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.
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.
On Tuesday 10th May Miss Pringle (RMPS) accompanied a group of pupils, who are involved in the rights respecting schools process, to the final of the Show Racism the Red Card creative competition at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The group were the overall winners in their category with a thought provoking poem!
They each received a certificate and cinema tickets and they were presented their prizes by Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon. The pupils were praised for their passion in spreading the message that Scotland is against racism. Their poem will be used in the future to promote anti-racism and a calendar is going to be produced with all the winning entries with money being raised for the charity. The pupils involved were: Bethan Muir S5,
Iona Milne S3, Anna McIvor S3, Amy Murray S3, Olivia Michalek S3, Emily Sheridan S3, Rendia Petjukevica S3 and Louise Milne S5. A huge congratulations to everyone involved. The wining poem is below:
Show Racism the Red Card Poem
Nobody on earth is a minority,
Everyone must be treated with equality
Everyone always deserves respect,
So we all need to love and protect
Every person in all of our nations,
All have a right to a good education
We’re here because we want to stay,
Please don’t try to take us away
Who’d ever think that something like sport,
Could sadly make its way to court
None of us are from outer space,
So please can you get off our case
Just because we are all different races,
Does not give you the right to shout it in our faces
No one ever deserves to feel alone,
This is our home
Our Young Enterprise Team, Wavelength Ltd, presented last night at the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Finals. They won an award for best Managing Director for Luke Light which the team are delighted about and feel is well deserved. Our students were an asset to the school throughout the YES Challenge. A huge thanks must go to Mrs Thomson for all her hard work with the team and of course a huge well done to Wavelength Ltd for their efforts and successes throughout the year.
Many thanks to staff and the wider school community for their support with the group buying products and helping in various ways throughout the year.
Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament
Well done to Luke Light (S6) and Rebekah Jack (S6) who on Thursday last week advanced to the next stage of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament – Scotland’s biggest senior competition. Competing on the night were Williamwood High School, Prestwick Academy, Marr College and Mearns Castle High School who also hosted the event. The team now go on to the next round which takes place sometime in January at a time to be confirmed.
This success follows on from the triumph of Molly MacDougall (S3) and Chloe Russell (S3) who won the annual Victim Support Public Speaking competition at UWS on Wednesday evening last week by delivering powerful speeches on the topics of rape and sexual assault. The girls were commended for their bravery in tackling such emotive subjects, their thorough research undertaken in preparation and the excellent delivery of their presentations. As a result, the girls were awarded a £50 book token each as well as a silver commemorative plate with their names engraved as winners. On top of this, the girls were given a cheque for £500 for Marr College and the school will soon be the recipient of the competition trophy/shield once Marr’s name has been added.
Debating and Public Speaking Schedule:
We would be delighted to welcome anyone who wishes to get involved in the debating and public speaking club – please get in touch with Mr Hendrie or Ms Gilmour.
Six S5 students from our Higher Accounting class took part in the BASE National Business and Accounting Competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accounting for England and Wales (ICAEW) and won 1st place!!
The task involved acting as a team of ICAEW Chartered Accountants for the day. Supported by a professional mentor, teams were presented with a variety of business issues and they were to provide innovative recommendations based on the information they were given. They then had to present their advice to a panel of highly respected judges, and a room of around 100 people. They had to hold their nerve as they presented last out of the 10 groups and beat off strong competition from many Glasgow schools, East Renfrewshire representatives, private schools and even one college. Students also took part in a careers exhibition to learn more about the industry and speak to business experts. They were commended for their positive and innovative suggestions and also for their teamwork which was rated very highly by the judges. The students involved were Lauren Millar, Ella Kennedy, Hazel MacGarvie, Ailsa Davies, Donald Matthews and Iain Bell.
They will be 1 of only 2 schools from Scotland to compete at the National Finals taking place in Birmingham in June. They will get an overnight stay in a hotel including 3 course meal, award ceremony and black tie disco. Prizes available include £500 for each student, a skills session on offer for the school and a trip to London. Well done and many thanks to Miss Wyllie and her team!
Well done to Luke Light and Rebekah Jack who last night advanced the to the next stage of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament – Scotland’s biggest senior competition. Competing on the night were Williamwood High School, Prestwick Academy, Marr College and Mearns Castle High School who also hosted the event. The team now go on to the next round which takes place sometime in January at a time to be confirmed.
This success follows on from the triumph of Molly MacDougall and Chloe Russell who won the annual Victim Support Public Speaking competition at UWS on Wednesday evening by delivering powerful speeches on the topics of rape and sexual assault. The girls were commended for their bravery in tackling such emotive subjects, their thorough research undertaken in preparation and the excellent delivery of their presentations. As a result, the girls were awarded a £50 book token each as well as a silver commerative plate with their names engraved as winners. On top of this, the girls were given a cheque for £500 for Marr College and the school will soon be the recipient of the competition trophy/shield once Marr’s name has been added.
Ms Gilmour and Mr Hendrie
Debating and Public Speaking Schedule
A number of S6 students undertook Open University courses as part of the Young Applicants in Schools Scheme (YASS).
YASS courses enable students to develop their independent learning at university level and explore topics of interest to them that go beyond the normal Advanced Higher courses offered by Marr College staff. Successful completion of YASS courses requires a high level of commitment, dedication and self-discipline.
Congratulations go to:
· Rachel Brown, Rachael Nicoll, Colin Purdie – Molecules, Medicines and Drugs.
· Iona Garland, Zoe Webster, Jemma Wylie – Law in Contemporary Scotland
· Declan Brannagan, Lucy Hood – Galaxies, Stars and Planets
· Tess Gallacher – Maths for Science
· Ewan Paton - Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis
· Finlay Wright – Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting
We are one of the few schools in Scotland who take part in the British Airways Language Flag Award. The test "promotes confidence in speaking and links languages at school with the world of work". Fifteen of our S3 students achieved the award in German and four S6 students achieved it in French. Well done to them all.
All students got a certificate and badge from British Airways as proof of their Award.
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