MACKIE pupils will travel to three different continents this Easter in three very different school trips.
A group of 56 pupils and teachers will set off this weekend for a nine-day trip to China, visiting Beijing and Xian. The trip will include visits to many of China’s most famous landmarks, including Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China.
S5 pupils Robbie Paterson and Stuart Hamilton told the Leader that they are looking forward to sampling the local cuisine, and to absorbing the culture, which they expect to be very different from home. The pupils will have an opportunity to compare the differences when they visit a local high school while in the country, where a football match has been arranged.
Meanwhile a second group of intrepid Mackie travellers will be spending eight days in Morocco, soaking up the African culture. The group of 25 pupils and teachers will visit a local village while on their trip, before ending up in the Sahara Desert where they will be able to enjoy camel rides and try sandboarding. Pupils Caitlin Imray and Angus Matheson said that they are looking forward to visting the local village, as they have been fundraising to help raise money for a school to be built there. They will also have the opportunity to receive cooking lessons from local people.
A group of 30 will also be spending a week in America, visiting New York and Washington DC. Pupils Emma Campbell and Callum Hay said that they hope to go to a basketball game on their first night, and they are looking forward to visiting the White House and the Air and Space Museum.