Mackie Matters - The start of our new timetable

The Mackie girls tennis team has had some good success lately
The Mackie girls tennis team has had some good success lately

It was great to welcome back our new S5 and S6 students as well as see our new S4 join the Senior Phase of the school.

Following on from our induction days for S4 and S5 this week saw our students present their findings to their “Dragon’s Den” representatives.

A massive thank you to members of our staff, Parent Council and Chaplaincy team who participated in this. There were some fantastic performances from both year groups and really valuable feedback has been gained on some of the key issues that students see as being important in their lives at Mackie Academy.

We will be utilising this in the year ahead to ensure that we move forward on these matters. Finally congratulations to our winning teams:

S4 - Harry Anderson, Mairi Cairns, Ben Gillies, Chloe Green, Michael McLaughlin, Chloe Neill, Lisa Porter and Rachel Watson.

S5 – Erin Blackwood, Stuart Coleman, Erica Fraser, Connor Jordan.

On Thursday evening I attended my first ever Rock Challenge final at the Caird Hall in Dundee. I have to be honest and say I did not know what to expect but I was blown away by the quality of the performances I saw.

Every school put of “One Single Life” looked at the issues of social technology, peer pressure and the world of drugs – all central themes to what this competition is all about. Our team did us proud and won several individual awards based on their performance.

Overall they gained 4th place of which they should be exceptionally proud given the level of performance. A massive thank you to all the students involved, both in the performance and behind the stage. In addition to this there were a number of staff involved, most notably Miss Barnett, as well as a number of parents who helped out with organisation of the event. Thank you to everyone and we look forward to further success in 2015.

Sports events continue to generate success. Our individual tennis players, under the banner of Mackie Academy, have had a fantastic season as part of the Schools Tennis Tournament 2014. In the U14 and U16 Boys Singles Patrick Young has gained 1st place; in the U14 Girls Doubles Annabel Burns has achieved 1st place whilst in the U16 Girls Singles Aoife Aitken gained 2nd place.

In the U18 Boys Doubles Patrick Young gained 2nd place whilst Aoife gained 1st place in the U18 Girls Singles as well as completing the Doubles title in the U18 category with Annabel Burns.

The replacement of our Sports Hall floor is underway to ensure that it is all completed before our return to school in August. This will be great not only for activities within school but also for all our community users.

The date of the Commonwealth Baton’s arrival in Stonehaven draws closer and last week our baton bearer, Kelsey Stewart, was pictured in school with her kit. Kelsey is on duty on Slug Road on the morning of the June 29 2014 and I have no doubt that she will do herself and the school proud.

This was on the back of her involvement in Friday’s Commonwealth Cluster Games at Mackie Academy.

This followed on from an event on Thursday at Inverbervie for the coastal schools which was a great success.

At Mackie we welcomed the senior primary school students in the morning followed by the junior students in the afternoon. A fantastic range of sports were organised and our Sports Leaders played a phenomenal role within all of this and ensuring the smooth running of events.

Mrs Walker, Director of Education, attended in the morning and it was great to see so many parents in attendance.

A fantastic atmosphere was to be found throughout the day and a big thank you to Mearns FM who broadcast from the site for the day.

Carrying on from that Mearns FM presented certificates to our Mackie Radio team who broadcast every lunchtime over the airways. In addition to this the Stonehaven Lions were present to present the team with a cheque for £100 so that they could buy up to date music for their broadcasts.

In addition to this the Mackie Radio team are looking to enhance their broadcasts by linking up to the quad area at Mackie Academy which will bring them out of doors to their audience.

Finally, I bring another piece of good news. Each year Mackie Academy is lucky to have access to the Kintore Trust which makes awards to students who are participating in activities that result in travels nationally or abroad that further their educational development.

Normally focused on the senior phase of the school but dependent on demand any student has the opportunity to apply for this.

This year, one lucky recipient is Margaret Parkhill who is representing Scotland at the World Guide and Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015.

This is a fantastic achievement and one which the trust recognises as being exceptional for someone of Margaret’s age.

We wish her all the best in her adventures and look forward to hearing about it on her return.