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 played host to the South Ayrshire Schools’ History Challenge on 11 June. Marr College won the competition last year and the entry produced by the S1 team this year was of an equally high standard. Marr’s team decided to focus upon the theme of the role that Troon played in WWI. As a result of some impressive research, the students were able to share the story of how the Ailsa Shipping Company made an important contribution to the war effort and of how many of its former workers made the ultimate sacrifice at Gallipoli in July 1915.
Six schools from South Ayrshire participated in the Challenge and congratulations must go to Ayr Academy who won the competition following an excellent presentation on the Suffragette campaigns in Scotland. Team Marr were runners-up. A big well done to Caitlin, Rachel, Sophie, Sarah, Emma and Jack for all their hard work on behalf of Marr College.
Letters have been issued to pupils who have met the criteria, staff are advertising their activities, pupil choices can now be made!!
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
On the 14th of March two groups of S2 pupils attended the Go4Set Engineering Development Trust Competition at Dumfries House. For 10 weeks, both groups worked tirelessly on their STEM projects, producing a professional report and model, which they presented to their assessors on the competition day. Rachel Byrne, Jenna Shelley, Rosie Milne and Kathleen Milne created a simulation of a novel system that locates books using radio-frequency identification. Ellie Cook, Emma Taylor, Poppy Nicolson, Amy Nixon, Rosie Rossi and Jake Murray developed a new recycling system for use in schools based on a method used in Singapore. The recycling group in particular wowed the judges and they managed to score the ‘Outstanding Teamwork Award’!
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.
We like to celebrate student success in every part of their lives here at Marr. We were recently notified by a parent of success our pupils had outside of school. Jenna and Eve Beswick both competed today at the Scottish Indoor Athletics Championships and represented Ayr Seaforth U13 Girls at the 4x 200 m relay. They won the Gold Medal and also achieved a Club Record. (K Beswick, 25th February)
We are delighted that the girls achieved such fabulous results at a national championship and are happy to celebrate this success with them. Here they are pictured with their teammates.
We would also like to remind parents and pupils to keep us informed of all success our pupils have, whether in school or with local clubs.
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.
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