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Travel and Tourism Trip

Miss McKenzie’s Travel and Tourism class enjoying their field trip to Edinburgh Castle. After a tour of the Castle pupils will conduct questionnaires with tourists and then experience the Christmas markets.

 

 

St Andrews Day Ceilidh

Fifth and sixth year pupils were able enjoy the St Andrews day Ceilidh at School on Thursday 30th November.

The enjoyable night was organised by the sixth year social committee, with various musical performances also entertaining the ceilidh-goers, a great time was had by all!

 

 

Christmas Candy Cane Gram

Send someone a sweet treat during the Christmas season with the candy cane gram!  The cost is 50p per gram. Each gram comes with a personalised message and a delicious candy cane.

 

 

Inspection report for Morgan Academy

The Summarised inspection findings can now be found on the Education Scotland Website by clicking this link https://education.gov.scot/inspection-reports/dundee-city/5330432.

 

 

BOOK WEEK

Throughout the week we have many contributors and visiting authors popping into the library including Joe lamb, Matthew Fitt, Dundee comics space and many more. The week is also jam packed with activities such as:

Who’s Hiding Behind the Book,

Can you guess the teachers and staff hiding behind  book during lunchtimes in the  library, all welcome.

Elves on the School Shelf,

s1 / s2 We have hidden 25 elf’s throughout the school, during the course of the week try and find all 25, fill in your answer sheet and collect your prize from the library.

Drop Everything and Read

During the week carry a book with you, when a triple bell sounds drop everything and read.

Book Buffet

Based in LRC pupils have opportunity to sample different activities relating to books and reading.10 mins each activity then move round 6 tables /6 activities.

Library Quest

Morgan Academy’ s very own literacy across the curriculum board game.

Library Lunchtime Activities

Murder in the library

Whaur’s oor wullie

Book links

Fictional food quiz

Art poster quiz

 

Congratulations

Congratulations Morgan Academy Cyclathon 2017 team, pupils and staff. The Team were awarded a trophy from Ian Balgowan of the Claverhouse Rotary Club for their amazing fundraising efforts.

23/11/17- Christmas Tree Lights Switch On 4:30pm. 

29/11/17- S1 Parents Evening. 

13/12/17- Church Concert. 

18/11/17-Christmas Concert in School. 

22/12/17- Schools come off on holiday at 12noon.

 

Maths Week Scotland 8th -17th September

Maths Week is being created as a result of the Making Maths Count group’s recommendations as a way to raise the profile of maths and its importance in all aspects of our lives. http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Education/Schools/curriculum/MakingMathsCountScotland/MathsWeekScotland/BigMathsWeekMessages   http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Education/Schools/curriculum/MakingMathsCountScotland/MathsWeekScotland

What can you do to help?

At Morgan Academy we have set up a SUMDOG account for all pupils in S1 and S2 and they are taking part in a national competition against thousands of pupils across the country. 

It is very easy to track the points and we hope to give out a prize and some house points to the highest scoring register class

Interact – Cheque for Cystic Fibrosis charity

The final amount raised last year by our Interact group for their chosen charity was £1696, an amazing accomplishment. Nicola Holland from the charity explained Cystic Fibrosis is a life shortening condition but research is improving the quality of life for those affected. She thanked the Interact group for their support. Iain Ross has already got over 25 seniors signed up for this year’s group, a great start.

Sports and Recreation Group

As part of the course pupil took part in Heartstart training on Thursday, learning valuable skills. They entered into the training with enthusiasm and did very well throughout the morning learning how to respond to emergency situations. All pupils attending gained emergency first aid skills.
Thanks to Helen Brady for running the session.

 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh

Fiona and I along with parents and family had the pleasure of attending the DOE Gold groups presentation the last week of the holidays. They successfully completed their expedition and the following is the farewell trip summary from Piers.

Congratulations to Megan Robb, Samantha Wilson, Jack Stewart , Caleb White, Pyper Nixon, Atiya Rubbani, Tayler Melvin, and Casey Morrison on completing their four day Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Assessment Expedition last week. This brings to completion their canoe expeditions for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The group worked well together to paddle their canoes all the way from Fort William to Loch Ness. They canoed together in sunshine and heavy rain and had to work in teams to portage their canoes and equipment around many locks on their journey. They shared the highs of seeing spectacular scenery and beautiful wildlife and the lows of enduring midges, losing a phone overboard and suffering early morning wake up calls.

I’d like to thank everyone who supported us and helped with the fund raising that made this endeavour possible. We wish our Gold candidates well as they aim to complete the rest of their award. Thanks go to Mike Spencer, our instructor, Dr James Close, our assessor, and to my wife, Maureen Bowser.  We couldn’t have done it without them.

Piers Bowser

Music Success

Music Success

The following pupils had great success in their music instrumental exams with an average mark of 81% . The list includes our new S1 pupils. Well done to all involved.
Molly Dickson Grade 4 Distinction
Stephanie Kerr Grade 4 Distinction
Robyn Thomson Grade 5 Merit
Shannon Robertson Grade 4 Merit
Katie Close Grade 3 Merit
Iona Lunn Grade 3 Merit
Isla McDougall Grade 3 Merit
Max Thomson Grade 3 Merit
Charlie Scott Grade 1 Merit (P7 Clepington)
Sam Downing-Christie Grade 1 Pass (P7 Glebelands)
Rebecca Dewar Grade 4 Pass
Shona Sleigh Grade 4 Pass
Emily Sinclair Grade 3 Pass

 

Edinburgh / Angus Awards

I had the pleasure of attending this event where Paul Pomeroy and Fiona Butchart received the prizes for Morgan Academy. The Educational Trust of the Edinburgh Angus awards each two outstanding pupils nominated by the school for academic achievement. This was a lovely afternoon of celebration for the pupils and parents to enjoy together.

 

French Trip 2017

Turner Bell Competition

Morgan Academy's annual Turner Bell competition was held on Monday 19th June. The competition, for the singing of classical song has been held in school since 1931. This year, three competitors - Bethany Cameron, Aleceia McGouldrick and Rachel Millar performed varied programmes of songs to adjudicator Mr Robert Nee, a local singer and musician. An audience of friends, family and staff supported the girls. After a close competition, Aleceia McGouldrick was named the winner for this year. All the girls did very well and we do hope they keep up their singing in years to come.

It was an absolute pleasure to hear such high quality singing and thank you once again to the music department for the super organisation. 

Chris Rolfe Award

Congratulations to Taylor Forbes and Pyper Nixon for gaining 'commended' awards for their speaking performance at the initial Chris Rolfe Award for Modern Languages. We are exceptionally proud of them!

 EMID

Morgan Academy hosted the Maths Enterprise Challenge . This was an exciting opportunity for school teams to challenge each other in their Maths knowledge, quick thinking and work towards a desired outcome. Ian Ross, Chris Thomas and several S6 pupils organised and facilitated a great day complimented by all the schools who took part. Our S6 were highly complimented and the pupils taking part were a credit to all their schools through their engagement.

Pupils representing Morgan were;

Rebecca Gotch 3A1, Erin Anderson 2C1, Chelsea Elliot 2C1, Freddie Campbell 2C1,

Oliwia Szychulska 2CC, Marylou das Changas e Silva 2CC, Sohana Saghir 2A2,

Megan White 2CC and Maya Hill 2C1

DYW – Dundee Port Placement

 Five pupils in S5 got the unique opportunity to engage in a three day work experience programme with Dundee Port Authority.    As well as a tour of the Port, they explored the various roles areas of engineering, logistics and human resources in a hands-on programme of activities.  All pupils represented the school very well and we hope that this will be the beginning of a lasting partnership between Morgan and the port.

 

2017 Fringe Schools Poster Competition Results

The Art department encouraged our pupils to take part in the 2017 Fringe Schools Poster Competition. The pupils had to discover more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in their 70th anniversary year and create a poster celebrating this.The competition had an incredible response and I am delighted to inform you that Faith Mitchell 3M1 will be included in this year’s Fringe Schools Poster Exhibition alongside the winning programme covers, regional winners and Creative Stars Award. A fantastic achievement.

Below are some of the entries that we put in for the Edinburgh Fringe poster competition

    

Girls Football

The girls played well and only lost 2 matches out of 7 finishing 2nd in the Tayside and Fife region!

Senior Pupil Art work

A selection of images of design and expressive work sent to the SQA. I am extremely impressed with the pupil’s talent and support by staff. A huge well done.

 

Senior Cake Decorating

I wanted to share with you the final creations of our young people so ably supported by Fiona Russell. The skill level theses girls have developed and shown is truly creative and beautiful. I have had the pleasure of watching these master pieces come to life over the weeks they have been creating them. The precision and intricacy is amazing.

            

DYW

Five of our pupils attended a DYW event hosted by St Paul's on the hospitality industry. They met with Graeme Wilkie, the chef/proprietor from Strathkinness Tavern, who has over the last 9 years  built up a small village inn from a run-down pub to a vibrant and profitable small restaurant.  Graeme delivered a hands-on workshop in which he demonstrated piping, plate decoration and knife skills.  This was followed by a career talk and Q &A session.  All pupils agreed that he was very inspirational and were keen to go and eat at his restaurant.

 

Young Vocalist and Young Musician of the Year Finals

Congratulations to Rachel Adam who won the competition on the last week of term against the very best vocalists in the city. She performed out of her skin despite her accompaniment making some errors. She held it together and this resilience paid off in the end. I also had the pleasure of watching both Nathan Edward –Inatimi and Jamie White perform in the Young Instrumentalist final on the Thursday night. Both boys had competed in a preliminary round earlier in the week and did themselves proud. I am always so proud of our young people who can stand up in such a pressurised situation and give their best. Their talent is overwhelming.

Cross Country

 Morgan Academy’s cross-country team competed against the Dundee Schools in the annual cross-country championships. 42 athletes ran exceptionally well and gave 100% effort throughout. Well done to our team!

Special mention to our S1 girls and Senior boys who won team Bronze medals, Aidan and Jamie Simpson who finished 4th in their respective races, Emily Beattie 6th and Rosie Lloyd 7th in the S1 girls race, and Rhys Nellies 6th in the senior boys.

 

 

Inter Schools Rugby

Dundee Schools Rugby defeated High School of Dundee 26-22 at Mayfield.

Well done to our Morgan Academy representatives - Aron Guild, Ali Bhatti and Finlay Robb.

 

Netball S1/2

Fantastic effort from our S1/2 netball team who won silver in the Dundee Schools Netball Plate competition. We finished tied for gold but unfortunately lost out on goal difference. Well done girls!


   

Alexandria Twinning Association 

The Dundee Alexandria Twinning Association (DATA) held a Civic Reception in the City Chambers for pupils and parents to celebrate the hugely successful Modern Studies 2016 USA trip. DATA helped to fund part of the cost of transport during our visit in and around Alexandria and organised a visit to NOVA College, a guided walking tour of the Old Town Alexandria and then hosted an indoor barbecue for us in Gadsby's Tavern, a favourite establishment of George Washington (and now a museum/tourist attraction). The speeches by Ashleigh Markie, Jack Teviotdale and Josh Harper were superb, they did themselves, their family and the school very proud.

 

S3 Author Project

Mrs Greig's S3 English class worked with writer Penny Ward on a writing project. Firstly, the pupils read Penny's Novella 'Jewel' as an e-book. They discussed the ideas and issues raised in the book and the process of writing. They then came up with ideas for their own writing. Each pupil produced a piece, which was peer evaluated and discussed with Penny and Mrs Greig. The finished pieces formed a booklet, edited by Penny. The above pupils read from this booklet at the event at Waterstone's on Monday 6th. The class is now deciding how best to share their knowledge and experience with the other S3 classes before they move to their S4 classes after Easter.

Mariam Hussain 3CC, Tia Wilson 3AA, Eve Finnan 3M1, Aidan Westby 3A1, Louise Wynn 3C2, Ash Moffat-Wall 3C, Sophie Downes 3M1, Shona Sleigh 3CC, Sarah Mundt 3A1

 

DYW

Mrs Quinn took 7 pupils to Edinburgh to visit the GTG training facilities for an Apprenticeship Open Day.  GTG provide all of the training for the Arnold Clark Group and their subsidiaries. Following a presentation, the pupils were given a tour of the workshop, able to speak to current apprentices about their experiences and also given the chance to attempt the assessments tests that applicant apprentices are put through.  All agreed that this was a really great opportunity and several pupils then went on to complete their application forms. 

We were delighted to have Atos Project manager, Derek McAllister in to help celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017.  Feedback indicates his talk got pupils thinking in a different way about apprenticeships as a valued route into the world of work and the fantastic opportunities available in his company.  There are already a number of pupils who have asked for further information.

 

Giant Heptathlon

S1/S2 Giant Heptathlon team win Silver and qualify for Regional Finals

 

Sports at Morgan Academy

Frisbee /Dance and Basketball

 

Monday

Netball S1 – S6 – ½ Games Hall 4pm – 5pm Shannon

Basketball S1 – S4 - Disc – 5pm – 6pm – Games Hall

Tuesday

S1-S2 Futsal Games Hall Lunchtime

Ultimate Frisbee S1 – S6 Water Pitch 4pm – 5.30pm Mr Thomson

Basketball S1-S6 Games Hall 4pm – 5pm – Miss Thomson

Fitness Morgan Fitness Suite 4pm – 5pm – Miss Cameron

Dance S1 – S2 4pm – 5pm Dance Studio

Wednesday

S1 – S4 Girls Football 3G Pitch 4pm-5pm Miss Thomson

S1-S6 Hockey Water Pitch – 4pm – 5pm

Thursday

Badminton S1 – S6 Games Hall 3pm – 4.15pm Dr Rosenzweig

Cricket 3pm – 4pm Outdoors

Athletics 3pm-4pm Gymnasium / outdoors Mrs Cooper

Rugby 3pm – 4pm Disc 3G S1 – S4

Friday

Table Tennis Dance Studio Lunchtime

Parkour Gymnasium 3pm – 4.15pm

Staff and senior Pupil Football Games Hall

FOOTBALL TEAMS – VARIOUS DAYS

    

 

 

P.E Uniform update

Well done to the P.E department and in particular to Kim Thomson who has taken the lead in developing a P.E uniform and organising the ordering of “t”shirts. As of the last day of term about 800 had been ordered and many delivered with pupils already wearing them. I am great believer that this develops identity and contributes to pupils taking pride in their school and taking P.E seriously. The picture illustrates how smart classes look. 

 

 

Show My Homework

Show My Homework – Many departments are using this and pupils have demonstrated for me the use of the App on their phones. Our aim is threefold; 

1. Increase in homework completion and quality through use of technology with pupils

2. Parental support, engagement and communication

3. Ease of use and long term efficiency of work for teachers

An article was featured in the Evening telegraph highlighting the system to all and was very positive for Morgan Academy.

A new way to record, track and monitor homework at Morgan Academy.

We are excited to be launching Show My Homework, an online tool to help you keep track of your child’s homework. Show My Homework will allow you to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, as well as their submission status and grades.

You will be provided with login details to your personal account, ready-linked to your child’s homework calendar.

You will also be able to login by following this link https://www.teamsatchel.com/ and clicking the top right ‘Login’ button.

  • 24/7 access

  • View quality and quantity of homework

  • Translation into over 50 languages

  • Free apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices

  • Receive automated notifications before homework is due

​Parent Council Meetings

Dates for this year's Parent Council meetings are as follows

Wednesday 6th September 2017  6.30pm

Wednesday 1st November 2017   6.30pm

Wednesday 17th January 2018     6.30pm

Wednesday 14th March 2018        6.30pm

Wednesday 6th June 2018            6.30pm

All parents are very welcome to attend

 

 

 

 

 


 

School Day

Period Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Period Time Thursday Friday  
 
8:45 - 9:35 Tutor/1 Tutor/1 Tutor/1 8:45 - 9:35 Tutor/1 Tutor/1  
9:35 - 10:25 2 2 2 9:35 - 10:25 2 2  
10:25 - 11:15 3 3 3 10:25 - 10:40 Interval Interval  
11:15 - 11:30 Interval Interval Interval 10:40 - 11:30 3 3  
11:30 - 12:20 4 4 4 11:30 - 12:20 4 4  
12:20 - 13:10 5 5 5 12:20 - 13:10 Lunch Lunch  
13:10 - 14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch 13:10 - 14:00 5 5  
14:00 - 14:50 6 6 6 14:00 - 14:50 6 6  
14:50 - 15:40 7 7 7        

 

Important Dates This School Year 

 

Autumn holiday begins                      Monday 9th October    return  Monday 23rd October

In Service Days                                 Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November 2017

Christmas holiday begins                  Monday 25th December 2017   return  Monday 8th January 2018

In Service Day                                   Thursday 15 February 2018

Mid Term Break                                 Friday 16 and Monday 19 February 2018

Good Friday Break                            Friday 30 March 2018

Spring Break begins                          Monday 2 April return Monday 16 April 2018

May Day Break                                  Monday 7 May 2018                    

In Service Day                                    Friday 25 May 2018

Victoria Day Break                             Monday 28 May 2018

Summer Term Ends                           Friday 29 June 2018                             

 

 

 



 


  
school crossing patrol posterSchool Crossing Patrol

Dundee City Council is looking for adults to act as school crossing patrol  officers.  Contact 01382834067 for further details.

 

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Standards and Quality Report

 Session 2013-2014

To obtain a copy of the standards and quality report for the session 2013/2014 (updated March 2015) click the link -

Standards and Qualities Report 2015

 


 

School Handbook

The school handbook 2017/18 is available for viewing.  Click the link School Handbook. 

 

 

 

 

 

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