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Christmas 2013
Dear parent or guardian,
It has been an exciting and full
term and in this newsletter we have
endeavoured to give a flavour of the
extra curricular work of the school.
We were particularly pleased that we
were asked by SCIAF to represent
them at a charity event with First
Minister Alex Salmond. Details are
on Page 2. We have formed a good
working partnership with SCIAF
over the past years.
Our St Margaret’s Day celebrations
were a great success. The Mass with
Bishop John, Canon Keegans and our
own Fr. Philip was very uplifting.
Once again the pupils exemplified
the true ethos of QMA in their
attitude and behaviour during the
Mass and the afternoon’s activities.
A special congratualtions to Lauren
Maxton in S1 whose entry for an
art competition was judged overall
winner and is on display on Ayr High
Street. Finally can I wish all our
pupils, parents and staff a holy and
peaceful Christmas.
Best wishes Mr A Flynn.
Parent’s Nights 2013-14
21st Jan 2014
25th Mar 2014
20th May 2014
Columba 1400
At the beginning of December 14 of
our S3 pupils accompanied by two
members of staff travelled to the Isle
of Skye to take part in the Columba
leadership development programme.
The leadership training course concentrates on the development of the
S3 group at their final workshop
six Columban values of Awareness,
Focus, Creativity, Perseverance, Integrity and Service. At the end of the
week the leader of the Columba team
said to the headteacher of QMA,
that he could only think of one other
school group in the past who had
demonstrated the level of commitment and unity which he observed in
The Columba centre in Staffin on Skye
the QMA group. Their response was
terrific. The group will take forward their leadership ideas next session to build
on the training with other pupils within the school community. A futher two
groups will attend the sessions in 2014 and 2015.
Fun Maths Road show’
The Maths department ran the ‘Fun Maths Road show’ on Monday the 9th
of December for S1 pupils. This event was supported by Science ConnectsGlasgow University who sent a STEM ambassador to lead the event. It was an
enjoyable and worthwhile day for all pupils involved.
Mrs Leishman and Miss
Allen with S1 pupils
Dates for the diary
Start of term 2 6th Jan 2014
End of term 2 4th April 2014
Start of Term 3 22nd April 2014
End of term 3 27th June 2014
Christmas Concert 2013
A Cracker of a show!
QMA, once again, showcased some
of the best talent South Ayrshire has
to offer. Showcasing their talent was
the School Orchestra directed by
Dave O’Connell, performing Skyfall
and selections from Les Miserables.
The Senior Voices were outstanding singing Pie Jesu and Bring Him
Home - giving us some real tearjerking moments. The Junior Choir
sang You Gotta Be with soloist
Niamh Mullan and finished off with
a cheeky performance of Santa Baby!
Also showing off their skills were
the Ceilidh Band, Rock Band, Wind
Band, Cello Quartet, Woodwind
ensemble and String Group.
A truly brilliant evening spent with
our extremely talented pupils!
Feast of St. Margaret
Our annual S1 day retreat tries to
bring the pupils closer to the person
of Jesus but also Margaret our patron saint. It aimed to inspire them
to live out the Gospel command to
love their neighbour. A number of
sessions were held throughout the
The Gideons annual visit to present pupils with their own copy of
the New Testament and Psalms was
held in the Oratory. The Gideons
spoke about their work and the
importance of the Word of God for
daily living. They used DVD input,
powerpoint and personal testimony.
A session on St Margaret included
both information on her life and an
exploration of how we can follow in
her footsteps. Pupils worked with
a partner and produced posters. A
music session was used to prepare
pupils for Mass. As well as teaching
pupils a number of praise hymns the
Mass responses were also practiced.
S6 pupils involved in the Caritas
Award helped to lead this session.
When we recently celebrated St
Margaret’s Day this year we were
graced with the presence of Bishop
Cunningham, as well as Canon Keegans, who joined Fr Philip to concelebrate this Mass. We commissioned
some S6 pupils during the Mass to be
Eucharistic Ministers
Lauren Maxton
Lauren Maxton from Queen Margaret Academy created outstanding artwork to celebrate the festive
season and won the Owen Kerr Signs
Christmas banner competition.
Every year Owen Kerr Signs run a
competition for primary school children to design a banner to go up in
Ayr as part of the Christmas festivities. This year, for the first time there
was also a competition for secondary
pupils too.
The talented young artist visited the
premises of Owen Kerr to see her
designs made up into a banner that
people will be able to enjoy during
the festive season.
School senior choir
Its Panto time......Oh yes it is!
QMA Senior Choir
Wind band performing
Mass led by Bishop John Cunningham
S1-S3 pupils at the Panto in Gaity theatre in Ayr
Wind ensemble
Owen Kerr said: “We are delighted
once again to sponsor the Schools
Christmas Banner Competition”.
2013 has seen a record number of
entries and this year we launched a
secondary school competition. As
usual it has been a pleasure to see
the creativity from the children and
deciding on the winning designs has
been difficult.
Lauren Maxton, who created the nativity design said: “I was very pleased
to be the secondary schools winner
and felt very proud when I saw my
banner in the High Street for the
first time.”
Christmas Appeal
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.
Junior Choir in the Community
The Junior Choir, led by Miss Phillips, were invited to Orchard House
Residential Home in Ayr in December to perform to the residents. The
all-female group performed a variety
of popular songs and also a festive
collection . The performance was excellent and very much enjoyed by the
staff and residents of Orchard House.
We look forward to visiting our new
friends at Orchard House again very
soon for another performance.
First Minister Alex Salmon
meets some S6 representatives from QMA and Music
teacher Miss Karolyn Phillips
QMA S6 representatives for
SCIAF meet local Provost
Helen Mooney
At the end of November 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 we received
further donation of £250 from a parent. Thank you to all involved!
Modern Studies Holyrood Parliament
As part of their study of Scottish
politics the S4 Modern Studies class
visited the Scottish Parliament on
Thursday, 28th November, to meet
with local MSP John Scott, view the
parliament at work and watch First
Ministers Questions. The debate
was lively and QMA were fortunate enough to have front row seats
to witness the debate between the
MSPs. We also featured in the backdrop of the BBC lunchtime news
John Scott MSP explains the work of the
parliament to our young people.
Nicola Sturgeon chats with pupils from QMA during the visit
Debating Teams
Race Night
Queen Margaret Academy was
represented at the STV / Debating Matters Referendum Debate on
Scottish Independence at the Burns
Museum. Four fifth year pupils,
Euan Scott, Joseph Shaw, Erin Clark
and Thomas Shaw, showed off their
debating prowess in an exciting and
lively debate with Eastwood High
and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock. It was a great day for all the
young people involved.
Our other public speaking team
Hannah Paterson and Samuel Chitty
are pictured with the Victim Support
Public Speaking Competition Shield,
following their win at University of
West of Scotland.
The race night organised by
Colin Fitzsimmons, Vice Chairperson of our parent council was a resounding success. The event was held
at Ayr United's Hospitality Suite.
Connor Oates was the lucky winner
of the £200 Freesat system donated
by Mr C Fitzsimmons of Satellite
Aerials Comms. A long weekend
break donated by Seton Sands Caravan Park was won by Brian Tyrie. A
big thanks to John and Jimmy Cope
and also to George of GB Race
nights. Everyone appeared to have
great fun and there were even calls to
make it an annual event.
SAYF Awards 2013
Nearly 200 South Ayrshire young
people, between the ages of 14 and
15, were nominated for the South
Ayrshire Youth Forum (SAYF)
Awards 2013 which recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of
our young people. This year a record
breaking 33 finalists were selected.
A number of Queen Margaret
Academy pupils and initiatives were
nominated. It was a great event, well
organised by the forum, showcasing
some excellent talent in our schools.
Double Award Winner! Caitlyn
McVittie won an award within the
unsung hero category and she also
won the ‘Young Start of the Year’
QMA Heartstart and the Pupil
Leadership Team were finalists and
Dobbie Christmas event
Once again the QMA music department were invited by Dobbies garden
centre to provide music for a special
evening event. The Ceildh band led
by Miss Phillips provided entertainment for customers for the centres
Christmas opening evening. As usual
the group were fantastic and an unexpected delight for the shoppers.
Mass and Adoration in QMA
Since the beginning of term the time
of Mass and Eucharistic Adoration
has changed. They are now:
Tue 1.30 - 2.00pm
Wed 1.15pm