This has been a very busy week at Mackie Academy with a number of key events taking place, not least our Remembrance Day services.
This year all members of the Mackie community participated in observing the two minute silence at 11am.
S1 and S6 pupils joined myself and staff members in the Main Hall where two of our senior students – Bethany Nicol and Eilidh Taggart – started proceedings by illustrating their recent visit to Auschwitz and the work that they are continuing with to raise awareness about the Holocaust in advance of the annual Memorial Day in January.
A very thought-provoking presentation was given by both pupils.
Following this we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan through poems written by serving soldiers from two very different wars but with very similar experiences.
Our pupils were very respectful of the silence which ended with Dylan Coolahan playing the Last Post.
At the same time all other pupils were in their tutor groups paying their own tributes while our House Captains joined Mr Sim and Mr Tullock at the War Memorial outside Arduthie School. Finally our current S2 pupils had completed an excellent display of materials on WWI which can currently be seen in our Front Reception area.
This week our Rotary Club Young Chef competition took place on Wednesday evening. A range of pupils took part from S2 to S5 which led to a great competition.
Congratulations must go to Heather Nisbet in S2 who won the competition with Olivia Park (S4) and Skye Punchard (S3) taking 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
A massive thank you to the Rotary Club for their support and organisation of the event alongside the help of Mrs Agnew, Faculty Leader of Health. Not only is the evening an exciting opportunity for our young chefs here at Mackie Academy but it is allowing us to make links with industry partners which will allow us to further develop the opportunities available to our young people in the future.
On Thursday, Mr Drennan and Ms Nicolson took three of our S3 pupils - Amy Tench, Anna O’Neill and Kirsty Davidson - to represent Mackie Academy and Ms Nicolson’s S3 class who had been working with artist Penny Dowes in creating some art work for the Aberdeenshire Art Development Team’s ‘Hard Vrocht Grun Project’.
This project has been a number of years in creation and the idea behind it is that it can be used by any school within Aberdeenshire as a true example of Interdisciplinary learning.
Yesterday afternoon we had the launch event at Kemnay Church Centre and the project was given accreditation by a representative from Education Scotland as a quality resource. Our pupils were a credit to the school and it was great to be involved in.
The sporting fixtures continue to roll on in. This week the Aberdeenshire Schools U18 Rugby team, made up of boys from Mackie, Portlethen and Mearns Academies beat Aberdeen Grammar 53-5 in a resounding victory that takes them forward to the Grampian Plate Final where we will be at home against either Gordonstoun or Ellon. We wish them all the best. Our boys tennis team continues their great form with a 5-1 win against Montrose in very windy conditions. They continue the competition with their next match against either Madras College or Grove Academy. Again, we wish them the best.
Our S1 pupils had their first subject evening and we had a great turnout with over 75% of our parents turning out for the event. This year group have made a great start to their time here at Mackie Academy and the feedback to parents was very positive from the our staff.
The week ended on a high with more fundraising, this time for Children in Need. Themed dress was enjoyed by many but the main aim was to raise as much money as possible for a great charitable cause. We are also currently in the last phase of counting our Sponsored Walk funds and I hope to be able to report soon on the final sum raised – it will blow your minds!!