish for Health and learned why seafood is good for our health and sampled a wide range of fresh fish; “Meet the Fishermen” from the Fisherman’s Mission in Troon who performed practical demonstrations (and yes, pupils were given the opportunity to fillet and gut fish!!); “From Sea to Plate”, a cookery demonstration form MacCallum’s of Troon where pupils were able to see a range of locally sourced fish products being prepared and cooked- and then got to eat it all!; and “Which Fish is this?”, a demonstration where pupils viewed and handle a wide range of fish- the live lobsters and prawns were a real favourite!
Pupils had fabulous time and many sampled fish they had never even considered trying! Many thanks to Seafood Scotland and the Fisherman’s Mission – and their many volunteers -for providing our pupils and those of our Cluster primaries with such a memorable experience!
All the photo's from the two day visit are in our Media Gallery.
QMA hits the Inspection high!
Yesterday we had a South Ayrshire authority visit and inspection to assess our provision for MCMC pupils
Queen Margaret Academy is delighted to tell you that the feedback we were given at the end of the visit was extremely positive. The Inspection Team were very impressed by the responses from parents, staff and pupils whom they interviewed as part of the process. They saw our work to support our pupils as an example of excellent practice.
The Inspection Team will in due course send us a written detailed report which will available to download.
The Inspectors praised all of our staff and the caring, supportive and high achieving ethos of the school, however, particular mention goes to the Pupil Support team , the SLC staff and our Pastoral Care team Teresa. Also thanks should be made to the external agencies who support us to ensure we prepare all our pupils for life in and beyond school- SDS, STEP, Ayr College and Mike Boles in CLD.
Queen Margaret Academy made a deep impression on the Education Authority team for the ethos of the school and its commitment to our pupils.
Jack Cassidy (S1), Sean Morrison (S2) Stuart Campbell (S3) are going to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with Ayr Burners and Ayr Roads Cycling Clubs. This will be a great experience and allow them to see how challenging it is to race in the velodrome, as well as witnessing first hand where the cycling events will take place during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. We wish them all the best with their races.
Jack Smith (S3) has been representing the Ayrshire for Schools Football Team season 2012/13. The team has been very successful this year with Jack contributing to this success. This is a great achievement and we are all very proud of him at QMA.
Health & Wellbeing @ QMA
Heartstart Road show Training for S1, S3 & Staff
Monday 18 – Thursday 21 February
The training of our S1 and S3 pupils in emergency life support skills will take place during the week beginning 18 February and last for four days. The training programme has now been issued. S1 pupils will be trained on the Monday and Tuesday, with the S3 pupils (in former practical sets) on the Wednesday and Thursday. Group lists are displayed in the Guidance area and registration will be taken in these groups.
There are seven senior pupil facilitators who will deliver the training, supervised by members of staff at all times.
There will also be an open training session for staff on Thursday 21 February, after school, from 3.15 until 5.00pm. If you are interested In supporting our S6 pupils and gaining additional lifesaving skills, then please let me know. You are very welcome.
We are very grateful for the commitment from staff and pupils who really make this programme a success in QMA.