Junior Prize Winners Gallery 2015-16
As part of our journey to being recognised as a Rights Respecting School, students and staff have been working together to create a School Charter and we are very pleased to launch the Charter this week in our Tutor Time classes. Full details of the Charter, including the launch lesson can be seen on the Rights Respecting Schools Award page.
The 1st Troon Boys Brigade Band won 1st Place at the recent Pipe Band World Championships in Glasgow in the Novice Juvenile category.
The band are led by former pupil Pipe Major Christopher Bone.
The following students make up one of the best pipe bands in the world. A huge congratualtions from all at Marr College
Students may attend a maximum of 2 Open Days during school time, with permission. If wishing to attend any further open days a letter/email MUST be given to their Guidance Teacher prior to the Open Day. Dates of all open days, as well as other higher education opportunities, can be found in the calendar on our UCAS pupil page. All senior students have been isseud this list in school and should check the university website before attending as registration may be essential.
Reminder: It is the responsibilty of each pupil to catch up on all work missed and ensure that their Prefect Duties are covered.
UWS, Ayr Campus are hosting a UCAS Convention on Tuesday 30th August. All pupils in S5 and S6 were invited to attend in June. If anyone is unsure if they are on the list to go please speak to a member of guidance staff.
UCAS Information Evening
A reminder that everyone is welcome to celebrate our junior pupils at their prize-giving on Thursday evening. The ceremony will commence at 6.30pm in Troon Old Parish Church.
This is a reminder to all pupils and parents, all WorkIt online applications and self-found paperwork is due to be returned to school office by Wed 24th Aug for S4 Work Placement week. The information can be found on our work experience page.
Please see the letter below for a full update on the lunch prices within our canteen,
What a week for Marr Physics students!
In June, a fantastic team of 8 students took part in the Mission Discovery event at Ayr College, working with astronauts. They worked in different teams to produce an invention that could be launched into space for research.
Megan Niven (5D2) and Ryan Williamson (6D2) were on teams that made it to the all-Ayrshire final!
Meanwhile, Craig Young (6D1) had a fantastic experience at the Scottish Space School and Rory MacAskill (6F) fuelled his passion at the Glasgow University Particle Physics Masterclass.
Students accounts are below:
Mission Discovery - Megan Niven
Eight Marr students including myself were given the fantastic opportunity to attend a week working alongside other selected pupils from around Ayrshire and even some employees of NASA!
In the five day-long programme, we were introduced to astronaut Michael Foale (OBE) who told us many stories about how his journey led him into space six times.
Through listening to his advice each of the 23 teams were set a challenge of planning an experiment to be carried out on the International Space Station by a chosen astronaut.
It was a very worthwhile experience, where each and every pupil gained great experience in areas such as teamwork, communication and even in developing future career plans.
On the last day, two teams that included Marr College students made it to the final and were runners up in the overall competition!
Scottish Space School - Craig Young
When I first decided to apply for the Scottish Space School, I thought I would be met with a long and tedious application form, but it was actually very simple, and contained some interesting questions that I enjoyed answering. Once everyone who had obtained a place was told via e-mail, a Facebook group was set up which allowed everyone to stay informed about the event, and also to get to know each other a bit before we arrived which thankfully replaced any awkward introductions.
When we got there on the Sunday, the first night was spent mainly on teambuilding exercises and introductions to the astronauts and engineers that would be with us for the week; who were very helpful answering any questions we had on the tasks we were set and also on their ground-breaking field of work. The rest of the week was spent on different activities, such as building gunpowder rockets, making a heart-rate monitor and taking part in the Mars Rover challenge. Throughout the week, we also had to work as a team of ten on our big and small projects which took a lot of time, but were very interesting as they concerned potential future missions to Mars and looking at improving the quality of life aboard the International Space Station.
We also spent some time working on our open mic night performance for the Wednesday night which was a lot of fun. On the final night they set up a ceilidh with a live band which was great and a really suitable way to round off the week. The five days we spent there were residential and the halls and food that we were provided with were excellent, as were the mentors and staff that helped us during the week in the challenges and projects.
I thoroughly recommend Space School to anyone who is interested in a career in engineering, and also to those who are unsure what they want to do in the future as Strathclyde provide a short insight into some of the courses that take place at the university.
Troon Chess Club visited Marr in June 2016, to host the first school Chess Championship for years. They kindly provided a very handsome trophy, upping the stakes and giving the young players everything to play for!
The format was a knockout tournament starting with 14 players across S2-S6. The draw was random and with no seeding, producing some very tough first round matches and a couple of early exits for very strong players who suffered from the luck of the draw. The tournament clocks were used, making the pressure even more intense!
Calum Brown and Matt Penman battled through to face each other in the final – with Calum emerging as the 2016 Marr College Chess Champion.
Calum will be presented with his Championship trophy during the Celebrating Success Week in August.
We thank Troon Chess Club immensely for organising the tournament and providing the resources – including the Championship trophy.
Chess Club is every Friday lunchtime in STB 19 – all are welcome, even if you have never played chess before!
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