Carrick Academy Class Chat - 26th June 2007
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Class Chat

By Carrickís Press Pack Team



  On behalf of Carrick Academy our Press Pack Team would like to wish you an eventful summer holiday.


Message from Carrickís Head Teacher-Mr Stewart


We have just completed the four-day Primary 7 Induction and are now looking forward to welcoming them as the new S1 intake in August. The session is rapidly coming to an end with a range of activities from School Show, Prize Giving, Excellence Awards and the Alton Towers trip. In the midst of these activities we are interviewing for posts in Mathematics, English and Computing.


A number of staff are leaving at the end of the session and I would like to thank them all for their input to the school and wish them well for the future. A number of pupils have also left us and again we wish them well on the next step in their careers.


At the time of writing the School Show has still to take place and I want to pay tribute to the staff and pupils for the sheer hard work it takes to put on a performance such as this. Can I also wish every success to the pupils who will be eagerly awaiting the results dropping through the letterbox early in August


The Parent Council has now been formed and will be in touch with parents early in the new session. I have included the Adopted Constitution for your information.


I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.


Highland show trip


On Thursday 21st June Mrs Baird and Mrs Bryden took a large group of Carrick pupils up to the Royal Highland Show for the day. They were able to try all the delicious tasters in the food hall, look round the shopping arcade at all the stalls and have a good look at all the machinery on show, with them stopping occasionally to watch the judging in the main ring. Some of them even ventured into the Highland Hall to look at all the cattle and were surprised by the size of animals they saw! Many of the group also tried out the army climbing wall in the activities area and others completed questioners to get free Scotch Beef t-shirts. All had a great day and lucky the weather stayed dry and sunny for the trip and we even came back with a few extra passengers to the 4-legged type!  Thanks must go to Mrs Baird and Mrs Bryden for such a memorable trip.




On Saturday 23rd, Carrick Academy held a rugby game against the current and previous students, amazingly the current students triumphed against there opposition with an amazing score of 10-5 with Colin Sturgeon scoring all the points and Colin Eaglesham scoring for the previous students.  Mr Brown would like to thank all the parents that contributed to the after match buffet.


Bus Times

On Friday 29th June all buses will arrive at 1pm with the exception of Smiths Coaches which will be coming at 12.00 noon.




Last weeks results are as follows:


U18ís Carrick 11 v 4 Girvan,

Scores were Colin Sturgeon (3), Will Barker (2) Keir McSorley (2), Kris Scott (1), Mark Taylor (1), Fraser Thomson (1) and Kyle Faulds (1)


The under 16ís were also playing against Ayr the final score was

Carrick 4 Ayr 3

Scores for this game were Michael Kirk (2) Duncan Sturgeon (1) and Jason Kennedy (1)

Congratulations to all the scores, and fingers crossed for a successful next session.



Important Dates


Donít forget to come back to school on Monday 20th August

Staff return on Thursday 16th August and Friday 17th August for in-service days.


School Show


The school show Disco Inferno was a great success. It took place over three nights from the 19th to the 21st of June at the town Hall. A lot of hard work was put into the show not only by cast members but also by staff and pupils helping behind the scenes. A big thanks to you all! The show was enjoyed by all so we took the opportunity to speak to some of the pupils who saw the show to get their views. One pupil claimed, ďIt was the best show I have ever seen. I was dancing and singing along all night!Ē Hopefully the excellent shows will continue in years to come thanks to our music department and talented pupils.




The forms for the Education Maintenance Allowance for the 2007 session are available from the office.


Leavers Ceremony


Carrick Academy would like to thank the students who attended the Leaverís Ceremony on Friday 22nd June, best wishes for the future to them all.


Beat the Goalie Competition


On Wednesday 27th June there is a beat the goalie competition on in the games hall at the PE department. The goalies are Mr Brown, Mr Dunsmuir, Miss Johnston and Mr Wilson (English). It is 20p to watch and 50p to play and all the funds go towards the joint trip between Geography, the Ocean Youth Trust and the Dolphin house. The trip consists of three Carrick pupils namely Kristy Wilson, Kerry Knight and Elizabeth McJannet sailing round Ireland from 7th- 15th June with 5 Swedish students and 2 other boys from Ayrshire.

Iím sure they will have a brilliant time and we will have an update on there adventure when they get back. We hope to see at PE on Wednesday even if it just to have a laugh at the teacherís goal keeping skills!



Peer Helping Training

On Monday 25th June a training morning was held to train the new peer helpers. The peer helpers are senior pupils who have 3 or more S1 pupils assigned to them so that when the new S1 arrive at Carrick they feel able to confide in a senior pupil if they have any problems and also so that their peer helper looks out for them at the school. The training was held in the art barn and was lead by pupils, who had previously been trained as from the previous year; it was found that the pupils preferred being trained by other pupils. They had to participate in role-play and concentrated on what makes a good listener. Even though the training had a serious point behind it, lots of fun and laughter was had and they now canít wait to meet there peer pupils to put the training into action!