Digital Delight!



Issue eleven





Welcome to the 11th issue of the

Business Enterprise Bulletin - and

welcome to the new academic year.

This issue looks back to activities and

events from late last term and during the summer and

includes coverage of a superb national retail award for

Kilmarnock Academy and a special language event to help

senior pupils learn foreign languages for business.

There is an update on the roll-out of our cashless

schools programme, which gathers pace in this school

year, a round-up on some hair-raising STEM activities and

a special focus on some amazing ASN pupils taking part in

an enterprise showcase, inspired by the Sir Tom Hunter



Margaret Harper MBE

William Mcllvanney Campus

Lord Ahmad visits East Ayrshire

Sorn Scoop Science Cycle Prize

We say YES to Kilmarnock Academy’s Success

Lessons are up in the air at Willowbank!

Magical Multi-lingual Mathematicians








Margaret Harper MBE

Margaret Harper, depute head teacher at Grange Academy

enjoyed a double birthday celebration this year when she

was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Margaret was honoured by Her Majesty for services to education, with a

career spanning over 40 years. Starting as a physics teacher at St Joseph’s

Academy in 1975, Margaret worked her way through the ranks in a

number of roles.

She said:

“This is for the Grange, East Ayrshire, and all of education.”

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to work in education and this is an award

for everyone working in the industry and everyone who has contributed to the

lives of others through education.”

William McIlvanney campus set to mark

new chapter in local education

Digital Learning Week

Cash award paves way for Learning Success

All systems ‘grow’ for Green-fingered Gurus

Sir Tom Hunter Challenge

Start of Cashless Schools

ASN Rising Business Stars

Mandarin Showcase

Dyslexia Friendly School Awards

Famous Five go off on a Bronze Expedition

A Perfect Learning Opportunity

Potions, Prisms & Pots of Fun!

Competition Win is out of this World!

Science at Willowbank














Construction at the new £45 million William McIlvanney Campus at

Sutherland Drive, Kilmarnock, is now well underway.

Named in honour of the world-renowned author who was born and

educated in the town, the campus will be delivered through the Scottish

Futures Trust’s hub programme by Hub South West, with construction

work being undertaken by Kier Construction.

It will host the new James Hamilton Primary School and Early Childhood

Centre, with Kilmarnock Academy and James Hamilton Academy also

transferring and merging to a new Kilmarnock Academy.

Primary schools transferring to the William McIlvanney Campus are

New Farm Primary School and Early Childhood Centre and Silverwood

Primary School.

The new primary school will become James Hamilton Primary School and

Early Childhood Centre.

A third new school, Sgoil na Coille Nuaidhe, offering Gaelic language

provision will replace the Gaelic Medium Education provision currently

offered at Onthank Primary School and Grange Academy.

Sgoil na Coille Nuaidhe – is literally translated as New Woods School,

which also translates as ‘new beginnings’.

The new campus will give our young people the best possible start in

life and will ensure they have access to the kind of facilities and learning

environments they need to succeed in school, work and in life.


Lord Ahmad visits East Ayrshire

Pupils at St Joseph’s and Grange Academies enjoyed a special visit from Lord Ahmad, Parliamentary Under Secretary of

State for Transport and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home Office.

An advocate for equality and helping foster good

community relations, Lord Ahmad was visiting

the pupils after learning of work led by the

New Farm Loch Community Council to reduce

sectarianism and improve equalities, which also

included visits to other schools in Northern


Eight senior pupils (four from St Joseph’s and

four from Grange) were also trained as peer

mentors to support S3 pupils, who were part of

the next equalities and diversity programme in

Northern Ireland and also delivered a successful

peer education programme to first year pupils in

their own school.

For the last year, pupils, teachers and the wider

community have been working together to

help promote diversity, which has seen two

community celebration events organised.

These featured dance, theatre and cultural

performances from a number of schools, with

a stand out dance performance from IQRAA

Muslim Women and Children’s Group.

A Celebrating Diversity concert was also held

at St Joseph’s Academy which attracted over

150 local people to watch four local bands and

solo performers. The event was organised

to support local Syrian refugees and raised

£480, which was presented by musician Daniel

Johnston to the Imam of Kilmarnock Mosque.

Sorn scoop science cycle prize, naturally enough!

Sorn Primary School won The Pupils’ Award at a science

and engineering challenge, hosted by Dumfries House


As part of a competition entitled ‘The Full Cycle – The Science of

Plants’, hundreds of pupils from more than ten Ayrshire schools

were asked to design a model garden layout demonstrating nature’s

cycles, such as the seasons and the water cycle. Pupils then used the

superb educational facilities at Dumfries House to take part in various

workshops on the themes of outdoor education, gardening, health

and wellbeing and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering,

and mathematics). The Sorn pupils produced an innovative and wellthought-out

design that caught the imagination of judges.

The initiative forms a key element of the vision of His Royal Highness

The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, who used £20million of his

charitable foundation’s money in 2007 to secure the future of Dumfries

House and use it to help people engage in learning experiences that

promote confidence and personal development as well as offer training

in real-life skills to open up future employment opportunities.


We say YES to Kilmarnock Academy’s success!

Staff at Willowbank School in Kilmarnock have recently been

going to work with a little extra bounce in their step!

That’s because the school has become a host venue to deliver Rebound

Therapy – a fun exercise and mobility programme that uses special

trampolines as alternative ways to encourage movement, exercise and

recreation. It is specifically designed for those with a range of additional

support needs and training courses are currently being offered to school

staff by pioneers and Rebound Therapy founders Eddy Anderson and Paul


Kilmarnock Academy has scooped a national accolade at the

Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Awards in Glasgow.

The Awards celebrate the success of the businesses set up by young

people aged 16-18 and Horizon Pages, a company set up by Academy

pupils Jordan Muir, Heather Taylor, David Gibson and Robyn McGhee,

caught the judges’ eye – winning the National Retail Excellence Award

sponsored by ASDA.

Horizon Pages creates and publishes ‘survival’ guides for students and

pupils which are aimed at helping them navigate their way through the

educational jungle in a fun and informative way.

Packed with helpful facts, hints and tips, the colourful publications have

been a huge hit, earning hundreds of pounds in revenue for school funds.

Horizon Pages was showcased in the YES Regional Finals in April 2016

and, from across Scotland, 17 finalists were invited to Glasgow – with

Horizon Pages making the shortlist.

he school’s achievement is all the more remarkable as this was the first

time they had entered the YES Awards, competing with hundreds of

other pupils across Scotland. The team came out of the competition with

many plaudits from organisers and judges for their professionalism, vision

and business acumen.

Well done!

Lessons are up in the air at Willowbank!

The programme helps pupils with movement, promotes balance,

improves muscle tone, relaxation, sensory integration and improves

fitness levels. In addition it is a gentle and effective form of fun exercise,

which also has beneficial effects on communication skills and selfconfidence.

It’s a different way for pupils to enjoy exercise and help them

with their movement and many have not experienced the thrill of being

on a trampoline, the rush of being weightless for a few seconds and the

sheer joy of bouncing up and down!




The thought of solving tough mathematical

problems is enough to bring some folk out in

a cold sweat, but imagine trying to do it, after

first translating the problem from a foreign


That’s exactly what Grange Academy students did recently

when they took part in the Scottish “Mathematiques Sans

Frontieres” (MSF) challenge, run by the Academie de

Strasbourg and North Lanarkshire Council.

MSF is a unique national competition, because some of

the questions are in French, German, Spanish or Italian

and because it is based around a team format. Entire

classes work together for 90 minutes before submitting

their best solutions to the ten questions posed, responding

in the language in which the question was originally set.

The great news is that our S3 class finished third in the

whole of Scotland while the S4 class were sixth overall.

SMS Maths Success

2016 has easily been the most successful year ever

for Grange Academy’s young Mathematicians.

In addition to third and sixth place in the

Mathematiques Sans Frontieres contest, pupils also

scooped accolades in the Scottish Mathematical

Council’s Maths Challenge.

Pupils worked at home solving ten challenging

puzzles and S1-S4 students scooped two Gold

awards, twelve Silver awards and twelve Bronze


Now, had there been an Olympic Maths event in

Brazil this summer, we’re sure our pupils would

have brought home the gold medal!



Electronic expertise, model pupils and digital delights!

Pupils and teachers recently took part in national Digital

Learning Week, a project to promote the use of digital

technology to enhance learning and teaching.

Organised by Education Scotland, the week-long event offered a series

of challenges, ideas and initiatives, all aimed at increasing the use of digital

learning to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all. From

tablets to 3D printers, online learning at home and even video lessons,

digital learning is now a key part of the curriculum and we are leading

from the front in delivering digital dexterity and encouraging electronic

excellence in all schools.

Pupils at St Joseph’s Academy have already been pioneering the use of

iPads in the classroom and at home, benefiting from more flexible learning

and becoming more digitally dextrous. It’s a learning model that has

delighted pupils, parents and teachers.

Since the project launched in August 2015, improvements have been

noted in educational attainment, group working is more inclusive and

supportive and special software means progress in class (and at home)

can be easily monitored. Lessons can also be recorded in real time and

replayed immediately, or at home, boosting learning and retention, with

access to additional resources just a click away.

At Gargieston Primary School, young people have literally become model

pupils, thanks to the use of 3D printing technology. They’ve been learning

to use electronic expertise in order to turn ideas into drawings on paper,

which can then be scanned and made into printed 3D models – with

name plates, badges and even the Eiffel Tower featuring in their designs.

Willowbank School has also been using technology to help pupils order

lunch, check the weather forecast, or view their daily timetable. Many of

the school’s pupils are already using digital technology in their home and

school life to make sure their needs are met, with learning offered flexibly,

at any time, in any place and on any device.

The different ways in which our schools are using digital technology is

truly amazing and is limited only by the imagination of the pupils and


The great news is that we’ll be continuing to make digital learning a

central focus in everything we do, across the curriculum, making sure our

young people are fully prepared to live and work in the digital world of



Cash award paves the way for learning success

Cumnock Academy’s Supported Learning Centre has landed a

large cash award from Tesco to help improve the pathway between

Broomfield and Dumfries House.

Tesco awarded the school £12,000 and excited pupils are now

hard at work exploring improvement ideas which could have

additional benefits for their studies. Signposts, distance markers,

litter bins, murals, sculpture and studies of animal habitats have all

been discussed by the pupils, as well as producing interpretation

boards, work to improve biodiversity, adding benches and other

seating areas to enhance the walkway.

The works will form part of the pupils’ planned coursework across

a wide range of departments in this school year.

All systems ‘grow’ for our

green-fingered gurus

Pupils across East Ayrshire have been hard at work becoming

green-fingered gurus, thanks to a superb ‘Green Gym’ project, run

by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).

Green Gyms are active, outdoor sessions offering hands-on

learning and guidance in practical activities such as planting trees and

sowing meadows. For six months, East Ayrshire Council’s Learning

Outdoors Support Team partnered with TCV to support eight

schools in the area to develop Green Gyms with pupils – and a lot

of fun learning took place!

Eight Green Gyms in local schools now offer hundreds of pupils

(and teachers) a unique opportunity to improve the greenspaces

within their schools, develop new habitat for wildlife and support

the health and wellbeing of the pupils. As the greenspaces become

established, they also become available for use by the wider school


Celebrating the success of the initiative, a garden party was held

at Cumnock Academy with guided tours of their Green Gym.

Pupils happily discussed their experiences of the Green Gym, what

they’d learned and how these skills and new knowledge could

help them in the future. A short networking and lesson learning

session was hosted by TCV to share the highlights and key aspects

of the project. Discussions followed on how more opportunities

can be created to increase the number of pupils actively involved in

improving greenspaces in and around school grounds.

There’s more to come, so, as they say, ‘watch this

(green) space!’


THESir Tom


Two sixth year pupils at St Joseph’s Academy have won the

2016 Sir Tom Hunter Enterprise Challenge.

Raymond Houston and Joao Luis, who devised a customised music

therapy service for dementia sufferers, received a trophy presented by

Sir Tom and a prize of £5,000 to develop their idea further – with an

offer of support from Sir Tom.

. In an East Ayrshire one-two, Doon Academy lifted the second prize

of £2,000 with their company Stand Tall. The Stand Tall team of Korina

McMahon, Chloe Meredith, Cameron Peters, Ben Willis and Bailey

Wood, created an activity pack for use in tandem with the Mentors in

Violence programme. Over the last four years, entrepreneur Sir Tom

Hunter has challenged youngsters to come up with ideas for products,

innovations or businesses of the future. This year the format was

slightly different. A semi final heat was held in East, North and South

Ayrshire where the top three teams of young entrepreneurs were

All change as ‘no change’ marks the start of cashless schools

A faster, simpler and better way for parents, carers and pupils to pay for meals and trips is continuing to roll out across East

Ayrshire, as online school payments and cashless catering in schools is introduced.

Parents will now be able to go online at any time and pay for a range

of school services and goods – and the new cashless biometric school

meal system offers a more secure and quicker way for pupils to get a

school meal.

The biometric system has already been installed at Annanhill Primary,

Grange Academy, Park School, St Joseph’s Academy and St Andrew’s

Primary School, with other schools coming online over the next 18

months. It’s been warmly received by pupils, parents and staff, leading to

a cash-free environment in schools, with meals bought by simply placing

a thumb on a biometric scanner. Importantly, the biometric system does

not use a thumbprint, or an image, but uses a unique encrypted code to

identify each pupil.

selected to represent their local authority at the all Ayrshire final held

at the Park Hotel in Kilmarnock. In a Dragons’ Den style contest, nine

teams presented their ideas to a panel of judges made up of Sir Tom

Hunter, Willie Mackie (Regional Chair, Ayrshire College and board

member of Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland),

David Ross (Director, Keppie Design) and Frank Gormanley (enabler,

Entrepreneurial Spark).

The teams represented:

• Ardrossan Academy

• Arran High School

• Doon Academy

• Loudoun Academy

• Marr College

• Prestwick Academy

• Queen Margaret Academy

• St Joseph’s Academy and

• St Matthews Academy.

Sir Tom said: “The Ayrshire schools taking part were a huge inspiration

and should be roundly congratulated as should the teachers and

Councils supporting them.

“The ideas the teams came up with, the teamwork they put in, the

opportunities they identified, all contributed to an exceptional outcome.

These young people can and will succeed either in the world of work or

in building their own entrepreneurial workforce.

“Ayrshire schools – a true inspiration for all of Scotland.”

The Sir Tom Hunter Challenge forms part of the Council’s sector leading

business enterprise programme, designed to develop entrepreneurial

skills and help make young people ‘business ready’.

The new systems offer a range of benefits that include:

• Making payments online whenever you like, with no transaction fees

• Reviewing your child’s meal purchases and

seeing what they have had to eat

• Viewing your full payment history

• Not worrying about your child carrying cash to school

The aim is now to get as many parents as possible to register an online

account, to pay for school meals or school trips. It makes for a faster,

more flexible way to make payments and is especially useful if you have

children at different schools, as you can access all your children’s accounts

through one ParentPay account.


ASN rising



An enterprise initiative exclusively for pupils with Additional

Support Needs (ASN) and one of the first of its kind in

Scotland – has held its finals in Kilmarnock.

The Enterprising Stars Challenge was specially created for ASN pupils

after Park School successfully competed in the 2015 Sir Tom Hunter

Challenge, an event which encourages pupils to explore business and

develop marketable idea.

In total, 13 teams took part and prizes were awarded in three age

categories: Primary School, Secondary School (Broad General Education

BGE, S1-S3) – and Secondary School Senior (S4-S6). In addition there

was an overall trophy on offer for the Best Trade Stand where all teams

were competing against each other. This was won by Cumnock Academy

Supported Learning Centre.

Best Company Name

Primary: Park School

Secondary BGE: Park School

Secondary Senior: Cumnock

Academy Supported Learning


Best Presentation

Primary: Park School

Secondary BGE: Cumnock

Academy Supported Learning


Secondary Senior: Park School

Best Product/Service

Primary: Park School

Secondary BGE: Cumnock

Academy Supported Learning


Secondary Senior: Park School

Best Company Logo

Primary: Willowbank School

Secondary BGE: Hillside School

Secondary Senior: Park School


Mandarin Showcase

was full of Eastern promise

East Ayrshire schools have taken part in a spectacular end

of school Mandarin Showcase, with pupils from North and

South Ayrshire, at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.

Over 300 pupils from the three Ayrshire Confucius Hubs, which cover

primary and secondary schools, had been hard at work practicing dance,

music and song to showcase the work they have been doing to learn

Chinese. Having a grasp of the Chinese language is seen as an excellent

way to help boost understanding, knowledge and, possibly, future

business and cultural links with the country.

East Ayrshire Council’s hub is based in Grange Academy, Kilmarnock, with

links to Xinhua High School in Tianjin, China. North Ayrshire Council’s

hub is based in Greenwood Academy, Irvine and has links to No. 2

Nankai High School in Tianjin and South Ayrshire has links to No. 20

High School, also in Tianjin, with the Confucius Hub in Queen Margaret

Academy, Ayr. The hubs promote joint planning of cultural activities

between the schools, sharing ideas and resources to stimulate the learning

and teaching of Chinese language and culture.

This was the second year East Ayrshire has hosted the Mandarin

Showcase, which encourages young people to take to the stage and

show how they have developed their language skills and the extent to

which they have learned about Chinese culture. The event began with a

welcome song from all three Ayrshire schools, followed by performances

from pupils at:

• St John’s Primary School

• Loudoun Academy

• Grange Academy

• Annanhill Primary

• Queen Margaret Academy

• Sacred Heart Primary

• St Cuthbert’s Primary

• Lawthorne Primary

• Greenwood Academy

• Cumnock Academy

• St Ninian’s Primary

• St Patrick’s Primary

• Hurlford Primary

The finale featured the Goodbye Song by Annanhill Primary pupils.

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning

said: “The Mandarin Showcase was a brilliant event and clearly shows

how much our young pupils gain from exposure to a different culture and

language teaching.

“Mandarin Chinese is a complex and difficult language to grasp. This event

shows how well our young learners have been able to apply their new

language skills to the different song and dance numbers”.

“It was a beautiful, visual treat and

I’d like to congratulate every single

pupil for their efforts as well as hoping

this becomes an annual fixture.”

- Councillor Stephanie Primrose


Dyslexia Friendly School Awards

Twenty amazing schools and specialist provisions received a prestigious Award at the second annual

East Ayrshire Dyslexia Friendly Schools Award Ceremony, held at Dumfries House, Cumnock.

East Ayrshire’s Dyslexia Friendly School’s model helps pupils’ talents to flourish by creating learning experiences and

environments in school which encourage this. The model embraces national standards to meet the literacy needs of all

learners and pupil perspectives on how learning can be improved are welcomed. All schools are actively encouraged to

engage with parents, carers and members of the school community to create classroom environments for all styles of

learning, making it easier and more fun for everyone to succeed!

Each of the 20 winning schools had key aspects of their journeys showcased and Councillor Stephanie Primrose, East

Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning presented the well-earned awards. Embedding the principles

and ideals of the Dyslexia Friendly School model from the earliest point in a pupil’s academic journey is a fantastic

achievement – well done to all!

Bronze Award:

• Auchinleck Primary

• Barshare Primary

• Bellfield Primary

• Kilmaurs Primary

• Littlemill Primary

• Mauchline Primary

• New Cumnock Primary

• Onthank Primary

• Shortlees Primary

• St Sophia’s Primary

• St Patrick’s Primary

• Park School

• EAST Campus

• Doon Academy

Silver Award:

• Annanhill Primary

• Galston Primary

• Gargieston Primary

Nether Robertland


• Sorn Primary


Famous five go off on a Bronze expedition

Five pupils from Willowbank School have earned a

prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Evan Logan, Mark Millar, Ryan Cairns, Jordan Templeton and Ethan

Scoular took part in a series of demanding challenges which tested them

physically, mentally and emotionally on their route to success. In the

course of the award, the pupils had to complete a number of tasks and

learn new skills – which included map reading, walking, wall climbing,

sailing and volunteering.

For many of us, completing any of these would be a triumph, but the

pupils went further – as well as the set tasks, they also had to complete a

two day and one night camping expedition in the great outdoors – which

they passed with flying colours! Not only did the five set up camp with

minimal support, they also cooked on stoves, had a BBQ and worked

well as a team making the expedition a great success and a pleasurable

experience for all involved, school staff included.

Congratulations to Evan, Mark, Ryan, Jordan and Ethan – great job!

A perfect learning opportunity –

however you choose to say it!

Hola, schönen tag and bienvenue!

Our pupils have been getting a little

extra help with their foreign languages,

especially for business.

An event held at Kilmarnock Academy was

hosted by the Council, Scotland’s National

Centre for Languages and Developing the Young

Workforce Ayrshire. It aimed to highlight the

importance of learning another language, and

language skills in Scotland, especially if working

for organisations with overseas operations or


Three workshops sessions also took place

where experienced keynote speakers

worked with pupils on languages skills,

helping them understand the relevance and

importance of fluency in another language.

In addition, a marketplace introduced pupils

to possible careers, where a second, or even

a third language, might be useful to their

future prospects, with many businesses and

organisations represented.

Language for Business builds on the Scottish

Government’s 1+2 approach, based on

learning the mother tongue, plus two additional

languages, establishing a new model for the

learning and teaching of languages in Scottish

schools. It is aimed at ensuring that every child

has the opportunity to learn a modern language

from Early Years/P1 onwards.


Potions, prisms and pots


It could have been a scene from Hogwarts as young pupils at Grange Academy

got hands-on with science thanks to a fair, organised by the school.

Purple potions, pretty prisms, radical rockets, electrifying electrics and fiery flames all featured as the

new pupils were split into 12 groups for a series of lively, colourful, vibrant and, sometimes, noisy

workshops. There was even an owl on hand (alas, not Hedwig) to help the pupils have a hoot, as

they explored questions posed by the greatest scientific minds of our time.

Presented by campus teachers, the Glasgow Science Centre and Owl Magic, the science fair

sought to de-mystify science through fun, games and a hands-on approach to the subject. For many

pupils, the fair was the first time they had been in a science department and they received a gentle

introduction to equipment, etiquette and a bit of science history, before the fun began. The fair

focused on three themes: Matter, Energy and Living things, with six workshops developing different

aspects of each theme. Pupils were asked if they had ever burst a bag of crisps without touching it,

or blown up a chocolate marshmallow, before being shown how it was done!

Prisms, rayboxes, mirrors and lenses also featured, as pupils investigated the curious behaviour of

light as it struck different surfaces. Life through a lens introduced microscopic observations of life’s

building blocks, life processes and reproduction and there were even sessions on potion making,

owl magic – and a good old fashioned Whodunnit?

The budding scientists also found out about the wide range of interesting careers they could pursue

in science, literally all over the world – and beyond – through astronomy, zoology, forensic science,

or oceanography.

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning attended the event and


“What a fantastic way to introduce new pupils to the super subject of science!

“The workshops were cleverly designed to link to what they see around them, helping them

answer questions through observation and experiment. The STEM fair is a brilliant way to stimulate

young minds and get pupils thinking about the many varied opportunities science can offer either in

study or as a career. It fires their imagination and curiosity, helps develop creative and critical skills

and, best of all, it’s a lot of fun!”


Competition win

was out of this world!

Auchinleck Academy pupil Laura Borthwick is over the

moon – almost literally – after winning a special science

competition to send an experiment into outer space!

Laura was part of a group at the International Space School Educational

Trust’s (ISSET) space school, funded by the Ayrshire College Foundation

and hosted by Ayrshire College at its Ayr campus. Her team designed

an experiment to study the speed of slime mould on different materials

while in space and astronauts will now carry out that experiment on the

International Space Station (ISS).

Fifty pupils each from East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire

secondary schools, and 50 pupils from Ayrshire College, worked in

mixed teams over the week in a variety of team building exercises. Judges

included former NASA astronaut Michael Foale CBE, who deemed

Laura’s team worthy of winning the week-long space school competition.

Michael, a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions, was joined by NASA’s

Assistant Chief of EVA, Robotics & Crew Systems, Sarah Murray, Julie

Keeble, Lecturer of Pharmacology at King’s College London, and ISSET

Director Chris Barber in making up the ISSET team.

Other finalists’ ideas included testing a foam designed to treat internal

bleeding, carrying out an enzyme reaction experiment, and investigating

Krill in space.

Laura said; “It’s amazing. I’m so surprised, we didn’t expect this. I can’t

believe our experiment is going into space!”

Astronaut Michael Foale CBE

Did you know?

Kaitlyn Lodge of Mauchline

Primary School has

designed the mission badge

used during the weeklong

Mission Discovery

programme at Glasgow

Prestwick Airport.

Her winning design won

her school £1,000 to be

used to purchase science

or technology resources,

while Kaitlyn has also won



Science at


National Science Week was a big hit with the pupils at

Willowbank School, as they celebrated and explored science

in all its forms at their Science Fair.

With the help of volunteers from the Kilmarnock Engineering and Science

Society (KESS), teachers from St Joseph’s Academy and senior pupils from

Stewarton Academy, the pupils explored rockets, astronomy, electricity

and the properties of mass with a series of fun activities and experiments.

A range of fun activities were put together – from the hair raising to the

practical. A day like this provides huge benefits for the volunteers and

pupils alike, as they all share their enthusiasm, knowledge and thirst for

learning about all areas of science.

The fair offered something for everyone and was a great example of

inclusive education in action, for learners of all ages!

Science on the agenda at Bellsbank

Bellsbank Primary has formed its very own Science Academy with the

assistance of the Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society (KESS).

KESS promotes engineering and science in Kilmarnock and East

Ayrshire and each year it adopts a school for special support with

scientific activities and resources. As part of this association between

the society and the school, 15 pupils were enrolled in the Science

Academy, which ran every Wednesday afternoon between January

and March 2016. The youngsters were selected by their teachers as

having demonstrated extraordinary interest and ability in science.

During that time the pupils were given talks and demonstrations on

various aspects of science from Danny Gorman of KESS (forces and

matter), Kayleigh Moffat of Doon Academy (light and waves), Mark

Klimek of Tuopeek (electricity and magnetism), Uli Doepner of KESS

(biology) and Graham Longbottom, Alex Baille and John Sharpe of

KESS and the Ayrshire Astronomical Society (astronomy). Crowning

their Academy experience, the 15 budding young scientists travelled

to Dumfries House, Cumnock, to celebrate their achievements. They

took part in a fun workshop of scientific experiments followed by their

Academy Graduation.

Physics and Engineering lecture

at St Joseph’s Academy

The fifth annual Physics and Engineering Lecture has been held at

St Joseph’s Academy, organised by physics teacher Colin Barbour

through the Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society (KESS).

The main audience was Advanced Higher Physics students from St.

Joseph’s, Stewarton, Grange and James Hamilton Academies. The

event was opened by Danny Gorman of KESS who taught physics

and engineering subjects for 30 years in Universities. Danny spoke

to the students about the challenge of transition between school

and university and the great advantages to be gained by successful

completion of Advance Highers. He then introduced the main

speaker of the day, Dr Nicolas Kelly of the Energy Systems Research

Unit at Strathclyde University.

Dr Kelly outlined the pros and cons of all the available energy sources

and systems and the need for a “balanced mix” of energy sources to

meet fluctuating short and long term demand. He encouraged the

students to become engaged in the lecture by encouraging them

to suggest the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in

our current energy policy and management systems. He finished by

convincing the students that irrespective of the exact detail and bias

of future energy policy and systems, the need for new and improving

energy storage facilities would always be present.

KESS President, Graham Short said: “KESS is really pleased to support

this annual lecture. It is great to see so many young people interested

in courses in science and engineering. This is a really important time

in their lives and we are very grateful to Dr Kelly for delivering such a

stimulating and relevant lecture.”

Councillor Stephanie Primrose, Cabinet Member for Skills and

Learning, added: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,

the STEM subjects, are vital areas of study and research to keep us

at the forefront of the rapidly moving world of science. This annual

lecture is as fascinating as it is inspirational and I’m pleased to see it

going from strength to strength.”



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