Mackie Matters - Halloween bush tucker trials

There have been plenty of strange sights at Mackie Academy to tie in with Hallowe’en – none more so than the Hallowe’pn Bush tucker trials that took place at lunchtime on Friday.

As part of fundraising for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative that many of our S5 pupils take part in Joy Reid, Marie Airth and Erin Blackwood put together a great event which resulted in some staff members drinking and eating some very strange concoctions.

Mr Gallie and Mr Thomson were last to go for their teams and definitely came off worst with a garlic drink. As you can see from Mr Gallie’s face it was a difficult one to stomach.

All in all the support from the pupils was great – the Main Hall was packed – and the winning team was that of Mrs McClymont, Ms Smith, Mr Drennan, Mr Hewitt and Mr Thomson. Better luck next time to Mr Gallie and his team.

In addition to this fundraising event Sam Ward, Fraser Kinimonth and Calum Smith, also part of the YPI initiative, were busy fundraising through a “Bad Tie” day. This was really well supported and many of the pupils and the staff were looking very smart with their bow ties. Ms Stephen went one step further and reverted to full Mackie Academy school uniform for the day. Both events were hugely successful and helped each of the groups fundraise for their chosen charities. The semi-final and finals of the YPI are taking place later this month and we wish all teams involved the best of luck.

As I said last week our pupils are always busy during their holidays and three S6 pupils – Benjamin Smart, Kayla Gaze and Eilidh Latto – recently returned from a five day cultural visit to Nice, France as part of the Scottish Languages Baccalaureate.

The Baccalaureate includes an interdisciplinary project where pupils use foreign languages to broaden their educational horizons. In Nice the pupils practiced their French on locals, shop owners, waiters and even interviewed the Mayor of Tourette-Levans. They also climbed Mount Boron to see the spectacular panorama of Nice; walked along the promenade and explored the historic old town and local markets. They even went to see a French film without any subtitles. Ben, Kayla and Eilidh would like to thank the Aberdeen branch of the Franco-Scottish Society for their kind donation towards the cost of the trip and I know, from speaking to them, that it has been a hugely worthwhile experience.

The competitive spirit remains alive and the Halloween notice boards are in the process of being judged. In the meantime Fetteresso House leads the way with Swanley close on their heels.

This term’s events will prove crucial and there is all to play for. Our S3 netball team continued their unbeaten run against Albyn School and our S5 Sports Leaders hosted Mill O Forest school on Friday as part of their leadership training.

Our school calendar is now ready for 2015 and a massive thanks to the photography club for providing the spectacular images and Nexen, our business partner, for the production of the calendar.

These go on sale at the PTA shopping evening today (Thursday, ) from 7-9pm in the Main Hall for the bargain price of £2 and will be available from Front Reception thereafter. A superb Christmas present if you have not started your shopping yet!!

Finally, a little bit of advance warning. Hollie Smith, S6, is heading off to Chile next year as part of a gap year experience where she will be working in an orphanage. As part of her fundraising efforts Hollie is holding a ceilidh on Friday, November 28 from 7-10pm here at Mackie Academy. Tickets are £6 and going fast.

So if you would like to purchase a ticket or sponsor Hollie’s worthwhile efforts please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the school.

We are well into the swing of the term already and it is hard to believe that nearly two weeks have passed already. The dark nights are drawing in but our pupils continue to participate in many varied activities.

It is great to see this level of participation as we all know that this is just as important as the academic qualifications our young people are working towards.