October week- School closes Friday 10th October 2.50 and re opens on Wednesday 15th 8.45.
Higher Human Biology went to Strathclyde University on Friday 26th September. They visited BioLab which offered them the chance to use the equipment, and expertise, of the Science department there. During the visit they carried out techniques used mostly in Forensic work (PCR - Polymerase Chain Reaction). CSI and Silent Witness, or any other Crime drama use this, even Jeremy Kyle dabbles in a bit of it as well. PCR allows genetic profiles to be generated from the smallest fragments of material found at crime scenes and so forms the basis of evidence in court cases. It was a whole day visit and the pupils told us they really enjoyed the work they carried out. The work they did there just simply could not be replicated in school as the time factor involved, and expensive equipment, is beyond us. This work is central to the first unit of Higher Human Biology and so in terms of consolidation this experience was invaluable to the pupils. They themselves, as always, were exemplary in their conduct throughout the day.
Network Rail Visit
Network Rail are visited the school on Monday. This visit looked at career opportunities in IT and Computing.
The Could IT Be You? campaign aims to promote the fact that IT is a diverse and exciting field with limitless opportunities for anyone to make their mark, whatever their academic background. Could IT Be You? aims to inspire and empower young women towards a career in IT by running a competition (for girls aged between sixteen to eighteen) where prizes include a study sponsorship of up to £9,000 and a paid work experience placement.
The competition launches on the 22nd September and we hope to visit schools around the UK the following week to present (29th September – 3rd October). Our presentation will be gender neutral as we will be discussing the different IT roles which the students may not be aware of and what it is really like to work in the IT industry. We will only touch on the competition towards the end.
There are still some places available for the panto on the 3rd December.- £13 is payable to the English department.
The S1/S2 Panto Trip will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd December. The cost is £13 and pupils should make a payment to their English teacher asap.
This year’s Panto is Beauty & the Beast and is full of music, magic and mayhem, special effects, breathtaking sets, loads of laughs and lavish costumes. This magical pantomime tells the story of Beauty, the beautiful daughter of the town inventor Professor Crackpot. She longs for romance and adventure, but little does she realise they will come when she becomes the prisoner of a monstrous Beast in return for her father’s freedom. The Beast (really a Prince) must learn to love and be loved – only then will he regain his true form and live – yes you’ve guessed it – happily ever after! Will our heroine find true love? Will good overcome evil? Will the housekeeper Dame ever find time to do any housework? All will be revealed in this sensational and magical pantomime at the Gaiety Theatre. The perfect festive treat for all the family!
The cast includes Katrina Bryan from CBeebies who will be playing Beauty.
Michael Courtney: Funny French Franc Katrina Bryan: Beauty
Chris Taylor: Jean- Claude Van Dumb Fraser Boyle: Dame Dottie Dolittle
Elizabeth Atkinson: Fairy Kindheart Colin Ferguson: Professor Crackpot
Liam Webster: Prince Phillipe
Duke of Edinburgh
Our Gold group are coming towards the end of their award and most only have the Admin part to complete to achieve their Award.
Our 3 Silver pupils will be joining Prestwick Academy for their Qualifier Expedition on the 24th, 25th and 26th of October, so good luck to them.
And Finally our Bronze pupil have completed a very tough year at the moment the following pupils have already achieved their award
A huge well done to those pupils for all of their hard work
The following S3 pupils will be taking part in the annual South Ayrshire RBS Challenge held at QMA on Wednesday 8th October.
Michael Bargh, Megan Jones, Beth Littlejohn, Meghan Slider, Zak Tomlinson, Daniel Welsh, Leah De Mey, Liam Halpin, Niamh McHugh, Travis Smith, Zak Smith ,Lewis Tse.
PE- Cross Country
The pupils below participated in the Ayrshire Schools Cross Country Championship.
S3 girls came 1st in the team event and the S1 girls came 2nd in theirs. Also special mentions to Lexi Smiley and Declan McGhee who both came 3rd in their races!
Euan Ramsay, Caolan Gallev, Leci Chambers, Jack Denholm
Liam Hainey, David Gordon, Mark Woods
Neve Cassidy, Alexandra Smiley, Bianca Brown
Rachel Duffy, Kate Welsh, Hannah Young
Anthony Forte Andrew Morrison Reece Forewell Declan McGhee
Hamish Manson Paul O’Neil Hannah Lynch Toni McLaughlin
Megan McKenna, Eve Downie
Michael Bargh ,Brendan Lynch ,Kai Ferguson, Matthew Eadie, John Watson, Mia Cullis, Beth Littlejohn, Sarah Duffy,Meaghan Slider
Sean Morrison, Brandon Salott, Conan McGhee, Harry McLarty
A group of ten S4 pupils from Queen Margaret Academy visited Edinburgh on Thursday 2nd October. Pupils visited the Modern Art Gallery where they were given a guided tour and encouraged to give their opinions about contemporary installations. In the afternoon students took part in a sketchbook event at Edinburgh College of Art. Pupils were given the opportunity to talk to students from a wide range of disciplines and find out more about how sketchbooks can work. Pupils were all inspired to buy more sketchbooks to continue work already started in their own sketchbooks. An exciting and inspiring day for both staff and pupils.
Once again, many thanks to all staff and pupils who supported me for the Great Scottish Run and donated to Clic Sargent. My original target was £150- and thanks to you I have achieved well over £350.
Congratulations also to Miss Breen too who was running and collecting for MacMIllan