We here in the Modern Languages department know only too well how you all love a croissant now and then. So, 2A1 have decided to treat you to a French Café at interval on Tuesday 12th November. It will take place in Mrs Craw's room and there will be the usual array of croissants, pains au chocolat and brioches, not to mention the tea and coffee. All proceeds will go to the MacMillan Cancer Trust, as decided by the pupils themselves.
Primary 7 visits
The Primary 7’s visited us on Monday and Tuesday for their first experience of life at Queenie. Many thanks to staff whodelivered lessons and to those who participated in the Open Night on
The P7 pupils had a ball and Parents commented on the knowledge and friendliness of our staff during the Open Night.
Transition information is in the Parents section of the website.
See all the pics from the day in our Media Gallery
English Department News
On Wednesday the 6th November, Hannah Paterson (S5) and Samuel Chitty (S4) will compete in the Victim Support Public Speaking competition in the University of the West of Scotland. They will be accompanied by Miss J Mcghie (PT English) and other members of staff. We wish Hannah and Samuel the very best of luck.
In addition, four S5 year pupils, again accompanied by Miss J McGhie, will travel to the Burns Museum on Tuesday 12thNovember to take part in the STV Youth Debate on Scottish Independence. Our team have been asked to make the case against Scottish Independence. The four pupils (Euan Scott, Erin Clark, Thomas and Joseph Shaw) have been working very hard on their arguments against Scottish Independence.
We wish all of our pupils every success!
Whole School news
Fifty pupils and staff are off to Edinburgh on Wednesday 6 November to see The Lion
King. This trip has been organised since last January and all are very excited
about going to see Simba and his friends
The following article has been submitted by S6 pupil and our new roving reporter, Luca Grant!
The Queen Margaret Academy P.E department has had plenty to be proud of in recent weeks. Various QMA footballing age groups achieved sustainable victories in the Scottish Cup. Consequently, they have much to look forward to in upcoming months, including netball games, the Italy ski trip and hosting the annual Primary Seven Commonwealth event.
The QMA under 13s’ football team (coached by Mr Telfer) strolled to a comfortable 5-1 victory over Girvan Academy two weeks prior in a league tie; J McLarty and J. Mackinnon helped themselves to two goals each while R. Young also found himself on the score-sheet. They continued recent form by defeating Carrick Academy 5-0 at home in a Scottish Cup tie with R. Young, R. Forwell, J. Mackinnon and P. O’Neil sharing the goals. The under 18s’ continued the impressive victorious trend, beating Holy Cross 3-0 in the Scottish Cup thanks to goals from striker Scott McLean and midfielder Reagan Forwell. The response from the individuals was one of representational pride. Undoubtedly, the coaching skills of Mr Mallon have ushered them to this level of
performance in an environment of tough competition.
Furthermore, the S1 and S2 netball team are stepping up for their first school match against Doon Academy on November 18th. Our fresh collection of young athletes is preparing to challenge the tough competition for what is a very demanding and exciting sport. Along with the youngsters, this year’s students in S3 and S4 are already posing a threat with their first match scheduled for November 11thas they will take on Ayr Academy. Both age groups are training hard in preparation for their upcoming fixtures and everybody is looking forward to a good
Preparation for the 2013 Italy ski trip is underway with participants attending meetings and raring to go. The
school’s annual skiing holiday has earned its excellent reputation over the years by making it one of leisure and sporting education. This year the P.E department looks forward to the same concentration of energy and enthusiasm from the participants. Finally, the QMA sports ambassadors have been busy preparing for the Primary Seven commonwealth events which are being held within the school. The Primary schools have been training for the multiple sporting events which will take place on the day and involve all of the feeder primary schools. This promises to be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all involved.
As we are now a “School of Rugby” and have award winning rugby teams weare trying to maintin the high standard of players and youth development we have established in conjunction with Ayr Rugby Club.
Please encourage pupils from S1 and S2 to come along to Rugby training on a Tuesday after school with Mr McMurdo (Technical). Travel passes are availabe for pupils who normally travel by school bus.
Mrs Doyle’s S1 French class have written letters in French to a French school describing life at Queen Margaret Academy. We are really looking forward to hearing back from Collège Jean Vilar, 38130 Echirolles in France.
Two of our Higher French/Advanced Higher Art pupils are putting their heads together to come up with an inspirational new logo for the Ayr/St Germain en Laye Twin Town Association.
Well done to Mrs Coleman and her very creative S2 Spanish Elective class and not to forget some help from the S1 – S3 SLC pupils for putting together a really impressive display in the Modern Languages Department for the Day of the Dead.
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 November 1st and 2nd 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 favorite things and decorating the altar with skeletons, skulls etc, which might be seen as morbid decorations. However, the occasion is festive rather than a morbid one. Death isn't seen 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 dancing.
2013 is the European Year of Citizens.
Mégane Revel and Rebecca Brodie have been selected to participate in this year’s Euroscola event with east Dunbartonshire and Glasgow city.
On Friday October 25th the two girls travelled, along with Mrs S Doyle, PT Modern Languages to the Alliance Française in Glasgow to prepare for the debates which they will participate in at the European Parliament.
The programme of events aims to bring young people closer to the EU by improving their knowledge about it.
It also aims to foster the learning of European Languages as a fundamental way to unite Europe.
It is essential that the participating students speak other European languages, since the winners attending the Euroscola Programme in Strasbourg will have to interact with contestants from other countries using English or
The 2 girls were chosen from the six interested Advanced Higher French pupils here at Queen Margaret Academy. They will depart from Glasgow (by coach) on Tuesday 12 November and arrive in Strasbourg on
Wednesday 13 November. They will spend 4 nights in the Ciarus hostel and depart from Strasbourg on Sunday 17 November (am) and arrive in Glasgow on Monday 18 November early morning.
Congratulations to Mrs Fox , Miss Allen and Alice Ridley of S1 for winning our Breast Cancer Awareness chocolate quiz.
Thanks to all who took part and supported we really appreciate it!
We raised £150!
Thanks Colette (S6)
Two sixth year pupils, Depute Head girl, Caitlyn Mcvittie and Shannon Ewing were invited to facilitate workshops at South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership’s Annual Community Conference along with pupils from three other Schools.
The Theme for the Conference was Moving Forward with our
Communities and was held in County Buildings on Thursday 24th October. The workshops ran twice in the morning and were attended by 170 members of Community Groups throughout South Ayrshire and the facilitators role was to
Home Economics News
S1 are carrying out a peer assessment and making the apple crumble they designed themselves. Some lucky members of SMT got to try out their dishes- and they tasted delicious!!!