Kilmarnock Academy - News Archive                   


June 2011


SUMMER TERM NEWSLETTER

The summer term newsletter was recently mailed out to parents. In case you missed it, you can view pages 1 to 3 by clicking on the images below. To view page 4 click here.




HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE SUMMER BREAK!
                                                    


JIM CROSBIE'S VIVID ACCOUNT OF LIFE IN THE OLD DAYS

Hi,

I attended Kilmarnock Academy   from 1941 to 1953, When I started there was an Infant and Primary  as well as the Secondary. The first few years have left little of a stamp on my memory, all teachers were Miss ........ kindly and thoughtful. Then came the shock in the Qualifying class a male teacher and one with a stern and strict sense of discipline. Any pupil in his class will remember him, name Davy Gordon. Not for Davy the Bill of Human rights!!!

You did not talk in class unless in reply to Davy, you sat upright and did not slouch, if you folded your arms at all it was behind your back to improve posture ... you get the scene? If you infringed the rules the punishments were many ( some shades of The Spanish Inquisition)... the taws a split and heavy leather belt given on your crossed bare hands (traditional in these days).He missed his target once and I had long red weals on my wrist and forearms much to my mother's annoyance, but in these days you did not complain.Another favourite was the blackboard duster thrown at your head, if duster sounds soft, not so they were blocks of wood with a felt facing to clear the chalk from the blackboard. (To read on click here.)                                                                                                                                                               N.McI 11.7.2011


STUART CHATS TO FRED ABOUT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

If you happened to be listening to the MacAuley and Co show on BBC Radio Scotland on Monday 4th July, you will have heard Stuart Wilson - local historian and former KA teacher - chatting to Fred MacAuley about Kilmarnock Academy's two Nobel Prize winners, Sir Alexander Fleming and Lord John Boyd Orr. If you missed it, don't worry - you can listen by clicking here.                                                                     N.McI 6.7.2011


 REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL  

 After thirty-eight years teaching Music and working undercover for the Ministry of Happiness, Hugh  Robertson fae Auchinleck can finally relax, let his guard down and smile. Throughout his time in teaching  Hugh has shared his passion for Music with several generations of pupils and has helped with too many  bands and school shows to mention. Recent members of the school Jazz Band remember fondly the occasion  when the entire jazz band (except one) hid in the cupboard in Mr Ramsay's room prior to Hugh arriving to  lead the rehearsal. As they waited in suffocating silence to hear his reaction to finding an empty room, they  heard Hugh's voice from the other side of the cupboard door: "Mr Robertson is not happy...." Well, as you  can see from the picture below, he's certainly happy now. We wish Hugh a long, healthy and cheerful  retirement.                                                                                                                                            N.McI 6.7.2011





EHAVE A FANTASTIC SUMMER HOLIDAY!

 
Don't be bored this summer - here are some pupils' suggestions on  places to visit and how to fill your time:

 •  Barrassie Beach  •  Dean Castle Country Park  •  The Galleon  •   Silverburn  •  Craig Tara  •  Saltcoats Shows  •  Lochgoilhead  •   Loch Ness  •  Caprington Golf Course  •  Caprington Jumps  •   Burns Cottage  •  Troon Rocks  •  Kay Park  •  Heads Of Ayr Farm  Park  •  Dick Institute  •  Pitlochry  •  M&D's  •  Nature Trail  •  The  Garage  •  Tesco  •  Science Centre  •  Kelvingrove Art Gallery  •   Blair Drummond Safari Park  •  Hampden  •  Rugby Park  •  Ibrox   •  Edinburgh Zoo  •  Vikingar  •  Culzean Castle  •  Electric Brae  •   Dunure  •  Cinema  •  Theatre  •  Gailes  •  Troon beach  •  Irvine  Beach  •  Transport Museum  •  Loch Lomond  •  Edinburgh  Museum Of National History  •  Braehead  •  Buchanan Galleries   •  Arran  •  Millport  •  Power league  •  Edinburgh Dungeons  •   Kelburn Country Park  •  Largs


To read more suggestions click here.                        
N.McI 30.6.2011


 PUPILS OF CLASS 1B SAY 'COME AND VISIT KILMARNOCK!'

 Kilmarnock lies in East Ayrshire, thirty minutes drive from Glasgow and  a short distance from Prestwick Airport. A previous winner of the UK’s  Friendliest Shopping Town award, it is the ideal location for a short  break. There is plenty to see and do in Kilmarnock and it is also an  excellent base for touring Ayrshire in general. Places to stay range  from comfortable guest houses to a four star luxury hotel. There are  many restaurants, cafes and take-away shops offering everything  from fine dining to fish and chips. King street in the Town centre is a  car free area lined with many different shops including Marks and  Spencers, WH Smith and Boots.We hope you enjoy your visit and  come again soon!!!!
 
 Connor Duncan, Class 1B
 Four panels by Robyn McGhee, Class 1B


                                                                              N.McI 10.6.2011



STAFF CHANGES THIS SUMMER

Best wishes to all those staff moving on and a warm KA welcome to those joining the team in August.

Retirals – Carole Ford, Joanne Miller, Hugh Robertson, Grace Haining

Staff moving on – L. Cairns to St Joseph’s Ac, S. Purdie to Loudoun Academy, C. Sproul to Youth Strategy, E. Rogerson to St Ninian’s High school, Kirkintilloch, A. Hollywood (secondment QIO), Stephen King to Dover...and Kristeen Cairney to Switzerland!

Appointments – B. Paterson (Head Teacher), L. McLeish (geography), S. Hampson (music)

New Arrivals – F. McEwan (English), C.l Ambler (ML), E. Milligan (PE)                                             N.McI 29.6.2011



 MRS MILLER BIDS A FOND FAREWELL  

 As a former pupil and teacher for 41 years, I now say farewell to  Kilmarnock Academy. It has been a long time and I take with me many  great memories.

 It has been a privilege and I will certainly miss being in the company of  so many young people. It is true to say there has never been a dull  moment.

 I bid you all a fond farewell and wish you all the best in the future.

 Joanne Miller                                                                                    29.6.2011


                                  TO VIEW THE FINAL PUPIL BULLETIN OF THIS SESSION CLICK HERE

School closes at 1 pm on Thursday.  Have a fabulous summer holiday and be ready for work again on Wednesday 17 August.  Mrs Ford                                                                                                               29.6.2011


KILMARNOCK ACADEMY IN THE NEWS


Click on the story and pictures above for bigger versions. Thanks to the Evening Times and Stef Lach as well as Elaine Scott and Stuart Wilson. To view KA Web's Lord Boyd Orr page click here. To view KA Web's tribute to Sir Alexander Fleming click here.                                                                                         N.McI 29.6.2011


BOARD GAMES MAKE A COMEBACK!

During the last two weeks of term, Ms Fullerton’s classes designed and made their own board games. They had a simple group challenge:

Design a game with a theme that you think will appeal to teenagers. (The theme could be a Holiday, a Sport or any theme relating to having a fun time.)

Specifications:

  • A board with a track along which the players could move
  • Counters
  • A die, dice or other counting device
  • Hazards and bonuses – either written on the spaces or on cards
  • Pictures/graphics and colour to make it appealing and teen-friendly
  • An instruction/rule book so that anyone could play their game

When they had made their games they had fun playing them and then swapping with other teams.

Report and Pics by Ms Fullerton                                                                                                                     28.6.2011





 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Mon. 27th June 2011 

 Bless        Totsiens        adios        Adéu            
    Agur            Farvel         Aloha          Sampai jumpa    
          Adeus        Auf Wiedersehen     
 Kwa herini       sholem       Valete      Dovidyenya  
    Do boch chi      Go siame    Au revoir     Ha det     
               Arrivederci                  Dha weles                                                  Goodbye! 

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


THE HOLIDAYS MAY BE CLOSE .... BUT WE'RE STILL WORKING HARD!

Pictured below are students in our new sixth year who took part in a Writers' Workshop during English time on Friday 24th June.  As part of the preparation for the Workshop, the group had to compile a list of abstract nouns/themes - by way of inspiration and in order to get them to focus on emotions and issues in their writing. They came up with a considerable list but have asked for your help in adding to it. To see what they already have click here. To let us know your additions (or corrections) "MAIL US NOW".                                                                                                                                                                 N.McI 26.6.2011



 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - MORE PHOTOS

 To view more photographs of our recent production of Jesus Christ Superstar click here.            N.McI 26.6.2011












 PLEASE RETURN THOSE FORGOTTEN BOOKS

 One significant drain on the school's annual budget is the money spent  on replacing lost library books and topping up class sets of text books,  instead of buying in new and different texts. Yes, we always mean to  return those books that end up under the bed or in the back of a  cupboard. But time goes on and, by the time we get round to it, we  reckon it's either going to be too embarrassing or too expensive to  return them - until now. During our Book Amnesty we are calling on  parents and pupils to have a really good look at home, dig out those
 old textbooks or library books you are never likely to look at again and  return them to our anonymous drop-off point outside the LRC. If you  are returning an overdue library book then hand it directly to Mr King  and he will mark on your record that you have returned it. He will not  charge any fine whatsoever - he'll just smile and say "Thank you very  much". If you have left KA in recent years and still have library or text  books then you too can clear your cupboard, and clear your
 conscience at the same time, by dropping them off at Reception.  Thanks.                                                                   N.McI 26.6.2011

June 2011


NEW HEAD TEACHER APPOINTED

Congratulations to Mr B. Paterson who has been appointed Head Teacher of Kilmarnock Academy. Mr Paterson, who is originally from the area, is currently Depute Head Teacher at Deans Community High School in Livingston.                                                                                                                                    23.6.2011


GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

On Friday the 3rd of June 2011 S3 ASDAn went on a visit to a Global Marketplace in Kilmarnock Town Centre.  We found out a lot about food and drink from different countries.  At the market we found lots of different foods.  From Spain there was paella which is a bit like a curry with rice, chicken and vegetable.  We also tried olives - these grow on trees and are a fruit with a small stone in them.  There was even a tapas stall with all kinds of dishes which you can try and see if you like them.  We also tried churros - a churro starts off like a piece of dough and turns out to be a fried, sweet doughnut.  We had them with chocolate sauce and icing sugar.  Yum!  We all had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves.

Report by Keenan McLintock , new S3 (Pictures to follow)                                                                                 24.6.2011



 OUR FIRST K.A. PODCAST  

 We are proud to present the first podcast from class 2W - and our first  ever on the school website.  In this drama, Jack Herrall and Bryce  Campbell are astronauts who have landed on another planet.  Bryce  wrote the script and the boys acted the parts complete with the  addition of  sound effects. This is a fantastic effort for a first attempt  at podcasting. Lots more exciting stuff will follow soon! Click here for  the podcast by Jack and Bryce. To listen to Shaun Lennon's solo  performance podcast click here.

 Mrs Marshall (English Dept)                                                           23.6.2011



 S1 TRIP TO STIRLING CASTLE  

 The journey to Stirling was adventurous, as we gazed at the scenery all  around us. The castle itself was sitting high up on an extinct volcano  covered by forestation. It really was very high but thankfully we didn't  have to climb it, thanks to the brave bus driver who took the bus right  up to the entrance along a narrow cobbled road.

 The picture on the left is a view from the top of the castle, looking out  over the cannons.

 Picture & Words by Regan Kelly & Jed Montgomery - Class 1B                23.6.2011


PREFECTS APPOINTED

Congratulations and 'Well Done!' to the nineteen girls and five boys who have been appointed to serve as Prefects.

Dawn Carroll (Head Girl)                   Zoe Sloan                    Nicola Brown                 Kirsty McLaughlan 
Caitlin Brown (Senior Prefect)           Caitlin Crawford             Michelle Patterson         Kendall Blair
Holly Jarvie (Senior Prefect)             Victoria Grigor               Kelsey Little                  Kaye Lindsay         
Amy Black (Senior Prefect)               Ainsleigh Cooper            Maxine MacDonald         Vanessa Wilson
Heather Renwick (Senior Prefect)      Laura Hunter                 Charlotte Edmonds
   

Josh Cuthbertson (Head Boy)
Cameron Thomson (Senior Prefect)                                                
Scott Crawford                                        
Ryan Campbell                        
Daniel Greig 

To check groups for the new Duty Rota click here.                                                            N.McI 
21.6.2011




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Tues. 21st June 2011 

penultimate

  1. (adjective) next to the last
  2. (noun) anything that is next to the last, especially a penult (the last but one syllable in any word)

 History: C17th: from Latin paene, meaning almost, + ultimare, to come  to an end

 Example: “Nobbs! Why were you penultimate in the fun sports day  event?”

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


HOPE YOU HAD AN ENJOYABLE WEEKEND
&
'BON VOYAGE' TO MR REID AND TO ALL STAFF & PUPILS
ON THE BELGIUM TRIP!
(Bus left Saturday night and returns Friday 24th June.)

                                                                                                            N.McI 20.6.2011



JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW!


Congratulations and a huge 'Well Done' to everyone involved in the production.
                                                                                                     N.McI 16.6.2011






 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Wed. 15th June 2011 

exodus

  • (noun) the act of going out or leaving a place, institution or geographical area
  • (noun, the) the departure of the Israelites from Egypt led by Moses
  • (noun)  the second book of the Old Testament
  • (noun)  the 9th and best of Bob Marley & the Wailers’ studio albums (1977)

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King



 PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

 The Parent Council met recently to discuss a wide range of issues  including Curriculum for Excellence, the School Report and a whole lot  more.

 Councillor McKay
was present at the meeting as well as Mrs Ford, A Ash-
 Wilson,  A Donnelly, F Smith and A Brown
.  To find out details about what  was discussed click here.                                                                         N.McI 13.6.2011


THE TIMETABLE HAS CHANGED
Remember to
check your new timetable and pack your bag the night before!
                                                                                                      N.McI 13.6.2011


KA WINNERS AT BLOODHOUND CAR RACING

We were going over the Forth Bridge listening to Mr Campbell tell us that if you get a special listening device then you can hear tiny clicks of the wired pipes that hold the bridge snapping. Wasn't the best thing to say when crossing 

The first race was exciting, knowing that it was the first time seeing the cars race. The blast of the co2 canisters was startling making us jump. This was so exhilarating.

The ride home was much more pleasant now that we had received three beautiful trophies for Best Identified Presentation , Number One Bloodhound Car and Fastest Bloodhound Racer.

                                                                         Report and Picture by Regan Kelly, Class 1B - 10.6.2011



THIS YEAR'S PRIZEGIVING CEREMONY TOOK PLACE ON THURSDAY 9th JUNE AT 7pm

TO VIEW THIS YEAR'S PRIZE LIST
CLICK HERE.
                                                                                                                               9.6.2011


KILMARNOCK'S GLOBAL MARKET WEEKEND

Kilmarnock's Global Market took place over the weekend and was a huge success. Locals turned out in numbers to sample the international fayre on offer - everything from ostrich burgers to freshly baked macaroon. As well as food, there was a variety of crafts, clothing, plants and jewellery on display. Kilmarnock Academy pupils visited the market on Friday 3rd June. To view more photos click here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 N McI 8.6.2011


COLIN HUME SAYS HI! FROM AUSTRALIA

I have just visited your website and felt impelled to send you a message. I am a former pupil of Klimarnock Academy and often think of my school days. I was a pupil from 1974 till 1978 and have a lot of fond memories. My name is Colin Hume and I was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy from 1974 till 1978. I have a lot of fond memories of my school days and sometimes wish that i could turn the clock back to revisit them. I am sure that Mrs Leishman, Mr Livingstone, Mr Bone and a few others would dearly love that, if anything to see how I turned out. I have been living in Queensland Australia for the past 14 years and am currently working as a Queensland Motorcycle Police Officer. I served with Stratchclyde Police for 5 years prior to that after playing professional soccer (football) for 12 years. I am deeply proud of my heritage and especially of my years at Kilmarnock Academy. This is where I was able to grow and learn and become the person I am now. It's funny how it is when you get older, that you appreciate more what you did when you were younger. I was back home two years ago due to my mother passing away and regularly drove past the KA playing fields. Many memories flooded back of us running, some walking to PE whilst the teachers drove there. It was a long run/walk back after a hard PE class but I would give anything to do it again.

Due to my long absence from Kilmarnock, I have lost all contact with former pupils that I went to school with and here in Australia I regularly hear about 5 year, 10 year and god knows how many year reunions. I would simply love to hear from any former pupils who knew me from school. I will be back in Kilmarnock from 14th June till 4th July 2011 and if there is anyone who remembers me, good or bad, please get in touch cause I would love to say hello.

Colin Hume (74-78)




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Thurs. 9th June 2011 

pecksniffian

(adjective) hypocritically and smugly adopting high or moral principles, often by figuratively or literally walking around with one’s nose in the air.

History: From Charles Dickens’ character Seth Pecksniff, in the book ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’ (1848)

Example: “Don’t come over all pecksniffian with me – I know you’d have done just the same, given the chance!”

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King





 THANKS TO SIRIUS, WE ARE BACK ONLINE

 Since Tuesday we have been experiencing technical problems and, as a  result, we were unable to update the website. Thanks to the experts at  Ayr-based Sirius Concepts, in particular Garry Smith, the problem is now  sorted and KA Web is again live and current. Our gratitude is also due  to the company for hosting the school website, free of charge, for a  number of years now.

 Thanks again to Garry and the rest of the team at SirCon.         26.5.2011

S5/6 SQA EXAMS ARE NOT OVER YET.
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SECURE YOUR FUTURE
                      TAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY - BE PREPARED!
                   31.5.2011



 AYRSHIRE CLASSICS CAR SHOW

 Ayrshire Classics Car Show took place recently at the Dean Castle  Country Park. The show attracted around 200 entries including some  from former pupils of KA (see pic left). It  was a great opportunity for  spectators to immerse themselves in nostalgia and view vehicles and  some marques which have passed into history - Triumph, Austin, Rover,  MG. Click here to view pics.

 The show was very well attended and although the event got off to a  rainy start, the sun came out later in the afternoon.        N. McI 22.5.2011

May 2011



 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Mon. 23rd May 2011 

mackintosh

  • (noun)  a waterproof raincoat made out of rubberized cloth
  • (noun)  the cloth from which such a coat is made
  • (noun)  any raincoat (usually now abbreviated to “mac”)
  • (adjective)    a style of architecture, design and interior decoration based on simple, geometric designs, and stylized flowers in the art nouveau genre
  • (noun, McIntosh)   a sharp flavoured, red skinned North American apple
  • (noun, MacIntosh)  Any of the range of Apple MacIntosh computers and hand held pda devices, now commonly called “i-macs” or “apple-macs”

    History: 1, 2 & 3: From Charles Mackintosh, 1760-1843, Glasgow chemist & inventor (mac, son of + toisech, meaning chief or leader). 4, after Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), Glasgow born icon. 5, after John McIntosh, who in 1811 discovered the first McIntosh apple tree in Ontario, Canada. 6, Apple, inc. employee (and designer of the first Apple Macintosh computer) Jef Raskin’s favourite apple.

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King



 CLASS OF 1956-57

 I came across a photo of my first class at the Academy. I have  scanned it and attach it because I know that the Academy likes to  maintain a gallery of old photos! There is a very unflattering, but surely  realistic photo of me (2nd row from the bottom – 4th from the right).  The hairstyle leaves a lot to be desired!

 Winifred Holland (formerly Hamilton ).

 Now Prof. Emerita,  Faculty of Law, UWO, London , Canada .
                                                                                       19.5.2011

Some of the names on the back of the photo are Mary Dunlop, Jean Malcolm, Alastair Wardrop, Robert Davies, Andrew Davidson, Ian Meikle, Robert Crombie, Ellen Smith, Andrea Craig, Marion Miller, Ian Babington, John Clarkson, Robert McCutcheon, Alene Calderwood, Helen McPherson, Elizabeth Stewart, Fiona Scott, “Daisy” Madden and Andrew Brown. It was also signed by several teachers – Mrs. Lambie (Science), Ms S.G. Coull (French), Mr Dewar (Latin) and Jean Phillips (Phys Ed).


THE REUNION FOR PUPILS WHO STARTED AT KA IN AUG. 1991 - MESSAGE FROM NINA A.

Well.....the night has now been and gone and what a fantastic night it was! We let our hair down and went back to the 90s, it really was a huge success. We enjoyed each other's company, had a laugh with old teachers and even pinged a few dolly beads on the dance floor. We had the head boy strut his stuff on the dance floor with a pair of the old gym pants and there were funny awards given out at the beginning of the night. We remembered our old friends who have sadly passed away and remember our old teachers that are also no longer with us. The night was such a success we have decided to do one every 5 years! After not receiving many donations on the night for Children 1st, due to the high levels of alcohol consumption, I have now set up a just giving page which has already raised £180 in a couple of days....this is a perfect ending to a perfect School reunion. We are proud to be Killie Academy pupils!

Nina Anderson

PS. If anyone else would like to donate, it is still open: http://www.justgiving.com/nina-anderson-79

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           18.5.2011


THE REUNION FOR PUPILS WHO STARTED AT KA IN AUG. 1991
TOOK PLACE ON SATURDAY 14th MAY
STARTING 6pm AT THE FOXBAR HOTEL

BIG THANKS TO THE ORGANISERS - ESPECIALLY NINA ANDERSON!
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                N. McI 12.5.2011



 OUR JAMES IS DOING RATHER WELL!

 Just thought I'd drop you an e-mail to let you know that former pupil  James 'the-Young-Braveheart' Robinson is getting good reviews for a  role he has in a J B Priestly play at Southwark Playhouse in London. The  Guardian review stated: "In a strong cast, James Robinson and  Charlotte Donachie are particularly good..." I'm going down to see him  on Tuesday 17th as he contacted me about it. (Review1 & Review2)
 
Doctor Neil Dickson

 When you see James, tell him we are all asking for him.     N. McI 17.5.2011



 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Mon. 16th May 2011 

mince

  1. (verb)  to chop, grind, or cut into very small pieces
  2. (verb)  to soften or moderate speech, especially for the sake of consideration or politeness
  3. (verb)  to walk or speak in an affected dainty manner
  4. (noun, mainly British)  minced meat, usually beef or pork
  5. (noun, mainly Scottish) nonsensical rubbish or stupidity

 History: C14th French, originally from Latin minutiae, meaning very  small.   

 Example: “I didn’t mince my words. When he minced in to the  classroom eating a roll and mince and presented his homework that  looked like it had been minced by the dog, I told him that his attitude  was just pure mince”.

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


DEATH OF MRS ALLAN

Mrs Allan, or "Mrs A", a much-loved and well-known figure at Kilmarnock Academy during the 1970s and 1980s when she worked in the tuck shop, died on 10/05/11. Her funeral is to be held at Clydebank Crematorium on Tuesday 17/05/11 at 11am should any former pupils or teachers who knew her care to attend.

Many thanks

Sandra Carpenter (Previously Galashan)

Thanks for letting us know Sandra. Mrs Allan was not a big lady but she had a big heart and a big personality. She had tremendous spirit and resilience and will be missed by those of us who knew her and remember her so well. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.                                          N. McI 12.5.2011


  REUNION FOR PUPILS WHO STARTED AT KA AUG. 1991 - TAKES PLACE 14th MAY - CLICK HERE


 S5/S6 SQA EXAMS ARE ALMOST UPON US!

 With S5/S6 SQA exams starting this week, it's worth remembering the  Raising Attainment Working Group's advice to parents on how they
 can help their children as they revise for examinations and the benefits  of a detailed revision schedule. To view the SQA timetable click here.

 The following sections of KA Web also provide guidance and support:
English Higher/Int. 2 Study Guide    
Helping your child to Revise at Home  


 S1 PUPILS AT KELVINGROVE

S1 pupils learned about Scottish identity today on their visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. In the pictures the pupils are being shown how to make traditional Scottish dress from a length of tartan fabric. The outfit had to have two pockets, a rucksack and be able to transform into a sleeping bag.
                                                                                                                                                         Report and photos by Mr Ramsay 10.5.2011



S4 SQA EXAMS HAVE STARTED ....BE ON TIME & BE PREPARED!  5.5.2011



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE was born on 8 January 1937 in  Cardiff, Wales. She is a singer who has continued a successful  worldwide career. She is best known for recording the theme songs to  the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds are Forever (1971),  and Moonraker (1979).

 She was the last child of Eliza Jane and Henry Bassey. She is of  paternal Nigerian and maternal English heritage
. Read on here. (Thanks again to Mr Sutton for providing this series for KA Web.          11.5.2011

                      TO VIEW MORE OF OUR 'ENTERPRISING PEOPLE' SERIES CLICK HERE                   




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Mon. 9th May 2011 

swither

  1. (verb)  to be in an uncertain state, or to be undecided about something
  2. (noun)  a state of indecision
  3. (noun)  a swirl or flurry of snow or rain

History: C16th Scots: probably from Norwegian svidra, meaning to move about restlessly, or to sway to and fro.         

Example: Whilst my mate was swithering over which of the last two cakes to choose, I swiped them both!

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


ARTIST HELEN FLOCKHART GETS IN TOUCH WITH KA WEB

Famous former pupil and artist Helen Flockhart got in touch with KA Web recently and supplied us with top quality photos of her work, for display on the school website. Helen now has her own website www.helenflockhart.com which has many more images of her work, all the latest news and an up-to-date CV detailing some of the many impressive achievements in her career so far. For me, one of the highlights of Helen’s website is the section where she gives an honest and fascinating insight into how she approaches her work.

Helen has a forthcoming solo exhibition of new paintings Monday 24 October - to Saturday 19 November 2011, at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London. Our sincere thanks to Helen for supplying the pictures below which are copyright of the artist. To view Helen's KA page click here.                                
                                                                                                                                                               N. McI 2.5.2011


SOME MEMORIES OF LAST WEEK'S SUNSHINE....



DEATH OF CHRISTINA ASLI

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Christina Asli, a former member of our Music Department. In recent years Christina had been working at Grange Academy. The statement below was issued by Fred Wildridge, the Head Teacher of Grange Academy, on 3rd May 2011:

"It is with great sadness that I have to inform parents of the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs Christina Asli at the weekend. Mrs Asli was a member of the Music and Drama department in Grange Academy and was well known throughout Grange Campus for her willingness to involve herself with all aspects of education. Pupils who have been taught by Mrs Asli will remember her as an enthusiastic and original teacher, a real character, who was truly motivational and inspirational to staff and pupils alike. She will be sadly missed by the entire school community. On behalf of the school, I have extended our sympathies to Mrs Asli’s family."
                                                                                                                                                                     4.5.2011 




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Tues. 3rd May 2011 

referendum

  1. (noun)  the submission of an issue of public importance to a direct vote of the electorate
  2. (noun)  a poll of the members of a club, society, organization or union to determine their views on a particular matter
  3. (noun)  a note or letter from a diplomatic official (usually overseas) to his government, asking for instructions

 History: C19th: from Latin referens, from referre, to refer back        
 Example:  A referendum for the members of the Turkey Society showed  that most agreed that abolishing Christmas was an excellent idea.

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


1st MAY IN SUNNY YORK                                                                                                   3.5.2011




 AN ENTERPRISING PERSON

 This week's Enterprising Person was the fourth out of eleven children,  and the second son who became a very famous architect and designer.  His style blended art nouveau and celtic traditionalism. He designed the  Glasgow School of Art (pictured left) and in 1906 he was the architect  for Scotland Street School, which would become his last major  architectural commission. He lived most of his life in Glasgow although  moved in 1923 to the south of France, as Port Vendres was a  comparably cheaper location in which to live. Read on here.      2.5.2011


April 2011

RONALD McWHIRTER SENDS US SOME GREAT OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

Hi
 
I have just found the Kilmarnock Academy site which is very interesting. I attended KA from 1936-48 and I have three old school photos that you might be interested in adding to the site. From the earliest I am still in touch with Woodrow Craig 3rd left back row and Billy Masson 1st left 2nd top row. I am next to Billy Masson 2nd left. Everyone in that photo will be 80 or 80 this year. Both these guys are in the photo of 1943. In the 1947 photo I regularly see George Horspool 2nd back row 3rd left and recently Gordon Scutcher back row 2nd Right.
 
Perhaps if some of the people in these photos see them it would be interesting to know who was still alive and kicking.
 
I have been retired for almost 22 years from being a Knitwear Manufacturer and live in Alloway
 
Ronald M McWhirter

Kilmarnock Academy Primary 1937
Kilmarnock Academy 1st year 1943
Kilmarnock Academy 1946

PS - ABOUT EDGAR D WILSON

I have just noticed on the site a recent message from Edgar D Wilson his original message showed a different period at KA he was in fact in my class and is in the photo I have sent for 1947 and is in the third back row third from the right.
 
He mentions Jim Gilmour who lives round the corner from me in Alloway, he is slightly older than us.
 
If Edgar wishes to get in touch with me then I will be pleased to give him my e-mail address.


Ronald M McWhirter  




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                  Tues. 26th April 2011 

wreck

  1. (verb)    to involve or suffer disaster or destruction
  2. (tr verb) to cause the wreck of something (or someone)
  3. (noun)    the accidental destruction of a ship
  4. (noun)    a person or thing that has suffered ruin or dilapidation

 History: C13th: from Scandanavian  rek, meaning broken

 Example: Alison Walkinshaw on the morning of 26 April 2011, after  Casey’s 18th birthday party the day before!

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


      HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT EASTER!

    REMEMBER WE ARE OFF THIS FRIDAY FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING!



 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                  Wed. 20th April 2011 

maundy

 (noun)  Christianity the ceremonial washing of the feet of poor persons  in commemoration of Jesus’ washing of his disciples' feet (John
 13:4-34), re-enacted in some churches on Maundy Thursday (the day  before Good Friday)

 Maundy money - specially minted coins (values: 1p, 2p, 3p & 4p)  distributed by the British sovereign on Maundy Thursday: the number  given corresponds to the years of the monarch’s reign.

 History:
C13: from old French mandé, something commanded, from  Latin mandatum, commandment.

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


SQA EXAMS START SOON SO KEEP STUDYING!


 CADET CORPS PIPE BAND

 Hello, I recently re-discovered this old photograph in which my (very  young!) father is pictured with the Kilmarnock Academy Cadet Corps  Pipe Band.  I don't know the exact date of the photograph but, as my  father Hugh Knox was born in 1913 and looks to be around 13 or 14yrs  in the photograph, must have been taken around 1925/26.  My father  is, sadly, no longer with us but I thought you may like the picture for  your archives.

 Best wishes to all in Kilmarnock!
Janet Greenstreet  (click pic)   18.4.2011



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON - LULU

 Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie on 3  November 1948 in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire), best known by  her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish Singer-songwriter, actress, and  television personality who has been successful in the entertainment  business from the 1960s through to the present day.

 Lulu grew up in Dennistoun,Glasgow. She shot to fame at the age of  fifteen with her version of The Isley Brothers "Shout", delivered in a  raucous and extraordinarily mature voice. Read on here.          18.4.2011

  SCHOOL REUNION FOR PUPILS WHO STARTED AT KA IN AUGUST 1991 - FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE


March 2011




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                  Mon. 28th March 2011 

squirrel

  • (noun)  any arboreal sciurine rodent of the genus Sciurus, having a bushy tail and feeding on nuts, seeds etc
  • (noun)  the fur of any such animal
  • (noun)  informally, a person who hoards things
  • (verb)   (usually followed by “away”) to store for future use, or to hoard

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


 S1 HEALTH DAY - 23rd MARCH                                                                                                                  23.3.2011




 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 Muhammad Ali is regarded by many as the greatest sportsman of the  twentieth century. Originally named Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. he was  born on January 17, 1942. Ali changed his name after joining the Nation  of Islam in 1964.

 His fights with Joe Frazier and George Foreman are among the greatest  sporting contests of our time. To find out more click here. To read  Hugh McIlvanney's account of Ali versus George Foreman click here.                                                                                                      N.McI  23.3.2011

                      TO VIEW MORE OF OUR 'ENTERPRISING PEOPLE' SERIES CLICK HERE                   



 JAPAN EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

 The pupils and staff of Kilmarnock Academy have been busy raising  money for the Red Cross appeal to help Japan. Despite this coming in  the same week as Comic Relief Day,  the pupils pictured - Amy  Lambert, Carly Morrison, Katriona Thomas & Jordan Ferris - managed to  collect £330.00 to help with Japan's efforts to recover from the recent  earthquake and tsunami. Also pictured are two members of staff, Mr  King & Mr Campbell, who helped with the counting, administration and  banking of the money.
                                                                                                                                       Report by Stephen King 22.3.2011




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                  Tues. 22nd March 2011 

gutties

  1. (noun, pleural) a pair of plimsolls, trainers or other footwear used for gym work.

 Example: “Ma! I need a new pair o’ gutties! The cat’s been sick in  these…”

 History: Early 20th century West Central & South-west Scottish: from  “gutta percha”, a type of naturally occurring rubber used to make soles  of shoes. (from Malay getah, meaning gum, and percha, the type of  tree that produces it)

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.
                      Mr S. King

RED NOSE DAY

Friday 18th March was Red Nose Day.  A range of activities and sponsored challenges raised a handsome sum for charity. To all those who were involved - well done!

 JAPAN EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

 
Due to recent natural disasters in Japan the country needs help.   Fortunately the Red Cross has created an appeal.  Together with the  pupil council and 6th year prefects we are looking for donations for  this cause. Pupils will be visiting classes and will be at the reception  area at break  and lunchtime.  Please donate, as every little helps. 
 
 Thank you
.

 The Pupil Council                                                                            15.3.2011


 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON - QUEEN PHILLIPPA

 Philippa, England's first black queen, was the daughter of William of  Hainault, a lord in part of what is now Belgium. When she was nine the  King of England, Edward II, decided that he would marry his son to her,  and sent one of his bishops, a Bishop Stapeldon, to look at her. His  description was:
        "The lady whom we saw has not uncomely hair, betwixt blue,  black and brown. Her head is clean shaped; her forehead high and  broad, and standing somewhat forward..." To find out more about  Queen Phillippa click here.                                                      N.McI  15.3.2011



 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                  Tues. 15th March 2011 

dystopia

 (noun) an imaginary place where everything is as bad as it could           possibly be.                                                                              

 Examples: Gillian Philip’s book “Bad Faith” has been described as a  “sinister dystopian satire”.        

 History: 19th century: First used by John Stuart Mill (1806-73), English  philosopher & economist). From Greek dys – (meaning difficult or  unfavourable) + utopia (first used by Sir Thomas More in 1516 to  describe a perfect society)

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.
                      Mr S. King


 WELL DONE GREGOR!

 Following his recent successes in the school and district Rotary Club  Young Musician competitions, Gregor Keachie won the regional final held  at Williamwood High School in Glasgow on the 10th March 2011.

 Congratulations to Gregor who is pictured on the left with Mr Ayre and  Mr Ramsay. To find out more about Gregor's success click here.
                                                                                    D.Ramsay  11.3.2011

 THE ' ART IN A BUS' GALLERY VISITED K.A. THIS WEEK                          Pictures by Vanessa and Maxine, S5   11.3.2011



EDGAR D. WILSON SAYS 'HI!' FROM ARKANSAS, USA.

I've just been looking at your website again and am truly impressed with the span of years covered by the school, the many, many teachers who have come and gone and so many students. What a history!

When I first reported in 2008 I inserted my years at the school as being 1944-48. In fact that is wrong, my mistake. I left the school in 1948 and probably entered in either 1943 or '44. Not that it matters so much. I was just thrilled to see a 'photo of R.D.A. (Dougie) Willock as holder of the Turner Cup and especially a later picture of him returning to the school. 

I still reside in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, USA  but expect to visit Scotland in May of this year. I shall stay with my brother in Cardross and will only be in Scotland for perhaps 10 days. During that time I fully intend to visit Kilmarnock and nearby places of my youth and would love  also to pay a visit to the school. Don't know if I'll still manage the "Sturrock Steps" but I'll try.

I read an insert from Dr. Jas. Gilmour who appears to be about my vintage and who gives his address in Ayr as, 29 Doonholm Rd. Dr. Gimour indicates he has some "cadet pictures" and I wonder if he might have the one taken by a reporter/photographer of the Sunderland Echo of the Cadet Pipe Band de-training at East Bolden Railway station for annual camp. I've been trying to replace that picture for years without success.

It's always a great experience for me to reflect back to those happiest of days and am only sorry  not to have found more of my contemporaries.

With many thanks for your continued efforts at the school,

Sincerely,

Edgar D Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                         8.3.2011


MURDER IN THE LIBRARY, WEEK 3 - TO WORK OUT WHO THE MURDERER IS CLICK HERE.




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Tues. 8th March 2011 

hootenanny

  1. (noun) an American colloquialism to refer to anything you’ve forgotten the name of (like thingamajig or whatchamacallit)
  2. (noun) an informal performance of folk music
  3. (noun) a meeting of various departments within an organisation to focus minds and solve a particular problem
  4. (noun) the annual (since 1993) hogmanay TV music programme presented by Jools Holland

 History: 20th century American: origin unknown.

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.
                      Mr S. King


MIDGE URE AT THE PALACE THEATRE - REPORT BY HAZEL KERR, S6

One man, one mic, one guitar, and he still stole the show with the basic needs that even a young musician uses. Midge Ure, a man before my time, performed an outstanding concert at the Palace Theatre on Sunday 27th February. He may not have as much hair as he did before, but who needs hair when you have skill on a guitar like he has!

Yes, I am only seventeen, but my brother and I chipped in to get tickets for my Mum’s birthday to see Midge perform. I thought I got the short straw when I had to take my mum and her friends to see him. I was wrong. He performed songs of his own, covers of songs, and songs that he wrote and never performed before, but yes Vienna was played. A classic, I know!

I can also report that the rumours are true - he and his band mates are getting back together. Ask me who they are? Just some old friends rocking out like they did in the old days.

Fifteen quid well spent in my case, even if I am too young, everyone enjoys a bit of real music!
                                                                                                                                                                         4.3.2011


MIDGE URE AT THE PALACE THEATRE

One man, one guitar, one echo / reverb box and that wonderful distinctive voice. That's all Midge Ure needed to fill the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock, last Sunday night (27th Feb).

Yes, the pencil moustache and the razor sharp sideburns are long gone in fact all the hairs gone but this guy still knows how to put a song over. From Ultravox classics like Love's Great Adventure and Reap The Wild Wind, to his huge solo hit If I was, Midge showed that all the production, synths and amplification aren't really required if the base material is so good.

But this wasn't just about showing off his back catalogue. Beautiful interpretations of other people's standards, from Peter Green's Man of the World to Bowie's Lady Stardust, showed that Midge really understands the craft not only of songwriting, but of interpretation as well.

Did he play Vienna? Yes, of course he did. Then, he introduced a track as Mine I wrote it, but never really played on it myself, it took off around the world and took on a life of its own. But it is mine! We all nudged each other and waited for the haunting first line Its Christmas time… but oh no, hes tricking us. Id forgotten that he wrote Visage's hit Fade to Grey.

The really good news? After their reunion Return to Eden tour of 2009, the four original members of Ultravox are recording a new album.

Were we Dancing with Tears in our Eyes? We're all a bit too old for that now but there were certainly a few tears when he played his 1982 hit No Regrets.

Midge's tag line is Keep It Live . He admitted that he'd been away from Kilmarnock for far too long. At the ridiculously low price of £15 a ticket, he could do as many live shows as he wants - I'd always be back for more.                                                                                                                           Report by Stephen King 2.3.2011


MURDER IN THE LIBRARY, WEEK 2 - TO WORK OUT HOW THE DEED WAS DONE CLICK HERE.




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                   Wed. 2nd March 2011 

rockoon

 (noun)  a rocket carrying scientific equipment for studying the earth’s  upper atmosphere, fired from a balloon at high altitude.

 History: 20th century, from rocket + balloon

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.
                      Mr S. King



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 
This week's enterprising person was the creator of the most famous  detective of all - more dapper than Colombo, more methodical than Jim  Rockford and more enduring than Eddie Shoestring (who?). There have  been many films and TV series made featuring this detective including  The Case of the Screaming Bishop, The Crucifier of Blood, The Masks  of Death and, most famous of all, The Hound of the Baskervilles - that  last one was a real giveaway. Elementary stuff! Now you know who the  detective is, you can find out a bit about the man who created him by  simply clicking here.                                                                N.McI  1.3.2011

TO VIEW S4, S5 & S6 SUPPORTED STUDY TIMES CLICK HERE.


GO4SET SCIENCE CHALLENGE

 Congratulations to Alanis Brydon, Cailin McKie, Zoe Caldwell and Sarah Clark (2B) for winning the regional  final of the GO4SET science and technology challenge.  The team worked very hard at lunchtimes and after  school to design an Eco friendly classroom to present to a panel of judges representing several businesses  in Ayrshire. The girls have won £250 for the school and a silver CREST science award for themselves.   Kilmarnock Academy came first out of 14 other teams from different schools across Ayrshire.  Many thanks  to Mr Thomson, Mrs Crosbie, Mr Campbell and Miss Snodgrass for their help with the project. Mrs Johnstone

 Many thanks particularly to Mrs Johnstone for her hard work with the team. (Mrs Ford)




February 2011

S2 PARENTS' AFTERNOON TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY 22nd, FROM 4.30PM TILL 7.00PM




REMINDERS....                                                                            22.02.11.

S5 PSE (Mr Richardson)
All S6 pupils note that the PSE period now moves to Friday’s period 2.  You must register first before attending Talks in the Assembly Hall.
N.B. Mrs C Stewart’s class now to Mrs Ogg
         Mrs Hoog’s class not to Mrs Macfarlane
         Mrs Johnstone’s class now to Mrs Hollywood.


SQA past papers on CD (Mrs Hamilton)

S4 SQA Past Papers CDs – The S3 Enterprise classes have completed copying these. The CDs have been passed to register teachers or PSE teachers. If you have not received a CD or your CD is not working, see Mrs Hamilton and she will  organise a replacement.
S5SQA Past Papers – These are about to be copied and the CDs will be passed to S5/6 pupils as soon as possible.


For more details and announcements click here.




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK             Tues. 22nd February 2011 

reprieve

  1. (verb)   to postpone or remit a punishment
  2. (verb)   to give temporary relief
  3. (noun)  a postponement or remission of a punishment
  4. (noun)  a warrant granting a postponement

 History: 16th century, from old French repris, meaning something  taken back, from Latin reprehendere
 Example: “A one week reprieve on my chemistry homework? As if that  will make any difference!”

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.
                      Mr S. King



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 
Comedienne, raconteur and entertainer, Dorothy Paul was born in  Dennistoun (Glasgow) in 1937 as Dorothy Pollock. She is best known for  her stage shows, often at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow. Other  notable roles include playing Magrit in the television version of The  Steamie. Like many leading figures in the Scottish acting community,  she has appeared in Taggart and has also had guest appearances in  Still Game.

 To find out more about her simply Click here.                        N.McI  21.2.2011


 THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY

 
Murder! Over the holidays, someone has been murdered in the library –  can you follow the clues and find out who it is?

 Over the next three weeks, sets of clues will be issued to find out who  has been murdered, by what method, and who the guilty party is. Come  and see Chief Inspector King, who will issue you with investigation  sheets – and all answers will be found within the LRC, if your detection  skills are up to it! At the end of the investigation, the names of  everyone who has solved all three sets of clues will go into a  deerstalker hat – the winner will be “sorted” and receive a prize. To  start solving the case click here.                            Stephen King   21.2.2011


                       HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT MID-TERM HOLIDAY!

                          Pupils returned to school at 8.55 am today, Monday 21 February.
                                                


HMIE INSPECTION ENDED THURSDAY 10th - WE HOPE THE INSPECTORS ENJOYED THEIR VISIT TO K.A.


BLUE SKIES OVER KILMARNOCK

With the worst of the winter weather hopefully behind us, it was good for the soul to see some sunshine and blue skies over Kilmarnock today. It was also nice to see Mrs Kulma, formerly of our History Department, who was in a cheerful mood as she made the most of the mild weather and went for a stroll along London Road.                                                                                                                                 N.McI  10.2.2011




 ENGLISH DEPARTMENT INSPECTED

 During the inspection of the English Department earlier this week, Ms  Fullerton had the opportunity to show her first year class's Timeline of  the life of Robert Burns to HMIe Julie Bones. Throughout the three day  visit, our English staff made the most of the opportunity to exchange  ideas with someone who works in a different part of the country and  Julie, who teaches in Midlothian, enjoyed her time in the Department.

 A funny coincidence: it turned out that Julie is related on her mother's  side to Lorraine Fullbrook MP (see below).
                      N.McI  10.2.2011


 FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

 Thanks to Mrs M Campbell from Newcastle-u-Lyme for getting in touch  to let us know about another famous KA former pupil, Lorraine Fullbrook,  who is MP for South Ribble. Lorraine Campbell, as she was then, lived in  Woodlands Grove near the Dean Castle Country Park. She spent her  first four years of
secondary education at Kilmarnock Academy in the  early 1970's.
 Lorraine, who has enjoyed a long and successful career in business,  regained South Ribble for the Conservatives in 2010, after 13 years as  a Labour seat.                                                           N.McI  10.2.2011

HOLIDAY WEEK (Mrs Ford)

Next week is the mid-term holiday week for pupils.  School closes at 3.30 pm on Friday 11 February and re-opens at 8.55 am on Monday 21 February.  Have a great holiday and come back ready to work hard in the school.


SOME FAMILIAR FACES.....

It was good to catch up with some former members of our English Department on Tuesday. Mrs Sutherland (Miss Culverhouse), Mrs Fulton, Mr Dickson, Mr Dowie and Ms McCollum were in town to have a spot of lunch and a long blether - as you do when you are retired and don't have to rush back to school to take a class. As you can see from the photos, the only stress they are under these days is having to decide whether to have the cheese cake or the trifle. They were joined by Ms Fullerton and Mr McIlvanney (who did have to rush back to school to take a class).





 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                Mon. 7th February 2011 

banalities

 (noun)  boring, humdrum, commonplace events or occurrences –  anything that is routine and not out of the ordinary.

 History: 18th century, from old French ban, relating to compulsory  feudal service, hence common to all. 

 Example: “Our teacher came out with the usual boring banalities about  homework, preparation, attentiveness, knowing the rules, etc…then his  mobile rang and he swore. Loudly!”


 To view previous Words of the Week click here.
                      Mr S. King



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 It is quite appropriate - in the wake of the weekend's Superbowl and all  of the uniquely American razzmatazz surrounding it - that this week's  enterprising person is Barack Obama, forty-fourth President of the  United States of America
. Now here's a bit of a challenge for a Monday  morning: how many of the other forty-three can you name? To check  your answers click here.

 To find out what makes Barack Obama a truly enterprising person,  simply Click here.                                                          N.McI  7.2.2011

 KEVIN SHEPHERD'S MEMORIES OF K.A.

My name is Kevin Shepherd. I was at the Kilmarnock Academy between 1979 & 1983. I have memories of teachers like Mr Kerr, Mr Bone, Mr Park (all PE teachers) as well as Mr Donnelly the rector who used to keep his belt on his shoulder (ouch ) also Mr Herbert & Mr Dickson. I had Alex Ferguson as a music teacher and he was a hoot.
 
Unfortunately I never stuck in at school so have no qualifications or have done anything exciting with my life. It is times like these when I sit in the chair and think about what could have been if only I had stuck in and never plunked the school. What I do have in my favour are my kids Chloe 8, Sophie 6 & Jennifer my wife who is the smarty pants with her uni degree - she has the letters BSc after her name.
 
The website is really cool. Keep up the great work
 
Many thanks for taking the time to read this and if anyone does remember me I can be contacted by e-mail kevin.shepherd@hotmail.co.uk
 
Regards Kevin                                                                                                                               5.2.2011


WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME THE HMIE TEAM TO KILMARNOCK ACADEMY.


HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD WEEKEND


HMIE VISIT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

On Friday 4th February, we welcomed HMIE to Kilmarnock Academy. The advance party consisted of Hakim Din and Jim Bruce, who will lead the inspection and will be joined by the rest of their team on Monday 7th February. The main inspection will last until Thursday. In addition to having meetings throughout the day with our Senior Management Team, both inspectors addressed staff during the lunch break to give an outline of what is involved in the inspection process and to give staff an opportunity to ask any questions.
                                                                                                                                             N.McI 4.2.2011



 S5 & S6 PRELIMS STARTED WEDNESDAY 2.2.11.      BE PREPARED AND BE ON TIME.




REMINDER....                                                                            02.02.11.

School inspection (Mrs Ford)
This is the final reminder that the school will be inspected from Friday 4 February until Thursday 10 February.  Please make sure that your behaviour and effort in classes, and in corridors, match our expectations.  Every aspect of the school will be inspected including things like cleaning and the Metro, so make sure you do not drop litter and use the Metro at lunchtime if you possibly can.


For more details and announcements click here.




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                Wed. 2nd February 2011 

redeploy

 (verb)  to assign or redistribute new positions or tasks to people,  troops, equipment, etc. Commonly used in military tactics.

 History: 18th century, from French déployer, originally Latin displicare,  meaning to unfold. 

 Example:  “Mrs Thomson redeployed a pile of old, unused dictionaries  to p
rop her desk up when a leg came off!”
                                                                                                       Mr S. King


IN SEARCH OF THE LATE JOHN ALLARDYCE

Dear Mrs Ford, my daughter, Victoria is currently undertaking a project entitled A Soldier of the Great War, and has chosen to research the war service of her Great-grandfather, John Allardyce, who served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and later the Cameron Highlanders. On your website, she has come across an obituary for former pupil, Private Hugh Paton, R.S.F. In the obituary it states that Private Paton left school to take up employment in the Post Office, and joined-up in May 1916. Victoria's Great-grandfather worked at the Post Office, prior to his enlistment also in May of this year. At the time of enlistment, John's occupation is given as Letter Carrier, and his address, 24 Kelk Place Kilmarnock. John survived the war and later in his career became Postmaster at Irvine, before his death in 1956, which was attributed in part to being gassed during his time of service. As Victoria and her older sister both attend senior school, I appreciate just how busy staff are, but wondered if someone might be able to take a look in your archives to see if John was ever a pupil at your school. Even if John did not attend Kilmarnock Academy though, Private Paton is someone he surely knew, and without your excellent website we would never have made this connection.

Regards, Kate McCorriston (Mrs)

(Mrs Ford has replied to Kate and Mr King is searching our archives.)                                       N.McI 2.2.2011


 S4 PARENTS' AFTERNOON TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY 1st FEBRUARY, FROM 4.30 TILL 7.00pm



 KILMARNOCK CONCERT BRASS IN ITS FORTIETH YEAR

 
Kilmarnock Concert Brass was formed, as Kilmarnock Youth Band, by conductor Andrew Keachie in April  1970 and this year band members past and present have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the  Concert Brass. As the band has included many Kilmarnock Academy pupils throughout the years, we will be  looking out some special old photographs and featuring our own tribute to the band in its fortieth year. In  the meantime, former pupils of a certain age may recognise some of the faces below from 1975 and 1978.  Click on the photos to view bigger versions.                                                                              N.McI


 GROWING UP IN THE 21ST CENTURY

 
One of Bob Dylan's most famous song titles was The times they are a  changin' and the older we get the more we become aware of that  inevitable truth. Many of us look back with fondness to the times  when we were growing up and still favour the fashions and music of  that era when we were young, adventurous and still able to walk to  the shops. We wonder how kids nowadays put up with that stuff they  call music - which is really just a noise - when we grew up listening to  the different ages and stages of Bowie, Dylan and Neil Young. Well,  Sophie Richardson of class 2D, one of our younger reporters at KA  Web, has written a piece on growing up in these modern times and,  according to Sophie, while it isn't all good, it certainly isn't all bad. To  read her report click here.                                                     N.McI

January 2011



REMEMBERING

JORDAN ROBERTSON

8th JUNE 1993 - 22nd JANUARY 2011

WHOSE FUNERAL TOOK PLACE TUESDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2011

"FOREVER YOUNG....FOREVER IN THE HEART OF MEMORY"
 



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 This week's enterprising person
was born on 19 August 1883 in the  small city of Saumur, Loire Valley, France. The second daughter of  travelling salesman, she opened up her first shop in 1913 selling a range  of fashionable raincoats and jackets. Despite the fact that she died  forty years ago, her name is still instantly recognizable today.
 Click here to find out who she is.
 Thanks again to Mr Sutton - who has now moved on from Kilmarnock  Academy - for providing this fine series for KA Web. We wish him 'Good  Luck' in his future enterprises.                                      N.McI 31.1.2011

ASSEMBLY WEEK - STARTS MONDAY 31st JANUARY  

The assembly hall will be laid out with exam desks from Tuesday. Assembly will be held period 1, Monday to Friday of this week, as detailed below.

Mon S4 - Ass. Hall     Tue S5/6 - Dining Hall     Wed S2 - Din. Hall    Thurs S3 - Din. Hall    Fri S1 - Din. Hall



HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD WEEKEND....BACK TO BUSINESS!


        MR McILVANNEY'S PUPILS - CHECK THE NOTICEBOARD ON YOUR CLASS'S PAGE.            N.McI 31.1.2011


 DISCOVERING AND CAPTURING YOUR MUSICAL SIDE

 
Nowadays, Composing and Recording form a big part of the Standard  Grade and Higher Music courses. This KA Web feature on Home  Recording is, in the first instance, aimed at providing pupils with a  basic understanding of some of the processes and techniques involved  in recording music. The other reason for this feature is to encourage  any of you out there with an interest in music to discover and explore  your musically creative side and to let you see that recording your own  music is not only satisfying but a lot simpler than you might think. To  read part one, An Introduction to MIDI, just click here.         N.McI 27.1.2011

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE IN THE LRC                                                                         N.McI 27.1.2011



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 GOLDBERRY MAGAZINES FOR 1980 AND 1981

 Hi.

 I recently found the above copies of the Goldberry magazine in a box 
 along with a few old school photographs (prefects, football team etc) 
 and was wondering if you would be interested in them.They are in  quite good condition considering they are 30 years old - wish I was in  such good condition after 30 years!!

 If you are interested I can post them down to the school.

 Past Pupil, Alistair Millar (1975-81)
   

 Hi Alistair,

 Thanks for getting in touch. We accept your kind offer of old school  magazines - I'm looking forward to reading them. They will be added to  our archive which, at some point, will be put online as part of the  school website. Thanks again.

 Neil McIlvanney, KA Web                                                        26.1.2011

JORDAN ROBERTSON

It is with great sadness that I have to report the sudden and unexpected death of former pupil Jordan Robertson. Jordan, who left school at the end of his fourth year, would have been in sixth year now. In his time at Kilmarnock Academy, Jordan showed that he had genuine ability and considerable potential. It is a real tragedy that his young life has been cut short and that the potential he possessed will never be realised. He will be sadly missed by his friends at the school.

Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     N.McI 23.1.2011



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 This week's enterprising person was
born on 6 August 1881 at a farm  near Darvel in East Ayrshire, Scotland. He was the third of four children,  went to Loudoun Moor School and Darvel School, and then for two  years to Kilmarnock Academy.

 He has had a bigger influence on our health and well-being than just  about anyone you care to imagine. Click here  to find out who he is.                                                                                     N.McI 24.1.2011

 CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE NATALIE!
              

 
Fourth year pupil, Natalie Nicol, has been chosen to represent Scotland  at the European Karate Championships in Serbia next month. Natalie, a  member of Sakai Karate Club, starts her training at 6.30am on school  days when most of us are still in bed. She started karate when she was  eight and is coached by the talented and experienced David and Kris  Coulter, both legends in the sport having won many championships at  national and international level. Before heading to Serbia on the 9th  February, Natalie has a warm-up fight in Manchester on the 30th  January. Go for it Natalie! We wish you luck.                                N.McI 22.1.2011



 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK                Mon. 24th January 2011 

defenestration

 (noun)  the act of throwing someone or something out of a window  (usually with malicious intent)

 History: 17th century, from Latin de + fenestra, = window

 Note: Many political conflicts and wars have seen defenestrations –  for instance, Prague 1419 & 1618. In 1203 it is reported that King John  of England murdered his nephew, Arthur of Brittany, by  defenestration. In Warsaw, Poland, in 1863, Russian troops  defenestrated the composer Chopin’s piano. Luckily, he wasn’t playing  it at the time.

 Example: “I wasn’t too happy when my best mate defenestrated my  school bag just for laughing at his new haircut.”

To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King


TO VIEW OUR FIRST AND SECOND YEAR HONOUR ROLL CLICK HERE.


 PUT SOME DRAMA IN YOUR LIFE!

 
So many times pupils say in their Drama Critical Essay, "The play I have  read...." when it would be much better to say, "The play I have seen in  live performance....". Well, the Drama part of our English Zone makes  it easy for you to discover that culture isn't just something Mrs Ogg  grows in Biology - it's out there - in our theatres - go and get some!  (NB Most theatres don't "do" popcorn but they generally "do" ice  cream and sweeties.) To find out more about what's on at Scottish  Theatres click here.
                                                                                           N.McI 20.1.2011

JACK CONNELLY SAYS 'HI!' FROM ONTARIO, CANADA.

My name is Jack Connelly, I have lived in Ontario Canada for the past 45 years. I Googled Kilmarnock Academy and came across your excellent web site.

I attended KA from 1952-1955 as did my wife. Her maiden name is Nan Bryson. We are both retired now and travel is what we like to do.

In May this year (2011) we will be sailing from Fort Lauderdale in Florida on a trans Atlantic cruise. We left Scotland on the Empress of England in 1966 sailing from Greenock and in fact the ship we will sail to the UK on will dock in Greenock as one of our ports, so this has special meaning for both of us since we will be celebrating 50 years of marriage. We have talked about class reunions at KA and thought it would be fantastic if one happened for our time.

Looks like the reunions I see on the web site are for pupils who could be our grand kids. Good on them.

For any of my old class mates or indeed my wife's classmates my e mail is as follows: scone@rogers.com

Wishing our old school all the best for 2011 and the future.

Jack Connelly                                                                                                                                                                         18.1.2011






REMINDERS....                                                                            19.01.11.

School Inspection (Mrs Ford)
The school is to be inspected in the week beginning Monday 7 February.  In advance of the inspection we have been asked to complete questionnaires by a random sample of pupils and parents.  So some of you will complete a pupil questionnaire, some a parental questionnaire, some will do both and some will do neither.  There will be further information regarding the inspection in due course.


Use of phones in Metro (Mrs Ford)
Following discussions it had been agreed that pupils will be allowed to use phones in the Metro.  We do not anticipate that this will cause any difficulty but if it does then we will think again.  Remember that it is rude to talk on the phone when you are eating with others.


For more details and events click here.




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK              Mon. 17th January 2011 

fankle

  1. (verb)   to entangle, snare or trap
  2. (noun)  a tangle or confusion
  3. (verb)   to move the feet or hands uncertainly, or to stumble

 History: 17th century Scottish: from fank, a coil of rope

 Example:  “Mr Sutton got himself in a bit of a fankle when I asked him  why there is only one Monopolies Commission.”

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                      Mr S. King



 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 Mr Sutton has continued his series on Enterprising People with one of  the most famous Scots of the past few years. This person owes her  success to determination, hard work, a certain musical talent and the  promotional power of the internet in general - and Youtube in  particular.  She is popular on both sides of the Atlantic and has made  many high-profile appearances on primetime TV in the USA. Click here  to find out who she is.                                                          N.McI 17.1.2011

HOPE YOU HAD A RELAXING AND ENJOYABLE WEEKEND!


 THE SUNDAY PAPERS - READ ALL ABOUT IT!

 If most of the newspapers were sold out by the time you made it to  the newsagents' today, don't worry - you can still catch up on all  the  news and headlines. Click the picture on the left to access all of  today's 'Sunday papers'. As well as getting updates on all the big news  stories, you can develop your reading skills and your knowledge.

 If you have time, you should also check out the MAGAZINE RACK where  you will be sure to find something to appeal to - or  develop - your  interests.                                                                   N McI 16.1.2011

CLASS OF 96/97 REUNION (THOSE WHO STARTED IN 1991) - UPDATE FROM NINA ANDERSON

We are all getting together for a very special night on Saturday 14th May at the Foxbar Inn, Kilmarnock. The fun begins early at 6pm and will go on right through till 1am! There will be a special website created for the evening where ex-pupils can buy their tickets through paypal - your ticket will then be posted out to you. The ticket charge is to cover the cost of music, buffet, decorations and a few surprises on the night!

There will also be a special tribute to those we have lost along the way. Teachers from our era are welcome to join us on the evening as special guests (no ticket charge!!!lol). Watch this space for website details but in the mean time you can contact organisers by email:

    Nina Anderson: redkangeroo@hotmail.com (please spell kangaroo in this way!)   or
    Andi McCann: andi@cannprint.com   or
    Gavin Lindsay: gavinlrocks@talktalk.net   or
    Steven Corbett: s.corbett@hotmail.co.uk or join the facebook group page.

Rooms at the Foxbar have been block-booked at a discount price so contact organisers if you require a room at the Inn!

Nina xx                                                                                                                                                  N.McI 14.1.2011


 TABLE TENNIS FOR STAFF AND PUPILS

 The table tennis club starts on Monday 17th January at 1.10 pm in the  Assembly Hall.  All pupils and staff are welcome to play, whether  beginners, experts or somewhere in between. 

 Some bats will be available for use but people are free to bring their  own.  Hope to see you there. 

 PS.  No food or drink in the hall please.                        Mrs Hogg 13.1.2011




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK              Wed. 12th January 2011 

tenacious

  1. (adjective)   holding or grasping firmly or forcefully
  2. (adjective)   retentive (e.g. a tenacious memory)
  3. (adjective)   stubborn or persistent (e.g. a tenacious character)
  4. (adjective)   holding together firmly; tough and adhesive

History: 16th century: from latin tenare, to hold

Example:   “Ms Fullerton is always tenacious when it comes to homework being handed in on time. I’m very tenacious that it shouldn’t be.”
 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                       Mr S. King


                        S5/S6 PARENTS' AFTERNOON TOOK PLACE ON MONDAY 10th JANUARY            N.McI 11.1.2011




HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE FIRST WEEKEND OF 2011

NOW IT'S BACK TO BUSINESS!

S5/S6 PARENTS' AFTERNOON - MONDAY 10th JANUARY, STARTING 4.30pm


TO CHECK ALL HOLIDAY DATES FOR 2011 CLICK HERE
                                                                                                                                                                  
N.McI 9.1.2011


CLASS OF 96/97 REUNION - NEWS FROM NINA ANDERSON

I have put 96/97 because some left in 5th year...but I guess officially we are class of 97! (wives, husbands and partners welcome). Nina Anderson, Steven Corbett, Gavin Lindsay and Andi McCann are organising a school reunion for this year. The date has still to be confirmed but should be May/June time.

We are looking for all pupils in our year to get in touch...and also some of our old teachers. We are especially looking for Mr McIlvanney, English teacher and Mr Kerr, PE and Guidance.

We already have a large group of us on fb who are attending - maybe 50 or more - but we don't want to miss anyone! Please email Nina on redkangeroo@hotmail.com  (and yes, pls spell kangaroo wrong, it is meant to be like that!!) or Andi on andi@cannprint.com

There will be a small charge for tickets to cover costs and we will also be making a special tribute to those pupils who are sadly no longer with us. Another post will be on here soon when we have confirmed date and venue.

xxxx Nina                                                                                                                                               N.McI 10.1.2011


NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY (& STUDY) SQA PAST PAPERS - DON'T WAIT TILL IT'S TOO LATE!    N.McI 3.1.2011



S5 & S6 PRELIMS - SUPPORTED STUDY HAS STARTED - TO VIEW TIMETABLE CLICK HERE.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
N.McI 10.1.2011


 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 Mr Sutton has continued his series on Enterprising People with a  feature on one of the greatest British songwriters of the 20th Century.  It's not David Bowie, John Lennon, Ray Davies, Elvis Costello, Kate  Bush, Roger Cook, Noel Gallagher, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, George  Michael or Elton John. But it is someone who co-wrote many songs with  one of the above and who plays a very distinctive bass, left-handed.  Click here to find out who he is.                                      N.McI 9.1.2011


 MAKE THE NEW YEAR A NEW BEGINNING

 Welcome back to school and to the challenges and opportunities that  lie ahead in 2011. Over the next few months you can start to climb the  ladder of success and secure a brighter future for yourself. It just  requires you to show real effort, drive and a determination to succeed.  Other people want you to achieve but they can't do it for you - that  responsibility lies with you. If you make the most of your time at KA  then you will enjoy the benefits of your success. If you don't, then in  ten years time you will just be one of the legion of dissatisfied adults  who say, "I wish I'd stuck in at school..." Think about it.      N.McI 5.1.2011

Ms FULLERTON'S FIRST YEAR CAN FIND OUT WHAT LIES AHEAD IN 2011 BY CLICKING HERE.



 JANETTE RESTORES CUP                                        Report by Stephen King

 Janette Weadon (nėe Shanks), Kilmarnock Academy Eric Clark Cup  winner in 1972 & 73, presents the restored trophy back to Carole  Ford, Head Teacher.

 Janette and her sister, Sandra kindly made donations to the school to  fund the restoration of this beautiful trophy. Another important  contributor was Rachael Cameron (nėe Cree), who now lives in  Singapore. The work included the removal of minor dents, the re-
 engraving of lettering, and the supply of a new plinth.

 The Eric Clark Cup for athletic competition among senior girls was first  presented in 1925, and was donated by Dr James Clark, Rector of the  Academy 1908-26. Two of the school’s other athletics trophies, the  Copland Cup for senior boys and the Turner Cup for junior boys, are  similarly in need of restoration. If any former winners of either of these  trophies would like to make a donation, please send a cheque to  Kilmarnock Academy, Elmbank Drive, Kilmarnock KA1 3BS.


DID YOU KNOW?    OUR WEBSITE NOW HAS AROUND 900 PAGES (NOT ALL AS BIG AS THIS ONE).



    FIRST DAY BACK

 The general opinion seems to be  that the holidays passed quickly  as Christmas fell on a Saturday.  However, most people didn't seem  to mind and it was good to see so  many happy smiling faces on the  first day back at school.
                                                      N.McI 6.1.2011

       CHECK THE LIBRARY TIME FOR YOUR CLASS - RETURN OVERDUE BOOKS THIS WEEK         N.McI 4.1.2011





 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK              Thurs. 6th January 2011 

epiphany

  1. (noun)  the manifestation of a supernatural or divine reality
  2. (noun)  any moment of great or sudden revelation
  3. (noun)  a Christian festival day held on 6th January, celebrating (in western churches) the visit of the three wise men to Christ, or (in the Eastern Church) the baptism of Christ.

 History: 17th century: from Greek epiphaneia, meaning an appearing

 Example:  “I had an epiphanic moment when I realized that there was  indeed a use for my book of logarithmic tables – I used it to stop my  table leg wobbling”

 NB – The three wise men were called Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar,  not Mr Kerr, Mr Ramsay & Mr Reid. I bet you didn’t know that!

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                       Mr S. King


 KA WEB CALENDAR

 Here it is - the perfect New Year gift for people who don't get any New  Year gifts. Our special KA Web calendar has all the holidays and
 in-service days marked with little coloured symbols (that's a teacher  thing) so that you can organise yourself for the year ahead. All you  have to do is click here to view the full-size calendar and then print it  out. The design is fairly colourful, crisp and functional. Laminated, it will  look 'just right' on your fridge. If you prefer, enlarged and framed, it  will look neo-classically impressive above the mantlepiece in your  lounge. All the best for 2011!                                          N.McI 4.1.2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

& ALL THE BEST FOR 2011
~
To all pupils, their families, all former pupils,

all staff, former members of staff and all friends of K.A.
~
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.1.2011


 AN INSPIRATIONAL & ENTERPRISING PERSON TO START 2011

 Mr Sutton has continued his series on Enterprising People with a  feature on Mother Teresa . Once you have read about her, you can try  the Brain Challenge (click here). Part of Mr Sutton's thinking in creating  this series for KA Web was to provide his S3 class with some extra  homework materials to help develop their English skills. At the same  time, he wanted to let pupils see how having an enterprising attitude  and a positive outlook can increase your chances of achieving success  and personal fulfilment. Thanks again to Mr Sutton.            N.McI 2.1.2011

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Be all you can be.....Improve your fitness.....Make the most of your time at school.....Get organised ..... Ask more questions.....Answer more questions.....Be prepared.....Pack your bag the night before.....Eat healthy for at least some of the time.....Drink less cola and more water.....Be punctual ..... Remember to do your homework.....Don't make up excuses .....Be honest to yourself and others ..... When you arrive at class, get your books out and quietly read over last day's work.....Develop your ability to see things from the viewpoint of others.....Be polite and courteous.....Earn respect.....Try hard all of the time.....Produce your very best work all of the time.....Read more, Facebook less.....Be selective in your TV viewing.....Get involved in a school club or team.....Help and support others.....Become a better listener ..... Use your note-taking skills more in class ..... Treat others the way you would like to be treated .....  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  N. McI 31.12.2010




December 2010


 THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADITION

 Both Christmas and New Year are steeped in tradition and provide us  with a series of memorable markers in our lives. While the world around  us is changing rapidly, history and tradition help to provide us with  stability and continuity, reminding us of who we are and where we  come from. Below is an account of a Christmas Eve service in  Kilmarnock in 1907, written by LG, who was a K A pupil at the time. The  content of his report shows that some things have changed little over  the past hundred years - although hopefully we display a bit more joy  and festive spirit nowadays.                                        N.McI. 31.12.2010

MASS ON CHRISTMAS EVE 1907

Slowly the heavy bell tolls, thundering through the almost deserted streets its message of the speedy approach of Christmas, and announcing the immediate commencement of the ceremony which in every Catholic church celebrates the dawn of Christ's natal day. With many others, most, no doubt, genuine followers of the " True Church," we step through the gloomy porch into the great building itself and, heeding not the holy water, seat ourselves beneath the star-painted dome rising high above. At the far end, draped in white, stands the sacred altar. On it are placed many tall candles, and overhead two incense-bearing censers hang. Except the occasional clink of money scarce a sound is heard.
Suddenly, so suddenly that many taken unawares start surprisedly, an organ peals forth in a loud triumphant, almost blaring strain. Then changing to a gentler, soothing key the music slowly dies away. All again is silent.

Now the priests appear, and when the candles are lighted, take their stand round the altar. One steps up by himself, and in a loud, clear, voice exclaims, Dominus vobiscum ; et cum spiritu tuo sing back the choir in answer. The priest continues intoning the mass in a monotonous sing-song and, having no breviary, I find myself unable to follow. At peculiarly sacred passages the whole assembly kneels in prayer for a few minutes, while the priests wave censers above the altar, and the sweet, heavy smell of incense steals over the church.

First mass concluded, a young priest, preceded by two candle bearers, carries a golden crucifix round the altar. Behind him follow the acolytes and novices, ranging from four to six feet. Three priests (two short and fat, one tall and ascetic), clad in yellow brown robes, walking with religiously downcast eyes, bring the procession to a close.

Twice the whole ceremony is repeated, with only one interval when the tall priest makes a short Christmas address, mainly a plea for the poor. The choir then sings an Agnus Dei, slowly we file out into the cold night air, wish each other a " Merry Xmas," and hasten homeward.

L.G.

from The Goldberry (Kilmarnock Academy School Magazine) March 1908.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             31.12.2010


 SOME HANDY CHRISTMAS ECO-TIPS FROM Ms FULLERTON

 Ms Fullerton, who is the longest-serving member of our English  Department, has forwarded me some Christmas tips to share with all  the surfers visiting KA Web:  

 "Remember not to throw away your Christmas Cards when you are  taking down all your decorations: various charities can recycle them to  raise funds. Many shops (and our own Local Council) arrange  collections. (To read on and get more tips click here.)
 


 A QUIZ TO DRIVE YOU 'CRACKERS'

 Last year, Christmas cracker firm Swantex dropped dozens of jokes,  including mother-in-law gags and references to animal cruelty, in  favour of more ‘politically correct’ alternatives.  However, the  Christmas cracker joke is still going strong and every year at the  Christmas dinner table, there is always someone who impresses those  present with an ability to answer questions such as 'Why does Santa  have three gardens?' (So that he can Ho. Ho, Ho.) If you are that  smart and confident Master of the Cracker then we have a bit of a  challenge for you. To take up that challenge click here.   N.McI. 27.12.2010


 HOW TO BEAT THE BURGLAR

 Now that you have those presents you waited so long for, it makes  sense to keep them safe from burglars. If you are not sure how to go  about that, you can get some really sound advice from a recent article  in The Observer which pointed out some simple steps to help you beat  the burglar. And don't think that with Christmas behind us the threat  of burglary has also passed. According to insurance companies,  "New Year's Eve is the season's worst day for burglary" with homes  22% more likely to be broken into than on a normal day. To find out  how to reduce the threat of break-ins as well as what goods and  gadgets the thieves are after, click here.                                N.McI. 26.12.2010


                                                                          The waiting is over!                                              25.12.2010

A Very Merry Christmas Day
~
To all pupils, their families, all former pupils and all friends of K.A.
 ~
From all of the Staff at Kilmarnock Academy
~









   Christmas: From The Fairy’s Point Of View   by Sophie Richardson S2

   From on top of my perch at the top of the tree,
   The sights of Christmas are displayed before me,

   Pavements sparkle in the winter frost,
   Just like diamonds in a jewellery box,
   Streets are busy, vivid, and dazzling,
   Under bright crystal lights, so mesmerising,

   Girls out on the town, dolled up to the nines
   Let down their hair and have a good time,
   Designer heels clip-clop along cobbles,
   Their party dresses as bright as baubles,

   Children laugh, sing and dance,
   Christmas has put them in a trance.


   They wonder what delights the morning shall bring,
   Their anticipation I can feel in the air.

   Carol singers sing their songs sweetly,
   Their skin is cold,
   But their hearts are warm,
   Spreading Christmas cheer all around,

   Smells float gently up from the street,
   Chestnuts, fire wood and cinnamon,
   Sweet, bitter and spicy.


   From on top of my perch at the top of the tree,
   The feeling of loneliness suddenly steals me,
   My memories of tonight must last me a year,
   As my reign over all I observe disappears.

   Back to my box I unwillingly retire,
   Until next year
   When I return
   Like a phoenix from the fire.

   Thanks and 'Well Done!' to Sophie                                                          N.McI. 25.12.2010







HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
&
A HAPPY NEW YEAR!



FROM ALL PUPILS & STAFF AT K.A.

SCHOOL CLOSED 22nd DECEMBER AT 2.30pm AND RE-OPENS WED 5th JANUARY 2011


FESTIVE SPIRIT - SPOT THE DIFFERENCES (SO FAR NO-ONE HAS SPOTTED ALL TWENTY)

 SHOP IN KILMARNOCK THIS CHRISTMAS

 For those of you who have still to do a spot of last-minute Christmas  shopping, the many chain stores and independent retailers in  Kilmarnock town centre provide shoppers with real choice and variety.  For more details and ideas, you can check out the recently revamped  SHOPKILMARNOCK website which is packed with information on what  you can buy, where to eat and things to do when you are in  Kilmarnock.

 There are so many really worthwhile places to visit and interesting  shops, all within a short walk of each other. Some suggestions:

 All your Musical Gifts - RGM Music in Nelson Street
 Xmas Presents for Pets at The Pet Shop - The Foregate
 All Things Photographic - Hector McDonald in Bank Street
 Great Soup, Snacks & Home Baking - Blowmore Music in College Wynd
 
 and many more!

                                                                                          N.McI

 CHRISTMAS CEILIDH - TUESDAY 21st DECEMBER 2010                                               Pics by Ms Fullerton



 MR KING's TELEVISION GUIDE TO THE FESTIVE SEASON

 Our librarian, Mr King, has been doing a bit of research into the  Christmas TV listings, to see how many films featured over the festive  season are based on books. The answer? An awful lot. Mr King has  compiled an extensive list of them, from The Chronicles of Narnia on  Saturday 11th December to Nicholas Nickleby on Friday 31st December.  You can view the full festive film-of-the-book list by clicking here.
 
Special thanks to Mr King (who is keen to point out that you can  borrow any of the books listed from the LRC).                                                                                                                                                    N.McI

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2010 - MONDAY 20th DECEMBER
 A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MUSIC STAFF

ANOTHER "SPOT THE DIFFERENCE" CHALLENGE

There are ten differences between the two pictures below - some are obvious and some are a bit harder to spot. Can you see all ten of them?
  

 KILMARNOCK CONCERT BRASS IN ITS FORTIETH YEAR

 
Kilmarnock Concert Brass was formed, as Kilmarnock Youth Band, by conductor Andrew Keachie in April  1970 and this year band members past and present have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the  Concert Brass. As the band has included many Kilmarnock Academy pupils throughout the years, we will be  looking out some special old photographs and featuring our own tribute to the band in its fortieth year. In  the meantime, former pupils of a certain age may recognise some of the faces below from 1975 and 1978.  Click on the photos to view bigger versions.                                                                              N.McI





 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK              Mon. 20th December 2010 

trepidation

  1. (noun)  a state of fear or anxiety
  2. (noun)  a condition of quaking or palpitation, especially one caused by anxiety

History: 17th century: from Latin trepidation, from trepidare, meaning to be in a state of alarm.

Example: “With a feeling of trepidation I asked Mr Murdoch for my prelim maths result…the feeling soon proved justified”

         MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                       Mr S. King


HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE WEEKEND

What was On - Saturday 19th December 2010
 
The Farmers' Market - the Cross from 9am-1pm.        The Craft  Fayre - the Burns Mall from 10am-4pm.       
Carol Singing - the Cross from 11am-12 noon           Dick Whittington - Palace Theatre Tel: 01563 554900  
The Odeon Cinema - Queens Drive - click here to check what's on and performance times.                                                        


 CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2010 - MONDAY 21st DECEMBER

 
If at the moment you are not yet in a festive mood and are feeling  more like the Grinch than Santa Claus, then Kilmarnock Academy's  Christmas Concert on Monday evening will put that right and leave you  positively charged with Christmas spirit. Don't miss it! (Members of the  public are welcome to come along to our Christmas Concert.)

                            Doors Open - 7.00pm
             Concert Starts - 7.30pm      Tickets £2 & £3
                                                                                          N.McI

 GROWING UP IN THE 21ST CENTURY

 
One of Bob Dylan's most famous song titles was The times they are a  changin' and the older we get the more we become aware of that  inevitable truth. Many of us look back with fondness to the times  when we were growing up and still favour the fashions and music of  that era when we were young, adventurous and still able to walk to  the shops. We wonder how kids nowadays put up with that stuff they  call music - which is really just a noise - when we grew up listening to  the different ages and stages of Bowie, Dylan and Neil Young. Well,  Sophie Richardson of class 2D, one of our younger reporters at KA  Web, has written a piece on growing up in these modern times and,  according to Sophie, while it isn't all good, it certainly isn't all bad. To  read her report click here.                                                     N.McI

TO VIEW THIS WEEK'S PUPIL BULLETIN CLICK HERE


COLD WEATHER CONTINUES

 
The picture below shows the view towards London Road from the main building at around 11.15 on  Wednesday 15th December. The freezing fog had started to lift when the photo was taken.

 REMINDER: CHRISTMAS PARCELS FOR THE ELDERLY

 
It's that time of year again and the third year Prince's Trust Group  want you to help them provide as many local pensioners as possible  with Christmas food parcels. Please bring in dried food, biscuits, tea  bags, tins, coffee, jam, jelly, puddings and other non-perishable food  items. Although not many of you will have these items on your  Christmas List, these parcels are genuinely appreciated by the elderly  and let them know that they are not forgotten at this cold and dark  time of the year. Items will be collected during registration. Please  make the effort and contribute this week. Thanks.                   N.McI


 SEW EWE KANT SPEEL?  MRS DALE CAN HELP

 Spelling is one of those skills we are expected to get right all of the  time. If you make ten spelling mistakes on a side of A4 paper with 200  words then that can be considered a problem - even although you got  95% of the words correct. If you got 95% in any other subject or area  then you would be off organising a celebration party - but not for  Spelling. With this in mind, Mrs Dale (PT Learning Support) has created  a Spelling Booklet to help pupils build up their confidence, knowledge
 and skills in Spelling. This will be uploaded later this week, along with a
 number of other resources to help pupils revise "the basics".         N.McI

CHRISTMAS PARCELS FOR THE ELDERLY - PLEASE REMEMBER TO CONTRIBUTE












 PLEASE RETURN THOSE FORGOTTEN BOOKS

 One significant drain on the school's annual budget is the money spent  on replacing lost library books and topping up class sets of text books,  instead of buying in new and different texts. Yes, we always mean to  return those books that end up under the bed or in the back of a  cupboard. But time goes on and, by the time we get round to it, we  reckon it's either going to be too embarrassing or too expensive to  return them - until now. During our Book Amnesty we are calling on  parents and pupils to have a really good look at home, dig out those
 old textbooks or library books you are never likely to look at again and  return them to our anonymous drop-off point outside the LRC. If you  are returning an overdue library book then hand it directly to Mr King  and he will mark on your record that you have returned it. He will not  charge any fine whatsoever - he'll just smile and say "Thank you very  much". If you have left KA in recent years and still have library or text  books then you too can clear your cupboard, and clear your
 conscience at the same time, by dropping them off at Reception.  Thanks.                                                                          N.McI

 THIS WEEK'S ENTERPRISING PERSON

 To find out the identity of the latest individual to feature in Mr Sutton's  series on Enterprising People simply Click here. If you want to guess  before you click then the picture on the left may be of some help.  Other clues.... He is responsible for introducing the expression "Magic!"  into contemporary Scottish speech (it was no cliche when he first said  it) and his other half has been enjoying a successful run on Strictly  Come Dancing. Once you have read all about him, you can try the  Brain Challenge that follows. Thanks again to Mr Sutton for this  contribution to KA Web.                                                        N.McI

 THANKS FOR (A WAY OF RECORDING) THE MEMORIES

 A special word of thanks to former pupil and former member of staff,  Ian McGavin, who has kindly loaned KA Web one of his cameras after  the untimely passing of both of my own Olympus cameras. Ian, who
 has had more cameras than Hector McDonald's, donated a Hitachi HD  video camera so that we can capture those magical moments at  Kilmarnock Academy in movie or still format.

 I am glad to report that Ian is doing well and is back at work after  a very serious accident at the beginning of the summer, when he  was struck by an X77 express bus which had gone out of control and  mounted the grass verge.                                                       N.McI

 MR KING's TELEVISION GUIDE TO THE FESTIVE SEASON

 Our librarian, Mr King, has been doing a bit of research into the  Christmas TV listings, to see how many films featured over the festive  season are based on books. The answer? An awful lot. Mr King has  compiled an extensive list of them, from The Chronicles of Narnia on  Saturday 11th December to Nicholas Nickleby on Friday 31st December.  You can view the full festive film-of-the-book list by clicking here.   Special thanks to Mr King (who is keen to point out that you can  borrow any of the books listed from the LRC).                                                 N.McI

                                              HOPE YOU HAD A REALLY GOOD WEEKEND

Kilmarnock Concert Brass were playing at The Cross, Kilmarnock on Saturday 11th December from 11.30am to 1.00pm as part of the town centre Christmas celebrations. The performance included many festive favourites and was a great success.


 VOCAL GROUP VISITS LONDON

 Kilmarnock Academy pupils were recently invited to represent East Ayrshire by performing at the National  Music Council Awards in London. In addition to performing, the pupils also enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of  the Capital.                                                                                               Words & Pics by Mr Ramsay



 OVERNIGHT THAW                                                                                        8.00am  FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER

 There has been a significant thaw overnight in Kilmarnock and with daytime temperatures expected to  reach 7 °C today this looks set to continue, although freezing temperatures are expected overnight on  Saturday and Sunday. At present, even sideroads are now well on the way to being clear.

 Thanks and 'well done' to all those pupils who defied the weather and struggled in to school this week.  Many teachers endured hazardous journeys to make it in to Kilmarnock - only to get stuck on the hill in  Rennie Street. Thanks to staff for their dedication and determination to 'keep the show on the road'.


S3 KEYRINGS AND FRIDGE MAGNETS ARE NOW ON SALE - PRICED AT ONLY £1.50!

COLOURFUL, PRACTICAL & AFFORDABLE
GIFTS - AVAILABLE AT RECEPTION AND IN THE STAFF ROOM


 SEVERE WEATHER - ADVICE AND SUPPORT

 East Ayrshire schools and services - the latest updates

 Traffic latest from the BBC - check before making your journey
 Traffic Updates - check driving conditions in Kilmarnock and elsewhere

 Tips for the Elderly and their Carers - scroll down to view the advice
 Winter Wrapped Up - advice on staying warm from Age UK  

 Winter Driving - full and detailed advice from the BBC
 Coping with Black Ice - advice for drivers and pedestrians from STV
 To clear or not to clear? - Directgov advice on clearing snow yourself
                                                                                                                N.McI

S4 - YOU ARE STILL DOING PRELIMS - KEEP YOUR FOCUS - DON'T BE DISTRACTED


 S4, S5 & S6 - START PLANNING FOR SUCCESS NOW

 The SQA exams may seem a long way off but they'll be here before you  know it so you should start planning for success now - if you haven't  done so already. It is easy to put things off till later and tell yourself a  range of excuses - it's nearly Christmas, it's too cold to concentrate,  I'll learn better nearer the time. However, with so much competition for  university places and job vacancies, you owe it to yourself to get as  much as you can from your time in school. Start now by checking the  SQA Exam Timetable and taking a note of the dates for your exams,  the time remaining to prepare and a full list of revision topics.         N.McI







REMINDERS.....

Playground Safety (Mr Kerr)
Pupils must be sensible at the present time. Snowballs made of hard packed snow or ice could seriously hurt someone. Also be cautious with underfoot conditions.


S5/S6 pupils and teachers (Mrs Hollywood)
The first Prom deposits will be collected at reception on Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th of December and will be £20. If you are bringing a partner from outside of school you will be asked to pay their deposit also and complete a contract.
Remember! You have to get an award in 3 out of 4 triple P awards to be able to attend. Thanks.


For more details and events click here.


 CALLING ALL PUPILS .... SUPPORT THE ELDERLY THIS WINTER

 
During the present bout of cold weather you should remember to do  what you can to help elderly neighbours and relatives. At the very  least, you can pop in to say 'Hello' and see if they need anything from  the shops as, due to the severe cold and the slippy pavements, many  of them are unable to leave the house. A lot of elderly people also feel  that they cannot afford to keep their heating on. When you visit, if  you notice that the house is cold - or that they appear to be cold,  slow or unwell - you should make them a hot drink (tea or soup) and  let an adult know right away. For more tips and advice click here. N.McI

 BIRDS AND WILDLIFE UNDER THREAT

 
While snow-covered hillsides and gardens make for scenic views and  picturesque Christmas cards, the present freezing conditions are  posing a major threat to our birds and wildlife. A spokesperson for RSPB  has warned  "birds are currently facing desperate times" while  Birdwatch has urged that "to encourage the survival of our birds,  people should provide food like mealworms, fat-balls, crushed peanuts,  dried fruit, seeds and grain to compensate for birds’ natural food which  is covered in snow and ice and impossible to get to." 
 So, please, don't forget to feed the birds.                                       N.McI

 LUNCHTIME SNOW - MONDAY 6th DECEMBER

The photos below were taken around 1pm on Monday, just as those KA staff who live north of Kilmarnock were setting off home in a bid to beat the worst of the weather. Unfortunately, as the snow had already been falling in the Glasgow area for some time, some staff were caught up in the chaos and traffic jams featured in the Scottish evening news programmes. I received a text from Mr Reid at 10.35pm: "That's me just home. Left school at 1pm. Took seven hours to get from the Kingston Bridge to Coatbridge. The whole place a shambles with cars and lorries abandoned everywhere. Coatbridge in chaos. All schools closed in Lanarkshire...."

As a result of a really hard frost in the wake of Monday's snow and partial thaw, conditions in Kilmarnock are treacherous - for motorists and pedestrians. If you venture forth on foot, wear shoes or boots with chunky tread and really good grip but even then you will be struggling to stay on your feet. For more advice for pedestrians click here and scroll down.
                                                                                                                                                                            N.McI


S4 PRELIM EXAMS - CHECK TIMES AND SEAT NUMBERS - BE ON TIME - BE PREPARED


 KILMARNOCK CONCERT BRASS IN ITS FORTIETH YEAR

 
Kilmarnock Concert Brass was formed, as Kilmarnock Youth Band, by  conductor Andrew Keachie in April 1970 and this year band members  past and present have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the  Concert Brass. As the band has included many Kilmarnock Academy  pupils throughout the years, we will be looking out some special old  photographs and featuring our own tribute to the band in its fortieth  year.

 The band will be playing at The Cross, Kilmarnock next Saturday 11th  December from 11.30am to 1.00pm as part of the town centre  Christmas festivities.
                                                                                                                N.McI




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK               Tues. 7th December 2010 

fortify

  1. (verb)   to make a place or building defensible by building walls, digging trenches, etc
  2. (verb)   to strengthen physically, mentally or morally
  3. (verb)   to strengthen, reinforce or support (a structure or garment)
  4. (verb)   to add spirits to wine to produce sherry, port etc
  5. (verb)   to increase the nutritional value of food or drink by adding vitamins and minerals
  6. (verb)   to support or confirm an argument with facts

 History: 15th century: from Old French fortifier, originally from Latin  fortis, strong, and facere, to make.

 Example: “I fortified myself with a strong cup of coffee before entering  the bear-pit that is the 1F English class…”

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                       Mr S. King


 COLD WEATHER TO CONTINUE THIS WEEK - SUNDAY 5th DEC.

 
A band of snow will continue to spread south across Scotland and  Northern Ireland through Monday. Accumulations of up to 10cm are  possible. Ice will be an additional hazard quite widely across the UK.  Some disruption is expected. (Picture on left: Coatbridge last week)

 This week it will remain cold with further sleet and snow showers  affecting eastern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Additional  accumulations from these showers can be expected and they will also  cause widespread ice on untreated surfaces. (from the BBC)

HOPE YOU HAD GOOD WEEKEND!

            WHAT WAS ON OVER THE WEEKEND....          
  

 SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER - KILMARNOCK TOWN CENTRE
 Kilmarnock Craft Market - Burns Mall - 9am - 4pm                                                                            
 Choral Group Christmas Performance - Centrestage, James Little Street - 7pm - £7/£5 - Tel:01563 551505
 Dick Whittington - Palace Theatre - Special Offers from £5.50 - various times ( Tel: 01563 554900)             

 SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER - DEAN CASTLE
 Christmas Market - from 11am - free - handmade and unusual gifts, toys and food items.                         
 Santa`s Grotto - from 11am - £6 entry fee per child which includes a present from Santa and free entry to  the cartoon show. Souvenir photos available for £2.50.                      



KEYRINGS AND FRIDGE MAGNETS - IDEAL GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS

"We are a group of S3 pupils at Kilmarnock Academy.  We are working on a cross-curricular Enterprise project linking English and I.T. We have organised this ourselves with just a wee bit of help from our teachers, Mrs Marshall and Ms Rogerson.  

We are making and selling key rings and fridge magnets with various pictures in them.  We have been using photo manipulation software in PC Passport to make them look good.

All of our products are amazing quality and a good price. We think it will be a great success and it would bring happiness to your Christmas this year to have such a special product.  They are great Christmas presents and we would like people to buy them so we can raise money for our school.

Come and get them from Kilmarnock Academy Reception area at lunchtime from the 6th of December, priced at only £1.50 each!"

Craig, Elliot, Steffan (S3)

"We are a group of S3 pupils who are working on a cross curriculum project through English and computing.
We are making and selling key rings and fridge magnets. All fridge magnets and key rings cost £1.50 and all of them have pictures edited by us, the S3 pupils. All of them are being sold at the Kilmarnock Academy reception on the 6th of December from 1:10pm until 2:20pm.

Anyone should buy one because you might want put the key ring with your key or buy one to help raise money for the school. All of our products - both key ring and fridge magnets - are amazing for quality and price. Some of our designs are pictured below."

Elliot White (S3)



November 2010

THIRD YEAR PARENTS' AFTERNOON TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, 30th NOVEMBER


    ST ANDREW'S DAY

 
On 30th November we celebrated  St Andrew's Day. If you want to  find out some interesting facts and  folklore  about St Andrew's Day,  including a special Scottish recipe  then click here.
  30.11.2010                                                   N.McI

FIRST YEAR EXAM WEEK RAN FROM MONDAY 29th NOVEMBER TO FRIDAY 3rd DECEMBER


 S4 PRELIM TIMETABLE
 
 If you are in S4 and you really do want to have a Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year, then we strongly recommend that you consult  your Prelim Timetable as well as your Supported Study Timetable now  and ensure that you do all of your preparation, learning and practice  before the prelim exams, rather than in the exam hall during the exams.  Remember, these exams will help to determine your future - no  pressure, you understand.  Click  here to get organised. Also check:
 Helping your child to Revise at Home  &  S Grade English Study Guide.
                                                                                          N.McI

               HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE WEEKEND!

           

      On Sunday (28th Nov) the Christmas lights were switched on at
 
                                          Kilmarnock Town Centre



 The annual Christmas Lights Event took place in Kilmarnock Town Centre on Sunday. This year the event  was hosted by TV presenter Michelle McManus. Special guests, appearing on the Main Stage at the Cross,  included the Macdonald Brothers,Tucker, Hollie  Burns (X Factor Bootcamp) as well as a Gospel & Soul Choir.

 The Community Stage in Bank Street showcased a great range of local talent including jazz, dance and  drama. The Kilmarnock Academy Jazz Band had to cancel and did not perform.

 Earlier in the day, the Big Christmas Parade departed the Howard Park at 1:30pm.


THE CELEBRATING SUCCESS TEA PARTY 2010

Celebrating Success is an annual event, held in November, which celebrates some of the many achievements from the past year. Mums, Dads, Grans, and Aunties are all welcome to come along and see their loved ones recieving their award. A big thanks to the H.E staff and pupils for making the afternoon tea and to Mrs Ford and Mr Kerr for helping to host and organise the event. 

Report and Pics by Hazel Kerr S6
                                        Thanks to Ms Fullerton for her camera and for e-mailing the pics



 MR KING AND HIS PLATELETS
 
 At the recent staff/pupil lunch, the guest speaker was Mr King, our  Librarian, who gave a talk about his experience as a platelet donor.  Prior to the lunch, not many people even knew what a platelet was but  Mr King soon changed that as he gave a 'right good talk' that was both  passionate and engaging. Of course, being one of the new breed of hi-  tech librarians, he used a Power Point to illustrate his talk. He has  kindly given a copy of that to KA Web so that the rest of us can find  out what platelets are and why they are so important. Click here.
                                                                                          N.McI




          ON FRIDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2010

                     WE SUPPORTED

                  'CHILDREN IN NEED
'


 Very well done to everyone who organised, participated in or donated  to Children in Need activities.  So far over £2000 has been raised and  we are still counting.
 Thank you to the prefects for all their organisation; a lot of hard work  went into this.
 I am sorry to hear that Mrs Hollywood took advantage of my absence  by turning up dressed as a ned.  Words have been exchanged!  Once  again, well done to everyone involved.

 Mrs Ford


On the 15th of November, Kilmarnock Academy 6th year pupils started fundraising - and continued all week - for Children in Need. They organised KA's Got Talent which took place on Friday afternoon and was hosted by Gillian Orr and Callum Clark with four teachers as judges. There was definitely some talent that afternoon, such as singers, dancers, and performers. Everyone had a "cracking" afternoon and throughout the week, Kilmarnock Academy raised over £2000. Well done us!

Report and Pics by Hazel Kerr S6



 PRIMARY 7 SCHOOLS' QUIZ

 The Primary 7 Schools’ Quiz took place on 17th November in the Assembly Hall.  Mr Kerr was quizmaster for  the event and put some tough questions to the “mixed-school” teams, made up of pupils from Loanhead,  Hillhead and Kirkstyle. (Eg “Who did Jim Jeffries manage before his recent move to Hearts?” and “Freddie  Mercury was the singer with which band?”). Thanks to Ms Fullerton for the loan of her camera.

 Facts and Pics by Fraser Murray S6                                                                          Posted 1.25pm on 17th November 2010




 PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

 Recently the Parent Council met to discuss a wide range of issues  including school discos, Curriculum for Excellence, the school playing  fields and a whole lot more. Councillors Roberts, Ross and Todd were  present at the meeting and Councillor Todd recommended “Business  Breakfasts” with local businesses to promote liaison. Mrs Ford agreed  and said that various depts have cultivated links with local businesses  and that the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce is of great help with this.  To find out what else was discussed click here.


 IMPRINT FESTIVAL 2010

 The Imprint Festival is now in its fourth year. For 2010 there is a  packed programme full of best-selling authors and poets with highlights  including Tom Leonard, ‘The Two Sides of the Pass' event where poetry  and visual art combine and a whisky-themed finale. Children can  experience a variety of events, from storytimes and drama workshops  to Meet the Author events. Some events are already sold out. To find  out what's on and what's still available click here.
                                                                                                                N.McI

 THE "ROYAL ENGAGEMENT" EXHIBITION

 You really should pay a visit to the Dick Institute where there are two  exhibitions running till the 18th of December. As well as viewing The  Silver of the Stars in the main gallery, you should go upstairs to the  North Museum Gallery and immerse yourself in a fascinating period of  Kilmarnock's past (1510 - 1520). The Royal Engagement exhibition  takes its inspiration from an impressive tapestry currently on display at  the Dean Castle. Thanks to Museums Officer, Linda Fairlie, we have  been able to put an extensive preview of the exhibition on KA Web and  it really is interesting stuff. To view the preview click here.                N.McI








REMINDERS.....

Fireworks (Mrs Ford)
Remember that it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy or use fireworks. If you bring fireworks to school or have anything to do with them during the day you will be suspended from school - they are dangerous and illegal.
For your own safety please attend an organised firework event on Friday 5th November.  There will be a public firework display in the Kay Park starting at 6.30pm.

Bad Weather Area ( Mrs Ford)
If the weather is very wet or very cold then the dining hall is open to pupils before school, at intervals and lunchtime.  This is the bad weather area, not the entrance hall.

Litter in School ( Mrs Ford)
There appears to be an increasing level of litter in corridors.  You are reminded that you must not eat or drink anything in school corridors.  If a member of staff sees you doing this they will confiscate your food /drink.  You may eat in the dining hall or the playground.
Please put all litter in bins and protect the school environment.  Also, no giant straws in school.  If you must waste your money on these things then buy them on the way home from school.

For more details and events click here.


 CAROLANN ENGLISH (CHISHOLM) SAYS 'HI!'                                                                   FRIDAY 22.10.10

"Hi my name is Carolann English - previously known as Chisholm. I attended Kilmarnock Academy from 1974 to 79. Wasn't much of an academic. Only thing I was good at was sport. Won the athletics championships on a few occasions. I went to the Kilmarnock Harriers which I have many good memories of. I still live in kilmarnock. Am divorced and live with my partner Davy. I have 2 boys Jamie coming 25 and Ricky 22yrs. I work for East Ayrshire Council - I am a residential child care worker. I have done this job for 20yrs . Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Carolann
"



 THE HUMAN COST OF KNIFE CRIME

 Some time ago I worked on pages for this website commemorating  former pupils who died in the two world wars. At the time I stated that  the real emotional impact of that memorial derived from the fact that  the individual stories and tributes succeeded in humanising the  statistics, giving a real sense of the lives behind the names and  conveying an overwhelming sense of loss. A while back I came across a  web page that did the same thing for young victims of another tragic  war - on the streets of modern Britain. Anyone who thinks that it's cool  to be "tooled up" should click here.                                 N. McIlvanney

 EAST AYRSHIRE MEMORIAL SERVICE

 The East Ayrshire Memorial Service took place on Sunday morning, 14th November 2010, at the War  Memorial in Dick Road. The Council, the Education Department and many local organisations were  represented at the service. Douglas Reid, Willie Coffey and Cathy Jamieson laid wreaths within the War  Memorial, as did local political party leaders and representatives of other local groups. It was gratifying to  see so many young people in attendance with the Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Scouts and Boys' Brigade  present. Our two head prefects, Stephen McIlwraith and Gillian Orr, laid a wreath on behalf of all East  Ayrshire Schools. They were accompanied by Mrs Ford and two senior prefects, Gregor Keachie and Alison  Walkinshaw.

 'Well done' to whoever took the decision to stop the traffic well before the traffic lights  on London Road as  it meant that the two minute silence was indeed solemn and silent as those present paid their respects.

 REMEMBRANCE

 Thank you to the senior prefects who represented the school and all East Ayrshire school pupils at the  service of Remembrance at the war memorial on Sunday – Stephen McIlwraith, Gillian Orr, Alison Walkinshaw  and Gregor Keachie.

 Mrs Ford

 SORRY..... NO PICTURES

 Apology: although I did take photos of the service,  due to a technical fault in my older camera I have  lost the  pictures (and the screen on my newer  camera broke two weeks ago!).

 Neil McIlvanney 14.11.10

 UPDATE.....ONE PICTURE!

 Thanks to Joyce Black for e-mailing me the picture  on the right.

 16.11.10


 CHILDREN IN NEED

 Kilmarnock Academy’s Got Talent will be on Friday 19th November during 5th and 6th period.  Tickets are  £2.00 and can be bought at reception on Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th November.   Only pupils who have gained a triple P award will be able to buy tickets.  There will also be many  opportunities on the Wednesday and Thursday before Children In Need to spend your money on different  activities happening in the Hall.

 On the day of Children In Need (Friday 19th November) there will be a non-uniform day where all pupils pay  £1.00 to wear non-uniform
.

 Prefects


 S1 PARENTS' AFTERNOON

 S1 Parents' Afternoon took place on Monday 15th November from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. The turnout was very  high - in some classes more than 70% of pupils brought their parents along. Thanks to all those parents and  pupils who attended and thanks to those staff who provided tea and coffee for all.





 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK            Tues. 16th November 2010 

scunner

  1. (verb) to take an active dislike or aversion to something or someone
  2. (verb) to produce a feeling of dislike or loathing in someone else
  3. (noun) a strong aversion (ie to take a scunner to someone)
  4. (noun) an object of dislike or annoyance (or any S1 pupil)

 History: C14th Scots, from skunnyr or skowner, meaning to shrink              back, or flinch

 Example: “Git yer smelly feet af the table, yer wee scunner!”

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.                       Mr S. King



 KILMARNOCK ACADEMY MEMORIAL SERVICE

 The annual Kilmarnock Academy Memorial Service took place on the  morning of 11th November, by the War Memorial in the Old Academy  Hall. The short but moving service, which was led by Mrs Ford and Mr  Kerr, was very well attended by senior pupils and staff who listened to  readings by two prefects. The two minute silence at 11 am, which was  strictly observed by all, gave those present the opportunity to reflect  on the sacrifice of those young people who had experienced good times  in that same hall so many years ago, before departing to engage in the  battles that would cut their young lives so tragically short.              N.McI

 IN GRATEFUL HOMAGE TO THE PUPILS AND MASTERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

In the run up to the Festival of Remembrance on Sunday 13th November, we have been featuring extracts and individual tributes from the War Memorial section of the Kilmarnock Academy website.

After each world war the staff and pupils at K.A. compiled a booklet of "Short Biographical Notices of the Old Boys that fell ..." during the conflicts. All of these tributes appear in the War Memorial section of the Kilmarnock Academy website and some are featured below. When you read the contents, you are likely to be taken aback by the sheer number of former pupils who lost their lives as a result of the two world wars - the figures paint a desperate and tragic picture. However, the real emotional impact of this anthology derives from the fact that the individual stories and tributes succeed in humanising the statistics, giving a real sense of the lives behind the names and conveying an overwhelming sense of loss.

Neil McIlvanney


TROOPER GEORGE C. W. CORSON, Scottish Horse, was born in Queensland , Australia , in 1895. When a child he was sent to the Mother Country to stay with his aunts in Mauchline. After he had completed his elementary education in the local school he was sent to Kilmarnock Academy . He passed through the school with great credit, winning golden opinions from those competent to judge. Of a bright disposition and possessed of a keen sense of humour, he was a great favourite with his classmates. After his school career he decided to make use of his naturally keen love of animals and follow the profession of veterinary surgeon. While engaged on his professional training war broke out. Joining the Scottish Horse he completed his military training and proceeded with his regiment overseas. Through the ordeals and stress of hard campaigning his buoyant spirit carried him safely till on 10th November, 1918 , just one day before the Armistice brought a cessation of hostilities, the sun of this promising young life set for ever. He was in his twenty-third year.
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LANCE-CORPORAL JAMES MUIR ROGERSON, H.L.I., and PRIVATE JOHN ELLIOT ROGERSON, H.L.I., were sons of Mr. Robert Rogerson, provision merchant, King Street . It is impossible to think of them apart. They were both in the Commercial Battalion of the H.L.I. They joined up in September, 1914, and trained at Gailes and in England . Quiet and reserved boys, they were always fast friends, and in death they were not divided. They were both killed on the 1st of July, 1916 . James and John Rogerson were general favourites wherever they went. They were of those who find their happiness in their homes and, though fond of most sports, did not take a very active part in any. James was his father's right hand man in business to which he devoted himself wholeheartedly. John's energies in his father's business were directed to the outside work—goods delivery by motor to which he gave his vigorous activity. James was twenty-six years of age, while John was twenty-one .
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PRIVATE PETER TRAVERS, Gordons, was a son of Mr. Edward Travers, 29 Hood Street , Kilmarnock . At school he was of that kind that call out the best in their fellows. In his work at the Academy he gave great promise, and earned the affection of his classfellows by his independent spirit, and of his teachers by his manly attitude to his work and his duty. He was three years at the Academy, leaving in the year 1913. Thereafter, as an apprentice in the Commercial Bank under Mr. Balfour, he was diligent in the pursuit of his business, and was elected an Associate of the Institute of Bankers. He joined the army on the 9th of July, 1916 , and was only four months in France when he was killed at Ypres on the 31st of July, 1917
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CORPORAL ALEXANDER M. LYON, Canadians, was at Kilmarnock Academy from 1896 till 1906. His attendance was much broken owing to his delicate health, but his progress suffered less than might have been expected owing to the devoted assistance of his younger brother Gavin. On leaving school he entered the Kilmarnock branch of the Clydesdale Bank, and in 1912 went to Vancouver , British Columbia , in the service of the Royal Bank of Canada . Rejected by the military authorities seven times on medical grounds he was successful in his eighth attempt to enlist, and with the 72nd Seaforths (Canadians) he arrived in France in August, 1916, and was in much fierce fighting during the following year. Aged twenty-eight years, he was killed in action at Passchendale on 28th October, 1917 , while in charge of a Lewis gun. His brother, Lieutenant Gavin W. Lyon, Tank Corps, died in 1920, soon after being demobilised.
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PRIVATE ADAM M‘GREGOR, Liverpool Scottish, son of Mr. A. M‘Gregor, photographer, Ellis Street , spent ten years at the Academy, and left school in 1907. He was a woollen importer in Denver , Colorado , U.S.A. , when war broke out, but came home by the “ Lusitania ” in December, 1914, to enlist with two friends in the Liverpool Scottish. At school he was a very enthusiastic cadet, a good shot, and one of the team that won Colonel Grove's Cup at the Scottish Command Naval and Military Tournament, 1905. The news of Adam's death at Hooge in Flanders meant sad hearts for many.
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2ND LIEUTENANT JOHN DUNLOP BROWN, 17th H.L.I., received all his education at the Academy, leaving about 1896. When he left school he went into business with his brother as a jeweller, and continued in that business until he joined the army. He enlisted as a private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, but afterwards received a commission as second lieutenant. He died at Passchendaele on 4th December, 1917 , at the age of thirty-seven.
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PRIVATE JOHN HARVEY, Royal Fusiliers, of Shiel Farm, Sorn. Between 1909 and 1912 John Harvey was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy , and will be remembered by his contemporaries for the energy and enthusiasm with which he entered every game and the determination which he always displayed. He will also be known to some in banking circles, for before joining up he was for three years in the Union Bank of Scotland , Kilmarnock . With the Bankers' Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, attached to 12th Middlesex Regiment, he went to France , where he was killed in action on the 24th of October, 1916.
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A. B. WILLIAM CAMPBELL, R.N.D., elder son of Mrs. J. Campbell, 22 Thomson Street , received most of his education in the Academy. Leaving school in 1908, he became a clerk in the local branch of the Clydesdale Bank, and on the completion of his apprenticeship was promoted to the Newmilns office. Enlisting in October, 1914, he was trained at the Crystal Palace, London, and at the end of six months sailed for Gallipoli, fought in several engagements, and was killed in action on 8th July, 1915.

CORPORAL A. IAN CAMPBELL, R.S.F., younger brother of the above, was for several years an Academy pupil. When he left school in 1913 he became an apprentice engineer, but after only a few months he joined H.M. Forces at the early age of 15 years. Being too young to go overseas he was retained in the United Kingdom as Sergeant-Instructor of Signalling till 1918. During the great offensive in March of that year, when he was only nineteen years old, he was drafted across to France with a company of other young recruits. Ten days after landing in that country he, with the whole company, was posted as missing, and finally notified as killed.

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GRETA GILLIES MacKENZIE attended Kilmarnock Academy from 1911 till 1924. After graduating M.A. she became an officer in the Ministry of Labour. When War came she took up Civil Defence work. She was killed while on duty at an A.R.P. post in Paisley during the enemy raid of 6th May 1941.

MARGARET SHEILA GRACE MUNRO had begun her apprenticeship in law, but volunteered for the W.A.A.F. when eighteen years of age. At school she had won the Wyllie Prize for History. Soon after enlisting she served in London during the blitz as a radio operator. She was killed in 1942 while proceeding on duty to the Orkneys
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PRIVATE JOHN BOYD, Camerons, of 33 Portland Street , Kilmarnock , entered the infant class of the present Academy in 1898, the first year it was opened, and therefore had Miss Margaret Cochrane as his first teacher. As he passed up through the school he showed an increasing fondness for art, and gave considerable promise on the mathematical side. He was of a singularly happy and cheerful disposition, and at the same time was thoughtful beyond his years. About the time he left school in 1909 he became greatly interested in work among the deaf and dumb, and they continued to attract a large share of his time and energy up till the time he entered the army. He was a fine swimmer and was a conspicuous prizeman for several years in the gala at the Academny baths. On leaving school he began work with Messrs. Ingram & Brown, architects, but after eighteen months in their office he became associated with his father, Mr. W. C. Boyd, and was working with him in 1914 when the war broke out. In November of that year he enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders, and early the following year was sent to France . On the 8th of May, 1915 , he was shot through the head by a German sniper on the front at Ypres . He was twenty-two years of age when he fell.
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2ND LIEUTENANT JAMES F. FULTON, Camerons, was the son of Mr. Hugh Fulton, 2 Scott Road , Kilmarnock . His elementary education was obtained at Bentink School . After being two years at the Academy he began work in Messrs. T. Stewart & Sons, ironmongers, and then found employment in the engineer's office, N.B. Railway Co., Glasgow . He joined the Camerons in August, 1914, and left for France in July, 1915, his first engagement being at Loos. Lieutenant Joseph Wilson was his platoon commander. He received his commission in his own regiment, and after training at St. Omer was almost continuously in the firing line till he fell in the battle of the Somme on 12th October, 1916 , at Warlincourt, near Bapaume. He was 22 years of age.
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PRIVATE ARCHIE BAXTER, R.N.D., a Mauchline boy, was a pupil of the Academy from 1910. He was well known among his schoolfellows for his keen interest in sport. Like M‘Curdie, Lambie, and Stewart, his companions, he was a member of the Harriers' Club at home, and was always a willing supporter and an earnest player of football in the school playground or the Rugby Park . On August, 1914, he enlisted in the R.S.F., but afterwards entered the R.N.D., and was on active service as an A.B., Drake Battalion, R.N.V.R. His career was cut short at the early age of twenty, as he died of wounds in France on 24th April, 1917 , fifteen days after the death of his brother Alec.
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 PARENT COUNCIL MEETING

 Recently the Parent Council met to discuss a wide range of issues  including school discos, Curriculum for Excellence, the school playing  fields and a whole lot more. Councillors Roberts, Ross and Todd were  present at the meeting and Councillor Todd recommended “Business  Breakfasts” with local businesses to promote liaison. Mrs Ford agreed  and said that various depts have cultivated links with local businesses  and that the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce is of great help with this.  To find out what else was discussed click here.


 IMPRINT FESTIVAL 2010

 The Imprint Festival is now in its fourth year. For 2010 there is a  packed programme full of best-selling authors and poets with highlights  including Tom Leonard, ‘The Two Sides of the Pass' event where poetry  and visual art combine and a whisky-themed finale. Children can  experience a variety of events, from storytimes and drama workshops  to Meet the Author events. Some events are already sold out. To find  out what's on and what's still available click here.



TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN TOWN CENTRE - 1.15pm Wed 10th Nov.

 An accident at the corner of John Finnie Street and West George  Street is causing major delays in the John  Finnie Street, Langlands  Brae, West George Street, Railway Station area of the town centre.  Avoid the area  if you can.

 UPDATE
 Still a problem at 4.19pm. For the latest update click here and then  click on "Kilmarnock" on the map.

 1940's DAY - FRIDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2010


As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, Miss Purdie of our History Department decided to commemorate this historic event by having a 1940’s Day on the 5th of November.  As can be seen from the pictures, we really got into the Blitz spirit! There were cakes for sale at break and other activities including a quiz.  We also invited some of the elderly in the community to join us for a cake and a cup of tea.  The money raised went towards Poppy Scotland which helps to look after servicemen and women - and their families - from all British conflicts.  Thanks to all those who participated and helped us to raise money for this very worthy cause and a special thanks to Miss Purdie for organising such a successful day. To view more pictures click here.

Sat. 6th November 2010                                                                                                                                              N.McI


 EAST AYRSHIRE FIREWORKS DISPLAY

 The annual East Ayrshire Fireworks Display took place in the Kay Park,  Kilmarnock on the evening of Friday 5th November.

 This display which is now recognised as one of the best in the West of  Scotland attracted an audience in excess of 40,000 to last year’s  event. Music started at 6.30pm and the fireworks began at 7.40pm.  This year's display was probably the most spectacular so far with a  dazzling range of fireworks and explosive colour - well worth the £1  admission that went towards financing the event.

 Sat. 6th November 2010                                                                               N.McI


FREE TREES FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

Karen, Sue and Hannah of the Woodland Trust schools team have contacted KA Web to let us know that the Woodland Trust, a national charity, is offering schools in Kilmarnock free packs of trees to plant in their own grounds in March 2011. "Ideal for hedging around your car park, playground or creating shade. You can bring wildlife, colour, fruit and flowers into school with these specially chosen trees. Great for outdoor learning, gardening clubs or eco-awards, such as the Trust's Green Tree Schools Award." To find out how to order as well as further information, planting instructions and curriculum-linked resources simply click here.

"Visions of lorries bringing 20ft trees? Don't worry! These are small saplings, in their own mini tubes of soil. A box of 30 is smaller than a year one pupil! We haven't been able to contact every school in Kilmarnock. Please pass this to others in your area and any local
youth groups that may be interested. Thank you." 

Thurs. 4th November 2010                                                                                                        N.McI

S1 "TRIPLE P AWARDS" ASSEMBLY

As a part of our "Triple P" Incentive Scheme, all pupils who achieved Bronze, Silver or Gold over the first block recently enjoyed a special Award Assembly where they received their certificates and took part in various games and challenges. One of the activities for S1 was "Make a Mummy". Each S1 class is pictured with their mummy ( and, in one case, their daddy too!) made by wrapping a class member in toilet tissue. Not as easy as it sounds but a lot of fun!

Report and pictures by Ms A Fullerton

 ENTERPRISING PEOPLE

 Thanks to a member of the English Department we have a new regular  feature on KA Web. Mr Sutton - who is himself quite an enterprising  individual - has created a series of articles on Enterprising People. His  intention was only to use the articles with third year English classes but  I managed to persuade him that they would also be of real interest to  other people, especially members of pub quiz teams and generally  "nosey folk". He has covered a wide range of enterprising people, some  less well-known than others. However, if you have not heard of this  week's enterprising person....where have you been living? Click here.

 TAKE NOTE!

 If you are absent from school you must bring in a note from a parent  when you return to school even if someone has phoned in.  We are  legally obliged to ask for a written note for every absence from school  so please remember to bring one in.  Thank you.

 Mrs Ford

 CLOCKS TURNED BACK ON 31st OCTOBER

 Research has confirmed that we feel happier and more energetic during  the longer and brighter days of summer compared to the shorter days  of winter. That is partly why the business of turning the clocks back an  hour, to give us more light on winter mornings and less light on winter  evenings, was introduced. To find out more click here. To find out why  some people are critical of the time shift click here.

 Note to any opportunist latecomers: as the clocks went back, you can  only use the change as an excuse for arriving an hour early!              N.McI

October 2010

 DEATH OF GILBERT MURPHY

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Gilbert Murphy, former Head Janitor at Kilmarnock Academy, who died on Sunday 24th October. Gibby was a 'well kent face' to many pupils, having worked at the school from 1979 until his retiral in 2001.

Gibby may well have been the last of the pipe and bunnet janitors, which was a Scottish tradition for many years. Kilmarnock Academy was represented at the funeral by staff members - both teaching and non-teaching, past and present - and senior prefects. Our condolences to Gibby's family.

Mr Kerr, DHT                                                                                                           October 2010


 HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!                                                                        Friday 29th October 2010
   
Sean Lock is appearing at the Palace Theatre on Sunday 31st October at 8.00pm. Tickets cost £17.50. For details click here.

Many local pubs and restaurants are offering special meal deals at the moment - The Riverbank, The Jefferson, One-Thirty, The Cochrane, The Dragon Royale and many others. The deals on offer in most places are available on Saturdays.
          
.....AND HAVE A SPOOKY HALLOWEEN!

   
If you are in Kilmarnock that will be Friday 29th October. Elsewhere, it will be Sunday 31st October. Why? Click here for a possible explanation.




 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK           Tuesday, 26th October 2010 

sibling

 (noun) a person’s brother or sister

 ‘sibling rivalry’ is why you hate the sights of your brother or sister, but  would probably stand up for them if anyone else ‘had a go’ at them

 History: from old English sibb, related to old Norse sifjar (= relative),  and old High German sippa, meaning kinship

 Example:  “How many more McPike siblings are there? Is it a production  line?”

 To view previous Words of the Week click here.


FINANCE WEEK - AN ANNOUNCEMENT BY MRS HAMILTON

"... week starting on Monday 25th October is Finance Week. This is a focus on 'money matters' which is very important at all times but particularly at the moment. All departments will be talking 'money' during the week but there are other activities for you to get involved in. There will be posters advertising different lunchtime events next week. Most activities cost £1 and last from 1.00 – 1.30pm. Take part in as many activities as you can.

 Monday – Soak a teacher/prefect – outside in front of the main office
 Tuesday – Dance Aerobics for senior pupils and staff
 Wednesday – Table Tennis Challenge against Mr Reidford, Mrs Murdoch and Mrs Hogg
 Thursday – Computer Games Half Hour in EB1 and EB2
 Friday – Staff/S6 lunch in the Assembly Hall.
 Friday from 5.00 – 8.00pm – ASDA bag packing."

There will be other financial features at PSE time and other times. Keep watching." Mrs Hamilton



 CAROLANN ENGLISH (CHISHOLM) SAYS 'HI!'                                                                   FRIDAY 22.10.10

"Hi my name is Carolann English - previously known as Chisholm. I attended Kilmarnock Academy from 1974 to 79. Wasn't much of an academic. Only thing I was good at was sport. Won the athletics championships on a few occasions. I went to the Kilmarnock Harriers which I have many good memories of. I still live in kilmarnock. Am divorced and live with my partner Davy. I have 2 boys Jamie coming 25 and Ricky 22yrs. I work for East Ayrshire Council - I am a residential child care worker. I have done this job for 20yrs . Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Carolann
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 PUPILS PERFORM FOR FIRST MINISTER

A Kilmarnock Academy Vocal Ensemble performed for First Minister, Alex Salmond, during his recent visit to Kilmarnock. The group performed in the Burns Monument Centre, on Monday 6th September, at a reception for local producers and businesses to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink. The event recognised the contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting quality Scottish produce.

Prior to the visit Mr Salmond stated, "It’s clear that we are entering a crucial phase in Scotland’s future and face a huge challenge in dealing with the massive cuts in Scotland’s budget from Westminster. As we look to bring forward a budget in November that protects the services we value most and sustains economic recovery, we want to hear what the people of Kilmarnock have to say about the issues that matter to them."

The Vocal Ensemble (Stephen McIlwaith, Scott Jenkinson, Hazel Kerr, Candice McIntosh, Eleanor Gibson, Gregor Keachie, Naomi Jamieson) performed Auld Lang Syne by Burns, arranged by Alexander L’Estrange. Soloist Karen Purdie, of James Hamilton Academy, performed My Heart is Sair by Burns.

All pupils are taught by Krista Donnelly from East Ayrshire Music Service. This Music Service is led by Instrumental Music Service Manager, Paul Wood, who is part of the Creative Minds Team based at the Woodstock Centre.

East Ayrshire Music Service runs an incredible forty-six school and authority groups. These groups provide local young people with the inspirational experience of performing music live in front of an audience and have staged over one hundred concerts and events in the last academic year alone. For all of us - the pupils, their families and the communities throughout East Ayrshire who benefit from all of that good work - East Ayrshire Music Service is an issue that matters very much.









REMINDERS.....

Welcome back ( Mrs Ford)
Welcome back to school after the midterm holiday.  This is an important term and you should be working hard to make the most of your time in school.

S4 pupils ( Mrs Ford)
There are only 6 weeks until the start of the prelims examinations.  Make sure you are working hard in class, completing homework and revision exercises, and attend supported study sessions when they begin.

1940’s Day – 5th November ( Miss Purdie)
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.  We have decided to commemorate this historic event by having a 1940’s Day on the 5th of November.  So let’s get into the Blitz spirit!! There will be cakes for sale at break and other activities such as a quiz so keep your eyes peeled for any posters.  We are also planning on inviting some of the elderly in the community to a wee afternoon tea.  Join in the fun by coming in dressed up 1940’s style.  This can be as simple as having an evacuee tag on, or a trilby hat, or a 1940’s hair style, to coming in your cadet uniform or dressed as a British service person or someone involved in the British war effort.  No German soldiers please as there are people still alive who remember the horrors of the war. There will be a costume competition at lunchtime with winners from each year group who will receive a special ration!!  The money raised will go towards Poppy Scotland which helps to look after servicemen and women, and their families, from all British conflicts.  Please help us to raise as much money as we can and hopefully have fun in the process.

NHS Awareness Day (Mrs Hamilton)
NHS Awareness Day – Crosshouse Hospital – 29th November – 1.00pm – 3.00pm.
If you are interested in a career in the NHS, and would like to go for a visit, add your name to the list at reception. There are 10 places available.


For more details and events click here.


EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES AT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

Kilmarnock Academy celebrated European Day of Languages on October 4 in style with a range of activities for pupils from S1 to S6. The Academy became part of the Eurozone for the day and their rate of exchange was €1.00 = £1.00!  The Assembly Hall was decorated with flags and banners made by S1 pupils and French delicacies were on sale in the foyer during break – the “pains au chocolat” proved very popular indeed and quickly sold out!   In the Assembly hall at lunch time crêpes were on sale, made by the very talented pupils in the hospitality class. To read on click here.

Report by Mrs Stables
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HAVE AN ENJOYABLE WEEKEND!                                                                          Friday 22nd October 2010
   
East Ayrshire Youth Theatre is presenting The Wizard of Oz at the Palace Theatre on Saturday at 3.00pm and at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5.00 per person. For details click here.

There is also a Ghost Walk taking place at the Dean Castle at 6pm on Saturday. Booking is required. To find out how to book click here.

There was more information about Miss Purdie's 1940's Day in Wednesday's pupil bulletin (20th Oct). As soon as we receive a copy of that bulletin we'll bring you that information.

 CHECK YOUR ENGLISH CLASS'S TIME FOR VISITING THE LIBRARY

 So is this a Red Week or a Blue Week? Regular visitors to our Library  Resource Centre will know what that question is about but they may  not know the answer. To make things a bit easier, Mr King has provided  his Red Week and Blue Week times and you can check when your  English class is due to visit the Library by clicking  here.

 You should also remember that you can visit the Library and borrow  books or magazines before and after school most days as well as at  lunch time.

 THE "ROYAL ENGAGEMENT" EXHIBITION

 You really should pay a visit to the Dick Institute where there are two  exhibitions running till the 18th of December. As well as viewing The  Silver of the Stars in the main gallery, you should go upstairs to the  North Museum Gallery and immerse yourself in a fascinating period of  Kilmarnock's past (1510 - 1520). The Royal Engagement exhibition  takes its inspiration from an impressive tapestry currently on display at  the Dean Castle. Thanks to Museums Officer, Linda Fairlie, we have  been able to put an extensive preview of the exhibition on KA Web and  it really is interesting stuff. To view the preview click here.

   OCTOBER HOLIDAY OVER - BACK TO SCHOOL

 School re-opened for teachers on Mon. 18th October at 8.55am.
 
 School re-opened for pupils on Wed. 20th October at 8.55am.

       We hope that all pupils and staff
     had a very pleasant October break.
             (Only 9 weeks now till Christmas.)

BEST WISHES TO MR KING

WHO WAS 50 ON MONDAY 18th OCTOBER

OUR "CREATIVE WRITING GALLERY" TO FEATURE PICTURES BY ERIC GORDON

The Creative Writing area within the English section of our website is set to feature a range of photographs to stimulate your powers of imagination and observation. These are being provided by local photographer Eric Gordon, a former pupil of James Hamilton Academy - and a former pupil of Mr McIlvanney. The Gallery will be part of the ongoing development of the English section of our website. Our sincere thanks to Eric for letting us use his work, some impressive examples of which you can see below. Click on the pictures featured "to see the bigger picture".



 "I say, my dear, it's a Miss Purdie...."
 MISS PURDIE ORGANISES "NINETEEN FORTIES DAY"

 Miss Purdie of our History Department is organising a range of events  and activities for "Nineteen Forties Day", to be held on November 5th.  On the day there will be a competition and prizes for those pupils and  staff who dress up in the most authentic fashion of the period and a  range of other surprises. If you have any suggestions for the big day  then let Miss Purdie know. One suggestion was Retro in the Metro with  the food retailing at 1940's prices but, unfortunately, Onsite Services  are unlikely to run with that idea. In any case, most of the food on  offer nowadays hadn't been heard of in the 1940's. (Panini? Was he an  Italian composer?)








REMINDERS.....

Prefects ( Mrs Ford)
Thank you to prefects who have been doing an excellent job in supervising in the playground.
Particular thanks to those who “defended” the playground last Friday lunchtime from a few possible intruders
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Morrison’s Let’s Grow Vouchers ( Mrs Hogg)
The school is collecting Morrison’s Let’s Grow vouchers. If you have any of these please put them in the box at Reception or directly to Mrs Hogg. Thank you
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Wallacea Project Meeting (Mrs Ogg)
There will be a meeting for pupils and their parents who are interested in finding out more about the Wallacea project on Thursday 7th October at 7pm in the School assembly hall.  All senior pupils (S4, 5, 6) who are interested are cordially invited to attend with their parents.  If you and any of your parents are likely to attend the meeting, could you let Mrs Ogg or Mrs Hogg know
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Bag Packing  - Hallowe’en – Friday 29th October (Mrs Hamilton)
The lists have been sent out to register classes. If you want to take part in the bag packing, put your name down. Add your partner’s name and reg class on your class list if you can. I will sort them out. Please join the fun.  Cash prizes to be won.

For more details and events click here.


 OUR NEW FRONT ENTRANCE IS LOOKING GOOD


From this.....

to this.....

vvery smart and welcoming!

 AND FOR ALL THE 'OLDIES' OUT THERE - A COUPLE OF UNFAMILIAR VIEWS


The New Technology Block

The Old Tech Building (now residential flats)

 PUPILS OF CLASS 1B GET THEIR OWN ENGLISH AREA

 As part of a major upgrade to the English section of KA Web, Mr  McIlvanney has created an English support zone for class 1B. From this  page, pupils and their parents will be able to check important dates,  what work is going to be covered over the session, when homework is  due and how to get help in many aspects of English. The page also  offers parents and pupils support by e-mail. The pupils are currently  developing work to be displayed in this area of the school website.  Pages for Mr McIlvanney's other English classes will be uploaded this  week. To view 1B's English page click here.

 'THE ENGLISH STUDY' ADDED TO K.A. WEB

 As part of a major and on-going upgrade of the English section of the  school website, I have added The English Study - designed to provide  support and guidance for those students who want to do well in  English. In the Study, at the click of a button, students can access  dictionaries, encyclopedias, grammar help, punctuation, poetry, prose,  writing tips, tests, games, other pupils' writing, novels, short stories,  figures of speech and the Complete Works of Shakespeare.   N.McIlvanney

SOME KA WEB HIGHLIGHTS

With over 800 pages on our site, it is easy to miss some of the best features and content. Over the next few months we'll be highlighting some of those items you may not have come across yet. The Old Haunts and the View from the Roof, featured below, should be of particular interest to former pupils no longer living in Kilmarnock.

Old Haunts

K.A.Gallery

View from the Roof


August/September 2010

 MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

 The staff of Kilmarnock Academy took part in a Macmillan Coffee  Morning on Friday 24th September to raise funds for Cancer Support.  The raffle was drawn by Mrs Ford and among the winners were Mr  King, who chose a fine bottle of wine, and Mr Campbell, who chose a  lovely bouquet of flowers to pass on to that very special lady in his  life. We hope his Mum likes them. An impressive amount was raised for  this very worthy cause.                                            

 A TALE OF THREE KINGS


 A LETTER FROM MR KING  -  21st SEPTEMBER 2010

 Sir
 I feel I must protest at the number of birthday greetings I am receiving  today - please advise your surfers that my birthday is not until next  month, and I WILL NOT be 63 then. I think someone is impersonating  me and trying to write books under my name. If you happen to see  him, please tell him to stop this!

 Best Regards, Stephen King - School Librarian


 A LETTER FROM MR KING

 Dear all at K.A.,

 I hope you are all very well indeed. I hope everyone has settled and  you are making a positive start to session 2010/11 – especially the  staff!

 I’ve had a very busy and stressful summer and have not had the  chance to catch breath! I moved into my new flat at the beginning of  July and it has been a non-stop haven for partying….. On the contrary,  the marking has yet again taken over. In all seriousness, I am now  living in a lovely area with brilliant neighbours. I only very recently took  the many cards full of well-wishes from the staff and pupils from K.A.  down from my mantelpiece. To read on click here. To visit Mr King's  Under-13 football page (season 2009-10) and read reports click here.


 SO WAS THAT MR KING ....OR MR KING?

 Mr King, pictured left, is our school librarian and is the man behind the  Word of the Week and the report on the Edinburgh Book Festival  further down this page. As he still works in the school, this Mr King has  conversations with his colleagues instead of sending them letters -  although he did send the letter (two above) dated 21st September  2010, probably to add to the confusion.

 The Mr King who sent us the letter (15th Sept), left us at the end  of  June, and started a new job at Hawick High School on 20th August.

 NO SCHOOL E-MAIL ON TUESDAY 14th SEPT UNTIL 1.45pm

 On Tuesday morning all internet and e-mail services for Kilmarnock  Academy were out of action. Other East Ayrshire establishments were  also affected by the loss of communication although phone lines  remained working. Some services were resumed at K.A. later in the  day.

 If you need to contact the school by phone then remember that our  number is 01563 525509. For other useful East Ayrshire telephone  numbers click here.


 LOCAL MSP, WILLIE COFFEY, VISITS KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

On Monday 13th September, the local constituency MSP Willie Coffey visited the school to speak to Modern Studies pupils. The visit was organised by Mr Cowan of our Modern Studies Department. S3 pupils attended a Question/Answer session in the Assembly Hall during period one and S4 pupils had their chance to put questions to Mr Coffey during period two. The pupils asked a range of thought-provoking questions about a whole range of current issues and Mr Coffey's answers were thoughtful, direct and interesting. One of the local topics Mr Coffey was asked about was the Make it Kilmarnock initiative - something he is well-qualified to comment on as he is a member of the advisory board intent on bringing economic recovery and growth to Kilmarnock in the wake of Johnnie Walker's withdrawal from the town.


 'THE ENGLISH STUDY' ADDED TO K.A. WEB

 As part of a major and on-going upgrade of the English section of the  school website, I have added The English Study - designed to provide  support and guidance for those students who want to do well in  English. In the Study, at the click of a button, students can access  dictionaries, encyclopedias, grammar help, punctuation, poetry, prose,  writing tips, tests, games, other pupils' writing, novels, short stories,  figures of speech and the Complete Works of Shakespeare.   N.McIlvanney

 MR KING'S WORD OF THE WEEK          Mon, 13th September 2010    

sanctuary

  1. (noun)  a holy place
  2. (noun)  a consecrated building or temple
  3. (noun)  a sacred building where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest or execution
  4. (noun)  any place of safety or refuge
  5. (noun)  a place protected by law where animals, especially birds, can live and breed without interference

 History: 14th century: from Old French sainctuarie, originally from  Late Latin sanctuarum, a repository for holy things, and sanctus,  meaning holy.

 Example: After Mr King intervened to stop an argument over who was  going to borrow the new issue of Top Gear, he retired to the  sanctuary of his office for a bit of piece and quiet..


 To view previous Words of the Week click here.


 MRS MARSHALL JOINS OUR ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

 Mrs Marshall is a recent addition to the English department at  Kilmarnock Academy.  She hopes to bring her passion and  enthusiasm for English to her pupils and become a valuable member of  the school. She admits to having two left feet and a passion for  cheesy pop.  She can usually be found in Dean Park at the weekends  feeding the goats with her two year old daughter.  Coming from  Garnock Academy, she is looking forward to getting to know all the  smiling faces who welcomed her on her visit to the school on Thursday  9th September!

 MR KING WELCOMES CLASS 1B ON THEIR FIRST VISIT TO THE LIBRARY














REMINDERS.....

New Prefects (Mrs Hamilton)
The following pupils gave me their names in June with a view to becoming prefects after the September holiday weekend.  I will leave the list of names at reception, please confirm whether or not you are still interested before Friday 10th September at 3.30pm.  Pupils who have not previously indicated an interest may add their names to the list.  Acceptance as a prefect depends on staff reports.

Scott Millar, Lucy Gordon, Nicola Nimbley, Ross Menzies, Darryll Johnstone,
Casey McDaid, Sean Porteous, Naomi Jamieson.


S1 Book Club (Mr King)
The S1 Book club will be starting on Monday 27th September, 3.30 – 4.30pm in the library, and then every Monday afternoon from then on.  If you enjoy reading, want to have fun with puzzles and quizzes, like talking about and writing stories, or just want to find out more about books and authors, please see Ms McLeish (Geography) of Mr King (Library) as soon as possible
.

S1 Football – (Mr Campbell)
S1 Boys who are interested in playing in the S1 Football team.  Please attend the meeting today (Wednesday) 8th September at interval in L4, outside the tuck shop.

Junior Debating Society – 1st and 2nd Years (Mr Mackay)
There will be a first meeting of the Junior Debating Society at Monday lunchtime on 13th September at 1.10pm in Mr Mackay’s room in H3.
All 1st and 2nd years are welcome, even if only to be part of the audience.

Senior Volleyball (Miss McCulloch)
Every Tuesday and Thursday in the Games Hall at 12.50pm.  Open to all 4,5 & 6 year pupils

For more details and events click here.


   SOME NEW FACES
           
             AT K.A.

         Sept. 2010


         (Photos by Euan Smith S6)

       Ms McLeish (Geography)

         Ms Hampson (Music)

             Ms Chester (Art)

              Mr Steven (PE)

   Ms Rogerson (Business Studies)

 KILMARNOCK EDITION FESTIVAL

 Last weekend provided the perfect answer to those negative people  who moan that nothing much ever happens in Kilmarnock. The  Kilmarnock Edition Festival 2010, from 3rd to 5th September, saw  three packed days of music with over 20 class acts appearing at three  great venues. The highlights included The Feeling, Eddi Reader, Roddy  Woomble, Wooden Box with a Fistful of Fivers and, on the dance  stage, Basshunter. Pics below show The Cliftons at the Dean Castle.
















REMINDERS.....

Calendar (C Ford)
  (i) The East Ayrshire Family Open Day has been set for Saturday 30th October in the Grand Hall.
  (ii) The summary document for school events lists the S4 Parents’ afternoon as 12 February.  This should read 1st February.  The calendar has it noted correctly.


Fire drill (C Ford)
Not bad for a first attempt particularly given the number of new staff.  The evacuation was very quick.
Problems noted:

  • Small number of pupils did not know where to go.
  • A few people, staff and pupils, exited the Old Academy alone the link corridor.  You must exit by the nearest exit.
  • Office staff distribute class registers to register teachers.  Absentees should be marked on the list.

There will be another fire drill shortly but no further warning will be given.  Please ensure pupils know where to line up.

Behaviour in the playground – (Mrs Ford)
Every area of the school playground is monitored by CCTV cameras, so your behaviour is recorded.
If you misbehave in the playground you will be seen and disciplined.  If you throw anything in the playground, you will be suspended.  It is extremely dangerous to throw anything, large or small.

Extra Curricular Activities – Music – (Mr Ramsay)
Brass Band – Tuesday 3.30 – 4.45pm in the Assembly Hall, see Mr Ayre.
Jazz Band – Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.30pm in EA1, see Mr Ramsay.
Junior Choir – Wednesday lunchtimes in EL1, all S1 – S2 pupils are welcome, see Ms Hampson.
Senior Choir – Thursdays 3.30 - 4.30pm in EL1, all S3-S6 pupils are welcome, see Mr Ramsay.
String Orchestra – Friday lunchtimes in EA1, see Mrs Steele.


For more details and events click here.


 MRS WALKER OVERSEES ACCESS TO SUCCESS

 We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Depute Head  Teacher, Mrs Walker, who joined us at the beginning of term. As one of  a Senior Management Team of only four, Mrs Walker has had a busy  start to her time at K.A. and is currently overseeing the introduction of  Scholar, for S5 and S6 students. Mrs Walker explains: "Scholar is an  online resource which students can access to give them further  support in their learning and study. Their individual login will provide  them with access to the subjects, provided by scholar, which they are  studying at school."

TRIP TO EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL – 27th AUGUST 2010

Under the watchful eyes of Mr King, Ms Fullerton & Ms McLeish, twenty S2 and five S3 pupils set off to investigate the delights of the capital on a bright and sunny morning (the weather having been specially ordered for the day).

The coach driver certainly seemed to know Edinburgh well (unlike last year) and we arrived in good time to chill out in the sun before attending the first author event of the day, Lauren St John, who enthralled us with tales of pet giraffes, angry warthogs, and dead men’s coves. The Q & A session proved a great success, with Hannah Mains winning a special prize of one of Lauren’s books on CD. Shame we can’t remember what the question was!

A swift book-signing session and lunch was followed by a scary session with author Gillian Philip, who pulled no punches when explaining to us how medieval torture instruments actually worked – and how much they costed -  and why you should never chop down any rowan trees you might find in your garden. (I was really confused by this, because I thought she kept on saying Rowntrees, and was thinking about chopping down tubes of smarties).

More frantic book purchasing and signings followed, and then we all slept on the bus on the way home (apart from Emma Strain and Shaun Finlay, who made enough noise for all of us combined).

Thanks to all the pupils, who were a credit both to themselves and to the school, and to Ms Fullerton & Ms McLeish, who both had a really easy Friday!

Report by Stephen King, School Librarian


DR NEILSON CERTAINLY KNOWS HER ONIONS!

Who remembers our ex-librarian, Dr Neilson? Here she is, winning a prize for the "Best Spring Onions in Show" at the Fenwick Church Garden Club Annual Show. We never knew that she had such green fingers - maybe that explains what those funny marks are on some of our library books!

Report by Stephen King, School Librarian


ANY OLD PHOTOS?

While researching some family history I came across the Kilmarnock Academy website.  I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through it, athough I do  not have any connections with Kilmarnock Academy.
 
Much to my surprise I found my relative Annie C MacLarty immortalised in Stewart Conn's poem 'School Motto'!
 
If by any chance there are any photographs in the school archives which might include Annie MacLarty, I would be very grateful for a copy of one.  Of course, I would pay any costs involved.
 
Catriona McInnes

EXPLORING THE PAST

Click on the maps below to see what Kilmarnock was like in days gone by.

 THE HUMAN COST OF KNIFE CRIME

 Some time ago I worked on pages for this website commemorating  former pupils who died in the two world wars. At the time I stated that  the real emotional impact of that memorial derived from the fact that  the individual stories and tributes succeeded in humanising the  statistics, giving a real sense of the lives behind the names and  conveying an overwhelming sense of loss. A while back I came across a  web page that did the same thing for young victims of another tragic  war - on the streets of modern Britain. Anyone who thinks that it's cool  to be "tooled up" should click here.                                 N. McIlvanney

 UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

 Mr King has compiled a list of the university open days for this session  and they have already started. If you are in S5/S6 you should be  giving the matter some serious thought now, if you have not done so  already. If you need some help or advice in deciding which career to  choose then ask your guidance teacher to arrange an interview for  you. You can also get a lot of really useful help and advice on how to  decide on the right course for you at the Careers Scotland website.

 To view the list of university open days click here.       

 THE CLASS OF 43!

 A while back we received a photograph of Class 3B in 1943-44 - sent  in by Rita Haddow. Thanks to Rita for sharing this fascinating glimpse  of life at K.A. in days gone by (click here to see the big picture).

 One current project at KA Web is the scanning and uploading of the  school photographic archive. Although this archive dates back to the  19th century, there are many periods where we have few photos so if  you have any old school photos that you could scan and send to us  we would be grateful. (High res/big file if possible.)



 BE PREPARED

 With one week of the new term gone already, it's time to make sure  that you are properly organised. To help you do that, we have some  useful instructions for you to follow. If we called these instructions  "advice" then you might make the mistake of thinking they are optional.  Anyway, just do the following - you know it makes sense!

 1. Bring your homework diary with you every day and take it out your  bag in each class at the beginning of the period so that it is handy and  ready to be used.
 2. Check your timetable and pack your bag the night before. You should  ensure that you have all the right books, jotters, pens, pencils etc.
 3. If you have PE or Home Economics the next day make sure you have  the right kit with you (put it in your bag or sit it by the front door).



 A RAINY NIGHT IN EDINBURGH

 On a wet and grey Monday night, Mr McIlvanney took up the invitation  of an old friend, Martin Waugh, and headed for the HMV Picturehouse  in Lothian Road in Edinburgh. The occasion was the final UK date of  Mika's tour and Martin - who used to play guitar with Sophie Ellis  Bexter, Lily Allen...oh, and Mr Mac - was  playing guitar with Mika. The  gig itself was a celebration of melody and a festival of vibrant colour -  no dark pretentious brooding or angst for these guys... just a lot of fun  and a lot of music. Former pupil, Blair McMillan, put in a good  performance on drums with the support band, Pearl & the Puppets.


July/August 2010


 GOOD LUCK MR KING AND MR ROWE!

 Mr King, who left our English Department at the end of June, started  his  new job in the English Department at Hawick High School on  Friday 20th August. When he was with us, Mr King brought a real  freshness, spark and enthusiasm to our English Department - this year  that is being supplied by Mr Reid and Mr McIlvanney. Mr King was also  the tactical mastermind and motivational expert behind the under-13  football team's success last year. (Mr Rowe washed the strips.) We  wish Mr King and Mr Rowe good luck and success at their new  schools.


 FAMOUS FORMER PUPIL UPDATES

 Our special thanks goes to Dr Dickson who has managed to create some  time in his busy retirement schedule to produce more famous former pupil  profiles for the school website. These include Dundee United's 2010  Scottish Cup hero, Craig Conway, and Sir William Muir (1819-1905)
 Imperial Administrator & Orientalist. To find out about their  achievements  (and, let's be honest, to find out exactly what an Imperial Administrator  & Orientalist
actually is) click here. Thanks again to Dr  Dickson for all his  hard work.

 IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK!

 The long summer holiday is now over. Staff returned to school on Monday 16th August and the pupils  returned on Tuesday 17th August. As you can see from the pictures below, some pupils were rather happy  to be back in school.

 We would like to offer a special welcome to our new pupils at K.A. and wish all of our pupils - new and  old  - good luck in the coming session. You should however bear in mind that success is more to do with having  a positive attitude and a healthy workrate than it is to do with luck.

 At present the work on the steps up to the main entrance has not been completed but all the actual  building entrances are clear and accessible.

THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD!

The latest local landmark to be restored to its former glory (and colour) is the statue of James Shaw, next to the War Memorial on Dick Road. The statue, by James Fillans, was originally unveiled on 4th August 1848, five years after Shaw's death. Along with the previous restoration and cleaning work on the Dick Institute and the War Memorial, the new-look statue has brightened up a very picturesque corner of Kilmarnock. Well done to the local Council - not only for restoring these landmarks but also for restoring a bit of pride in our local heritage. Click on the pictures below to view full size.

To find out more about James Shaw click here.

 UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS

 Mr King has compiled a list of the university open days for this session  and they start later this month. If you are in S5/S6 you should be  giving the matter some thought now, if you have not done so already .  If you need some help or advice in deciding which career to choose  then ask your guidance teacher to arrange an interview for you. You  can also get a lot of really useful help and advice on how to decide on  the right course for you at the Careers Scotland website.

 To view the list of university open days click here.       

CLASS OF 1980 REUNION

90 pupils from the 1980 intake enjoyed the reunion party last night, 7th August. Some travelled from Norway, Iraq, Germany, England, Wales, Falkirk and Irvine!

The organisers would like to thank everyone for making it a great night, for donations of raffle prizes and for buying tickets. £150 was raised and donated to Help 4 Heroes and the Ayrshire Huntington's Disease service.

Thanks to Mr McIlvanney and Mr King at Kilmarnock Academy for their help in making the reunion such a success.

Best wishes, Eileen Meek (Gilmour) .

 READING AND RELAXATION

 Recent findings have confirmed what we have always suspected - that  reading reduces stress. There was a girl I taught who once told me  that her favourite place to read was in the car. "But don't you feel sick  if you read in the car?" I enquired. "Not when it is sitting in the  driveway," was her reply. Her house was a noisy and lively place with  young children, so the car was her reading refuge. If you don't have a  quiet place to read then perhaps you should find one. We all know that  reading improves your performance in school but now you know it can  also make you chilled, relaxed, stress-free and cool.             N.McIlvanney

HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY

 For those who didn't get the results they had been hoping for on 5th  August, help is at hand in the form of a call to the Skills Development  Scotland Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. The line is open from  9am until 6pm weekdays and 9am until 5pm weekends until 28 August.

 SDS's Chief Executive Damien Yeates said:
"The message is that if  people don't get the results they were hoping to get they shouldn't  panic. They should call the helpline and speak to our advisers who can  give the information, advice and assistance that they need."

 "This can be a difficult time not only for students but for their parents  too, especially in the current economic climate. Parents sometimes call  on behalf of their sons and daughters as they can be too upset to  make the call themselves. Making a call to the helpline is that  important first step in finding out what their options are," said Damien.

 Almost 80 advisers will be on hand to give the latest information on  UCAS course vacancies at colleges and universities across the UK,  clearing, advice about employment, training opportunities, exam re-sits  and the Scottish Government's Step Forward Scotland £6.5m support  package for summer leavers.
 (source: SDS website)

LOUDOUN HILL

Local photographer Eric Gordon, who supplied me with the deer pictures further down the page, took these pictures of Loudon Hill and Spirit of Scotland. Click on the small pictures below to view larger versions.

 WERE YOU EXPECTING A DELIVERY?

 On Thursday, 5th August 2010 all those pupils who opted for the  traditional brown envelope through the door found out how they fared  in the 2010 SQA exams. We hope they did well. Of course, many pupils  found out their results a day earlier as they opted to be notified by  more hi-tech methods. A number of KA pupils have done really well (eg  Lucy G., Alison W., Stephen McI., Abbie M.). Well done and  congratulations to them - and to all of those who gained awards.

DEER COUNTRY

Local photographer Eric Gordon supplied me with these pictures. The funny thing is that they were not taken in some highland glen but were actually taken locally, in a pretty surprising location. If you want to work out exactly where the deer were taking a drink, the top left picture holds all the clues.

In case you can't work out the location, go to the picture at the top of the page. There is a road in the centre of the picture (High Street) running under the railway arches. If you go two arches to the right of the road then you will be at the river running through the Kay Park. The top left picture shows the deer under that second arch - right across from the car park and Kilmarnock Bus Station!

 WORK CONTINUES ON KA MAIN ENTRANCE

 Until work on the new-look KA entrance is completed there will be no  access to the school from Elmbank Drive. At present, cars and  pedestrians should enter the playground via the entrance opposite the  flats behind Kay Park Tavern (entrance near the Games Hall). They  should proceed past the new technology extension and then turn  right, as if going to the main entrance on Elmbank Drive. Entry to the  school is via the door next to the main office, underneath Mrs Ford's  office. As you can see from the picture of the front steps, the work is  not likely to be completed today.

 WORK CONTINUES AT KA

 While most of the staff and all of the pupils are on holiday, enjoying  one of the wettest summers in living memory, we should spare a  thought for those members of staff who carry on working throughout  the long summer break. The office staff, the janitors, the librarian and  the AV technician keep the place ticking over and getting things ready  so that when the rest of the staff and the pupils return to school  everything goes smoothly. And that time is drawing closer: staff return  to school on Monday 16th August while pupils return on Tuesday 17th  August.