The S2 Parents' Night will take place on Tuesday 26th November. Pupils are reminded to make appointments.
Report Cards will be issued on Monday for pupils to take home.
Congratulations to Aaliyah Wilson S5M1 who had the winning ticket for the hamper which was being raffled to raise funds for the Philippines Disaster Appeal.
The ticket was drawn by Mr Flynn.
Thank you to all who supported. From the hamper tickets alone we raised approximately £80!
We will send out the exact amount once we have done a final count of the proceeds from the Garden Café.
Staff and Pupils of SLC
Congratulations to S2 pupil John Watson, who travelled to Motherwell to perform in the qualifying rounds for
the World Irish Dancing Championships, and was placed 1st. He now looks forward to competing in London next
On Wednesday, our Champion in Sport Scott Forest visited the school to work with our S1 pupils. Scott is a Rugby player and a former Commonwealth champion. Having explained to S1 about the preparation and commitment necessary to compete at this high level, Scott talked about inspiration and motivation and how
important it is. He delivered a practical taster session, which all pupils enjoyed. Scott will return on the 9th of December to work on personal ‘goals’ that pupils have set themselves.
Our S1/2 team coached by Mrs Logan and 4 senior pupils: Rebecca Scott, Rebecca McCormack, Megane Ravel and Rachael Cunningham won their first league game against Doon Academy. They fought hard and kept the lead throughout the game. Mia Cullis was our player of the match. Well Done Girls! Next game on the 2nd December at home to Belmont Academy
The Maths department are running the ‘Fun Maths Road show’ on Monday the 9thof December for S1 pupils. This event is being supported by science connects/Glasgow university who are sending a STEM ambassador to lead the event. We are sure that this will be an enjoyable and worthwhile day for all pupils involved.
A reminder to P7 parents of our cluster primaries that the Primary 7 ‘Problem of the Week’ is up and running on the school website. Participation by P7 pupils will earn them a numeracy certificate and prizes for the top three scoring pupils will also be awarded. Check out the school website ‘transition competition’ link for details.
The SSVP raised £33.62 from their bake stall yesterday. The pupils were fantastic. They are now off buying colouring pens, pencils and anything that can be used in a children’s activity room. Perhaps some of you mums are clearing out before Christmas; so if you have any games please bring them in and we will find them a new home.
Art Department News
Lauren Maxton received her winning banner and
framed copy from Owen Kerr Signs workshop this week. Lauren’s banner design is displayed near Ayr Bus station and will also be shown on the south Ayrshire website leading up to Christmas. Well done Lauren.
A number of pupils from all year groups attended an athletics event organised by the Active Schools
Co-ordinator at the Citadel in Ayr. Lots of our pupils came back with medals and a great time was had by all.
A small group of “crafty” pupils had fun at a recycling craft morning at Rozelle House. Some beautiful
Christmas crafts were produced; these will be on sale at our Christmas Fayre.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from “Owl Magic” at the beginning of October. Many pupils had the amazing opportunity of having an owl perch on their hand. Almost like attending Hogwarts for the day!
Mr Boyce took a group of pupils to a “Bushcraft”day. They learned about making fire safely with stones and flints and had fun with some outdoor crafts.
The Tennis Centre in Prestwick was the venue for a coaching session for a group of S.L.C. pupils.
A group of seventeen pupils journeyed to Keswick for a visit to The Calvert Trust. They took part in many
outdoor activities, including cycling, hill walking, horse riding and archery. They also enjoyed the beautiful pool facilities and a party with another visiting school.
Almost all of the S.L.C. Department went to the Sportability Ayrshire event at the Kilmarnock Athletics Arena. The pupils had the opportunity to try out lots of activities including aerobics, martial arts, rugby and athletics. Great fun was had by all and everyone received a participation medal.
Whole School News
On Friday, a group of sixth year girls including Ann Ocampo, Celese McGarvie, Luca McQuillan and Amy Holmes ran a stall to donate money to those affected by the typhoon that has recently struck the Philippines. The girls sold ice cream which was supplied by Mancini's ice cream as well as homemade pancakes. They successfully raised£218.30 and are hoping to receive further donations from parents. So the total is sure to rise and help those who are in desperate need of assistance.
50 pupils and staff went to Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre to see
the West End touring production of the Lion King.
They all had a wonderful time.
Getting into the spirit of it, the photo shows our S3 & 4 pupils complete with face make up.
From this week, the RE Dept will be collecting items to go in food parcels.
Any tins etc. can be left in Mr McGuire’s room or Ms McMillan’s office. There will also be a tub for any spare coppers.
In addition to this, each class will be collecting in order to buy a SCIAF “Real Gift”; these include “Send a Child to School” (£26), buy “A Goat” (£30) and ”Keep a child Healthy” (£18) or “School
Books” (£10). A full range of gifts can be found on the SCIAF website www.sciaf.org.uk/realgifts
The Admin corridor will be saving their coppers over the next four weeks in order to“Send a child to
School” and we hope that pupils, parents and staff may like to buy or contribute to their own “Real Gift”.
As part of their study of Scottish politics the S4 Modern Studies class are visiting the Scottish Parliament next Thursday (28thNovember) to meet with local MSP John Scott, view the parliament at work and watch First Ministers Questions. There will be a full report and pctures in next week's news.
Anti Bullying Week
Anti - Bullying Week was 18-22 November.
Guidance staff and the pupil council raised awareness at assemblies and will also launched an ‘in school’ competition; the judging will take place on Monday 25th nov at 1.30 in the English Open Area
A timetable of supported study classes for S4 pupils will be put in place for November. They will run from Monday 11 – Thursday 28 November. A copy of this can be found on the website News section or in the Examinations section.
This week wehad a leadership development session for 36 of our S3 pupils which went very well. We will soon have to choose 13 from this group to be the participants in the Leadership Academy run by the Columba 1400 foundation in Skye. The event is led and directed by the Columba 1400 staff and supported by QMA staff. Many thanks to staff who volunteered to accompany the pupils.
70% of the activities are indoors consisting of group work and discussion. Some of the activities involve the pupils walking (not hillwalking) outdoors and discussing ideas.
As part of our S1 Day Retreat, Mark Booker, SCIAF Education Officer, led a session on Inspiring People. He has posted a picture and some comments made by S1 pupils on the Blog Section of the SCIAF Website. Why not have a look? You could also have a look at the Real Gifts section of the Website as the RE department are encouraging all classes to collect money during Advent and send a Christmas Gift with a difference to people around the world.
Also the SSVP group led by Mrs McIntosh and supported by pupils doing the Caritas Award will begin collection tins soon for our Food Parcel collections. Watch this space for further details.