Health and Wellbeing is one of the priorities within the new Curriculum for Excellence structure. As it is one of the three core areas, the delivery of certain outcomes are the responsibility of the whole school.
The Faculty of Health at Mackie Academy takes a lead role in ensuring that all pupils are provided with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes through active learning and inter-disciplinary course content.
The Home Economics and Physical Education Departments strive to develop the skills, capabilities and attributes of the pupils at Mackie Academy which includes their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.
Broad General Education
In Home Economics pupils are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of a healthy diet by acquiring knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices and to establish lifelong healthy eating habits. Through practical cooking activities pupils are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of safe and hygienic practices. Within the textile unit pupils will experience how to plan, develop and make an apron and will evaluate textile items which meet the needs at home or in the world of work.
Within PE pupils build on their physical competences, improve aspects of their fitness and develop personal and interpersonal skills and attributes. We offer a variety of activities to achieve this and hope to encourage enjoyment of physical activity by embedding the importance of lifelong health and wellbeing. Our core PE programme offers aesthetic and creative; water-based; adventurous; individual; indoor and outdoor experiences through 24 different activities.
Within Home Econmics pupils have the opportunity to study National 4 Practical Cookery and are supported to extend their knowledge of safe and hygienic practice and to explore a range of issues that may affect food choice.
They are encouraged and supported to apply a variety of preparation techniques to then plan and produce increasingly complex food dishes.
We have great support from our local community whereby pupils can meet, watch and learn from a variety of chefs/cooks and local businessmen and women involved in the industry. In addition to this Mackie regularly hosts the Rotary Young Chef of the year.
Pupils have the opportunity to study National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Higher in Physical Education. Pupils are asked to evaluate, analyse practical performance and consider the factors that affect performance with a view to improving. In terms of performance and ability we strive to nurture and encourage our many talented athletes which is complimented by our wider curriculum programme. We also enable potential leaders to experience working and leading others through the Grampian Leaders, Sports Ambassadors and Sports Champions programmes.
Throughout our programmes we strive to embed skills for life and work and wherever possible will provide pupils with the opportunity to apply their skills in new contexts that will support them in their transistion from school to further education or the workplace.