Auchenharvie Academy -
Class Chat

Week Beginning 11 May
Quizzing for Nepal

S1-3 was ‘Quizzing for Nepal’ on Friday 1st May in an attempt to raise £1000 for the Nepal earthquake relief effort. As part of the Accelerated Reader programme, which runs nationwide, Auchenharvie Academy contributed to the 100,000 quizzes which were sat with an astonishing 210 quizzes in one day! Special mention must be given to Emily Grayston who sat 7 quizzes and Sarah Cunningham who sat 5. Well done to everyone who took part- this is a great achievement!

The Woman in Black

Pupils (and teachers alike) were frightened and entertained in equal measure during the performance of ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow last Wednesday evening. There were frights aplenty and the show was enjoyed greatly by all who attended. Tickets for ‘Shrek: The Musical’ on Wednesday 13th May are still available for all year groups for £20.
Primary 7 Transition

A selection of S3 pupils met with a small group of Primary 7 pupils on Wednesday to discuss what to expect when they arrive at Auchenharvie.  This was an extremely worthwhile experience for both sets of pupils.  The S3 pupils involved were :
Courtney Muir
Hayley Woods
Amy Moon
Courtney-Anne Young
Nathan Scott
John Wilson
Lauren Duffy
Ryan Hodgson
Prom – A highlight of the school year!
Auchenharvie’s Senior Prom takes place on Wednesday 24 June at Brig o’ Doon House in Alloway.  Pupils will be arriving for photographs at 6.30pm with everyone seated by 7.30pm.  All at Auchenharvie are really looking forward to this night to bid farewell to our 6 years of 2014/2015.
NG Concert – Talent of the Future
The Music Department’s annual Next Generation Concert takes place on Thursday 4 June at 7.00pm in the Assembly Hall.  This will include performances from p5-p7 pupils from our associated primary schools and also S1-S3 pupils from Auchenharvie.  This allows you to see the excellent work that is going on in the area and showcases the young and developing talent that we have in Auchenharvie and our associated primaries.
Tickets available at the door for £3/£2.
Come along and be entertained.
 Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate 

The S3 pupils in Hospitality classes at Auchenharvie Academy have recently been 'Celebrating Success' as 60 pupils all completed food hygiene training in class and sat a final exam.  All were successful in achieving a pass  from the Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland.
 This will allow them to start on a life long learning journey in the Hospitality industry by giving them the starting block for part time holiday / weekend  catering employment. 
Well done everybody! 
Sporting Success
Here’s a little bit of information about our B Team football.
The captain of our B team is Reece O Hanlon.  Reece does lots of admin for the department too as there are 4 B teams going at the one time and this can be very time consuming for the staff involved. 
We never play to win so results are not important to us, only top behaviour and support of others in the team, respect to the opposition and referee.  All the substitutes play in a rotating system with the only player not to be subbed being the captain.  
We have a large squad of 24 players who we rotate often.  6th year pupils Johnnie Liddy and Calvin Stroyan help coach the team along with the staff.  Our new keeper, Lewis Laird made a good debut the other night v Marr B team away. 
Mr Murphy is very proud of the boys with their high sporting standards. (1 photo)
Friday 22 May is an Inservice Day for Staff only and Monday 25 May is a holiday for staff and pupils.


Class Chat – week beginning 2 March/9 March
Prom Fashion Show
The show went well on Wednesday evening.  The boys and girls had a great time modelling and strutting their stuff down the catwalk!  A huge thank you to all of you who donated to the event even if you couldn't make it.  The girls did a fantastic job in collecting many great raffle prizes from local businesses including The Lauriston, Hair and Beauty salons in Saltcoats and Stevenston, Douglas Cattanach Photography and Sullivan's to name but a few!  The event raised £250 which will be shared between the charities collection and the S6 Prom Fund.  Miss Paton as usual did a fab job of hosting the event.
WWF Animals
Mrs Eagleson recently sent away for 12 animals to be sponsored which is fantastic! Mr Muirhead's class is well on his way to a second animal. Some classes haven't really even started. There is still time to the end of the month, before we stop for Easter, to collect monies.
Dress Down Day - Last Day of Term
There will be a Dress Down Day on the last day of term. Cost will be £1 and a tin for the local food bank. The chosen charity that the proceeds of this will go to has still to be decided. 
Remembering Victoria
Monday the 9 March marked the one year anniversary of the passing away of Victoria Tarr.  The school were keen to mark this event in memory of Victoria by selling heart shaped key rings with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.
Spring Concert
The annual Music Department Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday 1 April, at 7.30pm in the Assembly Hall.  Items will include performances from our Senior Singers, Instrumental Ensembles and Concert Band.  Tickets can be purchased at the door £3/£2.  An even not to be missed! 
Ayrshire Music Festival
Our Singing Groups and Ensembles are gearing up for a timetable of competitions at the annual Ayrshire Music Festival.  The Flute Ensemble are taking part in their competition on the evening of the 9 March with our Fiddle Group competing on the 14 March and Singing Groups on the 18 March.    Good luck to all involved!
HE and Music Practical Exams
Both Music and Home Economics have been busy completing practical examinations over the past few weeks.  In Music this means that our National 5 and Higher pupils have now completed 60% of their overall grade in the subject with Advanced Higher practical exams taking place in April/May.  In Home Economics the National 4 pupils have completed their AVU (Added Value Unit) while the National 5 exams have yet to take place.
Valencia Trip
During the 2016 October mid-term break around 30 pupils and 3 staff from Auchenharvie Academy plan to participate in a professional football trip to Valencia, Spain. The purpose of the trip is to provide pupils who are passionate about football and learning, with a unique opportunity to gain access to a professional Spanish football club; the training facilities, stadium and coaches, whilst immersing pupils in a culturally rich Spanish setting. Interested pupils have now received a letter inviting their parents/carers to attend an information evening, to be held on Thursday 19th March, 6pm in the school's assembly hall.
S5 and S6 Academic Aspirations Programme – D Gall
This programme is being implemented this session for our S5 and S6 pupils.  It is delivered by D Gall of CANI Coaching.  The programme focuses on raising pupil’s aspirations and the promotion of self-discipline, self-management and ambition.  It aims to gives pupils tools to improve self-belief and time management.
For S6 it is delivered at the start of the session, with a refresher session post prelims, toward the final exams.
‘This was a really worthwhile experience which allowed me to focus on my exams and try to reduce the stress associated with them.’
S5 Pupil
Week Beginning 24th November
A group of 41 S2/3 pupils and 5 staff have just returned from a busy three day trip to London. After an overnight journey, Wembley stadium was our first port of call. The tour included the changing rooms and permission to hold the FA Cup. We later enjoyed a visit to Hard Rock Café where a number of pupils bought the obligatory hoodie. A walk through central London gave a brief glimpse of Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street. There was much excitement when Lord Sugar came hurrying past our group! After a quick change at the Youth Hostel we headed to Pizza Hut and to watch the three hour epic which is
Thursday morning involved a trip on the London Eye and the London Dungeon. Some staff complained of bruised arms due to some holding on by terrified pupils! A relaxing cruise on the River Thames was enhanced by a highly entertaining commentary from our guide. We enjoyed a 3 course meal at Bella Italia in the West End before the musical ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ – we were mesmerized by the special effects.On our journey home, we stopped off at ‘Harry Potter - Warner Bros Studios’ for a tour. Fans of the films were able to see the original sets and costumes from the eight films. A number of the group enjoyed a butter-beer while we wandered around Privet Drive. For many, this was the highlight of the trip. A good time was had by all!
A lot has been happening recently with the school Charities. Here is an update.
We raised an amazing £300 by selling various Pudsey items and "Guessing Pudsey's Birthday" for the chance to win a hamper full of goodies. The hamper was won by Sean McKenna in S1. Well done Sean and to everyone else who helped raise this amount.
The final figure for the ice bucket challenge was £450. Thanks Jenny and her team of helpers for this.
Last term we raised £202 through charity jar collections. This money will go towards the £288 we pay yearly to sponsor two boys and their families through the charity Plan UK. Registration teachers should have received information on these boys last term. This Thursday we have the long awaited "Bake Off" coming up for MacMillan Cancer. Following this, there will be a coffee morning in the staff room on Friday at interval where staff will be able to sample the goodies (or not) from the previous night's event.
Also, we are currently collecting via charity jars for a local charity called "The Butterfly club". To date we have raised about £150.  I would imagine that at least everyone in this school would know or know of someone who attends James McFarlane or Haysolm Schools. The proceeds from the talent show at the end of the year will also go towards this charity.
There will be a Christmas Jumper (or item) day held for the whole school on Thursday 11 December. You may have seen pictures around the school promoting this. This is for all staff and pupils. The cost of this will be £1 and a tin. National Christmas Jumper day is the following day, so you could get two wears out of your jumper?! Half of the money raised will go towards "the Butterfly Club"; the other half will go to help school funds.
Lists of tins and other items that are required for the Local Food bank will be sent to registration teachers very soon. Boxes for donations will also be left in the staff room, the office and guidance. I am sure all staff will have some tins that have been in their cupboards for ages that they could bring in for a good cause! Tins will be donated to the local food bank in Ardrossan.
Band Fest
On Sunday 23rd of November the Auchenharvie Academy Concert Band performed in the North Ayrshire Band Fest atDalry Primary School along with 7 other secondary schools from the authority.
This was a fantastic afternoon and allowed pupils to hear other school bands, the North Ayrshire Schools Concert Band and also participate in a Massed Band where all pupils from across the authority who play a Woodwind, Brass or Percussion instrument performed together.
Well done to all pupils who gave up their time on a Sunday to perform and also to Mrs Ramsay and Mrs Muir who rehearse with the band every Wednesday after school. Special mention also goes to Mollie Ford of Glencairn Primary and Molly Gribben of Ardeer Primary who also perform with the Auchenharvie pupils in the concert band.
Expressive Arts London Trip
There are still places on the Music department’s trip to London in June 2015. This trip will include two theatre trips, workshop at Pineapple dance studios and tour of Harry Potter experience at Warner Brothers Studios.
See Mrs Hands or Mrs Hopton if you wish to secure a place for yourself on the trip.
Week Beginning 17th of November

Winter Concert
The annual Auchenharvie Winter Concert will take place on Tuesday the 16
December at 7.30pm in the Assembly Hall.
You will hear a wide range of varying ensembles performing that will really get you in the mood for the festive period!
Tickets are on sale at the door on the night £3/£2.
Supported Study Timetable
The following subjects are offering Supported Study for certificate pupils on certain days.
Pupils should make of much use of these times as possible – especially with S4 prelims starting on December the 1st and various course work deadlines for S5/6 pupils.
Monday –
French-National5 and Higher
Modern Studies-National 5 and Higher
Physics - National 5 and Higher
Tuesday –
English – National 5 and Higher
History – Higher
Design and Manufacture – National 4, 5 and Higher
Wednesday –
Maths - National 5 and Higher
Biology-National 5 and Higher
Chemistry - National 5 and Higher
Spanish - National 5 and Higher
Geography - National 5 and Higher
Computing Science - National 4 and National 5 
P.E. - National 5 and Higher
Maths - National5
History -National 5
Graphic Communication - National 4, 5, Higher and Advanced Higher
Business Management / Admin & IT – National 4, 5 and Higher
Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions
To continue from last weeks' column about the pupils receiving their certificates for the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for Duke of Edinburgh, we are keen to show how the boys achieved these awards. The pictures show the boys on various expeditions taking in new experiences as they went. (4 photos attached)
Theatre Trip to ‘Blood brothers’
Last week pupils from S1-S6 thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the Kings Theatre,
Glasgow to see Willy Russell’s musical adaptation of ‘Blood Brothers’. Pupils were treated to the musical performances of big name actors and musicians such as Maureen Nolan (who played MrsJohnston) and Marti Pellow. Pupils’ response to the trip was overwhelming and the general consensus was that a great time was had by all. As always pupils were a credit to our school and their behaviour was impeccable. We were privileged to have this noted by staff at the venue, the public and retired members of the teaching profession alike.
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Week beginning the 10th of November
Eight of our S3 girls visited Greenwood Conference Centre on Monday 3rd November, taking part in a full day event targeting ‘Girls in to STEM’.  Every school in North Ayrshire was represented.  The day was organised and run by Education and Youth Employment team at NAC.
The day was divided in to 5 workshops;
1- Talk from
with regards Engineering and Apprenticeships
2 -
led the girls through a talk based on Biological applications used in space missions and gave information with regards the
3 - Representatives from the Food Industry led the girls through 3 'taste test' activities which was warmly received and one group scored full marks and were classed as 'super tasters'
4 - Computer based jobs including Air Traffic controls were discussed and students used a variety of online software to assess their skills, interests and aptitude to suit them to particular careers.
5 -'Speed Networking' - the girls got 5 mins to chat to and ask questions to women from a variety of STEM companies including GSK, NATS, Interconnect and Booth Welsh.  The girls moved round each company in a 'speed dating' style
Everyone really enjoyed the day and gave positive feedback about their experiences.  It has hopefully encouraged them to think of a STEM career and help them to make appropriate option choices at the end of S3.
S1 Football
Well done to our S1 football team who won their recent match against St Matthews 6-3.
S1/2 Gymnastics
Our gymnasts were fantastic this week! They participated in 2 two teams: Team A - Ellie Leishman, Anika Kaur and Kaylee McGovern and Team B - Megan Donald, Chloe McGovern and Coby Wilson.  They competed against Largs, Irvine Royal, Kilwinning and Garnock.  Team B didn't place however Team A won a Silver and will now go on and represent North Ayrshire in the Scottish Schools Gymnastics Competition in May at Bell'sSports Complex,Perth. Well done to all!
Halloween party
We were invaded by a scary selection of Halloween party goers on Friday the 31
Our S6 pupils organised the annual S1 and S2 Halloween party which was, yet again, a tremendous success.Even the fire alarm being set off by the smoke machines didn’t dampen the spirits of all pupils in attendance!
Duke of Edinburgh
Linda Davis, Norrie Brown, Allison Hopton attended the presentation ceremony of the Duke of Edinburgh awards at Ardeer Community Centre on Friday night.   This was a North Ayrshire Award ceremony which involved pupils throughout the authority. Auchenharvie had a Bronze and Silver Group, all of whom got their award but also the boys gave separate presentations about their DofE experiences. We were the only school that gave 2 separate presentations
Bronze Award
Ritchie Lynn Ian Wakeham David Mackay Jordan Smtih Thomas Walker Shaun McNamara Ewan Lambie Brandon Paterson Graeme Paterson Joseph Keenan Stuart Holt Gary Mack
Silver AwardAlex Curlett Callum Fitzpatrick Jordan Paterson Ryan Bamblett Dillon Agnew Andrew Young Connor Black Ryan Martin Jack McLellan Ryan Patton
The Bronze presentation was led by Ritchie Lynn and Ian Wakeham.  They spoke clearly and with great humour and finished off with a photo story.  Alex Curlett and Callum Fitzpatrick spoke on behalf of their silver group.  They spoke with great confidence and raised some laughs and a lot of smiles.  Once again their presentation was finished with a photo story.  It was a brilliant night and the boys represented the school superbly.  It was very clear from what the boys said that Norrie Brown has been the key to their success and the success of the DofE programme in the school
Other current and non-current pupils who achieved a DofE award
Courtney Bryce                    Full Bronze Award
Jemma McPherson             Full Silver Award/Gold Sectional Award
Calum Stewart                      Full Silver and Gold Award
Garry Webster                       Full Silver Award/Gold Sectional Award
Jonathon Liddy                    Gold Sectional Award
Kirsty Kane                           Full Gold Award
Kirsty Kane also received a special award for her hard work and commitment – The Alex Pettigrew Celebration Award.
We are extremely proud of each and every one of our pupils – well done!
Week Beginning 3rd of November
Alton Towers
On Friday the 10th October at 2.00am, 81 S5 and S6 pupils and 9 staff made the annual journey to Alton Towers.  This is a reward for S5/6 pupils who have been working really hard in school. All pupils had a fantastic time even though the weather wasn’t always on their side – with some describing the visit as having ‘4 seasons in one day’.  All returned safely just after midnight on the Saturday morning ready to enjoy their October break! (photo attached) ‘Grado’ The school had a visit from a former pupil last week.  Graeme Stevely or more commonly known locally as "Grado", came back to revisit his old secondary school Auchenharvie, after being away for over 10 years.   Graeme has become quite a celebrity recently and Channel 4 is working on producing a documentary on him.  Cameras followed him around the school all afternoon visiting former teachers and experiencing that "Grado" wit and charm - "Oh its yersel!!!!”Graeme has also been appearing recently in two new Scottish TV comedies - "The Sunny" and"Scots Squad". It was good to see him again and pupils and staff wish him all the best for his future.
Falkirk Wheel 
Wonderful news reached Auchenharvie last week when we were told that some of our students had taken part in a sponsored walk at the Falkirk Wheel to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).  John Cochrane (S1), Katie Cochrane (S5) and Kyle McGinley (S1) all took part in this event raising £175 for the cause. Well done you three! 
Young Musician of the Year 
On Wednesday the 5 November, the Music department held their annual Young Musician of the Year competition sponsored by the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Rotary.  This involves pupils from our associated primary schools along with our Junior (S1-S2), Intermediate (S3-S4) and Senior (S5-S6) pupils competing in competitions throughout the day and evening.This was a very successful day with all pupils performing to a very high standard.The winners of the 5 main categories were:Overall Primary Young Musician –  Mollie Ford (Glencairn Primary) and Molly Gribben (Ardeer Primary)Overall Junior Young Musician – Reece O’HanlonOverall Intermediate Young Musician – Lucy NorthcoteYoung Musician of the Year – Stormileigh DarlingYoung Singer ofthe Year – Sarah Davidson Both Senior Young Musician and Young Singer will go ahead to represent Auchenharvie at the North Ayrshire competitions in February 2015.Well done to allinvolved!  
The English Department are running two theatre trips.  The first to ‘Blood Brothers’ on the 12th of November and the second to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ on 20th November.  Tickets are going fast but if you are interested please see a member of the English department ASAP.  
Toohot to handle!
Five of our S2 pupils: Drew McCleave, Chloe McGovern, Greg Paterson, Carrie Pender and Morgan Roy, have recently completed the Fire Reach course at Kilwinning Fire Station and they all passed with flying colours!  The course involved the pupils carrying out the training and drills that our firemen and women complete on a daily basis. They learned how to rescue casualties from a burning building and how to provide first aid for these casualties before the ambulance arrives. They also learned how to deal with a road traffic accident and how to remove a casualty from the car safely.  The week was full of high energy and physically and mentally demanding challenges such as these – pupils were pushed to their full potential and they absolutely loved the experience. One pupil commented: “It was the best thing I’ve ever done and I would recommend it 100% to anyone else who gets the chance to do it!” Pupils developed their decision making skills, their ability to work cooperatively with others, their organisational skills and most importantly, their self-confidence. All of the staff in the school are very proud of these pupils for their achievement and we’d like to thank the staff at Kilwinning Fire Station who ensured that the pupils enjoyed every minute of their experience. (photo attached)Looking forward… Mr Brown isrunning a trip with 10 pupils to Rugby Park to watch Scotland play Tonga on the 22 November.  We look forward to hearing allabout it!  Follow us on Twitter @Auchenharvie