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Arran Braid

Arran Braid S2 represented Moffat Academy at the Northern England Schools Pistol Shooting Championship (Newcastle) on Tuesday 19th November. He shot incredibly well and finished 7th overall. An excellent experience and achievement for this young man - well done Arran!

S3 Technology Science Centre Trip

No Knives Better Lives

All S3 pupils watched a screening of the No Knives Better Lives Play 'Balisong' last term,  which was shown live to all Secondary schools across Scotland.

This unique theatre performance has been designed for schools in order to help them to empower young people to speak out and get help if they know a friend or classmate is carrying a knife.

The messages from this afternoons screening will be reinforced by the S6 Mentors In Violence Protection seniors who will be  delivering lessons to the S3 cohort during PSE. Further information can be found at

www.noknivesbetterlives.com

 

Art Trip to the V&A

On Wednesday 13th November senior Art and Design pupils joined with Design and Manufacture and Graphics to visit the V&A in Dundee. They experienced a guided tour of the amazing building and exhibitions then took part in a workshop provided by professional designers currently working in the Fashion and Product design industries.

Shay's Creative Project

Shay Sullivan (S6) has been working hard on one of his Scottish Studies Units. He was asked to produce a creative project which used a variety of images, text and sound.  Shay loves Christmas and he decided to do a notice board called 'Christmas Time in Moffat'

The board was displayed in the Staff Base and Shay did a short speech to the secondary staff  about his project. Staff were asked to complete an evaluation form to help Shay with his evaluation and reflection after the holidays.

Big World Performance

Well done to S4 pupils for putting on a fantastic play as part of last term's Big World event, covering bullying, social media and underage drinking.

WWI Workshop

On the 11th day of the 11th month. Miss Hart's S1 Drama classes took part in a workshop on WWI particularly  looking at the young men who were in the trenches. Pupils decided to recreate the events on Christmas Day, where it was told  soldiers left their trenches and played football to  celebrate Christmas only to return to their trenches and begin fighting once more

Big World

All S3 and S4 pupils took part in the annual event 'Big World' on Thursday 28th November. This is the 13th year that this event has been running for Secondary schools. Over the course of the day pupils participated in a variety of workshops on topics such as Sexual health, Drugs, LGBT, Poverty and Mental Health awareness, as well as watching a drama created by our own pupils that included the above topics and brought to life key messages for our young people. Thank you to all the external agencies who organised the day. We were delighted by the level of participation of our young people and feedback has shown yet again that this is a valuable event to be held annually. A special thank you to our drama stars, who not only performed for our school but also showcased their drama at Langholm Academy as part of their day. 

 

BREATH

In term two all S1 pupils were involved in an interactive assembly delivered by John Lochart from the BREATH project. 

The aim of the BREATH Project (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub)  is to inform young people in Dumfries and Galloway about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and the dangers of E-cigarettes.  

 

Election Fever!

On Friday 6th December, election fever took hold at Moffat Academy as the school held a hustings prior to the General Election.

Pupils from P7 to S6  quizzed the would-be MPs for 90 minutes on issues ranging from renewing Trident to whether the sugar tax is a good idea, before voting in a Mock election.

Thank you and well done to Head Boy Logan Turner for arranging the event and also thanks to our local candidates Amanda Burgauer (SNP), John Ferry (Lib Dem), David Mundell (Conservative) and Nick Chisholm (Labour) for taking the time to come along to visit us at Moffat Academy.

New 'My World of Work Ambassadors'

Thank you to Fiona Paterson from Skills Development Scotland for delivering a talk to our new World of Work Ambassadors and providing them with their official t-shirts . #skillsdevelopmentscotland

 

Moffat Academy Pupil Plays for his Country

Moffat Academy pupil Peter Mendy has been representing the Under 17 Scottish Development Team over the last year, and played his final game of the season at Toryglen Regional Football centre on November 24th where the opponents were Australia. Scotland won the game 2-0 and capped a great season for Peter where he has played 7 games and scored 8 goals.

 

NSPCC Talk on Child Sex Exploitation

Moffat Academy are helping to keep our children safe in conjunction with the NSPCC and provided talks for pupils and parents last term. For further information on the types of topics that will be discussed please see the link below.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/…/types…/child-sexual-exploitation/

 

LEAP Patchwork Quilt

'LEAP' is Scotland's LGBT charity and a quilt was created by groups of young people across Scotland to encourage participation of all young people in sport and activity, regardless of sexuality or gender identity.

The quilt is touring all the schools in Scotland who took part, including Moffat Academy. A description of our square of the quilt is below, written by the pupils who created the design - well done girls, what a great team effort.

The main focus of the equality quilt is the rainbow. The rainbow represents happiness and pride amongst all. We have put sports people along the top of the rainbow with all different sports equipment. There is also a pink heart with the gay pride flag, sometimes known as the LGBT flag, coming out of the side. Finally we decided to put a quote on it which reads 'Love has no labels'. This, to us, means that it doesn't matter who you are and that you can love anyone. 

We are all really happy and grateful to have been part of this as we all want to show our support and love for equality amongst all.

 

Moffat Academy Space School- NASA 2020

From the Moffat News:

 '50 pupils from across the region will be visiting NASA, Houston, Texas in October 2020 and are running a variety of fundraising events. This life changing school trip will involve practical tasks linked to launching, landing and roving on Mars. 15 pupils put on a Halloween Fun Night fundraiser in Moffat Town Hall for the local children, which was a very well attended. On offer were a variety of hot drinks, scrumptious snacks and exciting activities. The children had lots of fun and £320 was raised towards the cost of the trip. This was a fantastic all encompassing community event as the decorations were left up for the 'Friday Lunch Club' who got the benefit too.  It was also a great learning experience for the pupils on how events get organised, but more importantly the bonding process was started while working as a team with new Space School friends. The pupils would like to thank everyone who helped them put on the event, as well as all the parents and children who attended the spooky fun! Thanks for Lara's organisation and motivation which were much appreciated. Special thanks to Jane and her crew at Moffat Town Hall. If you would like to make a donation to the NASA 2020 fundraising campaign, cash or cheques can be made to any secondary school marked 'Space School'.'

 

Moffat Academy Warhammer Pupils

Congratulations to Moffat Academy pupils for winning the Youth Work Excellence award on 21st November at the Dumfries and Galloway Annual Youth Awards event.

District Rotary Competition

In November, Moffat Academy hosted Lockerbie Academy for the District Rotary Competition. Erin Wright wowed the judges with her Spaghetti Carbonara with homemade garlic bread and her Apple Crumble with clotted cream and managed to take first place. This meant that she got through to the Regional District Final which was held at Dalbeattie High School on the 25th November. Erin managed to take third place and won a £10 amazon voucher. Well done Erin!

 

MVPs

MVP Scotland is a peer education programme which can be used to deliver many of the key experiences and outcomes in CfE, contributing to a culture of safety. The senior MVP students have delivered lessons to all year groups covering a number of topics including consent, controlling behaviour, name calling and online abuse. 

 

Snow Boarding and Skiing

New snowboarding pupils took to the slopes last term! Well done to Abbie, Skye, Liam, Brodie, Callum, Torin, Mateusz, Jamie, Finlay, David, Ben, Euan and Archie.

Last Day of Term Quiz