On Wednesday 20th June, a small group of pupils were allowed on to the site of GE Caledonian and given a tour of their facilities.
After a short introduction, the pupils were split into groups of 4 and then shown how GE Caledonian maintains and repairs aircraft engines. They were shown how the engines were taken apart and then every single piece, no matter how small, is inspected before being repaired or replaced. Several pupils were given to chance to hold pieces of engine worth hundreds of pounds, and my group were shown a single engine part that costs around £800 000!
Next on the tour was a viewing of the Turbine test room, where the engines are checked before being put back onto planes. Unfortunately there were no tests scheduled for the day we were visiting, but it was all incredibly interesting.
Many thanks to GE Caledonian for showing us what happens in their buildings and we look forward to them visiting us next year.
“We entered the O2 Appskool competition which was to design an educational but fun app as part of our S2 elective class in the Business Education Department: ‘The Apprentice’.
The winning team’s idea would be developed by O2 and launched on a live mobile platform, with half of the profits being split between the school and O2 Learn. We gathered together all our ideas and came up with “Build2Build” – a fun app which allows you to manage and create your own businesses.
We then sent our idea of our app to London O2 headquarters and after a few weeks of waiting to find out if we won, we got an email through saying we had been successful and had made it through to the top 5 in the UK.
To hear more about our day, click Read More
Conservative Party Conference
On Friday 23rd of March Jamie Menzies, Andrew Irvine, Claire Ramage, Kate Dalzell, Hazel Jamison and Rachel Home attended the Scottish Conservative Party conference at Troon’s Walker Hall, where they met the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
They attended an exclusive question and answer time with him along with the other neighbouring schools. It was a great opportunity to meet the current leader of our government.
UK Maths Team Challenge
After a wet start, (the walk from the train station), the Prestwick Academy team of four arrived at Paisley University for the UKMT team challenge. The four pupils are selected from first and second year and included Amy Cairns (S1), Cameron Findly (S1), Andrew Shaw (S2) and Kai Skeock, after some team bonding on the train the team were ready for action.
With four exciting rounds: Group Competition, Crossnumber, Head-to-Head Competition and Relay Race, the group waited expectantly for the results. The team were overjoyed when it was announced they had come in 10th in this national competition.
Money Sense for Schools
‘MoneySense for Schools’ is a programme from The Royal Bank of Scotland that aims to support young people aged 11–18 in learning how to manage their personal finances.
A group of 100 S1 pupils were chosen to take part in the event which lasted the whole day on Tuesday 27th March. Throughout the day the pupils engaged in making their own business and working towards catering for an end of Summer dinner for the staff at Prestwick Academy. The pupils had to decide on a menu, costing, business cards, posters, entertainment and any other information they wanted to add which they felt relevant to their business. There were four groups who made it to the final and presented in front of judges (Gordon Bone, Mark Anderson and Lindsay Robb).
The winning team (Creative Catering) picked by the judges were Emma Brown, Amy Brown, Cailleon Convery, Caley Dalziel, Anna Waterston and Brooke Finlay.
This day was a huge success and there was a lot of positive feedback.
Prestwick Fashion Show 2012
On March the 22nd, Prestwick held its annual Fashion Show to the enjoyment of all attending, and those taking part. Pictures and more information can be found on the Fashion Show Page under School Events.
Ayrshire Music Festival
Prestwick Academy School String Orchestra won the Bank Of Scotland Trophy at the Music Festival on Saturday night in Ayr Town Hall. Congratulations to all involved.
Specific congratulations to Laura Williamson, 2A3, who won her piano recital class and also to a quartet comprising Hazel Jamieson, Rachel Home, Katie Beadle and Mairi Watson, who won their class of String Ensemble and were graded outstanding in their assessment.
Both groups have been invited to perform at a final concert on Friday (23rd March) at 7pm in Ayr Town Hall. Tickets are £6 and available at the door.
SOUTH AYRSHIRE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Many pupils from Prestwick Academy recently attended 2 residential weekends as members of The South Ayrshire Chamber Orchestra.
They all successfully auditioned for membership of this orchestra and have been a credit to themselves with their commitment and hard work during those weekends.
A list of successful players can be found by clicking Read More
ATLANTIC RISING CHALLENGE
In February, all S2 pupils had the opportunity to complete the “Atlantic Rising Project”, an Interdisciplinary challenge on Climate Change.
This project was run by the Geography and Modern Languages departments.
A major focus was employer engagement. Our pupils were fortunate to be briefed by representatives from the Ayrshire Joint Planning Board, EDF (Hunterston) and Strathclyde Renewables (a research department based in Strathclyde University).
More information including winners detailscan be found by clicking Read More
UKMT INTERMEDIATE MATHS CHALLENGE ’12
Congratulations to all pupils, especially Paul Brown who has been selected by the UKMT to take part in the next round of the competition.
BEST IN SCHOOL
Paul Brown 3A1
Certificates have been awarded tomore pupils, to see who click Read More
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