Robert Burns Academy pupils write their latest column for the Cumnock Chronicle...


The Robert Burns Academy widely celebrates the achievements and successes of its pupils, both within our school and outside, such as in recreational clubs and sports teams.

Achievement plays a major role within RBA, and pupils are encouraged to share their achievements with the school.

Pupils' achievements are further celebrated which boosts pupils' motivation, creating a positive, rewarding environment within the school.

Dancing has proven to be a hit amongst pupils at the RBA, with 3 S1-2 pupils succeeding greatly in their dancing competitions recently.

Brooke Mullen, an S1 pupil, achieved a first place position in slow dancing in a competition held in Kilmarnock last month. Brooke does dance outside of school for fun, and as a reward for her dedication and expertise, she succeeded outstandingly.

Lexie Flanagan, another S1 pupil, achieved second place for freestyle dancing in a dance competition held in Aviemore on October 28. Lexie competes nationwide as part of KG Dance Club in Catrine, showcasing her devotion and exceptional skill for dancing.

Cassie Wallace, from S2, has also been achieving with her dancing, reaching the highest level in competitive freestyle dancing within her club.

Cassie has been dancing since she was aged 4, and fell in love with the sport since then. Cassie’s incredible commitment to the sport is evident as she trains six days a week for up to five hours in Glasgow, which prepares her to compete all over the UK, showing her astounding skill in the sport.

Very well done to all the girls! Your victories are very impressive, and we are all very proud of you for your dedication and outstanding skill.

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Rights Respecting School Awards: Silver Rights Award

A huge congratulations to all staff and pupils on our successful accreditation at Silver Level as a Rights Respecting School

Thank you in particular to Mr Kyle for his hard work and excellent leadership in gathering the required evidence and liaising with the RRS team.

Night Before Christmas Campaign

Last year, the Robert Burns Academy supported the Night Before Christmas Campaign, collecting donations to provide Christmas gifts to families in Ayrshire which may be less fortunate than others.

Thanks to the utmost generosity of staff, pupils and parents/carers, the donations were used to create 'Red Bags of Joy' and some of our own pupils here at RBA were able to receive these bags of joy along with other children across Ayrshire.

We are continuing to support the Night Before Christmas Campaign this year, an Ayrshire based charity, with a wonderful initiative to provide gifts and Christmas cheer to less fortunate children.

Last year, the campaign created a whopping 6,000 Bags of Joy for local families. This year, due to the cost-of-living crisis, they expect to receive even more referrals for families in need.

We are collecting donations of unopened and unused gifts from now until Friday, December 8. Gifts can be suitable for any age range and any gender.

Any donations are to be handed into Mrs Macara’s office to be collected by the charity on December 11.

Any donations are wholeheartedly appreciated and would light up Christmas day for so many families across Ayrshire.

Thank you so much in advance!