The winning team from Marr College
S1 and S2 pupils from Marr College in Troon were crowned first ever winners of the History Challenge recently. It was a significant achievement for the youngsters who were up against teams from every other secondary school in South Ayrshire!
Groups of budding archaeologists and historians took up the challenge which saw them spending weeks delving into the history of their school. The young people used a range of techniques to uncover the facts which included pouring over old yearbooks, archives, newspapers and even interviewing parents and grandparents.
The teams then headed to Belmont Academy to present their findings to a panel of judges. There were many interesting facts revealed during the presentations such as the 'hanging tree' at Girvan Academy which is believed to be the same tree used to hang the daughter of legendary cannibal Sawney Bean.
Ayr Academy brought along Oscar their stuffed Otter, said to be around 300 years old, the Otter has been known to go walkabout from time to time but always returns safe and sound.
In the dim and distant past, female teachers at Belmont were called into the Head Teacher's office for wearing trousers and not skirts!
Marr impressed the judges with the depth of information they had uncovered along with their presentation skills. The winning team were Terri-Mae Campbell (12), Emily Morrison (12), Morven Atkinson (12), Rosie Rossi (13), Aefa Abbot (12), Kathryn Stewart (12)
Kathryn said: "I enjoyed learning about the other histories and I felt very proud to be able to share information on Marr College's interesting past"
Aefa added: "I thought it was great how we told our histories in different ways. Everyone was very creative and it was great fun taking part"
All the teams impressed and everyone received certificates to thank them for all their hard work.
Head Teacher of Marr College, Elaine McGregor-Sloman said: "It was a close run thing but the Marr College team did really well and I so proud of them, all the other schools are to be commended for their efforts too. The young people immersed themselves in the challenge and the depth of information uncovered was impressive.
"I am hopeful this challenge is repeated in the future as it encourages young people to connect with history and the wider community. It was also an opportunity for the Marr College students to engage with children from other schools and learn at the same time."
The competition was the brainchild of the History Network. The network is made up of South Ayrshire teachers who share resources and advice and get together to organise events and challenges which promote learning.