Dear Parent(s),

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and New Year.  It has been another busy term here at Mackie Academy and our winter newsletter is a clear reflection of this.  I hope you enjoy reading about all the achievements of our young people over the four months or so and thank you to all parents who have supported these activities in one way or another.

Our newsletter can be accessed here and it is best viewed on a mobile device.  However, you can also access it from Twitter and the school website.  We have also had some excellent achievement assemblies this week which will finish with Ury House on the first Monday back of the new school term.  Senior Phase pupils will be receiving their full reports and individual estimate exam timetables in tutor time on Friday.  Any pupils absent on the final day will have their reports sent out to them.

School returns on Monday, 8th January 2018 at 08.40 and we look forward to welcoming our young people back then.  A couple of key issues for our return which the school would really appreciate parental support with:

Uniform

All pupils have had the following information shared with them in tutor time this week.

This term we continue to try and hold up high standards around your uniform.  We do this because of the importance of making the right impression whenever and wherever you are representing Mackie Academy.  You never know who can be watching!!

For a large number of pupils you do what is asked of you on a day by day basis and the school would like to thank you for that.  

However there are a few things that come up again and again so the school would like to be firm in the expectations for when you return to school in January 2018.  There are:

  1. Jeans are not part of school uniform and should not be worn to school.
  2. Leggings are not part of school uniform and should not be worn to school.
  3. Skirts should be of an appropriate length – remember the fingertip rule!
  4. Hoodies are not part of school uniform and should not be worn in school at any time.  Black jumpers are expected to be worn if you want to be warm.
  5. Blazers are an expected part of your school uniform.

Please take all of this on board and don’t put yourself in a position on our return of being challenged if you choose not to follow the above information.

If a situation arises where you do not have the right uniform for school then you need to see your Pupil Support and Attainment Team Leader prior to lessons starting in the morning so that a card can be given to you explaining this.  Otherwise staff will challenge you.

The issue of uniform is one that is important here at Mackie Academy.  We realise that extenuating circumstances sometimes mean pupils will not be in the correct uniform but we would really appreciate parents making sure that the above rules are adhered to when we return to school in January.

Litter

Our pupils in school have been working hard to ensure that the school remains tidy and where issues have persisted these have been dealt with.  All that we ask is that pupils take responsible for their own litter and make sure that it gets put in the relevant bins to allow recycling to take place where at all possible.  The difference noticed by the janitors is significant so we want to keep up the good work in the New Year both in school, and when the weather allows, out of school as well.

Thank you, once again, for all your support.

Louise Moir

Head Teacher