Carrick Academy Class Chat - 9th October 2007
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          By Carrick’s Press Pack Team



October Holiday


The school will be close on Friday 12th October for our October break and will re-open on Monday 22nd October for staff. All pupils will return on Tuesday 23rd October. On behalf of Carrick Academy we wish you an eventful holiday. Let’s hope the sun stays out for us!


Show case evening


There was a show case evening held on Tuesday 9th October for future 1st year pupils to show them round the school and see what it is like before they come. Different departments put displays on to show parents the type of work their children will be doing when the come to Carrick, for example the technical department had pupils showing there work folio’s and also working on their computer aided graphics projects. The future pupils found it of great use as they were able to see round the school before coming and so it will hopefully make the jump from primary to secondary a bit easier. The senior pupils were on hand to show them round the school and all parents were given the opportunity to receive a copy of the school newsletter. If anyone was not able to come on Tuesday and would like the news letter sent to them then please email .


S6 Schools of Ambition Leadership day

On Friday 5th October the sixth years headed off to Oswald Hall in Auchincruive to take part in a leadership day as part of the schools of ambition initiative. They were split up into groups and asked to carry out a range of challenges to encourage team building and leadership skills. Some of the challenges they took part in was to make a timer with some marbles and bit’s of pipe that would time 7, 12 and 24 seconds, also they were to work together to complete a giant jigsaw but there was a twist, they were blind folded!

By far the hardest task of the day was one called all tied up in which the pupils were tied together with roped and had to figure a way to get themselves untied while still having there hands in the loops at the end of the day, only 1 group was able to compete this difficult and frustrating task. A great day was had by all and the rest of the school will get the opportunity to take part in these challenges over the next week so we will hear how they got on after they come back.


Jeans for Gene’s Day

Jeans for Genes Day is to be held on Friday 12th October. For this event the pupils are asked to come to school wearing jeans, however they MUST wear their shirt and tie as normal. Pupils will be expected to pay £1 for the privilege of wearing their jeans and this money goes towards Gene Research. Jeans for Gene’s Day, is organized by four national charities, and raises funds for research into serious genetic disorders affecting thousands of children such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and sickle cell. Funds also provide laboratory equipment and facilities, as well as valuable advice and support for families. I’m sure you’ll agree it is a great charity so come on Carrick lets support the cause!

Halloween Disco

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 coming as 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.

S1 Interim Reports


S1 will receive their interim reports prior to the October holiday. Any problems with reports please contact the school to solve any queries. Thank You.



Assistant Marshalls


A Significant thanks goes to all the seniors who helped the Marshalls on the days S1, S2 and S3 went to Auchincruive to carry out their challenges as part of The School of Ambition programme.  Feedback was great and many people said “The seniors were outstanding and were very functional to the Marshalls; all senior pupils interacted well with junior pupils to create a relationship which worked well as younger pupils paid attention and listened to them and treated them with authority”


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.

School Football News


Carrick Academy’s Under 18 team won 4-1 against Queen Margaret Academy. Another fine display earned Carrick an impressive home win. Mark Taylor opened the scoring goal before David Logan and Kris Scott made it 3-0. Queen Margaret scored a consolation goal and David Logan got his double late in the second half.



Carrick Academy Boys Represent Ayrshire Teams


Both Tony Howie and Jo Maxwell have been selected to play for Ayrshire’s Under 15 team. They have already played their first competitive game which was played on Wednesday 10th October at Hurlford’s Blair Park.

These two pupils are not the only two who have been chosen to play for Ayrshire as Fraser Thomson and Kyle Faulds have been also chosen to represent Ayrshire in the under 18 team.  They recently played Glenrothes at Troon Juniors Park and managed to win 2 v 1 with Fraser scoring a goal. Congratulations to them all and good luck for your future games


S1/S2 Mentors


A number of S6 were selected at random who have been trained as peer helpers to work as mentors for S1/S2 classes.  This will continue every Wednesday at registration.  The selected senior pupils will go to their mentor class and accomplished the areas they were to check up on i.e. Diaries, No trainers, No dangling earrings.


S4 Parents Evening


Reminder to all S4!! Your parents evening will be held in the canteen area on 30th October. Tea and Coffee will also be served.


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