Looking forward to Christmas...

Another busy week brings the Christmas holidays even closer. On Friday, we had a fantastic response to the “Wear a Christmas Jumper” campaign to raise funds for Save the Children.

Our S6 students, led by Matthew Smith, did a sterling job and it was great to see so many students participating in such a worthwhile cause. Nearly £600 was raised which is fantastic.

In addition to this Friday saw the inter-college cheerleading competition in the hall at lunchtime. The hall was packed with students watching some interesting interpretations of cheerleading!! However, the spirit of the competition was outstanding and is exactly what house competitions should be all about.

Thanks to the staff who supervised and the students who organised this event.

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative final took place on Monday evening and I am sure you may have already seen the article in the paper on this prestigious event. Congratulations once again to the winning team of Rebekah Laing, Kirsty Johnson and Megan-Ann Durkin who represented the RNLI charity.

Thanks must also go to our panel of judges for their hard work on the evening.

The annual visit to the pantomime, “Babes in the Wood”, took place on Thursday and, once again, thanks must go to Mrs Dey and her team for organising and supervising this visit.

It is great that these opportunities are given to our students.

Our tree planting event went ahead on Wednesday with members from the Stonehaven Horizon group. The involvement of the local community in such projects is really important and we look forward to further partnership working with our Eco-group.

Our U15 rugby team played Robert Gordons on Thursday.

Unfortunately the team did not win but Mr Lock tells me it was a game where opportunities were not capitalised upon!

I must take this chance to thank Alison and our catering team here at Mackie Academy for the Christmas lunch that took place on Thursday. It was the first time for putting it onto one day and it seems to have worked really well.

Students responded well to the idea of staggered times and the team put on a feast to be proud of.

The next draw for the Scottish Schools netball is now out and Mackie are doing great. Our S1 team have qualified for the Bronze section.  Their next game will be away to Gryffe.

Our S2 team have qualified for the Gold section having won all their games in round 1.  Their next game will be away to Arbroath. Finally our S3 team have qualified for the Bronze section and are straight through to the quarter finals. 

Their first game will be at home to Woodfarm. Well done to all the netball girls who took part in the sponsored shoot on Monday.  We raised a lot of money and Miss Keenleyside has been able to order 12 new netball strips. 

As it is the final week of term as I write this there are a few events that I would like to mention. On Monday evening, our S6 students celebrated their final year at Mackie Academy in true style at the Marcliffe Hotel.

They looked fabulous and behaved impeccably. A massive thank you must go to Mr Ritchie for organising the evening and making it such a memorable event for our students.

Our Christmas concert takes place on 18th December and I am sure it will be a fantastic evening of music that celebrates the spirit of Christmas. On display are our S1 Christmas cards which have been judged as part of the inter-house competitions. Finally on Friday, 20th December our chaplaincy team will celebrate the spirit of Christmas with our students in our end of term assemblies.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and we will return with more Mackie Matters in the New Year.