Katherine Bryan –international flautist and principal at RSNO – held a workshop for around 35 flute pupils from across the authority on Thursday 26th Feb between 1.45pm until 3.45pm at Queen Margaret Academy. A number Of QMA pupils attended and found it to be a very valuable and enjoyable experience.
SQA NEWS Transport arrangwements for pupils who have exams on local holidays will have letters sent to them in the coming weeks by SPT. Any pupil who does not receive this should speak to Ms McMillan asap. A summary of arrangemetns is in the Exam section of the website.
Pupils will be issued with the SQA “Exams Booklet” at assemblies this week; they will also receive theier SQA “Blue Card” and SCN number.
S6 SCIAF COFFEE MORNING
On behalf of S6 many thanks to staff for supporting the coffee morning. We raised £141.20 for SCIAF. Due to popular demand there may be another one on Fri 27th March…watch this space.
Fourteen S2 pupils have just returned from a week's intensive leadership course in Staffin on the beautiful Island of Skye. Accompanied by Mrs Johnstone from SLC and Mr Durnan from Geography, they undertook a fairly demanding range of outdoor and indoor activities.
These included a gruelling search and rescue mission in freezing temperatures and driving rain. The pupils had to locate a 'casualty', construct a stretcher using only the most basic of materials, and then carry the 'injured person' back to base ploughing through bogs and scrambling up rock faces. Whilst the pupils found this very demanding, they did it well and for many, it was the highlight of their week. Arriving back at base was certainly the highlight of the day for the two more mature members of the group!
Columban values of Awareness, Focus, Creativity, Integrity, Perseverance and Service were at the heart of everything the pupils discussed or undertook. In the classroom exercises, pupils never ceased to amaze with their insight and often unique perspectives.
From start to finish, our group was very well looked after by all at Columba 1400. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable, and the food would not have been out of place in the finest of hotels.
The last of the Columban values i.e. the value of Service, hopefully will be carried forward by the pupils, enriching not only their own lives, but also that of the school and the wider community
Ellie Gilligan and Leah De Mey (S3) won the Active Schools volunteer of the Month for January. They attended the week long Dance Leaders course over the summer last year which then enabled them to deliver dance in Primary Schools. Details are below;
As you can see Ellie and Leah are proudly wearing their Volunteer hoodies!
Netball Leader Award
Pupils from S3-S5 were involved in a Netball Leaders Course which an last Monday 23rd February. All the girls who participated gained the qualification and will be going out to primaries in the near future to aspire younger pupils to play netball. This is the first stepping stone in the coaching ladder and many of the girls showed some great leadership qualities and confidence when delivering!
The pupils involved were;
Alex Galloway Leah De May Ellie Gilligan Niamh McHugh Jaye McKeown Carey Saunders Mia Cullis Beth Littlejohn Lucy Teenan Meaghan Slider S4
S5 Melissa Jamieson
Well done girls, a great achievement!!
The Senior basketball team travelled to Largs Academy last night and put on a very impressive performance. They were narrowly beaten 28-24 in this Ayrshire League Game and it was through lack of capitalising on chances created that they lost. They still have a few games to play and have progressed through to the semi- finals of the Ayrshire Cup against Stewarton Academy. Well done and Good Luck to the boys!
The final Music SQA practical exams will take place on the 3rd, 4th and 9th March. Pupils should leave class 30 minutes before their exam and they will return to class as soon as they have performed.
A full list of Examination times is dispalyed in the Music Dept.
Mr McGuirehas placed a SCIAF Box in each of the Departmental dookits. PTs will display these in their classrooms as a reminder to pupils of our Lenten Charity SCIAF. If pupils wish to put in spare change they have that would be most welcome. Mr McGuire would like all classrooms to have a SCIAF Box displayed throughout Lent.
Lunch Time – Eucharistic Service. A member of the Chaplaincy Team will lead a short Eucharistic Service. Everyone welcome.
NEXT WEEK Monday – Some S6 pupils are being sponsored to have their legs waxed. Proceeds to SCIAF. cost £1 in the Dance Studio
The Grand Hall Kilmarnock
By Hannah Young, S1 Mandarin elective pupil
20 of us travelled by bus from Queen Margaret Academy last Friday morning to the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We were joined by pupils from Grange Academy and Greenwood Academy who also study Mandarin.
We worked our way in small groups around various workshops where we all learnt something new. We learned about Chinese music and even learned a Chinese New Year song and got the opportunity to play Chinese musical instruments. We watched a video about a Chinese mask dance and then we made our own masks and performed our own dance. We learned a Chinese sport whereby you kick a shuttlecock into the air and see how many times you can kick it without dropping it.
At another workshop we learned Tai Chi. It’s a martial art. It’s fun but you have to move very slowly and it hurts your arms. After Tai Chi I had lunch which was delicious. It consisted of a variety of Chinese foods but there were cupcakes aswell!
After lunch I painted Chinese characters. The characters meant ‘good luck’. After that we did paper folding. We learned how to make paper birds and boats.
We all had a wonderful day and it was great to make new friends and learn about a new culture