The October Week holiday runs from 14th-18th October. Teachers are inserice on Monday 21st Oct. Pupils return to school at 8.45. Tuesday 22nd October.
Our Modern Languages S2 elective class is busy planning and creating an altar in honour of Queen Margaret. They are creating a display and an array of decorations in the Modern Languagesdepartment, in preparation for the Day of the Dead. Don’t be
alarmed! The Day of the Dead or the “Día de los Muertos” is a Mexican holiday which brings together family and friends to pray for loved ones who have passed away. The celebration takes place on the first two
days in November, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls day. As well as celebrating mass, traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased, adding their favourite things and decorating the altar with skeletons, skulls and various other items which might
be seen as morbid decorations. However, the occasion is festive rather than a morbid one. Death is not regarded as the end of one's life in Mexico; but as a natural part of the life cycle. The day of the dead fiesta is not only a chance to remember relatives and friends who have died but to celebrate their life and celebrate being alive. It is about love, not fear and the fiesta incorporates lots of music, laughter and
We are pleased to announce that Fiona MacColl was appointed to a permanent position in the Maths department. We look forward to Fiona working in QMA in the years ahead.
Miss Allen and Mr Mann attended the Heartstart AGM this week, accompanied by two S6 pupils. This was a very productive meeting and schools were congratulated on their contribution to emergency life support training.
Heartstart Ayrshire & Arran trained 4793 people this year and 3933 of those were trained in schools throughout all of Ayrshire & Arran. QMA trained 237 people, which is well in excess of expectations for our roll. Well done to all involved in this important venture.
Mr Mann would like to thank all of those who support the programme; either as a trainer, trainee or in excusing senior pupils and giving them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and serve their school community.
The South Ayrshire Swim Meet was on 6th October. Milly Ronan S3
and Megan Slider S2 recently took part in this event. Megan successfully cut 10
seconds from her personal best in the 100 metre Butterfly event; a tremendous
achievement! They both excelled expectations and returned to their club with an array of medals. Well Done Girls!
12-13 Age Group - Megan Slider
100m backcrawl Gold
100m Individual Medley Gold
100m butterfly Silver.
14 and over age group – Milly
Silver in 100m backcrawl
Silver in 100m Individual
Silver in 100m breaststroke
The SSVP group meets on a Monday lunch time 1.10 onwards. On Monday 30th
of September the group had visitors from Barnardos in Ayr and learned of many
ways that the group would be able to help children in the local community. The
pupils were very enthusiastic, asking some excellent questions and giving great
examples of ways to help. The group is now in the planning stages of fundraising
and developing resources to raise awareness of the group and also the different
ways they help in the community. Thanks to Luca McQuillan for arranging the speaker and to Precious Ndlovu, Niamh Mullan, Josh Gouck, Jordi Sergio and Alex O’Brien who attended the meeting.
On Wednesday The Ayrshire Sports ability Games at Kilmarnock
Stadium took place.
A full list of our prize winners will be announced soon!
On Friday we had some very exciting visitors!! The owls came to SLC- big owls, baby owls and there were lots of them. Whoo ooh whoo ooh! Everyone had the opportunity to hold an owl. It really was an amazing experience for all staff and pupils!
Thanks to Mrs Ridely for arranging this and to SLC fundraising for making it possible to turn Queen Margaret into Hogwarts for the day!
A message from Mrs Panico to staff, parents and friends:
Thank you so much to all of you who sponsored my girls and boys in the Great Scottish Run on Sunday 6 October.
80 individuals took part and they were all amazing. Little Luca (14 months old) competed in the toddler trot on Saturday along with Findlay Parham (Mrs Parham's son from the Art Dept) and they were fantastic.
Luca, Oliver and Innes (our babies) were all there to cheer their parents on on Sunday shouting go, go, go. .
Our target was £20,000 – by Sunday evening we had reached a fantastic £21,400 and we are still
I will be collecting sponsorship money this week. It’s not too late if you would like to contribute, all proceeds to Brain Tumour Research.
Thank you once again for your continued support.