Third year for Champions in Schools

Mackie Academy
Mackie Academy

Well we have at least seen the sun this week if only briefly! It means that students have managed to get some fresh air at lunchtimes and the corridors are slightly less congested.

The work on our lockers is finally finished which means we have managed to get rid of the old sets which has released some more space in the social area.

What we have done here is to create a bag drop area for our students so that these and other items are not left lying around the school. Hopefully students (and parents) will see the benefits of this with less items going missing.

Please remember that if students do lose items at school their first port of call should be lost property as we have a full range of items still to be collected!

Our S3 subject evening on Wednesday, February 5, was very well attended despite some awful weather. It was a really important evening for our students in this year as they will shortly be making their choices for their National courses in S4.

Combined with our Senior Phase Evening on February 11, this means that students and parents should have all the information they require to make the right decisions for S4. We are also looking at how we are going to celebrate S3 finishing their Broad General Education in May 2014 – watch this space!

Taylor Williamson, S6D, was competing in the regional round of the Rotary Young Chef competition this week. She was a very creditable second place against stiff competition. She was presented with an engraved silver salver, a cheque for £30, certificate, Masterchef cookbook and a goody bag from McPhies of Glenbervie. Perhaps more important than this is that through this competition and the support from the Rotary Club, Taylor was mentored by Robert Cleaver, chef and owner of the Carron. So impressed was he by Taylor that he has given her a job. A great example that shows that perseverance gets you where you want to be.

Mackie Academy has been selected to take part in Champions in Schools for the third year running. This will involve an elite sports person coming to the school and running sessions linked to sports performance, motivation and development.

The PE department will select 30 pupils to take part in this programme. Any S1-3 pupil wishing to be considered for this has to apply and it is an excellent opportunity to learn from an elite sports person who has taken part in major championships around the world. We look forward to reporting further on this in the future.

Our S4 students returned from their prelims on Friday and it is great to see the focus continue in their studies as we move towards the final exams in May 2014.

We will be taking a break for a week as the mid term approaches and we will be back with you in a couple of weeks time.