Please find the Easter School Schedule below. This has been handed to every pupil in S4-6. Can parents/carers please discuss the support available with the young people in your care. As per the letter can pupils please speak to the named teacher and book their place so that arrangements can be made for an accurate number of pupils in school.
The European Parliament runs a competition every year for Advanced Higher Pupils in Scotland. Niam Dunn (AH French) was selected to represent Marr College at the Euroscola day. She was amongst 26 other pupils from all over Scotland. The Troon Rotary club kindly sponsored Niamh’s travel. The whole trip was organised by Articulate, a company specialised in educational language trips abroad. It was a wonderful experience as Niamh with her peers got to meet students from all over Europe and work with them on debate such as immigration, environmnent and cultural heritage.
During this trip, she had the opportunity to visit the Council of Europe, do a street survey in French and make a film on Strasbourg. On the Euroscola day, she attended a multilingual discussion with a French MEP, Edouard Martin. It was very interesting to listen to the simultaneous translation of the interpreters. This was followed by an afternoon of parliamentary debates on which she had worked with her group.
It was a great experience for Niamh and below you will find her diary of the trip.
On the day of Euroscola, we got up early and took the tram to the European Parliament. To begin, every country was introduced by two representatives from that countries, they gave facts about their country and the schools the came from. After the introductions, we had the opportunity to ask questions to Edouard Martin, a French MEP. There were questions asked about the Paris agreement, immigration, gender inequality and the rise of right wing politics and much more. After lunch, we did a quiz in teams of four, and each member had to be a different nationality. The quiz was in twenty different languages, and most of the questions were on the European Union. I was with a Greek girl and a Romanian boy and a French boy, so we had a wide range of different languages, however we didn’t win. After the quiz, we had to get into 5 groups, to discuss our chosen topics. My topic was ‘the European year of cultural heritage’, we spoke about different ways to promote different culture within Europe, for example, a Europe wide festival that celebrated the many cultures within Europe, promoting exchange trips in schools and promoting foreign TV and film. Then we reported them back to Edouard Martin, the French MEP. Everyone was able to debate the many different proposals put forward, it was really interesting to see how drastically opinions differed between countries. After Euroscola, we had dinner then sat in a local Brasserie to watch the documentaries we made the previous day and spend some time together before leaving the next day.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend to everyone and I am so thankful to the Troon Rotary Club for allowing me this opportunity.
Our supported study timetable for 2018 has been published. Please open the document here. Pupils are encouraged to attend the supported study sessions on offer and make full use of the support available before the SQA exam diet begins on the 30th April 2018.
In light of the weather warnings and the advice from Scottish Government of major disruption to travel arrangements a decision has been taken to close all South Ayrshire schools tomorrow, Thursday 1st March.
We anticipate that schools will re-open as normal on Friday, please check the school website and Twitter account @Marrcolofficial for updates.
Style and File
Style and File Marr Nail Bar has been going for three short weeks . The Nail Bar consists of twelve pupils in third year of school, and they attend the Nail Bar for two periods a week on a Wednesday afternoon. The afternoon flies in, and the pupils are engaged the whole time.
We are focusing on customer care and have a strong and positive work ethic promoting a positive attitude in the work place for our young people. Already in this short period of time the pupils are enjoying themselves, and are beginning to show a positive attitude towards each other and the Nail Bar. They are planning out the look of the Nail Bar and working hard on budgeting and getting value for money. The have picked their own name and have been positive in promoting a praise culture in Style and File. Pupils who previously did not like each other are now working together and are building positive relationships with each other as well as with member of staff who drop in to get their nails done.
They had their picture taken for the local paper today as they were being presented with a cheque for the Nail Bar from DYW Ayrshire. The pupils had made big effort to dress smart ,wear their uniform and were very proud of their involvement in Style and File.
ICAEW BASE CHALLENGE – ROUND 2!
Well done to all the students who successfully completed round 1 of the Institute of Accounting for England and Wales (ICAEW) BASE Challenge! The following students have been successful in progressing to round 2. The first name in each team has been nominated as the captain and will be responsible for registering the team. Students can complete the game any time before 8 March 2018, and do not need to complete the task in one sitting. The top 48 teams from across the UK will win the chance to compete in the National Final in Birmingham to win prizes, such as, individual laptops.
There is also the chance to win additional prizes throughout the Challenge. Students can take a group photo depicting what they think chartered accountants may look like and share it on social media with the hashtag #BASE2018. ICAEW will be awarding the team with the most likes and shares on Facebook and Twitter a team experience day of their choice! So if you see any on Twitter it would be a great help if you could like and share. Good to luck to all the teams – for more information please see Miss Wyllie in Business Education.
Creation Station Unveiled
We have a new project here at Marr College that was officially opened recently
The new enterprise, ‘Creation Station’ allows students to invent and then produce all manner of hot drinks and smoothies, the baristas then serve the drinks to customers. South Ayrshire Council has been working with the Prince's Trust and Developing Young Workforce Ayrshire (DYW) to get the business up and running.
£7,130 has been invested in the scheme by the Prince's Trust Development Awards (through the Cash Back for Communities programme) and DYW Ayrshire with the funds used to buy equipment vital to make this new enterprise a success. A further £5,640 of funding has been provided to set up a nail bar appropriately named “Style and File” which will be launched in May.
Ayrshire College is also helping by training the young people so they’re ready when the customers start rolling in.
Councillor William Grant, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "These projects are ideal, not only do they provide practical experience which the young people can use when they leave school, they also build confidence and transferrable skills. There is a lot of emphasis on academic achievement in schools but practical experience can be important too. There is a thriving hospitality sector in and around Troon so this training could be vital as a gateway to employment.”
The young people at Marr College will hopefully take part in more of these initiatives going forward.
Jamie Kerr (14) S3 said:” I want to be a mechanic but I will be dealing with customers so this experience will help me. We have already served Troon Rotary Club who came to the school and we are getting really good.”
Emily McCalmont (14) S3 said: “This will give me more confidence to deal with people. My maths will also get better as we need to set prices and cost supplies”
Claire Baird, DYW Ayrshire Project Executive said “We are absolutely delighted to support such an innovative project and are very impressed by the way the project has been implemented with the full involvement of the young people.”
Walter Smith, Prince’s Trust Ayrshire Chair said: “The “Creation Station” project will develop the core skills that potential employers are looking for in young people including confidence, communication, commitment, customer services and courtesy.”
Graeme Hobson, Acting Head Teacher at Marr College said: "Improving customer care skills could make a big difference to those taking part. They are also learning how to set up and run a business which is inspirational. I’m looking forward to the nail bar launching in May as we give even more of our young people the chance to succeed beyond the classroom."
As part of the support for our cluster primaries, we will be having a fundraising day this Friday. One of our cluster chaplains, Richard Woods, is currently over in Haiti working to build a school. As part of our commitment to RRSA and Unicef, each school in the Marr cluster has been asked to raise a minimum of £150 to support the “Classroom in a Box” initiative which will see 8 classrooms in the new school being given basic supplies to allow education to start in the new building.
Please bring home baking, money to buy home baking and wear something blue with their uniform to support this initiative. Home baking will be sold by senior pupils at the Barista area, to promote the launch.
Following the invitation letter which parents received last week, we can now confirm the programme for this evenings careers and options night. It is open to all our student in S2-S5.
Below you will find the list of over thirty businesses/organisations who will be in attendance, and all are eager to meet our young people and discuss their options for future careers. We hope to see as many of our students and parents as possible this evening. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any queries.
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