Carrick Academy Class Chat - 10th September 2007
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          By Carrick’s Press Pack Team




Advanced Higher Geography Dolphin House Trip


From 28th to the 30th three advanced higher pupils, namely Elizabeth McJannet, Jennifer Andrew and Kristy Walker, visited the dolphin house at Culzean along with six pupils from Queen Margaret and six from Prestwick Academy. They carried out various field work studies over the sand dunes at Turnberry, the woods at Culzean, The Ferrly Burn and also completed a transect over the Brown Carrick Hills. During that time they were taught how to analyse the data using statistical techniques such as Chi-Squared which they will then use in their final project which they have to do as part of the advanced higher course. The day’s they spent there were very intense with them even working up to 11pm one evening trying to finalise at there data. Despite this the group had a great time and believe it has been of great benefit to them to be able to go on such a course. A big thank you must go to all the dolphin house staff for there enthusiasm and also to the school who were able to fund such a crucial trip.


Western Scotland University Visit


On Friday 7th some of the Carrick Pupils were interviewed by a representative from the new development at Paisley University- The Ayr Campus. They discussed with pupils what they would like the campus to offer when it is built for 2010 and what things they find important when deciding which university/collage to attend. The pupils were also informed about the decision to merge Paisley University with Ayr SAC to become the larger university with the fresh new name of The University of Western Scotland. The pupils as well as the researchers found the session worth while as for many pupils it made then think about the important things that they should take into consideration when deciding where to study.


University Open Days


Dundee University = 26/09/07

Heriot Watt = 27/10/07

Queen Margaret = 24/10/09 & 25/10/07

Stirling =26/10/07 & 06/10/07



Girls Rugby


Training Mondays after school 3.30- 4.45, all pupils welcome whether played before or not.


SWRU Trails for all players over 15 on Friday 28th September at Murrayfield.  This is a selection for the SWRU under 18 Performance Development Programmes.  Anyone interested MUST speak to Miss Johnstone by Friday 14th September.


Looking ahead, there will be a development day held on 28th October and 17th November where teams will receive some additional coaching.  All players are welcome to attend.


Also, this year sees the introduction of the SWRU Youth Cup for both U15’s and U18’s. More information will follow when it is received in school.



September Holiday


A brief reminder to say the school will be closed on 21st-24th. All pupils and staff will return Tuesday 25th September.


Culzean Young Roots Trip


As part of the schools of ambition initiative the school is getting involved in the young roots project which is to research Maybole’s History and eventually produce a DVD which will be completely produced and filmed by Carrick pupils. The first stage of the project is research and through this  some of the S6 pupils involved in the project are going on a visit to Culzean Castle to find out about certain artefacts which are usually unseen by the public. The visit is taking place on Friday 14th September and anyone wishing more information then contacts the school captains/vice captains.




Pupils who would like to participate in this year’s cross-country please contact Mrs Baillie in P.E to register your name and Class as soon as possible.



School Extra-Activities


ACTIVITY                 STAFF

Badminton                   Mr Baillie 

Computing Club            Mrs Cushnie 

Design & Tech

(3D Inventor Club)           Mr Clements 


(Drama Club)        Mrs Smeeton

(Film Making Club)           Mrs Mattinson

(Junior Book Club)           Mrs McGugan 


(World Wide Quiz)           Miss Adam

Duke of Edinburgh         Mrs Bryden


(Junior Choir)

(S5/6 Music Class)

(Junior Music Club)          All Mrs Burrell

(Senior Choir)

(Music Club)                  All Mr Goudie




Cricket                 All Mr Dunsmuir

Various Sports &

Fitness training                Miss Stanley

Volleyball                      Mrs Baillie 

Rugby (S3)                   Mr McComiskey

Rugby                         Mr Brown

Girls Rugby                   Miss Johnstone


Anyone interested about joining any clubs please go to the teacher responsible and find out more information.


Newsletter Delivery


If you would like to receive your copy of the school newsletter by e-mail please contact Rebecca Duffin at the address below:

Rebecca.Duffin3 @




If you have any queries please contact the school:

Carrick Academy

Kirkoswald Road


KA19 8BP


Phone: 01655 882389