We are excited to launch a new page on the school site.
On this page you can find minutes from the Marr Hockey Support Group which is ran by parents and supports all out hockey players and teams. There will also be any important announcements as well as all the good news stories about our hockey teams. Please do check it out.
We are currently looking for some amazing pupils to be a part of our Marr Radio team. The positions available are:
As well as contributing to what will be the best student hosted radio in Scotland, pupils will gain valuable experience in whichever of the above roles they choose to apply for. If this sounds like an opportunity you want to take please complete the application form below and hand it in to Ms Law before 9th January 2019.
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Students from Marr College have been working with the National Theatre of Scotland on a brand new show: Wild Life FM.
The devised concept, in association with the Gaiety Theatre (Ayr) and CAMPO (a collective from Belgium), explores young people’s relationship with music and how music helps them express themselves – and cope with teenage life.
Three senior students (Aaron B, Sarah C and Megan P – who are all doing National 5 Drama) have been selected in roles where they either act or sing; members of the ensemble include Rachel M, Claire-Louise M and William S. Many of these young people participated in the Gaiety’s summer school and are now involved with the Gaiety Young Company on a regular basis.
As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, the National Theatre of Scotland’s Futureproof season started last weekend with A Mile in My Shoes in the Highlands, and ends with Wild Life FM in South Ayrshire.
Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director and CEO of the National Theatre of Scotland, explains the concept: “Ten new productions from some of the biggest global names in theatre-making and a host of our best Scottish talent will take place in ten locations all across the country. It has been incredible to work side-by-side with Scottish artists and communities of young people.”
Drama teacher Marianne Gunn added: “It is great that we could highlight this opportunity – to work with globally-esteemed drama practitioners – to our young people. I hope that they will share their thoughts on the experience next month. Until then, why not show your support by going along to see the special interest show.”
Wild Life FM is at the Gaiety Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 27/Sunday 28 October. Tickets available from Gaiety website or via the National Theatre of Scotland.
If you are aged 14-26 you can sign up for free to Futureproof Passport at nationaltheatrescotland.com/futureproof-passport. This will allow you access to £5 tickets across National Theatre of Scotland shows.
On Friday 22nd June, four of our pupils attend the Grand Final of Linguachef 2018 and came home as the winners! The team consisted of four excellent chefs and were in competition against the following national finalists : Paisley Grammar, Larbert High school and St Machar Academy.
They presented and cooked their Albondigas recipe to William McCurrach OBE, Curriculum Head at City of Glasgow College, Zoltan Szabo, twice Scottish chef of the year award and executive Head Chef of Blythswood Square and Fhiona Mackay ,Director of SCILT and CISS.
Here is the judging criteria:
Fantastic performance and a huge well done to all involved!
S3 Physics students took part in the Ashfield Music Festival in May, rounding off their learning experience after a successful year in Physics.
Ashfield Music Festival is one day off-timetable activity – hosted in our Learning Plaza - in which learners develop skills in enterprise and learn how physics applies in the context of setting up a music festival by taking on one of six roles: project manager, health and safety advisor, construction manager, electrical engineer, sound engineer or lighting engineer.
They are supported by real-life scientists – referred to as “experts” – and must use a mixture of physics-based knowledge, creativity and skills associated with enterprise in order to win the contract to build the main stage.
We were lucky to have the support of six great STEM Ambassadors from Glaxo-Smith-Kline, the University of Glasgow, Kvaerner- and it was a delight to welcome back Chloe Elliot, a former student and final years Honours student at Heriot-Watt University.
In the morning, the students worked together to organise the music festival, with each of them needing the support of each other to complete their tasks. They were supported by the Experts throughout this considerable challenge. In the afternoon, the Experts became Judges, and the teams had to pitch to the panel in a bid to win the contract to host their festival.
This was the youngest year group that Dr Spencer had run the event with, but they rose to the challenge and produced excellent work and very impressive presentations.
In the end, Team CC Ltd with their Rock Valley festival impressed the judges the most, and were presented with their winners’ certificates and prizes at the end of the day. Congratulations to Jamie, Lawson, Joshua, Josh, Harry and Calum.
The students said that really enjoyed the day and while they found it very challenging, they were proud to rise to the challenge and succeed. They liked being off-timetable for the day to work on an extended task, and it made them aware of the role that physics plays in organising a music festival! The STEM Ambassadors said that they really enjoyed the event and felt that the students got a lot out of the day. They said they were impressed with the pupils – they were well-behaved, very engaged and a credit to Marr College. Below is the winning poster to advertise the winning music festival.
Marr College Chess Tournament 2018
We were delighted to host our annual tournament, in partnership with Troon Chess Club in the Learning Plaza on Tuesday 26th June.
Troon Chess club provided the handsome trophy that has been won two years running by Calum. Calum returned to defend his title, but there were seven players who battled through play-offs to the last eight - desperate to take the title from him!
After some hard-fought battles, Calum made it to the final against Matthew. When the dust settled, a new Marr College School Champion was announced – congratulations Matthew! And well done to Calum for winning twice and reaching the final again.
Thank you to Troon Chess Club for organising and running what has become a very successful and fun annual event.
Chess Club takes place every Friday lunchtime in Science lab 118. The club is friendly, relaxed and welcoming. We have the support of Bob Reid from Troon Chess Club who is on hand to offer some expert tips and advice. Everyone is welcome from S1-S6. If you have never played chess before, come and learn how to play a great game in a friendly, fun environment.
Do you feel that your mind never slows down and you are constantly juggling a million different thoughts and worries? Have you been considering mindfulness, but are not user what it is all about? This introductory course may be for you. It is free for people who meet Ayrshire College fee waiver conditions.
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