Our Marr's Dragon Final took place on Monday 21st May. Eight teams made up of pupils from S1 took part and presented their product ideas to a panel of 4 judges made up of local business people: Claire O’Donnell (The Herbary), Alison Braddick (West Coast Accelerator), Gordon Sutherland (GE Caledonian) and Lisa Anderson (Anderson HR). Students went above and beyond with some groups creating examples of social media pages, websites and advertisements…one group even baked a cake! All of the students involved did a fantastic job and were an asset to the school.
After much deliberation the judges decided on the top 3 teams:
3rd place - “Snacket” who were praised for their marketing and use of celebrity endorsement.
2nd place - “Envirobin” who demonstrated excellent presentation skills; the judges liked their idea for a solar powered bin that would automatically separate your recycling for you.
1st place - Clickk with their product “The Phen” which is a pen/mobile phone, you write using the pen and it transforms your writing into a text or email. The team had worked hard on their pitch creating their own website using html code, a plan for a billboard, a newspaper article and a mock-up of their solar powered charging case.
Well done to the winners and more images can be viewed on the Business Departments twitter feed @MarrBusiness
We have launched our 8 week challenge in school. Pupils will be rewarded for showing positive behaviour in class and moving around the school by an off timetable school based day of activities.
Tickets are now available online for the Marr Musical Theatre summer show.
This year, the group of students from S1 to S6 will perform We Will Rock You.
Featuring the music of Queen, a live band, and lots of young talent!
Performance dates: Wednesday 6, Thurs 7 and Friday 9 June 2018.
Tickets £5 or £16 for family ticket (admits four)
Venue: Assembly Hall, Marr College
Buy your tickets today – don’t miss out!
GeoBus recently held a Renewable Energy event for S2 pupils to challenge them to think about how to develop an efficient and cost effective wind farm. Pupils were placed in groups and had to justify the design of their wind turbine, the location of a wind farm, then calculate the projected profits. Pupils then had the opportunity to create their own turbine blade based on their earlier design.
The event was a great success and students created their own wind turbine blades. The blades have been tested for durability. GeoBus have filmed the students wind turbine blades in action and will send video clips to the school for classes to watch.
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.
For two months Mrs Ledingham’s S3 French pupils worked on an interdisciplinary project based on the French movie “Samba”. They investigated the issues that migrants face when arriving in a new country, and what it means to be a “sans papier”. In addition to discussing prejudice against migrants, in French, our pupils have looked at the history of migrants with Miss Ball (History Department) and made comparisons with the modern world. Miss Owens (School Librarian) ran a workshop on the portrayal of migrants in the media, whilst another highlight of the project was the recording of a rap, organised by Miss Walker (Music Department), to address the issues of the Calais Jungle as highlighted by “The Calais Sessions” album. To complete the project the pupils produced fake twitter pages, in French, describing the experiences of a migrant arriving in the Calais Jungle – this work will contribute to the achievement of our Silver Award as a “Rights Respecting 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.
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