They showed respect and gratitude

So much happened last week that I managed to forget about a couple of key events so I will update you now.

Many of you will have no doubt read the article in the Mearns Leader about our “seat of wisdom” that has been created by the fantastic skills of Chainsaw Dave (says it all!!). We are all very proud of what has been achieved and if you want to see it in person you are more than welcome to come to the gates at the bus bay and peer on through – it really is a fantastic piece of work which will hopefully be a key part of the quad redevelopment in due course.

This week was, of course, Remembrance Week for the school. All year groups attended assemblies with a focus on remembrance, led by myself.

I was very proud to use the winning video, produced by Kemnay Academy, for Poppy Scotland about why Remembrance is still relevant today. It was extremely well done and very relevant to our students.

In addition, the students were part of the wreath laying for the plaque in the school hall that commemorates those who gave their lives from Mackie Academy in the World Wars.

In addition to this, I and some of the house captains made our way to the war memorial outside Arduthie School on Thursday, November 7, to lay a wreath on behalf of the students and staff at Mackie Academy.

We read a short poem from World War One to commemorate the event.

I was very proud of all our students throughout these events as they showed respect and gratitude towards what Remembrance represents for us.

In school, the S3 students were busy commemorating Remembrance through their work which is currently displayed in the front foyer.

It is a fantastic achievement and one that we will be building on to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One in 2014.

Our S5 students were out of school on Thursday for their “Safe Drive, Stay Alive” seminar about how to become responsible drivers behind the wheel of a car.

While hard hitting and upsetting in places, it got across some very important messages which our young people need to take on board as they move into the age bracket where such a responsibility is theirs.

I know Mr Sim and Ms Beeley, who attended the event, were very impressed.

Our Aberdeenshire South U18 team, predominantly made up of Mackie Academy students, beat Cults Academy 27-21 in the latest round which now takes them to final which will be played in Inverurie on 14th November 2013.

Mr Lock, as always, had a good story to tell. The team started with only 10 players, owing to people dropping out, against 13 from Cults.

By the end of the match we were down to eight players and still won! A fantastic achievement by all involved.

A little bit of advance warning. On Friday, November 29, a ceilidh will be held at the school to support fundraising efforts for the school trip to South Africa and the badminton players that are heading off to Taipei.

A live ceilidh band and extensive raffle will take place on the night so if you wish to attend please contact either Ian Macdonald or Annette Leith.

Finally, I had the delight of attending the first round of the Rotary Young Chef competition at Mackie Academy on Wednesday.

Although there were only three young people competing the standard was exceptionally high.

Congratulations go to Taylor Williamson who goes through to the next round but Skye Punchard and Isla Davies are cooks of the future who can cook for me anytime!

We are hoping to expand the competition next year by including our neighbouring schools of Mearns and Portlethen in the competition.

n Pictures of the wreath laying, along with the work S3 pupils produced, are on page 6 of this week’s Mearns Leader.