Carrick Academy Class Chat - 16th September 2007
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Safety Day for the Elderly


On 14th of September 10 pupils from Carrick Academy’s press pack team went down to Maybole town hall to assist in the Elderly Safety Day. The day was aimed to educate elderly people about important issues. There were 5 different groups - A Doc, Alcohol, Fire brigade, Police and Scottish Gas. The pupils were to guide the elderly around all the groups and help make the day run smoothly. At the end everyone received a goody bag including many items that would be useful e.g. a flask, a first aid kit, tin of soup and biscuits. A warm thanks goes to Alex Kelly for organising the day and Carrick pupils were pleased to be involved with the local community.


S4 Field Trip


The S4 biology field trip at Culzean was split into two parts. The first part of the day was Shoreline Ecology. We all went down to the shore and studied the creatures that live there and talked about their habitats and how they can adapt with temperature, water and light. This part of the day was the most interesting of the two.

 The second part of the day was Woodland Ecology. This is where we went up to the forest and we measured the light in the forest as well as counting grass and ferns. I preferred the shoreline Ecology as we had already done Woodland Ecology. Overall I enjoyed the day and learned a lot.


Claire Houston


September Long Weekend


Reminder to all pupils that the September long weekend is this weekend. Hope everyone enjoys their time off.


S3 Duke of Edinburgh


As part of the school of ambition initiative Carrick is running a scheme in which all S3 pupils are strongly encouraged to take apart in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh in which they under take a skill, a physical recreation, a service and final do a 2 day expedition. Already Mrs Bryden ran this within the school, but there were only certain pupils who decided to take part. The pupils who have already completed the award have found it of great benefit tot them and this helps to encourage the third years to take part. We will keep you informed over the course of the year about how they are getting on.


S4 Parents Evening


Watch out S4!! Your Parents Evening will be held on 30th October in the canteen area.  All forms will be issued soon as possible for pupils to arrange times with their teachers.




While Scotland’s football team were about to pull off a stunning victory in Paris, Carrick Academy 1st XV had just pulled off their own version of a backs against the wall victory against local rivals Marr. Last year Marr had made the trip to Maybole and had won by 70 points, what a difference a year makes.


Marr kicked off and put Carrick under pressure with their big forwards playing an effective rolling maul game and their backs matched this with equally effective slick hands. However it was clear that what Marr had in skill and knowledge Carrick matched with heart, commitment and determination. Even though Marr had the majority of the possession Carrick looked dangerous on the counter attack with Fraser Thomson and Colin Sturgeon asking questions of the Marr defence when Carrick managed to gain possession.


With only one minute of the first half remaining Carrick gained a scrum five metres from the Marr goal line. Number 8 Robert Sykes then picked up and drove for the line and with the assistance of his scrum half and fellow back row touched down for the opening score. Fraser Thomson missed the conversion.


Half Time 5 -0


The second half started more brightly for Carrick where the forwards started to gain more possession and Fraser Thomson used the ball well with some intelligent kicking. Marr however still looked the more likely side to score and after some superb defence Carrick overturned the ball and Robert Sykes ran a full 70 metres to score his second try of the day. Fraser Thomson converted to make it 12-0. Marr then bombarded the Carrick line and eventually got a deserved try with ten minutes to go after a nice solo run from their impressive number 10. However, Carrick were not going to be beaten and stuck in for the final 10 minute to secure a rare victory against our bigger Ayrshire rivals.




U13 Trial 20/9/07


The under 13 football trials were held last week with a record turn out. The trials were able to take place due to the help of 2 senior pupils Fraser Thompson and Will Barker.


U15 Belmont 2 v 2 Carrick 12/9/07


Carrick came away from this game with a creditable draw against a strong Belmont side, with our goals coming from Roddy Paterson and Steven Logan. 

Our next game is against Calderglen HS in the Scottish Cup at East Kilbride followed by an away game at Kyle Academy.


U18 Girvan 1 v 8 Carrick 5/9/07


Carrick made an impressive start to the league campaign by thumping Girvan by 7 goals.  The scorers were David Logan 3, Kyle Faulds 2, Fraser Thomson 2 and Kenny McDowall 1.


U18 Carrick 1 v 1 Kyle 10/9/07


Despite having the lion's share of possession Carrick were unable to convert the many chances we had.  Kyle led 1 v 0 until Fraser Thomson Equalised early in the 2nd half.  





 Carrick made a winning start to their first Cricket match against Girvan.  Under floodlights and testing weather conditions the boys won by 14 runs and never looked under any real pressure.  Keillan Cook 1Y1 top scored with the bat to establish our lead.  Our bowlers Colin Strugeon, Duncan Sturgeon, Kyle Cook, Ross Knight, Robert Sykes and Grant Morrison kept Girvan honest with the bat.  Our total of 75 from 15 overs proved to be insurmountable.  We have recently started practicing once a week after school anyone who is interested is welcome to come along.

Staff V Pupils Cricket match


This is currently trying to be arranged and any one interested should speak to Mr Dunsmuir or Mr Brown.


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Carrick Academy

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