Carrick Academy Class Chat - 30th October 2007
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          By Carrick’s Press Pack Team




On behalf of Carrick Academy we would like to welcome you back from your October break. We hope everyone took time to re-fresh themselves and get ready to work hard until the end of term.

Mr Stewart - Head Teacher

On Monday 5 November the school introduced the new Dining Hall procedures. There will an insistence on the use of the Cashless Catering Cards to access the Dining Hall Service. Without these Cards pupils will no longer be able to receive the Dining Hall Service. We must stop the practice that has come to our attention of a number of pupils sharing the same card or using a number which does not belong to them. As you will be aware this practice is totally unacceptable. If a pupil has lost the Card another Card can be issued by Mrs Hamilton the Catering Manager at a cost of £2. Your co-operation in supporting this new procedure is very much appreciated.


On an improvement of standards focus, staff are also going to be targeting our School Dress Code as a number of pupils have let standards slip and are not complying with the Code that was agreed through extensive consultation with staff, pupils and parents.  Far too many girls are showing far too much ‘Flesh’ and although this may be acceptable at ‘Clubs/Discos’ this is not acceptable within a place of Learning. Far too many pupils are wearing Designer Polo Tops which are not acceptable either under the Agreed Code. A number of pupils have ties in their pockets and only put them on when challenged by staff whilst some pupils are wearing trainers rather than shoes. This whole process is now regarded as a lack of respect for the Agreed Practices and must now be challenged. Staff will remind pupils of the Agreed Code at Assemblies and this will be re-enforced during teaching periods as well. Guidance staff and senior staff will be in contact with parents where a concern has arisen to recruit their support in ensuring that their youngsters maintain the Agreed Code.


S4 Prelim Timetable

S4 will be issued their prelim timetable on Thursday 15th November. Good Luck and start studying and the results will be amazing!



There will be a whole school Halloween disco held on Thursday 1st November. The tickets are priced at £2 and will be on sale nearer the time so watch out for them. Everyone who attends is encouraged to dress up, so whether you are a witch, Fred Flintstone or even a bunch of grapes, please take part and be someone different for the night. There will be prizes for the best costumes so get your thinking caps on and see what you can come up with.

Leadership Days

The week beginning 8th October was a very busy one for Carrick.

During this week S1, S2 and S3 headed to Oswald hall to work on their leadership skills as part of the school of ambition scheme. They were split into groups and had to complete various tasks. At each task a leader was appointed and had to help the group to complete the tasks, some of these tasks were, blind folded giant jenga and using wooden blocks in a particular order in which it would create the picture of animals such as a cat and a dog. The pupil’s thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent there and their leadership skills which they gained will be put to use in classes in the future.


Many thanks to staff and pupils for all their hard work they put in to making the showcase night eventful which was certainly appreciated by the parents and youngsters.  Feedback was very positive.

Jeans for Genes Day

Pupils wore their jeans with their shirts and ties to raise money for Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 12th October.  A total of £319.65 was raised. Well Done & Thank you to everyone who contributed.  Our next target is to beat this amount for Children In Need which will be on Friday 16th November.

S6 can assure you it will be eventful!!

S4 Parents Evening

S4 watch out as it’s your parents evening on 30th October. Hope you’ve all been good.

P7 Peer Helping

On Thursday 27th a group of primary 7’s from Maidens, Cairn, Crosshill, Straiton, and Kirckmichael came up to Carrick for the afternoon to work with the sixth years. They were trained on how to be buddies so they could go back to their primary and carry out the skills they learnt. They were split into groups with a mixture of different school pupils in each group, after that they  spent the afternoon being trained by the 6th years on various skills such as how to be a good listener, how to get people to communicate and also to express your self and deal with different emotions. The pupils enjoyed their experience and had a lot of fun.

Mini Trials

Well done to all the pupils who took part in the mini trials on Saturday 6th October. Carrick Managed to win their first case against Marr College with Gordon Gillon and Evelyn Crate prosecuting, with Steven Kelly and Iona Haston acting as witnesses. In the afternoon Carrick faced Ayr Academy with Eilidh Douglas defending and Josh Macleod and Adam Hastings acting as witnesses. Unfortunately we lost this case but Eilidh was commended by the Sheriff for an outstanding performance. In both cases Hannah McCubbin and Emma Hamilton were on the jury. Whilst Jamie Lawrie was Clerk Officer. Well done to everyone involved.

Duke of Edinburgh

On the 2nd October, S3 pupils of Carrick Academy participated in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which is a Curriculum for Excellence Pilot. Their day included lots of different activities. When we interviewed some of the pupils, they told us that the activities included, Wall Climbing, Games Room, a Photo Story and different Team Challenges. The pupils told us that it was a really fun day and that they would be happy to participate in similar activities again in the future. They also said that it would help them with their future career when they come to write their CVs.


Football Results


U15 Carrick 1 v 4 Kyle

Carrick didn't take their chances and were punished for this. Good luck boys for your future games.


U18 St Brides/St Andrews 1 v 5 Carrick

A superb away victory for Carrick in the 2nd round of the Scottish cup, next round is at home.  We are still unbeaten, goal scorers were; Kris Scott 2, David Logan, Colin Sturgeon and Kyle Faulds.


 S2 U14 Largs 5 v Carrick 2

The boys staged a battling performance and led 2 v 1 at half time, with 2 goals from John Dewar.  Unfortunately, Largs pressure told and Carrick conceded 3 late goals.


U18 Ayrshire team

Both Kyle Faulds and Fraser Thomson shall represent Ayrshire against Aberdeen on 7th November.


U18 Auchinleck v Carrick Semi Final of Ayrshire League Cup 6/11/07

Carrick face a tough task away to Auchinleck, fingers crossed for an away win.


U15 Carrick v Grange

Ayrshire cup match on Thursday 01/11/07.



Tickets are now on sale for Scotland V France on Sunday 3rd February and Scotland V England on Saturday 8th March. Please see Mr Brown for information if you’re interested in going. The pupils who go and see Scotland V France will get priority for a ticket to go to the England game.  The cost will be £20 for each game.


Carrick Academy Latest Rugby News


When Carrick were drawn to play Galashiels away the players knew that this would be a difficult match and so it proved to be. Carrick did make Gala work for all but one of their 10 tries and in some respect the Carrick boys did well to keep the score down to 62-0. This was a real eye opener for Carrick but with 5 fourth years in the starting line up and only two sixth years; this is still a young 1st XV who hopefully learned a lot from the game. Duncan Sturgeon at Full back was excellent and won the man of the match from a Carrick point of view. This discipline of both sides was outstanding and Gala will be a threat to any side in this competition, we wish them well in the next round and beyond.


Scottish Cup

The 1st XV have been drawn at home against Arran in the first round of the Plate. The game will take place on Saturday 17th November.


The Under 15 have been drawn away to Millburn Academy (Inverness), the date is to be confirmed in round 1 of the plate. This journey will take a 10 hour round trip. However, Carrick will be fulfilling the fixture and have offered Tuesday 13th November as a possible date.



Wed 31st October        –          Under 15 + 18

                                                Away - Marr

Thurs 1st Nov               -           Under 13 + 14

                                                Home – Girvan

Tues 6th Nov                -           Under 15

                                                Home – Belmont

Thurs 8th Nov              -           Under 18

                                                Home – Belmont


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