Mackie Matters- Can’t believe it is March

The term is flying in here at Mackie Academy and so much is happening it is hard to keep track.

At Mackie Academy we are working hard to develop our strategy to support our young people preparing for the workplace once they leave school.

We cannot do this on our own and are working with a range of business partners to broaden the experiences available to our young people.

One of the partners we are working with is Entier Services who are a catering company based in Westhill who offer a range of services.

They take a very proactive approach with schools and on Friday, 26th February 2016 we were delighted to host an event here at Mackie Academy involving our pupils as well as those at Portlethen and Mearns Academy to promote their Fresh Olive Apprenticeships programme.

The competition allowed pupils to showcase their talents in a competitive environment and allowed us to showcase the talents of pupils from across south Aberdeenshire who have an interest in catering and may wish to progress with this as a career pathway.

Jonathan Fisher and Baily Black, S4 at Mackie Academy, will now progress to the final of this competition in April alongside pupils from our neighbouring schools.

A great experience for all and the school was also then invited to attend an event at the company’s headquarters where the Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt, attended to present Entier with the Investors in Young People Gold Award due to their apprenticeship programme.

In addition to this work we are currently developing a database with our parents and their career interests to be able to utilise this great resource with our young people.

If anyone would like to get involved in this – it covers a whole variety of approaches – then please contact Mr Tullock at Mackie Academy.

Last week we had the GetSetAction team in school to work with our Sports Leaders to further develop their community programme following on from the national conference we attended in Birmingham last November.

Three different projects are being developed by the teams including work which will form a core part of our transition days at Mackie Academy in June 2016.

It was a great opportunity to see what our young people are capable of achieving in a short period of time and the input from the GetSetAction team was very much welcomed.

The sporting theme continues with some great achievements in the last two weeks.

On 28th February 2016 the Glenshee Junior Freeride competition, part of the British Junior Freeride series, took place. Arran Milne, S4, was 1st in the U16 category and was the overall winner whilst his sister came 2nd in the U16 competition for the girls.

Fantastic achievements by both and clearly a very talented family.

I was also informed last week that our Junior and Senior badminton teams won the Scottish Schools competition which is yet another great achievement in advance of a number of these young people heading out to Malta at Easter to represent their country in this sport.

Finally in the sporting arena Patrick Young S3, as part of the North of Scotland tennis team, won their group recently which gives them promotion to Division Three for next year.

Patrick won two out of three of his singles matches and both of his doubles so there is no doubt that with Patrick on their side the winning streak will continue in the future.

With our partners at Community Learning Development some of our young people have been very busy volunteering with the Stonehaven Youth Forum and as part of our Primary 7 transition youth group.

As part of the Stonehaven Youth Forum the group have been involved in a number of activities.

Creating the mental health and stereotyping films supported by Fixers (as part of the K&M youth forum).

Launching their films and presenting it to S2s in PSE classes and to professionals.

Working on a community project looking at improving an area down by the beach.

Taking part in the Year of Young people 2018 events (Aberdeen & Edinburgh).

This is a fantastic commitment from these young people and congratulations must go to Jordan Kirk, Iona Barney, Kayla Macleod, Isla Davies and Brandon Dollar who are all in S3 and have achieved their Saltire Awards for volunteering on the basis of this work.