Nov 302015

As part of the RME curriculum, S1 – 3 classes visited a prayer space.

Prayer Spaces in Schools enable young people, of all faiths and none, to explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way, in accordance with Curriculum for Excellence.

Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, prayer spaces give young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment. The pupils are able to make their own meaning and to draw their own conclusions.

A classroom was transformed for a few days with a range of creative activities that encouraged personal reflection on issues such as forgiveness, injustice, thankfulness, big questions, and stillness.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack on Paris, it gave pupils an opportunity to express their sadness and their anxieties about these events.

Pupils and staff responded very positively to this experience.

Prayer Space 1 Prayer Space 2

Nov 302015

Twenty pupils and staff had an educational residential visit to Dumfries House estate last week.  The purpose of the visit was to enable S4 Business Management pupils to undertake their National 5 coursework assignment.  Wednesday afternoon was spent team building with outdoor instructors.  This took place at the Manoukian centre where Richard and Duncan, the enthusiastic outdoor instructors, put pupils through some physical and mentally challenging tasks.   Wet and exhausted the pupils enjoyed warm showers before tucking into a lovely dinner freshly prepared by the estate chefs.  The chocolate cake was a firm favourite!    The evening programme included people bingo and the business decision game spaghetti challenge.

After a good night’s sleep day 2 involved pupils visiting the Coach House Cafe, the Games Hall, the Lodge Guest House and finding out about Events within Dumfries House where managers of these areas gave pupils business information, tours and answered pupils previously prepared business questions. Pupils were well prepared and asked managers some challenging business questions.  Next pupils took part in some of the daily routine tasks which take place in these areas or were given specific tasks to work on.  It was then back to the Manoukian centre for lunch.  After lunch, pupils conducted market research on the estate, asking visitors to the estate about their expectations and experiences.   As ever, Auchinleck Academy pupils were commended on their excellent behaviour and their willingness to take part and help each other.  Mrs Campbell and Mrs Hammersley would like to thank all of the staff at Dumfries estate for giving their time and making our pupils feel so welcome.  Back at school lots of effort will be put into creating their reports for the SQA exam.

DH Residential Visit 1 DH Residential Visit 2 DH Residential Visit 3 DH Residential Visit 4 DH Residential Visit 5

Nov 302015

The S3/4 and S5/6 Handball teams made the long (back roads journey) to Motherwell for the Scottish Handball Finals.

The competition gets tougher every year as more schools across Scotland are competing in the event. This year was no exception and saw the best two schools from each region compete for the top prize.

The S3/4 team played Belmont Academy for 5th position and were narrowly beaten by one goal

The S5/6 team played Our Lady’s from Cumbernauld and again were beaten, finishing 6th.

Both teams improved game to game and were a credit to themselves and the school, to finish as the 6th best team in Scotland is a great achievement.

This is even more impressive when you take into account that all the boys had never even heard of handball before this year!

Thanks to Mr McQuad (PE Student) for coming along to assist.

Handball 1 Handball 2


Nov 302015

Health and Wellbeing Workshop 18/11/15

Twelve parents attended this excellent workshop facilitated by Catrina O’Neil from East Ayrshire Council. This workshop aimed to show how looking after our own and children’s mental wellbeing can prevent problems of mental and physical health developing and as a result reducing the need to refer on to specialist services. The following websites were suggested for anyone wishing further information or support on this topic.


The parent council would like to thank Catrina for coming to the school to facilitate this workshop.

Nov 242015

Recently thirty three senior Technical Education pupils visited the new Forth Bridge Education Centre at South Queensferry, Edinburgh. This trip was organised to let pupils experience a “live” major civil engineering project while also helping to stimulate interest in design, engineering and architecture.

The group were initially given an informative presentation on the bridge construction where they learned about engineering principles and logistical information regarding the management of a large, international project. After the presentation pupils were then given a guided tour of the bridge construction site to give a clear perspective of the size and scale of this project.

Finally, all pupils were given a design challenge to manufacture a bridge structure from wooden dowel rod and elastic bands. The bridge spanned 7 metres in length and over 2 metres in height. (see photographs) Auchinleck Academy pupils excelled in this task and produced a high quality bridge structure within the given time constraints.

An interesting and enjoyable experience for all.

Forth Road Bridge Trip 1 Forth Road Bridge Trip 2 Forth Road Bridge Trip 3 Forth Road Bridge Trip 4 Forth Road Bridge Trip 5 Forth Road Bridge Trip 6

Nov 242015

Congratulations to our S3/4 netball team who won against Kyle Academy 14-9. The girls played very well with Laura Purdie being voted the best player by Kyle Academy. Unfortunately the S1/2 B team were defeated, however played well with Carrie Fraser being voted the best player by Kyle Academy.


Nov 162015

Auchinleck Parent Council will be providing a Health and Wellbeing presentation for all parents and guardians in order to support our young people both at home and in school. This session will be run by Catrina O’Neil from East Ayrshire Council on Wednesday 18th November at 1900 hours and will be held in the Library of Auchinleck Academy.

The session will focus on the following core areas of our young peoples Health and Wellbeing and aims to help in Raising Awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing Parent/Carer Session. This interactive session gives parents/carers an opportunity to reflect on how they can enhance their own and their child’s mental wellbeing. The parent/carers get an opportunity to work together to consider issues such as what is the difference between Mental Wellbeing/ Mental Illness and about simple steps we can take to support our young people. The session was created with support from East Ayrshire Council, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and third sector staff.

The aims for the session are shown below:-

  • Understanding of mental health and wellbeing and why it is important.
  • Be aware of ways to look after you own mental health and wellbeing and how to talk to your children about it.
  • Be aware of what is going on in schools and the community to promote mental wellbeing.

The Parent Council would greatly appreciate your attendance and hope that you will take this opportunity to join us

Please see the attached letter for information

Health and Wellbeing Parent – Parent Council

Nov 102015

Sixteen S2 girls attended Dumfries House last Thursday to celebrate 250 years since the great Scottish Engineer James Watt made huge improvements to the steam engine and sparked the Industrial Revolution. The pupils competed against Cumnock Academy in a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) hands-on challenges. Pupils successfully won £50 to be spent on science resources for the school.

Science Trip 1 Science Trip 2 Science Trip 3 Science Trip 4 Science Trip 5 Science Trip 6

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