Carrick Academy Class Chat - 5th November 2007
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          By Carrick’s Press Pack Team




As you may already know Children in Need is taking place on Friday 16th November. This year Carrick plans to have events held over the week instead of just on the Friday. Each lunch time will be filled with activities organised by different houses and year groups. Monday will be organised by S5, Tuesday by Arran house, Wednesday by Bute house and Thursday by Cumbrae with the Friday being organised by S6. On the Friday the common room will be open for the rest of the school to come in and have a go at different games, face painting and hair spraying, each class will get a chance to go in so listen out for the period you are timetabled for. Also on the Friday the S6 will be dressed up and are currently planning a lunch time gunging session. Make sure you gather up all your loose change and donate as much as you can over the week for such a worthy cause.


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Under 15 V Belmont Academy

Carrick visited Rozelle Park knowing that the fixture against Belmont would be one of the most difficult challenges that they would face in their league campaign and so it proved to be with Belmont dominating the game from the start to finish.  Belmont took a deserved lead scoring a try, which was not converted.  Carrick somehow managed to keep Belmont out for the remaining 20 minutes of the first half and were delighted to turn around at half time only 5-0 down.  Second half Carrick got back into the game with a well work backs move which finished by Grant Murchie.  Carrick then were rewarded with a further 3 unanswered tries which were all converted.


Under 15 V Wellington (friendly)

The under 15s were set the challenge by the coaching team after there disappointment against Belmont, go out a play the way you can and they certainly achieved this by defeating Wellington School.  This was a far better performance by the Carrick forwards first to the break down and when they got the ball out, Roddy Paterson, Jordan Morris and Sam Currie came roaring back with a fine solo try from Jordan Morris who ran the full length of the field to score under the posts.  Unfortunately Carrick missed the conversion.  Wellington them replied with another well worked score to lead 12-5 at half time.  In the second half Carrick dominated for long spells and scored two tries one from Sam Currie and the other proving  to be the wining try which came from a fine individual break from Roddy Paterson who scored under the posts.  This time Wallace Kennedy struck the ball between the posts to give Carrick a wining score of 17-12.


Under 14 V Wellington (friendly)

The Under 14 side played very well to earn a draw in this match.  Jonathan Webster was superb all afternoon and scored two tries and tackled anything that moved.  Jamie Campbell also had a very good game and deserved his try.  Conner Wyllie converted the third try to earn Carrick a 10 all draw.  Man of the Match was Jonathan Webster.


Under 13 V Wellington (friendly)

The most pleasing game of the day came from the Under 13s side.  The boys have only trained 5 times and this was only their second game.  Wellington had most of the possession and scored two excellent tries but Carrick scored from  a fine Gordon Gregor  breakout, which was converted by Keillan Cook, to make the score 7-4.  Carrick had their chances to level the game but in the end fell just short.

Man of the match Gordon Gregor.


Carrick hold League Champions to a draw.


Carrick drew 12-12 to Belmont.  The first half saw Carrick under pressure against Belmont, and the second half proved to be the same, but however in became clear that Belmont were slightly over confident as they had two chances to go for goal and decided to run them rather than take the points that were on offer.  This seemed to spur the Carrick forwards into action and in the final play of the game Carrick gained a penalty around half way line and Fraser Thomson decided to have an attempt at goal.  The distance was not and issue but the direction was as the ball just slid wide of the right hand post.  Man of the Match Greg Montgomery.

Cross Country

On the 31st October Carrick Academy took a number of pupils to the Ayrshire Cross Country held at Irvine Beach Park.  The weather was dry but a bit windy but it didn’t affect the runners.  The first few races had around 300 pupils taking part from different areas of Ayrshire. Colin Sturgeon got 1st in his race defending his title from last year.  Louise Allan got 6th everyone who took part finished the course.  Well done to everyone who took participated and Good Luck for next year.


Tree Of Knowledge

On Monday 12th November the 4th years will attend the tree of knowledge event in Maybole town hall, S5 and S6 will then go on the Tuesday. The tree of knowledge teaches pupils tips and hints on how to deal with exams and particularly how to cope with the stress of them. It will also provide them with information on the best way’s to revise so that they can find a style which suits them. In the past it has proved to be of great benefit to pupils and this year is sure to be no different. We will update you on how they got on after they come back.


Remembrance Service

The Remembrance service is due to take place on Sunday 11th at the town hall in Maybole. All captains, vices and junior school leaders have been asked to attend and if you require any more information then contact Mr Cannon. There will also be school Chaplin services for Remembrance Day on Friday 9th so check out the office board for your class’s time. There have been pupils going round the school selling poppies so please show your appreciation for the lives lost and wear your poppy.


Halloween Disco - 1st Nov

On Thursday 1st November, we had our Halloween Disco.  We had an enormous turn out with around 250 pupils joining in the party spirit; everyone dressed up for the occasion, even the teachers!! Everyone enjoyed their night and it was a grand success.  Look out for the pictures on the TV’s.  We had a competition on who was the best dressed, they all received HMV gift vouchers.  These are the results:



Boy – Kenneth McDowell - Pimp

Girl – Gayle Barr – Ladybird



Boy – Kyle Harkness – Ali G

Girl – Fiona Anderson – Clown


Best Teacher Award

Miss Vaughn – Night Rider


S1 Hockey Tournament

An active sports co-ordinator will be in the school to encourage S1 girls to participate in a hockey tournament.  This is a good way to keep fit and be healthy. Training will be held at lunch-time on Monday & Wednesday in the P.E Department. Anyone who would like to participate in the tournament please contact the P.E Department as soon as possible.



Building Refurbishment

On Monday 5th November work started on refurbishing the Science Labs in the Old Building into classrooms.  The estimated time for the work to be completed is 3 weeks. During this time the one way system in the upstairs will be suspended but the up and down stairs will remain as normal.


Girls Rugby

Following a very successful first tournament on Sunday 4th November the girl’s rugby

teams are trying to make a kilometre of 2p coins to raise some funds to help out with travel costs.  This will enable the girls to participate in regional tournaments and the Under-15 and Under 18 Youth Cups.  We need 40,000 coins to make the kilometre so any help would be appreciated.  If you are willing to clear out your purses, pockets and wallets of 2p’s there is a jar in the Time Out base where they are being collected.  The girls are very grateful for any support given.


S1/S2 Mediators

23 of our S1/S2 pupils have undergone training as peer mediators. They will be working with pupils from their own year groups to try and help resolve quarrels etc.  Pupils will self refer by completing a request form to see a mediator.  This will be placed in a box outside the School Office.  Some of the mediators will talk to their year groups at assemblies this week.


Geography goes Japanese!

This week S2 classes in geography will transform into Japanese for a day. They have the chance to dress in the traditional dress and try out some Japanese food using chopsticks (that’s if they are brave enough). Some of the food they get to sample includes Sushi and Miso soup which I’m sure they will love! We will update you on how they got on and what they thought of it next week.


Malaria Hit’s Geography

The S5/6 geography classes will get the chance to display what they have learned about malaria over the past weeks by giving a presentation to their class. They have  to find out about ways to control the disease and how it affects different countries so a lot of research has gone into producing there presentations. A “lucky” few however will be put in the hot seat where they get questioned by the class on that they have learned, Lets hope they know all there stuff!


Assembly talks

As part of enterprise week within the school each year group will be given a presentation by some pupils on what they have been doing in different classes. In geography it is the S3 that will be speaking to the S2 on Tuesday 13th Nov. They plan to discuss environmental issues with them covering all aspects of it from nappies to dog dirt! They will also show them a cartoon so that everyone can get involved in preserving the environment. I’m sure it will be a very interesting talk and a lot of hard work has gone into it so well done to them for all there effort.


Young Roots Culzean Trip

On Friday 28th September, Gemma Scobie, Hannah McCubbin and Claire McNeillie, Caitlin Grieg and Grant Kidd visited Culzean Castle as part of the Young Roots Project to research the Kennedy family.  They were given a guided tour of the castle and access to the Education Suite.  The visit proved to be of great benefit to the research team.


Modern Languages Department

A lunchtime Spanish class is running on a Tuesday at 1.15 every week. Staff and pupils come along and we are helped by Carly MacDowall who lived in Spain for a short time.


1RYB are making a DVD for the primary schools during their SOA period. We are filming the nativity story in French and are looking for help. The art department is going to help us make masks. Any soft toys such as donkeys, sheep, horses etc, shepherd and King Outfits such as crowns and jars would be greatly appreciated. Please send them to Mrs Normansell in Room 023.

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