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Moffat Academy Secondary News 2023 /24 Term 4

ART EXHIBITION

On Thursday 18th April we held an Art Exhibition showcasing the amazing talents of our students in National 4, 5, and Higher Art and Higher Photography. The exhibition featured a variety of artworks and celebrated the creativity and hard work of our young artists. 

Art Exhibition Album

BBC MUSIC VISIT

Eight S2 and S3 music technology young people got the chance to visit Scotland’s BBC TV and radio studios. It was an amazing opportunity to record live sound effects! As well as this they got to see what happens behind the news and TV show 'The Nine & Reporting Scotland'. The building was huge and had a total of six floors, luckily they had three lifts for us to use! For the first half an hour of our tour we had the chance to look around the Radio Drama department and tried recording live sounds. They had different surfaces to walk on like concrete/ carpet/ wooden stairs, fake grass, pebbles and gravel. In the studio there was also a bedroom set which consisted of things like opening drawers and different styles of windows, which all sounded different when recorded. The coolest part about the place was that each door had its own unique handle, doorknob, lock and chain allowing us to hear and record so many sounds.

Getting the chance to look at what happens behind our tvs was really exciting as it was nothing like we anticipated. In the newsroom there was a whole wall of screens that all played their own role in creating the show. We saw where the producers got to sit and also got to see how the scripts and autocue are shown to the presenters. Our guide explained that it is all controlled manually and that each presenter chooses which speed they like.

After we said goodbye we made our way to get some food and then headed back to the train. After an eventful trip with a cancelled bus and an impromptu trip to a café, some of the group were extremely tired form our crazy day so a few had a cheeky sleep on the way home. (Connie Bevins S3)

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Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

BBC Album

HOCKEY SUCCESS

Moffat Academy entered two teams into a regional S2/3 Dr Turners Hockey tournament in Dumfries. All of our young people enjoyed highly competitive matches which were closely contested from teams across the region. Congratulations to the boys team who managed to win the overall tournament. Also big congratulations to the girls team who finished 4th based on goal difference. Well done to all Moffat Academy young people who conducted themselves in an excellent manner and were a credit to their school.

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UNCRC Article 29 (goals of education)

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

SENIOR INDUCTION

Seniors at Moffat Academy participated in three days of activities to help kick off the new term. Pupils heard from a variety of speakers across the three days as well as attending a team building day at Galloway Activity Centre before finishing the week with a six mile hike at beautiful Ae Forest.  

Senior Induction Album

LUSH

Recently our Senior Chemistry young people visited Lush in Glasgow as part of their higher course. They participated in a soap-making workshop and learnt about the Chemical industry and careers.

LUSH Album

MONIAIVE FOLK FESTIVAL

On Saturday 11th May, the Moffat Academy Guitar group performed a fantastic set in the sunshine at Moniaive Folk Festival. Mhairi, James and Lee played brilliantly accompanied by guitar tutor Dave Orr. Lee also treated us to a wonderful solo piece, so good in fact that crowd demanded a second tune!

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Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

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NEVIS CYCLING TRIP

Members of our MTB club, enthusiasts, and some of our young Downhill competitors recently had a trip to Nevis Range to watch the elite riders practice for the UCI Downhill World Cup on our iconic course! The sun shone for us and our young people saw the Highlands at their very best.

Nevis Album

 

NEW COURTYARD GAMES

Our new Secondary courtyard games are proving to be a big hit

#getoutside

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Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

PLANTERS

Thank you to Lockerbie and District Rotary Club for the organisation and delivery of our fantastic new planters and soil. Working together in a joint venture with the partners in the photo, they have created 5 new planters for Moffat Academy and Beattock Primary. Alan Carmichael, President of the Lockerbie and District Rota and fellow Rotarian, Alex Smith, are pictured with some of our young people receiving the kind gifts.

Thank you to:

Lockerbie and District Rotary Club

Scottish Prison Service

James Jones & sons

McDermid Supply Company Ltd

ICL Group, Nutberry Works, Eastriggs.

POLYTUNNEL

Well done to our Youth Worker Thomas Nicoll and a team of S3 boys who all helped to gut out the current polytunnel and to erect a new extra one! We'd also just like to take this opportunity to also say farewell to Thomas and all the best for his new job - he will be very much missed by the boys! Thank you for all your invaluable help and encouragement with the group.

Polytunnel Project Album

PROM

A lovely evening was had by all for our Prom 2024 on Friday 7th June . Well done to our Head Prefects for fundraising and arranging the whole event. Thank you to our pupil photographer Rhu Montgomerie for taking some fantastic photos on the night.

Prom Album

READERS

Some of our successful readers last term.

S2 TECHNICAL CLASS

S2 Technical class finishing off their second project, this time a clock. Well done to those who have managed to keep ticking over and finish what is a challenging project. The results speak for themselves.

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UNCRC Article 28 (right to education)

Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child.

S3 TECHNICAL CLASS

S3 Craft class finish off their time in Technical this term in style. Pupils have all made an incredible effort this year with their final designs and practical models.

Each young person have designed their own storage/lighting solution incorporating different materials and a full array of joints.

Not only have they come up with some fantastic original designs, but have worked very hard to produce some of the best S3 work I've seen so far at Moffat Academy.

All should be very proud of what they have made. I have included a small selection of photographs showing the depth of the designs and quality of workmanship. Well done all, Mr Spellacy.

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Article 29 (goals of education)

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

Technical Album

 

SECONDARY HEALTH WEEK

Secondary young people have been enjoying a week of activities for Health Week.  Health Week is a school-based initiative aimed at educating secondary school students about various aspects of health, such as physical health, mental health, nutrition, and exercise. This involves workshops, talks, and activities to encourage students to prioritise their health and well-being. We have enjoyed tennis, football, rounders, walks and much more including a trip to Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and Alton Towers.

Thank you to all of our staff for running fantastic activities for our S1 and S2 young people and well done to Mr Colquhoun for successfully arranging his first health week at Moffat Academy!

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UNCRC Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Secondary Health Week Album

 

SECONDARY SPORTS DAY

Moffat Academy pupils thrive in the rain on Sports Day.

Throughout this term all secondary pupils have been training and qualifying for sports day. This year we opted to hold a qualification day to allow more training and preparation time and the feedback from pupils was very positive so we will look to continue this next year.

All athletes demonstrated an excellent positive attitude and competed in determined manner while also encouraging fellow competitors. A special mention needs to be made for the resilience of all the competitors that performed so well in the adverse weather conditions. The downpour meant that conditions on the track were slow which only allowed for one track record to be broken.

Many thanks to Miss Gibbon’s fabulous photography group who took so many wonderful photos which will be made into a display in due course.

Thank you to all staff and pupils who assisted with the organisation of this event. A special mention needs to be made to successful staff relay team which continue their winning streak.

New records for 2024 (starting from 2011, in the new school) were as follows:

S3:

Alfie Thomson High Jump 1.60m (3 year old record)

Alfred Harvie Javelin 23.83m (1 year old record)

‘H’ Boys relay team 52.00s (Darren, Archie, Robbie, David) (6 year old record)

Seniors:

Individual year group sports champions are:

S1 Girls: Julia Palmer

S1 Boys: Olly Vandale

S2 Girls: Leah Wilson

S2 Boys: Fred Kershaw

S3 Girls: Jessica Salmon

S3 Boys: Alfie Thomson

Senior Girls: Evie Bain

Senior Boys: Callum Thompson

The house shield this year was won by Queensberry. This ended Hartfell’s three year winning streak.

Thank you to Mr Scott and Mr Meola for all their fantastic organisation of the event.

 Sports Day Album

 

SENIOR AWARD CEREMONY

Secondary Life 2023/24 Video https://youtu.be/V8DfmRaycto

Senior Leavers 2023/24 Video https://youtu.be/HwhJu_tmOJw

School staff, parents, carers, young people and community partners gathered to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our young people over the 23/24 academic session. Special awards were presented by our guest, Jim Brown (Assistant Director Schools and Chief Education Officer), who also delivered a thought-provoking speech which emphasised the value of hard work and determination to our young people. As is tradition, the evening was closed with a celebration of our School Leavers and a note of thanks from our outgoing Prefect Leadership Team. Morgan Todd and Tess Wilson delivered excellent speeches that shone a light on the strong sense of community spirit that underpins our achievements.

Thank you Ryan Wilson S3 for piping guests into the school, Lee Ainslie and Matt Jefford for fantastic musical interludes, our speakers Mr Jim Brown, Mr Jeff Brown (Jeff Brown Award), Mr Alan Carmichael (Rotary Award) and Mr David Booth (Probus Award). Thanks also to all staff who work so hard to pull the ceremony together and finally to our S4-S6 young people who we are so proud of and enjoyed celebrating their fantastic achievements with them.

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UNCRC Article 28 (right to education)

Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights.

Senior Awards Ceremony Album 

THINK DAIRY TRIP

Led by Digital Dairy Chain, in partnership with Harrison and Hetherington at their Carlisle Auction Mart, ten S3 & S4 pupils attended a one-day event which showcased the wide variety of careers within the dairy sector, highlighting the abundance of STEM-based roles, and allowing students to meet the industry’s key businesses and employers.

Young people had the chance to see cattle food trimming, milking and artificial insemination, as well as try samples of cheeses and milkshakes.

The event rounded off with a mock auction in the main action ring which got very lively!

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UNCRC Article 27 (adequate standard of living)

Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development.

Think Dairy Album

WORK EXPERIENCE

S3 young people were out and about in May in many difference work places gaining experience. Work experience for pupils, especially in secondary school, is a valuable opportunity for students to gain insight into various professions, develop essential skills, and explore potential career paths. Pictured is Chelsea Drysdale-Mills, our Moffat Academy PE Work Experience Student.

 

YEARBOOK SIGNING AND PIZZA

Farewell to S6 2023/24! We will miss you all and thank you for inviting staff along to a tasty pizza lunch from Kayantics and to sign your yearbooks. You've been a fantastic year group and we wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

 Yearbook Signing Album

 

ZOOLAB

On Friday 10th May all S3 Biology students had the opportunity to take part in a biomimetics and amazing adaptations workshop from Zoolab.

Amongst the animals brought in by the Zoolab team were a giant African Landsnail, a Chilean rose tarantula and a cornsnake.

Thank you to S2 photographer Tegan McClelland for braving the spiders and snakes to take amazing photos!

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UNCRC Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child

UNCRC Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

Meta skills - self management, social intelligence and innovation.

ZOOLAB ALBUM

DG Goes Bang 

All of S1 and S3 attended a DYW STEM careers event at the Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.  The students were able to visit stalls to find out about careers ranging from wind turbine engineers to medical equipment and food and drink producers.  This was a really good fun trip, with lots of interactive activities for the students to participate in. 

DG Goes Bang

Inspiring Futures

All S4 students attended Dumfries and Galloway College, where they were able to find out about lots of different health and social care careers.  They were able to speak to health care professionals, including occupational health, paramedics and doctors.  Some students also participated in a tour of the new nursing suite at the college and were able to perform some tests on their new dummies. 

Inspiring Futures

Senior Kayantics Team Building Day

Moffat Academy S6 pupils made a splash as they took part in a teambuilding and leadership event with local business, Kayantics. 

The group pf 26 youngsters spent the day designing and building rafts before testing them out on the water, making wood fired pizzas for lunch, and creating their own bespoke copper bracelets, all under the expert supervision of the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Kayantics team.

A fantastic learning experience and a day to remember for all involved.

Kayantics Album

Summer Show

Well done to all our performers who did so well at our Summer Show you were all amazing. Thank you also to Mrs Crossan for organising such a fantastic event for our pupils to showcase their talents.

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Summer Show Album

 Pride Month

For Pride month this year at Moffat Academy, pupils signed some LGBT flags and displayed them along a stairwell. The Library team assisted with the display and created a sign, a rainbow heart display and a library book display. The LGBT team have been working hard creating new posters too.

 

Mock Election

Election fever gripped Moffat Academy as pupils voted in a school mock General Election.
Turnout was high and the polling station, organised and officiated by N5 Modern Studies students, was buzzing.
In a tight affair that required two recounts, Reform came out on top closely followed by SNP and Labour.

 Secondary End of Term Quiz

A fantastic quiz was held by our S6s for the whole school - well done to all.

Quiz Album