Following on from our recent post on the Young Enterprise business idea, Grownade, it is with great delight we can report some early success. On Sunday 19th November they were at the Wintertainment event in Troon. The ‘Grownade Team’ are led by Mrs Thomson in Business Education and their Business Advisor Stephen McNab. The team is managed by Reece Jamieson and is made up of: Marcia Broadfoot, Bethany Stephens, Adam Russell, Craig Allen, Rachel Hughes, Ciara Inglis, Vanessa Riddle and Liusaidh Ligertwood.
The Grownade is a 100% recyclable and biodegradable shell containing mixed natural seeds with soil. Take the Grownade, shake it to mix the soil and natural seeds, soak it on the top and throw it on to any patch of land and let it grow. It’s gardening made simple! The company has 5 varieties of Grownades;
• HumbleBee: Our bee population saving grownade, blossoms into high pollen flowers designed to help our bee’s thrive!
• BirdyBloom: Our BirdyBloom Grownade produces seeds that birds eat in order to thrive when they find it most difficult to find food.
• Flutterburst: Like our HumbleBee, this produces high pollen flowers to help butterflies thrive.
• Meow!: Your cat will love this! A plant that produces natural catnip wherever you plant!
• PoppyShowers: This Grownade produces Poppies in remembrance of our soldiers who bravely fought for our country.
With the Grownade, customers receive a free information pack containing;
• Growing tips and Blossom Times
• Information about your Grownade
• About our company and our philosophy
The day was a huge success and the team sold over 75% of their stock on one day which was brilliant. Not only this but the local community loved their product. They were full of positive comments about both the product and the students themselves. They were a real asset to the school. The hard work that has gone into the product development and branding has certainly paid off! A huge thanks to Mrs Thomson and Stephen McNab once again for all their hard work.
If you would like to make a purchase please visit their stand at the upcoming parent’s evenings.
The Business Team
Last week 20 of our senior Modern Studies students attended ‘Question Time’ event organised by Prestwick Academy where 5 high profile politicians including Patrick Harvey, John Scott and Philippa Whitford took questions from schools in South Ayrshire. It was an excellent event that saw students engaged in a number of current political and social topics. Below is one of the questions posed to the politicians.
Our art teacher, Miss Cairns, has been working with her S3 elective class on creating a logo for a community campaign. She recency received the following letter from a member of the community asking for help in creating a logo for the Dementia friendly community we all live in:
Over the past two months, I have been working with various individuals and organisations in relation to developing Troon, Loans and Dundonald as one Dementia friendly community. My aim is to raise awareness in our towns and villages, providing training to staff within our shops and businesses, in schools, organising regular events and leisure opportunities for people with dementia and their carers. I want to develop a community with the desire to support those living with dementia to remain independent for as long as possible. Central to this is engaging the whole community and I am particularly keen to involve our young people in supporting our older citizens.
Already committed are Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive of the Scottish Care, South Ayrshire Council’s Community Engagement Officer, Troon Rotary, Suncourt Care Home, the Development Coordinator of the Little Art School Trust, Troon Churches Together and Troon Business Association. Alzheimer’s Scotland is also involved.
Our Group require a logo. A brand new design with a strong identity to be displayed in our shops and business which have undergone training, welcoming people with Dementia into their premises. We will use the logo on leaflets, letterheads, the website, it will be on show in shop fronts and business premises. And so it will become a very familiar symbol.
Miss Cairns worked with S3 girls and here are their logo designs.
Congratulations to the winners of the Kier Cycle to School competition.
S1 : Grace Davidson (overall winner, £200 voucher for the Bike Post)
S2 : Olivia McManus (runner up)
S3 : Eva Joyner (runner up)
Many thanks to tutor staff for supporting this initiative. Full presentation, including the winning entry and runners up are below.
On behalf of Duncan Beckwith, Chair, I would like to invite you to the next meeting of the Parent Forum. This will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 4th October in the new Meeting room. Please view the Agenda and the minutes of the last meeting, which can also be found on the Parent Council page.
There is also the list of Topics for Discussion which members of the Parent Council and Forum had raised at and prior to the last meeting. Elaine and Rae met with Duncan to discuss and I have added their responses as summarised by Duncan for parent information.
There has been discussion about the structure of the Parent Council meeting and we will be following the usual Agenda format and the Head Teacher's report will be given verbally.
Anyone wishing to make a point or ask a question at the meeting should now come through the chair.
The meeting will start at 7.30pm and we need to vacate the premises at 9.00pm to allow the janitorial staff time to tidy and lock up.
Any AOCB should also be intimated prior to the meeting so we can allocate the required amount of time.
If we have too much in any particular month any urgent items should take precedence.
The chair has also asked that I highlight the role of the Parent Council in that we are a support for the pupils and staff at the school and not a Board of Governors and also that issues pertaining to a specific child should go through the proper school channels and not be discussed at Parent Council.
The Scottish Parent Teacher website is useful in providing clarification of our role.https://www.sptc.info/
For everyone's convenience I have cut and paste the relevant section detailing what the SPTC expectations of a Parent Council are and what a Parent Forum should expect from their Parent Council.
What are the main responsibilities of the PC to the Parent Forum?
The Parent Forum (all parents at the school) can expect the following from the Parent Council:
The first duty of the Parent Council is to represent the views of the parents at the school. The duties of a Parent Council are not laid down in legislation so it is up to each Parent Forum to decide what they want their PC to do. This should be detailed in the constitution. There are many things a Parent Council could get involved in, including:
Any parent with a child at the school may become a member of the Parent Council. Parents must always be in the majority and the Chair must always be a parent with a child at the school. The headteacher has a right and a duty to attend PC meetings but is not automatically a member; they are there as an advisor. It is up to the Parent Forum to decide if there should be other members of the PC and this should be detailed in the constitution, for example, co-opted members.
With regards to fundraising, Elaine and Rae mentioned the main entrance and the need for proper repair work for the main door and the lighting at the bottom of the stairs. Monies could be raised to improve these and perhaps donate a bench for the rose garden area.
Another wee reminder that next month is the AGM of the Parent Council. If anyone would like to volunteer for an Office Bearer Position, please let me know and I will send on the necessary forms.
Roles Available are
If you would like a paper copy of any of the documents attached for the meeting, please print out ahead of the meeting.
Look forward to seeing you there,
Parent Council Secretary.
Over the past few weeks Marsie Stuart from Sign and Be Heard has been in school working with some of our third year pupils. I had the great pleasure in visiting the lesson recently, in our new learning plaza, and watched their learning in action. They very happily posed spelling out "Marr College", with the help of Mr McElnea, who has been learning alongside the pupils. After signing the rainbow with precision the pupils were very keen to show off to me once again with signing along to the Abba hit "I Have a Dream". I was so impressed with their skills, not only the emotion they displayed but with how quick they had grasped the sign language and how they were learning and improving from each other as the song went on. This was only after two weeks of teaching. I can't wait to go back at the end of their program to see how far they have come. Miss Owens, Librarian
Our parent calendar for 2017-2018 has now been published on the Newsdesk. Parents can access the calendar here or via the link on the right hand side of this page.
On behalf of Duncan Beckwith, Chair, I would like to invite you to the next meeting of the Parent Council. This will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 6th September in the new Meeting room. Please click on the links to view the Agenda and Minutes of the last meeting in May, the Head teacher's report will follow.
Reminder that we will be trying a new green system of working from the overheads for all documents, so, if you would like a paper copy, please print out ahead of the meeting.
Tea and coffee will be available,
Look forward to seeing you there,
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