Easter Holidays

The school will close today (Friday 4th April) at 2pm.

It will re-open for everyone on Tuesday 22nd April.

Enjoy the break!

Easter School

Easter School

 In order to further support our young people in preparing for their final SQA exams we have arranged additional subject specific study sessions for S4, 5 and 6 pupils which will be delivered during the Easter holidays.  The following subjects are able to offer additional study sessions: 

Date 10am – 12 noon 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Monday 7th April S4 Maths

S5/6 Modern Studies

S5/6 History

S5/6 Maths

S4 Modern Studies

S4 History

Tuesday 8th April S4/5/6 Biology

S4/5/6 Graphic Comm.

S4/5/6 Biology

S4/5/6 Graphic Comm.

Wednesday 9th April S5/6 Product Design

S4 Design and Manufacture

S4/5/6 Music

S5/6 Product Design

S4 Design and Manufacture

S4/5/6 Geography

Thursday 10th April S4/5/6 P.E  
Wednesday 16th April   S5/6 Maths


Pupils will be required to arrange their own transport to and from the school during the holidays and can book in to individual sessions or whole days.  Pupils will also be required to bring a packed lunch as there will be no catering facilities in the school.  School uniform is not required.

S2 Natural Disaster Day

S2 Natural Disasters Interdisciplinary project will take place tomorrow (Wed 2 April).  S2 pupils will be outside taking part in activities for the majority of the day.  The weather forecast is showing light rain for tomorrow, S2 pupils do not have to wear school uniform tomorrow but clothing has to be appropriate (no football tops etc).  Pupils should ensure that they wear outdoor footwear and waterproof jackets, they may wish to bring a change of clothing in the event that they get wet!

Real Business Challenge

Auchinleck Academy youngsters recently celebrated reaching the finals in a national enterprise competition in which they represented Scotland – and their creative work will be displayed through local bus stop advertising.

Six pupils – Katie Timmins, Christie Allan, Lyndsay Montgomerie, Jordan Hamilton, Emma Watson and Kerry White (all S3) – took part in the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Real Business Challenge in London, competing against strong contenders from across Great Britain in a competition designed to inspire the next generation of business leaders.

Now in its 11th year, the 2013/2014 challenge saw CCE partner with StreetGames, setting entrants a series of challenges focused on using digital media to raise awareness and support the sports charity’s Multi-Sport Festivals for young people in disadvantaged communities, taking place all over the country this summer.

Focused on developing business acumen and creative thinking, The Real Business Challenge offers students unique insights into the business world and training in essential skills.

With over 750 entries from schools across Great Britain, 11 school teams came through regional heats for the chance to compete at the national final, held at the London Film Museum.

Representing Scotland, the Auchinleck Academy pupils were named as runners-up. King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls’ School in the West Midlands were winners and Beaconsfield High School came third.

At the final, students took part in expert presentation and skills workshops to develop their ideas before pitching to a judging panel including Mark Lawrie, Deputy Chief Executive of StreetGames, Will Akerman, Chief Executive of MyKindaCrowd, Gavin Partington, Director General of the British Soft Drinks Association and CCE Managing Director, Simon Baldry.

All national finalists will have their work displayed through bus stop advertising in their local area, raising awareness of the charity’s key issues as well as the schools’ achievements.

Peter Gilchrist, Auchinleck Academy headteacher, said: “I am so proud of this team of young people. Their commitment, attitude, skill and hard work throughout this competition have been superb. They are a credit to the school, their teachers and their parents. Well done girls!”

Commonwealth Games Logo Competition

  As it is the year of the Commonwealth Games, there are various events and activities taking place throughout the school. In the French Department, we decided to do a project looking at the history, the venues, participating countries and we also learned the seventeen Commonwealth Sports in French. As part of the project we asked the pupils to design a logo for this year’s Games – the logo had to include the Motto “People, Place, Passion.” The winners were Emma Watson, Rebecca Morrison, Lyndsay Montgomerie and Beth Robinson


Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

Pupils from both Auchinleck and Cumnock Academy attended Altcar Army Base, near Southport for a weekend competition, involving Police cadets from eight Police Forces in England and Police Scotland.

Police Scotland’s group Police Scotland Youth Volunteers were teamed up with Nottinghamshire Police Cadets. After two days of competition they were extremely tired but soon overjoyed at being announced winners of their first ever competition.

 The pupils concerned were Matthew Maider, Stuart Gray, Conner Tommie, Neil McLaughlin, Beth Shankland and Emily Robinson.

 Medals and a trophy were presented for this and a few of the English Cadets now have some Scottish words added to their vocabulary.

Spring Concert

The Spring Concert will take place on Tuesday 1st April in the Assembly Hall. Tickets will be available from the office from Tuesday 18th March, at a cost of £4 and £2 for concessions. A family ticket is also available at a cost £10 for 2 adults and 2 concessions.

Auchinleck Games Challenge

Young game inventors from across Ayrshire gathered at Auchinleck Academy to compete in the first ever Ayrshire Schools Computing Games Challenge.

 Teams of programmers from Auchinleck Academy, Doon Academy, Stewarton Academy, Ardrossan Academy and Prestwick Academy presented their new games to a panel of expert judges. The event was sponsored by Glasgow software company Tsumanga Studios, with prizes to the value of £250 for various categories.

Pupils brought along previously created games or apps in software environments of their choice. Teams of two or three from each school gave presentations about their ideas and judges played the games to test them.

Judges were Graeme Harvey, Chief Executive and Iain Hunter, Technical Director, both Tsumanga; Janice McGill, school librarian and keen gamer; and Dale Parker, Advanced Higher Computing student.

 There were five award categories, with Amazon vouchers to the value of £50 for each winning team.
Winners of Best Graphics were Joshua Gibson and Daniel Dutton, Doon Academy, for ‘Wasteland Walker’.
Winners of Best Design were Ryan McMillan and Jamie Geddes, Doon Academy, for ‘Turbo Racer’.
Winners of Commercial Potential were Kyle Arloe and Eoghan Goudie, Auchinleck Academy, for ‘Meteor Dodge’.
Winner of Best Use of Technology was Conor Docherty-Craig, Auchinleck Academy, for ‘Random Sprite Game’.
Prize for the Most Playable Game went to Connell Morton and Ben Wassell, Auchinleck Academy, for ‘Shuttle Shooter’.

 An extra prize was awarded on the day for the most outstanding presentation – and this went to Sophie Gribben and Marie-Ann Tolmie, Ardrossan Academy, for ‘Attack on Squirreldom’.

Thanks to all the teams who took on the challenge – and congratulations to our worthy winners.

U14 Football – Ayrshire League

The U14 football team travelled to Ayr Academy on Tuesday 18th March. It was a very close match will the score finishing Ayr Academy 5 Auchinleck Academy 5

Goal Scorers: Nick Terry (3) Aiden Keller (1) Kris Leggate (1)

Man of the Match: Nick Terry

Staff Mountain Bike Training

Ten Staff from Auchinleck Academy recently completed an East Ayrshire Trail Leader Cycling accreditation.  This will allow staff from the school to take pupils out mountain biking in the local area.  Staff managed to complete a 12 mile circuit in the mud and rain.  The award was delivered by Willie White East Ayrshire Outdoor Learning Development Officer along with John Hamilton of West  Dunbartonshire Council who is a Mountain Bike Leader Trainer.

The school has purchased 18 Mountain bikes following the award of a grant from Bikeability Scotland.  The bikes will be used in the PE Curriculum and for extracurricular trips.

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