S3 Student Leadership team, Columba 1400, Isle of Skye.
Sunday 28th Feb to Friday 8th March
Students took part in various activities to allow them to realise their inner greatness and confidence to transform their own lives and those around them. The residential programme, followed by on-going support, is designed to give young people the strength and courage to find their own unique voice and purpose – and to use that voice to inspire families and communities on return. With this, the team will be leading a whole school project to utilise and cultivate their newly discovered skills and values.
On Friday 11th March the Glasgow Warriors professional Rugby Team visited Marr College. The event was attended by 60 of our S1-3 boys who participate in the School of Rugby programme. The team held an open training session on our 3G all-weather pitch from 1pm-2.30pm. This was a great opportunity for our boys and teachers to watch the players being put through their paces by Glasgow Head Coach and ex Scotland captain Gregor Townsend.
After this the boys took part in a community coaching session with the players for 45 minutes. At the end of the session all the players were on hand to sign autographs and take photographs with our boys. It was a typical Scottish spring afternoon, however, the poor weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of everyone involved.
As another Hockey season comes to a close our girls celebrated in the usual Marr way. They attended final training in fancy dress. As you can see from the pictures they had a ball and enjoyed letting their hair down.
This was a great way to end a brilliant season for all our girls, especially as it came after our S3 success at the Scottish District Hockey Championships, held at the National Hockey Centre, Glasgow on Thursday 10th March.
With final exams looming around the corner we have announced our final timetable for the Easter School. All students in the senior phase have been issued with a copy and we would encourage them all to speak to their subject teachers about attendance. The full timetable can be read/downloaded here.
We are delighted that the Travelling Gallery will be visiting Marr College with the Here Comes Everybody exhibition on Friday 18th March. The Travelling Gallery is a custom-built, mobile, contemporary art space inside a big beautiful bus, which brings high quality contemporary art exhibitions and events to schools and communities throughout Scotland. Most of our first year will get the chance to visit it along with senior pupils studying art.
Rehearsals for our school musical are well under way as Ms Gunn, director, says "We have a fantastic cast and a talented ensemble of supporting singers. This is going to be a top quality show, with support coming from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Ayr Gaiety Theatre. There is also going to be the opportunity for students to get involved in the back stage and technical aspects of staging a show."
A professional production team from the Ayr Gaiety are willing to offer mentoring for selected students nearer the time. This could involve being in charge of a spotlight or helping with the sound for the show. Front of house opportunities are also available for our Junior and Senior leaders. The cast rehearse on Mondays and Fridays after school - and lunchtimes with Miss Walker, the Musical Director of the show.
Tickets will be on sale very soon via the Ayr Gaiety website priced at £15 VIP, £12 downstairs seating, and £10 concessions. The Addams Family musical will be at Troon Concert Hall on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June.
Please support Marr College's return to the stage! The first since S6 were S1 youngsters!
Last week P7 pupils and parents from our feeder schools had a chance to tour the school and see the sort of activities S1 pupils undertake in different subjects. This was to give them a feel for the school and a little taste of what they can expect in August when they start here at Marr College. Below is a report from our science department:
In Science, S1 students explained and demonstrated a range of fun and interesting experiments and encouraged the P7 pupils to take part.
Dr Spencer reported that 'The S1 students were a credit to Marr College and parents of P7 pupils told us how impressed they were with their knowledge and experimental skills. The pupils showed great leadership and enthusiasm. In short, as I tweeted on the evening – they were awesome!'
The evening also drummed up competition between departments, Mr Moncrieff sent me great photos of his very impressive history showcase to which my reply was “nice – but we have lasers and rockets”
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Ayr Academy hosted the Institute of Physics “Girls into Physics and Engineering” day just before the February break. It is now an established annual event which showcases the possible career paths through studying physics, and promotes gender equality in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. Marr College is always well represented on the day with maximum student attendance, and this year the available places were snapped up quicker than ever.
Lyndsay Frew (S3) reports on the day:
“The Girls into Physics day was a great experience. It really opened my eyes to what career paths I could take by doing Physics. It was a great day going round different stations and seeing what opportunities are available to me in the future. I would totally recommend going to the day. It is a really good help if you are not sure what career you want to do in future.”
Thanks go to Mr Higgins for leading the trip and to Mrs Barrie for her support in supervising the pupils.
Two of our S1 students, Freya McDonald and Alice Duncan accompanied by Dr Mackenzie attended a special event celebrating the first anniversary of #ThisAyrshireGirlCan on International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8th March at the Kilwinning Campus of Ayrshire College.
Our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon was the star attraction and launched the premier of #ThisAyrshireGirlCan DVD. She then answered a number of well thought out questions from the students and even had time for some ‘selfies’ at the end.
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