Anti Bullying Week- Competition winners
Anti - Bullying was Week was 18-22 November.
Guidance staff and the pupil council raised awareness at assemblies and also launched an ‘in school’competition; the judging took place on Monday 25th Nov at 1.30 in the English Open Area
There were a number of video and poster entries and these can be viewed in the News Section and Media Gallery of the website.
The overall video winner was Lachlan Haddow, 2nd placed video entry was Hamish Manson and Liam McAdam and 3rd place was for a poster entry by Precious Ndlovu. The entries were innovative, insightful and poignant- and really highlighted the issue of Bullying from a pupil’s perspective.
Congratulations to all those who participated!
2 nd Prize
Fundraising for the Phillipines Disaster
The hamper sales were in excess of the £80 and indeed were closer to £100!
All proceeds from the Garden Café’ plus hamper sales came to £178.68.
Weel done staff and pupils of SLC
This is in addition to funds raised by S6 pupils last week!
South Ayrshire Community Conference
South Ayrshire Multi-Agency Partnership to tackle Violence Against Women and Children
(MAP) in partnership with South Ayrshire Child Protection Committee (CPC) are hosting a free community event for parents and carers which is aimed at raising awareness and understanding of how to keep children and young people safe in a digital age.
Eileen Howat will open the event and presentations by experts from the Women’s Support Project and Police Scotland will include information and advice on the following areas:
· Online dangers faced by young people
· Young people in a sexualised society
· Taking control and keeping people safe
The community event is being held as part of South Ayrshire’s 16 Days of Action to end Violence Against Women which takes place from Monday 25th November 2013 until Tuesday 10th December 2013.
The event is taking place on Tuesday 10th December 2013 from 7pm to 9pm in the County Hall. We have a capacity for an audience of approximately 130.
South Ayrshire Forum Nominees
Youth nominations in !
Nearly 200 South Ayrshire young people, between the ages of 14 and 15, were nominated for the South Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF) Awards 2013, which recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of our young people. This year record breaking 33 finalists were selected who have been invited to attend a very special awards ceremony later this year.
There were ten categories with the finalists being selected by a panel of experienced youth workers, check out the
finalists here. A number of Queen Margaret Academy pupils and initiatives have been nominated.
A panel of experienced youth workers assessed the nominations and selected three finalists in each category.
Health sponsored by NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Community Involvement sponsored by Young Scot
Unsung Hero sponsored by South Ayrshire Access to Sport
The judging panel was made of representatives from the voluntary sector and South Ayrshire Council currently working in the youth work field in South Ayrshire, the Chair of the Panel said: "We were truly amazed at the high
standard of entries that we received and the way in which young people from across South Ayrshire contribute so much. We were very honoured to be involved in the judging panel and in particular to be able to find out more about the diverse talents of our young people. These awards are a way of clearlyrecognising the contribution of young people across South Ayrshire."
To find out more about the South Ayrshire Youth Forum log on to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/youthforum.
Junior Choir in the Community
The Junior Choir, led by Miss Phillips, were invited to Orchard House Residential Home in Ayr on Wednesday to perform to the residents. The all-female group performed a variety of popular songs and a festive collection also. Pupils were, as always, a credit to themselves and QMA.
The performance was excellent and very much enjoyed by the staff and residents of Orchard House.
We look forward to visiting our new friends at Orchard House again very soon for another performance.
ST MARGARET’S FEAST DAY MASS
When we recently celebrated St Margaret’s day this year we were graced with the presence of Bishop Cunningham, as well as Canon Keegans, who joined Fr Philip to concelebrate this Mass. We commissioned some S6 pupils during the Mass to be Eucharistic Ministers.
S1 DAY RETREAT
Our annual S1 day retreat tries to bring the pupils closer to the person of Jesus but also Margaret our patron saint. It aimed to inspire them to live out the Gospel command to love their neighbour.
A number of sessions were held throughout the
The Gideons annual visit to present pupils with their own copy of the New Testament and Psalms was held in the Oratory. The Gideons spoke about their work and the importance of the Word of God for daily living. They used DVD input, powerpoint and personal testimony to do this.
A session on St Margaret included both information on her life and an exploration of how we can follow in her footsteps. Pupils worked with a partner and produced posters. This session began with some ice breaker
A Music session was used to prepare pupils for Mass. As well as teaching pupils a number of praise hymns the Mass responses were also practiced. Some of our S6 pupils involved in the Caritas Award helped to lead this
Fr Philip Kitchen our school Chaplain then celebrated a year group Mass. The pupils used the earlier Music session to take an active part in the Mass. S6 pupils again helped with the hymns.
SCIAF’s Education Officer Mark Booker presented a session entitled Inspiring Individuals taken from the new SCIAF Resource: This Is Our Faith in Action. The pupils enjoyed this session and gave it very positive feedback in their evaluations of the day. Kaitlyn Huter rated it 10/10. She wrote the following. In SCIAF we all went in groups. Mark gave us all 2 sheets of paper with different people on it. My group had Ester. We had to read a piece of information about her and then we had to write down her name, story and family. We then shared what we had found out with the rest of the class. Mark gave us SCIAF pencils to keep. Then we all looked at this power point
about What SCIAF does. It said that SCIAF is a Charity that helps poor countries grow food, start businesses and help people to be healthy. It told us about people who give money to buy things like Hens. It was really fun and I liked it. Mark has posted further pupil comments on his Blog on the SCIAF website.
A number of pupils have been participating in the South Ayrshire initiative- Work out, where pupils experience a work placement whilst still at school. Pupils develop skills for life and work which will support them in life and study beyond school. Ryan Prosser, S4 has been working with Active Schools and has been supporting pupils in a South Ayrshire Primary School.