News from the Home Economics Department
Vivian Yu visited the Home Economics department this week and gave an interesting talk on Chinese Cuisine to third year pupils. She had visual examples of eight regional dishes and explained why each region ate the different food. She spoke about Yin and Yang food and the importance of balancing a diet. The pupils were especially enthusiastic when they were given the opportunity to practise using chopsticks. Pupils saw a range of exotic ingredients and valued staples and learned that people in the south of China had a sweet tooth, while people from the north crave salt. The pupils are looking forward to carrying out some practical work and making authentic Chinese food over the next few lessons.
Two third year classes took part in the ‘Great Queenie Christmas Bake off before Christmas.. The teams consisted of Patryk Wolski and Lewis Tse who designed a lovely Frozen Lake Scene Christmas Cake and Jaye McKeown, Ellie Gilligan and Sinead McCann who designed an equally lovely Nativity Scene.
Duke of Edinburgh
Great news from the DofE this week we have 6 Gold Award winners that have been signed off and will be heading up to Holyrood to meet some royalty in July!
And former pupil
Dominic Downie will be joining them!
We have also had 2 Silver Award winners who have now been signed off
Rosie DeMay and
Both girls have already signed up to do their Gold Award!
Well Done to every for all of their hard work!
Italy Ski Trip 2014 – 13th – 21st December
All pupils returned safely after a week in the Italian Alps. Everyone excelled achieving an award by the end of the week from 1* merit to 5* with merit. All pupils were a credit to the school and enjoyed 4 hours skiing or snowboarding each day. They skied blue, red and black runs under a variety of conditions.
Each night they participated in a different activity and enjoyed them all; pizza night, nightclub disco, ice cream and shopping, ten pin bowling and presentation evening. The authentic Italian food, language and culture went down a treat.
We are now collecting deposits for the 2015 trip; £100 secures a place with the outstanding amount being payable in stages by November. The total cost – All inclusive- is £800, flying from a local airport.
An experience not to be missed ask anyone who’s been!! You don’t have to be a skier – all abilities are catered for and you will end up a pro by the end of the week!! Mrs Logan; head of P.E. has more information for those interested.
Young Musician of the Year
The very first Queen Margaret Academy Young Musician of the Year Showcase will be held on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 7pm in Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr. At the moment auditions are being held in the Music Department so that ten juniors and ten seniors will become finalists and have the opportunity of winning the title on the 17th February.
This is the first time some of the pupils have given a solo performance to an audience and so this event aims to build self -confidence, resilience and most importantly be an enjoyable event for all taking part.
A number of local business have kindly sponsored our event by providing trophies, medals, raffle prizes, flowers and decorations for the hall. I greatly appreciate their generosity and hope that they will be able to attend the showcase.
Guest judges have been invited to adjudicate the performances. Judges are Mr Davur Juul-Magnussen who is Principal Trombonist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Miss Tracy Nelson who is a Musical Theatre Arts and Vocal Coach in South Ayrshire and beyond.
The Master of Ceremonies is Mr Iain Massey. Iain was formerly the Course Director of Bachelor of Applied Music at Strathclyde University. He is now a lecturer at Ayrshire College, Lecturer in Music Technology at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Director of Sound Counsel and also Musical Director of Glasgow Studio Orchestra.
The evening will begin with the junior competition (S1-S3 pupils) consisting of ten pupils. While they are playing judges will have the chance to write a few comments and give feedback about their performance which they can then look at once the competition is over. There will then be an interval where refreshments will be served. After the interval the seniors will perform (S4-S6 pupils). Again, no more than 10 pupils will perform. At the end of the performances, a charity raffle in aid of The Ayrshire Hospice will take place which will allow the judges some time to decide on winners. Once the judges have made their decision, there will be a prize giving where trophies and medals will be handed out.
Local press will be invited to take photographs of the event.
The categories for trophies are as follows ;
Junior Young Musician of the Year
Junior Vocalist of the Year
Senior Young Musician of the Year
Senior Vocalist of the Year
All pupils who perform at the event will be presented with a medal.