Mackie Academy’s successful Mock Trial Team will travel to Cardiff to compete in the UK Championship later this month.
The trip to Wales follows successes in both Aberdeen and Glasgow on regional levels.
Mock Trial is a rare opportunity for pupils to gain insight into the workings of the judicial system and develop public speaking and team working skills through participating as lawyers, witnesses and jurors etc. in fictitious cases put before a judge with one school prosecuting and the other defending.
A ceilidh, one of various fundraising events organised by the team, took place on Friday (February 21) in the Mackie Academy assembly hall.
There was a high turnout of adults and pupils to dance to music supplied by the excellent Country Edition.
The ceilidh lasted for around three hours with time for both an interval in which refreshments were for sale and for a raffle which included prizes such as chocolates and a collection of drinks glasses. In total ,the night raised £745 for the team to go towards travel and accommodation amongst other things.
Their next fundraising event will be a bag pack at the Co-operative in David Street, Stonehaven, on March 15 before jetting off to Cardiff a week later for three days to compete against top Mock Trial teams from schools across the United Kingdom.
Mackie has been successful at this level in the past; in 2012 an academy team made it to New York to compete against teams from acround the world after finishing high on the national level in London,.
This year’s team have performed extremely well to make it as far as they have and perhaps they will be able to emulate the achievements of their peers in the upcoming competition.
They seem to be on a winning streak.
In last week’s Mackie Matters, rector Louise Moir said: “Our Mock Trial team continue their preparations for the UK Finals in March 2014; on Friday, February 21 they held a fundraising ceilidh which raised the sum of £745 towards the costs of the trip to Cardiff for the finals. A lovely evening was enjoyed by all and in conjunction with this another student, Emma Smith, managed to fundraise £100 towards her gap year trip to Malawi.”
Back in 2012, some 10 pupils and teachers - part of the Mock Trial team - were stranded in New York as Hurricane Sandy neared the East Coast of America, resulting in thousands of flights being cancelled.
A total of 24 U.S. states were in some way affected by Sandy.
The hurricane caused tens of billions worth of dollars in damage in the US, destroyed thousands of homes and left millions without electricity.