Transition group

Stonehaven Community Learning (Community Centre), Active Schools Aberdeenshire and some S5 pupils have recently run a Primary 7 transition group on Wednesday nights from April 18 to May 23.

This 6 week programme was to give pupils from the rural primary schools the chance to get to know each other, build friendships and familiarise themselves with the academy before beginning in August.

Primary 7s had the opportunity to visit various subject departments within school, learn about a typical school day and find out what activities they can get involved in at lunch time and after school.

One parent said: “It can be worrying leaving a small rural school to travel by bus to a very large school where you are unfamiliar with both the school and the pupils.”

Five current S1 pupils attended the last session to offer advice and answer any questions the P7s had. This project was introduced to complement the ‘Aiming for High’ programme running for all primary schools in the Stonehaven Network in June. Forty two young people attended and feedback from them and parents was very positive, with all indicating they had benefited through - getting to know the school better, making new friends, feeling more confident about going to Mackie, or knowing more about what goes on at the Academy.

Running in conjunction with the Primary 7 Transition Community Learning & Development gave the opportunity for parents from the rural schools (Lairhillock, Gourdon, Johnshaven, Kinneff, Catterline, Bervie and Drumlithie) to attend the  ‘Drug Proof Your Kids’ Parents Course for the 6 weeks at Mackie Academy.  Drug Proof Your Kids gives parents the skills and knowledge they need to successfully encourage their children to make sensible choices about drugs and alcohol.  Over six sessions parents gain insight into the world of drugs -and learn how to steer their young people away from the harmful use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Topics include - coping with teenagers, building parenting networks and building in prevention. The Course has been successfully run at 4 different locations this year - Inverbervie, Auchenblae, Stonehaven and Mackie Academy - some daytime and some evening courses. Feedback from parents attending has been extremely positive with the majority expressing an increase in confidence with regard to tackling issues faced while raising teenagers.   Future courses planned are Laurencekirk in August and Stonehaven in Oct. If you are interested in having the course run in your area or to attend one of the planned courses - please contact Leslie Murison at Stonehaven Community Centre on 01569 762688