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Greenwood Celebrates Learning

Marking the end of a successful session, Greenwood Academy hosted the Junior Prize Giving to acknowledge the hard working pupils from S1- S3 who have been outstanding. The atrium was packed with pupils, parents and dignitaries from North Ayrshire Council and local organisations. 

The evening began with S2 pupil council and chairperson for the Junior Prize giving, Rebecca Booth, welcoming pupils, staff and guests. Other S2 pupils, Blair, Jessica, Colin, Zoe, Taylor and Nicole helped announce the prize-winners, while Megan, Jack, and Emma assisted with the presentations. 

Mrs Christine McGuire, the Head Teacher, reflected on Session 2016-2017 with examples of her mantra, “Success breeds success”. From Greenwood’s role as a Confucius Hub and pupils winning scholarships to China, to its status as Ambassador for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, it is clear that the school is a vibrant place of learning, offering a variety of pathways for the pupils. Outlining Greenwood’s sector-leading work, Mrs McGuire outlined the range of accreditation and awards which pupils gain and explained how these support their skill for learning, life and work. She highlighted Pupil Voice and Leadership and the impact these have on the school and on pupils’ achievements.

Invited guest, Walter Smith, Chair of Prince’s Trust Ayrshire, was delighted to be presenting the prizes. He himself had just won the title, Scottish Education Award Supporter of the Year 2017, following Greenwood’s successful nomination to mark his 12 year partnership working with Greenwood Academy and his support of other school across Ayrshire. 

The evening’s entertainment was very well received by the audience. Ryan Young delivered an excellent performance as he played a jazz solo, “Beeline” by Graham Lyons on the saxophone. “Gondallied” by Mendlessohn, a piano solo performed perfectly by Ryan Lai, also impressed. Parents also greatly enjoyed the singing of modern songs, “The Greatest” by Sia from the Vocal Ensemble and a very polished solo from Gillian Thorpe, who sang Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know”, while Rebecca Melaugh gave a rousing rendition on the bagpipes as she accompanied the platform to and from the stage. 

Highlights of the evening included the top academic awards in each year group. In S1 Ryan Crawford and Benjamin Campbell shared the top spot; in S2 the pupil claiming first place was Aimee Davies; in S3 Ryan Young was declared the winner. All four pupils were presented with their medal and trophies. Other awards included the Junior Award for Effort and Endeavour for Sophie Garrick and Positive Behaviour was also awarded to pupils gaining the most merits in their year group: Ethan Robertson in S1with an outstanding 131 merits; in S2 Colin Krysta who achieved 123 merits, while in S3 Chelsea Dodgson and Dakota Morrison both achieved 75 merits and shared the title. Finally, this year’s winner of the Highland Games 2017 went to Annick House.  

Article by Rachel Robertson and Eunice Awando  

Greenwood Academy Snowsports 2017

On 2 January, 28 pupils accompanied by Mr Torbit, Ms Greenlees and Miss O’Neill travelled to Bormio, Italy to ski. Pupils enjoyed 4 hours of lessons each day, with a lovely lunch in a mountain restaurant. Pupils made great progress, in sometimes difficult weather conditions, challenging themselves and reaching the dizzying height of Bormio 3000 by the end of the week. In the evenings a number of activities were organised such as ice skating, swimming, treasure hunt, quizzes, a dance off and even the legendary Torbito Town Tour.

Snowsport

It was a very successful trip as many people conquered their fears, whether it was having a boogie on the dancefloor or skiing from 3000m. Everyone developed their skills from snowploughing to parallel turns or learning new tricks such as jumps and hockey stops. The legacy of this trip will also include the memories and friendships which will last a lifetime.

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