Kilmarnock Academy - News Archive 2011 - 2012                   


June 2012

NOT LONG TILL THE HOLIDAYS...

The photos below were taken on Loch Lomond
during the summer holidays last year. Let's hope we can look forward to some good weather this summer.



THIS WEEK WE HAVE HAD OUR PRIZEGIVING CEREMONY AND SUMMER CONCERT.                 14.6..2012


NEW SPORTS FACILITIES NOW OPEN AND IN USE                                                                14.6..2012



                                                    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A WINNER...                      12.6..2012


TOM CAMPBELL

DAILY RECORD EDUCATION AWARDS

TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2012


CONGRATULATIONS TO TOM, A MEMBER OF OUR TECHNICAL DEPT, ON HIS SUCCESS. WELL DONE TC!


 THE OLYMPIC TORCH AT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY PLAYING FIELDS

 One of our S2 pupils, Regan Kelly, has edited up the film footage he  took at last week's Olympic Torch event and produced a short film  which really captures the excitement of that historic day.

 Regan is not only hard-working and a nice guy but he is also a dab  hand at all things technological - as you will see when you view the  movie. We hope that he will be able to produce more short films for our  school website. To view click here.                                  12.6..2012

 EAST AYRSHIRE

READERS' CUP


2012

 

The Readers’ Cup final took place at St Joseph’s Academy on Friday 8th June 2012. Our team competed against St Joseph’s Academy, Auchinleck Academy, Doon Academy, Cumnock Academy and Grange Academy to answer book related questions! Our team was Eilidh Raeburn, Robyn McDowall, David Hall and Rebecka Cameron. They didn’t win but they did really well and everyone got a goody bag at the end. Congratulations to the winners, Doon Academy, who will host the competition next year!

We only had 3 supporters this year so maybe if we can get more fans to cheer on our team next year we will do even better! A big thank you to our supporters Morgan McDonnell (who knew the answers to loads of the audience questions and won himself some sweets), Katie Smith and Katie Gibson (I think the two Katies knew the answers too but were too shy to answer).

The picture above shows our team warming up their brains before the competition by making their talking hamster mascot say funny things in a squeaky voice… 

Report by Miss V. Black - Librarian                                  (To view EAC's report on the event click here.)

HAPPY AT THEIR WORK...

THE OLYMPIC TORCH

QUEEN'S DRIVE & KILMARNOCK ACADEMY PLAYING FIELDS

FRIDAY 8th JUNE 2012





OLYMPIC TORCH DAY - FRIDAY 8th JUNE 2012

The Olympic Torch comes to Kilmarnock on Friday 8 June and will be part of the official opening ceremony of the new athletics’ facility at our playing fields.

All Kilmarnock Academy pupils will be involved on this day.

Some pupils will be taking part in sporting activities.  These pupils will be organised by Mrs Hamilton.

All other pupils will be walked to the playing fields, leaving school at 1000am and returning by 1200 noon.  These pupils will be part of the audience for the arrival of the torch and must be in full school uniform.  Pupils must be prepared for all weather situations.
 Eg.  Sunscreen and water or waterproof clothing.

Further details will be sent to registration teachers in the near future.

G Kerr                                                                                                                            31.5..2012


S2 FRENCH PUPILS VISIT GLOBAL MARKET

The recent Global Market in Kilmarnock gave these S2 pupils from Kilmarnock Academy an excellent opportunity to practise their French. The pupils have been learning all about food in class and particularly enjoyed speaking to the French stallholders . Michael Green (2S) said ‘We asked the woman at the cheese stall a few questions – it was great fun being able to talk to a real French person’. Mrs Smith and Miss Ambler from the Modern Languages Department  accompanied the pupils.

Report By Mrs Smith                                                                                                                                      7.6.2012




CUMNOCK ACADEMY HAS A GREAT NEW WEBSITE

Congratulations to all at Cumnock Academy on the launch of the new school website. The creation of the site has taken literally hundreds of hours of hard work and ceative thinking by Stevie Robson of the Music Department and when you visit the site you will see that all his effort and sacrifice have certainly paid off. The site is light, bright, engaging and the tone of it is informal and fun. I really liked the staff photos. These were either taken by Kevin Bridges wearing a party hat or the Cumnock staff are an extremely happy bunch. Keep up the good work and keep adding to your site! To view the new website click here.                                                                                                  N.McI 6.6.2012

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
ALL PUPILS RETURNED TO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE
         NEW STARTING TIME - 8.40am
DON'T BE LATE!
                                       
                                                                                      6.6..2012


May 2012

OUR NEW SCHOOL WEEK FROM 6th JUNE 2012

Monday and Tuesday,

 

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Reg

8.44 – 9.00am   (16 min)

 

Reg

8.44 – 8.50am        (6 min)

1

9.00 – 9.50am

 

1

8.50 – 9.40am

2

9.50 – 10.40am

 

2

9.40 – 10.30am

Break

10.40 – 10.55am (15 min)

 

Break

10.30 – 10.45 am    (15 min)

3

10.55 – 11.45am

 

3

10.45 – 11.35am

4

11.45 – 12.35pm

 

4

11.35 – 12.25pm

Lunch

12.35 – 1.15pm  (40 min)

 

Lunch

12.25 – 1.05pm      (40 min)

5

1.15 – 2.05pm

 

5

1.05 – 1.55pm

6

2.05 – 2.55pm

 

6

1.55 – 2.45pm

7

2.55 – 3.45pm

 

 

 


READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Don't miss this week's Kilmarnock Standard which features reports written by S3 pupils Mathew McAteer, Sophie Richardson, Torin McKenzie, Jake McCormack and Lauren Johnson. Well done to our budding journalists. We are grateful to Clair Fullarton at the Kilmarnock Standard for her assistance and wish to thank all at our local paper for providing our young students with the opportunity to write for such a large local audience.                                                                                                          N.McI 31.5..2012


                     CONGRATULATIONS TO MISS MILLIGAN - NOW OFFICIALLY A KA PE TEACHER        30.5..2012


S2 ENGLISH PUPILS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE LIBRARIES AND READING                     30.5..2012




RECRUITMENT FAIR THURSDAY IN GRAND HALL

WHAT'S ON OFFER?  47 Modern Apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Construction, Roads Maintenance, Horticulture and Social Care

WHERE? 
Recruitment Fair, Grand Hall, Kilmarnock

WHEN? 
Thursday 24 May from 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Don't miss it!
                                                                        N.McI 24.5.2012

THE VIEW FROM THE TOWER (CLICK ON THE PICS BELOW)                                                                                       28.5..2012



                                                   HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE!                               28..5..2012






 NO KNIVES, BETTER LIVES

 East Ayrshire Council's No Knives, Better Lives education roadshow took  place in the Grand Hall on Tuesday 22nd May. The event was attended  by seventy teachers who gathered to learn about knife danger. The  Director of Educational and Social Services welcomed guests and  identified sectarianism and violence in TV soaps as being key  contributing factors to the problem of violence and knife crime in  Scotland. While some may question how many knife-carrying teenagers  even watch soaps such as Eastenders, the fact remains that it is only  through the expression and exchange of views that we will be able to  identify and tackle the actual root causes of the violence. The No  Knives, Better Lives event facilitated such discussion. Also as part of  the roadshow, the Kamikaze Theatre Company delivered a powerful  and thought-provoking drama that highlighted some of the pressures  faced by young people today.

 There can be no doubt that the No Knives Better Lives initiative is both  welcome and necessary. Since May 2009, KA Web has tried to highlight  the devastating impact of violent crime. In recent years we have lost  two pupils as a result of violent attacks. The effect of such terrible  events on the families and the friends of the two young victims is  immeasurable. Both of these tragedies took place at night in the  community. In each case the assailant was part of a group. Random  violent attacks are seldom perpetrated by individuals acting alone -  unless of course the motive is robbery. An awful lot of violent crimes  are committed for no other reason than to "impress" others present and  to elevate status in the eyes of peers. Alcohol often acts as a catalyst  and, combined with aggression, is a key aspect of male teenage culture  in the West of Scotland. There is no doubt that this is a deep-rooted  and complex cultural problem. Let us all hope that the No Knives, Better  Lives campaign will be succesful in challenging and changing the  attitudes and behaviour of those young people who are presently drawn  in and seduced by modern tales of macho violence.       N.McI 24.5.2012


 THE HUMAN COST OF KNIFE CRIME (FROM KA WEB - MAY 2009)

 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. Recently 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

THE AREA AROUND THE SCHOOL ON A SUNNY DAY IN MAY (CLICK ON THE PICS BELOW)          24.5..2012




DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BIG LUNCH?

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.  This year the plan is to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a Big Lunch on 3rd June 2012. To find out all about it click here.
                                                                                   22.5..2012

 A SNEAK PREVIEW ...  

The new sports track and facilities at Kilmarnock Academy Playing Fields are due to open very soon. Most of the development lies to the right/east side of the drive up to where the original pavilion stood. This means that the rugby pitches, to the left/west of the drive, remain untouched. More details soon.                                                                                                                                        22.5..2012



NEW RANGE OF KILMARNOCK ACADEMY SCHOOL UNIFORMS

In response to quite understandable concerns expressed by some parents regarding the cost of school uniform, Mr Paterson has issued the following advice:
"White shirts can be purchased from Asda or Tesco at approximately £10 for a pack of three, and school ties are only £3. The new school jumper is good value in that it is very hard wearing and will easily last a whole school year. That said, parents may choose to purchase alternative black v necks  from elsewhere. The most important thing is that that our children take pride in themselves and in the school. Uniform is part of this, and I am convinced that our students will be seen as the smartest in town.
"


FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR NEW SCHOOL UNIFORM CLICK HERE.


HOPE YOU HAD A REALLY GOOD WEEKEND!


ALL S4, S5 & S6 PUPILS - KEEP WORKING HARD DURING STUDY LEAVE - IT WILL BE WORTH IT.


THE RIGHT ATTITUDE!

At present my first year class are working on a campaign to promote the positive aspects of Kilmarnock. Any questions I might have had about the commitment of these young people to the cause were surely answered by the e-mail below which was sent to the school website on Saturday evening at 6.04pm:

Dear Mr McIlvanney,

We were wondering whether Ms Black would let us into the computer suite (or your classroom). Why do we ask you? We need your help in getting us into the school at lunchtime because our Kilmarnock project needs a lot of work done. We were also wondering whether this could be our homework (instead of the smaller one) because we are putting a lot of effort in. This will not be an easy project to finish in a short amount of time. Your support in this would be much appreciated.

Yours Sincerely,
Callum & Eilidh

As their teacher, I find their enterprising attitude as well as their earnest and business-like enthusiasm for our class project both reassuring and satisfying - especially coming from two twelve-year-olds. That this matter was occupying their thoughts on a Saturday evening, not long before the BGT final, is also quite endearing. My answer to Callum & Eilidh: consider it sorted!

(The project will appear here soon.)                                                                                                                   N McI 14.5.2012




HRH Prince Charles

 PRINCE CHARLES VISITS KILMARNOCK

 
HRH Prince Charles will visit Kilmarnock today (Friday). The main  purpose of his visit is to officially open the renovated Johnnie Walker  Bond building in Strand Street. Later he will visit the North West Youth  Project in Onthank and the North West area centre in Western Road.  The Prince's visit will come as a boost to Onthank following the damage  caused to the area by the BBC's The Scheme which highlighted the  problems faced by several families "from Onthank" (only one of the  families actually lived in Onthank). Of course, the publicity the  programme generated only added to those problems and also had a  negative impact on the other residents of Onthank. We hope Prince  Charles enjoys his visit to the real Scheme.                                  N McI 11.5.2012

FORMER PUPIL MAKES FANTASTIC CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCHOOL - DETAILS SOON


OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY - 8th JUNE 2012 - AT K.A. PLAYING FIELDS - DETAILS SOON


DON'T MISS THE RETURN OF THE GLOBAL MARKET - THIS WEEKEND
  

The Global market is back untill Sunday the 13th of May. Come take a slice of life from one of the exotic stalls. From tasty cheese to hand-crafted chairs, we have it all. Enjoy a kangaroo burger or some super sweet churros. Situated in the centre of town it is easy to get to and great fun for all the family. Get a big bright pick and mix for the kids while you browse the fancy flower stalls
. It's all here so come to Killie!!!

(The photos below were taken when the Global Market was in town at the beginning of June last year.)

Report by Eilidh Raeburn 1S   
      
                                                                                                                                               
    10.5.2012



 ATTENTION MISS BLACK'S S5 ENGLISH CLASS!

 
With the English exam next week, Miss Black has been working overtime  to provide her S5 class with a bit of extra help in revising the Carol Ann  Duffy poem War Photographer. The revision notes are hosted at an  interesting site called prezi.com which allows you to make presentations  similar to PowerPoint, except online. So if you want to delve more  deeply into the poem and find out more about such aspects as the  sentence structure, the imagery, sound patterns and word choice just  click here. If you want to revise more English or do work for other  subjects check this site.                                                                                     9.5.2012

ONLINE STUDY SUPPORT - THANKS TO MR RIGG

Hi

I just wanted to thank Mr Rigg for his admirable Int 1 and 2 resources. Was tearing my hair out trying to help a young man understand and revise the key aspects and these notes have reduced everyone's stress levels enormously.

Many many thanks.

H Elsley
         
                                                                                                                                                            
                                   8.5.2012


STUDY SUPPORT ON KA WEB

In case you didn't know, you can get Study Support and Revision materials in a range of subjects right here on the school website. As well as help in English, Maths, Music, Biology and Business Studies you can now find help in Religious Education, Geography, Media Studies, Modern Studies, Chemistry and History.

To get support in other subjects, just ask your class teacher.
                                                                                                                                                                 
N McI 8.5.2012


HOPE YOU HAD AN ENJOYABLE

HOLIDAY WEEKEND!





EAST AYRSHIRE LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS - 4th MAY 2012

WARD 1

WARD 2
WARD 3
Ellen Freel – Independent
Eoghann MacColl – SNP
John McGhee – Scottish Labour

Helen Coffey, SNP
Andrew Hershaw, SNP
Maureen McKay, Labour

Tom Cook, Conservative
Lillian Jones, Labour
Iain Linton, SNP
Douglas Reid, SNP
WARD 4
WARD 5
WARD 6
James Buchanan - SNP
John Campbell - SNP
Gordon Cree - Scottish Labour
Drew McIntyre - Scottish Labour
John Knapp - Scottish Labour
Hugh Ross - SNP
Jim Todd - SNP

Alan Brown – SNP
George Mair – Scottish Labour
Bobby McDill – SNP
John McFadzean – Conservative
WARD 7
WARD 8
WARD 9
Neil McGhee – Scottish Labour
Stephanie Primrose – SNP
Jim Roberts – SNP
David Shaw – Scottish Labour
Billy Crawford – Scottish Labour
Barney Menzies – Scottish Labour
Kathy Morrice – SNP
Eric Ross – Scottish Labour
John Bell – SNP
Elaine Dinwoodie – Scottish Labour
Moira Pirie – Scottish Labour


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES!





 ALTON TOWERS

 
Kilmarnock Academy’s annual school trip to Alton Towers will run on  Tuesday 26th June 2012. 133 pupils and 10 staff are taking part in this  exciting trip with 3 buses transporting them from the school to the  theme park and back again.

 The bus will leave Kilmarnock Academy at 2am so pupils will be asked to  report to the school at 1.30am in order to register. We wouldn’t want  to leave without anyone! All those involved will spend the day at this  fantastic theme park and be asked to report back to the bus at 4.45pm  to set off from Alton towers at 5.15pm.

 The total cost of the trip is £42. All pupils have paid a £15 deposit and  the balance is due on or before Monday 21st May. Pupils attending  must qualify through the school’s positive rewards scheme to take part.

 This has been a very successful trip in the past and all pupils taking  part have a fabulous time – many do not wish to leave! This promises  to be a thrilling experience for all those involved.

 Further information will be available from the school closer to the event.

 Mrs Dale (Acting DHT)
                                                                        3.5..2012

                                                    TO VIEW THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN CLICK HERE.                           1.5..2012



 CHECK OUT OUR LIBRARY BLOG

 Miss Black, our new librarian, has settled in nicely and has even been  busily blogging to keep our students up to date with the latest  developments in the Library Resource Centre. If you want to find out  about the Readers' Cup, all the latest purchases or the most popular  books in the library then you should click here. Class 1S would like to  thank Miss Black for her help with the Scotland  2050 project, featured  below.

 As exam leave has now started, all senior pupils should return any  books borrowed to Miss Black in the LRC.
                             N.McI 1.5..2012



CLASS 1S THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE

We got together as a class and thought about what Scotland would be like in 2050. We had a good laugh discussing and thinking about what it would be like and came to a conclusion to target three main areas. Our first area would be a 2050 classroom (what we think it will look like), second an invention that would make our lives easier and lastly write a diary about a day in our lives in 2050.

We set off individually and after a week of hard work we were finished all three areas we had thought about. Now we are sending them away to the SQA for judging in a competition
and hopefully have some winners and make all the hard work pay off. It was a good project to do and we all enjoyed doing it. To check out our ideas click here.
 
                                                                      Callum Gibson 1S 27.4.2012



April 2012

THE FINAL

COUNTDOWN

 SQA EXAMS 2012

 The SQA exams start this week for S4 Standard Grade pupils. Yes, you  have heard it all before, but you really do only get one chance at this  level. The set of results you earn over the next few weeks will be with  you for the rest of your life. Employers and colleges will judge you by  these results and will view them as an indication of what you are  capable of. It's quite simple really: do well and you have choices;  do badly and you have none.

 There is still time to make a real difference and to do yourself justice.  For the next month you are a full-time student - so act like one. Take  on the responsibility. Rise to the challenge. All anyone can ask of you is  that you give it your best shot. If you do you that then you will feel  good all summer and beyond. If  you don't... well, guilt and regret are  hard feelings to get rid of because  you can't turn the clock back and  change things. Think about it. But also do something about it - now.

 If you need some help to get your study programme back on track or  even just a bit of advice on an aspect of exam preparation, speak to  any of your class teachers or to your Guidance teacher. Good Luck!
                                                                              N. McI 23.4.2012


 SQA EXAM LEAVE 2012

 
S4 EXAM LEAVE
 begins             Wednesday 25th April
 returning on   Wednesday 6th June

 
 S5/S6 EXAM LEAVE
 begins              Wednesday 2nd May
 returning on    Wednesday 6th June
         Mr Paterson 23.4.2012

JACQUI CARR FROM AUSTRALIA - TRACKING DOWN THE BAINS

Hi I am trying to find out if some relatives went to or taught at Kilmarnock Academy. My grandmother Annabella Greenshields Bain went to KA. She was born in 1921, so may have gone there sometime in the 1930's. I was also wondering if any of the following names appear as pupils or teachers:

Matthew Campbell Bain (I think he may have attended in the 20's or 30's, as he then went to Glasgow University and became a surgeon - he emigrated to Singapore). Any other Bains during the 1800's with names such as Robina, Agnes, Janet, Henrietta, Francis, Archibald, James, John, Frank. Other surnames include Wyllie Bain, Young Bain (maybe George Young Bain in the early 1800's), Borland Bain, Hay Bain.

If you have lists you can send I would be happy to trail through them myself. I would be happy to reciprocate with photos if they did attend, as we have many old photos of these families.

I am from Irvine, my mother is from Kilmarnock. I now live in Australia, and have found a 4th cousin once removed in Sydney (my granny and her grandfather -Matthew Campbell Bain - were distance cousins). We are sharing some ancestry information and trying to learn more about our common ancestors. So I would appreciate any information you could provide.

Kind regards, Jacqui Carr                                                                                                       23.4.2012


                                                HIGHER MATHS REVISION MATERIALS CLICK HERE.                         20.4.2012


                                                 TO VIEW THE S3 EXAM TIMETABLE CLICK HERE.                           11.4.2012


DO YOU REMEMBER GRACE HALBERT PATTERSON?


Hi,
 
I am the eldest daughter of an only child, Grace Halbert Patterson (Luce Avenue?, Kilmarnock) - and Roy Charles Randall (Poole near Bournemouth in England)
 
Mum was born on the 5th of May 1940 and attended Kilmarnock Academy (exact dates unknown)
I believe she had a very strong friendship with a girl called Judy something?
 
Dad was stationed near Irvine and Troon during his National Service in the late 1950's and that is how he and Mum met. They were married in August 1960 and I was born November 8th 1961.
 
Unfortunately Mum died in the Spring of 1980 (Aged 39) and having just stumbled on this site I was wondering if anyone remembers Mum or has any information/photos they think will help me.
 
I was always led to believe that we were descended from the Missionary, David Livingstone via his brothers' line but we seem to have mislaid the paperwork Mum had listing the various Richards' and Janets' or was it Agnes'? I can't quite recall!
 
If any of this rings a bell with you, or a relative of yours, then please send an email to the KA notice board and I will periodically look at it just in case.
 
With many thanks from Mrs. Lynn Halbert Riggs                                                                                                                   11.4..2012

GORDON WILSON - FORMER PUPIL AT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY 1945 - 1954


Like others I accidentally discovered your website via google.
 
Lo and behold I find 3 contemporaries in Messrs Hamilton, Crosby, and Highet, all of whom shared my right of passage through KA from 1945 to 1954.
 
It sparked mostly happy memories of the school and the teaching staff of the period, particularly the latter who to a greater or lesser extent, instilled some values which were useful/essential in later life.
 
My favourite teachers brought to life their subjects and I have special memories of 'Bert' Findley who transformed Maths for me. Also Joe Syme, 'Sanny' Adamson (English) and J Gibson(chemistry). On the negative side was Davy Gordon, vested with responsibility for assessing 10/11 year old boys for secondary schooling. A stiff collar, tinted glasses, and brown suit (summer), blue suit (winter) represented his classroom uniform. In modern day parlance the nick name 'Psycho'  would have been appropriate as he ruled by fear. The strap was a daily occurrence and as mentioned by others, his aim with a chalk duster was pretty good. As a role model for later life eg.  'how to win friends and influence people', he was a total failure!
 
 Leaving KA in 1954, I eventually graduated as a mechanical engineer after serving a student /apprenticeship with Glenfield & Kennedy, an institution in Kilmarnock which sadly no longer exists.
 
I subsequently moved to London in 1963 joining a firm of engineering consultants. In 1966 I joined a well known brewing company(think black stuff) and began a thirty year association which gave me the opportunity to work in Malaysia (10 year) Brazil (2 years) Nigeria (7 years) USA (Kentucky 3 years) and Australia (Sydney 3 years). During this time I met and married Sheila and we raised a family of two girls and a boy.
 
I retired in 1996 and we now live in Perthshire.
 
I hope that others locate your site and are able to share some of their life experiences. I certainly will check it from time to time.
 
With very best wishes,
 
Gordon Wilson                                                                                                                                                                                           11.4.2012

March 2012


HAVE A

GREAT EASTER

HOLIDAY!


 COME ALONG TO EASTER STUDY SCHOOL

 
For all those students who want to keep their momentum going right  through the holidays, help is at hand in the form of our Easter Study  School. Help is available in a range of subjects from 9.30am till 1.30pm  each day. Support will be provided for S Grade, Int 1, Int 2 and Higher  students. To check subjects and times just click here.

 If you scroll down this page you will also find lots of online help in most  subjects. With only a few weeks left till the SQA exams start you should make the most of the help on offer.
                           N. McI 28.3.2012

                                                    TO VIEW THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN CLICK HERE.                           30.3.2012


WELCOME BACK MRS MARSHALL!
HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER
.
(AND WE KNOW THAT YOU CAN ALSO MAKE GREAT CAKES!)


SCHOOL UNIFORM

Kilmarnock Academy pupils are the smartest in town. Let’s keep it that way! The school is moving towards all pupils wearing shirt and tie. New S1 pupils will receive a free tie as a gift from the parent council and school, and Senior Pupils (S5/S6) have a newly designed senior tie which must be worn at all times.

As a parent myself I do understand that you may still want your child to use  existing polo shirts and sweatshirts. I would however  strongly encourage you to move towards shirt and tie which is a smarter and often cheaper alternative.

From August 2012 uniform will be;

·         White/Black shirt and school tie

·         Black trousers or smart skirt – not leggings or mini skirts

·         Black V neck jumper or cardigan

·         Black shoes – trainers are for PE

·         Black tights

Many thanks for your support in this

B Paterson, Head Teacher                                                                                                  28.3.2012


CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE INFORMATION EVENING MAY 8th AT 7pm

Kilmarnock Academy is rightly proud of its tradition of success in learning and attainment, and we have been developing our curriculum for excellence to ensure that all our students achieve their potential. On May 8th we are holding an information evening for all parents to discuss these developments and also to consult with parents on our plans for the Senior Phase (S4-S6). These plans will impact on our S1-S2 students, however I am keen that all parents are invited to this event, including parents of children in our catchment primary schools.

You will find out about

·         How our our Curriculum for Excellence is developing in Kilmarnock Academy

·         Changes to the timetable

·         The curriculum in S1-S3

·         Course choices S4-S6

·         Additional qualifications we intend to offer

·         How we recognise and reward achievement

·         Enterprise and Employability

·         The New Examination framework

·         Working with local employers and College

I do hope you can attend.

B Paterson, Head Teacher                                                                                                  28.3.2012


                    TO GET LAST MINUTE ADVICE FOR HIGHER AND INT 2 ENGLISH CLICK HERE.          27.3.2012



 IN ORDER TO MAKE THE QUIZ TEAM...

 
If you think that Caesura was a Roman Emperor, that Litotes is  something to do with bad breath, Archaic is something you would buy in  Gregg's the bakers and that Cliché is a left back for Man City then you  never will make the quiz team. You are also likely to find Higher English  fairly challenging (by the way that was euphemism... don't know what  that is either?). Not to worry - Mrs Thomson has compiled a list of all  those tricky English terms, complete with simple explanations. Learn  them and you will improve your chances of making the quiz team and  passing Higher English. Easy! Just click here.                            N. McI 27..3.2012


 ENGLISH STANDARD GRADE WRITING SUPPORT

 
If, like most of us, you are not at your creative best at nine o'clock in  the morning then you will sympathise with those students who have to  sit the Standard Grade Writing exam on the morning of 26th April.  However, there is a way to deal with the problem. The trick, you see, is  not to rely on inspiration but, like any good journalist, to rely on  technique. If you are not sure how to do that, Mrs Thomson has come  to the rescue with some seriously good advice on how to tackle the  Standard Grade Writing exam. To view it click here. And to view our  S  Grade Study Guide, featured on BBC Bitesize, click here.      N. McI 27..3.2012


 HISTORY SUPPORT ON KA WEB

 
Thanks to Mr Reidford for today providing History study support  materials for the History page on KA Web. These have been supplied in  Power Point format and have titles such as How Fully, The Issue, How  Far Agree and How Useful Secondary. I have no info on whether these  are S Grade, Int 1, 2 or Higher - just check with Mr Reidford. I would  normally present PPT files as web pages (as in Business Studies) but  that's a very time-consuming exercise and we really don't have a lot of  time left before the exams. Good luck with your studies. To view the  materials simply click here.                                                                       N. McI 26..3.2012
 

S2 VISIT TO CRAUFURDLAND CASTLE

At Craufurland estate we saw the Craufurdland Castle and its murder hole.  We learned that Mr Craufurd can trace his ancestors to William Wallace - he told us the story of how William Wallace became the guardian of Scotland. The house was great and had 3 extensions that were built along time ago and still have some of the original structures.  The oldest part of the building had drains that were for when someone attacked the castle.  They put boiling oil and water in them and it killed the men who were attacking, and if that didn’t kill them the archers in the murder hole would! The estate had chests that have gold, rubies, and more, but there was a ghost who made you forget about the chests. The chests are a myth… or are they? 

Near the forest there’s a fishing loch and in the forest there’s a mountain biking track.  Not too far from the track we set up our fires in pairs.  We had to find tinder and wood and we got fire steal to light the fire. When we lit the fire we roasted marshmallows and had hot chocolate and then we went home.

Report by Calum McDonald 2F                                                                                                                                                        22.3.2012





    CAKE OF THE WEEK

 
This week's Cake of the Week award goes to Miss Black of the English  Department for her Ginger and Date Matterhorn Cakes, each one of  which can feed a family of five for a four days. Well done Miss Black!  Special thanks also to T-Bag and the rugby team for helping to carry  them in from the car. Click on the photo on the left for a life-size  picture.

                     
                                                                                                               N. McI  22.3.2012

EXAM TIMETABLE CHANGES

Please note the following changes to Kilmarnock Academy's SQA timetable.

         Subject/Title                                    Date                 Start              End    
0860   English                        
GC      Writing Foundation, General, Credit     26/04/2012      9:30 AM          10:45 AM       
GC      Reading General                              26/04/2012      12:30 PM           1:20 PM
GC      Reading Credit                                26/04/2012      2:00 PM             2:50 PM

These times will apply at Kilmarnock Academy and may differ from the English Exam times given on the SQA website.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         21.3.2012


ALLAN BURNETT VISIT

On Tuesday 6th of March, Allan Burnett came to our school and did a book signing. He is known for his “An All That” series of books, about the history of Scotland, although he is about to start a new series called ‘Tales of Adventure of WWII’ and he is currently doing a book on WWI .

When Allan Burnett visited our school library he did re-enactments of some of his books, including Macbeth. He asked for two volunteers and had Craig Clark (Kilmarnock Academy) and Jack Herrall (Kilmarnock Academy). Jack was lying on the floor pretending to be sleeping and Alan had Craig pretend to stab Jack with a pretend knife. He also did a re-enactment of St. Columba.

Allan then read some of his ‘Macbeth’ book. As he is a bit superstitious, at the end he had some of us recite a chant because the word ‘Macbeth’ is said to be a curse and many disasters have happened in plays because of using the word – as is shown in the back of his book.

Allan finished up by answering questions and signing our books. He had brought some of his books for us to buy and he gave two free books to Natalie Miller (Kilmarnock Academy) and Ben Weir (Kilmarnock Academy) for asking the two questions that intrigued him the most.

We were very excited to be at the Allan Burnett book signing and it was a great joy as we had lots of fun and a good laugh.

Report by Rebeka Cameron, S2                                                                                                21.3.2012




 SPORT RELIEF

 This Friday, 23rd March, Kilmarnock Academy will be supporting Sport  Relief fundraising efforts by holding a dress as you please event. All  pupils are invited to wear sportswear, e.g. trainers, trackies, hoodies,  to school that day. All we ask is that pupils pay £1 for the privilege.  Proceeds will go to Sport Relief.

 Triple P winners in S1 to S3 are also invited to take part in sporting  activities on Friday afternoon for a small charge of 50p. Again, this  money will go to Sport Relief. Pupils will have the choice of taking part  in a dance class, playing basketball or walking a mile in Kay Park that  afternoon. What better way to keep fit and healthy while raising money  for a good cause?

 Mrs Dale, Acting DHT



WELL DONE KILLIE!

KILLIE WIN THE SCOTTISH LEAGUE CUP 2012 !

Congratulations to Kenny Shiels and his players on defeating Celtic 1-0 to lift the Scottish League Cup. The fact that Killie kept another clean sheet meant that they won the competition without conceding a single goal - quite an achievement! The whole team put in a fine performance to compete in all areas with a Celtic team that went into the game on a run of twenty-six domestic games unbeaten - their last defeat being a 0-1 home defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League back in November 2011. Killie's winning goal, worthy of winning any final, was scored in the 84th minute by Belgian birthday boy, Dieter van Tornhout.

Triumph turned to tragedy, however, at the final whistle when Mr Jack Kelly, the father of Killie midfielder Liam Kelly, collapsed next to the Kilmarnock dugout. He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to the Victoria Infirmary where he later died. Our thoughts at this very difficult time are with Liam, his family and friends.
                                                                                                                                                   N McI 19.3.2012


SOFTWARE PROBLEMS AGAIN!

Apologies for the lack of updates since the middle of last week. This was due to the recurrence of a major software problem. Normal service will now be resumed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   N McI 18.3.2012



 CHEMISTRY SUPPORT ON KA WEB

 
Mr Fyffe once said, "Chemistry does not have as much colouring-in or  word searches as Biology or Physics but does offer a sound education and  an impressive range of courses - S Grade, Int 1, Int 2, Higher and Advanced  Higher - all of which are constantly being improved." As part of that  improvement, Mr Fyffe has created an impressive range of study  support materials, some of which have now been uploaded to the  school website. So if you want to find out the differences between  ionic, covalent and premium bonds or why experiments never work or  the molecular structure of polytetracarbodichlorophynanickelobepop-  aluladioxidalmagnesiate or if, quite simply, you just want to pass your  Chemistry exam then click here.                                                            N. McI 14..3.2012


  MODERN STUDIES SUPPORT MATERIALS UPLOADED

 
Thanks to Mr MacKay, we now have a range of study support materials  in place for Standard Grade Modern Studies students. And, rather  cleverly, he has not only provided detailed notes on what to study:
                  STANDARD GRADE REVISION NOTES
 but has also provided really helpful guidelines on how to study and  revise for Modern Studies:
                  STANDARD GRADE REVISION GUIDELINES
 Now you have everything you need... so all you need to do is learn it.
                                                                                                                                   N. McI 13..3.2012

OTHER STUDY SUPPORT ON KA WEB

In case you didn't know, you can also get Study Support and Revision materials in other subjects right here on the school website. As well as help in English, Maths, Music, Biology and Business Studies you can now find help in Religious Education, Geography, Media Studies and of course Modern Studies.

Extensive Chemistry support has also beenuploaded, courtesy of Mr Fyffe.

To get support in other subjects, just ask your class teacher.
                                                                                                                                                                 
N McI 13.3.2012


HOPE YOU HAD AN ENJOYABLE WEEKEND...

NOW IT'S BACK TO BUSINESS!



  MORE MATHS SUPPORT MATERIALS UPLOADED

 
Thanks to Mrs Walker for providing a fantastic range of support  materials for Standard Grade Maths. These have been uploaded to the  Maths section of the school website. No fewer than twenty-six topics  are covered, ranging alphabetically from angles to volume. You'll find  everything from big sums to wee sums and easy stuff to pure  headscratchers. As it has taken a lot of time and effort to create and  upload these support materials, we would like all you Maths students to  do one thing - use them! Otherwise your teachers will be putting more  effort into ensuring your success than you are. And that's one equation  that never works out right. (click here)                                          N. McI 11..3.2012

ALLAN WATT SHARES HIS MEMORIES OF KILMARNOCK ACADEMY 1955 - 1957

After seeing the graffiti picture of the ceiling of the tower on your website, I  was quite amazed to see my name and that of Bob Ellis still in evidence. My autograph is perhaps wearing better than I. Bob was the Sports editor and I was the Art editor of the Goldberry. That the Goldberry committee was even in the tower in 1957 was a story in itself. The Janitor of that time, a Mr. Keddie, clearly did not want the committee in the tower and had filled it with desks and chairs. It took a delegation of us to go to Mr. R. McIntyre aka “the beak” to overturn the janitor’s decision. Mr. Keddie was not amused.

Some of the accounts on your website brought back many memories ,  particularly the one mentioning names of former teachers.

Bill Craig comes to mind. He was a holy terror and I recall standing in the prefect’s room ( a Classroom on the third floor} observing clouds of smoke emanating from the boy’s toilets. At that time there was a playground which ran between the Academy building and the Tech. It was split by a wall with the girls on one side and the boys on the other and nary the twain should mix. This particular day large numbers of boys had entered the forbidden territory of the girls’ playground and a game of mixed football was underway. (To read on click here.)                                                                                                                                               11..3.2012



 MEET MISS BLACK & MISS BLACK

 
In a bid to avoid the inevitable  confusion... Miss L Black, pictured  left, is a very able addition to our  English Department who has made  a big impact since her arrival. Miss  V Black, pictured right, is our new  librarian who has only just joined  us but is already making a real  difference. Scroll further down to  see what she has to say.      9.3.2012

NOT LONG NOW TILL THE EXAMS!

With the May exams now only a matter of weeks away, you should have your study plan in place and be working hard to achieve success in all of your subjects. At the moment you should be making the most of your time in classes and asking your teachers about any subject areas or topics you are unsure about. If you identify the problem areas now, you will still have time to work on them and resolve any issues before the SQA exams. You should also be analysing your Past Papers so that you can familiarise yourself with exam layout, the wording of questions, types of questions and recurring questions. It is also really useful to study the marking instructions so that you can understand what the examiner is looking for and so that you can lay out your answers in a way that's easy and clear for the marker to follow. Attending Supported Study will also be of obvious benefit. To view the Supported Study timetable for March click here.

Remember that your future is entirely in your hands. Success in the SQA exams will provide you with more choices and the opportunity to secure a brighter future for yourself. Seize that opportunity - or you really will regret it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   N McI 9.3.2012
PICTURED ABOVE - S6 PUPILS WORKING HARD TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN THE SQA EXAMS


 MESSAGE FROM MISS BLACK, OUR NEW LIBRARIAN

 
I’d like to introduce myself to all the staff and pupils at Kilmarnock  Academy. I’m your new librarian, Miss Black. I’ve heard great things  about the school and I am excited about working with you all to make  our Library Resource Centre one of the best! I have had the chance to  meet some of you who have been using the library already. For those  who need a reminder of the opening times, they are:
 
 08:45 – 10:55          11:10 – 12:50          13:20 – 16:00

 I look forward to seeing you in the library!
                                                9.3.2012


 MEDIA STUDIES PAGE ADDED TO KA WEB

 Thanks to Mr Rigg, we now have a Media  Studies page which provides a range of  support materials to help you prepare for  Higher, Int 2 and Int 1 exams. It took Mr Rigg  a long time to create these materials so he  hopes that all of the Media Studies students  out there will not only find them useful but will  also invest some of their own time in ensuring  that they do well in the May exams. To check  out the new Media Studies page click here.
                                                                      N McI 8.3.2012

TO VIEW THE SUPPORTED STUDY TIMETABLE FOR MARCH CLICK HERE.                                  7.3..2012



 ANDREW AIRD'S 1891 PRIZE

 I bought this old book, “Robinson Crusoe”, at a yard sale last summer in  Canada. I bought it because my grandchildren like the classics and old  books. Last week I thought I would read it and when I opened it up, on  the fly leaf was the  picture enclosed. It was awarded to Andrew Aird,  June 29th 1891 for excelling in French and Writing. 

 The book itself is in quite good condition although the cover has been  reinforced.


 Sincerely, Phyllis Shoop


 Thanks very much, Phyllis, for sending us the photo and the story of  how you came upon this little piece of Kilmarnock Academy history.

                                                                                                                                   N McI 6.3.2012

SOFTWARE PROBLEMS SORTED!

Apologies for the lack of updates since the middle of last week. This was due to a major software problem which proved to be very difficult to fix. Normal service will now be resumed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      N McI 5.3.2012


2011 SCHOOL YEAR BOOK AVAILABLE NOW

It has been a long time in the making but the 2011 Kilmarnock Academy School Year Book is now available to purchase. Mrs Hogg was so excited about the Year Book being ready that she forgot to mention how much it costs. As soon as she lets me know the price I will post that information on the website. If you don't care about the cost and just want to get your hands on a copy before they sell out then you can buy one direct from Mrs Hogg in room B9.
                                                                                                      N McI 5.3.2012


EXPLORING THE PAST

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


 FROM THE ARCHIVES - A VERY SPECIAL PIECE OF HISTORY

 On Thursday, 1st May 2008, we received the following e-mail:

 A friend gave me a book called: 'Cyclopedia of Female Biography'  Edited by H. G. Adams Glasgow Robert Forrester, Stock[page  damaged] 1866 What may interest you about it is that it was given to  a Kilmarnock Academy 'first class' student, Maggie King, in June 1869,  for winning 1st place in an arithmetic competition. There is an award  form adhered to the inside cover with this information filled in and  then signed by "Thomas Lee F.H[or]K. A.S., Master" of the Commercial  and Mathematics Department.

 Someone loving carried the book with them across the ocean to the  United States, perhaps Ms King herself.

 The book is now in a fragile state so I plan to donate it to the New  England Historical Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts, for  safe-keeping. However, I have scanned the inside cover for your  benefit. The scan is attached as is a transcription of the award.

 I hope the Academy appreciates this small piece of history and what it  must have gone through.

 Sincerely, Julia

 Our thanks to Julia for sending us this special piece of K.A. history.


February 2012


 29th FEBRUARY 2012

 SO WHY DO WE HAVE LEAP YEARS?

 It's all about getting the sums to  add up at the end of each four year  cycle. Quite simply, leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in  alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the  Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48  minutes, and 46 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. However, the  Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a  day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six  hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar  would be off by approximately 24 days. Now you know!           29.2.2012

WELCOME TO OUR NEW LIBRARIAN

Welcome to Miss Black our new librarian who has now joined us. She takes over from Mr King who left us in June 2011. Miss Black is very keen to work with students to create a new learning centre in the school.
                                                                                                                                     29.2.2012


SQA EXAMS - A MESSAGE FROM MR PATERSON

"Pupils in S4, S5 and S6 ought to be studying NOW for their final exams in May. We aim to be one of the best schools in the council in terms of examination results, so keep up the hard work; attend study support AND revise well at home.
"

Mr Paterson, Head Teacher                                                                                                                             29.2.2012



 "WELL PLAYED!" GREGOR & EUAN

 Gregor Keachie and Euan McIlvanney, two of our recent former pupils,  played to a packed house of around 500 at Oran Mor on Saturday 18th  March. The boys were accompanying singer-songwriter Max Murphy  from Glasgow who was the main support for headline band John Wean.  Gregor played piano and trumpet while Euan played drums, alongside  Max on vocals and acoustic guitar. Both boys also did backing vocals  throughout Max's set. Bass and percussion completed the line-up for  Max's band. Also on the bill were The Bangarangs and London band The  Branco Heist. (Click the pic on the left to see the bigger picture.)       
                                                                                      29.2.2012

TO VIEW THE SUPPORTED STUDY TIMETABLE FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH CLICK HERE.                26.2.2012


STUDY SUPPORT ONLINE

In case you didn't know, you can get Study Support and Revision materials right here on the school website. As well as help in English, Maths, Music, Biology and Business Studies you can now find help in Religious Education and Geography, thanks to Mrs Neilson-Bell and Miss McLeish.

Later this week a fantastic range of Media Studies support materials will be uploaded, courtesy of Mr Rigg, as well as extensive Chemistry support, courtesy of Mr Fyffe.
                                                                                                                                                                 N McI 27.2.2012


SCHOOL REUNION 1966 - 1972

Hello all,

My name is David McCall and I was at Kilmarnock Academy from 1966 to 1972.  I am organising a reunion for all those who were in my year.  It will be in the Park Suite at KFC on Saturday 23 June 2012.

If anyone is interested in coming along please email me at AandDMcCall@aol.com or call me on 01563 533275.  I would love to hear from you.

David McCall                                                                                                                                                 21.2.2012


S4 MOCK INTERVIEWS

These interviews will take place in March. All S4 pupils will apply for one of the jobs advertised. Your PSE teacher has a copy of the jobs but you may wish to look at the details again before you make up your mind.

Pupils in Grange and James Hamilton Academies will also be applying so your form will have to be completed to a high standard if you are to get an interview – 6 pupils per job.

We have had our own mock interviews and the winners have received their certificates. All pupils who completed an application form have received feedback so the next effort should be an improvement.

S4 pupils will start to apply for the jobs in the “Kilmarnock District Mock Interviews” this week.  

Mrs Hamilton

To view the full list of vacancies click here.



EAST AYRSHIRE GIANT HEPTATHLON

Congratulations to all the S1/2 pupils who took part in the East Ayrshire Giant Heptathlon Event at Stewarton Sports Centre on Thursday 9th February.  Kilmarnock Academy came 5th out of the nine secondary schools and all pupils performed well and had a great day.  Well done to everyone who took part.

Report by Miss Milligan                                                                                                      14.2.2012



January 2012

PARENTLINE SCOTLAND

ParentLine Scotland offers support and help by phone and by email, to any adult worried about a child no matter how big or small the issue. The helpline provides time and space for adults to talk about their concerns and to get a bit of extra support at a time that suits them, while the email service can help those who prefer to write things down rather than pick up the phone.  ParentLine Scotland is also part of the national kinship care service providing help, support and information to grandparents, aunts and uncles and other relatives who find themselves looking after a child in the family when their parents can't.

The free confidential helpline number is 0800 028 2233 and theconfidential email address is parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk. ParentLine Scotland lines are open from 9am to 10pm on Monday to Friday and 12 noon to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Further information can be found by visiting www.parentlinescotland.org.uk.
                            
                                                                                                                          30.1.2012


S5 & S6 STUDY ARRANGEMENTS

As there has been some confusion as to the official stance on S5 & S6 study arrangements for the prelim exams, Mr Paterson has moved to clarify the situation and issued the following statement:

"From Wednesday 1st till following Tuesday 7th. I have advised that S5 & S6 pupils can study at home, but that staff would also be available to them in school when not sitting exams."
                                                                                                         
                                                 30.1.2012


S5/S6 PRELIMS - BE PREPARED!

 With prelims this week and next, it's worth remembering the Raising  Attainment Working Group's advice to pupils and parents on how to  get organized as you revise for examinations and the many benefits of  a detailed revision schedule. Remember, these exams will help to  determine your future - no pressure, you understand.

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


 THE DAILY & 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 newspapers. 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 30.1.2012

WELL DONE KILLIE!



 BURNS SUPPER - S4, S5 & S6
 THURSDAY 26th JANUARY - 7pm PROMPT


 Have you signed up for our Burns extravaganza?
 Tickets prices £7.50 are available from Jordan Ferries or Mrs Dunsmuir in  the English Department.
 Price includes a rib-sticking 3 course meal, speeches and dancing.
 This is a hugely important tradition in this school.  Make sure you’re a  part of it.

                                                                  E. Dunsmuir 25.1.2012

SIR TOM HUNTER - ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE

David Hall, S2, represented the school at the Sir Tom Hunter Entrepreneurial Challenge Final which was held at East Ayrshire Council Chambers. David delivered an excellent presentation on his idea "The Handy Pack", which he designed as a solution to the long running problem of pupils having to ask their classmates or their teacher for a pencil. This innovative product would attach to your bag strap and would hold a pencil, rubber and a sharpener. David had visions of expanding this in the future to perhaps include a memory stick. The competition from other EA schools was fierce and the winning idea was Auchinleck Academy's MiMovie, a mobile phone application which recommended different movies to watch depending on your current mood. Well done David!  

Report & Pics - Mr McClurg/Mrs Hamilton                                                                                                                                24.1.2012



                             TO VIEW THE S5/S6 MUSIC PRACTICAL EXAM TIMETABLE CLICK HERE.           17.1.2012


OUR MAN IN THE NEWS - ALL IS REVEALED

With regard to the feature further down this page, entitled Our Man In The News, we didn't have to wait very long to find out why Mr Kerr was going to be featured in the newspapers. After thirty-seven years of tireless service to Kilmarnock Academy, Gus has been nominated in the Lifetime Achievement category of the Daily Record Scottish Education Awards. Congratulations to Gus on this well-deserved nomination. More information on the nomination will appear on KA Web later.                                                                               N.McI 16.1.2012
 DEFINITELY "MR PATERSON"

 Let there be no doubt that the Head Teacher who appears in the Daily  Record alongside Mr Kerr and who is referred to throughout as Mr  Swanson is in fact our own Mr Paterson. While most people would have  been a bit miffed at the error, Mr Paterson was philosophical about it  when he spoke to KA Web. "It was just an honest mistake and it  shouldn't detract from Gus's achievement - this piece is all about him.  In any case I really appreciate the time and effort put into the piece by  Craig McQueen and the support the Daily Record provides to schools in  Scotland through the Scottish Education Awards."                    N.McI 16.1.2012

S5 & S6 SUPPORTED STUDY STARTS THIS WEEK.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TIMETABLE.         16.1.2012


 OUR MAN IN THE NEWS

 Keep an eye on the Daily Record this week and find out exactly why Mr  Kerr - DHT, fitness guru, long-serving member of our PE Department  and all-round "good guy" - is going to feature in the news this week. Mr  Paterson knows all about it but he is giving nothing away. He would  only say, "It's a good news story for Kilmarnock Academy and for Mr  Kerr who has served the school so well for so many years. You're just  going to have to wait and see.... but it will be worth the wait." Sounds  interesting.                                                                                                          N.McI 16.1.2012

 BIOLOGY SECTION REVAMPED

 The Biology section of our school website has just been revamped and  updated. As well as providing support at all levels from S3 to S6, it  now has extensive help for pupils in S1 and S2. Our own Ogg 'n' Hogg  have spent many hours creating these support materials and it took  me an entire night to put them up on the website. So, all you Biology  students, do the honourable thing - and yourselves a favour - and  put some time of your own into using these support materials to  improve your Biology grades! You can find S1 & S2 materials here and  S3 to S6 materials here.                                                                            N.McI 10.1.2012

   S5 & S6 PARENTS' AFTERNOON TOOK PLACE WEDNESDAY 11th JANUARY 4.30 TILL 7pm.   


 NEW TERM OF WEEKLY CLASSES BEGINS JANUARY 21st

 Scottish Youth Theatre's Spring term of drama classes (covering  drama, dance and creative movement) begins on January 21st and  runs  until 25th March. The classes will take place in Glasgow,  Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Places in each class are  limited and are  already going  fast.

 "With 35 years experience in delivering fun and engaging drama  workshops, Scottish Youth Theatre provides a creative atmosphere  within which to make friends, develop confidence and learn about  performing. If you’ve been to classes before, then you’ll know exactly  why they’re  such a fun way to spend the weekend."

 To see what is available and book a place online click here or call  0141 552 3988 for furtherinformation.                                             N. McI 9.1.2012



HAPPY NEW YEAR!

& ALL THE BEST FOR 2012

~
To all pupils, their families, all former pupils,

all staff, former members of staff and all friends of Kilmarnock Academy
~
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.1.2012


SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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 30.12.2011


 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  whole range of excuses. 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 organising your  study plan 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 5.1.2012


December 2011


 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  whole range of excuses. 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 organising your  study plan 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 5.1.2012

 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.)
 


 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 an 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. 28.12.2011


 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. 28.12.2011

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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             28.12.2011



To all the students of Kilmarnock Academy and to all the others who are visiting this website, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Remember to keep yourself safe during the holidays.                                                        Jonathan Cardle, S3.


 CONGRATULATIONS TO FORMER PUPIL, IAN MIRFIN - BBC SPORTS UNSUNG HERO 2011


Congratulations to husband and wife team, Ian Mirfin and Janice Eaglesham, who won the BBC Sports Unsung Hero award for 2011 at the Sports Personality of the Year show last night. The Unsung Hero award which is now in its ninth year, recognises outstanding contributions and commitment by those who give up their own time to provide others with encouragement, enjoyment and greater access to sport within local communities. The couple were presented with the award by England footballer Michael Owen.

Ian was at Kilmarnock Academy in the seventies and is still good friends with one of his classmates in those days - our own Mr Taylor. Over the years Ian has occasionally participated in our staff five-a-side games on Fridays at 3.30.

Ian and Janice formed the Red Star Athletics Club in Glasgow 21 years ago to help promote the sporting development of disabled athletes. Over the years they have trained more than 150 disabled athletes, many of whom have enjoyed great success in international and Olympic competition.

On receiving the award Ian, who works as a staff development officer with South Lanarkshire Council, said: "I'm a bit shocked and stunned....Thanks to BBC Scotland for the support, it's resulted in more coverage of disability sport. We know many other people who are involved to a greater extent than us and this is an award for volunteers everywhere." For those who know Ian, such a humble and modest response will come as no surprise.
                                                                                                                    N McIlvanney 23.12.2011



At Christmas there is one thing you really must do before you go out and have fun meeting with friends and opening presents - spare a thought for the old folk. Give them a visit and wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and spread the Christmas cheer.                                             Shaun Connell S3.



 CHRISTMAS PARCELS CAMPAIGN

The XL Princes Trust group delivered Christmas parcels to the local elderly people in Mill Court on Thursday 22nd December. The parcels contained items such as soup, rice, ham, tuna, sweeties, biscuits and cakes. We delivered 27 parcels and people were very thankful and quite emotional when they received them. It is a regular thing we do every year at Christmas and it has always been a success. We have even got to know the elderly people in the area very well.

Thank you to all the people who participated from the XL group and to the people who brought in items for the parcels.
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Report by Shanie Doogan S4
                                                    22.12.2011



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who is on the Kilmarnock Academy website. Hope you all enjoy yourselves, have lots of fun, get lots of good presents and are very grateful for what you get!  Bobbie Leigh Smith, S3.


Gravity                                                    

Snowfall has created a fluffy white carpet
that I crave to crunch my feet into,
to leave a trail of dots behind,
over the hidden green grass.
I try to maintain my dignity and balance
as I shuffle like a penguin
across the sheet of ice that is the pavement.

Hands are burning, stinging from the soft snow
as I have created a mountain of snowballs
to use as ammunition against the enemy.
A ball of ice hits me and the shock
of the cold
brings me into contact with the pavement,
all limbs in the frosty air.

I lie there for a good thirty seconds,
face beaming so much it could melt the ice.
The remains of the snowball are
grasping onto my jacket and creeping into my clothes,
shooting a chill up my spine.

My eyes dart from side to side,
scanning for the source of laughter.
Cautiously raising myself from the ground,
I awkwardly chuckle to myself and pretend
that no-one saw.

Kirsty Mclauchlan


To view more Christmas poems by pupils click here.



Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to every student, teacher and staff member of  Kilmarnock Academy and to everyone who visits the website. Have a good time this Christmas.                                                               Keith Thomson, S3.


MR PATERSON'S

K.A. NEWSLETTER


DECEMBER 2011 - CLICK HERE



                                                    TO VIEW THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN CLICK HERE.                          21.12.2011


 EXCELLING IN SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT

 This school has no fewer than 6 student internationalists, which is a  tremendous achievement and something the school is proud of and  keen to acknowledge formally. We will reintroduce “colours” for those  students who represent our country. And the future looks even brighter  as Kilmarnock Academy has first access to the new, state-of-the-art  athletics facility in Queens drive and we are also in the process of  building strong formal links with Kilmarnock Football Club. All of this  surely demonstrates that this school is seriously going places in terms  of promoting and supporting the sporting achievements of our students.
                                                                    B. Paterson  20.12.2011

KILMARNOCK FC AT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

On a recent visit to Kilmarnock Academy, Killie manager Kenny Shiels provided a large group of KA pupils with a truly inspirational team talk which covered such topics as pursuing personal goals, taking pride in your local community and the importance of teamwork. Kenny gave thoughtful answers to a whole range of questions and cited the great George Best as being his own boyhood hero and inspiration. Those who did not know who George Best was (and there were a few!) were directed to former pupil Hugh McIlvanney's piece Best Years of Our Lives which happens to feature on our own school website. Kenny was accompanied by Alex Pursehouse who gave an insight into the demands placed on players at a modern football club. We would like to thank Kenny and Alex for their visit and their talk. Of course, the best way to thank them is to go along to Rugby Park whenever there is a home game and support your local team!
                                                                                                               N McIlvanney 20.12.2011



KILMARNOCK ACADEMY BOOK CLUB BLOG

Thanks to Mr McEwan, we not only have a very popular Book Club at KA but we also have a Book Club Blog where pupils can post reviews of the books they have read as well as get ideas and suggestions for their next read. The club, for S1 and S2 pupils, meets every Tuesday after school "to discuss our favourite books, rummage around in the Library and take part in other activities". All S1 and S2 pupils are welcome. To check out the Blog click here.

DEATH OF EVELYN ESSERTEL (EVELYN WILSON)

The funeral took place on Monday 19th December of Evelyn Essertel, a former member of our English Department, who died as a result of a house fire in Darvel. Our thoughts are with Serge, Duncan and the rest of her family and friends.

Evelyn entered teaching in her early thirties. She started her career at James Hamilton Academy in 1981 and had spells at Loudoun Academy and Kilmarnock Academy. She took early retirement from Kilmarnock Academy in 1997 although she did do some supply work after that and we were fortunate enough to have Evelyn back for a spell on long-term supply around 2006.

I have worked alongside a lot of good teachers but Evelyn was right up there with the very best. And she was a one-off. In a world where so many merely talk the talk, Evelyn clearly walked the walk – usually with one hand on her hip and the other gesturing dramatically or flicking her hair back. Throughout her time in teaching, her keen interest in drama ensured that she was very popular with the pupils and every lesson was a command performance. Her real strength was that she genuinely cared and the pupils knew it. She could handle the most difficult classes with ease and usually had them captivated, hanging on her every word. If ever any of the big tough guys in fourth year saw fit to pass remarks or challenge her authority she would take a step back, focus all eyes on the offender and say, in a voice she might have used to speak to a new puppy, “What’s wrong? Are you just not getting enough attention? There there… Come to Mommy and get a big hug…” Problem sorted.

Evelyn was a good friend during our time together at James Hamilton and Kilmarnock Academy and I got to know her and her husband Serge well. She was a good wife to Serge and a proud Mum to Duncan. One time, when my kids were toddlers, we dropped in unannounced to see her at her house in Darvel. As always she was welcoming and enthusiastic, making a fuss of the children and making them feel special. Of course, as our visit was not expected, she was still in her dressing gown (probably Prada) and I remember her saying, “Look at the state of me….I’m a total mess.” At this point Serge, in that fabulous Sacha Distel accent of his, responded, “Stop feeshing for compleements Eveleen….you look fine.” And she did. She always looked fine.

She was a very stylish lady who had a good eye for antiques and jewellery but while she came across as being very confident, colourful and flamboyant she was also quite a vulnerable soul who worried about doing her best. Like many of us, she needed the occasional reassurance and at school she got that from the positive reactions of the pupils. My son was taught by Evelyn during her spell of supply at Kilmarnock Academy in 2006. At the time, he thought she was a fabulous teacher and came home talking about her lessons. Looking back now, he thinks that quite simply she was the best teacher he ever had. I am sure there are many out there who would agree with him.
                                                                                                                      N McIlvanney 19.12.2011

 SHOP IN KILMARNOCK THIS CHRISTMAS

 For those of you who have still to do a spot of 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 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
 Great Soup, Snacks & Home Baking - Blowmore Music in College Wynd
 Turkey & Trimmings - David Faulds & Son Ltd, 70 John Finnie Street
 Cards & Gifts from Kev's Kards  & Gifts The Foregate
 Rare Whiskies & Exclusive Wines from Sinforiani Bros, West George St
 T.V. & Audio from J.H. Donald's Tichfield Street
 .........and many more!

 
  FREE PARKING ON SATURDAYS TILL CHRISTMAS
 

 On Saturday 17 December and Saturday 24 December all of the  Council’s pay and display car parks will be free. In addition, the Multi  Storey Car Park will be operating under extended hours from Monday  19 December to Friday 23 December when it will be open till 7pm. On  Saturday 24 December the multi storey will be open till 7pm and  parking will be free all day.
                                                                     N McIlvanney 16.12.2011


 CHRISTMAS PARCEL CAMPAIGN

 This December, please make a point of remembering to contribute to  the Christmas Parcel Campaign for the elderly. Every little helps.

 This year the campaign is being organised by our S4 XL group but they  really need your support. So please bring in any tea, coffee, dry goods,  tins, etc, and place them in the collection boxes which can be found in  Mr Neilson-Bell’s room and Miss McLeish's room
. Put the items in your  bag the night before so you won't forget to bring them. Thanks.
The application lets you build your exam timalso proN McIlvanney 15.12.2011


FESTIVE SPIRIT - SPOT THE TWENTY DIFFERENCES

THE FRENCH PRELIM HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MONDAY 19th DECEMBER.          8.12.2011


JAZZ BAND PLAY IN TOWN CENTRE  

On Saturday 10th December the Jazz Band and a selection of pupils from the Senior Choir entertained shoppers in the town centre with a variety of music. The performances were well received.

Report and pics by Mr Ramsay                                                                                                 11.12.2011



SENIOR CHOIR AT PRINCE'S SQUARE  

On Thursday 1st December the Senior Choir performed at Princes Square, Glasgow in aid of Hansel Foundation. They were well received by the shoppers and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Report by Mr Ramsay                                                                                                                  11.12.2011


 SCHOOL CLOSURES -THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER

Announcement on East Ayrshire Council's website:

"
All schools in East Ayrshire will be closed today, Thursday 8 December 2011. We have taken this decision in the interest of safety following the announcement made late last night by the Scottish Government in relation to the severe weather forecast for Scotland.

Children should not be sent to school today. Teachers and other school employees should report  for work as normal.

We will provide further updates regularly. Please check our website, Digi TV and Westsound for more details."


Weather Forecast from the Met Office:


Today:

Starting wet and very windy with heavy rain, early heavy snow on higher ground North Argyll. Clearing to blustery showers by late morning, frequent later and wintry higher up. Severe gales increasing storm force by early afternoon. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

Tonight:
Severe gale to storm force winds gradually easing towards mid evening then lighter overnight. Some showers, wintry higher up, mostly dying out but wintry showers may persist Kintyre, South Ayrshire. Minimum temperature 0 °C.
                                                                                       8.12.2011



 MR RAMSAY'S NEW BUNNY

 Thanks to Mr Ramsay for the photo  of his new bunny called Baillie. We  thought it was called Fiona but Mr  Ramsay said "No - that's my hunny  bunny." Baillie likes watching TV &  listening to music (Foo Fighters).  Very impressive... but can he read  the newspaper? Todd the Jack  Russell can.he application let7.12.2011


                                                    TO VIEW THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN CLICK HERE.                          7.12.2011


S4 PRELIMS STARTED ON MONDAY .....BE PREPARED AND DO YOUR VERY BEST!

"Good luck to all S4 pupils who begin their examinations next week.  Keep working and revising for all your exams – it will improve results and it will be worth it." Mr Paterson, Head Teacher.

To view the full S4 Prelim Exam timetable click here.                                                                               6 .12 .2011


STUDY SUPPORT IN MATHS

A special thanks to Mrs Walker, Queen of Sums, for providing a fantastic range (and amount!) of study materials for Standard Grade General Maths as well as Intermediate 1 Maths.
These have been added to the Maths section of the school website and can be accessed by clicking here.

We already have extensive Study support in English, in Music and in Physics.            N McIlvanney 4.12.2011


LOANHEAD FESTIVE FAYRE

Mr Ayre took a group of brass players to Loanhead Primary on Saturday 3rd December to play Christmas Carols at their Festive Fayre. The young people certainly added to the occasion with their fine performance of favourite carols.  
                                                                                                 Report & Pics by Mr Ramsay 4.12.2011



THANKS TO MR McCLURG FOR PROVIDING UPDATED INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS STUDIES .  2.12.2011


KA FASHION SHOW.....MORE PICS AND REPORT TO FOLLOW                                                           2 .12 .2011


THE SEARCH FOR RELATIVES OF GEORGE TEMPLETON GUTHRIE

As a result of the discovery of Landing Craft LCT 427 on the seabed four miles out from Portsmouth Harbour, the search is on for relatives of former pupil George Templeton Guthrie who perished along with his fellow crew members when the craft sank, returning from the D-Day landings, more than sixty-seven years ago. The search for relatives is being conducted by Alison Mayor, a member of the Southsea Sub Aqua Club, who told Ian Russell of the Kilmarnock Standard, "The wreck is much more than an important historical site: it is the final resting place of twelve brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and in very tragic circumstances."

Although Alison has been able to trace relatives of other crew members, she is appealing for help to trace the relatives of George Templeton Guthrie. If you can help in any way then please contact Alison Mayor on 07740 873255.

You can find out more about this story by reading Ian Russell's piece in this week's Kilmarnock Standard (25.11.2011). George's entry in the KA War Memorial is featured below.


GEORGE TEMPLETON GUTHRIE

GEORGE TEMPLETON GUTHRIE was four years at Kilmarnock Academy , where he took part in a variety of school activities. Before joining the Royal Navy he had been training for the Civil Service. He was a Sub-Lieutenant R.N.V.R. on H.M. LCT. 427 (a Tank-Landing Craft) which was reported missing after the assault on the continent of Europe , 6th of June 1944. He was twenty-one years old .


INDUSTRIAL ACTION 30th NOVEMBER - LATEST SITUATION REGARDING EAST AYRSHIRE

  • All schools closed.
  • Social work day centres and offices, as well as housing offices, closed.
  • Only "key emergency services" provided.
  • Anyone with social work or housing repair emergencies asked to call 0845 7240000.

Source: BBC Scotland News, 30.11.2011


INDUSTRIAL ACTION - ANNOUNCEMENT BY EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL

As a result of industrial action being taken by Trade Unions on Wednesday 30 November 2011 services provided by East Ayrshire Council will be disrupted on that day.

This will result in the closure of Council establishments including schools, Social Work day centres, Social Work offices and Housing offices as well as disruption to services such as refuse collection.

All parents and carers will receive written notification from the Council updating them on the position relating to their school or nursery.

Householders and businesses whose wheelie bins or boxes are due to be collected on Wednesday 30 November 2011 should put out their bins as normal and they will be collected as soon as possible.

Only key emergency services will be provided during the industrial action.

If you have an emergency relating to Council housing repairs or Social Work issues, please call the emergency helpline.

Normal Council services will resume on Thursday 1 December 2011

24 Hour Emergency Helpline: telephone 0845 7240000


After what has been a very busy and successful week for the school with the KA Fashion Show and the Celebrating Success Awards, a special thanks to all involved and...

HOPE YOU HAVE AN ENJOYABLE WEEKEND!

By the way, don't miss

the Switching on of the Christmas Lights

               Kilmarnock Town Centre on Sunday 27th November from 1.30 till 5pm
          25.11.2011


"KA'S GOT TALENT" FOR CHILDREN IN NEED - FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2011

And a good time was had by all! Thanks to the Prefects and to all the participants. A special thanks to local heroes Dean Shiels and Paul Heffernan of Kilmarnock FC for their support.                   (18.30) 18 .11 .2011

 To view more photos click here.                         


PRELIM EXAMINATION LEAVE

A letter has been sent out to parents on the subject of examination leave. Prior to issuing the letter Head Teacher, Mr Paterson, expressed to staff his reservations about the effectiveness and validity of study leave. "I am concerned at the school’s current position whereby S4 students may be granted a full two weeks study leave for prelims. As a school committed to raising standards of attainment I do not believe this is a sustainable position, due to the loss of invaluable teaching time. To that end I am prepared to allow students exam leave on the first week only. Students return to school on week beginning 12th where the exam diet is much lighter, and where they can continue with their normal studies."

The text of the letter to parents is as follows:


Dear parent

Kilmarnock Academy is one of only a few schools which offers students two weeks study leave during prelim examinations. It is my strong belief that there are few educational benefits to this, and indeed that students would be better served if they are in school and are able to speak to teachers regarding any issue of concern.

This year, students will have study leave on week one of the examinations, returning to school on 12th December as normal. In future years the position will be that no study leave will be granted  for prelims
Many thanks for your support in this.

Bryan Paterson                                                                                           15.11.2011

S4 SUPPORTED STUDY

A full Supported Study programme will run throughout November to help S4 pupils prepare for their Prelim Exams which start on Monday 5th December. The sessions will run from 3.30 till 4.30 and provide pupils with a real opportunity to get their study programme "on track" and ask questions about the topics that they are unsure of. If you are in S4 and you want to do well for yourself then you should attend these sessions. To view the full Supported Study timetable just click here. To view the full S4 Prelim Exam timetable click here.
                                                                                                                                    N McIlvanney 17 .11 .2011


S5 & S6 EXAM WEEK

S5 & S6 pupils will sit a series of subject exams during the week beginning Monday 21st November. This will provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate that they are working hard, on target to do well and serious about their future prospects. If you are in S5 or S6 and at present you are falling short in any of these areas, you only have three weeks to turn things around....starting now.
                                                                                                                                     N McIlvanney 17.11.2011


BUSINESS LEADERS' SEMINAR AT ST JOSEPH'S

Ten of our S5/S6 students participated in the the East Ayrshire Business Leaders Seminar as part of the council's BESC initiative. Inspirational presentations were delivered by Sir Tom Hunter who encouraged students to generate business ideas and advised them of the challenges they might face and possible rewards. He also told of his story from selling trainers out of the back of a van to becoming a multi-millionaire. Pupils then took part in two workshops where they had to work with a local Business leader to create a business using various materials. One group was given a red armchair while the others received a pack of petals. Groups has to devise a marketing strategy and unique selling point to be pitched to their business leader. The second presentation was given by Dr Peter Hughes, CEO of Scottish Engineering who identified the breadth of opportunities available to young people, particularly in the Manufacturing and Engineering sectors. All of the pupils involved had a very enjoyable day and hopefully will take the advice and business tips on board.

Report by Mr McClurg                                                                                                          15.11.2011



SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

East Ayrshire's Memorial Service took place at the War Memorial, Dick Road on Sunday 13th November, 2011. To view more photos click here.



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

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.
                                                                Featured Tues 8.11.2011

PROBERT SIMPSON ADAIR, of Gatehead, was a pupil at Kilmarnock Academy from 1927 to 1939. He took the Leaving Certificate in 1938, and gained his Rugby Cap in the following year, when he was also a joint editor of The Gold Berry . He was a keen member of Kilmarnock Amateur Swimming Club. His ambition had been to follow a career in the Civil Service. Joining the R.A.F. as a volunteer in 1940, he became Sergeant Wireless-Operator. He was posted missing after a raid over Kiel on 24th June 1941 .                                                                              Featured Fri 11.11.2011

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 Orkney.                                                                                                       Featured Fri 11.11.2011

PRIVATE HUGH LAMBIE, K.O.S.B.—Hugh Lambie, a Mauchline boy, was at Kilmarnock Academy for two years. He had no chance to settle down from the time he left school to the date of his enlistment in the K.O.S.B. He was on active service in France , but was killed on 31st October, 1918 , at the early age of eighteen.  Featured Thur 10.11.2011

PRIVATE JAMES LYON, Royal Scots, son of Mr. John D. Lyon, schoolmaster, Glen of Luce, Glenluce, Wigtownshire, was born at Glenisla, Forfarshire, on 25th October, 1898 . Before coming to Kilmarnock he had attended Wallacehall Academy , Closeburn, for two years. He entered the services of the National Bank in Kilmarnock in 1913, attested in October, 1916, and was called up in March, 1917. He joined the Lothian and Border Horse and trained at Haddington. For some weeks near the end of 1917 he attended the Castle School , Edinburgh , and went through special training in tactics and kindred subjects. In the last days of February, 1918, he was drafted to France where he was joined up with the 13th Royal Scots and hurried to the front. He reached the fighting trenches on the 26th of March, and was reported missing on the 28th, presumably in the Arras district. It was ascertained later on that he had never been a prisoner in Germany, and that so far as is known he had not been buried by German soldiers. Nothing more has been discovered as to his fate.                                                                                  Featured Thur 10.11.2011

THOMAS McWHIRTER CALDERWOOD was training for a business career with Messrs. Howie of Hurlford when he left to join the R.A.F. immediately on the outbreak of War. He was a fine sportsman and, like his brothers, a first-class Rugby player. He did not return from a bombing raid over Osnabruck . The aircraft which he commanded was badly hit and on the homeward trip crashed in flames in Holland . He was twenty-two years old .                                                                                                                    Featured Wed 9.11.2011

2ND LIEUTENANT WILLIAM FAIRLIE LAMBERT, Cameronians, was one of the outstanding figures of his time at the Academy. During his five years with us he added lustre to a name which his brother George had already made distinguished for very high scholarly ability, especially on the classical side. His name inscribed on the walls of the school as winner of the Walker medal for classics shows how finely he rounded off a career of consistent excellence. He took a live and active interest in the work of the Literary Society, where his clear-cut and effective speeches always commanded the attention of the house. Willie Lambert in the chair meant a well conducted and interesting meeting. His quiet and winsome personality was also reflected in the pages of the “Gold Berry,” and there were few spheres of academic life to which he was a stranger. On entering Glasgow University in 1914 he took second place in the open bursary competition, and when he immediately joined the O.T.C., and afterwards received a commission in the Cameronians, he laid down a career of the very highest promise. He went to France in 1915. Nine months after he was severely wounded while on night duty between the trenches near Armentieres . He was taken into the German trenches and died the same night of his wounds in a German camp on 22nd March, 1916 .                                                    Featured Wed 9.11.2011

 To view the War Memorial section of the Kilmarnock Academy website click here.


OUR SPONSORED WALK

The Personal Development Access 3 class planned and participated in a sponsored walk on Wednesday 2nd of November 2011 as part of our Self and Society module where we have to do something for other people.
We raised the money for Yorkhill hospital as this was a charity that we wanted to support as a class. 

As a class, by doing this module we are trying to get better at working together as a group. We have set our own targets for things we want to get better at like respecting other people, communicating with other people and lots more. While we are doing this we want to help others and that’s why we did the walk.

Our teachers Mrs Marshall and Mr Neilson-Bell came with us on the walk.  We walked to Dean Park and back.  It took around two hours and we were all tired when we got back.  We saw lots of interesting things including llamas!

By Jordan Knapp (on behalf of the Access 3 PD class).                                                                           10.11.2011


TO VIEW THE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY TIMETABLE FOR THIS SESSION CLICK HERE.                          7.11.2011


KILMARNOCK ACADEMY'S ULTIMATE FASHION SHOW & CREATIVE STARS EXHIBITION

As many students are aware the Kilmarnock Academy Art and Design department holds an annual Creative Stars Exhibition where many students have there best art work displayed. However this year’s exhibition has an exciting twist!

This year the event will be split into two sections. The first section will be the Ultimate Fashion Show and the second part will be The Creative Stars Exhibition. The fashion show will consist of our students modelling the garments that they and other students have designed. The Creative Stars Exhibition will be a display of the outstanding artwork of students of all ages. This artwork, along with photographs from the higher photography students, will be available to buy.  

This is not an event to be missed! The event will be held at Kilmarnock Academy on 23rd & 24th of November at 7.00pm. Tickets will be available to buy from the school from the beginning of the month and will cost £5 for an adult and £3 for a concession.

Report by Zoe Sloan and Vanessa Wilson S6


HELEN FLOCKHART - EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK

If you happen to be in London during November then be sure to go along to view former pupil Helen Flockhart's exhibition of new work at the Roberta Hossack Gallery. The exhibition runs from 3rd - 24th November. Bill Hare, Honorary Teaching Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Scottish Art at The University of Edinburgh on Helen's work:" Helen Flockhart's paintings reveal a world of alluring strange beauty which for those of us who enter - can disturb, enthrall and yet console - our distracted lives in these troubled times."

Good luck to Helen with her show of work! It will be well worth a visit.


Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery
2a Conway Street
Fitzroy Square
London W1T 6BA

For more information visit www.helenflockhart.com and www.r-h-g.co.uk
                        N McIlvanney 27.10.2011



 SQA EXAM TIMETABLE 2012

 Pupils in S4, S5 & S6 can start organising their long-term programme of  work now by checking out the 2012 SQA Exam Timetable. At the same  page you can also find out about using your own on-line exam timetable  builder. SQA's timetable builder is also now available for most mobile  phones (Java based), Google Android, iPhone and iPod Touch.The application lets you build your exam timalso proN McIlvanney 13.10.2011



 WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF WORK

 It often appears that those young people who have a clear idea of  what they want to do when they leave school, as well as what passes  they require, tend to be more successful in exams. It's all about  motivation and having a defined target. If you don't know what you  want to do but would like some help in making your mind up then the  new website from Skills Development Scotland - My World of Work -  should help you to make an informed decision.          N McIlvanney 13.10.2011



 PARENT ZONE

 For all the parents out there who who want to find out more about  such topics as Curriculum for Excellence and Supporting Learning at  Home, LT Scotland has created the Parent Zone. Check it out.
                                                                                         N McIlvanney 13.10.2011

                                                                          THIS WEEK'S PRIORITIES:

            DECIDING EXACTLY WHAT GRADES & LEVELS YOU SHOULD ACHIEVE BY CHRISTMAS
            THIS IS CALLED 'TARGET SETTING' - THINK ABOUT EACH OF YOUR SUBJECTS - AIM HIGH!
         ASK YOUR TEACHERS EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO LEARN OR PRACTISE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE
                     GET YOUR PARENTS TO HELP YOU PLAN AN 8-WEEK HOME STUDY PROGRAMME
 (WHICH NIGHTS? WHICH SUBJECTS IN WHICH ORDER? WHICH TOPICS/SKILLS? HOW LONG PER SESSION?)
                                                                         


JOAN DUNACHIE

John, Angela, Richard and Jacqueline, along with the rest of the family, would like to thank all the staff and pupils who came to Mum's funeral and offered support throughout her illness.

We are very grateful for the support you all showed and we are sure Mum would have been very proud to see you all.

Thank you.

Angela Dunachie  x                                                                                                                                                                                  


IAN HAMILTON FROM VANCOUVER SHARES SOME MEMORIES WITH US

My nephew sent me an email about the former pupils of the Kilmarnock Academy which I found most
interesting. It was the only school I attended from 1939 to 1951 and I used to walk to school every day
with my friend Sandy Knox whom I still keep in touch with at Xmas. I do remember Mr Gordon His
eyeglasses were a shade of green and we were convinced that he could use them as a mirror to encounter
bad deeds in the classroom when he was writing on the chalkboard,. Another teacher Mr Aitken was
nicknamed soapy Aitken as apparently he came to school one day with soap scum still on his ears.Then
there was Miss White the geography teacher who during the war wore wooden clogs as shoes so was
called cloggy White. Mr. Ironsides was referred to a tinribs. I remember one year when in the school choir
we put on a performace at the Grand Hall where we sang all the songs from Gilbert and Sullivans "Pirates of
Penzance". The literary and debating society had the debates in the lecture room in the Tech School.

I was honoured to be a Prefect in the fifth form and then was given permission to leave school on June 1
1951 to start my career with the Union Bank of  Scotland on Bank Street. I was allowed time off from the
bank to attend the graduation ceremonies which were held in the Plaza Cinema.In September 1952 I had
to do my two years National Service and was in the RAF and after initial training I was posted to Habbaniya
in Iraq and then seven months later was  transferred to Mauripur just outside Karachi in Pakistan, a
wonderful experience and I felt that you learned dicipline and from that self dicipline.

When I got back to UK I felt I wanted to immigrate but my father insisted that I finish my bank exams then
several of the Canadian Banks were advertising for clerks, so I sent them all a resume, I was called to
London for interviews and then finally accepted the offer from the Canadian Bank of Commerce which
offered to pay my passage by ship to Canada. I reported to Toronto and two days layer was on a train to
Vancouver, B.C. I worked in a branch in Vancouver then five months later was transferred to Parksville on
Vancouver Island where I met my bride to be. In those days the bank used to transfer you every eighteen
months, I enjoyed this to start with as it gave me a chance to see the wonderful province but after I got
married my wife and I decided that we didn't want to be moving that often so I left the bank.

I did a variety of things and in 1968 my wife and I bought a Motor Inn in Qualicum Beach which also had a
coffee shop we later extended the eating facility to a licenced dining room and later on extended the
building we operated it for seven years working 16 hours a day  seven days a week closing for three weeks
around Christmas when we went on holiday to either Southern California of Hawaii. When we sold we
moved to the Victoria area on Southern Vancouver Island. I started working for a building supply company
and four years later was promoted to manager and stayed there untill I retired 15 years ago.My wife and I
are both avid gardeners and  enjoy our home and I am also a woodworker and enjoy doing wood
turnings and carving signs .                                                                                                                           N McIlvanney 3.10.2011


DEATH OF JOAN DUNACHIE - 29.09.2011

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death, this morning, of Joan Dunachie. Throughout her many years on the non-teaching staff at Kilmarnock Academy Joan displayed a dedication to duty and an appetite for work that was unsurpassed. She made a very real and positive impact on so many of the young people who have passed through Kilmarnock Academy and she really will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this most difficult time. We feel and share their sense of loss.                                                                                                                                                                                         N McIlvanney  29.9.2011



 MR PATERSON RADIO INTERVIEW

 Following Saturday's successful conference on the subject Global  Citizens, Local Roots Mr Paterson was interviewed on Monday by our  local radio station, West FM. In the interview Mr Paterson spoke about  the achievement of Sir Alexander Fleming and Lord Boyd Orr as well as  the very postive example they set for our present-day pupils: "We don't  believe in a culture of you can't do things - you CAN do - and if Sir  Alexander Fleming and John Boyd Orr could actually get around their  particular life circumstances, so can our children." To listen to extracts  of the interview click here, here and here. Thanks to Steven Backer.

                                                                          THIS WEEK'S PRIORITIES:

                                            DEVELOPING YOUR READING - NON-FICTION
                           THIS WEEK BUY (OR BORROW) & READ A MAGAZINE AND A NEWSPAPER
             IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY YOU CAN FIND MAGAZINES HERE AND NEWSPAPERS HERE
                                    DISCUSS WHAT YOU READ WITH PARENTS OR A FRIEND
      READ SOMETHING EVERY DAY THIS WEEK - EVEN FOR JUST 10 TO 20 MINUTES - IT ALL ADDS UP!

                                                                         AND

           VISIT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE DICK INSTITUTE ONE DAY THIS WEEK AFTER SCHOOL!

If you are not a member then get a form and join the Library. This is of real importance if you want to do well in school....and lead an interesting life! This is also particularly important to Kilmarnock Academy pupils at present as our helpful school librarian Mr King moved on in June and has not yet been replaced.


'WELL DONE!' KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

I have just returned home to Ayr after listening to excellent speakers on the subject Global Citizens, Local Roots. The Academy should be proud of hosting such eminent people. The prefects and other pupils did a great job of greeting all of us with a very warm welcome and smiles. They were extremely smart in their school uniforms. The catering would not have been out of place in a 4-star restaurant - well done East Ayrshire.

AND WELL DONE KILMARNOCK ACADEMY!

Mrs Anne Griffiths

Saturday 24th September 2011


'GLOBAL CITIZENS, LOCAL ROOTS' CONFERENCE - SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2011

Saturday's conference on Kilmarnock Academy’s two Nobel prize-winners was excellent. It was well attended and many in the audience were ex-pupils of the school with fond memories of it. One lady had been at the Academy in the 1940s and had edited the school magazine. Another gentleman who had been at the school in the 1950s turned up with his old Kilmarnock Academy tie on!

The headteacher, Mr Bryan Paterson, welcomed the guests to the conference, which had been organised by Glasgow Caledonian University and The Ayrshire Federation of Historical Societies. The first two speakers, Dr Karly Kehoe of the University of the Highlands and Islands and Dr Neil Dickson, formerly of the Kilmarnock Academy English Department, spoke about education at the turn of the nineteenth century when Lord Boyd Orr and Sir Alexander Fleming had been pupils at the school. Then followed a talk on medicine in the early twentieth century, by Professor John Stewart of Glasgow Caledonian University, and two talks on Orr. Professor Elaine McFarland of Glasgow Caledonian set Boyd Orr in his historical context, showing how Scotland had made him into a crusader for social justice and world peace. Professor Robert Pyper of the University of the West of Scotland showed why Lord Boyd Orr was such a remarkable man, campaigning for an improved diet of the people of Britain through such measures as free milk for school children and then as the first Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. The last talk was from Kevin Brown, Curator of the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum in London and Fleming’s most recent biographer. He showed how Fleming’s remarkable powers of observation had led to his great discovery of penicillin. The day was rounded off by the chairman, Professor Hugh Pennington, Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, who remarked that Boyd Orr and Fleming were two different types of scientists. Fleming was the type who worked in the laboratory and made his discoveries there, and Boyd Orr took the results of science and campaigned for the improvement of global health. We need both types he stated. Glasgow Caledonian University have donated a sum of money to institute a science dux at Kilmarnock Academy, and a retiring offering from the audience more than doubled the sum. Plans were also set in motion to erect a plaque to the memory of both men and their achievements. Altogether a good day with more to come!

Report, pics and captions by Dr Neil Dickson


The Assembly Hall was well filled (can you spot the former headteacher Mr Frank Donnelly?)


Professor Hugh Pennington and the Provost Stephanie Young examine the plans for the Fleming memorial garden in Darvel.


Mr Paterson welcomes the guests to the conference.
...
...

Professor Robert Pyper addresses the audience.

And the sun shone!

 THANKYOU DR DICKSON

 
A special word of thanks is due to Dr Neil Dickson, formerly of our  English Department, not only for his contribution to the conference but  also for his many quality contributions to KA Web - including the report  and photographs featured above. We all hope that Neil is enjoying  retirement (the picture on the left was featured on KA Web in June  2009 under the heading "Doctor Dickson has left the building!").

 Thanks is also due to Stuart Wilson, another former member of staff for  his contributions regarding the conference.                     N McIlvanney  25.9.2011

GLOBAL CITIZENS CONFERENCE TAKING PLACE THIS WEEKEND

Thanks to Dr Dickson for sending us a copy of the programme for this weekend's Global Citizens Conference to be held at Kilmarnock Academy. Dr Dickson, formerly of our English Department will be speaking at the conference. Click on the pictures below to view full-size versions of the programme.
Thanks also to another former member of staff, Stuart Wilson, for his contributions regarding the conference. If you happened to be listening to the MacAuley and Co show on BBC Radio Scotland on Monday 4th July, you would have heard Stuart, a local historian, 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 McIlvanney      20.9.2011



SANDY HIGHET GETS IN TOUCH

I recently discovered your excellent website but have not seen much correspondence from those of my era. We were a pre-computer cohort, I suppose.

I was at the Academy 1947-1952 and left after Fifth Year to join the National Bank of Scotland on King Street Kk.After National Service I was recruited by the Toronto-Dominion Bank and came to Canada in 1960. In 1964 I joined the Business Development Bank and worked with them for 32 years in various parts of Canada, coast-to-coast, retiring as vice-president in Montreal. After that I was a consultant to the Dept. of Industry,involved with financing of Native Indian development corporations. A highlight of my Academy years was the Ayrshire-France Summer School at West Linton and Versailles.Does this initiative still exist? That experience and the efforts of my French teachers, "Wee Willie" Henry and Mr. Spiller gave me a good basis on which to develop my French, which is a necessity in this bi-lingual city.

I attach a couple of photos. The one of the cadets was taken at Christmas 1947. The class photo was taken the following year. (To view who's who in the two photographs click here.)

Best of luck with your Website, Sandy Highet.

(Thanks for getting in touch Sandy and my apologies for not posting these great pictures before now - we've had a hectic start to the new session. By the way what a fascinating career you have had - an inspiration to our present-day pupils to stick in and work hard.    Neil McIlvanney)                                           20.9.2011


SECOND YEAR PUPILS SEND OUT THE MESSAGE: BE SAFE!

Following the tragic death of Jon Wilson two weeks ago, some of his friends and fellow pupils have launched a safety awareness campaign. Jon was brutally attacked and killed by older boys when he was making his way home from a friend's house. Jon's death shocked and saddened the whole school community but in particular his friends and fellow pupils in second year. As well as creating a memorial to Jon they felt that they should do something to reduce the chances of such a tragedy happening again. "You should be able to walk home safely from your pal's house - Jon did nothing wrong. But there are some bad people out there, especially when they are on drink or drugs and trying to impress each other."

The "BE SAFE!" campaign aims to make young people more aware of possible dangers and to make them adopt safer habits or tactics. "We're not saying that you can eliminate danger but we feel that you can reduce it."

To view posters promoting the campaign as well as some sound and detailed advice on how to BE SAFE! click here. Special thanks to Regan Kelly S2 for scanning all of the posters and sending them to the school website.
                                                                                                                                          N McIlvanney      18.9.2011



 THE HUMAN COST OF KNIVES AND VIOLENCE

 I ran this feature some time ago after working 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 school 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. Soon after  working on those pages I came across another web page that did the  same thing for young victims of another tragic war - on the streets of  modern Britain. Anyone who thinks that violence is without  consequence or that it's cool to be "tooled up" should think about the  loss of Jon Wilson and remember the murder of another of our pupils,  Mhairi Julyan, in December 1995. We should all pause to consider the  tragedy of those young and innocent lives needlessly lost, as well as  the gnawing emptiness and grief that will always be felt by their families  and friends. After doing so click here.                              N. McIlvanney

OUR NEW SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

To view our updated Senior Management Team page click here.
                                                  N McIlvanney      18.9.2011


INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AWARD

Kilmarnock Academy was delighted to achieve an International School Award. Our International Education supports and encourages our young people to engage in local, national and global issues. Through our work in school our pupils get the opportunity to become better equipped for life in a global society and work in a global economy. They get the chance to think about human rights, eco activities and environmental issues consequently our pupils are more aware of other people and cultures, the protection of our environment and the need for sustainable development. Our children's knowledge of where places are and the wider world around them is constantly developing.  They are kept up-to-date through work in classes and assemblies of world events and international themes and now have a better idea of Scotland’s place in the world and are more accepting of cultures and traditions around the world.  Pupils have developed the idea that they can make a difference and are actively involved in many volunteering and charitable activities.

Some of the activities that we have undertaken which contributed to the award and help our young people develop as global citizens are: Rapid Response engineering project with S1 pupils, European Day of Languages Celebration, S2 and S5 pupils studying Foods of the World in Home Economics, Battlefields of France and Belgium trip 2011 an annual event which brings History to life, S3 pupils studying International Aid in RMPS and Social Subjects, S1 and S2 pupils looking at World Religions in RMPS, the ECO Code and the Go4Set.

Report written by Mrs E Walker, Depute Head Teacher
                                                                                                                                     20.9.2011

   SOME NEW FACES
           
             AT K.A.

         Sept. 2011

To view many more click here


         (Photos by Holly Jarvie S6)

    Miss Ambler (Mod. Languages)

            Miss Milligan (PE)

KA WINNERS IN COCA COLA REAL BUSINESS CHALLENGE

Mr McClurg's S3 Business Management class recently took part in the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge 2011. The task was to create a new fruit juice drink to be targeted at the forthcoming Olympic Games in London. There had to be a link to one of the competing countries and also had to use a home grown fruit. The class split into 2 teams of 8. The winning team, KA Logic who designed the drink Zumo Tropico will have their entry submitted to the regional finals.

Report & Pics by Mr McClurg                                                                                                                   18.9.2011



KA PUPILS AT EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL

A group of S2 and S3 pupils along with Ms Fullerton, Mr McEwan and Mrs Crosbie recently went to the Edinburgh International Children’s Book Festival to soak up a bit of culture! The event took place in the festival's own “tented city” in Charlotte Square , in the heart of Edinburgh . The lucky participants were treated to two very differing talks by David Almond, author of “Skellig”; and Steve Cole, author of the Cows in Action series. David gave us a fascinating insight into the writing process, showing us his own “Writer’s Notebook” with all its doodles, deletions and scribbles. He even had a page blown up large so that we could see it more clearly. Steve Cole gave an energetic and hilarious workshop on how to choose words and descriptions to create characters and stories, taking ideas from all around the hall and racing up and down the aisles to do so. He must have been exhausted at the end of it, but it was great fun. Everybody had a great time during the day.

Report & Pics by Ms Fullerton & Mr McEwan                                                                                                  18.9.2011




KILMARNOCK ACADEMY


NEWSLETTER




THURSDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2011

To view the Newsletter click here.


(At last...a photo of our new Head Teacher)

Click here to view our Senior Management Team



THIS WEEK'S PRIORITIES:

PLANNING AHEAD
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF YOUR WORK
IMPROVING THE PRESENTATION OF YOUR WORK

AND

BE PATIENT AND CONSIDERATE IN YOUR DEALINGS WITH OTHERS !


TO ALL PUPILS...

Once again I have to note that I am very impressed with the attitude and hard work of the students in this school.  I am certainly clear that we have some of the best students in the whole council.  Please keep up the good work.  Well done!

Mr Paterson                                                                                                                       8.9.2011


KRISTEEN CAIRNEY SAYS 'HI!' FROM SWITZERLAND

Hi Everyone

I just thought I would drop you a wee line to let you all know how I am getting on. Well I am loving being in Switzerland. The weather is great as we are in the middle of a freak heatwave - apparently this is extremely abnormal but its always a bonus for someone from Scotland haha. I live a two minute walk from Lake Geneva and have been swimming in it every chance I get. I can't wait till the winter comes in and I can get on the alps for some snowboarding haha just kidding ofcourse. I wish all you seniors good luck with your prelims and I am gutted that I will miss your prom this year but I am sure I will see plenty of photos when I come home (if I can tear myself away from this beautiful place).

I am deeply saddened to hear of the terrible tragedy that happened at the weekend involving the death of Jon Wilson. My thoughts are with Jon's family and with you all at this very sad time.

Kristeen Cairney                                                                                                                 8.9.2011


THE DEATH OF JON WILSON - LETTER TO PARENTS

Dear Parent/carer

As you will know from the press and TV, one of our students was seriously assaulted at the weekend and tragically died in hospital on Monday 5th  September.

On behalf of the school community I have written to Jon’s parents, passing on our deepest sympathy.  As a parent myself, I cannot begin to appreciate what they are going through at the moment . Words simply fail me.

Should your child be distressed at recent events, please do not hesitate to contact the school. East Ayrshire Council has also put into place a range of counselling  and support services should these be required.

Again, our thoughts are with Jon’s family and friends at this sad time.

Yours faithfully

Bryan Paterson, Head Teacher                                                                                              7.9.2011


CLASS 1F WORKING ON A WALL DISPLAY IN ENGLISH                                                                         Photos by Mr McEwan



RETURN VISIT OF KILMARNOCK'S GLOBAL MARKET

Kilmarnock's Global Market returned over the weekend, from Thursday to Sunday. This event built on the success of the previous visit when 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. Check out the pictures below taken when the Global Market was in town for four days in early June.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 N McI 5.9.2011


TO ALL OF OUR PUPILS AT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY....

I am very impressed with behaviour and dress code of students in this school, in particular the positive relationships that I see with staff as I go round the school. 

Again, can I remind you that during the interval students must not leave the playground.  I am responsible for health and safety of all students during this time.  Students must not leave the playground to smoke or indeed buy food from the soup n’ rolls during break time.

Lunch time is available for students S2-S6 to go down town if they so wish, although I would encourage you to use the Metro since it is much cheaper and also a more healthy option. 

I also have to say that on my tour around the town at lunch time, I am very impressed indeed by the behaviour of Kilmarnock Academy students on a daily basis.  Please keep this up since you are ambassadors for this school.

Thanks.

Mr Paterson, Head Teacher.


THIS WEEK'S PRIORITIES:

BE ON TIME FOR CLASSES
BE PREPARED FOR ALL LESSONS
COMPLETE AND RETURN HOMEWORK ON TIME

AND

BE A GOOD LISTENER !


 NEW TERM OF WEEKLY CLASSES BEGINS SEPTEMBER 10th

 Scottish Youth Theatre's winter term of drama classes begins on Sept  10th, in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Places in each class are  limited, and are already going fast.

 "With 35 years experience in delivering fun and engaging drama  workshops, Scottish Youth Theatre provides a creative atmosphere  within which to make friends, develop confidence and learn about  performing. If you’ve been to classes before, then you’ll know exactly  why they’re  such a fun way to spend the weekend."

 To download a booking form click here or call  0141 552 3988 for  further information.



 MR PATERSON - PICTURE COMING SOON!

 Apologies to all those of you who have been waiting for a glimpse of our  new Head Teacher, Mr Paterson. Despite our best efforts to corner him  in his office or the staffroom and get a few photos, so far we have  been unsuccessful. That's because he has spent most of his first week  getting to know the pupils and staff by visiting classes, conducting  meetings and being out and about in the corridors, reception,  playground and even the town centre. Although we don't have a  picture yet, you can get a taste of his uncompromising and positive  vision for the future of KA by reading this week's bulletin (click here).

PRIORITIES WEEK BEGINNING 22nd AUGUST:

RETURN ALL FORMS, COMPLETED AND SIGNED
USE YOUR HOMEWORK DIARY - HAVE IT READY & IN FRONT OF YOU IN ALL CLASSES
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR P.E. KIT

AND

LOOK SMART - WEAR UNIFORM!


A TYPICAL SCOTTISH SUMMER?

The photos below were taken on Loch Lomond
a few Sundays ago. If only the weather was like that all summer long ....



BACK TO SCHOOL

Pupils returned to school Wednesday 17th August.


TOP TIPS TO GET THE NEW SESSION OFF TO A GOOD START

Be on time - Be organized & prepared for all classes - Wear school uniform - Be positive and pleasant

At all times, do yourself justice and do your best.


Staff returned to school on Tuesday 16th August.

A warm KA welcome to all new pupils and members of staff!



TO VIEW NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL CALENDAR CLICK HERE.


 SCOTTISH YOUTH THEATRE AUTUMN PROGRAMME

 The new term of weekly classes with Scotland's national theatre 'for  and by' young people begins on Sept 20th in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and  Glasgow. Autumn/Winter term lasts for 10 weeks.

 "With 35 years experience in delivering fun and engaging drama  workshops, Scottish Youth Theatre provides a creative atmosphere  within which to make friends, develop confidence and learn about  performing. If you’ve been to classes before, then you’ll know exactly  why they’re  such a fun way to spend the weekend."

 For more information or to book a place click here.


GLOBAL CITIZENS, LOCAL ROOTS:
LORD BOYD ORR,
SIR ALEXANDER FLEMING AND KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

FREE ONE-DAY CONFERENCE
at KILMARNOCK ACADEMY,
ELMBANK DRIVE,
KILMARNOCK

Saturday, 24th September 2011

For full details click here.




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.



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


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












 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