Mackie DYW News January 2020

DYW News – January 2020

A happy new year to all of our pupils and parents. It’s been a busy month for us here at Mackie.

We held the first S3 Learner and Career Pathways evening on the 20th January for parents of S3 pupils. This gave parents an opportunity to learn more about the pathways available through the Senior Phase and beyond. The three sessions offered were:

  • Pathways through Higher Education
  • Pathways through Further Education
  • Pathways through the World of Work

Feedback from the event was very positive and we plan to repeat the event next year.

Build Your Future Final

10 pupils were involved in the Build Your Future event at AFC Pittodrie Stadium on 30th January. Mackie made it to the final 10 out of an original 30 schools who took part in the heats. Pupils engaged in a number of teamwork activities and had the chance to meet representatives from the Construction industry including Stewart Milne and Aberdeen player Shay Logan who is undertaking training to become a plumber alongside his football career.

SDS Interviews

Our SDS in school careers advisors have had the mammoth task of interviewing every S3 pupil about their future career aspirations and offering advice about suitable subject choices. Pupils who are unsure about future career options can arrange for a chat with Mhairi or Angus to find out more.

My WoW Ambassadors

Our My World of Work Ambassadors were involved in helping out at the S2 parents evening. You may have been approached by one of them to demonstrate the My World of Work website during the event. With Subject Choices due soon you may wish to have a look at the Subject Choice Tool to get an insight into what subjects pupils should look to take if they have a particular career in mind.

The My WoW Ambassadors are also getting involved in Pupil Profiling to ensure pupils are able to capture key aspects of their learning.

What’s next?

Subject Choice Season is about to begin in earnest. Pupils should read information about their subject choices carefully and ask for support if required. Pupil assemblies will take place the week beginning the 3rd February to provide more information and advice to pupils. We have more choice available than ever including some new Foundation Apprenticeships. Pupils looking for advice about Foundation Apprenticeships should speak to Mrs Angel to find out more. Aberdeenshire Council have put together a YouTube playlist that demonstrates some of the opportunities and benefits that current students have enjoyed.

Senior Phase Evening

The Mackie Academy Senior Phase Pathways Evening this year is on Monday 10th February 2020 from 5.00-7.00pm in and around the front of school. The evening welcomes current S3, S4 and S5 pupils and their parents in preparation for their Senior Phase Option Choices in 2020-21. This evening is part of the process for making decisions about pupil course choices in and future learner and career pathways.  Even if you are not sure that you wish to remain at Mackie Academy it is an excellent opportunity to look at other pathways available to you elsewhere.

The event is structured around three pathways:

  • Pathways through the Curriculum – Our teaching staff will be on hand to answer your questions about the pathways through the different subject areas on offer at Mackie Academy
  • Pathways through Further and Higher Education – Representatives from NESCOL, D&A College and various Universities are available to provide advice and support about future study options
  • Pathways through Industry – Our flagship partners and other representatives of industry can advise you on career pathways and apprenticeship opportunities

We look forward to seeing you there.  No booking is required and whether you can manage along for 30 minutes, an hour or the full length of the evening you are more than welcome.

A copy of this year’s booklet can be found here

Work Experience

S3 pupils have been granted a one week extension to return their Work Experience forms. Forms should be in by 7th February.

Employer Partnerships

Watch this space for exciting news about a new employer partnership!


Parents of S2-S4 pupils interested in Medicine – The University of Aberdeen School of Medicine would like to invite parents and carers to their upcoming Medicine Information Evening on Thursday 5 March.  The event will feature a range of key speakers including Doctors, Medical Students and the Admissions Lead for Medicine. We will discuss some of the main aspects of a degree in medicine, career opportunities, and subject requirements. We will also share information on the application and selection process for medical school. Reserve your place here.

NESCOL – Preparation for Higher Classes – North East Scotland College are pleased to again be offering “Preparation for Higher Exam Classes” in Maths and Sciences. These courses will run over eight 2.5 hour evening sessions in the weeks leading up to the final exams at City Campus, Aberdeen.  Candidates will work in small groups to practice exam-style questions. Coaching will be provided to help candidates improve the way to approach a range of questions. We will also provide short lessons covering aspects of the curriculum that have been identified as poorly answered in previous exams. Courses are available in chemistry, biology, physics and maths and cost is £52 for each 8 week course and can be booked on the NESCOL website.

National Parent Forum of Scotland – The NPFS has a new Publications Guide which features links to all of NPFS’ resources for parents and learners. It provides a useful overview of the range of leaflets that they have produced, including summaries of Nationals 1-5 and new Highers and guides to topics such as skills, assessment, learner pathways and much more.

OPITO Apprentice Portal – Applications are now open for the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme.

Audit Scotland School Leaver Programme – Audit Scotland have an opportunity on their school leaver scheme based in Aberdeen. This is a 5 year programme of on the job experience and study toward an accountancy qualification.

Health Careers – The NHS have put together a useful resource covering more than 350 careers in the Healthcare field.

Network Rail Level 3 Apprenticeship – Applications are now open for the Network Rail engineering apprenticeships. The application process can be found here

Trainee Bookkeeper and Digital Solutions Assistant – MHA Henderson Loggie Chartered Accountants are looking for a Trainee Bookkeeper and Digital Solutions Assistant. Interested pupils should speak to Mrs Angel for more information.