Home-School Agreement

Not that I wish to start with a negative but a group of staff and students went to see the Scottish Rugby team in action against South Africa this week.

Not perhaps the result we were looking for! However, as with all such visits the experience is a great one for students to take part in and I have no doubt that the day was enjoyed by all. Let’s hope that next time the result is a little more positive!!

This week students have had their year group assemblies with the members of the senior management team responsible for their year groups.

We have had some key themes running across these e.g. road safety and for others themes specific to that year group. Overall they have gone really well. In addition to this we had an extended registration time on Friday.

This was to address a number of key items across the school. Our Home-School Agreement has been developed over the past two months with consultation from the staff, student and parent council bodies and the aim of this document is to give everyone a point of reference for the principles that Mackie Academy is built on and around.

It has been really good to engage in so many positive conversations around this. In addition students and staff were asked to recognise three things about themselves that they could be proud of.

This could be completed anonymously if required and the idea behind this is to create our “Wall of Fame” which recognises the achievements of all, whatever the scale. I took an S1 group for this session and had some fantastic discussions with them.

Their achievements made me, yet again, very proud to be the Head Teacher of Mackie Academy.

Congratulations must also go to our girls’ tennis team who beat Robert Gordon’s 5-1 despite some appalling weather conditions on the day. This is great news and allows them to move onto the next stage of the competition.

As mentioned previously there will be a ceilidh on Friday, 29th November 2013, here at Mackie Academy, in the Assembly Hall at 8pm.

The purpose is to help raise funds for the four Mackie pupils representing Scottish schools in an international badminton competition in Taipei next May. It is also to help raise funds for next Easter’s South Africa trip to allow participants to visit a Lion sanctuary where they will learn about and interact with the animals. 
There will be a ceilidh band performing who are no strangers to the Mackie stage as they have provided musical entertainment for years at Christmas parties. 
A raffle with fantastic prizes, including an iPad mini, will also form part of the evening. So, if you fancy getting your kilt on and having a great night, tickets are available from Mr Iain Macdonald and they will also be available on the night.

Our mock trial team continue to excel.

On Saturday they became Scottish Champions winning the Scottish heat of the Bar National Mock Trial competition. This is the fifth time since 2007 that a team from Mackie has won the competition. Very well done to all involved and they will now go onto the UK finals competing under English law in 2014.

Finally a quick update on some facilities development. The social and locker areas are set for completion by January 2014. The seating and screens are ordered and the final set of lockers should allow us to get rid of the old banks of lockers around the school. In addition to this we are also getting some significant funds from Aberdeenshire Council to upgrade some of our IT resources. The Stonehaven cluster of schools is the first to get this work so we are hopeful that this will take place before Christmas. The key aim around this is to improve the learning and teaching environment and I will update you further once this work is completed. As we head towards the end of November things remain as busy as ever and enjoyable as well.