Community and Mackie working together

Last Wednesday, members of the Horizon group joined the Mackie Eco Group in a litter pick around the school. The Eco group is led by teacher, Dr Kirsteen Mustard.
Last Wednesday, members of the Horizon group joined the Mackie Eco Group in a litter pick around the school. The Eco group is led by teacher, Dr Kirsteen Mustard.

It is great to see students of Mackie Academy and members of the local community working together so effectively.

I bumped into the group outside Mackie the other week and had a lovely chat with them. It was also great to see their efforts being shared across Twitter. The eco-group (pictured right) is working hard at all their endeavours just now and, hopefully, we have some very exciting news around the corner to share with you in the near future. Watch this space!!

Sporting success continues here at Mackie Academy. On Tuesday our junior and senior badminton teams were crowned Scottish Schools Badminton Champions down in Motherwell. This is the first time this has ever been achieved. They competed with over 20 of the top badminton playing schools in the country and were a real credit to themselves, their team, coaches and the school.

Taylor Davidson, Ailsa Beck and Kieran Preston represented the school at the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships on Friday. All three should be proud of their efforts at such a high standard and Ailsa came home with a bronze medal which is a fantastic achievement on her behalf.

Fast approaching is the National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week. The STEM subjects are alive and well here at Mackie Academy. Our ROV (remote operated vehicle) team is heading off to the Young Engineers and Science Clubs North East Showcase at BP North Sea Headquarters later in March. They are currently testing their machine which successfully completed its first pool test this week.

Talented mathematicians have been taking part in the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses at both Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities over the past few months.

Organised by Techfest Setpoint they have involved a number of different speakers on topics which stimulated learners’ intelligence and interest. All are great opportunities for our young learners to engage with people from different backgrounds and pathways for the future.

Our concert band is practicing hard for the Scottish finals they are attending in Perth on 16th March 2014. I am going to see them and cannot wait to be entertained. Hopefully I will come back with some good news for our next Mackie Matters!! In addition the Aberdeenshire Music Centre concerts are coming up at the end of the March and recognise all the hard work of our young musicians and their tutors.

Interhouse competitions have been flying in thick and fast. I judged the competition for the “Portrait of a Guidance Teacher” this week. The winning portrait of Ms Stalker was very well done but I was a little worried about some of the fluorescent colours used to construct Mrs Beeley of Ury House!! The dodgeball competitions were dominated by Fetteresso and Rickarton houses and the cross country competitions next week will hopefully see the other houses prove their worth.

A big thank you to everyone who attended our S4 subject evening last week. It is a really important time for our S4 students as they approach the exam period.

Support networks are really important and that is why we place such importance on these evenings.

It gives everyone – students, parents and staff – the opportunity to build in the necessary levels of support so that every student can succeed.

Finally, I hope those students and staff who attended the Scotland vs France match on Saturday have got over their disappointment!

Part of the enjoyment is in winning but hopefully all those who went enjoyed the company of their peers.