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.
You may remember our previous post about the community competition to design a logo for Dementia Friendly Troon and Surrounding Villages. We are very happy to make the following announcement:
Over the past few months, various individuals and organisations have been working on developing Troon, Loans and Dundonald as one Dementia friendly community. The aim was 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. Central to this was engaging the whole community and particularly to involve our young people in supporting our older citizens.
The Group required a logo to be displayed in shops and business which have undergone training, welcoming people with Dementia into their premises. The logo will be used on leaflets, letterheads, the website, it will be on show in shop fronts and business premises.
The judges chose a winner from all of the Logo Competition entries and we are delighted to say that the winning entry was designed by Marr pupil Jodi Hainey!
Her wonderful dandelion image was chosen to be used around Troon and surrounding villages in supporting and welcoming people with Dementia into their premises. Jodi along with Emily McCalmont who was presented with second place, received prizes, certificates and thank you letters for their hard work on the project.
What a fantastic achievement for Jodi. We do hope that you enjoy seeing this logo start to be displayed locally.
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."
Micro Tyco Success
Our S2 students took part in the Micro Tyco Challenge last term and were very successful. They did a fantastic job - raising £1,443.78. This put them in second place in the Secondary School category for the UK! They will be receiving a trophy and certificates later on in the term. Examples of the items on offer include festive box frames, personalised money pots, S1 Christmas cards, personalised glitter baubles, gift tags, sweetie jars, Christmas cards and a games room run by a team during lunchtime.
The event, run by The WildHearts Foundation, develops entrepreneurial, problem solving, leadership and interpersonal skills - while raising money for a good cause. To date, WildHearts have helped generate investments of over £5 million, funding their work in entrepreneurial education, microfinance and gender equality.
The business department would like to thank everyone who supported the students throughout the challenge.
Some quotes from our Micro Tyco students:
Poppy (S2) - "I really enjoyed Micro Tyco because I feel like it really improved my entrepreneurial skills and I learned how to successfully promote and advertise a product. I also enjoyed the amount of teamwork that was involved."
Amy (S2) - "Micro-Tyco was really different to anything I had ever done before but I really enjoyed the responsibility that came with it. I also found it really cool that an idea was able to come to life just like in a real business environment."
Emma, Courtney, Rosie and Ellie (CraftyKidz) – “It built up our teamwork skills and brought us together, we also liked that we could be independent and think up our own ideas.”
David Matthews (S2) – “It gives you a chance to have your own business for a month. It is good because you can learn skills so in the future if you want to have a business.”
We have reported previously about a local dressage team, the Cookie Monsters, qualifying for the British Dressage Team Quest Championships. The team includes current pupils here at Marr. We are absolutely delighted to report that they had the most fabulous time at the dressage championships and were in fact crowned the BD Team Quest Under 18 National Champions!
Competition was very tough and after the first day they were lying in 2nd place. They managed to move up to first place after their second tests, beating the 2nd placed team by only 0.25%!
It was a truly wonderful experience and though the team didn't expect such a great result the girls truly deserve the honour and I'm absolutely delighted for them.
Story supplied by parent H Stewart.
After four years playing handball, Morven Atkinson is reaping the rewards of hard work, dedication and training. She was recently spotted by a Scottish team scout at a tournament and has been given the opportunity to train with the Scottish S1-3 squad. The scout said she had 'Amazing footwork' and was impressed with how well she ran for the ball. She will join our other pupil Christie McDonald who also trains with the Scottish team. We wish both girls success.
Our school handball team, which includes both girls named above, are playing in a handball tournament today, Friday 6th October, at Ravenscraig. We wish the whole team the best of luck.
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