May 272016

 Supported Study days for ALL National 5 and Higher Design and Manufacture pupils:

1. National 5 Design and Manufacture – Tuesday 31st May

2. Higher Design and Manufacture – Wednesday 1st June

 All Design and Manufacture pupils are invited to spend a day revising with their class teachers in preparation for their SQA examination (Thursday 2nd June)



May 182016

Auchinleck Academy are hosting a Mary’s Meals Backpack collection to be completed by 31st May. If you can spare ANY of the following items, please hand into school office by then.

Old backpack, crayons, pencil cases,  towels, spoons, flip flops or sandals, skirts/shorts or dress, t-shirts, rulers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, small ball e.g. tennis ball, pencils, eraser, sharpeners, notepad/jotter.

May 112016

This term a committee of staff and pupils at Auchinleck Academy has been working together to obtain their recognition of commitment which is the first step in achieving Unicef’s Rights Respecting School Award.

The award started in 2006 and to date Unicef works with over 4000 schools in the UK. Unicef UK supports schools to embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. There are forty-five articles or rights which all children should receive.

In order to achieve their recognition of commitment the committee members at Auchinleck Academy have been working hard to raise awareness of children’s rights and the award. Members of the committee held special assemblies to inform the whole school community about their work. There are also visual displays throughout the school highlighting particular rights. It has also been decided that each week there will be a focus on one right and that this will be shared in the daily bulletin and on the school Twitter account. The committee have highlighted the rights which they feel are most important to the pupils of Auchinleck Academy and they will begin with these.

Committee members were also keen that children’s rights should feature in the school curriculum. Inserts will therefore be developed for the English, RME and PSE courses.

The work of the committee has struck a chord with two pupils whose relative, a little girl called Layla Anderson, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer. Angelina Scott (S2) and Rachel Scott (S6), sisters and both members of the committee, explained that Layla is only fourteen months old and is currently undergoing treatment. They were very keen that the committee raised funds to support Layla at this time. The girls held a raffle for signed Ayr United and Kilmarnock football strips; had a ‘guess the teddy’s name’ fundraiser and they hosted a whole school bake sale. Their endeavours raised over £200 for Layla. Head Teacher, Mr Gilchrist commented: “I am delighted with the work initiated by our committee in taking us on an exciting journey towards accreditation as a Rights Respecting School. I am also very proud of Rachel and Angelina who have already shown real care and concern for a younger child and determination in taking forward aspects of several Rights of the Child through this fundraising initiative. Well done girls!”

The committee hopes to achieve the recognition of commitment by the end of this school session. This will place Auchinleck Academy securely on the path to becoming accredited as a Rights Respecting School.

Layla 1 Layla 2  Layla 4Layla 3

May 102016

Thank you to everyone who ordered from our Book Club in March. Our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 20p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online or by handing the printed order form and payment to Miss McGill in the School Library or your English teacher by May 20th, 2016

Apr 222016

On Thursday 20th April we hosted the Quarter Final Glasgow Science Festival K’Nex Challenge. This is a national competition that our cluster participate in each year, and is an excellent opportunity for Primary 6 pupils to engage with engineering, problem solving and team work.  The first stage of the competition took place in Primary schools across our cluster. The winning team from these heats were then invited to participate in the quarter final challenge in Auchinleck Academy.

This year, the teams were asked to construct a go-kart – whilst adhering to strict technical design criteria. The teams were also constrained by a tough time limit of only one. All teams were able to successfully meet the design brief and our judges – Mr Tickner, Mr Richardson and Miss Brien, were very impressed by the standards achieved by all teams on the day.

Congratulations to Ethan Frew and Scott Kirkland from Ochiltree Primary who were the declared the winning team. The boys were able to impress the judges with how creatively they had interpreted the design brief and how confidently they presented their design ideas. Arran Hall and Dylan Welsh from Drongan Primary came a close second with a very solid Go-Kart design. A big well done to all who took part, it was a very worthwhile event that was enjoyed by all.

The winning team from Ochiltree Primary will now move on to the next stage in the competition and will represent the Auchinleck Cluster at the regional semi-finals in May.

Knex - Drongan - construction Knex - Drongan - final design Knex - Mauchline - construction Knex - Mauchline - final design Knex - Ochiltree - construction 1 Knex - Ochiltree - winners Knex - Ochiltree construction 2 Knex - Ochiltree -final design Knex - Sorn - construction Knex - Sorn - final design

Apr 182016

The Minutes from the recent Parent Council meeting are available to view on the Parent Council Section of the website.

The next meetings of the Parent Council will be held on Tuesday 3rd May and Wednesday 1st June.

Anyone wishing to find out more information or become a member of the Parent Council is encouraged to attend on Wednesday 1st June.

Parent Pay

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Apr 012016

We are introducing a new more convenient way to pay for school meals, trips and more using the Parent Pay Service.  Please see the letter and presentation below for more information:

Parent Pay Pupil Presentation

Parent Pay Letter 1 – 1.4.16

The new system will go live from Monday 16 May 2016, if you have any questions not answered in the letter or presentation please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

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