Activities, activities, activities



We have had students going off to far flung desitnations, mountains being climbed, chocolate being oozed and cities being explored.

We have had students going off to far flung destinations, mountains being climbed, chocolate being oozed and cities being explored. Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive and it has been great speaking to some of the students already about their experiences.

We are currently collecting together accounts and pictures of the students’ experiences and it will form part of a display in our revamped Front Reception area in the near future.

One of the things that was very much in use during Activities Days was the school’s Twitter account.

As Ms Robertson said it was in quite a flutter with everything that our students were up to. If you would like to follow Mackie Academy through this social media then just follow us on Twitter @Mackie Academy.

A massive thank you to all my staff who took part in activities and made it a memorable experience for so many students both here in Stonehaven and further afield.

Not to be outdone by all our students some staff members took part in the Kilt Walk on Sunday.

Ms Tolhurst and Mrs Beeley led the way in this marathon adventure alongside colleagues from other teams in Aberdeenshire Council and they did don their kilts so I am told although I have yet to see any photographic evidence.

26 miles is a long way but made all the prettier by being along south Deeside and raising money for a number of very worthy children’s’ charities.

I always like a good news story and this week one of students, who remained nameless, very kindly handed in a purse they found on one of the bus services to the driver.

The lady, to whom the purse was returned, was kind enough to come into school to express her thanks to the “unknown” student. However this is exactly the sort of action we would expect of any student here at Mackie Academy and it says a lot about the individual.

Tennis success continues with the Mackie Girls tennis team winning their quarter final match against Hutchesons Grammar School 4-2 in the Scottish Schools competition.

Their tie for the semi final is hot on the heels of this match and is against the top seeds, Beaconhurst, so we wish Annabel, Aoife, Caitlin and Amber the best of luck.

The success continues with our Eco Group here at Mackie Academy and the work they are doing out in the wider school. Eirinn Kemp, S4, has won a competition run by Scotland’s Environment Web in the 15-18 category for her plastic bag solutions.

Her endeavours have earned her a visit to the Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh in June where she will receive her prize of an HP Tablet along with the opportunity to win further prizes. Five other students are also attending along with Dr. Mustard so we will hopefully have some winning pictures after that.

Finally, last week I visited Carronhill School for the first time and was made to feel very welcome by Glenda and her team. It was great to meet the students and see what activities they were up to in their learning.

What became very clear very swiftly is that there are a number of opportunities for our schools to work more closely together so that we can provide learning opportunities for all our students. We will certainly look forward to developing these partnerships in the near future for our students.




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